Songkick took at look at the hardest working bands of 2014 ... to no one's surprise, The 1975 take top spot. You can check out a PDF will a bunch of the data and stats here.
The Manchester quartet aren’t just the hardest working band of 2014. Their phenomenal efforts over the last 365 days have shot them to the top of the Songkick leaderboard, having played more shows and covered more ground within a calendar year than any other artist since 2010 (when we started crunching numbers). The 249724km travelled by the band, venue to venue, would take them two-thirds of the way to the moon. Which is little surprise, given they averaged a gig every 1.8 days. Unbelievable!
Once we started playing this year and we realized how good it was — you know, having people from Rocket From The Crypt and International Noise Conspiracy in the band is pretty fucking cool — it just felt like it would be an absolute and total shame if we don’t make a record with this lineup. Obviously the last record was really me just raking myself over the coals emotionally, so I just really want to make a fun record — something that’s just really fun to fucking play and go on tour with. That might not sound like something terribly ambitious, but I think it could be great.
Fall Out Boy will be releasing their new album on vinyl "at some point down the road" ... they wanted to take their time with putting it together. Bummer. You can still pre-order it on iTunes or on CD.
Cam Liberatore of Silhouette Rising was in a bad car accident and is in a coma. The band has released a free album (name your price) on Bandcamp to support him. All profits will be donated to Cam's family to aid with his recovery. There is also a GoFundMe account set up with over $30K in donations for the cause.
MOD SUN has premiered a brand new music video for "Never Quit", featuring Travis Barker (Blink-182). The track is off his debut full-length record, Look Up, which drops March 10th via Rostrum Records. Head over to Billboard to check it out.
One of my favorite up and coming acts Meat Wave have covered The Wipers' "Mystery" which you can stream on Stereogum. The group's fantastic new EP called Brothers drops on January 19th via Brace Yourself Records.
You can read our interview with From Indian Lakeshere. In the interview, we talk about the band's tour with Relient K, their current album Absent Sounds, and what we can expect from the band in the future.
This record was written in a city, most of it, rather than the big, open spaces that I was in previously. I would get up out of bed, away from my wife and it’d be like 3 or 4 in the morning, and I’d sit at my kitchen table with a guitar and I’d be on Logic, and it was just stuff that was hitting me in those delirious moments, sort of almost drug-induced…
The Devil Wears Prada have announced that they will be hitting the road next year on their "Zombie 5 Tour" where the band will play the Zombie EP in it's entirety as well as fan favorites. They'll be bringing Born of Osiris, The Word Alive and Secrets along with them. Head to the replies to find out if the tour is coming to your town and check out the band's new music video for "War."
Laura Marling will release her fifth studio album, Short Movie, on March 23rd. Hit the replies to hear the first taster of the record via the video for the title track.
Track Listing 01) Warrior
02) False Hope
03) I Feel Your Love
04) Walk Alone
06) Don't Let Me Bring You Down
08) Gurdjieff's Daughter
10) How Can I
11) Howl At The Moon
12) Short Movie
Tyler Carter has released another new song from his long-awaited Leave Your Love EP, "Georgia", which you can view in the replies. Leave Your Love was produced entirely by DJ Scout, and you can pre-order it here.
Coup De Grace is the new project from ex-American Me vocalist Tony Tajate, and they've released their first song, which features guest vocals from Kublai Khan vocalist Matt Honeycutt. Head over to their Bandcamp page check it out.
The problem is simply that no central database exists to keep track of information about music. Specifically, there are two types of information about a piece of music that are critically important: who made it and who owns the rights to it. Right now, this information is fiendishly difficult to track down, to the great detriment of artists, music services and consumers alike.
Decentralized, open-source, global cyryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ripple (full disclosure: I am an investor in Ripple Labs, which is developing this currency) offer a model for how we might address this bedeviling status quo. By applying the technical breakthroughs of...
Sal Nunziato, writing for the New York Times, explaining why the "suits" were good for the music industry. Going to say I disagree with the premise here.
But maybe this music shouldn’t be heard. The Internet has enabled anyone with a computer, a kazoo and an untuned guitar to flood the market, no matter how horrible or simply unready the music is. This devalues the great music that is truly worthy of being heard, promoted and sold. And it is much more than just an endless supply of choices. The Internet has become a forum for all, regardless of talent. Anyone can be a writer. Anyone with GarageBand can make a record.
You can check out our interview with Marmozetshere. They're definitely a band to watch in 2015, as they have a wild live performance. Catch them on tour with Enter Shikari and Stray From The Path in the spring, dates are in the replies.
Only a handful of bands get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame the first year they're eligible these days. When Billie Joe Armstrong learned that Green Day were one of them, he could barely process the news. "I had to go for a walk," he says. "I wound up at this cafe and I sat down and my son met up with me. I told him and he was like, 'Oh my God. No way.' It just took some time to sink in. We're in incredible company and I'm still trying to make sense of this. It's just incredible."
No Sleep Records has signed San Diego, CA alt-rockers Anakin. The band's No Sleep debut, Celestial Frequency Shifter, will see the light of day on February 3rd and is up for pre-order. We're streaming the first single, titled "Satellite," in the replies. The group draws influence from Weezer, HUM, Nirvana, Failure and The Rentals, all of which are reflected in their fuzzy, melodic sound.
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.
The Mowglis have released the first track from their upcoming sophomore album, Kids In Love, which is set to release April 2015 via Photo Finish/Republic Records. Head to the replies to give "Through The Dark" a listen and check out where you can find the band next year.
You can watch Dr. Dog cover of Architecture in Helsinki's "Heart It Races" in the replies via Consequence of Sound. The performance is from the band's upcoming live album, Dr. Dog Live at a Flamingo Hotel, which will be released on January 13th via Anti-Records.
Sam Smith's debut album, In The Lonely Hour, has officially gone platinum.
Sam Smith’s debut album In The Lonely Hour has been certified Platinum by the RIAA, following Multi-Platinum (4X) certification for his debut single, “Stay With Me,” and his current Platinum smash, “I’m Not The Only One.”* In addition to In the Lonely Hour selling more than one million copies by the traditional measures of physical and download album sales, it has sold an additional one million when factoring in the newer metrics of track- and stream-equivalent albums (as computed by Nielsen SoundScan).
I was driving. It happened so fast. One moment, I was driving carefully - conditions were not great - the next moment, I felt the van had lost control, and the next thing I knew we were going down into the median ditch and the van started to roll. Then we landed upright and I felt the cold wind coming in, and we immediately made sure everyone was okay.
Quick reminder to bands, labels, and industry folk that we're collecting "end of the year lists" right here for our year end feature. This way of submitting lists is for industry related folk and bands only. If you're a member/reader/special person of the website, you can post your top albums of 2014 lists right here in our forums.