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smith street band

UTG TRACK-BY-TRACK: The Smith Street Band – ‘Throw Me In The River’

Of recent years, Melbourne, Australia’s The Smith Street Band have evolved from beloved local act, plying their craft in dive bars around Melbourne, to full-fledged international touring folk-punk tour-de-force. One of the key components of this evolution has been vocalist and principle songwriter Will Wagner’s ability to forge a deeply emotional connection with the fan base via his unique and decidedly visual lyrical style. When coupled with his heavily accented but impassioned delivery, Wagner’s lyrics take you on an intimate journey through the many intricate workings of our human existence, evoking emotions of jubilation, despair, anger, defiance, love and everything …

jeff bridges

UTG INTERVIEW: Jeff Bridges Discusses His Career(s) and New Live Album

Jeff Bridges really needs no introduction, but for the sake of the uninitiated, he’s an Oscar-winning actor with numerous other talents on his curriculum vitae, including, but not limited to, photography, painting and songwriting. Many likely remember his turn as Otis “Bad” Blake in 2009′s multi-award winning Crazy Heart, but Bridges’ musical journey began long before that film graced the silver screen.

We were recently fortunate enough to have the opportunity to speak with Bridges about his careers in both film and music and the challenges of balancing the two, but we wanted to focus on his newest album, …

wyland

UTG @ CMJ 2014: Wyland Discuss Their Musical Background and New EP

What do you get when you combine NGHBRS‘ infectious rhythm and OneRepublic‘s contoured melodic dynamic?

You get Kearney, New Jersey pop/indie-rock quintet, Wyland.

Under The Gun has many up-and-coming artists on the radar and these folks are one of them. They played a CMJ showcase this year and we were able to get in touch to talk about their upcoming EP, among many other things.…

mineral

UTG INTERVIEW: Mineral @ Riot Fest Chicago

Nostalgia is something special, especially to the music scene. Memories are tied to bands that have become defunct, and have gone to do other things. That’s what makes the reunions of those bands so special. It brings a crazy amount of people together to cherish a special occasion that may never happen again.

The reunion of Mineral is not shy to that reality. With a giant tour of America, and soon to reach overseas, the band is helping fans relive that nostalgia for one night in a live setting.

After Mineral’s set at Riot Fest Chicago, UTG had the opportunity …

WuTang

Wu-Tang Clan Announce Release Date for ‘A Better Tomorrow’

The new Wu-Tang Clan album is on its way. According to REVOLT, the group’s new album, A Better Tomorrow, is set to be released December 2 via Warner Bros. “Our mission is to inspire a better tomorrow,” RZA told them. He also sat down with Billboard to talk a bit more about the album.

Apparently the record was recorded in Memphis and will have 3000 Wu-edition Boombot Rex versions (which is delivered on a portable speaker platform and includes two unavailable-on-album instrumentals and song “Big Horn B”). RZA told Billboard he got the idea when thinking about how …

vision the kid

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 …

paul maged

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.…

ned-benson

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

stolas

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 …