UTG PREMIERE: Reckless Serenade – “Fool’s Gold”

Reckless Serenade

New York rock five-piece Reckless Serenade have partnered with UTG today to share “Fool’s Gold” from their upcoming EP, Strange Soul. Fans of bands like The Spill Canvas and The Audition should find themselves continuously hitting replay on the new single as they await the band’s EP arriving next month.

Talking to UTG about the themes within the new song, RS vocalist Cory Brent explains, “‘Fool’s Gold’ is a song that deals with self awareness. You look around these days and all you see is this strange perceived perfection—models, pop stars, these picture perfect lifestyles. It’s nearly impossible to not feel self-conscious as soon as you step out the door in the morning. Read more »

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Twenty One Pilots extend tour by 57 cities as ticket demand grows

Twenty One Pilots are currently on their Emotional Roadshow Tour, stopping at several locations across the country. While planning to wrap up in August, the group recently announced their plans for a massive expansion worldwide, turning their current tour into the Emotional Roadshow World Tour. This portion is set to start this upcoming Fall, and will run well into 2017, making stops in the U.S., Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. Tickets to see Twenty One Pilotsare on sale now.

After the success of their hits “Stressed Out” and “Ride,” the secondary market is steadily rising in demand to see Twenty One Pilots over the course of this year and next. Tickets are currently averaging $157, according to the data provided by TiqIQ. Read more »

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Dance and drone out to Teknofonic Recordings’ ‘Essentials Vol. 1’

Composer and producer Adam Reifsteck, maybe known more by his studio name Sonic Fear, started NYC label Teknofonic Recordings last year to provide a homebase for forward-thinking electronic music artists. As one of the label’s earliest undertakings, they’ve released Teknofonic Essentials Vol. 1, “a massive collection that truly has something for everyone.”

Featuring 20 different artists, including label founder Sonic Fear himself to open the compilation, Teknofonic Essentials Vol. 1 offers a diverse array of electronic dance music that truly contains something of interest for any and all who enjoy the genre.

The entire 20-cut compilation can be streamed in full below. If you’re looking to dance it out or just need some upbeat background noise, this is the playlist for you. Featuring Upper Regions, 3logit, Acid Daze, Elastic Plastic Generation, and so many more, Teknofonic Essentials Vol. 1 is evident of a label on the right track with a huge roster of varying talents. Read more »

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Charlie Funk lives up to his name on debut, ‘Give Me A Groove’

Brooklyn artist Charlie Funk has been a longtime writer at Tomás Doncker’s True Groove Records, an NYC “global soul” label that features a hefty roster of like-minded musicians who often collaborate on one another’s projects. Funk is the newest to hit the True Groove studio and release a record of his own.

Funk’s name paired with the title of his debut, Give Me A Groove, should offer some kind of idea of what to expect from the effort, and if it’s groovy funk you’re looking for, Charlie and his collaborators are delivering it in spades. Produced by the aforementioned Doncker, who also plays on the album, Give Me A Groove also features several other True Groove All-Stars and former Parliament-Funkadelic all-stars as well, including Michael “Kidd Funkadelic” Hampton and Amp Fiddler.

You can stream Funk’s grooving debut EP in its six-track entirety below. Keep up with the True Groove family through their website. Read more »

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Stream The Hotelier’s brilliant new record, ‘Goodness’

The Hotelier captivated the emo, pop-punk, and indie rock worlds in 2014 with their tidal wave of a sophomore record, Home Like Noplace Is There, and they’ve finally returned with the long-awaited follow-up. Listen to Goodness in full via Stereogum and make sure you read their full interview which is massive, worth your time, and features photos from UTG alum Nina Corcoran.

It’s hard to imagine The Hotelier topping the acclaim and deeply personal connection so many hold with Home, Like Noplace Is There. Thus, Goodness doesn’t necessarily try to top it. It’s a love record, wide-open and airy, as optimistic as Home is tragic. It’s a different beast entirely, and for the most part, it succeeds. We’ll have a full review of the record up next week.

Listen to Goodness at Stereogum, and watch the music video for “Piano Player” below. Read more »

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Members of Rage Against The Machine, Public Enemy, and Cypress Hill are forming a supergroup

Well, that mystery didn’t last long. That Rage Against The Machine/Public Enemy countdown we covered? Turns out it is indeed a supergroup composed of members from RATM, Public Enemy, and Cypress Hill.

Billboard was the first to break the story, citing sources that say Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk of RATM, Chuck D of Public Enemy, and B-Real of Cypress Hill will compose the group, named Prophets of Rage. Billboard‘s report goes on to say that the band will first play a June 3 show at the Hollywood Palladium and that the setlist will consist of songs from each of the contributing acts’ catalogues. A summer tour is reportedly not out of the question. Noticeably absent from the equation is RATM frontman Zack de la Rocha.

California friends, is this a show you’ll be lining up to see? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Two Friends mix it up again on “Bright Side” remix

Two Friends showed a wealth of versatility on their remix of Audien and Lady Antebellum’s “Something Better,” so it’s no surprise the group’s newest remix is yet another audible success with major festival potential.

Taking on Vicetone and Cosmos & Creature’s “Bright Side,” the duo turns the violin-driven track into a light, summery house cut with just the right amount of deep kicks that will have crowds moving their feet all night long.

It’s a track worth hearing more than once, so peep Two Friends’ remix of “Bright Side” after the jump and follow UTG on Twitter for more music news.

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Rage Against The Machine launch mysterious countdown referencing Public Enemy

Rage Against The Machine are up to something. While the band haven’t released a studio album since 2000’s Renegades and stopped performing live in 2011, we got a rather cryptic clue today in the form of prophetsofrage.com

NOTE: The Prophets of Rage website has been going down frequently as of the writing of this story.

The website contains a countdown clock that is set to hit 0 on June 1, plus a decidedly RATM symbol of people in revolt. The phrases “Prophets of Rage” and “#takethepowerback” also appear. There is also a field for an email to be input; once an email is entered, the user is sent a flyer, which we’ve included an image of below. For those who aren’t hip-hop heads, “Clear the way for the prophets of rage,” is a line from Public Enemy’s “Prophets of Rage.” Read more »

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Midoca goes solo on “Everything I Need”

While Midoca has proven himself a skilled producer on collaborations with vocalists such as CYN and Dark Waves, the Los Angeles artist has stepped behind the microphone on “Everything I Need” to audibly inspiring results. As layers of synths slowly pulsate and triggered percussion methodically clatters onward, he delivers what just might be one of 2016’s most powerful performances; one can feel the tug-of-war between certainty and doubt in his voice when he looks to assert, “I have everything I need.”

When asked about the meaning behind the track, Midoca stated, “The lyrics are about having someone close to you badly needing help but still refusing to be helped. At a certain point you have to let go even though it really fucking hurts.”

Prepare to hit the replay button more than once and check out “Everything I Need” after the jump. Read more »

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Lostboycrow delivers “Thursday”

California crooner Lostboycrow has shown a knack for blending pop and R&B into irresistibly emotional cuts over the past year. On his newest effort, “Thursday,” the singer continues to establish himself as a creator of good vibes as he stretches his vocals to infectious levels atop choice production from Wolves.

For those unfamiliar with Lostboycrow, he released an equally powerful EP entitled Sigh For Me whose five-track length includes a collaboration with rapper Skizzy Mars and sultry hooks abound.

Without further ado, though, follow the jump to give “Thursday” a listen and be sure to follow UTG on Twitter for more Lostboycrow news. Read more »

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Brand New release first new song in a year, “I Am A Nightmare”

It’s been a quite a while since we last got music from Brand New. The band released “Mene” over a year ago, and it’s been a whopping seven years since their last album, Daisy, came out. Thankfully, the wait for new music is over. The band shared “I Am A Nightmare,” presumably off their upcoming (and possibly final) release later this year.

“I Am A Nightmare” is an upbeat rock jam, with a catchy guitar riff and an infectious chorus. The single is currently available at the band’s website both digitally and as a 12″ vinyl.

As we detailed at the beginning of the year, Brand New is set to go on tour with Modest Mouse this summer, starting June 28 in Magna, Utah, and ending July 31 in Portland. Read more »

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Between The Buried And Me + Devin Townsend Project + Fallujah = awesome Fall tour

This Fall will bring together Between The Buried And Me and Devin Townsend Project on the ‘Transcending the Coma Tour.’ As if that wasn’t enough, Fallujah will be joining the fun, continuing to support their newest album, Dreamless.

This is meant to coincide with Devin Townsend’s upcoming release, Transcendence. Not to be outdone, Between The Buried And Me will be playing their 2015 LP Coma Ecliptic in its entirety on this tour.

According to BTBAM bassist Dan Briggs, “The songs on ‘Coma Ecliptic‘ came together in 2014 (and some of them even earlier than that), so it feels amazing to finally present the album live in full, the way it was intended to be heard. It’s our most theatrical album yet and we’ll be looking to bring that element to the stage as best we can; not to mention how great it will be to share the stage with Devin + crew again.” Read more »