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In this day and age, there is an abundance of music to choose from, in literally any genre, for music fans. In my experience, this has been a blessing and a curse at the same time -- finding new artists to truly connect to is an indescribable feeling, but one that has ceased to be special as it used to be by the sheer fact that there is so much wonderful music to explore. However, once in a while, an artist comes by who makes a lasting impression because their music simply blows you away. And that's exactly what happened when I first heard East Forest's music: I felt the same overwhelming feeling that few similar artists, such as Balmorhea and The Album Leaf, made me feel years ago. And...
Lueda Alia on 03/04/14 - 10:57 AM
Another year in the books for the Absolute 100. Today we present to you the final 25 entries in this year's edition. It's as diverse and eclectic as lists come, so we hope you were able to find a band (or five) that became your new favorite. Thanks to all the AP.net staff who contributed this year and a big thank you to you, the readers, for checking out the 2013 Absolute 100.
Drew Beringer on 09/17/13 - 11:10 AM
We have another crop of 25 exciting news bands to share with you today. We're coming down the stretch of this year's batch of the Absolute 100. Hope you're ready to look through another group of 25 artists we think are going to be worth your time in 2013 and beyond and become your new favorite. Let us know what you think about this week's portion. Check back next week at this time for the final 25.
Drew Beringer on 09/09/13 - 10:01 AM
50 down, 50 more to go. We're halfway through this year's batch of the Absolute 100. Hope you're ready to look through another group of 25 artists we think are going to be worth your time in 2013 and beyond and become your new favorite. Let us know what you think about this week's portion. Check back next week at this time for Part Three.
Drew Beringer on 09/02/13 - 08:00 AM
Today, we're kicking off probably my favorite AbsolutePunk feature - the Absolute 100. Per usual, we'll be revealing 25 of our choices per week over the course of the next four weeks. On this year's list, you'll notice a handful of bands that have been building up momentum over the last year as well as some fresh faces you may not have heard yet. Check out the first 25 acts and join in on the discussion about which band is your new favorite.
Drew Beringer on 08/26/13 - 11:09 AM
Head on over to Alter The Press to check out what albums changed Anthony Green's (Circa Survive) life.
Drew Beringer on 08/28/12 - 09:11 AM
Today Under The Gun has a pretty cool feature in which they list the 15 anniversary tours they'd like to see happen in 2013.
Drew Beringer on 08/27/12 - 11:21 AM
In conjunction with today's Thursday Discussion about summer songs, the AP.net Staff has assembled a feature of 26 bands we think you should check out on this year's Warped Tour. The tour kicks off this week in Salt Lake City and will snake around North America for about two months, so whichever date you go to, check out some of the bands we've listed below if you're unsure of who to watch! Take to the replies to discuss who you're excited to watch this year and how you think this year's lineup compares to recent Warped Tours.
Thomas Nassiff on 06/14/12 - 12:26 PM
Between the ups and downs of touring, singer/songwriter Koji has remained characteristically positive about the rather busy and tumultuous year 2012 has given him so far. Head here to read about what he considers his best year to date, including tapings for Spring Song Vol. 2, anticipation for this year's Warped Tour and his reflections on the support he received in response to being robbed prior to his tour with Never Shout Never.
Jason Gardner on 06/14/12 - 11:15 AM
If you've been keeping track, you may have remembered that I asked for a few questions about Code Orange Kids a few weeks back. The answers to a handful of those questions, along with a nifty feature on the band entitled Age is Just a Number, can be found here. If you're looking for some info on the band's signing to Deathwish, their forthcoming LP for said label or just how much this band loves wrestling, be sure to give it a read.
Jason Gardner on 05/16/12 - 02:53 PM
Head here to see the last part of this year's Absolute 100. Who did you discover this year? Who did we miss? Hit the replies and let us know.
Adam Pfleider on 10/18/11 - 02:13 PM
Today we are more than proud to bring you this year's class of Absolute Classics. I believe this year's choices are the most diverse to date. Head here to check out the inductees, and hit the replies to discuss our picks. Which albums should make the cut? Which albums have you discovered from the feature thus far? Spread the love of a timeless record with us today.
Adam Pfleider on 07/29/11 - 10:16 AM
This year we reached out to some of our favorite bands and got some feedback for the new run of Absolute Beginnings. Head here to see where some of your favorite artists (Hot Water Music, Every Time I Die, Silverstein, Yellowcard, The Receiving End of Sirens and more) received their first big bang of inspiration. In case you missed our newest staff picks, just scroll up on the feature to catch up from yesterday.
Adam Pfleider on 05/25/11 - 10:07 AM
Standing on the edge of what's soon to be the sleek new AP.net, we're once again staffed with a new era of writers. We decided to revise a classic feature and share with you the roots of why we do what we do. Head here to see the second run of Absolute Beginnings. You didn't think we wouldn't add something new to it this time around, did you? Be sure to check back tomorrow to read up on some of your favorite artists' picks as well.
Adam Pfleider on 05/24/11 - 11:29 AM
Burned out on the Blink-182 or Saves the Day classics? We can all be sometimes, which is why a few staffers spent the last couple of days putting together a list of 20 Essential Lesser Known Pop-punk Bands to Know. The goal? To help introduce AP.net to new pop-punk. Of course, we don't pretend to have covered all of them, so hit the replies to see the list, and throw in your own recommendations if you've got some!
Matthew Tsai on 05/18/11 - 08:34 AM
Just a reminder that I'll be taking submissions for this year's Absolute Photog feature through the week. Deadline is this Sunday at midnight. Guidelines are simple: Send up to three pictures you've taken at shows this year along with who is in the photo, your name and your user name (if you have one) and the venue/date it was shot to absolutepunk.photos@gmail.com. I'll be shuffling through them next week and getting the chosen ones out the last week of the year. I've gotten double the submissions this year so far, and some amazing ones at that. Thank you all again.
Adam Pfleider on 12/13/10 - 11:47 AM
I will be putting together our second annual AbsolutePhotog this year. Real simple: Send me your best live photos taken anytime this year to absolutepunk.photos@gmail.com. Remember: I need the name of the band/band member, date it was shot and the venue/state for each photo submitted. Limit to three entries. I will be accepting entries up until the 23rd. Please include your name and user name (if you have one).
Adam Pfleider on 11/30/10 - 11:25 AM
This month, we'll be featuring interviews with bands, distributors and the inside men/women of the music trenches as they discuss the current industry of marketing, touring, digital distribution and trying to plug those Internet leaks. Today's interview comes from Such Gold, who recently had their new album leak in an un-mastered, un-mixed format. Head here to see what they had to say.
Adam Pfleider on 11/02/10 - 10:58 AM
Here we are at the end of this month's feature. Here's a few more labels worth checking out. It's been a great year of music, and we shouldn't forget the work put in by the labels and communities that support those audible files and get them out there to us. Who did we miss? What labels do we need to pay more attention to? Hit the replies and let us and the community know. We hope you found some new homes and tunes this month.
Adam Pfleider on 10/29/10 - 11:17 AM
We've got three more labels we think you should be putting your ear to. Hit the replies and show some love, but also let us know what labels we should be looking at that we may have overlooked.
Adam Pfleider on 10/21/10 - 09:56 AM
Be sure to check out the second batch of labels we think you should be paying attention to at the moment. Head here and let us know what you think and what labels you're digging lately.
Adam Pfleider on 10/14/10 - 10:16 AM
This month, the staff has compiled a list of "fresher" record labels we wished to showcase to the world. Head here to see the first three, and be sure to check back every week this month to gain some insight and hear some great music from our choices. Let us know what you think and what labels you're really excited about at the moment.
Adam Pfleider on 10/06/10 - 10:44 AM
Man, what a six months it has been. I've certainly changed around my list a few times before deciding on my top ten, and I can somewhat say the same for the rest of the staff. It has been quite a year of great music thus far, and we haven't even received a new Glassjaw album yet. Seriously, can we get that already? Anyway, head here to see our staff picks for the halfway point, and then hit the replies to tell us what you've been bumping in your stereo for your parents, friends and carpools to work.
Adam Pfleider on 06/29/10 - 09:20 AM
Check out our inductees for this year's Absolute Classics. This year's list is not only spread out across a few decades, but also branches out across many different soundscapes and influences. Hit the replies and let us know what you think of our choices and which ones need to make the list in the year's to come.
Adam Pfleider on 05/17/10 - 10:02 AM
The war is still raging. The music industry of the old is fucked, and they've been since the beginning of the decade. Oh, the glorious .mp3. But, somewhat miraculously, good music manages to wiggle through the corporate bullshit and desperate measures. There are self-released forces of nature, new bands with mind-blowing masterpieces, and an off-the-main-path Internet community that grows bigger with each messageboard post. This decade was ours for the taking, and we took it.

Before you embark on the staff of AP.net's Top Albums of the Decade, there are a couple things you should know. We've recognized how impossible it would be to compile an entire staff list because 1) we're all too...
Steve Henderson on 01/17/10 - 07:30 AM
Here are the picks for our End of the Year photo feature showcasing the skills of some of our users and AP.net regulars. Enjoy!
Adam Pfleider on 12/19/09 - 08:03 AM
Want one of your photos to be featured in our end of the year, live photo scrapbook? Head here to find out the rules and how you can submit your shots.
Adam Pfleider on 12/02/09 - 10:44 AM
We hope it has been a good journey for you so far, but now it's time to bring The Absolute 100 to an end. Here you have it: the final part of our favorite 100 lesser-known bands of 2009. Which bands are your favorites? What bands do you think will make the list in 2010?
Julia Conny on 09/24/09 - 06:24 PM
We're coming close to the end: The Absolute 100 - Part Three.
Julia Conny on 09/17/09 - 06:15 PM
Part Two of The Absolute 100, the second installment of our favorite "small" bands, is good and ready to be read. See a few gems in the mix? Don't see a few? No worries - Part Three will be posted next week. Keep a watchful eye for more bands off your radar.
Julia Conny on 09/10/09 - 12:28 AM
And it's on! The Absolute 100 is back. A gigantic assembly of 100 staff-picked favorites, The Absolute 100 is our annual list of lesser-known bands that we'd take to any talent battle. Part One is now posted (with song streams included) for you to browse and enjoy. We'll be posting the next three installments throughout the month of September.
Julia Conny on 09/03/09 - 12:11 AM
The staff of AbsolutePunk.net have compiled a list of our favorite Absolute Classics, 15 albums that we think are must-haves and timeless gems of our collections. Do you agree with our picks? What would've made your list of 15?
Julia Conny on 02/23/09 - 09:58 AM
For the past few weeks, we've been slowly providing you with 100 of our favorite lesser known and up-and-coming bands from this year. It's been fun but now, it's time we wrap up. Last, but most certainly not least - Part Four of The Absolute 100.
Julia Conny on 09/01/08 - 09:38 AM
It's finally here: Part Three of The Absolute 100. Our annual up-and-coming band feature is now more than halfway through - only 25 more to go. Have we helped you discover a new favorite or two?
Julia Conny on 08/24/08 - 09:42 PM
Last week, we premiered the first 25 of The Absolute 100, a beautiful beginning to a massive feature containing many of our favorite up-and-coming acts of this year. We hope you found a few gems, but now it's time for 25 more.
Julia Conny on 08/17/08 - 09:50 AM
Last year, we introduced a new feature called The Absolute 100. As a list of our favorite up-and-coming and lesser known bands, we hoped to start a fire with all the blossoming talent. This time around it's no different. Now introducing, Part One of 2008's The Absolute 100.
Julia Conny on 08/10/08 - 03:18 AM
Happy Halloween! We hope that you enjoy your day of dressing up (or being too cool to dress up). We all know that many bands like to take part in Halloween festivities so we solicited favorite memories from bands in costume. You can find it here: An AP Halloween: Goblins, Ghouls, and Guyliner. Enjoy the pictures from your favorite bands and remember not to eat too much candy...you won't be able to fit into those girl jeans.
Anton Djamoos on 10/30/07 - 09:16 PM
We are very excited to introduce our special feature for the month of September. We, the staff members of AbsolutePunk, bring you Absolute Beginnings, a list of those initial albums that sparked our fiery passion for music (song streaming included). What record or band can you call your first? Join in on the love.
Julia Conny on 09/15/07 - 01:43 AM
Garett Press on 02/22/07 - 03:49 PM
Click here to check out Cartel's feature on MTV's "Backstage Pass." Don't forget to vote for the band on TRL.
Rohan Kohli on 07/27/06 - 05:52 PM
You know those sweet write-ups Thrice has done for each song on their past couple albums? Well, we got Joel of The Working Title to do a similar thing for his band's new record, about-face - make sure to check that out (it's really cool, I promise) on the band's AP.net profile, where you can also stream the new album in its entirety. about-face hits stores on Tuesday and comes highly recommended by me.
Rohan Kohli on 07/12/06 - 11:06 AM
Sound the Sirens Magazine has posted a feature with Max Bemis of Say Anything. You can check out the feature here.
Ryan Imhof on 05/31/06 - 10:51 PM
James Montgomery, MTV Staff Writer, wrote a really interesting feature on Pete Wentz, which you can read right here. Also, in case you missed it, I posted Part Two of my ABSOLUTExclusive interview with Pete on Friday right before the holiday; check it out.
Jared Kaufman on 05/30/06 - 07:41 AM
A local newspaper in Poughkeepsie, NY recently did a feature on Matchbook Romance.
Jared Kaufman on 04/17/06 - 07:46 AM
Tommorow I will be heading into the studio with This Providence to take some pictures of them recording their new album with producer Casey Bates, to be released late this summer on Fueled by Ramen Records. I will be putting together a feature article much like I did this past summer for the Warped Tour. Expect the feature to be posted this weekend. Please let me know in the comments if there's anything specific you'd like me to cover while there.
Scott Weber on 03/29/06 - 06:41 PM
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