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Northernmost Specks

UTG PREMIERE: Northernmost – “Cloudy”

Few states are as synonymous with forward-thinking alternative music as Massachusetts, and today we have a premiere from one of the Bay State’s finest young acts.

Northernmost is a five-piece rock band with just enough indie edge to help them stand out amidst the incredibly crowded alternative rock landscape. The group is set to release their latest EP, titled Pinedale, on September 18, 2015. You may or may not have heard of the group before today, but before you rest your head on your pillow tonight I must insist you give them a few minutes of your time.

Today, …

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FREE MP3: Time Spent Driving – “Blame The Valley”

Time Spent Driving recently released their first album in eight years, and today they’ve partnered with UTG to offer a free MP3 of one of our favorite tracks.

Eight years is a long time for anyone to be away. An entire new generation of music fans have come of age since Time Spent Driving last released an album, but there is something inherently universal in their music that I don’t think will ever change. We chose to share “Blame The Valley” with you today because it’s a song that not only carries a strong message, but also features a sound …

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Other People Records Signs exwhy, Band Announces Debut LP

Other People Records just became the lucky label to sign the fast-rising Atlanta natives known as exwhy. The band’s debut record, The Feels, is due later this year. The album was recorded by Kenny Muto at Tomuto Sounds and mixed by Beau Burchell of Saosin fame.

You may not have heard of exwhy before now, and if that is the case you shouldn’t worry. The band is practically brand new, having only released a single so far in 2015, but anyone on the label side of the business has been fielding pitches from the group and people who …

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Parkway Drive Debut Evolved Sound On “Crushed”

Parkway Drive have shared the second single off their upcoming fifth studio album.

Arriving complete with music video accompaniment, just like the band’s last single, “Crushed” premiered online Monday afternoon following a Sunday night premiere on the Triple J radio show. The song showcases an evolved sound for the band, which finds the aggression of their earlier work met with an ever-so-slight alternative edge. It’s not quite mainstream metal, but it does have broad(er) appeal.

The video for “Crushed” finds the members of Parkway Drive falling prey to the torture of the gods. Trapped in a cage that helps …

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Bring Me The Horizon Share New Song, “True Friends”

Bring Me The Horizon are continuing to turn heads and build anticipation for their upcoming album this afternoon with the release of yet another new song. If you thought the previous singles kept you on your toes, get ready. “True Friends” is one of a kind.

“True friends stab you in the front.” These words serve as the clincher to the hook of Bring Me The Horizon’s latest That’s The Spirit promotional single. The song is more or less a straightforward anthemic rock song, complete with sampled string accompaniment, and its driving midtempo melody is catchy enough to stick with …

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That ‘Free’ Miley Cyrus Album May Not Be What You Expect

Miley Cyrus has yet to officially announce her fifth studio album, but already the pop star has found herself at the center of yet another media frenzy.

Cyrus has been planning for some time to release her new studio album for free. According to manager Adam Leber, the pop diva was even willing to buy out her record deal to make it happen. “If RCA wasn’t down the gratis plan, she was prepared to buy herself out of the label,” he told Marie Claire. Such a move should be grounds for a history making event. Never before has a …

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Lana Del Rey Keeps It Simple On “Terrence Loves You”

Bow down, everyone. The queen is back with more good music for her people to enjoy.

Heartache is one of the cornerstones of Lana Del Rey‘s music. Just like men who believe themselves to be rebellious bad-asses and the unshakable itch to smoke weed by the sea, heartache is one of the things that makes the music of Lana Del Rey pop, and her latest single reminds us just how good feeling low can sound.

“Terrence Loves You” is a track about the end of a romance that the storyteller, Lana, still clings to with all her might. …

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Escape The Fate Announce Album, Tour(s) and Stream New Single

Escape The Fate are back, and they are wasting no time making sure everyone remembers their name.

After more than a few months of radio silence, Escape The Fate surprised fans this morning by announcing plans for a new album and two new tours. They also released a new song titled “Just A Memory,” which is currently available for streaming and free digital download.

Starting with the album, Escape The Fate will release Hate Me on October 30. The record serves as the first new music from the band since 2013’s Ungrateful. The track listing has not yet …

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Lana Del Rey Seeks Privacy In “High By The Beach” Video

The queen is back, everyone. Go ahead and forget about those young pop star wannabes because Lana is back and ready to take her place atop the mainstream music throne.

Just days after finding herself wrapped up in the immediate viral success of her new single “High By The Beach,” Lana Del Rey has returned to global headlines with the song’s official video. The clip, which was shot on a yacht somewhere in the middle of the ocean, finds LDR doing her best to lay low from pesky paparazzi. Her efforts ultimately do not pay off, but that’s …

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SINGLE REVIEW: Lana Del Rey – “High By The Beach”

Artist: Lana Del Rey
Track: “High By The Beach”
Album: Honeymoon

A year after Ultraviolence took her cinematic aesthetic to its creative extreme, Lana Del Rey has cut loose with a hazy new single fans old and new will be talking about for months to come.

“High By The Beach” is the second song from Lana Del Rey’s upcoming album to arrive online. It follows the release of the title track, “Honeymoon,” which proved to be an extension of the cinematic vibes found on Ultraviolence, only delivered with a ever so slightly brighter disposition. I thought the song was …

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Natalie Imbruglia Covering The Cure Is Heaven On Earth

Remember Natalie Imbruglia? Our friends outside of America have watched the pop songstress lead an incredible and diverse career in the spotlight, but here in The States the singer-songwriter hasn’t had a major hit since “Torn” dominated the charts in 1997. I can’t say whether or not a time will ever come when Imbruglia reaches those heights of celebrity here in the U.S. again, but I can say beyond the shadow of a doubt that Natalie is still churning out tracks that will make you feel all the feels known to man.

Last week, Natalie Imbruglia released an album of …

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SINGLE REVIEW: One Direction – “Drag Me Down”

Artist: One Direction
Track: “Drag Me Down”
Album: TBA

A year after “Steal My Girl” ushered in an era where the members of One Direction were focused on songs built for stadiums, “Drag Me Down” has arrived to flip the script once more.

It’s all about the energy. From the moment “Drag Me Down” kicks in there is a thick bass line guiding the entire voyage that demands your legs prepare to dance. It’s a ticking time bomb of pop sensibilities that quickly builds from the infectious first verse to a pre-chorus that pulls you in to the …

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