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The Front Bottoms Announce ‘Back On Top’

Following the release of a two surprise singles earlier this summer, The Front Bottoms have announced that their Fueled By Ramen debut, Back On Top, will arrive on September 18. Pre-order the record here, and let us know if you’re excited in the replies.

In addition, the New Jersey foursome have also unveiled the album’s lead single, “Help,” along with an accompanying music video. Check it out below.

The band will be spending pretty much the rest of the year on the road, sharing the stage with The Smith Street Band, Elvis Depressedly, and Kevin Devine. For more details, head here. Read more »


SINGLE REVIEW: One Direction – “Drag Me Down”

Artist: One Direction
Track: “Drag Me Down”
Album: TBA

A year after “Steal My Girl” ushered in an era where the members of One Direction were focused on songs built for stadiums, “Drag Me Down” has arrived to flip the script once more.

It’s all about the energy. From the moment “Drag Me Down” kicks in there is a thick bass line guiding the entire voyage that demands your legs prepare to dance. It’s a ticking time bomb of pop sensibilities that quickly builds from the infectious first verse to a pre-chorus that pulls you in to the point where resistance is absolutely futile. When the chorus finally arrives, you’re in too deep to do anything except bob your head and tap your toes. The song hasn’t fully exposed itself yet, but the rising energy is palpable. You know something big is coming, but you don’t know just how it will show itself. Read more »


The Wonder Years Stream New Single, “Cigarettes & Saints”

The Wonder Years have given us a second taste of their forthcoming album, No Closer To Heaven, in the form of a brand new single titled “Cigarettes & Saints.”

The Pennsylvania outfit’s latest offering finds Dan Campbell and company pushing their craft to wondrous new heights, both lyrically and instrumentally. While TWY have always stood head and shoulders above their peers thanks to their airtight composition, the band’s newest track is without a doubt some of their most concrete work to date, which is pretty wild considering their near-flawless back catalogue. Listen in below, and let us know what you think in the comments.

No Closer To Heaven hits shelves on September 4 through Hopeless Records. Pre-orders are ongoing. Read more »

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Matthew Morgan Shares Live Video For New Song, “All Those Tears”

We recently had the chance to speak with singer-songwriter Matthew Morgan about everything from his newest EP, Empathy For Inanimate Objects, to the personal and relatable nature of his delivery. “I think it’s a culmination of years of living, successes and failures; over time your exterior ego gets broken down and it becomes more important to just be true to yourself,” Morgan explained.

One of his newest tracks, which he’s been playing live, titled “All Those Tears,” very much continues that trend. Morgan recently shared a live video from Raw Foot Productions for the song that he and his band members performed at The Store in Chicago, Illinois recently. You can watch the beautiful performance below and check out more of Matthew Morgan’s music on his Bandcamp page. Read more »


UTG PREMIERE: Thundercloud Kid – “Bad News for Blue Eyes”

It’s never too late in the day for a great music premiere, right?

We have been outspoken about our love for the upstate New York music scene for as long as I can remember at this point. It seems like every band that comes out of Buffalo or the surrounding area not only has something to say, but a unique way to say it as well, and that is again the case with newcomers Thundercloud Kid. Their sound is one part pop punk, two parts indie, and just a bit old school rock and roll. Sound good? Just wait till you hear it.

Today, we have the absolute honor of premiering Thundercloud Kid’s “Bad News For Blue Eyes” music video. The track is taken from the group’s new EP, Songs About the Hopeless and Mourning, which arrives in stores on August 28. You can view the video below.

We don’t know a lot about what Thundercloud Kid have planned for the future, but we know we cannot wait for Songs About the Hopeless and Mourning to hit our inbox. If you feel the same, comment below and make yourself known! Read more »

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UTG PREMIERE: The Hollywood Kills – “Señorita”

Coming straight off the band’s newest EP, Episode IV, is The Hollywood Kills‘ latest single, “Señorita.” The track is a clever and fun number—capturing a burlesque-infused sounbd of swing rock ‘n’ roll not unlike that heard in the early numbers of The Dear Hunter’s Act II.

It’s a totally sassy song, the chorus is vibrant and the entire track will make you want to swing your hips. If good bourbon had a soundtrack, this song would be one of the premier numbers.

The band had this to say about the new track:

“This song is an ode to all the crazy women we’ve met and loved while being young musicians, and in many ways an ode to how crazy we’ve been during those times as well.”

Listen to “Señorita” in full below and leave your thoughts in the comments. Episode IV—the band’s (you guessed it) fourth release—is due out later this year. Read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’ Has Thrills, Laughs, Cruise

Film: Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
Starring: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner
Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie

As you may have seen in the trailers, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation sports the most dangerous stunt yet: Tom Cruise hanging from the side of a cargo plane as it takes off. No matter how silly that sounds, the new entry into the espionage franchise steeps these death-defying acts in an admirable amount of reality. Rogue Nation is the thrilling cross-section between screwball comedy and cloak-and-dagger noir; all adding up to the most fun you will have this summer in a theater. You know, behind Mad Max: Fury Road, of course.

Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise), seeming a tad aged and more fragile, is on the run after the new director of the CIA, Hunley (Alec Baldwin), shuts down the IMF (Impossible Mission Force) and deems Hunt a rogue agent. Read more »


The Wonder Years Announce Record Store Acoustic Shows

After having released the new music video for their upcoming album’s lead single last month, Philadelphia’s finest, The Wonder Years, have just announced a series of in-store acoustic shows and singings for late August/early September.

The band will be playing a number of intimate shows in different record stores across the East and West coasts in support of the aforementioned upcoming fifth studio album, entitled No Closer To Heaven, which is due out on September 4 via Hopeless Records.

Pre-orders for the album can be purchased here. You can check out a full list of tour dates below. In the meantime, you can catch the full band on the remaining dates of the Vans Warped Tour this summer. Read more »

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The Weeknd Releases Music Video For “Can’t Feel My Face”

Abel Tesfaye, more famously known as The Weeknd, has had a huge year thus far.

With three radio hits sitting nicely on top of the charts and a sophomore album on the way this summer, the Canadian R&B recording artist has come a long way ever since he opened up for Justin Timberlake‘s The 20/20 Experience tour in 2013, and especially since his first widely available mixtape in 2011.

Today he has released an AppleMusic exclusive video for his newest hit, “Can’t Feel My Face.” The video features Tesfaye literally unable to feel his face shortly after catching on fire while performing on stage at a bar. To the crowd’s entertainment, he continues to sing and dance. You can check out the new music video below. Read more »


Drake Buries Meek Mill With “Back To Back” Freestyle

Several days have passed since Drake responded to Meek Mill‘s claims of hiring ghostwriters with his chill, yet vicious “Charged Up” freestyle. You may have thought Meek would have responded by now, and if that’s the case you are not alone. Everyone was expecting the Maybach Music Group member to retaliate to Drake’s line, which he himself called “Baby lotion soft” over Twitter, but here we are at 9:30 AM on Wednesday and Meek remains silent.

Drake, on the other hand, has something more to say.

Raising the bar to a height I’m not sure Meek Mill has ever reached in his entire career, Drake just delivered a knockout blow to the Dreams Worth More Than Money creator with a new freestyle titled “Back To Back.” If “Charged Up” left you feeling like Drake was still holding back, this is the track that will reassure you the “6 God” is as wise and skilled as ever. You can stream the track below. Read more »


Deafheaven Announce New Album, ‘New Bermuda’

Pacing themselves nicely after the release of their sophomore album Sunbather in 2013, San Francisco metal five-piece Deafheaven have announced that they will be releasing new music this fall.

Entitled New Bermuda, the five-track LP will be released through ANTI-, an Epitaph Records sister label, on October 2. The band reports that the album was recorded in April with producer Jack Shirley. You can check out a short teaser here.

Pre-orders are now available here. You can check out the new album’s cover art and track listing below. Read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Vacation’ Isn’t Worth The Trip Down Holiday Road

Film: Vacation
Starring: Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Chris Hemsworth
Directed by: Jonathan M. Goldstein, John Francis Daley

Vacation–the successor to the last entry in the National Lampoon comedy series–opens on a series of pictures depicting seemingly idyllic families enjoying their vacations. In ye olde National Lampoon fashion, there are also a few visual gags centered on puking and erections (luckily, not in the same frame). From the get-go, this spiritual sequel (reboot? who cares?) is already trying to bring back the kind of humor that made the original quadrilogy so famous. Instead of relying on sight gags and absurdist humor (there’s an incest gag in the original film, people), Vacation follows a new family versed in more smarm than charm.

Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms) finds that his wife, Debbie (Christina Applegate), and two sons, James (Skyler Gisondo) and Kevin (Steele Stebbins) are stuck in neutral in every day life. Upon the eve of their yearly miserable vacation to a cabin in Michigan, Rusty comes up with an idea that will bring his family back together: take them to Walley World like Rusty’s father, Clark (Chevy Chase), did when he was a kid. Read more »