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Sounds of the (Down) Underground: 5 Australian Acts You Should Be Listening To

Australia has a proud history of punching above its weight, musically speaking. This is particularly true when it comes to acts operating in the heavier music spectrum. With the seemingly endless advances in streaming and social media technologies making the ears of the world more accessible than ever, the Australian independent scene is thriving. The result is an influx of bands across a variety of genres making a considerable impact on the music scene globally.

As a UTG contributor and proud Australian who resides deep within the nation’s undisputed punk rock heart of Melbourne, it gives me great pleasure to …

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ALBUM STREAM: Bear In Heaven – ‘Time Is Over One Day Old’

Brooklyn synth rock band Bear In Heaven are putting out their newest full-length, Time Is Over One Day Old, on August 5 via Dead Oceans/Hometapes. We’ve already heard opening track “Almost” and their first single “Time Between.” Now they’re streaming the album two weeks early at NPR’s First Listen.

The new record highlights older ’80s synth as the band turns inward to look at their own delicate abilities and the fragile nature of emotions. As their press release notes, it’s an opportunity to hear the band at peace as they’ve “learned to cut back on that which …

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Zammuto (of The Books) Announce New Album, Stream “Hegemony”

Not a week goes by where I don’t get sad knowing The Books are no longer around. But then, almost immediately following that thought, I remember we have Zammuto and thank the musical stars above. Started by Nick Zammuto of The Books shortly after the band called it quits in 2012, Zammuto stays in line with The Books’ found sound electronic style but replaces the cello with plenty of luxurious harmonies and shaky guitar lines. On September 2, Zammuto will be releasing his sophomore solo album, Anchor, via Temporary Residence.

Our first taste of the album comes in the …

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Röyksopp & Robyn Share “Do It Again” Video

Swedish pop queen Robyn and Norwegian electronic duo Röyksopp teamed up earlier this year to release a collaborative mini-album titled Do It Again (out now on Dog Triumph, via Wall Of Sound/Cooking Vinyl). Back in April, they put out a lyric video for the album’s title track, but now the single has gotten a proper music video — and it was worth the wait.

Directed by Martin de Thurah, the “Do It Again” black and white video is a beautifully shot clip that takes place in Mexico and tells a huge story about oppression and rebuttal with the youth and …

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Watch Walking Bicycles’ Dark Stop-Motion Music Video for “Eyesore”

Walking Bicycles‘ name may sound like a quaint twee-pop group, but get ten seconds into one of their songs and you’ll realize they’re anything but. The Chicago-based group stomp around with the type of gloom rock that hinges on noise, speed, and a little bit of pop, all while nodding to Siouxsie and the Banshees. Their newest single “Eyesore” off To Him That Wills The Way (out August 12 via Highwheel Records) is proof of that, and now we get a dark stop-motion music video to accompany it.

Directed and produced by Elliott Kaffee, and inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s …

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Conor Oberst’s Rape Accuser Retracts Statement

Another week, another story of the internet using half-truths in place of hard facts.

Joanie Faircloth, who allegedly was sexually assaulted by Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst, came out today and retracted her statement, saying that she made her entire story up for attention. In a notarized letter from her lawyer, the statement goes on to explain the following:

The statements I made and repeated online and elsewhere over the past six months accusing Conor Oberst of raping me are 100 percent false. I made up those lies about him to get attention while I was going through a difficult

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Radiohead Are Recording a New Album in September

At the beginning of this year, Radiohead fans were ecstatic to hear Colin Greenwood say the band’s plans to record new material were up in the air. As indefinite as that was, it still meant there was the possibility of new music. Today, Jonny Greenwood tells us that we may not have to wait that much longer for a follow-up to 2011′s The King of Limbs.

In an interview with Mary Anne Hobbs on BBC Radio 6, Jonny Greenwood addresses the state of the band’s future and confirmed that new music was on the way, as NME points …

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MUSIC VIDEO: Jessie Ware – “Tough Love”

British soul singer Jessie Ware made a huge splash in 2012 with her debut studio album Devotion. She announced a return to the scene last month with “Tough Love,” her first single since that record, which features airy beats and her falsetto swoon-inducing vocals. Now we get a video to go along with said single, and it’s almost just as perfect as the song.

The breathtaking BenZel-produced hit takes on new levels of naturalistic sound in this gorgeous, understated music video thanks to a little help from mother Earth. Colorful, sun-splashed shots of Ware in the studio and …

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REVIEW: Allison Weiss – ‘Remember When’ EP

Artist: Allison Weiss
Album: Remember When EP
Genre: Power pop
Label: No Sleep Records

Allison Weiss has been using her guitar to win over hearts since she was 14 years old. She has written plenty of songs in that time, and released quite a few of them before she joined forces with No Sleep Records. Shortly after signing to the label she released a full-length album, and now she’s releasing a short EP this month, titled Remember When.

The EP starts off with the title track. This is my personal favorite song on the EP. It’s full of that …

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UTG PHOTOS: EELS Serenade The Moore in Seattle (6/7/14)

Under the Gun Review sent photographer Xander Deccio to The Moore in Seattle, WA on June 7, 2014.

When it comes to EELS, only one thing comes to mind: their 1996 hit “Novocaine For The Soul.”

While it was played frequently on MTV in the mid ’90s, and was a staple in many mixtapes–yes, we made mixtapes–as there were no iPods and mix CDs were expensive to make as most home computers were not equipped with burners, and the MP3 format wasn’t introduced publicly until 1997, with Napster hitting the interwebs two years later. Unfortunately, as with such …

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Fall In Love With Salt Cathedral’s New Summertime Song “Tease”

We’ve been smitten with Brooklyn four-piece Salt Cathedral‘s music for a little while now. With a style that floats somewhere between indie synthpop, subtle math rock, and sugary vocal heaven, Salt Cathedral are well worth your time and attention. Their 2013 self-titled EP won us over with “Take Me To The Sea,” and now we get a taste of new material with “Tease.”

The song places sweet falsettos alongside some catchy electronic riffs, toy piano, and a synth+drum combo that steers the whole thing smoothly. If you’re headed home after work and looking for a way to …

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Radiator Hospital Announce New Album ‘Torch Song’

Philly’s got a great scene, and one of its newer pop rock bands to be making a name for themselves is Radiator Hospital. With home-recorded hits (“Our Song” and “Your Boyfriend”) and a DIY aesthetic (guitarist Cynthia Schemmer makes her own zines), it’s obvious why their 2013 LP Something Wild was a personal favorite from last year.

This summer, the band will be putting out a follow-up full length on Salinas Records. While no specific release date has been shared, we do know that the title is Torch Song and that it will likely be your go-to summer jam.…