If you've ever questioned how much influence Kanye West has on the music industry and fans, this should put it into perspective. A few nights ago, Kanye made a guest appearance at Travi$ Scott's show to perform "New Slaves" at the El Ray Theatre in Los Angeles. Jump to the replies to watch the frenzy that followed.
13 year old Peyton Arens was recently granted his wish to play alongside his hero Phil Anselmo (formerly of Pantera) at a recent Phil Anselmo & the Illegals performance. Arens has rhabdomyosarcoma, a connective tissue cancer. If you'd like to learn more about Peyton, you can head here. Jump to the replies to check out Peyton's wish come true.
This week on the Self Promotion Forum, I found the excellent Pillow Talk. Hailing from Memphis, Tennessee, the band features members of the lovely Looking For Alaska but have changed from the alt-rock tinged pop punk of LFA to a far more subdued, emo affair. Their recent singles "Never Made It Home" and "Selfless" have the feel of Moving Mountains hanging out with Brand New in Count Your Lucky Stars' office. Their music is available as 'name your price' on their Bandcamp. I can almost guarantee that if you're still reading, you'll like these guys. Interested in being a part of the Self-Promotion Spotlight? It's easy, just sign up for an AbsolutePunk.net account and post in the...
I recently wrote an article about the joy of emo music, my passion for The Get Up Kids'Something To Write Home About and a few sentimental things about believing in your dreams and whatnot. Have a read of it here.
That's only present in you because you're 14 years old. For some people, 14 is the age that they retreat in to their basements for the rest of their lives to make an existence out of Mountain Dew and 4Chan. For others, 14 means finding new bands and discovering the beautiful world of the genres that Billboard doesn't cover. For me, 14 meant discovering The Get Up Kids. Something To Write Home About, to be precise.
Last night, Death Grips were tapped to play an officially sanctioned Lollapalooza aftershow at the Bottom Lounge in Chicago. They didn't show up. According to several reports from Reddit and Twitter, after learning that the band wouldn't play, fans proceeded to destroy their equipment, including a drum kit that was presumably Zach Hill's. [...] According to Lollapalooza's representatives, the band "chose not to arrive in Chicago" and will not play the festival.
We post a lot of different features during the course of an average month on AbsolutePunk.net, therefore we thought it'd be best to recap some of our favorite editorials, songs, and features from the previous month on the first Saturday of new month. So head down to the replies below and re-visit (or check out for the first time) some of our best stuff from the month of July.
Last night, Jay Z premiered Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film on HBO. It was directed by Mark Romanek at the Pace Gallery in NYC. It includes cameos from Judd Apatow, Taraji P Henson, Marina Abramovic, Wale, and more. Watch it in the replies.
Update: Blake from the band has posted a statement.
As some of you have already noticed, our record label Fueled By Ramen has moved us into the Alumni section of their roster. It is true that we will no longer be a part of FBR, as we’ve decided to split ways. We’re extremely grateful to everyone over at FBR and want to thank them for all of the amazing work and time they’ve put into helping develop our band over the years. There is still new music on the way, although we wont be releasing anything until all business stuff is fully sorted. Thank you for always supporting us and being...
The Number Twelve Looks Like You have released the first installment of their new video series called 24/7.12. In this episode we get an inside look at how the band formed, who they are, and where they came from. Watch it in the replies.
This weekend is packed with festivals all over the continent, so we wanted to bring The Grove Festival to your attention in case it's not on your radar yet. This special event that's taking place in Toronto this weekend (well, tomorrow!) has been put together by Arts & Crafts along with other sponsors, and the lineup includes Phoenix, Girl Talk, Hot Chop, The Gaslight Anthem, Earl Sweatshirt, Wavves, Young Empires and more. In other words, you are guaranteed to have a kick-ass time while enjoying some great tunes. The best part? Noisy Ghost PR + 24West are giving away 10 tickets -- for free! -- through AP.net if you would like to attend.
Salon has posted an article looking at the reaction some fans of The Postal Service had upon learning that the opening act for their recent tour was Big Freedia. The title of the article, "White music fans are afraid of difference: When Postal Service fans get aggressively upset over a black opening act, that's evidence of a bigger problem," may turn some readers off -- but the article is definitely worth the read and discussion.
Maybe the most pissed and confounded Twitter responders to Big Freedia’s show hate rap, hip-hop and butts. But I bet they don’t. They appear to be white people mostly in their late 20s like me, and I bet they consume all kinds of music. But they were walking...
The Roastmaster for the upcoming James Franco Roast (premiering on Labor Day) has been declared, and its none other than Franco's Pineapple Express co-star Seth Rogen. Head to the replies for an excerpt from the press release.