alternative rock


The Strive Release New Single, “Kingdom”

Up and coming alternative rock group The Strive have been making quite some noise with the release of their brand new single, titled “Kingdoms.”

The sharp and melodic song shines brightly with a distinct bass and liberating refrain. The anthemic quality of The Strive certainly leads to excitement for any future music from the group.

Although no news of a debut full-length album has been dropped yet, “Kingdoms” is available for purchase on iTunes. Stream the track below.…

sleater kinney

UTG PHOTOS: Sleater-Kinney Make Their Triumphant Return (2/8/15)

In 2006, Sleater-Kinney, a well-known indie/alt rock band based out of Olympia, WA called it quits. The band had a huge following, and were one of the pioneers of shaping the roots of indie rock. Maybe most importantly, they never signed to a major label, even though many begged them to do so.

However, the three members stayed busy throughout the years. Carrie Brownstein went on to form the band Wild Flag, and also co-created a little known comedy series on IFC. Corin Tucker went on to collaborate with Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder on the Into The

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War Games May Be The Next Band To Change Your Life

I was fortunate enough to spend several weeks participating in the Vans Warped Tour during the summer of 2012. My job, which at the time involved working for a music industry start-up focused on new artist discovery, sponsored a stage on the world’s largest traveling festival that offered more than 20 up-and-coming artists a chance to perform. We needed someone on site every day to coordinate and I was the lucky one chosen to carry out that task. It was a life-changing experience, and along the way it provided me several opportunities to discover new bands with a lot of …

Afghan Whigs Matamoros

Watch Subway Dancers Flip in The Afghan Whigs’ Video for “Matamoros”

If any alt-rock band is allowed to say “been there, done that,” it’s The Afghan Whigs. Earlier this year, the band returned with their first full-length release in 16 years: Do to the Beast. One of the album’s tracks, “Matamoros,” just got a new music video, and it could easily take place in 2014 or 1998.

The video is a super slice of New York City. Directed by Phil Harder (who also did their “Algiers” music video), the video shows the quick, tiresome, and eventful life of subway dancers. There’s a particularly rad routine by NYC crew …


Ovlov Have Officially Broken Up

Connecticut-based band Ovlov just announced on their Facebook page that they are breaking up. Really.

On the post, they wrote that “like the last season of Degrassi” they too are putting an end to their limited run. They will still be playing shows on July 11 and August 17-20, although almost all of them are sold out since the band has been riding high since the success of their 2013 LP am. We’ll be busy listening to that and their recent split with Little Big League on repeat as we cry for the remainder of this week (if not month).…


LISTEN: Failure Releases “Come Crashing,” Their First New Song In Eighteen Years

Failure is an influential alternative rock band that disbanded in 1997, but recently reunited for a series of headline gigs that included a short run of dates opening for Tool. The band just kicked off the “Tree of Stars” tour, their first full tour of the States in 17 years.

A tour-exclusive EP has been available at the shows, featuring live recordings and the studio track “Come Crashing,” the band’s first new song since the 1996 release of their seminal album Fantastic Planet. The song has now been made available online as well.

Failure was just one of the …

Ringo Deathstarr - Gods Dream

REVIEW: Ringo Deathstarr – ‘God’s Dream’

Artist: Ringo Deathstarr
Album: God’s Dream
Genre: Shoegaze, Alternative Rock
Label: Noyes Records

Illuminated by a live show here in Boston, Ringo Deathstarr’s newest work, EP God’s Dream, is a lush landscape of constant gazes at foot apparel, all while getting lost in the void of uncalculated, and stringing thoughts of the walls that bind our realities, or something like that. The mini album is a collective anthology of noise, melody, and chaos, all while erupting in a skillfully contained manner.…


Chevelle Stream New Track “Hunter Eats Hunter”

Alt-rock mainstays Chevelle are exactly two weeks away from releasing their seventh(!) studio album La Gárgola and have offered up yet another new track for your listening pleasure.

The track is called “Hunter Eats Hunter” and it keeps with the dark, heavy vibe of the album’s previously released lead single “Take Out the Gunman.” If you like what you hear, you can buy the song or pre-order the album on iTunes. Better yet, check out the band on tour as they hit the road with Middle Class Rut throughout the month of April. …

Far From Over

Far From Over Release “Change”

If you are a fan of alternative rock music then a small up and coming group by the name of Far From Over might be right up your alley. They are a four piece rock outfit hailing from New York. The band plans on releasing a new album later this year, titled Look Alive, Kid. A couple of days ago the band premiered a brand new single from the album, featuring guest vocals by another local musician, Cody Stewart. The song is titled “Change,” and you can listen to it below the jump.

The band has quite a bit …


Reunited Failure Tapped to Open Tool’s March Tour

Say what you will about Tool’s lack of urgency to release a follow-up to 2006′s 10,000 Days, the band continues to string together a small run of tour dates nearly every year and they’ve yet to disappoint when it comes to choosing an opening act.

Over the course of their career, Tool has hand-picked everyone from Meshuggah to The Flaming Lips to Russian Circles to open for them, and their quickly approaching March arena run will be no different with recently reunited alt-rock outfit Failure set to kick off the majority of the dates. The move isn’t necessarily a …

Relief In Sleep

LYRIC VIDEO PREMIERE: Relief In Sleep – “Jumper”

Relief In Sleep are one of Imminence Records’ latest artists to join their roster. The female fronted alternative rock outfit reissued their debut full length album, Godspeed, through the label last month and plan on releasing their self-titled sophomore album April 1. We are happy to premiere the lyric video for a brand new single from the forthcoming album, titled “Jumper.” You can scope it out by taking a look below the jump.

The band is currently participating in the Rockville Battle Of The Bands competition. If you are in the Jacksonville, Florida area and want to see this …

Icarus The Owl

REVIEW: Icarus The Owl – ‘Icarus The Owl’

Artist: Icarus The Owl
Album: Icarus The Owl
Genre: Alternative rock, post hardcore
Label: Unsigned

As much as I am a fan of metalcore, I also enjoy alternative rock/post hardcore bands (like Hands Like Houses). These bands have tons of energy, and usually have some great lyrical content. Icarus The Owl falls under that category. They are an unsigned four-piece rock/post hardcore outfit based out of Portland, Oregon. Their latest album is their third full-length, which is being self-released like their first two. It’s been two years since their last album, so what’s changed? You may be pleasantly surprised.…