UTG Track-By-Track: Luna Aura Discusses ‘Supernova’

Phoenix is not a city that is typically viewed as a hub for emerging talent, but we recently learned to see Arizona’s urban heart in a new light after hearing the cosmic, dream-pop stylings of Luna Aura. Her music is as much influenced by the songs on the radio as it is by the hits of the urban underground, and the combination of those two elements has created a sound that is altogether new and intoxicating.

Luna Aura released her latest EP, Supernova, through digital retailers on August 7. We were a bit slow to discover her talent, so …

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UTG TRACK-BY-TRACK: Time King – ‘Suprœ’

If you haven’t yet heard of Time King, then I suggest you take this opportunity to get acquainted, because it’s only a matter of time before these five dudes from Long Island take the prog-rock scene by storm. Armed with an airtight live presence and an unrivaled attention to detail, the still-budding band are masters of both mayhem and melody, bringing to mind genre forerunners like Circa Survive, The Receiving End of Sirens, and Gatsbys American Dream.

We recently caught up with TK guitarist Brandon Dove, who was kind enough to grace us with a track-by-track …

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UTG TRACK-BY-TRACK: The Kickdrums – ‘Breathe Again’

Alex Fitts is one busy dude. When he’s not producing tracks for Kid Cudi, 50 Cent, and scores of other notable artists, he’s making music as The Kickdrums, piecing together various genres to create some exceedingly unique jams.

On his latest EP, Breathe Again, the Brooklyn songwriter has crafted six hypnotic singles that blur the lines between indie, electronic, and trap. It’s an eclectic blend that takes some getting used to, but if given the chance, these tracks will stick to the walls of your brain like no other.

UTG recently caught up with Fitts, who was kind …


UTG Track-By-Track: OWEL Discuss ‘Every Good Boy’

Today is the day many indie and alternative rock fans have been waiting months to see arrive. After a lengthy period of promotion, coupled with a huge outpouring of support from the press, OWEL have released their highly-anticipated Every Good Boy EP through our friends at In The Cloud Records. It’s a release nearly everyone on our staff cannot stop spinning, and we are thrilled to be hosting the exclusive track-by-track rundown of the entire album.

What’s that? You still need to be introduced to OWEL? Allow us to help:

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Tear Out The Heart Release Second Track By Track Video For ‘Dead, Everywhere’

​Tear Out The Heart‘s highly anticipated forthcoming studio album, Dead, Everywhere, will hit stores everywhere in two weeks. So far we’ve heard a few of the songs, and now the band is giving fans some background for each of them. Earlier this morning the band released the second part of their “track by track” videos.​ The band talks about some of the inspiration and meaning behind the tracks. You can watch it below. If you missed the first video, you can check it out here.

Pre-orders are available to purchase through iTunes, Amazon and Victory Records’ …


UTG Exclusive: His Dream Of Lions ‘Part Two’ Track-By-Track

Earlier this month our friends in His Dream Of Lions released their spectacular new EP, Part Two. We have written about the album at length already, as have many of our friends in the blogging community, but until now no one has had the stories behind the music. Today, with help from the band members themselves, Under The Gun is excited to share an exclusive track-by-track breakdown of the latest material from His Dream Of Lions.

Some of you may be browsing the site right now with no idea who this band is or just how much great …

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UTG TRACK-BY-TRACK: The Smith Street Band – ‘Throw Me In The River’

Of recent years, Melbourne, Australia’s The Smith Street Band have evolved from beloved local act, plying their craft in dive bars around Melbourne, to full-fledged international touring folk-punk tour-de-force. One of the key components of this evolution has been vocalist and principle songwriter Will Wagner’s ability to forge a deeply emotional connection with the fan base via his unique and decidedly visual lyrical style. When coupled with his heavily accented but impassioned delivery, Wagner’s lyrics take you on an intimate journey through the many intricate workings of our human existence, evoking emotions of jubilation, despair, anger, defiance, love and everything …


UTG Track-By-Track: Empires – ‘Orphan’

This is a huge week for the up and coming rock outfit known as Empires. After many long nights and endless drives spent trying to make a name for themselves, the group have just released their debut album on Chop Shop/Island Records. We have yet to put a review together, but we loved the record so much upon first hearing it that we asked the members of Empires if they would be willing to fill us in on the stories behind the music. Lucky for us, they said yes.

Today it is our great pleasure to share with you a …

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UTG TRACK-BY-TRACK: Dog Fashion Disco – ‘Sweet Nothings’

One of the most eclectic and missed bands of independent music came roaring out of the shadows this year to bring fans a blazing, brand new record. Dog Fashion Disco returned last month with the new album, Sweet Nothings, that boasts 8 years of pent-up energy from the band’s previous hiatus into a massacre of magnificent music.

Today we are bringing you an exclusive track-by-track of the new record, where frontman Todd Smith discusses his method of madness behind each of the album’s 13 offerings. He describes the track “Doctor’s Orders” as “my contempt for the American stereotypical cycle …

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UTG TRACK-BY-TRACK: Anton Kellner & The Lone Stars – ‘You Were The Fire’

Here at Under the Gun, we try to continually provide you with original and riveting content, and honestly, nothing is more interesting or telling of music than when an artist talks about the background and the inspirations for an album.

Anton Kellner, of Anton Kellner & The Lone Stars has teamed up with UTG to present you with a track by track breakdown of his new album, You Were Fire. Kellner talks about the process of writing the album, what inspired him and what some of the tracks are about. Check it out below and be sure to pick …

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UTG TRACK-BY-TRACK: Instead of Sleeping – ‘Young Lungs’

In wake of the May 22 release of their brand new LP, Instead of Sleeping have teamed up with Under The Gun to bring you an exclusive track-by-track of Young Lungs. The record, which can be streamed following the jump, is the band’s third LP and experience proves it to be a dose of mature and clean indie rock. Songs such as “Merlot” are translucent and laid back, while numbers like the opener “Volatile,” and “The Ones,” pack more of a punch with exploding choruses.

Click “Read More” to stream the record, which was produced by Marc McClusky (…


UTG Track-By-Track: Big Reeno – ‘Watch My Indie Throne’

With only a handful of days to go before his new EP arrives in stores, North Dakota based hip-hop up and comer Big Reeno has partnered with UTG to share a track-by-track rundown of Watch My Indie Throne.

Featuring seven new tracks, including “The Rain” (featuring Dizzy Wright) and “Home” (featuring King Los), the latest release from Big Reeno seems poised to launch the buzzworthy middle of America emcee into the national spotlight. We knew as soon as we heard the first single we had to be involved in the release of this record, and it gives us great …

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