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UTG PHOTOS: Musink Festival (Day Three, 3/22/15)

Under The Gun sent photographer Erica Lauren to the Orange County Fair & Exposition Center on March 22, 2015 for The MUSINK Tattoo Convention and Music Festival.

Musink 2015 took over Costa Mesa, California this past weekend for their 8th year. Music and tattoo enthusiasts showed up in huge numbers for a weekend of body artwork and live music. The festival entertained fans with tattoo contests, classic cars, and talented artists available to work. With all of the non-musical activities aside, the lineup for Musink held its own for a great weekend of memorable performances.

Sunday’s portion of Musink …

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REVIEW: Runaway Brother – ‘Mother’

Artist: Runaway Brother
Album: Mother
Label: Tiny Engines
Genre: Emo, Pop-Punk, Indie Rock

Runaway Brother’s Mother hits hearts the right way at the right moment.

You are initially given an illusion of elegance upon the entry of “Harvest.” Mother isn’t elegant, though. Mother is actually quite abrasive and digs deep into your skin, finding your most vulnerable spots and making mansions out of them. In this record lie messages you’ve failed to deliver at the most pivotal moments of your life. Here’s to poking at those cigarette burns.

“Peel back the skin. Lose yourself in bliss.”…

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UTG PREMIERE: Charlie Sztyk – “Wed”

​​​​Charlie Sztyk is an artist who deserves to be on every folk, indie, and pop lover’s radar – on the minds and in the ears of any music lover in general really. We’re honored to have the opportunity to introduce you to Sztyk’s work with “Wed,” a new single from his forthcoming album, The Arc, which will be released later this year in two parts.

“Wed” is unlike anything I’ve ever heard before. It’s dark and poignant in tone and lyricism, inspired by trying times and situations in Sztyk’s life, involving family and internal battles. It contains elements of …

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REVIEW: Head North – ‘Bloodlines’

Artist: Head North
Album: Bloodlines
Label: Bad Timing Records
Genre: Pop-Punk, Indie Rock

I can clearly remember the first time I heard the mastered version of Head North’s first EP, Scrapbook Minds, in early February of 2014. I lazily flipped through the tracks in my iTunes library in no particular order until “Jake’s Apartment” came through my laptop speakers. I listened to the song on repeat about five or six times; I loved that track for its great hook and sense of tension and buildup in the verse, but I was frustrated that the rest of …

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REVIEW: A Will Away – ‘Bliss’

Artist: A Will Away
Album: Bliss
Label: Quiet Fire Media
Genre: Emo, Indie Rock, Pop-Punk

There’s a distinct difference between happiness and bliss. Happiness is the consequence of a positive situation or outcome; it describes the joy that accompanies a successful plan or an unexpected, pleasant turn of events. Bliss is different. Bliss describes the feeling of letting go, floating freely in a world of joy, unbound from the constraints of embarrassment or expectation – bliss accompanies the feeling of true contentedness with one’s sense of identity. In this regard, Bliss is a perfect title for the new EP from …

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SXSW MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Welcome To Leith’ Finds White Supremacy In North Dakota

Film: Welcome To Leith
Directed by: Michael Beach Nichols, Christopher K. Walker

Craig Cobb is part of a dying breed. In 2012 he made headlines after moving to a town with a population of 24 (including children) in rural North Dakota for the sole purpose of building a community of people sharing his white nationalist ideology and gaining the electoral majority. He bought twelve plots of land, all in various states of decay, and soon ignited a media frenzy that brought the community of Leith into the national spotlight.

Welcome To Leith tells of Craig Cobb’s arrival in Leith, the …

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SXSW MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Hangman’ Is An Effectively Creepy Twist On Found Footage

Film: Hangman
Starring: Jeremy Sisto, Kate Ashfield
Directed by: Adam Mason

Following a family vacation to parts unknown, The Miller family returns home to find someone has burglarized their house. Nothing seems to be missing, but even after they clean up the family cannot help feeling like something is not quite right.

What audiences know that The Millers do not is that the person who invaded their home is still living within its walls. He’s also set up hidden cameras in essentially every room so he can spy on the family while they’re home and take advantage of their amenities …

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SXSW MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Corpse Of Anna Fritz’ Is A New Cult Classic

Film: The Corpse Of Anna Fritz
Starring: Albert Carbó, Alba Ribas
Director: Hèctor Hernández Vicens

Anna Fritz is dead. A tabloid favorite, the young film icon who has worked with seemingly everyone in Hollywood has passed away from causes not yet known and her remains are currently being kept in a discreet location. One hospital worker cannot help snapping a quick photo of the deceased star for his two closest friends, and soon those same friends show up at his work. They both want to see Anna in person. One even wants to touch her. She’s dead after all, so …

You Blew It Feat 2015

UTG INTERVIEW: Tanner Jones of You Blew It! Discusses Hyper-Personal Songwriting & Getting Robbed on Tour

You Blew It! have certainly kicked things into high gear this past year and half. In the time that most bands put out an LP and rest on it, this Orlando, FL group decided to slap on a Weezer covers EP and  four-way split onto their discography. At the very beginning of 2014, they put out Pioneer of Nothing through the highly-revered Jade Tree Records, then embarked on their first ever headlining tour, taking their catchy version of the emo genre to the masses.

After seeing YBI! perform in two very unique settings on subsequent days – that being their …

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UTG PREMIERE: Corey Kilgannon – “Doubter’s Prayer” (Video)

Under The Gun Review is thrilled to team up with Nashville singer-songwriter Corey Kilgannon to premiere his brand new video for “Doubter’s Prayer.”

“Doubter’s Prayer” comes off Kilgannon’s upcoming EP, titled Hospital Hymns, which is due out on March 31. The track is a beautiful acoustic offering with affecting vocals that reveal Kilgannon’s honest and intimate lyrical delivery as he ponders the effectiveness of prayer, ultimately exploring his own faith. The accompanying video features a timelapse as a painting is created on a wall and represents, as Kilgannon says, the “incredible ‘abstractness’ to prayer.”

In regards to the song, …

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SXSW MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Montage Of Heck’ Is One Of The Best Music Documentaries Ever Made

Film: Montage Of Heck
Starring: Courtney Love, Krist Novoselic
Directed by: Brett Morgen

Built atop a wealth of never-before-seen video, recently unearthed audio, and journal entries stretching the entirety of Kurt Cobain’s life, Montage Of Heck is the quintessential documentary about Nirvana’s often misunderstood frontman.

We begin with Kurt’s childhood, which is expressed through home video footage and stories from people who watched the young icon develop. We learn of Kurt’s happy early years, which often never get mentioned, and we even see a toddler version of Cobain enjoying numerous birthdays surrounded by his closest family members. His parents, now …

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UTG INTERVIEW: Bobby Meader Music Talks Career Paths & Writing ‘Breakfast After Noon’

Independent music is a vital realm of the entertainment world. That being said, the industry is very fortunate to have a plethora of artists who continuously pump out material worthy of keeping the public’s attention and admiration. We recently had the pleasure of chatting with singer-songwriter Bobby Meader Music about his journey as a musician and how he brought his new EP, Breakfast After Noon, to fruition.

“Life has definitely gotten more difficult, especially starting so late, but I don’t look back at all,” Meader says as he talks about his journey as a fairly new singer-songwriter. The Las …