Features

Anberlin_DSKANKPHOTOGRAPHY

UTG PHOTOS: Anberlin’s Final Tour Hits NYC (11/16/14)

Under The Gun sent photographer, Derek Scancarelli, to Irving Plaza in New York City to photograph Anberlin’s Final Tour on November 16, 2014.

Over a decade ago, Anberlin released their first full-length album, Blueprints for the Black Market. In 2014, the band released a studio album entitled Lowborn before they embarked on their final tour ever. On November 26, the band will play their last show with ’68 at the House of Blues in Orlando, FL.

Anberlin took over New York City last weekend, playing two sold-out shows to Irving Plaza. Almost immediately, vocalist Stephen Christian made his way …

wild imaginaries

REVIEW: Wild Imaginaries – ‘Shades’ EP

Artist: Wild Imaginaries
Album: Shades EP
Genre: Pop, Piano Rock
Label: Unsigned

From the ashes of San Francisco band Via Coma comes the next project from the Bay Area trio who are now known as Wild Imaginaries. The group’s first installment comes in the form of a five-song, piano pop EP, titled Shades.

Shades doesn’t directly pick up where Via Coma left off, but that’s not a bad thing at all. As the two band names suggest, the group has shifted from Via Coma’s often dark and eerie sound into a much brighter and poppier mood in their …

tvotr

REVIEW: TV On The Radio – ‘Seeds’

Artist: TV On The Radio
Album: Seeds
Label: Harvest
Genre: Indie, Synthpop

I approached TV On The Radio’s Seeds as a newcomer to the stratosphere of sound the band creates. Being my first proper experience with the band that has been so heavily recommended to me, Seeds was a needed escape.

Seeds is a collection of fun, electronic indie-pop that doesn’t quit from beginning to end. Starting off with the surreal introduction of “Quartz,” TV On The Radio bleed fun through soundwaves emitted by their instruments. The opening of “Careful You” caught me immediately, and remained as one of …

Restorations Feature

UTG INTERVIEW: Restorations Discuss ‘LP3′ @ Pre-Fest 2

Just this past month, Restorations put out one hell of an AOTY contender with their SideOneDummy-released LP3. To coincide with the album’s arrival, the Philadelphia group embarked on a brief, two-and-a-half-week tour with Self Defense Family which led into and out of punk rock heaven Gainesville, FL’s premiere music festival, The Fest.

UTG had the opportunity to have a rather fun chat with frontman/guitarist Jon Loudon at Ybor City, FL’s Pre-Fest 2 about his band’s progression through the years, loosening up, and his approach to finding visuals to pair with his music, among a variety of other …

antemasque

REVIEW: ANTEMASQUE – ‘ANTEMASQUE’

Artist: ANTEMASQUE
Album: ANTEMASQUE
Genre: Rock, Punk

Despite the dissolution of The Mars Volta, pioneering artists Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez can’t seem to split up. With The Mars Volta’s final album, Noctourniquet, and its supporting tour in the books, the duo reportedly intended to work on separate projects, as they’ve been wont to do. Fortunately for fans, this was not the case, as Bixler-Zavala and Rodriguez-Lopez recruited former Mars Volta touring drummer Dave Elitch to join them in what would become ANTEMASQUE. The band’s self-titled release was later recorded in a studio belonging to Red Hot

Yellowcard_Feature

UTG PHOTOS: Yellowcard, Memphis May Fire & Emarosa (11/7/14)

Under The Gun’s Head of Photography, Corbin Alvae, stopped over at The Crofoot in Pontiac, MI to catch Yellowcard and others live.

I’m back at it again with yet another new photo set. I stopped over at one of my favorite home venues last week to catch Yellowcard‘s most recent headlining tour. First off, it’s starting to get to that season of cold here in Michigan. I don’t do well in the cold and it’s one of things I highly dislike once November hits. But this isn’t a weather report, this is about one fantastic line-up that came through …

the march ahead

UTG PREMIERE: The March Ahead – ‘Creation/Statues’

UTG has teamed up with Johnny Franck’s newest project, The March Ahead, to premiere his new 2-track release, titled Creation/Statues.

You may remember Johnny as the guitarist and clean vocalist for the now-defunct metalcore group Attack Attack!, but lately Franck’s been killing it within the music world, most notably with his cover of the very popular One Direction track titled “Story Of My Life,” which you can check out here.

Creation/Statues explores a wide variety of genres just within its two tracks. Touching on influences of everything from EDM to metal and on to pop rock …

Sex-Ed-The-Movie-2014

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Sex Ed’ Is The Best Comedy Of The Fall

Film: Sex Ed
Starring: Haley Joel Osment, Laura Harring
Directed by: Isaac Feder

Topping off a year-plus run of great supporting roles in several underrated indie gems, Haley Joel Osment is back in the spotlight with a hilarious new film called Sex Ed.

Hollywood contains a long history of finding humor by showcasing children behaving badly, but rarely has a story riddled with filth been met with the amount of heart found in Isaac Feder’s Sex Ed. Based on a script from Bill Kennedy, the film follows a twenty-something named Eddie — who, following a long bout of …

one-direction-four-album-2

REVIEW: One Direction – ‘Four’

Artist: One Direction
Album: Four
Genre: Pop
Label: Columbia/Syco

A year after delivering their hit-filled record Midnight Memories, One Direction have returned with a new album that features a far more mature sound.

It’s hard to understand when the members of One Direction found time to record new material over the last twelve months. Between seemingly endless world tour plans, promotional appearances, charitable efforts, pop-up shops, and everything in between, it’s kind of hard to believe the five-piece boy band have recorded and released an album every year since 2011. Four is by far the most mature record of …

10382653_10152756423257420_7331783326207038446_n

UTG ALBUM PREMIERE: Hawk & Son – ‘ATK’

Save Your Generation Records have consistently provided us with excellent records throughout 2014, so it is no surprise they are pushing the release of Hawk & Son‘s forthcoming record. Entitled ATK, the newest effort from the Flint, Michigan, indie rock outfit is set to hit stores tomorrow, so we’ve teamed up with SYG to stream the album in its entirety.

Follow the jump to give ATK a listen and be sure to give Hawk & Son a like on Facebook to keep up with all of their latest news and musings.…

punk_goes_pop_6

REVIEW: Various Artists – ‘Punk Goes Pop Vol. 6′

Artist: Various
Album: Punk Goes Pop Vol. 6
Genre: Covers/Compilation
Label: Fearless Records

Two years have passed since Fearless Records shared Punk Goes Pop Vol. 5, and in that time the world of top 40 music has undergone quite a transformation. There is less music created by actual instruments at radio today than ever before, replaced at a startling rate by EDM headliners and star-studded collaborative efforts that revolve around mindless hooks backed by thumping bass. Transforming these tracks into well-executed covers performed by artists using guitars is no easy task, but Fearless found thirteen artists up to the …

maxresdefault

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Dumb And Dumber To’ Is Worse Than It Looks

Film: Dumb And Dumber To
Starring: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels
Directed by: The Farrelly Brothers
Genre: Comedy

Twenty years have passed since Harry (Jeff Daniels) and Lloyd (Jim Carrey) taught audiences about their lives of idiocy, and in that time almost nothing has changed. That’s both the beauty and problem with their latest adventure, which to put it simply falls far short of everyone’s expectations.…