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Stream Weird Al’s New Album, ‘Mandatory Fun,’ In Full

I don’t know about you, but I have spent the last couple of days anxiously waiting to see what top 40 song Weird Al parodied next. “Tacky” reminded us why he has stayed relevant all these years, but it wasn’t until “Word Crimes” that I felt confident in saying Al is delivering some of the best work of his career at this very moment.

The videos should have made this point clear, but Weird Al has a new album to promote. Mandatory Fun is Al’s fourteenth studio album, and according to the legendary performer it could …

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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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REVIEW: The Antlers – ‘Familiars’

Artist: The Antlers
Album: Familiars
Genre: Ambient Rock
Label: Anti-

When a band takes its name from a Microphones song, it’s fair game to expect hopeless toiling in love metaphors, jumpy explorative arrangements, and, above all, musical cataracts in the form of depression. Phil Elverum’s “Antlers,” a lo-fi folk recording that fades out with a solid minute of classical piano, was an apt source of inspiration for The Antlers seeing as their first two albums, 2006’s Uprooted and 2007’s In The Attic of the Universe, fell in line with that isolated, bed-ridden sound. But once frontman Peter Silberman picked …

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REVIEW: Sharon Van Etten – ‘Are We There’

Artist: Sharon Van Etten
Album: Are We There
Genre: Folk Rock
Label: Jagjaguwar

Sharon Van Etten is a rarity among musicians. The New Jersey native will step onstage and squabble with her three-piece backing band, combining nervous jokes with a half-snort laugh that would probably get a kid bullied in middle school. She’s a bit clumsy, somewhat outspoken, and always innocently honest. It’s been five years since she began twirling around the music scene, cutting herself open again and again for her songs, yet despite the continual applause she’s gotten onstage and off, Etten has always …

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UTG LIST: The Essential Anti-Love Songs For Valentine’s Day

I have a friend; she loves Valentine’s Day. At the beginning of each year, she spends her days playfully trying to pinpoint just how her stupendously awesome boyfriend will woo her come February 14. She fawns over flowers, swoons over candy, and gets off on public, often cheesy displays of affection. She spends hours in front of the mirror, and her dinner reservations have been set for months. And don’t worry guys, social media will be provided with a play-by-play account of her and her man’s evening out.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my friend to death, but the …

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UTG LIST: The Essential Love Songs For Valentine’s Day

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, and on top of all that, it is about as ambiguous as a feeling can get. Since the dawn of time, droves of individuals have tried to put this warm fuzzy feeling into words, and despite varying results, it would seem that everyone can agree on two things:

First, the moment you fall in love–like, REAL love–you will know, regardless of your age, outlook, or past. Don’t ask me how it works; you just will.

Second, and more importantly, regardless of your definition, it will be …

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UTG INTERVIEW: Vista Chino – Kyuss Lives! is Dead, Long Live Kyuss!

Rising from the ashes of the sadly burnt-out but much beloved desert-rock icons Kyuss, Vista Chino have been touring the world for the best part of the last three years, bringing the music and the vision of Kyuss screaming back to life in all of its distorted glory.

Originally formed under the name Kyuss Lives! by ex-Kyuss members Brant Bjork (drums), John Garcia (vocals) and Nick Oliveri (bass) with Brian Fevery (guitar) completing the line-up, the band has experienced significant complications over the course of the past two years, thanks largely to a now rather infamous “trademark infringement and consumer …

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UTG’s 5 Artists To Watch In 2014

It’s that time of year again!

Since 2009, the UTG staff has set aside the first few days of the new year to discuss which bands we thought were destined to take their careers to another level in the months ahead. This discussion eventually became our now beloved ‘5 Artists to Watch’ feature, and in the years since that column’s initial debut we have had the pleasure of giving early exposure to some of music’s biggest acts. This year’s list was the toughest to create to date, but we finally settled on five acts we believe everyone will be talking …

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REVIEW: Dance Gavin Dance – ‘Acceptance Speech’

Artist: Dance Gavin Dance
Album: Acceptance Speech
Genre: Post hardcore
Label: Rise Records

Believe it or not, Tilian Pearson was around long before he joined forces with Dance Gavin Dance. He started off in a little known band called Tides Of Man back in 2008. While he was with the group, they released two full length albums. Shortly after the release of their sophomore album in 2010, Tilian parted ways with the group. Supposedly it was because he was moving to be in Saosin, which actually never worked out. They recorded a song together, but nothing more came of …

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REVIEW: Title Fight – ‘Spring Songs’

Artist: Title Fight
Album: Spring Songs
Genre: Punk/Hardcore
Label: Revelation Records

I believe we are all here for the same reason at this point. Kingston’s Title Fight have been reassuring their stature at the top of the scene for years now. Floral Green found itself as one of my favorite albums of 2012, while Shed is ever close to my heart.

There should be no surprise that Title Fight’s newest work, EP Spring Songs, is any less of a caliber of polish and craftsmanship than we have seen before. The band’s first release on their new home, Revelation Records, …

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UTG’s 31 Days Of Halloween: ‘Nosferatu’

Of all the holidays celebrated worldwide, no single day is more loved by the UTG staff than Halloween. With the arrival of October, the time has finally come to begin rolling out a plethora of features and special announcements we have prepared in celebration of our favorite day, including the one you’re about to read.

31 Days Of Halloween is a recurring daily feature that will run throughout the month of October. The hope and goal of this column is to supply every UTG reader with a daily horror (or Halloween themed) movie recommendation that is guaranteed to amplify your …

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REVIEW: Radical Face – ‘The Family Tree: The Branches’

Artist: Radical Face
Album: The Family Tree: The Branches
Genre: Folk / Alternative

My family has a vacation home about two hours north of Boston, located deep into the woods of New Hampshire. An escapist estate, the grounds are an apotheosis of earth and sweat, culminating in the cautious catacombs of a clearing flame found by great room’s fireplace. It is a state of organic existence, elevated by a sense of environmentalism. The foundation of the house runs deep into the base of a mountain, not just physically, but heritably. Each plank of wood held by my grandfather, and great …