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UTG PREMIERE: Marco Featuring Keano Spitta – “WITIT”

We have been featuring a lot of new talent as of late, but the amount of fresh hip-hop appearing on UTG has admittedly been low. We aim to change that this afternoon, however, and we’ve recruited some of our favorite young talents to help make that happen.

Kicking off 2015 with a bang, WFFW member Marco is back at it with the uptempo ride-out anthem titled “WITIT.” This is the third single from his anticipated mixtape, “$tudio Night$,” and in our opinion it’s one of his best tracks to date. Produced by Tay on the Beat, the song features Marco …

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UTG PREMIERE: Variants – “Idle Eyes” (Studio Performance)

The weekend is just around the corner, and if you’re anything like us you’re in need of the perfect soundtrack to help say goodbye to the work week. We don’t make music ourselves, but thanks to the talented men of Variants we have just the record for you.

Today, for the first time in our history, UTG is thrilled to partner with up-and-coming rock act Variants to premiere a video featuring a studio performance of their song “Idle Eyes.” We’re also excited to announce that the band’s debut record, The Concept of Color, is free for a limited time

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Everly’ Will Kick Your Ass

Film: Everly
Starring: Selma Hayek
Directed by: Joe Lynch

With bullets and creative flare to spare, Everly ushers in a new age of cool for its lead, as well as its director.

Joe Lynch hasn’t made a feature-length film that made it to audiences with his vision in tact since Wrong Turn 2. In the time between, Joe has contributed to various film projects (Chillerama, for example), starred in a sitcom (Holliston), and even made a movie that was taken from him and cut to shreds by a third party who then completely mishandled the …

Walter Mitty

UTG PREMIERE: Walter Mitty and His Makeshift Orchestra (Space Jam Session)

It’s a big day for premieres here at UTG. Following our exclusive with Ivory Deville early this morning, we have the great pleasure of presenting you with a Space Jam Session featuring Walter Mitty and His Makeshift Orchestra.

Oh, you don’t know Walter Mitty and His Makeshift Orchestra? Shame on you. This West Coast group have been rising through the underground for more than a minute now, and in that time they’ve proven themselves to be a unique musical concoction of rock, folk, pop, and jam band that is hard to put down. Today, we have two acoustic performances …

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UTG VIDEO PREMIERE: Ivory Deville – “Drain Pipe” (Live)

Just a month after releasing their incredible debut album, Ivory Deville have partnered with UTG to share a live video that you won’t soon forget.

If you don’t know the name Ivory Deville just yet, don’t fret. Though the band has been getting a lot of love from critics in recent weeks they are still very much working their way into the public conscious. To help with that effort, the band asked fans to help them fund the production of four live performance videos, which are set to debut at various point throughout 2015. UTG is thrilled to host the …

Ghastly-Menace

UTG ALBUM PREMIERE: Ghastly Menace – ‘Songs Of Ghastly Menace’

Keeping up with our efforts to expose you to best new music available, UTG is thrilled to share the exclusive world premiere of the latest album from Chicago’s Ghastly Menace.

Described as everything from the latest indie sensation to ‘soaring orchestral pop,’ the music created by Ghastly Menace is undeniably unique. Their latest LP, Songs Of Ghastly Menace, offers an 11-track collection of potential hits that feel destined to provide the soundtrack to your summer. We have been falling in love with this album over and over since December, so it gives us a great sense of joy …

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REVIEW: Marilyn Manson – ‘The Pale Emperor’

Artist: Marilyn Manson
Album: The Pale Emperor
Genre: Goth Rock, Alternative, Metal
Label: Hell, etc.

“The past is over.”

That line says it all. This is not your older brother’s Marilyn Manson. And if you spend about fifty-five minutes with The Pale Emperor–or even just five–you’ll know it.

But let’s not be hasty with that statement. The dark and evil-natured frontman is still dark and evil. But more purposeful. This is less “on-your-sleeve,” and instead with more intention, as well as metaphorical. There are so many instances where Manson dwells on the inherent evil and corrupt nature of …

the decemberists

REVIEW: The Decemberists – ‘What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World’

Artist: The Decemberists
Album: What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World
Genre: Indie Rock
Label: Capitol Records

Now in their fifteenth year as a band, The Decemberists have released their seventh studio album in What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World.

Fans of their previous release should feel right at home with the new record, especially because many of its stylistic elements pick up right where The King Is Dead left off. This is especially true with regards to tracks like “Mistral” or “12-17-12,” which is even dated appropriately.…

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Wedding Ringer’ Runs On Fumes

Film: The Wedding Ringer
Starring: Kevin Hart, Josh Gad
Directed by: Jeremy Garelick

Another January, another hit-and-miss comedy from Kevin Hart that was largely ruined by an ad campaign that showed far too much.

Returning to theaters with his third starring role since last January’s Ride Along, Kevin Hart has blended buddy comedy staples with tired romcom antics to deliver The Wedding Ringer. It’s not bad, it’s not great, it simply is, and how much you enjoy it will depend heavily on how many times you were made to watch the film’s numerous trailers over the last six …

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REVIEW: Author – ‘Of Brighter Days’

Artist: Author
Album: Of Brighter Days
Genre: Indie, Alternative
Label: Unsigned

Minneapolis’ Author have been riding a wave of praise since the release of their debut EP, People Are Alike All Over, a lush offering that left alternative music fans weak in the knees and hungry for a follow-up. Now, two years later, the four-piece is back with a well-rounded LP that not only meets, but exceeds all expectations.

Carefully crafted from start to finish, Of Brighter Days is a record defined by details. From the glassy opening of “Fiction” to the tender closing of “Find The Words,” every …

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REVIEW: Meghan Trainor – ‘Title’

Artist: Meghan Trainor
Album: Title
Genre: Pop
Label: Epic Records

Meghan Trainor has the poise, swagger and talent to take over the world as we know it. Launching herself into pop stardom with sensational 2014 hit “All About That Bass,” Trainor showed the world, through light-hearted melodies and a positive attitude, that pop music can have a vivacious diva…with a few curves. The song is fun, the song is catchy, the song is downright irresistible. “All About That Bass” took over the Western world.

With that in mind, standards for Trainor’s debut LP, Title, which dropped this week, are …

Empty-Houses

The Next Band To Change Your Life: Empty Houses

If you have been following along to the Twitter chatter in the alternative music realm this week you have no doubt seen someone mention Empty Houses, the Detroit-based trio of Ali Shea, Adam Mercer, and Dave Mackinder (Fireworks). January is a busy time so it’s completely understandable if you didn’t have time to commit to the article those tweets hopefully included, or perhaps you did only to find you had no time to commit to the music in store. That’s fine. Social media has become a flood of ICYMI headlines as of late, so you’ll still have plenty of chances …