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UTG PHOTOS: Pitchfork Music Festival 2014 (7/18/14)

Under the Gun sent photographer Nina Corcoran to Union Park in Chicago, IL from July 18-20 for Pitchfork Music Festival.

Every year, Pitchfork Music Festival announces its lineup and I let out a little wimper over in Boston from jealousy. The music blog’s annual festival has been going on for ten years now in Chicago, and as such they’re able to curate a small but focused line-up that boasts a lot of great up-and-coming acts as well as bigger indie staples. This year, at long last, I finally caved in and went.

After interviewing the bands playing about their favorite

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Chief Keef Totes Guns And Louis Vitton Handbags In “Fool Ya” Music Video

Chief Keef has been unusually quiet throughout the majority of summer 2014, but last night he returned to the spotlight with a brand new song that is chock full of everything fans have come to expect from Chicago’s misunderstood king.

“Fool Ya” is a song that, as the title suggests, finds Chief Keef telling you all the ways he and his squad of goons can (and/or will) fool you. They might roll by in a Ferrari, then switch it up and swing by in a Benz just an hour later. Why? Because fools won’t be expecting that. Keef and his …

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10 YEARS LATER: Rise Against’s ‘Siren Song of the Counter Culture’

If you were to look at Pitchfork’s scathing 2.9/10 review of Rise Against’s third studio album today, you’ll find more snark-filled jabs against young adult angst and punk ideologies stuffed into a letter to Ralph Nader than you could shake an X-emblazoned fist at. Plenty has changed in the past ten years since that was published, though. For example, Mr. Nader’s been given a reasonable break and these Chicago natives have made strides towards maturity (and consequentially, commercialization).…

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Get Nostalgic With Chance The Rapper’s Cover Of The ‘Arthur’ Theme Song

Later this week, Chance the Rapper will be returning to his hometown of Chicago to perform a headlining set at Lollapalooza, and as a warm-up, has unveiled a new tune via the festival’s official website.

What is it you ask? A radio-ready autumn anthem? A blistering diss track? A mindbending remix?

Not even close. Earlier this morning, the 21-year-old wordsmith made public his love for throwback PBS programming by debuting his take on the Arthur theme song. Yes, Arthur—the anthropomorphic a-a-r-d-vark who has been teaching kids right from wrong for nearly two decades.

I know many of you are …

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UTG LIST: The Must-See Acts At Lollapalooza 2014

It’s time for Lollapalooza, the one festival that Chicago residents look forward to most all Summer long. Held in beautiful downtown Chicago, IL, this year’s festival will be taking over the area from August 1-3 at the legendary Grant Park. UTG will be on the festival grounds all weekend to get some amazing coverage of headliners and undercard acts alike, along with everything else Lolla has to offer.

For some pre-fest coverage, our Head of Photography, Corbin Alvae, will be listing off the acts that he believes you cannot miss at this year’s event. Throughout the weekend as well, …

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Sleep On It To Tour With Real Talk, Surpass Goal On Kickstarter Campaign

Better gas up your cars, Star Wars geeks, because Sleep On It are coming to a city near you. The guys will be hitting the road on the ‘Rebel Alliance Tour’ with their friends in Real Talk, whose latest release Maps & Miles dropped earlier this month.

The Chicago based pop-punk band recently exceeded their goal on a Kickstarter program to get the band successfully on the road. If you frequent UTG, you’ll remember when we premiered the track “Cope” a few months back off the band’s latest release, Everything, All At Once.

Check below the …

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A Day To Remember Headline Chicago Warped Tour

The summer of added madness on the Vans Warped Tour continues today with the addition of A Day To Remember to one of the Midwest’s biggest dates.

Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman surprised attendees to the world’s largest traveling music festival this morning by announcing that A Day To Remember will be performing a special one-off headline performance during today’s tour stop in Chicago. The time of the band’s set has yet to be revealed, but if it’s anything like Linkin Park’s appearance earlier this summer, concertgoers can expect a set sometime between four and six o’clock.

A Day To …

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Watch Walking Bicycles’ Dark Stop-Motion Music Video for “Eyesore”

Walking Bicycles‘ name may sound like a quaint twee-pop group, but get ten seconds into one of their songs and you’ll realize they’re anything but. The Chicago-based group stomp around with the type of gloom rock that hinges on noise, speed, and a little bit of pop, all while nodding to Siouxsie and the Banshees. Their newest single “Eyesore” off To Him That Wills The Way (out August 12 via Highwheel Records) is proof of that, and now we get a dark stop-motion music video to accompany it.

Directed and produced by Elliott Kaffee, and inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s …

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UTG INTERVIEW: Pitchfork Music Festival Bands on Their Favorite Chicago Hangouts

We’re a little more than excited for Pitchfork Music Festival to arrive this year considering it has an awesome record fair (Chirp!), top notch food vendors (Rice Table! Puffs of Doom!), and a beautifully stacked lineup (Slowdive! Beck! Neutral Milk Hotel!). The festival will take place over at Union Park on July 18-20 for three days of great music before dispersing to Chicago’s playground of venues for a series of after-shows. And so the countdown to musical bliss begins.

To help festivalgoers make the most out of their experience, we asked some of the bands about their favorite spots, where …

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Garth Brooks Reveals His World Tour’s First Stop, Confirms Cancellation Of All Five Dublin Shows

The return of Garth Brooks is going to dominate worldwide headlines for the next week or two. Strap in now.

After all five comeback shows in Dublin were cancelled (which we will get to in a moment), Garth Brooks was forced to find a new place to kick off his recently announced world tour. One lucky fan, a man named Andy Roberts from Atlanta, was given the honor of revealing the host city Monday afternoon. He apparently asked Brooks about his world tour during a Q&A at the country icon’s recent Las Vegas residency and Brooks told him he would …

Alkaline Trio

Alkaline Trio To Perform All 8 Albums Over 4 Nights In 3 Cities Later This year

Alkaline Trio have released eight studio albums during their time together as a band, which makes developing a set list for any outing incredibly hard. As a band, you always want to play your new music, but as time goes on there is a growing demand for classic cuts as well from people who have been supporting your work for years.

In an attempt to please both sides of this equation, Alkaline Trio announced today that they will perform all eight studio album live this fall during four night runs in three cities across the US. The band will perform …

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Riot Fest Chicago Lineup Grows To 124 Bands, Adds Say Anything And More

Riot Fest Chicago is the elephant in the room all other festivals must recognize and then drop to their knees and worship. The initial lineup announcement which included 110 bands, almost shut down the alternative music blogosphere when released. Now, with three months to go until launch, the organizers for Riot Fest Chicago have revealed 14 additional performers who will be appearing in Illinois on the weekend of September 13.

Topping the list of late additions to Riot Fest is none other than iconic rock outfit Primus. They are joined by fellow new recruits The Hold Steady, Say Anything, Tiny …