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Albums and Artists That Will Transcend My Year

I’d like to close out my first year of music journalism with a short list of short lists in typical end-of-the-year fashion. It’s been a wonderful half-year here at Under The Gun Review and I’ve had the pleasure of working with and getting to know some very talented and passionate journalists in my time so far. On top of that, I’ve spoken to some of my favorite artists, and even got to voice my opinion on some really excellent pieces of music. Of course, 2014 has also been an excellent year full of fresh and inspiring music. At the end …

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The Cinema Release “Ghost” Lyric Video

The Cinema, a project from Lydia vocalist Leighton Antelman and producer Matt Malpass, is currently set to release the followup to 2011′s My Blood Is Full Of Airplanes.

Antelman and Malpass have been working together since 2011, combining intricate synthesized sounds with the soft and smooth vocals that fans of Lydia know and love.

The Cinema’s 10-track album, Talking In Your Sleep, comes out on December 16, with pre-orders currently available through iTunes.

Check out the lyric video for “Ghost” below the jump.…

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Enter Shikari Release ‘Mindsweep’ Album Teaser

Electro-pop and post-hardcore group Enter Shikari‘s highly-anticipated album, The Mindsweep, is on its way to your ears with a January 19 release date. In the meantime, the band is building some additional hype through the release of a short teaser called “The Mindsneak.”

The 1.5-minute video features short clips from several of the album’s upcoming tracks including everything from spastic to subtle textures. There’s also a pretty recognizable clip from the album’s second single, “Never Let Go Of The Microscope,” as well.

You can place a pre-order for The Mindsweep on the band’s website, and check out …

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Bleachers To Embark On US Headlining Tour

Bleachers, the well-known project of fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff have just announced some exciting news for fans.

Antonoff’s band will be leading a 14-stop US tour on the tail end of winter, with dates beginning in March of 2015. The tour will kick off with a single stop in Vancouver, BC on March 4.

Bleachers will receive support from Joywave and Night Terrors of 1927. A promotional poster for the tour also boasts “More dates to be announced.”

You can view the current dates below the jump:…

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Charli XCX Releases Video For “Breaking Up”

Singing sensation Charli XCX made her way into the hearts of many after her feature on Iggy Azalea‘s smash hit “Fancy” earlier this year. Since that time, Charli has seen a good deal of success with the singles she’s released from her upcoming breakout album Sucker.

Now on the album’s third single, she’s premiering the official music video for her song “Breaking Up.”

Watch the official video for “Breaking Up” below the jump.…

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The Decemberists Release Lyric Video For “Lake Song”

The arrival of The Decemberists‘ seventh studio album, What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World, is just around the corner.

After the premiere of their first official music video for the album’s lead single, “Make You Better,” The Decemberists are now releasing a brand new single from the album, via lyric video.

A lyric video for the track “Lake Song” is now available for streaming below the jump.

Don’t forget to check out the available pre-orders for What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World on the band’s website.…

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Get In The Holiday Spirit With Ariana Grande’s “Santa Tell Me”

Today is December 1, which means we have 24 days until Christmas! To get us in the mood for the holiday, what better person to ask than current pop sensation Ariana Grande to give us a Christmas pop song that will surely be a hit in the weeks to come?

The pop star released a new Christmas song, titled “Santa Tell Me,” with a sound pleasantly similar to Mariah Carey’s classic “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” With this song though, Grande sings directly to jolly old Saint Nick: “Santa tell me if you’re really there / …

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Stream Enter Shikari’s New Single, “Never Let Go Of The Microscope”

Now just two months away from the release of their fourth studio album, Enter Shikari are streaming the second single, titled “Never Let Go Of The Microscope.”

The song comes from the band’s upcoming record, The Mindsweep, which arrives on January 20 via Ambush Reality and Hopeless Records. Pre-orders for The Mindsweep can be found here.

You can stream “Never Let Go Over The Microscope” below the jump, and check out our staff review of Enter Shikari’s previous single, “The Last Garrison.”…

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Stream The Official Video for “Carousels” from Wild Imaginaries

San Francisco piano-rock band, Wild Imaginaries are fresh off the release of their debut EP and already have more media for fans to enjoy.

You may remember Wild Imaginaries from our recent review of Shades, a powerful 5-song album that the guys produced themselves over the last year.

The official video for the EP’s lead single, “Carousels,” premiered on The Bay Area’s Live 105 website earlier this evening. You can also can stream “Carousels” below the jump.…

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REVIEW: Wild Imaginaries – ‘Shades’ EP

Artist: Wild Imaginaries
Album: Shades EP
Genre: Pop, Piano Rock
Label: Unsigned

From the ashes of San Francisco band Via Coma comes the next project from the Bay Area trio who are now known as Wild Imaginaries. The group’s first installment comes in the form of a five-song, piano pop EP, titled Shades.

Shades doesn’t directly pick up where Via Coma left off, but that’s not a bad thing at all. As the two band names suggest, the group has shifted from Via Coma’s often dark and eerie sound into a much brighter and poppier mood in their …

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Port Isla Perform “In The Long Run” In New Music Video

Looking for a new soft-rock band to enjoy as Fall comes to a close? Look no further than Norwich band (and one of our 5 artists to watch in 2014), Port Isla.

As the song’s title suggests, the group was in no hurry to slow down; especially since they are currently preparing a new EP, In The Long Run, which arrives on Nov. 23. The band is also currently on a sold-out tour supporting James Bay.

The official music video for the album’s title track, “In The Long Run,” which features a studio-performance by the band, made …

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Bad Suns Release Powerful Video For “Salt”

After years of silence on the subject, 2014 has brought several discussions of gender identity to the mainstream - acceptance and understanding of the issues involving the spectrum of gender and sexuality have begun to enter everyday discussion, which is a great thing. This progression comes largely from the influence of artists who live with gender dysphoria. Bad Suns‘ new music video for “Salt” shows a powerful narrative of a transgender woman and her daily struggles with acceptance.

As a warning, the video can be seen as moderately disturbing to some. There are a few shots involving attempted suicide, …