SXSW 2015: A Survival Guide

In preparation of this year’s South By Southwest (SXSW), the music industry’s most epic and grueling music festival, I felt inclined to make a list of advice and suggestions that I wish someone had told me in 2009, as I headed into the event.

So to all of you SXSW rookies out there, take heed and read the following:

1. Drink water, not whiskey.

Since SXSW is unlike any other festival in the fact that it is a marathon, not a sprint, pacing yourself is key. With schedules spanning six days and shows popping up from breakfast till bars close, …


Leon Bridges Is About To Become Your New Favorite Soul Artist

The greatest moments in life are those that catch you completely off guard. Be they big or small, it’s the unexpected occurrences and chance encounters that keep life exciting, and earlier this week I stumbled across someone who has quickly won his way into my heart. If you have a few minutes to spare I am confident that he will soon be in yours as well.

Leon Bridges is a soul singer-songwriter from Texas with roots in the gospel realm and a voice that will stop you in your tracks. I was browsing the latest new artist posts around the …

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REVIEW: Fit For A King – ‘Slave To Nothing’

Artist: Fit For A King
Album: Slave To Nothing
Genre: Metalcore
Label: Solid State Records

If any band had the year of their lives in 2013, the honor would most likely go to Texan metalcore outfit, Fit For A King. After laying claim to the most successful debut in Solid State Records history via the sonic yin and yang of Creation/Destruction, the group proceeded to hop on tour after tour while being granted the ability to re-record their independently released full-length of yesteryear, Descendants. Rather than dedicate 2014 to more touring in support of both releases, though, …


Joyce Manor Clash With Concertgoer Over Stage Dives In Houston (VIDEO)

Joyce Manor have been making a lot of headlines this week for essentially taking a stance against the proliferation of stage dives, especially at shows where they happen to be performing. These headlines apparently did not reach every concertgoer in attendance at the band’s show in Houston last night, September 26, because mid-way through the group’s set the entire performance was put on hold to address one person vocalist/guitarist Barry Johnson could not stand. Lucky for us, the whole thing was captured on video.

Here’s the scene: Joyce Manor were performing to a packed house when one young man decided …

Mineral Lost Thousands of Dollars When Van Was Broken Into Last Night

This fall, Mineral have been touring around North America, making people’s dreams come true by playing live for the first time in 17 years. The long-defunct Texas emo act are responsible for the rise of so many modern bands like Balance and Composure, Into It. Over It., and countless more. So when they announced tour dates, emo fans flipped out.

The difference between touring in 1997 and touring now is, unfortunately, how easy it is to have your stuff stolen. According to the band’s Facebook page, someone broke into their locked van last night in St. Louis and …

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Abigail Breslin Gets Wild In Magic Man’s Newest Music Video

A few months back, Boston’s Magic Man graced us with their major label debut, Before The Waves, a lush arrangement of driving synth-pop ditties that proved to be a more than fitting summer soundtrack. Late last week, the toe-tapping track “Texas” was announced as the album’s second single, and likewise, was given an accompanying music video, which you can check out after the break.

A follow-up to “Paris,” “Texas” premiered over at Clash last Thursday, and like its predecessor, takes viewers on a colorful whirlwind journey, this time alongside Little Miss Sunshine actress Abigail Breslin. If …


Upon A Burning Body’s Vocalist Reported Missing [Updated]

San Antonio, Texas, deathcore outfit Upon A Burning Body have posted an alarming message on their Facebook to inform fans that the group’s front-man, Danny Leal, has been reported missing. According to the post, Leal was last seen in San Antonio on Monday, June 30.

While there is no further information available at this time, we’ll be sure to keep you updated as the story develops. If you have any knowledge on what has occurred or the whereabouts of Leal, don’t hesitate to contact the police.

UPDATE: Sumerian Records owner Ash Avildsen has posted a statement to the label’s official …

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UTG @ SXSW 2014: The 5 Must-See Showcases

Ahhh. It’s already that time of year again. Time to thaw from the freezing cold of winter, prepare for the Austin sunshine, and head out for another jam-packed year at SXSW. The mecca of music discovery, SXSW is gearing up to provide yet another unforgettable week of amazing showcases. From Waterloo, down 6th Street, all the way to Red 7, the world’s best talent will be filling downtown Austin for all to consume.

Rumors are leaking out of south-central Texas almost hourly, making it near-impossible for some to keep up — but what we can confirm for you today …


Tool Add Dates To US Tour

Tool have significantly expanded their previously announced plans to embark on a US tour beginning in March 2014.

This morning, a new series of Tool tour dates found their way online. The dates are still primarily on the west coast, but the expansion’s added performances should offer at least a glimmer of hope to those of us located elsewhere that the band may be considering additional shows throughout the year. You can view the current itinerary below:

3/4 Spokane, WA @ Spokane Arena
3/6 Portland, OR @ MODA Center
3/7 Eugene, OR @ Matthew Knight Arena
3/9 Reno, NV @ …

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MUSIC VIDEO: Fit For A King – “Keep Me Alive”

Solid State Records’ Fit For A King have released visuals for “Keep Me Alive,” a brand new cut that will be featured on the re-release of the group’s debut record, Descendants. It is fitting that the track will be found alongside cuts from Descendants as it actively favors the record’s sound rather than the overall heavier atmosphere of their most recent release, Creation|Destruction.

Follow the jump to check out the music video for “Keep Me Alive” and be sure to let us know your thoughts on the song in the comments section below.

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LISTEN: Fit For A King – “Ancient Waters” (Remastered)

Texan metalcore outfit Fit For A King have made it a point this year to tease an announcement concerning the re-release of their debut record, Descendants. After months of waiting, the first taste of the project is finally here, and it can be streamed after the jump. While still recognizably “Ancient Waters,” the rerecorded, reproduced, and remastered track finds the group experimenting with their sound and making some notable changes, especially in regards to vocal styles.

The re-release of Descendants (which also features a brand new track) is set to drop November 25, but pre-orders are available here for those …


TEXAS: We Are Sponsoring South By So What This Month

If you follow UTG on Twitter you know we have been working hard on a big announcement involving the great state of Texas. The time has come to unveil that news, and we hope to see all of your smiling faces soon.

Under The Gun Review, along with the rest of Absolute Voices (Absolutepunk, Punknews, and PropertyofZack), is proud to announce that we will be one of the sponsors for this month’s upcoming South By So What festival in Grand Prairie, TX, on October 25 and 26. This year’s festival will feature sets from Finch, Story Of The Year, G-Eazy, …