It's with great pleasure that we welcome Charlie Joseph to staff today. Charlie is joining us as a contributing interviewer/article/editorial writer and if the conversations we've been having in the staff chat are any indication -- we are all in for a treat! She's written up a little welcome message below, so please join me in welcoming her to staff!
Say Anything City Pride Contest: Share your cityís image this week and the winning city will get a personalized song written by Max! The song will be available as a free download, there will be an exclusive tee design available only at your cityís show and Max will perform the song that night!
It looks like July 10th, 2015 will mark the date the music industry shifts to Friday as the global release day. I guess I'm gonna have to tweak our albums in stores post.
More than 45 countries have signed up to the global release day initiative, including the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany and Australia. However, in some countries, particularly in Asia, local music repertoire will still be released on different days. For instance, in Japan domestic acts will continue to release new music on Wednesdays, two days earlier than international repertoire.
On the heels of the band's recent lyric video for new single "Different Colors," Walk the Moon has now released a full music video for the song, shot during their recent Talking is Hard Tour. You can view it in the replies
Sudden Suspension recently signed to Bad Timing Records and will release a new EP called There's A Bigger Picture Here on June 16th. You might remember when we premiered "As Good As It Gets," and today we are streaming the whole thing. Similarly to that song, the EP contains straightforward fast-paced pop-punk songs, perfect for fans of Knuckle Puck or Forever Came Calling. The bass flexes on "Eventually," while "Cheap Seats" cranks the pace up the max with arguably the best chorus here. Give it a listen below if you're looking for a good EP for summer drives with the windows rolled down. If you like what you hear, be sure to pre-order it.
Today I'd like to officially welcome AJ LaGambina to our staff! Aj will be joining us as a contributing reviewer and helping out on other things around the site. Please give a hearty welcome to Aj in the replies and read a message from him below. We've got a few more to come!
Want to see Dashboard Confessional and Third Eye Blind at Jones Beach on June 14th? If you can attend the show and want to win tickets post in the replies and I'll pick some winners randomly to give a pairs of tickets to.
Today we're bringing you an exclusive video premiere from Coastbound, a brand new band based out of LA that remind me a whole lot of early 2000's pop-punk. In the replies we have the lyric video for "Overrated," a song taken from the band's upcoming EP, Wasting Your Breath. Check it out and tell me you couldn't have seen that on a Drive-Thru comp some 10 years ago.
Steven Hyden, writing for Grantland, floats the idea of artists no longer releasing the traditional album for sale. I think the idea is interesting enough that if I was at a label I'd maybe play around with the idea for a few months leading into a more traditional release cycle and sale.
Hereís a truism thatís been proven time and again for nearly two decades: People canít be guilted into spending money on music. Theyíll spend money only out of a sense of need or want. So, how do you make people need or want something that is everywhere? Charging money for access to music online is like putting part of the sky behind a paywall ó even if itís a really well-tended part of the sky, itís...
It's the 20th anniversary of our debut album, we're going on tour this fall to play a handful of shows in celebration. We'll be playing the entire record front to back for the first time ever. We hope all our fans will come join with us to celebrate. #20YearsQueer.
Presale: Thur, Jun 11, 2015 - 10:00AM PDT
Onsale: Fri, Jun 12, 2015 - 10:00AM PDT
Aaron Weiss of mewithoutYou spoke with MySpace about his spirituality and how it impacted writing their new record, Pale Horses.
If I had to pinpoint any one thing, itíd probably be sitting with a guru. I had kind of a spiritual guide for a few years. I would go and sit with him; he was someone who would talk to me about God and about who I am and what I know, and it was humbling because he cut through me in a lot of ways. He cut through my arrogance and showed me how arrogant and foolish I am. It was difficult to sit with him because he showed me all the ways I was and am a hypocrite, and it made it hard to take myself seriously when I tried to go out and talk about God or truths or...
Rock act Florence + The Machine claims its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as their third album, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, debuts atop the list. The set was released on June 2 and shifted 137,000 equivalent album units in the week ending June 7, according to Nielsen Music. Previously, the act -- which is led by singer Florence Welch -- topped out at No. 6 with their last album, 2011ís Ceremonials. Florence + The Machineís 2009 debut, Lungs, peaked at No. 14.
Spotify is reporting they have now hit 75m users, 20m of them are premium. Lemme know when all the "niche/indie artists" are collecting their seven figure checks.
According to Spotify, with 20 million subscribers, a "niche/indie artist" could expect to generate $1.2m a year in Spotify payouts, while a "heritage artist" would generate $2.6m. It also claimed that an artist in the companyís top 100 chart could get $3.3m, while a "global superstar" could generate $13.9m.
Pentimento will release a new 7" called Stuck Forever via Bad Timing Records in anticipation of a full length coming this fall. We are streaming the title track, which you can hear in the replies. Whereas Inside The Sea drew heavy influences from Where You Want To Be-era Taking Back Sunday, "Stuck Forever" has a more somber feel early on, with guitar plucks echoing the softer vocals. The guitars and drums pick up as the chorus takes off, making the line "Does it feel like we're stuck forever, alone together" get stuck in your head. The repetition hits harder every time and then the song cuts back to the softer side, making the chorus really stand out. The result is one of the best songs...