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Listen to FUTURE PRIMITIVE’s Debut Release ‘FP14,’ Read Their Interview With Us, Then Go Skate Some Curbs

Today, we’re pleased to share with you the fantastic debut EP from North Carolina-based skate-punk / melodic hardcore band, FUTURE PRIMITIVEFP14 sounds like the work of a band that already has a few releases under their belt, yet somehow FUTURE PRIMITIVE has only been around for a few months. Seamlessly juggling a wide variety of influences, from skate-punk to youth crew to emo, FUTURE PRIMITIVE have found a sound that harkens back to a wide variety of genres, while still feeling uniquely their own. Simply put, while this is technically a demo, FP14 sounds way more put together.…

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UTG PREMIERE: Matthew Heller – “Tragedy Town”

Under The Gun Review is excited to team up with Portland Oregon’s Matthew Heller to bring you his dynamic new single, “Tragedy Town.”

The guitar-driven, near-six-minute number is a product of lo-fi and spacey rock ‘n’ roll that sends you through an aural trip into a whole different universe. Mirroring music of a generation past, such as the late ’60s Zappa-esque solo half way through the number, Heller mixes an essence of outright musicianship and songwriting ability — turning the track into a wavy ride.

Ready to take the trip? Click “Read More” to stream the track and be …

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UTG TV: Warped 2014 With Bowling For Soup

“In 1995, I took a semester off from college to give this whole band thing a go. And I’m still on that semester off of college.”

The 2014 Vans Warped Tour features a lot of new talent, but there is nothing wrong with getting nostalgic and kicking it with the bands that have been around the block a few times.

Bowling For Soup has been a band for over twenty years. Despite their efforts to tone things down and relax a bit for family and personal purposes, the guys have never really been too good at staying off the road. …

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UTG LIST: The Must-See Acts At Lollapalooza 2014

It’s time for Lollapalooza, the one festival that Chicago residents look forward to most all Summer long. Held in beautiful downtown Chicago, IL, this year’s festival will be taking over the area from August 1-3 at the legendary Grant Park. UTG will be on the festival grounds all weekend to get some amazing coverage of headliners and undercard acts alike, along with everything else Lolla has to offer.

For some pre-fest coverage, our Head of Photography, Corbin Alvae, will be listing off the acts that he believes you cannot miss at this year’s event. Throughout the weekend as well, …

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UTG PHOTOS: Neon Trees (7/7/14)

Under The Gun sent photographer Nick Karp to Summer Stage in New York City, NY on July 7, 2014.

Neon Trees are on every photographers ‘to shoot list,’ mainly because of lead singer Tyler Glenn’s theatrics. The man knows how to put on a show and it’s evident to anyone that has seen photos of Neon Trees. They all capture an essence about the band, that can match their enormous live show. Their live set-up was incredible, and sound was almost spot-on to the record. They’re one of the more unique bands in pop music right now and certainly a

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Lucy’

Film: Lucy
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman
Directed by: Luc Besson

Luc Besson has to be messing with us. Either that, or he’s laughing all the way to the bank.

The man behind Léon: The Professional, The Fifth Element and The Transporter series is back in theaters this summer with a new film by the name of Lucy. At first glance, the film offers a slick, thought-provoking look at what might happen if a woman scorned was unable to unlock 100% of her mental capacity. The actual feature, however, offers something far more silly.

Lucy tells the story …

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Sounds of the (Down) Underground: 5 Australian Acts You Should Be Listening To

Australia has a proud history of punching above its weight, musically speaking. This is particularly true when it comes to acts operating in the heavier music spectrum. With the seemingly endless advances in streaming and social media technologies making the ears of the world more accessible than ever, the Australian independent scene is thriving. The result is an influx of bands across a variety of genres making a considerable impact on the music scene globally.

As a UTG contributor and proud Australian who resides deep within the nation’s undisputed punk rock heart of Melbourne, it gives me great pleasure to …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Hercules’

Film: Hercules
Starring: Dwayne Johnson
Directed by: Brett Ratner

This is not the myth you remember, but it’s the legend you will love.

If you thought that line was corny, you may not want to purchase a ticket to Brett Ratner’s take on Hercules. It’s a wise-cracking, too cool for its own good type of film that [finally] gives us a good reason to care about so-called ‘sword and sandal’ films again. I went in expecting nothing and walked out with the realization I had just experienced one of the most entertaining 98-minute periods of the last year, if …

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REVIEW: Alive In Standby – ‘Never Ending’

Artist: Alive in Standby
Album: Never Ending
Genre: Progressive Pop-Punk

Alive in Standby have long been known for being wise beyond their years, displaying complexity and technicality rarely seen from teenage musicians. In 2011, the group released an impressive EP entitled Dream Status, which captured the attention of listeners around the world and flung the band into a whirlwind of tours and well-deserved exposure. Now, almost three full years later, the band has emerged from their cocoon to present their first full-length, Never Ending.

Unlike their previous release, which consisted of a mix of brutal post-hardcore breakdowns and …

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REVIEW: HELENA – ‘Levity Remixes’ EP (feat. Shawnee Taylor)

Artist: HELENA (feat. Shawnee Taylor)
Album: Levity Remixes EP
Genre: Electro house
Label: Ultra Music

After having the chance to speak with HELENA at the time of the release of her collaboration with vocalist Shawnee Taylor, “Levity,” there was little doubt the Australian electro house producer would make her presence felt throughout the music scene, whether it be through her nonstop international touring or festival-ready anthems. With the release of the Levity Remixes EP, she has taken yet another step in the right direction by teaming up with a collection of fellow rising musicians and allowing them to put their …

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UTG LIST: 10 Must-See Undercard Acts at Outside Lands 2014

Northern California’s premier, eco-friendly music and arts festival is nigh! The unsurprisingly sold out Outside Lands is set to take place August 8-10 in the historic Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, CA, and Under the Gun Review will be on-site to cover all of its glorious offerings.

We’ll cover Outside Lands’ various food, drink, comedy and art attractions in a followup feature soon, but in this installment of pre-fest coverage, we’re focusing on the tunes. With massive headliners the likes of Kanye West, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and The Killers (not to mention the slightly lower-billed acts including …

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A Decade Under The Influence: 10 Years Of Taking Back Sunday’s ‘Where You Want To Be’

In the fall of 2004, I had just turned 14 years old. I was unsure of how my clothes were supposed to fit my body, and over the summer, I had grown a substantial neck beard. Girls were becoming more interesting by the day, and high school was no longer a far off destination, but a rapidly impending stop on the road to adulthood. People were still reeling from the Friends finale, and celebrities were showing their nipples on national television. It was a lot to take in.

As is the case with most teenagers, I was living my life …