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Aaron West And The Roaring Twenties Releases Music Video For “Our Apartment”

Earlier last summer, Dan Campbell, or “Soupy,” fondly, of The Wonder Years, unveiled his solo side project, taking the persona of Aaron West And The Roaring Twenties. His debut record, We Don’t Have Each Other, was released in July. The Ace Enders-produced effort garnered a good amount of praise from its audience, including UTG.

Campbell has just released the music video for “Our Apartment.” It features a couple’s first dance at their wedding, while the band sings of the bitter end that this binding faces.

You can find the music video for “Our Apartment” below. Read more »

Stick To Your Guns Feature

Stick To Your Guns Announce 2015 US Tour

In line with announcing the upcoming release of their fifth studio album, Disobedient, in February 2015, Stick To Your Guns have also announced the Disobedient Tour. The month-long run will begin a few days after the record’s release and will span through the beginning of March.

Supporting the Orange Country hardcore outfit will be The Amity Affliction, Being As An Ocean, ’68, and In Hearts Wake. VIP tickets are now available for purchase here, while general admission tickets are scheduled to go on sale on November 26.

Disobedient is due out on February 10 via Sumerian Records.

You can find the dates and the tour poster below. Read more »

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UTG VIDEO PREMIERE: Outsides – “The Ones”

Outsides is an electronic-pop outfit straight out of the heart of America. After performing at Lollapalooza, and gaining some local recognition in Chicago, the band’s frontman, Tim Ellis, moved to his beloved Kansas City, where he grew up and has been attempting to gain notoriety and recognition nationally with his take on electronic music.

After seeing the live performance, we’ve no doubt that Outsides has the capacity and ability to appeal to the masses that the likes of M83 and Passion Pit have in the past.

UTG has been given the privilege of premiering Outsides’ new lyric video for their song “The Ones.” Ellis has also given us a link for a free download of the song that will last for the remainder of the day in celebration of the video. Read more »

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REVIEW: TV On The Radio – ‘Seeds’

Artist: TV On The Radio
Album: Seeds
Label: Harvest
Genre: Indie, Synthpop

I approached TV On The Radio’s Seeds as a newcomer to the stratosphere of sound the band creates. Being my first proper experience with the band that has been so heavily recommended to me, Seeds was a needed escape.

Seeds is a collection of fun, electronic indie-pop that doesn’t quit from beginning to end. Starting off with the surreal introduction of “Quartz,” TV On The Radio bleed fun through soundwaves emitted by their instruments. The opening of “Careful You” caught me immediately, and remained as one of my favorites as my experience with the album continued. Sounds pulse in and out, all founded by the same beat presented in the beginning, as vocals swirl to and from “care for you” and “careful you” with ease. Read more »

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Made In Heights Stream Affecting New Single, “Panther”

West Coast “beauty slap” duo, Made In Heights, never keep fans waiting for too long before offering up new material. Following the release of “Ghosts” in September, Kelsey and Sabzi are back with one of their most solid efforts yet in “Panther.”

“Panther” is poignant and haunting with a hypnotic haze that’s nearly impossible to escape as Kelsey expresses a longing that’s all too familiar. There are gorgeous vocal layers and string elements that add a welcome elegance to the track. “Panther” serves as a perfect soundtrack for the season and furthers our anticipation for Made In Heights’ next full-length, which is expected to arrive in early 2015.

Stream “Panther” below and let us know what you think. Read more »

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A Place to Bury Strangers Unleash New Single “Straight,” Prepare to Shatter Eardrums on Spring U.S. and Euro Tours

Confession: Of all the shows I’ve attended, I’ve only worn earplugs twice. On both occasions, I was watching Brooklyn post-punk outfit A Place to Bury Strangers at The Empty Bottle in Chicago. As much as they’re known for their memorable live shows, these harbingers of noise and chaos have also released a series of great records dating back to a 2007 self-titled debut LP that quickly earned the band an opening slot on Nine Inch Nails’ U.S. tour.

Anyway, APTBS have just announced their fourth LP and follow-up to 2012′s Worship. The album is called Transfixiation. It hits record stores on Feb. 17 (pre-order it here), but you can stream the album’s first single “Straight” below. The group also announced a long run of U.S. and European tour dates. If your city isn’t listed below, don’t worry — the band promises additional U.S. and European tours later in 2015. Read more »

Restorations Feature

UTG INTERVIEW: Restorations Discuss ‘LP3′ @ Pre-Fest 2

Just this past month, Restorations put out one hell of an AOTY contender with their SideOneDummy-released LP3. To coincide with the album’s arrival, the Philadelphia group embarked on a brief, two-and-a-half-week tour with Self Defense Family which led into and out of punk rock heaven Gainesville, FL’s premiere music festival, The Fest.

UTG had the opportunity to have a rather fun chat with frontman/guitarist Jon Loudon at Ybor City, FL’s Pre-Fest 2 about his band’s progression through the years, loosening up, and his approach to finding visuals to pair with his music, among a variety of other topics. Follow the jump to read our interview. Read more »

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PHOX “Shake It Off” With Smooth Taylor Swift Cover

First off, if you’ve been sleeping on PHOX and their debut self-titled release, wake up and get into it. Secondly, if you need any kind of introduction, I suppose a killer Taylor Swift cover could suffice.

The Wisconsin-based six-piece recently took to Dutch radio at GIEL! to perform a stripped-down, jazzy and somewhat sultry take on TSwift’s lead 1989 single, “Shake It Off.” Monica Martin’s vocals constantly wow me and the entire band come together with an impressive poise and cohesive bond to tackle one of the biggest songs of the year. They were even courteous enough to omit the part that no one likes.

Check out the cover below and catch the band on tour throughout the rest of the year and into 2015. Dates can be found here. Read more »

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REVIEW: ANTEMASQUE – ‘ANTEMASQUE’

Artist: ANTEMASQUE
Album: ANTEMASQUE
Genre: Rock, Punk

Despite the dissolution of The Mars Volta, pioneering artists Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez can’t seem to split up. With The Mars Volta’s final album, Noctourniquet, and its supporting tour in the books, the duo reportedly intended to work on separate projects, as they’ve been wont to do. Fortunately for fans, this was not the case, as Bixler-Zavala and Rodriguez-Lopez recruited former Mars Volta touring drummer Dave Elitch to join them in what would become ANTEMASQUE. The band’s self-titled release was later recorded in a studio belonging to Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist and former collaborator, Flea, who would also provide bass on the record. Read more »

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First Aid Kit Release Perfect Cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s “America”

Two of the most beautiful musical minds currently creating have released an unsurprisingly gorgeous cover of one of the greatest songs ever recorded, by one of the most beloved duos of all time.

Simon & Garfunkel’s popular Bookends cut, “America,” seems an appropriate song choice–minus the young lovers aspect originally intended–given the Swedish sister duo’s current US tour outing. However, this is actually a track they’ve been playing live for some time now, just finally releasing a proper studio version for fans to enjoy. First Aid Kit don’t reinvent the 1968 release necessarily, but they certainly update it, making it their own with the haunting dual vocals that only they are capable of producing with such overwhelming results.

You can stream the cover below via its accompanying video and check the band’s website for their upcoming tour dates. They’re currently wrapping up the US leg before heading back to Europe where they’ll be playing continuously well into 2015, followed by some stops in Australia. Read more »

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UTG INTERVIEW: Everlost Discusses His New EP, ‘The Hardest Things To Say’

Everlost, the solo project of Orlando, Florida’s Jared Kay, wrote and recorded his debut EP, entitled The Hardest Things To Say, just this past summer. His inaugural effort was released in September and has steadily been gaining traction with fans of Something Corporate, Yellowcard and the vast majority of the Warped Tour scene.

We had the chance to speak with Kay about the formation of his project, the details of his debut EP, and what he has in store for the future as his solo efforts continue to evolve into his next release.

Follow us through the jump to get the scoop from Everlost. Read more »

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Stream Flying Lotus’ New Track “Medication Meditation” Featuring Krayzie Bone

As Pitchfork reported yesterday, the reissue of Grand Theft Auto V for the PS4, XBOX One and PC would include new songs from artists such as Danny Brown, Freddie Gibbs and Flying Lotus.

To see the full list of new tracks on the reissue, you can see the entire list on Pitchfork. The Flying Lotus track, titled “Medication Meditation,” features Cleveland rapper Krayzie Bone rapping over FlyLo’s production.

You can hear “Medication Meditation” below and make sure to let us know what you think the comments. Read more »