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UTG @ MIXTAPE FEST: Microwave Discuss Writing Process Behind ‘Stovall,’ Hint At New Material

Alternative rock outfit Microwave recently wrapped up a quick run with You Blew It! and Sorority Noise. The band played three consecutive shows in New York, one of which was a stop at Long Island’s Mixtape Festival, where they played alongside bands like Incendiary, Crime In Stereo, The Movielife, and more.

Under The Gun had the pleasure of catching up with the Georgia, Atlanta four-piece after they played a killer set during Mixtape Fest. The band discussed the recording process behind their well-recieved debut full-length album, Stovall. They also talked about their recent signing to …

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UTG @ MIXTAPE FEST: Giants At Large Discuss Musical Influences, ‘The American Dream Is Dead’

One of the most charismatic bands out there today goes by the name of Giants At Large. The Long Island pop-punk four-piece radiates a lot of young passion, both on stage and off.

The band recently played the first day of Today’s Mixtape Festival in Patchogue, NY alongisde bands like Iron Chic, Kill Your Idols, The Movielife, and many more. Under the Gun had the pleasure of speaking with them about their new record, their plans for the rest of the year, Criss Angel, and several other hot topics. Check it out below.

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UTG @ MIXTAPE FEST: A Loss For Words Look Back On Their Journey As They Bid Their Fans Goodbye

The energy level in any room is heightened and amplified with the presence of Matty Arsenault, A Loss For Words’ lead vocalist. He quickly jumped right to conversation, describing the interesting night they’ve just had as we got to sit down with him before their set at Today’s Mixtape Festival in Patchogue, NY.

Below, Arsenault talks about the band’s fifteen-year journey and its upcoming bittersweet end.

The band, despite being accustomed to the inner workings of a musician’s life at a very young age, never saw the whole ride as a business. “We were literally little kids with skateboards …

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UTG INTERVIEW: Slayer’s Paul Bostaph Talks ‘Repentless,’ Mayhem Fest

On July 26, Under The Gun Review sent me to Mayhem Festival at Nikon Jones Beach Theater in Long Island, NY. With only two stages for the whole festival this year, the average crowd size for each band I saw was a bit worrisome; for the better part of the day, it seemed like no one was interested in some of the festival’s most impressive acts.

However, that all changed when headliners Slayer–the undisputed kings of thrash and one of the most legendary metal bands in history–took the stage. The band commands a crowd with incredible ease, and their …

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UTG TV: The Cadillac Three Chat About Writing For Keith Urban, Eric Church & Rascal Flatts

Under The Gun Review headed to Nashville, Tennessee for country music’s biggest week in the south, CMA Fest. We had the chance to dig deep into the musical backgrounds of Nashville natives The Cadillac Three. We bet you didn’t know that they’re the reason behind some of your favorite songs falling into the hands of Rascal Flatts, Eric Church, Keith Urban and Tim Mcgraw.

The Cadillac Three is one band that will knock your boots out from under you with their dedication to bringing rock back into country music. The band just released a video on Vevo for their …

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UTG TV: Jessie James Decker Knows How To Handle A Busy Schedule

Jessie James Decker might be married to every female’s Man Crush Monday, but she’s not letting that stop her from making a name for herself. She makes being pregnant and balancing a career look like a walk in the park and absolutely deserves the coveted hashtag #MomGoals.

You might remember Jessie from her pop days, with her catchy single “Wanted,” but she’s all country. Her EP is due out shortly, but you can get a taste of her new music endeavors on Billy Currington’s new single, “Good Night.” Decker describes her new EP as fun, loving, …

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UTG INTERVIEW: Kingmaker’s Alex Gaspar Discusses the Creation of ‘The Cradle’

Kingmaker have always been a group that thrives on progression. Since bursting onto the scene in the summer of 2009, the Lake County quartet has undergone a number of style and lineup changes, all leading to the release of their latest full-length effort, The Cradle–a bold blend of abrasive riffs, ear-shattering percussion, and poignant lyricism.

We recently spoke with guitarist Alex Gaspar, who not only gave us all the details on the band’s latest album, but also elaborated on what they have in the works for the rest of 2015. Read our conversation below, and keep in touch with …

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UTG TV: Parmalee At CMA Music Festival 2015

We caught up with Parmalee right after they took the stage at CMA Fest in Nashville, Tennessee last month. These guys have been around each other for some time now and know how to have a good time, even with their busy lives. The band had just come back from a performance the night before and spent some time in the airport catching up on sleeping. This of course led to photos being posted of each member caught snoozing. How flattering!

This will be Parmalee’s fourth year at the major music festival that has helped launch major acts in the …

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UTG INTERVIEW: Patrick Brice Discusses His New Film, ‘The Overnight’

It’s hard to throw a stone in the world of modern indie movies without hitting some up and coming filmmaker who one or more publications has dubbed the latest ‘visionary’ storyteller. Everyone has someone they’re rooting for in the race to see who graduates from one-time genius to career-long writer/director who influences countless future storytellers, and for me there is no one with more promise or talent working right now than Patrick Brice. He’s delivered two incredibly different and immensely entertaining films over the last year, each pushing genre boundaries in ways rarely, if ever seen before. Like Mark Duplass …

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UTG PREMIERE: Good Old War – “Tell Me What You Want From Me” (Acoustic Video)

Philadelphia folk-pop duo Good Old War are set to release their fourth full-length studio album next week on June 29, via Nettwerk – their first without longtime drummer Tim Arnold.

Today, we’re excited to premiere an impeccable, bare-bones rendition of Broken Into Better Shape‘s lead single–possibly Good Old War’s biggest song to date–“Tell Me What You Want From Me.” Performed at the Mobli Beach House in Venice, CA, the setting is perfect for this stripped-down version, which allows a generous focus on the duo’s signature vocal harmonies. You can view the video below where you’ll also find a …

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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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UTG INTERVIEW: Lydia Discuss Their Recent Tour, Upcoming Album

Lydia is an irresistible band. The material they produce has always been that of those who truly possess talent. Witnessing this band perform live made that fact very evident. Their mass appeal is undeniable and the energy they exude when on stage is magnetic.

The three-piece recently wrapped up their North American tour alongside The Early November and Restorations. We got to chat with them about their upcoming new record. Follow us below for more.

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