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New Years Day Announce New EP, Stream Lead Single

New Years Day have made some big changes since the release of their debut album My Dear back in 2007. The new song the band released today is the perfect example of how the band has truly changed since their inception. In addition to the single release, the band announced a brand new EP, titled Epidemic. The single they dropped, which is titled “Other Side,” can be streamed beneath the break.

“Other Side” is a departure from the sound the band crafted on their previous album. Though the music on that album was a little on the darker side, which is not too unusual for the group, this time we have a little bit of screaming from the backup vocalist. It seems the band is going for a slightly heavier sound, so it will be interesting to hear the rest of the tracks on the EP.

If you would like to pre-order Epidemic, you can do so by heading here. It officially hits stores November 18. Read more »

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Listen To Skizzy Mars Remix Baby Boy Da Prince’s “The Way I Live”

Skizzy Mars is one of those artists we go out of our way to cover here on UTG. Back in March, the rising New York rapper graced us with the wildly contagious mixtape, Pace, and since then has been turning out a steady stream of singles and remixes. His latest effort, a revitalized version of Baby Boy da Prince’s “The Way I Live,” found its way online late last week, and you can stream the track in full by following the jump below.

Complete with refurbished accompaniment and Skizzy’ signature wordplay, this newest offering is a playful take on a classic one-hit wonder, and will surely sit well with fans of the young lyricist’ earlier outings. If you like what you hear, sound off in the comments section. Read more »

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The Jazz June Just Dropped A Song From Their First Album In 12 Years

I wanted to make a post-ironic ’90s kids joke here, but I’ll save us both the time and just inform you that emo greats The Jazz June, whom haven’t put out a new record in 12 years, have just premiered the first single from their new record, entitled After the Earthquake.

The album is slated for a November 11 release date via Topshelf Records. It was produced by Evan Weiss, the man behind Into It. Over It. Andrew Low, the band’s frontman, said this about the track, called “edge of space”:

[The track] is loosely based on the story of Felix Baumgartner, who broke the record for skydiving 25 miles from space. It is also involves his medical director Dr. Jonathan Clark, whose astronaut wife Laurel was killed in the explosion of the space shuttle Colombia, and who has since dedicated his life to improving astronauts’ chances of surviving a high-altitude disasters. It is a song about loss and moving on, and learning through that process that you actually miss the person more as time goes on, but you find your own way to cope.

This ties into one of the main themes of After the Earthquake: How do you move on after a life-altering event, or a new phase of life? Sometimes it feels like you have woken up on another planet. This can be a good thing, but how do we act in this new chapter? I’m still trying to figure it out.

You can hear the song below or here, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly. Pre-order the record here. Read more »

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LIGHTS Streams ‘Little Machines’

It’s been three years since we last heard a full-length from LIGHTS, so today is undoubtedly an exciting one as the electro-pop star has teamed up with the New York Times to premiere an exclusive stream of her brand new record, Little Machines.

While the album officially hits stores September 23 via Warner Bros. Records, digital pre-orders can be purchased on iTunes for those who dig what they hear.

Click here to check out Little Machines and be sure to let us know your thoughts on LIGHTS’ latest effort in the comments section below.

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WATCH: Zella Day Performs “Compass” and “Sweet Ophelia” for ‘Buzzsessions’

Similar to what the good people at Audiotree are doing, The Wild Honey Pie have been producing gorgeous, stripped-down performances for their Buzzsessions series for quite some time. Featuring some of our absolute favorite artists, time and time again we’re left in awe of the end results with each and every session they release. This time around, we’d like to draw attention to Zella Day‘s recent studio visit with TWHP as she performs two of her most recent singles, “Compass” and “Sweet Ophelia.”

Both of these tracks will be featured on Day’s forthcoming debut EP which is set to release on October 21 via B3SCI/Pinetop Records. We’ve covered the original versions of these tracks extensively in the past year and are in love with the way these more intimate studio cuts have turned out. I’ve noted countless times how powerful and alluring Day’s voice is and having seen her live with nothing but an acoustic guitar and having now seen these two takes, my confidence in how big of a star this woman is sure to become is through the roof.

Watch both videos from the session below, fall in love, pre-order Zella Day, and check out more fantastic creations over at The Wild Honey Pie. Read more »

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Deafheaven’s Side Project, Creepers, Announce Debut LP, Stream Lead Single

It seems lately that more and more artists are branching out, starting projects that are departures in sound from their main endeavors. The opportunity to hear a diverse sound from some of our favorite musicians is always welcomed, so there’s not much to complain about. The most recent group to have some of its members start a side project is Deafheaven. Two of the band’s members, teamed up with two additional musicians, have started a new project named Creepers. The group is signed to the label run by Deafheaven’s frontman, and they have just announced they’ll release their debut LP with them later this year.

Creepers will drop Lush on October 28 via All Black Recording Company. They teamed up with Pitchfork to premiere the lead single, which is titled “Stuck.” You can give it a listen by heading right here.

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Made In Heights Stream New Single Titled “Ghosts”

Self proclaimed “beauty slap” duo Made In Heights have dropped a new single out of the blue, entitled “Ghosts,” for us to dance along with.

Following a full release from 2010 and several other singles, “Ghosts” is the newest jam from the underrated West Coast outfit in a growing catalogue of killer pop cuts. It’s currently unknown whether this track will remain as a stand-alone single or if a new release is currently in the works.

Stream “Ghosts” below, check out all of Made In Heights’ previous works and be sure to catch them live if they’re in your area. Kelsey and Sabzi put on a fantastic live show. Read more »

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Yellowcard Debut Lyric Video for “Transmission Home”

With their seventh studio album Lift A Sail, around the corner, Yellowcard have released a third track off the album in the form of a lyric video. Entitled “Transmission Home,” the lyric video features footage from various space missions with a retro, home video feel.

Lift A Sail, due on October 7, marks Yellowcard’s debut with Razor & Tie as well as the band’s first release without iconic drummer Longineu W. Parsons III, better known as simply, “LP.” Coinciding with the departure of their long-time drummer, the band has indicated that the album will provide a more mature “rock” sound, rather than their traditional pop-punk sound. With singles including “One Bedroom,” and “Make Me So” already released, it’s clear that the album will mark a paradigm shift in the band’s historic career.

You can find newly-released pre-order information for Lift A Sail on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and more. Don’t forget to stream the new lyric video for “Transmission Home” via The Telegraph, below. Read more »

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Stars Share “From The Night” Music Video, Expand Tour

Canadian indie rockers Stars are putting out No One Is Lost on October 14 via ATO Records. They will be hitting the road to tour North America late this fall and, as such, have added some dates which you can see after the jump. To celebrate the upcoming release, they’ve shared the buzzy, exuberant music video for single “From The Night.”

Directed by Darren Curtis, the video sees the band goofing off, staying in tune with the album’s title (which, according to the band, is a joke because “We are all going to lose this game [of life].”), and raising their glasses to the late nights. “We went out, like we always do, we got drunk, like we sometimes do, we saw friends that we don’t see enough and we filmed it all,” said Torquil Campbell. “Enjoy.”

Watch the video below (via SPIN): Read more »

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STREAM: VICE – “Shaolin Idols” (Feat. Tom Sheehan of Indecision)

Get ready to slam your head through a wall, because Staten Island hardcore band VICE just released their new single, “Shaolin Idols.” VICE seamlessly switches between fast hardcore, power violence, and heavy melodic hardcore, creating a bastard child so fueled with confusion and hatred that it begs you to rip your own skin off. Is that comparison too graphic? Probably, but if you don’t like it, you probably won’t care for this music anyway. Also, on the track is Tom Sheehan of legendary New York hardcore band Indecision. If you’re not interested now, I don’t know what else to say.

“Shaolin Idols” comes off of VICE’s newest EP, No One Gets Buried With You, which is set to come out early next year. If this song is any indication of what’s to come, get on board now, because this EP is going to set the bar really high.

VICE is also going on a US tour this October, and you can check out those dates after the break. You’d be dumb to miss it.

Enough talk, click through the break to listen to the first single off of No One Gets Buried With You, and make sure there’s no one in a 50 foot radius of you because you will be moshing. Read more »

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Gerard Way Announces Two Shows In Japan

Gerard Way will be making his way to Japan in February of 2015, following the upcoming September release of his debut solo album, Hesitant Alien.

The Japanese shows will take place first on February 16, 2015 in Osaka at the BIGCAT, and the second February 17, 2015 at Akasaka Blitz.

Two tracks have been released from Way’s highly anticipated debut thus far, and they both rule. Channeling vibes from British pop music, and a sonic catalogue from the ’60s, Hesitant Alien is something I am anxiously awaiting for release.

Follow us after the jump to check out “Action Cat” if you have yet to. Read more »

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Senses Fail Officially Sign To Pure Noise Records; New Album Slated For Summer 2015

Yesterday, UTG reported that fans were buzzing around Senses Fail during their set at Riot Fest in Chicago where the band announced on stage that they had signed to Pure Noise Records with no clear indication if it was true.

After much speculation, the label announced on their website today that the band officially has signed on with them to record a new record. Buddy Nielsen and co. will be hitting the studio in November to work on their sixth full-length album, the follow up to 2013′s genre-changing Renacer. The record will be slated for release in summer 2015 after completion of recording.

Currently, Senses Fail are on tour with No Bragging Rights, Knuckle Puck, and To the Wind playing their debut classic Let It Enfold You in full across the United States. You can check out the remaining dates for the tour below after the jump as well as our thoughts on the record’s impact here. Read more »