UTG PREMIERE: Weller – ‘Career Fair’ EP

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Today, we have the immense honor of premiering Weller‘s brand new EP, titled Career Fair. Recorded with Modern Baseball’s Jake Ewald at The Metal Shop in Philadelphia, Weller’s newest will work its way into the hearts and minds of those who can’t get enough of Ewald’s band and similar Pennsylvania acts like Tigers Jaw, Three Man Cannon, and Petal. Listen through the four-track effort below and try to tell us we’re wrong.

Speaking on the release, guitarist/vocalist Harrison Nantz tells UTG, “Career Fair is an EP about that one year after college that makes you feel like you can accomplish anything, but we’re all really just four-chord songs.” Read more »

UTG TRACK-BY-TRACK: Greaver – ‘The Faun’

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Today, North Carolina’s Greaver have released their massive conceptual effort, The Faun, through Cardigan Records. Having had the time to soak in the depth of its story and sonic intensity, we’ve teamed up with the band to share their in-depth breakdown of each of The Faun‘s 10 tracks and overarching storyline, which you can immerse yourself in below. The album can be streamed at the end of this post if you’d like to listen through as you read Greaver’s track-by-track analysis. Read more »

REVIEW: Henrietta offer quality indie rock on ‘Paper Wings’

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Artist: Henrietta
Album: Paper Wings
Genre: Indie Rock
Label: Animal Style

I was a big fan of Henrietta‘s debut, The Trick Is Not Minding. Playing nothing like a debut, the band create incredibly emotional business, drowned in massive guitars and gritty vocals that are sure to bring up discourse on Pedro The Lion.

On their return, Paper Wings, the band brings a crisper production and tone, covering the listener in cutting riffs and melodies that only illuminate the best about what Henrietta has to offer. Opening with “Paper Wings,” the band soothes with warming chords pulsating over powerfully strained vocals. Read more »

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Blink-182 announce massive summer tour with ADTR, All-American Rejects, others

If you haven’t heard the news yet, Blink-182 have announced a big summer tour just after releasing their first new song without Tom DeLonge. The band’s upcoming album, California, features Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba filling in on guitar duties, and is set to be released on July 1. Pre-orders are available now.

This newly announced outing is looking to be one of this summer’s most anticipated tours with support that echoes a throwback for some, including A Day To Remember, The All-American Rejects, All Time Low and DJ Spider. All dates for the tour are available below.

According to the blink-182’s website, VIP tickets for the tour will go on sale May 2 at 10am PST and general tickets will go on sale Friday, May 6 at 10am PST. A pre-sale code for tickets will be available for fans that pre-order California on CD, vinyl, or through one of the available bundles. Read more »

REVIEW: Pity Sex keep it simple on ‘White Hot Moon’

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Artist: Pity Sex
Album: White Hot Moon
Genre: Alternative Rock, Indie
Label: Run For Cover Records

There’s typically this underlying expectation with every musical act that a second album has to be bigger and different than its predecessor. Sometimes, though, bands refrain from taking huge risks and instead opt for the safe route, still managing to produce a listenable record. Ann Arbor four-piece Pity Sex has done the latter with their sophomore LP, White Hot Moon. Read more »

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‘Batman: The Killing Joke’ gets a suitably dark trailer

Earlier this month, we got an extended behind-the-scenes look at Batman: The Killing Joke which included interviews with some of the creators of the upcoming animated film. Today, Yahoo premiered a more traditional trailer for the project, and we are beyond thrilled.

The most immediately noticeable thing is that the MPAA has given the film an R rating. Given the intensely grim and dark nature of Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s 1988 graphic novel, this seems both fitting and promising. The trailer is brilliant, especially Batman’s (Kevin Conroy) talk with The Joker (Mark Hamill) about the nature of their relationship, which is lifted straight from the comics. There are many recognizable scenes from the original story, including (spoilers for a 28-year-old graphic novel incoming) Joker’s encounter with Barbara Gordon (Tara Strong), Commissioner Gordon’s (Ray Wise) demented carnival ride, and Joker’s first moments of existence. Read more »

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Blink-182 release lyric video for “Bored To Death” from upcoming album ‘California’

Following an unceremonious leak of the new track earlier today, Blink-182 have officially premiered their new single “Bored To Death” on KROQ. Listen to the song, the band’s first without founding member Tom DeLonge, below.

The song comes from the new album titled California, due out July 1 (pre-orders are ongoing). The record features Alkaline Trio‘s Matt Skiba on guitars and vocals, replacing Tom DeLonge after 2015’s heavily-publicized departure. However, “Bored To Death” is most certainly a Hoppus-heavy song. Leading in with a compressed, “Feeling This”-esque drum fill and a guitar tone reminiscent of “Adam’s Song,” the band kicks into one hell of a pre-chorus and the catchiest chorus they’ve written in years. If the rest of the record follows suit, it looks like we can expect a full return to the pop-punk, endless summer, feel-good Blink of the mid-2000s.

Listen to the new song and check out the artwork for California below. Let us know what you think of “Bored To Death” in the comments section. Read more »

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It’s a battle of evil spirits in new trailer for ‘Sadako vs. Kayako’

Ringu (The Ring) and Ju-on (better known in America as The Grudge) franchises are two of the biggest horror franchises in Japan. If you’ve ever dreamed of a crossover between the two film series, your dream has come true with the release of the first trailer for Sadako vs. Kayako.

In the trailer, protagonist Yūri Kurahashi (Mizuki Yamamoto) manages to watch the videotape containing Sadako Yamamura from Ringu while inside the house where Kayako Saeki of Ju-on dwells. This proves to be a less than perfect idea when both spirits are unleashed into the world. Either after or during the process of terrorizing Yūri and her friends, Kayako and Sadako square off. You can watch the trailer below; there are no subtitles but the visuals translate regardless.

“Versus” style horror movies don’t have the best track record (Freddy vs. Jason, Alien vs. Predator), but we’re still intrigued by Sadako vs. Kayako. At the very least it should be fun to see these J-Horror icons on screen at the same time. Read more »

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‘Wet Hot American Summer’ is returning to Netflix once again

When Netflix released Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp last year, it quickly became one of our favorite shows. First Day of Camp perfectly encapsulated what made 2001’s Wet Hot American Summer a cult classic, and was a hilarious, delightful experience. Today, Netflix announced that we’re going back to Camp Firewood again in 2017.

The new series, Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later will be set—you guessed it—ten years after the original movie’s setting of 1981. Netflix released a short announcement teaser, which you can watch below. The teaser makes it seem like a good portion of the stacked original cast will still be onboard, but there’s no official news on that front yet. We also don’t have much in the way of plot details, but given the charm and success of First Day Of Camp, which hilariously served as a prequel to the 2001 film (despite the actors’ ages), we’re confident Ten Years Later will live up to expectations.

Are you as excited as we are by the announcement? Any guesses about what will have transpired in those ten years? Give us your input in the comments below. Read more »

REVIEW: We grieve with Greaver on immense full-length, ‘The Faun’

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Artist: Greaver
Album: The Faun
Genre: Post-Hardcore
Label: Cardigan Records

At one point in our lives, we all love someone or something. And at another point we all lose that someone or something. This is the circle of life. As Mr. Vonnegut so aptly put it, “and so it goes…” Music has the power to either heal or pour massive amounts of salt onto an already burning wound. With their full-length, The Faun, post-hardcore concept rockers Greaver somehow manage to do both at exactly the same time. Read more »

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Thrice release “Black Honey” from upcoming LP

Thrice have released the newest track off of their highly anticipated ninth release, To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere.

“Black Honey” follows the previously released “Blood On The Sand,” and shows the band keeping up with the aggressive choruses, but adding more to the diversity of their upcoming release.

Talking to NPR about the song, frontman Dustin Kensrue says, “Lyrically, the song spawned from an image that popped into my head: someone continually swatting at a swarm of bees to get their honey, but somehow not understanding why they would sting back in return.”

If you have yet to pre-order the record, you can grab a copy here. Listen to “Black Honey” below and let us know what you think in the comments. Read more »

UTG TRACK-BY-TRACK: Right On, Kid! – ‘On The Brighter Side Of Things’

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Drawing influence from pop-punk mainstays like Blink-182 and The Ataris, Right On, Kid! are sure to appeal to even the most hopeless romantic. Unapologetic and brimming with energy, the New Mexico five-piece have a knack for huge hooks and smart lyrics, making for a fitting summer soundtrack that’s more than worthy of repeat listens.

The band recently sat down to give us all the details behind the writing of their debut EP, On The Brighter Side Of Things, which dropped late last week and has since been on constant rotation around UTG HQ. Check it out after the jump, and pick up a copy for yourself here. Read more »

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