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UTG PHOTOS: Incubus & Deftones in Camden, NJ (8/8/15)

It’s a tour package you dream of as you listen to Mike Enzinger’s cutting riff at the start of “Circles” from Incubus‘ 2001 album, Morning View, or when you’re opening up the vinyl packaging from Deftones‘ acclaimed White Pony. Liken it to the “band” version of fantasy football where you pick two of your favorite bands to go on a co-headlining tour. If you look at it, Incubus and Deftones are on that similar path from being veteran bands who will release music that fans will always resonate with. Hits on hits on hits. To say …

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UTG PHOTOS & REVIEW: Tove Lo At The Music Hall Of Williamsburg in New York, NY (06/16/15)

Chances are, you have heard the song “Talking Body” either on the radio or while canoodling with your lover. Fun fact: Tove Lo‘s album, Queen Of The Clouds, came out in September 2014, but it seems like it’s peaking at the right time for your summer outings.

I had previously seen the Swedish pop star the week before at Free Press Summer Festival in Houston. Tove Lo has been on a lot of festival rosters – you have to respect her grind. It was about twenty degrees hotter and outdoors, but the singer had one of the biggest …

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UTG FEATURE: Last Night Leon Bridges Changed My Life

For the better part of the last year I have had my eye on Dallas, Texas native Leon Bridges. His music is both a callback to the now long gone heyday of soul, with influences ranging from Etta James to Sam Cooke, as well as a testament to the power of great songwriting. He can make you fall in love just as easily as he can make you ponder your relationship with the unknown, and he does it all while supplying a steady stream of dancehall-ready music that is sure to get your feet moving.

On Sunday night, May …

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Taylor Swift Debuts Rock Version Of “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”

Update #1: Video of full performance now added.

Original post: Taylor Swift kicked off her 1989 World Tour last night in Japan, and as suspected countless entertainment blogs have already posted full reviews of the show, including set lists, wardrobes, and more. Just Google ‘Taylor Swift Tour‘ and see what I mean.

So far, the biggest piece of news to come out of all the Swift live coverage has been the reveal that the twenty-something pop star is currently playing a more rock oriented version of her hit “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” during her show. …

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DROP EVERYTHING: Watch Brand New Perform a New Song in Denver, CO

In between all of the confounding antics coming from the band nowadays, all people really want is for Brand New to actually release some new material. As of tonight, fans are now one step closer to seeing this actually happen.

Things got interesting at tonight’s show in Denver, CO where the Long Island group kicked off their set with an unreleased, untitled song. Conveniently enough, there’s already some video clips floating around the internet. Follow the jump to give them a look.

So what’s going to be the next piece of news to come from Brand New? A record announcement …

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Watch Charli XCX’s Punk Cover of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off”

Britain’s pop-meets-punk singer-songwriter Charli XCX put out her excellent sophomore LP Sucker last year to applauding reviews. While she’s busy supporting that album, Charli XCX took some time to stop by the BBC’s Live Lounge to perform a cover of Taylor Swift‘s “Shake It Off.” Considering the two are friends, it shouldn’t come as a surprise. And given Charli XCX’s fondness for breaking the rules of pop and fashion, her twist on the mainstream hit shouldn’t come as a surprise, either.

In classic Charli XCX style, she turns “Shake It Off” into a pop song for fists in …

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Bring Me The Horizon Share “Drown” Clip From New Live CD/DVD

Just over a month from their first-ever live CD/DVD release, Bring Me The Horizon have offered fans a taste of the high quality chaos they have in store.

“Drown” originally premiered online in the fall of 2014. At the time, the track divided many of the group’s fans as it showcased a more straightforward, active rock adjacent sound. People slowly came around, however, and in recent months the song has gained a lot of traction on both iTunes and various streaming platforms. Even our review of the song has continued to perform well.

Today, Bring Me The Horizon shared high …

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UTG PREMIERE: Variants – “Idle Eyes” (Studio Performance)

The weekend is just around the corner, and if you’re anything like us you’re in need of the perfect soundtrack to help say goodbye to the work week. We don’t make music ourselves, but thanks to the talented men of Variants we have just the record for you.

Today, for the first time in our history, UTG is thrilled to partner with up-and-coming rock act Variants to premiere a video featuring a studio performance of their song “Idle Eyes.” We’re also excited to announce that the band’s debut record, The Concept of Color, is free for a limited time

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UTG VIDEO PREMIERE: Ivory Deville – “Drain Pipe” (Live)

Just a month after releasing their incredible debut album, Ivory Deville have partnered with UTG to share a live video that you won’t soon forget.

If you don’t know the name Ivory Deville just yet, don’t fret. Though the band has been getting a lot of love from critics in recent weeks they are still very much working their way into the public conscious. To help with that effort, the band asked fans to help them fund the production of four live performance videos, which are set to debut at various point throughout 2015. UTG is thrilled to host the …

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Watch Panda Bear Perform “Boys Latin” on ‘The Tonight Show’

With a fresh release of his fourth solo full-length album, Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper, Panda Bear has made some tour announcements, and to start all that off, he took his live act to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and performed his song “Boys Latin” off the new record.

Regardless of how you feel about the idea of his live performance, one very exciting thing about it is that you’re able to distinguish lyrical content in his songs much better than off the record. And with his trippy visuals, the idea of a “dark cloud descending …

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R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe Played a Surprise Set in NYC, Covered Perfume Genius and Frank Sinatra

R.E.M. broke up in 2011. It was a sad time, the end of a profound musical reign, but somewhat deserved since the band worked so hard for decades. Earlier this week, though, frontman Michael Stipe returned to the stage and performed in concert much to the surprise of those in the audience.

On Monday night, Stipe was the unannounced opening act for Patti Smith at New York’s Webster Hall. While his set was only six songs long, he squeezed in R.E.M.’s “Saturn Return” and “New Test Leper,” a cover of Vic Chesnutt’s “Lucinda Williams,” Patti Smith’s “Wing,” Perfume Genius’ “Hood,” …

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Watch Interpol Perform “My Desire” on Conan

Last night, indie rock act Interpol stepped on Conan’s stage to continue supporting El Pintor, their sturdy new LP that reclaims their early 2000s sound. The New York group have had quite a year, from their Governors Ball set to a new tour and getting caught in a snowstorm, yet somehow, despite all of the year’s hectic ups and downs, their performance of “My Desire” is a bright reminder that Interpol have pretty much nailed this year. Check it out after the jump.

While you’re waiting for the commercials to end, catch up on the band’s most recent release: “…

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