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UTG PREMIERE: Souveneer – “Strangers” (Acoustic)

Mason Maggio—member of indie rock band The Republic Of Wolves and folk duo Tigers On Trains—has a new solo project called Souveneer. Today, we have the honor of premiering an acoustic version of one of his recent singles, titled “Strangers.” “‘Strangers’ was the first song written for this project, and an ironically difficult exercise in […]

Idle Empress

REQUIRED LISTENING: Idle Empress craft fantastic, homegrown folk on debut EP

Hailing from Justin Vernon‘s hometown of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Idle Empress are here to make folk fun again. Comprised of vocalist Lauren Anderson, guitarist Josh Frederick, and drummer Elliot Heinz, these intuitive up-and-comers have turned countless heads throughout the Badger State, and now look to take their talents far beyond the Chippewa Valley with the […]

Still Parade

Succumb to Still Parade’s dream-funk sounds on new single, “07:41”

The Niklas Kramer-led solo project Still Parade—projecting his creations from Berlin—has a funky new single online, and if it doesn’t make you dance, you must not be listening. “07:41” brings to mind some sort of amalgam made up of elements provided by Neon Indian, Hot Chip, Toro Y Moi and like-minded, dreamy, folky, funky pop-and-otherwise […]

UTG PREMIERE: Charlie Sztyk – ‘The Arc Pt. 1 & 2’

Having worked with singer-songwriter Charlie Sztyk in the past for the premiere of “Wed”—the opening number from his brand new album—we’re thrilled to once again have the opportunity to share Sztyk’s creations with the world. Today, we’re streaming The Arc Pt. 1 & 2, a nine-track effort in which Sztyk bares his soul through beautiful […]

Shy Tech

Shy Technology’s “High Strung” Video Is A Guaranteed Smile-Inducer

I’ve gushed about it before, but allow me to reiterate: Shy Technology‘s most recent release—a five-track EP titled Where We Go From Here—is one of those albums you might not catch in time to add to your ‘Best Of’ list come year’s end. If you don’t catch it now, you might discover it next year, […]

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REVIEW: Eden The Cat – Live In A Basement Apartment

Artist: Eden The Cat Album: Live In A Basement Apartment Genre: Folk, Acoustic The best music hits you like a drug. It rolls over your body with a sensation that can only be compared to the first drag on a much needed cigarette or the first sip of that whiskey you’ve been thinking about since […]

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American Opera Covering Riff Raff Is What Dreams Are Made Of

This just might be the greatest video on the internet today. American Opera has spent the entirety of his summer on the Vans Warped Tour, and each week along the way he has released an acoustic cover of material from other various Warped Tour artists. We’ve seen AO tackle many scene staples to date, but […]

Zach Zeller

UTG PREMIERE: Stream Zach Zeller & The Crooked Timbers’ Self-Titled Debut

Three long years ago, we featured California’s Zach Zeller & The Crooked Timbers with some early tracks from the still-budding band. We later premiered the debut self-titled album from frontman Zach Zeller’s other band, Belda Beast. Now, we’re thrilled to have the exclusive first stream of Zeller’s solo project turned full band’s self-titled debut as […]

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American Opera To Release ‘Retrospective’ Album This Friday

Big news, folk fans. Michigan native American Opera has revealed plans to release his first CD just in time for the start of the Vans Warped Tour 2015. Today, Antique Records announced it would release a limited run CD from American Opera titled Retrospective this Friday, June 19. The album brings together all three of […]

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Summer Essentials: Tyler Lyle Releases ‘The Native Genius Of Desert Plants’

If perfect summer soundtracks are your thing, I confidently declare that this is the album for you. The independent second album from Tyler Lyle, The Native Genius of Desert Plants, is out today and is the perfect follow-up to his 2011 indie-folk debut, The Golden Age and The Silver Girl. This album is mesmerizing and […]

Mumford And Sons

Mumford and Sons Stream New Album ‘Wilder Mind’

Mumford and Sons are back with a new record and a new sound. The band’s first entirely electric release, Wilder Mind, is now streaming in full via Spotify. You can check it out below. For the band’s first new record since 2012’s Babel, Mumford and Sons decided to directly address fan perception of their last […]

Jessica Pratt

Jessica Pratt Announces US Tour

California folk singer-songwriter Jessica Pratt is a bit of a deity. She plays her guitar as if she has just returned from the ’60s, using her whimsical voice to turn austere guitar playing into something much darker. After releasing her debut self-titled LP in 2012 and the excellent full-length On Your Own Love Again at the beginning […]