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 …


UTG PREMIERE: Barbacoa – ‘The Carmel EP’

We’re so excited to introduce you all to the indie rock duo, Barbacoa. Comprised of vocalist Kyle Evanchuck and multi-instrumentalist/producer Joel Grant, Barbacoa’s debut, The Carmel EP, combines the sounds of Motion City Soundtrack with the moody tenderness of Death Cab For Cutie. Give The Carmel EP an exclusive listen after the jump.

Not even distance could keep Evanchuck (a decorated sailor in the United States Navy) and Grant from coming together to record The Carmel EP. Evanchuck wrote all the lyrics and melodies deep under the ocean and would send both to Grant to engineer and produce …

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UTG PREMIERE: Tigers On Trains – “Plumes” (Music Video)

UTG is stoked to be premiering the brand spankin’ new music video for Tigers on Trains‘ “Plumes.” The track comes off of the band’s most recent (stellar) LP, Antarctica In Color. Be sure to grab a copy of the record and let us know what you think of the duo’s new music video below.

Tigers On Trains features Mason Maggio and Christian Van Deurs of The Republic of Wolves, who themselves, are working on new music. Maggio and Van Deurs started writing music together back in 2004, before The Republic of Wolves even formed. Throughout multiple projects, …


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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UTG PREMIERE: MaryLeigh Roohan – “My Friends” (Music Video)

It’s a tricky business being a singer-songwriter. Drawing from personal experience can be an incredibly affecting tool, but at the same time, it can also be a turnoff to listeners who haven’t left their own shoes. It’s a constant battle between familiarity and function, and only those with the ability to reach a wide audience thrive.

Armed with a soulful delivery and an unmatched lyrical prowess, MaryLeigh Roohan is one such musician. Since first gracing the world with her beautifully moving melodies, the New York native has garnered critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic, and quickly captured our …


UTG PREMIERE: Undesirable People – “Cosmic Man”

Our love affair with Undesirable People is well recorded, but I don’t think we have ever believed in the band as much as we do at this very moment. Undesirable People have long proven themselves to be a strong force in the world of authentic alternative rock, and their latest offering is their best yet.

You may have seen a few new Undesirable People tracks floating around the web in recent weeks, and if so know there is good reason for that. The band is currently preparing to self-release their first full-length album, titled Eternal Vision of a Blind Future

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UTG PREMIERE: Northernmost – “Cloudy”

Few states are as synonymous with forward-thinking alternative music as Massachusetts, and today we have a premiere from one of the Bay State’s finest young acts.

Northernmost is a five-piece rock band with just enough indie edge to help them stand out amidst the incredibly crowded alternative rock landscape. The group is set to release their latest EP, titled Pinedale, on September 18, 2015. You may or may not have heard of the group before today, but before you rest your head on your pillow tonight I must insist you give them a few minutes of your time.

Today, …

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UTG PREMIERE: Controller – “Midnight Man”

For some, music is a very personal, very cathartic way of dealing with life’s daily stresses, but for many more, it’s a reason to let loose, unwind, and have a good time. If the latter is your aim, then you’ll likely feel right at home with Controller; the NYC quartet are undeniably upbeat and infectious, making them an essential addition to your regular rotation.

Today, we have the esteemed pleasure of premiering the outfit’s brand new single, “Midnight Man,” a synth-driven dance party that comes fully-equipped with a rug-cutting refrain and a sick sax solo. Listen in below, and …


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 …

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UTG PREMIERE: Lost Element – “Twenty Five” (Lyric Video)

If you’re unlike Winter-loving me and wish Summer would never end, then you’re in luck today because we’ve teamed up with Houston, Texas alt-pop five-piece Lost Element to premiere the lyric video for their anthemic, driving-to-the-beach-pop jam, “Twenty Five.”

In regards to the idea behind the video, the band tells us, “We worked with Chris Antonelli from New York on our lyric video. We really wanted to capture the visualization of a beautiful, fun, Summer day. It was shot in Coney Island on the boardwalk, and we think he did a fantastic job bringing that vibe to life. We wanted …

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UTG PREMIERE: Side Saddle – “Legs For Days”

Following “The Romance in Disappearing“–the lead single from their forthcoming EP, Young Professional–UTG is thrilled to once again team up with New York’s Side Saddle to premiere the second single from the new effort, set to release on July 20 via Cedar Lodge Records.

“Legs For Days” is a beautiful folk-rock cut that builds in multiple parts over the course of four and a half minutes–each a fuller, more engrossing arrangement of textures and instrumentation than the last.

In regards to the impetus for the song’s creation, frontman Ian McGuinness tells us, “‘Legs for Days’ was a …

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UTG PREMIERE: Post Modern – “July”

Today, we’re excited to bring you a new song from the Columbus, Ohio ambient rock band, Post Modern. You can listen to “July” off the band’s upcoming EP, The Current, below.

After listening to “July,” you’ll likely understand why it’s difficult to pin this band down genre-wise. The atmospheric guitar tones and spacey vocal effects are reminiscent of PVRIS or The 1975’s early EP work, while the driving rhythm section calls to mind some of Circa Survive’s slower tracks. The song is wrapped up nicely with a catchy vocal melody that adds the perfect dash of pop sensibility …