2015 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival - Weekend 1 - Day 2

Tickets for The Weeknd’s ‘Madness Fall Tour’ Continue to Rise on Secondary Market

The Weeknd began his North American ‘Madness Fall Tour’ earlier this month, and the R&B artist has just over a month to go before the tour wraps. The run kicked off in Toronto On November 3 and will run until December 19 when it wraps up at the American Airlines Arena in Miami. The tour is in support of his sophomore album, Beauty Behind the Madness, which the 25-year-old released on August 28. Tickets to see The Weeknd have skyrocketed across his remaining dates, as tickets are averaging $236.

Across the final 15 stops, the most expensive date on the calendar for The Weeknd is his November 24 performance at the Centre Bell in Montreal, where tickets are averaging an impressive $776 on the resale market, with the cheapest ticket available for $69. His least pricey performance is scheduled for November 27 in Winnipeg at The MTS, where tickets are averaging $112 with a get-in of just $43, according toSeatSmart. Read more »

Samuel Claiborne

UTG INTERVIEW: Samuel Claiborne Discusses ‘Love, Lust And Genocide’

New York alt-rock veteran Samuel Claiborne is a Renaissance man when it comes to the arts; divvying up his time and effort between poetry, music, photography, visual art and more. This is an impressive feat for anyone, but being a former quadriplegic, it’s downright inspiring. Teaming up with the True Groove All Stars, Claiborne’s newest album, titled Love, Lust And Genocide, truly traverses the spectrum of rock and roll, touching on politics and personal experience in theme with a vast team of talented musicians helping to create the instrumental foundation for it all.

We had the chance to discuss the new album and its process with Claiborne, along with his beginnings as a musician and much more. Read through below to check out our conversation. Read more »

The Head 2015

UTG PREMIERE: The Head – “It Ain’t Easy” (Music Video)

Today, we have the privilege of premiering The Head‘s brand spankin’ new music video for “It Ain’t Easy,” a gritty rock ‘n’ roll narrative that’s sure to sit well with fans of The Lemonheads, Teenage Fanclub, and R.E.M. The track is taken from the Atlanta trio’s latest EP, Millipedes, which made landfall last week, and has since kept us infinitely entertained with its raucous take on indie rock. Check out the Rebecca Arrowsmith-directed clip after the break, and share your thoughts with us in the comments section.

In regards to the outfit’s latest undertaking, drummer Jack Shaw shared:

“We wanted the video to match the crude vibe of the song. “It Ain’t Easy” was recorded in our guitarist Jacob’s basement with very minimal resources. As a result, the song radiates this very raw energy. Rebecca captured that same energy for the music video by filming with only one camera. She filmed both herself and our singer Mike singing point blank into the camera with various liquids dripping down their faces. Read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Shelter’ Is Captivating And Depressing In Equal Measure

Film: Shelter
Starring: Anthony Mackie, Jennifer Connelly
Directed by: Paul Bettany

Paul Bettany’s first feature behind the camera, Shelter, is without a doubt one of 2015’s most depressing new films. It’s a heartbreaking look at life on the streets and the relationships shared by those who have no place to call home, as well as that gnawing feeling we all experience from time to time that claims we don’t know those closest to us as well as we think we do.

Tahir (Anthony Mackie) is a Nigerian immigrant living on the streets of New York City. His visa has long expired, making him unable to find work, but for reasons that remain undisclosed early on he cannot return home. Even if he could, he probably wouldn’t want to, as he views his life in America as something of a second chapter. His living situation might not be ideal, but he still finds reasons to appreciate every breath he is given. Read more »

violet night

UTG INTERVIEW: Violet Night Discuss ‘I Hope You’re Well’

British Columbia duo Violet Night released a four-track EP at summer’s end, titled I Hope You’re Well. Attributing influences to The National, Blink-182, Death Cab For Cutie and more, the effort offers slow and steady, genuinely heartfelt tracks that fans of any of those acts should find enjoyment in.

We had the opportunity to speak to Violet Night members Connor Pohl and TJ Rounthewaite about the project’s inception, where their musical paths began and all things I Hope You’re Well. You can read through our conversation below to get the scoop on Violet Night. You can also stream the band’s EP and view their newest music video for “Dawn.” Read more »

the mire

The Mire Announce Breakup, Stream Final EP

The Mire, a wildly underrated post-metal band from the U.K., have announced their breakup with the release of their final EP, a five-track effort titled Vice Regalia.

On Facebook, the band abruptly revealed its end: “Here is ‘Vice Regalia,’ our final release. Thank you all so much for your interest and support over the last 8 years. It’s been a blast. RIP The Mire, 2009 – 2015.” The band had previously noted that a new EP would be available in December with no mention of a breakup.

The new effort is available to stream below and download with a ‘name your price’ option through Bandcamp. We highly suggest you listen through the EP and the band’s back catalog, namely 2014′s Glass Cathedrals, an album I’ve previously referred to as “heavy, dense and atmospheric [...] a massive wall of sound filled with soaring, distorted guitar work, intense vocals and pummeling percussion.” Read more »


Young The Giant Tickets Averaging $70 for Remaining Dates of Current Tour

Young The Giant is heading into the final stretch of their 16-date fall tour, which kicked off on October 23. The indie rock band has three dates left before the tour will wrap, including stops in Tulsa, Oklahoma and two stops in Boulder, Colorado. On the secondary market, tickets to see Young The Giant have been consistent throughout the stretch, averaging $94 for the entirety of the run.

The tour, which has been supported by opening act Wildling, has received positive reviews across the dates, as the band has been praised for playing a diverse mixture of songs from their 2014 album Mind Over Matter and more popular singles from their self-titled debut. The most expensive show the band has seen on their month-long stretch was their November 1 stop in Knoxville, Tennessee at the Tennessee Theatre, where tickets averaged a hefty price of $208. The cheapest ticket available for that show was far from inexpensive, and was $175. Read more »


Poliça Announce ‘United Crushers,’ stream lead single

Minneapolis alt-pop five-piece Poliça have announced the full-length follow-up to 2013′s phenomenal Shulamith, a new effort titled United Crushers that’s set to release on March 4, 2016 through Mom + Pop. To coincide with the release details, the band has shared the album’s fantastic lead single, “Lime Habit,” with a wonderfully weird accompanying video, directed by The Sunset People. You can check it all out below.

Poliça also announced a U.S. spring tour in support of the album that kicks off on March 2 and 3 for a double-nighter in their hometown. All dates for the run can be found below; tickets are on sale now.

You can pre-order United Crushers in various formats here. Read more »

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Sunflower Bean Announce Debut Album, Stream Lead Single

Fresh off a monstrous US tour, Long Island trio Sunflower Bean have unveiled plans to release their debut studio album, Human Ceremony, on February 5 through Fat Possum Records. In anticipation, the outfit have teamed with The FADER to unveil the record’s bustling lead single, “Wall Watcher,” which can be found below alongside a full track listing.

“‘Wall Watcher’ is about existing in a lonely world,” the band explained. “We spent a lot of time and put a lot of love into writing and recording this album and are excited to share this first glimpse with you.”

Punchy and powerful, we already know that Sunflower Bean’s latest single will get plenty of playing time around UTG HQ. If you’re equally enchanted, pick up a pre-order here. Read more »


UTG PREMIERE: Come Wind – “Found” (Lyric Video)

Friday is here, and while we are sure there are several new albums calling for your attention we must beg of you to hold off just a bit longer on enjoying those releases. Why? Because we have something so good to share that you would only be doing yourself a disservice by clicking off UTG at this point. After all, you’re already here. Might as well stay and enjoy the show.

Come Wind are an indie quartet with a sound that should win over fans of Two Door Cinema Club and those who enjoy films by Zach Braff in no time at all. Their music is the kind of thing you put on as an accompaniment to life itself, offering bountiful hooks and melodies alongside a chill take on pop sensibilities that feels impossible for anyone to deny. The group’s new album will be released on November 20, and today they have partnered with UTG to share the official lyric video for “Found.” You can view the clip below.

We expect big things from Come Wind in the months ahead, and we have a feeling you will too after seeing the lyric video for “Found.” If want to learn more about the band and their plans for the future, click here to visit their official Facebook page. Read more »

Edelweiss 2015

UTG PREMIERE: Edelweiss – ‘Philadelphia’

This afternoon, we’re thrilled to bring you Philadelphia, the latest release from the Stroudsburg trio Edelweiss, who over the past half-decade have garnered a wealth of critical acclaim for their wonderfully out-of-the-box approach to punk. Carefully crafted and pleasantly unpredictable, it’s the perfect introduction to a group that deserves your undivided attention.

“The songs on this record have come together to be our favourite release,” shared vocalist Niko Porlier. “They are energetic, provoking, and raw, but most importantly these songs are Edelweiss in its purest form.”

After more than a few spins, we can promise that you’ll definitely want to clear some space in your regular rotation for the band’s newest undertaking. Check it out by following the jump below, and pick up a pre-order before it hits shelves tomorrow via Mad Dragon Records. Read more »

Jason Sager

UTG PREMIERE: Jason Sager – ‘Panoramic View’

It’s not quite Friday, but there’s still plenty to celebrate here at UTG, such as Jason Sager‘s undeniable debut EP, Panoramic View. A synth-heavy blend of high-flying hooks and contagious melodies, the budding singer-songwriter’s newest offering makes for a top-notch weekend welcome, and is sure to hit home with fans of Brandon Flowers, Smallpools, and Bad Suns. Stream it below and let us know what you think in the replies.

Panoramic View has been all about finding my voice,” Sager explained via email. “It’s a mixture of pop-rock influences tied together with synthy electronic elements. Each song is its own distinct dramatic scene, but as a whole. they all still feel like they belong together. I’m happy and excited to have my first EP come out the way it did.”

If you like what you hear, there’s still time to pre-order Panoramic View before it arrives tomorrow, Friday, November 13. Read more »

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