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ALBUM STREAM: JJ – ‘V’

On August 19, Swedish pop duo JJ will release their third album, V, via Secretly Canadian. We’ve heard several tracks off the record so far, but starting today the album is streaming in full at NPR.

The 12-track release is a follow-up to 2010’s jj n° 3 and includes the mesmerizing singles “All White Everything” and “Dean & Me.” Vocalist Elin Katlander says JJ have made this music “quite selfishly” in that it appeals to themselves versus a preconceived audience. In his own statement, multi-instrumentalist Joakim Benon added that they have been working on …

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Opeth Announce New Album, Stream “Cusp of Eternity”

On August 26, Swedish metal band Opeth will drop a new studio album titled Pale Communion via Roadrunner Records. The eight-track release is their eleventh studio album. With frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt producing and Porcupine Tree guitarist Steven Wilson mixing, it should see the band’s sound expanding into more psych and prog influences as their last release, 2011′s Heritage, did. As the press release notes, it will have very little “growls or death metal vocals.”

“I wanted to do something more melodic with this album. There’s stronger vocal melodies and more melodies overall,” Åkerfeldt said of the release. “I was pretty …

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Stream JJ’s New Song “All White Everything”

Swedish duo JJ announced two weeks ago that they would be dropping a new album, Vthis summer. Turns out the album, their follow-up to jj n° 4,  drops August 19 via Secretly Canadian and today we get to hear the first single in full, “All White Everything.”

The song sees Joakim Benon and Elin Kastlander bring a haunting, quiet whisper to new heights with synth pop and an orchestral chant. Somehow the two make it work — although looking at their past brilliant pieces, we’re not surprised.

Check out the song and V tracklist below:…

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JJ Announce New Album ‘V’ With Beautiful Video

Swedish duo JJ (no longer lowercase jj) will be returning with their slightly soft electronic music this summer.

After three years since their last LP and two years since their most recent release, jj n° 4, the two will drop the new album, titled V, in August via Secretly Canadian. They announced the news with a beautiful, glitter-covered, Willy Wonka-esque video trailer along with the following message:

At last we meet again
and I’m like baby, what you doing here?
You stay on my mind.
We been up all winters for someone like you and we know that

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SINGLE REVIEW: Icona Pop – “All Night”

Artist: Icona Pop
Single: “All Night”
Album: This Is…
Genre: Pop

Following hot on the heels of their smash hit “I Love It,” Icona Pop are hoping to make their flash in the pan success more of a lasting affair with their latest single, “All Night.”

Let’s get one thing straight right off the top: Pop music may not be the deepest form of expression in the arts, but that does not mean writing a catchy song is in any way a simple feat.…

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Refused Announce Last Gig Ever.

When punk band Refused first got back together, no one could have expected the reunion would last. Other than the fact that after their demise they made a documentary on the turmoil that made them break up with the appropriate name of Refused Are Fucking Dead, the band’s whole belief was strongly anti-capitalism – so the whole idea of getting back for money didn’t seem to apply the way it does for the rest of reunited groups (At The Drive In, I’m looking at you).

We’ve known for sometime that this year would be it, to the …

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Watch The Throne Announces European Tour

Watch The Throne duo of Jay-Z and Kanye West are preparing to take their epic stage show to Europe, from May to June, and UTG has the official details.

Jay and Ye start off with one date in the UK and make their way through Switzerland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, France, Belgium, Germany, and Ireland, with more touring itinerary expected soon.

After their huge success in the US and Canada, we can only expect that the bar will be raised on this tour from Watch The Throne. Are you excited to see the duo when they come to you? Please let …

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MUSIC VIDEO: Eric Turner ft. Lupe Fiasco & Tinie Tempah – Angels & Stars

Sweden’s Eric Turner has released his official music video for “Angels & Stars.”

Pairing the foreign heartthrob with Lupe Fiasco and Tinie Tempah, the video for “Angels & Stars” is a mind-bending showcase of performance performance shots, after effects, and green screen. You can view the video after the jump.

Eric Turner is still developing his name in the states, but with hits like “Angels & Stars” it should not take long to become known. Stay tuned for more updates on this fast-rising artist in the coming weeks.…

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Refused Schedule 2nd NYC Show

Sweedish hardcore act Refused announced a second New York City show at Terminal Five on Sunday April 22. The band added the second date after their first NYC show sold out in under an hour. 2012 marks Refused’s first year of shows since their 1998 breakup. Ticket presale starts on January 31 at 3PM EST, with general public ticketing on sale on February 1 at 12PM EST. Refused also announced they will be also playing Coachella this spring, as well as European dates as well. If you have any desire to go to this New York City show, buy tickets …

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Refused Announce More Reunion Dates

As UTG reported this past Monday, Refused are back in action and prepared to wow crowds with their intense brand of hardcore on the Coachella Festival stage. We have just received word that they will be playing shows in Germany, Belgium, Italy and Sweden, on top of the Coachella appearances. Refused are definitely one of our favorite bands and we hope they make more of an attempt to tour around the states in 2012.

Check out the announced touring schedule right here on Under The Gun Review and let us know if you plan on attending one of these incredible …

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MUSIC VIDEO: Statik Selektah & Termanology ft. Reks – Play Your Role

The duo of Statik Selektah & Termanology, referred to as 1982, have teamed up with Reks for their new music video “Play Your Role.” This video comes less than a week after Statik and Terminology released the last visuals for “Never A Dull Moment” featuring Action Bronson and Bun B.

The song and video for “Play Your Role” were filmed and recorded in Sweden, at the Mahalo Studio, in less than forty-five minutes. No one can do it quite like these artists.

Check it out right here on UTG and let us know what you think!…

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Prince performs with Kanye

In what can only be considered an incredible honor, and an unforgettable night for fans, Prince invited Kanye West to perform with him during the Way Out West Festival in Sweden. It is well known that West is a huge fan of the legendary artist, but Prince rarely expresses his approval for modern artists, let alone invites them to share the stage and sing with him!…