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Lily Allen Shares New Track “Sheezus”

The moment we’ve all been waiting for is finally here; you can stream the title track from Lily Allen‘s upcoming record Sheezus after the jump.

The song is full of name-drops and references to other pop stars including Katy Perry, Rihanna, Lorde, Lady Gaga, and obviously Kanye West, which might explain its non-radio release. While the song is definitely bound to stir up some discussion, I can’t shake the feeling that I’m not a fan. It feels slightly out of place for a rather static, mid-tempo, and sometimes boring song to be the flag-bearer of Allen’s attempt to make a statement about how she’s the best around, and amidst allegations of cultural appropriation for the “Hard Out Here” music video, taking Kanye West’s controversial title from last summer is a risky move, especially when the songs that we’ve heard from Allen’s latest aren’t half as memorable as what we heard on Yeezus.

That being said, there are some good lyrics in there and we already know that the record is going to turn some heads. What do you think of the new song? Let us know by leaving a comment down below. Read more »

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WATCH: Jack White Records, Presses, And Releases Record In One Day For Record Store Day

If you made a visit to your favorite record store on Saturday for Record Store Day 2014, you might have noticed that the lines were longer than they’ve been in years past. The vinyl fad is bigger than it has ever been before, and it shows. RSD 2014 saw artists and labels pressing crazy things like triangular 7″s and glow-in-the-dark variants to generate interest and top everyone else in the “wow” department. However, Jack White takes home the prize for his impressive feat in starting and finishing production for a record before the end of the day. You can stream a mini documentary of sorts after the jump detailing the experience.

The video documents the whole process, from Jack White’s in-store performance, through the record’s manufacturing process and the sale of the record, all finishing before 3:00 pm. This is going to be hard to top next year. Read more »

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Trash Talk Announce New Album ‘No Peace,’ Stream New Song

Trash Talk, everyone’s favorite Odd Future-crossover hardcore band, has announced a new record. The band will be releasing No Peace through Trash Talk Collective/Odd Future Records on May 27. The first single, “Cloudkicker,” can be streamed after the jump.

If the new song is any indication, the band has taken a more focused approach to their sound than that showcased 2012′s 119. The tracklist is notably devoid of Tyler, The Creator and his Odd Future pals, although King Krule and Wiki will feature on a bonus track and the record’s opener and closer were produced by Alchemist. While the band’s crossover into the world of hip-hop caused polarization amongst fans, I believe that their fresh look on beatdown hardcore is one of the best things that has happened to the massively-diluted genre in years. I’m looking forward to hearing the new record. Read more »

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ALBUM STREAM: Wye Oak – ‘Shriek’

We’ve been anxiously awaiting Wye Oak‘s new album, Shriekfor what feels like forever. But alas, finally, finally, it’s (almost) here. NPR has the album up for streaming in full a week before it comes out April 29 via Merge/City Slang, so go ahead and give it a listen.

Shriek is the Baltimore duo’s follow up to 2011′s Civilian. Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack’s new album was co-produced by Nicolas Vernhes at Brooklyn’s Rare Book Room and is, ambitiously, guitar-less. If none of that wins you over, go see them play the material live (where $2 of your ticket will be donated to a local charity). After the new songs I got to hear live at SXSW, it’s easy to say this won’t be a letdown.

For some visual accompaniment, don’t forget the surreal music video for “The Tower” is up for watching. The slow song gets contrasted by shots of house painters singing with their faces covered in paint while they dance in a parking garage. Yes — when we say surreal, we mean surreal. Read more »

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Minus The Bear Announce ‘They Make Beer Commercials Like This’ 10 Year Anniversary Shows

If all these anniversary shows have taught us anything, it’s that time flies. Minus The Bear will be playing a few 10 year anniversary shows in honor of They Make Beer Commercials Like This. The EP will be played in its entirety along with other Minus The Bear classics for two nights in Seattle and Portland. The venues have extremely limited capacity, so be ready to fight for tickets to what will no doubt be an intimiate but rocking show.

In other Minus The Bear news, an unreleased track will be coming out on a limited edition split 7″ with Manchester Orchestra called Continental Obscura, which you can read more about here.

See the anniversary dates as well as regular concert dates below: Read more »

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STAND-UP TUESDAYS: Josh Sneed

Stand-Up Tuesdays is a weekly comedy spotlight written by the wonderfully talented Angie Frissore. Covering both known and unknown comics, Stand-up Tuesdays is your new source for all things funny.

This week, Angie puts a spotlight on Josh Sneed’s comedy career. If you or your comedy troupe would like to be featured on Stand-Up Tuesdays, please email utgjames@gmail.com.

This week in Stand-Up Tuesdays, we take a look at comedian Josh Sneed‘s latest album, Unsung Hero, which was recorded at The Funny Bone in Columbus, Ohio. Sneed headlines comedy clubs across the country and finished 2nd out of 100 of Comedy Central’s top comedians in the 2008 Annual Stand-up Showdown competition. He’s performed at the ‘Just For Laughs’ festival in Montreal, the inaugural South Beach Comedy Festival, and the Aspen Comedy Festival, and continues to make a name for himself on the national scene. Read more »

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The National Cancel Shows in Russia and Ukraine

The National are no strangers to the political scene. I mean, they did play at a fundraiser for President Obama’s re-election.

But this time, they’re taking a stand against situations over seas, which sadly affects their international fans. They have cancelled three shows in July/August that were scheduled in Kiev, St. Petersburg and Moscow, due to the political unrest between Ukraine and Russia.

The band released an apologetic, yet firm statement in regards to the cancellation earlier today on their Facebook page: Read more »

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Saosin Announce Weekend Reunion Tour with Anthony Green

As most of you know, Anthony Green was the lead singer that helped boost Saosin to fame before they parted ways and Circa Survive was formed. After the news that he would be playing a reunion show with Saosin at Skate and Surf, the idea of a possible tour never rested in the minds of fans.

And today, the hopeful Saosin supporters have been rewarded. Well, if you live in California or can make it to New Jersey for Skate and Surf. Most of us will be unable to see this once in a lifetime set of shows, but stay hopeful, as reunion/anniversary tours are not rare these days. And this is a huge one. I, for one, have been dreaming about how incredible such a reunion would be for years.

The announced dates will take place the first weekend in June. Check them out below. If you live in these areas, or are a die-hard, be sure to jump on this early, as they will for sure sell out fast. Stay connected to UTG for anymore news about this Saosin reunion. Read more »

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Cave Needles Premiere “Small World”

Grand Rapids, Michigan, based shoegaze outfit Cave Needles (ex-Nightlights, Homelife, and You Blew It!) have released a brand new song, entitled “Small World,” for free via Bandcamp. The track comes from the group’s forthcoming self-titled full-length that is set to be released June 28 via Warm Ratio and Disposable America Records.

Along with the new material, Cave Needles have also announced a spring tour, so follow the jump to check out all of the announced dates alongside a stream of “Small World” and see if they are coming to a city near you. Read more »

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Little Dragon Share Another New Single, “Let Go,” Off New Album

Little Dragon have already shared two singles off Nabuma Rubberband, the follow-up to 2011′s: Ritual Union — “Klapp Klapp” and “Paris.” They’ve now shared a third track in the lead-up to the album with “Let Go.”

Though conveniently close to sharing its name with a recent smash hit song, there aren’t many similarities beside urging one to “let go.” It’s a soothing, rippling track that glides along languidly, unobtrusively. Check out the track below.

Nabuma Rubberband is out May 13 on Loma Vista Recordings. Pre-order it here. Read more »

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Danny Boyle and Leonardo DiCaprio Circling Steve Jobs Biopic

After negotiations with David Fincher fell through last week, Sony Pictures is moving quickly to find a director for their Steve Jobs movie and THR reports the studio has already begun speaking with Danny Boyle about taking over the gig. And while Fincher was determined to land Christian Bale for the leading role, Boyle is said to have already approached Leonardo DiCaprio for the part. The pairing would represent a reunion of sorts, as Boyle and DiCaprio worked together 14 years ago on The Beach.

Not to be confused with the Ashton Kutcher-led Jobs, which was released last year to little fanfare, Sony’s Steve Jobs film was penned by Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network). The screenwriter has said his script boils Jobs’ life down to just three scenes, all of which take place in real time leading up to the launch of a new product. Stick around, as we’ll be sure to keep you up-to-date as the story develops.

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Listen: Jamie xx – “Girl”

James Blake‘s monthly BBC Radio 1 residency has always been fodder for fun music things – new music premieres, slick remixes, that charming fake Burial interview. Last month, Blake had fun with listeners again when he debuted a chill new track called “Bloke” from a gent dubbed “Simon Tallywhacker,” which didn’t sound fishy at all from the very moment he uttered the name.

Well, “Simon Tallywhacker” was Jamie xx, and “Bloke” was “Girl,” the A-side off Jamie xx’s new 12″. “Girl” has now been shared officially, along with one of those videos that isn’t totally a music video, but it moves, so it’s kinda like a music video, but we don’t really know what to call it… You know, like the tUnE-yArDs and EMA singles. It’s fun.

“Girl” / “Sleep Sound” is out May 5 on Young Turks. Enjoy the track below; pre-order the single here. Read more »