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UTG PREMIERE: The Most Dangerous Animal – “Snack”

Earlier this year — in May, to be specific — we had the chance to premiere a live music video for The Most Dangerous Animal, a promising punk outfit hailing from Flint, Michigan. A few months later with the band still going strong on our radar, we’re excited to bring the Save Your Generations Records outfit to your attention once more in the form a brand new track.

Entitled “Snack,” the cut is yet another shining example of the group’s ability to make one powerful piece of music as all the raw energy one could ask for courses through …

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HUDSON MUSIC PROJECT: Savoy On Lasers, Biggie Smalls And New Tunes

Savoy isn’t a typical electronic group. The trio resides in Brooklyn, NY, although a piece of the group will always live in Colorado.

When the DJ duo and drummer took stage at The Hudson Project in Saugerties, NY, the vibe was slow and steady. By the time the set was underway, the mud-filled tent was uncontrollable. Smoke streams and laser beams were the theme of the evening, as will be the theme of Savoy’s upcoming ‘Mo Lasers Mo Problems Tour.’ If you catch them at Terminal 5 in New York City, expect to see Heather Bright take stage for vocals …

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UTG PHOTOS: Vans Warped Tour – Long Island, NY (7/12/14)

Under The Gun sent guest photographer, Jenn Curtis, to Jones Beach in Wantagh, NY to photograph the Vans Warped Tour on July 12, 2014.

The Vans Warped Tour hit Long Island last weekend at a new venue but as the same action packed tour we’ve grown to love. Fans of all ages lined the parking lot of Jones Beach anxiously awaiting the long day of music consumption. Of course the lineup featured some huge headlining names such as Mayday Parade, Of Mice and Men, Bayside and Less Than Jake, but there was also a plethora of fantastic bands of all …

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REVIEW: Joyce Manor – ‘Never Hungover Again’

Artist: Joyce Manor
Album: Never Hungover Again
Genre: Pop punk, alternative
Label: Epitaph Records

A lot can change in 20 minutes. Clients could fire you. You could find true love. You could lose it. People can die. 20 minutes of reading can teach you something you’ll always remember. Your first kiss, touch, and love can fully bloom within 20 minutes. Liam Lynch famously wrote “United States of Whatever” in less than 20 minutes. You can finish any Joyce Manor album in under 20 minutes.

And that’s how I want to spend my 20 minutes.…

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UTG PREMIERE: Big Awesome – “Foliage”

On their second EP, Birdfeeder, South Carolinian emo outfit Big Awesome made a concentrated yet powerful ripple within the underground music community that has led into a culmination of exciting events for the duo. Starting off with the repressing of Birdfeeder by German label Happy Little Trees last month alongside the recent confirmation of their addition to The Fest’s coveted 2014 lineup, the perfect amount of buzz is now pushing them forward as they look towards the release of their debut full-length.

Entitled Party On, the record has few details surrounding it as of now, but who …

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REVIEW: Real Friends – ‘Maybe This Place Is The Same And We’re Just Changing’

Artist: Real Friends
Album: Maybe This Place Is The Same And We’re Just Changing
Genre: Pop-Punk
Label: Fearless Records

“Easy on the eyes, heavy on the heart.”

Real Friends‘ lead singer, Dan Lambton, perfectly describes their new record with their own lyrics. Maybe This Place Is The Same And We’re Just Changing channels so much of their previous material, so much so that I wouldn’t have been surprised if they threw in a line or two about sleepy eyes and boney knees. This did not happen, thankfully, although I must admit it almost felt fragmentary.

Going into this record …

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LIVE REVIEW: The Early November @ The Studio At Webster Hall (7/16/14)

There’s a certain sense of pride that comes with singing along to every single song at a show. Coming out of The Early November‘s set last Wednesday night made me wish I were a bigger fan who vicariously sang along to every word like everyone else in the room did. The good vibes were irrevocable, and the sense of familiarity was uncanny.

The show started with openers, The Color and Sound. This five-piece indie/folk-punk band blew me away with their undeniable charm. Myself being the biggest sucker for pretty harmonies, I enjoyed their entire set and was won …

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UTG INTERVIEW: Glass Animals Discuss ‘Zaba’ and Touring the US

Who says that nice guys finish last? This year has been incredible for Glass Animals. With the release of their first full-length, Zaba, and their first tour of the U.S. (which sold out multiple dates all over), humility and kindness has reaped its benefits for this English outfit. And they couldn’t be more grateful.

When you see this band live, that’s exactly what you get. Between the multiple thank yous that the band gives, to the interaction and fun nature they deliver to the crowd, and the final goodbye; nothing but pure, humble attitudes. Not only that, but …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘And So It Goes’

Film: And So It Goes
Starring: Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton
Directed by: Rob Reiner

Rob Reiner has made an art out of telling simple stories with relatable characters. In a time where every film tries to be bigger and more extravagant than the one that came before, Reiner’s work exists to remind cinemagoers that the only thing a movie needs to be a hit is a good story with a few solid laughs. Big name stars help, too, of course, but they’re not a prerequisite for success.

And So It Goes is the latest work from Reiner, and like many …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Purge: Anarchy’

Film: The Purge: Anarchy
Starring: Frank Grillo
Directed by: James DeMonaco

A year after The Purge proved audiences were still interested in home invasion horror, The Purge: Anarchy has arrived with a mishandled attempt at franchise expansion that will likely be forgotten before the end of the year.

I was incredibly excited for The Purge: Anarchy after the initial trailer debuted online at the end of 2013 because it looked like the film I had hoped the original Purge would be. It always seemed strange to me that a film with a premise about all crime being legal for twenty-four …

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VINYL REVIEW: The Story So Far – ‘Songs Of’

Artist: The Story So Far
Album: Songs Of
Release Date: June 17, 2014
Label: Pure Noise Records

After much delay, the 10-inch vinyl release of The Story So Far’s five-track acoustic EP, Songs Of, has finally arrived.

Following the success of the band’s lovely “Clairvoyant,” an acoustic cut that was released on an excellent 7″ split with Stick To Your Guns, the California-based pop-punk front runners decided to release an all-acoustic EP featuring new, stripped down versions of tracks from their highly popular 2013 release What You Don’t See, along with a new song and a …

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UTG INTERVIEW: Zach Braff Talks ‘Wish I Was Here’

A little over a year ago, Scrubs star Zach Braff made international headlines when he turned to the world of Kickstarter to fund his latest film. Fans of Braff and his previous cinematic creation (Garden State) funded the project in less than 48 hours, which brought delight to some and rage to others. Some were excited to know other people believed in Braff as much as they did, while others thought the alleged millionaire was abusing a platform meant to help struggling artists get projects they cannot afford to create themselves off the ground. I did not fund …