Have Mercy Stream New Song “Two Years”

Have Mercy are rounding out my list of most anticipated albums next week with A Place Of Our Own, and they’ve just released a new song called “Two Years” at MTV.

The new song a bit slower and more emo-influenced than some of the previous singles, showing that the new record is sure to be diverse. The new album is looking to be a more mature take on the sound of last year’s The Earth Pushed Back, which is just what I wanted to see from this band.

Stream “Two Years” at MTV here.

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MUST WATCH: Head North Perform Acoustic Cover Of “Empty Space” (The Story So Far)

By now, I’m sure you regret not listening to Head North earlier. In case you’ve been too lazy to check out the Buffalo band’s EP, Scrapbook Minds or their split with Connecticut’s A Will Away, the band has released an excellent acoustic cover of The Story So Far’s “Empty Space” over at PropertyOfZack. Mellowed out and performed with two vocalists and guitars, the cover takes a whole new approach to the song. It’s far from a straight-forward cover, and Head North is far from a straight-forward band. Fans of Head North and The Story So Far are sure to love this.

Make sure you get in on the ground floor with Head North by checking out their Bandcamp page. Head to PropertyOfZack to listen to the cover, or stream it below.

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Baauer Teams Up With AlunaGeorge For “One Touch”

While Baauer is best known to much of the world’s population for a repetitive trap song turned viral hit whose name we will purposefully omit in hopes of not reminding our readers of its existence (…okay, it was the “Harlem Shake”), he is in fact an extremely well-versed producer with a nuanced ear for blending the sounds of hip-hop, electronic music, and r&b. Thus, it’s no surprise his newest release, “One Touch,” is an absolute success with the assistance of the equally experimental London duo, AlunaGeorge.

Featuring clanging instrumentals that bounce back and forth behind Aluna Francis’ signature crooning for much of its duration, the track knows when to climax at just the right times for maximum danceable vibes. In other words, it’s an audible concoction that can’t be missed, so be sure to check out “One Touch” after the jump. Read more »

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Pianos Become The Teeth Stream ‘Keep You’

After releasing two gorgeous singles in “Late Lives” and “Repine,” Baltimore outfit Pianos Become The Teeth have finally satisfied our cravings for more new material with a Pitchfork-exclusive stream of their forthcoming LP, Keep You. We’ll save our full sentiments for a later date, but it’s safe to say Pianos’ calmer venture appears to have been worth the wait.

While the record officially hits stores October 28 via Epitaph Records, pre-order options are available here for those who can’t wait to purchase Keep You after giving it a much-awaited listen. As always, feel free to let us know your thoughts on the album in the comments section below.

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As Animals Eat My Insides Tease ‘Devoured’

After grinding in the studio for much of 2014, Atlanta metalcore outfit As Animals Eat My Insides have finally revealed details surrounding their forthcoming full-length debut. Entitled Devoured, the album will feature ten songs and is set to hit digital outlets on December 16.

Alongside the release date reveal, the band have also posted a quick teaser that can be found after the jump, so be sure to check it out and give the record’s tracklisting a glance as well. Read more »

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Everywhere But San Francisco Is Royal: City Bans Lorde Song During World Series

A ban of Lorde’s Grammy winning, infectious single “Royals” has been placed on San Francisco airwaves for the duration of the 2014 World Series. According to USA Today, KFOG Radio and 96.5 KOIT both pulled the song from airwaves because of its relation to the Kansas City Royals, who are facing the San Francisco Giants in this year’s best-of-seven baseball championship.

It has been documented that the inspiration for the song came when Lorde found a photograph of famed (and retired) Royals star George Brett signing autographs for fans.

In response to the city’s ban of the song, Kansas City’s 99.7 The Point has claimed to play the song once every hour from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. First pitch for the World Series is tomorrow night in Kansas City at 7:07 p.m. CST. While “Royals” has been the theme song of this year’s Kansas City team, the Giants have crowned “Don’t Stop Believin’” as its go-to number. Which team do you think has the better song? Leave your thoughts in the comments below and follow the jump to see the photo that inspired the song. Read more »

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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 Fell Swoop’s bassist and vocalist John Rodriguez said this about the track:

“The song is about how as we grow older, we become cynical and jaded and the things that were special to us as kids lose their sentimental value.”

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Skate And Surf Festival Confirms First Artist For 2015 Edition

We love Skate and Surf Festival here at UTG, and we’re eagerly anticipating details on next year’s edition of the fest. Today, the people behind the festival have revealed the first artist playing in 2015: Dropkick Murphys.

Presumably one of the headliners, Dropkick Murphys are a big acquisition for the New Jersey punk music festival; this year was headlined by Saosin, Circa Survive, and Midtown. Skate and Surf will be held next year in Asbury Park, NJ and loyalty tickets go on sale November 28, but we’re still waiting to hear about a final date. If history is any indication, we can probably expect a weekend in mid-May.

Check out a flyer below, and make sure to follow UTG on Twitter for more Skate and Surf updates as they come. Read more »


Calvin Harris And Ellie Goulding Collaborate On New Single “Outside”

Just when you managed to get “I Need Your Love” out of your head, the phenomenal pop collaboration that gave the world 2013′s best EDM single has delivered yet another monster single.

Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding have shared a brand new track titled “Outside.” The song is the latest to surface from Harris’ upcoming studio album, Motion, which is due in stores November 4. The song features Goulding’s angelic voice talking about life on the outside, with thumping bass and infectious synth providing all the accompaniment your dance music loving mind can handle. Check it out: Read more »

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UTG’s 31 Days Of Halloween: ‘The Thing’

Of all the holidays celebrated worldwide, no single day is more loved by the UTG staff than Halloween. With the arrival of the year’s best month, the time has finally come to begin rolling out a plethora of features and special announcements we have prepared in celebration of our favorite day, including the one you’re about to read.

Now in its third year, 31 Days Of Halloween is a recurring feature that will run throughout the month of October. The hope and goal of this column is to supply every UTG reader with a daily horror (or Halloween-themed) movie recommendation that is guaranteed to amplify your All Hallows’ Eve festivities. We’ll be watching every film the day it’s featured, and we hope you’ll follow along at home.

[Warning: the material within is likely NSFW]

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Day 20: The Thing (1982)

When it comes to horror films, I think there are really two categories: horror films that are for horror fans, and horror films that transcend fans of the genre. More often than not, horror filmmakers create films for the people who like them, and as such, have very little appeal outside the niche community of freaks and weirdos. However, every once and a while, a filmmaker will make a horror film that transcends the genre, and is an absolute necessary watch for every fan of the cinema. The greatest example that I personally know of this is John Carpenter’s masterpiece, The Thing. Read more »

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REVIEW: Dead Leaves – ‘Dead Leaves’ EP

Artist: Dead Leaves
Album: Dead Leaves EP
Genre: Emo, Pop-Punk, Alternative

It’s been a few years since the hey-day of Ohio’s cult-favorite pop-punk band, Call It Fiction — an emo-tinged group that pumped out some seriously catchy tunes from the Midwest back in 2010. The band’s EP, Something I’ve Never Felt, was a smash hit within the scene and absolutely worth a listen if you’re an old school pop-punker.

Sadly, the guys in Call It Fiction saw more lineup changes through the years than they did recognition, resulting in the dissolution of the group. For those who know the story, they quickly re-appeared as Dead Leaves and released an EP called Amend Regret. The EP provided a slight change in the group’s style, adding a bit of maturity to their sound, but ultimately it too went fairly unnoticed. Now, core members Elliot Blair and Alex Tucker have once again edited their lineup and released what they are calling the first official material for Dead Leaves; a self-titled EP that they hope will gather the attention the project deserves. Read more »


REVIEW: Young Statues – ‘The Flatlands Are Your Friend’

Artist: Young Statues
Album: The Flatlands Are Your Friend
Genre: Indie/Emo
Label: Run For Cover Records

I walked out of my apartment and took the elevator down to the lobby. I situated my headphones onto my ears, walked to the door, and saw that the rain was coming down in sheets. I was running late and since I was picking up my girlfriend from her night class, I didn’t have time to run back upstairs and grab an umbrella or jacket. So I hit play on the new Young Statues record, The Flatlands Are Your Friend, threw my hood up and began to walk through the rain. As the rain hit my face, and then my windshield, The Flatlands Are Your Friend mesmerized me, and continues to keep me hooked each and every late night drive. Read more »