Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! sat down with Paris Lees of NME for a lengthy interview. Also, I posted my first impressions of the band's new album on my blog.
Discussing her own personal happiness one year into the transition, Grace says: "I have issues in my life which aren't related to being trans. Whether that's dealing with alcoholism or drug abuse or manic depressiveness, it's not as simple as coming out and then the world is all roses." Similarly, Grace does not want to be seen as a spokesperson for transgender issues: "It's like my psychiatrist says, 'Just because you're diagnosed with cancer doesn't mean you're an authority on cancer'."
Jason Tate on 12/16/13 - 07:51 PM
The Cab are almost finished with their new album.
Jason Tate on 12/16/13 - 07:45 PM
The Ataris are doing a So Long, Astoria tour. More information in the replies.
Jason Tate on 12/16/13 - 07:43 PM
John Mayer and Katy Perry will be appearing on ABC's Good Morning America tomorrow morning, December 17th, to premiere the video for their new single "Who You Love."

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Jason Tate on 12/16/13 - 07:07 PM
Target will not be selling the latest self-titled album from Beyoncé. Most physical retailers will receive and have the album in stores this Friday, December 20th. In other Beyoncé news, the album sold over 828k worldwide in the iTunes Store in just its first three days and also broke the US first week album sales record with over 617k sold.
"At Target we focus on offering our guests a wide assortment of physical CDs, and when a new album is available digitally before it is available physically, it impacts demand and sales projections," Target spokesperson Erica Julkowski tells Billboard.
Drew Beringer on 12/16/13 - 06:55 PM
Forever The Sickest Kids video for "Nice to Meet You" is in the replies.

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Jason Tate on 12/16/13 - 06:55 PM
Lorde has announced a North American tour for next year. Dates in the replies.

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Jason Tate on 12/16/13 - 06:53 PM
Fearless Records is announcing a new signing tomorrow. Guesses?
Jason Tate on 12/16/13 - 06:00 PM
Paramore will be performing "Ain't it Fun" on the season finale of The Voice tomorrow. Hayley also hinted at "a new song" on Twitter.

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Jason Tate on 12/16/13 - 05:58 PM
Gryffin Media has compiled an infographic for Digital Music News showing what each of the digital streaming websites are paying out to bands and labels.
Jason Tate on 12/16/13 - 05:55 PM
La Dispute has announced its third album Rooms of the House, which will be released on March 18th, 2014 via Better Living in partnership with Staple Records. The band will also be touring with Pianos Become The Teeth and Mansions - you can find those dates along with more album info in the replies.
Drew Beringer on 12/16/13 - 03:10 PM
Watch the trailer for Suicide Silence's Ending Is The Beginning: The Mitch Lucker Memorial Show in the replies. The live CD/DVD/Blu-ray comes out February 18 via Century Media Records.

Track Listing
1. Destruction of a Statue with Jonny Davy
2. Distorted Thought of Addiction with Greg Wilburn
3. Ending is the Beginning with Brook Reeves
4. Bludgeoned to Death with Ricky Hoover
5. Unanswered with Phil Bozeman
6. Girl of Glass with Myke Terry
7. Price of Beauty with Danny Worsnop
8. No Pity For A Coward with Johnny Plague
9. Disengage with Cameron "Big Chocolate" Argon
10. No Time To Bleed with Burke VanRaalte
11. Smoke with...
Alex DiVincenzo on 12/16/13 - 01:40 PM
Diamond Youth's music video for a new song, "Can't Shake the Feeling," can be seen in the replies. Shake is available for pre-order from Topshelf Records.
Alex DiVincenzo on 12/16/13 - 01:31 PM
All you Third Eye Blind fans should stop by tomorrow. We're giving away something special.
Jack Appleby on 12/16/13 - 12:25 PM
Village Voice has a new interview with Jim DeRogatis, the reporter who broke the news of sexual assault charges against R. Kelly nearly 15 years ago. The interview complements DeRogatis' provision of the court documents and charges, which were previously little-reported or hard to unearth. It's rife with information many younger readers might want to read - it certainly laid out things I didn't know previously.
They were stomach churning. The one young woman, who had been 14 or 15 when R. Kelly began a relationship with her, detailed in great length, in her affidavits, a sexual relationship that began at Kenwood Academy: He would go back in the early years of his success and go to Lina...
Ryan Dennehy on 12/16/13 - 11:53 AM
Cartel's The Ransom EP is coming to vinyl. The record will be available for sale on December 20th at 12pm PST. It will begin shipping on January 2nd.
Jason Tate on 12/16/13 - 11:29 AM
You can stream The Hotelier's (formerly The Hotel Year) new song "Scope Of All Of This Rebuilding" in the replies. It's off the band's upcoming (and might I add excellent) album, Home Like No Place Is There, which will be available February 18th, 2014 and can be pre-ordered via Tiny Engines.
Drew Beringer on 12/16/13 - 11:24 AM
Check the replies for the most recent user reviews.
Anthony Sorendino on 12/16/13 - 11:12 AM
Watch the new video for Chloë Howl's song "Rumour" in the replies.
Kyle Huntington on 12/16/13 - 11:03 AM
Matt Wysocki from 1997 started a new band called Prisms. A video can be found in the replies.
Jason Tate on 12/16/13 - 10:59 AM
A recent study found that people are less likely to buy a product if an advertisement features someone with tattoos or is a person of color.
A study recently published in the Economic Journal of the Royal Economic Society discovered that online shoppers are less likely to purchase a product if a black person or someone with a tattoo is selling it. [...] The experiment found that black sellers did worse than white sellers on a variety of metrics. Specifically, black sellers received 13% fewer responses, 18% fewer offers, and offers that were 11% to 12% lower. The results were similar in magnitude to those associated with a white seller's display of a tattoo.

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Jason Tate on 12/16/13 - 10:56 AM
I put together a holiday themed playlist for Rdio. What holiday music are you spinning these days?
Jason Tate on 12/16/13 - 10:45 AM
It's that time of year again where new album releases come to a halt. However, The Republic of Wolves have that rare mid-December release in store for us. Today, we are excited to stream their upcoming album, No Matter How Narrow, which releases tomorrow. Hit the replies to hear it. If you like what you hear, be sure to pick it up.
Ryan Gardner on 12/16/13 - 10:44 AM
Patent Pending's Brighter is now available at through Panic State Records's webstore.

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Jason Tate on 12/16/13 - 10:44 AM
Some more European Brand New dates have shown up online.

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Jason Tate on 12/16/13 - 10:42 AM
Panic! at the Disco has announced some European tour dates. Check the replies.
Jason Tate on 12/16/13 - 10:37 AM
You Blew It!'s new song "House Address" can be heard in the replies.
Jason Tate on 12/16/13 - 10:36 AM
Anberlin's video for "Dead American" can be found in the replies.
Jason Tate on 12/16/13 - 10:34 AM
The line-up for Groezrock 2014 can be found in the replies.
Jason Tate on 12/16/13 - 10:33 AM
State Faults' music video for "Wildfires" can be seen on Brooklyn Vegan or in the replies.
Alex DiVincenzo on 12/16/13 - 10:26 AM
The Chariot frontman Josh Scogin has revealed his new project: '68. Listen to a new song in the replies, and grab their debut 7" from Velvet Press.
Alex DiVincenzo on 12/16/13 - 10:18 AM
Cold For June released a new single called "No More." You can check it out in the replies.
Christian Wagner on 12/16/13 - 08:14 AM
Congratulations to The Swellers frontman Nick Diener, who tied the knot yesterday.
Alex DiVincenzo on 12/16/13 - 07:03 AM
Beyoncé's new self-titled record sold more than 430k in its first day of release and is projected to sell more than 600k (all digital, of course) and debut at #1 on the Billboard. Remember that the record was released this past Friday, so that's 600k+ in four day span. For comparison, her first day numbers outsold Katy Perry’s Prism (286k in its first week), Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP (258k), Miley Cyrus' Bangerz (270k), and Kanye West's Yeezus (327k), while her total first week will outsell her husband's (Jay Z) first week output with Magna Carta Holy Grail (528k). Basically, holy crap. It'll be interesting to see what her Friday-Thursday total is - I wonder if Beyoncé could have been the...
Drew Beringer on 12/15/13 - 11:33 PM
A music lawyer estimates that Ian Watkins has probably made upwards of £100k ($163,040) since his arrest ... off of publishing royalties. This makes me irrationally angry.
His notoriety and renewed publicity when he is sentenced could even cause a cash generation spike as music sales and internet searches rise. Music lawyer Craig Brookes explained that as the band's lyricist, Watkins will be in line for a big cut of any fees generated. 'The biggest income stream will almost certainly be publishing which, even if radio play has stopped, will still be pretty big,' he told Wales on Sunday.
Jason Tate on 12/15/13 - 10:43 PM
I don't know about you, but it looks like The Ataris' have gone back to their So Long, Astoria lineup.

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Keagan Ilvonen on 12/15/13 - 04:07 PM
At last night's special RX Bandits' acoustic show at The Art Theater in Long Beach, Matt Embree revealed that the band has decided to regroup officially and that they're over halfway done with a new record. They also plan to continue doing acoustic sets at home once a year.

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Keagan Ilvonen on 12/15/13 - 04:00 PM
During their show last night, Finch performed a new song called "Back to Oblivion" which you can check out in the replies.

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Keagan Ilvonen on 12/15/13 - 03:56 PM
Anberlin is releasing their new music video for "Dead American" tomorrow on Vevo.
Keagan Ilvonen on 12/15/13 - 03:53 PM
Chris Farren of Fake Problems is releasing a new cover every Sunday through April 2014. Head to the replies to listen to the first two, Sky Ferreira's "24 Hours" and Modern Baseball's "The Weekend."
Alex DiVincenzo on 12/15/13 - 10:35 AM
Looking for some new music? Head to the replies to see what was submitted to AP.net recently.
Ryan Gardner on 12/15/13 - 06:34 AM
I'm 10 years old. TV is my life.
Jason TateWrote a lot on my blog this week.
BlakeThe soundtrack to Home Alone is on Spotify, and it's amazing. Also, Michael Buble's holiday album Christmas is a soulful treat.
Alex DiVincenzoA Santa Cause is the best Christmas album ever.
Blake Solomon on 12/15/13 - 12:40 AM
Former Backyard Tire Fire vocalist Edward David Anderson has embarked on a solo career, with a record due this coming April. Head to the replies to hear/see lead single “Tears at Bay.”
Gregory Robson on 12/14/13 - 02:50 PM
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