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UTG TV: Warped 2014 With Bowling For Soup

“In 1995, I took a semester off from college to give this whole band thing a go. And I’m still on that semester off of college.”

The 2014 Vans Warped Tour features a lot of new talent, but there is nothing wrong with getting nostalgic and kicking it with the bands that have been around the block a few times.

Bowling For Soup has been a band for over twenty years. Despite their efforts to tone things down and relax a bit for family and personal purposes, the guys have never really been too good at staying off the road. As the group released their latest record, Lunch. Drunk. Love., in 2013, the endless touring continues.

We spoke with BFS bassist Erik Chandler about the extensive career of his band, sharing the stage with the likes of everyone from Aerosmith to Ja Rule, and what he would need to consider if he were to write a song called “1995.” Read more »

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UTG LIST: The Must-See Acts At Lollapalooza 2014

It’s time for Lollapalooza, the one festival that Chicago residents look forward to most all Summer long. Held in beautiful downtown Chicago, IL, this year’s festival will be taking over the area from August 1-3 at the legendary Grant Park. UTG will be on the festival grounds all weekend to get some amazing coverage of headliners and undercard acts alike, along with everything else Lolla has to offer.

For some pre-fest coverage, our Head of Photography, Corbin Alvae, will be listing off the acts that he believes you cannot miss at this year’s event. Throughout the weekend as well, he will be providing some live photo coverage via the image sharing app known as Instagram. You can find the details on that at the end of this post.

Let’s dive into the top acts you need to see all weekend, shall we? Read more »

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UTG PHOTOS: Neon Trees (7/7/14)

Under The Gun sent photographer Nick Karp to Summer Stage in New York City, NY on July 7, 2014.

Neon Trees are on every photographers ‘to shoot list,’ mainly because of lead singer Tyler Glenn’s theatrics. The man knows how to put on a show and it’s evident to anyone that has seen photos of Neon Trees. They all capture an essence about the band, that can match their enormous live show. Their live set-up was incredible, and sound was almost spot-on to the record. They’re one of the more unique bands in pop music right now and certainly a must-see for any person considering going. Read more »

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Discover Our Fold And Fall In Love With “She Goes On”

Our Fold are the latest and greatest buzz band to emerge from the rock underground, and even though you may have not heard their music before today the guys have already received an endorsement from the almighty Dave Grohl. Recently, the band released a new single called “She Goes On,” and after several dance-inducing spins this morning we decided to share that track with you.

Offering a sound that toes the line between old fashioned American rock and modern alternative rock that would make The Gaslight Anthem’s knees weak, Our Fold burst onto the international scene earlier this year. “She Goes On” builds from a quiet roar to an all out jam session that will have you tapping your toes and bobbing your head in no time at all. The video is performance heavy, but entertaining nonetheless. You can view the clip below: Read more »

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You Blew It!’s Gear Stolen In San Antonio

I’m having a strange sense of déjà vu right now.

Unfortunately for those of you in bands who cannot afford expensive tour buses there are people in this world who want to steal your belongings and profit off them. We saw this happen to Have Mercy only days ago, and now You Blew It! have let fans know that they too are now victims of theft. Someone broke into their van and stole some of their gear and personal belongings. You can check out a statement by the band below which briefly describes some of the items stolen.

If you know anything about what happened, don’t hesitate to notify local police and the band. Read more »

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Listen To Artist Vs Poet’s New Single, “Sincerely Me”

Over the weekend the pop group Artist Vs Poet debuted a brand new single titled “Sincerely Me.” The song is true to their typical style and is pretty damn adorable. Joe Kirkland’s voice is soothing, and he expertly delivers the heartfelt lyrics. You can give it a listen by taking a look beneath the break.

Unfortunately the song cannot be purchased quite yet, but the band confirmed it will be released on iTunes by next week. In the meantime, you can grab their recently released EP Sake Of Love if you haven’t already. Read more »

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MUSIC VIDEO: Our Last Night – “Falling Away”

Our Last Night have released a music video for their single “Falling Away.” The band made the video very personal, and showed a side of one of their members you don’t get to see very often. The video features frontman brothers Matt and Trevor Wentworth singing the lyrics back and forth, but it focuses mostly on Trevor. He’s either sitting, longingly staring out a window or playing on the beach with his son. The song talks about having to be away from friends and family all the time, so it makes sense the video embodies that feeling. You can watch it for yourself by taking a look below.

If you haven’t had the chance to see these guys live yet, I recommend doing so if they swing by your city. They are currently on the road through the middle of next month. A full list of dates are on their Facebook page. Read more »

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MUSIC VIDEO: Linkin Park – “Final Masquerade”

Linkin Park released their sixth full-length album, titled The Hunting Party, last month through Warner Bros Records. Earlier today the band premiered an ambitious music video for their single “Final Masquerade.” You can watch the nearly five minute long video by checking below the jump.

If you did not get the chance to see the band when they made their surprise appearance at the Ventura Warped Tour, have no fear. The group will be heading out on tour with 30 Seconds To Mars and AFI starting next month. After they tour the US and Canada, they will cross the Atlantic ocean and tour around Europe. You can find a full list of tour dates by heading to their Facebook page. Read more »

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Bayside To Team Up With HRC And Equality Rocks For LGBT Pride T-Shirt

Alternative rockers Bayside have teamed up with the Human Rights Campaign, the biggest civil rights organization in America for LGBT equality, and Equality Rocks to create a Bayside shirt that has the band’s logo with the LGBT official colors on it. Portions of the profits from the sale will be donated to HRC’s endless effort to acquire equality.

“I think that it’s human nature to want to help those in need,” says frontman Anthony Raneri, “We are lucky enough to have a platform that we can use to help. Our brand of music has always spoken to the kids who are lost or haven’t found themselves yet. Working with the Human Rights Campaign gives us the opportunity to not only support the people who have always supported us but to help the faces that we see at our shows everyday.”

Cassidy Karakorn, Deputy Director for Consumer Marketing for HRC, had to say this about Bayside and the HRC joining forces for this great cause: “Bayside is not only adding their unique punk rock voice but contributing directly to our fight for full LGBT equality through the sale of their special-edition rainbow pride t-shirt. We’re thrilled that Bayside is standing with us and a majority of Americans who support marriage equality.”

The t-shirts are available now and can be purchased here. Check out the design below! Read more »

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Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett Announce Jazz Album, ‘Cheek to Cheek’

Whatever your opinion on Lady Gaga‘s music and persona, the girl can sing. And although his once-tight vibratto is starting to loosen, there is a reason Tony Bennett is known world over for his jazz crooning. The unlikely pairing announced on The Today Show that they’ve combined efforts and produced a jazz album, entitled Cheek to Cheek, that will be released on September 23.

To accompany the announcement, Lady Gaga released a video on her official YouTube channel titled “Anything Goes,” a sampling of their rendition of the Cole Porter number with a montage of the two generally having a good time in the studio; Bennett in suits and Gaga in a number of Cher-inspired numbers. More than anything she’s released yet, Gaga really shows off her vocal chops. Bennett would agree: Read more »

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STAND-UP TUESDAYS: Mark Normand

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 Mark Normand’s comedy career. If you or your comedy troupe would like to be featured on Stand-Up Tuesdays, please email utgjames@gmail.com.

Though my to-do list keeps growing exponentially, there’s one album that’s been waiting patiently for its chance to shine in Stand-Up Tuesdays. Mark Normand’s debut comedy album, Still Got It, was released digitally by Comedy Central a couple of weeks ago, coinciding nicely with the airing of the comedian’s recent taping of The Half Hour. Still Got It is a nice little throwback to an old-Hollywood style of performing, as Normand fluidly cracks wise through his set, while pointing out some insightful and hilarious observations on modern society. Read more »

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August Burns Red Release “Beauty In Tragedy” Music Video

August Burns Red always seem to put out videos that are visually stunning to the average eye. The Lancaster, PA metalcore outfit decided to change it around this time with their music video for the song “Beauty In Tragedy.” The single is off their latest record Rescue & Restore that was released last year via Solid State Records, which serves as their sixth full-length record since the formation of the band.

The visuals show the band playing live to a very lively crowd on their last tour they did in the UK. It explores different shots of each member of the band performing their respective instrument and gives you an in-depth look at what a typical ABR show will indeed look like.

Check out the video below and be sure to check your neck after all the headbanging you will be doing. Read more »