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Every year seems like "the best year for music since (insert year here)," and 2015 is no different. As we put our Mid-Year Top 10 albums together, many writers had to make changes at the last minute - there is too much good music out there. First world problem problems aside, we have listened to an abundance of great albums this year, so we picked our Top 10 favourites for you all to check out. From Kendrick Lamar to The Sidekicks to Jamie xx, you can expect to find all sorts of albums in our collective or individual lists. Head over to the replies to check it all out, and make sure to join the discussion - we would love to hear about your favourite albums of 2015. Enjoy!
Lueda Alia on 07/06/15 - 10:02 AM
"I'll spin for you like your favorite records used to."
Staff InterviewsSimple Plan (Joe DeAndrea)
Joe DeAndrea on 07/07/15 - 07:24 AM
ďIíd say anything to make you stay forever because forever donít mean nothing without you"
Staff ReviewsMan Overboard - Heavy Love (Becky Kovach)
Becky Kovach on 06/30/15 - 06:58 AM
"We better hear about this shit on the news or somethin'"
Staff ReviewsVince Staples - Summertime '06 (Jake Jenkins)
Hudson Mohawke - Lantern (Ryan Dennehy)
Tigers Jaw - Studio 4 Acoustic Session (Aj LaGambina)
Staff Interviews Good Old War (Jonathan Bautts)
Ryan Dennehy on 06/29/15 - 06:48 AM
Update: The "Feel Good Hits of the Summer" playlist is now available in the replies!

Today is the first Friday of the Summer. As if on cue, the weather in the Northeast has opened up, the remnants of Tropical Storm Bill have finally stopped tormenting us, and the sun has been shining all week here. Most importantly, though, today has been a monumental, long-awaited day in United States history. That landmark decision, among other reasons, has us filled with joy today. While we weren't able to put together a playlist to share with you all today, we will be back next Friday with our weekly installments of staff-curated Summer Playlists. Today, though, we want to create an open discussion....
Craig Ismaili on 06/26/15 - 12:45 PM
And all of the monsters got bigger.
ReviewsmewithoutYou - Pale Horses (Blake Solomon)
Staff InterviewsNate Ruess (Jonathan Bautts)
Blake Solomon on 06/25/15 - 08:27 AM
"Let's keep that silly punchline between you and me."
Staff ReviewsCastle of Genre - Home: Loss & Ghosts (Zac Djamoos)
Drunk Couples - Cruisin' (Zac Djamos)
Staff InterviewsCold War Kids (Jonathan Bautts)
Zac Djamoos on 06/24/15 - 08:36 AM
Politics and music have come together any times in the past especially though punk music. Perfect Pussy, to many people seem, sonically radical or intensely personal but how does this relate to occupying a part of a famous art school? Here's an article on how this band helped me learn to stand up for the things most important to me.
Charlie Joseph on 06/23/15 - 07:29 AM
"Beware, I bear more grudges than lonely high court judges."
Staff ReviewsSorority Noise - Joy, Departed (Aaron Mook)
August Burns Red - Found In Far Away Places (Jake Denning)
Desaparecidos - Payola (Kelly Doherty)
Staff InterviewsHead North (Shana Davidson)
X Ambassadors
(Jonathan Bautts)
Staff Articles How Perfect Pussy Inspired Me To Do Direct Action (Charlie Joseph)
Aaron Mook on 06/23/15 - 07:00 AM
"I'm gonna turn off my phone, start catching up with the old me."
Staff ReviewsKacey Musgraves - Pageant Material (Craig Manning)
Ransom Scenery - ear to ear (Craig Manning)
Staff InterviewsThird Eye Blind (Chrisanne Grise)
Craig Manning on 06/22/15 - 07:22 AM
The AP.net staff is here to help you soundtrack your summer with a playlist each Friday for the next several weeks. Last week, Craig M. offered up his playlist of roots music, and this week I'm taking things to the dance floor. That's right, this week's theme is dance music since the bright and colorful sounds of the genre go hand in hand with the summer weather (that is, when it isn't raining relentlessly like it is here right now). So put on your dancing shoes and check out the playlist in the replies.
Jake Jenkins on 06/19/15 - 10:48 AM
"Do you want to fall apart? I could if you can try to fix what I've undone, cause I hate what I've become."
Album ReviewsNate Ruess - Grand Romantic (Craig Ismaili)
Craig Ismaili on 06/17/15 - 06:45 AM
"The plans I make still have you in them."
Album ReviewsThird Eye Blind - Dopamine (Craig Manning)
Staff InterviewsmewithoutYou (Jonathan Bautts)
Book ReviewThank You, Goodnight by Andy Abramowitz (Craig Ismaili)
Craig Manning on 06/15/15 - 06:39 AM
The AP.net staff is here to help you soundtrack your summer with a playlist each Friday for the next several weeks. Last week, Ryan D. shared his playlist of summer jams. This week, I'm here to take things in a completely different direction: roots music. From folk and alt-country to Americana and classic rock 'n' roll, this playlist encompasses the genres that have said "summer" to me longest. Whether you're heading out of town for a road trip or sitting on the porch drinking a beer late at night, this mix is ideal.
Craig Manning on 06/12/15 - 07:46 AM
"And here with you there's always something to look forward to; my angry heart beats relatively easy."
Staff ReviewsSun Kil Moon - Universal Themes (Aaron Mook)
Small Leaks Sink Ships - Face Yourself, and Remove Your Sandals (Craig Manning)
Sharon Van Etten - I Don't Want To Let You Down EP
(Kelly Doherty)
Aaron Mook on 06/11/15 - 07:12 AM
You can check out our interview with Betty Who here.
When you're a new artist, you're just like, "Oh, this is just like the first time I'm doing everything and we'll see how it goes." And then if it goes well hopefully, the second time you come around you're like, "Wait, I was just, like, guessing. How do I do that again? I didn't really have a system to it." So that's definitely been the thing that freaks me out more than anything.
Joe DeAndrea on 06/09/15 - 08:37 AM
"Have you ever ran at something headfirst, and then crawled away?"
Staff ReviewsFour Year Strong - Four Year Strong (Craig Ismaili)
Cusses - Here Comes the Rat (Gregory Robson)
Oso Oso - Real Stories of True People, Who Kind of Looked Like Monsters (Matt Metzler)
Staff InterviewsBetty Who (Joe DeAndrea)
Matt Metzler on 06/09/15 - 06:56 AM
The AP.net staff is here to help you soundtrack your summer with a playlist each Friday for the next several weeks. The first installment in the series comes courtesy of yours truly, and let me tell you, it should be a federal crime for songs like Fetty Wap's "RGF Island" and Taylor Swift's "New Romantics" to not be on every single Summer 2k15 playlist. Alas, they aren't available on streaming services so I couldn't include them here. However, I did assemble a collection of songs that I think make a pretty damn good beach or BBQ soundtrack, which you can check out in the replies via Spotify and Rdio.
Ryan Dennehy on 06/05/15 - 07:33 AM
You can check out our interview with Marianas Trench here. The band's new album, Astoria, will be released later this year.
I think the difference with this record is that the lyrics are very candid. We had a lot of stuff going on with the band over the last year and a half, which is the reason why it took us so long to get this new record out. There's been a lot of personal stuff happening. Nothing with the four guys or anything, but just personal stuff. I won't get into any gritty details, but when you guys hear this new record, it's an open book. It's reading right from the diary.
Joe DeAndrea on 06/03/15 - 07:31 AM
Staff ReviewsA$AP Rocky - At.Long.Last.A$AP (Jake Jenkins)
Jamie xx - In Colour (Ryan Dennehy)
Staff InterviewsMarianas Trench (Joe DeAndrea)
Ryan Dennehy on 06/03/15 - 05:44 AM
You ain't never been no virgin kid, you were fucked from the start.
Staff InterviewsThe Early November (Zac Djamoos)
Zac Djamoos on 05/22/15 - 12:21 PM
I know we're all so distracted by our endless conversations.
ReviewsThe Story So Far - The Story So Far (Blake Solomon)
Randy Rogers & Wade Bowen - Hold My Beer, Vol. 1 (Gregory Robson)
Blake Solomon on 05/21/15 - 08:13 AM
"She's fresh to death. She'll be the death of you."
Show Reviews & PhotosThe Maine, Real Friends, & Knuckle Puck - Philadelphia, PA (Anthony Sorendino)
Anthony Sorendino on 05/15/15 - 07:36 AM
You and the six raised me right.
Album ReviewsWe Are The Union - Keep It Down EP (Ryan Gardner)
Ryan Gardner on 05/13/15 - 10:57 AM
But you still come up.
Staff ReviewsTurnover - Peripheral Vision (Blake Solomon)
The Early November - Imbue (Zac Djamoos)
Blake Solomon on 05/12/15 - 07:16 AM
"I know you and I know it won't take you long to make me smile"
Staff ReviewsMew - +- (Jake Jenkins)
Jake Jenkins on 05/11/15 - 10:12 AM
"She lit a fire but now she's in my every thought."
Show Reviews & PhotosLord Huron - Philadelphia, PA (Anthony Sorendino)
Anthony Sorendino on 05/06/15 - 11:38 AM
"This is how you make yourself vanish into nothing."
Staff ReviewsMumford & Sons - Wilder Mind (Craig Manning)
Dustin Kensrue - Carry the Fire (Gregory Robson)
Esto - Houghton-Hancock Hum-Alongs (Craig Manning)
Craig Manning on 05/05/15 - 07:23 AM
"I'm just not cut for the weather. So take your wedding bands and your drunken friends."
Staff ReviewsMatt and Kim - New Glow (Anthony Sorendino)
Anthony Sorendino on 04/28/15 - 05:14 AM
I could never swallow your false ideals of a lifeless happy ending.
Show ReviewsNew England Metal & Hardcore Festival w/ Between the Buried and Me - Worcester, MA [Photos] (Alex DiVincenzo)
Alex DiVincenzo on 04/21/15 - 06:14 AM
All Time Low's Future Hearts debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart today, coming in with 80,251 equivalent album sales while the No. 1 album, the Furious 7 Original Soundtrack, chimed in with 111,109 equivalent album sales. But Future Hearts actually outsold the soundtrack significantly in terms of traditional album sales -- 75,375 to 45,084 -- and was surpassed due mainly to strong single sales of Wiz Khalifa's "See You Again." We've got an article today that outlines the flaws within Billboard's new formula to determine the Billboard 200, which this week deprived the general "Warped Tour scene" of its first-ever Billboard 200 No. 1 album. You can check out a pull quote from the...
Thomas Nassiff on 04/15/15 - 10:52 AM
"Maybe it's not my weekend, but it's gonna be my year."
Staff ReviewsAll Time Low - Future Hearts (Thomas Nassiff)
The Damnwells - The Damnwells (Craig Manning)
The Attending - Deep Peace of the Singing Earth (Zac Djamoos)
Craig Manning on 04/15/15 - 07:53 AM
"There's a gateway in our minds that leads somewhere out there, far beyond this plane."
Staff PhotosSturgill Simpson - Austin, Tx (Caitlin DeWeese)
Caitlin DeWeese on 04/13/15 - 09:26 AM
While this is Absolute PUNK, we obviously cover a number of genres to appeal to a number of audiences. That being said, I wanted to share a few photographs I took while at one of two sold-out Sturgill Simpson gigs at Stubbs in Austin.

Sturgill isn't a typical country singer; no boots, no goofy* accent. He is a normal dude with penchant for writing and playing to the crowd's every emotion. Even if you don't consider yourself a country fan, give Sturgill a quick listen and maybe try broadening your listening borders.

Check the comments below for a few shots and a link to a full gallery on Flickr.

*I'm from Texas, I can call it goofy.
Caitlin DeWeese on 04/13/15 - 09:15 AM
In a storm of quiet voices.
Staff ReviewAll Get Out - Movement EP (Blake Solomon)
Blake Solomon on 04/10/15 - 07:53 AM
Do you know what loneliness does to a man? Turn him into the walking dead. I may have died but your loviní raised me.
Staff ReviewsLord Huron - Strange Trails (Anthony Sorendino)
Winchester Revival - Burden's Landing (Craig Manning)
Anthony Sorendino on 04/07/15 - 07:58 AM
"There's a gateway in our minds that leads somewhere out there, far beyond this plane."
Staff PhotosSturgill Simpson - Austin, Tx (Caitlin DeWeese)
Craig Manning on 04/06/15 - 06:15 AM
"Bob Marley was painted on my high-school walls. But I just disappeared into the darkroom hall."
Show Reviews & PhotosMat Kearney - Philadelphia, PA (Anthony Sorendino)
Anthony Sorendino on 04/02/15 - 11:28 AM
"Naked arms, her secrets still like songs I never learned"
Staff ContentJesse Malin - New York Before the War (Craig Manning)
Trna - Pattern of Infinity (Jake Jenkins)
Craig Manning on 04/01/15 - 07:17 AM
And sometimes, I don't stop off of 54 to see you anymore.
Album ReviewsDeath Cab For Cutie - Kintsugi (Ryan Gardner)
Earl Sweatshirt - I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside (Jake Jenkins)
Ryan Gardner on 03/31/15 - 07:11 AM
Staff ReviewsSufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell (Jake Jenkins)
Jake Jenkins on 03/30/15 - 09:11 AM
Jake Jenkins on 03/25/15 - 08:58 AM
Well I wanted to see just a little bit of everything.
Album ReviewsHead North - Bloodlines EP (Ryan Gardner)
Ryan Gardner on 03/24/15 - 06:29 AM
That's the last time I seen my brother Ansel.
Staff ReviewsHit The Lights - Summer Bones (Blake Solomon)
Dylan Gardner - Adventures In Real Time (Gregory Robson)
Ohnomoon - VVV EP (Gregory Robson)
Blake Solomon on 03/23/15 - 07:10 AM
"I can't stand to think about a heart so big it hurts like hell."
Staff Reviewsfootball, etc. - Disappear (Zac Djamoos)
Zac Djamoos on 03/17/15 - 01:09 PM
"If you find a way out, oh would you just let me know how?"
Staff ReviewsModest Mouse - Strangers to Ourselves (Craig Manning)
Robert Earl Keen - Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions (Gregory Robson)
Heartless Breakers - The Great Give Back (Zac Djamoos)
Whale Fall - The Madrean (Craig Manning)
Staff Interviews Motionless In White (Jake Denning)
Craig Manning on 03/16/15 - 06:43 AM
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