2013

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Watch Paul McCartney and Johnny Depp Jam in “Early Days” Video

Shortly after announcing his medical recovery and rescheduled US tour dates, The Beatles icon Paul McCartney is dropping the music video for “Early Days,” one of the acoustic hits off of 2013′s New. Directed by Vincent Haycock, the video takes place in the 1950s where McCartney and some special guests, like Johnny Depp, jam together in a rather sentimental setting. Watch it over at Rolling Stone.

“It’s a memory song for me, about me and John in the early days,” McCartney says. “But Vince came up with this great idea: Instead of having young lookalikes of me …

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Andrew Bird Announces New Album and Tour

Violin and whistler extraordinaire Andrew Bird has been dropping new releases somewhat quietly in the past few years, and they’ve each had their own sweet charm. First there was 2012′s Hands Of Glorythen there was 2013′s I Want to See Pulaski at Night; now he’s returning with a covers album, Things Are Really Great Here, Sort Of…

The longstanding folk duo The Handsome Family and Townes Van Zandt will get to hear their material covered on the full-length album due out June 3. Considering he covered “The Giant of Illinois” on compilation album Dark Was

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The Knife Announce Mini-Album, Share “Without You My Life Would Be Boring (Shaken-Up Version)” Video

Influential electronic, experimental, indie Swedish duo The Knife brought their highly theatrical and entertaining live show to the US this year, showing several reworkings of songs off their 2013 album Shaking The Habitual. Many of those reworked tracks will be available on a new mini-album called Shaken-Up Versions that’s out digitally on June 17 via Rabit/Brille/Mute (which you can pre-order here) and on vinyl and CD later this summer.

One of the new “Shaken-Up Versions” is “Without You My Life Would Be Boring” which also got an accompanying music video. Directed by Bitte Anderson, the video shows musicians dressed …

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BUFF 2014 Review: ‘The Congress’

Film: The Congress (Le congrès)
Directed by: Ari Folman
Starring: Robin Wright

A film that is a live action-animation hybrid that plays dual roles as a middle finger to the studio system and an exploration in who we perceive ourselves to be? Am I dreaming? Is this movie real? It is real and it’s a perfect representation of how performances are becoming more of a product for studios to market instead of a piece of artistic quantity.…

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BUFF 2014 Review: ‘American Jesus’

Film: American Jesus
Directed by: Aram Garriga
Genre: Documentary

America was founded on the phrase ‘In God We Trust,’ but how one defines that God and their relationship to him/her/it was left open to interpretation. Freedom of religion is a cornerstone of who we are as a nation, and over the centuries since our founding the Christian faith has been divided into hundreds, if not thousands of sects and variations. Many filmmakers have taken the time to highlight some of the more peculiar aspects of our nation’s relationship with religion, but few – if any – have taken the time …

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Victory Records Welcomes Feed Her To The Sharks And UTG Feels Conflicted

Australian metalcore outfit Feed Her To The Sharks are the latest band to join the Victory Records roster. The group has released two full-length albums to date by themselves, and will likely have a new recording out by the end of 2014. You can view a video announcement featuring music from the band’s latest album below.

We have been covering Feed Her To The Sharks for the last several years and could not be more thrilled to learn a label has finally decided to give them the financial support needed to take their career to the next level. Our only …

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Watch Earl Sweatshirt Debut a New Song in New York

Odd Future’s youngest member, Earl Sweatshirt, is currently on his “wearld tour” in support of his debut LP, Doris, out last year. On Thursday in New York City, the rapper performed a new track, showing he’s already looking ahead to work on a new record. Even though Doris is stacked with some impressive work, especially considering Earl only just turned 19, this new song packs quite a punch.

Watch the fan-filmed footage below, or try to catch him on one of his upcoming tour dates to hear it live.…

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Godspeed You! Black Emperor Finally Address Why They Didn’t Want The Polaris Award

Last September, dark, political, post-rock group Godspeed You! Black Emperor won Canada’s prestigious Polaris Music Prize for 2012′s surprise album Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! To some people’s surprise, they weren’t in attendance to accept the award and then went on to issue a statement thanking the music-press for the prize but speaking out against corporate domination and the idolization of music awards. Feathers were ruffled — obviously.  Now, in a Kreative Kontrol podcast interview, Godspeed member Efrim Menuck spoke about the event and why things happened the way they did.

Menuck explains how the band didn’t expect to win and …

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Tarantino’s Next Film Is A Western, Possibly Titled ‘The Hateful Eight’

Anytime Quentin Tarantino begins to make progress on a new project, the floodgates holding rumors and gossip at bay open wide. People love this man’s movies, our staff included, and due to the amount of time that tends to pass between project’s it’s easy to understand why his fans’ thirst for new ideas is so rabid. We try to keep the rumors away until they come from a reliable source, and it’s because of Deadline that the following story made its way to UTG’s front page.

According to sources, Quentin Tarantino has begun sharing a script for his next project …

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Queens of the Stone Age Ready to Work on a New Album

Queens of the Stone Age have seen nothing but the press they deserve since the release of their sixth studio album, …Like Clockwork. Now the band have spoken with Rolling Stone about working on a new album that is, apparently, in the very near future.

Frontman Josh Homme expressed that the band wants to keep that drive running in 2014. When asked if the band is ready to make another album soon, he replied: “Absolutely. We have more than enough songs. We’re booked til September, but after that we plan to jump in the studio and get going.” He’s not …

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Hear Vampire Weekend’s “Step” Remix Featuring Danny Brown, Heems, Despot

Almost in an effort to have the last say of 2013, Vampire Weekend took to Twitter last night to share a “wintertime remix” of “Step” with verses from Danny Brown, Despot, and Heems. Download it below.

The four piece band had quite a year, topping nearly every “Best of” list from 2013 with this year’s great Modern Vampires of the City. They roped in a ton of celebrities for their “Diane Young” music video, sang a hilarious cover of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” and saw their own material covered quite a few times in return. When sharing the remix …

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UTG TV: Janelle Monáe Talks ‘The Electric Lady’ And New Year’s Eve Performance

Ladies and gentlemen, here she is. Billboard’s Rising Star of 2013.

In 2010, Janelle Monáe reinvented pop music with her debut release The ArchAndroid. This year she returned to the forefront with The Electric Lady– a multi-suite album centered around empowering female protagonists–that wound up topping numerous radio charts and end-of-year lists. It wasn’t long before she won Billboard’s Rising Star of 2013, an award previously given to Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj.

Before ringing in the new year by performing as the headliner at the 25th Annual Peach Drop in Atlanta for the “Year of the Peanut” with …