With 2014 in the books and in the spirit of starting 2015 with a bang, we're proud to present to you all the AbsolutePunk.net Top 30 Albums of 2014. You'll find the list right over here, where you can see what we ranked and why we ranked it where we did; and if you click here, you'll be able to check out albums of the year lists from our individual staff members as well as plenty of industry folks and band members! We're always delighted to hear feedback from the community about our EOTY lists, so please feel free to join the discussion and take a moment to reflect on the year. Here's to a happy 2015 for all!
The head of Arizona public schools says that Tucson Unified School District is violating a state ban on ethnic studies by "teaching an introductory course on hip-hop from the African-American perspective" and including lyrics from Rage Against the Machine.
Superintendent John Huppenthal announced Friday — his last day in office — that he was seeking sanctions against the school if it does not correct course by March 4. He cited an introductory course on hip-hop from the African-American perspective and lyrics from the rock band Rage Against the Machine as violations.
As I posted 3 days ago, I am taking the appropriate time to assess these very serious allegations against me and I am not taking them lightly. Until I can do that in a complete manner with all the information I have at my disposal, I will not be continuing with any current touring activities for the time being.
As I'm sure many of you felt after reading the news of young Leelah Alcorn taking her own life, my heart sank. I felt sick. Yet another young life gone because of not being heard, not being understood, and not being unconditionally loved for who they truly were. After hearing her story, and reading her final Tumblr post, I finally felt it was time to share this song.
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On December 26th, Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties played their first ever full-band show at The Paradise in Boston, MA, and I was on hand to film it. You can watch the entire set - 36 minutes of songs about getting used to being alone - in the replies. In addition to The Wonder Years frontman Dan Campbell, the talented group includes Ace Enders (The Early November), Nick Steinborn (The Wonder Years), Tom Ryan (Young Statues) and John James Ryan (We Are the Union), among others.
nouns will be reissuing their album still on vinyl via Funeral Sounds, Broken World Media, and Known Pleasure Records. Preorders through each respective store can be found attheirsites. The pressing is limited to 525 records total.
Let's give it up for the new year ... 2014 comes to an end tonight. Just want to wish everyone a safe and happy new year. Enjoy your night and next day hangover, we've got a lot of cool things coming up next week.
A Skylit Drive vocalist Michael "Jag" Jagmin will be answer questions from fans in the replies. Come talk to him about the band's upcoming acoustic album, Rise: Ascension, his New Year's resolutions and anything else you'd like to know.
"As a white dude, as a white rapper, I'm like, how do I participate in this conversation? How do I get involved on a level where I'm not co-opting the movement, where I'm not making it about me, but also realizing the platform that I have and the reach that I have?"