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UTG INTERVIEW: Warren Haynes Celebrates Two Decades Of Gov’t Mule

There are few modern guitarists with as profound of a career as Gov’t Mule mastermind Warren Haynes. The 54-year-old North Carolina native has spent the majority of his lifetime showcasing his unique, unprecedented, soulful weaving of blues and rock songwriting.

Outside of his own band, Haynes has played alongside the likes of The Allman Brothers Band, The Dead (featuring surviving members of The Grateful Dead), The Derek Trucks Band, and even released a handful of solo records under the moniker The Warren Haynes Band. He’s written songs with Garth Brooks, Dave Matthews, Corrosion of Conformity, Elvis Costello, Les Claypool, …

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UTG INTERVIEW: Reckless Serenade Discuss Touring, New Album

Propelled by the success of a recent independent tour and music video for the hard-hitting track “Take Me Back To The Summer,” Reckless Serenade are making waves in the pop punk scene. The band’s music is fueled with an adherent aggression most commonly associated with post-hardcore music — but the melodic honesty vocalist Corey Brent delivers levels the music out to reach the best of both worlds.

The band is gearing up to record new material and plan to continue to work relentlessly, as like so many bands in the scene looking to garner attention. A collection of memorable songs …

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UTG INTERVIEW: Maino On Hip-Hop, Basketball And Brooklyn Gentrification

“I never understood the artist that got famous then looked at fans funny, because if it wasn’t for the fans we wouldn’t be here. So I’m one of those dudes who’s grateful just for the opportunity to be here and do what I do.”

On December 9, Full Court Press Vol. 1 will be dropping worldwide. The album is a compilation of original songs featuring NBA players and rap stars joining forces to make family-friendly and positive hip-hop songs.

Under The Gun was fortunate enough to get on the phone and chat with the King Of Brooklyn himself, Maino, …

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UTG INTERVIEW: To Write Love On Her Arms’ Jason Blades

To Write Love On Her Arms has always been an organization deeply in tune with the punk and concert community. For as long as I can remember as a fan of music, TWLOHA hoodies and tents have always surrounded me at festivals like Warped Tour. The message of the organization is clear: to spread care and love for those who need it. Not long ago, it was announced that TWLOHA would be released as a feature-length film in March of 2015.

Unfortunately, according to Variety, the film has been pirated nearly 20,000 since the Sony “hack attack,” which unveiled …

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UTG TV: The Matches Talk Reunion Shows

In 2004, Epitaph Records re-released The Matches‘ debut album E. Von Dahl Killed the Locals. Ten years later and after a break from being a band, the guys got back together to repress some vinyl. They didn’t expect it to turn into a series of sold-out reunion shows in Chicago, New York City, and even Australia.

On the second night of The Matches’ gigs at NYC’s Gramercy Theatre, we sat down with Shawn Harris (vocals/guitar) and Matt Whalen (drums) to talk about their experience in reuniting the band.

Check below the jump to hear about the nostalgic and …

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UTG TV EXCLUSIVE: Big Jay Oakerson Discusses His New Crowd Work Album

Last Monday, stand-up comedian and crowd work master Big Jay Oakerson released a new album through Comedy Central Records. The record is appropriately titled The Crowd Work Sessions: Whats Your Fucking Deal?!

Recorded at The Stand in New York City, Big Jay combines elements of his blunt and brutal honesty with whatever his crowd seems to throw his way.

A Philly native transplanted in New York, Oakerson is proud to say he works local clubs in Manhattan at least six nights a week. He’s spent years on the road performing with comics as legendary as Dave Attell and Patrice O’Neal. …

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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 …

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UTG INTERVIEW: Iranian Journalist / Writer Maziar Bahari Talks ‘Rosewater,’ Jon Stewart, And Risky Journalism

Rosewater, the new film directed by The Daily Show‘s Jon Stewart, is based upon a real man’s incarceration and torturing for reporting objectively during a dark time in Iran in June of 2009. Maziar Bahari is that man and UTG got to sit down with him to talk about the film, its production, and his relationship with Stewart among other things. Maziar is portrayed by Gael García Bernal in the new film. Rosewater is also based upon Bahari’s book, Then They Came For Me.

For a bit of background, Maziar Bahari is an Iranian journalist who was …

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UTG INTERVIEW: Andrew W.K. Continues To Spread Party Philosophy

For Andrew W.K., partying isn’t just a weekend pastime. It isn’t the thing he looks forward to during the day or the thing he regrets doing the next morning. For Andrew W.K., partying is life — and life is partying. The two go hand-in-hand, but also, for Andrew, partying means more than getting together with friends and having fun. Partying means embracing the positive aspects of life, even on the darkest days. Andrew has taken the idea of the party and turned it into a lifestyle — a bona fide movement fueling good nature, good thoughts, and good actions …

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INDUSTRY INTERVIEW: Haulix Founder Talks Industry Roots, Company Creation

Haulix is the type of service music industry professionals need. Providing exclusive streaming services from label to media, Haulix is doing what no other service in the industry has been able to do in the digital age — fight piracy. And Haulix is doing it with style. The sleek and user-friendly design makes it incredibly easy for outside parties to access streams and downloads of music months before release, all while being digitally watermarked to prevent leaks.

Formed in 2009, it helps both the artist and media control whose hands the music lands in before release — helping everyone involved. …

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UTG INTERVIEW: Frank Iero Shows Simplistic Brilliance With New Record

Frank Iero stands with confidence behind his merchandise table. It’s a simple table — a few shirts hang while a stack of posters and records occupy the space between Iero and his patrons. He smiles as he deals out his products — all of which contain the symbol Iero created to represent his music.

Every person who comes to the table is greeted with poise and energy. A father of a group of young girls shakes Iero’s hand with vigor and tells him he came all the way from Cleveland for his show in Des Moines tonight. A mother walks …

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UTG @ CMJ 2014: Bad Luck Talk Musical Roots And Leaving For Tour

Daytona Beach and Long Island natives, Bad Luck, played their first ever CMJ showcase last week in Brooklyn, NY. The band has been getting some steam lately from those who have seen them live and those who are getting word through the interweb.

Having just kicked off their fall tour, we thought it would be rad for you guys to get the inside scoop on these folks. If you find yourself leaning towards lyrically angsty rock and roll, their music is definitely for you.…