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Passing The Torch: The End Of An Era For UTG

I started Under The Gun Review with a $10 loan from my parents that I probably never paid back. At the time, my only goals were to get free music, gain access to concerts I couldn’t afford, meet my heroes, and create something to further bolster my resume. All those things were accomplished in a […]

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Stop Everything And Swoon To Leon Bridges’ New Video For “Better Man”

Leon Bridges is set to take over the world. His juxtaposed mixture of smooth rock and jazz nostalgia with modern pop make for a combination of no boundaries — it’s the type of artist both you and your parents can bond together over. His debut record, Coming Home, is due out June 23 on Columbia […]

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Long Read: 9 Songs From 2014 That Changed My Life

We’re getting fairly deep into December at this point, which means every publication and internet personality who considers themselves someone of influence are doing their best to craft clickbait worthy lists of the best things 2014 had to offer. Most of these features are crafted by a team of people pouring over scores and arguing […]

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UTG LIST: The Essential Anti-Love Songs For Valentine’s Day

I have a friend; she loves Valentine’s Day. At the beginning of each year, she spends her days playfully trying to pinpoint just how her stupendously awesome boyfriend will woo her come February 14. She fawns over flowers, swoons over candy, and gets off on public, often cheesy displays of affection. She spends hours in […]

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UTG LIST: The Essential Love Songs For Valentine’s Day

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, and on top of all that, it is about as ambiguous as a feeling can get. Since the dawn of time, droves of individuals have tried to put this warm fuzzy feeling into words, and despite varying results, it would seem […]

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James Shotwell’s ‘Best Of 2013’ In Music

When 2012 was coming to a close I distinctly remember the majority of alternative music critics commenting that the year had been ‘something special.’ As 2013 begins to wind down I have found the same thing being said from the same people, and I think I too have to agree. For reasons entirely my own, […]

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UTG TV: Skinny Lister – “Forty Pound Wedding” (Live at SXSW)

Skinny Lister have been toiling away within the North American scene with a lot of success and growth to show for it. Between a run on this past summer’s Vans Warped Tour, signing onto Los Angeles, California’s SideOneDummy Records, releasing Forge & Flagon with grand reception, and opening for Dropkick Murphys earlier this winter, they’ve certainly […]

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UTG LIST: Best Albums of 2012

All year the Under the Gun Review staff has weighed in on what we thought about the albums the music scene had to offer. This year has been good to us musically, but it’s a really hard process to shave down to our ten favorites of the year. As you’ll see when you read through […]

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REVIEW: Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid, m.A.A.d City

Artist: Kendrick Lamar Album: Good Kid, m.A.A.d City Label: Aftermath Genre: Hip Hop The rise of Kendrick Lamar has been well covered by pretty much every physical and digital publication that even slightly touches on the world of hip hop. It’s a bit difficult to pinpoint the moment he burst through the underground with his signature […]

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Indie Film Spotlight: Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil

We’re sure you’ve noticed by now, but film has been becoming a very large part of Under The Gun Review. We are all huge film buffs and felt we could save everyone a few clicks by expanding our coverage (and honestly, it’s nice not having to write about (insert band) premiereing/unveiling/announcing (insert event) over and […]

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INDIE FILM SPOTLIGHT: Madison County

We’re sure you’ve noticed by now, but film has been becoming a very large part of Under The Gun Review. We are all huge film buffs and felt we could save everyone a few clicks by expanding our coverage (and honestly, it’s nice not having to write about (insert band) premiereing/unveiling/announcing (insert event) over and […]

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Hey music enthusiasts out there: Know a band that’s receiving attention in the local music scene? If so be sure to have them Tweet over at UTGjames or UTGgrant and you could possibly see your friends on the site!!