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Trinidad Jame$ Finds His Fire Once Again With “Hollywood”

Could Trinidad James be the one who gets the last laugh?

Trinidad James has been sharing new music every week since the news of his departure from Def Jam Records. Not every song has been a hit, but the growth from 10 PC Mild was clear nonetheless. Today, for the first time since his debut, Trinidad has delivered something that could very easily find traction online and beyond.

“Hollywood” is likely a song off James’ upcoming album 5 PC Mild. Produced by Raak, the song tells the story of James from his youth in ATL until now. The …

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REVIEW: The Lost Poets – ‘Insubordia’

Artist: The Lost Poets
Album: Insubordia
Genre: Rock, Alternative

Stockholm, Sweden’s enigmatic alt-rock duo The Lost Poets bring together influences seemingly spanning the catalogs of acts such as Nirvana, Tool, Staind and Queens of the Stone Age, with dark and somewhat eerie themes and tones stringing it all together. Their most recent EP, Insubordia, boasts 5 tracks combining for a total length of just over 17 minutes. While listening to the EP in that brief period, it will prove its ability to do two things: 1) lull you to sleep with its deep, humming tones, and 2) startle you …

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LIVE REVIEW: ‘Prekender’ Feat. Knapsack in Melbourne, Australia (8/21/14)

Over the past years the Poison City Weekender has grown from a simple showcase for the much respected Melbourne independent label’s roster into one of the Australian punk rock scene’s premiere annual events.

The 2014 edition of the festival, now appropriately dubbed Weekender Fest, is set to take place over four days and five venues and features a stellar lineup of local and international acts headlined by Californian emo-rock cult favourites, Knapsack, and Michigan indie-rockers, Pity Sex. Weekender Fest kicked off with the aptly titled Prekender at The Reverence Hotel on Thursday night with a lineup headlined by Knapsack, …

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UTG PHOTOS: Pitchfork Music Festival 2014 (7/18/14)

Under the Gun sent photographer Nina Corcoran to Union Park in Chicago, IL from July 18-20 for Pitchfork Music Festival.

Every year, Pitchfork Music Festival announces its lineup and I let out a little wimper over in Boston from jealousy. The music blog’s annual festival has been going on for ten years now in Chicago, and as such they’re able to curate a small but focused line-up that boasts a lot of great up-and-coming acts as well as bigger indie staples. This year, at long last, I finally caved in and went.

After interviewing the bands playing about their favorite

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UTG Album Premiere: Get Stoked – ‘Washington Street’

This is a fact we have no doubt mentioned a thousand times in the past, but UTG is a product of Michigan. We may have moved our offices several times since launching on the campus of Ferris State University in the spring of 2008, but that does not mean our hearts ever left the so-called Mitten State. Part of this is due to the fact the majority of our staff’s family still resides there, and the rest is due to the understanding that no other state offers a more robust or diverse collection of incredible unsigned talent than the 26th …

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Ariana Grande And Big Sean Make The “Best Mistake” On New Single

Ballads don’t find their way to radio too often, but this one will likely take top 40 by storm in no time at all.

I’m going to be completely honest with you. I don’t spend a lot of time dwelling on celebrity relationships, but I would be lying if I tried to tell you that I never read click bait headlines about who is loving/screwing/cheating on who in that far away place we call Hollywood. In recent weeks, the big couple in music as far as paparazzi are concerned has been Ariana Grande and Big Sean, two of the …

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SINGLE REVIEW: Metro Station – “Love & War”

Artist: Metro Station
Song: “Love & War”
Album: TBA

Roughly four years have passed since Trace Cyrus parted ways with Metro Station, but earlier this week the second most famous child of Billy Ray Cyrus announced his return to the group, and with it plans to release a new EP before the year is out. There is also a single, which stands as a firm reminder you can never go back to the way things used to be.

You may or may not have been a fan of Metro Station when they first burst onto the national stage, but I …

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Album Stream: DJ Mustard – ’10 Summers’

After spending the better part of the year in the background of urban music’s biggest hits, DJ Mustard is ready to step into the spotlight with the release of 10 Summers. Featuring twelve previously unreleased tracks, the first proper album from YG‘s biggest collaborator proves DJ Khaled is not the only person in hip hop capable of producing star-studded hits.

10 Summers arrived on the Google Play store this morning as part of a special, short-term marketing deal with DJ Mustard. Users of the iTunes competitor are able to stream and download the album, for free, in advance …

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Wear Your Heart On Your Sleeve And Discover Ben Cooling’s “Breathe Again”

I don’t know about you, but I am forever a sucker for any catchy sad song led by acoustic guitar. Something about those six steel strings being strummed up and down stabs me right in the feels every damn time, and if you feel the same, I may have just stumbled across your new favorite artist.

Ben Cooling has been making a name for himself as a solo artist since 2012, but he’s been active within the music industry for well over a decade. His latest single, “Breathe Again,” is taken from an EP titled To Hell With Consequences, …

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You May Hate How Much You Love 5 Seconds Of Summer’s “Amnesia”

5 Seconds Of Summer‘s ascent towards total global takeover continued this past weekend as the Aussie exports shared a new video for their single “Amnesia.” We did not post the clip when it debuted, and for that I apologize. I have taken the time to experience it in the days since, however, and am now more certain of the group’s ability to win over any detractor than ever before.

For all intents and purposes “Amnesia” is the heartbreaking ballad buried deep in 5 Seconds Of Summer’s debut album (out now). It’s a tale of a relationship gone awry, and …

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Slipknot Release “The Negative One” Music Video

Just days after dominating rock headlines with their first single in years, Slipknot have returned to the front page of UTG to release their official video for “The Negative One.”

Earlier today, the first music video connected to Slipknot’s highly-anticipated new album found its way online. The clip features imagery similar to the creepy sequences showcased in the viral promotional videos released by Slipknot in recent weeks. There are beautiful women dressed as Gothic nightmares, a dead goat surrounded by flowers, and multiple shots of people standing around dilapidated properties. The one thing you don’t see, however, is Slipknot. You …

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REVIEW: Spoon – ‘They Want My Soul’

Artist: Spoon
Album: They Want My Soul
Genre: Indie Rock

These days, sticking around the indie-rock game for more than a few years is a feat. We’ve watched some heavy hitters jump into play for a few minutes, then get taken out and rotated in with another all-star that will get flashy for a period. Rinse and repeat.

Spoon, who are at this point grandpas of indie rock, have come back from a four-year break and hit the first three pointer they shot. Followed by another. And another. They Want My Soul is a proclamation album. Maybe a “fuck-off” type.…