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Watermedown Signs With Equal Vision For New EP, Releases New Song

Johnny Mays, who performs under the name Watermedown, has signed to Equal Vision Records. The label will release Watermedown’s new EP, Somewhere Sleepless, on September 25. Check out the artwork and a new music video for “Serenity” below.

Watermedown comes to Equal Vision from Quiet Fire Media, which launched early this year. Mays’ earnest songwriting and distinct vocal ability has brought about the attention of many in the past year, earning him a slot on tour with Safe To Say and Young And Heartless earlier this summer. If you’ve been following Johnny or have ever seen his live performance, you probably already knew he was bound for greatness.

Check out “Serenity” below. Somewhere Sleepless can be pre-ordered here. Read more »

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Cartel Frontman Will Pugh Is (Finally) Working On A Solo Album

Don’t fret, dear readers. I’m being honest when I tell you there is no lie in that headline. The Will Pugh solo album you always thought might happen is actually on its way to becoming a reality.

Early this morning, September 2, Cartel vocalist Will Pugh set Twitter ablaze when he revealed plans for a solo project. “Yours truly is starting to cook up some tunes for my (dare I say it) solo project,” he tweeted. “It’s been a long time coming but it’s on deck.”

Fans have been clamoring for a solo album from Pugh since the hype surrounding Cartel began to cool off, but before now there has been no mention of any such release being in the works. Maybe Cartel’s recent 10-year tour for Chroma gave Pugh the kick in the ass he needed to finally put pen to paper. Whatever the case, we’re certainly looking forward to hearing some new material in the months ahead. Stay tuned. Read more »

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Head North, Microwave Announce Split EP

UPDATE: Watch Microwave’s new music video for “but not often,” below via Noisey.

After hinting at new material in an interview with UTG’s Dana Reandelar, recent SideOneDummy signees Microwave have announced a split with Bad Timing Records’ flagship artist Head North. The split will release on October 9. Pre-orders are now available here. Check out the artwork and tracklisting below.

You’ll have the opportunity to see both bands on two separate, but equally stacked tour lineups this fall; Head North will spend the fall with Knuckle Puck, Seaway, and Sorority Noise, while Microwave will tour with Have Mercy, Transit and Somos.

Both Head North and Microwave have found unprecedented success in 2015, rising through the ranks of the underground alternative music scene and separating themselves from their peers in all the best ways. This release is sure to be a pivotal moment in both bands’ careers, so make sure not to sleep on it. Read more »

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UTG INTERVIEW: Bitter’s Kiss Talks Self-Titled Debut, Creating With Family

Chloe Baker–maybe better known as Bitter’s Kiss when associated with the music world–is a young singer-songwriter based out of New Jersey who released her stunning, self-titled debut earlier this year. Baker’s father lends a hand or two as well, collaborating with instrumentation and production for the effort; bond and blood put to tape with impressive results and plenty of interest-piquing potential.

We had the chance to speak with Chloe about her musical background leading up to these first works, what it’s like working with her dad, and much more regarding her still-budding musical career. Read through below to check out our full conversation and stream some songs from Bitter’s Kiss. Read more »

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Father Mountain Share “Jamais Vu (Acoustic)”

Owensboro, Kentucky’s Father Mountain will release their label debut, On Left & Being Left Behind, on September 25 through Antique Records. In anticipation, the five-piece have joined forces with Modern Vinyl to begin streaming a stirring new acoustic version of their track “Jamais Vu,” which finds frontman Zane Martin spilling his guts in a way that is both moving and memorable. Give it a listen below.

If you dig the group’s latest, you can pre-order the nine-track EP here in a variety of formats, including limited edition cassette. Read more »

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UTG PREMIERE: Midnight Soundtrack – “Electric Touch”

Midnight Soundtrack have unleashed a brand new single upon the world, in the form of the electronic-infused and undeniably catchy single “Electric Touch.” The song comes off of the project’s new album, Foreplay, which is due out Sept. 25.

Midnight Soundtrack is the side project of award-winning singer-songwriter Marcio Novelli, and it’s the type of project ready to hit you right in the feels. Novelli, the mastermind behind “Electric Touch,” had this to say about the track:

“‘Electric Touch’ is the moment when lust inevitably turns to love; the nature of sex when feelings develop…on one end. Lust turns to love.”

Listen to “Electric Touch” in full now and leave your thoughts in the comments below: Read more »

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UTG PREMIERE: Controller – “Midnight Man”

For some, music is a very personal, very cathartic way of dealing with life’s daily stresses, but for many more, it’s a reason to let loose, unwind, and have a good time. If the latter is your aim, then you’ll likely feel right at home with Controller; the NYC quartet are undeniably upbeat and infectious, making them an essential addition to your regular rotation.

Today, we have the esteemed pleasure of premiering the outfit’s brand new single, “Midnight Man,” a synth-driven dance party that comes fully-equipped with a rug-cutting refrain and a sick sax solo. Listen in below, and share your thoughts with us in the replies.

In regards to their latest track, the band tells us, “We wanted to write like, a shameless club banger, but sung from the perspective of someone you would never, ever, ever, ever even consider going home with. Like, he thinks he’s really smooth but he’s the only one not in on how ridiculous he is, and it’s getting closer and closer to last call.”

If you like what you hear, keep in touch with Controller on Facebook and Twitter. Read more »

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‘Danish Girl’ Trailer: Oscar Season Has Officially Begun

The first trailer for Tom Hooper’s long-awaited new film has arrived, and it’s every bit as poised for awards season glory as early reveals seemed to tease.

Set in the 1920s, The Danish Girl tells the true love story of Danish artist Einar Wegener and her wife Gerda as she makes the pioneering journey to becoming a woman, Lili Elbe. It’s Wegener’s wife who more or less introduces her to the notion of being a woman, and she stands by her side as she begins to explore her new identity. Troubles eventually arise however, and the couple’s love is put to the test. You can view the film’s first trailer below.

Eddie Redmayne is tasked with bringing Einar to life, and from what we see in the trailer it looks to potentially be a career-defining role for the actor who has had many such roles during his short time in Hollywood. Alicia Vikander, Ben Whishaw, Sebastian Koch, Amber Heard, and Matthias Schoenaerts also appear. Read more »

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Addicted To Fresno’ Is One Of 2015’s Best Comedies

Film: Addicted To Fresno
Starring: Judy Greer, Natasha Lyonne
Directed by: Jamie Babbit

Addicted To Fresno is the bold and unflinchingly hilarious comedy you never knew you needed to see. It’s the perfect response to anyone who claims women can’t be funny, as well as anyone who believes every movie needs romance or a male lead.

Shannon and Martha are two sisters who share an unshakeable bond. The eldest, Shannon, was recently released from sex rehab after landing herself on the national sex offender registry. The baby of the family, Martha, was able to secure her big sister a position as a maid at Fresno Suites, the local hotel. Martha works there as well. Read more »

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First ‘Old 37’ Trailer Will Make You Think Twice Before Calling 9-1-1

Two of horror’s biggest stars have finally come together for a tale of highway terror you won’t soon forget.

Old 37 tells of a quiet stretch of road in upstate New York where those who call 9-1-1 reach someone other than the police. An ambulance will still arrive, and men who claim to be paramedics will still help you, but there is no hospital at the end of the road. There is nothing except pain. The kind of pain that nightmares are made out of, and it’s being inflicted by two brothers hellbent on carnage

Kane Hodder and Bill Moseley star as the twisted siblings behind the terror, and early reviews claim they do a damn fine job of delivering unique, blood-soaked thrills. You can view the first trailer below. Read more »

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Triple Crown Records Signs A Will Away, Rock And Roll Lives

Connecticut rock group A Will Away have signed to Triple Crown Records. The label will re-issue the band’s early 2015 EP Bliss on October 23.

If you’ve been following UTG in 2015, you’re likely already familiar with the band. I raved about Bliss when it released earlier this year, and we sat down with the band at this year’s Skate And Surf Festival. We couldn’t be more proud to see one of the alternative music scene’s best, hardest working bands make such a big step toward the big leagues.

On Bliss, vocalist Matt Carlson comments:

We had reached this point where we had made all these previous records and we really tried to cater and direct those to an audience when we made them. I think we found over time that what we were missing and what we were losing throughout that process was playing music for ourselves—the reason we started playing to begin with. We wanted to bring out the best of ourselves as musicians. Read more »

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Pentimento Announce Fall Tour With Better Off, A Will Away

Recent Bad Timing Records signees Pentimento have announced a powerful fall tour lineup featuring support from Tennessee’s Better Off and Connecticut’s A Will Away. The tour kicks off in Pittsburgh on October 14 and runs through November 6, concluding in Toronto. Check out a flyer with dates below.

Pentimento will use the tour to support their just-announced LP, I, No Longer. The record is slated for release on October 23. Better Off is gearing up to release their fantastic new LP Milk, and A Will Away released Bliss earlier this year. This tour lineup showcases a diverse group of underground rock bands, and shouldn’t be missed. Take a look at the dates below, and make sure to head out to your local gig.

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