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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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UTG Premiere: Vanities – “My Generation” (Limp Bizkit Cover)

Say what you will about their standing in the world of rock today, but for a few years a decade ago Limp Bizkit were on top of the world. Their singles topped the chart, as did their albums, and whether or not they knew it at the time a generation of young minds were being influenced by the often over-the-top antics of Fred Durst and company. I’m part of that generation, as are the members of Vanities, and today UTG is proud to present the band’s brand new cover of the LB classic, “My Generation.”

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UTG PREMIERE: Traditions – “Ten Days”

Today we are happy to premiere with you a brand new track from New England’s Traditions. With their debut EP Cycles due out March 11, the East Coast pop-punk act is sure to be warmly welcomed into the affluent scene. Tapping into the aesthetics of older New Found Glory, Saves The Day, and early Boys Night Out, Traditions brings together what is most loved about the historic (as of late) genre, and with an incredibly crisp production, Cycles is sure to find itself as the band’s breakout release.

Cycles opener “Ten Days” is a powerhouse introduction to the work. Colliding …

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Vanities Release “No Respect” Video

New England has long been known as a hub for hardcore talent, and those looking for the latest export with big things on the horizon need look no further than Vanities. Featuring five boys-turned-men with more drive and passion than anyone could possibly squeeze into a single track, the group recently debuted their first EP to positive acclaim across the board. Today they’re continuing their rise to the top of the underground music scene with the official video for “No Respect,” and those excited to see the new visuals need look no further than the end of this post to …

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Ylvis Take On New England With “Massachusetts”

Forget about asking what foxes say, the men of Ylvis have delivered a new single that is quickly sweeping the blogosphere with feel-good hilarity.

This is a weird one to write about as I am currently in Boston, but Ylvis have released a new single and hilarious video titled “Massachusetts.” The song serves as an anthemic ode to the hub of New England, with references to Catholicism, the Boston Public Library, Haverhill, Cape Cod, and a dozen or so things in between. It’s built as if it were a song of celebration, but as you can imagine things become increasingly …

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Vanities Post First Studio Documentary

New England rock outfit Vanities (ex. From Atlantis, ex. A Faylene Sky) released their first studio documentary while recording with Landon Tewers (The Plot In You). The band is currently recording in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Check out Vanities over on Facebook and back on Under The Gun Review for further updates on their studio progress, streams, tour dates, and forthcoming album information.

The group has a rather large following on Twitter for just forming a couple of weeks ago! Keep posted on there too.…

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Giraffes? Giraffes! And Goddard Head Out On Skeletour

Math rockers Giraffes? Giraffes! and alternative rockers Goddard have shared one of the coolest looking vinyl splits we’ve ever seen (see here). Soon they’ll be going on tour together, with G?G! having some dates alone first. The tour will be the furthest Goddard has traveled from home; it’s harder to say that about G?G!, as they used to be based in California and now are based in Massachusetts.

No word yet on when a new full length will come from either of the New England bands. Out of G?G!’s catalog, only Pink Magick and this split are on vinyl; …

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UTG PREMIERE: Young Alive – ‘American Gentlemen’ EP

The weekend is finally here, and what better way to kick things off than by discovering the next band that might change your life?

Rising Boston rock act Young Alive have chosen this very day, November 30, to release their American Gentlemen EP. The release features four brand new tracks, each with creative alternative flares and emotive twists that are sure to keep listeners coming back for more. I know we ramble on about the sounds coming from New England right now, but Young Alive are further proof that there is still much to be discovered in the Northeast. American

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EXCLUSIVE: UTG To Host FREE Screening Of “A Beary Scary Movie” In BOSTON!

Today is a very exciting day at Under The Gun Review. After months of brainstorming and careful planning, we are finally able to announce the beginning of what may likely become our greatest effort to date. Starting next month UTG will officially begin hosting FREE SCREENINGS of new and upcoming indie films around the US! To kick things off we’ve partnered with Century Media Records and Iwrestledabearonce to bring IWABO’s horror film, A Beary Scary Movie, to BOSTON the week of the film’s official release. You can view all the details, as well as a promotional poster, after the …

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STAND-UP TUESDAYS: Ben Roy

Stand-Up Tuesdays is a weekly comedy spotlight written by the wonderfully talented Angie Frissore. Covering both known and unknown comics, Stand-up Tuesdays is your new source for all things funny.

This week, Angie puts a spotlight on Ben Roy. If you or your comedy troupe would like to be featured on Stand-Up Tuesdays, please email utgjames@gmail.com.

As a caffeine junkie, there’s not a morning that passes without the need for massive amounts of coffee – that is, until I listened to the debut album from comedian Ben Roy, I Got Demons. The New England born, Denver-based comedian’s first …

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REVIEW: Letterday – Ready

Artist: Letterday
Album: Ready EP
Genre: Pop Rock

Since their inception in 2001, Boston’s Letterday have refined, reworked, and re-imagined the possibilities of quote/unquote “pop rock.” Their latest, Ready, finds the group cracking the hit song code once and for all with five songs of life and love that are not to be missed.

Kicking things off with “Don’t Go,” the return of Letterday wastes no time showcasing their more evolved, atmospherically pleasing take on pop-centric rock. It is clear early on, as well as throughout the record that Letterday has grown exponentially since their three-song demo impacted a …

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REVIEW: Nemes – Don’t Flush Me

Artist: Nemes
Album: Don’t Flush Me
Genre: Folk/Country/Rock

On their 865 EP, Worcester, MA’s Nemes showcased a mashup of pop punk and folk sensibilities that was familiar enough for passing listeners, yet unique enough to set them apart from the faceless masses of “the scene.” Years of touring and dozens of concepts later, the group has re-emerged almost completely void of their pop punk angst and found a new sonic home all their own with their latest release, Don’t Flush Me.…