Harriet 2015

Harriet Share New Single, “Bent”

LA-based four-piece Harriet have graced fans with “Bent,” a glistening new track that will almost certainly conjure quick comparisons to The Tallest Man On Earth, The Shins, and other like-minded acts. Stream it below, and let us know what you think in the comments section.

The group’s newest single is taken from their upcoming LP, American Appetite, which is set to arrive this coming January through Harvest Records. Pre-orders are available now.

Minus a one-off affair at The Fonda Theatre next month, Harriet’s upcoming tour schedule is pretty sparse, but we’re confident that that will all change once the masses catch wind of their undeniable indie edge. Follow UTG on Twitter for future updates. Read more »

Western Daughter

UTG PREMIERE: Western Daughter – “Downtown Again”

We highlight a lot of unique artists on this site, but I can safely say that we’ve never come across an act quite like Western Daughter. Born amidst the foothills of Boise, Idaho, these intuitive up-and-comers readily blur the boundaries between a wealth of different genres, resulting in an exceptional sound that will surely appeal to even the broadest musical palettes.

Today, we’re stoked to bring you the world premiere of the outfit’s brand new single, “Downtown Again,” a vibrant, toe-tapping number that walks the line between indie, post-rock, and everything in between. The track is taken from the band’s impending EP, As The Sun Went Down, which makes landfall on December 8. Listen in below, and share your thoughts with us in the replies.

“Like many of the songs on this release, ‘Downtown Again’ deals with psychological struggles, specifically indifference and loneliness,” the band said via email. Read more »

foo fighters

Foo Fighters Release Surprise EP, ‘Saint Cecilia,’ For Free

On this week’s installment of “Foo Fighters Once Again Continue To Champion For Rock & Roll,” the iconic Seattle five-piece have just announced the release of a new free EP, which paid tribute to those affected by the attacks in Paris.

As soon as the mysterious countdown on the band’s official website hit zero this past Sunday night, five new tracks under the compilation entitled Saint Cecilia became available to the public for free. These tracks were reportedly recorded at the Saint Cecilia Hotel in Austin during the Austin City Limits festival this past October.

Along with the new EP, frontman Dave Grohl also delivered a heartfelt message to all those affected by the recent terror attacks in Paris. In the letter, Grohl also discusses his leg injury from playing a show in Sweden, hints at the band potentially taking a much-needed break, and thanked all of their support, among many other things. Read more »

Controller feature

UTG TRACK-BY-TRACK: Controller – ‘No Future’ EP

We first became acquainted with Controller back in September, and were instantly taken aback by their undeniable ear for all that is catchy and upbeat. The NYC quartet’s monster melodies are fun, fluid, and infectious, and at any given moment, possess the uncanny ability to completely turn around even the crappiest of days.

This powerful panache for pop is wonderfully showcased on the outfit’s latest EP, No Future, so much so that we felt obligated to highlight it in detail. Hear what frontman Jon Bellinger had to say about the group’s latest batch of tracks below, and if you’re a fan, grab a copy of your own here. Read more »

Thrice 2012

Thrice Will Release A New Album In 2016

Hang on to your hats, folks; this is not a drill.

From the band’s social media pages, Thrice has revealed a teaser image that states the band will have a new LP out in 2016. While there is no more information from that, I think it’s safe to say we are all very, very excited.

While the band has reformed for some festivals and shows, this is the first time we have been informed of new tunes from the band. Singer/guitarist Dustin Kensrue released a fantastic solo album this year titled Carry The Fire, though otherwise most of the band’s members have been quiet on the sonic front.

Check out the teaser image below, and let’s hope new music comes sooner rather than later. Here’s to 2016! Read more »

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UTG PREMIERE: Monterrey – ‘I’m To Blame’ EP

Indiana emotional hardcore-punk band Monterrey have an undeniable appeal and potential, evident on their brand new EP, I’m To Blame, streaming exclusively at UTG today. Melding elements of mid-aughts emo/hardcore acts like Boys Night Out and Moneen with newer post-hardcore, scream-heavy affluentials like Aviator and Octaves, Monterrey’s material is raw and visceral and real. It’s effective, and it’s only the outset of something that shows tremendous promise within the scene.

On getting this EP in the hands of listeners, Monterrey tells us, “The beginning of this band was rough but after an interesting start and some hard work, we can honestly say that we are stoked to put some music out and can’t wait to see where we go from here.”

Produced by the band’s own bassist, Austen Backe, you can listen through the four-track effort below and purchase it digitally or on CD through Monterrey’s Bandcamp. Read more »

Koncept and J57

UTG PREMIERE: Koncept & J57 – ‘The Fuel’

Today, UTG is elated to bring you the world premiere of The Fuel, the latest dual-effort from Koncept and J57, who over the past seven years have lit the East Coast ablaze with their boundless energy and remarkable rhymes. Armed with eight brand new tracks and an undying devotion to their craft, the NYC duo have rapidly been gaining momentum, and we’re confident that after just a taste of their latest offering, you’ll very quickly realize why. Give it a spin after the break, and let us know if you’re a fan in the replies.

“There are very few artists/producers who are bringing to the table what we’re bringing, soundscape-wise,” J57 told UTG via email. “It’s creative, unique, and has a lot of heart. I think we’ve created the perfect formula. I think it might take a little bit of time for it to really reach people, listeners, and future fans, but when it does, it’s game over.”

Snag your own copy of The Fuel here, and keep an eye out for Koncept and J57′s debut album, Flight, when it hits shelves next year. Read more »

This is where a normal 1990s action movie would have some hard rock song go over the credits. This movie chose The Cure.

The Cure Announce 2016 North American Tour: Resale Tickets Averaging Just Under $200

English post-punk band The Cure announced that they will be hitting the road in 2016 for a 27-date trek in North America. The tour, which will run from May 11 until June 26, marks the band’s first significant continental tour since 2008, and will hit major cities like New York City, Boston and Chicago. The band will play a diverse mixture of material from their 37-year catalog, including the hits and unreleased tracks.

Although it’s been just over a week since the primary on-sale, tickets for The Cure have already hit the secondary market, and are currently averaging $179 for the entirety of the tour. As it stands, the band will play their most expensive show on June 8 at the Starlight Theatre in Kansas City, where tickets are averaging an impressive $507, with the cheapest ticket available for $299. To compare, the band’s cheapest show is set to be their May 17 stop at The Don Haskins Center in El Paso, where tickets are averaging $115, with the cheapest ticket available for just $35, according to data provided by TiqIQ. Hipmunk.com has El Paso hotels available to be booked starting from $44 for fans traveling to the cheapest available show. Fans traveling further can find Kansas City flights on Hipmunk for the June 8 show at the Starlight Theatre or can get to any major city The Cure is performing in. Read more »

Circa Survive feature MJ Rawls

UTG PHOTOS: Circa Survive in New York City (10/23/15)

Under The Gun Review sent photographer MJ Rawls to Playstation Theater in NYC to shoot Circa Survive on their ‘Juturna’ 10-year anniversary tour with RX Bandits and Citizen.

There’s something about your first album. It’s the grit, the unbridled passion, and the uneasy feeling of looking down the road to see if it’s going to be the start of a following; a fulfillment of a dream, and if like-minded people will get it. My first encounter with Circa Survive was actually through an ex-girlfriend (no, this isn’t going to turn into one of those stories). It was the first song I heard from them, “Get Out,” when I understood the passion that all my friends around me had for the band. Juturna, Circa Survive’s first full-length is where I first heard the band in its rawest form, finding its footing in its infancy ten years ago. Sure, maybe there were some bands who were making similar music, but now it’s ten years later and Circa Survive is still alive and kicking.

That night in New York at Playstation Theater was a little bit more packed than usual. In reality, the show had been sold out for months and the fans were a little bit older. Every Circa show feels like a reunion of sorts. Citizen was the first band who performed where the fans slowly filed in to their dimly-lit set. I had previously seen the band at Warped Tour this year and they performed some songs from their recently released album, Everybody Is Going To Heaven. Read more »

Four Chord Fest

UTG CONTEST: Win Two Free Tickets to Four Chord Music Festival

All across the country, the temperatures have dipped, the flip-flops have been laid to rest, and the flannel is out in full force. In no time at all, we will have completely forgotten the gentle caress of the summer sun and the simple bliss of a beer enjoyed outdoors. Christmas may be on the way, but before long, that too will be but a distant memory, and we’ll be left with nothing but constant darkness, perpetual cold, and endless suffering.

Okay, maybe I’m being a wee bit overdramatic, but few will argue that the arrival of winter is kind of a bummer. No need to fret, however, because as per usual, the UTG team has just the thing to warm your weathered soul: two free tickets to Four Chord Music Festival.

Set to take place in Pittsburg, PA on December 13, this day-long dance party boasts performances from Yellowcard, Anti-Flag, Citizen, and a crap-ton of other stellar acts, as well as some very awesome VIP packages. Get all the details here, and check out a full line-up below. Read more »

2015 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival - Weekend 1 - Day 2

Tickets for The Weeknd’s ‘Madness Fall Tour’ Continue to Rise on Secondary Market

The Weeknd began his North American ‘Madness Fall Tour’ earlier this month, and the R&B artist has just over a month to go before the tour wraps. The run kicked off in Toronto On November 3 and will run until December 19 when it wraps up at the American Airlines Arena in Miami. The tour is in support of his sophomore album, Beauty Behind the Madness, which the 25-year-old released on August 28. Tickets to see The Weeknd have skyrocketed across his remaining dates, as tickets are averaging $236.

Across the final 15 stops, the most expensive date on the calendar for The Weeknd is his November 24 performance at the Centre Bell in Montreal, where tickets are averaging an impressive $776 on the resale market, with the cheapest ticket available for $69. His least pricey performance is scheduled for November 27 in Winnipeg at The MTS, where tickets are averaging $112 with a get-in of just $43, according toSeatSmart. Read more »

Samuel Claiborne

UTG INTERVIEW: Samuel Claiborne Discusses ‘Love, Lust And Genocide’

New York alt-rock veteran Samuel Claiborne is a Renaissance man when it comes to the arts; divvying up his time and effort between poetry, music, photography, visual art and more. This is an impressive feat for anyone, but being a former quadriplegic, it’s downright inspiring. Teaming up with the True Groove All Stars, Claiborne’s newest album, titled Love, Lust And Genocide, truly traverses the spectrum of rock and roll, touching on politics and personal experience in theme with a vast team of talented musicians helping to create the instrumental foundation for it all.

We had the chance to discuss the new album and its process with Claiborne, along with his beginnings as a musician and much more. Read through below to check out our conversation. Read more »

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