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Buke and Gase

Buke and Gase Share Single, Announce Tour

Buke and Gase are more than an experimental duo; they’re inventors. Brooklyn musicians Arone Dyer and Aron Sanchez made their instruments–the “toebourine” and “buke,” for example–by hand. Not only that, but their music stretches boundaries farther than we’re used to, all while maintaining a catchy-enough riff to keep us following along on their absurd path. It’s time to get our shoes back on for a hike, because the two have announced both a new single called “Seam Esteem” and a tour around the East Coast, Canada, and Midwest.

According to the press release, they wanted to raise their glass ceiling …

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Dads Stream “Fake Knees”

It’s hard to explain how Dads rose from underground sensations to being a band on the verge of taking the nation by storm, but at some point in the last year or so something changed. Their music has stayed the same, as has their thrilling live show, but the way people react to their creativity has been amplified in a big way. As longtime fans, this brings us a great deal of joy.

Today, the members of Dads partnered with our friends at AltPress to share a new song titled “Fake Knees.” The song is the latest to surface from …

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UTG PHOTOS: Arcade Fire Dazzle The Gorge Amphitheater (8/814)

In what had to be seen to be believed, Arcade Fire performed at the legendary Gorge Amphitheater in George, WA on August 8. The Gorge, which sits near the Columbia River, is one of the premier concert venues in the Pacific Northwest, and what better way to breathe even more life into its structure than to host one of the biggest indie rock bands in the world?

However, Arcade Fire had one requirement for their fans who were in attendance: be dressed to the nines in semi-formal attire, and dance their asses off! Seeing this at The Gorge was interesting …

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Stream FKA Twigs’ Debut Album ‘LP1′

Britain’s experimental R&B singer FKA Twigs drops her debut album, LP1, on August 12 via Young Turks. In anticipation, it’s streaming in full over at iTunes Radio.

The 10-track release follows up her last two EPs and features production from Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes, Paul Epworth, and Arca. We’ve already heard “Two Weeks” and “Video Girl,” but hearing them in context of the rest of the album does wonders. Pre-orders for the album are currently ongoing.

According to an interview with Pitchfork, FKA Twigs says she named the album because she didn’t know what …

oh honey

Oh Honey Sign To Fueled By Ramen

The ball keeps rolling as more and more bands are getting the attention they deserve. One of Brooklyn’s finest indie-folk duos, Mitchy Collins and Danielle Bouchard, who go by the name of Oh Honey, have recently announced their signing to Fueled By Ramen.

Having toured with bands like American Authors, The Mowgli’s, and The Fray, Oh Honey has continuously been adding onto solid indie/alternative concert bills, exposing them to more and more people who are guaranteed to appreciate their sound. Oh Honey released their first EP, With Love, in May and it generated a massive amount of good feedback. The …

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REVIEW: Spoon – ‘They Want My Soul’

Artist: Spoon
Album: They Want My Soul
Genre: Indie Rock

These days, sticking around the indie-rock game for more than a few years is a feat. We’ve watched some heavy hitters jump into play for a few minutes, then get taken out and rotated in with another all-star that will get flashy for a period. Rinse and repeat.

Spoon, who are at this point grandpas of indie rock, have come back from a four-year break and hit the first three pointer they shot. Followed by another. And another. They Want My Soul is a proclamation album. Maybe a “fuck-off” type.…

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Little Big League Sign to Run For Cover Records

Solid bands that have something new to bring to the table have been sporadically making appearances, beginning their cycle to success. Adding to this long list of up and coming locals, Philadelphia’s emo/indie punk quartet Little Big League have recently signed to Run For Cover Records, and is reportedly working on a new full-length which will come out before the end of this year.

At a show with Foxing and Seahaven in New York City last spring, lead singer Michelle Zauner and her ataractic vocals and the rest of the band’s unique instrumentals, have managed to capture a good amount …

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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 …