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Handguns will be chatting in this thread at 7pm EST. Come swing by to talk to them about their new album, Life Lessons, their upcoming tour dates this summer or what's Brandon's favorite pizza. Don't forget, you can stream Life Lessons over on Substream.
Keagan Ilvonen on 07/07/14 - 03:48 PM
You can check out our interview with Michael Barr and Gus Farias of Volumes here. The band is currently on the Vans Warped Tour, playing the Journeys stage. Their upcoming full length record, No Sleep, comes out July 15th.
I think we had a took a different approach, a pop approach to writing this album, working with our producer Brandon Paddock. And I think that was a big step for us, bringing in a producer Ė at first we didnít know if it would really work, but in the end it ended up working beautifully
Jake Denning on 07/07/14 - 11:41 AM
This past Saturday, I got to see Brand New put on one hell of a set on their summer run with Into It. Over It. and Dinosaur Pile-Up at The Pageant in St. Louis. Hit the replies to read the full review of the show.
Unlike most bands that take their sweet time between releases and tours, Brand New never seem to run the risk of fading into irrelevancy, it just makes their fans hungrier.
Jake Jenkins on 07/07/14 - 07:00 AM
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Jason Tate on 07/04/14 - 10:00 AM
Welcome back to AbsolutePlaylist! In case you missed it, we started a discussion yesterday about our favorite Independence Day songs. Today, we're proud to present "America, an AbsolutePlaylist." Check it out in all its American glory (in both Rdio and Spotify renditions) in the replies, and have a great 4th of July!
Anthony Sorendino on 07/04/14 - 07:05 AM
Handguns will be chatting on the site next Monday at 7pm EST. Swing by to talk to them about their new album, Life Lessons, their upcoming tour with Hundreth and Counterparts or whatever you like. And if you haven't already, go stream Life Lessons over on Substream.
Keagan Ilvonen on 07/03/14 - 11:22 AM
With tomorrow being the official celebration of America's independence, we thought it was fitting to get a discussion started about songs centered around freedom, America, and independence. Whether that means a song about driving down America's highways, or a song honoring our armed forces, there's certainly music to fit the mood of the 4th. Leave us your favorites in the replies!
Anthony Sorendino on 07/03/14 - 05:13 AM
Austin, Texas has been on overload with killer shows this week, but Diarrhea Planet, Lee Bains and The Glory Fires, and local heroes The Midgetmen played a killer set to a packed house at Red 7 on June 27th. The venue was feeling hellishly hot, and most of the audience was soaked in sweat most likely not theirs, but no one seemed to give a crap. Hit the replies to read my full review of the show, as well as a photo gallery.
Itís hard not to wail when your band features four guitarists, a lone bassist, and a bad-ass drummer. Diarrhea Planetís music falls somewhere between the wildness of older The Black Lips and classic Nashville Southern rock.
Caitlin DeWeese on 06/28/14 - 03:02 PM
Secret Weapons is a new indie rock/pop band out of New York. The duo's influences range from modern (The Killers, Coldplay) to retro (Prince, Rick Springfield). Their music reflects that, as you'll hear in the replies when listening to a new track "Keep XX" from their upcoming debut EP.
Alex DiVincenzo on 06/27/14 - 10:00 AM
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Jason Tate on 06/27/14 - 10:00 AM
"Every streetlight reveals a picture in reverse."
Staff ReviewsThe War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream (Craig Manning)
Larusso - Life in Static (Craig Manning)
Calamity Jane - We'll Explain When We Get There (Caitlin DeWeese)
Show Reviews"Monumentour" with Fall Out Boy, Paramore and New Politics - Mansfield, MA [Photos] (Alex DiVincenzo)
Warped Tour Day Blog #1 - Pomona, CA (Jake Denning)
Staff InterviewsChelsea Grin (Jake Denning)
Craig Manning on 06/24/14 - 05:59 AM
Pegasus Festival happened outside of Dallas, Texas this weekend. This is the first festival for Ghostlight Concerts, and they did a decent job.The big draw was Brand New but in true Brand-New-style, there were a lot of let down fans. Luckily, Circa Survive, Bad Books, PM Today, and Residual Kid were there to save the day. Hit the replies to read my full review of the festival.
Brand New took one hundred years to actually take the stage and opened with "Sowing Season," followed by a lot of Daisy and D&G.
Caitlin DeWeese on 06/23/14 - 02:41 PM
This week was good and somewhat stressful around the website. Now that the weekend has arrived, I'm looking forward to a few days of relaxing, World Cup watching, and good beer. However, before that begins, I wanted to highlight some of the best stories, exclusives, and staff content from the past week. In general I'm not a big fan of too many "recaps" -- but one a week doesn't seem too crazy. I've broken the stories down into a few major categories below. If this looks horrible on the homepage, I'll need a moment to fix our CSS a little bit. It's a work in progress and any feedback is definitely welcome.

I think the highlight of my week on the website was the launching of the latest...
Jason Tate on 06/21/14 - 01:06 PM
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Jason Tate on 06/20/14 - 10:00 AM
Summertime always breeds a host of unique emotions. Whether you're blasting tunes through your car speakers on the way to the shore, listening quietly at work while you patiently await the end of the work day, or sipping on your favorite drink as the blazing sun sets, there's always a song to fit the mood. With the longest day of the year (if you're north of the equator) coming tomorrow, we've put together a special AbsolutePlaylist that should ease your transition into the summer months ahead. If you have a favorite that you don't see on the list, be sure to drop it in the replies!
Anthony Sorendino on 06/20/14 - 06:51 AM
Whilst reading the comments from many of our lovely AP.net users on a recent article written on Wondering Sound regarding the lack of women on the Warped Tour, I became quite surprised by the reactions that our user base was having. Responses varied from statements suggesting that it's reasonable for Warped Tour to be lacking in women as there aren't many women in the scene all the way to users stating their outright hatred of all things feminist. It was not surprising to see debate about the issue - feminism and women's rights are certainly a particularly divisive topic on the internet at the moment. However, what I found difficult to accept was that folks were more willing to attack...
Kelly Doherty on 06/17/14 - 10:01 AM
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Jason Tate on 06/15/14 - 01:01 AM
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Jason Tate on 06/13/14 - 10:00 AM
Last week we brought you ten bands that you may have overlooked on this year's Warped Tour. We focused on some of the more acoustic and mellow bands, but this week I've enlisted the help of fellow staffer Jake Denning to bring you some of the louder, heavier bands on the tour. We have another ten bands that we've added to the now complete 40 track playlist! Check it out in the replies. The 2014 Vans Warped Tour kicks off today in Houston!
Anthony Sorendino on 06/13/14 - 08:10 AM
Today we're super excited to bring you a new song from the always fantastic Lakes. Jump to the replies to stream, "1992," which is off the band's upcoming album, Fire Ahead, that will be released on July 22nd. Once you get done listening, head over to the band's site to download the track for free.
Keagan Ilvonen on 06/09/14 - 02:49 PM
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Jason Tate on 06/06/14 - 10:00 AM
Every Warped Tour band announcement this year has been met with: "Who?" and "When will they announce the good bands?" I was guilty of it as well. There were too many bands that I wasn't familiar with, and I didn't like that. I turned to the staff and we came up with 20 bands that you may have overlooked for a special two-part edition of AbsolutePlaylist. Personally, this process has almost doubled my list of bands to see. We're bringing you the first 10 bands today, so give them a shot! We've got both Spotify and Rdio links in the replies. If you like what you hear on the playlist, you can read a little bit more about the bands in the replies and check out another song via YouTube. Check...
Anthony Sorendino on 06/06/14 - 04:44 AM
The theme of this episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast was originally to give our favorite albums released so far in 2014 ... but we ended up talking about so much more. We touch on web journalism/click-bait articles, festivals and the RiotFest layaway program, and even if EPs are still worth doing in the current music landscape. We also do get around to giving our favorite albums released this year (the lists are also in the replies) and we make it through a once again very needy and distracting cat that does not like when I podcast and ignore him, as well as a very punctual food delivery at Thomas' apartment. Good times are had. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded below.
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Jason Tate on 06/05/14 - 04:39 PM
Our interview with Needtobreathe can be found here.
When we started the record, we thought we might call the record ďWasteland,Ē which is the first track. Really thatís where we were when we started out writing for the record. It was a pretty dark place for us as a band. We didnít know the record was going to follow this path that it ended up taking. It took us more than a year to make the record, and a lot of the songs really follow the journey that the band was on. Obviously, we didnít know where that journey was going to lead. The songs came out as the turns and changes happened to us.
Jonathan Bautts on 06/04/14 - 12:24 PM
Check out our photos of the 5/30 Austin stop of The 1975's tour with Bad Suns.
Ryan Gardner on 06/02/14 - 11:16 AM
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Jason Tate on 05/30/14 - 10:00 AM
This week's AbsolutePlaylist may feel a bit bizarre. Shaped around my night owl tendencies, "night moves" features the finest, darkest, and starkest cuts from some of my favorite artists - the type of music I want to listen to whether I'm driving aimlessly at 3 AM or lying in bed restless. Expect imperfect vocals, raw and ultra personal lyrics, loud/quiet/loud dynamics, and the unexpected. And one can only truly experience said playlist once the sun sets. Let's get weird in the replies.

Remember, if you'd like to submit your very own playlist, head over to our submission thread!
Drew Beringer on 05/30/14 - 01:19 AM
Thomas promises this is the last week his microphone will have an echo and I promise this is one of my favorite episodes of the AbsolutePunk Podcast yet. This week we talk about the Apple and Beats deal finalizing and how that plays into curated playlists vs full album listening habits. Then we touch on major labels and their structure and place in the industry before tackling the upcoming Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties album. We round out the conversation discussing if Blink-182 should just go on hiatus again, what other musical artists could maybe be billionaires someday, why Ronnie Radke is a moron, and why each of us choose to post something as news or to ignore it. The episode...
Jason Tate on 05/29/14 - 05:53 PM
There's an interesting thread and discussion taking place in the General Forum about the idea that when there is violence in the black community hip-hop is blamed, so should pop-punk and/or metal, and the ideas they propagate, also be blamed when misogyny shows up?
The cultural make-up of, say, pop-punk contributes to the misogyny of the overall culture, in which women are objects and the man is the nice guy, who, by virtue of being the nice guy, deserves the woman in the end, Whenever there's violence in the black community, the media looks to hip-hop as something which fuels the violence. Similarly, when looking at the Isla Vist violence, is pop-punk the musical reflection of...
Jason Tate on 05/29/14 - 10:51 AM
Today we're proud to welcome Dan Campbell, the frontman of The Wonder Years and the brainchild behind the new project Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties, to AP.net to chat in this very thread. Hit the replies to talk with Dan about the project and/or whatever you'd like really. If you haven't checked out the first song, "You Ain't No Saint," you can do that here, and you can pre-order the album here.

Update: The chat is now over, huge thanks to Dan for hanging out and answering questions. You can read all of his responses here if you missed the chat.
Jason Tate on 05/28/14 - 03:05 PM
The Weekend Routine only have a debut EP in the works but have already shared the stage with the likes of Forever Came Calling, Divided By Friday, and With the Punches. Today, we are streaming their new single, "Monster In Me." Hit the replies to check it out.
Ryan Gardner on 05/26/14 - 08:32 AM
This week on the AbsolutePunk.net Podcast, Drew, Thomas, and I talk about the role of a "music critic" and our thoughts on negative reviews and negative commentary in general. Why write negative reviews? Why voice a negative opinion? All three of us had different takes on how this plays a role in our online lives. After that there's a lengthy discussion about the current "vinyl debate" and the ethics and business decisions behind licensing and selling vinyl both with or without the artist's explicit permission, and our personal thoughts on the topic and how it relates to our musical world. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded in the replies.

Want to make sure you never miss...
Jason Tate on 05/23/14 - 02:40 PM
Hit the replies to check out my write up on day two of this year's Skate and Surf festival.
Zac Djamoos on 05/23/14 - 12:09 PM
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Jason Tate on 05/23/14 - 10:00 AM
It's time again for another AbsolutePlaylist, the feature where a staff member or special guest gets you buzzing for the weekend with their very own playlist. This week, the AbsolutePlaylist is in my hands. Given that it's the start of the summer and most of you folks are smoothing out your A Day To Remember tank-tops in anticipation of getting stoked for the Warped Tour, I've decided to remind you all that Ireland (where I live) is still cold and rainy, even in the summer. So, I've created a wonderfully wintery playlist of a particular slice of my favourite sad songs for you all to get de-psyched to. Sorry kids, but it's never sunny in south Ireland. Also, if you'd like to submit your...
Kelly Doherty on 05/23/14 - 05:33 AM
Sorry it's a bit late, but if you hit the replies, you can read my review of day one of this year's Skate and Surf festival. Check back tomorrow to read my review of day two.
Zac Djamoos on 05/22/14 - 03:18 PM
We recently interviewed Sam Sutherland from Junior Battles. The band will release Rally on May 27 via Paper + Plastick.
We decided if we were going to do this record we were going to indulge all of our dumb shit, which means loving Limblifter, loving the Constantines and loving this insanely dumb idea of ĎAnd you will score the winning goal because you are very good at sports.í
Deborah Remus on 05/22/14 - 01:54 PM
Long time staff member, Lueda Alia, wrote her inaugural post today over at her new personal blog, Alueda.net. The topic is one we've touched on a variety of times on our website (most recently in the post about what to do in college to prepare for a career in the music industry) and it reaches through a variety of at-large societal issues: success, competition, internships, hard-work, and collaboration. Ms. Alia makes an interesting argument that interns are not all that different than artists being poorly compensated for "exposure" at major festivals:
The way many interns are treated is no different than the way musicians are treated when they work for years for the chance to perform...
Jason Tate on 05/16/14 - 04:35 PM
Today I learned that sometime a long time ago -- English critic and writer Leigh Hunt was quoted as saying, "music is the medicine of the breaking heart" -- I'm hoping his estate doesn't read music blogs.
Jason Tate on 05/16/14 - 11:47 AM
I'm out of town for the weekend, so there won't be an episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast coming today. Good time to catch up on all our past episodes though. Next week we plan to talk about the review process (especially negative reviews), and we'll probably also touch on the whole vinyl re-pressing shenanigan stuff.
Jason Tate on 05/16/14 - 11:04 AM
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Jason Tate on 05/16/14 - 10:00 AM
We've had a great round of playlists so far since we started AbsolutePlaylist in January; everything from southern rock, to highschool crush mixtapes, to pop/punk nostalgia. Now we're turning to our community for submissions. Head over to our music forum for the rules. Just drop your submissions right in the thread and if you're chosen, you'll be featured on the front page!

If you missed the playlist this week, Blake Solomon put together an excellent one highlighting the 20th anniversary of Weezer's Blue Album. Check it out here.
Anthony Sorendino on 05/16/14 - 05:55 AM
Welp, the website tried to become self-aware this morning -- sorry about that. Fixed the bug in the software. So, hey, speaking of advertising: Japanese beverage maker Otsuka is sending a 1 kilogram titanium can filled with powdered sports drink to the moon.
The specially designed canister, which contains a shipment of Otsuka's Pocari Sweat powder, will mark a disturbing new frontier for humanity: the first commercial product delivered to another world for marketing purposes.
Jason Tate on 05/15/14 - 10:38 AM
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Jason Tate on 05/15/14 - 02:00 AM
The AbsolutePunk Podcast now has its own page here on the website (you can also find it on the footer of any page). If you're looking for the latest episode or want to send someone to a page to check out our podcast -- now you can. Also, this is a good time to ask for you to rate our podcast in iTunes if you have a spare moment. It actually does help get us some promotion on the iTunes store -- so we would really appreciate it! Thank you. Hope you're all enjoying, if you have any feedback, feel free to leave it for us in the replies.
Jason Tate on 05/12/14 - 11:18 AM
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Weezer's Blue Album, we've put together a pretty cool playlist featuring some of the band's "deep cuts." No singles allowed, and we tried to include at least one song from all of their full-length albums. There's also a group of music videos featuring some of the best songs Weezer have covered, and some videos of the best covers of Weezer songs. So come inside and let Rivers and the Gang remind you why they made us love them in the first place, and why we'll continue to love them even as we all grow old and gross. Also, in case you missed it last week, Drew wrote up a very interesting article about just what a mark the Blue Album left on all of us...
Blake Solomon on 05/12/14 - 08:02 AM
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