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Long Read: 9 Songs From 2014 That Changed My Life

We’re getting fairly deep into December at this point, which means every publication and internet personality who considers themselves someone of influence are doing their best to craft clickbait worthy lists of the best things 2014 had to offer. Most of these features are crafted by a team of people pouring over scores and arguing over personal preferences, all of which is something I’ve taken part in many times over the last six years of my writing career. I won’t be doing too much debating this year, or at least I don’t expect to, but I have been asked by …

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Fireworks Release “Run, Brother, Run” Music Video

The Michigan band behind one of the year’s best albums has just delivered a simple and sweet music video that will have you thinking about calling home.

Fireworks have always been a band that wore their hearts, as well as any/all emotions they may feel, on their sleeves. This has allowed them to create complex pop rock releases that offer infectious melodies and stories that are deeply rooted in real life experiences. People connect with their unwavering sense of honesty, and “Run, Brother, Run” is the perfect example of a song that could easily win them a few hundred new …

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Flashback: Stream Fireworks’ Original Demo EP, ‘Can’t Hardly Wait’

We have been spending a lot of time at UTG talking about the origin of bands that dominate headlines today. We have been around for over half a decade at this point, but that’s not quite as long enough to have covered every step of an artist’s career. Many bands had several years of recording and touring experience before UTG came into existence. As a result, we missed the opportunity to showcase these acts when they were young and unknown. We can never get that experience in full, but we recently realized we could stroll through memory lane ever-so-slightly by …

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We Are The In Crowd Release New Music Video

Just having gone back home from their shows on the other end of the globe, Poughkeepsie alt-rockers, We Are The In Crowd have recently released a new music video for the song “Manners” off of their most recent full-length, Weird Kids. The video features a lot of lack of love and a whole lot of flying objects.

In case you missed it, WATIC are on the bill of the Glamour Kills Tour with New Found Glory, Fireworks and a bunch of other great bands. Tour dates here.

You can watch the new music video for “Manners” below.…

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Fireworks Frontman Reveals Solo Project, Tea & Water

Dave Mackinder, lead singer of Michigan pop-punk outfit Fireworks has just released information on the solo project he’s been working on, called Tea & Water, and it’s pretty different.

Mackinder’s new digital EP is entitled Strangers Again and it contains three fresh tracks that all sound significantly less pop-punk and more indie/pop rock with a lot of electronic experimentation. Mackinder explains that he was able to take a more experimental route with T&W, resulting in the distinctiveness of the sound in comparison to Fireworks’ music. It’s available for digital purchase now via Bandcamp. Additionally, 100 hand-made digital download postcards …

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The Weekend Classic Are About To Become Your New Favorite Band

I’ve always found that the best listening experience anyone can hope to stumble across is an instance where material that you never expected to impress you ends up knocking you on your ass. The track plays, your jaw slowly comes unhinged, and by the time it ends you’re too busy eating your own words to try and defend lack of enthusiasm up front. It’s rare, which is all the more reason to tell everyone you know whenever artists are able to have that kind of affect on your life.

Hailing from Indiana with a sound that blends together the best …

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Faith No More, Soundgarden and Slipknot to Headline Soundwave 2015

Australia’s heavy music festival monolith, Soundwave, has made a mammoth lineup announcement for 2015 with Faith No More, Soundgarden, Slipknot, Incubus, Marilyn Manson and several other renowned acts leading arguably the festival’s strongest billing yet.

Expanding to a two-day format for the first time in 2015, Soundwave will take place in four cities across two weekends, with every act playing in each city on an alternating schedule that organizers have simply labelled ‘Day One’ and ‘Day Two.’

The first of what festival organizer AJ Maddah promises will be many lineup announcements for the 2015 festival was made on Wednesday …

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Life Is Short In Fireworks’ New Video For “Bed Sores”

Fireworks are no strangers to portraying a great story, visually, in roughly three minutes, which they’ve done yet again with their newest visual offering for Oh, Common Life cut, “Bedsores.”

A.V. Club recently premiered the Max Moore Films production which follows the life of our protagonist from childhood as he grows up through his typical reckless teenage years to become an older gentleman in the blink of an eye — something he surely realizes and is winded by as the last frame comes to a close. On one hand, it’s a beautiful journey. But on the other, there’s a terrifying …

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Fireworks Release Acoustic EP, Announce Summer Tour

Fireworks have released Oh, Common Life – Sessions, an acoustic EP now available for purchase through Triple Crown Records’ Bandcamp. They also announced they’ll be heading out on a short tour this July with support from Young Statues and Better Off.

All proceeds from the EP’s sale will go to Alternatives For Girls. The Detroit organization helps “homeless and high-risk girls and young women avoid violence, teen pregnancy and exploitation” by providing support and other resources.

Head after the jump to stream the EP and check out the tour poster. The tour runs from July 11 through …

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Fireworks Stream B-Side From ‘Oh, Common Life’

Michigan’s resident pop punk heroes Fireworks released their third album, Oh, Common Life last week, and it has been a big hit here at UTG and elsewhere. For fans who followed the album’s marketing campaign, however, something seemed to be missing from the album. The haunting song that appeared in an early teaser video did not make the final tracklist, but it did surface on a bonus EP sold along with Oh, Common Life at select independent record stores. Today, the band made the song, titled “Oh, Common Life,” available online, and you can stream it after the break.

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MUSIC VIDEO: Fireworks – “Glowing Crosses”

Fireworks‘ latest album, Oh, Common Life, hit stores yesterday. Now we’ve got the first music video for the release.

The video is for the track “Glowing Crosses” and features shots of the band performing live. You can head after the jump to check it out.

If you’re on the fence about checking out this release, head over to read our review of the record. Spoiler alert: We think it’s great. You can purchase a copy now through iTunes or through the Triple Crown Records store.…

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REVIEW: Fireworks – ‘Oh, Common Life’

Artist: Fireworks
Album: Oh, Common Life
Label: Triple Crown

There have been few musical evolutions more exciting to witness in recent years than that of Michigan pop rock outfit Fireworks. Over the course of two radically different full length albums and numerous EPs the band, which originally began as a pop punk project, has transformed from boys to men, and in doing so grew to have new outlooks on existence. The angst that drove their early material slowly began to take a backseat to a mix of hindsight and personal reflection on their Sophomore album that carved a niche all …