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UTG LIST: Records We Overlooked In 2014

Everyone has a moment where they stumble upon a release that hits them in a certain way; it changes the way the rest of your day, week, month, even foreseeable future will feel and look like. But, within this sonic euphoria, how defeated does one feel to find out that said album was released a year prior? Something so close within the past, yet heaps of time that could have been devoted to this specific art lost. Under our noses, how could one let their new favorite album slip by in a sea of mediocre releases and half-assed expression?

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New Music: Juicy J Feat. Drake & Ty Dolla $ign – “Tryna F*ck”

Without warning or promotion, a new Juicy J track has begun to circulate online that many are already calling the next big hit of summer 2015.

“Tryna Fuck” is not the kind of title you can sell to radio, but the studio quality song that leaked from Juicy J over the weekend is actually the edited version of a song with that very name, only this time the hook has been changed to “Tryna Love.” Make no mistake though, it’s clear from each line in every verse, not to mention the celebratory hook, that the headliners behind this track have …

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SINGLE REVIEW: Luke Bryan – “Kick The Dust Up”

Artist: Luke Bryan
Song: “Kick The Dust Up”
Album: Kill The Lights

Two years after crashing the bro country party with an album chock full of future hit singles, Luke Bryan has kicked off the promotion for his latest release with an incredibly underwhelming ode to farm town parties.

“Kick The Dust Up” is the kind of song that wants to remind you of a time when country music was actually inspired by cornfields, dirt roads, and late nights spent with the farmer’s daughter, getting drunk alongside your best friends. If that is all you want from your music — …

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Ratboys Stream Debut LP, ‘AOID’

When Brooklyn Vegan premiered Ratboys‘ single “Tixis,” I was instantly intrigued. Never hearing of the band before, with “Tixis,” and an upcoming release via Topshelf Records, I knew Ratboys would be a band to watch. That upcoming LP, AOID, is now streaming via Culture Collide.

The band creates a wonderful medley of acoustic inspired indie rock layered with fuzz, melodic narrations, and hauntingly catchy melodies. While the band is catchy throughout, it’s moments like midway through “Charlie Bernstein” that truly show the band’s sonic chops. Guiding the listener through the incredibly catchy groove, halfway through the track …

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Citizen Release “Stain” From ‘Everybody Is Going To Heaven’

Citizen are preparing to shatter any kind of assumption about their sophomore LP, Everybody Is Going To Heaven. Due out June 23 via Run For Cover, Citizen are bathing in darker and grittier waters than most would assume.

With the release of “Stain,” the second single from the LP, the band solidifies their new sound. Speaking with Alternative Press, guitarist Nick Hamm says, “we’re doing whatever we feel like and we’re not too worried about people missing a certain old sound or anything like that. The stuff we have prepared for the record is twice as big as …

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REVIEW: Twenty One Pilots – ‘Blurryface’

Artist: Twenty One Pilots
Album: Blurryface
Genre: Pop, Rock

When Twenty One Pilots burst onto the national stage in 2013 with their major label debut, I’m not sure anyone knew quite what to think of the Midwest duo who have since become akin to alternative music royalty. Though the album was far from perfect, there were more than a handful of anthemic singles that helped propel the group into the underground pop stratosphere. Venues were packed, digital downloads were sold, and for a while everyone thought that a potentially game-changing new voice had emerged.…

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REVIEW: Silverstein – ‘I Am Alive In Everything I Touch’

Artist: Silverstein
Album: I Am Alive In Everything I Touch
Genre: Rock

If any of us outlast Silverstein in the music business then there truly is no God and we are all doomed.

Having survived over a decade in the scene, not to mention the coming and going of numerous musical trends, Silverstein have once again reaffirmed their place atop the hard rock hierarchy with I Am Alive In Everything I Touch. Both heavy and soft, the album offers a diverse showcase of the seasoned band’s proven chops, as well as a smattering of new ideas to keep things …

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Introducing Fighting Giants, Stream Debut EP ‘Soundbox Sessions’

Western Massachusetts is a big place. Being from Boston, my general knowledge of Western Mass is pretty much anything past Worcester (which is totally not the case). But, within its sparse, tree-ridden beautiful landscapes, forms an exciting new group of artists, Fighting Giants. If the name doesn’t instill imagery in your head as is, let the band’s grand but consciously contained tracks soar you over the roots that bind them to the ground. It is always a treat to find a band with post-rock influences that are able to keep their musicianship in check, and formulate a song for …

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UTG PREMIERE: Secret Grief – “Jet Black (Jawbreaker Cover)”

Save Your Generation Records are releasing a Jawbreaker tribute album titled What’s The Score?, and we are more than happy to premiere Secret Grief’s cover of “Jet Black.” Out June 23, digitally, and July 28 physically, What’s The Score? features a wide range of artists remembering Jawbreaker in sonic fashion.

From Jawbreaker’s 1995 release, Dear You, “Jet Black” is a classic emo song that sits high within the band’s classic discography. Secret Black have the difficult task of covering such a monumental band, let alone such a classic song, but their rendition of “Jet Black” is able to …

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Dikembe Release “Surfed In The Loft” From Upcoming EP ‘Ledge’

Dikembe have released a new track, via Stereogum, titled “Surfed In The Loft,” off of their upcoming EP, Ledge.

Singer/guitarist Steven Gray says about the track, “‘Surfed In The Loft’ is one of the songs where the lyrics and melody were written first. The riffs didn’t come along until later, and when they did it just clicked. Lyrically, it’s about dealing with panic attacks and anxiety. Sort of a ‘Please be okay with this’ type of plea.”

The track will be featured on Ledge, due for release on June 6. Pre-orders can be found here.

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Turnover Stream New LP ‘Peripheral Vision’

Turnover are set to release their sophomore LP, Peripheral Vision, on May 4. With the release a little under a week away, Billboard is streaming the entire LP in full.

Produced by Will Yip, Peripheral Vision features top notch production, songwriting, and atmosphere. Though the album tends to suffer from moments of similarity, many of the songs throughout the LP are easily the band’s best. You can read our full review of the album here.

In an interview with Billboard, bassist Danny Dempsey says that “our new record is very different and it’s very far from pop-punk, in …

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REVIEW: Turnover – ‘Peripheral Vision’

Artist: Turnover
Album: Peripheral Vision
Label: Run For Cover Records
Genre: Indie Rock

Turnover return with sophomore LP Peripheral Vision, creating a new sound for the band that is one of ambience, purity, and serenity. Produced by band favorite Will Yip, Peripheral Vision is a stark departure from the band’s more straightforward rock sound. Tracks like “Humming” and “Hello Euphoria” bathe in bright sounds, all washed over a hum of air spinning through the background.

With Peripheral Vision Turnover has refined their songwriting techniques to make sure each track consists of little filler, and enrich the purpose of the …