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Former Veil Of Maya frontman Reveals Why He Left The Band

Several days have passed since we brought you the news that longtime Veil Of Maya frontman Brandon Butler would be stepping down from his position in the band, and today we gained a little more insight as to why he chose to leave.

Writing to fans in a new open letter, Brandon Butler partnered with our friends at Lambgoat to express his reasoning for walking away from the group he fronted for the better part of the last decade. He wrote: Read more »

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Lorde Streams New Single “Yellow Flicker Beat”

Lorde has delivered on the promise that she would share her contribution to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 this week, and yes, it’s pretty much perfect.

“Yellow Flicker Beat” is a song drenched in romance and vengeance, with Lorde riding larger than life production to dizzying heights and back again. “I’m a princess cut from marble,” she sings in the opening lines, “smoother than a storm / And the scars that mark my body / they’re silver and gold.” It’s not exactly a great departure from the material that made Pure Heroine one of the biggest releases of 2014, but that’s not a complaint in any way. The more Lorde the better. You can stream “Yellow Flicker Beat” below: Read more »

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Modern Baseball Announce Fall Headlining Tour

In a recent interview with UTG, Philadelphia’s Modern Baseball talked about wanting to sit on their most recent full-length, You’re Gonna Miss It All, for a little bit and tour as much as they can before trying to work on another record.

The band is doing just that. Currently flying back home from the UK after a mini-tour over there, MoBo has just announced that they are to embark on yet again another headlining tour, which will be their second one this year. They have been on numerous tour cycles with bands like The Wonder Years, I Am The Avalanche, You Blew It!, and in a few days, are set to support TWY and The Story So Far on another nationwide  fall tour.

This newly-announced headliner is set to kick off in their hometown in mid-November and will run through mid-December, with support from Knuckle Puck, Somos, and many more. Pre-sale tickets are now available here, and general sale starts on Friday, October 3. You can check out the tour poster and dates below. Read more »

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Steal My Song: One Direction’s New Single Sounds A Lot Like A Classic New Found Glory Song

One Direction have spent the last several months touring the world in support of their 2013 effort, Midnight Memories. The group somehow found time amidst all their travels to record a new record, which is scheduled to hit stores in November, and earlier today the album’s first single found its way online. The only problem is – I swear I have heard (at least part of it) before.

Let’s rewind. New Found Glory switched gears in 2006 and released a laid back record known as Come Home. It’s an album that sounds unlike any other record from the Florida pop punk outfit, and it boasted a number of great tracks that have since become universally known as ‘fan favorites.’ The biggest, which also happened to be the album’s lead single, is known as “It’s Not Your Fault.” You can stream the song below: Read more »

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Young Thug [Finally] Releases “Danny Glover” Music Video

Atlanta native Young Thug has finally released the official video for “Danny Glover,” a song that originally found its way online at the beginning of 2014.

You could make the argument that Young Thug rose to fame throughout 2013, but I think it makes more sense to contribute the genre takeover of Thugga Thugga to everything the up and coming emcee has delivered in 2014. There were a few hit singles last year, including “2 Cups Stuffed” and “Stoner,” but when “Danny Glover” hit it became clear that Young Thug was more than a flash in the pan talent. This was the track that made it clear Thugga would not be returning to the anonymity of underground rap anytime soon, and with the release of the track’s video he seems to be making that statement once again. The clip features performance footage, beautiful women, trippy editing tricks, and more smoke than your favorite Wiz Khalifa video. Check it out: Read more »

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ALBUM STREAM: Foxygen – ‘…And Star Power’

LA retro pop duo Foxygen will be dropping their sophomore LP, …And Star Power, on October 14 via Jagjaguwar. According to their press release, it’s 82 minutes of “soft rock indulgences, psych-ward folk, cartoon fantasia, D&D doomrock, and paranoid bathroom rompers” and sees help from Wayne Coyne, Bleached, Of Montreal’s Kevin Barnes, and White Fence’s Tim Presley. If you’re wondering what all of that sounds like, now’s your chance. The album is streaming in full starting today.

We’ve already heard the poppy “How Can You Really” and slow spiller “Cosmic Vibrations,” but now we get to check out the 22 other tracks. The two manage to pull sounds from every ’60s classic rock group. There’s the deadpan hum of The Doors’ organ, the snappy strut of The Rolling Stones, and the stringy guitars of The Kinks. Stream the album in full over at NPR to see for yourself. Read more »

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UTG PREMIERE: Black Market – “No Brain”

Charlotte-based garage rock outfit Black Market have displayed a knack for creating fuzzed out jams, so there’s little doubt their forthcoming split with Totally Slow will be worth checking out when it drops November 4 via Self Aware Records.

Fortunately for you; we have a brand new track from the split to debut.

Entitled “No Brain,” the single is chock full of grimy guitar-work and grungy vocals aplenty. It’s as solid of a way to kick off the work week in style if we’ve ever heard one, so check out the cut below. Read more »

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Maroon 5 Release “Animals” Remix Featuring J. Cole

Maroon 5 are riding high on a wave of critical acclaim for their latest album, V, and earlier today they returned to music headlines everywhere with the release of the official remix for “Animals.”

If you have spent any time within earshot of a top 40 radio station within the last month you have no doubt heard “Animals” a time or twelve. It’s the kind of feel good pop track that has helped Maroon 5 make millions over the last decade, with just enough sexuality to make knees weak without upsetting conservatives. The remix features an appearance from J. Cole, which is cool, but ultimately does very little to change the original song. You can stream the track below: Read more »

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REVIEW: Gerard Way – ‘Hesitant Alien’

Artist: Gerard Way
Album: Hesitant Alien
Genre: Brit-Pop / Shoegaze
Label: Reprise Records

For certain people, there are always going to be artists who they check out no matter what type of project their name is attached to. For myself, Gerard Way is a name that I’m always going to pay attention to, no matter if he’s making music under My Chemical Romance, drawing something for DC Comics, or in this specific review’s case, making a Brit-Pop record. Here’s the thing: I’m not a huge Brit-Pop fan. It’s never been a genre that I’ve ever latched onto for whatever reason, but because it’s Gerard Way, I decided to give Hesitant Alien a listen. Does that make me a fanboy? Probably. But I went into this record with really no expectations, and I have to say, I’m pleasantly surprised with how much enjoyment I got out of it. Read more »

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UTG INTERVIEW: Vision The Kid & Tru Discuss ‘Somewhere In A Dark City’

“I believe strongly in the message and music we create; naturally I want the masses to feel the same.”

Roughly two years ago, rapper Vision The Kid and producer Tru joined forces to craft the best songs they could collaboratively, and the end result is the excellent 14-track LP Somewhere In A Dark City which was released earlier this month.

We had a chance to discuss the album with the duo as well as their individual histories with music and the surprising influences that have helped guide them along their career paths as musicians. You can read our entire discussion below, and make sure to check out their new single-take video for the title track immediately following the interview. Read more »

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UTG INTERVIEW: Paul Maged Discusses ‘Diamonds & Demons’ and the Woes of the World

Just last week, New York-based singer-songwriter Paul Maged released his sophomore LP, entitled Diamonds & Demons. With a wide array of influences including everyone from Billy Joel and Jimi Hendrix to Green Day and Pearl Jam, Maged’s newest is unsurprisingly diverse in sound and structure.

We had the chance to speak with Maged for a bit and discussed his newest album, the important concepts it covers, and how his interest in music began at a young age. Follow us through the break below and get an in depth look into the mind and career of Paul Maged. Read more »

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Watch Vanna’s Music Video For “Personal Cross”

Void is Vanna‘s fifth full-length album, and tenth release overall since their inception. They have already released a music video for one of the singles from that album, and now they’ve unleashed another. The video is for the song “Personal Cross,” and it’s available to watch below the jump.

If you want to have some more of them in your life, be sure to check out their Facebook page for upcoming tour dates. They will be heading out on the road with Beartooth starting this week. Read more »