Interviews

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UTG INTERVIEW: Tanner Jones of You Blew It! Discusses Hyper-Personal Songwriting & Getting Robbed on Tour

You Blew It! have certainly kicked things into high gear this past year and half. In the time that most bands put out an LP and rest on it, this Orlando, FL group decided to slap on a Weezer covers EP and  four-way split onto their discography. At the very beginning of 2014, they put out Pioneer of Nothing through the highly-revered Jade Tree Records, then embarked on their first ever headlining tour, taking their catchy version of the emo genre to the masses.

After seeing YBI! perform in two very unique settings on subsequent days – that being their …

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UTG INTERVIEW: Bobby Meader Music Talks Career Paths & Writing ‘Breakfast After Noon’

Independent music is a vital realm of the entertainment world. That being said, the industry is very fortunate to have a plethora of artists who continuously pump out material worthy of keeping the public’s attention and admiration. We recently had the pleasure of chatting with singer-songwriter Bobby Meader Music about his journey as a musician and how he brought his new EP, Breakfast After Noon, to fruition.

“Life has definitely gotten more difficult, especially starting so late, but I don’t look back at all,” Meader says as he talks about his journey as a fairly new singer-songwriter. The Las …

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UTG INTERVIEW: Behind Bayside’s 15-Year Longevity

15 years in the music world may be the equivalent to 100 years in human life. Trying to keep a band relevant and successful takes time, dedication, hard work and severe determination. Bayside, the punk-rock band we’ve all grown up with has reached this very milestone.

Throughout six studio records, a live acoustic album, overcoming the trials and tribulations of the passing of drummer John “Beatz” Holohan, and bouncing around record labels, the guys from Queens have proven that music will always be what keeps them going. To celebrate, Bayside are throwing themselves an on-the-road birthday party like no …

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UTG INTERVIEW: Make Do and Mend Embrace DIY and Stick to the Basics

DIY culture may not be the same as it was in the heyday of hardcore, but it’s far from gone. When Make Do and Mend decided the time had come to record a follow-up to their 2012 record, Everything You Ever Loved, they wanted to do it on their own terms.

Stay Close Records, the band’s own imprint ran through Rise Records, made the whole release cycle for Don’t Be Long all the more personal and genuine. Through this, a lot of the excess tied in with releasing music doesn’t need to be tolerated, but instead, could be avoided …

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UTG INTERVIEW: Jesse Lawson Discusses His Solo Work And Departure From Sleeping With Sirens

Not long after Sleeping With Sirens‘ third record Feel came out, guitarist Jesse Lawson parted with the band to focus on his new family lifestyle. Now with things back in order, Lawson is right back at it again, pulling music fans into his new solo act. His first two singles, “Tall Trees & Long Drives” and “New Orleans Train,” highlight the soft, acoustic side of Lawson’s songwriting, but after interviewing him, it’s quite clear that there is much more in store for his upcoming debut album.

Check out UTG’s interview with Jesse Lawson below as he discusses his songwriting …

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UTG TV: Mod Sun Discusses ‘Look Up,’ Warped Tour, And Jody Highroller

The happiest hippy you’ll ever meet is gearing up for the busiest season of his career. UTG TV was able to sit down with Mod Sun at his first stop of ‘The Look Up Tour’ in Las Vegas. We got all the details on his new record, Look Up, from special guests and instrumentation, to an exclusive reveal on his guest spoken word track featuring Tech N9ne.

If that wasn’t enough, Mod Sun gives us a sneak peek into what life on Vans Warped Tour will be like on the road with the Neon Icon himself, Riff Raff

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UTG INTERVIEW: Palisades Discuss The Success Of ‘Mind Games’

Last month, Palisades released their sophomore album, Mind Games, via Rise Records. The album has been a big hit with both fans and critics, which is part of the reason why they are participating in some of the largest tours of the year. They have become a bit of a staple in the music scene, and it sounds like they aren’t going anywhere any time soon.

The band’s drummer Aaron Rosa took some time out of his schedule to answer some questions about Mind Games, and you can read what he had to say below.…

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UTG INTERVIEW: Revision, Revised Talk ‘Dead Icons’ EP, Touring and More

When a band catches your ear in a wholly unique way, you can’t help but really focus on the nuances of the music, what the lyrics are about, or even find out whos in the band and what their duties are. Those were my goals when I first heard Ohio’s new post-metalcore outfit Revision, Revised. With their intricate and relentless guitar work, massive rhythm section, and deceiving lyrics, it was intriguing to hear a band of this caliber present a lot of poise, and in the right moment unleash their fury in the most brutal and impressive way.

Revision, …

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UTG INTERVIEW: Corpus Discuss ‘The Sliding Scale of Morality’

Sometimes, while waiting for a headliner to take the stage, you encounter a support act whose performance flips the script on your expectations and leaves an indelible mark on your memories of the night. For me, Corpus is one of those acts.

Personally selected by Bert McCracken to support The Used on the Australian leg of their dual headlining tour with Taking Back Sunday, the duo from Western Sydney took the eyes and ears of the Melbourne audience hostage with an energetic, raw and utterly captivating performance that didn’t so much as just warm the stage as set it on …

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UTG INTERVIEW: Slim Charles Talk ‘Small Improvements’ Reissue

New York-based math-pop outfit Slim Charles caught the attention of multiple UTG staff members last year, a fortunate find that culminated in a song premiere preceding the release of their debut full-length, Small Improvements in Life and Light. Within recent months, the band has signed to Little L Records, an independent Irish label that has previously teamed up with names such as Alex Calder and The Otter Years.

Kicking off their newfound relationship with a limited edition reissue of Small Improvements, Slim Charles have undoubtedly started 2015 on the right foot. Thus, we took some time to …

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UTG INTERVIEW: Head North Discuss New Music, Plans To Dominate 2015

Here at UTG, we believe in Head North. The Buffalo, NY pop-punk quartet wrapped up a year of seemingly soaring under the radar in 2014 with a few huge announcements for 2015, including the news that the band would be signing with Bad Timing Records for the release of a new EP in the spring and supporting the release with a slot on Front Porch Step’s first headlining tour with Have Mercy…although it now seems that Head North will be hitting the road with headliner Have Mercy after both groups decided to drop off the tour following allegations against …

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STAND-UP WEDNESDAYS: Robert Kelly (Interview)

Stand-Up Tuesdays is a weekly comedy spotlight written by the wonderfully talented Angie Frissore. Covering both known and unknown comics, Stand-up Tuesdays is your new source for all things funny. This week, Angie puts a spotlight on Robert Kelly’s comedy career. If you or your comedy troupe would like to be featured on Stand-Up Tuesdays, please email utgjames@gmail.com.

On Friday, January 9, Comedy Central will debut comedian Robert Kelly’s brand-new special, Live at the Village Underground at 12:00 a.m. ET, and we could not be more excited. The beloved Boston native brings his A-game in his newest special, addressing …