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UTG PREMIERE: Act As If – “Easier”

The weekend is almost here, so in our minds it is as good a time as any to forget about work and focus on what really matters: Discovering great new music.

Today, we have the great honor of partnering with fast-rising pop rock outfit Act As If to premiere the closing track from their highly anticipated new album. The song, titled “Easier,” knocked us off our collective feet when it first blared throughout our offices, and in the days that followed it could be heard booming from various individual work spaces. To say we’ve fallen head over heels would probably …

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UTG PREMIERE: Nemes – “Black Streak”

With a little more than a month to go before their long awaited full-length debut arrives in stores, New England folk rock outfit Nemes have joined forces with UTG to share a brand new song.

It’s hard to know the right way to describe the sound of Nemes to someone who has never encountered their unique take on music. The best explanation I have been able to put together is asking people to imagine what would happen if My Morning Jacket had a baby with Mumford And Sons while listening to acoustic-driven emo music from the early millennium. I know …

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UTG Premiere: Vanities – ‘Dead Beats’ EP

Just a year after bursting onto the hardcore scene with their incredible debut, New England’s Vanities are back with a killer new record that might be your favorite heavy release of the fall.

The world of heavy music has become incredibly underwhelming in recent years, at least on the side of things that caters to younger audiences. The vast majority of bands making it in the quote/unquote ‘alternative’ scene have all become clones of one another, ripping off whatever new idea is popular this year in order to cash in long enough to book another nationwide tour. Still, in the …

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UTG Video Premiere: Across the Viaduct – “Night Shift”

We have a slew of unsigned exclusives coming your way this week, and the latest offering comes to us from none other than Ohio pop punk outfit Across The Viaduct.

To be fair, Across The Viaduct are not pop punk in the same way, say, Man Overboard are pop punk. Their sound is certainly rooted in influences from the Warped Tour world of musicians, but there is a very defined indie presence in their music as well that helps add a level of sonic maturity to the whole affair. “Night Shift,” the band’s latest single, showcases all of this …

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The Weekend Classic Are About To Become Your New Favorite Band

I’ve always found that the best listening experience anyone can hope to stumble across is an instance where material that you never expected to impress you ends up knocking you on your ass. The track plays, your jaw slowly comes unhinged, and by the time it ends you’re too busy eating your own words to try and defend lack of enthusiasm up front. It’s rare, which is all the more reason to tell everyone you know whenever artists are able to have that kind of affect on your life.

Hailing from Indiana with a sound that blends together the best …

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Creeper Make Our Knees Weak With Their Video For “Gloom”

UK rock outfit Creeper are winning over hearts around the globe this year, and their march towards total genre domination continues this morning with the release of a music video for “Gloom.” If you’re not a fan already, strap in. Your life is about to change.

Taken from Creeper’s critically-acclaimed new EP, “Gloom” is a pitch perfect mix of emo, pop, and alternative influences being channeled through a feel good rock sound. The lyrics tell you the whole affair is rather melancholy, but your feet will find it almost impossible to resist dancing, or at the very least tapping along …

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There’s Something Irresistible About Radical Something’s “Cali Get Down”

Several weeks ago we brought you an audio stream of a new song titled “Cali Get Down” by a band we had never previously covered called Radical Something. That same group has since released a video for the that single, and we have only fallen further in love with their unique take on modern pop rock.

I have tried and spectacularly failed to explain the sound of Radical Something at least a half dozen times this month. The closest I have come to nailing it, at least according to people I’ve spoken with, is a more mature …

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UTG Premiere: Vanities – “Too Little Too Late”

I am not sure what else can be written about Vanities that has not already been scrawled across this site a dozen times in the past year. Rising from relative obscurity in New England, Vanities have quickly become a band everyone with an ear for the heavier side of music needs to know. Their debut EP was released in the fall of 2013, and today it gives us great pleasure to inform you the group’s second release, Dead Beats, will be self-released by the band on September 23.

In our opinion there is no reason to announce a new …

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Buffalo, NY’s Well Kept Things Are About To Be Your New Favorite Band

We’ve probably said this a dozen times before, but there is nothing in this life quite like the rush you feel when stumbling upon an undiscovered talent. Be it musician, painter, filmmaker, or something else entirely, there is something about that rush of emotion and excitement that accompanies a new artistic discovery that cannot be matched by pills or everyday living. It’s the kind of high you seek out every day in every place you look, but more often than not cannot find. Hell, it has probably been two months or more since I’ve heard a song that made me …

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UTG Album Premiere: Get Stoked – ‘Washington Street’

This is a fact we have no doubt mentioned a thousand times in the past, but UTG is a product of Michigan. We may have moved our offices several times since launching on the campus of Ferris State University in the spring of 2008, but that does not mean our hearts ever left the so-called Mitten State. Part of this is due to the fact the majority of our staff’s family still resides there, and the rest is due to the understanding that no other state offers a more robust or diverse collection of incredible unsigned talent than the 26th …

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UTG Premiere: Adage – ‘Defined’ EP

With the exception of five or six bands, the world of radio-ready rock and roll has been incredibly underwhelming in recent years. Most bands seem to have no problem finding a way to reach large audiences, but very few have mastered the art of developing a career that can be sustained – if not built upon – for many years to come. Adage are still a young band, but their debut EP gives us hope that a bright, lasting career may be on the horizon.

Last month, one of the several hundred pitches to roll through our inbox featuring bands …

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EXCLUSIVE: Fine Fine Titans Tour Blog #2

Grand Rapids, Michigan hard rock outfit Fine Fine Titans have quickly become one of the most talked about unsigned bands of 2014. Between their recently released Omega EP, as well as many performances across our great nation, this group has everything going for them and show no signs of slowing their climb to the top of rock’s underground anytime soon.

Today, we are excited and honored to continue sharing a series of tour blogs the band has agreed to write for UTG during their current string of dates. The second entry, which covers time spent in Connecticut and Pennsylvania, can …