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UTG ALBUM PREMIERE: Caramel Carmela – ‘Till Death Do Us Party’

Earlier this month we teamed up with Caramel Carmela to premiere one of the singles off their upcoming album, Till Death Do Us Party. The album officially hits stores next Tuesday, August 26, but we’ve partnered up with the band once again to stream it in its entirety a little early. You can give it a listen right below the jump.

If you like what you hear, be sure to pre-order a copy of Till Death Do Us Part on iTunes. The band will be headlining a CD release show tomorrow, August 23 at Denver’s Summit Music Hall. …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Sin City: A Dame To Kill For’ Is An Underwhelming Callback To Adolescence

Film: Sin City: A Dame To Kill For
Directed By: Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller
Starring: Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin

After 9 years of waiting for another foray into bloody black and white cinematic madness, the sequel to Sin City has finally arrived. Was it really worth the wait, though? As a pre-teen back in 2005, this was the kind of pulp noir fiction that my puberty-stricken primal instinct fed off of. Now typing before you is a 21-year-old who hasn’t grown any wiser when it comes to violent entertainment like this.  Betwixt the beheadings, limb chopping, and nude …

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LIVE REVIEW: KISS and Def Leppard in Des Moines, Iowa (8/20/2014)

“You wanted the best, you got the best. The hottest band in the world…KISS!”

Forty years later and the hottest band in the world hasn’t lost its shine. KISS delivered a full-throttle destruction of Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on August 20, winning the crowd over with a mixture of celebrated songs and on-stage antics. The band known for mixing simple and addictive rock ‘n’ roll with one of the most historical, groundbreaking live performances hasn’t lost a single platform-shoe’d step in its four decade tenure of melting faces — and that was blisteringly evident Wednesday night.

But let’s …

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UTG PHOTOS: Lollapalooza 2014 in Chicago, IL

Under The Gun’s Head of Photography, Corbin Alvae, attended Lollapalooza at Grant Park in Chicago, IL.

I went out to Chicago to attend the infamous 3-day music festival known as Lollapalooza, which takes place at Grant Park in the downtown area. The whole weekend was packed with artists of various genres; everything from electronic, to indie rock, to hip-hop. Chicago is one of my favorite cities to go and photograph in, all because the area is just simply beauty and definitely a place everyone needs to visit.

Kicking off my weekend starting on Friday, I began by getting the feel …

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UTG INTERVIEW: Suicide Silence’s Eddie Hermida Talks ‘You Can’t Stop Me’ And Continuing The Legacy Of The Band

“I feel like in this world you’ve gotta leave some kind of mark and impact. Most people have kids, I have music.”

Due to a parking mishap at the Scranton date of the 2014 Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival, I missed the interview time we had scheduled to speak with Suicide Silence vocalist Eddie Hermida. By the time we arrived at the press area, the band had left to prepare for their set. However, we were able to track the band down after their killer performance and three-hour meet-and-greet session, in which the band personally met every single person who was …

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UTG Photos: Rixton (8/3/14)

Under the Gun sent photographer Nick Karp to Irving Plaza on August 3 to check out Rixton.

For some reason I’ve happened to photograph a fair share of pop bands, and not to insult that scene, but I’m usually never enjoying the music. When asked to shoot Rixton at Irving Plaza, I honestly thought it was going to be something along the lines of when I shot Allstar Weekend, The Ready Set, etc, but I was wrong in the most positive way.

Rixton was good. Not to say that the bands mentioned prior aren’t good, but Rixton was …

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UTG TV: Rockstar Mayhem Fest 2014 With Mushroomhead

When UTG TV first decided we’d be heading out to Scranton, PA for the Rockstar Mayhem Festival, we knew that Mushroomhead was one band we absolutely needed to talk to.

The band ranks amongst the most obscure of the metal bands around the world. Mushroomhead has channeled a level of energy and stage presence that can only be inspired by pure creativity and excessiveness. They’ll one day be regarded among the ranks of GWAR and Slipknot as one of the most unique bands in rock music.

Check below to watch the Under The Gun exclusive interview with Skinny, where …

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REVIEW: Adult Jazz – ‘Gist Is’

Artist: Adult Jazz
Title: Gist Is
Genre: Indie
Label: Spare Thought

To Adult Jazz, their debut album is one part philosophical debate, one part literary exploration, and one part experimentation. To me, it would make an ideal soundtrack to an indie film (in the woods with lots of handheld camera shots). And I do mean that as a compliment.

Adult Jazz may not be on your radar yet, but they’ve been building momentum in Leeds for some time. Formed at Leeds University, the band (made up of Harry Burgess, Tom Howe, Tim Slater and Steven Wells) has been chipping …

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UTG PHOTOS: Pitchfork Music Festival 2014 (7/18/14)

Under the Gun sent photographer Nina Corcoran to Union Park in Chicago, IL from July 18-20 for Pitchfork Music Festival.

Every year, Pitchfork Music Festival announces its lineup and I let out a little wimper over in Boston from jealousy. The music blog’s annual festival has been going on for ten years now in Chicago, and as such they’re able to curate a small but focused line-up that boasts a lot of great up-and-coming acts as well as bigger indie staples. This year, at long last, I finally caved in and went.

After interviewing the bands playing about their favorite

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SINGLE REVIEW: Taylor Swift – “Shake It Off”

Artist: Taylor Swift
Single: “Shake It Off”
Album: 1989
Genre: Pop

Taylor Swift returned to the international stage earlier this week with the release of her new single, “Shake It Off.” The song is the first track to surface of Swift’s highly-anticipated new album, 1989, and it ushered in a whole new sound and style for the girl who has spent the better part of the last decade as America’s pop music sweetheart. If you missed the premiere, or if you simply need a few minutes to experience the single again, click below to view the track’s …

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UTG TV: Rockstar Mayhem Fest 2014 With Levi Benton Of Miss May I

In 2009, I witnessed Miss May I perform at Irving Plaza in New York City without knowing a single thing about the band. By 2014, the band has released four full-length albums via Rise Records, and has been growing just as steadily as the label has.

This April, the band released Rise Of The Lion to critical acclaim, charting in the upper ranks of the the Billboard charts in America. This summer, we caught up with them at the Rockstar Mayhem Festival 2014 in Scranton, PA.

We spoke to vocalist Levi Benton about Miss May I’s rise to success and …

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UTG PHOTOS & REVIEW: Outside Lands 2014, Days Two & Three (8/9, 8/10)

Under The Gun Review co-owner and editor, Brian Lion, attended the Outside Lands Music & Arts festival in San Francisco, CA from August 8-10.

The 7th annual Outside Lands Music & Arts festival took place from August 8-10 in the historic Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, CA. Hosting upwards of 180k attendees, Outside Lands provided music and art lovers with a wide array of the world’s largest bands, as well as countless foods, beers, wines and art displays from local and national artists, all in an eco-friendly atmosphere. To fully delve into everything I experienced throughout the 3-day fest …