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Set It Off Remove Bassist Austin Kerr Following Allegations Of Misconduct

Another week, another digital allegation made against a promising musician with a legion of underage fans.

Yesterday, May 19, a blog post written by a young woman on Tumblr began circulating online. In it, the self-professed longtime Set It Off fan described multiple instances where bassist Austin Kerr made her, as well as her friends, feel uncomfortable. The reasons for their discomfort were numerous, ranging from suggestive conversations and texts, to physical actions, and to her credit the author of the post did provide some screenshots as ‘proof’ the alleged incidents happen.

This morning, Set It Off turned to their official Facebook to handle the situation before any further allegations or rumors could spread. The group did not mention the post specifically, but instead cited rumors that had been brought to their attention, which led them to part ways with Kerr. Their statement reads: Read more »

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UTG INTERVIEW: The Maine Discuss ‘American Candy,’ Recording In Joshua Tree

Arizona alt-rock five-piece The Maine recently wrapped up the US leg of their ‘American Candy’ tour with Real Friends, Knuckle Puck, and The Technicolors.

Under The Gun had the pleasure of sitting down with lead singer, John O’Callaghan, and lead guitarist, Jared Monaco, in New York City before their show. Here they discuss the reception of their new record, American Candy, a month after its release, closing up Forever Halloween‘s cycle, the fans’ reaction to the mixed tour lineup, and a lot more. Follow us below to check out our very enjoyable conversation. Read more »

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Riot Fest Lineups Coming Next Week, Chicago Venue Announced

With all the summer festival announcements as of late, there has been a clear absence of updates from the Riot Fest team. The 2014 schedule came out during the second week of May last year, but the crew behind the multi-city event needed a little more time before revealing the 2015 installment, which will again visit the cities of Chicago, Denver, and Toronto.

Today, May 20, Riot Fest organizers announced over Twitter that the lineups for each city will be revealed sometime next week. We don’t know what day or time exactly, and if we had to guess those who know such information probably won’t be willing to share. We just have to wait. All of us.

Organizers also announced a new venue for the Chicago portion of Riot Fest 2015, following several weeks of reports claiming certain influential voices wanted to see the festival moved out of Humboldt Park. Read more »

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RATATAT Announce New Album, ‘Magnifique’

Back in April, Ratatat set the internet ablaze with “Cream On Chrome,” a funky, upbeat single that served as the duo’s first new track in five years. As you may have guessed, we were stoked beyond belief, and since then have kept our fingers and toes crossed, hopeful that more new tunes were on the way.

As of today, I am pleased to report that this is indeed the case. Ratatat will release their fifth full-length studio album, Magnifique, on July 17 through XL Recordings. The LP4 follow-up will feature 14 brand new tracks, including the outfit’s first-ever cover, a reimagining of Springwater’s 1971 single, “I Will Return.” Pre-order it here via Itunes.

Check out the record’s cover art and track listing below, along with a brief trailer. Read more »

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Cancel Your Plans & Watch This Fan-Filmed Footage Of Rush

Rush, otherwise known to anyone with a lick of sense as one of the greatest musical creations to ever be given to mankind, recently kicked off their ‘R40′ 40th anniversary tour on May 8 at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. We weren’t at the show, but if we had limitless bank accounts and girlfriends who understood our need to rock out while men likened to God himself/herself perform then we would have made the journey. Thankfully, one diligent fan thought to capture the entire two-and-a-half-hour performance, in high definition (for a phone), and upload it to the web. Pretty cool, right?

I know we don’t post a ton of live footage on UTG anymore, but as more and more people upload clips of bands playing live it has become harder and harder to find quality clips worth sharing. We don’t want to share videos with poor visuals, nor do we want well-shot clips with horrible sound, and though finding something that fits that loose criteria may seem simple when the number of options available are basically limitless the opposite tends to be true. Heck, We only found the following footage of Rush because someone tipped off our friends at Blabbermouth to its existence. Read more »

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Meek Mill Shares “Monster” Music Video

Just days after making headlines for the release of his Lil Snupe/Chinx tribute “Miss My Dawgs,” MMG’s finest has shared a new visual that reaffirms our belief that 2015 is the year Meek Mill conquers the globe.

“Monster” was released by Meek Mill at the top of the year, and today it is given new life with an official music video. It’s the second clip from Mill to debut in a week, following the premiere of “Energy” over the weekend, but the production on this visual is far superior to its predecessor. Mill can be seen throwing a party at a roller rink in a fashion that can only be achieved by those living the Maybach Music Group lifestyle, all while his friends, not to mention several lovely ladies, celebrate in the background. It’s nothing you haven’t seen before, but it’s executed incredibly well. You can view the video below.

We still don’t know when Meek Mill will release Dreams Worth More Than Money, but it seems safe to say Meek Season is upon us. Follow UTG on Twitter for updates. Read more »

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Migos & Rich The Kid Drop ‘Still On Lock’ Mixtape

Migos member Offset may still be fighting for freedom from behind prison bars, but that is not stopping the hottest trio in hip-hop from releasing a new mixtape with Rich The Kid.

Today, Migos and Rich The Kid compiled several previously unreleased tracks to drop the Still On Lock mixtape. The free release features sixteen new songs, as well as appearances from Fetty Wap, Rich Homie Quan, Gucci Mane, OG Maco and more. You can stream and download the record, in full, at the end of this post.

Migos are set to release their long-awaited debut album, YRN, on June 16. The group recently delayed their US tour with OG Maco as a result of Offset’s incarceration, but if all goes well the crew is hoping to make up each missed date during the month of July. Stay tuned for more information. Read more »

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UTG PREMIERE: Sleep On It – “Bright”

Perfecting their pop-rock sound through a mature mixture of infectious melodies and captivating lyricism, Sleep On It are ready to continue their climb to scene supremacy with the brand new EP, Safe Again.

The first song to be released from the record, “Bright,” is catchy and passionate — the perfect example of what Sleep On It’s new record is all about. Produced by Paul Leavitt (All Time Low, Have Mercy, The Dangerous Summer), it’s as powerful as it is memorable; a song not to sleep on heading into the swing of summer.

Guitarist T.J. Horansky said this track was picked as the debut because the band liked the feeling of nostalgia from the lyrics juxtaposed with the summertime vibe of the music. Read more »

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Iverson’ Falls Short Of Glory

Film: Iverson
Directed by: Zatella Beatty
Genre: Documentary

Showtime’s new documentary from first-time filmmaker Zatella Beatty, Iverson, which premiered Saturday night, seems more like a documentary that Allen Iverson wanted for himself than one that we wanted for Iverson; it’s a side of whipped mashed potatoes to the complexity of Randy Moss’ meaty story told in ESPN’s Rand University – yet another storytelling of a professional athlete misunderstood by the eyes of the media. Read more »

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New ‘Pixels’ Trailer Introduces Heroes and Villains

If there is any hope for Adam Sandler‘s quickly-disappearing career in comedy, Pixels may be it. Set for release this summer, the film pits the star of Blended and The Cobbler against the most iconic video game characters of all time, and he has somehow convinced Kevin James to come along for the ride.

Today, Sony Pictures released a second trailer for Pixels, which is the first to really detail what exactly will happen in the story. From what we’re told, aliens received a transmission meant to showcase our way of life and mistakingly took it as a threat of war. To retaliate, the other-worldly beings send our favorite video game characters to Earth with a single mission: Destroy everything.

Where does Sandler come in? Well, he and Kevin James, along with a few other notable cast members, are recruited by the US government due to their advanced skill in video games. Together they must stop the alien invasion, defeat a villainous version of Pac-Man, and somehow make everything right again before the world we know has crumbled around them. You can view the new trailer below. Read more »

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Zac Efron Is A DJ In First Trailer For ‘We Are Your Friends’

Being 23 is hard. The person you see in the mirror is unquestionably beginning to age, but your spirit feels as youthful as it ever did. The world is telling you to become an adult, but your heart is begging you to play all day and party all night. Most people eventually give in and become the well-adjusted member of society they believe they are meant to be, but some choose to fight for their youth, and that is the story being told in the upcoming Zac Efron-led feature, We Are Your Friends.

Cole, a wannabe DJ, has decided to skip college and spend the first half of his 20s bumming around Southern California with his closest friends. They all dream of making it rich doing exactly what they want with their lives, but their bank accounts are leading them to believe that might not be as easy to accomplish as they first believed. Still, Cole holds out hope, and his refusal to bend to the norms of society seems to create a great deal of excitement in his life. You can view the first trailer for the film below. Read more »

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UTG INTERVIEW: Old Again Discuss Their Debut LP and Relationship With Fronz

Just like every band to come before them and every band after, Orlando, FL’s Old Again have come from the humblest of beginnings in house shows and small-cap venues. But there have been three huge things that have helped separate them from the rest: Their ambitious twist on modern pop-punk, their opportunistic mentality, and last but not least, their constant drive to tour as much as possible.

Most likely, you first heard of the group this past December when they were announced as the first signing to Stay Sick Records, an imprint launched by the controversial (but perhaps not all too bad?) Chris “Fronz” Fronzak of Attila. Things have come to a head since then, as the group have released their full-length debut, Grey Sky State of Mind, today.

UTG recently chatted with vocalist Josh Partridge to discuss the album, the crazy story of how he came to befriend Fronz, and what it’s like to witness a genre that’s become so worn-in, rise to new heights. Follow the jump to read our full interview. Read more »