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Topbunk

Topbunk Stream “Get Better”

Topbunk are a two piece lo-fi emo group based out Atlanta, Georgia. The duo will be releasing their debut album, Ruin A Good Thing, November 11 through Known Pleasure, Paperweight and Holy Hell Records. They teamed up with Absolutepunk to premiere the lead single off the album, which is titled “Get Better.” You can also give it a listen below the jump.

If you like what you hear, be sure to pre-order the album through Bandcamp. When you pre-order the album you will receive an instant download of “Get Better.”…

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REVIEW: Gnarwolves – ‘Gnarwolves’

Artist: Gnarwolves
Album: Gnarwolves
Label: Pure Noise Records

Let’s be honest, it’s pretty hard for a pop punk band to climb out of the grave that the “Defend Pop Punk” movement has become. A name like Gnarwolves backed up by images of pizza slices and skateboards can either serve as a calling card to invite new listeners into something they already know they’re going to love, or as a warning sign for the bored and weary to stay as far away as possible.

Yet Gnarwolves are more than just another skin-deep act — or at least that’s what one would …

shaolin

STREAM: VICE – “Shaolin Idols” (Feat. Tom Sheehan of Indecision)

Get ready to slam your head through a wall, because Staten Island hardcore band VICE just released their new single, “Shaolin Idols.” VICE seamlessly switches between fast hardcore, power violence, and heavy melodic hardcore, creating a bastard child so fueled with confusion and hatred that it begs you to rip your own skin off. Is that comparison too graphic? Probably, but if you don’t like it, you probably won’t care for this music anyway. Also, on the track is Tom Sheehan of legendary New York hardcore band Indecision. If you’re not interested now, I don’t know what else to say.…

hostage calm

REVIEW: Hostage Calm – ‘Die on Stage’

Artist: Hostage Calm
Album: Die on Stage
Label: Run For Cover Records
Genre: Punk, Alternative

There are a lot of bands that come and go in the music scene, and rarely make a mark of any kind. Most bands like to think that they are “different” and “special,” but let’s be honest, they usually are not. A few years back when I first saw Hostage Calm, I really did not get “it.” A lot of people really liked them to an extreme degree, and I felt like I was on the outs in a way. Maybe I just wasn’t …

Boardroom Heroes

MUSIC VIDEO: Boardroom Heroes – “New Wage”

Today, our friends in DC-based skate punk band Boardroom Heroes released a music video for their song “New Wage.” The video takes place in DC, and gives you a sneak peak into life in their hometown.

However, what makes this video special to us is that not only is it by a band we all love, but the video was also directed and produced by Under The Gun staffer Tyler Osborne. For more information about his work, or if you would like to work on a video with him, check out out his studio ToZ Productions.

“New Wage” …

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Billy Idol Shares Details Regarding New Album and Single

Information regarding the new Billy Idol record has been popping up all over the place the last few months.

Well, the man has finally broken the silence and given us almost everything we could possibly want. Billy Idol will release Kings and Queens of the Underground on October 21 on his own label, BFI Records. He has also given us the lead single off the album, “Can’t Break Me Down.”

The song is fantastic. It features the classic punk sound that we would all expect from Idol. But there’s this relevant, magical touch that he adds to this song that …

the-swellers

The Swellers Send Us Off With First Leg Of The ‘Call It A Night Tour’

We first found out that The Swellers‘ were calling it quits through the most understated of announcements possible:

We had our first band practice twelve years ago today. It’s been an amazing run. Booking some farewell shows soon. Thank you.

That was followed with more detailed explanations, most notably Jono Diener’s article for Noisey, but those were just details. As for those farewell shows, we now have the first batch of those.

This first leg is Midwest and East Coast only, but given the tour poster’s very explicit “Part 1,” fans in other parts of the US need …

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Dads Stream “Fake Knees”

It’s hard to explain how Dads rose from underground sensations to being a band on the verge of taking the nation by storm, but at some point in the last year or so something changed. Their music has stayed the same, as has their thrilling live show, but the way people react to their creativity has been amplified in a big way. As longtime fans, this brings us a great deal of joy.

Today, the members of Dads partnered with our friends at AltPress to share a new song titled “Fake Knees.” The song is the latest to surface from …

Rise Against Siren Song

10 YEARS LATER: Rise Against’s ‘Siren Song of the Counter Culture’

If you were to look at Pitchfork’s scathing 2.9/10 review of Rise Against’s third studio album today, you’ll find more snark-filled jabs against young adult angst and punk ideologies stuffed into a letter to Ralph Nader than you could shake an X-emblazoned fist at. Plenty has changed in the past ten years since that was published, though. For example, Mr. Nader’s been given a reasonable break and these Chicago natives have made strides towards maturity (and consequentially, commercialization).…

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Best Video Of The Week? Nice Hooves Unleash “Warpaint Is Not A Mask”

Nice Hooves are a band that I have known existed for less than three hours, but I am quickly becoming a fan of their frenzied take on the place where modern hard rock meets punk.

Today, Nice Hooves released the official video for their latest single, “Warpaint Is Not A Mask.” It’s the type of song that offers the kind of in-your-face take on rock that made bands like The Refused a household name, only this time it’s channeled through a slew of post-Y2k influences that give the entire production a nice modern edge. In fact, one UTG writer described …

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Less Than Jake Announce Canadian Tour With Big D And The Kids Table

Ska legends Less Than Jake are currently finishing up this year’s Warped Tour on the main stage including playing their 365th show for the tour in West Palm Beach, FL a couple days ago.

This isn’t stopping the band anytime soon, though, for they have just announced that they will be embarking on a Canadian tour this coming October and they will be bringing out fellow ska legends Big D and the Kids Table and The Interrupters for the trek. This is the band’s first Canadian tour they have done in four years and it is to support their latest …

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Listen to FUTURE PRIMITIVE’s Debut Release ‘FP14,’ Read Their Interview With Us, Then Go Skate Some Curbs

Today, we’re pleased to share with you the fantastic debut EP from North Carolina-based skate-punk / melodic hardcore band, FUTURE PRIMITIVEFP14 sounds like the work of a band that already has a few releases under their belt, yet somehow FUTURE PRIMITIVE has only been around for a few months. Seamlessly juggling a wide variety of influences, from skate-punk to youth crew to emo, FUTURE PRIMITIVE have found a sound that harkens back to a wide variety of genres, while still feeling uniquely their own. Simply put, while this is technically a demo, FP14 sounds way more put together.…