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LIVE REVIEW: Scott Russo (Unwritten Law) and Phil Jamieson (Grinspoon) in Melbourne, Australia (12/19/14)

Scott Russo of much loved San Diego pop-punkers Unwritten Law and Phil Jamieson of Australian alt-rock gods Grinspoon, have forged a famous friendship since meeting on the Warped Tour in 1999. This friendship, born of youthful exuberance and strengthened through the shared experience of life on the road (and all of its ups and downs), has played a crucial part in the lives and careers of both men. Tonight, some 15 years since becoming instant best friends, Russo and Jamieson took the stage together at the Corner Hotel for the Melbourne leg of their Australian dual headlining acoustic tour …

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LIVE REVIEW: Circa Survive at Union Transfer in Philadelphia, PA (12/13/14)

There’s always something special about welcoming a band home after a long tour. One would think that this band (and the rest on the bill) would be worn out, deflated, and simply spent after a month and a half of straight touring. Circa Survive are not that band. Well, not that tired and exhausted band. They are, in fact, the band that Philadelphia welcomed home with open arms and strong voices at Union Transfer this past weekend.

Opening the latter half of the tour was Baltimore’s Pianos Become the Teeth, fresh off the release of their third, near-perfect record, …

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UTG PHOTOS: Clockwork Indigo – Flatbush Zombies And The Underachievers (12/5/14)

Under The Gun sent photographer Derek Scancarelli to Best Buy Theater in New York City to photograph Clockwork Indigo on December 5, 2014.

In October, Brooklyn hip-hop crews Flatbush Zombies and The Underachievers dropped a collaborative EP entitled Clockwork Indigo.

The New York City stop of the Clockwork Indigo Tour marked the last weekend of a 36-date run of shows around the United States where the groups took stage under their A Clockwork Orange inspired collaboration.

Aside from the Stanley Kubrick themed logos, the other main semblances to the director’s obscure and maniacal styling was the raw energy and …

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UTG PHOTOS: Monster Outbreak Rock Tour 2014 (12/6/14)

Under The Gun’s Head of Photography, Corbin Alvae, attended the Monster Outbreak Tour at The Fillmore in Detroit, MI.

With 2014 coming close to an end soon and the big man in the red suit coming to town in a couple weeks, I needed to catch and shoot one more tour before my shooting season ended. When I saw that the Monster Outbreak Tour was making its stop in the D, I knew that I needed to catch this. Thankfully it hasn’t snowed here yet, so going out to this wasn’t a hassle (unlike last year’s winter events I did).…

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LIVE REVIEW: Prepare For Hell Tour @ The Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO (11/26/14)

Industrial metal was alive and well on the night before Thanksgiving in Kansas City, MO. Thousands gathered to embrace in the artful lack of contempt and refusal of conformity that is a Slipknot and KoRn show.

Thriving on a mixture of nostalgia and recent tracks — both bands light the arena on fire with their volatile and explosive brands of hard-hitting metal music. Both bands having evolved greatly in their tenure, there is no other way to describe such a setting: the Prepare for Hell Tour is a high-octane, no-bullshit metal show and fans of both acts wouldn’t want it …

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UTG PHOTOS: Anberlin’s Final Tour Hits NYC (11/16/14)

Under The Gun sent photographer, Derek Scancarelli, to Irving Plaza in New York City to photograph Anberlin’s Final Tour on November 16, 2014.

Over a decade ago, Anberlin released their first full-length album, Blueprints for the Black Market. In 2014, the band released a studio album entitled Lowborn before they embarked on their final tour ever. On November 26, the band will play their last show with ’68 at the House of Blues in Orlando, FL.

Anberlin took over New York City last weekend, playing two sold-out shows to Irving Plaza. Almost immediately, vocalist Stephen Christian made his way …

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UTG PHOTOS: Yellowcard, Memphis May Fire & Emarosa (11/7/14)

Under The Gun’s Head of Photography, Corbin Alvae, stopped over at The Crofoot in Pontiac, MI to catch Yellowcard and others live.

I’m back at it again with yet another new photo set. I stopped over at one of my favorite home venues last week to catch Yellowcard‘s most recent headlining tour. First off, it’s starting to get to that season of cold here in Michigan. I don’t do well in the cold and it’s one of things I highly dislike once November hits. But this isn’t a weather report, this is about one fantastic line-up that came through …

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UTG PHOTOS: The 1975 (11/4/14)

Under The Gun’s Head of Photography, Corbin Alvae, attended The 1975 tour on November 4 at The Fillmore in Detroit, MI.

Seems like it’s been a hot minute since I posted any new photos. For the past couple months, I’ve been out on travel exploring the world, and holy hell was that amazing! But that’s a whole lengthy story for some other time. This is about a fabulous tour that came through The Mitten State a few days ago that I had the pleasure of attending and capturing photos of.

Let’s begin with how my day went: first off, it …

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UTG PHOTOS: Fest 13 in Gainesville, FL

Under The Gun sent photographer Erica Lauren to Fest in Gainesville, Florida.

The 13th Fest took place from October 31 – November 2, but for many music fans, the countdown to the festival buzzes year round.

Being a first-time attendee of Fest, I was able to see first hand why everyone who has attended the festival remains so passionate and dedicated to these three days of live music. With the appeal of the lineup, the energy and involvement of showgoers, to the non-stop stream of live shows available to you from start to finish, Fest is an experience anyone …

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UTG PHOTOS: Knotfest 2014 in San Bernardino, CA

Under The Gun sent photographer Erica Lauren to the San Manuel Amphitheater on October 25th and 26th.

Knotfest 2014 took over San Bernardino, California this past weekend. Metal fans showed up in huge numbers for a weekend of camping and live music. The festival entertained fans with carnival attractions that are reminiscent of the latest season of American Horror Story: Freak Show. There were performers fighting in the ‘Thunderdome,’ fire-breathers and costumed half human/half animals roaming around the venue. The Slipknot museum attracted lines of fans throughout the day, as it enclosed artifacts and memorabilia from members of …

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UTG @ CMJ 2014: Gerard Way Tears The House Down…Almost Literally

It is nearly impossible to talk about any of My Chemical Romance’s former members without dedicating a good portion of it to the fact that they were in My Chemical Romance. Like everyone who has ever given the time of day to alternative rock music before 2009, MCR was a vital portion of my music library. I never sought any of it out. These songs always just sort of landed there.

After the band called it quits, I found myself not caring as much. I never followed up on why they broke up, never bothered listening to their solo …

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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.…