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Sounds Of The (Down) Underground: Ecca Vandal

Artist: Ecca Vandal
Genre: Ecca Vandal
Latest release: “White Flag” / “Battle Royal”
For fans of: Genre-hopping, futuristic jams with a punk rock spirit.

It has been said that music is the last true voice of the human spirit, a transcendent communication tool that can go beyond divisions of race, gender, socioeconomic status or religious belief, straight to the core of the human experience. Wielded correctly it has the power to manipulate emotions, cause involuntary dance movements and inspire widespread social change. The music of Melbourne’s Ecca Vandal has the power to do all of this at once.…

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UTG PREMIERE: This Good Robot – “Get That Money”

The slick and masterful cross-genre project known as This Good Robot has returned with the news of a new LP, titled The Light is Taking Me to Pieces, and a brand new song exclusively streaming below, “Get That Money.” The song is a powerful, poppy post-hardcore banger — mixing flamboyant melodies with edgy, powerful music. It’s the type of song that will shoot the band’s new LP to the top of alternative music lover’s most-anticipated list for 2015.

Find out for yourself by streaming the new track off of the forthcoming 13-song LP, and be sure to leave your …

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Grimes Shares Video for Previously Unreleased Demo “REALiTi”

Grimes has decided that everyone needs to have a happy Monday. As a result of finishing her tour over in Northeastern Asia, she has rewarded her fans with a video for a song that otherwise would have never seen the light of day.

The song, “REALiTi,” is one of the unreleased demos that was scrapped, which was supposed to be on the currently untitled follow-up for Visions. The song is so relaxed and fun, it’s too bad that it won’t appear on the album. But lucky for us, we still get to hear its demo.

This is what …

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Drake Shares New Short Film, ‘Jungle’

Amidst a flurry of rumors regarding his plans to release new music, Drake has shared a gorgeous and incredibly intimate short film titled Jungle with the world.

Released through the OVO blog early Thursday morning, Jungle offers glimpses of Drake’s life. We begin in the present, with Aubrey discussing the state of hip-hop and his concerns for its future. We then go back in time to Drake’s youth, complete with adorable family videos, then back to the present for a hypnotic trip through Toronto at night. Along the way a series of new tracks are teased, but (of course) no …

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UTG PREMIERE: Cautioners – “Spineless”

New York-based punk rock band Cautioners are writing music that is both abrasive and melodic — catchy and powerful. The band, which is set to release their debut LP Dead Ends on March 24, contain just the right amount of poise to be the next best thing to come out of the alternative scene. The band’s newest song off of Dead Ends, titled “Spineless,” is a hard-hitting track set to light up VFW floors from coast to coast.

The band’s new record was produced by the highly-acclaimed producer Will Yip (Title Fight, Polar Bear Club). Yip had this to …

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Kelly Clarkson Shares Uplifting Video For “Heartbeat Song”

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, Kelly Clarkson is looking to corner the lovesick pop anthem market with “Heartbeat Song.” The track, which we originally panned because of its striking similarity to Jimmy Eat World’s “The Middle,” has become a fast-rising hit at radio and now has an incredible video to help it attract even more fans.

Released this morning, the official video for “Heartbeat Song” could almost double as an ad for getting over whoever did you wrong in the past. The clip follows several individuals and couples from all walks of life as they experience romance and …

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Jamie Hewlett Confirms New Gorillaz Music Is on the Way

The fate of Gorillaz has been uncertain for quite some time. Co-creators Dan Albarn and Jamie Hewlett had a very public falling out a few years back, only to reconcile a month later. Then, as rumors of new music began hitting the web this past October, the duo was fairly vague as to the virtual band’s future.

Now, after a weekend dominated by dancing sharks and last-minute interceptions, it seems we finally have confirmation that new Gorillaz tunes are on the way.

This past Friday, Hewlett shared new artwork of the outfit’s fictional members Murdoc and Noodle on Instagram. As …

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UTG PREMIERE: The Grape And The Grain – “Burnt By The Sun (alternate version)”

The Grape And The Grain is one of those bands that is simply doing everything right. Within each song the band mixes and melds the proper doses of rock ‘n’ roll, folk, singer-songwriter, and downright addictive storytelling. Under The Gun Review is premiering the band’s second single off of the upcoming acoustic EP, “Burnt By The Sun.”

The song is dirty and abrasive — it’s like taking a shot of whiskey with your ears. Frontman Daniel Grimsland had this to say about “Burnt By The Sun”:

“Burnt By The Sun” is one of my favorites that we’ve done so far.

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Stop Everything And Stream Life In Film’s Irresistible New Single, “Get Closer”

London-based indie rock band Life In Film have released a sensational piece of sonic sassiness with the band’s new single, “Get Closer.” Produced by Stephen Street (The Smiths, Blur, Kaiser Chiefs), the song is simple and catchy — everything a listener needs for a light-hearted and easy jam. It’s just the type of song you need when you’re ready to host a solo dancing party in your living room or shower.

Not familiar with Life In Film? The band has two EPs under its belt, has earned a supporting slot with The Rolling Stones, and played international gigs with …

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The Next Band To Change Your Life: Empty Houses

If you have been following along to the Twitter chatter in the alternative music realm this week you have no doubt seen someone mention Empty Houses, the Detroit-based trio of Ali Shea, Adam Mercer, and Dave Mackinder (Fireworks). January is a busy time so it’s completely understandable if you didn’t have time to commit to the article those tweets hopefully included, or perhaps you did only to find you had no time to commit to the music in store. That’s fine. Social media has become a flood of ICYMI headlines as of late, so you’ll still have plenty of chances …

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Kelly Clarkson’s New Song Sounds A Little Like Jimmy Eat World

We have encountered a number of similarities in songs over the last few years. The most recent one that comes to mind being a debate over One Direction‘s “Steal My Girl” and its uncanny resemblance to the piano intro in New Found Glory‘s Coming Home single “It’s Not Your Fault.” Today, the first similarity of 2015 was discovered, and it brings together two acts you would never expect to see mentioned in the same sentence: Kelly Clarkson and Jimmy Eat World.

Let me explain: Earlier this afternoon, Kelly Clarkson surprised fans with the release of a new …

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Young Thug And Rich Homie Quan Collaborate On “In The Game”

I’m starting to believe we’re not allowed to move from one week to the next unless Rich Homie Quan and/or Young Thug share new material. The two Atlanta natives, both of whom have been on the radar of every urban music writer for well over a year, have continued their long-running streak of sharing new material by dropping a collaborative effort titled “In The Game.”

You know how this works by now: Thugga Thugga and Rich Homie Quan seem to spend every minute of free time working on new material, and with each passing week one or three tracks find …