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UTG PHOTOS: Pitchfork Music Festival 2014 (7/18/14)

Under the Gun sent photographer Nina Corcoran to Union Park in Chicago, IL from July 18-20 for Pitchfork Music Festival.

Every year, Pitchfork Music Festival announces its lineup and I let out a little wimper over in Boston from jealousy. The music blog’s annual festival has been going on for ten years now in Chicago, and as such they’re able to curate a small but focused line-up that boasts a lot of great up-and-coming acts as well as bigger indie staples. This year, at long last, I finally caved in and went.

After interviewing the bands playing about their favorite

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UTG PHOTOS: Arcade Fire Dazzle The Gorge Amphitheater (8/814)

In what had to be seen to be believed, Arcade Fire performed at the legendary Gorge Amphitheater in George, WA on August 8. The Gorge, which sits near the Columbia River, is one of the premier concert venues in the Pacific Northwest, and what better way to breathe even more life into its structure than to host one of the biggest indie rock bands in the world?

However, Arcade Fire had one requirement for their fans who were in attendance: be dressed to the nines in semi-formal attire, and dance their asses off! Seeing this at The Gorge was interesting …

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UTG PHOTOS: Governors Ball Music Festival

Under The Gun sent photographer, Nick Karp, to Randall’s Island in New York City to photograph the Governors Ball Music Festival.

Much has changed since I attended the first Governors Ball Music Festival, including (thankfully) a new location, more days added to the festival, and there no longer being the gimmick of “No Overlapping Set times.” The market to hold a quality festival in New York City has been in the search since the rise of other domestic festivals like Coachella and Bonnaroo, and Governors Ball is the answer. 40,000+ people attended the festival in order to watch notable acts …

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UTG PHOTOS: Sasquatch! Music Festival Takes The Gorge Amphitheater By Storm

Under the Gun Review sent photographer, Xander Deccio, to the Sasquatch! Festival in Quincy, WA on the weekend of May 23-25.

To quote my colleague, Morgen Schuler of Seattle Weekly, “Sasquatch! is like summer camp for music lovers. You don’t know what it’s like to experience a weekend at the Gorge in George until you’ve been there.” And this Sasquatch! Was no different. Oh, wait, yeah it was! You see, Sasquatch! was supposed to be two weekends this year. One weekend would be on the normal Memorial Day weekend as it’s been in previous years, and the other would follow …

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UTG PHOTOS: Pennywise Tear Up Seattle’s Showbox (4/29/14)

Under The Gun sent photographer, Xander Deccio, to The Showbox in Seattle, WA to photograph punk favorites Pennywise on April 29, 2014.

In what could be described as pure mayhem, legendary SoCal punk group Pennywise made their grand triumphant return to Seattle’s Showbox. The band is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary together, and also marking the return of vocalist Jim Lindberg to the group.

A few years ago, Lindberg decided to leave the band to perform with his side project The Black Pacific, as he felt that he had nothing left to contribute to Pennywise. Instead of calling it …

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UTG PHOTOS: Iggy Azalea (5/5/14)

Under The Gun sent guest photographer, Laura Murray, to Irving Plaza in New York City to photograph Iggy Azalea on May 5, 2014.

Iggy Azaelia is on the path to next level pop stardom. Currently, she is featured on Ariana Grande’s single “Problem,” which is #1 on the iTunes song chart. The Australian native’s debut album The New Classic has had an outpouring of fan approval since its release on April 21. She’s unique and we at Under The Gun love that.

The first thing fans saw on stage when they entered Irving Plaza was a structure that somewhat resembled …

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UTG PHOTOS: Taking Back Sunday & The Used (4/21/14)

Under The Gun sent guest photographer, Audrey Lew, to Best Buy Theater in New York City to photograph Taking Back Sunday & The Used on April 21, 2014.

Taking Back Sunday and The Used just wrapped up the end of their co-headlining tour in support of their new records Happiness Is and Imaginary Enemy, respectively. Joining them on the road were Sleepwave and Tonight Alive.

The diverse lineup brought out fans of all ages. After over a decade, Taking Back Sunday are still going strong. The band presented fans with a knock-out performance that included songs spanning their …

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UTG EXPERIENCE: RiFF RaFF’s ‘Neon Icon’ Tour (4/21/14)

It’s almost midnight and RiFF RaFF just exited the stage at Irving Plaza. Blunt smoke is filling the green room as he finishes taking photos with VIP meet and greet winners. Just when he thought it was over, he’s approached by a group of people who didn’t exactly fit the expected demographic for one of his concerts.

“Ya’ll came in here looking like Duck Dynasty,” RiFF RaFF blurts out to the guests. One of them is wearing a NASCAR t-shirt.

What happened next was undeniably the most interesting thing I’ve seen in a while. Last weekend, I watched Chuck Ragan …

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LIVE REVIEW: Son Lux @ Institute Of Contemporary Art (3/21/14)

Out of all the acts listed on Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art 2014 schedule, experimental electronic musician Son Lux was easily the most thrilling prospect. As a giant glass cube, the ICA is one of Boston’s more modern buildings, only rivaled by MIT’s Stata CenterSon Lux, the stage name for 34-year-old Ryan Lott, blended in with the museum’s hidden theater three floors up, exploring dark synths and hybrid chamber pop with a relaxed mentality that wrangled the overall sound into one bubble.

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UTG PHOTOS: Shaggy (2/25/14)

Under The Gun sent photographer, Derek Scancarelli, to Brooklyn Bowl in New York to photograph Shaggy on February 25, 2014.

On February 25, Brooklyn Bowl hosted an epic concert to a sold-out crowd. The venue, which has a capacity of 600, has hosted quite a few packed shows. From the Bouncing Souls to Action Bronson, I’ve had a blast every time I’ve been there. This show, in particular was fantastic. Well, if we want to get technical, it was boombastic. Yes, I went there.

Shaggy took stage in Brooklyn to a venue that features a bowling alley and some …

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LIVE REVIEW: The Great American Cult Tour – Cleveland, OH 3/5/14 (Photos)

Opening night of the Great American Cult Tour took place in Cleveland, OH last week. As Bayside’s first headlining tour in some time, I was prepared for a fantastic show. I wasn’t disappointed.

I asked local photographer Andy Wells to accompany me and his pictures from the show can be found below.

The lineup: Ohio’s own pop-punk quartet Mixtapes, Post-Grunge standouts Daylight, returning champs Four Year Strong, and then Bayside themselves.…

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UTG PHOTOS: We Butter The Bread With Butter (2/16/14)

Under The Gun sent photographer, Kellie Gannon, to photograph We Butter The Bread With Butter at St. Andrews in Detroit on February 16, 2014.

We Butter The Bread With Butter. Say that five times fast, I dare you. For starters, this band is my wild card pick for band to watch in 2014. As a fan of many genres, I’m always looking for new tunes and bands with a unique sound and when I started YouTube-ing around for this band’s previous work, I stumbled upon their extensive appearances at European festivals and tours and was instantly impressed. Don’t judge …