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Listen To Emery’s New Single, “The Beginning”

Emery will be releasing their sixth studio album next month, titled You Were Never Alone. Since the band announced the album, they have utilized guitarist Matt Carter’s new podcast, named Break It Down With Matt Carter, to premiere the first three singles. The band is continuing with that practice by revealing the fourth single through the podcast. The new song is titled “The Beginning,” and it can be found at the end of their fourth episode. The link for the episode is below.

You can listen to all of the podcast’s episodes, as well as the four singles the band has released through them, by heading right here. You can also subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

You Were Never Alone will hit stores May 19 via the band’s own label, BadChristian Music. Read more »

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The 6 Must-See Films Of IFF Boston 2015

Another week of important cinema is nigh!

Wednesday, April 22 marks the beginning of Independent Film Festival Boston‘s 2015 fest.

Per usual with UTG, we wanted to let our readers know what films we are most excited for in the upcoming fest. Just under 100 films are playing between April 22 and 29. Unfortunately, we cannot attend all of them. You know, unless you have a magical time machine we can borrow from you.

Anyway, might as well get into the thick of it while I have your attention, right? Read more »

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30 Essential Songs For The 30th Rock Hall Induction Ceremony

Editor’s Note: Under The Gun Review will be at the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. This is the second in a series of preview pieces set to highlight this year’s event. Read the first here.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is set to host its 30th annual induction party this Saturday. Bands like Green Day, Joan Jett and the Heartbreakers, and The Paul Butterfield Blues Band will be honored alongside Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bill Withers, Ringo Starr, and Lou Reed as they all enter the hall together this year. There is a selection of star-studded appearances scheduled including the likes of Tom Morello, Beck, Paul McCartney, and many others.

Looking for a playlist of essential jams from this year’s inductees? Follow the jump to check out 30, of many, essential songs collected from each of this year’s talent. Read more »

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UTG PREMIERE: Jernigan – “Minor Arcana”

Harnessing a strong essence of ’90s punk rock, Jernigan are a wrecking ball breaking into the alternative scene. Their brand new song, “Minor Arcana,” which comes directly off their new record My Minor Arcana, is a strong release from a band ready to make a splash in the punk world.

The song, which evokes massive sing-alongs while being maturely aggressive, does exactly what it should do as a punk rock anthem. Vocalist Elliot Meyer had this to say about the new record:

“‘My Minor Arcana,’ in short, is about my this weird time in my life where I was trying to find answers to questions that I didn’t really want answers to. I went and sat down with a psychic and tried to hash things out; but what I found, was this person who knew nothing about me and who was willing to say what they thought I wanted to hear. Read more »

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Of Mice & Men Release Live Music Video For “Another You”

If anyone wants a taste of what it was like for Of Mice & Men to open up arenas in Europe for Linkin Park, check out their new live music video for “Another You,” a track off of their third record, Restoring Force. 

The intensity of the song matches the intensity of the flashing lights and live energy of an arena show, something that Of Mice & Men have been grateful to do alongside the pros.

Unfortunately, the US leg of the Linkin Park tour was cancelled due to LP’s Chester Bennington’s ankle injury, but Of Mice & Men will be embarking on a US headliner this month through June. Go to their website for more information. Read more »

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Diamond Youth Share “In The Clouds”

In anticipation of their debut full-length, Nothing Matters, Baltimore’s Diamond Youth have partnered with The A.V. Club to premiere a wispy pop-rock racer titled “In The Clouds.” Check it out after the break, and share your thoughts with us in the comments section.

This May, the four-piece will kick off a month-long North American run with the help of Superheaven and Rozwell Kid. If you’re interested in attending, a full list of dates can additionally be found below.

Nothing Matters hits shelves on May 19 through Topshelf Records. Pre-orders are ongoing. Read more »

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Well Kept Things Stream New Song, Launch Vinyl Pre-Orders

New York’s Well Kept Things are the latest members of the Antique Records family. Their debut EP, Homegrown, is set for release on June 16, 2015.

Today, Well Kept Things partnered with our pals at PropertyOfZack to share a finished version of “Great White North,” which is a song some of you may recall hearing as a rough demo in the middle of 2014. It was actually that demo that led Antique to take an initial interest in Well Kept Things, so it only makes sense that the band introduce themselves to the world at large using the same track. You can stream the song below.

Commenting on the band and their upcoming release, Antique Records offered:

Well Kept Things are the latest pop punk band to rise out of upstate New York’s heavily influential music scene. Their sound is at once both familiar and undeniably unique, combining classic pop punk sensibilities with heartbreakingly honest lyricism, youthful experimentation, and just enough pop music influence to keep your toes tapping along throughout each song. Their debut EP, Homegrown, highlights the best material the band has created to date and showcases a lot of promise regarding what they may create in the future. There is no other band in music today that sounds like these guys do, and we could not be more thrilled to welcome them into the Antique Records family with this release.

Pre-orders for Homegrown are available now. Comment below and let us know your thoughts on this promising young band. Read more »

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MUSIC VIDEO: Dryjacket – “Uncle Jack”

To celebrate the release of their debut EP, Lights, Locks, and Faucets, the New Jersey alt rockers of Dryjacket have shared a new music video for their track, “Uncle Jack.”

Coming in at just under three minutes, the clip finds the foursome trekking through the woods amid infectious guitar lines and toe-tapping melodies. Check it out by following the jump below, and let us know if you’re a fan in the replies.

We’ve been expecting big things from Dryjacket since their pairing with Hopeless Records back in February, and so far, the group has yet to disappoint. If you dig “Uncle Jack,” pick up a copy of Lights, Locks, and Faucets here. Read more »

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Steven Spielberg to Make Disney Debut Next Summer

Next summer, legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg will continue to add to his legacy with yet another new undertaking—his first film for Disney.

According to a wealth of sources, the Academy Award-winning director will soon captain a new adaptation of Roald Dahl’s celebrated children’s book, The BFG, based off a script penned by E.T. co-collaborator Melissa Mathison. Together with Ruby Barnhill, Bill Hader, Rebecca Hall, and many more, Spielberg and company will breathe new life into one of the most beloved stories of all time, which centers on a young girl named Sophie and her adventures alongside a surprisingly outgoing giant.

“In more than 40 years of making movies, I have been on the producing end of a number of films for the Walt Disney Company, but never as a director. It is a special joy to be in the director’s chair as we start The BFG, alongside my longtime friends and film collaborators,” said Spielberg.

The BFG is expected to hit theatres on July 1, 2016.

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UTG INTERVIEW: Writer/Director Alex Garland Talks ‘Ex Machina’ And The Auteur Theory

The Beach, 28 Days Later, Never Let Me Go, Dredd, Sunshine. These may all be sci-fi titles that you have seen or heard of in the past ten years. Alex Garland is the man who helped shepherd them to completion. Not only is he the writer on all of those aforementioned products, he is also a consultant on how those films ended up looking.

Starting out as a cartoonist, Garland turned his eye toward writing. When his book, The Beach, got optioned, Garland’s gaze turned towards filmmaking. Since The Beach, Garland has succeeded in bringing some great genre cinema to the cinematic fold. Dredd, for instance, is a hard-hitting and exploitative throwback film with ties to its delightfully violent source material. Not to mention that the film looks visually stunning.

With his directorial debut, Ex Machina, Garland dug deep and brought up some troubling issues via a sci-fi platform. Are humans able to be fooled by robot counterparts? Is there such thing as a male or female consciousness? These are all questions brought up and studied by Garland’s new foray into contemplative sci-fi with influences from Ridley Scott and Stanley Kubrick, to name a few. Read more »

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UTG VIDEO PREMIERE: AyOH – “Shout Shout”

Coming straight off the band’s latest EP, Dangerous Questions, is the energetic music video for “Shout Shout” from Chicago-based pop rockers AyOH.

The video, coming in at exactly 3 minutes and 30 seconds, contains a montage of various live and behind-the-scenes footage of the band — a clever look into the lives of this fast-moving group. The band had this to say about the video for “Shout Shout”:

“It was important to us that this video depict the energy and fun our live shows hold, there’s no better way to demonstrate that then with actual footage. With this release we want our audience to connect with us as entertainers and not just as musicians alone”

Watch the video in full after the jump and leave your thoughts in the comments below. Read more »