Welcome to My Back Pages, a collaborative staff feature that will survey a landscape of renowned classics and unheralded gems alike, most of which no one around here ever writes a word about. The rules are simple and loose: we won’t cover anything from this millennium and we will avoid all or most AP.net favorites—though we might make an exception if something is nearing a milestone anniversary. Beyond that though, anything is fair game. So if you have an album, artist, or genre you would like to see discussed in this feature, feel free to throw us a few recs.
This week we have a double feature on deck for you, and yes we're talking about Springsteen--if you know...
Awolnation recently released a new song titled "THISKIDSNOTALRIGHT," off the soundtrack of the new video game Injustice: Gods Among Us. Today, we are giving away the soundtrack for free as well as an Awolnation t-shirt - check out the song and t-shirt in the replies. To win, be the first person to correctly name the commercial that their hit single "Sail" is in.
1) Rise Against - "Sight Unseen"
2) AWOLNATION - "THISKIDSNOTALRIGHT"
3) Portugal. The Man - "Evil Friends"
4) Minus The Bear - "Walk On Air"
5) Depeche Mode - "Angel"
6) Pictureplane - "Pure War"
7) The Faint - "This Is Is Is Is Pain"
8) MSTRKRFT -...
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Today we're bringing you the debut EP from rock-duo Welcome Center. Featuring previous members of The A-B Theory and St. Philistine (bothformer Self-Promotion Spotlighters), this new project is in vein of Modest Mouse/Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. You can stream their new EP, Different Joys, in the replies or on their AP profile.
I caught up again with Issues while they were in Portland, OR as part of A Day To Remember's U.S. Headliner, and you can read our interview here. In the interview we talk about a "re-imagining" of the band's debut EP Black Diamonds, titled Diamond Dreams, Warped Tour, as well as potentially working with Jeremy McKinnon in the future.
"With A Day To Remember, Pierce The Veil, and Silverstein, I learned the most by just watching and observing how headliners conduct themselves, how they act, as well as the caliber of show that they put on. It really just shows us where we need to be as a band eventually. They've shown us great examples of how not to be just another band, but THE band - these...
The National just killed it on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," debuting an aggressive new song called "Sea of Love." Check out their performance of that song here, and a web-exclusive performance of "I Need My Girl" here. Trouble Will Find Me comes out May 21st via 4AD.
Today we're very excited to be premiering "The Progression Of Regression" from Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!'s new album Pardon My French which is set to release April 30th on Fearless Records. Combining sounds from a few different genres, Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! has developed a strong following and will be a band to watch this year as they continue to grow and play to new ears. Head to the replies to listen to "The Progression Of Regression" and read a short background of the song from singer Bertrand Poncet.
Over 60 bands have been added to this year's Reading and Leeds Festivals in an absolutely humongous announcement. Newly confirmed for the festival are Alkaline Trio, RX Bandits and Quicksand alongside a whole heap of other acts. See more of the additions in the replies.
Jonah Matranga (Far, Gratitude) and Ian Love (Rival Schools) have teamed up to form I Is Another. The band will release their first album on 6/24 via Siren Records, which will be available as a 2x7" (now available for pre-order). More information in the replies.
1. Queen of Swords
2. Prayed for You
4. Kerry Jane
6. Dear Departed
7. I is Another