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UTG Exclusive: His Dream Of Lions Reveal ‘Part II’ Album Art

His Dream Of Lions are a band that might not be on everyone’s radar just yet, but after the upcoming release of their album Part II I think it will be incredibly difficult to find anyone in the music industry who is not familiar with the group’s unique approach to rock. Unlike many young bands, there is a lot of thought put into every move made by His Dream Of Lions, and today we are thrilled to aide the band in sharing with fans the cover art for their new record.

If you have been following the social media efforts …

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UTG INTERVIEW: New Found Glory @ Riot Fest Chicago 2014

Rock bottom.

That’s the best way to describe where New Found Glory sat in their career earlier this year. Accusations surrounding the abrupt departure of a former member whirled around the band — causing chaos like nothing any artist wants to see in a tenured career. It would have been so easy for our favorite pop-punk forefathers to call it quits, to run into the shadows and hide. To fade away and fall off the face of the Earth.

But what would that prove? For a band that built a career on music that captures the essence of never giving …

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UTG INTERVIEW: Modern Baseball @ Riot Fest Chicago 2014

Modern Baseball is, by and large, one of the most important breakthrough artists of this year. If their first album, Sports, didn’t prove that, the band’s 2014 release of You’re Gonna Miss It All should have.

Not only is their recorded music perfect for singing along and laughing, but this honest and witty four-piece perfects their live set. All over people were talking about Modern Baseball’s Riot Fest set and how it was one of the best of the day. Between picking a perfect mix of songs, to cracking potty jokes, to kissing each other onstage, they know how …

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10 Years of Blood and Beers: Celebrating a Decade of ‘Shaun Of The Dead’

To this day, I remember exactly where I was the first time I saw Shaun of the Dead in 2004, and why I was watching it. My roommate and I caught a preview for it before another movie we were watching on DVD and immediately ventured over to our local movie place to rent a copy. At the time, I admittedly hadn’t experienced much British humor, or parodies in film, but Shaun of the Dead wasn’t necessarily a parody of the zombie films as the trailer and title had led us to believe. It was in fact “A romantic comedy. …

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UTG Track-By-Track: Empires – ‘Orphan’

This is a huge week for the up and coming rock outfit known as Empires. After many long nights and endless drives spent trying to make a name for themselves, the group have just released their debut album on Chop Shop/Island Records. We have yet to put a review together, but we loved the record so much upon first hearing it that we asked the members of Empires if they would be willing to fill us in on the stories behind the music. Lucky for us, they said yes.

Today it is our great pleasure to share with you a …

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SINGLE REVIEW: Kendrick Lamar – “i”

Artist: Kendrick Lamar
Song: “i”
Album: TBA

Nearly two years after the release of his breakout debut album, Kendrick Lamar returned to music headlines this week with the release of a brand new single titled “i.” The Rahki produced track, which also serves as the first song to be released from Kendrick’s upcoming Sophomore effort, samples “That Lady” by The Isley Brothers. We wrote about the song a bit when it debuted, but in case you missed that post you can discover the track below:…

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UTG INTERVIEW: John Nolan of Taking Back Sunday @ Riot Fest Chicago

Taking Back Sunday have had a crazy year. They released a criminally underrated album (Happiness Is…), a split 10″ with The Used, and embarked on a huge, extensive tour that has lasted nearly all year, including all three Riot Fest dates. And they’re not done. They’ll cross the pond and play shows over in Europe this Fall/Winter.

UTG had the honor of sitting down with Taking Back Sunday’s guitarist, John Nolan, before the band’s set on Saturday at Riot Fest where we discussed the tour, the record, and general things happening in the TBS camp.…

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REVIEW: Hail The Sun – ‘Wake’

Artist: Hail The Sun
Album: Wake
Genre: Post-Hardcore / Progressive
Label: Blue Swan Records

Here it is, the widely-anticipated new record from Hail The Sun, the progressive post-hardcore quartet that took the scene by storm with their Elephantitis EP in 2012. Since the release of Elephantitis, the band has been acquired by the up-and-coming label Blue Swan Records, a fitting home for a band that has toured alongside Dance Gavin Dance, Jonny Craig, Kurt Travis, A Lot Like Birds, I The Mighty, and The Speed of Sound in Seawater.

The band is currently out headlining the …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Space Station 76’ Is A Scattershot But Charming Throwback To Retro Sci-Fi

Film: Space Station 76
Starring: Patrick Wilson, Matt Bomer
Directed by: Jack Plotnick

Picture the old episodes of Star Trek where the Starship Enterprise members carried around communicators that looked like flip phones and had bulky flashy lights on them. That kind of fake-ness that made you laugh at how dated future technology looked is the best part about Space Station 76. Jack Plotnick (actor from Quentin Dupieux’s absurdist films Rubber and Wrong) makes his feature directorial debut in a film that is equal parts Boogie Nights and Spaceballs but without the dramatic gravity from the former and …

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Songs For The Season: Fall Playlist

Autumn may be the most visually rewarding season that nature has gifted us. While all the other seasons are sure to give it a fair fight, there is something about the orange, red, and yellow change in the leaves that gift us new enlightenment and invigoration in the natural world around us.

But what would the striking change in season be without the illumination of sonic assistance? Entering our third playlist for the seasons, UTG is happy to present to you our favorite songs to pair with the crisping air, a nice glass of apple cider, and of course, pumpkin …

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REVIEW: Whirr – ‘Sway’

Artist: Whirr
Album: Sway
Genre: Shoegaze
Label: Graveface Records

Whirr is a band that does not give a fuck. Traversing their Facebook page at any given moment is always an interesting endeavor, and exploring their newest album Sway is of the same caliber.

Like their shoegaze brethren Nothing (Whirr singer/guitarist Nick Basset plays bass in Nothing), the band has created a massive punch of sound that crunches immediately with the start of “Press.” Pounding drums, reverberating guitars, and a subsequent wave of distortion, Whirr set the tone with haste.…

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UTG VIDEO PREMIERE: Tour Tips With TeamMate

Indie-pop duo TeamMate are one of the most interesting acts in the genre. Formed through the breakup of drummer Dani Buncher and singer/keyboardist Scott Simons — when Dani decided to come out to Scott — the two decided to continue to make music despite the sudden turn in the relationship. And it’s a good thing the two didn’t stop making music — one would be hard-pressed to find an act with a discography more infectiously catchy than the music TeamMate is making. The band’s single “Goldmine” is arguably one of the catchiest songs to be released this year.

Wondering how …