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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 …

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Eden The Cat Is The ‘Amateur’ Songwriter No One Can Resist

Every year I tell myself I am going to dedicate more time to writing about artists on the rise that no one else makes time to cover, and every year those good intentions fade before the heat of summer arrives. Though I often find myself inundated with music from unsigned artists, I’ve honestly never written about a band who sent me an unsolicited email and never contacted me again. The artists I cover tend to be those who either attempt to build a relationship with the site, were suggested to me by a friend, or – and this may piss …

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UTG INTERVIEW: After Nearly Two Decades, SNOT Still Bring Energy To The Stage

Unmatched and unmarred by any other act in the hardcore music scene, SNOT have reunited and returned to the touring scene in celebration of the band’s groundbreaking record, Get Some.

Although the band’s recording career was cut short due to the untimely and tragic death of frontman James Lynn Strait in 1998, because of their unique and undeniably influential fusion of punk, metal, and hardcore music, the legacy of SNOT is as strong as ever. The band has reunited for a second time since Strait’s death — this time tapping Carl Bensley to fill in on vocals for the …

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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, …