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8th Grade Metal Band Unlocking The Truth Perform On ‘The Colbert Report’

Yep, you read that right. 8th grade metal band Unlocking the Truth recently interviewed as well as performed on The Colbert Report.

For those who don’t know, Unlocking the Truth is a power trio based out of Brooklyn, NY who got their start playing in Times Square, and have now safely secured a whopping $1.7 million dollar, two-album record deal with Sony.

Follow us after the jump to see their interview with Colbert, and the rifftastic performances of “Monster” and “Free As You Wanna Be.” Both tracks are from their upcoming EP, Free As You Wanna Be. Read more »

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Childish Gambino Performs New Song “Sober” Live

A couple days ago, Childish Gambino, aka Donald Glover, released a new song titled “Sober” off his anticipated mixtape STN MTN/KAUAI to much praise, even though he stated that he would not be releasing a mixtape any time in the near future.

A live video has surfaced of the rapper performing the new song for the first time for an intimate audience at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. The video shows Gambino performing it in a more stripped down fashion that is different than the digital version that has been released.

No release date has been set for the Gangsta Grillz mixtape yet even though it is speculated for release in October. For now, check out the live performance below and be sure to stay tuned to UTG for more updates on the album. Read more »

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Forever Came Calling Debut New Song, “Transient (I Don’t Miss)”

Forever Came Calling have offered up yet another new tune from their forthcoming full-length, What Matters Most…, which hits shelves on October 21 through Pure Noise Records. Titled “Transient (I Don’t Miss),” the toe-tapping track made its debut earlier today via Kerrang, and is a welcome addition to the group’s contagious catalogue. Give it a listen after the break, and let us know what you think in the comments section below.

The California four-piece are presently set to share the stage with Handguns, State Champs, and many more, from now until mid-November. If you’d like to catch them live, a full itinerary can be found on their Facebook.

Pre-orders for What Matters Most… are ongoing. Read more »

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The Used Demand A “Revolution” in New Music Video

Earlier this morning, The Used unveiled a new music video for their track “Revolution,” and you can check it out by following the jump below.

The opening cut off the outfit’s latest full-length, Imaginary Enemy, the clip finds the Utah quartet performing in a packed venue as flashing images mirror Bert McCracken’s message of freedom, unity, and upheaval. If you dig it, let us know in the replies, and pick up a copy of the album through Hopeless Records.

The Used are currently in the midst of a month-long North American run alongside Taking Back Sunday, which kicked off earlier this month at Riot Fest Toronto. To see if they’ll be hitting up a venue near you, a full list of dates can be found here. Read more »

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UTG Premiere: Vanities – ‘Dead Beats’ EP

Just a year after bursting onto the hardcore scene with their incredible debut, New England’s Vanities are back with a killer new record that might be your favorite heavy release of the fall.

The world of heavy music has become incredibly underwhelming in recent years, at least on the side of things that caters to younger audiences. The vast majority of bands making it in the quote/unquote ‘alternative’ scene have all become clones of one another, ripping off whatever new idea is popular this year in order to cash in long enough to book another nationwide tour. Still, in the midst of all that nonsense a very select number of young acts have been clawing their way through the underground ranks with original ideas and hard-hitting music that cannot be denied. Vanities are the best of the bunch, at least in our opinion, and today we have the great pleasure of sharing their new Dead Beats EP with all of you.

Set for release September 23, Dead Beats finds the members of Vanities pushing their intense take on hard rock further into the realms of metal and hardcore than ever before. There’s also a number of instances that bring to mind the days when nu-metal ruled the charts, with turntables and bouncy riffs aplenty. They are not Issues and they certainly are not Limp Bizkit, but I would not be shocked if fans of those groups quickly fell in love with what Vanities have to offer. You can stream Dead Beats, in full, below: Read more »

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Aubrey Plaza Is Now The Voice Of Grumpy Cat

Life After Beth star Aubrey Plaza has replaced Jane Lynch as the voice of Grumpy Cat in an upcoming Lifetime TV movie.

I know movies made for television are not something we cover on a regular basis, but it is hard to go anywhere today without running into the image of Grumpy Cat. In the year(+) since becoming the internet’s favorite meme, Grumpy Cat has brought in millions through advertising deals, public appearances, and merchandise. This fall, Lifetime is ready to give Grumpy Cat her first feature length adventure in Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever.

Yes, this is a real movie. Yes, it is live-action.

Written by Tim Hill (Alvin and the Chipmunks) and Jeff Morris (The True Memoirs of an International Assassin), Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever follows a lonely cat (played by Grumpy Cat herself, Tardar Sauce) who becomes increasingly grumpy while living in a mall pet store during the holiday season. That is, until a 12-year-old girl named Chrystal realizes she can talk to the feline. On Christmas Eve, Chrystal rescues her after the mall closes.

Again, this is a real movie. Hard to believe, no? Read more »

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Matthew McConaughey Will Not Appear In ‘Magic Mike’ Sequel

Attention all you law breakers, the sheriff of Xquisite has left the building.

In a new interview with The Playlist, director Greg Jacobs revealed that Matthew McConaughey will not be appearing in the highly anticipated sequel to Magic Mike. The actor, who originally portrayed Xquisite owner Dallas, does not fit into the plot of the new film. That said, co-stars Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, and Joe Manganiello are confirmed to return.

Jacobs also used his time spent with The Playlist to reveal a few plot details regarding the upcoming film, which has been given the hilarious title of Magic Mike XXL. “It’s a road trip movie,” Jacobs tells the digital outlet, “and put it this way, it’s different enough that once you see it you’ll understand why we made a sequel. No one will be accusing us of making the same movie twice.”

It’s likely Magic Mike XXL will also recruit a slew of new co-stars with recognizable backgrounds, but Jacobs told The Playlist the negotiations with new talent are still ongoing. Production is currently underway however, so there should be additional details regarding the cast and plot in the coming weeks.

Co-written by Reid Carolin and Channing Tatum, Magic Mike XXL opens July 1, 2015. Read more »

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REVIEW: Gnarwolves – ‘Gnarwolves’

Artist: Gnarwolves
Album: Gnarwolves
Label: Pure Noise Records

Let’s be honest, it’s pretty hard for a pop punk band to climb out of the grave that the “Defend Pop Punk” movement has become. A name like Gnarwolves backed up by images of pizza slices and skateboards can either serve as a calling card to invite new listeners into something they already know they’re going to love, or as a warning sign for the bored and weary to stay as far away as possible.

Yet Gnarwolves are more than just another skin-deep act — or at least that’s what one would assume if their name has traveled across the pond and onto US soil, let alone signing and releasing an LP through Pure Noise Records. Read more »

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Ryan Adams Releases New Music Video For “My Wrecking Ball”

Not too long ago, singer-songwriter Ryan Adams, via PAX-AM, put out a new record, three years after his 2011 Fire & Ashes release. This record, since then, has gained a good amount of mixed feedback from the general public. As we’ve mentioned previously, Adams has also just released a few more new songs for the PAX-AM 7-inch series.

In light of all of this, a new, vintage-esque music video has just been released for one of his new record’s strongest tracks, “My Wrecking Ball.” You can check it out below. Read more »

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TyDi Releases New Song Featuring Chris Carrabba

Australian breakthrough electronic artist, tyDi, has just put out a new song, entitled “The Closer I Get,” off of his upcoming album, Redefine, set to be released on September 30. This track features Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional and Twin Forks.

In a recent interview on The Gunz Show, tyDi mentions that his love for music is very much influenced by the bands he used to listen to growing up, such as Blink-182 and the like. This is made evident in how melodic and alternative-fused his other music is, even with its electronic nature. Having worked with artists such as Dia Frampton, tyDi’s music is definitely worth your while especially if you are looking to get into electronic music as an alternative/indie fan.

You can stream “The Closer I Get” (via AltPress) here and pre-order Redefine here.

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The Story So Far’s Parker Cannon Forms Hardcore Band Snarl

The Story So Far are gearing up to tour with The Wonder Years, Modern Baseball, and Gnarwolves for the entire month of October. To get ready for what will be an exciting outing, frontman Parker Cannon announced today that he has formed a hardcore project called Snarl.

Little is known about the project but it sure will bring some hype from pop-punk fans that Cannon will be changing his vocal style to show off his screaming vocals this time around. Read below what Cannon had to say about the project:

“I finally had enough time at home to write/earned enough money from touring to record my demo. Its almost done, I’ll be droppin it on bandcamp this weekend for free. Some cool merch will be available online as well. A huge thank you to my brotha @carlitosxguey for the artwork, if you need designs done, hit him up. Stay tuned! SNARL HC 2014″

Be sure to stay tuned to UTG as we will have more information on the project when the new demo drops over the weekend.

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Beach Slang Stream New Song “Dirty Cigarettes”

Philadelphia’s new wave of punk rockers Beach Slang are ready to release their highly anticipated EP, Cheap Thrills On A Dead End Street, via Tiny Engines. In anticipation of the release, the band has released their third song off the EP called “Dirty Cigarettes,” which premiered on NPR today.

The track is filled with echoed guitars that make it sound like an early ’90s alternative band. This thought comes to mind since the band has been compared to Goo Goo Dolls lately. However, there is a different type of aggression with this band since all three members are/have been in punk bands outside of the Beach Slang.

Check out the song below after the jump and be sure to pre-order the EP right here. Read more »