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REVIEW: Seaway – ‘All In My Head’ EP

Artist: Seaway
Album: All In My Head
Genre: Pop Punk

I love a good album as much as the next person, but there is something far more exciting about stumbling across an almost perfect EP. When you only have four or five songs to work with, every note of every song matters. These releases can make or break careers, and in the case of Seaway’s latest release it seems an extended play may be just what the band needs in order to reach the next echelon of pop-punk popularity.…

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UTG’S 31 Days Of Halloween: ‘Evil Dead II’

Of all the holidays celebrated worldwide, no single day is more loved by the UTG staff than Halloween. With the arrival of the year’s best month, the time has finally come to begin rolling out a plethora of features and special announcements we have prepared in celebration of our favorite day, including the one you’re about to read.

Now in its third year, 31 Days Of Halloween is a recurring feature that will run throughout the month of October. The hope and goal of this column is to supply every UTG reader with a daily horror (or Halloween-themed) movie recommendation …

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REVIEW: Pianos Become The Teeth – ‘Keep You’

Artist: Pianos Become The Teeth
Album: Keep You
Genre: Indie Rock
Label: Epitaph

The change felt on Keep You, the third full-length from Pianos Become The Teeth, was bound to happen. With the instant popularity of the draining end to The Lack Long After, listeners of the Baltimore area act were shown a new level of sonic illumination, something the band had always glimpsed at, but never fully realized until the end of their momentous work. With Keep You the band embraces the light at the end of the tunnel. Gone are the screams of anger and sorrow, …

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UTG @ CMJ 2014: This Is The Story Of How Beach Slang Stole My Heart

By now, no one should be surprised that these rising indie/punk rockers hail from the booming city of Philadelphia, home to many breakthrough bands of the same genre. Beach Slang’s muffled, garage band sound filled the 280-cap Brooklyn bar, five seconds into their forty-minute set at BrooklynVegan’s showcase during the last day of the 2014 CMJ Music Marathon.

The quartet served as openers for Michigan natives, Pity Sex, and the newly-reunited The Jazz June, another staple of the PA scene.…

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MOVIE REVIEW: You Have Never Seen Anything Quite Like ‘LFO’

Film: LFO
Starring: Patrik Karlson
Directed By: Antonio Tublen

Mind control becomes a lot more complicated than one amateur inventor expects in the new film LFO.

It’s been awhile since a foreign film swept me off my feet in its opening moments, but over the weekend that exact experience returned to my life in the form of Antonio Tublen’s LFO. It’s a tale of a man who stumbles upon a way to control people using frequencies akin to those that impact people with tinnitus. His efforts are somewhat noble at first, but things quickly take a turn for …

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What You Didn’t Know: Duvoh

Focusing on lesser known aspects of artists, resident staff writer Michael Giegerich’s column, What You Didn’t Know, looks to help people gain a better understanding of their favorite musicians from all levels of the music scene.

Signed to Panda Funk Records, progressive house duo Duvoh recently released a massive festival-ready cut that is begging to become one of the scene’s next anthems. With massive, pulsating chords and a powerful vocal performance courtesy of Adrian Delgado to match, “Darkness I Needed” is everything one could ask for in a singular uplifting soundtrack.

Thus, we decided there was no better time …

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UTG’s 31 Days Of Halloween: ‘Seed Of Chucky’

Of all the holidays celebrated worldwide, no single day is more loved by the UTG staff than Halloween. With the arrival of the year’s best month, the time has finally come to begin rolling out a plethora of features and special announcements we have prepared in celebration of our favorite day, including the one you’re about to read.

Now in its third year, 31 Days Of Halloween is a recurring feature that will run throughout the month of October. The hope and goal of this column is to supply every UTG reader with a daily horror (or Halloween-themed) movie recommendation …

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REVIEW: Taylor Swift – ’1989′

Artist: Taylor Swift
Title: 1989
Label: Big Machine Records
Genre: Pop

I have never felt like I was ever part of today’s pop music’s “target audience.”

Any Taylor Swift snob would not put me in that pool, either. Being in that pool would suggest identifying with prepubescent teens and their quest for the best Instagram filter. Looking at her catalog retrospectively, however, I have come to realize that maybe I’m not her marketing team’s target audience, but I am hers.

Taylor Swift’s music has always found its place in my heart and my chronology. Whether it involved falling asleep to …

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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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REVIEW: Trophy Eyes – ‘Mend, Move On’

Artist: Trophy Eyes
Album: Mend, Move On
Label: Hopeless Records
Genre: Melodic Hardcore, Pop-Punk

Australia’s Trophy Eyes are a band whose star is well and truly on the rise, and if their debut full-length, Mend, Move On, is any indication of things to come, then that star is sure to shine very brightly indeed.

An intense, passionate and at times disturbingly honest record, Mend, Move On incorporates all of the elements that have seen these melodic hardcore/pop-punk wunderkinds make the leap from the relative obscurity of a garage in Newcastle on New South Wales North Coast, to the roster …

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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.…