When that changed, and I was able to transition from part-timing to earning a living playing music, my fear of a life spent running face-first into an endless succession of self-constructed brick walls eventually straightened me out. This was a slow-dawning stroke of luck, because sober senses would be required to navigate an insane industry that was rapidly changing, too. Anyone I knew who was “just” a musician was predominantly maintaining that title by busting their ass on tour, selling their songs to car commercials or some combination thereof.
6131 Records is putting out one of the better aggressive records on September 30th with Hemingway's new record, Pretend To Care. Laced with just enough melodic pop within its emo melancholy, the Portland band is emerging as one of the best new bands you need to check out. And it just so happens that we are premiering their new video today, so you have no excuse but to check them out. Watch "Northwest" in the replies and then pre-order it on vinyl.
Atlanta, GA natives The Funeral Portrait recently signed to Revival Recordings (owned by Alesana singer Shawn Milke) for the release of their debut EP. For the Dearly Departed drops September 23rd, and we have a lyric video for a new song tilted "Wax Romantic" in the replies. The unique group is kind of like Set It Off, The Venetia Fair, Chiodos or My Chemical Romance.
Tigers on Trains have revealed (via PropertyOfZack) that the group's new album, Antarctica in Color will be released on September 30th. You can find the track listing below and the artwork in the replies. Don't forget to check out our premiere of the first track "Broken Dart" if you haven't yet.
01) Broken Dart
02) Kicked Out Of The Chain Gang
05) But It’s Hard To
06) Stalking My Pulse
09) South American Soil
Jump to the replies to stream the title track from Damien Rice's upcoming Rick Rubin produced album, My Favourite Faded Fantasy, which will hit stores on October 31st via Warner Bros. Records. Spoiler Alert: It's too good.
Hoodie Allen has released a brand new music video, "Dumb For You", which you can check out in the replies. The song appears on Allen's upcoming record, People Keep Talking, which you can pre-order here.
Have Mercy will release their Hopeless Records debut, A Place Of Our Own, on October 27th which you can now pre-order. Head to the replies to check out the album artwork and the band's video for their new track "Spacecrafts." This is going to be a site favorite before the year's over.
01) To Convey
02) Two Years
04) The Place You Love
05) Pete Rose and Babe Ruth
07) Plastic Covered Furniture
08) Pawn Takes Rook
09) Inch By Inch
10) Nails and Teeth in Pavement
alt-J has made their new album, This Is All Yours, available for streaming ahead of its release via an official app. Once you download the app it finds "blast areas" near you via Google maps, which are locations where you can go and stream the album in full via the app itself and potentially meet up with other fans to do the same thing. The app is, however, only available in the UK and has more and more locations across the country being added over the next few days, starting today with public parks.
Riot Fest Chicago is around the corner, and all the punks are dancing in their pants. But what is it about Riot Fest that has set it apart from the rest of the festival scene? Is there something other fests are missing? (Spoiler alert: YES). Check out my two-cents in the replies. Tickets are still available, but you only have a few days until the party starts.
Apple are unveiling new iPhones and possibly a wearable or something else cool today at 10am PDT. The event can be livestreamed here, our technology forum has an Apple thread where other fans will be talking about the whole thing, and John Gruber wrote a really good piece about what to possibly expect.