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UTG PHOTOS: Pitchfork Music Festival 2014 (7/18/14)

Under the Gun sent photographer Nina Corcoran to Union Park in Chicago, IL from July 18-20 for Pitchfork Music Festival.

Every year, Pitchfork Music Festival announces its lineup and I let out a little wimper over in Boston from jealousy. The music blog’s annual festival has been going on for ten years now in Chicago, and as such they’re able to curate a small but focused line-up that boasts a lot of great up-and-coming acts as well as bigger indie staples. This year, at long last, I finally caved in and went.

After interviewing the bands playing about their favorite

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UTG PHOTOS & REVIEW: Outside Lands 2014, Days Two & Three (8/9, 8/10)

Under The Gun Review co-owner and editor, Brian Lion, attended the Outside Lands Music & Arts festival in San Francisco, CA from August 8-10.

The 7th annual Outside Lands Music & Arts festival took place from August 8-10 in the historic Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, CA. Hosting upwards of 180k attendees, Outside Lands provided music and art lovers with a wide array of the world’s largest bands, as well as countless foods, beers, wines and art displays from local and national artists, all in an eco-friendly atmosphere. To fully delve into everything I experienced throughout the 3-day fest …

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UTG PHOTOS & REVIEW: Outside Lands 2014, Day One (8/8/14)

Under The Gun Review co-owner and editor, Brian Lion, attended the Outside Lands Music & Arts festival in San Francisco, CA from August 8-10.

The 7th annual Outside Lands Music & Arts festival took place this past weekend in the historic Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, CA. Hosting upwards of 180k attendees, Outside Lands provided music and art lovers with a wide array of the world’s largest bands, as well as ridiculously delicious foods, beers, wines and art displays from local and national artists, all in an eco-friendly atmosphere. To fully delve into everything I experienced throughout the 3-day …

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UTG PHOTOS: From Indian Lakes and The Dear Hunter (8/8/14)

Under The Gun sent photographer Erica Lauren to The Fonda Theatre on August 8, 2014.

From Indian Lakes‘ live performance will leave goosebumps on anyone with a pulse. They put so much heart into their music, and being able to experience that live is a breath of fresh air. They are set to release a brand new album this fall, titled Absent Sounds, and we here at UTG are anxiously awaiting its arrival.

The Dear Hunter‘s set was greeted with a visibly enthusiastic sea of fans, as per usual. Between Casey Crescenzo’s beloved vocals and the …

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UTG TV: Dirty Heads Discuss ‘Sound of Change,’ Canada Cold And Internet Haters

Dirty Heads fill up a unique niche in the current music market. By all technical and logistical standpoints the band is vastly successful. This constitutes national headlining tours as well as commercially incredible record sales on their latest release. You may have first been turned onto Dirty Heads when they did a collaboration with Rome Ramirez (Sublime With Rome). What is interesting about the band is that they are genuinely indefinable, especially if you take a listen to their brand new record, Sound of Change.

When the band came through Huntington, NY, to perform at The Paramount alongside Pepper …

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UTG PHOTOS: Arcade Fire Dazzle The Gorge Amphitheater (8/814)

In what had to be seen to be believed, Arcade Fire performed at the legendary Gorge Amphitheater in George, WA on August 8. The Gorge, which sits near the Columbia River, is one of the premier concert venues in the Pacific Northwest, and what better way to breathe even more life into its structure than to host one of the biggest indie rock bands in the world?

However, Arcade Fire had one requirement for their fans who were in attendance: be dressed to the nines in semi-formal attire, and dance their asses off! Seeing this at The Gorge was interesting …

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LIVE REVIEW: Sleepwave in Kansas City, Missouri (8/5/14)

There’s a lot of anticipation and anxiety that goes into seeing a band for the first time. Usually, you feel awkward, for not knowing what to expect, not knowing the words to even the band’s singles, or simply because you haven’t heard of them. There can also be excitement and hope. Hope that the experience will transform all those neutral vibes to ones that force laughter and applause and words like “Wow,” out of your mouth.

Arriving at Sleepwave (rock band, fronted by Spencer Chamberlain from Underoath fame) was very similar. Now, having seen Underoath almost a dozen times, I …

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UTG PHOTOS: Warped Tour Detroit (7/19/14)

Under The Gun’s Head of Photography, Corbin Alvae, attended the Vans Warped Tour on July 19, 2014 in Auburn Hills, MI.

Well, it’s Summer and that only could mean one thing. Actually, it means a lot of things, but one of the most important aspects is one of our favorite tours traveling across the U.S. and Canada. To photograph the Vans Warped Tour this year, I stopped over at one of my favorite places to shoot at, called The Palace of Auburn Hills, where a couple of my recent photo sets were as well (e.g. Demi Lovato, Paramore, and Fall …

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LIVE REVIEW: Arctic Monkeys in Council Bluffs, Iowa (7/30/14)

Thump. Clap. Thump. Clap. Thump. Clap. Thump.

That’s the sound of rock ‘n’ roll infesting your brain. It swims from your ears through your heart and pulses through veins. It attacks you like a rabid animal and gives you the jitters like a chill down your spine. That’s the feeling you get when Arctic Monkeys walk on stage and burst into the sexual opening track of the set, “Do I Wanna Know?”

Frontman Alex Turner swaggers on stage to tumultuous applause and he sways and sifts through such a seductive opening riff, wielding his Fender Jaguar guitar. “It’s nice to …

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UTG PHOTOS: Keep Calm And Chive On, Seattle (Chive Fest, 7/12/14)

Under the Gun sent photographer Xander Deccio to the Seattle Center in Seattle, WA on July 12 for Chive Fest.

I’m going to be brutally honest: I had no clue what The Chive was, and when I heard from a colleague that they were having a music festival at the infamous Seattle Center, I had to check out this website that legions of fans were flocking to to see what the hype was all about; a ‘male-friendly version of BuzzFeed’ as one person put it. However, The Chive was not just another BuzzFeed clone, but in fact something much bigger, …

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UTG LIST: The Must-See Acts At Lollapalooza 2014

It’s time for Lollapalooza, the one festival that Chicago residents look forward to most all Summer long. Held in beautiful downtown Chicago, IL, this year’s festival will be taking over the area from August 1-3 at the legendary Grant Park. UTG will be on the festival grounds all weekend to get some amazing coverage of headliners and undercard acts alike, along with everything else Lolla has to offer.

For some pre-fest coverage, our Head of Photography, Corbin Alvae, will be listing off the acts that he believes you cannot miss at this year’s event. Throughout the weekend as well, …

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UTG PHOTOS: Neon Trees (7/7/14)

Under The Gun sent photographer Nick Karp to Summer Stage in New York City, NY on July 7, 2014.

Neon Trees are on every photographers ‘to shoot list,’ mainly because of lead singer Tyler Glenn’s theatrics. The man knows how to put on a show and it’s evident to anyone that has seen photos of Neon Trees. They all capture an essence about the band, that can match their enormous live show. Their live set-up was incredible, and sound was almost spot-on to the record. They’re one of the more unique bands in pop music right now and certainly a