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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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As Cities Burn Surprise With New Track “Goldmine”

As Cities Burn have released another new track, surprising fans with the band’s return to new tunes.

“Goldmine” is a blistering track, featuring thundering drums, screams, brooding atmospheres, and more. Still keeping with the band’s keen sense for melody, guitars thrash back and forth as the two vocals intertwine with one another.

The band will be embarking on a ten year anniversary tour for their hit album, Son, I Loved You At Your Darkest – you can find tickets to those shows here.

Follow us after the jump to listen to “Goldmine.” What do you think?…

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Self Defense Family Stream New Album, ‘Heaven Is Earth’

Self Defense Family are streaming their new LP, Heaven Is Earth, via Stereogum. The album is set to release June 30 via Deathwish, and you can pre-order the album here.

The recording process for Heaven Is Earth is as eclectic as the album sounds. Recorded in four different studios filled with nostalgic fame, Self Defense Family looked to Will Killingsworth at Dead Air Studios (Mind Eraser), Kurt Ballou at God City Studios (Converge), Mark Millar at Sone Lab (Dinosaur Jr), and Jon Low at Miner Street Recordings (Kurt Vile) to help in the production of the release. …

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REVIEW: mewithoutYou – ‘Pale Horses’

Artist: mewithoutYou
Album: Pale Horses
Label: Run For Cover Records
Genre: Life, or Indie Rock

It is ironic that I found this review incredibly difficult to write when I am writing about mewithoutYou, and their famed lyricism created by Aaron Weiss, a vocalist who flows through words as easily as a breeze through trees, or a car speeding down an empty road. But what am I to write? “A few more lines..I thought I left that all behind” rings Weiss on the first track of Pale Horses, appropriately named “Pale Horse.” mewithoutYou has always been a band that …

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REVIEW: Citizen – ‘Everybody Is Going To Heaven’

Artist: Citizen
Album: Everybody Is Going To Heaven
Label: Run For Cover Records
Genre: Indie Rock

Citizen return with their sophomore LP, a beast of an album, titled Everybody Is Going To Heaven. Produced by, you guessed it, Will Yip, Everybody Is Going To Heaven showcases the band at their finest, if not at times a little contrived.

Something that was certainly played about during the album’s hype cycle was the drastic change in tone for the quintet. With the release of “Cement,” fans immediately noted the heavier, darker, more brooding tone. If Youth was Batman &

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mewithoutYou Stream New LP ‘Pale Horses’

It has been a long wait for mewithoutYou‘s highly anticipated new LP, Pale Horses, but the day is finally here, and we can all delve into its sonic beauty.

The band’s sixth LP overall, though their first through Run For Cover Records, produced by Will Yip, Pale Horses is a vibrant work that culminates in the many different musical shades the band has garnered in their long and eventful career.

Featuring frontman Aaron Weiss’ favored lyricism, and a vibrant new sense of musicianship, I surmise that in time Pale Horses will go down as either the best, or …

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Citizen Stream ‘Everybody Is Going To Heaven’

Though it was only yesterday we heard “Numb Yourself,” Citizen are streaming their sophomore LP Everybody Is Going To Heaven in full over at Spin. The album is also available digitally for pre-order on Bandcamp for 5 dollars.

Produced by Will Yip, the sophomore release from Citizen is as adventurous in sound as the previously released tracks have alluded to. Bringing heavy and melancholy, the album features heavy hitters like “Cement” and “Stain,” but also produce fantastic mid-tempo tracks like “Heaviside” and “Yellow Love.” Tracks like “My Favorite Color” and “Weave Me (Into Yr Sin)” truly show the band’s …

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Citizen Stream “Numb Yourself” From Upcoming LP

Citizen are ready to release their genre shattering sophomore LP Everybody Is Going To Heaven on June 23 via Run For Cover, though listeners are given a third track to tide themselves over until release.

Joining the ranks of “Cement,” and “Stain,” “Numb Yourself” (via Substream) is the latest track from Everybody Is Going To Heaven to shatter preconceived notions about where the band’s sound is going.

Produced by Will Yip, the LP is consistently proving to feature darker and heavier waters for the quintet. Pre-orders are ongoing, and be sure to catch Citizen …

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SINGLE REVIEW: Foreign Tongues – “Fools Of Love”

Artist: Foreign Tongues
Song: “Fools Of Love”
Album: Summer Of The Reaper (No Sleep Records sampler)

If you have yet to taste a foreign tongue, time to pucker up.

I have said for a while now that Boston-based indie rock act Foreign Tongues‘ upcoming debut LP would be one to watch, and with our first sample of the LP, “Fools Of Love,” I hope you have been listening. Releasing later this year, the as yet untitled debut through No Sleep Records has been in the works for some time, and the band returned to producer Jay Maas of Defeater …

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REVIEW: Attalus – ‘Into The Sea’

Artist: Attalus
Album: Into The Sea
Label: Facedown Recprds
Genre: Rock

Into The Sea, the new record from Attalus, was something I thought I didn’t need, but I came to realize it was something I actually really wanted. To paraphrase UTG co-owner Brian Lion, the band’s name elicits thoughts of metalcore and the album’s art could grace the cover of a black metal release, but Into The Sea itself is not metal.

Interestingly coming soon after the 10-year anniversary of The Receiving End Of Sirens’ monumental release Between The Heart And The Synapse, Attalus’ Into The Sea

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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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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 …