Seattle-based Bobby’s Oar (ex-Among Giants) have released their debut album, The Weeds In Your Garden. Anyone who enjoys Nana Grizol, Coffee Project and/or The Front Bottoms, should definitely dive in. The album is available for free on Bandcamp.
In case you missed it on social media somehow, Akon has undertaken a new philanthropic endeavor: bringing electricity to roughly 600 million people living in Africa via his Solar Academy. Read more here.
Day two of our welcoming new staff members commences! Today it's with great pleasure that I welcome Matt Metzler to staff as a new contributing reviewer. You may recognize Matt as the author behind the AnberinForever project and as having a long 10 year plus commenting career. Matt's written up a little introduction below and I hope everyone will join me in welcoming him to our staff!
Over the next few weeks we're going to be announcing some new contributing staff members to the website. Today it is my pleasure to introduce to you the first of the new class. I'd love for everyone to join me in welcoming Craig Ismaili as one of our new contributing staff reviewers. Craig #2 has written up a little welcome message that I've included below and he'll probably have reviews up on the site in no time for people to complain about the score. Welcome Craig! (Also, he's on Twitter.)
Tumblr is announcing today the launch of "Answer Time" – a new live Q&A platform that will connect creative personalities with their fans. Fall Out Boy will be participating on June 8th at 3pm EST. The full press release is in the replies.
A woman has allegedly accused Ronnie Radke of Falling In Reverse of rape following the band's June 3rd show at the Murray Theater in Murray, UT. I am going to link to the public accounts of those involved and quote from them, please know the language is graphic, and I am only including the links because the accounts are public. The original story broke from a friend of the alleged victim's on Facebook:
A pile of literal human garbage named Ronnie Radke gang raped someone really important to me last night (because that's how real men treat women, with their bodyguard as backup) and tossed her out onto the curb. He's some has been, talentless musician that was playing the Murray Theater...
"The songs we wrote were so different from each other," Joseph says, "so Josh and I did our research on these producers and what their strengths are, what they bring to the table. And we even dated a few more. Once we had the list of songs we wanted on the record we could tell which songs would work best with which producer. All these guys added something to the record, and we were very intentional about what songs they were going to produce. It really kind of kept everyone on their toes, but it was a perfect marriage with all these guys, so I'm happy we went about it the way we did and we're really happy about how it turned out."
The most reasonable response I can come up with is kind of a "WTF did you expect?". Has As Cities Burn ever put out music that wasn't drastically different than a previous release? We change our band every time we get together. It's incredibly freeing. CNS was a product of wanting to break the chains of the HXC world and write music that could get us on tour with Jimmy Eat World. Going into HOHW, we pretty much knew we weren't going to be a band anymore so we said fuck it and LITERALLY wrote whatever we wanted. This included writing a song that we thought sounded like Tom Petty and then...
Josh Constine writes on TechCrunch about YouTube's new "Music Insights" tool that lets musicians see where they're most popular and may help with planning tour routings.
Top Cities: Shows artists where to plan concerts. They might discover foreign countries where they have a surprisingly large following, or that they have more fans in a smaller city like Oakland than its bigger neighbor San Francisco. It could also help them to convince radio stations in those cities to play them.
You thought things were sounding good when Chelsea Wolfe released the fantastic "Iron Moon" a few weeks ago? You haven't heard anything yet. She just released the song that will knock you on your ass and make you re-evaluate everything. Check out the absolutely stunning "Carrion Flowers" in the replies and pre-orderAbyss before you miss out on one of the best records of 2015
The AP.net staff is here to help you soundtrack your summer with a playlist each Friday for the next several weeks. The first installment in the series comes courtesy of yours truly, and let me tell you, it should be a federal crime for songs like Fetty Wap's "RGF Island" and Taylor Swift's "New Romantics" to not be on every single Summer 2k15 playlist. Alas, they aren't available on streaming services so I couldn't include them here. However, I did assemble a collection of songs that I think make a pretty damn good beach or BBQ soundtrack, which you can check out in the replies via Spotify and Rdio.
Even in a mere 2-and-a-half minutes, North Carolina post-hardcore act Iselia are able to evoke the intensity, passion and dynamics of acts like La Dispute and Pianos Become the Teeth with their new song, "First Strike." The track appears on their upcoming EP, Lost Star, which comes out June 16th through Cardigan Records.
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This week's episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast touches on some follow-up from last week, discusses thoughts and predictions on if Apple will release a new streaming service next week at WWDC and what we'd like it to be, and then we look at building hype online in 2015 and The 1975's ability to do just that. We spend some time compare and contrasting with Nate Ruess's album build up and wonder how his new solo album is going to do. We finish up talking about Riot Fest, The Academy Is... reuniting, and good albums with bad album covers. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded below.
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The Maccabees are currently supporting Mumford & Sons on their "Gentlemen Of The Road" tour in North America (fun fact: The Maccabees actually took Mumford & Sons out on their first ever proper UK tour just before Sigh No More was released) and last night Marcus Mumford joined the band on stage to perform "Pelican". Check it out in the replies.
We recently interviewed Jon Foreman (of Switchfoot) about his new solo undertaking The Wonderlands, which involved writing a song for each hour of the day and working with 24 different producers. Check it out here.
Music has always been a landscape for me to find meaning and to be able to reflect on the real world from a safe distance of poetry and metaphor and melody. When I thought about the idea of creating a world, I thought let’s start by tracing the course of a day of darkness and light. The hours of a clock become the backdrop for the narrative of a song, specifically the light and the dark that’s present at that time of day.