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Last week, I attended Motley Crue's sold-out performance in Eugene, OR at the Matthew Knight Arena, with special guest Alice Cooper. Head to the replies for my thoughts on the performance.
Jake Denning on 07/31/15 - 12:21 PM
Yes! It's Friday, which means we're back with another AbsolutePlaylist. This week, I've got a playlist that represents most of what I've been listening to regularly in the gym this summer as the heat gets into the triple digits. If you like heavy music, this one's for you. Head to the replies to check it out.
Jake Denning on 07/31/15 - 10:24 AM
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Jason Tate on 07/31/15 - 03:00 AM
We recently spoke with Joywave about their debut album How Do You Feel Now? Check it out here.
What gets sent to radio and whatís decided on as a single seems really arbitrary. We didnít make the record trying to make any singles. There was no song where we were like, all right, this one has to be this certain way, outside of ďDestruction.Ē The spots that we made quote-unquote ďcatchyĒ in that song are a joke. Itís tongue in cheek.
Jonathan Bautts on 07/30/15 - 11:23 AM
If you have been jamming Lord Huron and Ace Enders' new albums, it's time for Side Saddle to be on your radar. Having collaborated with Rick Parker (Lord Huron, Good Old War) on their debut LP, The Astorian, in 2014, the six piece folk-pop ensemble are back with a brand new EP, entitled Young Professional, released on July 20. While doing my research on Side Saddle for this feature, one thing became very clear: while some songs make you want to dance, and others make you want to weep, they will always make you want to sing along.

"Young Professional is the story of love lost and love found in the concrete jungle of New York City," according to Ian McGuinness, Side Saddles' lead singer...
Lueda Alia on 07/29/15 - 11:11 AM
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Jason Tate on 07/24/15 - 03:00 AM
A Lot Like Birds' guitarist Michael Franzino was literally alone in the woods when he wrote his outstanding debut, Somewhere In The Sierras, under the pseudonym alone.. From the very first track - an imposing introduction whose cinematic quality is reinforced through Italian lyrics - the album sucks you into Franzino's reality, where everything is coloured by a Hannibal-esque intensity. Every song is a piece of the story, with the powerful "Close Without Closure" being one of the highlights of the album. It's dark, it's beautiful, it's defeating -- it's glorious. In his own words: "Great art comes from struggle, so I intentionally forced myself in a position to feel my emotions as...
Lueda Alia on 07/22/15 - 11:44 AM
We recently spoke with Dustin Kensrue about his long-awaited second solo album, Carry the Fire. Check it out here.
After so long, it was hard to pick where it was going to go. Originally, I had this other project I was thinking I was going to do as well. I was going to make the solo record a lot more stripped down, and it ended up feeling like it was too many things to juggle at one time. I combined some of the ideas that I had for this separate project into the more folky stuff and just let it be a mixture.
Jonathan Bautts on 07/21/15 - 11:22 AM
Check out our photos from the July 12th Radio 104.5 Summer Block Party featuring Nate Ruess, the War on Drugs, MSMR, Civil Twilight and John Faye and Those Meddling Kids in the replies.
Staci Altomari on 07/20/15 - 02:37 PM
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Jason Tate on 07/17/15 - 03:00 AM
Seemingly out of nowhere, Bandcamp became my main music streaming service. Given the amount of good music I have since come across, it only makes sense to bring attention to it weekly. Every Wednesday, I will highlight a record that I love on Bandcamp and hopefully create some discussion about albums that you, the readers, have also discovered and/or fallen in love with. My first pick is The Collection. It began with a text and link from fellow editor Brian Lion, "Start with "The Borrowers" and the song right after it -- big Typhoon sound." That's all it took. I was in love instantly. Their debut Ars Moriendi came out exactly one year ago today, but this record is timeless. Over 25...
Lueda Alia on 07/15/15 - 10:39 AM
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Jason Tate on 07/14/15 - 06:01 PM
We recently spoke with Mike Shinoda about the return of Fort Minor, as well as the past and future of Linkin Park. Check out the interview here.
I kind of donít care where and if [Fort Minor] fits in. For me, trends will come and go. Rap music right now is in a really exciting place... Thereís a lot of room for individual, unique voices. Iím excited for what thatís going to develop into in the coming years. My role in it isnít to be a part of any movement, or a part of anything at all. I just make what I make. If people dig it, then they dig it.
Jonathan Bautts on 07/13/15 - 11:18 AM
The second quarter of 2015 has been absolutely loaded with musical releases. If you're still struggling to digest it all, have no fear! We're proud to present 150 of the best and brightest releases from April, May, and June. We've got everything from pop/punk, to country, to hip-hop, to indie, and everything in between. If you can't find something that you like and haven't heard before, feel free to PM me with an angry message. This playlist has been one of my favorite projects for the site; I've really fallen in love with some of these new discoveries. Check out the nine hour playlist in Apple Music, Spotify, and Rdio renditions in the replies. Happy discovering!
Anthony Sorendino on 07/10/15 - 05:28 AM
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Jason Tate on 07/10/15 - 03:00 AM
Today, I am very proud to share something our users have been hard at work on. Under the direction of kyle is hk, a rather large group of us have voted and ranked our Top 50 Albums of 2000-2015. You can hit the replies to read our list (complete with blurbs from the users), see what artists got the most votes, look at each year's top three albums and discuss what should or shouldn't have made the list. Then, you can head over to this thread to participate in our Top Albums of the 90s list. Awesome work, everyone; what a time to be alive.
Aaron Mook on 07/08/15 - 07:50 AM
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Craig Manning on 07/08/15 - 07:36 AM
We spoke with U.K. breakout Wolf Alice about their debut album, My Love Is Cool. Check out the interview here.
Weíre four weirdos from North London who spent a good two years playing everywhere trying to get the fine folk of England to pay attention to us, so itís blowing our minds that weíve got the chance to do that over in the U.S.A. too. The U.S. crowds are so, so, so much fun. People yell stuff like good restaurants to check out or just welcome you to the city DURING the breaks between songs. Itís how I imagine American football games to be, full of team spirit and chanting. A good crowd at a show in the U.S. can be like getting hit with a sledgehammer and totally elevates the vibe.
Jonathan Bautts on 07/08/15 - 05:42 AM
Our interview with Simple Plan can be read here. The band's new album will be released this fall.
For us, it's exciting, because we've got to keep growing and we have to adapt and try new things. It's a weird thing as a band, especially as you have more longevity, it's almost like you can't win because you don't have the excitement of being the brand new band. So people are like, "Okay, what have you got now? It's your fifth record."
Joe DeAndrea on 07/07/15 - 07:32 AM
Earlier this week I had the chance to take part in a conference call with Miguel to discuss his recently-released album Wildheart, which also happens to be one of the year's best. The full exchange can be found here.
Nothing that matters in this world has ever been accomplished by being faint of heart, or by being fearful, or being conformist. It always took a little bit of delusion, a little bit of crazy, a little bit of wild-heartedness to go against the grain. Because the truth is, being yourself is wild-hearted, because no one will ever be like you. You are the only you that will ever be and has ever been. And I think thatís to be celebrated, as opposed to being muted, or being...
Jonathan Bautts on 07/03/15 - 11:31 AM
The AP.net staff is here to bring you a different playlist every Friday to soundtrack your summer. Last week, we took your suggestions and crafted a Feel Good Hits of the Summer Playlist. This week, things are getting a little bit darker. We're taking you to one of the staples of summer: the late night drive. This is one to throw on while your aimlessly cruising through the backstreets at 3 AM. So roll those windows down, and check out the playlist in the replies.
Craig Ismaili on 07/03/15 - 06:53 AM
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Jason Tate on 07/03/15 - 03:00 AM
Today we're happy to welcome Anna Acosta to our staff. Anna's written up a little welcome blurb below. Please join me in welcoming her to our team
Message from AnnaAP.net has been my primary news source - albeit, mostly through Tumblr - for as long as Iíve been music blogging, and Iím thrilled to be joining the team. Iím a former publicist turned writer (need website copy? Iím your girl), musician and music journalist whose bread & butter is pop-punk. Faves include Coheed & Cambria, Automatic Loveletter/Juliet Simms, The Wonder Years, Pvris and Dr. Funkeís 100% Natural Good-Time Family Band Solution.
Jason Tate on 06/29/15 - 12:37 PM
Today we'd like to welcome the newest addition to our team: Staci Altomari! Staci will be joining us mostly as a new photographer and live-concert reviewer. She's written up a little welcome post that I've included below. Please join me in welcoming Staci to staff.
Message from StaciI've been lurking on the site for most of its history, trying to keep up with the latest Brand New news (Shone crew, I see you). I'm super excited to join the AbsolutePunk.net team as a photographer and contributor of concert reviews. I live in Philly so most of my coverage will be from that area. Rock music owns my heart, with a special place carved out for anything early 2000s "emo." I'm currently getting...
Jason Tate on 06/26/15 - 03:41 PM
I'm kind of a nerd and enjoy economics, so, when the Illinois Economic Policy Institute (ILEPI) reached out and asked my thoughts on doing some research to study musicians as workers, I was very much intrigued. In addition to evaluating economic data, we are helping by conducting an anonymous survey of bands and artists. The 10-15 minute survey includes questions on your activities, the makeup of your band, and your earnings. The purposes of the project are to understand trends in the music "labor market" and to use the AbsolutePunk community as a case study. This is also a chance to anonymously inform fans of the scene about the difficulties, stresses, and benefits of playing music for...
Jason Tate on 06/26/15 - 11:22 AM
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Jason Tate on 06/26/15 - 03:00 AM
We had the chance to speak with Nate Ruess about his new solo album, Grand Romantic. Check it out here.
Honestly, talking to Absolute Punk right now, the core that was intact when the Format started, I canít ignore that by any stretch of the imagination. That feels like my home. Those people that have listened since then feel like my family. Theyíve kept me up and going at this and theyíve helped me as much as anyone, without a doubt.
Jonathan Bautts on 06/25/15 - 12:09 PM
There's only one release date left in June, which means it's about that time to talk about the best music from the past three months. April, May, and June have been chock-full of great albums; what releases have come out that are already on your end of the year lists? What album has flown under the radar so far in 2015 that you want others to check out? Are you brave enough to predict your album of the year already? Let us know in the replies! Be sure to include a favorite track or two. If you're still playing catch up, check out our first quarter discussion and playlist here.
Anthony Sorendino on 06/25/15 - 06:04 AM
We talked with Cold War Kids about their latest album, Hold My Home. Check it out here.
Around the time of our first record, everyone was saying we were a blog band because that was the time when those dozen bands were coming up through that medium. I think weíre probably one of the only ones of those bands thatís still around, or at least active in any more visible level. Again, I think weíre pretty surprised by it, because we didnít totally plan on it. For me, itís about desire. If we still really want to do it full on and write, record and tour, then we have to be totally committed. I donít think we could take a year off. Weíre not that kind of band where we could just take a...
Jonathan Bautts on 06/24/15 - 01:23 PM
We spoke with X Ambassadors this week about their debut album VHS and their hit single "Renegades," currently the #1 Alternative song in the country. Check out the interview here.
Learn how to shut your ego out and make sure youíre not doing something out of sheer stubbornness and laziness. We made this record THREE times. Thatís three almost entirely different records. Each time we thought it was done, and then weíd all come back to it and realize it wasnít. Itís the hardest thing to start over again, but it will always be better a second time around.
Jonathan Bautts on 06/23/15 - 11:00 AM
I recently sat down with Brent Martone of Head North in Philadelphia, to talk music, being signed, and their new EP Bloodlines -- check it out here.
The entire new record is a lot of stuff that is still pretty raw for me to play live. You know you play a song over and over and over again as much as it doesnít lose its meaning to you its just you get used to the vibe that it gives off.
Shana Davidson on 06/22/15 - 09:28 PM
Want to help compile an AP.net user list of the top 20 albums from 2000-2015? Check out this thread. We sure do love ranking things.
Jason Tate on 06/19/15 - 01:00 PM
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Jason Tate on 06/19/15 - 03:00 AM
I recently spoke to Zac Eisenstein of Man Overboard while the band was rehearsing for the Vans Warped Tour. You can catch the band all summer long on the Unicorn Main Stage. Their fourth full-length album, Heavy Love, drops June 30th via Rise Records - you can pre-order it here. Head here for the interview.
Honestly, the hardest part was not saying something that would almost be too real or blow up my spot too much, to the point where people in my life are like ďWhat the fuck, youíre singing about all our shit on a record!Ē Thatís where I had to watch it, and Bill and I would have conversations like ďWhatís crossing the line?Ē But you canít be rolling everybody thatís in your life every...
Jake Denning on 06/17/15 - 01:28 PM
The Vans Warped Tour kicks off its 21st year on Friday in Pomona, CA, and there's a whole lot of bands to pick and choose from. Fellow staffer Anthony Sorendino and myself will be in attendance this year, so we wrote up a short list of fifteen bands we think you should check out from this year's line-up. Head to the replies to check out the list, as well as a Rdio/Spotify playlist!
Jake Denning on 06/16/15 - 10:10 AM
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Jason Tate on 06/14/15 - 06:01 PM
Today we are happy to welcome Shana Davidson to staff! Shana will be joining us as a contributing interviewer and article writer and has written up a little welcome note below. Please join me in welcoming Shana to our community.
Note from ShanaI honestly can't even remember when I first started visiting AP.net, all I know is this where I always went for my music news and to lurk to see what everyone's opinions were. Safe to say because of that I am absolutely ecstatic that I'm able to be a contributing interviewer/writer for Absolute Punk. I currently am the finance coordinator at WXPN radio station in Philadelphia, I love my job but it doesn't really fill my creative need. Some of my...
Jason Tate on 06/12/15 - 10:26 AM
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Jason Tate on 06/12/15 - 03:00 AM
It's with great pleasure that we welcome Charlie Joseph to staff today. Charlie is joining us as a contributing interviewer/article/editorial writer and if the conversations we've been having in the staff chat are any indication -- we are all in for a treat! She's written up a little welcome message below, so please join me in welcoming her to staff!
Message from CharlieHi, my nameís Charlie. Iím currently doing a degree in graphic and media design at University of the Arts London (as in the UK!). Iíve been lurking about since I found out about the site five years ago and itís gonna be really great to finally post on here and contribute to the discussions and the website through writing...
Jason Tate on 06/11/15 - 11:14 AM
Today I'd like to officially welcome AJ LaGambina to our staff! Aj will be joining us as a contributing reviewer and helping out on other things around the site. Please give a hearty welcome to Aj in the replies and read a message from him below. We've got a few more to come!
Message from AjHello, Friends! Iím Aj, and Iíve been using AP.net since Iíve been able to access the Internet, though I only made my account a couple of years ago. Iíll mainly be focusing on reviews, and as opportunities arise Iím sure Iíll be conducting a few interviews and working on other aspects of the site. In the real world, Iím a Sound Recording major at the University of New Haven, and I also started a...
Jason Tate on 06/10/15 - 09:53 PM
Today I'd like to welcome Becky Kovach to our staff team. Becky has a little intro post below and I hope everyone will join me in giving her a warm welcome.
Message from BeckyHey guys! My name is Becky Kovach. Some of you might recognize me from my previous work on Property Of Zack, where I spent two years as a reviewer. After a brief 6-month hiatus, I am stoked to be back and joining the Absolute Punk team! Itís an absolute (see what I did there?) honor to be jumping on board with a site that has long been one of my go-to sources for music-based reading. Iíve been writing reviews since I was 14 and much of my path since has been inspired by what Iíve discovered through Absolute Punk.
Jason Tate on 06/10/15 - 12:23 PM
Today we'd like to welcome new staff member Chrisanne Grise to our team! Chrisanne will be a new contributing interviewer on the website and she's written up a little intro below. I hope everyone will join me in welcoming our newest staff member.
Message From ChrisanneIíve been lurking on this site for so long, I canít even remember when I first started visiting it. But itís safe to say that AP has been my main source of music news for many years, so Iím thrilled to be a new contributor. Right now, Iím a journalist and magazine editor in NYC, and while I love my job, I donít get to cover music often, so Iím excited to dive in with some interviews and whatever else comes up. Some of my...
Jason Tate on 06/09/15 - 11:28 AM
Today we've got another new staff member to introduce you to: Aaron Mook. Aaron will be joining us as a new contributing staff reviewer, article writer, and interviewer. Aaron's written up a little introduction that I've included below -- so please join me in welcoming Aaron to the AP.net family.
Message from AaronHello, my name is Aaron and I am going to be a journalism-communication student at Gannon University, located in good ol' Erie, PA. I discovered AbsolutePunk sometime around my senior year of high school and ever since, it has played a crucial role in sharpening both my musical tastes and skills as a writer. In fact, I probably wouldn't be studying journalism right now if this...
Jason Tate on 06/08/15 - 01:48 PM
Day two of our welcoming new staff members commences! Today it's with great pleasure that I welcome Matt Metzler to staff as a new contributing reviewer. You may recognize Matt as the author behind the AnberinForever project and as having a long 10 year plus commenting career. Matt's written up a little introduction below and I hope everyone will join me in welcoming him to our staff!
Message from MattI've been visiting AP since 2005 (10 years ago, that's pretty crazy) and I think I found out about the website from when AP.net did the "I Will Fight" wristbands for Andrew McMahon. I see myself contributing reviews as well as hopefully some longer features on bands, maybe some band...
Jason Tate on 06/06/15 - 09:42 AM
Over the next few weeks we're going to be announcing some new contributing staff members to the website. Today it is my pleasure to introduce to you the first of the new class. I'd love for everyone to join me in welcoming Craig Ismaili as one of our new contributing staff reviewers. Craig #2 has written up a little welcome message that I've included below and he'll probably have reviews up on the site in no time for people to complain about the score. Welcome Craig! (Also, he's on Twitter.)
A Message from CraigMy nameís Craig Ismaili. A lot of the users on this site may know me as njdevils327, or as the winner of one of those AP.net Fantasy Band Drafts with one of the most generic...
Jason Tate on 06/05/15 - 02:47 PM
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Jason Tate on 06/05/15 - 03:00 AM
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