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UTG SESSION: Sleep On It, Part 1 – Interview & “Sunrise”

Chicago natives Sleep On It just wrapped up their first co-headlining tour alongside their buddies in Real Talk on ‘The Rebel Alliance Tour.’ The tour, which made its way from Kentucky to New York and back, marks the first time the band has officially hit the road. As a band that operates in a completely DIY realm of music, the guys were able to tour in support of their debut EP, Everything, All At Once, with some of their own savings and some help via their devoted fan-base through a Kickstarter campaign.

In Long Island, NY, we caught up …

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UTG TV: Rockstar Mayhem Fest 2014 With Body Count

For our last installment of UTG TV‘s Rockstar Mayhem Festival coverage, we spoke with the revived iconic hardcore legends in Body Count.

The guys just finished the summer long run on the road with the Mayhem Festival and wrapped things up last weekend at the Afropunk Festival in Brooklyn, NY. Ice-T, who had no problem singing “Cop Killer” in front of various members of the NYPD, sounded confident and clear in delivering his heavy vocals. Watching Body Count perform is a far cry from watching an episode of Law And Order and a must-see for any fan of …

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UTG TV: Rockstar Mayhem Fest 2014 With Mushroomhead

When UTG TV first decided we’d be heading out to Scranton, PA for the Rockstar Mayhem Festival, we knew that Mushroomhead was one band we absolutely needed to talk to.

The band ranks amongst the most obscure of the metal bands around the world. Mushroomhead has channeled a level of energy and stage presence that can only be inspired by pure creativity and excessiveness. They’ll one day be regarded among the ranks of GWAR and Slipknot as one of the most unique bands in rock music.

Check below to watch the Under The Gun exclusive interview with Skinny, where …

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UTG TV: Rockstar Mayhem Fest 2014 With Levi Benton Of Miss May I

In 2009, I witnessed Miss May I perform at Irving Plaza in New York City without knowing a single thing about the band. By 2014, the band has released four full-length albums via Rise Records, and has been growing just as steadily as the label has.

This April, the band released Rise Of The Lion to critical acclaim, charting in the upper ranks of the the Billboard charts in America. This summer, we caught up with them at the Rockstar Mayhem Festival 2014 in Scranton, PA.

We spoke to vocalist Levi Benton about Miss May I’s rise to success and …

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UTG TV: Rockstar Mayhem Fest 2014 With Islander

Serving as one of the truly up-and-coming acts on the Rockstar Mayhem Festival 2014, Islander seemingly had a lot to prove. That didn’t manage to have an effect on the guys keeping it cool, though. Believe it or not, by the time UTG TV spoke to them in Scranton, they’d already become friends with the guys in Korn and had Suicide Silence watching their set from backstage.

During our interview, we felt the need to state the obvious and address how different Islander seemed from the rest of the lineup. The guys chuckled at the notion, agreeing but not being …

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UTG TV: Idlehands Talk New Singles, Upcoming Full-Length

UTG TV sat down with Idlehands for a quick interview before their show at the DNA Lounge in San Francisco on August 7. The guys talked about their latest music video for the song “Mellow Christ,” featuring Justin Bonifacio of Ghost Parade, as well as their recent acquisition by Headphone Music, a division of Equal Vision Records. During our interview, Idlehands also spent some time discussing their upcoming full-length album, Dena Mora, which was recorded with legendary producer, Kris Crummett.

Idlehands have recently wrapped up some West Coast tour dates with Icarus The Owl, The Body …

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UTG TV: Rockstar Mayhem Fest 2014 With Ill Niño

“All metal bands, whether you’re in your 20s, whether you’re 18…30…40…you obviously want to turn the youth of America into a metalhead.”

Fourteen years ago Cristian Machado stepped up from bass to lead vocals for the NJ based Latin Metal rockers Ill Niño. On July 22 of this year the band dropped their seventh studio album, Till Death, La Familia, via Victory Records. The timing was perfect to coincide with their run on the Rockstar Mayhem Fest 2014 alongside Korn, Avenged Sevenfold, Trivium, and many more.

UTG’s John Bazley spoke with Cristian about his time spent on the …

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UTG TV: Rockstar Mayhem Fest 2014 With Veil Of Maya

A new Veil of Maya album is coming. We promise. How do we know? Well, because we spoke to them! We caught up with Brandon Butler and Marc Okubo in Scranton, PA at the 2014 Rockstar Mayhem Festival to sit down with the guys and discuss a few things.

Between traveling around the country with the Mayhem Festival and playing one-off dates with Trivium, Emmure, and more, the guys have been keeping busy. That’s a good thing according to vocalist Brandon Butler, who doesn’t know what to do when he’s not performing. On days when he was extremely bored, he’d …

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UTG TV: Rockstar Mayhem Fest 2014 With Asking Alexandria’s Danny Worsnop

“Last night was a little hazy… I lost a fight with a bottle of tequila…”

When the 2014 Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival came through New York, we were eager to get involved and nail down some interviews. Unfortunately, the Long Island date was only featuring the main stage performers. So UTG TV traveled from NY and NJ to Scranton, PA to catch up with a bunch of different artists. For Mayhem Festival, we’ll be bringing you eight different interviews.

For installment one, we’re featuring vocalist Danny Worsnop of the internationally successful band Asking Alexandria. The UK rockers traveled stateside …

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Warped Hangout With Mayday Parade, The Story So Far, Blackbird And Photographer Tom Falcone

Sometimes weird stuff happens when you’re on the road and it’s best to just let the camera roll. UTG TV likes to jump on those opportunities and this was the perfect instance to do so.

When the press area in Wantagh, NY for the Vans Warped Tour started slowing down, a unique combination of people were left “shooting the shit,” as they say. Derek Sanders of Mayday Parade, Kelen Capener of The Story So Far, Gia Farrell and Kandice Brending of Blackbird, and professional touring photographer Tom Falcone can be seen in this video hanging out and …

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UTG TV: Dirty Heads Discuss ‘Sound of Change,’ Canada Cold And Internet Haters

Dirty Heads fill up a unique niche in the current music market. By all technical and logistical standpoints the band is vastly successful. This constitutes national headlining tours as well as commercially incredible record sales on their latest release. You may have first been turned onto Dirty Heads when they did a collaboration with Rome Ramirez (Sublime With Rome). What is interesting about the band is that they are genuinely indefinable, especially if you take a listen to their brand new record, Sound of Change.

When the band came through Huntington, NY, to perform at The Paramount alongside Pepper …

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UTG TV: Warped 2014 With The Word Alive

The Word Alive is one of those bands that’s bound to keep growing and growing. This summer alone, they’ve been bumped up onto the main stage at Warped Tour on numerous occasions, but it’s only a matter of time before they become Warped headliners for the long run.

If you’re a fan of the band, you don’t need an explanation as to why they are one of the most energetic and incredible bands to watch perform live, and if all my forum involvement is correct, Telle Smith has become one of the hottest frontmen to photograph, purely based on his …