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Ayler Young Offers A Pop-Heavy Take On Funk With “You Can’t Buy Love”

At the beginning of the summer, the editors of UTG held a digital meeting to discuss our plans for the future. At the very top of the list was increasing our focus on in-depth content, and following not far behind was a universal desire to expose more up-and-coming artists to our readers. We like to think we have done a good job of exposing great alt-rock and pop punk bands in recent years, but our coverage extends beyond those areas and so should our new music spotlight.

With all that in mind, I’d like to introduce you to Ayler Young

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Janelle Monae Releases Music Video for “Electric Lady”

This morning, genre-bending songstress, Janelle Monae, released a new music video for her song “Electric Lady,” a track that comes from her 2013 sophomore album of the same name.

The song is a catchy R&B tune that blends retro funk instrumentals with modern sounds in Monae’s typical fashion, and we like that. Unfortunately, the video opens with a 1-minute skit and blatant Samsung advertisement that, frankly, is a bit of a turn-off. A combination of terrible acting, glaring overexposure, and poorly-recorded audio is capped with a glamorous demonstration of the camera features on Samsung’s latest Smartwatch and a shot …

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Need A Little Funk In Your Life? Take A Moment To Discover Harts

It’s not every day that Prince compliments a relatively unknown talent, but upon hearing the work of Harts, the man who gave us Purple Rain remarked, “He reminds me of how I was at that age.”

I could go on and on about the way I felt the first time I heard Harts’ latest single, “Angels Walk Below,” but after reading that comment from Prince is there really anything I could write that would sway you more than his word? Harts, whose real name remains a mystery to me, offers a funky take on dance pop that is ripe with …

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Move Over Batman, “Trapman” is The Hero Pop Music Needs

If you have never heard of Astro Safari USA before this moment you’re about to have a very, very exciting Friday.

A lot of people have been fortunate enough to portray Batman over the last hundred years. Christian Bale, George Clooney, Adam West, an eccentric billionaire named Bruce Wayne, and more. Only one person has ever been so blessed that the unseen powers that control the universe saw fit to dub them Trapman, and fortunately for the rest of us that person has decided to share their gift for wordplay with the rest of the world via Astro Safari USA’s …

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Chromeo Premiere New Single And Announce Tour Dates

Chromeo continue to tease fans about the long-awaited follow up to their 2010 album, Business Casual. The upcoming album, White Women, is expected to be released later this year. In the meantime, the band has been dropping singles from it, and earlier today premiered a new song. The song is titled “Come Alive,” and it features Toro y Moi. You can take a listen by checking below the jump.

The band also announced the ‘Come Alive’ tour that will officially kick off this April. In addition to those dates, they will be performing at this year’s Coachella. The …

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STREAM: Chromeo – “Over Your Shoulder”

The electrofunk duo we lovingly know as Chromeo have revealed the very first single off their upcoming album, White Women. The song is titled “Over Your Shoulder,” and you can stream the new track by taking a look below the jump.

The song has a similar sound to Daft Punk’s latest effort, Random Access Memories, so any fan of their album would definitely dig this. The song has plenty of funk, and is incredibly catchy. Be sure to check back in again for the release date of White Women, which we expect to be before the end …

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MUSIC VIDEO: Bad Rabbits – “Dance With You”

Boston-based R&B group Bad Rabbits released a video for their newest single, “Dance With You,” last night on Billboard, and like every other one of their videos, it’s a ton of fun that perfectly compliments the wonderful music pumping into your headphones. The new video shows Bad Rabbits playing a dock party to a ton of people, and the obligatory amounts of fun ensues in turn.

Bad Rabbits recently released their new record, American Love, this past year, and if you haven’t gotten a chance to check it out yet, take the time to do so. It is …

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STREAM: Bad Rabbits – “Can’t Fool Me”

The Bad Rabbits are at it again.

Less than a week before American Love drops (preorder it), Boston’s Bad Rabbits have released another single for fans to enjoy. “Can’t fool Me” harken’s back to the style of the Stick Up Kids EP from a few years back (more so than the other recent singles, that is), and is just as fun, boisterous, and funky as we have come to expect. You can stream the new jam right after the jump.

Bad Rabbits are an incredible live band. Click here to see their upcoming tour dates.…

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Rage Against The Machine Have No Plans Right Now

Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello spoke with the people at Triple M recently and gave us some disheartening news. There are absolutely no plans in place for the group. Read a statement from Morello below and offer your opinion in the comments section.

While you are busy wallowing in your own sorrow be sure to relive the glory days of RATM, with a full set stream from 1992. Throw back!

“No, there’s no plans for anything right now. No plans,” he told Triple M.

“I wish I could give you some big scoop but,” he laughed, “It’s like …

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The Guru Make Their Albums Free Downloads

Modern funk band The Guru have two albums: 2011′s Native Sun and this year’s Go Easy. We reviewed Go Easy earlier this year and loved it; now, both albums are available as free download’s at their Bandcamp page.

The Connecticut natives announced the free download via Twitter, saying “For the next two days both of our albums are up for free download, go grab em!” They also said that the apparent working title of their latest release was From The Heart. To download either album here at UTG, just click “Read more”.…

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REVIEW: The Guru – Go Easy

Artist: The Guru
Album: Go Easy
Label: Seagreen Records
Genre: Funk / Indie Rock

Most modern scene music is sad. It’s mostly emo music or music based around some form of punk rock, laced with emotions, with typical lyrics about break ups and heart break and ex-girlfriends and angst. Connecticut’s The Guru are not without their share of meaningful lyrics, but it’s not emo music by any stretch. The Guru are a white Earth Wind & Fire with Modest Mouse, Brock-era vocals and more indie songwriting. Their second full length, Go Easy, is their best release yet.…

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Bad Rabbits Announce Tour Dates With P.O.S.

Boston’s Bad Rabbits have been everyone’s best kept secret for far too long, and this Fall they will move closer to their deserved success with a new tour alongside hip hop great P.O.S. These two musical powerhouses will spend the better part of November on the road together, with dates spread across the East Coast and Southern United States. You can view the routing below:

11/01/12 Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall
11/02/12 Chicago, IL – The Bottom Lounge
11/03/12 Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
11/04/12 Cleveland Heights, OH – Grog Shop
11/05/12 Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar
11/07/12 New York, …