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Black Sabbath & Ozzy Osbourne tickets rising in price for The End Tour

Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath are currently out on the road supporting the band’s farewell trek, The End Tour.  In June, the band will take the tour over to Europe for headlining performances and festival appearances before the tour returns to the U.S. in August for its final leg.

With no plans of returning to the stage after this tour, the secondary market is continuing to rise in demand for tickets to see Black Sabbath a final time. As it stands, resale tickets are currently averaging $227, with big prices in major cities like Philadelphia, Detroit, and Dallas.

Black Sabbath will kick off their final North American leg on August 17 in Wantagh, New York at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater. Tickets for this stop are averaging $266, with the cheapest ticket priced at $51. Read more »

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Guns N’ Roses’ reunion tour has some of the priciest tickets of summer

Guns N’ Roses are just a few short weeks away from the kickoff of their Not In This Lifetime headlining reunion tour. The trek will launch on June 23 in Detroit at Ford Field and will run throughout the summer before wrapping this August in San Diego.

Tickets to see Guns N’ Roses are some of the priciest of the summer, as resale market tickets are currently averaging $270 for all scheduled dates. The band will make stops across the U.S with double performances in several cities including Chicago at Soldier Stadium on July 1 and 3. Tickets for these stops in Chicago are currently averaging $235, with the cheapest ticket priced at $65, according to the data provided by Razorgator. Read more »

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Sia to launch first North American tour in five years this fall

After waiting five years since a major tour, Sia has announced she will launch the Nostalgic For The Present Tour this fall. The 22-date run will launch in Seattle on September 29 and span across North American until early November. The major trek, which will include Miguel and AlunaGeorge, marks Sia’s first full tour in five years.

Tickets to see Sia are available now, and the secondary market is steadily rising in demand to see the “Chandelier” singer out on the road. According to the data provided by TiqIQ, tickets are currently averaging $180 across all of her dates. Some stops on the Nostalgic For The Present Tour include an October 16 performance in Chicago at the United Center, where tickets are averaging $179 with a get-in rate of $42. Read more »

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Popstar’ has at least a few hits

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Film: Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
Directed by: Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone
Starring: Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, Akiva Schaffer

From the makers of heralded comedic masterpieces such as “Dick in a Box” and “Motherlover” comes a 21st century satire on the extravagance and vapidness of modern pop idols. Sounds like a pretty good tagline, right? I’d be lying to you if I said I wasn’t excited about The Lonely Island’s new brainchild. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping is a whirlwind of a comedy, throwing the viewer into gag after gag until it causes whiplash. The problem here is that not every gag lands. This Is Spinal Tap this is not, but there are so many hints at greatness here that you may not care. Read more »

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The Lost Poets’ ‘Insubordia pt II’ is dark and gritty

Self-proclaimed “swamp rock” duo The Lost Poets is a very busy band. Having relocated from Sweden to Los Angeles, the ever-mysterious two-piece has a lot going on this year, including a new album, a short film, and a children’s book to boot.

The Lost Poets’ newest release, Insubordia pt II, is a 10-track rocker packed with grunge, grittiness, driving guitars, aggressive vocals, and a darkness that often looms throughout. The eeriness is only amplified by the nature in which its faceless creators present themselves.

Below, you can stream Insubordia pt II in its entirety, view the band’s music video for “Danny Electro,” and a very brief trailer for their short as well. Read more »

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GOLDHOUSE and Lostboycrow team up for Summer jam “Free From The Start”

Now that it’s June, every music lover is faced with an incredibly important task: finding songs for the ultimate Summer playlist. A prime candidate for that playlist just dropped, and it comes in the form of GOLDHOUSE and Lostboycrow‘s collaboration, “Free From The Start” (via Kick Kick Snare).

The song is an upbeat celebration, with a killer hook and excellently produced electronic influences. GOLDHOUSE discussed the creation of the song in a press release, stating “I wanted the production to match the energy in [Lostboycrow]’s voice and found the funky 808 bass and beat that works perfect underneath it. It’s a song to roll your windows down and drive to the beach to.”

We couldn’t agree more with his assessment. Check out “Free From The Start” for yourself below. Read more »

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Brand New tease possible break-up date through…t-shirts?

Don’t panic, but Brand New might have just given us a sign that there is an end date to the band. Normally new merch is a thing to celebrate, but the t-shirt designs that Brand New released today carry a very interesting detail.

We’ve included pictures of the shirt designs below for you to check out. Notice those dates? The shirts read “2000-2018.” At the very least, Jesse Lacey has given us awhile to cope with this news.

Just a few weeks ago Brand New released “I Am A Nightmare,” their first single in a year. The band is also touring with Modest Mouse this summer, and this news will surely make any future tours in the next two years an incredibly coveted ticket. Read more »

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Indie singer Chris Hoepfl releases introspective solo album, ‘Memoir’

This year has been amazing so far for music releases. Our current favorite bands are releasing new albums along with those we thought lost to the void of hiatus or the once-final “break-up.” But we must not stop seeking out new music each and every day as well.

On Monday, May 30, Chris Hoepfl—frontman of Maryland’s up-and-coming indie darlings Changing Scene—self-released his debut solo album, Memoir, a twelve-track vacation in melancholia.

The entire album was recorded in Hoepfl’s bedroom using a Boss loop guitar effects pedal to lay down each track, giving it a beautifully tasteful lo-fi aspect. We reached out to Chris regarding the writing process and his inspiration for the record and he had this to say on the subjects: Read more »

UTG PHOTOS: Ghost in Grand Rapids, MI (5/20/16)

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On May 20, theatrical rock superstars Ghost came through The Orbit Room in Grand Rapids, MI with special guests Pinkish Black and one of the most unique stage performances I have encountered in a long time. Much of the crowd arrived in face paint and outfits—from nuns to ghouls, and even impersonators of Papa Emeritus himself—everyone had their own way of showing their support. Read more »

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Schoolboy Q’s next album finally has a release date

Schoolboy Q hasn’t been shy providing us with new music, showing up on guest verses and giving us two excellent singles in “Groovy Tony” and “THat Part.” This summer will see much more from Q, as the Top Dawg Entertainment rapper took to Twitter to announce the release date for his newest album.

In a pair of tweets, Q revealed that the follow-up to 2014’s Oxymoron will be arriving on July 8. The relatively short wait is good news for hip-hop fans that have been patiently waiting on Q’s next studio effort, which at this point is still without a title.

Q’s recent work has been fantastic, so we’re hopeful that the new album is full of the same level of material. Read more »

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Elephante debuts “Closer” (Zoo Mix)

We recently posted a phenomenal remix of Elephante and Bishop’s “Closer” by fellow California producer Virtu, but today, Elephante has delivered a fresh take of his own on the track. Dubbed as the “Zoo Mix,” his reinterpretation turns what was once an anthemic house cut into a funky yet heavy-hitting beast just in time for festival season (all the while keeping Bishop’s stunning vocal performance front and center).

Give “Closer” (Zoo Mix) a listen after the jump and be sure to grab a free download as well.  Read more »

10 Years Later: The Sound Of Animals Fighting’s ‘Lover, The Lord Has Left Us…’

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“Lover, the lord has left us,” answered Charlemagne, though he wasn’t sure if Penelope could hear him, “if ever the lord was here.” – “Charlemagne & Penelope” by Chris Haynie

We all have that band or artist which opened our eyes to the broader spectrum of what music is capable of being. From getting a chorus stuck in your head for a week straight to having your perspective changed for life, we can all probably trace that moment back to one song or album. For me, The Sound of Animals Fighting is that band. The first time I ever heard “Act II: All is Ash or The Light Shining Through It,” I knew that I had stumbled upon something with much more substance and intention than anything I’d ever heard before. This was art. Today, their second album, Lover, The Lord Has Left Us… (Equal Vision Records), turns 10. Let us reflect, shall we? Read more »