Schoolboy Q’s next album finally has a release date

Schoolboy Q hasn’t been shy providing us with new music, showing up on guest verses and giving us two excellent singles in “Groovy Tony” and “THat Part.” This summer will see much more from Q, as the Top Dawg Entertainment rapper took to Twitter to announce the release date for his newest album.

In a pair of tweets, Q revealed that the follow-up to 2014’s Oxymoron will be arriving on July 8. The relatively short wait is good news for hip-hop fans that have been patiently waiting on Q’s next studio effort, which at this point is still without a title.

Q’s recent work has been fantastic, so we’re hopeful that the new album is full of the same level of material. Read more »

Elephante debuts “Closer” (Zoo Mix)

We recently posted a phenomenal remix of Elephante and Bishop’s “Closer” by fellow California producer Virtu, but today, Elephante has delivered a fresh take of his own on the track. Dubbed as the “Zoo Mix,” his reinterpretation turns what was once an anthemic house cut into a funky yet heavy-hitting beast just in time for festival season (all the while keeping Bishop’s stunning vocal performance front and center).

Give “Closer” (Zoo Mix) a listen after the jump and be sure to grab a free download as well.  Read more »

10 Years Later: The Sound Of Animals Fighting’s ‘Lover, The Lord Has Left Us…’

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“Lover, the lord has left us,” answered Charlemagne, though he wasn’t sure if Penelope could hear him, “if ever the lord was here.” – “Charlemagne & Penelope” by Chris Haynie

We all have that band or artist which opened our eyes to the broader spectrum of what music is capable of being. From getting a chorus stuck in your head for a week straight to having your perspective changed for life, we can all probably trace that moment back to one song or album. For me, The Sound of Animals Fighting is that band. The first time I ever heard “Act II: All is Ash or The Light Shining Through It,” I knew that I had stumbled upon something with much more substance and intention than anything I’d ever heard before. This was art. Today, their second album, Lover, The Lord Has Left Us… (Equal Vision Records), turns 10. Let us reflect, shall we? Read more »

UTG PREMIERE: Face Value – ‘Thick As Thieves’ EP

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Maryland pop-punk band Face Value has joined forces with UTG today to offer an exclusive stream of their new six-track EP, Thick As Thieves, which is due out this Friday, June 3. Fans of acts in the vein of Man Overboard and Transit should find comfort in Face Value’s familiarly solid take on the genre, with fun guitar riffs and big, catchy pop-punk hooks.

Speaking to UTG about his band’s newest effort, bassist Grayson Ross offered the following: Read more »

UTG PREMIERE: One Gone Thus – ‘Impermanence’ EP

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Los Angeles experimental/post-hardcore duo One Gone Thus have teamed with UTG to stream their new, five-track EP, Impermanence, which will officially release this Friday, June 3. Pre-orders are available on Bandcamp for just $1 and come with a bonus track, titled “Some People Never Change.”

“We went about constructing the whole album with the idea of making melodic and catchy songs with an experimental bent,” says guitarist/vocalist Ryan Sabouhi. Read more »

SNBRN teams up with Holly Winter for “Sometimes”

SNBRN started off 2016 strong with the rare chance to tap into never-before heard Nate Dogg vocal samples on “Gangsta Walk,” a summery explosion of west coast vibes. Fortunately for us, it appears the SoCal producer is continuing his hot streak with a powerful new electro-pop single entitled “Sometimes.”

Featuring Holly Winter behind the mic, she proclaims simple yet impactful lines such as “sometimes I’m better off alone” while the instrumentals build up to a wonderfully layered drop that will encourage plenty of listeners to let loose and dance the night away as the summer months progress.

Check out “Sometimes” after the jump and be sure to follow UTG on Twitter for more music news. Read more »

UTG PREMIERE: Night School – “Casanova”

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Oakland, California trio Night School are preparing to release a brand new full-length record, titled Blush, on June 17 through Graveface Records. Today, the band has partnered with UTG to stream “Casanova,” a gritty and jangly garage-pop jammer with touches of shoegaze for good measure. You can listen to the track below.

Speaking to UTG about the song’s theme, guitarist/vocalist Alexandra Morte says, “‘Casanova’ is a song about heartbreak and self destruction. It’s a fictional storyline, told from the perspective of someone who has let themselves get lost inside false promises from someone they wanted to trust.” Read more »

UTG PREMIERE: Table Talk – “Cave”

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Long Island, New York four-piece Table Talk have teamed with UTG to premiere a brand new track, titled “Cave.” Taken from the band’s upcoming self-titled effort, due out on June 3, “Cave” is an indie/emo-tinged rocker that will undoubtedly necessitate repeat listens for fans of Somos, Piebald, and Transit.

Speaking to UTG about the significance of the new track, guitarist/vocalist Sal Salamone offers the following: Read more »

REVIEW: Real Friends play to their strengths on ‘The Home Inside My Head’

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Artist: Real Friends
Album: The Home Inside My Head
Label: Fearless Records
Genre: Starting Line-influenced pop-punk, the last pop-punk band that’s not ashamed of their genre

Due to either the Pop Punk Defense Force dying with Man Overboard this Spring, blatant over-saturation of the market in 2013, or all of the good bands rebranding as “emo” to stay hip, the resurgent brand of pop-punk that stormed your local basement scene in 2011 seems to be on its way out of favor. Formative bands like Transit and Major League have called it quits in the past few months, while the subsequent wave of pop-punkers like Sorority Noise and PUP have taken the genre in new and exciting directions, far from the Through Being Cool worship of years past. Suddenly, it’s far harder to make the case that pop-punk’s not dead than it was just a few short years ago. Read more »

Watch Chance the Rapper’s insanely fun, star-studded video for “No Problem”

No Problem” is one of our absolute favorite tracks off of Chance The Rapper‘s excellent new mixtape, Coloring Book. Tonight Chance tweeted out the video for the 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne collab, and it’s just as great as the song.

The video finds the rappers showing off some dance moves in a wide variety of settings. In addition, DJ Khaled and Young Thug make appearances to get in on the fun. The whole video is an absolute blast—another expression of Chance’s joy from Coloring Book.

Chance also took to Twitter to announce that tickets for a tour in support of Coloring Book will be on sale soon, and the mixtape will appear on streaming services outside of Apple Music starting tonight. Read more »

NIGHTLY debut “XO”

It might be their debut single, but Nashville outfit NIGHTLY sound like seasoned professionals on “XO.” The track finds the alt-rockers tapping into a wealth of carefree vibes just in time for summer with a sing-a-long hook, but it also manages to touch on more serious lyrical themes in the process; “‘XO’ is about being in a relationship that isn’t healthy. It’s one of those things that feels good in the moment, or when you’re together, but you know that ultimately you need to get out of.”

Check out “XO” after the jump and be sure to follow UTG on Twitter for more music news.

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Night Verses announce ‘Into The Vanishing Light,’ stream “A Dialogue In Cataplexy”

It’s almost been a solid three years since Night Verses‘ mammoth debut Lift Your Existence was released, and now we finally have word of their highly-anticipated follow-up, titled Into The Vanishing Light. The new record—produced by the legendary Ross Robinson (At The Drive-In, The Cure)—will be released on July 8 via Graphic Nature Records, an imprint on Equal Vision founded by producer Will Putney (Northlane, Stray From The Path, etc.).

The joy doesn’t stop there, though! Along with the announcement, the band has released the first single on the album, the atmospheric, heavy-hitting “A Dialogue In Cataplexy,” as well as a U.S./Canadian Summer tour announcement with Letlive, Seahaven, and Silver Snakes.

From the early days as Archives—where a fresh-out-of Tides of Man Tilian Pearson recorded a killer demo with them—to an EP and then a connecting full-length, Night Verses have continued to evolve and take the scene by storm. Read more »