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80/35 2014

FESTIVAL REVIEW: The 6 Best Things At 80/35

Last weekend, downtown Des Moines, Iowa filled with an array of concertgoers young and old for the seventh annual 80/35 music festival. The atmosphere was vibrant and the music was nothing short of amazing. Artists the likes of Ziggy Marley, Dawes, Dr. Dog, and Cake took the stage and lit the city up with blasts of colorful and gripping tunes. There was great food, impeccable weather, punk rock after-parties, and most importantly, a handful of artists flying under the radar ready to take the stage and become your next favorite band. Des Moines, your city did a music festival right. …

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STAND-UP TUESDAYS: Jon Fisch

Stand-Up Tuesdays is a weekly comedy spotlight written by the wonderfully talented Angie Frissore. Covering both known and unknown comics, Stand-up Tuesdays is your new source for all things funny.

This week, Angie puts a spotlight on Jon Fisch’s comedy career. If you or your comedy troupe would like to be featured on Stand-Up Tuesdays, please email utgjames@gmail.com.

I’m particularly excited to bring you this week’s Stand-Up Tuesdays, as this week, we take a look at the latest release from New York-based comedian Jon Fisch – an incredibly talented comedian I’ve had my eye on for the past five …

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STAND-UP TUESDAYS: ‘I Am Road Comic’

Stand-Up Tuesdays is a weekly comedy spotlight written by the wonderfully talented Angie Frissore. Covering both known and unknown comics, Stand-up Tuesdays is your new source for all things funny. This week, Angie puts a spotlight on Jordan Brady’s I Am Road Comic. If you or your comedy troupe would like to be featured on Stand-Up Tuesdays, please email utgjames@gmail.com.

This week in Stand-Up Tuesdays, we take a look at the long-awaited follow-up to Jordan Brady’s 2010 cult hit documentary, I Am Comic, in which Brady examines the personal and professional lives of road comics. I Am Road

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SCENE & HEARD: ‘Jersey Boys’

Written by UTG critic Grace Duffy, Scene & Heard takes a look at the music that makes our favorite films so memorable. Whether it’s the 400-piece orchestra Christopher Nolan used for ‘The Dark Knight,’ or the dozen or so bands that contributed to the soundtrack of ‘Top Gun,’ there is no denying the impact music has on movies and this column hopes to highlight the best of the best.

Clint Eastwood is probably the last name you’d expect to see flash up onscreen on a cinematic adaptation of a musical about the Four Seasons. But lo, the great man …

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Songs For The Season: Summer Playlist

Summer, the long coveted season for students, teachers, kids, parks, and numerous other interested parties, has always seemed to invigorate the beginning of something new. While it presents a change in season, it also sparks a temperate reinvention. Summer removes the constraints of autumn’s sweatshirts, winter’s coats, spring’s windbreakers, and welcomes humanity in its most natural form. With daylight bursting through the seams, endless possibilities, and a world to explore, summer rewards us with the sweat from our brow, and the heat consumed by our bodies. But, alas, what would a summer piece from UTG be without music?

All of …

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STAND-UP TUESDAYS: Tommy Johnagin

Stand-Up Tuesdays is a weekly comedy spotlight written by the wonderfully talented Angie Frissore. Covering both known and unknown comics, Stand-up Tuesdays is your new source for all things funny.

This week, Angie puts a spotlight on Tommy Johnagin’s comedy career. If you or your comedy troupe would like to be featured on Stand-Up Tuesdays, please email utgjames@gmail.com.

This week in Stand-Up Tuesdays, we take a look at the brand new release from comedian Tommy Johnagin, aptly named Stand-Up Comedy 3, which was released today via Rooftop Comedy. Recorded at Comedy Works in Denver, Stand-Up Comedy 3

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STAND-UP TUESDAYS: Dan St. Germain

Stand-Up Tuesdays is a weekly comedy spotlight written by the wonderfully talented Angie Frissore. Covering both known and unknown comics, Stand-up Tuesdays is your new source for all things funny.

This week, Angie puts a spotlight on Dan St. Germain’s comedy career. If you or your comedy troupe would like to be featured on Stand-Up Tuesdays, please email utgjames@gmail.com.

Comedian Dan St. Germain may be “Bad at the Good Times,” but when it comes to putting out his first comedy CD, he’s oh-so-good. The debut effort from St. Germain, which was released today via aspecialthing Records, proves that …

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STAND-UP TUESDAYS: ‘Live from Jamestown: Latenight @ Lucy Fest’

Stand-Up Tuesdays is a weekly comedy spotlight written by the wonderfully talented Angie Frissore. Covering both known and unknown comics, Stand-up Tuesdays is your new source for all things funny.

This week, Angie puts a spotlight on Rooftop Comedy’s Live from Jamestown: Latenight @ Lucy Comedy Fest. If you or your comedy troupe would like to be featured on Stand-Up Tuesdays, please email utgjames@gmail.com.

This week in Stand-Up Tuesdays, we celebrate the 2013 Lucy Comedy Fest with Rooftop Comedy’s Live from Jamestown: Latenight @ Lucy Fest, which was released last month. Featuring performances from Myq Kaplan, Jackie Kashian, …

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STAND-UP TUESDAYS: Myq Kaplan

Stand-Up Tuesdays is a weekly comedy spotlight written by the wonderfully talented Angie Frissore. Covering both known and unknown comics, Stand-up Tuesdays is your new source for all things funny.

This week, Angie puts a spotlight on Myq Kaplan’s comedy career. If you or your comedy troupe would like to be featured on Stand-Up Tuesdays, please email utgjames@gmail.com.

It’s been a wicked good year so far for comedy specials filmed in Boston, and the subject of this week’s Stand-Up Tuesdays will no doubt become a favorite for me. Comedian Myq Kaplan‘s new special, Small, Dork and Handsome was …

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UTG List: 8 Songs We Want The Blood Brothers To Perform At Their FYF Fest Reunion

Today the members of The Blood Brothers made it known that their eight-year hiatus was finally coming to an end with the announcement that the group would be performing at FYF Fest in Los Angeles this August. We had no idea such a reveal was on the way, and when the news finally reached us, all work at UTG HQ came to a halt for at least five minutes. There were cheers, there were quick sing-a-longs to “Love Rhymes…,” and everyone immediately began calculating how much money would be needed to make the trek to California in just three short …

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STAND-UP TUESDAYS: Marc Maron (Interview)

Stand-Up Tuesdays is a weekly comedy spotlight written by the wonderfully talented Angie Frissore. Covering both known and unknown comics, Stand-up Tuesdays is your new source for all things funny.

This week, Angie puts a spotlight on Marc Maron’s comedy career. If you or your comedy troupe would like to be featured on Stand-Up Tuesdays, please email utgjames@gmail.com.

This week in Stand-Up Tuesdays, we celebrate the premiere of the much-awaited second season of IFC’s Maron, which has quickly become one of my favorite shows currently airing. With the release of his second book, Attempting Normal, on paperback …

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UTG LIST: 6 Comedy Albums Everyone Should Own On Vinyl

A lot has been written about the resurgence of vinyl in recent years. It seems everyone from hipsters to parents who actually purchased vinyl non-ironically as children are getting hip to big discs once thought too large to remain relevant. Still, even with all the attention being given to wax in recent months, very few people have talked about the renewed interest in stand-up on vinyl.

People will tell you music sounds best on wax, and I like to think the same goes for stand-up comedy. Live albums in particular, which makes up the vast majority of comedic albums being …