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Ayler Young Offers A Pop-Heavy Take On Funk With “You Can’t Buy Love”

At the beginning of the summer, the editors of UTG held a digital meeting to discuss our plans for the future. At the very top of the list was increasing our focus on in-depth content, and following not far behind was a universal desire to expose more up-and-coming artists to our readers. We like to think we have done a good job of exposing great alt-rock and pop punk bands in recent years, but our coverage extends beyond those areas and so should our new music spotlight.

With all that in mind, I’d like to introduce you to Ayler Young

Knuckle 2014

Fall Under The Spell Of Knuckle’s Dirty Rock With “Living Hell”

I made it a point over the past month to pay more attention to the up and coming artists whose press releases flood my inbox on a regular basis. In a perfect world I would listen to every single promo I received, but with 200+ messages coming in each day, allotting that much time to music discovery is simply impossible. I do click through 20 or so new tracks each day, and today I stumbled upon something I simply had to share.

Knuckle are the latest product of the underground UK rock scene. The group formed after a chance meeting …

Dizzy Wright

Required Listening: Dizzy Wright Releases “World Peace”

Even though the long weekend makes the return to work a bit better, there is no getting around the realization that sense of freedom that poured into Monday has now been exchanged for the promise of another paycheck. Still, there is plenty of good in the world to be happy about, and today we’re going to introduce you to a young talent that could very well make your week.

Dizzy Wright has been climbing through the ‘need to know’ charts of various hip hop bloggers for a minute now, but as far as I know this post marks his first …

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UTG CRUSH: Drop Everything And Fall In Love With Smallpools

Wednesday has shown its soul-crushing face once more, but this week we have a new pop act for you to discover that is going to change the mood of your entire day (if not week).

Hailing from Los Angeles, Smallpools is a newly formed quartet that boasts a sound that is both fun and well structured. In a time where many acts are hopping on the indie bandwagon with stripped down pop tracks, Smallpools are delivering densely layered jams that make you want to sing along as much as the make you want to dance. Had they popped up in …

5 to watch 2013

UTG LIST: 5 Artists To Watch In 2013

One of our biggest goals in 2013 is to bring you even more new and cutting edge artists than ever before. Be it music, film, comedy, or something else altogether that absolutely floor us, we are dedicated to helping usher in the next wave of talent that will soon overtake the industry.

Just over a year ago we brought you our first ’5 Artists To Watch’ feature (found here), and in the months that have passed since we have watched those same artists become some of the most recognized names in the alternative community. With this year’s list we …

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UTG LIST: 5 Emcees You Need To Know

At the beginning of 2012 UTG released a list of five artists we felt needed to be watched in the months to come. Of these artists, all five have gone on to land record deals, gain more exposure, and slowly but surely take their place as the future of the alternative music scene. While we’re happy to see artists we believe in succeed, we realized not long ago that we were complete assholes for overlooking the world of hiphop altogether in our original list. So, in hopes of making amends and keeping you informed as to who you will be …

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UTG LIST: 5 Bands To Watch In 2012

The new year is here with hope of new albums and bands that will change the face of music for the better. The problem is, modern technology has allowed for anyone with the slightest hint of an idea for a song to record, upload, and annoy masses with their “music.” This has caused an overload of sound, blocking many from being able to actually discover talent with true skill and lasting ability, but UTG is out to make a change.

After reviewing releases and demos sent our way over the past few months, and just before we took staffers to …

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UTG ALBUM STREAM: Nigel Silverthorn – The Tip Of The Tongue. The Teeth. The Lips.

Release today, Nigel Silverthorn’s The Tip Of The Tongue. The Teeth. The Lips. is the kind if record you both want to share with the world and keep completely to itself. It reaches a level of accessibility few can, but with such provocative honesty that you’d rather keep it to yourself, safe and sound. Silverthorn not only confides in the listener in a way that makes you feel like the only person on the planet, but does so through an eclectic collection of finely tuned pop sensibilities and downright dirty indie rock swagger completely his own.

We’ve been waiting months …

TRV$DJAM – Fix Your Face Vol. 2: Coachella 09

picture-3Artist: TRV$DJAM
Album: Fix Your Face Vol. 2
Genre: DJ
Label: NONE

Travis Barker and DJ AM have spent the better part of this year and the tail end of 08 carving their new musical project TRV$DJAM into the music world. It’s an interesting concept involving DJ AM spinning records while Barker does what he’s known for – playing drums better than anyone else alive today. Their first mixtape had some hit and miss moments as most first releases do, but the brand new [and free] second volume, taken from the group’s performance at Coachella 2009, shows the dynamic become …

NeverShoutNever – The Summer EP

cover2Artist: NeverShoutNever
Album: The Summer EP
Genre: Acoustic/Pop
Label: None

Christofer Drew has returned [finally] with a full band EP that’s sure to make girls squeal and guys moan. By moan, I’m not talking excitedly, but that dull roar of “this girl is going to make me listen to this forever” kind of moan. Drew’s The Summer EP is a radiant display of pop so sweet your dentist will drop dead.

To be honest, the lead track and single, “Happy” has never, ever appealed to me. Drew has written quite a few cute/quirky tracks about his abundant happiness over someone …

Syrens – Syrens

cover1Artist: Syrens
Album: Syrens
Genre: Grindcore/Hardcore with Heart
Label: Cavity

It seems with the summer coming we tend to get flooded with commercial rap and pop punk records. I’ve not been complaining about this one bit as 2009 has had a lot of solid records to offer, but I have noticed a true lack of remarkable heavy music on the scene. However, that all changed the day I met Syrens and their brand new self titled release.

Starting as if they were making the soundtrack to the barrel of a smoking gun during wartime, “Flesh and Honey,” showcases the band’s …

Fun. Announce Album Details

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Nettwerk Music Group is proud to announce the release of AIM AND IGNITE, the
highly anticipated debut from fun., out August 25th.  AIM AND IGNITE was produced by Redd Kross’ Steven McDonald and is a stunning array of diverse inspirations from three extraordinary musicians-former front man of The Format Nate Ruess, ex-Anathallo multi-instrumentalist Andrew Dost and Steel Train’s Jack Antonoff.  When combined, they create an irresistible album that rethinks classic 70s pop, where ornate arrangements and inspired orchestrations meet present-day rock ‘n’ roll. The band recently joined Manchester Orchestra for a 34-date North American tour …