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Indiana

Indiana Streams Stripped Down Versions Of “Solo Dancing” And “Blind As I Am”

The singer/songwriter known as Indiana recently took some time to hang out with The Beat at BBC Radio to live record stripped down versions of two singles taken from her forthcoming debut album, No Romeo. The songs are “Solo Dancing” and “Blind As I Am.” You can stream the recording session below.

In between the two tracks BBC Radio briefly interviews her and asks as few questions about No Romeo. The original songs are great, and these stripped down versions are just as fun to listen to.

If you haven’t picked up No Romeo, the album is …

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UTG INTERVIEW: Slim Charles Talk ‘Small Improvements’ Reissue

New York-based math-pop outfit Slim Charles caught the attention of multiple UTG staff members last year, a fortunate find that culminated in a song premiere preceding the release of their debut full-length, Small Improvements in Life and Light. Within recent months, the band has signed to Little L Records, an independent Irish label that has previously teamed up with names such as Alex Calder and The Otter Years.

Kicking off their newfound relationship with a limited edition reissue of Small Improvements, Slim Charles have undoubtedly started 2015 on the right foot. Thus, we took some time to …

the great escape

UTG INTERVIEW: The Great Escape Discuss Influences, California and Their Debut LP

California’s The Great Escape is sure to be on the rise in 2015. With a strong debut under their belts, only beginning to make the rounds, the three-piece are poised to take the jam-rock world by storm, with the powerful vocal presence of Amie Miriello leading the charge. With Malte Hagemeister on guitar and Kristian Nord on drums, collectively laying the foundation, the band draws influences from Woodstock-era luminaries like Hendrix, Joplin, and Cream and fuses them with a modern twist that would appeal to fans of The Black Keys and The Dead Weather as well.

With their Ram Jam-ish …

manilow

UTG INTERVIEW: Manilow, Festering Away On The Underground

“More honest and ragged” than aiming for a certain sound, London’s Manilow (nothing to do with Barry), offer up a blend of nearly every nook and cranny of rock; punk, lo-fi, power pop and more all make an appearance on their newest EP, Cease And Desist.

We recently had the chance to chat with the band and discuss their method of operation, the current state of punk, and where they see that newly released effort getting the most attention – so read through the jump to get familiar with this English trio and be sure to stream Cease And

James Blake

James Blake Announces New Album Title

James Blake built up a lot of steam over 2014, but the wait since his 2013 record Overgrown has felt massive. That all changes this year, as Blake has formally announced that he will be releasing a new full-length album titled Radio Silence later this year.

Originally announced during an interview with BBC Radio 1 back in December, a Soundcloud link containing the entire interview has surfaced online and news of the new record has started to spread. As previously confirmed, we’re anticipating collaborations with Justin Vernon (of Bon Iver fame) and Kanye West (of Yeezy fame) set for …

head north

UTG INTERVIEW: Head North Discuss New Music, Plans To Dominate 2015

Here at UTG, we believe in Head North. The Buffalo, NY pop-punk quartet wrapped up a year of seemingly soaring under the radar in 2014 with a few huge announcements for 2015, including the news that the band would be signing with Bad Timing Records for the release of a new EP in the spring and supporting the release with a slot on Front Porch Step’s first headlining tour with Have Mercy…although it now seems that Head North will be hitting the road with headliner Have Mercy after both groups decided to drop off the tour following allegations against …

oxford coma

UTG INTERVIEW: The Oxford Coma

Phoenix, Arizona’s The Oxford Coma released their most recent EP, Morphine, just last month, but the three-piece is already set to drop a followup full-length in 2015, which is already near completion.

The band recently took some time to speak with UTG about the Morphine EP, details regarding their upcoming release, and how much they hate Lars Von Trier and David Lynch, along with several other topics in which they provided a balance of genuine, informative responses and brief, smart-assed ones. Follow us through the jump to get the scoop from The Oxford Coma and be on the lookout …

Eden The Cat

Eden The Cat Is The ‘Amateur’ Songwriter No One Can Resist

Every year I tell myself I am going to dedicate more time to writing about artists on the rise that no one else makes time to cover, and every year those good intentions fade before the heat of summer arrives. Though I often find myself inundated with music from unsigned artists, I’ve honestly never written about a band who sent me an unsolicited email and never contacted me again. The artists I cover tend to be those who either attempt to build a relationship with the site, were suggested to me by a friend, or – and this may piss …

Danny Brown

Danny Brown Is Writing a Children’s Book

When it comes to rappers, their voice is either a hit or miss for listeners. The actual words they’re spitting, however, are indisputable. So for those who have never taken to Danny Brown‘s shrill squawking but love the lines he’s dropping, there’s good news: soon you can admire his work in the form of a children’s book.

As Consequence of Sound points out, the Detroit rapper recently sat down with Triple J to talk about what’s on his plate at the moment. In the interview, he reveals he’s been working on writing said book for a while, but it’s …

Ghostbusters Reboot

‘Ghostbusters’ Reboot Will Be “Scarier than the Original”

A few months back, we excitedly brought you the news that Paul Feig would be rebooting the Ghostbusters franchise with an entirely female cast and the help of Parks and Recreation’s Katie Dippold. In a recent interview with Empire Magazine, the Bridesmaids director elaborated on his plans for the film, detailing his casting decisions, as well as the movie’s overall feel.

“I want ours to be scarier than the original, to be quite honest,” Feig told Empire. “Katie Dippold and I are so focused on wanting to do a scary comedy. We don’t want to hold …

socierty islands

UTG INTERVIEW: The Society Islands

Boris Rogowski began writing songs as a lovesick teen at 15. Years later, he’s still creating music, now under the banner of The Society Islands. In September, he released his newest album, The Big Sleep, an 11-track, indie-pop and neo-folk record brimming with unique textures and vast instrumentation.

We recently had the chance to speak with Rogowski about where his musical path began and where it’s at currently following the release of his newest works. Read through the jump to get the scoop from The Society Islands as he dishes on his influences, working solo and what he …

Anthony Green

Circa Survive’s Anthony Green Opens Up About Heroin Addiction

It’s no secret that substance abuse is rampant in the music world. There are various reasons for these abuses, and most artists manage to overcome their addictions. Every so often I hear about someone’s experience with drugs and it surprises me. Today is one of those days.

In an interview with Huffington Post about their new album, Circa Survive‘s frontman, Anthony Green, opens up about his addiction to heroin. According to him and his bandmates, he has had problems with alcohol as well, but he managed to hide his heroin use from his family and friends. You can read …