Today we're premiering a new song called "Drugs" from the hard-working pop-punk act Second To Last. The band will be releasing a split with Starters. Listen to "Drugs" on the band's AP.net profile or in the replies. Pre-orders for the split entitled Changing Tides for US can be found here and for Europe here.
Meet Essex, UK boys Giants. Mixing a blast of melodic hardcore with a dash of skate punk, these guys go hard, so we're more than pleased to bring you their new video for "Won't Be Told." The track is taken from the band's recent mini-album These Are The Days and is available for free download here. Giants head out on a short tour with Dead Harts tomorrow, dates are in the replies.
When Aaron Marsh puts his stamp of approval on a project, that's when you know you should pay attention. In the case of Chicago's Valaska, the moniker for the Windy City's Dave Valdez, you should get to know this guy...and fast. Channeling the likes of Analog Rebellion, Sleeping At Last, and Deas Vail, Valaska brings a ukelele and electronic laden track that's got lots of different feels to it. Listen to the single "Golden Age" on his AP.net profile or listen in the replies.
We have a special treat for your ears today, as we're premiering a song from one of my favorite albums of 2013 thus far - CaravelsTopshelf Records' debut, Lacuna. The band's blend of melody and hardcore is evident in "Having Had & Lost Some Infinite Thing," and fans of Pianos Become The Teeth and the like will enjoy this immensely. You can stream the song in the replies or over at the band's AP.net profile. If you like what you hear (and you will), make sure you pre-order the album, which hits retailers on March 26th.
We Are The Wild Things is an upstart pop/rock group hailing from Canada. The band's sound falls right into the mix of early The Maine, Artist Vs. Poet, and other great acts that feature sugary hooks and great pop sensibility without losing its authenticity. The group's new EP, Amour, comes out March 12th but you can stream "Quit Running Away" on the band's AP.net profile or in the replies.
How about some new hardcore to start your Tuesday? Today, we are premiering a brand new song from NJ hardcore outfit, The Mongoloids. The song is titled "All I Am" and is off the band's upcoming new album, Mongo Life. You can stream it in the replies or over at the band's AP.net profile. The album hits stores on April 2nd.
Today we are premiering Everlyn brand new album, A Ticket To The Moon. The album is available on March 12th, but you can get an early taste of the Madrid, Spain, quintet's pop-punk stylings over at the band's AP.net Profile. For fans of Paramore, The All-American Rejects, and the like. If you're digging the tunes, you can pre-order the album here.
Life After Liftoff snagged the opening slot on the Norfolk, VA date of Sum 41's Does This Look Infected? Tour back in November. Today, we are excited to premere the video they put together with the Sum 41 camp about the experience: "Day In The Life: Opening Band Edition." The video was shot by Jacob Bonham and Katie Cole, both of Dangerkids and This Love. Hit the replies to watch it.
Opening for Sum41 was a dream come true. 10 years ago I saw them (for the first time) on the, "Does This Look Infected" tour with The Starting Line. That show will forever be one of the coolest shows I have ever been to. Through the years, Sum 41 have taught me so much about music and how to perform; so...
Midnight Spin recently released their debut Don't Let Me Sleep, which was produced by Justin Gerrish (Vampire Weekend, the Strokes, Weezer), so we are happy to premiere their track "Conchis Bliss" here today. Head to the replies to hear this fine indie-rock track and let us know what you think. Enjoy.
DC post-hardcore act Brief Lives will be self-releasing its new 7 inch Whistleblower on March 19th. Today we are premiering the song of the same name over at the band's AP.net profile. If you're a fan of bands like Quicksand and Jawbox, then you must check it out. You can pre-order it here.
Breakdowns and bass drops seem to win record deals these days, but Easy Killer Records & Apparel must have missed the memo. Rather than succumbing to current (and awful) trends, the new label has snatched up several hard-working, highly-respected unsigned acts covered regularly 'round these parts. We've teamed with the guys to announce their launch roster, which includes Brian Marquis, The Company We Keep, Culprit, Night Verses, and Ramin Niroomand (In Fear & Faith pianist), as well as several others. Hit the replies for the full roster and announcement.
The Venetia Fair will self-release their new album, Every Sick, Disgusting Thought We've Got In Our Brain, this Friday, March 1st. You can stream a song from the effort titled "Pride Alone Won't Put This Fire Out" in the replies or on their AP.net profile. The band sounds like a circus freak show combination of Foxy Shazam, Panic at the Disco and The Blood Brothers.
We're now in the third part of Vinnie Caruana's tour blog. He's been on the road with travelmates Geoff Rickly (Thursday), Koji, Brian Marquis, and A Loss For Words. In this entry, Vinnie talks about memories of the late Tony Sly (No Use For A Name) and a new tattoo on his skull. Read all about it in the replies and check out various photos from their Acoustic Basement Tour. And if you haven't bought your copy yet, make sure to get City By the Sea, Vinnie's fantastic acoustic solo debut. His previous entries can be read here and here. Do you have any comments about the tour so far or memories of Tony Sly?
We're excited to premiere a brand new song from Fit For A King, a new band on Solid State Records. You can check out "Bitter End" in the replies, off the band's label debut Creation/Destruction, out on March 12th. You can pre-order the record here.
At long last, K Será are ready to release their debut full-length, Collisions & Near Misses. We've been along for the ride since '11, announcing The Dear Hunter's Casey Crescenzo as the producer, showing off some behind-the-scenes footage, and premiering the album's first single, the aggressive "Dream, Like I Do." We've teamed up once again to show the band's slower side via the soft "St. Peter (Better Than Yours)" - check that out in the replies, and pre-order the album here.
Three years since their debut album, Home, Mike Mains & The Branches are working on their sophomore album, Calm Down, Everything is Fine, which is being funded via a PledgeMusic campaign. Today, we are excited to premiere "Noises," which can be heard on their AP.net Profile or in the replies. Also, Matt Hoopes (of Relient K) co-produced the record and plays guitar on it. Be on the lookout for the album come spring.
Pop-punk is a tough genre to be in right now and an even harder one to stand out in, but I think Seasons Change have a good chance to make a name for themselves. Bringing in the west coast sound that bands like The Story So Far and Forever Came Calling have begun to really trademark, this band is going to make a mark in the pop-punk world. Listen to "Not Sorry" on the band's AP.net profile or in the replies.
Let It Happen are currently in the studio with Paul Leavitt recording their new EP. Today, we are premiering the first of three studio videos of the recording process. Hit the replies for the video. Be on the look out for part two next month.
Today we are celebrating the release of Iceage's brand new album You're Nothing which is out this week via Matador Records. We teased you with the album track "In Haze" last week but now you can head over to the band's AP.net Profile to stream the record in its entirety. To get an idea of what to expect check out Kelly's album review and don't miss out on one of the best albums of the year so far.
The Gallery will be releasing their new album, Restless, next Tuesday, February 26th. Today, we have the first taste of it. Head to their AP.net Profile or the replies to hear "Young & Restless." Restless was recorded with producer Warren Huart (Aerosmith, The Fray, Augustana). The band raised money to help fund the record via fans through IndieGoGo.
We're happy to announce that Anchor Eighty Four Records has signed Florida pop punkers We Still Dream. The band will release their new album this summer. Head to the replies to watch their music video for "Endless" off their current EP, Therapy.
Last Friday, we premiered the first part of Vinnie Caruana's tour blog. He's been on the road with travelmates Geoff Rickly (Thursday), Koji, Brian Marquis, and A Loss For Words. In this entry, Vinnie talks about reciprocal appreciation among music artists and their fans. You can read more in the replies, and also check out various photos from their Acoustic Basement Tour. And, if you haven't heard it yet, please check out City By the Sea, Vinnie's acoustic solo debut.
The Stick People features guitarist Mike Stone, known for his work with Queensryche and Peter Criss, and former Ozzy Osbourne drummer Frankie Anthony. Despite the members' metal background, the band's sound is more akin to '90s alternative. Their debut album, Madness, was produced by Dito Godwin (No Doubt, Motley Crue) and comes out April 23th via EFM Records. Stream a new track titled "The Box" on their AP.net profile or in the replies.
Today we are pleased to be streaming a new song called "Lost & Found" from Rochester, NY-based ska-punk group Mrs. Skannotto. The track comes from the band's upcoming full length record, All These Evolutions, which will be out on February 26. You can check out the song in the replies (where you can also see their current tour dates with The Toasters) or on their AP.net Profile.
We couldn't be more excited to exclusively reveal a new Conditions song called "Walking Separate Ways." It comes from the band's upcoming full-length, Full Of War. Head to the group's AP.net profile or listen to the track in the replies (It works for supported mobile devices now!). Leave your thoughts as well and let's appreciate how epic the Conditions' new record will be. You can check out preorders here and here.
Long Island's State Lines will be releasing its Tiny Engines debut album, For The Boats, on April 30th. It's one of my favorite releases of the young new year so far, so I'm thrilled that we get to premiere "Shady Existence," which is one of the coolest songs off the LP. The song features an awesome hip-hop intro (courtesy of Jovi) before launching into the band's brand of raw punk that's in the vein of Tigers Jaw and early Saves The Day. So check out the song over at the band's AP.net profile or in the replies. The band will be playing at the upcoming Today's Mixtape Festival and Stay Sweet Fest in April, so make sure you check them out there as well.
Post-hardcore act Wolves At Bay will be releasing its new EP I Was The Devil Once on April 16th via Animal Style Records. To get you stoked on that, we're premiering a new song from the EP titled "Know Why," which you can stream over at the band's AP.net profile or in the replies. Pre-order information is coming soon. You can check out the artwork and track listing in the replies.
With Tides Of Man, Saosin, and now Dance Gavin Dance on his resume, few would have ever expected Tilian Pearson to venture into pop tunes. That said, the vocalist proves to be a perfect fit for upbeat ditties on Material Me, his debut solo album. Today we're premiering the dance-y number "Flutter" - hit the replies for a taste, and pre-order Material Mehere.
Whether you think Florida sucks or not, you're going to want to check out today's exclusive premiere of the new split 7" from Fake Problems and You Blew It!. You can stream Florida Doesn't Suckhere. It's some of best material to date from both bands. If you like what you hear (and who are you kidding? Of course you're going to like what you hear!), you can order the split via Topshelf. If you need a reading companion while listening to it, you can check out my review here.
Today we're streaming Anavae's new EP, Stomr Chaser, which will be released next week on Lab Records. The UK duo have a knack for creating their own version of female fronted pop-rock that reminds me of VersaEmerge and Kenotia. Head over to the band's AP.net profile to stream the EP and leave your thoughts in the replies.
As many of you know, Vinnie Caruana just recently released his debut solo EP, City by the Sea, on I Surrender Records. So of course we're more than excited to bring you a new weekly tour diary feature titled Vinnie On The Road. Once a week, Vinnie will be sharing his general thoughts as he makes his way around the country on his Acoustic Basement Tour. Accompanying him are Geoff Rickly (Thursday), Koji, A Loss for Words, and Brian Marquis. So sit back, relax, and make sure to get your copy of City by the Sea.
Today we are streaming a brand-new song from California-based pop-punk act Point Of View. The band plays an old-school style of the genre, similar to bands like Green Day and NOFX, with a lot of emphasis on big hooks amidst a raw core sound. Check out "Home" from the band's upcoming five-song EP, Burner, on Point Of View's AP.net Profile or in the replies. Burner will be out March 29 via Hella Mad Records.
Today we are happy to be streaming a split from Tallahassee, FL's Send Away Stranger (featuring members of Wavelets) and St. Louis, MO's Foxing. You can stream the three-song split in the replies and preorder the 7" vinyl here.
After one of the crazier viral marketing schemes I've ever seen, it is finally winding down. Today we're lucky to premiere Shone's debut album, Heat Thing. Head to the replies to stream the album in it's entirety and be sure to keep posted to find out the band's official lineup next week. If you like what you hear, be sure to pre-order the album as well.
If you're a fan of heavier music, you do not want to miss this premiere today. We have an early stream of Barrow's stunning new album Though I'm Alone, a nine-track auditory assault that will leave you begging for more. If you're a fan of Pianos Become The Teeth, Loma Prieta, and the like, you will certainly adore Though I'm Alone. Stream it at the band's AP.net profile and pre-order the record here via Mayfly Records.
Today we're premiering Maker's music video for "Medina (West Coast)." If you don't remember, the band was in a devastating accident on tour, so this video features footage of the band before the incident. From my short time getting to know guitarist Eric Soucy, I can tell you this band has no quit in them. Head to the replies to watch the music video and leave your thoughts on it as well.
Today we are happy to exclusively premiere a new song from Frameworks, a fantastic new post-hardcore band from Gainesville, FL. The band gave us our first taste of its new EP, Small Victories, when it released "Old Chokes" earlier this month, but you can now check out the second song from the EP, "Sewn," in the replies or on their AP.net Profile. Small Victories will be out on February 12 and is recommended for fans of bands like Suis La Lune and Caravels. You can preorder the 7" here.
Today we're bringing you the exclusive premiere of Run, Forever's new video for "Basement." The song is off the band's excellent 2012 album Settling. It's a beautifully shot and edited video, so check it out in the replies. You can pick up Settlinghere via Tiny Engines.
Oh boy, this exclusive will get your toes tapping and your blood pumping. We're excited to premiere the third installment of Count Your Lucky Stars 4-way splits - this one featuring Dikembe, Hightide Hotel, Jet Set Sail, and Monument. This stream will definitely snap you out of the winter blues and make you think of warmer futures. You can stream the split in the replies or each song individually at each band's respective AP.net profile. If you dig what you hear (and you will), make sure you pre-order the split here.