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Lana Del Rey Seeks Privacy In “High By The Beach” Video

The queen is back, everyone. Go ahead and forget about those young pop star wannabes because Lana is back and ready to take her place atop the mainstream music throne.

Just days after finding herself wrapped up in the immediate viral success of her new single “High By The Beach,” Lana Del Rey has returned to global headlines with the song’s official video. The clip, which was shot on a yacht somewhere in the middle of the ocean, finds LDR doing her best to lay low from pesky paparazzi. Her efforts ultimately do not pay off, but that’s …

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SINGLE REVIEW: Lana Del Rey – “High By The Beach”

Artist: Lana Del Rey
Track: “High By The Beach”
Album: Honeymoon

A year after Ultraviolence took her cinematic aesthetic to its creative extreme, Lana Del Rey has cut loose with a hazy new single fans old and new will be talking about for months to come.

“High By The Beach” is the second song from Lana Del Rey’s upcoming album to arrive online. It follows the release of the title track, “Honeymoon,” which proved to be an extension of the cinematic vibes found on Ultraviolence, only delivered with a ever so slightly brighter disposition. I thought the song was …

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SINGLE REVIEW: One Direction – “Drag Me Down”

Artist: One Direction
Track: “Drag Me Down”
Album: TBA

A year after “Steal My Girl” ushered in an era where the members of One Direction were focused on songs built for stadiums, “Drag Me Down” has arrived to flip the script once more.

It’s all about the energy. From the moment “Drag Me Down” kicks in there is a thick bass line guiding the entire voyage that demands your legs prepare to dance. It’s a ticking time bomb of pop sensibilities that quickly builds from the infectious first verse to a pre-chorus that pulls you in to the …

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The Dear Hunter Impress With New Song, “Waves”

Oh, Casey Crescenzo. I know I am engaged to be married in under a year’s time, but if I could run away with the music he creates with The Dear Hunter I would leave my gal at the alter without a second thought. I think she would understand, but even if she didn’t – oh well.

To be serious for a moment, The Dear Hunter have shared another song off their highly-anticipated new album, Act IV: Rebirth In Reprise. The track, titled “Waves,” had its world premiere on Billboard earlier today. You can stream the song at the end …

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The Dear Hunter’s New Song Proves They’re Still The Best

It’s June, which means anyone with even the slightest hint of interest in entertainment has been compiling and sharing their ‘best of 2015 so far’ lists. We haven’t released any yet, but if you think we haven’t talked about doing so you would be a damn fool. They’re coming, or at least should, at some point in the near future.

I thought I knew my picks for the best musical offerings this year. In fact, I wrote them all down just last week in order to begin brainstorming a creative way to share them here on UTG. That was before …

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Breathe Carolina Follow The EDM Herd With “Anywhere But Home”

Breathe Carolina rose to popularity at a time when your Myspace profile image was a thing that people thought meant something about your status as a creative artist. For their page, the men of BC appeared covered in brightly colored paint. It’s an image that has become a symbol of a digital generation now long gone, but thanks to constant reinvention the group has continued to build a fervent following of dedicated fans (despite losing one half of its creative force).

Today, Breathe Carolina are alternative headliners who have spent about half a decade toeing the line with mainstream success. …

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Pentimento Break Our Hearts With “Stuck Forever”

There is something strange that happens when someone finds themselves in an unhealthy situation for a prolonged amount of time. Despite their senses telling them everything is not okay, people find ways to convince themselves their inner voice is wrong. They forge ahead, though in their hearts they know it’s wrong, and ultimately lead themselves to the brink of depression. It’s a sad turn of events that happens to people every single day all over the world, and now those unfortunate souls have an anthem all their own.

Today, in anticipation for their new 7-inch, Pentimento released a song titled …

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SINGLE REVIEW: Foreign Tongues – “Fools Of Love”

Artist: Foreign Tongues
Song: “Fools Of Love”
Album: Summer Of The Reaper (No Sleep Records sampler)

If you have yet to taste a foreign tongue, time to pucker up.

I have said for a while now that Boston-based indie rock act Foreign Tongues‘ upcoming debut LP would be one to watch, and with our first sample of the LP, “Fools Of Love,” I hope you have been listening. Releasing later this year, the as yet untitled debut through No Sleep Records has been in the works for some time, and the band returned to producer Jay Maas of Defeater …

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SINGLE REVIEW: We Came As Romans – “The World I Used To Know”

Artist: We Came As Romans
Song: “The World I Used To Know”
Album: Self-Titled

The evolution of We Came As Romans is entangled with the band’s own passion for storytelling and inspirational lyricism. Their journey is their song, and their songs detail their journey. Having long conquered the world of post-hardcore with multiple albums featuring top shelf production and the perfect combination of sing/scream vocals, the group have now stripped their music to its core, and through doing so found a new sound that marks the beginning of yet another chapter in their already celebrated career.

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SINGLE REVIEW: Luke Bryan – “Kick The Dust Up”

Artist: Luke Bryan
Song: “Kick The Dust Up”
Album: Kill The Lights

Two years after crashing the bro country party with an album chock full of future hit singles, Luke Bryan has kicked off the promotion for his latest release with an incredibly underwhelming ode to farm town parties.

“Kick The Dust Up” is the kind of song that wants to remind you of a time when country music was actually inspired by cornfields, dirt roads, and late nights spent with the farmer’s daughter, getting drunk alongside your best friends. If that is all you want from your music — …

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Is Charlie Puth’s “Marvin Gaye” Pop Music’s Next Smash Hit?

Atlantic Records took the music industry by surprise in 2014 with the signing, and later complete radio domination, of Meghan Trainor. Her throwback sound, coupled with timely pop culture references, made songs like “All About That Bass” inescapable pop hits. Just how long her career will last is anyone’s guess, but it should go without saying at this point that Atlantic has leveraged her unique style quite well up to this point.

Today, Atlantic Records is hoping to find similar success with the introduction of Charlie Puth, a young male vocalist whose new single just so …

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Here’s Why It’s Okay To Think That Fall Out Boy Song Isn’t All That Great

This James Shotwell-opposing diss track began as a joke and gradually got a little heated. I was heckling him about his swooning over Fall Out Boy’s newly-released “Fourth Of July.” He gave me the title and suggested I write an anti-piece based on things I said. So here I am, probably more scathing and critical (and nonsensical) than I truly intend to be. Regardless, shots fired.

I’m not opposed to change. At all. In fact, I encourage and often embrace it. For the sake of this article, in terms of music, I’ll throw out recent examples like Pianos Become The …

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