These songs are small pieces of a personal puzzle that equate to a cathartic hole—and that hole I feel can be generationally applied so on that small scale it's a really personal record. Lyrically, it's about me. It's about my life, and this idea that I tend to make excuses for fear of failure. I had to make excuses about why I wasn't going to get any better, why I wouldn't do anything bigger, why I was okay with being okay.
Frightened Rabbit has announced plans to join The National on the road later this summer. Dates for that in the replies. Also, you can check out the band's entire “The Warner Sound Captured by Nikon” SXSW showcase set in the replies as well.
Who doesn't love a good wild card? Today we're bringing you (along with Skate and Surf Festival and the Break Contest) the Wildcard Survey. S+S fans can vote for their favorite unsigned acts (using the poll here) to help them earn the last remaining festival performance slots for May 18th and 19th. Thanks to Live it Up, Red Bull Records, Shirts for a Cure, and Self Made Co -- there are four spots remaining for Skate and Surf Fest -- your vote decides who goes. Pretty cool, huh? And if you didn't know already, Skate and Surf is May 18th and 19th, and you can buy tickets here.
This week I have two pairs of tickets to giveaway to the date of your choice on the upcoming Make Do And Mend and Cheap Girls' tour this summer. I'm giving away one pair today - all you have to do is follow us on Twitter and retweet this tweet. I'll choose a winner at random later this afternoon. If you don't win today, don't fret - I have five more pairs to give away over the course of the next few weeks.
You can stream a new Queens Of The Stone Age song titled "I Appear Missing" in the replies. The video is sort of NSFW, I guess. The song is off the band's upcoming album, ...Like Clockwork, which hits stores on June 4th.
Podcasting cornerstone Comedy Bang! Bang! is celebrating its fourth anniversary today with a star-studded episode. Guests include actor/writer/director David Wain and record executives The Bachelor Brothers. You can also expect a teen female co-host-off, and an appearance from the studio's custodian Mike. That's right, this episode has everything, and you can stream it in the replies.
The National will be conducting a Reddit AMA on Wednesday, May 8, at 11:00 AM. The band has also added some more shows to its summer tour, which you can view in the replies. Tickets for these shows go on sale May 8th at 10 AM local time.
HIM have cancelled their North American tour due to frontman Ville Valo being diagnosed with severe asthma with presumptive pneumonia.
HIM’s North American tour (which was due to kick off in Los Angeles on May 3rd at the House Of Blues) has been cancelled due to unforeseen medical circumstances. HIM's lead vocalist Ville Valo has been diagnosed with severe asthma with presumptive pneumonia. Tickets for all dates will be refunded at the point of purchase. HIM will be back later this summer as part of the Rock Allegiance tour.
Update: The chat is now over, thanks a lot to Andrew for spending some time with us!
Andrew WK will be chatting in this thread at 6 pm EST / 3 pm PST. Ask him about partying, his endorsement for Playtex Fresh & Sexy Wipes, his upcoming tour singing Ramones songs with Marky Ramone, or his upcoming appearance at Skate and Surf. The festival takes place on May 18/19 and tickets are still available here.