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UTG INTERVIEW: Emily Hearn Discusses ‘Hourglass’

Singer-songwriter Emily Hearn hails from Athens, Georgia, otherwise known as a town with high expectations for its musical inhabitants. After years of performing at local venues while doubling as a student at the University of Georgia, Hearn is positioned to take her country-tinged pop music to the masses as her songs continue to find success online, on the road, and even on television in 2015.

With her fall tour quickly approaching, we had the chance to sit down and chat about everything from Hearn’s authentic country roots to her plans for recording a handful of jazzy Christmas tunes this winter. …

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REVIEW: Carly Rae Jepsen – ‘E•MO•TION’

Artist: Carly Rae Jepsen
Album: E•MO•TION
Genre: Pop

We live in a very saturated world. One filled with the over-commercialization of art, trends, clothing, technology, everything. When something takes off, it soars to a point far beyond want, desire, or demand, but, within this generalization of “needing” too much, there is a romanticism buried beneath the “stuff” imposed on us, living within simplistic, exaggerated, fun.

I speak of this with direct correlation to Carly Rae Jepsen‘s third album, and total banger, E•MO•TION. Pop usually isn’t my cup of tea, and I am surely put off by the half-assed, …


UTG PREMIERE: All Walls – “New Vibration” (Music Video)

Many of our younger readers will be returning to school this week, which pretty much means that summer is officially coming to an end. That sucks, and there is no way getting around that fact, but as long as we have catchy music to enjoy the feeling of joy that summer brings can last well into the winter months.

Enter All Walls. Hailing from Los Angeles, this fast-rising indie-pop group is currently creating some of the catchiest music available on the planet. They are partnering with us today to share the world premiere of their video for “New Vibration,” …


UTG PREMIERE: Vegas Lights – “Drag Me Down” (One Direction Cover)

The battle for the attention of young music fans is more competitive today than at any other point in music history. Artists of all genres at every level of success have to constantly push themselves to think outside the box when it comes to marketing, which is often the deciding factor when it comes to whether or not an artist or band has any shot at long-term success. For Vegas Lights, a young post-hardcore group from Detroit, the answer to how they will make themselves stand out was simple: Cover One Direction.

Today, UTG is thrilled to present …


SINGLE REVIEW: One Direction – “Drag Me Down”

Artist: One Direction
Track: “Drag Me Down”
Album: TBA

A year after “Steal My Girl” ushered in an era where the members of One Direction were focused on songs built for stadiums, “Drag Me Down” has arrived to flip the script once more.

It’s all about the energy. From the moment “Drag Me Down” kicks in there is a thick bass line guiding the entire voyage that demands your legs prepare to dance. It’s a ticking time bomb of pop sensibilities that quickly builds from the infectious first verse to a pre-chorus that pulls you in to the …

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UTG PHOTOS & REVIEW: Tove Lo At The Music Hall Of Williamsburg in New York, NY (06/16/15)

Chances are, you have heard the song “Talking Body” either on the radio or while canoodling with your lover. Fun fact: Tove Lo‘s album, Queen Of The Clouds, came out in September 2014, but it seems like it’s peaking at the right time for your summer outings.

I had previously seen the Swedish pop star the week before at Free Press Summer Festival in Houston. Tove Lo has been on a lot of festival rosters – you have to respect her grind. It was about twenty degrees hotter and outdoors, but the singer had one of the biggest …

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Active Child Streams Gorgeous New LP, ‘Mercy’

Pat Grossi somehow manages to get better and better. I know practice makes perfect, but I probably called Active Child “perfect” a long time ago. Yet, here we are with Mercy, his newest LP, and it’s, uh, breathtaking.

Taking to Facebook to excitedly share the album’s stream, Grossi said: “POURED MY HEART AND SOUL INTO THIS ALBUM. I HOPE U CAN FEEL IT! MUCH LOVE.”

We can’t help but feel it. Grossi’s heart has always been evident in his music, and it’s much the same with Mercy, maybe more than ever. It’s poignant and vulnerable and it makes …


REVIEW: Twenty One Pilots – ‘Blurryface’

Artist: Twenty One Pilots
Album: Blurryface
Genre: Pop, Rock

When Twenty One Pilots burst onto the national stage in 2013 with their major label debut, I’m not sure anyone knew quite what to think of the Midwest duo who have since become akin to alternative music royalty. Though the album was far from perfect, there were more than a handful of anthemic singles that helped propel the group into the underground pop stratosphere. Venues were packed, digital downloads were sold, and for a while everyone thought that a potentially game-changing new voice had emerged.

James Shotwell is the


Britney Spears & Iggy Azalea Just Released The Worst Song of 2015

It seems safe to say Britney Spears has struggled to remain relevant in recent years. While her Vegas show has been a colossal hit, almost all new music delivered from Britney in the last half decade has disappeared from trending topic charts almost as fast as it arrived. Her latest single adds Iggy Azalea to the mix in hopes of reaching the youth of the world, but sadly the results are the least Britney thing Ms. Spears may have ever released.

Titled “Pretty Girls,” the latest single from the girl who gave us “Hit Me Baby (One More Time)” sounds …


MYZICA Release New Single “Wait Just A Minute”

Make sure to give yourself some time to sing along to the infectious melodies of MYZICA‘s newest track, “Wait Just A Minute.”

Be it an office break, or a drive between destinations, the Nashville newcomers will surely make your day a tad bit more fun.

“Wait Just A Minute” will release as a single on April 21 through Peptalk Records/Tone Tree Music, with a debut EP to follow this summer. Featuring producer Micah Tawlks and singer Isaaca Byrd, MYZICA, based off of “Wait Just A Minute,” deserve to be on your radar.

Follow us after the jump to sing …

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Summer Camp Stream Title Track From Upcoming LP, ‘Bad Love’

If the band name Summer Camp wasn’t enough to make you feel nostalgic, their newest track, “Bad Love,” will surely do the trick. The London-based band is set to release their third LP, Bad Love, on May 26 via Moshi Moshi.

The title track is a short but sweet, lustful exposure to bright sounds, pop melodies, and the invigoration of carefree days of the summer. For those of us stuck in the Northeast these past few months, that is surely something we could use right now.

Follow us after the jump to check out the track, and to find …


Zayn Malik Is No Longer Part Of One Direction

After having to drop off from the rest of the Asia leg of pop sensation One Direction‘s world tour last week due to fatigue, Zayn Malik has officially announced that he is no longer a part of the boy band. Malik has played an important role in the five-piece since their formation on The X Factor in 2010.

Rumors regarding the situation have been circulating over the past week. Fans have displayed an immense amount of concern as to what the tour stunt indicated. The band has finally decided to set things straight and confirm Malik’s decision to leave. …