Today we're featuring up and coming Rochester, NY based rapper AJ Curry for his song "Cloud 9." The track features the soothing vocals of Nick Thompson and was produced by Kevin Mahoney of Hit The Lights. Head to his AP.net profile to listen and leave your thoughts in the replies.
Today I want to spotlight a track called "Hear Our Song" from an incredible band called Safe from NY. Channeling the likes of Jimmy Eat World, Hot Rod Circuit, and Hey Mercedes, Safe is a throwback to early 2000s emo-rock that I love so much. I'm sure many of the site's more seasoned readers will appreciate the band as well. The band just released its debut full-length Cinematic Ocean which you can grab on iTunes and make sure you listen to "Hear Our Song" on the group's AP.net profile. Leave your thoughts in the replies.
Today we're spotlighting Minneapolis, MN indie/emo act The Soft Light. The band is letting us exclusively premiere a new song called "Cardboard Signs" which you can listen to on the group's AP.net profile. The band cites acts such as Sunny Day Real Estate, Nada Surf, and The Jealous Sound as some of its influences. Leave your thoughts in the replies.
Today we're streaming the new EP from melodic British outfit A Tale of Two Cities. New Horizons can be found on the band's AP.net profile and if you enjoyed the grandeur of the new Young Gunsrecord this four-track effort is well worth a listen. There's also a track-by-track guide to the EP from the band themselves in the replies.
Casting Curses is a hardcore band from upstate NY that just released its new album Validation. Today, we're bringing you a listen of "Thrashmir," a barn-burner of a track that calls to mind more of the melodic sounds of Every Time I Die while maintaining a heavy edge with a hardcore based style that has emerged in acts like Stray From The Path. Head to the band's AP.net profile to listen and leave your thoughts in the replies.
Today we're premiering "Renegade" from California based act Hear The Sirens. The band reminds me of early Sum 41 or an edgier Sugarcult or Midtown. The band is extremely catchy while maintaining a heavier edge to the group's sound and I'm really excited for what the band has in store. Head to the band's AP.net profile to listen and leave your thoughts in the replies.
Today we are streaming the new EP from the UK pop-punk act Neck Deep called, Rain In July, which is being released tomorrow. The band incorporates of elements from newer acts such as The Story So Far and City Lights that shows promise for the young group's future. Head to the band's AP.net profile to listen and leave your thoughts in the replies.
Today we are bringing you a stream of Treebeard's upcoming EP, Here Are The Answers. The band's sound is reminiscent of Circa Survive with a hardened edge. The EP drops next Tuesday so give it a listen and purchase a copy if you dig it.
Today we're streaming a new All Human song called "Utah." It's from the upcoming full length Catholic Guilt Or The Queerest Of Thoughts. If you're unfamiliar, All Human is the solo project of Adam Rupert, former guitarist/vocalist of Fear Before. You can listen to the song on his AP.net profile and can buy the single here.
Earlier this week, we premiered a new song from The Stellar Life. After looking through the comments, the band wanted to dispel the negative ideas being said there. So, they've asked for us to stream another new song, "Nineteen." Head to the band's AP.net profile to listen and leave your thoughts in the replies.
Today Animal Kingdom released their sophomore album The Looking Away via Mom + Pop, which was produced by David Kosten (Bat For Lashes). The band has yet to receive the attention that they deserve in North America, so we're celebrating the release of their new record by streaming it in its entirety on their AP.net profile. Don't know the band? Think the lovechild of Coldplay, Snow Patrol and classic Brit pop and you get the idea. In other words, this is a perfect record for these spring nights, so go take a listen and let us know what you think. If you like what you hear, make sure to support the band. Enjoy.
Stuck in the Austin airport isn't exactly an ideal location, but listening to If These Trees Could Talk's new album Red Forest, which was released today, is certainly helping. The album is making me feel so emotionally engaged that I feel lost in my own little world. To say that this is a step-up from their debut Above the Earth, Below The Sky almost feels wrong given how great that record is, but the band has truly outdone themselves this time. So without further ado, why don't you join me in this musical euphoric journey by streaming the album on their AP.net profile? If you enjoy instrumental rock, chances are that you will fall in love with this also. So take a listen and let us know...
There's nothing I love more than having a gorgeous album keep me company during cold winter days such as this. And Lake Forest, which is fronted by The Wilderness of Manitoba's Will Whitwham, has recorded just that -- the perfect winter album. Whitwham's soothing vocals flawlessly complement the beautiful harmonies found in Silver Skies, making this album one of the best I've heard in quite a while. So head over to their AP.net profile to stream this album, which comes out next week, in its entirety. This comes highly recommended if you enjoy folk music, so make sure to take a listen. Enjoy.
One of my favourite bands to find through bandcamp recently is A Minor Swoon, whose self-titled EP is now available on the site. Since I've been listening to the EP for a while now, I figured it was time to share this little gem with the rest of AP: if you enjoy indie-pop with lush vocals, then make sure to grab the song "Come Back Home" which were are giving away for free here. Go take a listen and leave your thoughts in the replies. Feel free to also share other projects that you've discovered lately. Enjoy.
Today we've got a stream of Red City Radio's The Dangers of Standing Still, which came out earlier this year on Paper + Plastick Records. The second installment of the label's 12 Days of Streams, where a different 2011 release is streaming every weekday leading up to Christmas, Red City Radio's debut LP for P+P garnered a positive review earlier this year from our very own Matthew Tsai. Head to their AP.net Profile to stream the record in its entirety, and if you like what you hear, you can download a three-song sampler of the album from P+P for free. All of those who download the sampler will be entered into a contest to win a vinyl version of the record.
Rookie Of The Year may be down to just Ryan Dunson, but that hasn't stopped him from coming out with new material. The new EP, Along For The Ride, contains a full live string section. Today, we're premiering a song called "Chase," which you can hear on the band's AP.net profile and go here for the album art.
Troubled Coast is another California band ready to take the scene on by storm. Channeling the post-hardcore ways of Touche Amore and La Dispute, Troubled Coast will release a 7" entitled i've been thinking about leaving you next year and today, we're proud to stream "La Jetee," which you can hear in the replies.
Me & My Arrow is one-man instrumental prog rock project. He is gearing up to release his self-titled debut, which is produced by Bryan Russell (Straylight Run, The Academy Is) and mastered by Mike Kalajian (Ace Enders, The Audition), on December 13. We are premiering one of the tracks, "Men Without Chests," in the replies. Check it out if you like Explosions in the Sky, Moving Mountains or Dredg, and pre-order the album here.
Today, we're bringing you guys a guest column from Paul Shirley - a former NBA player who has written about music and sports for the likes of ESPN, Esquire, Slate and the Wall Street Journal. You can head to the replies to read Paul's column about Amy Klein's departure from Titus Andronicus and, more broadly, the human tendency of how music fans to react to change in a band. Be sure to weigh in with your own thoughts. Paul is the chief editor for FlipCollective.com, a website for writers, and this is his first piece for AP.net. You can find him on Twitter or send him an email if you'd like.
When A Fire With Friends takes the stage, they make the most of it...literally. The seven piece indie rock act utilize a synth, two keyboards, auxiliary percussion, and more to create its unique sound. The band shares its hometown with AP.net darlings Tigers Jaw and if you're a fan of the aforementioned, A Fire With Friends should be right up your alley. We're proud to debut the music video for "Electric Chair Blues," which you can view in the replies.
Today we are bringing you a stream of Life After Liftoff's new single, "Memory of You." Head to their AP.net Profile or the replies to check it out. The track comes from their new EP of the same title.
Such Gold is a Rochester, NY based melodic hardcore outfit often compared to Comeback Kid and has been making waves touring with the likes of Hit The Lights, Transit, Man Overboard, and more. Today, we're bringing you "Scoreboard" from the band's upcoming split with A Loss For Words. You can listen to it on the band's AP.net profile and pre-order the split here.
Harouki Zombi, the new project from Orenda Fink (Azure Ray) and Nina Barnes (of Montreal), have created a Halloween playlist of their favourite songs for you to check out. If you're having a party tonight, this might definitely come in handy, so head to the replies to check it out. Also keep an eye out for more updates from the duo because they're currently in the studio recording their debut album. Enjoy.
We have just updated our music player, which you can find on the bottom right of the front page, with our favourite songs by The Rosebuds, O'Brother, Bombay Bicycle Club and The Cab. Go take a listen if you're looking for some new music and let us know what you think.