Fucked Up guitarist Mike Haliechuk has written a piece on SXSW and similar festivals.
From the ArticleThe model established by SXSW, which has been replicated in dozens of cities all around the world, rests upon the premise that for the bands who perform, the potential for increased exposure to international music industry folks and fans is worth the sacrifices of time and money it takes to play these showcases. With Canadian Music Fest happening right now, it’s a good time to ask whether this home-grown festival is intended to benefit Canadian bands, and if a music industry conference in this city is really equipped to highlight what’s great about Toronto’s music community.
Jason Tate on 03/21/12 - 11:51 AM
This Is Hell vocalist Travis Reilly has posted a blog right before the band embarks on a 3 week tour of the East Coast/Midwest. Check out the blog here, and be sure and pick up the band's latest album, Black Mass, out now on Rise Records.
From The BlogLike I said, we’ve been off since the end of last year so we’ve had a bunch of downtime. Rick has been working on some new riffs and while we don’t have a definite time frame set for recording nor do we know who is going to release the album, just know that we’ve begun working on the next TIH album. If I had to guess, I’d say we are going to do our best to tour a bunch until the year is over and then focus on recording in early 2013.
Jake Denning on 03/15/12 - 08:16 AM
Since I live in Austin, I've been able to catch a few more things before the official days for the music portion of South By Southwest. After last night's Topshelf Records showcase, I came home and sort of flooded a few feelings about how things are going so far into my blog. You can read them here. Be sure to keep up with updates here and don't forget our guide to the next four days of music industry spring break here.
Adam Pfleider on 03/14/12 - 07:15 AM
Yesterday, a fire spread across the web of our social networks when Invisible Children posted a video to spread awareness of Joseph Kony. Beyond the topic of the video itself, it was very interesting to watch people's reactions to it throughout the afternoon, and their "knowledge" of what Invisible Children does and doesn't do. Seeing as word spreads quickly, IC had their own response to such "knowledge" which was also getting around the same social platforms as the video had just done. At the beginning of February, I went a week without social networks, I've been jotting down a lot of thoughts in the weeks that have passed with having it back, but I think yesterday's discussion, or lack...
Adam Pfleider on 03/08/12 - 02:51 AM
Last night I watched The Felix Culpa's documentary To We, The Nearly Departed. It made me think long and hard about all the bands that have made an impact in my life that were only around for such a short time due to one reason or another. You can read my reflection on the documentary here. Head to the replies and let us know if you think it is truly better to burn out, or to fade away...
Adam Pfleider on 02/22/12 - 12:50 AM
A lot of people think the biggest perk to this job is meeting your favorite bands. For me, it's meeting the people that back those bands. Generally, they're the biggest fans. I'm speaking about label owners. I've written a piece pertaining to them and the bands that make up their small communities. The biggest question I want you to think about is what does a label mean to you past the music? Is it just a brand? Besides the music it puts out, what else about your favorite label makes you gain garner interest in it?
Adam Pfleider on 01/26/12 - 01:20 AM
In light of yesterday's news of reunions by both At the Drive In and Refused (as well as many reunions to date), I've given some thought to seeing the past moments we cherish being played out in the present. After reading this, hit the replies and let us know your favorite moment that no reunion could ever recreate. Was it in a basement? Was it with less than 50 people? Did the performance floor you, and at that moment, did you know that particular band would be something special years later?
Adam Pfleider on 01/10/12 - 08:34 AM
This weekend I had the pleasure of seeing some old friends get together to perform their first record for the first time in years. You can read my thoughts on As Cities Burn's reunion show here. An interview with the band can be read here.
Adam Pfleider on 12/15/11 - 11:42 AM
This weekend I wrote an extensive editorial about the importance of putting value in music both as artists and fans alike. You can read it here.
Adam Pfleider on 11/21/11 - 11:47 AM
I wrote some thoughts on Kevin Devine and his latest tour which can be read here.
Adam Pfleider on 10/12/11 - 11:21 AM
Today we are bringing you the third exclusive tour blog entry from Mayday Parade, which you can check out here. Their self-titled new album hits stores on October 4th.
Drew Beringer on 09/16/11 - 09:20 AM
Today we are bringing you the second exclusive tour blog entry from Mayday Parade, which you can check out here.
Drew Beringer on 08/17/11 - 04:31 PM
During the course of Mayday Parade's current tour, we'll be exclusively posting tour blogs from the band. You can check the first one out here.
Drew Beringer on 08/10/11 - 01:59 PM
Today is Bobby Markos's (Native) birthday. Bobby has helped out the site with some guest appearances for features in the past, and now he has his own blog showcasing new music here.
Adam Pfleider on 08/04/11 - 10:44 AM
We Are the Union posted a blog about why they didn't play a recent Wichita, Kansas show. It had to do with anti-gay remarks made by the show promoter and sound tech.

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Matthew Tsai on 07/22/11 - 02:23 PM
We all suffer from it. We all succumb to it at some point. I do it far too often. Maybe it's time to put a stop to it. Riley from Thrice has posted a really interesting blog discussing the negativity that seems prevalent on the internet music blogs today. In my view, there's a vocal minority that draw the eyeballs with these kinds of posts - but that can be drowned out with more posts from people that do like something or those willing to have more informed discussion on why they don't like something. Either way, the blog is something I recommend everyone read.
From the BlogIf you don’t like something, I would hope that there are valid reasons. And if you’re passionate (or bored)...
Jason Tate on 06/10/11 - 10:58 AM
Such Gold guitarist Nate Derby launched a blog about life on the road called Long Days, Long Nights.
Alex DiVincenzo on 05/20/11 - 12:52 PM
Two of our very own, Adam Pfleider and Alex DiVincenzo, recently wrote blogs for The Saddest Landscape talking about their obsession with vinyl and everything that goes along with it. You can check out their pieces here and here respectively.
Keagan Ilvonen on 05/09/11 - 12:02 PM
Staffer Thomas Nassiff recently laid out his top ten Pop-Punk Records of All Time. You can check out his picks here and hash it out with him and the rest of the AP.net community in the replies.
Adam Pfleider on 04/22/11 - 01:55 PM
Click here to see the first tour blog for Bright and Early while on tour with Punchline and I Call Fives.
Christian Wagner on 04/19/11 - 12:08 PM
A new write-up from JR of Less Than Jake regarding his views of SXSW being just another trade show and an excuse for label works to spend the company's dime, among other things, can be read here.
Christian Wagner on 04/18/11 - 05:39 PM
Head to the replies to see a video blog from State Champs.
Christian Wagner on 04/14/11 - 09:27 PM
A new write-up from Matt Pike (booking agent for Man Overboard, Fireworks, Balance & Composure, etc.) regarding how the mindset of individuals in the music industry has shifted since he entered it can be read here.
Matthew Tsai on 04/14/11 - 01:41 PM
Transit's final update from their recent tour with Senses Fail, Man Overboard, and The Ghost Inside can be read here.
Christian Wagner on 04/14/11 - 09:15 AM
A second tour update from Jon Diener of The Swellers while overseas with The Blackout can be read here.
Christian Wagner on 04/12/11 - 04:33 PM
A new tour update from Transit on the road with Senses Fail and Man Overboard can be read here.
Christian Wagner on 04/11/11 - 01:58 PM
Greg Puciato (The Dillinger Escape Plan) has written some thoughts on illegal downloading.
Adam Pfleider on 04/11/11 - 11:09 AM
Kevin Lyman recently did a write-up regarding his opinions on "selling out," record labels, co-writers, and other things. Read it here.
Matthew Tsai on 04/08/11 - 02:24 PM
Look Mexico's third and final studio blog can be seen here.
Adam Pfleider on 04/05/11 - 11:22 AM
Valencia's Brendan Walter is keeping a blog on their current tour.
Alex DiVincenzo on 04/03/11 - 02:36 PM
Neil Rubenstein has another guest blog over at Property of Zack. This time he has some thoughts on Rebecca Black's "Friday" sensation.
Adam Pfleider on 04/01/11 - 11:54 AM
Look Mexico's second studio blog can be seen here.
Adam Pfleider on 03/31/11 - 09:35 AM
Look Mexico's first studio blog update can be seen here. The band will be releasing a 5-song 10" EP through Adeline Records in late summer/early fall.
Adam Pfleider on 03/29/11 - 11:21 AM
The Artist Life posted a new video blog featuring clips from their upcoming record Impossible. Watch it in the replies.
Deborah Remus on 03/26/11 - 11:44 AM
A Loss For Word's final update from their time out on the road with Streetlight Manifesto can be read here.
Christian Wagner on 03/24/11 - 06:30 AM
Jumping Ships has a tour blog here.
Christian Wagner on 03/23/11 - 03:24 PM
Read a SXSW blog from O'Brother here.
Christian Wagner on 03/22/11 - 04:14 PM
Transit's first tour update while on the road with Senses Fail and Man Overboard can be read here.
Christian Wagner on 03/21/11 - 09:04 PM
Curran Blevins, tour manager of We Are The In Crowd and You, Me and Everyone We Know, wrote a blog regarding how fans expect bands to lose their sense of privacy for the fan's benefit in this new age of music and social media.
Christian Wagner on 03/21/11 - 11:01 AM
The first SXSW tour blog from O'Brother can be read here.
Christian Wagner on 03/18/11 - 07:29 AM
I Call Fives wrote a new tour blog from their dates with Rust Belt Lights.
Keagan Ilvonen on 03/14/11 - 05:43 PM
A new tour update from A Loss For Words while on the road with Streetlight Manifesto can be read here.
Christian Wagner on 03/08/11 - 09:56 PM
Check out some acoustic sessions with Such Gold and Starters here and here, respectively. Also, watch a three part video European tour blog with Such Gold here.
Christian Wagner on 03/07/11 - 04:39 PM
You can check out I Call Fives new tour blog on PropertyOfZack.
Keagan Ilvonen on 03/06/11 - 06:29 PM
A guest blog with Neil Rubenstein (manager, booker, jack-of-all-industry-trades) can be read here.
Adam Pfleider on 03/04/11 - 12:42 PM

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