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10 Years Later, TREOS Still Matters: Celebrating ‘Between The Heart And The Synapse’

I was fourteen years old when Between The Heart And The Synapse first came out. I was aware of the band’s presence a little before it released, but I was not yet aware of what the band would later do for me.

I was young, excited to be out at shows, and completely enthralled by the Massachusetts DIY scene at the time. Upon leaving a show in Greater Boston, I remember being given a flyer for a band called The Receiving End Of Sirens. The name seemed long enough to me to be cool, as if it were purposefully …

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Celebrating 10 Years of Circa Survive’s ‘Juturna’

People sometimes ask me what my musical evolution was, and my general answer is that, before anything else, Circa Survive got me into independent music. Before hearing their debut Juturna, which turned ten years old on Sunday, I’m pretty sure I only listened to Linkin Park and that one Three Days Grace song. At some point in elementary school, I started spending after-school hours at my neighbor Julian’s house. His brother Jeffrey was always holed up in his room blaring music, and more often than not, he’d be listening to Juturna. I didn’t know it immediately back then, …

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UTG VIDEO PREMIERE: Subtle Words – “Whatsoever”

There must be something in the water in Buffalo, New York because no other city in recent memory has produced as many uniquely thrilling bands in the last five years as this often overlooked city. I don’t know the last time we went more than two days without posting about a band from this region, and today we’re thrilled to introduce you to yet another promising young band that will soon become (inter)national sweethearts.

Subtle Words are probably not a group you have heard of before, but soon they will be on every music fan’s radar. Blending elements of punk …

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Celebrating 20 Years of Silverchair’s ‘Frogstomp’

In the last week of March in 1995, a band of three long-haired, fifteen-year-old grunge disciples from working class Newcastle in northern New South Wales shot to worldwide prominence courtesy of their enthusiastically received debut album Frogstomp. That band was known as Silverchair and for a nine-year-old Australian kid, raised on the likes of Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, The Offspring and Alice in Chains, they may as well have been God, and Frogstomp The Bible.

I was one such nine-year-old and for me Frogstomp marked the first moment where I felt like I had discovered a band on my …

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UTG EXCLUSIVE: The Maine’s John O’Callaghan On Thriving By Way Of Passion And Diligence

Unwavering in their attempts to pursue greater heights, Tempe, AZ alternative rock outfit The Maine have just put out American Candy, their most dynamic and sensational record to date. UTG had the pleasure of chatting with lead singer and lyricist John O’Callaghan. Below he tells us a story of how he came about doing what he loves most. He talks about the different instances throughout his life where music spoke to him and made him feel it was what he wanted to do.

“The past eight years of my life have been dedicated to the industry of music, yet …

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EDITORIAL: 10 Years of Emanuel’s ‘Soundtrack to a Headrush’

In September of 2005, I enrolled in an introductory guitar course through my high school, certain that a few tricky bar chords were all that separated me from a rock star life on the road. Unfortunately, the whole musician thing didn’t really pan out, and I ended up doing a lot more socializing than shredding.

A short ways into the semester, I began talking to an older kid named Mark, and we became fast friends through our shared love of alternative music. I was into just about anything that “the scene” unanimously approved of, while Mark’s tastes were considerably less …

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SXSW 2015: A Survival Guide

In preparation of this year’s South By Southwest (SXSW), the music industry’s most epic and grueling music festival, I felt inclined to make a list of advice and suggestions that I wish someone had told me in 2009, as I headed into the event.

So to all of you SXSW rookies out there, take heed and read the following:

1. Drink water, not whiskey.

Since SXSW is unlike any other festival in the fact that it is a marathon, not a sprint, pacing yourself is key. With schedules spanning six days and shows popping up from breakfast till bars close, …

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Trust Me, “Cha Cha” From D.R.A.M. Is Your New Favorite Song

Every once in a while a song comes along that truly sounds like nothing else on the market. It’s a rare moment of discovery that is becoming increasingly hard to stumble upon in the digital age, but for those willing to sift through the seemingly endless number of artists hoping to be heard, there is gold to be found.

I’m not the first to hop on this hype train, but the last several weeks the only artist I have discovered who seems to have found their own lane in music is Virginia native D.R.A.M. His infectious, genre-bending single “Cha …

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EDITORIAL: Of Mice & Men Come Full Circle

It seems that with every minute, rock and roll group Of Mice & Men are becoming more and more relevant to the music scene. The question is, however, in what way? Any Warped Tour fanatic of early 2010-2012 can vouch for the band’s incredible growth as they reigned over the metalcore scene, one tour at a time. Yet now, with the release of their newest record Restoring Force, along with their reissue Full Circle, they have easily left this platform behind them, diving into a style that’s poised to launch them into mainstream music–or it’s a style they’ve …

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Ten Years Of Chasing Suns: Looking Back At The Supergroup Behind ‘Tiger And The Duke’

For the longest time my brother and I had pretty similar tastes in music. Eventually though, our tastes changed. I started getting into metal and screamo, while he continued to drift toward indie and alt-rock. Initially, The Sound Of Animals Fighting weren’t on my radar, but him and his best friend made me listen to their debut album on a car ride. After that, I became a fan. They were my connection to other bands like Circa Survive and RX Bandits.

2005 was a great year for music for me. I was in high school, and I was discovering …

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UTG LIST: Essential Songs for Valentine’s Day

No one holiday hinges on personal outlook quite like Valentine’s Day. Presents are pleasant, and candy is dandy, but unlike these other annual undertakings, this particular celebration is totally dependent on one’s current state of being. For those deep in the throes of love, V-Day is not only welcomed, but anticipated, while the single and searching are usually much less enthused come February. Essentially, it’s the Lost of holidays—you either love it, or you think it’s the dumbest thing since the word “Bae.”

To celebrate this stark contrast, the UTG crew has assembled a list of songs for virtually any …

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Is Charlie Puth’s “Marvin Gaye” Pop Music’s Next Smash Hit?

Atlantic Records took the music industry by surprise in 2014 with the signing, and later complete radio domination, of Meghan Trainor. Her throwback sound, coupled with timely pop culture references, made songs like “All About That Bass” inescapable pop hits. Just how long her career will last is anyone’s guess, but it should go without saying at this point that Atlantic has leveraged her unique style quite well up to this point.

Today, Atlantic Records is hoping to find similar success with the introduction of Charlie Puth, a young male vocalist whose new single just so …