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UTG INTERVIEW: Vision The Kid & Tru Discuss ‘Somewhere In A Dark City’

“I believe strongly in the message and music we create; naturally I want the masses to feel the same.”

Roughly two years ago, rapper Vision The Kid and producer Tru joined forces to craft the best songs they could collaboratively, and the end result is the excellent 14-track LP Somewhere In A Dark City which was released earlier this month.

We had a chance to discuss the album with the duo as well as their individual histories with music and the surprising influences that have helped guide them along their career paths as musicians. You can read our entire discussion …

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UTG INTERVIEW: Paul Maged Discusses ‘Diamonds & Demons’ and the Woes of the World

Just last week, New York-based singer-songwriter Paul Maged released his sophomore LP, entitled Diamonds & Demons. With a wide array of influences including everyone from Billy Joel and Jimi Hendrix to Green Day and Pearl Jam, Maged’s newest is unsurprisingly diverse in sound and structure.

We had the chance to speak with Maged for a bit and discussed his newest album, the important concepts it covers, and how his interest in music began at a young age. Follow us through the break below and get an in depth look into the mind and career of Paul Maged.…

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UTG INTERVIEW: Director Ned Benson Discusses ‘The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby’

To cast both Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy in your first feature film you’ve got to be a pretty special director, and after seeing The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby: Them, I can vouch for the fact that Ned Benson has some pretty special traits to him as a filmmaker.

His first feature film, The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby, is split into three parts – HimHer, and Them – each exploring different viewpoints and perspectives as to why the relationship between Conor Ludlow (McAvoy) and Eleanor Rigby (Chastain) failed. It portrays their relationship in both a raw

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UTG TV: Stolas Discuss Upcoming Release, ‘Allomaternal’

UTG TV got a chance to catch up with Stolas at Thee Parkside in San Francisco while on the ‘Blue Swan Records Tour.’ The band is supporting label-mates Hail The Sun, alongside Icarus the Owl and a host of dynamic guests including The Venetia Fair and Adventurer.

During our interview Stolas discussed their upcoming release, Allomaternal, the band’s second full-length album, which is due October 15 on Blue Swan Records. Allomaternal, a 10-track concept album, was recorded with legendary producer Kris Crummett, (Slaves, Dance Gavin Dance, Closure In Moscow) at Interlace Audio in Portland, Oregon. …

the voices of terror

UTG INTERVIEW: The Voices of Terror Want to Revive the Current State of Hip-Hop

“Does real hip-hop still live or is hip-hop dead?”

Many have asked the question and the debate rages on, but are The Voices of Terror the saviors the genre needs? If you ask them, the answer is a resounding “yes.” Reaching beyond the stale cliches and themes of money, women and material possessions, Mike Walker and Zero aim to bring something fresh to the world of hip-hip music, adding an element of rock for good measure.

Having just officially began as a duo with the release of their debut, Rock-Rap Dynasty, The Voices Of Terror are prepared to begin …

hail the sun interview

UTG TV: Hail The Sun Discuss Upcoming Album and Blue Swan Records

UTG TV sat down with progressive hardcore foursome Hail The Sun on the second stop of the highly-anticipated Blue Swan Records Tour at Thee Parkside in San Francisco. The tour features the band’s close friends and label-mates, Stolas, as well as support from Icarus The Owl, and numerous local acts including the most recent addition to Blue Swan Records, Adventurer.

Hail The Sun will headline the tour through the release of their upcoming full-length album, Wake, which comes out September 23. The band has already released singles “Human Target Practice,” and “Missed Injections

maps for travelers

UTG INTERVIEW: Maps for Travelers Talk New Album; Release Live Recording of New Song

Patience is one of the toughest lessons to learn in anything. The ability to overcome adversity and see something good through the rough is what separates the men from the boys.

Maps for Travelers of Kansas City are no strangers to that. Signing with No Sleep Records last year, and putting out a killer record shortly after, didn’t happen without hardships. Multiple member changes took place within the band which made recording hectic, but these guys have seen the sunrise. Now they’re on a hard grind of playing shows, reaching new grounds and perfecting their already superb live shows by …

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UTG INTERVIEW: Suicide Silence’s Eddie Hermida Talks ‘You Can’t Stop Me’ And Continuing The Legacy Of The Band

“I feel like in this world you’ve gotta leave some kind of mark and impact. Most people have kids, I have music.”

Due to a parking mishap at the Scranton date of the 2014 Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival, I missed the interview time we had scheduled to speak with Suicide Silence vocalist Eddie Hermida. By the time we arrived at the press area, the band had left to prepare for their set. However, we were able to track the band down after their killer performance and three-hour meet-and-greet session, in which the band personally met every single person who was …

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UTG INTERVIEW: The Slang

Columbus, OH rockers The Slang recently released a brand new single and lyric video to give fans a taste of what to expect from their forthcoming EP. That’s only the tip of the iceberg, though. The Slang have much more new material in the works and plans to hit the road this Fall as well.

We recently had the chance to speak with The Slang’s two Johns, Bobo and Newsome, about their band’s inception, their lyric video for “Feels Like Work” and what we can expect from them in the coming months. Follow us through the jump to get the …

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UTG INTERVIEW: Sleepwave’s Spencer Chamberlain Talks ‘Broken Compass’

As I was patiently sitting outside the venue, waiting to meet up with Spencer, I watched his tall figure move from fan to fan, talking with them, taking pictures, shaking hands — you name it.

In the past year or so, it’s been easy to tell that Chamberlain has seen better days. But now, it’s different. There’s a sense of release and relief. The night is over, and the dawn is approaching.

UTG was honored to have a chance to sit down in the van with the former Underoath vocalist and talk about Sleepwave’s current tour, their new record and …

idlehands

UTG TV: Idlehands Talk New Singles, Upcoming Full-Length

UTG TV sat down with Idlehands for a quick interview before their show at the DNA Lounge in San Francisco on August 7. The guys talked about their latest music video for the song “Mellow Christ,” featuring Justin Bonifacio of Ghost Parade, as well as their recent acquisition by Headphone Music, a division of Equal Vision Records. During our interview, Idlehands also spent some time discussing their upcoming full-length album, Dena Mora, which was recorded with legendary producer, Kris Crummett.

Idlehands have recently wrapped up some West Coast tour dates with Icarus The Owl, The Body …

The Giver Film Adaptation 2014

UTG Interview: ‘The Giver’ Author Lois Lowry and Film Stars Brenton Thwaites, Odeya Rush

Earlier this month I had an opportunity unlike any other up to that point in my writing career. For nearly thirty minutes I was able to sit next to author Lois Lowry and discuss her classic novel, The Giver, as well as the recent film adaptation. I also spoke with the film’s stars, Brenton Thwaites and Odeya Rush. It was the kind of meeting that seemed to pass lightning fast, but I was able to gain a lot of great insight to the film’s creation and all the hard work that goes into adapting a novel recognized around the …