UTG PREMIERE: Charles Ellsworth – “A Packed Suitcase”

There is something about melancholy music that pairs with fall like pumpkin spice lattes or hoodies, only with more of an emotional connection. It’s not that we believe people love being sad when they see leaves change colors, but something about the transformation happening in nature does lead many to reflect on their own lives. They think of the summer and how they felt alive, or they prepare for the winter and the difficult conditions it may bring. They think of everything that was and hopefully will be again, but they know not everything will go as planned, which is …


Sorority Noise Share ‘Rick And Morty’ Cover Song

We don’t talk about television much on UTG, but I can safely speak for everyone on staff when I say we absolutely adore Rick And Morty. The show, which airs Sunday nights on Adult Swim, follows a young boy (Morty) as he journeys with his scientist grandfather (Rick) through space and time on random adventures. It’s a pretty basic premise that allows for an incredibly diverse selection of narrative paths, and with two seasons now complete the show has yet to lose an ounce of its fun or originality.

Today, October 6, the members of Sorority Noise surprised the …


Hoodie Allen Shares “The Moment” Featuring Travis Garland

The most underrated rapper in New York has shared another new track that serves to reaffirm his position amongst today’s best underground sensations.

Hoodie Allen recently spent a few days in the studio with singer Travis Garland and the production team The Stereotypes. The result of their time together is “The Moment,” a bass-heavy track that finds Hoodie delivering some of his fastest bars to date. It’s not quite “Rap God” status, but there are moments that are destined to draw comparisons. You can stream and download the track, which will not appear on Hoodie’s upcoming mixtape, at the end …


The Matches Are Back And Better Than Your Favorite Band

Six years have passed since The Matches blessed us with new music, but when the band officially reunited earlier this year fans knew it was only a matter of time until the group returned to the studio. I’m happy to say, the wait is finally over.

Earlier today, September 30, The Matches partnered with our good friends at Substream to share the world premiere of a new song titled “Life Of A Match.” The track is a big and boisterous return to form for the group, bringing to mind the material found on A Band In Hope. You can …


Handguns Rise Above Genre Trends With “Disenchanted”

As much as Handguns have been considered a part of the current pop-punk movement, I have always thought of them as something of an outlier. Their music may play well alongside current alt-rock favorites, but the themes in their music and the way their fans engage with them is something wholly unique unto Handguns. What gives them this ability is not something you can pinpoint or pick apart, but rather something you feel when their music plays. It’s inspired by the now, but it’s also hoping to be something so much more than a disposable perspective on a fleeting moment …


UTG PREMIERE: Hope Vista – “Dominance”

Creating a blend of 90s pop classics and Joan Jett, Hope Vista brings an alt-rock flare, with (in her own words) a splash of “popgrungehurricane.” Be prepared for some mega sass in her forthcoming single (out today), “Dominance,” which can be streamed exclusively right here on Under The Gun Review.

Hope is an Avril Lavigne-loving, female power-driven singer-songwriter who entered the studio this summer with Zack Odom and Kenneth Mount to create her upcoming debut release. “Dominance,” the record’s lead single, was written by Hope. You can stream the song below.

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One Direction Announce New Album, Stream “Infinity”

Hold on to your butts, Directioners. The 1D hype machine is about to kick into overdrive.

One Direction are just days away from embarking on their latest UK tour, but that isn’t stopping the group from revealing release details for their highly-anticipated fifth studio album. Made In The A.M will be released on November 13. A final track listing has not been confirmed, but according to the iTunes pre-order page the recent hit “Drag Me Down” will appear on the record.

In addition to announcing Made In The A.M., One Direction have also shared a new track …


MUST HEAR: Drake – “Hotline Bling” (OVO Sound Mix)

Ahead of What A Time To Be Alive hitting the net, Drake stopped by his label’s OVO SOUND radio show at Beats One to premiere his long anticipated collaborative release with Future. It was a moment that will go down as a highlight of hip-hop in 2015, but before the record even dropped something equally great debuted that we could not wait to play again.

In the midst of a collection of tracks, Drizzy spun a chopped and slowed version of his recent hit “Hotline Bling” that gives the popular song an entirely new vibe. The chill feel of …


Kacey Musgraves Covers Willie Nelson, Releases Music Video

Country darling Kacey Musgraves is an icon in the making, and earlier today she released a video for her cover of Willie Nelson’s classic hit, “Are You Sure.”

Originally appearing as the bonus track on Musgraves’ recent album (Beauty Pageant), the singer-songwriter’s cover of “Are You Sure” is as slow and heartbreaking as Willie Nelson’s original recording. The video finds Musgraves performing the song, along with a little help from Nelson, in a rundown saloon that feels like the perfect accompaniment to the message of the song. You can view the clip below.

There are many songs on …


Hoodie Allen Tells Us To “Let It All Work Out” On New Song

Self-made underground rap superstar Hoodie Allen has blessed the universe with a new track you won’t soon forget. As if that weren’t exciting enough, he’s also made the song available for free download.

“Let It All Work Out” is quite possibly one of the best songs Hoodie Allen has ever released, and believe me when I say I understand the weight such a statement carries. The song is a giant leap or six from what was found on Hoodie’s 2014 effort, People Keep Talking, with lush production backing Allen as he raps about everything from women to struggles. Like …


MUST HEAR: Jay Rock Featuring Black Hippy – “Vice City”

There are only a handful of rap collectives who can say every member brings something unique and equally high quality to the table. Among them, Black Hippy is arguably the most successful of the bunch. From Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q, to the continuing rise of Ab-Soul and Jay Rock, this group has all the potential in the world, and so far they have yet to disappoint.

Today, Jay Rock continued to promote his upcoming album by sharing a new track featuring the entire Black Hippy crew. The song is called “Vice City” and it’s actually a far more chill …


The Front Bottoms Make Knees Weak With “Summer Shandy”

Our love affair with The Front Bottoms dates back to the earliest recordings from the New Jersey favorites, and with each release our admiration for their work continues to grow. Their new album arrives later this month, and earlier today a killer promotional single hit the net.

“Summer Shandy” is the latest in a string of digital singles released by The Front Bottoms over the summer, and just like “West Virginia” or “Cough It Out” the song features the band’s signature pop-influenced indie rock sound. It’s the kind of track only The Front Bottoms could write, as it finds vocalist …