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UTG Photos: Rixton (8/3/14)

Under the Gun sent photographer Nick Karp to Irving Plaza on August 3 to check out Rixton.

For some reason I’ve happened to photograph a fair share of pop bands, and not to insult that scene, but I’m usually never enjoying the music. When asked to shoot Rixton at Irving Plaza, I honestly thought it was going to be something along the lines of when I shot Allstar Weekend, The Ready Set, etc, but I was wrong in the most positive way.

Rixton was good. Not to say that the bands mentioned prior aren’t good, but Rixton was …

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UTG PHOTOS: Pitchfork Music Festival 2014 (7/18/14)

Under the Gun sent photographer Nina Corcoran to Union Park in Chicago, IL from July 18-20 for Pitchfork Music Festival.

Every year, Pitchfork Music Festival announces its lineup and I let out a little wimper over in Boston from jealousy. The music blog’s annual festival has been going on for ten years now in Chicago, and as such they’re able to curate a small but focused line-up that boasts a lot of great up-and-coming acts as well as bigger indie staples. This year, at long last, I finally caved in and went.

After interviewing the bands playing about their favorite

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5 Seconds Of Summer Cover Eminem In Detroit (Video)

Fast-rising pop rock band 5 Seconds Of Summer have spent the past several weeks touring North America as the opening act on the latest leg of One Direction‘s world tour. In that time, the Australian based band have made their first appearance in many US cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Boston, and – most recently – Detroit.

Over the weekend, 5 Seconds Of Summer were performing in the Motor City when they decided to make a last minute change to their set list and debut a live rendition of Eminem‘s classic 8 Mile song, “Lose Yourself.” The …

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Watch The Black Lips Crash Gene Simmons’ Live Q+A

This week, The Huffington Post’s live broadcast “HuffPost Live” hosted a Q+A with Kiss member and rock icon Gene Simmons. While most people used this opportunity to ask the Hall of Fame member some devoted fan questions, garage punk group Black Lips hopped in front of their own webcam to confront the singer with a few things that tick them off.

The Atlanta musicians, dawning guerilla black and white facepaint while taking wrestling-style stances, screamed at Simmons. “Mr. Simmons! We’re here to tell you that the day of misogynistic, sexist rock’n’roll is over!” said Jack Hines. “We call …

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Pussy Riot Will Appear on ‘House of Cards’

According to Baltimore’s City Paper, Pussy Riot members Nadya Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina will be appearing on season three of House of Cards. It’s unclear how big of a role they will play in the TV show or if they are even representing themselves onscreen. Production team members have confirmed, however, that the two were on set last week to film.

Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina are perhaps the most prominent members of the Russian activist punk group. When giving a speech at Lincoln Center in New York back in May, Pussy Riot also took the time to meet with the …

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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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LIVE REVIEW: Sleepwave in Kansas City, Missouri (8/5/14)

There’s a lot of anticipation and anxiety that goes into seeing a band for the first time. Usually, you feel awkward, for not knowing what to expect, not knowing the words to even the band’s singles, or simply because you haven’t heard of them. There can also be excitement and hope. Hope that the experience will transform all those neutral vibes to ones that force laughter and applause and words like “Wow,” out of your mouth.

Arriving at Sleepwave (rock band, fronted by Spencer Chamberlain from Underoath fame) was very similar. Now, having seen Underoath almost a dozen times, I …

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Wu-Tang Clan Reunites on ‘The Daily Show,’ Drops New Song

Despite the crazy year Wu-Tang Clan have had–from trying to sell a single album for over a million dollars to the whole penis-slicing incident–the nine living members set aside their busy schedules to reunite on prime television last night.

The group stopped by The Daily Show to chat with Jon Stewart about their upcoming album A Better Tomorrow and some of their best memories with ‘Ol Dirty Bastard (RIP). As they told Stewart, the record will drop this November. To prove they weren’t messing around, they performed “Ron O’Neal,” the record’s first single, live on the show with plenty of …

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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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Iggy Azalea Performs “Fancy” At ESPYs (Video)

Last night, Iggy Azalea took her unique stage presence to the set of the ESPYs for a one of a kind performance of “Fancy.” You may have missed the broadcast, but thanks to the power of YouTube her appearance is not lost forever.

It’s rare that an artist finds themselves battling against their own work at top 40 radio, but that is exactly the predicament Iggy finds herself in today. “Fancy” is still dominating radio play coast to coast, but Ariana Grande’s “Problem” has been picking up a lot of steam. Together, the songs create a miniature soundtrack to summer …

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UTG INTERVIEW: Pitchfork Music Festival Bands on Their Favorite Chicago Hangouts

We’re a little more than excited for Pitchfork Music Festival to arrive this year considering it has an awesome record fair (Chirp!), top notch food vendors (Rice Table! Puffs of Doom!), and a beautifully stacked lineup (Slowdive! Beck! Neutral Milk Hotel!). The festival will take place over at Union Park on July 18-20 for three days of great music before dispersing to Chicago’s playground of venues for a series of after-shows. And so the countdown to musical bliss begins.

To help festivalgoers make the most out of their experience, we asked some of the bands about their favorite spots, where …

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Action Bronson Raps Inside A Port-A-Potty In The Middle Of His Set [Video]

Oh, Action Bronson. Every few weeks a new video goes viral from your live show and reaffirms the fact you are one of the wildest emcees in hip-hop today. Never stop being you. Please.

I don’t know what you did last weekend, but unless you were in attendance at Ottawa Bluesfest you missed the opportunity to witness Action Bronson making a trip to a port-a-potty in the middle of his performance. Don’t worry, one of the many great people of the internet took it upon themselves to capture the moment and upload it to YouTube for the world to …