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Albums and Artists That Will Transcend My Year

I’d like to close out my first year of music journalism with a short list of short lists in typical end-of-the-year fashion. It’s been a wonderful half-year here at Under The Gun Review and I’ve had the pleasure of working with and getting to know some very talented and passionate journalists in my time so far. On top of that, I’ve spoken to some of my favorite artists, and even got to voice my opinion on some really excellent pieces of music. Of course, 2014 has also been an excellent year full of fresh and inspiring music. At the end …

Kyle Lucas

Kyle Lucas Offering His ‘Fear And Loathing In Marietta’ EP For Free Download

Kyle Lucas has been a busy guy as of late. With his current collaboration with Jonny Craig and Captain Midnite, it’s hard to imagine he has time to record solo music. Lucky for fans though, he has taken the time to record a new EP, titled Fear And Loathing In Marietta.

As a show of appreciation for everyone’s support, the entire EP is available to download for free. If you haven’t taken the opportunity to listen to some of his music before, now is a great time to check him out. The EP can be downloaded right here

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Head North Sign To Bad Timing Records, Releasing New EP In Spring 2015

Remember back in September when we told you that Head North were the next big thing? The band’s foray into world domination begins today, as they announce their partnership with Bad Timing Records.

Hailing from Buffalo, New York, Head North are the single most creative force in contemporary pop-punk. 2014 saw the group through the release of their EP Scrapbook Minds, as well as a split with Connecticut’s A Will Away, several touring opportunities, and some fantastic one-off shows with the likes of Modern Baseball, Knuckle Puck, and Aaron West & The Roaring Twenties.

You can stream the …

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REVIEW: Front Porch Step – ‘Whole Again’

Artist: Front Porch Step
Album: Whole Again EP
Genre: Acoustic folk
Label: Pure Noise Records

I’ve grown to love the EP format over the years. When it’s properly executed, a shorter release offers a perfectly sized stopgap for fans between records, while giving the artist an opportunity to try new things in a sidestep from the high risk, career benchmark, full-length format. In this regard, Front Porch Step has nailed it with Whole Again. The short, fifteen-minute EP features three new songs, all of which offer a new take on Front Porch Step mastermind Jake Mcelfresh’s distinct songwriting style, …

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Stream St. Vincent’s Tropical ‘Pieta’ EP

In October, St. Vincent announced she would release a two-song 10″ EP for Record Store Day’s Black Friday event. Thanks to the internet, both tracks off the EP, “Pieta” and “Sparrow”, are online to stream in full.

The vinyl comes in a bright package designed by Willo Perrnon (the man responsible for all the visuals on her world tour) and each is individually numbered. The songs are, according to RSD’s website, a “deep musing on death and loss that recalls the sonic textures of Big Science-era Laurie Anderson,” but to us they sound rather tropical and snarky. Stream them below …

Prawn

Prawn Share New Single, “Built For”

New Jersey is bringing emo rock back, and Prawn are riding at the front of it. The group dropped their sophomore LP, Kingfisher, earlier this year, but had to cut the 12-song tracklist down due to vinyl limitations. On Record Store Day’s Black Friday event on November 28, the band will share the two songs they had to cut.

The tracks will surface on a new EP, titled Settledvia Topshelf Records, of which the title track has already surfaced. The first of the cut songs is “Built For.” It dabbles in the warmth of ’90s emo …

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Reservoir Premiere “Waves Erase”

Emo outfit Reservoir have teamed up with Half Cloth to premiere a brand new single. Entitled “Waves Erase,” the cut hails from the group’s forthcoming EP, Cicurina Vol. 1. While the record is officially set to hit stores January 7 via Glory Kid Records, pre-order options are available here.

Head over to Half Cloth to check out “Waves Erase” and be sure to let us know your thoughts on the track in the comments section below. If the work suits your fancy, Reservoir’s previous release, I Heard You As I Walked Away, is currently available as a pay-what-you-want …

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Stream Monarchs’ Debut EP, ‘Citizens’

Los Angeles based rock outfit Monarchs, featuring Michael Gallacher (ex-Black Tie Affair), Sean Jordon (ex-Good Knives), and Jarrod Alexander (ex- Death By Stereo, ex-Dead Country), have finally released their debut EP. Entitled Citizens, the record is best summed up as sixteen minutes worth of infectious rock that finds each member playing up their talents to create a truly catchy product. 

Fortunately for your ears, we have a piping hot stream of the album in its entirety, so follow the jump and jam out to Citizens before purchasing a digital copy on iTunes. To keep up with the …

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Stream Antarctigo Vespucci’s Energetic New EP

Cross-country collaborators Chris Farren (Fake Problems) and Jeff Rosenstock (Bomb the Music Industry!) practically broke the internet when they released their EP Soulmate Stuff under the moniker Antarctigo Vespucci earlier this year, and now they’re doing it all over again.

Simply put, I’m So Tethered packs in some of the best aspects that we’ve come to love from the group’s debut release into a three-track EP. To top that off, Rosenstock’s vocal presence comes in much more strongly. This all comes in with great timing, since Antarctigo Vespucci will be leaving for their first ever tour …

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Man Overboard Stream ‘Passing Ends’ EP

We’ve already had the chance to listen to “Stood Up” and “For Vince,” but thanks to Billboard, we can now listen to Man Overboard‘s Passing Ends EP in full.

It may have only been about a year and a half since the NJ group released their Heart Attack LP, but the maturity displayed on this new EP makes it seem like decades. With a production team of vocalist/bass player Nik Bruzzese on production duties and Will Yip behind the mixing, this EP is sure to whet the appetites of fans before Man O releases …

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Totally Slow And Black Market Stream Split

We had the pleasure of premiering a single from Totally Slow and Black Market’s forthcoming 7″ split late last month, a release we’ve patiently waited for since its announcement. Luckily for our ears along with yours, the bands have teamed up with The Runout to finally premiere a stream of the split in its entirety, so click here to give it a well deserved listen.

The split officially drops November 4 via Self Aware Records, but pre-orders are available on the label’s official e-store.

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ERRA Sign To Sumerian Records, Release New Single

Two phenomenal full-lengths deep into their career, progressive metalcore outfit ERRA have revealed they are now a member of the Sumerian Records family. In celebration of the signing, the band have released a brand new single. Entitled “Dreamcatcher,” the first taste of their forthcoming EP, Moments of Clarity, can be found after the jump.

Moments of Clarity will only be available for purchase online in limited quantities, so be sure to pre-order a copy of ERRA’s Sumerian debut here before it drops November 10.…