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Afghan Whigs Matamoros

Watch Subway Dancers Flip in The Afghan Whigs’ Video for “Matamoros”

If any alt-rock band is allowed to say “been there, done that,” it’s The Afghan Whigs. Earlier this year, the band returned with their first full-length release in 16 years: Do to the Beast. One of the album’s tracks, “Matamoros,” just got a new music video, and it could easily take place in 2014 or 1998.

The video is a super slice of New York City. Directed by Phil Harder (who also did their “Algiers” music video), the video shows the quick, tiresome, and eventful life of subway dancers. There’s a particularly rad routine by NYC crew …


Hear AlunaGeorge Remix Coldplay’s “Magic”

It’s been a little while since we’ve heard something new from London electro-pop duo AlunaGeorge, but today they’ve returned (without an awesome music video, unfortunately).

The two have picked up Coldplay’s newest hit and given it a sultry remix that works effortlessly with Chris Martin’s vocals. When filtered through clicky electro-R&B and spaced out to absorb some silence, “Magic” sounds a lot more genuine. In fact, it raises a lot of questions. The biggest on our mind? Would we be onboard with a new Coldplay album sounding this smooth? Maybe, but only if AlunaGeorge signed on as producers.…


Ovlov Have Officially Broken Up

Connecticut-based band Ovlov just announced on their Facebook page that they are breaking up. Really.

On the post, they wrote that “like the last season of Degrassi” they too are putting an end to their limited run. They will still be playing shows on July 11 and August 17-20, although almost all of them are sold out since the band has been riding high since the success of their 2013 LP am. We’ll be busy listening to that and their recent split with Little Big League on repeat as we cry for the remainder of this week (if not month).…


UTG PHOTOS: EELS Serenade The Moore in Seattle (6/7/14)

Under the Gun Review sent photographer Xander Deccio to The Moore in Seattle, WA on June 7, 2014.

When it comes to EELS, only one thing comes to mind: their 1996 hit “Novocaine For The Soul.”

While it was played frequently on MTV in the mid ’90s, and was a staple in many mixtapes–yes, we made mixtapes–as there were no iPods and mix CDs were expensive to make as most home computers were not equipped with burners, and the MP3 format wasn’t introduced publicly until 1997, with Napster hitting the interwebs two years later. Unfortunately, as with such …

Smashing Pumpkins’ Drummer Replaced By Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee

Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan recently spoke with Music Radar about being honored with the AP Vanguard Award at the inaugural AP Music Awards, their new album, and the future of the band. During that interview, he confirmed that drummer Mike Byrne has left. “Tommy Lee is the drummer on the [Monuments to an Elegy],” he said. “Mike, like Elvis, has left the building.”

When Smashing Pumpkins announced they would be putting out two new records in 2015, there was word of Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee stepping onboard to drum. Now, after Corgan’s statement, the rumors regarding …



Don’t let age fool you — DECORATOR may be young, but the music is far from naive. DECORATOR is a full-forced wrecking ball of collaborative rock ‘n’ roll cleverly mixed with proper and contagious pop hooks. Hailing from Los Angeles, the band create a live atmosphere of energy that mirrors a heavy mixture of Foxy Shazam and Bruno Mars. With members ranging from 19 to 21, DECORATOR are perfecting a smooth and flamboyant sound years before their competition.

The band had a chance to sit down with Under The Gun during their recent trip to SXSW to talk about …


REVIEW: Speedy Ortiz – ‘Real Hair’

Artist: Speedy Ortiz
Album: Real Hair
Genre: Alt-rock/Noise Punk
Label: Carpark

After a huge year in 2013, including a critically acclaimed debut album, Major Arcana, and a match-made-in-heaven tour with The Breeders, Speedy Ortiz refuse to sleep, and have released another four songs, with their Real Hair EP. This time, they took Paul Q. Kolderie to record for them, which appears to be another perfect connection for this band, as he is no stranger to working with the sorts; with a repertoire including Radiohead and the Pixies. This coalescence will be nothing short of a landmark for the band, …


Drop Everything and Discover Bentley Park

It must be tough trying to develop an alternative rock act these days. With the same dozen or so acts making up every major tour announcement, finding a way to catch a break with curious music fans is nearly impossible. The best most can hope to do is create music so good it makes people want to share it with others, which is exactly what Bentley Park have done with their latest release.

I have no idea exactly how many emails come through the UTG offices pitching bands that sound like My Chemical Romance, A Day To Remember, Pierce The …


REVIEW: FS – ‘Cheers and Fears From the Past Year’

Artist: FS
Album: Cheers and Fears From the Past Year
Genre: Alt-punk

The latest EP from FS, Cheers and Fears From the Past Year, has enough swagger to be worthy of Fall Out Boy’s Take This To Your Grave, yet throws a punch hard enough to hold its own in the ring with The Fall of Troy’s Doppelganger.  Cheers and Fears is a record that shows stunning consistency from beginning to end, never wavering for a dull moment throughout the duration.


REVIEW: Linkin Park – Living Things

Artist: Linkin Park
Album: Living Things
Genre: Rock
Label: Warner Bros.

One of the many things that can be said about Linkin Park is that there will never be one album from the band that will go by unnoticed in today’s mainstream world. The band has just little bit of everything for everyone out there. Distorted guitars for the typical rock fans? Check. Walls of synth sounds coupled with some occasional dance-y drum beats for the electro fans? Check. The occasional rapped verse/chorus by Mike Shinoda for the more experimental hip hop fans? Check. What about some harsh auto-tune laced …

Lit 2012

Lit Premiere “Miss You Gone”

Alternative rockers Lit have released a brand new song entitled, “Miss You Gone.”

Serving as the second new song to surface from the band this year (“Same Shit, Different Drink” being the first), “Miss You Gone” premiered exclusively on ArtistDirect earlier this morning. Our macs apparently cannot work well with whatever player they’re using on AD, so I cannot tell you how this one sounds, but my hopes are high. Click here to stream “Miss You Gone.”

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REVIEW: TS & The Past Haunts – Gone & Goner

Artist: TS & The Past Haunts
Album: Gone & Goner
Genre: Alt-rock/Punk
Label: No Sleep Records

It was while he was acting as the tour manager for the Duke Spirit that Travis Shettel, lyricist and front man for the now defunct Piebald, began to start writing new music. After recruiting the husband and wife duo of Heather and Ben Heywood to round out the rest of the band, Shettel was finally able to fully indulge his new musical project: TS & The Past Haunts. Their debut album Gone & Goner is an enjoyable blend of raw melodic guitars, crashing drums …