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Head North And Have Mercy Comment On Front Porch Step

Within hours of Front Porch Step announcing the cancellation of all current tour plans, two of the bands who planned on sharing the road with singer-songwriter Jake McElfresh in coming months have broken their silence regarding the recent sexual harassment allegations.

Head North and Have Mercy were two of the groups planning to support Mcelfresh on Front Porch Step’s first US headlining tour. That series of shows was originally scheduled to begin on February 9, but those plans were cancelled in recent days. Both Have Mercy and Head North are now speaking out against McElfresh, and we’ve included both …


Front Porch Step Issues New Statement, Cancels All Tour Plans

The controversy surrounding Front Porch Step, otherwise known as singer-songwriter Jake McElfresh, has taken another turn. Just three days after breaking his silence to fans and press, McElfresh has issued a second statement informing fans that he has decided to suspend all current tour plans.

Writing to fans through Facebook, which has become the source of all Front Porch Step communication in recent days, McElfresh explained that he is still very much processing everything that has transpired in recent days. He wrote:

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Front Porch Step Removed From Pure Noise Records Roster, Socials

Capping off a week filled with rumors and allegations of sexual harassment, Front Porch Step is apparently no longer a part of the Pure Noise Records family.

Early this morning, a diligent UTG reader brought to our attention the fact Front Porch Step, otherwise known as Jake McElfresh, has been removed from the roster page of Pure Noise Records’ official site. The two recordings the label released over the last year are still listed on the releases, but all other mentions seem to have been removed at some point in recent days.

A quick look at the label’s Facebook


Front Porch Step Releases Statement Addressing Sexual Harassment Rumors

It’s the first day of the new year, but before we can look ahead to the exciting possibilities that lie ahead we have one bit of 2014 drama left to sort out.

Last night, while many of you were likely partying away the final day of the year, Front Porch Step – aka Jake McElfresh – took to his official Facebook to post what is believed to be the first in a series of messages addressing rumors that he engaged in predatory sexual behavior with minors. The statement is short and more than a little bit vague, but it’s the …


Front Porch Step Breaks Silence

The internet has been buzzing over rumors and allegations that Front Porch Step, otherwise known as singer-songwriter Jake McElfresh, has been sexually harassing underage fans through text for months (if not longer). We brought you the original story just yesterday afternoon, and since that time the petition to have FPS removed from Warped Tour has received almost 4,000 additional signatures. No new information has come to light since then, or at least nothing we feel comfortable posting here on UTG, but just after midnight Wednesday morning McElfresh updated his official Twitter page.

“I am aware of everything going on …


Front Porch Step Accused Of Sexual Harassment, Label Responds

Editor’s note: Before we begin, I want to make it clear that this story is still very much developing. In the days and even weeks ahead some details may change, but at the time of posting everything in this article has been fact checked…twice.

Front Porch Step, otherwise known as singer-songwriter Jake McElfresh, has been accused by at least a half-dozen young people of sexually harassing them through text. The allegations range from sexually explicit messages and requests for nude photographs, to sending underage females naked pictures of himself. The accusations began surfacing on Tumblr early in December, but …

R Kelly

Village Voice, SPIN Remind Us R. Kelly Was Accused Of Disgusting Rape

Time flies when you’re having fun. While ten years ago R. Kelly‘s alleged rape hit its cultural peak with a Chappelle show joke, Jim DeRogatis has reminded us that these allegations may have been settled, but are still possible to have happened. DeRogatis was the reporter that broke the original R. Kelly sex with a minor scandal for the Chicago Sun-Times in 2000, and has been speaking to press in light of R. Kelly’s new album, Black Panties.

For a quick summary, read the SPIN article. One interview DeRogatis did with the Village Voice has all the details:…


Blood On The Dance Floor Release New Song; Liken Themselves To Christ & Address Rape Allegations

For a reasonably large segment of our readership, today is celebrated as the day Jesus Christ rose from the grave. Many mark the occasion with church service, while others have a celebration involving rabbits and eggs that makes little to no sense, and this story falls somewhere in the middle.

As a gift to fans on Easter Sunday, Blood On The Dance Floor have released a new song entitled “Crucified By Your Lies.” The song, which was posted as a free download, opens with vocalist Jay Von Monroe singing, “Woah crucified by your lies Woah crucified like Jesus Christ.” …


Excision Responds To “Buying Fans” Claim, Discusses EDM Growth

The latest rumor swirling the internet over the past week has been that a collection of the world’s hottest EDM artists, including Deadmau5, Excision, Skrillex, Avicci, Steve Aoki, and David Guetta, have been “buying fans,” or “paying for likes,” in Mexico City. We haven’t reported on it because, well, it sounded pretty outlandish, but for the sake of argument – here is the quote/unquote “photographic evidence” of wrongdoing:

To put an end to the rumors, Excision has stepped forward with a response. His letter is rather lengthy, so I’ll save my thoughts for later and let you decide for …


Drake Walks Out On VIBE, Offers Explanation

Drizzy hates to see it all hurt so bad, but that does not mean he is ready to be told what to do.

Word spread on the blogosphere this week that YMMB heartthrob Drake walked out of an interview with Vibe Magazine that was intended to put him on the publication’s cover. According to Vibe’s Lola Ogunnaike:

“He was slated to appear on the cover of VIBE magazine to accompany this story [The Dark Side of Aubrey Graham]. But he fouled that up when he arrived more than eight hours late to the shoot and refused to wear any of


Damon Dash Releases Curren$y’s Music Without Permission, Gets Sued

TMZ is breaking news that Curren$y has decided to sue Damon Dash over accusations he released Spitta’s music without permission.

According to the story, Curren$y claims that Dame released two of his albums in 2010 (Pilot Talk and Pilot Talk II) based on a a deal which never materialized. He is seeking $1.5 million in damages.

Damon Dash is not taking this lawsuit lying down. According to the gossip site:

But Damon fired back at the accusations with his own response — claiming, he has the right to release the albums in question because he was given permission.


Emmure Frontman Has Choice Words For Ex Drummer

Continuing on the news that broke two days ago regarding drama within Emmure. Drummer Mike Kaabe was kicked out of the band via text in response to the videos he posted on their Myspace page. He did this without the permission from the group or Victory records. Kaabe was supposedly kicked out the band for his continuous drug use and drinking problems. Mike Kaabe states that they were the drug users and not him. There seems to be some confusion on what really happened.

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