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Dads' drummer/vocalist John Bradley performing "Shit Twins" at Riot Fest Denver (Day 2).

Dads Announce February Tour with Somos and Roger Harvey

Indie outfit Dads announced today that they will be heading on the road with Somos and Roger Harvey this coming February. Over the course of this 12-day tour, the package will hit a large portion of the East Coast.

Dads will be in support of their newest full-length, I’ll Be the Tornado, which came out this past October. Somos’ 2014 release, Temples of Plenty, is a massive ripper, so if this tour is coming to your area, you should probably make a point to check it out.

The official tour poster is after the break. You know the …

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UTG TV: The Matches Talk Reunion Shows

In 2004, Epitaph Records re-released The Matches‘ debut album E. Von Dahl Killed the Locals. Ten years later and after a break from being a band, the guys got back together to repress some vinyl. They didn’t expect it to turn into a series of sold-out reunion shows in Chicago, New York City, and even Australia.

On the second night of The Matches’ gigs at NYC’s Gramercy Theatre, we sat down with Shawn Harris (vocals/guitar) and Matt Whalen (drums) to talk about their experience in reuniting the band.

Check below the jump to hear about the nostalgic and …

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Refused Confirm Reunion Festival Shows in Europe and Canada

All the rumblings about a Refused reunion have fans feeling nostalgic, despite the fact that the possibility of a new record is largely unconfirmed.

Still, fans in Europe and Canada have some exciting opportunities to look forward to regarding the Swedish punk band, as a string of festival dates for 2015 have recently been announced including the Reading and Leeds festivals in the UK.

Given that the band will be playing together again, it’s unknown if the current dates will remain the band’s only shows. You can check out all 4 festival appearances below the jump:…

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Relient K Release Live Lyric Video in Honor of 10-Year ‘Mmhmm’ Anniversary Tour

As you may know, Relient K are currently out on tour celebrating the 10-year anniversary of their popular 2004 record, Mmhmm.

Today the band released a pretty slick lyric video for their classic song, “I So Hate Consequences,” which centers around footage of the band performing the song live on tour.

You can stream the video below, where you can also check out the remaining dates on the Mmhmm 10-year anniversary tour.…

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UTG INTERVIEW: Restorations Discuss ‘LP3′ @ Pre-Fest 2

Just this past month, Restorations put out one hell of an AOTY contender with their SideOneDummy-released LP3. To coincide with the album’s arrival, the Philadelphia group embarked on a brief, two-and-a-half-week tour with Self Defense Family which led into and out of punk rock heaven Gainesville, FL’s premiere music festival, The Fest.

UTG had the opportunity to have a rather fun chat with frontman/guitarist Jon Loudon at Ybor City, FL’s Pre-Fest 2 about his band’s progression through the years, loosening up, and his approach to finding visuals to pair with his music, among a variety of other …

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REVIEW: ANTEMASQUE – ‘ANTEMASQUE’

Artist: ANTEMASQUE
Album: ANTEMASQUE
Genre: Rock, Punk

Despite the dissolution of The Mars Volta, pioneering artists Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez can’t seem to split up. With The Mars Volta’s final album, Noctourniquet, and its supporting tour in the books, the duo reportedly intended to work on separate projects, as they’ve been wont to do. Fortunately for fans, this was not the case, as Bixler-Zavala and Rodriguez-Lopez recruited former Mars Volta touring drummer Dave Elitch to join them in what would become ANTEMASQUE. The band’s self-titled release was later recorded in a studio belonging to Red Hot

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Good Luck Varsity May Be Done, But There’s Still New Material To Be Heard

About a year ago, Michigan band Good Luck Varsity went their separate ways after differences between members of the band became too great to continue their efforts.

Rumblings of an upcoming album we’re quickly overshadowed by the splitting of the band, and many were left to wonder if any new material would ever surface from Good Luck Varsity.

Today, former guitarist/singer Evan Baker announced some news about Good Luck Varsity via his new group, American Arson. The statement indicates that the guys had indeed recorded a new album before the dissolution of GLV, though it made no confirmation of …

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SINGLE REVIEW: Sleeping With Sirens – “Kick Me”

Artist: Sleeping With Sirens
Song: “Kick Me”
Album: TBA
Genre: Post-Hardcore, Punk

Last year, Sleeping With Sirens released their third album, Feel, and have been touring in support of it for quite a while, including the current world tour with their good buddies in Pierce The Veil. For the most part, the band has stuck to their unique sound, while bringing in a host of interesting guest vocalists including rapper MGK on their lead single “Alone.” This past summer, Sleeping With Sirens left their original home of Rise Records and have just now announced their signing to Epitaph

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I Am The Avalanche Announce NYC Holiday Show

Excessive drinking [of eggnog] is well in order this evening, oh I, I couldn’t imagine any other way…

Some people like to associate Christmastime and the holidays in New York City with the tree at Rockefeller Center or singing songs and playing in the snow. For some, seeing Vinnie Caruana and the gang rocking your face off does the trick.

I Am The Avalanche took to Facebook about an hour ago to announce a special holiday show at The Bowery Ballroom in Manhattan on December 26. Iron Chic and The Scandals are set to open up the bill. The band …

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Refused Guitarist Jon Brännström Says He Was Fired With No Explanation

Earlier today, Refused guitarist Jon Brännström took to Facebook to publicly address fans of the band in regards to his dismissal. The timing or reason for this post seems unprecedented, especially considering the last post on the public page was back in August by vocalist Dennis Lyxzén plugging his new band INVSN.

Below you can read a statement by Brännström:

I was fired from Refused a while ago. I wasn’t given a reasonable explanation and wasn’t even invited to sit down and talk about it, so I’m not completely sure why they decided to go on without me. We’ve

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REVIEW: Restorations – ‘LP3′

Artist: Restorations
Album: LP3
Label: SideOneDummy Records
Genre: Punk

Third albums can be a major pain. While most artists are either trying one too many new things in a desperate attempt to reclaim the audience they lost or scraping the bottom of the barrel with repeated ideas that they’re too afraid to let go of, there’s a major scarcity of groups who can toe the line successfully.

I was one of many who first learned of Restorations when they had been picked up by SideOneDummy in 2012, and have been keeping LP and LP2 in heavy rotation ever since. So …

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UTG LIST: The Best ‘Ugly Christmas Sweaters’ From Bands Available In 2014

It’s that time of year again!

I don’t know how much time you’ve spent plotting your holiday shopping just yet, but the must-have item in nearly every band store this season is once again the “ugly Christmas sweater.” Sometimes sold as a crew neck with a sweater design, these items offer a humorous twist on the classic Christmas sweater while giving artists a decent excuse to cash in on the holiday season through merchandising. We love them, as we know many of you do, and after seeing our social feeds flooded with designs from countless bands we decided to compile …