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STREAM: Alanna Clarke – “Heartstrings”

“Play ‘em till you break ‘em in.”

With her newest single, “Heartstrings,” Canada’s Alanna Clarke is destined for radio takeover and inevitable stardom. Within the excellent production is a simple structure of beautiful instrumentation setting the foundation for Clarke’s powerfully soulful vocal presence and a chorus that will dominate your mind for weeks to come.

No name immediately comes to mind when trying to think of a comparison for Alanna Clarke which I believe is a testament to her unique qualities as a songwriter and force to be reckoned with within the pop realm. It’s familiar, but it’s refreshing all …

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UTG PREMIERE: Cedar Boulevard – “Shorelines & Shipwrecks”

Following the stream of “A Raven Like A Writing Desk” just two weeks ago, Toronto’s Cedar Boulevard are back with another taste of their forthcoming, self-titled EP.

The five-piece has teamed with UTG to stream “Shorelines & Shipwrecks, a groovy, riff-driven pop-punk jam that totally shreds, bringing to mind the likes of Four Year Strong, New Found Glory, Rufio and Anberlin, both musically and vocally.

In regards to the new track, the band offered: “The song ‘Shorelines & Shipwrecks’ is a track from our self-titled Cedar Boulevard EP. Lyrically, the song is about overcoming obstacles and the differences …

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Petite Meller’s “Baby Love” Video Reminds Us Of Wes Anderson

We love great pop music around UTG, but truth be told coming across that kind of material is often a near impossible task. There is so much disposable music made for clubs and radio today that sifting through long enough to find something worthy of more than five replays is often a daunting proposition. Fortunately for you, such work is what we love to do, and today we have yet another promising young act to share.

Petite Meller is a name many don’t know yet, but it is only a matter of time before her latest single, “Baby Love,” finds …

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Big Sean Drops “Blessings” Featuring Drake & Kanye West

Detroit native Big Sean recently announced plans to title his new album Dark Sky Paradise, and late last night he revealed the album’s latest single. The song, which features appearances from both Drake and Kanye West is titled “Blessings.” You can stream the track, in full at the end of this post.

Any time three powerhouse rappers get on a track together there is bound to be some debate over who rode the beat best, and anyone familiar with Big Sean’s catalog knows his guests often bring the heat (Kendrick‘s “Control” verse proved that). Sean holds his …

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Rocky Votolato Shares “The Hereafter”

Just a short time after announcing his decision to sign with No Sleep Records, Rocky Votolato has released the first single off his highly-anticipated new album.

Premiering on Stereogum earlier today, “The Hereafter” is a song that could only be written by someone whose led a truly interesting life. It oozes with a lifetime’s worth of experience having been boiled down to a four-minute song in the best possible way, with images of broken teeth, scraped hands, and weary eyes littered throughout. If Rocky were to try and encapsulate his career with a single song, this would no doubt be …

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Kanye West Drops “Only One” Video

Kanye West has shared two new songs so far in 2015, and both have showcased surprisingly new sides of his dynamic persona. One of those songs now has a video, and earlier this week Ellen helped Yeezus share those visuals with the world.

It’s hard to believe anyone who cares about Kanye West has yet to hear “Only One.” The song, which was released at the the top of the new year, is written by West from the perspective of his deceased mother. It’s a ballad of sorts, with Beatles member Paul McCartney playing keys to accompany Kanye’s soft croon. …

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Blind Mice Share New Single, “Fifteen”

Blind Mice are streaming their newest single, “Fifteen,” over at Absolutepunk, and this is one jam that you won’t want to miss out on. Taken from their forthcoming EP, Sunday Songs, the foursome’s latest effort is a bold blend of pop-rock influences that deserves to be blasted at high volumes, and could easily be mistaken for a throwback PBC B-Side. Check it out after the break, and let us know what you think in the comments section below.

A follow-up to 2014′s Come Down, Sunday Songs drops on March 17 via Animal Style Records–pre-order it here. …

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Fossil Youth Stream ‘Intertwined With You’

Enid, Oklahoma’s Fossil Youth have teamed with Absolutepunk to begin streaming their new EP, Intertwined With You, a full week ahead of its official release. Get in on the action after the break.

A hard-hitting torrent of awesome angst, the foursome’s latest effort is both addictive and unyielding, and will likely sit well with fans of Citizen, Turnover, and You Blew It!. If you like what you hear, let us know in the replies.

Intertwined With You makes landfall next Tuesday, February 3 via Take This To Heart Records–pick up a pre-order here.…

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Death Cab for Cutie Release “Black Sun” Lyric Video, Announce Tour

Death Cab For Cutie have shared the lyric video for “Black Sun,” the first single off their highly-anticipated new album, Kintsugi, and also the first track to surface from the band since the departure of longtime guitarist, Chris Walla.

It’s hard to go into a new song from someone like Death Cab For Cutie without having some type of expectation for the material on deck. Death Cab have carved a beautifully dynamic niche for themselves in the world of music up to this point, and “Black Sun” certainly does not disappoint. That said, it also doesn’t sound all that …

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War Games May Be The Next Band To Change Your Life

I was fortunate enough to spend several weeks participating in the Vans Warped Tour during the summer of 2012. My job, which at the time involved working for a music industry start-up focused on new artist discovery, sponsored a stage on the world’s largest traveling festival that offered more than 20 up-and-coming artists a chance to perform. We needed someone on site every day to coordinate and I was the lucky one chosen to carry out that task. It was a life-changing experience, and along the way it provided me several opportunities to discover new bands with a lot of …

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UTG PREMIERE: Marco Featuring Keano Spitta – “WITIT”

We have been featuring a lot of new talent as of late, but the amount of fresh hip-hop appearing on UTG has admittedly been low. We aim to change that this afternoon, however, and we’ve recruited some of our favorite young talents to help make that happen.

Kicking off 2015 with a bang, WFFW member Marco is back at it with the uptempo ride-out anthem titled “WITIT.” This is the third single from his anticipated mixtape, “$tudio Night$,” and in our opinion it’s one of his best tracks to date. Produced by Tay on the Beat, the song features Marco …

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Drug Church Release New Song, “Work Shy”

Drug Church will be releasing their new EP, Swell, on February 10 via No Sleep Records.

With the premiere of “But Does It Work?” off the EP, it’s an indication that the Albany, NY post-hardcore quintet has taken a step away from their sound they delivered on 2013′s Paul Walker.

The band has debuted another track off the upcoming EP, called “Work Shy” (via Noisey), and it’s an even bigger departure with its wave-induced hard rock delivery. You can give the track a listen below.…