This week on the Self Promotion Spotlight, I encountered Barricades, a pop-rock five piece from Boston. Their new album, With Perfect Aim is a clean-cut, catchy journey into pop-rock with hints of Jimmy Eat World, Futures, Fall Out Boy and Minus The Bear. Stream the record on their Bandcamp and get your sugary fix. Interested in being a part of the Self-Promotion Spotlight? It's easy, just sign up for an AbsolutePunk.net account and post in the Self-Promotion forum.
It's been the album everyone's been listening to and discussing all week - now you can get a little inside info on the writing and recording of Balance and Composure's new album, The Things We Think We're Missing, by listening to the sixteenth episode of the AbsolutePunk.net Podcast. Jason and I talked with Jon Simmons, Erik Peterson, and Bailey Van Ellis about the themes of the record, what it was like recording with Will Yip, and more.
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All praise. Riot Fest finally kicks off in Chicago today at 4pm local time, and AP.net will be on site providing coverage each day. Refresh yourself on today's lineup/set times and check out the highly anticipated "food lineup" in the replies (they ripped off the Coachella lineup flier – it's pretty funny). Also, feel free to use this thread as an open discussion for all things Riot Fest today and keep up with our Riot coverage all weekend.
Good, Bad, Ugly is a new Friday feature where we highlight the best, worst and strangest news stories from the week prior. Consider it an official kickoff into your weekend, or something. Check out the inaugural column in the replies, where we can discuss the kickoff of fall's stellar release season, Zedd & Hayley, Riot Fest, A Day To Remember, MGMT and more.
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A number of AP.net forum members have put together a compilation of original songs, which you can check out here. Very nice job everyone!
Valencourt - Digging Up the Devil (Featuring Fred Mascherino)
Mark Beasley - Body In The Garden
A Little Bit - Lilac
Jake Jenkins - Untitled
Open To Fire - Take Me There
John Thomy - You're THe Bamboo to My Panda
Terrain - Long Winters (Acoustic)
The Kinky Rite - Carrion Carry-On (Carry on)
Life With People - Gilded State
You can check out our interview with Dustin Kensruehere. Kensrue is currently working as a Worship Pastor over at Mars Hill Bellevue in Washington, and will be releasing his first solo Worship album The Water & The Blood on October 1st on Mars Hill Music.
I will definitely do more of a follow up to Please Come Home, I've been saying it for years, but I just haven't had a fair amount of material for it, so I threw it on the back-burner. So at this point, this was more of a priority and where I'm embedded, and what I'm trying to accomplish through Mars Hill Music. I do apologize to everyone who's waiting for a follow up to that record, it's not that I don't want to do it.
Everything we've been doing over the last couple of months - from our guides to our playlists - have been leading up to this weekend's Riot Fest in Chicago. So there is only one thing left to do (other than, you know, attending the damn thing!) and that's to release our "must-see" acts at this weekend's festival. Since it's packed with many great bands, I asked Thomas Nassiff to count down his five most anticipated acts in addition to mine. You can check those out in the replies. You can find more information about Riot Fest at their website. Have fun this weekend and be safe!
In honor of Rise Against's Long Forgotten Songs: B-Sides & Covers 2000-2013 release, we've teamed with the band to give away a signed CD and vinyl copy of the album. No 'Fastest Finger' or 'RT To Win' this time around - we want to hear why you deserve to win the set. Give us your best answer in the replies - we'll pick a winner tomorrow.
With one week of fantasy football in the history books, early-season winners and losers alike turned their attention to the waiver wire to get ahead of the game and pick up sleeper players. Now looking ahead to Week 2, we've got "Start-Em, Sit-Em" advice from Dan Campbell of The Wonder Years and some waiver wire suggestions from Brian Schmutz of The Starting Line. Both of these gentlemen are participating in our first-ever AP.net Fantasy Football Challenge, which raised over $2,500 for charity this year.
Varying heavily from the format of recent talks, my newest "Behind the Bits" with stand-up legend Andy Kindler focuses much, much less on his career and places the spotlight on current comedy events and the state of the industry as a whole. While I'm biased, I consider this one a must-listen, even for non-comedy followers.There's not much else I can say without pointing you to the stream, so head over and give it a listen. It's lengthy, but it's the most enlightening conversation I've had with anyone in a very, very long time. Be sure to check back next week, when my guest is stand-up comic and the voice of Bob's Burgers' Gene Belcher, Eugene Mirman.
Today we're happy to announce that AP.net and PropertyOfZack will partake in an unofficial post-Riot Fest night at Red Door in Chicago this Friday. The night will feature a playlist chosen by Zack and I, so rest assured that the tunes will be good unless you hate everything we like. You can see all the information on Facebook; our playlist will start at midnight (one hour following Fall Out Boy's set). Since a lot of forum members have been asking about a community meet-up in Chicago, we figured this would be a great time to invite everyone to come together, listen to some good music and hang out following Riot Fest's first day. Hope to see everyone out there! Also: Uber will be offering...
We have another crop of 25 exciting news bands to share with you today. We're coming down the stretch of this year's batch of the Absolute 100. Hope you're ready to look through another group of 25 artists we think are going to be worth your time in 2013 and beyond and become your new favorite. Let us know what you think about this week's portion. Check back next week at this time for the final 25.