Former Veil Of Maya frontman Reveals Why He Left The Band

Several days have passed since we brought you the news that longtime Veil Of Maya frontman Brandon Butler would be stepping down from his position in the band, and today we gained a little more insight as to why he chose to leave.

Writing to fans in a new open letter, Brandon Butler partnered with our friends at Lambgoat to express his reasoning for walking away from the group he fronted for the better part of the last decade. He wrote:…


House Vs. Hurricane Break Up, Give Away Unreleased Song

What a terrible way to start a day. After seven years together, Australia’s House Vs. Hurricane have decided to call it a day.

Taking to their official Facebook shortly after 2AM (EST) this morning, the members of House Vs. Hurricane posted a letter to fans explaining that they have mutually decided to end the band following previously scheduled tour dates at the end of June. The band goes on to say they may put together a more proper farewell down the road, but they make no promises. You can read their message below:

After nearly 7 years as a band


Lil Wayne Delays “Dedication 4,” Releases “No Lie” Freestyle

Over the last few weeks you may have noticed the fact that no one in the Young Money camp seemed to be promoting Lil Wayne’s highly anticipated Dedication 4 mixtape. Well, now we know why.

Partnering with BreadOverBread, Lil Wayne released a video statement to fans explaining the tape’s delay and debuting his latest freestyle. In the clip, which you can view after the jump, Weezy claims skating and the release of 2 Chainz’s debut album Based On A T.R.U. Story earlier in the week is the major cause for the delay:

“My homeboy 2 Chainz just dropped his album

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DAMMIT: Van Halen Cancel Every Tour Date After June 26

Some things really are too good to be true.

After months of hype and fantastic tickets sales, Van Halen have announced the cancellation of every tour date following their June 26 appearance in New Orleans. According to Pollstar, announcements began to break shortly after noon today, with multiple sources reporting “no explanation offered” in regards to the decision.

Markets affected by these cancellations include: Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, El Paso, Baltimore, E. Rutherford, Detroit, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Memphis, Spokane, Reno, Fresno, Wichita and Milwaukee.

We will bring you updates as information becomes available.…

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REST IN PEACE: The Human Abstract

The new year comes filled with hope for great music, but sadly we must first say goodbye to California metal act The Human Abstract.

We realize news of the band’s breakup may seem sudden, it certainly caught us off guard, but a little bit of research following some reader emails confirmed this sad news to be true. Bassist Henry Selva commented on the status of the band only a few days ago via his personal Facebook, stating:

UPDATE: We were asked by Henry to post the entirety of his quote, which sheds a bit more light on the members


Matt Pryor (Get Up Kids) Cancels US Living Room Shows, Offers Statement

Get Up Kids’ frontman Matt Pryor has cancelled his upcoming US living room shows just days before his a string of New England dates were set to begin.

In a statement released to fans, Pryor wrote:

“Hey New Englanders! Due to circumstances beyond my control the living room shows this weekend in Braintree, Boston and Providence have been cancelled. I’m really sorry about this and hopefully we can reschedule. Thank you to everyone who bought tickets and rest assured you’ll be getting a full refund.”

We assume these shows will be rescheduled sooner than later. Stay tuned to UTG for …

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R.I.P. The Academy Is… (2003-2011)

Pop rockers The Academy Is… have announced they’ve decided to go their separate ways.

In a message posted on their Facebook, TAI wrote:

After nine years and three albums, The Academy Is… have decided to go our separate ways.

We began in 2003 as three young friends in the suburbs of Chicago, with dreams of creating music that meant something to us. Dreams of leaving those suburbs behind and seeing all of the beautiful things that this world has to offer. Dreams of making a difference in the lives of others.

It is now 2011 and we look …


Dananananaykroyd Plan To Disband

Sad news this morning for indie fans, Dananananaykroyd have announced they will be splitting up following their current tour plans.

The announcement broke last night when the band posted a photo of themselves on Facebook with the caption “Dananananaykroyd RIP (2006-2011) ♥” Later in the evening, the band returned to Facebook and posted:

“After this UK tour we will be splitting up. I’m proud to say we are a bunch of best friends who sound better right now that we ever have and we will play this last tour harder than we’ve ever played.”

Most of UTG is located stateside, …


UPDATE: R.I.P. AFI was a false alarm!

UPDATE: We brought you the news earlier that punk-rockers AFI had posted a note on their official page saying the band was done, this is entirely FALSE. According to Alternative Press and the band”s management their Facebook was hacked. View the details past the jump!

Tyler Carter leaves Woe, Is Me

Vocalist Tyler Carter has announced his departure from Rise Records’ Woe, Is Me. Carter issued the following statement to Alternative Press:

It’s not an easy step to make, but I can’t go on living a dream that I no longer have full interest in. I love the fans, and I hope the true ones will stick with Woe, Is Me and myself even after my departure. Don’t be ignorant to the situation–it’s nothing personal with the boys, I love them all. I just can’t fake passion that I once had. I always preach to my fans, “Follow your dreams,”

Soundwave Revolution Cancelation Petition

Yesterday, Under The Gun reported that the 2011 Soundwave Revolution Festival would be canceled. You can read the statement issued by festival promoter AJ Maddah here. Of course the cancellation caused quite an uproar with fans and paying festival attendees. As a result, a petition has surfaced asking the festival officials to reconsider the cancellation.

The petition reads as follows:

So today, thousands of fans were told that SWR11 wouldn’t go ahead due to one band pulling out. Many are infuriated.

1. We bought tickets months ago based on the original announcement, we were already sold despite the fact there …

Dear And The Headlights Break Up

This news came as a surprise to us this morning and maybe it will to you as well. Dear And The Headlights have announced they are breaking up and have provided fans with a lengthy farewell letter and explanation. You can read the full letter below or on their official website. If you haven’t discovered this band yet, we highly suggest it.

Now It’s Over

As I’m sure many of you have possibly assumed at this point since there has been absolutely no update as to what we are doing, Dear & The Headlights is no longer a band.