Jake Luhrs (August Burns Red)'s non-profit Heartsupport has launched the Restore Program, a six-module program with band interviews, round-table discussion and analysis, and an accompanying workbook. The program covers various struggles an individual might be facing, including: depression, anxiety, and more. Participating musicians include: Beau Bokan, Jared Wrath, and Elliott Gruenberg (Blessthefall), Levi Benton (Miss May I), and more. Head here to check out the campaign page, which includes a more in-depth description, and what rewards you can get for donating.
Famous Last Words will be premiering their short film, Two Faced Charade, on February 8 at the Trocadero Theatre in Philadelphia as part of A Night of Short Films XII. Its international release will be later this spring.
Hardcore music festival Rainfest has announced their first wave of bands on this years fest, which you can check out in the replies. Highlights include: Rotting Out, Turnstile, Angel Du$t, and Chain of Strength. The 2nd announcement will be on February 15th at 5pm PST. Tickets are available here, but you'd better act fast.
Kyle Lucas has signed a deal with Artery Management, and will release a new EP in 2015, Fear and Loathing in Marietta. But for now, he's released a brand new video, "Fear and Loathing", which you can check out in the replies. If you liked the song, you can download it for free.
Tomorrow on Steve “Renman” Rennie's broadcast “Renman Live,” Jeff Castelaz, President of Elektra Records, is the guest. Tune in live at 10:00 a.m. PDT / 1:00 p.m. EDT to join the conversation. If you have any questions for the two to answer tomorrow, leave them in the replies, where you can also find a teaser video.
VURSALimited (owned by Miss May I's Levi Benton) has released it's Spring line, and they're offering 15% OFF to us here at Absolutepunk, in addition to free shipping (in the United States). Type in promo code "ABSOLUTEPUNK" at checkout.
Glad to hear the music was a help to you. That is what is great about music. I grew up and became very involved in the church and Christianity. It was honestly one of my primary concerns at the time I wrote most of the lyrics on The Power of Failing. Really I think it was more about my spiritual and social anxiety as a whole.
Project Naptha automatically applies state-of-the-art computer vision algorithms on every image you see while browsing the web. The result is a seamless and intuitive experience, where you can highlight as well as copy and paste and even edit and translate the text formerly trapped within an image.
Beats CEO Ian Rogers says the decision to sell within the Apple app was fairly straightforward: More than half of Beats users use iPhones, and it’s very hard to get an iOS user to subscribe if you don’t sell in-app. Two other music subscription services — Rhapsody and Rdio — have also agreed to sell subscriptions within Apple’s app, though Rdio raised the price for for in-app subscriptions from $10 a month to $15 a month to accommodate Apple’s tariff.
I think the payoff is it allows us to have another sensory experience for the brand. The vision is to have the same expression through music where people can find that happiness, that uplift, that positivity through music, through a Coke Spotify page, through something we’re doing on our web site, through one of the experiences we’re creating around the world. It's creating that consistent experience around music that brings to life our brand and what the brand means.
"Poptimism"—which has long been in place in the ideological arsenals of music critics, from Robert Christgau on down—is not about blindly accepting every piece of radio-ready music that comes down the pike and hailing it as the next important thing. Instead, it's about throwing out the artificial distinctions that elevate Serious Mass-Appeal Music (usually made by men, and with guitars) over Frothy Bubbly Stuff (which often appeals to women as much as, if not more than, it does men). This is not to say that it tosses out complexity in favor of...
Dropbox announced some cool new things today: First, they dropped Carousel, a place to store all your photos and videos. And then my favorite email app, Mailbox, is getting a Mac app (which I am particularly excited about) and coming to Android.
Spotify has redesigned their platform ... going with a darker theme and feel.
Now Spotify functions more like the familiar iTunes interface, where you have a home base of all your favorite jams. Except instead of keeping a copy of the actual sound files, it’s a cloud-based collection. This is a big step up from the Starred playlist, which was just a rearrangable list of songs that couldn’t be sorted. You can dump whole artist catalogs, albums, or friends’ playlists into Your Music, and then sort it all any way you want.
Piggybacking on Spotify and other services like it could get Last.fm tracks in front of more users and make a bigger impact that the radio streaming service did overall. The company says that this change won't affect the Spotify partnership, and users will still be able to listen to stations on the company's new player.
Tyler Glenn — lead singer for Provo, Utah New Wave-pop quartet Neon Trees and a Mormon his entire life — reveals he is gay in the new issue of Rolling Stone (on stands Friday, March 28th). "I've always felt like I'm an open book, and yet obviously I haven't been completely," he tells RS' Caryn Ganz. But he is now: Glenn speaks candidly about his first gay experiences, his band's reaction to his coming out and his complicated relationship with his conservative religion in our new story.
Some past Nervous Energies performers - Owen, Slingshot Dakota, Mixtapes, Pity Sex, Tigers Jaw, Into It. Over It., Lemuria and Now Now - are the featured subjects of an eight-piece print pack that you can pick up for $20 in Ryan Russell's webstore if you're interested.
Lorde has opened up about a variety of topics in a new New York Times interview.
People like to paint me in a certain way, but I’m a hugely sex-positive person and I have nothing against anyone getting naked. For me personally, I just don’t think it really would complement my music in any way or help me tell a story any better. It’s not like I have a problem with dancing around in undies — I think you can use that stuff in a hugely powerful way. It just hasn’t felt necessary for me.