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UTG PREMIERE: NIKOS – “Illusions”

Gearing up for the release of their self-titled EP on October 21, NIKOS are dropping the provocative pop track “Illusions” exclusively via Under The Gun Review. Dark enough to make you bang your head, yet catchy enough to stick with you for hours to come, NIKOS are creating a new brand of aggressive, driven pop music.

The band is out on the High School Nation tour this Fall with Drake Bell (yes, the guy from Drake & Josh), Jacob Latimore, and others. Catch this act now before the record drops and an inevitable explosion of popularity occurs. Singer Nikos …

Dead Leaves

Dead Leaves (Formerly Call It Fiction) Premiere New Single

Many folks may remember Call It Fiction, the Ohio pop-punk group that made some waves back in 2011. Sadly, a lot of people lost sight of the band when they momentarily disappeared in the spring of 2013, only to return as Dead Leaves. Not long after changing their name, the band released a new EP entitled Amend Regret that actually streamed here at Under The Gun Review.

Despite a catchy release, the band seemed to have a relatively quiet year, and later went through some lineup changes, leaving the once 5-piece band at just 3 members. Now, over …

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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 …

Shadow of Whales

DROP EVERYTHING & JAM: Shadow Of Whales’ New EP Is The Best Thing You’ll Spin Today

Thanks to an exclusive stream via our friends at AbsolutePunk, we have officially found our favorite new release of the day. Shadow of Whales, an Austin, Texas based indie-rock group, have dropped one of the sassiest and catchiest records in recent memory. Mixing synth-pop with a bit of post-hardcore aggression, the self-titled record comes off sounding like everything the new Panic At The Disco! record should have sounded like but missed completely.

It has power, it has drive, and it without a doubt contains some of the most grossly intimidating melodies around. Songs like the burlesque and barber …

Darkest Hour

Darkest Hour Stream Full-Length Album

With only a day away until the release of the new self-titled Darkest Hour album, Sumerian Records has decided to give fans an early listen by streaming the full album online.

Based off of the singles this metal act already released, Darkest Hour was already slowly shaping into becoming one of the most memorable metal records of 2014. You can give it a listen following the jump.

Want to pick up a physical copy of this release? Place your orders through the band’s merch page. Darkest Hour have been on the road with Mayhem Fest, which will be finishing …

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Required Listening: Angus & Julia Stone – “Grizzly Bear”

Every so often a song arrives in my inbox from a group that not only captures my attention, but somehow manages to hold onto it throughout the majority of any given work day. I stumbled upon one such track early this morning, and in the hours that have passed since its initial discovery I have spun that song at least a dozen times. Now, having finally finished my dance party for one, I’m ready to share it with you.

Angus & Julia Stone are currently preparing to release their new self-titled, Rick Rubin-produced album on August 1. Today, the duo …

matt townsend

REVIEW: Matt Townsend and the Wonder of the World – ‘Self-Titled’

Artist: Matt Townsend and the Wonder of the World
Album: Matt Townsend and the Wonder of the World
Genre: Folk, Acoustic, Indie

Matt Townsend and his extensive backing band have burst onto the folk scene with an impressive 9-track debut that spans 46 minutes of a dozen instruments and various voices coming together to create one helluva good time.

The album gets off to a commanding start with “Seventh Story,” backed by an impressive array of instrumentation that forms a solid folky foundation for Townsend’s lyrical stories to build upon. It takes but 20 seconds before we’re greeted with Townsend’s …

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UTG Premiere: Sad And French Share Heartache And Hope On Debut Album

Under The Gun Review is thrilled to be joining forces with Black Numbers to premiere the debut album from Sad And French, which just so happens to arrive in stores today!

Every now and then a band comes along that catches you completely off guard and makes you feel like the wind has been stolen from your lungs. There you are, minding your own business with headphones on and the day’s second cup of coffee in hand, then out of nowhere a sound comes pouring through the speakers nestled so tightly around your ears and it feels as if …

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UTG EXCLUSIVE: Stream Adventurer’s Self-Titled EP In Its Entirety

Last week, Michigan post-hardcore trio Adventurer released a lyric video for their track “Marianas Trenchcoat” as a little teaser to give fans and new listeners a taste of what they had on the way. Today, we here at UTG have teamed up with the band for an exclusive stream of their upcoming self-titled EP in its entirety.

Adventurer is a 3-piece act made of up friends hailing from Metro-Detroit, Michigan. With influences ranging from La Dispute, to The Fall of Troy and From First To Last, Adventurer is a band that brings forth aggressive vocals, technical guitar riffs, and hard …

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Stream the Deluxe Edition of American Football’s Self-Titled Album

American Football‘s 1999 self-titled album is something of a gem. It’s quiet, confrontational, and warm: the perfect gateway to your emotional core. The classic record will soon be available on May 20 in a deluxe edition format that includes live recordings, demos, and more, but now it’s time to stream that album in its weepy glory over at Pitchfork.

This deluxe edition will also include never-before-seen photos and new liner notes from the band available in the form of vinyl, CD, tape, or MP3 formats. Pre-order is still running through Polyvinyl Records if you have yet to order …

pup

REVIEW: PUP – ‘PUP’

Artist: PUP
Album: PUP
Genres: Punk Rock, Alternative Rock
Label: SideOneDummy

It’s hard to contextualize a band on their debut album. A genre listing could mean so many things. What does punk mean, especially if they are going pop? Does it mean pop-punk in today’s sense of The Wonder Years and State Champs? Does it mean nods to Drive-Thru Records, New Found Glory and the like? Is it more along the lines of The Offspring and 90s skater-punk melodies?

From the opening chords and lyrics of PUP’s self-titled album, something unusual was happening. Not quite math rock, the opening …

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UTG INTERVIEW: PUP @ SXSW

PUP is a potent Canadian punk-rock band poised with a swagger subtly malevolent enough to simultaneously steal your heart and give you a hard punch in the gut. The self-titled debut LP, due out on SideOneDummy Records April 8, is a unique and satisfying listen. Songs like “Reservoir” and “Guilt Trip” are abrasive, engaging and oozing with energy, while tracks such as “Mabu” and “Never Try” are light and clever, with strong melodic backbones. The debut effort from PUP is a marvelous record — an album full of depth and passion — a set of songs packed and ready to …