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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. …


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. …


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.…


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 …


American Opera To Release Limited Edition Cassette In June

American Opera will release a cassette through Antique Records on June 1, 2012.

Limited to 100 copies (50 red/50 blue), the release will feature both the Demo/Listen EP and Live! @ GBS Detroit EP. The artwork doubles as the feature image for this story and the tracklisting is as follows:

SIDE A: Demo/Listen
01. Bright Lights & Amplifiers
02. Spoons & Knives
03. The Only Things That Matter To Me
04. What I Had
05. Lift Up This City

SIDE B: Live! @ GBS Detroit
01. Sand & Seed
02. Sing Along
03. A Spot For My Sister
04. An …


MUSIC VIDEO: American Opera – Bright Lights & Amplifiers

Michigan’s own American Opera has released the awesome music video for the song “Bright Lights & Amplifiers” and can be viewed by simply heading through the jump!

John Bee has transformed his new unsigned project into something audiences can connect to emotionally. UTG will continue to bring you the latest news and streams from American Opera in the weeks to come so stay tuned.

Please check out this Bradley Scott Walden-directed video by clicking “Read More” and comment with your thoughts on this indie anthem.…


Citizen, American Opera And More Added To Bled Fest

Howell, MI’s Bled Fest has certainly overwhelmed us with the fantastic lineup up announced, and they are not even close to finished yet! This huge event takes place at the Hartland Performing Arts Center, on May 26, and is open to all ages.

Be sure to check out Bled Fest’s official Facebook for special contests and giveaways. Tickets will go on sale on March 1 at 10am! The official lineup can be viewed right past the jump and UTG will be updating you as the announcements are made. We hope to see you there.…