Every Memorial Day weekend at Neumos in Seattle, WA, the best hardcore festival in America takes place - Rainfest. The first half of this year's announcement has been posted, along with ticket links (which will go fast). Head to the replies to check out the bands, which include: Down to Nothing, Backtrack, and Cold World. The second half of the bands will be released February 15th at 9pm PST. Oh yeah, did I mention Andrew W.K. may perform? Nobody can miss that.
Most companies that use a so-called "freemium" model report that the longer a person uses their service, the more likely they are to pay for that service at some point. That's one reason that Spotify has millions more users than any other on-demand music streaming service: its free offerings have always been significantly more generous than its peers. Eliminating the caps on free listening will cost the company more money in the short run — but it may also help the company pull away from its competition even faster.
Our pals over at Light & Noise just released video of You Blew It!'s set at this past year's Fest 12. It features the band playing a handful of new tracks, which appear on the band's new album, Keep Doing What You're Doing, which hit stores this week. Check it out in the replies.
Ryan Key (Yellowcard) talks a little about the band's current status and what their plays are for this year in an interview with the OC Weekly.
I've written more than I usually do at this stage...everyone in the band is really spread out geographically right now. Usually, Ryan, Sean and I start writing together early on, but that's kind of hard to do this time. We've talked a lot about it though, and the general consensus is we want it to be really big sounding. We want to open it up big and wide. Songs that we reference are "Be The Young" and "Only One," so more stuff like that maybe...Also, I'm not sure where I'm going to go lyrically with it, but going through this insane personal...
July will be performing an acoustic version of "What We Signed Up For" on Canada's "Breakfast Television" tomorrow morning - it's the Canadian version of Good Morning America. In addition, the band will be heading out on a short tour in February with SayWeCanFly. Dates can be found below.
The concert industry grossed a record $5.1 billion in North America last year, according to a new analysis from trade publication Pollstar, thanks to near-record prices and a huge number of shows by major acts. The top 50 world-wide tours generated combined revenue of $3.83 billion, up 27.6% from 2012.
Tim Armstrong (Rancid) is having his first ever solo art show in Los Angeles at Subliminal Projects, a gallery founded by Shepard Fairey and Blaze Blouin, from January 24th through February 22nd. More information can be found in the replies.
Another new interview with Laura Jane Grace (Against Me!), this one from Bailey Lions at The Music, touches on a few topics I haven't seen written about yet. I think it's worth the read. Also, I have seen some people asking questions in the forums like, "what name should I use and when?" This little "etiquette guide" was linked in a post Laura posted on Twitter, and I think it's a really good resource for those looking to educate themselves on some questions maybe you're too afraid to ask. Read it, bookmark it, share it with others -- and most of all be open to learning and educating yourself on the topic.
Grace goes on to detail one such recent situation, the words tumbling out of her...
He is set to record a new album in France starting on February 1st. Producer is Joe Chiccarelli, and musicians are Boz Boorer (guitar), Jesse Tobias (guitar), Gustavo Manzur (piano), Solomon Walker (bass guitar) and Matt Walker (drums). This will be Morrissey's first album since Years Of Refusal, which was recorded in 2008. Morrissey has been signed by Steve Barnett at Capitol Music.
Earlier this week we posted the staff's Most Anticipated Albums of 2014 feature ... now it's your turn. We want to know what you are anticipating most this year -- so if you could fill out this quick reader poll, we will be compiling the top submissions into a AP.net reader's most anticipated albums of the year feature.