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American Opera Covering Riff Raff Is What Dreams Are Made Of

This just might be the greatest video on the internet today.

American Opera has spent the entirety of his summer on the Vans Warped Tour, and each week along the way he has released an acoustic cover of material from other various Warped Tour artists. We’ve seen AO tackle many scene staples to date, but this week the one and only John Bee has truly outdone himself by providing the world with a stripped down take on Riff Raff’s “Dolce & Gabbana.”

Yes, the Michigan-born singer-songwriter has transformed Riff Raff’s biggest song into an acoustic offering that will have you …


American Opera To Release ‘Retrospective’ Album This Friday

Big news, folk fans. Michigan native American Opera has revealed plans to release his first CD just in time for the start of the Vans Warped Tour 2015.

Today, Antique Records announced it would release a limited run CD from American Opera titled Retrospective this Friday, June 19. The album brings together all three of American Opera’s incredibly popular digital EPs and places them side-by-side on disc for the first time ever. The label claims only 600 copies were made in total, and only 20 will be available online. The rest will be available at AO’s merch table on Warped …

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UTG PHOTOS: Bled Fest in Howell, MI (5/23/15)

Under The Gun Review sent photographer, Benjamin Howell, to cover Big Love’s Education Festival on May 23, 2015 in Howell, MI.

Scattered throughout the Hartland Performing Arts Center in Howell, MI is one of the most exciting and engaging annual music festivals Michigan has to offer. With over 70 bands playing in a ten-hour period on five different stages, Bled Fest offers one of the most intimate and intense concert experiences for both fans and press alike.

No photo pits, no guard rails, and limited security interaction allows fans to get up close and personal with their favorite artists. As …

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LYRIC VIDEO: American Opera – “Maps & Globes”

John Bee, better known for his band American Opera, has premiered a lyric video for a brand new single. The new song is titled “Maps & Globes,” and you can check out by taking a look below the jump.

What better way to throwback to your childhood than to watch a lyric video utilizing a flip book to show the lyrics? The video also includes some fun drawings, so be sure to check it out.

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MUSIC VIDEO: American Opera – “Shorelines”

John Bee of American Opera released his new music video for “Shorelines” earlier today.

The video is sweet, just like the song. It’s a bit of an ode to Bee’s cousins, who make appearances throughout the video. It’s shot very simply and similarly to some of Bee’s prior videos.

“Shorelines” will appear on Bee’s upcoming EP, Your Songs, which will drop on July 2. Pre-order the EP here today. Today is the last day to pick up the special pre-order packages.

Check out the video for “Shorelines” below and let us know what you think of the surprise ending …

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STREAM: American Opera – “Broken Roads”

American Opera has a treat for the internet today in the form of a brand new song called “Broken Roads.” The unsigned solo artist will be releasing his next EP, entitled Your Songs, on July 2 so be looking out for more information and streams here.

AO has also been added onto three dates of this year’s acoustic stage of Vans Warped Tour and we could not be more proud. Check him out from July 17 through July 20 performing at the specified stage.

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American Opera Announces EP ‘Your Songs’

Saginaw, MI unsigned artist American Opera will be releasing his next EP, entitled Your Songs, on July 2.

AO is one of UTG’s favorite up-and-coming acts in the rock world and we would love nothing more than to have you check him out. Please view the official track-listing for Your Songs as well as a studio update recording his progress.

We cannot wait to hear this release so keep your ears open for more song streams on UTG!


WATCH: American Opera’s First Studio Update

John Bee of American Opera has posted his first studio update regarding his upcoming EP.

Watch Bee and his moustache snap his fingers, argue with his producer and lay down some sweet tracks.

This EP, recorded at Northpost Recording in Traverse City, Michigan and due this summer, will be the third EP from American Opera. Watch the studio update below.

Also, if you haven’t already, make sure you check out John Bee performing his song, “Songs I Used To Sing,” live on Altar TV here

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WATCH: American Opera – “Songs I Used To Sing” (Live)

John Bee and his splendid handlebar moustache are at it again.

Apparently while in Austin for SXSW, John Bee — performing under his moniker, American Opera — met up with Altar TV to film his song, “Songs I Used To Sing”. The performance that was filmed came out beautifully.

A different live version of “Songs I Used To Sing” can be heard on Bee’s live album, Live! @ GBS Detroit. Pick that up on iTunes and watch his Altar TV performance below. 

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American Opera Announces Tour Dates

On his way down to Austin’s SXSW Festival this March, John Bee will be embarking on a 13-day tour under his musical alias, American Opera, upon arriving and performing at the famed festival for a week.

The tour will kick off on February 26 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and snake its way through the Midwest before finishing up in Tyler, Texas on March 10, just in time for SXSW to begin on March 11.

Check out some American Opera jams on iTunes, and make sure to check out American Opera at SXSW in Austin, Texas this year. The tour …

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WATCH: American Opera – “Songs I Used To Sing” (Live)

Folk artist, John Bonham of American Opera, tweeted a new video earlier of himself performing “Songs I Used To Sing” live on a rooftop in Chicago.

The song is available on a seven-song live EP Bonham recorded in Detroit, which can be purchased here.

Additionally, Bonham will be playing a string of dates in the NYC area in November. Dates and information can be found on his website.

The video, shot by Bonham’s friends, Josh Hardt and Tom Lopez, can be seen below.

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WATCH: American Opera – Untitled New Song

MindEqualsBlown alumni, Dylan Powell has a lengthy writing portfolio under his belt from his time there, but that wasn’t enough. Eager to set out on his own and make a mark of a different kind, he and a group of forum frequenters started their own site called Sanctuary Review.

In just a few short months, the website has published interviews with Frank Turner, Yellowcard violinist Sean Mackin, and members of Gallows and The Chariot. Furthermore, they’ve started building a collection of their own video content including a brand new acoustic performance by American Opera‘s John …

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