Future has announced his new album DS2 (short for Dirty Sprite 2) will be released next Friday, July 17th. You can watch the video for "Blow A Bag," the first track from the follow-up to last year's Honest in the replies, and pre-order the album via iTunes.
The second quarter of 2015 has been absolutely loaded with musical releases. If you're still struggling to digest it all, have no fear! We're proud to present 150 of the best and brightest releases from April, May, and June. We've got everything from pop/punk, to country, to hip-hop, to indie, and everything in between. If you can't find something that you like and haven't heard before, feel free to PM me with an angry message. This playlist has been one of my favorite projects for the site; I've really fallen in love with some of these new discoveries. Check out the nine hour playlist in Apple Music, Spotify, and Rdio renditions in the replies. Happy discovering!
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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.
Hit the replies to check out a brand new single from Blessthefall, "Up In Flames", off the band's upcoming record To Those Left Behind, out September 18th via Fearless Records. The band is currently rocking out on the Vans Warped Tour main stage, and you can currently pre-order the record at their tent. You can pick up the single right now on iTunes.
Hit the replies to check out a brand new lyric video from Soilwork for "The Ride Majestic". This is the title track from the band's brand new record, which drops August 28th via Nuclear Blast. You can pre-order the record here.
Hit the replies to check out the debut music video from Lights Go Down, "West Coast Calling". Vocalist/Guitarist Jason Dunn left popular Christian rock band Hawk Nelson to form this band, as he was no longer happy playing the music he was playing each night. Their debut EP, We Kept It Alive, is expected in the fall via Death By Water.
Podcast partner and friend Thomas Nassiff's Bad Timing Records have signed ROMP. No word on if he's going to make me capitalize their band name in every news post yet. The label will be re-releasing their EP and putting out their debut full-length.
This week's episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast avoids any power outages, but still comes filled with great topics. This week touches on some Apple Music follow-up: what's it like with the app a week in? Are we still using it? What are the hang ups? Why does the iOS app not respect album artwork selections? What are our favorite smart playlists? Then we talk a little about what albums we're anticipating most for the rest of the year building on the discussion last week of our favorite albums of 2015 so far (and the full staff lists that were posted this week). Then there's some discussion about bands that Thomas sort of missed out on and bands Jason missed out on and we discuss -- live...
Dashboard Confessional are currently zigzagging the states on a seemingly mismatched co-headlining tour with Third Eye Blind. Consistently at each stop, Dashboard has been said to steal the show, and the tourís stop in Austin was no exception.
Hit the replies to check out a few photos, some blurbs, and a link to a full gallery on Facebook.
HypeBot has a good rundown on the current state of the music industry. Vinyl continues to do really well.
If you add in the new ways of looking at albums in the digital domain (track equivalent albums = 10 and stream equivalent albums = 1500), total album sales are actually up 14% over last year at this time.
The Huffington Post is reporting that Jackie Fuchs, who played bass for The Runaways from 1975 to 1977 under the name Jackie Fox, was raped by band manager and producer Kim Fowley. The link contains pretty graphic depictions.
Modest Mouse's Isaac Brock did an interview in Poland in which he had some pretty messed up things to say about Portland -- his current hometown (disclosure: and where I've lived most of my life). Pretty sure this means he's going to leave us for the San Antonio Spurs too.
Portland is weird, but it's kind of a crappy weird. It is the most vagrant-ridden [city]óit's really fuckin' up my liberal mind. I'm just like, what a collection of human turds.
Words canít describe how good it feels to be back, so Iíll just let the music do that instead. Itís been a crazy few years for all of us in one way or another, but with this much needed break and a new lease on life Sum 41 is back and stronger and more excited than we have been in a long time. Itís time to make a fucking great record!
Weíre happy to once again be a media partner for this yearís Riot Fest. We just wanted to remind everyone that the festival is happening soon in Denver (Aug. 28-30,) Chicago (Sept. 11-13) and Toronto (Sept. 19-20.) You can find the latest lineups for each date here and be sure to keep your eyes open for coverage on AP.net over the next few weeks too.
In a recent interview, Father John Misty says he's already completed writing on the follow up to this year's excellent I Love You, Honeybear, and that the album "isn't about love." You can watch the interview in the replies.
I feel like writing about intimacy afforded me a real unexpected level of clarity and kind of turning that perspective outward, that's essentially what the next album is all about.
New Order have revealed that Killers frontman Brandon Flowers, Iggy Pop, La Roux and Chemical Brothers' Tom Rowlands will appear on their upcoming LP, Music Complete. The record is due out September 25th.
"As far as putting a record together, I donít really know whatís happening," he said. "Our show is our main focus. We donít have anything booked after this. We donít have any plans. Weíre not being secretive ó we just donít have any plans. Itís just about, Play the show and put all of our energy into one show ó for once in my life, letís just play one fucking show and care just about this one show for a goddamn change."
The BBC, reporting on how in Finland you can now get some money back for shitty live performances:
A landmark decision by the country's Consumer Disputes Board means music fans can ask for their money back if an artist's performance is well below what they reasonably expected, the national broadcaster Yle reports. It follows a complaint by a Chuck Berry fan, who saw the rock and roll pioneer perform in Helsinki in 2013. Berry, who is now 88 years old, seemed unwell during the concert, and apologised to fans while on stage. The consumer body decided that the event's organiser should refund 50% of the ticket price.
Head over to Bandcamp to stream a surprise instrumental album from Mac DeMarco, titled Some Other Ones. If you're in Brooklyn today, you can head over to 153 Morgan Ave. where Mac is holding a BBQ and listening party. Bring a food bank donation and he'll even grill you a hot dog. His upcoming mini-LP, Another One, releases August 7 via Captured Tracks.
Today, I am very proud to share something our users have been hard at work on. Under the direction of kyle is hk, a rather large group of us have voted and ranked our Top 50 Albums of 2000-2015. You can hit the replies to read our list (complete with blurbs from the users), see what artists got the most votes, look at each year's top three albums and discuss what should or shouldn't have made the list. Then, you can head over to this thread to participate in our Top Albums of the 90s list. Awesome work, everyone; what a time to be alive.
We spoke with U.K. breakout Wolf Alice about their debut album, My Love Is Cool. Check out the interview here.
Weíre four weirdos from North London who spent a good two years playing everywhere trying to get the fine folk of England to pay attention to us, so itís blowing our minds that weíve got the chance to do that over in the U.S.A. too. The U.S. crowds are so, so, so much fun. People yell stuff like good restaurants to check out or just welcome you to the city DURING the breaks between songs. Itís how I imagine American football games to be, full of team spirit and chanting. A good crowd at a show in the U.S. can be like getting hit with a sledgehammer and totally elevates the vibe.