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UTG PHOTOS: Fronzilla, Palisades & More in Grand Rapids, MI (9/28/15)

On September 28, Fronzilla rolled through The Stache in Grand Rapids, MI alongside It Lives, It Breathes, Whitney Peyton, and Palisades to support his debut rap album, Party People’s Anthem, available now through Razor & Tie Records.

The mysterious “Stache” has become an ongoing topic of conversation for newcomers each time I visit The Intersection. I’ve overheard rumors of hidden lairs underneath the venue, a VIP lounge and stage with open bar hidden in the back by the greenroom, and even murmurs of a secret staircase leading to the luxurious upper levels. This was my first time attending a …

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UTG PHOTOS: Island Life NYC – Nick Jonas, Shawn Mendes, Kiesza & More (9/8/15)

Until this show, I had never seen the Best Buy Theater filled and come together so lively with younger fans in all my history of going to concerts at the venue. Let’s be fair: usually the concerts I attend embody a bit older audience. Perhaps, I was just going to the wrong shows. Island Life–essentially a showcase of Island Records talent that could have been classified as a mini-festival in itself–beget younger fans who tried to fit within every nook and cranny at the front of the stage. A game of human Tetris, if you will. A young and diverse …

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UTG PHOTOS: Pop Evil CD Release Show in Grand Rapids, MI (8/21/15)

­­On August 21, in one of the wildest release shows in Grand Rapids history, superstars Pop Evil returned to The Intersection with an entourage of media coverage to support the release of their new album Up, available now through eOne Music.

Mayor George Hartwell declared it ‘Pop Evil Day’ for the city and a handful of lucky WGRD winners were selected for a secret acoustic set and autograph session at The Stache prior to the live performance.

There’s always a tangible energy in the air when a band like Pop Evil returns to Michigan, but there was …

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UTG PHOTOS: Incubus & Deftones in Camden, NJ (8/8/15)

It’s a tour package you dream of as you listen to Mike Enzinger’s cutting riff at the start of “Circles” from Incubus‘ 2001 album, Morning View, or when you’re opening up the vinyl packaging from Deftones‘ acclaimed White Pony. Liken it to the “band” version of fantasy football where you pick two of your favorite bands to go on a co-headlining tour. If you look at it, Incubus and Deftones are on that similar path from being veteran bands who will release music that fans will always resonate with. Hits on hits on hits. To say …

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UTG PHOTOS: Imagine Dragons In Cleveland, OH (6/22/15)

Under The Gun Review sent photographer Kellie Gannon to Quicken Loans Area in Cleveland, OH to shoot Imagine Dragons on June 22.

Recently, Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland saw a whole lot of action, or lack thereof if we’re considering the Cavs during NBA Finals (just like every other year, next year is our year… seriously… maybe… COME ON, LEBRON!) Anyway, on a humid, rainy night less than a week after that final fateful basketball game, The Q was thankfully rocking to a much different, upbeat tune.

Hailing from Vegas and putting on a Sin City-worthy show, Imagine Dragons have …

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UTG PHOTOS & REVIEW: Tove Lo At The Music Hall Of Williamsburg in New York, NY (06/16/15)

Chances are, you have heard the song “Talking Body” either on the radio or while canoodling with your lover. Fun fact: Tove Lo‘s album, Queen Of The Clouds, came out in September 2014, but it seems like it’s peaking at the right time for your summer outings.

I had previously seen the Swedish pop star the week before at Free Press Summer Festival in Houston. Tove Lo has been on a lot of festival rosters – you have to respect her grind. It was about twenty degrees hotter and outdoors, but the singer had one of the biggest …

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UTG PHOTOS: The Boys of Zummer Tour – Wiz Khalifa & Fall Out Boy (6/16/15)

Under The Gun Review sent photographer Kellie Gannon to Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, OH to shoot The Boys of Zummer Tour on June 16.

The Boys of Zummer tour rolled up at Blossom Music Center on a perfect summer evening. Pittsburgh rapper Wiz Khalifa teamed up with Chicago’s pop punk sweethearts, Fall Out Boy, to provide an unrivaled outdoor concert experience for thousands upon thousands of fans in attendance.

Wiz Khalifa kicked off his hour-plus-long set with the perfect summer tune, “Roll Up,” and immediately the crowded lawn beyond the amphitheater was overcome with a very obvious, smoky …

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UTG PHOTOS & REVIEW: Tyler, The Creator at Irving Plaza in New York, NY (06/12/15)

Under The Gun Review sent photographer MJ Rawls to Irving Plaza in New York to shoot Tyler, The Creator on June 12.

I was talking to someone about Tyler, The Creator and they mentioned that he was that kid growing up who would tell you of his huge imagination about the future that you would always dismiss. Flash forward to 2015, a growing passionate fan base, new album Cherry Bomb, and innovative app Golf Media, all those dreams have come to fruition. Cherry Bomb still has the bombastic energy of Tyler’s previous albums mixed with mature musical growth, …


UTG PHOTOS: PVRIS and Born Cages in New York, NY (06/01/15)

Under The Gun Review sent photographer MJ Rawls to The Studio at Webster Hall in New York to shoot PVRIS at their recent show with Born Cages.

Unless you may been living under a rock, you’ve likely been aware of the dizzying rise of Boston alternative rock band PVRIS and their outstanding debut album released in 2014, White Noise. One of the perks of living next to New York is Webster Hall, where great shows get announced as fast as your instant popcorn is done. When PVRIS announced that they were performing at The Studio, tickets sold out pretty …

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UTG PHOTOS: Sasquatch! 2015 – Days 3 & 4 in Quincy, WA

Days three and four of Sasquatch! were nothing short of excellent. Though the weather was unpredictable, it wasn’t as sweltering as many had predicted it would be. With performances from Lana Del Rey, Run The Jewels, SBTRKT, Tame Impala and The Glitch Mob, this year’s Sasquatch! turned out to be pretty impressive. It was also a step up from the disaster that was last year’s festival.

Following up our photo set from days one and two, below you can find our photos from the second half of the fest, featuring Twin Peaks, SBTRKT, Sharon Van Etten, MØ, Run The Jewels, …

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UTG PHOTOS: Bled Fest in Howell, MI (5/23/15)

Under The Gun Review sent photographer, Benjamin Howell, to cover Big Love’s Education Festival on May 23, 2015 in Howell, MI.

Scattered throughout the Hartland Performing Arts Center in Howell, MI is one of the most exciting and engaging annual music festivals Michigan has to offer. With over 70 bands playing in a ten-hour period on five different stages, Bled Fest offers one of the most intimate and intense concert experiences for both fans and press alike.

No photo pits, no guard rails, and limited security interaction allows fans to get up close and personal with their favorite artists. As …


UTG PHOTOS: Sasquatch! 2015 – Days 1 & 2 in Quincy, WA

Sasquatch, this year, has been interesting to say the least. Not only did the festival go back to four days instead of the cluster-cuss of last year where they tried to split the festival into two different weekends — which failed anyway as the second weekend was cancelled due to low ticket sales — but Mother Nature decided to make her presence known by bringing in a massive rainstorm during the first day of the festival.

Fans of all ages were treated to awesome sets on the main stage from bands such as Modest Mouse, The Decemberists, Gogol Bordello …