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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 …

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UTG PREMIERE: Swingin’ Utters – “I’m Not Coming Home”

Today, the UTG offices are pleased to share with you a brand new track from Swingin’ Utters, titled “I’m Not Coming Home.” The track comes off of Swingin’ Utters’ upcoming album, Fistful of Hollow, and it’s every bit as fun as you’d expect. The song brings their definitive West Coast punk vibe right off the bat, and is the perfect soundtrack to driving to the beach, or just away from anywhere you don’t really feel like being.

We talked to guitarist Darius Koski about where the inspiration for the song came from, and how “I’m Not Coming Home” fits …

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Restorations Stream LP3

The word of mouth backing RestorationsLP3 has spread like wildfire, and thanks to a recent album stream provided by NPR, you can finally hear what the hype is all about.

We think it was a great decision for the band to use “Tiny Prayers” and “Separate Songs” as promotional singles for this new record. The tracks sure did open up a new sound for the five piece that’s fully fleshed out on LP3. There’s still plenty of time left to pre-order the album through SideOneDummy before its 10/28 release date, so get to clicking!

In three days, …

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UTG PREMIERE: anna sage. – “The Life and Lies of Jimmy Fries”

The weekend is here, and as far as we are concerned there is no better way to end the work week than with a new soundtrack that can keep you entertained until Monday shows its ugly face once more.

Today, it gives us great pleasure to partner with our friends at Near Mint Records for the world premiere of “The Life And Lies Of Jimmy Fries” by anna sage. The track is the first to be released off Fear Mint Vol. 1, an upcoming split the band is releasing through the label with fellow fast-rising buzz band Brick Top. …

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Parkay Quarts Announce New Album ‘Content Nausea,’ Stream New Song

Parquet Courts are back with a new release, and they’re changing things up along with it. The Queens, NY indie punk four piece have undergone a homophonic name shift to Parkay Quarts to coincide with one member completing a degree in mathematics and another starting a family, seeing Andrew Savage and Austin Brown work alongside two friends (Jackie-O Motherf*cker’s Jef Brown on Saxaphone and Eaters’ Bob Jones on fiddle) in their place.

The release, titled Content Nausea, is a 12-track LP that clocks in at 35 minutes and is Parkay Quarts’ second release of 2014. As such, it dials …

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Stream Meatbodies’ Debut Album

Over the last few years, Chad Ubovich played as a member of Ty Segall and Mikal Cronin’s respective backing bands. Now, he’s finally getting the center spotlight. Ubovich is teaming up with Cory Hanson of Wand and Erik Jimenez of Together Pangea as Meatbodies, a new punk rock act that touches on psych and garage rock in all the right places. It drops October 14 via In The Red, but for now the album is streaming in full over at NPR.

Meatbodies is exactly what we’ve come to expect after hearing singles “Disorder” and “Tremmors

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Rancid Stream “Face Up” From ‘Honor Is All We Know’

After releasing a trio of songs for the first time since 2009′s Let The Dominos Fall, Rancid have now released another track off their upcoming record, Honor Is All We Know.

The song is named “Face Up” and it’s a 90-second, in-your-face track that contains many of the elements that have made Rancid very unique in their gritty punk sound. Honor Is All We Know will be released October 27 via Hellcat Records / Epitaph Records and was produced by Brett Gurewitz (Bad Religion).

Get those skanking shoes on and stream the song below, after the jump.…

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Watch Liars’ Freaky Video for “I’m No Gold”

At the beginning of this year, Los Angeles electro-punk group Liars put out their dark, eerie new album MESS. They also shared a video for “Pro Anti Anti” which showed clay versions of their faces being melted. It was a perfect visual companion to the song to show their edgy sound and its twisted undertones.

Now they’re getting a little darker in their new “I’m No Gold” video.

The band’s fascination with faces continues within the visuals for “I’m No Gold.” Angus Andrew’s wild faces and nonstop hair flipping gets the limelight in Laurie Lynch’s video for a …

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Watch PUP Wreck Their Car in “Mabu” Music Video

Toronto punks PUP have been up to no good this year — and by that we mean totally killing it. After releasing their self-titled debut back in April and doing a series of tour dates, the four piece group have decided to share a new music video for “Mabu.” This time around, they’re actually killing it.

The song, which is named after the band’s beloved car, sees them put the vehicle out of its misery. They get to work cutting and pasting, turning the four door into a pizza-spinning punkmobile that gets entered into a demolition derby for a final …

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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 …