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Arms & Sleepers Stream Their Excellent New LP, ‘Swim Team,’ In Full

Boston duo Arms & Sleepers have a brand new, post-hiatus LP set to release on Halloween. We were lucky enough to have a listen awhile back and have been waiting anxiously for it to officially drop. Today, we have the opportunity to stream the 11-track effort in full over at HuffPost.

Summer might be over but A&S aim to keep things hot with this newest effort. Overflowing with chill-meets-trill vibes, Swim Team can perfectly accentuate just about any activity, especially swimming and/or relaxing by the pool. With ethereal elements that have always been present in the endlessly fantastic catalogue of Arms & Sleepers, the two have now implemented some late ’80s / early ’90s, hip-hop-inspired beats that really elevate their sound to the upper echelon of the ambient/trip-hop genre alongside acts like Bonobo and Tycho. Swim Team should appeal to fans of those greats or other multi-talented producers like Vanilla or The Mad Writer, L’Orange.

Either way, we highly suggest you kick back and stream through the record below. As you’ll undoubtedly want a copy for yourself, head right here and treat yourself to something worth your time and money. Read more »

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‘The Gambler’ Red-Band Trailer Rolls Dice And Spouts F-Bombs

It’s that time of the year again, where every studio scrambles to find a spot for a film they think is destined for awards this season. The Gambler is one of those films we have almost heard nothing about. Well, until now. Sporting an A-list cast including Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman, Brie Larson, Michael Kenneth Williams and Jessica Lange, The Gambler hits theaters in limited release on December 19, and then expands on January 1 of 2015. The Gambler is directed by Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and written by William Monahan (The Departed).

The Gambler follows Jim Bennett (Wahlberg), literature professor, whose gambling problems get him in trouble with the wrong people. After losing all that he has, Jim garners the interest of a underground loan shark by the name of Frank (John Goodman). As Jim’s relationship with one of his students (Brie Larson’s Amy Phillips) deepens, his possibility at getting a second chance at life gets riskier and riskier. (Plot summary per IMDB and Comingsoon.net)

Check out the red-band trailer below along with the first poster and let us know what you think! Read more »

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Too Close To Touch Stream Debut EP

From the birthplace of Emarosa comes an exciting new post-hardcore act with an excellent sound: Lexington, KY’s Too Close To Touch.

Just recently, the band announced their signing to Epitaph Records, and with that signing was to come a self-titled EP on October 21. The 4-song album, Too Close To Touch, is now available to purchase on iTunes or to stream on YouTube.

Now that they’ve made their major label debut, it’s logical to expect a tour announcement soon out of Too Close To Touch. Also, don’t forget to check out the stream of Too Close To Touch below the jump: Read more »

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STREAM: Enter Shikari – “The Last Garrison”

Our friends from across the pond, Enter Shikari, just unleashed the new track “The Last Garrison,” the first single off of their upcoming record, The Mindsweep. The track definitely is in a new distinct musical direction, with a heavier focus on the drum and bass and electronic elements. However, this is still Enter Shikari, so the grand scale and heavy hardcore-influenced sections are alive and well.

The thing I love about Enter Shikari is their ability to really push themselves in a wide variety of directions, exploring what it means to be a band. “The Last Garrison” is really catchy, and here at UTG we’re excited to see where this new record is going to take them. If this track is any indicator, it’s about time to get ready for a whole new Shikari experience, which is just the way we like it.

You can pre-order The Mindsweep here if you’re a US-based fan. Click through the break to listen to “The Last Garrison,” and let us know what you think in the comments section. Read more »

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Fireworks Release “Run, Brother, Run” Music Video

The Michigan band behind one of the year’s best albums has just delivered a simple and sweet music video that will have you thinking about calling home.

Fireworks have always been a band that wore their hearts, as well as any/all emotions they may feel, on their sleeves. This has allowed them to create complex pop rock releases that offer infectious melodies and stories that are deeply rooted in real life experiences. People connect with their unwavering sense of honesty, and “Run, Brother, Run” is the perfect example of a song that could easily win them a few hundred new fans on any given day. It’s got this beautifully melancholy tone throughout, with just enough hope laced in the vocals of Dave Mackinder to keep our heads above water. You can view the song’s official video below: Read more »

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Song Of The Week: In The Whale – “Ride”

Denver rock duo In The Whale have spent 2014 becoming one of the most closely watched buzz bands in the world of rock. Now, following the release of two killer EPs and numerous nationwide tours, the band have shared a new track that rips like no other single in recent memory.

I know not everyone who reads this post was able to attend Riot Fest Denver, but had you been there you would know In The Whale opened their set with the killer cut you’re about to hear. Before the song was halfway over you could see people running from other stages to witness what was taking place on the stage where the band was performing. The crowd grew and grew as the set carried on, which was no doubt aided by the fact In The Whale have a great live show, but when I look back now it’s still their opener that stands out the most. “Ride” is the kind of song you put on to drown out the world and get shit accomplished. You can run from the cops to this song just as easily as you jam it while burning calories at the gym or working away at the dead-end cubicle job you keep telling yourself will improve in time (it won’t). Escape reality for a few quick minutes and dig into this track with us: Read more »

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UTG’s 31 Days Of Halloween: ‘Fright Night’

Of all the holidays celebrated worldwide, no single day is more loved by the UTG staff than Halloween. With the arrival of the year’s best month, the time has finally come to begin rolling out a plethora of features and special announcements we have prepared in celebration of our favorite day, including the one you’re about to read.

Now in its third year, 31 Days Of Halloween is a recurring feature that will run throughout the month of October. The hope and goal of this column is to supply every UTG reader with a daily horror (or Halloween-themed) movie recommendation that is guaranteed to amplify your All Hallows’ Eve festivities. We’ll be watching every film the day it’s featured, and we hope you’ll follow along at home.

[Warning: the material within is likely NSFW]

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Day 22: Fright Night (1985)

Since the days of Vampyr, Nosferatu, and even Dracula himself, there have been countless vampire-related films to grace the silver screen, but the 1980s saw somewhat of a surprising drought when it came to notable, blood-sucking action. Films like The Lost Boys, Near Dark, Vampire’s Kiss and even The Monster Squad would come around later in the decade, but before all the comedy and horror found within those features, Tom Holland’s directorial debut — an eventual cult classic — would breathe new life into the genre in 1985. Read more »

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UTG INTERVIEW: Joe Hahn Of Linkin Park On Directorial Debut ‘Mall’

Joe Hahn has been recognized as the man behind Linkin Park’s turntables since the band’s release of Hybrid Theory in 2000.

In 2014, he is proud to have made his feature-length directorial debut with Mall, which hit theaters on Friday, October 17. Creating and releasing the film was an in-depth journey, which he simultaneously coordinated with releasing a new album, The Hunting Party, and playing a nationwide summer tour.

With a team of strong actors including Cameron Monaghan (Shameless), Vincent D’Onofrio (Law and Order) and Gina Gershon (Wilfred), he was able to take the script’s foundation and his vision to create a film that is truly compelling.

Hahn describes the process of creation as a race, and this past week has finally become his finish line. Proud to see the fruits of his labor, he took some time to chat with Under The Gun Review about the process of directing his first full-length film and the themes and symbolism within the movie. Check below to read UTG’s exclusive interview with the director. Read more »

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SINGLE REVIEW: Bring Me The Horizon – “Drown”

Artist: Bring Me The Horizon
Song: “Drown
Album: TBA

Eighteen months have passed since Bring Me The Horizon released their critically acclaimed album Sempiternal, and in that time the band has rarely had more than a moment to rest. From appearances, to sold out performances around the world, the men of Bring Me The Horizon have spent very little time at home in the last year. Somewhere along the line they did manage to enter the studio, albeit only long enough to produce one new song, and earlier this week that material found its way online.

One has to listen to thirty seconds of “Drown” to realize Bring Me The Horizon are no longer the boys who delivered tracks like “Tell Slater Not To Wash His Dick.” A recently rehabilitated Oliver Sykes has written in a far more cathartic manner as of late, and as he’s made that transition the music of Bring Me The Horizon followed suit. If you somehow missed the premiere of “Drown” when it first ran on UTG, join us in streaming the song below: Read more »

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REVIEW: Transit – ‘Joyride’

Artist: Transit
Album: Joyride
Genre: Indie, Pop-Punk, Alternative
Label: Rise Records

Transit has been through a roller coaster ride as a band in the past couple years. After releasing the widely loved Listen & Forgive, their world changed quickly with how they went from stage-diving pop-punk in Keep This To Yourself to the indie rock vibe that they had adapted for the latter record. Then Young New England was released and total outrage came at the band’s expense in that they were scrutinized for the album that was produced. Now, the band has put out a new record in Joyride that combines these two worlds; it is very enjoyable to listen to. This truly is the sound that Transit has been exploring and they have integrated their past releases into one fun record that has different transitions and great harmonies. Read more »

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UTG PHOTOS: Allen Stone & Bad Rabbits at Terminal 5 (10/9/14)

Under The Gun sent photographer Kellie Gannon to photograph Allen Stone with Bad Rabbits at Terminal 5 on Thursday, October 9 in New York City.

Allen Stone should already be a household name. If he isn’t known in your household yet, shame on you. Same goes for Bad Rabbits. These incredible artists always put on the most energetic, interactive, funky shows. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing both multiple times over the past few years and every show just gets bigger and better. If you have never attended a live show for either artist, you needed to put that on your bucket list, like yesterday. Also, head on over to iTunes (links below) and update your iPod, trust me and thank me later.

Allen Stone headlined Terminal 5 with support from Bad Rabbits on a beautiful fall evening in New York City. There was just a minor chill in the air, the smell of fall leaves beginning to descend onto busy sidewalks, and the sweet sounds of Romeo Testa, the evening’s opening act, as I entered the venue. Read more »

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The American Scene Announce Short December Tour

The American Scene have announced a short tour this December in the western part of the US. The group will take along with them Elder Brother and Souvenirs. You can find the list of stops by taking a look below the break.

If you are interested in seeing these guys live, tickets are already on sale. You can pick up a ticket through your local vendor, or links can be found through the band’s Facebook page. Read more »