But Lambert’s rich timbre and wry character make his grand arcs a joy to hear, while the screech and whine in Ruess’ voice could be adapted by CIA interrogators. Repeated exposure to its aching strain could make even the most hardened terrorist crack.
Stephen Heyman, writing for the New York Times, about the possibilities we're in a festival bubble.
An informal survey of headliners at 20 of this summer’s large music festival shows just how few headliners there are to go around. Overlapping is common; 70 percent of the festivals are headlined by either Florence and the Machine, Muse or the Swedish D.J. Avicii. Also noteworthy is just how old many of the headlining artists are. At Glastonbury, top billing goes to Kanye West, 38; the Foo Fighters (fronted by Dave Grohl, 46) and The Who (whose surviving original members are now in their 70s). Aging establishment acts also are appearing at festivals once distinguished by their “alternative”...
About to head into the big operation now! Hopefully this will be the most effective of all the procedures they've tried thus far and will get me back on my feet and home again! Even when I finally do get back home, there's still progress to be had from there. Small steps!
The Vans Warped Tour kicks off its 21st year on Friday in Pomona, CA, and there's a whole lot of bands to pick and choose from. Fellow staffer Anthony Sorendino and myself will be in attendance this year, so we wrote up a short list of fifteen bands we think you should check out from this year's line-up. Head to the replies to check out the list, as well as a Rdio/Spotify playlist!
An epic 9-minute song has surfaced from The Dear Hunter's forthcoming album, Act IV: Rebirth in Reprise, entitled "A Night on the Town." Stream it and pre-order the album here. It's out September 4th, track list in the replies.
Daylight are among Barcelona's most popular pop-punk bands, and it's only a matter of time until they invade the US as well. We're debuting their music video for "Kickbacks" from their most recent record, One More Fight, in the replies. The high-energy track brings to mind genre heavyweights like New Found Glory, Four Year Strong and Set Your Goals.
Here are the albums that are in stores today. Pick up anything good? What do you recommend? If we missed anything, please add it to our calendar. We recommend Rdio or Spotify for album streams of new releases and check out our review section to see what our staff thought of the albums.
Makari have announced pre-orders for their upcoming EP, Ghost Stories. When you pre-order, you will immediately receive "Paper Ghosts". I think this band is really going to do something special soon, make sure and keep a close watch on them.
We recently spoke with Aaron Weiss about mewithoutYou's new album, Pale Horses, which releases this week. Check it out here.
Our society is well aware of this idea that the world is going to end. We all know that we’re going to die. We all know that there’s violence and horrible suffering. I didn’t think it was honest to keep on writing about positive things and happy things, not that that’s all I did, but I did try and steer the ship in that direction so that the final message was overall an uplifting one. I actually still think that’s the case, and I still do want someone listening to our new songs to be on the whole uplifted, but I don’t know that I have the capacity to do...
Long Knives, Count Your Lucky Stars' most recent signing, are putting out a split with Dowsing, Cardboard Swords, and Sinai Vessel next month. In the replies you can hear their contribution. "Thaw" is a three and a half minute upbeat emo song that might remind you a bit of of bands like Rainer Maria (maybe it's just the name) or Jejune with its male/female harmonies. It proves, if nothing else, that Long Knives will be a band to watch out for. The split is up for preorder, if you like what you hear.
Boys: always take the high road, even when the low road seems easier or simpler. Let your kindness radiate and defend those who cannot defend themselves. Be yourself when it is not popular to be. Love your friends not in spite of their flaws but because of them. Bronx, I remember once asking you what your favorite color was and you said, “Red, black and the color of lightning.” Never let the world take away your creativity and divergent thinking. Be the color of lighting, be wild, and always laugh a lot. Never forget who you are.
Dangerous Minds uncovered a letter from Epic Records A&R exec Bruce Harris explaining to a fan why he had passed on bringing The Clash to America. Complaining about production was so 1977.
Also, it is important to note that the Clash’s album for all its quality (which is evident in the overwhelming lyrics, the blistering music and the feverish performance) is not at all matched by the level of production which is an enormous drawback. The band’s live performance is many times better than what is on this record and one has to question the artistic integrity of creating an inferior sounding album. It’s not a valid artistic judgement to say that the production is deliberately shoddy...
Just want to take a minute and thank Former Planets for sponsoring last week's episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast. Hopefully you listened and enjoyed the song clip of "Alcatraz" we played. If you're not listening to the podcast (shame on you!) check them out on Bandcamp.
Former Planet's debut self-titled full length album was independently released on June 6th, 2015 to iTunes, AmazonMP3 and major digital retailers. Former Planets is a 5-piece group from Gainesville, FL that combines the intensity of early 2000's Taking Back Sunday and Brand New with the hooks of 90's alternative pop-rock bands like Gin Blossoms and Third Eye Blind.
01 - Fed To Death
02 - Do Better
03 - Woe
04 - Every Man Has A Molly
05 - Baby Girl (I'm A Blur)
06 - Wow, I Can Get Sexual Too
07 - Walk Through Hell
08 - Hangover Song
09 - The Church Channel
10 - Alive With the Glory of Love