Every year seems like "the best year for music since (insert year here)," and 2015 is no different. As we put our Mid-Year Top 10 albums together, many writers had to make changes at the last minute - there is too much good music out there. First world problems aside, we have listened to an abundance of great albums this year, so we picked our Top 10 favourites for you all to check out. From Kendrick Lamar to The Sidekicks to Jamie xx, you can expect to find all sorts of albums in our collective or individual lists. Head over to the replies to check it all out, and make sure to join the discussion - we would love to hear about your favourite albums of 2015. Enjoy!
Recently-reunited post-hardcore favorites From Autumn to Ashes sadly had to drop off their upcoming tour, but we have a special Live Session from the band to make up for it. The hour-and-a-half set was captured at the Brighton Music Hall in Allston, MA on June 18th. Despite it being the first date of their run, the group showed no sign of rust as they played songs from their entire discography. A highlight includes the 10-minute opus "Short Stories with Tragic Endings" performed in its entirety.
Audiostrobelight will release History as Written by the Defeated as a digital exclusive on July 17th via Little Heart Records. It's a "reimagined retrospective." You can pre-order it and hear a new song called "Blisters" in the replies.
Happy Friday everyone! I had planned to spend the day catching up on podcasts and relaxing for the long Fourth of July weekend. So, first things first: I hope everyone has a great and safe weekend. Definitely take advantage of that Apple Music trial to try out some new music while watching fireworks (I wrote up a few things I’ve been listening to lately on my blog). Usually this is the part of the week where I’d link to something funny, random, or interesting that I found over the past week. However, after seeing my Twitter at-replies this morning I’m just not in the mood for that right now. Instead, since I need more than 140 characters and I’m getting a bunch of questions about my...
Earlier this week I had the chance to take part in a conference call with Miguel to discuss his recently-released album Wildheart, which also happens to be one of the year's best. The full exchange can be found here.
Nothing that matters in this world has ever been accomplished by being faint of heart, or by being fearful, or being conformist. It always took a little bit of delusion, a little bit of crazy, a little bit of wild-heartedness to go against the grain. Because the truth is, being yourself is wild-hearted, because no one will ever be like you. You are the only you that will ever be and has ever been. And I think that’s to be celebrated, as opposed to being muted, or being...
But the first Foo Fighters album turns 20 tomorrow, which means at this point there has to be many others who first became aware of Grohl because they heard “Everlong” on the radio or in the mall or anywhere, or they saw any video in the long lineage of Foo singles on Fuse or whatever.
Run the Jewels will be running their own show on Apple Music's Beats 1. The show will air on Fridays at 9pm EST. If you're interested in even more more Apple Music / Beats 1 talk -- check out this week's podcast.
A Brilliant Lie have announced a three EP series, entitled Threads, to be released between now and next July. The first installment, Threads: Cutter, will be released on July 17. The artwork can be viewed in the replies, and the EP can be preordered at the band's website.
1. Always at Odds
3. Circles for Sewing
4. Drive til Morning
5. Bittered Bones
The AP.net staff is here to bring you a different playlist every Friday to soundtrack your summer. Last week, we took your suggestions and crafted a Feel Good Hits of the Summer Playlist. This week, things are getting a little bit darker. We're taking you to one of the staples of summer: the late night drive. This is one to throw on while your aimlessly cruising through the backstreets at 3 AM. So roll those windows down, and check out the playlist in the replies.
The UK rock band, Blitz Kids have called it quits. They have also cancelled their upcoming UK tour and will be scheduling a farewell tour.
I don’t want to talk in clichés or metaphor, so I’m just going to come straight out with it. It is with heavy hearts but heads held high that we must announce it is time for us to take our leave.
We have always said that we are friends, first and foremost, before a band. And it is as friends that we have reached this decision to end this incredible adventure that we started 8 years ago. Between then and now, this band has taken us to beautiful places that we’d never have experienced without it, and introduced us to people who we consider family and...
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Safe To Say just signed with SideOneDummy in the U.S. and New Damage in Canada. An EP called Hiding Games will be released on July 31st and a new song called "Summer Sickness" is streaming over at AltPress.
What happens when the power goes out in the middle of recording a podcast? Welp, you lose the first few minutes of your talk about The Wonder Years apparently. We were able to salvage the conversation using my back-up recording; however, Thomas's vocals are a little different for the first five to ten minutes of this one -- sorry about that -- we get that fixed relatively quickly and then we're on to a jam-packed episode. We start with talking about The Wonder Year's new song, video, album, and everything associated with that. Then we move into a talk all about the newly released Apple Music. What are our thoughts? Are we going to stick with it? What do we like, dislike, hate, and love?...
Following the earlier announcement that The Libertines would release their first album in 11 years in September, the band has now unveiled the first single and video from it titled "Gunga Din". Hit the replies to check it out.