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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.…

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UTG INTERVIEW: Jeff Bridges Discusses His Career(s) and New Live Album

Jeff Bridges really needs no introduction, but for the sake of the uninitiated, he’s an Oscar-winning actor with numerous other talents on his curriculum vitae, including, but not limited to, photography, painting and songwriting. Many likely remember his turn as Otis “Bad” Blake in 2009′s multi-award winning Crazy Heart, but Bridges’ musical journey began long before that film graced the silver screen.

We were recently fortunate enough to have the opportunity to speak with Bridges about his careers in both film and music and the challenges of balancing the two, but we wanted to focus on his newest album, …

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UTG @ CMJ 2014: Have Mercy Discuss Taco Bell, Their New Record, And Plans For 2015

Baltimore breakthrough alternative outfit, Have Mercy, played Big Picture Media’s CMJ showcase this year. Under The Gun got to sit down with the band and talk about their fantastic Hopeless Records debut, A Place Of Our Own, which comes out today, October 27.

The band also talked a bit about their plans for 2015, which includes new music and upcoming tours.

Follow us below to read our entire conversation, and stream the band’s newest album, A Place Of Our Own, right here.…

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UTG @ CMJ 2014: Wyland Discuss Their Musical Background and New EP

What do you get when you combine NGHBRS‘ infectious rhythm and OneRepublic‘s contoured melodic dynamic?

You get Kearney, New Jersey pop/indie-rock quintet, Wyland.

Under The Gun has many up-and-coming artists on the radar and these folks are one of them. They played a CMJ showcase this year and we were able to get in touch to talk about their upcoming EP, among many other things.…

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UTG INTERVIEW: Joe Hahn Of Linkin Park On Directorial Debut ‘Mall’

Joe Hahn has been recognized as the man behind Linkin Park’s turntables since the band’s release of Hybrid Theory in 2000.

In 2014, he is proud to have made his feature-length directorial debut with Mall, which hit theaters on Friday, October 17. Creating and releasing the film was an in-depth journey, which he simultaneously coordinated with releasing a new album, The Hunting Party, and playing a nationwide summer tour.

With a team of strong actors including Cameron Monaghan (Shameless), Vincent D’Onofrio (Law and Order) and Gina Gershon (Wilfred), he was able to …

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UTG TV: Ghost Parade Talk Tours and New Album Prep

UTG TV met with Ghost Parade last Thursday at San Francisco’s Bottom Of The Hill to get caught up on everything the guys have been doing.

Ghost Parade just recently finished a short run with Kiven and Rags & Ribbons on the West Coast. During our talk, the guys discussed that a new album was in the works and that they were busy fleshing out songs and finalizing things in preparation to record a followup to 2013′s Foundations EP.

Check out our exclusive interview below the jump to find out what makes the guys in Ghost Parade tick. You can …