It's coming out late, damn has it been a long day, but this week's episode of Encore is here. This week we discuss Thomas going on a cruise, some about the Super Bowl and the half-time show, and the internet's reaction to the half-time show, and some about the commercials. We then tackle the main topic this week: Discussing albums we don't like in the most productive way, how our feelings on an album may be swayed by someone else's passioned defense or take-down of an album, and how this may or may not be related to the new Say Anything album. We finish up with a few questions about long distance relationships, noise-canceling headphones, and Thomas being in early on The Front Bottoms....
Jason Tate on 02/11/16 - 09:30 PM
It's Sunday, and that means it's recommendation day. Here are the staff recommendations for the past week. Hit the replies to let us know what you've loved as well.
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Jason Tate on 02/14/16 - 01:00 AM
Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy was hanging out with Blink-182 in the studio.
Jason Tate on 02/14/16 - 12:52 AM
Check out a teaser that Tom DeLonge posted of new Angel and Airwaves.
Eric Wilson on 02/13/16 - 08:02 PM
Too Close To Touch have released a new acoustic track titled "Heavy Hearts" to celebrate the joys of being single on Valentine's Day. Head to the replies to check it out.
Becky Kovach on 02/13/16 - 03:08 PM
Kendrick Lamar has been awarded the key to Compton. You can watch the ceremony on Periscope.
Jason Tate on 02/13/16 - 02:15 PM
Billboard is reporting that LCD Soundsystem have signed with Columbia Records.
LCD Soundsystem has signed a deal with Columbia Records, according to label chairman Rob Stringer who made mention of the deal at Billboard's Power 100 event on Friday (Jan. 12).
Jason Tate on 02/13/16 - 01:47 PM
Deadpool is having a huge opening weekend, beating early box office expectations, and breaking records for a R-rated film.
Early industry projections had Deadpool pegged at a $65 million to $70 million opening weekend. The idea of a R-Rated film breaking $100 million on opening weekend was inconceivable to many box office analysts. Now, projections have Deadpool possibly exceeding $115 million during the 3-day weekend and hitting around $130 million over the 4-day holiday weekend.
Eric Wilson on 02/13/16 - 12:56 PM
Travis Barker was recently interviewed on KX 93.5. Here are some of the highlights regarding Blink-182. Full interview can be heard here.

- 70-80% done with the album.
- Best work in a decade since Untitled.
- John Feldmann Producing.
- Matt has been a greater fit than he originally thought.
- They trashed the original 16 songs they wrote and started over.
- Hasn't been this excited about a Blink album in a long time. He's 120% in.

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Eric Wilson on 02/13/16 - 12:53 PM
Bruno Mars is currently working on his third studio album.
Eric Wilson on 02/13/16 - 12:47 PM
The 1975 continue their awesome marketing for I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it. Check out the new postcards being sent directly to fans in the replies.
Kyle Huntington on 02/13/16 - 05:28 AM
PUP have revealed that their new album will be titled The Dream is Over after a quote from vocalist Stefan Babcock's throat doctor. Is there proper term for "throat doctor?"
Aaron Mook on 02/12/16 - 11:38 PM
Laura Jane Grace and the Devouring Mothers played Hamden, CT tonight and some news has started coming out. Among the reports is that the new Against Me! record is being worked on right now (or that it may actually already be recorded, there were different submissions about this) and that Laura is releasing a book of over 20 years of tour journals later this year.

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Jason Tate on 02/12/16 - 10:45 PM
Hit the replies to check out She Is We's new video for "Boomerang."
Eric Wilson on 02/12/16 - 09:02 PM
Romp have premiered a new song called "Avoiding Boys" over on Stereogum, which you can stream in the replies as well. The band's new album, Departure From Venus, drops on March 4th via Bad Timing Records, so go snag a copy.
Keagan Ilvonen on 02/12/16 - 03:07 PM
Hit the replies to stream St. Vincent's "Emotional Rescue" from the soundtrack of A Bigger Splash.

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Jason Tate on 02/12/16 - 02:01 PM
Astronautalis has announced his new album is coming soon. Check out a video announcement on Facebook and stream "Sike" in the replies.
Jason Tate on 02/12/16 - 01:56 PM
Alesana have released a two-part mini-movie based on their song "Comedy of Errors." Check it out below.
Alex DiVincenzo on 02/12/16 - 01:54 PM
Brian Wilson has added more shows to the Pet Sounds 50th anniversary tour. Updated routing is in the replies.
Alex DiVincenzo on 02/12/16 - 01:50 PM
New colored vinyl pressings of Good Charlotte's self-titled and The Young and the Hopeless are available from Enjoy the Ride Records, as well as a SpongeBob SquarePants 12".
Alex DiVincenzo on 02/12/16 - 01:46 PM
Movements' new single, "Nineteen," is streaming in the replies. Their debut EP, Outgrown Things, will be released on March 11th via Fearless Records.
Alex DiVincenzo on 02/12/16 - 01:41 PM
Mayer Hawthorne's new video for "Cosmic Love" can be seen in the replies.
Keagan Ilvonen on 02/12/16 - 01:19 PM
SXSW has announced another round of bands. They're in the replies.
Jason Tate on 02/12/16 - 01:12 PM
Kanye West has finished and mastered his new album. It's now up to 17 songs and will apparently come out today. He's also posted the new track "30 Hour" on SoundCloud. The past few weeks have seen tweet storms about his ex, posting "Cosby innocent," and a defense of a song lyric about Taylor Swift he says she gave her blessing for, but her spokesperson and friends do not. The whole thing's a mess and there's been a lot of discussion in the community about how people are handling it in different ways. For me, I'll direct you to the aforementioned thread with a variety of my thoughts on the topic and the latest updates, but, personally, I'm not going to be posting news about this for a...
Jason Tate on 02/12/16 - 12:23 PM
SWMRS' new music video for "Figuring It Out" can be seen in the replies.
Keagan Ilvonen on 02/12/16 - 12:21 PM
Head over to Billboard to check out a new song by Cardiknox called "Wild Child."
Eric Wilson on 02/12/16 - 12:09 PM
Hit the replies to check out another new video from PVRIS for "Ghosts / Let Them In."
Eric Wilson on 02/12/16 - 12:06 PM
The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Apple will be releasing a six episode TV show starring Dr. Dre.
Multiple sources say the 50-year-old mogul is starring in and executive producing his own six-episode vehicle, dubbed Vital Signs, and the production is being bankrolled by Apple. The series likely will be distributed via Apple Music, the company's subscription streaming site, but it's not clear if Apple TV, the iTunes store or other Apple platforms (or even a traditional television distributor) will be involved. Apple and a rep for Dre declined to comment.
Jason Tate on 02/12/16 - 11:46 AM
Jon Bunch (Further Seems Forever, Sense Field) recorded an episode of the Washed Up Emo podcast before he passed away. That episode is now up.
Jason Tate on 02/12/16 - 11:43 AM
Hmmm, I dunno what it means, but photos of some members of The Get Up Kids in the studio together sure make me excited.

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Jason Tate on 02/12/16 - 11:40 AM
Brian Hiatt sits down with Halsey for Rolling Stone.
Every song on Badlands I wrote on a guitar, and there will definitely be more guitars on my next record. A guitar can be so human, so sorrowful, so angry, and I wanted to figure out how to achieve that vibe without having to actually use guitars, because Badlands is a very futuristic record — and making it that in an era of futuristic music is a really hard thing to do! There's something very old-fashioned about a guitar, to me. That's probably a shitty term to use. I mean more "nostalgic," and that's just because in my adolescence, I listened to guitar-type music. Music is cyclical — guitars are going to come back, and it's going to...
Jason Tate on 02/12/16 - 11:38 AM
YouTube has purchased BandPage in an effort to attract more musicians to their platform.
YouTube wants to win the love of musicians by solving their biggest problem: how to turn popularity into cash. So today it announced it’s acquired BandPage, a startup that helps artists show off and sell concert tickets, merchandise, and exclusive fan experiences.
Jason Tate on 02/12/16 - 11:21 AM
It looks like Turnover will release a two song 7" called Humblest Pleasures on March 26th.
Blake Solomon on 02/12/16 - 10:40 AM
EXNATIONS hailing from Washington DC create a unique and intense sound. Their video for "More Than Four" goes out to a Childhood Cancer Charity. The video focuses on 16 year old Abby Snider who has been fighting T-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia for several years now. 100% of the proceeds from the song will go towards helping Abby’s family with her medical care and is available for purchase on iTunes. We are more than excited to premiere their music video for "More Than Four" in the replies, and help raise awareness for something so important.
Shana Davidson on 02/12/16 - 09:28 AM
You may know Alec Prorock as the former trumpet player of Polyenso. Perhaps you've heard his guest spots with bands like Frameworks and Tides Of Man. Or maybe you've never heard of him. Whatever the case, he's about to release the soundtrack to your Valentine's Day in the form of his debut solo effort, Cloud Chameleon. The album doesn't drop until Sunday, but you can stream it early in the replies. It's an experimental hodgepodge of pop, indie, electronic, jazz, hip-hop, ambient and progressive music.
Alex DiVincenzo on 02/12/16 - 09:07 AM
The Treefort Music Festival, playing from March 23 - March 27th in Boise, Idaho, has announced its lineup. The list includes the likes of Built To Spill, Pinegrove, Youth Lagoon and The World Is. The full list is here.

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Blake Solomon on 02/12/16 - 08:43 AM
Wolfmother are streaming their new album Victorious in full on NPR.

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Blake Solomon on 02/12/16 - 08:40 AM
Master of None's second season will premiere in 2017.

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Blake Solomon on 02/12/16 - 08:39 AM
A lot of you are very excited about this, apparently. Someone mashed up Death Cab For Cutie and Kanye West songs. You can listen here or in the replies.

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Blake Solomon on 02/12/16 - 08:34 AM
All Get Out have finished recording LP2.

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Blake Solomon on 02/12/16 - 08:33 AM
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Jason Tate on 02/12/16 - 03:00 AM
Once Upon a Dead Man's (Charlie Simpson of Busted) first song, "The Canopy," can be heard in the replies.
Joe DeAndrea on 02/12/16 - 01:38 AM
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.
Jason Tate on 02/12/16 - 01:00 AM
Hit the replies to check out Gwen Stefani's new song "Make Me Like You."
Eric Wilson on 02/11/16 - 11:43 PM
Cyrus Farivar, writing for Ars Technica, looks at the financial documents that show Soundcloud is maybe not doing so hot either. Streaming platforms are hard.
New financial records released by SoundCloud show that the company has nearly doubled its losses from 2013 to 2014—those two years combined account for a total of €62.1 million ($70.3 million) in losses. The Berlin-based audio social network has been the darling of independent producers and DJs worldwide who use it to share and comment on each other’s work. But like some startups, it has struggled to turn its massive user base into meaningful revenue. As a "freemium" service, most people use the site without paying.
Jason Tate on 02/11/16 - 11:26 PM
"Happy Birthday" is now public domain.
Music publisher Warner/Chappell will no longer be allowed to collect licensing royalties on those who sing "Happy Birthday" in public and will pay back $14 million to those who have paid for licensing in the past, according to court settlement papers filed late Monday night.
Jason Tate on 02/11/16 - 10:36 PM
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