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UTG PREMIERE: Bornstellar – ‘Self Destruct’ EP

Less than a year after coming together in the name of rock and roll, Bornstellar have written and recorded a killer EP that demands your full attention.

It’s hard to know what to write about Bornstellar that hasn’t already been said in a dozen other articles found here on UTG. Founded in December 2013, this hard rock outfit hail from South Carolina with a sound that blends elements of hard and alternative rock with just enough mainstream magic in the mix to have broad appeal. Their new release, the Self Destruct EP, features five great tracks that will have you …

Kevin-William

UTG VIDEO PREMIERE: Kevin William – “Children”

When the chill of fall weather cuts through the air I know it’s time to bury my pop punk mixtapes under a pile of releases more fitting of the changing leaves and dropping temperatures. For me, that music often involves acoustic albums and melodic hardcore, or really anything with deep emotions and complex ideas. It just so happens a young artist promoting one of those sounds came across my desk this week, and it took only a few minutes to know we had to find a way to work together soon.

Kevin William is an up and coming indie musician …

Leon-Bridges

Leon Bridges Is About To Become Your New Favorite Soul Artist

The greatest moments in life are those that catch you completely off guard. Be they big or small, it’s the unexpected occurrences and chance encounters that keep life exciting, and earlier this week I stumbled across someone who has quickly won his way into my heart. If you have a few minutes to spare I am confident that he will soon be in yours as well.

Leon Bridges is a soul singer-songwriter from Texas with roots in the gospel realm and a voice that will stop you in your tracks. I was browsing the latest new artist posts around the …

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UTG VIDEO PREMIERE: The Weekend Classic – “Dread The Weather”

Several weeks ago we brought you an extensive introduction to fast-rising Indiana pop-rock outfit The Weekend Classic, and today it’s our great honor to assist the band in sharing their first music video with the world.

I have spent a lot of time over the last month listening to The Weekend Classic, which is kind of amazing when you consider the fact they have only released two songs to date. The debut single took us by surprise, and it has continued to win over new fans every single day since its initial release. I think that trend will only …

One Fell Swoop

UTG PREMIERE: One Fell Swoop – “April Fool’s Gold”

New York-based One Fell Swoop is a band fueled on an aggressive and poetic snarl of driven hardcore music. Today, Under The Gun Review is premiering the band’s new song, “April Fool’s Gold.” The song is a mixture of musicianship, melody and hostility. It’s the type of song with the moxie of Every Time I Die and the respectable composition complication of The Fall of Troy. There’s just a little something for everybody on the track.

The band’s new EP, Last Minute Living, is slated for a November 4 release and can be picked up via Bandcamp. One …

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UTG VIDEO PREMIERE: Boys Of Fall – “My Promise To Maryland”

Michigan post-hardcore group Boys Of Fall have been keeping very busy these past few months and today we have teamed up with them to debut their newest music video for their track “My Promise To Maryland.”

The video takes place inside the studio, showcasing the entire band, their talents and what they are all about. From the catchy riffs to the memorable vocals from lead vocalist Michael Martenson, Boys Of Fall have proven these past few months that they are a band worth checking out. The video was directed by Michigan hometown director, Brandan Kellar.

“My Promise To Maryland” can …

JOS FINAL

UTG PREMIERE: J.O.S. – “Cry Little Baby”

Newly-formed British rock group J.O.S. and Under The Gun Review are teaming up to bring you the band’s new single, “Cry Little Baby.” Experimental enough to be put in the same category as a Mike Patton project, but melodic enough to be compared to the likes of Muse, “Cry Little Baby,” is a one-of-a-kind new jam.

Formed by frontman John O’Shea, the band is ramping up to drop its new EP on Halloween, for free. O’Shea had this to say about “Cry Little Baby”:

“‘Cry Little Baby’ is about coming to terms with who you are, both good and ill,” …

NIKOS

UTG PREMIERE: NIKOS – “Illusions”

Gearing up for the release of their self-titled EP on October 21, NIKOS are dropping the provocative pop track “Illusions” exclusively via Under The Gun Review. Dark enough to make you bang your head, yet catchy enough to stick with you for hours to come, NIKOS are creating a new brand of aggressive, driven pop music.

The band is out on the High School Nation tour this Fall with Drake Bell (yes, the guy from Drake & Josh), Jacob Latimore, and others. Catch this act now before the record drops and an inevitable explosion of popularity occurs. Singer Nikos …

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UTG PREMIERE: Nemes – “Black Streak”

With a little more than a month to go before their long awaited full-length debut arrives in stores, New England folk rock outfit Nemes have joined forces with UTG to share a brand new song.

It’s hard to know the right way to describe the sound of Nemes to someone who has never encountered their unique take on music. The best explanation I have been able to put together is asking people to imagine what would happen if My Morning Jacket had a baby with Mumford And Sons while listening to acoustic-driven emo music from the early millennium. I know …

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UTG Premiere: Vanities – ‘Dead Beats’ EP

Just a year after bursting onto the hardcore scene with their incredible debut, New England’s Vanities are back with a killer new record that might be your favorite heavy release of the fall.

The world of heavy music has become incredibly underwhelming in recent years, at least on the side of things that caters to younger audiences. The vast majority of bands making it in the quote/unquote ‘alternative’ scene have all become clones of one another, ripping off whatever new idea is popular this year in order to cash in long enough to book another nationwide tour. Still, in the …

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UTG Video Premiere: Astro Safari USA – “Do You Like To Party”

Grab your lover and a cup of your favorite drink because Astro Safari USA have returned with a new music video that is sure to get the party started no matter where you find yourself today.

It has admittedly been a few months since Astro Safari USA graced the front page of Under The Gun, but the last time they popped up it was because we had the great honor of sharing their new album with the world. That record, which you can stream right here, featured a killer song titled “Do You Like To Party” that has since …

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REVIEW: The Architects (U.S) – ‘Border Wars Episode II’

Artist: The Architects (U.S.)
Album: Border Wars Episode II
Genre: Rock ‘n’ Roll

Border Wars Episode II from Kansas City’s The Architects is a record poised to steal your heart and make you truly fight to get it back.

As the latest installment of the five-part concept record and graphic novel combination, Episode II is the pat on the back to help you recover from the hard punch in the gut that was Border Wars Episode I. Yes, you still hear The Architects’ unapologetic brand of Midwest rock ‘n’ roll moxy, but it comes with a sweeter side this …