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REVIEW: Gerard Way – ‘Hesitant Alien’

Artist: Gerard Way
Album: Hesitant Alien
Genre: Brit-Pop / Shoegaze
Label: Reprise Records

For certain people, there are always going to be artists who they check out no matter what type of project their name is attached to. For myself, Gerard Way is a name that I’m always going to pay attention to, no matter if he’s making music under My Chemical Romance, drawing something for DC Comics, or in this specific review’s case, making a Brit-Pop record. Here’s the thing: I’m not a huge Brit-Pop fan. It’s never been a genre that I’ve ever latched onto for whatever reason, …

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Gerard Way Shares “No Shows” Music Video

You may want to make some room to dance…

A day after premiering his latest solo single with BBC Radio, former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way has given fans the gift of a brand new music video.

“No Shows” reintroduces Gerard Way to the world with a throwback inspired sound and just enough pop influence to make it clear the Danger Days are far behind him. The video also feels inspired by the past, with VHS quality footage showcasing the band performing on a televised dance show. It’s like something out of the 1980s, and I mean that …

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Watch Live Footage of Dustin Kensrue (Thrice) Covering Lorde’s “Buzzcut Season”

Thrice may be slowly but surely transitioning out of their hiatus, but frontman Dustin Kensrue has been steadily keeping up his solo efforts to back his second full-length album, The Water And The Blood. Recently at Dallas, TX’s Pegasus Music Festival, Kensrue whooped out a cover of “Buzzcut Season,” which comes off of Lorde’s debut album, Pure Heroine.

We don’t know why he had chosen to cover one of 2013′s breakout artists at this festival, but we do know that we absolutely loved the performance. Follow the jump to watch a fan-made recording, and be sure to …

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Karen O Announces Debut Solo Record, ‘Crush Songs’

Last year the Yeah Yeah Yeahs put out Mosquito, but it seems juggling that and music for Spike Jonze’s Her wasn’t enough to keep fontwoman Karen O busy. She’s just announced she will be dropping her first ever solo album, Crush Songs, September 9 via Cult (Julian Casablancas’ label). That’s the album art to the left.

It may come as a surprise that this is Karen O’s first solo record, but don’t forget that she only contributed one song to Her (the co-written “The Moon Song”) and composed the soundtrack for Where the Wild Things Are under the name Karen …

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Gerard Way To Make Live Solo Debut At Reading And Leeds

Former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way has revealed plans to make his live solo debut at this year’s Reading and Leeds Music Festivals.

Revealed this morning via Twitter, the organizers for Reading and Leeds revealed that Gerard Way will be making his first-ever live appearance as a solo artist as part of the world famous festivals’ 2014 lineup. The events will take place August 22-24 at Richfield Avenue in Reading and Bramham Park in Leeds, with a simultaneous live broadcast online expected. Other performers announced include A Day To Remember, Jimmy Eat World, Blink-182, and Issues. Click here

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REVIEW: Nat Baldwin – ‘In The Hollows’

Artist: Nat Baldwin
Album: In The Hollows
Genre: Chamber Pop
Label: Western Vinyl

Nat Baldwin is a careful man. It’s difficult to imagine the Dirty Projectors bassist being anything but after growing up in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, surrounded by trees and the type of community that rids politeness of stiff formalities. He forgoes beer onstage for water from his Nalgene. He pauses between sentences when speaking. He’s aware of the seconds on his watch but never feels the pressure of its ticks. All of that carefulness, trivial as it seems, gets in the way on his fifth full-length release, In

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Four New Jonny Craig Songs Surface Online

Just a few minutes ago Jonny Craig tweeted that some of his previously unreleased solo songs were uploaded online. He claims they were uploaded by an ex girlfriend, but there’s no identifying information on the Soundcloud channel the songs are on at this time. There is, however, four “rough” songs that are all definitely sung by him. You can give them all a listen by taking a look below the jump.

Jonny Craig’s solo work is known to have a bit of variety, and these songs reflect that. They’re all a bit on the slower side but they still have …

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Gerard Way Has Recorded A Song For Kevin Smith’s Next Film

My Chemical Romance may be a part of music history at this point, but former frontman Gerard Way is moving forward with plans to release solo material in the near future. Today, filmmaker Kevin Smith revealed via Twitter that Way has recently completed work on an original track that will serve as the closing song for Smith’s upcoming film Tusk. No word yet on when we can expect to hear the song.

You can view Smith’s original tweet at the end of this post.

It’s likely we will see at least a trailer for Tusk before the end of …

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Julian Casablancas Unveils New Track

The Great Casablancas is back again with yet another new song from his solo work.

“Human Sadness,” which is to be included on the soundtrack for the indie movie She’s Lost Control (which will be shown at SXSW this March), is a collaboration with the film’s composer, Simon Taufique.

Casablancas has been a part of the film since its early days.  Back in 2012, the Strokes frontman appeared in a video alongside the Kickstarter campaign for the project.

You can hear “Human Sadness” below.…

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UTG INTERVIEW: Anthony Raneri Talks ‘CULT’, Being A Father, and Ranking Bayside’s Discography

In December, I had a last-minute opportunity to interview Anthony Raneri, singer and songwriter for Bayside.

As a fan of the band for over nearly a decade, I was glad for the opportunity to pick his brain. After confirming the night before, I scrambled to assemble an interview that 1. would provide insight into aspects of the artist’s life and career unexplored and 2. wouldn’t embarrass me in front of a long-time idol.

I think it turned out very well.

In our 30 minute discussion, we touched on Anthony’s life away from home, his wife, and his new …

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Tilian Pearson Teases New Material

Tilian Pearson had a whirlwind of a year in 2013 as he released a fantastic solo album that combined his signature vocals with pure pop goodness, his music was featured on ESPN for a month-long span, and of course, his first effort with Dance Gavin Dance finally hit stores. If a recent Instagram post is any indication, though, it appears Pearson doesn’t plan on slowing down anytime soon as he has posted a clip of brand new solo material that is still in the works.

After hearing the fifteen-second teaser, our staff couldn’t possibly be more excited to hear the …

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Bloc Party Frontman To Release Solo EP

Kele Okereke has announced the release of Heartbreaker, a four song solo EP due out on November 25 on vinyl via Crosstown Rebels and December 9 digitally via Beatport.

Regarding the EP, Okereke said, “I’ve always loved the inclusive and spiritual nature of house music, so the opportunity to make music for the most iconic and influential house music label in the UK is a dream come true for me.”

You can hear the EP’s title track here and can view the EP’s tracklisting below.…