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UTG Premiere: Wormburner – “Holland, 1945″ (Neutral Milk Hotel Cover)

As far as influential indie bands are concerned, Neutral Milk Hotel are often compared to any deity people view as untouchable. It’s as if their music is considered so great that the sheer thought of someone wanting to make it their own becomes sickening. This idea has never made sense to us at UTG, as the best covers are usually those created out of love and admiration for the original work. It takes great inspiration to make great art, and today we have a fantastic Neutral Milk Hotel cover to share that we know you’re going to love.

Wormburner are not a household name just yet, but after a successful 2014 things are shaping up quite nicely for the year ahead. Before we welcome January’s cold embrace, however, the band has partnered with UTG to share their version of “Holland, 1945.” The iconic track has been given something akin to a pop rock makeover, without losing the heart and creativity that made it so great in the first place. You can stream the song below: Read more »

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UTG INTERVIEW: Warren Haynes Celebrates Two Decades Of Gov’t Mule

There are few modern guitarists with as profound of a career as Gov’t Mule mastermind Warren Haynes. The 54-year-old North Carolina native has spent the majority of his lifetime showcasing his unique, unprecedented, soulful weaving of blues and rock songwriting.

Outside of his own band, Haynes has played alongside the likes of The Allman Brothers Band, The Dead (featuring surviving members of The Grateful Dead), The Derek Trucks Band, and even released a handful of solo records under the moniker The Warren Haynes Band. He’s written songs with Garth Brooks, Dave Matthews, Corrosion of Conformity, Elvis Costello, Les Claypool, Ben Harper, and countless others. In 2011, Rolling Stone rightfully named Haynes number 23 on its ‘Greatest Guitarists of All Time’ list.

Needless to say, he stays pretty busy.

But, despite continuous touring, recording, and collaborating, Haynes doesn’t hesitate in admitting his gratitude toward his profession.

“I’m lucky to get to do what I love for a living,” Haynes modestly confessed. “I have the best job in the world.” Read more »

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UTG PREMIERE: Brett Ayala Jones (Fireworks) – “Bullet Holes”

Brett Ayala Jones, best known as the guitarist of pop-punk outfit Fireworks, has plans to release his debut solo EP in 2015. Entitled Tramp, the record’s three songs enlist the assistance of Teddy Roberts and Adam Mercer (both fellow members of Fireworks), on the drums and organ, respectively, alongside Sam Harris performing the upright bass.

Fortunately for you, we have an exclusive stream of “Bullet Holes,” the second track from Tramp. It’s chock full of warm, folksy goodness, that everyone could use a taste of during these cold winter months, so follow the jump to give it a listen. If you enjoy the track as much as we do, be sure to pick it up as a pay-what-you-want download via Bandcamp. Read more »

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UTG PHOTOS: Clockwork Indigo – Flatbush Zombies And The Underachievers (12/5/14)

Under The Gun sent photographer Derek Scancarelli to Best Buy Theater in New York City to photograph Clockwork Indigo on December 5, 2014.

In October, Brooklyn hip-hop crews Flatbush Zombies and The Underachievers dropped a collaborative EP entitled Clockwork Indigo.

The New York City stop of the Clockwork Indigo Tour marked the last weekend of a 36-date run of shows around the United States where the groups took stage under their A Clockwork Orange inspired collaboration.

Aside from the Stanley Kubrick themed logos, the other main semblances to the director’s obscure and maniacal styling was the raw energy and madness the powerhouse of hip-hop acts brought to the stage. Read more »

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He Is Legend Drop Off Tour Due To Drummer’s Appendicitis

He Is Legend have been keeping themselves busy the last few months. The group has been on a few different tours, including their most recent one which is expected to wrap up next week. Earlier today, though, the group announced that they would have to drop off the tour a little early due to a medical emergency.

The band’s drummer, Sam Huff, was taken to the ER with severe abdominal pain. It turns out that he has appendicitis, and had to go into surgery. With him out of commission, the group has decided to stay behind with him. You can read the official announcement from the band below. Read more »

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Blacklisted Premiere New Song, “Deeper Well”

Philadelphia hardcore outfit Blacklisted are back in full swing with the announcement of their upcoming record, When People Grow, People Go. The new LP comes five years after their latest, impressive album, No One Deserves To Be Here More Than Me, which was released back in 2009.

Produced by Will Yip, the new effort has a release date set for February 10 via Deathwish Inc. and should continue on the path of experimentation heard on No One Deserves To Be Here More Than Me, with vocalist George Hirsch’s positive lyrics taking on a new level. With this announcement, the band has also shared the first song off the album, called “Deeper Well,” an absolutely ripping track clocking in only at 81 seconds. You can stream the single below. Read more »

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Vans Warped Tour Announces Third Set Of Bands for 2015

It’s finally that time of the week again; the third set of Vans Warped Tour 2015 band announcements are here!

Tonight, the summer festival has announced that As It Is, Beautiful Bodies, Crossfaith, Fit For A King and Splitbreed will be joining the lineup of bands playing the entire 2015 tour.

You can visit the Vans Warped Tour website to get more information and buy your tickets. Read more »

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Doomtree Premiere “Gray Duck” Music Video

Minneapolis hip-hop collective Doomtree have released a wild music video for their new single, “Gray Duck.”

The rambunctious video showcases the group in duck masks and black clothing as they ride around at night in a van, spitting solid raps. If you thought this description was odd enough, wait until the duck vs. security guard dance off at the end.

This fun-filled visuals are sure to keep fans excited for the release of Doomtree’s album All Hands on January 27.

Check out the video for yourself below. Read more »

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Dear Sony: Please Release ‘The Interview’ On VOD As Soon As Possible

Sony Pictures announced this afternoon that they have cancelled the December 25 theatrical release of The Interview after receiving several anonymous threats promising violence akin to the 9/11 attacks on cinemas choosing to screen the film. We can debate for hours over whether or not this was the best course of action, but the fact remains there has never been more buzz for The Interview than there is right now. Despite all their best efforts to bury this film, the hackers currently attacking Sony have only made more people curious about the latest comedic romp from James Franco and Seth Rogen. Even people who don’t usually see movies with these stars want to see The Interview, and as word gets out about the cancelled Christmas Day release, that demand will only continue to grow. Read more »

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Stick To Your Guns & Deez Nuts To Co-Headline 2015 UK/EU Tour

The UK and Europe have one ripper of a tour coming through their area in springtime of 2015.

Stick To Your Guns and Australian rockers Deez Nuts will be co-headlining a UK/EU tour set for April and May of next year. The tour will start at the Impericon Fest in Switzerland and end at Rockavaria in Germany. Trash Talk and Being As An Ocean will also be on the tour, billed on select dates throughout the trek.

Check out the poster and dates below for more tour information regarding which bands will be playing each night. Read more »

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Brent Walsh Performs “Default World” In New Music Video

Brent Walsh, frontman of San Francisco’s I The Mighty, has recently released a music video for his single, “Default World.” The song comes from Walsh’s solo debut, 7, which arrived on Equal Vision Records in November.

I had the pleasure of catching an intimate performance from Walsh last night in Oakland, CA and I was absolutely blown away by his powerful singing performance. 7 is available on iTunes and I highly suggest you check it out.

The official video for “Default World” premiered on Alternative Press, where Brent shared some words about the video. You can also view the video below the jump: Read more »

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Mod Sun Voices His Pro-Pot Opinions In “Never Quit” Feat. Travis Barker

Derek Smith, also known as Mod Sun, is known for a few things. Today, the musician proudly adds “Marijuana Advocate” to the list.

The producer and former drummer of the well-known band Scary Kids Scaring Kids ventured into hip-hop as things with the band were winding down in 2010. Since that time he has made appearances at Warped Tour as Mod Sun, and recently, released a brand new song detailing his love for the recreational drug while poking fun at the war on drugs and the portrayal of marijuana in the media.

The official video for “Never Quit,” featuring legendary drummer Travis Barker of blink-182, can be viewed below the jump: Read more »