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Fireworks Frontman Opens Up About Life, Music, And More

We don’t cover them nearly as much as we admittedly should these days, but we absolutely adore podcasts. There are dozens of great shows out there, including many from the world of music. We hope to highlight them all in due time, but today we want to share a show that has roots right here at UTG.

Owner/Editor James Shotwell is also the host of Inside Music, a new podcast about life in the music industry presented by the fine folks at Haulix. Every week, James and listeners walk through his guests’ life in music, discussing the various …

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EDITORIAL: Dear Record Labels – Please Upload And Maintain Your Video Archives

December is typically a slow month for music news, but this week was given a jolt of life in recent days when country icon Garth Brooks announced he will be touring next year for the first time in over a decade. When I initially saw this headline I first spent thirty-sixty seconds in a fanboy daze of the return of the man who delivered “Standing Outside The Fire,” and when that buzz began to die down I headed to YouTube in search of the song’s official video. After multiple searches, some including the term ‘HD,’ the best version I could …

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UTG INTERVIEW: Steve Rennie, Manager of Incubus, Founder Of Renman Music & Business

From time to time, a chance to interview someone we’ve long admired comes up that we simply cannot resist. Stevie Rennie is a music industry expert who started as a promoter in Los Angeles, became a record executive for Epic Records, and ended up managing Incubus. He’s now started his own website for those who want to learn about the music industry, Renman Music & Business (or RenmanMB), and launched an Indiegogo campaign to support it. We were able to catch up with him on a Friday before the itch to golf took over.

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Grimes Blogs About Sexism In Music

Indie favorite Grimes is making headlines around the world today with a new blog posted to her Tumblr page on the topic of sexism in music.

Titled “I don’t want to have to compromise my morals in order to make a living,” Grimes’ entry picks apart various flaws she sees in the music industry, including being made to feel superior by men and being turned into a sex object here for others’ pleasure. You can read the blog in full below.

Not being a female in the industry myself, I cannot completely relate to what Grimes is saying, but I …

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COMPLAINT DEPARTMENT: Death to Vinyl Flippers

Welcome to the Complaint Department, a column dedicated to calling out trends in the entertainment industry that bother us.

Have something to complain about? Tweet at us, or email utgjames@gmail.com (Subject: COMPLAINT DEPARTMENT) with whatever is on your nerves and we may feature it in a future article!

Times are tough in the world. Everyone seems to be short on cash, and many are trying to find a way to make a quick buck. For some, scalping tickets to sporting events, concerts, and the like has always been a pretty easy science to master. The concept is simple:

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UTG INTERVIEW: William Control

There are a select few in this alternative music community who truly spend every waking second trying to develop fresh ideas to share with curious ears. Sometimes their efforts fail, sure, but in our book a disastrous experiment is better than a monotonous retread of familiar sonic territory any day of the week.

Of those who consistently work to find new ways to express their creativity, William Francis stands out as someone who, for better or worse, has experienced it all. From teen years plagued with crime and drug abuse, to rising through the underground ranks and signing his first …

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WATCH: Brandon Boyd (Incubus) Interview About The Music Business

Brandon Boyd, lead vocalist of alternative band Incubus, has recently done an interview pertaining to the music industry. The video, done for former Epic Records executive and current Incubus manager Steve Rennie, is a rather informative (and lengthy) discussion about how management has helped them and mistakes they made as a band in the past. Anyone interested in learning a little about the music industry and everyone who considers themself an Incubus fan should watch the video.

You can see it here on UTG by clicking “Read more.”…

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[New Feature] Real Talk With Pop Evil’s Chachi Riot: “Is Rock And Roll Dead?”

Keeping with our ongoing efforts to further expand into as many areas of music as possible, UTG is hoping to engage in real discussions with mainstream rock fans in our latest column, Real Talk. Hosted through weekly video blogs by Pop Evil drummer Chachi Riot, Real Talk is a recurring feature about the state of rock and roll today as expressed by someone living the industry life 24/7. Each week, Chachi and UTG will present a new topic of debate, and we’re hoping our readers will chime in with their thoughts. You can view the first entry below:

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Sex, Drugs, And Bubblegum Pop (Week 50)

Sex, Drugs, And Bubblegum Pop is the most outlandish column on UTG. Written by Mr. Jayce, vocalist for Secret Secret Dino Club and all-round funny guy, this column isn’t as much about the music as it is the experiences people in the music industry have.

WARNING: This column does and will continue to contain content some readers may find offensive. If you don’t have a sense of humor, this column is probably not for you.

I’ve been a fan of pop music for as long as I can remember. I’ve never cared about looking indie or hip or …

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Sex, Drugs, & Bubblegum Pop (Week 49)

Sex, Drugs, And Bubblegum Pop is the most outlandish column on UTG. Written by Mr. Jayce, vocalist for Secret Secret Dino Club and all-round funny guy, this column isn’t as much about the music as it is the experiences people in the music industry have.

WARNING: This column does and will continue to contain content some readers may find offensive. If you don’t have a sense of humor, this column is probably not for you.

Hey guys, I have to apologize for my short absence from writing this column. I guess life kinda got in the way. Not …

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David Geffen States “I’d Kill Myself” Before Entering Today’s Music Industry

Geffen Records’ own David Geffen made it very clear recently that he would rather off himself than be in today’s music business. That is a pretty harsh statement.

Read what Geffen had to say in this article below and comment with your thoughts on his strong opinion.

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Asked his thoughts about the opportunities and challenges of entering the music business as a producer or executive today, he deadpanned: “I’d kill myself.” And it’s no easier to break in as an artist now, he notes, attributing the difficulties to the absence of Top 40 radio and

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Sex, Drugs, And Bubblegum Pop (Week 47)

Sex, Drugs, And Bubblegum Pop is the most outlandish column on UTG. Written by Mr. Jayce, vocalist for Secret Secret Dino Club and all-round funny guy, this column isn’t as much about the music as it is the experiences people in the music industry have.

WARNING: This column does and will continue to contain content some readers may find offensive. If you don’t have a sense of humor, this column is probably not for you.

As I prepare to move all of my things across the country for good, it has been quite a process for my mind …