The 30th annual MTV Video Music Awards show will take place tonight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Tonight's show has a great line-up of performances from the likes of Kanye West, Drake, Justin Timberlake, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, and more. The list of presenters is also stocked full of A-listers and Fall Out Boy is nominated for "Best Rock Video" as well. The show begins at 9 PM EST and you can discuss, debate, and make fun of whatever happens during the show in here. I heard some popular '90s boy band might reunite tonight. I hope it's 98 Degrees.
This week on the Self Promotion Forum, I came across a band I've been quite a fan of for some time now. Smalls is a five piece pop-punk band hailing from Los Angeles whose female fronted, raw sound makes them stand out from their identikit peers.Their recent EP, Expecting The Worse perfectly showcases the band's pop sensibilities alongside their D.I.Y, punky aesthetic. Expecting The Worse is available as 'name your price' on their Bandcamp. Give a couple of years and Smalls will be very, very big... (ahem). 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 Self-Promotion forum.
Head to the replies to watch a lyric video for a new Bowling For Soup song titled "Award Show Taylor Swift." You can get a free download of the song if you donate to their PledgeMusic campaign. Their new album, Lunch. Drunk. Love., releases September 10. Listen to clips from it on Amazon.
01) Critically Disdained
02) Since We Broke Up
04) From the Rooftops
06) Normal Chicks
07) I Am Waking up Today
08) Couple of Days
09) And I Think You Like Me Too
11) How Far This Can Go
12) Right About Now
13) Kevin Weaver
Here's something interesting. In promoting their collaboration "A Light That Never Comes," Steve Aoki and Linkin Park released a teaser video that appears to show the use of a pirated version of Lennar Digital's Sylenth 1 software. Unique Squared has an opinion piece & evidence on the issue, outlining several possible outcomes from the situation. Does it bother you that financially-stable musicians are still stealing the software that helped them become successful? Does it not matter?
Update: Steve Aoki has addressed the concerns via his blog, where he shows proof of purchase and explains the pirated software.
However, the honest truth is that screenshot is in fact of my road...
Fest 12 has released its full schedule, which you can view on their website. With the festival expanding to four days for the first time ever, there's a lot to digest. If you're going, discuss who you want to see most, where you'll be each night and speculate about the "mystery sets." And remember, there are always conflicts when your festival has this many great bands...so keep the noise down. Also, remember to pick up your tickets and keep up with our coverage.
Another new Nine Inch Nails song was played last night on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show. The track is titled "Find My Way" and a radio rip can be heard in the replies. It's off the band's upcoming new album, Hesitation Marks, which hits stores on September 3rd.
In a recent interview, Mayer was as talkative as ever, but seemed to have a new sense of calmness as he discussed how his life has shifted in the last three years. He overcame a throat injury thanks to Botox injections last year, but the injury left him on voice rest for months and sidelined his performances — "an intense amount of hyperfocus" is how he describes it.
"I don't drink really anymore. I warm up before I sing. I warm down," he said. "I do whatever I can. I don't want to lose that part of my life again."
You can stream a new Jesu song titled "Homesick" in the replies. This is the first track off the band's upcoming new album, Everyday I Get Closer to the Light From Which I Came, which will be available on September 24th.
3) Last Night For A Table For Two
4) 12 Through 15
5) The Torment Of Existence Weighed Against The Horror Of Nonbeing
6) Even Robots Need Blankets
7) Repent And Repeat
9) Sorry, Not Sorry
10) Nothing You Can Live Without, Nothing You Can Do About
11) Hold Onto Me
Save The Daytweeted out that the band just played Can't Slow Down (a record that just turned 15 years old) from front to back for the first time. Could they have just been doing it for fun or is this something that might pop up in a future show? Would you be stoked if the band busted out these stone-cold classics on tour? I'm sure we'll find out soon enough.
PureVolume has premiered a very informative studio update from The Devil Wears Prada and its upcoming album, 8:18 (in stores September 17th). The site is also offering a a free download of the band's new single, "Martyrs."
Like many of you, Jason and I are pretty huge fans of Thrice and we celebrate every release in its discography. So it was quite the honor to speak Riley Breckenridge on the latest AbsolutePunk.net Podcast episode. In this episode, we break down the entire Thrice discography (with Riley sharing a lot of cool stories and inside information), talk about the band's current status, and we even fit in a little baseball talk.
You can subscribe to this podcast in a variety of ways: via iTunes, your own RSS feed (instructions below), or streaming/downloading the mp3 in the replies. You can also find our previous episodes on iTunes and SoundCloud. As always, we hope you enjoy.
Today we're bringing you an exclusive premiere from American Authors. This is one of those bands that when you first hear them, you just have that feeling they're going to soon be dominating playlists. To say these guys are catchy would be a massive understatement. I sorta get a fun. mixed with Relient K vibe from their upcoming EP -- which you can find more songs from on iTunes. If you check the replies, you'll hear a new song called "Luck," which drummer Matt described as, "a desperate attempt at explaining to those we love why leaving home was so important in order for us to pursue our dreams. It was also an acknowledgement that along our journey, some people would feel abandoned...
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braidedveins is a 5-person musical organization based in Flint, Michigan, and is featuring members of The Swellers, Empty Orchestra, Kid Brother Collective, The Conqueror Worm and others, will be releasing Future/Forever soon in partnership with Save Your Generation Records. We are premiering a track from that seven-song EP and it's titled "The Nature Cruise of the Century!" It's been described as "the harrowing breakdown of a human body subjected to the ravages of capitalism." It was recorded by Nick Diener and mixed/mastered by Mark Michalik and you can listen to it in the replies. More details, such as artwork and release information, will be announced soon.
Celebrate Vanna frontman Davey Muise's birthday today by watching the latest installment of the band's ambitious video project, The Few and the Far Between: The Movie. The third chapter set to the song "I Said I'm Fine" from their latest album. This episode also features guest appearances from Andy Williams (Every Time I Die) and Devin Shidaker (The Acacia Strain). Watch it in the replies. If you missed them, catch up on the first and second of 10 parts. Come back next Friday for more!
Stream a new Eyes Set to Kill song titled "Where I Want to Be" in the replies or on the band's AP.net profile. The female-fronted post-hardcore group will release Masks, their fifth full-length album and first for Century Media Records, on September 17th.
On last night's Late Show with David Letterman, MGMT wore cool sunglasses indoors and played its new song, "Your Life Is A Lie," which is off the band's upcoming self-titled record (in stores September 17th). You can watch video of the performance in the replies.
This year's Reading and Leeds-goers are currently being bombarded with a raft of bands to check out this weekend. We know you're a smart bunch, so our recommended bands' combined stagetime adds up to exactly five hours. Fill a nice chunk of your weekend with these guys, then the rest is up to you...