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Boston’s Cousin Stizz Should Be Your New Favorite Rapper

Our love for the creative minds of New England is as old as this site, but we’ll be the first to admit that Boston has only been home to a handful of notable rappers. Blame it on the “Dirty Water” or perhaps the legendary blue collar workforce, but far more great rock bands have hailed from the home of the Red Sox than anything else. Still, if you are willing to look, there is quality talent of all varieties to be found in the great North East.

Cousin Stizz is a rapper with a recently released mixtape and more internet …

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First Trailer For ’The Witch’ Will Scare The Sh*t Out Of You

Ever since its premiere at Sundance in January, Robert Eggers’ directorial debut The Witch has been a hot title amongst horror hounds. Early reports from the iconic film festival claimed the film was paralyzing, terrifying, and completely unnerving, which is exactly what genre fans long to hear. Today the first trailer for the film came online, and it shows just enough to confirm our suspicions that The Witch may in fact be amongst the best scares of 2015.

Set in the early days of New England, The Witch follows a God-fearing Puritan family banished from their settlement, only to have …

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REVIEW: Foreign Tongues – ‘Fragile, As Said Before’

Artist: Foreign Tongues
Album: Fragile, As Said Before
Label: No Sleep
Genre: Indie, Sadness

A catalyst for somber emotive imagery and tenderness felt, the best way to experience Foreign Tongues‘ debut record is by imagining a simple, empty white room, being sure to give this space enough room to bloom. A room to be filled with vast amounts of sound, pain, beauty, demure and efflorescence, as the band masterfully performs to you an album of heartfelt honesty, pain and sensation. “Fill me up, oh you fill me up.”

Fragile, As Said Before may be one of the strongest debuts …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘We Are Still Here’ Is Too Messy To Be Memorable

Film: We Are Still Here
Starring: Barbara Crampton, Andrew Sensenig
Directed by: Ted Geoghegan

There is a house in rural New England that feeds on people, and every thirty years it grows hungry for a new family. We Are Still Here tells the tale of the latest residents to call the house their own, and the fight for survival they will soon begin.

It’s winter when We Are Still Here begins, and Anne and Paul Sacchetti are busy moving their belongings into their new home. The house is old and creaky, lying just on the edge of a typical farming …

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Sechion Might Be Your New Favorite Rapper

Anyone who has followed UTG for more than a few years knows our roots lie in the Midwest. The first few years this site existed, our staff, while not neighbors in any way, all resided in the middle of America. We have since grown and spread out, with regular contributors located all over the world, but our passion for promoting promising regional talent is as strong as ever.

Boston is rarely the first city that comes to mind when discussing hip-hop, and the nearby city of Lowell is even farther down that list, but a rapper by the name of …

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REVIEW: Morals – ‘Float’

Artist: Morals
Album: Float
Label: Independent
Genre: Everything at once

Chances are you haven’t heard of Morals. It’s a bunch of local guys who’ve always been part of a scene but never defined one. But Morals is ready to make its mark.

The band’s debut EP, Float, was released last month. Comprised of members of now-defunct bands from the New England area, the guys are from groups as varied as the hardcore band Auburn and the pop-rock ensemble Teamwork.

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UTG PREMIERE: A Will Away – “My Sitter”

Connecticut’s A Will Away will be releasing their fantastic new EP, Bliss, on March 20 via Quiet Fire Media. Today, we’re excited to exclusively stream the newest single from the upcoming release, titled “My Sitter.”

Fans of A Will Away will note the instrumental progression over previous material and a more laid-back pace than the songs found on the group’s previous efforts — early 2014’s Cold Weather and their late 2014 split with Head North. Despite the transition to a more emo-infused style of the vocally powerful pop rock that A Will Away have been perfecting for years, the …

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UTG VIDEO PREMIERE: Morals – “Question”

Under The Gun Review is pleased to bring you the premiere of Morals’ first official music video for their new track “Question.”

When it came to picking which track to create a video for, the choice was obvious for the band.

“We thought that the format of the song really lent itself to a music video concept,” says bassist Dan Roth. “We love videos that have a message or a story, that are more than just a band playing. We scrutinized every track and made sure that could we present each in the best way. We felt this is the …

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New England Mystery Band Morals Releases Cryptic Teaser

Morals barely have a social media following. Morals haven’t released any music yet to the world. In fact, the band won’t even announce who the members are. What I can say is that I first met one of the members backstage watching Saosin in May, and I was excited about the barely-explained mystery project that would one day be surfacing.

What we do know about Morals is a little bit more than their mystifying online presence will let us know, which only mentions “Ex Members Of Music You Used To Listen To.” We’ve figured out that the band is comprised …

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UTG VIDEO PREMIERE: Kevin William – “Children”

When the chill of fall weather cuts through the air I know it’s time to bury my pop punk mixtapes under a pile of releases more fitting of the changing leaves and dropping temperatures. For me, that music often involves acoustic albums and melodic hardcore, or really anything with deep emotions and complex ideas. It just so happens a young artist promoting one of those sounds came across my desk this week, and it took only a few minutes to know we had to find a way to work together soon.

Kevin William is an up and coming indie musician …

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UTG Premiere: Vanities – ‘Dead Beats’ EP

Just a year after bursting onto the hardcore scene with their incredible debut, New England’s Vanities are back with a killer new record that might be your favorite heavy release of the fall.

The world of heavy music has become incredibly underwhelming in recent years, at least on the side of things that caters to younger audiences. The vast majority of bands making it in the quote/unquote ‘alternative’ scene have all become clones of one another, ripping off whatever new idea is popular this year in order to cash in long enough to book another nationwide tour. Still, in the …

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Oculesics And Autocatalytica Announce Master Egg Tour

Two of New England’s (and, uh, New York City’s) finest progressive acts are heading out on tour together. Prog-metal act Autocatalytica (featuring Emmett Ceglia on drums, who you may recall as the handsome devil from Sugar Bomb!) and math-experimental band Oculesics (who used to feature Ceglia on drums, but that’s besides the point) are covering the North East for a handful of dates this April. Oculesics were one of the first bands beyond Giraffes? Giraffes! that exposed me to math rock, so if you’re into complex music that isn’t twinkly, you’re in for a treat.

The bands have dubbed …

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