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UTG INTERVIEW: Valentino Arteaga Discusses Of Mice & Men’s Newest Chapter

Often described as Of Mice & Men’s backbone, Valentino Arteaga shines with this aura the second you meet him. Sitting down with the tenacious drummer, he explained the mentality of Of Mice & Men, and contributing to their growing success in the music scene.

From being on top of schedules and acting as a moral compass to the band, Tino proudly elaborates on his role with a reflective song lyric. “‘Taking care of business’ – that’s how I look at things. Things have to get done and you just got to do it.” Ever since Arteaga was young, his …

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Blurred: It’s OK Not To Be OK

I don’t know if it’s just me, but I don’t think we are vulnerable enough. Being vulnerable is another type of courage. Perhaps we are too much in love with being invincible. A couple weeks ago, I took a look at the much talked about documentary, Montage Of Heck, which chronicled Kurt Cobain, the man and not the mythical figure that we may be familiar with. Albums like Nevermind and In Utero were basically the pulling off of the bandages of life’s old wounds that were persistent within Cobain as he grew up. That pain drew millions and millions …

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UTG LIST: Records We Overlooked In 2014

Everyone has a moment where they stumble upon a release that hits them in a certain way; it changes the way the rest of your day, week, month, even foreseeable future will feel and look like. But, within this sonic euphoria, how defeated does one feel to find out that said album was released a year prior? Something so close within the past, yet heaps of time that could have been devoted to this specific art lost. Under our noses, how could one let their new favorite album slip by in a sea of mediocre releases and half-assed expression?

Here …

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FEATURE: Stop Making Excuses & Start Listening To Oh Honey

This probably won’t be that hard for you to believe, but despite the fact I more or less make a living talking about music there are still great new bands that I don’t discover until well after they have made a splash on the national stage. I like to think I do a fairly good job of keeping up with everything people tell me is worth hearing, and I also make time every week to seek out new bands I haven’t heard before (Bandcamp makes this incredibly easy). Still, no matter how many artists I listen to, great talent …

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Ikey Reigns Supreme; All Hail King Jaffe, Hip-Hop’s New Highness

Apart from maybe Run The Jewels, the most exciting thing about hip-hop for me last year was Ikey. He only released a single track–a debut of sorts–but it was a perfectly chosen debut to serve as the gloves he came out swinging with. Initially elusive as all get out, the now-DC-based, mostly Nigerian-raised emcee seemingly had next to no online presence. As far as I can tell, he still doesn’t have a Facebook page, but that undoubtedly contributed to what made he and the ferociously calculated “Timbuktu” so damn enthralling. I listened to that track over …

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UTG FEATURE: Last Night Leon Bridges Changed My Life

For the better part of the last year I have had my eye on Dallas, Texas native Leon Bridges. His music is both a callback to the now long gone heyday of soul, with influences ranging from Etta James to Sam Cooke, as well as a testament to the power of great songwriting. He can make you fall in love just as easily as he can make you ponder your relationship with the unknown, and he does it all while supplying a steady stream of dancehall-ready music that is sure to get your feet moving.

On Sunday night, May …

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UTG LIST: The 8 Most Out-Of-This-World Tech N9ne Collaborations

Tech N9ne dropped his prolific and genre-pushing new LP, Special Effects, yesterday — proving this tenured rapper’s best work is still ahead of him. The record is frantic and transparent on tracks like “Aw Yeah? (Intervention),” belligerent and obscure on songs like “Hood Go Crazy,” and downright strange on songs like “Roadkill.”

One thing the record does not fall short on are guest spots. Tech, the entrepreneur and co-founder of Strange Music, enlisted the likes of Eminem, Slipknot’s Corey Taylor, Lil Wayne, E-40, T.I., B.o.B., Hopsin, and many others on Special Effects. So, that leads to the …

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Fall Out Boy’s ‘From Under The Cork Tree’ Turns Ten

Place yourself in a room full of 18 to 20-something-year-olds today and make them listen to this three-second audio clip.

It takes me about a second to recognize the opening to “Sugar, We’re Going Down.” I’d imagine it’s the same for many. Hi-hats and two consecutive muffled kick drum beats are all it takes for a crowd to erupt with excitement in between sets at a rock show. I’ve seen it happen countless times. It’s pretty magical.

Taken from Fall Out Boy’s sophomore full-length record From Under The Cork Tree, “Sugar, We’re Going Down” serves as the …

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FEATURE: What Might Happen To The Hulk After ‘Age Of Ultron’

SPOILER ALERT: In order to write this article I must discuss the final minutes of Avengers: Age Of Ultron. If you don’t want anything ruined, please click off this page and return after you have seen the film. Don’t worry, this post will still be here.…

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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 …