UTG INTERVIEW: Mark Lavengood shares insights into bluegrass and touring

When you think of music from Michigan, there are probably a lot of places your mind goes instantly. Wether it’s the expansive work that came out of Motown, 8 Mile star and rapper Eminem, pop icon Madonna, or your dad listening to Bob Seger, Michigan has had its share of famous musicians from a wide […]

REVIEW: Drew Holcomb And The Neighbors – ‘Medicine’

Artist: Drew Holcomb And The Neighbors Album: Medicine Genre: Folk/Americana With winter maintaining its stranglehold on the majority of North America it can be hard to picture sunnier days, let alone recall the joy that comes with better weather. Thankfully, this year music fans can find some semblance of comfort during the coldest months thanks […]

STREAM: The Districts – “Peaches”

The Pennsylvania music scene is one of the best around, and continuously shows that it’s home to bands who release great music. Today, blues-infused Americana band The Districts released a new song, “Peaches,” which comes off of their upcoming full-length, A Flourish and a Spoil. The song has very raw production, but still manages to sound […]

REVIEW: EdTang & The Chops – ‘Goodbye, Zen5, Sushi Dinner’

Artist: EdTang & The Chops Album: Goodbye, Zen5, Sushi Dinner Genre: Folk, Americana, Punk RIYL: Frank Turner, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan New Jersey’s EdTang & The Chops released their newest album, Goodbye, Zen5, Sushi Dinner, the moment this year began. Taking a much different direction than they had on their previous release, Songs From Under […]

REVIEW: Alcoa – Bones and Marrow

Artist: Alcoa Album: Bones and Marrow Label: Bridge 9 Defeater is a hardcore band that’s been on the rise over the past few years. With their release of Empty Days & Sleepless Nights in 2011, the band grew exponentially in their popularity. They are fast, aggressive and just an overall intense emotional experience. When I […]

DOWNLOAD: Alcoa (Derek of Defeater) – “Keep Track / Lose Track”

We’re really excited to finally share with you the first single off of folk side project Alcoa’s debut full-length, “Keep Track / Lose Track,” and it’s really awesome. For those who don’t know, Alcoa is the folk rock side-project of frontman Derek Archambault of Massachusetts hardcore band Defeater. If you’re one of those music goers who likes […]

Review: Craig Finn – Clear Heart Full Eyes

Artist: Craig Finn Album: Clear Heart Full Eyes Genre: Americana/Alt-Country Album: Vagrant Craig Finn of The Hold Steady and Lifter Puller is known for crafting a sprawling mythos centered around the mythologized Twin Cities, Minneapolis and Saint Paul, with his rock ‘n’ roll yarns spanning the entire Midwest and the occasional trip down to Florida. […]

Review: Matt Pryor – May Day

Artist: Matt Pryor Album: May Day Genre: Indie/Folk Label: Vagrant It seems that Matt Pryor enjoys constructing challenges for himself with his solo albums. For Confidence Man Pryor was determined to write-record-mix an entire album before he hit the age of 30. The result was a folk-y, alt-country stripped down version of his side-project The […]