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UTG PREMIERE: Vegas Lights – “Drag Me Down” (One Direction Cover)

The battle for the attention of young music fans is more competitive today than at any other point in music history. Artists of all genres at every level of success have to constantly push themselves to think outside the box when it comes to marketing, which is often the deciding factor when it comes to whether or not an artist or band has any shot at long-term success. For Vegas Lights, a young post-hardcore group from Detroit, the answer to how they will make themselves stand out was simple: Cover One Direction.

Today, UTG is thrilled to present …

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UTG Track-By-Track: Luna Aura Discusses ‘Supernova’

Phoenix is not a city that is typically viewed as a hub for emerging talent, but we recently learned to see Arizona’s urban heart in a new light after hearing the cosmic, dream-pop stylings of Luna Aura. Her music is as much influenced by the songs on the radio as it is by the hits of the urban underground, and the combination of those two elements has created a sound that is altogether new and intoxicating.

Luna Aura released her latest EP, Supernova, through digital retailers on August 7. We were a bit slow to discover her talent, so …

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UTG PREMIERE: Thundercloud Kid – “Bad News for Blue Eyes”

It’s never too late in the day for a great music premiere, right?

We have been outspoken about our love for the upstate New York music scene for as long as I can remember at this point. It seems like every band that comes out of Buffalo or the surrounding area not only has something to say, but a unique way to say it as well, and that is again the case with newcomers Thundercloud Kid. Their sound is one part pop punk, two parts indie, and just a bit old school rock and roll. Sound good? Just wait …

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UTG PREMIERE: Post Modern – “July”

Today, we’re excited to bring you a new song from the Columbus, Ohio ambient rock band, Post Modern. You can listen to “July” off the band’s upcoming EP, The Current, below.

After listening to “July,” you’ll likely understand why it’s difficult to pin this band down genre-wise. The atmospheric guitar tones and spacey vocal effects are reminiscent of PVRIS or The 1975’s early EP work, while the driving rhythm section calls to mind some of Circa Survive’s slower tracks. The song is wrapped up nicely with a catchy vocal melody that adds the perfect dash of pop sensibility …

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UTG PREMIERE: Valora – “React” (Music Video)

Today, UTG has teamed up with Los Angeles based electro-rock act Valora to premiere the brand new music video for their single, “React,” featuring Mot & Krid.

The visuals for “React,” directed by Justin Floyd, encourage you to take charge of your life–to take a stand or to speak up and fight back, in any situation, including be bullied, manipulated and/or discouraged in any way.

As to the message and meaning behind the track itself, vocalist Syd Duran shares: “‘React’ is the anthem of dreamers like me. Those who have big goals and bigger hearts are bound to feel more …

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UTG PREMIERE: The Casual – “Egg Nog”

Don’t worry, this post has nothing to do with Christmas.

You may or may not have heard of The Casual before now, but if our intuition is correct it won’t be too long before they are considered household names for anyone interested in alternative music. The band, who hail from Pennsylvania, have partnered with UTG to share a song titled “Egg Nog” off their forthcoming debut EP, Lust (due out August 8). You can stream the track below.

When asked about the story behind the track, member Zach Anderson commented:

“One day I was kind of just sick of keeping

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UTG PREMIERE: Good Old War – “Tell Me What You Want From Me” (Acoustic Video)

Philadelphia folk-pop duo Good Old War are set to release their fourth full-length studio album next week on June 29, via Nettwerk – their first without longtime drummer Tim Arnold.

Today, we’re excited to premiere an impeccable, bare-bones rendition of Broken Into Better Shape‘s lead single–possibly Good Old War’s biggest song to date–“Tell Me What You Want From Me.” Performed at the Mobli Beach House in Venice, CA, the setting is perfect for this stripped-down version, which allows a generous focus on the duo’s signature vocal harmonies. You can view the video below where you’ll also find a …

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UTG PREMIERE: Treason This – “Moviegoers Dilemma”

If there is one genre of alternative music with fiercer competition right now than pop punk I have yet to discover it. Still, as countless groups come and go with songs not good enough to hold our attention, a few young groups are breaking through the noise with catchy tracks too good to deny.

Milwaukee quartet Treason This hail from a place almost no one considers a music hub, at least for the pop punk scene. Regardless, this promising young act have the songwriting chops and music talent needed to be something great, and today we’re thrilled to present the …

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UTG PREMIERE: No Tide – “Daylight Savings”

There was a time in my life when I thought I had outgrown pop punk music. I don’t know if I could pinpoint the exact day or month that thought first crossed my mind, but it occurred to me not long after graduating college and (attempting to) immerse myself in the so-called real world. For the first time in my life, the anthems of friendships, road trips, and living in the moment no longer rang as true as they once did. I had real problems, like unemployment and growing debt, neither of which were topics often found in the material …

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UTG PREMIERE: Corey Kilgannon – “Doubter’s Prayer” (Video)

Under The Gun Review is thrilled to team up with Nashville singer-songwriter Corey Kilgannon to premiere his brand new video for “Doubter’s Prayer.”

“Doubter’s Prayer” comes off Kilgannon’s upcoming EP, titled Hospital Hymns, which is due out on March 31. The track is a beautiful acoustic offering with affecting vocals that reveal Kilgannon’s honest and intimate lyrical delivery as he ponders the effectiveness of prayer, ultimately exploring his own faith. The accompanying video features a timelapse as a painting is created on a wall and represents, as Kilgannon says, the “incredible ‘abstractness’ to prayer.”

In regards to the song, …

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UTG PREMIERE: Mariage Blanc – “We’ve Got Time”

As one of our ‘9 Artists To Watch in 2015,’ it’s fair to assume we’ve been anxiously awaiting any and all new material from Mariage Blanc and their forthcoming release, No Autobiography. Following a stream of the album’s opener and lead single “Blue Eyes” just last month, we’re thrilled to be able to team up with the four-piece to premiere another cut from their upcoming effort before its release on April 7.

“We’ve Got Time” is No Autobiography‘s penultimate offering, and while the whole of the release is wont to de-stress the listener, this …

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UTG PREMIERE: Actor Observer – “Steel Yourself” (Video)

Today is a good day, my friends. After years of being one of our favorite bands to promote, Actor Observer have joined forces with UTG to share the exclusive world premiere of their new video.

Oh, you don’t know Actor Observer? That’s not exactly okay, as they are without a doubt one of the most promising young bands to exist in the last decade, but for the sake of moving things along we will go ahead and give you a pass (this time). The band is currently preparing to release their new album, The Longer Now, on March 10. …

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