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Faith No More, Soundgarden and Slipknot to Headline Soundwave 2015

Australia’s heavy music festival monolith, Soundwave, has made a mammoth lineup announcement for 2015 with Faith No More, Soundgarden, Slipknot, Incubus, Marilyn Manson and several other renowned acts leading arguably the festival’s strongest billing yet.

Expanding to a two-day format for the first time in 2015, Soundwave will take place in four cities across two weekends, with every act playing in each city on an alternating schedule that organizers have simply labelled ‘Day One’ and ‘Day Two.’

The first of what festival organizer AJ Maddah promises will be many lineup announcements for the 2015 festival was made on Wednesday …

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Go Down Under With American Authors

American Authors have been keeping quite busy. Currently, they are on tour in the United States with OneRepublic and The Mowgli’s. Once that run is complete, they’ll head overseas to Europe and Australia. After gallivanting from continent to continent, the band will finally hit the road once more on the stateside front as headliners for the Honda Civic Tour.

If you’re a fan of snake-handling, llama selfies or cuddly koalas, you’ll probably enjoy watching American Authors’ trip to Australia.…

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Sounds of the (Down) Underground: 5 Australian Acts You Should Be Listening To

Australia has a proud history of punching above its weight, musically speaking. This is particularly true when it comes to acts operating in the heavier music spectrum. With the seemingly endless advances in streaming and social media technologies making the ears of the world more accessible than ever, the Australian independent scene is thriving. The result is an influx of bands across a variety of genres making a considerable impact on the music scene globally.

As a UTG contributor and proud Australian who resides deep within the nation’s undisputed punk rock heart of Melbourne, it gives me great pleasure to …

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Childish Gambino Calls Out Drake, Kendrick Lamar, SchoolBoy Q At Sydney Concert

Childish Gambino decided to go full freestyle at a Sydney, Australia concert this past weekend as well spitting jabs at fellow rappers Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and ScHoolBoy Q in the process.

In the first video below, he takes on Drake in saying “This n**** think he Drake. Nah I ain’t Drake. I sing better, I do better, my s***’s wetter.” In the second video, he takes his freestyle to the next level in saying, “I’m the best rapper, definitely top five. I’ll cut their heads off, that’s every rapper living. That’s Kendrick, That’s Drake, That’s SchoolBoy, That’s everyone. …

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UTG INTERVIEW: Harts Discusses Upcoming Debut, Recording Solo, and Jamming with Prince (Yes, THAT Prince)

It’s always heartwarming and amazing to hear about rookie artists meeting the legends who’ve inspired them. Typically, this usually happens when the artist is touring the country and the legend happens to be in attendance or even when the two happen to share the stage at some sort of a festival. However, in the case of Melbourne’s Darren Hart (aka Harts), things were a little more unorthodox when he was actually given a personal invitation to fly halfway around the world after the one and only Prince had seen his performance videos gracing the net.

This isn’t the first …

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Kimbra Announces Fall US Tour Dates

In 2011, Kimbra made her splash in the US by starring in Gotye’s massive hit “Somebody That I Used to Know” and received high praise for her own full-length record, Vows. Now the New Zealand singer-songwriter is dropping bizarre, infectious hits like “90s Music” off her upcoming sophomore album, The Golden Echo, due out August 19 via Warner Bros. In support of that release, she will be hitting the road this fall for a short US tour.

The headlining tour kicks off on October 20 in San Francisco, sees a stopover at the Life Is Beautiful Festival in …

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The Acfields May Soon Be Your New Favorite Folk Duo

Brother and sister duos are not the rarest commodity in the modern music landscape, but finding one that stands out as undeniably unique is a true rarity. I won’t guarantee I have found such a duo just yet, but it’s certainly possible The Acfields will be winning over many hearts worldwide in no time at all.

Dan and Hannah Acfield are a brother and sister folk duo who reside in two different corners of Australia – Brisbane and Melbourne. One might think that would make creating music together difficult, but in the digital age nothing could be further from the …

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Angus and Julia Stone Release Video For “A Heartbreak”

Critically acclaimed Australian folk-pop duo Angus and Julia Stone have released the video for “A Heartbreak” via The New York Times. “A Heartbreak” is taken from the duo’s Rick Rubin-produced third full-length Angus and Julia Stone which is due for release on August 1 via Republic Records.

“A Heartbreak” joins the album’s first official single, “Heart Beats Slow,” and the teaser track “Death Defying Acts,” in providing the perfect introduction to the duo’s unique sound. A hauntingly beautiful track built around a gorgeous melody, “A Heartbreak” juxtaposes soothing harmonies with a heartbreaking lament on lost love, creating a truly …

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MUSIC VIDEO: The Jezabels – “Time To Dance”

Australian indie pop group The Jezabels have a tendency of sneaking up on you with their quaint, lovable songs and getting you to question why exactly you haven’t been listening to them for longer. Their new music video for The Brink track “Time To Dance” will do the same.

The graceful single follows a dancer as she wakes up, stretches, and lets her moves out on a rooftop (with several outfit changes as well). It will probably leave you feeling fresh and awake just based off the beautiful shots. When paired with their poppy guitar lines and some naturally scaling …

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LIVE REVIEW: Closure In Moscow – ‘Pink Lemonade’ Album Launch (5/10/14)

It’s been five years since Australia’s Closure in Moscow announced themselves to the world with their critically acclaimed debut First Temple. So it’s with a sense of great anticipation and joy that the band’s ever faithful fan-base enters the Evelyn hotel tonight to witness the birth of its follow-up, the bombastic progressive-rock opus known as Pink Lemonade.

Taking the stage to the sounds of “Pinku Remonado,” the colourfully dressed quintet wastes no time introducing us to the world of Pink Lemonade whipping the hometown crowd into a frenzied state with an incendiary rendition of the spasmodic “Neoprene Byzantine” …

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Watch Arctic Monkeys Cover Tame Impala’s “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards”

While in the midst of their current tour across Australia, Arctic Monkeys stopped by Triple J to deliver their contribution to the radio station’s cover series aptly titled “Like A Version.” Siding with a cover of Tame Impala‘s “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” couldn’t be more appropriate since the two groups will be sharing the stage at London’s Finsbury Park on May 23 and 24.

Within the cover, frontman Alex Turner tastefully draws attention away from the unnecessary layers of the track by relying off of his acoustic guitar and psychedelic-tinged voice, making for an almost haunting experience. …

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UTG PHOTOS: Iggy Azalea (5/5/14)

Under The Gun sent guest photographer, Laura Murray, to Irving Plaza in New York City to photograph Iggy Azalea on May 5, 2014.

Iggy Azaelia is on the path to next level pop stardom. Currently, she is featured on Ariana Grande’s single “Problem,” which is #1 on the iTunes song chart. The Australian native’s debut album The New Classic has had an outpouring of fan approval since its release on April 21. She’s unique and we at Under The Gun love that.

The first thing fans saw on stage when they entered Irving Plaza was a structure that somewhat resembled …