UTG PREMIERE: Charles Ellsworth – “A Packed Suitcase”

There is something about melancholy music that pairs with fall like pumpkin spice lattes or hoodies, only with more of an emotional connection. It’s not that we believe people love being sad when they see leaves change colors, but something about the transformation happening in nature does lead many to reflect on their own lives. They think of the summer and how they felt alive, or they prepare for the winter and the difficult conditions it may bring. They think of everything that was and hopefully will be again, but they know not everything will go as planned, which is …


Sorority Noise Share ‘Rick And Morty’ Cover Song

We don’t talk about television much on UTG, but I can safely speak for everyone on staff when I say we absolutely adore Rick And Morty. The show, which airs Sunday nights on Adult Swim, follows a young boy (Morty) as he journeys with his scientist grandfather (Rick) through space and time on random adventures. It’s a pretty basic premise that allows for an incredibly diverse selection of narrative paths, and with two seasons now complete the show has yet to lose an ounce of its fun or originality.

Today, October 6, the members of Sorority Noise surprised the …

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UTG Mixtape Roundup: September 2015

With the collective work ethic of rappers at an all-time high, it’s easy to sleep on a lot of quality (and free) music. Thus, at the end of each month, contributor Mike Giegerich will bring you a list of the best mixtapes to hit the Internet in the past 30 days.

Know a struggle rapper whose mixtape is actually hot? Want to try and convince Mike that Gucci Mane isn’t the most important artist of the 21st century? Get at his mentions on Twitter.

Mike Giegerich is a freelance journalist with an affinity for the hip-hop scene.


Mayday Parade Stream New Single “Letting Go”

There has been a ton of hype behind Mayday Parade‘s forthcoming new album, Black LinesThe pop-rock quintet’s first single off of Black Lines was the rocking “Keep In Mind, Transmogrification Is A New Technology.” But where “Keep In Mind” was a straight up JAM, “Letting Go” is a melancholy ballad full of all the quintessential earnestness that has helped build Mayday Parade into one of the bigger contemporary bands they are today.

Give a listen to Mayday Parade’s new single, “Letting Go,” after the jump and be sure to pick up a copy of Black Lines when …


Hoodie Allen Shares “The Moment” Featuring Travis Garland

The most underrated rapper in New York has shared another new track that serves to reaffirm his position amongst today’s best underground sensations.

Hoodie Allen recently spent a few days in the studio with singer Travis Garland and the production team The Stereotypes. The result of their time together is “The Moment,” a bass-heavy track that finds Hoodie delivering some of his fastest bars to date. It’s not quite “Rap God” status, but there are moments that are destined to draw comparisons. You can stream and download the track, which will not appear on Hoodie’s upcoming mixtape, at the end …


The Matches Are Back And Better Than Your Favorite Band

Six years have passed since The Matches blessed us with new music, but when the band officially reunited earlier this year fans knew it was only a matter of time until the group returned to the studio. I’m happy to say, the wait is finally over.

Earlier today, September 30, The Matches partnered with our good friends at Substream to share the world premiere of a new song titled “Life Of A Match.” The track is a big and boisterous return to form for the group, bringing to mind the material found on A Band In Hope. You can …


UTG PREMIERE: Barbacoa – ‘The Carmel EP’

We’re so excited to introduce you all to the indie rock duo, Barbacoa. Comprised of vocalist Kyle Evanchuck and multi-instrumentalist/producer Joel Grant, Barbacoa’s debut, The Carmel EP, combines the sounds of Motion City Soundtrack with the moody tenderness of Death Cab For Cutie. Give The Carmel EP an exclusive listen after the jump.

Not even distance could keep Evanchuck (a decorated sailor in the United States Navy) and Grant from coming together to record The Carmel EP. Evanchuck wrote all the lyrics and melodies deep under the ocean and would send both to Grant to engineer and produce …


Migos Share “Dab” Featuring Skippa Da Flippa

Migos dropped their Back To The Bando mixtape earlier this month, marking the group’s second major release of 2015, but that isn’t stopping the trio from sharing even more new material with fans.

Earlier today, September 28, a new Migos track titled “Dab” found its way online. The song features Skippa Da Flippa, as well as production from Dee Money, and the lyrics address the group’s love for consuming marijuana. Anyone familiar with weed knows dabs are basically equal to taking a double or triple shot of top shelf liquor with no chaser, but the men of Migos are making …


Handguns Rise Above Genre Trends With “Disenchanted”

As much as Handguns have been considered a part of the current pop-punk movement, I have always thought of them as something of an outlier. Their music may play well alongside current alt-rock favorites, but the themes in their music and the way their fans engage with them is something wholly unique unto Handguns. What gives them this ability is not something you can pinpoint or pick apart, but rather something you feel when their music plays. It’s inspired by the now, but it’s also hoping to be something so much more than a disposable perspective on a fleeting moment …


Download ‘Meow The Jewels’ For Free

Just a year after revealing plans to create and distribute a remix of their popular Sophomore album using cat samples, Run The Jewels have made good on their promise. Meow The Jewels is now available for stream and free download, as well as pre-order on limited edition vinyl, and UTG has all the details you need.

“Did we make the silliest, occasionally most grating possible remix album? Of course. And we did it for you, Mike Brown and Eric Garner,” El-P tweeted after announcing Meow the Jewels’ arrival.

Meow The Jewels was created after a Run The Jewels fan …

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Stream WATERMEDOWN’s New EP, ‘Somewhere Sleepless’

One-man-band Jonny Mays, better known under his stage moniker WATERMEDOWN, has begun streaming his highly anticipated Equal Vision debut, Somewhere Sleepless. Give it a listen by following the jump below, and let us know what you think in the replies.

This November, Mays will hit the road alongside Man Overboard, A Loss For Words, and Northbound. If you’ d like to catch him live, a full list of dates can additionally be found below.

Somewhere Sleepless hits shelves today through Equal Vision Records–pick up a copy of your own here.

Kyle Florence


UTG PREMIERE: Hope Vista – “Dominance”

Creating a blend of 90s pop classics and Joan Jett, Hope Vista brings an alt-rock flare, with (in her own words) a splash of “popgrungehurricane.” Be prepared for some mega sass in her forthcoming single (out today), “Dominance,” which can be streamed exclusively right here on Under The Gun Review.

Hope is an Avril Lavigne-loving, female power-driven singer-songwriter who entered the studio this summer with Zack Odom and Kenneth Mount to create her upcoming debut release. “Dominance,” the record’s lead single, was written by Hope. You can stream the song below.

James Shotwell is the founder of Under