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UTG PHOTOS: Pop Evil CD Release Show in Grand Rapids, MI (8/21/15)

­­On August 21, in one of the wildest release shows in Grand Rapids history, superstars Pop Evil returned to The Intersection with an entourage of media coverage to support the release of their new album Up, available now through eOne Music.

Mayor George Hartwell declared it ‘Pop Evil Day’ for the city and a handful of lucky WGRD winners were selected for a secret acoustic set and autograph session at The Stache prior to the live performance.

There’s always a tangible energy in the air when a band like Pop Evil returns to Michigan, but there was …


EXCLUSIVE: Fine Fine Titans Tour Blog #2

Grand Rapids, Michigan hard rock outfit Fine Fine Titans have quickly become one of the most talked about unsigned bands of 2014. Between their recently released Omega EP, as well as many performances across our great nation, this group has everything going for them and show no signs of slowing their climb to the top of rock’s underground anytime soon.

Today, we are excited and honored to continue sharing a series of tour blogs the band has agreed to write for UTG during their current string of dates. The second entry, which covers time spent in Connecticut and Pennsylvania, can …


Ray LaMontagne Stops Concert While Couple Continues Talking In The Front Row, Refuses To Resume Until They Leave

The number one unwritten rule of attending any live performance is making sure you show the person/group performing a little respect. Put down your phone, stop talking amongst yourselves, and become one with the event taking place all around you. Simple, right? Not for one West Michigan couple.

Last night, Ray LaMontagne took his summer tour to Frederick Meijer Gardens on the outskirts of Grand Rapids, MI. In the middle of his performance, LaMontagne noticed a couple in the front row who refused to stop talking to one another. He continued to perform for a short time, but ultimately brought …


UTG PHOTOS: Twenty One Pilots, Robert DeLong & Sirah (10/24/13)

Under The Gun’s photographer, Tori Thomas, attended the Twenty One Pilots show featuring Robert DeLong and Sirah at The Intersection in Grand Rapids, MI on October 24, 2013.

When I arrived to The Intersection, I could tell that this was going to be one of the best shows I’ve seen. I had the chance to interview Sirah (check back here tomorrow) before the show and got an idea where her music comes from; she’s down to earth and you could tell during her performance. During one song, she had a security guard support her on the barricade to be closer …

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REVIEW: Pop Evil – Onyx

Aritst: Pop Evil
Album: Onyx
Label: eOne
Genre: Rock

In the twelve years since their inception, Michigan’s Pop Evil have undergone their fair share of changes. Members, style, labels, you name it and there is a decent change the group has made some kind of tweak in the last decade. This is not a complaint, however, as every new evolution of the group has made them a tighter, more focus band. Since 2010’s War Of Angels the group has again undergone changes, including the addition of drummer Chachi Riot and guitarist Nick Fuelling, as well as their decision to not …


LaughFest Individual Tickets Go On Sale Friday

Individual tickets for Gilda’s LaughFest, the nation’s only community-wide festival of laughter, go on sale beginning Friday, Jan. 11 at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at (search LaughFest), by calling 800-745-3000 or at the Van Andel Arena or DeVos Place box offices.

LaughFest is the largest comedy festival in Michigan and has developed a huge draw in recent years. Along with the announcement of individual sales, organizers announced the addition of several shows to this year’s lineup. Additional ticketed shows announced today include:

· Out of the Box Comedy Show: Join an unforgettable evening hosted by Grand Rapids …


REVIEW: Stepdad – Wildlife Pop

Artist: Stepdad
Album: Wildlife Pop
Genre: Rock/Pop/Awesome
Label: Black Bell

Let’s pretend that we are friends for a second.  We were bunkmates in summer camp together in the third grade, and then stayed penpals until college.  We shared a rundown apartment blocks from campus.  We used to throw parties on Fridays, Saturdays, and alternate Wednesdays.  On the second Thursday in March, I introduced you to the person who would eventually become your significant other.  We have history.  You can trust me.


UTG PHOTOS: Fun. & Miniature Tigers (4/18/12)

Under The Gun sent photographer Tori Thomas to photograph the fun. and Miniature Tigers show in Grand Rapids on April 18th.

I arrived at The Intersection in Grand Rapids, MI expecting a great show, and that’s exactly what I got. The show started off with Miniature Tigers pumping up the crowd; they did a great job at that. I’ve been a fan of Miniature Tigers for quite some time and this was my first time seeing them perform live; it was a real treat. They played some of there old songs and some new songs from their recent release, Mia


UTG TV: Squid The Whale – Rolling In The Deep (Live In Grand Rapids)

Last fall the UTG TV crew captured Michigan’s Squid The Whale performing Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep” at the MXTP venue in Grand Rapids. Today, that footage is being made available for the first time.

Don’t let that introduction fool you, this footage is nothing extraordinary (aside from the talent), we simply made a few mistakes and missed running this back in when it was originally captured in 2011. Considering how slow news has been lately, and the ever-present demand for truly great entertainment, we figured we’d go ahead and release it now so that it at least has the …


UTG TV: Whitechapel (Live In Grand Rapids)

UTG TV is back a final set of video captured during the Grand Rapids stop of The Recorruptor Tour.

We brought you The Plot In You, the Miss May I, and now we could not be more excited to present eight HD clips of Whitechapel’s headlining set. Including performances of “The Darkest Day Of Man” and “Murder Sermon,” this footage captures the metalcore act’s electrifying live show in all its near-seizure inducing glory. Click past the jump and enjoy!

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This Providence

This Providence Perform “Deep End” (New Song) Live

While I (Tori) saw This Providence in Grand Rapids, I decided to grab footage of one of the four new songs they performed live. This song is entitled “Deep End” and will be featured on the band’s upcoming EP. The EP will be released in late April, and if you see the band on the Lucky Street Tour with Go Radio and Tyler Carter, make sure you pre-order the EP for $5.

After making the decision to leave Fueled By Ramen, This Providence have decided to work independently and release new music independently. This is in their favor, because those …

Mayday Parade

UTG PHOTOS: The End Of The World Tour (2/29/12)

Under The Gun sent photographer, Tori Thomas to photograph The End of The World Tour featuring Mayday Parade, We The Kings, The Downtown Fiction, and Anarbor in Grand Rapids, MI on February 29th.

From Tori:

The crowd was packed with everyone anticipating a fun, energetic evening. And that’s truly what they got! I’ve seen every band on this tour, besides The Downtown Fiction. I was expecting nothing but fantastic from Mayday Parade, We The Kings, and Anarbor, and that’s what they did! Anarbor was up first for performing, and I expected nothing but amazing from them. I’ve …

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