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It's Sunday, and that means it's recommendation day. Here are the staff recommendations for the past week. Hit the replies to let us know what you've loved as well.
Jason TateAs always, check out my blog and the AP.net podcast.
Alex DiVincenzoKnuckle Puck, Neck Deep and Traditions.
Deborah RemusLots of Against Me! after getting to see them this past week.
Steve Alcala If you'd like to see my artwork, head onto my page. It's a bit bare bones right now, but quasi-functional. This week was also official Copeland week for me, for obvious reasons.
Ryan DennehyUCONN & Young Thug forever.
Kyle huntingtonPUP. "Resevoir" is a great place to start.
Jason Tate on 04/06/14 - 01:00 AM
Sky Ferreira was the musical guest on last night's episode of "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," performing "I Blame Myself" from last year's Night Time, My Time. Check out video of the performance here.
Chris Collum on 04/05/14 - 06:28 AM
Mastodon will release a new record this year called Once More Around the Sun. No release date or any other info as of now except that it was produced by Nick Raskulinecz (Deftones, The Hold Steady, Foo Fighters, Evanescene) and will come out via Warner Bros.
Chris Collum on 04/05/14 - 05:33 AM
Catch up with the latest episodes of Manchester Orchestra's new web-series by hitting the replies and watching episodes 2 and 3 of "Magic Moments with Manchester Orchestra." This time around we see movie reviews, an intervention, more "Inside Andy Prince" and acoustic performances of tracks from COPE.
Kyle Huntington on 04/05/14 - 03:28 AM
Where there's smoke there's usually fire ... and these leaked contracts sure make it look like Amazon is looking to launch a music streaming like service in the very near future.
The contract also makes mention of an option to offer consumers free access to music, but with limits: Consumers would be able to stream some songs for free, but only once for each recording. That kind of free tier could be a good promotion for the service itself, but the idea isn’t actually all that new. Subscribers of Google’s Play Music All Access subscription service can already share entire albums with their friends this way, giving them one shot to listen to each song.
Jason Tate on 04/04/14 - 02:53 PM
Bane will release their fourth and final full-length album, Don’t Wait Up, on May 13 on Equal Vision Records. The album was recorded in Haverhill, MA with producer Jay Maas (Defeater, Bane). Bane will headline in support of the album on a US tour this Spring, featuring support from Turnstile and Take Offense. Dates and more info can be found in the replies.

Track Listing
1. Non-Negotiable
2. All the Way Through
3. Calling Hours
4. Park St.
5. What Awaits Us Now
6. Hard to Find
7. Lost at Sea
8. Post Hoc
9. Wrong Planet
10. Final Backward Glance
Christian Wagner on 04/04/14 - 02:30 PM
Ed Sheeran's new album, X, will be released on June 23rd and the lead single, "Sing," debuts this Monday.
Joe DeAndrea on 04/04/14 - 02:06 PM
This Wild Life has signed to Epitaph Records and will be on the entire Vans Warped Tour 2014. Check out the video announcement in the replies.

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Jason Tate on 04/04/14 - 01:35 PM
Funeral For A Friend and Boysetsfire are releasing a split 7" on May 13th.

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Jason Tate on 04/04/14 - 01:32 PM
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. This week I've put together some songs designed to help you shake off any lingering traces of the winter blues you might have, because hopefully by now the weather is warming up where you are. And if it's not, I'm very sorry...maybe try pulling up YouTube videos of daffodils blossoming and birds chirping? I dunno. Either way, there are Rdio and Spotify playlists for your enjoyment in the replies.
Chris Collum on 04/04/14 - 12:39 PM
Former Houston Calls member Jarrett Seltzer has teamed up with Rocco Burro to create a new self-funded and produced TV comedy called Ten-One about the world of video production. Check the replies to see a teaser scene from the pilot.
Jason Tate on 04/04/14 - 11:49 AM
Ethan Luck (formerly of Relient K) has released his new EP today.
Today, I released my 2nd EP of original music. The EP is called ‘Hard Seas’ and the songs are closer to me than anything I have written, to date. To get straight to the point…Not many people know this about me, but I deal with Anxiety. That’s what these songs are about. What I go through, how it makes me feel, how it makes me think and how it translates to my personal life. Sometimes it’s hard, sometimes it’s easy. These 5 songs are stemmed from so many feelings, while dealing with Anxiety. Love, fear, anger, frustration, pain…etc.
Jason Tate on 04/04/14 - 11:36 AM
Two Tongues have begun demoing for a new album.
Jason Tate on 04/04/14 - 11:34 AM
You can watch Neck Deep's full set from their sold out show in Boston this past weekend in the replies.
Alex DiVincenzo on 04/04/14 - 11:33 AM
The Verge looks at how crowdfunding still has a trust problem. The Dangerous Summer fans respond, "no shit."
At the same time, the all-or-nothing absolutism of Kickstarter funding also ensures that you only pay if production can realistically be achieved. In the case of the Healbe GoBe, you could spend $199 expecting to get one for yourself, but if the product isn’t popular enough, the company might take your money without delivering any tangible return. And that's not a rare occurrence, given that only 10 percent of Indiegogo projects are fully funded.
Jason Tate on 04/04/14 - 11:28 AM
Check the replies to hear The National's Matt Berninger and the Civil Wars' Joy Williams duet on "Hush." This is the theme song for AMC's Revolutionary War drama Turn -- which debuts on April 6th.
Jason Tate on 04/04/14 - 11:20 AM
Irish duo Heathers are giving away their single "Forget Me Knots," from their critically acclaimed album Kingdom, for free.
Lueda Alia on 04/04/14 - 11:14 AM
Twenty years ago today, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. For the anniversary I've seen a variety of features go up talking about the best Nirvana songs and debating Nirvana's relative musical worth. While all of those features and debates are worth having -- I'm having a different time with it today. I apologize in advance for taking this to a slightly dark place, but last night I found out that my cousin, whom I spent much of my childhood with as he was only a year younger than me, took his own life. So, while the world remembers Kurt today -- I just need to take a moment to also draw attention to depression and the lifelong battle it brings upon...
Jason Tate on 04/04/14 - 11:04 AM
Head here to hear Manchester Orchestra's acoustic version of "Top Notch" from their new album COPE. The band are also currently partaking in a Reddit AMA.
Kyle Huntington on 04/04/14 - 11:03 AM
Noisey has interviewed Evan Weiss of Into It. Over It. Spoiler alert: they talk about what it means to be emo in 2014 and meeting John C. Reilly.
Talking to [Pitchfork’s] Ian Cohen, his opinion is just like, “Well you know, the records are better.” And I would say that that’s true, I think a lot of the bands involved are writing really great records now and figuring out who they want to be in the end, how they want the shit to sound. We’re all in uncharted territory.
Blake Solomon on 04/04/14 - 11:01 AM
Stages & Stereos is doing a StageIt at 9:30 PM EST featuring Dazy The Girl (Lauren Wilhelm) with special guest Derek Sanders.
Christian Wagner on 04/04/14 - 10:41 AM
Ohio singer-songwriter Lydia Loveless has released a cover of Ke$ha's "Blind," which will be available as a 7" on Record Store Day.
Gregory Robson on 04/04/14 - 10:40 AM
On last night's Parks and Recreation, Tom put on a Daft Punk helmet and the episode contained a great Lumineers joke. Check the clip in the replies.
Jason Tate on 04/04/14 - 10:36 AM
Jesus Christ Superstar, the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical, will be making another touring round. It will feature John Lydon (Johnny Rotten from the Sex Pistols) in the role of King Herod. Additionally, Destiny's Child member Michelle Williams will star as Mary Magdalene, Incubus singer Brandon Boyd will play Judas Iscariot, and 'NSync's JC Chasez will play Pontius Pilate. Ben Forster will play Jesus.
Jason Tate on 04/04/14 - 10:31 AM
Imogen Heap has launched a Kickstarter for a pair of gloves that can control music programs with hand gestures.
We are making the first Mi.Mu gloves available to people who want to work with us to shift the paradigm of how music is made and performed. This Kickstarter campaign has been designed to take us from where we are now, having created a self-funded, elaborate, and wildly successful gestural music system with and for Imogen Heap, to finalising a design that can be open-sourced, allowing everyone access to the power of glove.

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Jason Tate on 04/04/14 - 10:26 AM
Gentlemen and Scholars have released a new lyric video for their single, "County Hound Ramble." It's in the replies.

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Jason Tate on 04/04/14 - 10:22 AM
Music Radar has posted a feature with Patrick Stump discussing the ten records that changed his life.
And from there, I ended up in a pop-punk band, exclusively because of Through Being Cool. There’s no chance I would have been in Fall Out Boy if it weren’t for this record.
Jason Tate on 04/04/14 - 10:21 AM
Travie McCoy recently performed "Keep on Keeping On" on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. The video is now up.
Jason Tate on 04/04/14 - 10:17 AM
Scott Ian has been joking about putting together a new The Damned Things album.
Jason Tate on 04/04/14 - 10:15 AM
Weatherbox will be releasing Flies in All Directions on May 13th. You can stream a new song in the replies.

Track Listing
01) Pagan Baby
02) Bring Us The Head Of Weatherbox
03) The Fresh Prints Of Bill Ayers
04) Bathin' In The Fuss
05) Radio Hive
06) The Devil And Whom?
07) Dark All Night For Us
08) Drag Out
09) The Drones
10) Ghost Malls
11) Kick-Flips
12) The Last White Lighter
13) Love Me A Good Microcosm

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Jason Tate on 04/04/14 - 10:11 AM
The Format are selling some of the first batch of Dog Problems vinyls that were a little messed up. They're $5 and the proceeds will be going to animal charities -- you can grab one here.
The issues with these records are visual and should not affect the sound in any way, but since this is considered a donation, all sales are final. SOLD AS IS! We will not be accepting any returns or exchanges for any reason.
Jason Tate on 04/04/14 - 10:06 AM
You can stream an unreleased Manchester Orchestra song, "Sure Shot," over at Fuse.
Jason Tate on 04/04/14 - 10:03 AM
Just a friendly reminder to make sure you check us out on other social networks. We are on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Last.fm, and Rdio. The AP.net staff can also be found elsewhere online, this post highlights where. Show us some love.
Jason Tate on 04/04/14 - 10:00 AM
Northern Faces (Equal Vision Records) has started tracking the band's first full-length album with Casey Bates (Portugal, The Man). The album is set for release later this year and follows the band's acclaimed EP Southern Places.
Christian Wagner on 04/04/14 - 09:53 AM
When Against Me! came through Winnipeg on Tuesday I had the opportunity to interview Laura Jane Grace about the band's latest record Transgender Dysphoria Blues.
I feel confident saying we’re a better band than we’ve been before, live especially, which is important. I don’t want to feel like we’re starting to not be as good as we used to be.
Deborah Remus on 04/04/14 - 09:43 AM
"I needed that damn woman like a dream needs gasoline."
Staff Reviewsno:carrier - Wisdom & Failure (Craig Manning)
Staff InterviewAgainst Me! (Deborah Remus)
Craig Manning on 04/04/14 - 06:50 AM
This week's installment of Free Music Friday can be found in the replies.
Andy Biddulph on 04/04/14 - 01:55 AM
Kevin Devine recently participated in an AMA session on Reddit; check it out here.
Chris Collum on 04/03/14 - 09:18 PM
Jump to the replies to watch Neck Deep cover Damien Rice's "Coconut Skin."
Alex DiVincenzo on 04/03/14 - 09:07 PM
Sigur Ros will be performing "The Rains of Castamere" for Game of Thrones this year.
Jason Tate on 04/03/14 - 04:02 PM
Chris Payne of Billboard sat down with a variety of artists to preview the upcoming MLB season. Jimmy Eat World talk the Diamondbacks, The Hold Steady talk the Twins, and Dropkick Murphys talk the Red Sox.
I played up until my senior year. I quit because in my junior year I started dealing with some nagging injuries and I wasn't having that much fun. And that's when Jimmy Eat World were getting together and playing. I quit and left the baseball field to practice [with] Jimmy Eat World and haven't played since. I've been [with] Jimmy Eat World for the past 20 years.
Jason Tate on 04/03/14 - 03:51 PM
Artifex Pereo and New Empire have signed to Tooth & Nail Records. Their new albums are up for pre-order.
Jason Tate on 04/03/14 - 03:29 PM
An upcoming Pusha T concert at North Carolina State has been cancelled, supposedly due to unfounded rumors about the Virginia rapper's possible gang affiliation.
Chris Collum on 04/03/14 - 03:22 PM
Hawthorne Heights will release The Silence In Black And White (Acoustic) in celebration of the album's 10 year anniversary. It'll will be out April 15th digitally, the CD will be released on May 20th, and a vinyl release will follow on July 1st -- all via InVogue Records -- you can pre-order the album now. Also, we're premiering the acoustic rendition of the band's biggest hit "Ohio Is For Lovers," which you can stream in the replies.
Drew Beringer on 04/03/14 - 02:59 PM
David Letterman will retire from being "Late Show" host next year.
Chris Collum on 04/03/14 - 02:00 PM
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