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Baroness Announce New Album, ‘Purple’

Savannah, Georgia’s Baroness have unveiled plans to release a new full-length album, Purple, on December 18 through their own label, Abraxan Hymns. The Yellow & Green follow-up will feature ten brand new tracks, all of which were produced by Dave Fridmann (Sleater-Kinney, Tame Impala). Additionally, this will also be the outfit’s first release to feature Nick Jost on bass and Sebastian Thomson on drums. Comment below and let us know if you’re excited.

“After releasing a lengthy and investigative record like Yellow & Green, we all felt that we needed to make something much more direct and immediate,” explained vocalist John Baizley. “As a result, the music came out in an intense, heavy, and sonically captivating in a new way, which is important, loathe, as we are to fall into any kind of complacency pitfall or formulaic songwriting routine.”

Pre-order Purple here, and stream the record’s lead single, “Chlorine & Wine,” below. Read more »

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Hawthorne Heights Embrace Nostalgia on New Single, “The Darkest Times”

Ohio screamo veterans Hawthorne Heights have released the first single off their impending EP, Hurt, which is set to arrive on September 18.

I’ll be the first to admit that I haven’t kept up with HH since I was an angsty teen, but nonetheless, I can say with a good deal of confidence that the band’s latest, “The Darkest Times,” is a lot of fun. Catchy, caustic, and concise, it will surely garner fond memories of outfit’s adored debut, The Silence In Black And White, and no doubt leave longtime fans excited for the future. Give it a listen after the break, and let us know what you think in the replies.

Pre-orders for Hurt are ongoing. Read more »

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UTG @ MIXTAPE FEST: Microwave Discuss Writing Process Behind ‘Stovall,’ Hint At New Material

Alternative rock outfit Microwave recently wrapped up a quick run with You Blew It! and Sorority Noise. The band played three consecutive shows in New York, one of which was a stop at Long Island’s Mixtape Festival, where they played alongside bands like Incendiary, Crime In Stereo, The Movielife, and more.

Under The Gun had the pleasure of catching up with the Georgia, Atlanta four-piece after they played a killer set during Mixtape Fest. The band discussed the recording process behind their well-recieved debut full-length album, Stovall. They also talked about their recent signing to SideOneDummy and their plans for the near future. Check out the full interview below. Read more »

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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Drop “Downtown”

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have reunited to grace the masses with an outstanding new single destined for radio greatness.

Titled “Downtown,” the eclectic, sample-heavy track found its way online yesterday along with some outrageously wonderful visuals that pit the Seattle hip-hop duo against none other than Eric Nally of Foxy Shazam. There are over-the-top West Side Story dance battles, majestic slow-motion chariot montages, and an excess of random wackiness that you’re better off experiencing for yourself. Check it out below.

When I first spun this track this morning, it didn’t do a lot for me, but the more I watch this video, the more I’m convinced that this is probably one of the best things to happen in music this week. Get in on the action now, because it won’t be long before “Downtown” is inescapable. Read more »

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UTG PHOTOS: Pop Evil CD Release Show in Grand Rapids, MI (8/21/15)

­­On August 21, in one of the wildest release shows in Grand Rapids history, superstars Pop Evil returned to The Intersection with an entourage of media coverage to support the release of their new album Up, available now through eOne Music.

Mayor George Hartwell declared it ‘Pop Evil Day’ for the city and a handful of lucky WGRD winners were selected for a secret acoustic set and autograph session at The Stache prior to the live performance.

There’s always a tangible energy in the air when a band like Pop Evil returns to Michigan, but there was something special about walking into this show. Unlike most I’ve attended at The Intersection, this took place outside in the parking lot on a professionally built and lit stage. There were local and national video crews running all over the place. Yahoo! Live was set to do a live broadcast of the whole performance. The sun was painfully bright and setting right behind the stage. It was a beautiful madness. Read more »

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UTG @ MIXTAPE FEST: Giants At Large Discuss Musical Influences, ‘The American Dream Is Dead’

One of the most charismatic bands out there today goes by the name of Giants At Large. The Long Island pop-punk four-piece radiates a lot of young passion, both on stage and off.

The band recently played the first day of Today’s Mixtape Festival in Patchogue, NY alongisde bands like Iron Chic, Kill Your Idols, The Movielife, and many more. Under the Gun had the pleasure of speaking with them about their new record, their plans for the rest of the year, Criss Angel, and several other hot topics. Check it out below. Read more »

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REVIEW: Eden The Cat – Live In A Basement Apartment

Artist: Eden The Cat
Album: Live In A Basement Apartment
Genre: Folk, Acoustic

The best music hits you like a drug. It rolls over your body with a sensation that can only be compared to the first drag on a much needed cigarette or the first sip of that whiskey you’ve been thinking about since lunch. You get high off great music. A high, I might add, that no amount of liquor, weed, smoke, or pills is ever going to replace. Great music puts you in a state of intoxication so entirely satisfying you don’t need anything else to be content with life, and that is the way you will feel when experiencing Eden The Cat’s latest EP. Read more »

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My God, It’s Full Of Stars (ex-Mae) Sign With Spartan Records, To Release New EP This Fall

After choosing to focus on home life and parting ways with Mae in 2008, Rob Sweitzer has announced a new solo project under the name of My God, It’s Full Of Stars.

The singer-songwriter is set to put out his debut EP, M29, this coming Fall. The EP was co-produced with Dave Elkins and was recorded at 4115 Studios in Nashville, TN. Sweitzer successfully funded the Kickstarter campaign for this project in November.

“I’m enthused to be working with Spartan Records. I’ve seen this label grow steadily with the addition of a solid caliber of artists they believe in and it shows in Spartan’s work ethic as it relates to the presentation of each artist’s blood, sweat and tears to the world. I can now say I’m happy that my project My God, It’s Full Of Stars is a part of the family. Thank you, John and Spartan for believing in me,” Sweitzer shares.

You can check out M29‘s album artwork below, as well as a demo for his new song, entitled “Lightness Of Being.” Read more »

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Foxing Announce Sophomore Full-Length, Stream Lead Single

St. Louis indie/emo band Foxing have just announced that they will be releasing their sophomore record this coming Fall via Triple Crown.

Entitled Dealer, the eleven-track album will serve as the direct follow-up to the band’s stellar debut record from 2013, called The Albatross.

“I was raised in Catholic school [which] imposed a very difficult stance on the freedom of sexuality,” frontman Conor Murphy tells NPR. “When I lost my virginity, I felt like it was less about love and more about sin. I have really never let go of or dealt with that guilt, which made it dark to write about. I think of ‘The Magdalene’ as a retrospective diary entry after losing my virginity.”

Dealer is officially due out on October 30. You can now listen to its first single, “The Magdalene,” below, along with its album artwork and track listing. Pre-orders are available here. Read more »

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UTG PREMIERE: Raggy Monster – “Crying Shame” (Music Video)

Another day, another killer exclusive from a promising, up-and-coming artist.

Raggy Monster may not be a band on your radar just yet, but they should be. Hailing from West Palm Beach, FL, this five-piece have been making a name for themselves since 2011 with an irresistible take on modern indie rock that you won’t soon forget. We believe the band is destined for great things, and today we have the honor of sharing their latest music video with the world at large.

“Crying Shame” is a single that has a special meaning to the members of Raggy Monster. The track was inspired by keyboardist Billy Schmidt’s great uncle, who suffered from multiple strokes and lost control of most of his body. When Billy told fellow member Rachel DuVall the story of how his uncle’s condition weighed on him, she put the story to lyrics as a tribute to the family. The results are both beautiful and haunting, just like the rest of the band’s wonderfully compelling catalog. Read more »

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Trivium Release “Until The World Goes Cold” Video

We still have over a month until Trivium drop their new studio album, but that isn’t stopping the metal titans from sharing another single from the highly-anticipated release.

Showcasing a mid-tempo side from Silence In The Snow, “Until The World Goes Cold” is as close to a power ballad as Trivium will ever release. That isn’t to say it’s a love song, but it does swing a big emotional hammer with driving guitars and Matt Heafy’s powerful vocals. I dare say this is the best he has sounded when singing, and it makes me excited to hear what else he has in store for us on Snow.

The video for “Until The World Goes Cold” finds the band performing in a small space while a masked figure wanders city streets in the dead of night. The mask is taken from the cover of Silence In The Snow, and its stark white appearance offers a haunting contrast to the silent world it exists within. You can view the clip below.

Silence In The Snow arrives October 2. Get ready. Read more »

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New Music Seminar: Three Acts That Impressed At This Year’s Event

The New Music Seminar is a gathering of the musical brains of sorts. It’s a three-day jaunt where aspiring musicians and figures from the music world come together to talk about innovations and to see some up-and-coming acts; an Avengers-esque class of 2015 if you will.

While I was there, there were three acts in particular that caught my eye as I tried to run all over Ludlow and Delancy street so you didn’t have to.

1) Fictionist: This rock/indie band hails from Provo, Utah which happens to be a hometown shared with tour-mates Neon Trees. It’s quite possible that you have heard a Fictionist song without even realizing it, considering the infectious stylings of indie rock muzak which can easily get stuck in your head. Read more »

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