M.I.A. double Bubble Trouble

M.I.A. Joins The Partysquad For “Gold”

If you haven’t listened to the latest M.I.A. album, the banger-laden Matangi, please visit that. It’s worth the time.

After you’ve done that, return here for this new M.I.A. track – kind of. Per Consequence of Sound, she’s teamed up with The Partysquad for “Gold.” It isn’t as golden as “Only 1 U” or “Bad Girls,” but it’s a fun, sub-two minute beat. The Partysquad leads the way, as any party squad should.

“Gold” comes off The Partysquad Summer Mixtape 2014, which also features such M.I.A. fare as “Double Bubble Trouble” and a “Double Bubble Trouble” dub. …

Twin Peaks Flavor

Watch Twin Peaks Throw a Pool Party at Marilyn Manson’s Old House in “Flavor” Music Video

Certain bands like Wavves and FIDLAR nail that summer sound, and Twin Peaks are one of the newest to do so. On “Flavor,” the first single off their debut Wild Onion (out August 5 via Grand Jury), they sum up most teenagers’ dream weekend: “So put your little hand in mine, there ain’t no hill or mountain we can’t climb.” The 20-year-old Chicago dudes throw a pool party in the song’s new music video and if there’s anything wrong with it, it’s that you weren’t invited.

Watch as they flail around in the water, drink a little too much, and …

summer playlist

Songs For The Season: Summer Playlist

Summer, the long coveted season for students, teachers, kids, parks, and numerous other interested parties, has always seemed to invigorate the beginning of something new. While it presents a change in season, it also sparks a temperate reinvention. Summer removes the constraints of autumn’s sweatshirts, winter’s coats, spring’s windbreakers, and welcomes humanity in its most natural form. With daylight bursting through the seams, endless possibilities, and a world to explore, summer rewards us with the sweat from our brow, and the heat consumed by our bodies. But, alas, what would a summer piece from UTG be without music?

All of …

Artery Recordings Sampler 2014

Artery Recordings Releases Free Sampler

Sacramento label Artery Recordings turns four this year, and to make sure everyone gets the same sunny summer weather as them, they’re releasing a sampler for free.

The sampler, titled Summer of Artery, features Slaves, Kublai Khan, Upon This Dawning, and more. They’ve been pretty busy over at the label, having just added Four Letter Lie to their roster and getting ready to put their new EP out at the beginning of August. Capture The Crown joined the label as well at the beginning of April. If those weren’t signs of good things to come, this sampler sure is. …

2012 Andrew Bird

Andrew Bird Announces New Album and Tour

Violin and whistler extraordinaire Andrew Bird has been dropping new releases somewhat quietly in the past few years, and they’ve each had their own sweet charm. First there was 2012′s Hands Of Glorythen there was 2013’s I Want to See Pulaski at Night; now he’s returning with a covers album, Things Are Really Great Here, Sort Of…

The longstanding folk duo The Handsome Family and Townes Van Zandt will get to hear their material covered on the full-length album due out June 3. Considering he covered “The Giant of Illinois” on compilation album Dark Was

Camera Shy

Hear Camera Shy’s First Single “Spin Me” Featuring Members of Whirr and Nothing

Sometimes dreams do come true. Nick Bassett of Whirr and Nothing has joined up with Alexandra Morte, the former vocalist of Whirr, to form Camera Shy.

The band have shared their first single and it’s the kind of giddy, bright, well-timed music you want for summer. Hallelujah. Shout out to Noisey for premiering their single.

The single, called “Spin Me,” can be heard below. Leave your thoughts (or expectations?) about the band and their single in the comment section afterwards.


CHVRCHES Announce Summer Tour Dates

The ever hard working electro-pop trio CHVRCHES always seem to be on the road, but in case you are a fool like me and have yet to see them live, us Americans have another chance.

Hitting up much of the U.S. before hooking up with some summer festivals, the band will be crossing the U.S. through the months of April, May, and June. Supporting their stellar debut release The Bones of What You Believe, the band has been a staple in current electronic music. Featuring sounds from veteran-ed Scottish musicians, as well as lush melodies, the band has been …

Common GRound Festival

Brand New, Circa Survive, The Hold Steady, Say Anything to Play Common Ground Festival

Some lineups seem unreal. Common Ground Festival is one of them.

In its 15th year, the festival boasts an incredible lineup this summer that includes Brand New, Circa Survive, The Hold Steady, Say Anything, The Front Bottoms, and Kevin Devine and the Goddamn Band. Other featured artists include 311, Justin Moore, and David Nail.

Common Ground Festival takes place July 8-13 in Lansing, Michigan on the Adado Riverfront Park. General admission tickets start at $89.50 (or a whopping $40.00 if you’re under 10-years-old). Pre-order tickets and see more details at the festival’s website.


Brand New Announce Summer Tour Dates

Ladies and gentlemen, get ready at your keyboards. Brand New are going to be hitting up a handful of US cities this summer for what looks like a short tour and presale tickets go live in an hour.

As usual, Brand New are offering a special ticket presale through Ducat King that starts today at 12pm EST. Click here to head to the site to order links. Don’t forget that they will also be playing at Boston Calling in late May as well.

See the list of dates below:

Real Friends

MUSIC VIDEO: Real Friends – “Late Nights In My Car”

Chicago-based pop-punk band Real Friends recently released a new music video for their song, “Late Nights In My Car.” The video is a compilation of clips from Real Friends’ recent journey on the Vans Warped Tour this past Summer, and while this video isn’t a new concept, you do get to see some of the band’s personality and what their Summer was like through their perspective.

“Late Nights In My Car” is the first track on Real Friends’ latest release, Put Yourself Back Together, which came out this past June.

Check out the new video for “Late Nights In My …


UTG LIST: Back To School

Well, it’s that time of the year again…

By the time this is read, millions of students will have faced the end of summer vacation and made their return to school where they’ll remain for the greater part of the next year. With that comes a lot of feelings ranging from peacefulness to frustration, and anywhere else in between. As always, the UTG staff has you covered with a wide variety of tracks that come to mind when we think of this exciting and busy time of the year.

Check out our staff list after the jump and let us …


ALBUM STREAM: A Great Big Pile Of Leaves – ‘You’re Always On My Mind’

A Great Big Pile Of Leaves have their whole new album, You’re Always On My Mind, streaming via WNYC’s Soundcheck. The album, due out on July 2, will be released on Topshelf Records and can be pre-ordered here. Listen to the album after the jump!

The album, full of jammy guitar sounds and smooth strumming, math rock structure is a solid summer release in the Great Big (swimming) Pool Of LPs released so far in 2013. AGBPOL are currently on tour with The Front Bottoms and will be heading out for a few dates on their own …