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Stream Columns’ Thrashy, Grindy ‘Please Explode’

I tend to truly enjoy anything Adam Cody is involved with, which includes the disappointingly under-active Glass Casket and the always active Wretched. The vocalist has been working on another project for some time now alongside members of Hemdale and Vehemence as well, and today we can officially stream Columns’ new record, Please Explode, in all its metal glory. Metal Sucks has the exclusive and the official release date is August 5 via Relapse.

Featuring 16 tracks–most of which average out at a succinct minute and a half–Please Explode is a chaotic good time that will likely encourage you to punch, kick, and utterly destroy anything in your immediate vicinity. Sometimes, that’s the best kind of release.

Crank up your speakers, clear some room for carnage, and start streaming Please Explode below. You can pre-order the album digitally here or pick up a physical copy through Relapse. Read more »

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Stream Charli XCX’s “Boom Clap” Remixes EP

Ever since UK singer-songwriter Charli XCX first hit the radio airwaves as a featured singer on Icona Pop’s “I Love It” and Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy,” she’s been steadily rising. Her new single “Boom Clap” just peaked at #14 on the Hot 100 chart, making it her biggest hit as a solo artist to date, and she’s releasing a remix EP for the track shortly after sharing the song’s entertaining music video.

Charli XCX has slowly been sharing remixes of her The Fault in Our Stars soundtrack contribution, but now we get to stream the collection in full. Each of the five remixes takes on its own flavor, like the trippy, elongated version by Punk Party that sees her original rhythms more emphasized. If all goes as planned, “Boom Clap” will appear on her sophomore album when it supposedly drops before the end of the year. If not, you can always hear her sing it live on her North American tour.

Stream the full remix EP below: Read more »

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ALBUM STREAM: Spoon – ‘They Want My Soul’

Spoon’s new album, They Want My Soul, finally comes out on August 5 via Loma Vista. It’s been four years since 2010′s Transference and almost 10 months since they announced a new album was on the way. Now, at last, the album can be streamed in full at iTunes Radio.

The 10-track full-length is the first time Spoon has used an outside producer (Joe Chiccarelli [My Morning Jacket, Beck, The Strokes] and Dave Fridmann [The Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev]), the first time frontman Britt Daniel incorporated a new-found obsession with classic rock staples AC/DC and The Rolling Stones, and the first time they’ve made an apocalyptic video for one of their singles. Read more »

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Listen to FKA Twigs’ New Song “Video Girl”

After a lot of online buzz and some well-deserved hype, British experimental R&B artist FKA Twigs has three weeks left until her debut album, LP1, drops August 12 via Young Turks. In anticipation, she’s shared the second track off the record, “Video Girl,” which you can stream below.

Unlike the sultriness of “Two Weeks” and the hard-hitting specifics of “Hide,” the new single sees trip-hop and guitar strums intertwined as FKA Twigs once again brings pained words to life with her golden croon. In an interview with Pitchfork, she said the song was written after she “stopped being a video girl” — aka someone recognized on the street as a backup dancer in videos she was never a part of.

Give the single a listen below via Tecoapple: Read more »

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Bright Light Bright Light Opening Elton John’s US Tour

Elton John will be coming to the US for his North American tour this September and, until now, the opener spot had gone unlisted. Our hats are tipped to Welsh electro-pop act Bright Light Bright Light for winning that spot. John joined him in the studio to sing on “I Wish We Were Leaving” off his new album Life Is Easy, but the two haven’t actually performed it together. Now it looks like they may get that chance.

“I’m taking him on tour with me in the summer because I want him to get him some exposure, as he’s not on a major label and does everything himself,” Elton John told British newspaper The Independent. “I have a friend for life now, and I would like to see him sell millions of records and be very popular. We’ll see how it goes, but if I can help him along the way without spoiling his journey, I’d love to do it.” Read more »

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Stream Adult Jazz’s Excellent Debut LP ‘Gist Is’

Leeds four-piece Adult Jazz shared a video titled “Community Rhythms” two weeks ago that got our attention from its first few seconds. After watching a pile of humans tumble out of a white van, gather round in a school gym, and bust out a drum circle while frontman Harry Burgess ropes around them singing, we couldn’t help but obsess over what we just saw. Was this group therapy? A brilliant combo of folk, roots, and pop? A cult disguised as a band? After a lot of deliberation and even more online stalking, we found the answer: it was the exact type of introduction we needed for a band as complex as Adult Jazz.

Adult Jazz will see their debut LP, Gist Is, drop on August 4 via Spare Thought. The four men have carefully constructed an album that manages to kick off with drone, wallow in somber vocals, pulse with traditional drums, and raise its index finger as trombones, like a surge of clean inspiration, come in with a bright confidence. “Community Rhythms” showed us our need for human connection, through words or through rhythms. Gist Is carries that message out, only this time stressing the importance of not putting up a fight to control the pace of both music and life.

Give the album a listen over at NPR.

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Sleep On It To Tour With Real Talk, Surpass Goal On Kickstarter Campaign

Better gas up your cars, Star Wars geeks, because Sleep On It are coming to a city near you. The guys will be hitting the road on the ‘Rebel Alliance Tour’ with their friends in Real Talk, whose latest release Maps & Miles dropped earlier this month.

The Chicago based pop-punk band recently exceeded their goal on a Kickstarter program to get the band successfully on the road. If you frequent UTG, you’ll remember when we premiered the track “Cope” a few months back off the band’s latest release, Everything, All At Once.

Check below the jump for the official flyer and to listen to the title track off of the latest Sleep On It EP. Read more »

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Manchester Orchestra Stream “Opposite Sides” from ‘Earth to Echo’ Soundtrack

In case it slipped past you, the sci-fi adventure film Earth to Echo hit theatres on July 2. The following week, the movie’s official soundtrack became available, and you should consider giving it a listen for a few reasons.

First of all, it features an excellent new Manchester Orchestra song, entitled “Opposite Sides,” which is available to stream below the jump. It should also be noted that well-known acts including Chiddy Bang, Breathe Carolina, The Mowgli’s and Big Data also made an appearance on the official soundtrack.

You can get your hands on “Opposite Sides,” and the rest of the soundtrack on iTunes right here. Read more »

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Minus the Bear Announce New Album and Fall U.S. Tour

Minus the Bear have announced the ‘Lost Loves & Beer Commercials Tour’ for this October and November. The tour will both celebrate the 10th anniversary of the band’s They Make Beer Commercials Like This EP (which will be played in full) and support the October 7 release of Lost Loves, a collection of ten songs the group has recorded over the course of their career that didn’t make it on to any of their official releases.

O’Brother, Young Widows and Mansions will all take turns opening the tour, so consult the tour’s beautiful poster below to find out which of those fantastic openers will be playing in your city. Pre-sale tickets are for sale right now, so go get ‘em! If you miss out on the pre-sale, general tickets will be available this Friday, August 1. Read more »

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No Bragging Rights Announce Details For New Album, ‘The Concrete Flower’

Early this morning hardcore outfit No Bragging Rights announced the details for their fourth full-length studio album. The album, which is titled The Concrete Flower, will be released through Pure Noise Records on September 23. In addition to the release date, the band revealed the artwork as well as the tracklist for the album. You can check out the tracklist below the break.

Frontman Mike Perez had the following to say about the album: “The Concrete Flower is us at our best. We found our identity in Cycles, which made it fun to tastefully experiment and push that sound even further. I take a lot of pride in the lyrics I wrote and the subject matter is something we feel very strongly about. We’re really happy to be sharing these songs and their messages.”

Pre-orders are not yet available, but Pure Noise has promised they will be launched soon. Don’t forget to check in again soon for that information as well as any potential new singles. Read more »

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Childish Gambino Calls Out Drake, Kendrick Lamar, SchoolBoy Q At Sydney Concert

Childish Gambino decided to go full freestyle at a Sydney, Australia concert this past weekend as well spitting jabs at fellow rappers Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and ScHoolBoy Q in the process.

In the first video below, he takes on Drake in saying “This n**** think he Drake. Nah I ain’t Drake. I sing better, I do better, my s***’s wetter.” In the second video, he takes his freestyle to the next level in saying, “I’m the best rapper, definitely top five. I’ll cut their heads off, that’s every rapper living. That’s Kendrick, That’s Drake, That’s SchoolBoy, That’s everyone. I don’t give a f***, I’ll kill N****s.” This is believed to be revenge to Kendrick’s verse he rapped in Big Sean‘s “Control” single that was released last year.

Check out the clips below of what was said during the concert and stay tuned as more details on this will be sure to come out. Read more »

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‘Horns’ Trailer: Daniel Radcliffe Shows His Dark Side

In the upcoming movie Horns, Daniel Radcliffe turns into a demon. The anti-Harry Potter fanatics who claimed the movies were devil worship may say they saw this coming. Anyone tracking the eclectic and varied role choices Radcliffe has made outside of Potter should hardly be surprised by the odd choice. What is somewhat surprising is that the film’s newly released trailer actually looks like a damn good time.

Radcliffe plays Ig, who takes the blame for his girlfriend’s mysterious death. In the trailer, Ig declares in a husky American accent, “If I did kill her, I’d be a monster!” Then he sprouts these demonic, ram-like horns. And the town descends into hellish madness. Coincidence?

Juno Temple, Max Minghella, Kelli Garner and Heather Graham join him the horror-fantasy thriller directed by Keith Bunin, based on the novel by Joe Hill. Horns will be released October 31. Check out the trailer below. Read more »