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UTG PHOTOS: Sleater-Kinney Make Their Triumphant Return (2/8/15)

In 2006, Sleater-Kinney, a well-known indie/alt rock band based out of Olympia, WA called it quits. The band had a huge following, and were one of the pioneers of shaping the roots of indie rock. Maybe most importantly, they never signed to a major label, even though many begged them to do so.

However, the three members stayed busy throughout the years. Carrie Brownstein went on to form the band Wild Flag, and also co-created a little known comedy series on IFC. Corin Tucker went on to collaborate with Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder on the Into The

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UTG PHOTOS: Arcade Fire Dazzle The Gorge Amphitheater (8/814)

In what had to be seen to be believed, Arcade Fire performed at the legendary Gorge Amphitheater in George, WA on August 8. The Gorge, which sits near the Columbia River, is one of the premier concert venues in the Pacific Northwest, and what better way to breathe even more life into its structure than to host one of the biggest indie rock bands in the world?

However, Arcade Fire had one requirement for their fans who were in attendance: be dressed to the nines in semi-formal attire, and dance their asses off! Seeing this at The Gorge was interesting …


UTG PHOTOS: Pennywise Tear Up Seattle’s Showbox (4/29/14)

Under The Gun sent photographer, Xander Deccio, to The Showbox in Seattle, WA to photograph punk favorites Pennywise on April 29, 2014.

In what could be described as pure mayhem, legendary SoCal punk group Pennywise made their grand triumphant return to Seattle’s Showbox. The band is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary together, and also marking the return of vocalist Jim Lindberg to the group.

A few years ago, Lindberg decided to leave the band to perform with his side project The Black Pacific, as he felt that he had nothing left to contribute to Pennywise. Instead of calling it …


UTG PHOTOS: Twenty One Pilots, Robert DeLong & Sirah (10/24/13)

Under The Gun’s photographer, Tori Thomas, attended the Twenty One Pilots show featuring Robert DeLong and Sirah at The Intersection in Grand Rapids, MI on October 24, 2013.

When I arrived to The Intersection, I could tell that this was going to be one of the best shows I’ve seen. I had the chance to interview Sirah (check back here tomorrow) before the show and got an idea where her music comes from; she’s down to earth and you could tell during her performance. During one song, she had a security guard support her on the barricade to be closer …

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UTG PHOTOS: Twenty One Pilots & New Politics (4/26/13)

Under The Gun’s photographer, Tori Thomas attended the Twenty One Pilots show featuring New Politics and Five Knives at the LC Pavilion in Columbus, OH on April 26, 2013.

I arrived to this show expecting nothing but surprises, especially with this being a hometown show for Twenty One Pilots. First in the lineup was Five Knives, however I was unable to make it in time to see their set. Judging from a previous show I saw them at opening for TOP, I’m sure they set the mood for the evening with a flawless performance.

Next up was New Politics

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UTG PHOTOS: Twenty One Pilots (4/6/13)

Under The Gun’s photographer, Tori Thomas attended the Twenty One Pilots show featuring Five Knives & Kaleido at The Crofoot in Pontiac, MI on April 6, 2013.

I had the pleasure to attend the MTV Artists to Watch tour featuring Twenty One Pilots, Five Knives and Kaleido. The show started with Detroit natives, Kaleido, a pop rock group. Christina, singer, brought energy to the crowd and got everyone amped for the show. This band was definitely a ball of energy, which was great in their case. Next up was Five Knives, an electronic pop group with a different …


UTG PHOTOS: GRiZ & Break Science (4/4/13)

Under The Gun’s photographer, Tori Thomas worked Turn Up The Good at Ferris State University and grabbed some photos of GRiZ, Break Science, The Floozies, and TerniduP on April 4, 2013.

I worked Turn Up The Good at Ferris State University on April 4th. TUG was started in 2011 and has been an annual show every spring ever since. I was lucky enough to work on the E-board and photograph the event! TerniduP started off the night; they are the DJ winners from the TUG Contest and they started the night off right! Next up was Kansas natives, The Floozies

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UTG PHOTOS: We The Kings & Fireworks (11/1/12)

Under The Gun’s photographer, Tori Thomas attended Ferris State University’s Autumn Alive featuring We The Kings & Fireworks on November 1.

I’m in the Music Industry Management Association (MIMA) at Ferris State University, and we put on a concert called Autumn Alive featuring We The Kings & Fireworks on November 1. The show hit it off with the crowd and it looked like they had a great time. I’ve seen Fireworks before, but it’s been a couple years. I definitely enjoyed their set, even though I didn’t know many songs from them. Then We The Kings took the stage decked …


UTG PHOTOS: The Hush Sound & JJAMZ (10/26/12)

Under The Gun’s photographer, Tori Thomas attended The Hush Sound & JJAMZ show at House Of Blues in Chicago, IL on October 26.

I arrived to The Hush Sound & JJAMZ show more stoked than ever. The Hush Sound was one of my favorite bands and I love JJAMZ’s music. JJAMZ was actually second on the bill (I missed the first band), but put on a great show. I’ve listened to them since Alex Greenwald talked about starting this band after Phantom Planet went on hiatus. They were awesome live, and I will definitely see them again. Then it was …


UTG PHOTOS: Mayday Parade & The Maine (10/19/12)

Under The Gun photographer Tori Thomas grabbed some photos at the first night of the Mayday Parade & The Maine college tour with special guests The Postelles. The Tour kicked off at Grand Valley State in Allendale, MI on October 19.

I traveled to Grand Valley State expecting a great performance from Mayday Parade and The Maine, and from what I can tell, that’s what I got. The first band to perform was The Postelles. I’ve never heard of them, but I liked what I heard and would definitely see them live again. Next up was The Maine, …


UTG PHOTOS: Nylon & Starbucks Frappuccino Summer Music Tour (8/14/12)

Under The Gun’s photographer, Tori Thomas attended the Detroit date of the Nylon & Starbucks Frappuccino Summer Music Tour featuring Neon Trees, Walk The Moon, & Twenty One Pilots on August 14.

As fellow readers and followers of UTG would know, I’ve been to a few Twenty One Pilots shows. This time it was a little different, seeing they were on a bigger stage. It was a good kind of different, I could definitely tell a big stage set up works well for them. Along with a bigger set up, they covered “Shout” by The Isley Brothers, which was a …


UTG PHOTOS: Pomegranates & Kitten (8/3/12)

Under The Gun’s photographer, Tori Thomas attended the Pomegranates & Kitten show at Musica in Akron on August 3.

I’ve never seen either band that performed at this show, but I’ve listened to Kitten for a little over a year. Seeing them live really set in how much I like their music. They put on a killer performance; Chloe Chaidez, lead singer, was all over the stage, while going a little crazy. If you’re into checking out new music and going to shows, you should attend a Kitten show! I’ve never listened to Pomegranates before, but they won me over …