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UTG INTERVIEW: Lydia Talks ‘Run Wild’ On Their Headlining Tour

“I think I’m going to shotgun a Redbull. They don’t affect me like they used to,” said Lydia guitarist Justin Camacho as I walked into the green room of Musica, Akron’s coziest music venue. “Damn, you got the XL one,” continued Leighton Antelman, vocalist of the group to Matt Keller, who holds up the keys […]

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UTG’s 31 Days Of Halloween: ‘Alien 3’

Of all the holidays celebrated worldwide, no single day is loved by the UTG staff more than Halloween. With October’s arrival, the time has finally come to begin rolling out a slew of features and special announcements we have prepared in celebration of our favorite day. Now in its fourth year, 31 Days Of Halloween […]

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LIVE REVIEW: The Great American Cult Tour – Cleveland, OH 3/5/14 (Photos)

Opening night of the Great American Cult Tour took place in Cleveland, OH last week. As Bayside’s first headlining tour in some time, I was prepared for a fantastic show. I wasn’t disappointed. I asked local photographer Andy Wells to accompany me and his pictures from the show can be found below. The lineup: Ohio’s […]

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Jacob Tender’s ‘Best Of 2013′ In Music

‘Tis the season to make the most difficult choices I have to make all year. Seriously, my life is easy enough to make that statement true. I hate making these lists, more-so this year than any year previous. Yet I’m obligated to do so. So here I am. You see, in January, I told myself […]

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REVIEW: Mansions – ‘Doom Loop’

Artist: Mansions Album: Doom Loop Label: Clifton Motel Genre: Crunchy Alternative Rock When I love a record as much as I loved Mansions’ Dig Up The Dead, I feel it’s important to offer full disclosure before talking about its successor. That album hit me hard. Real hard. Christopher Browder is a songwriting savant. I’d even […]

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UTG’s 31 Days Of Halloween: ‘You’re Next’

Of all the holidays celebrated worldwide, no single day is more loved by the UTG staff than Halloween. With the arrival of October, the time has finally come to begin rolling out a plethora of features and special announcements we have prepared in celebration of our favorite day, including the one you’re about to read. […]

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REVIEW: The 1975 – ‘The 1975’

Artist: The 1975 Label: Dirty Hit/Polydor Records (UK) Vagrant Records (USA) Genre: Pop, Rock, Indie Talkhouse, Drive Like I Do, Bigsleep, The Slowdown, The 1975. Once a name finally stuck in 2012, The 1975 officially started their ascent into online buzz aboard the hype train, traveling at full speed. To mark the speed at which […]

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REVIEW: Parachute – ‘Overnight’

Artist: Parachute Album: Overnight Genre: Pop, Rock RIYL: The Cab, A Rocket To The Moon, The Summer Set In 2009, a band from Charlottesville, VA called Sparky’s Flaw changed their name and released an album called Losing Sleep. I borrowed this from my public library and subsequently listened to it a number of times, only […]

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REVIEW: Late In The Playoffs – Alive And On Your Own

Artist: Late In The Playoffs Album: Alive and On Your Own Genre: Pop-punk Label: Unsigned Late In The Playoffs’ new album, Alive & On Your Own, is a huge step in their progression as a band. Aaron Goldschmidt is now sharing more of the vocal duties with guitarist Conor Pagé, providing a rich contrast throughout the record. Instrumentals feel much richer […]

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SINGLE REVIEW: John Mayer – “Paper Doll”

Today, John Mayer did an odd thing. That is to say, John Mayer did something I didn’t expect from him with a few elements that made it strange. See, after years of TMZ interactions, a failed television program featuring Dave Chappelle, and several unforgettable interviews, it seemed to me that John Mayer was settling down. […]

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UTG INTERVIEW: Cartel Talks Chroma Anniversary Tour, Vinyl Catalogue Plans

Because of scheduling conflicts, this Skate & Surf interview took place a week afterwards via phone. Cartel vocalist Will Pugh called in from Milwaukee, WI on a cold day midway through the band’s tour with New Found Glory. We talked about the upcoming 10-year anniversary of Chroma, the Cartel discography on vinyl, and self-releasing a […]

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REVIEW: Fall Out Boy – Save Rock and Roll

Artist: Fall Out Boy Album: Save Rock and Roll Genre: Pop/Rock Label: Island/Decaydance “We’re definitely writing all the time, so we’re not going to try to squeeze every last drop out of the stone. That’s part of what’s been wrong with the rock industry: they keep fans waiting far too long, and bands go away and […]