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BUMMER: Fireworks To Go On Hiatus Following Upcoming Tour

Today may be the saddest day in UTG history. After eight years together, Fireworks have announced plans to go on hiatus following their upcoming tour.

Announced today via Twitter, Fireworks thanked fans for all their support before breaking news of their plans to take some time away from the spotlight. “After these upcoming gigs are ripped,” they wrote, “we will be taking a break for awhile to give the other side of life a try.” You can read the note in full at the end of this post.

Fireworks later comment that they do not know how long ‘awhile’ will …

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Dirt Fest 2015 Expands To Two Days, Unveils Initial Lineup

Michigan’s loudest rock festival is expanding to be a two-day event this year, and the initial lineup gives us a lot to be excited about.

Dirt Fest 2015 will take place in Birch Run, Michigan on August 7 and 8 of this year. It will be the first time the long-running festival has been a multi-day event, and the initial lineup leads us to believe it will be a pretty chaotic weekend. Down and Coal Chamber are the main headliners, with big acts like Pop Evil, Eyes Set To Kill, Upon A Burning Body, and Periphery appearing …

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Listen To The Illustrator’s New Track, “The Yearning”

Michigan rock group, The Illustrator, have revealed their newest single, titled “The Yearning.” The track involves a lot of theatrical elements to it, including lots of orchestra, big band, driving guitars and killer vocals. The band is currently set to release an EP with this track included around Summer 2015.

Currently the group is set to perform at the Michigan stop of the Glamour Kills Tour on March 28, with supporting acts such as Set It Off, Against The Current, As It Is and Roam.

“With this new style of writing, I really wanted it to be a challenge

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UTG PHOTOS: Echosmith at The Shelter in Detroit, MI (3/7/15)

Under The Gun’s Head of Photography, Corbin Alvae, stopped by The Shelter in Detroit on March 7 to experience Echosmith.

I’m back at it again with another brand new photo set for you all. I made my way over to one of my other favorite hometown venues, called The Shelter, to catch the very talented Echosmith. Going into this event was absolutely perfect, ’cause it’s starting to get warm here finally and that puts me in the best mood ever. After hearing the group’s single all over the radio every day, I knew in my head that this show …

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Listen To Wolfshark’s New Single, “Fireproof”

To make your weekend kickoff even better, we at UTG have teamed up with Michigan party-metal group Wolfshark to debut their newest single called “Fireproof.”

The track showcases the band’s heavy side with the additional raucous, party style sound element, making it a track that needs to be immediately added to your weekend party playlist.

For anyone who’s really into bands like Every Time I Die, The Chariot, letlive. and He Is Legend, Wolfshark is guaranteed to be your next favorite band in the heavy music scene.

“Fireproof” can be streamed right after the jump.…

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Listen to Boys of Fall’s New Single, “Under My Skin”

Whether you’re spending today with your significant other or just hanging out with all your friends, we here at UTG have teamed up with Detroit post-hardcore group, Boys Of Fall, once again to release a brand new single from them titled “Under My Skin.”

The track focuses on the band’s melodic songwriting side, teasing fans for the band’s upcoming release that they have been working on in the studio with producer Johnny Franck.

You’ll be virtually unable to ignore Boys Of Fall in the coming months as singer Mike Martenson is a major feature on YouTube sensation’s Jarrod Alonge’s …

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Good Luck Varsity Release Second Track From Final Album

When Good Luck Varsity was white-hot, they entered the studio to record their first full-length record. Countless EPs and years of progress led to that point and fans’ mouths were watering at the thought. Unfortunately, the band announced their split and the record was shelved for quite a while.

Meanwhile, guitarist/vocalists Evan Baker and Ryan Scott Graham went onto other projects; Baker forming American Arson, and Graham joining the exploding State Champs to play bass. Over the year that passed, the guys of Good Luck Varsity began to put their differences aside and discuss the unreleased record.

Details are …

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Shapes & Colors Announce New EP, Release “Rise” Music Video

After a successful crowdfunding campaign, the Michigan band Shapes & Colors took off to record their upcoming release with producer Aaron Sprinkle.

Months later, the band has returned with a brand new music video from the EP, as well as a release date.

On Display will arrive on March 3, and meanwhile, fans can check out the official video for the song “Rise.”

Stream the official video for “Rise” below the jump and share your thoughts on the new Shapes & Colors:…

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The Next Band To Change Your Life: Empty Houses

If you have been following along to the Twitter chatter in the alternative music realm this week you have no doubt seen someone mention Empty Houses, the Detroit-based trio of Ali Shea, Adam Mercer, and Dave Mackinder (Fireworks). January is a busy time so it’s completely understandable if you didn’t have time to commit to the article those tweets hopefully included, or perhaps you did only to find you had no time to commit to the music in store. That’s fine. Social media has become a flood of ICYMI headlines as of late, so you’ll still have plenty of chances …

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It May Be Impossible To Resist Kid Rock’s “First Kiss”

Say what you will about the career of Kid Rock, but over the better part of the last two decades the Michigan native – who once dominated the rap rock arena – has delivered a steady stream of hits that are hard to forget. From “Cowboy” and “American Badass,” to more laid back fare like “Picture,” Rock has long proven himself more than capable of writing infectious songs with huge hooks. His latest, which just so happens to be the first song off his next studio album, may be his biggest hit in …

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Must See: Watch Attila Perform In A Michigan Backyard In 2008

Everyone has to start somewhere, and for many bands that means playing any show that is willing to have you. Sometimes that means you get to open for cool headliners, but more often than not it means opening a show with an oversized lineup or playing venues your favorite bands would never dare add to their own tour itineraries. This is a story about the latter.

In 2008, Attila were a baby band with breakdowns and bad attitudes to spare. They were far from the genre headliners they are today, and spent a lot of their time booking shows in …