Since some of our readers jump at every opportunity to drag Kanye West's name through the mud, they wanted us to post TMZ's story about Kanye forcing a handicapped fan out of his wheelchair. Just like most of TMZ's stories, it was embellished and untrue. You can find a video of what really happened in the replies.
You can readTaylor Swift's Rolling Stone cover story, "The Reinvention of Taylor Swift."
Swift's last album, 2012's Red, straddled the line between country and pop. "But at a certain point," she says, "if you chase two rabbits, you lose them both." So this time, she set out to do full-on "blatant pop music." A casual fan won't notice much difference, but to Swift and her brand, it's a big step. She says she won't be going to country-awards shows or promoting the album on country radio. When she first turned in the record, she says the head of her label, Scott Borchetta, told her, "This is extraordinary – it's the best album you've ever done. Can you just give me three country songs?"
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Head over to NPR right now to stream the title track off of Xerxes' upcoming incredible album, Collision Blonde. This song is undoubtedly one of the best songs of 2014 and it'll make you want to pre-order the new album, which I gushed about hardcore in the recent episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast.
Today, I'm proud to bring you the fourth AbsolutePlaylist member submission! smorgasbord182 (Morgan) has been a member with us since 2013, but a reader since 2011. With the advent of a new school year, she brings us a musical journey starting with the summer after highschool and traveling to the uncharted territory of college. Check out the playlist in Rdio and Spotify renditions in the replies. To submit your own playlist, check out our submission thread!
Tom Thacker (Sum 41, Gob), Anthony Bleed (Die Mannequin), and Darrin Pfeiffer (Goldfinger) recently joined vocalist Andrew Conroy to create an old-fashioned pop band called Rain City Rockers. We are premiering their debut album, Mayday. Sound interesting? Well, here's another kicker - it was recorded live in one take. Conroy's keen interest in 60s and 70s music definitely surfaces on the album, evident both vocally and musically. Check it in the replies. If you like what you hear, be sure to grab it on September 16th via Flashlight Music Group.
Dear You recently released their new song "Castles." Today, we are giving it away for free download. Check it out below if you're a fan of pop-punk. Their new EP, I Can Only Blame Myself, releases in October.
This week's episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast looks at the recent Apple event and the surprise release of U2's new album. Kind of weird that just a few years ago the industry was against free music and now it's a race to almost see who can do it 'best.' We talk a little about the announced devices and the demise of the iPod Classic. Then we dive into discussing Fall Out Boy's latest single, the new New Found Glory tracks, Yellowcard's new songs and if we should judge albums based on just a couple of songs or not, and then finish it off with a lot of praise for Have Mercy. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded below.
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A festival in it's first year is always full of surprises, good and bad, and Float Fest, held outside of San Marcos, Texas was no exception. The inaugural event was preceded by permit issues and resident concerns before the music even started as it was held in a rural stretch of the Texas Hill Country on the San Marcos river. Float Fest was headlined by indie pop gods Grouplove, Houston legend Bun B, and the ever dreamy Portugal. The Man, and included numerous local support acts.
The small crowd ate up their opening song that consisted entirely of screaming the word WHISKEY over and over. I even got to watch a girl vomit from her constant jumping. The band itself is nothing but...
Ourlives will release a new album called Den of Lions on October 14th via Spartan Records. Hear "Blissful Ignorance" and read an interview on Interview Magazine.
1. Blissful Ignorance
2. Out of Place
3. Blurry Eyes
5. Anything Can Happen Now
6. A Sight To See
7. Seven Ways
8. Loose Lips
9. We Lost The Race
10. Too Much
12. Where Is The Way?
If you only watch one mockumentary about a video game-themed band today, make it Mario and the Brick Breakers - which you will find in the replies. The guys in Patent Pending put a ton of work into it, and it totally paid off. You can also grab the Mario and the Break Breakers: Greatest Hits EP on iTunes or Amazon.
Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane will release Holiday for Swing on September 30th. Artwork is in the replies.
1. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
2. Christmas Dreaming
3. I’ll Be Home For Christmas
4. Little Jack Frost Get Lost (featuring Norah Jones)
5. Snow (from White Christmas)
6. A Marshmallow World
7. What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?
8. Baby, It’s Cold Outside (featuring Sara Bareilles)
9. Mele Kalikimaka
10. Warm In December
11. Moonlight In Vermont
12. (Everybody’s Waitin’ For) The Man With The Bag
13. The Christmas Song
Hit the replies to check out a new song from Terrain, featuring AP.net's very own Ryanl Mentzos (formerly of Northbrook) on vocals and guitar. The song is called "On the Subject of Dreaming (And Other Lost Causes)" and the band will be putting out their debut full-length Chimney Ash sometime this fall. Stay tuned for more details!
Young Statues will release their sophomore album, The Flatlands Are Your Friend, via Run For Cover Records on October 21st.
02) Run The River Dry
03) Don't Fight The Mirage
04) Got The Knife
05) No Shadow
07) Further Away
08) Flatlands (pt. 2)
09) Ain't A Bad Thing To Lose
10) White Noise
11) Strangers In A Dream