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You can check out our interview with Beartooth here.
If we didnít die on stage, then we didnít play hard enough.
Jake Denning on 07/30/14 - 01:00 PM
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Jason Tate on 07/25/14 - 10:00 AM
You can read our interview with The Ghost Inside here. The band is set to release their fourth full length album in the fall on Epitaph Records, which includes guest vocals from Jason Butler of letlive.
Lyrically, itís about the fact that Iím getting a little older now, and itís about the opportunities that you have when youíre younger. When you first start getting into adulthood, you have so many open doors and so many opportunities and so many places to go and things to do Ė literally, the world is whatever you want it to be.
Jake Denning on 07/25/14 - 05:22 AM
It's pretty hard to argue that Rise Records isn't one of the top independent record labels out there. Thinking about it, the first time I had ever heard of the label was when Drop Dead, Gorgeous played at a Christian festival Tomfest in July of 2006. I remember learning about new bands through the label's sampler CDs (remember those?) - this was one of my first exposures to bands like The Devil Wears Prada and more. The following AbsolutePlaylist is a collection of what I consider to be Rise Records very best - hopefully you find a new artist or two to check out and support. Definitely include links to your own favorites in the replies.
Jake Denning on 07/25/14 - 04:47 AM
Drew was recently featured on Vying for Vinyl's "Setting The Record Straight" to discuss vinyl.
For starters, it does seem ďcoolĒ to like vinyl, which is great for the format but bad for my wallet (prices are insane). I know for myself I love the warmer sound, I like feeling the music and art in my hands, and I do like the crazy and vibrant colors that may accompany the format. What I love about the recent resurgence is that it is getting people back into record stores and discovering new music and interacting with people with similar tastes and/or interests.
Ryan Gardner on 07/19/14 - 11:00 AM
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Jason Tate on 07/18/14 - 10:00 AM
Back in April, we brought you a collection of our favorite releases from the first quarter of 2014. Today, we're bringing you the best of the best from April, May, and June of this year. We're hoping that you can discover some new releases to add to your end of the year list. Head to the replies to check out the AbsolutePlaylist in Spotify and Rdio formats!
Anthony Sorendino on 07/18/14 - 06:37 AM
Dark all night for us.
ReviewsReal Friends - Maybe This Place Is The Same And We're Just Changing (Blake Solomon)
JPNSGRLS - Circulation (Gregory Robson)
Blake Solomon on 07/18/14 - 05:55 AM
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Jason Tate on 07/15/14 - 01:01 AM
I'll be speaking with the UK's Dinosaur Pile Up next week. If you have any questions for them, please leave them in the replies. Now's the chance to ask them about their tour with Brand New or their 2014 release, Nature Nurture.
Anthony Sorendino on 07/12/14 - 11:39 AM
Happy Friday! It sure is Friday. The weekend is here at last. I know youíve worked 40 hours this week, but I need you to work 15 more minutes right now. We are about to create, together, the darkest, most intriguing corner of AbsolutePunk.net (darker than the PL forum and more intriguing than the Brand New thread circa 2009). Today is the day that I proudly/shamefully introduce you to a new semi-regular feature titled Phaynes Eats Phood. If youíre a forum regular, you may know phaynes1 for being a curmudgeonly old man-type poster (he is only 25 though). I used to live with Phaynes, and while being his roommate, one of the things I was most shocked to discover was his abnormal eating...
Thomas Nassiff on 07/11/14 - 11:43 AM
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Jason Tate on 07/11/14 - 10:00 AM
Welcome back to AbsolutePlaylist, a new feature that will bring you a playlist each Friday from one of our staff members or a special guest to ring your weekend in the right way. It's the beginning of a special weekend for me: I'll be getting married tomorrow afternoon, to the girl of my dreams. This playlist was made to reflect all of the excitement and emotion of the biggest day of my life.
Craig Manning on 07/11/14 - 06:30 AM
Handguns will be chatting in this thread at 7pm EST. Come swing by to talk to them about their new album, Life Lessons, their upcoming tour dates this summer or what's Brandon's favorite pizza. Don't forget, you can stream Life Lessons over on Substream.
Keagan Ilvonen on 07/07/14 - 03:48 PM
You can check out our interview with Michael Barr and Gus Farias of Volumes here. The band is currently on the Vans Warped Tour, playing the Journeys stage. Their upcoming full length record, No Sleep, comes out July 15th.
I think we had a took a different approach, a pop approach to writing this album, working with our producer Brandon Paddock. And I think that was a big step for us, bringing in a producer Ė at first we didnít know if it would really work, but in the end it ended up working beautifully
Jake Denning on 07/07/14 - 11:41 AM
This past Saturday, I got to see Brand New put on one hell of a set on their summer run with Into It. Over It. and Dinosaur Pile-Up at The Pageant in St. Louis. Hit the replies to read the full review of the show.
Unlike most bands that take their sweet time between releases and tours, Brand New never seem to run the risk of fading into irrelevancy, it just makes their fans hungrier.
Jake Jenkins on 07/07/14 - 07:00 AM
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Jason Tate on 07/04/14 - 10:00 AM
Welcome back to AbsolutePlaylist! In case you missed it, we started a discussion yesterday about our favorite Independence Day songs. Today, we're proud to present "America, an AbsolutePlaylist." Check it out in all its American glory (in both Rdio and Spotify renditions) in the replies, and have a great 4th of July!
Anthony Sorendino on 07/04/14 - 07:05 AM
Handguns will be chatting on the site next Monday at 7pm EST. Swing by to talk to them about their new album, Life Lessons, their upcoming tour with Hundreth and Counterparts or whatever you like. And if you haven't already, go stream Life Lessons over on Substream.
Keagan Ilvonen on 07/03/14 - 11:22 AM
With tomorrow being the official celebration of America's independence, we thought it was fitting to get a discussion started about songs centered around freedom, America, and independence. Whether that means a song about driving down America's highways, or a song honoring our armed forces, there's certainly music to fit the mood of the 4th. Leave us your favorites in the replies!
Anthony Sorendino on 07/03/14 - 05:13 AM
Austin, Texas has been on overload with killer shows this week, but Diarrhea Planet, Lee Bains and The Glory Fires, and local heroes The Midgetmen played a killer set to a packed house at Red 7 on June 27th. The venue was feeling hellishly hot, and most of the audience was soaked in sweat most likely not theirs, but no one seemed to give a crap. Hit the replies to read my full review of the show, as well as a photo gallery.
Itís hard not to wail when your band features four guitarists, a lone bassist, and a bad-ass drummer. Diarrhea Planetís music falls somewhere between the wildness of older The Black Lips and classic Nashville Southern rock.
Caitlin DeWeese on 06/28/14 - 03:02 PM
Secret Weapons is a new indie rock/pop band out of New York. The duo's influences range from modern (The Killers, Coldplay) to retro (Prince, Rick Springfield). Their music reflects that, as you'll hear in the replies when listening to a new track "Keep XX" from their upcoming debut EP.
Alex DiVincenzo on 06/27/14 - 10:00 AM
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Jason Tate on 06/27/14 - 10:00 AM
"Every streetlight reveals a picture in reverse."
Staff ReviewsThe War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream (Craig Manning)
Larusso - Life in Static (Craig Manning)
Calamity Jane - We'll Explain When We Get There (Caitlin DeWeese)
Show Reviews"Monumentour" with Fall Out Boy, Paramore and New Politics - Mansfield, MA [Photos] (Alex DiVincenzo)
Warped Tour Day Blog #1 - Pomona, CA (Jake Denning)
Staff InterviewsChelsea Grin (Jake Denning)
Craig Manning on 06/24/14 - 05:59 AM
Pegasus Festival happened outside of Dallas, Texas this weekend. This is the first festival for Ghostlight Concerts, and they did a decent job.The big draw was Brand New but in true Brand-New-style, there were a lot of let down fans. Luckily, Circa Survive, Bad Books, PM Today, and Residual Kid were there to save the day. Hit the replies to read my full review of the festival.
Brand New took one hundred years to actually take the stage and opened with "Sowing Season," followed by a lot of Daisy and D&G.
Caitlin DeWeese on 06/23/14 - 02:41 PM
This week was good and somewhat stressful around the website. Now that the weekend has arrived, I'm looking forward to a few days of relaxing, World Cup watching, and good beer. However, before that begins, I wanted to highlight some of the best stories, exclusives, and staff content from the past week. In general I'm not a big fan of too many "recaps" -- but one a week doesn't seem too crazy. I've broken the stories down into a few major categories below. If this looks horrible on the homepage, I'll need a moment to fix our CSS a little bit. It's a work in progress and any feedback is definitely welcome.

I think the highlight of my week on the website was the launching of the latest...
Jason Tate on 06/21/14 - 01:06 PM
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Jason Tate on 06/20/14 - 10:00 AM
Summertime always breeds a host of unique emotions. Whether you're blasting tunes through your car speakers on the way to the shore, listening quietly at work while you patiently await the end of the work day, or sipping on your favorite drink as the blazing sun sets, there's always a song to fit the mood. With the longest day of the year (if you're north of the equator) coming tomorrow, we've put together a special AbsolutePlaylist that should ease your transition into the summer months ahead. If you have a favorite that you don't see on the list, be sure to drop it in the replies!
Anthony Sorendino on 06/20/14 - 06:51 AM
Whilst reading the comments from many of our lovely AP.net users on a recent article written on Wondering Sound regarding the lack of women on the Warped Tour, I became quite surprised by the reactions that our user base was having. Responses varied from statements suggesting that it's reasonable for Warped Tour to be lacking in women as there aren't many women in the scene all the way to users stating their outright hatred of all things feminist. It was not surprising to see debate about the issue - feminism and women's rights are certainly a particularly divisive topic on the internet at the moment. However, what I found difficult to accept was that folks were more willing to attack...
Kelly Doherty on 06/17/14 - 10:01 AM
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Jason Tate on 06/15/14 - 01:01 AM
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Jason Tate on 06/13/14 - 10:00 AM
Last week we brought you ten bands that you may have overlooked on this year's Warped Tour. We focused on some of the more acoustic and mellow bands, but this week I've enlisted the help of fellow staffer Jake Denning to bring you some of the louder, heavier bands on the tour. We have another ten bands that we've added to the now complete 40 track playlist! Check it out in the replies. The 2014 Vans Warped Tour kicks off today in Houston!
Anthony Sorendino on 06/13/14 - 08:10 AM
Today we're super excited to bring you a new song from the always fantastic Lakes. Jump to the replies to stream, "1992," which is off the band's upcoming album, Fire Ahead, that will be released on July 22nd. Once you get done listening, head over to the band's site to download the track for free.
Keagan Ilvonen on 06/09/14 - 02:49 PM
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Jason Tate on 06/06/14 - 10:00 AM
Every Warped Tour band announcement this year has been met with: "Who?" and "When will they announce the good bands?" I was guilty of it as well. There were too many bands that I wasn't familiar with, and I didn't like that. I turned to the staff and we came up with 20 bands that you may have overlooked for a special two-part edition of AbsolutePlaylist. Personally, this process has almost doubled my list of bands to see. We're bringing you the first 10 bands today, so give them a shot! We've got both Spotify and Rdio links in the replies. If you like what you hear on the playlist, you can read a little bit more about the bands in the replies and check out another song via YouTube. Check...
Anthony Sorendino on 06/06/14 - 04:44 AM
The theme of this episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast was originally to give our favorite albums released so far in 2014 ... but we ended up talking about so much more. We touch on web journalism/click-bait articles, festivals and the RiotFest layaway program, and even if EPs are still worth doing in the current music landscape. We also do get around to giving our favorite albums released this year (the lists are also in the replies) and we make it through a once again very needy and distracting cat that does not like when I podcast and ignore him, as well as a very punctual food delivery at Thomas' apartment. Good times are had. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded below.
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Jason Tate on 06/05/14 - 04:39 PM
Our interview with Needtobreathe can be found here.
When we started the record, we thought we might call the record ďWasteland,Ē which is the first track. Really thatís where we were when we started out writing for the record. It was a pretty dark place for us as a band. We didnít know the record was going to follow this path that it ended up taking. It took us more than a year to make the record, and a lot of the songs really follow the journey that the band was on. Obviously, we didnít know where that journey was going to lead. The songs came out as the turns and changes happened to us.
Jonathan Bautts on 06/04/14 - 12:24 PM
Check out our photos of the 5/30 Austin stop of The 1975's tour with Bad Suns.
Ryan Gardner on 06/02/14 - 11:16 AM
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Jason Tate on 05/30/14 - 10:00 AM
This week's AbsolutePlaylist may feel a bit bizarre. Shaped around my night owl tendencies, "night moves" features the finest, darkest, and starkest cuts from some of my favorite artists - the type of music I want to listen to whether I'm driving aimlessly at 3 AM or lying in bed restless. Expect imperfect vocals, raw and ultra personal lyrics, loud/quiet/loud dynamics, and the unexpected. And one can only truly experience said playlist once the sun sets. Let's get weird in the replies.

Remember, if you'd like to submit your very own playlist, head over to our submission thread!
Drew Beringer on 05/30/14 - 01:19 AM
Thomas promises this is the last week his microphone will have an echo and I promise this is one of my favorite episodes of the AbsolutePunk Podcast yet. This week we talk about the Apple and Beats deal finalizing and how that plays into curated playlists vs full album listening habits. Then we touch on major labels and their structure and place in the industry before tackling the upcoming Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties album. We round out the conversation discussing if Blink-182 should just go on hiatus again, what other musical artists could maybe be billionaires someday, why Ronnie Radke is a moron, and why each of us choose to post something as news or to ignore it. The episode...
Jason Tate on 05/29/14 - 05:53 PM
There's an interesting thread and discussion taking place in the General Forum about the idea that when there is violence in the black community hip-hop is blamed, so should pop-punk and/or metal, and the ideas they propagate, also be blamed when misogyny shows up?
The cultural make-up of, say, pop-punk contributes to the misogyny of the overall culture, in which women are objects and the man is the nice guy, who, by virtue of being the nice guy, deserves the woman in the end, Whenever there's violence in the black community, the media looks to hip-hop as something which fuels the violence. Similarly, when looking at the Isla Vist violence, is pop-punk the musical reflection of...
Jason Tate on 05/29/14 - 10:51 AM
Today we're proud to welcome Dan Campbell, the frontman of The Wonder Years and the brainchild behind the new project Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties, to AP.net to chat in this very thread. Hit the replies to talk with Dan about the project and/or whatever you'd like really. If you haven't checked out the first song, "You Ain't No Saint," you can do that here, and you can pre-order the album here.

Update: The chat is now over, huge thanks to Dan for hanging out and answering questions. You can read all of his responses here if you missed the chat.
Jason Tate on 05/28/14 - 03:05 PM
The Weekend Routine only have a debut EP in the works but have already shared the stage with the likes of Forever Came Calling, Divided By Friday, and With the Punches. Today, we are streaming their new single, "Monster In Me." Hit the replies to check it out.
Ryan Gardner on 05/26/14 - 08:32 AM
This week on the AbsolutePunk.net Podcast, Drew, Thomas, and I talk about the role of a "music critic" and our thoughts on negative reviews and negative commentary in general. Why write negative reviews? Why voice a negative opinion? All three of us had different takes on how this plays a role in our online lives. After that there's a lengthy discussion about the current "vinyl debate" and the ethics and business decisions behind licensing and selling vinyl both with or without the artist's explicit permission, and our personal thoughts on the topic and how it relates to our musical world. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded in the replies.

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Jason Tate on 05/23/14 - 02:40 PM
Hit the replies to check out my write up on day two of this year's Skate and Surf festival.
Zac Djamoos on 05/23/14 - 12:09 PM
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