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A Decade Under The Influence: 10 Years Of Taking Back Sunday’s ‘Where You Want To Be’

In the fall of 2004, I had just turned 14 years old. I was unsure of how my clothes were supposed to fit my body, and over the summer, I had grown a substantial neck beard. Girls were becoming more interesting by the day, and high school was no longer a far off destination, but a rapidly impending stop on the road to adulthood. People were still reeling from the Friends finale, and celebrities were showing their nipples on national television. It was a lot to take in.

As is the case with most teenagers, I was living my life …

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10 Questions We Have About ‘Apes 3′ After Watching ‘Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes’

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes just wrapped its first weekend of release here in the United States, and based on its $73 million dollar haul at the box office I think it’s safe to say a third film in the modern Apes franchise is not far from being a reality. It has long been rumored that a trilogy was the plan from day one, but as Hollywood has suffered a few misfire franchise launches in recent years (Mortal Instruments, Beautiful Creatures) executives have become a bit more hesitant to guarantee anything until they see a return …

80/35 2014

UTG PREVIEW: The 8 Must-See Acts At 80/35

Tucked away in Des Moines, Iowa is 80/35, one of the best festivals slated for the holiday weekend. Headliners Cake, Conor Oberst, Ziggy Marley, and Dr. Dog help round out an electric lineup of local, regional, and national talent who are all pouring into the heart of America for this annual event. Named after the crossing of the two major interstates in Des Moines (I-35 and I-80) there is no doubt 80/35 is ramping up for one of the best music-filled Fourth of Julys anyone could ask for and we couldn’t be more excited to be …

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UTG LIST: The Best Releases You Might Have Missed From The First Half of 2014

If there’s one thing 2014 has brought us thus far it is an array of fantastic music. It seems as though every week there is a new record released that needs to be thrown into the consideration for album of the year. For our mid-year review at Under The Gun, we wanted to bring you a list of records that we feel contain some of the best material released so far this year. However, we decided to focus on those that you might not have had a chance to hear yet due to being the works of (currently) lesser-known acts.…

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A Decade of Questions: 10 Years of Midtown’s ‘Forget What You Know’

You can look at anniversaries for albums in two different ways: 1) to remember the feels and take in the nostalgia that it brings, or 2) to view how the band has progressed since. Obviously, with Midtown all but defunct (due to a few recent reunion shows this year), you can’t really do the latter with this anniversary of Forget What You Know, unfortunately.

I remember the first few times I spun this record. The reality of a major label presence was obvious, but not in your face, so it was still the band that captured my ears with …

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10 Years Later: Alexisonfire’s ‘Watch Out!’

Alexisonfire seemed to not so much break up as drift apart. Dallas Green’s City and Colour was catching on with listeners. Wade MacNeil was chosen to replace Frank Carter in Gallows. With two of the band’s key members going or gone, George Pettit posted a statement — which wasn’t the most amicable-sounding — announcing the end of AOF. There was a tour, an expensive box set, a new band for Pettit, and now, nothing but the memories.

Looking back, Watch Out! wasn’t the band’s most successful commercial album – Crisis and Old Crows/Young Cardinals both have more impressive numbers. Watch

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10 Years Later: From First To Last’s ‘Dear Diary, My Teen Angst Has A Body Count’

On June 29, 2004, it was summer vacation for me. In just a couple of months my friends and I would be moving on to be sophomores in high school. At the time screamo/emo was growing into “mainstream” popularity. At the time I was into metal and punk. That did not last too long and I eventually found myself listening to screamo. The bands in this scene that released albums over the next few years laid the groundwork for similar artists to rise and become popular in the genres that we see today.

I don’t remember how I first learned …

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Black Hearts Still Reign: 10 Years of Unearth’s ‘The Oncoming Storm’

I discovered Unearth when the song and music video for “Zombie Autopilot” appeared on a Sounds of the Underground Tour CD/DVD sampler I purchased at Hot Topic. If you remember that short-lived (though undeniably awesome) annual summer tour or ever purchased a sampler disc solely in hopes of discovering a new band, you might be old enough to relate to this article. Maybe.

My friends and I would blast these music video samplers every day after school on my parents’ basement entertainment system while shooting pool and drinking copious amounts of Pepsi. I’ve since switched to Diet Coke and moved …

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Songs For The Season: Summer Playlist

Summer, the long coveted season for students, teachers, kids, parks, and numerous other interested parties, has always seemed to invigorate the beginning of something new. While it presents a change in season, it also sparks a temperate reinvention. Summer removes the constraints of autumn’s sweatshirts, winter’s coats, spring’s windbreakers, and welcomes humanity in its most natural form. With daylight bursting through the seams, endless possibilities, and a world to explore, summer rewards us with the sweat from our brow, and the heat consumed by our bodies. But, alas, what would a summer piece from UTG be without music?

All of …

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EDITORIAL: 10 Years of Underoath’s ‘They’re Only Chasing Safety’

“Believe me, man! If you’re into any of that ‘screamo’ stuff, you’ll love this record! Just give it a shot and let me know what you think”!

I can still remember those exact words spoken to me as my friend returned my iPod Nano after a day of uploading it with the contents of his digital library in the fall of 2006. I was scanning through new additions and came across a really intriguing album cover to an album called They’re Only Chasing Safety by Underoath, and I just had to ask about it.

By that afternoon, I found …

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UTG LIST: 20 Must-See Acts At Warped Tour 2014

Ahhh, Warped Tour. It’s that time of year again. Time for every misfit scenester, hipster, punk rockster, blogster, and all the other ‘sters to come together and celebrate life with ridiculous outfits, unique hairdos, the art of moshing, and one of our truest loves, music. Lather up the sunscreen, put on a pair of those infamous “fucking” sunglasses, prepare to be bombarded with a year’s worth of free goodies and go find your next favorite band.

In honor of the twentieth year of our favorite annual punk rock roadshow, our staff has decided to collectively provide you with a list …

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UTG Presents: Another Endless Summer (Free Music Compilation)

After far too many months of winter, and a spring that disappeared almost as quickly as it arrived, the time has finally come to shed the winter worries and down blankets for the heat and skimpy clothing of summer. Yes, that time of the year when students run free and the sun sets well after eight at night has returned, and UTG has a brand new compilation to help make every road trip one you will remember for the rest of your life.

We have always tried to keep things interesting with our mixtapes, and for the last few years …