50 down, 50 more to go. We're halfway through this year's batch of the Absolute 100. Hope you're ready to look through another group of 25 artists we think are going to be worth your time in 2013 and beyond and become your new favorite. Let us know what you think about this week's portion. Check back next week at this time for Part Three.
It's been rumored that Lily Allen would release her follow up to It's Not Me, It's You in 2013, but apparently it's going to be released in March of 2014. With that being said, Lily has updated her site and tweeted that she's coming back. More updates are sure to unfold in the near future.
This week on the Self Promotion Forum, I found one of my favourite bands in the forum in recent times. Greaver are a four piece post-hardcore band from North Carolina who easily fall in to the emo world. Their recent debut EP, Clockwork, Creatures, is an intense emotional rollercoaster filled with urgent screams and epic instrumentation. Bringing to mind State Faults, Greaver have already created a thrilling, outstanding EP despite their musical youth. The EP is available as 'name your price' on their Bandcamp. Check them out, you won't regret it. 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...
The founders of Electric Zoo send our deepest condolences to the families of the two people who passed away this weekend. Because there is nothing more important to us than our patrons, we have decided in consultation with the New York City Parks Department that there will be no show today.
Jump to the replies to watch Bowling For Soup's music video for a new song titled "Right About Now" - which features a Blink-182 reference. Check back next week for our stream of the band's new album, Lunch. Drunk. Love.
Watch I The Mighty perform "Four Letter Words" acoustic over at Alt Press. You can see our own acoustic session of the song (featuring guest vocalist Colleen D'Agostino of The Material, who sang on the record) in the replies.
If you head on over to All Time Low's website, a short 30 second video automatically plays. It's unclear what the video means (they are sitting in a theater watching a silent black-and-white movie), but you'll notice that Vic Fuentes (Pierce The Veil) is sitting with the band. Is this is a teaser for "A Love Like War," a new song featured on the band's upcoming Don't Panicreissue that features guest vocals from Fuentes?
Earlier this week, Tim Kasherreleased the first single from his upcoming album, Adult Film. Kasher is, of course, better known as the leader of Cursive and while I love that band, I've always preferred his solo work. So that's the inspiration for this week's discussion leading into the holiday weekend. In what cases do you prefer a side project or solo effort over the more-known or popular full band act? Do you prefer The Eraser over anything in Radiohead? Is Desaparecidos the superior Conor Oberst product? Are you a Horrible Crowes fan or do you stick by The Gaslight Anthem? Let us know in the replies.
The 1975's upcoming self-titled debut is one of the most anticipated albums of 2013. Jason and I were fortunate enough to get advances of this record a while back and we are both pretty big fans of it (it may potentially top Jason's AOTY list). Fellow staff member Kyle Huntington also had the pleasure to hear the album early and we invited him on as our guest for this week's podcast in which we discuss the album at length. We also get Kyle's UK perspective, since the band originated from and have blown up over there. You can streamThe 1975's debut record now and check out the podcast afterwards.
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If you want to get your holiday weekend off to a raucous start, you should check out Extinction A.D.. The band is an offshoot from This Is Hell and features Rick Jimenez on vocals. I highly recommend it if you're into thrash/metal/head banging your life away. Check out some of the band's tunes on its Bandcamp.
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You can stream a new Butch Walker song titled "Coming Home" over at Rolling Stone. It's off his upcoming EP, Peachtree Battle, which will be released digitally on September 17th and available on vinyl October 22nd.
A few months ago, Shane Told of Silverstein reached out to me about starting up a monthly sports column on the site. I thought why not? We have a very strong sports forum and a lot of our users are very knowledgable about various sports. Now that his band just wrapped up its stint on this past summer's Warped Tour, Shane sent me his inaugural AP.net sports column, which you can read in the replies. It's not often that sports and this scene crossover, but in this month's column Shane discusses how musicians and athletes cheat to get ahead.
We're back with the fourth chapter in Vanna's ambitious 10-part series, The Few and the Far Between: The Movie. This week's video features a scuffle set to the chugging breakdown of "Casket Rhythm." Jump to the replies to see the story unfold. In case you're behind, watch the first, second and third segments.
We gave you the first taste of Lonely Kings' new material a couple of months ago, and now we're streaming the entire record. American Heartache releases this Tuesday, September 3 on Epochal Artists Records. It features a guest appearance by Papa Roachfrontman Jacoby Shaddix on the track "Promises." Listen to the album on the band's AP.net profile or in the replies.
We've got a really great exclusive for you guys today. You might not recognize the name Dave Hill right now, but with all the pots he has his hands in, you will soon. Bearing a multi-hyphenate title that would rival James Franco's, Hill is a published author (of a collection of essays entitled Tasteful Nudes), stand-up comedian, podcaster, host of a monthly live variety show, and also frontman for the power-pop group Valley Lodge. The group is gearing up to release their third album, Use Your Weapons, next Tuesday, but we're happy to be streaming the entire record a few days early. Filled to the brim with massive hooks and infectious vocals, this record is right up the alley of anybody...