The AP.net staff is here to help you soundtrack your summer with a playlist each Friday for the next several weeks. Last week, Ryan D. shared his playlist of summer jams. This week, I'm here to take things in a completely different direction: roots music. From folk and alt-country to Americana and classic rock 'n' roll, this playlist encompasses the genres that have said "summer" to me longest. Whether you're heading out of town for a road trip or sitting on the porch drinking a beer late at night, this mix is ideal.
When you're a new artist, you're just like, "Oh, this is just like the first time I'm doing everything and we'll see how it goes." And then if it goes well hopefully, the second time you come around you're like, "Wait, I was just, like, guessing. How do I do that again? I didn't really have a system to it." So that's definitely been the thing that freaks me out more than anything.
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.
You can check out our interview with Marianas Trenchhere. The band's new album, Astoria, will be released later this year.
I think the difference with this record is that the lyrics are very candid. We had a lot of stuff going on with the band over the last year and a half, which is the reason why it took us so long to get this new record out. There's been a lot of personal stuff happening. Nothing with the four guys or anything, but just personal stuff. I won't get into any gritty details, but when you guys hear this new record, it's an open book. It's reading right from the diary.
All Time Low's Future Hearts debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart today, coming in with 80,251 equivalent album sales while the No. 1 album, the Furious 7 Original Soundtrack, chimed in with 111,109 equivalent album sales. But Future Hearts actually outsold the soundtrack significantly in terms of traditional album sales -- 75,375 to 45,084 -- and was surpassed due mainly to strong single sales of Wiz Khalifa's "See You Again." We've got an article today that outlines the flaws within Billboard's new formula to determine the Billboard 200, which this week deprived the general "Warped Tour scene" of its first-ever Billboard 200 No. 1 album. You can check out a pull quote from the...
While this is Absolute PUNK, we obviously cover a number of genres to appeal to a number of audiences. That being said, I wanted to share a few photographs I took while at one of two sold-out Sturgill Simpson gigs at Stubbs in Austin.
Sturgill isn't a typical country singer; no boots, no goofy* accent. He is a normal dude with penchant for writing and playing to the crowd's every emotion. Even if you don't consider yourself a country fan, give Sturgill a quick listen and maybe try broadening your listening borders.
Check the comments below for a few shots and a link to a full gallery on Flickr.