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Game & Drake Swap Bars About The Realities Of Fame On “100″

The Game and Drake just delivered a new single that is destined to take hip-hop by storm in no time at all.

Remember when Drake was spotted dropping a few unreleased bars to a sold out Detroit crowd late last month? That so-called freestyle was actually an unannounced preview for the Toronto native’s latest collaboration with California heavyweight The Game. “100″ finds the two top shelf emcees swapping bars that address the snakes in the grass who think they slink by unseen, as well as the reality of pursuing your dreams in a time where most feel unable to even believe in themselves. It’s the kind of quasi-inspiration material Drizzy has been dropping since day one, but it’s actually The Game who shines brightest on the track. You can stream the song, in full, at the end of this post.

Both Game and Drake are set to release new albums later this year, so it kind of makes sense that the two would pair for this summertime single while they individually grind away at their solo projects. Comment below and let us know your thoughts on “100.” Read more »

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Lydia Announce Fall Headlining Tour With Seahaven, Turnover & The Technicolors

Having recently wrapped up their successful summer tour alongside The Early November and Restorations, Phoenix indie rock outfit Lydia have just announced that they will be back on the road this Fall.

This upcoming tour will be held in support of their impending full-length record, the direct follow-up to 2013′s Devil, which is estimated to be released this Fall, as well. The three-piece will be touring alongside Seahaven, Turnover, and label-mates The Technicolors. More details regarding the new record are yet to be announced. You can check out the full list of dates below.

In case you missed it, we recently got the chance to speak with Lydia about their upcoming record. You can read more of that here. Read more »

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Avalanche Sharks’ Has Bite, But No Brains

Film: Avalanche Sharks
Starring: Alexander Mendeluk, Kate Nauta
Directed By: Scott Wheeler

Monster movies have never been for everybody. From the dawn of cinema–when the likes of King Kong first appeared–there have been some who simply do not grasp why so many people enjoy watching poorly realized fictional creatures terrorize people on screen. I’ve never been one of those people, but I’ve certainly known a few. I’ve even dated a couple (if we’re being completely honest) but eventually their inability to appreciate the fantastic goodness of b-movie carnage drove a wedge between us that no amount of sweet nothings could fix. Read more »

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You Can Now Listen To The New Refused Album, ‘Freedom’

It has been over seventeen years since their last full-length album, The Shape Of Punk to Come; but Swedish punk band Refused are finally back with new material. Due out on June 30 via Epitaph, Freedom is produced by Nick Launay (Arcade Fire, Yeah Yeah Yeahs).

“It’s not a reunion anymore,” frontman Dennis Lyxzén shares. “This is one of the most radical things we’ve ever done, both musically and lyrically. Nobody wanted us to fuck with the image of the band who makes a great album and splits up,” drummer David Sandström adds. “Nobody wanted us to dilute it. That actually provoked us.”

You can listen to Freedom in full over at Pandora. Its album artwork and track list are available below. Pre-orders are still available here. Read more »

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UTG PREMIERE: theWhen – ‘Layer Zero’

Streaming exclusively now below is the brand new EP from theWhen, titled Layer Zero. The record contains a huge sound, mixing modern electronic, rock and pop elements to deliver memorable track after memorable track.

Tracks like “Better Than Now” and “Learning To Try” stand out through a mixture of electronic grit and sheer melodic infectiousness. Here’s what theWhen mastermind and curator Matt Kourie had to say about the release:

Layer Zero is about coming back to center and finding your true self. It is a rebirth and a metamorphosis. It is a state of being, where there is clarity. Bias and common association to language are stripped away for an illuminating perspective, as opposed to a misguided perception. This is an awakening of the soul and a powerful manifestation into the waking life towards becoming the real you.” Read more »

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Dope’ Is A Fittingly Titled Teen Masterpiece

Film: Dope
Starring: Shameik Moore, A$AP Rocky
Directed By: Rick Famuyiwa

Every year audiences are given numerous coming-of-age tales based around themes of self-discovery and love, but what ever happened to growing up in response to the stupid decisions we make when we’re young? Dope, the latest feature from writer/director Rick Famuyiwa, has the answer.

Malcolm is a promising young teen growing up in a rough neighborhood who, along with his two equally nerdy best friends, has a punk band and dresses as if he fell out of an early ’90s hip-hop video. Every decision Malcolm has made up to the point we first meet him has been with his future in mind. He wants to get out of the rough area he’s always known and into the Ivy League, but he would be lying if he told you he did not also want to fall in love and be considered cool, or at the very least be cool enough to not get bullied by jerks at his school. Read more »

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Foreign Tongues Launch Pre-Orders For Debut LP, Stream New Track

In case you weren’t unaware, I really like Foreign Tongues.

The New England-based act are gearing up to release their debut LP, Fragile, As Said Before, on July 24 via No Sleep. Pre-orders are live here.

Substream is premiering a new track from the LP, “Assembly,” which is a heartbreaking cut about dealing with the loss of a friend from suicide. The band melds influences varying from The National, The Cure, and more, blending beautifully into a heartbreaking, yet sonically soaring track.

Stream the fantastic new single from Foreign Tongues after the jump. Read more »

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UTG PREMIERE: Good Old War – “Tell Me What You Want From Me” (Acoustic Video)

Philadelphia folk-pop duo Good Old War are set to release their fourth full-length studio album next week on June 29, via Nettwerk – their first without longtime drummer Tim Arnold.

Today, we’re excited to premiere an impeccable, bare-bones rendition of Broken Into Better Shape‘s lead single–possibly Good Old War’s biggest song to date–”Tell Me What You Want From Me.” Performed at the Mobli Beach House in Venice, CA, the setting is perfect for this stripped-down version, which allows a generous focus on the duo’s signature vocal harmonies. You can view the video below where you’ll also find a quick Q&A with vocalist Keith Goodwin, the band’s upcoming tour dates, and the lyric video for “Tell Me What You Want From Me.”

Broken Into Better Shape is now streaming in full over at Pandora, so take advantage of the chance to get several listens in before the album comes out next week. There’s still time to pre-order the LP through the band’s webstore, Amazon, or iTunes. Read more »

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The Front Bottoms Sign To Fueled By Ramen, Share New Single

Following the surprise release of “West Virginia” a few weeks ago, The Front Bottoms are back with another new single titled “Cough It Out.” Give it a listen after the break.

In addition, the Woodcliff four-piece have also announced that they are now members of the Fueled By Ramen roster, which, when coupled with these two new tracks, gives us hope that the long-awaited follow-up to 2013’s Talon Of The Hawk may finally be on its way. Let us know what you think in the replies, and follow UTG on Twitter for updates. Read more »

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Senses Fail Stream ‘Pull The Thorns From Your Heart’

Senses Fail have begun streaming their highly anticipated Pure Noise debut, Pull The Thorns From Your Heart, a full week ahead of its official June 30 release. Check it out below (via MerchNow), along with a track-by-track commentary courtesy of vocalist Buddy Nielsen.

“Music-wise, it’s heavy as fuck, and I think on another level, it’s very post-rocky,” Nielsen told Alternative Press back in March. “There are a lot of movements and space and fluidity to the music. I’m really proud of it musically. I’m really proud of it lyrically. It’s the most complete presentation of the band as I’ve wanted it to be, ever.”

As I write this, I’m about halfway through Pull The Thorns From Your Heart, and I’d already be willing to call it Senses Fail’s most concrete effort to date–the hooks are huge, and the breakdowns are even bigger. If you feel the same way, let us know in the comments section. Read more »

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UTG PHOTOS: The Boys of Zummer Tour – Wiz Khalifa & Fall Out Boy (6/16/15)

Under The Gun Review sent photographer Kellie Gannon to Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, OH to shoot The Boys of Zummer Tour on June 16.

The Boys of Zummer tour rolled up at Blossom Music Center on a perfect summer evening. Pittsburgh rapper Wiz Khalifa teamed up with Chicago’s pop punk sweethearts, Fall Out Boy, to provide an unrivaled outdoor concert experience for thousands upon thousands of fans in attendance.

Wiz Khalifa kicked off his hour-plus-long set with the perfect summer tune, “Roll Up,” and immediately the crowded lawn beyond the amphitheater was overcome with a very obvious, smoky haze. Read more »

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Self Defense Family Stream New Album, ‘Heaven Is Earth’

Self Defense Family are streaming their new LP, Heaven Is Earth, via Stereogum. The album is set to release June 30 via Deathwish, and you can pre-order the album here.

The recording process for Heaven Is Earth is as eclectic as the album sounds. Recorded in four different studios filled with nostalgic fame, Self Defense Family looked to Will Killingsworth at Dead Air Studios (Mind Eraser), Kurt Ballou at God City Studios (Converge), Mark Millar at Sone Lab (Dinosaur Jr), and Jon Low at Miner Street Recordings (Kurt Vile) to help in the production of the release.

Stream the full LP after the jump. Read more »