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We've certainly had an impressive first quarter of 2014 with new releases. Who's your front runner so far for Album of the Year? What albums have you connected with from January, February, or March of this year? Have there been releases that have flown under the radar that you want to share? Head to the replies for a discussion about everything you've loved about 2014 so far and make sure you return tomorrow for a special treat!

Edit: Head over to our special edition of the AbsolutePlaylist featuring some of our favorites from the past quarter.
Anthony Sorendino on 04/10/14 - 05:37 AM
Periphery frontman Spencer Sotelo made a post to clarify his position as the singer of From First to Last.
There has been a lot of speculation regarding the recent announcement of my involvement with From First To Last. I would like to make it clear that I wanted to join them in creating an EP for fun. I met the guys at Taylor Larson’s studio while recording personal music around the same time the band was in the studio. We got along really well and decided it would be fun to work on something together, which lead to me doing vocals on their EP. I’m really honored to work with From First To Last and be a part of this EP as something I’m doing on the side while Periphery is writing....
Alex DiVincenzo on 04/09/14 - 07:00 PM
The Ready Set's new song "Higher" can be found on Idolator.
Jason Tate on 04/09/14 - 04:05 PM
Maura Johnston (disclaimer: she's a friend) writes a really interesting piece for Vice on the current state of music writing and poptimism.
"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...
Jason Tate on 04/09/14 - 03:30 PM
Billboard has unveiled their finalists for this year's Billboard Music Awards. Fall Out Boy picked up nominations for "Top Rock Artist" and "Top Rock Album."
Jason Tate on 04/09/14 - 03:25 PM
Reel Big Fish will be going out on tour this June. Dates in the replies.
Jason Tate on 04/09/14 - 03:21 PM
Today we've got two random interviews for you, from Swedish metalcore group Surviving the Charade and Iowan electronic duo Koffins, which can be found here and here, respectively.
Zac Djamoos on 04/09/14 - 03:16 PM
Broken Ankles, the collaborative EP between Girl Talk and Freeway, can now be downloaded for free via DatPiff.
Jake Jenkins on 04/09/14 - 01:51 PM
Unearth are celebrating the 10th anniversary of The Oncoming Storm with a tour on which they will perform the album in its entirety. Texas In July, Cruel Hand and Armed for Apocalypse provide support. Dates are in the replies.
Alex DiVincenzo on 04/09/14 - 01:33 PM
The first trailer for Zach Braff's Wish I Was Here can be found in the replies. It features the The Shins -- obviously.
Jason Tate on 04/09/14 - 01:05 PM
Pentimento's music video for "Just Friends" can be seen in the replies.
Alex DiVincenzo on 04/09/14 - 01:05 PM
You can stream Spraynard's newly released tune "Internet May Mays" in the replies. This song comes from the band's upcoming rarities collection, The Mark, Tom, And Patrick Show.
Jason Tate on 04/09/14 - 12:53 PM
Andrew Kim of Minimally Minimal takes a look back at the original Sony Walkman.
That’s not to say that the TPS-L2 pocketable though. It’s too tight of a squeeze in a pants pocket though it could fit in a loose jacket pocket. To solve the portability issue, Sony included a case that let you strap it to your waist. What started out as a necessity eventually became a marketable, fashionable image that Sony used to attract more buyers. You want to be trendy and culturally relevant? Go buy a Walkman.
Jason Tate on 04/09/14 - 12:45 PM
I've decided to create a dedicated technology forum. Interested in technology? Apple, Google, Microsoft, and the like? Now there's a dedicated place to talk about it on the site.
Jason Tate on 04/09/14 - 12:33 PM
Frameworks set at Topshelf Records' second showcase during SXSW can be found in the replies.

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Jason Tate on 04/09/14 - 12:27 PM
Mars Volta's Deloused In The Comatorium will be pressed on a 180g silver vinyl (limited to 1,500 copies) on May 19th. Pre-orders are now up.
Jason Tate on 04/09/14 - 12:24 PM
Antemasque's new single "4AM" is now up on iTunes.

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Jason Tate on 04/09/14 - 12:19 PM
The Used's new album, Imaginary Enemy, will debut at #14 on the Billboard 200. So just to recap: Chiodos will open at #12, Manchester Orchestra hit #13, and The Used is right behind both.
Drew Beringer on 04/09/14 - 12:14 PM
Carousel Kings new song, "Headphones," is in the replies.

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Jason Tate on 04/09/14 - 12:11 PM
Hopeless Records have signed Nagoya, Japan rock band, coldrain. You can watch the music video for the band's song "The Revelation" in the replies.
Drew Beringer on 04/09/14 - 12:10 PM
The debut EP from No Machine (members of The Dillinger Escape Plan, Happy Body Slow Brain, & NK) will be produced by Mike Sapone (Brand New, Taking Back Sunday) and Brian Byrne (ex-Envy On The Coast). The band is expected to announce the EP's release date in the next few weeks.
Sean Rizzo on 04/09/14 - 12:07 PM
Manchester Orchestra will hit number 13 on the billboard charts this week -- selling just under Chiodos' number.
Jason Tate on 04/09/14 - 12:06 PM
Free Throw has signed with Count Your Lucky Stars Records. The band will be releasing a 7" titled Lavender Town on April 29th (available to pre-order now) and will be releasing its debut LP this summer.
Drew Beringer on 04/09/14 - 12:05 PM
Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij will be scoring the upcoming Broadway play, This Is Our Youth (starring Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin, and Tavi Gevinson).
Jason Tate on 04/09/14 - 11:59 AM
Drake will be hosting this year's ESPY Awards.
Jason Tate on 04/09/14 - 11:48 AM
Capture The Crown have now signed a deal with Artery Recordings.
Jason Tate on 04/09/14 - 11:46 AM
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.
Jason Tate on 04/09/14 - 11:41 AM
Chiodos new album, Devil, will debut at #12 on the Billboard 200 -- selling more than 18,000 copies.
Jason Tate on 04/09/14 - 11:34 AM
Coachella has announced their set times for this year.
Jason Tate on 04/09/14 - 11:29 AM
The guitarist for As I Lay Dying, Phil Sgrosso, has posted a response to the post released on the band's website earlier today.
This morning an update was posted over at www.asilaydying.com on the current happenings and individual futures of all the bands' members. For Jordan, Josh, Nick, Phil, management, and record label, this was an interesting first time read as all parties were oblivious to its construction, intent, and release.

Though Tim is the only one with access to the As I Lay Dying site, the rest of us have been releasing content through our personal social media accounts to reveal that we are carrying on in a new band. Our truest intentions were to make this unveiling...
Jason Tate on 04/09/14 - 11:21 AM
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