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Today's Fest 12 feature is a guest blog from SideOneDummy Records publicist Jamie Coletta. She is making her first-ever trip to Fest this year, and in anticipation has given us a write-up about the nine bands she absolutely does not want to miss, no matter what sort of physical damage she encounters due to Fest shenanigans. Check out her blog in the replies and don't forget that tickets are still available Ė Fest 12 kicks off on Thursday!
Thomas Nassiff on 10/28/13 - 11:20 AM
Keeping with the Fest theme, Ryan Willems from Dikembe took the time the give those who are going to Fest some things to certainly keep an eye out for when in town this weekend. Hit the replies to read his blog about what you should spend some time doing while in and around Gainesville.
Jason Gardner on 10/24/12 - 08:54 AM
With Fest 11 just a couple days away, today you'll be getting a couple guest blogs from guys in bands that will be partaking in the annual punk rock festivities in Gaineville, Florida. First, Dave Klyman from Restorations has written a blog for us on the rigors surrounding Fest, and you can give that a read in the replies.
Jason Gardner on 10/24/12 - 08:46 AM
Sound & Fury is one of summer's best festivals when it comes to hardcore music. Josh Lyford (Foxfires, ex-Four Year Strong) had an opportunity to attend this year's festival, and check out bands like Terror, H2O, Xerxes, and many more. His review of the festival can be found in the replies.
Jake Denning on 08/03/12 - 07:07 AM
After a short time away from his View From the Back feature, Paul Shirley returns today with a look at the genius of Fucked Up. Paul recently saw the group perform at Kansas City's Middle of the Map festival, and he was apparently extremely impressed. Head to the replies to read Paul's thoughts on the show and, on a larger scale, the essence of the band. Remember you can email Paul about his columns for AP.net or get at him on Twitter.
Thomas Nassiff on 05/31/12 - 03:36 PM
Today we've got another guest blog written by Jake Luhrs, vocalist of August Burns Red, titled "A Dream, A Life"
Guest BlogGod gives us all gifts and tools to live out our dreams and our passions. He gives us drive to live out our purpose, and some may not realize it at the moment, but it is there, and itís ours and only ours.

I had a dream to be a touring musician; to be an artist, get on a stage, and share my message, stories, thoughts, and emotions. That was my dream. So how did I get there?

When I was younger, I worked two jobs, I sold my fully loaded Nissan Maxima for a Ď91 Chevy cargo van, and worked at a printing company only to use my paychecks to make my bands t-shirts so...
Jake Denning on 05/02/12 - 11:03 AM
As we posted a couple days ago, Refused played a secret garage show in Brooklyn to 100 people right after selling out the 3,000-capacity Terminal 5 in New York City on Sunday. A good friend of the program, Daytrader vocalist Tym (he doesn't have a last name, deal with it), managed to catch both shows. Want to know what it was like? Check the replies to read about his thoughts on Refused's reunion and the legendary double-header of shows Sunday.
Thomas Nassiff on 04/25/12 - 08:08 AM
Today we have a cool, interactive-type guest blog from Brad Wiseman. Brad, for those of you who are unfamiliar, is the backup singer for This Time Next Year, a co-lead singer for Misser, and he works at The Soroka Agency representing and booking bands. Head to the replies to read his first blog...which is basically just an introduction. He wants you guys to tell him what you want him to write about, so leave your suggestions in the replies!
Thomas Nassiff on 04/20/12 - 10:41 AM
In Paul Shirley's seventh View From The Back column for AP.net, he discusses his recent Guns N'Roses experience. Head to the replies to read Paul's thoughts on watching the band live and his reflections on their music as he grew up with it. Leave your thoughts in the replies and remember you can email Paul or get at him on Twitter.
Thomas Nassiff on 03/26/12 - 12:53 PM
Today we've got a guest blog written by Jake Luhrs, vocalist of August Burns Red, titled "Touring: No Breath Of Fresh Air."
Guest BlogTouring is absolutely a joy in my life; Iím blessed to be in August Burns Red. Iím blessed to tour the world, sell records, be interviewed, write the music I love to write, scream lyrics I love to scream. However, this life isnít all itís cut out to be.

Regardless of what your career is, itís bound to have ups and downs. My Papa use to tell me, ďLife is like a roller coaster; you have your ups and your downs.Ē It seems that everyone always hears the ups of tour. They hear about how great the shows are, how sweet the tour bus is, hanging out ...
Jake Denning on 02/20/12 - 05:29 PM
Yesterday I lamented that maybe re-thinking how we support the music we love wasn't such a bad idea. I heard a lot of responses throughout the day; many from bands (one of the more interesting to me was the idea of gift cards for common places a band would visit on tour). With that, Jonathan Diener from The Swellers, was so inspired by the topic and ensuing discussion - that he wrote up a guest blog in response to my post.

Guest BlogI think bands need to treat getting money from fans like they're getting money from one of their aunts. You turn the offer down a few times but eventually you realize you're bumming them out and sometimes disrespecting them if you don't take it. Obviously...
Jason Tate on 02/07/12 - 11:53 AM
"Do It Yourself" - it's a term thrown around a lot in today's scene. Bands that practice and preach this mentality wear it as a badge of honor. The only question, what does DIY truly mean? What does it mean to fully embrace the DIY ethos? In this feature, we will be speaking with people in the industry that run the spectrum of what it means to be DIY and their advice to people wanting to learn more about the entire process. This can range from booking your first tours, setting up a press kit, or recording on a budget. The topics are nearly endless.

This guest blog is brought to us by Mark Woodbridge, A&R at Radium Records and has been in a slew of touring and...
Christian Wagner on 02/06/12 - 11:51 PM
For the sixth installment of his "View from the Back" column, Paul Shirley looks at the immense popularity of The Black Keys from a new perspective. Head to the replies to read "The Black Keys and the Artist's American Dream," where Paul discusses the tipping point for the band and how it was able to reach millions of people after starting out relatively small in 2003. Remember that you can contact Paul via his Twitter or send him an email.
Thomas Nassiff on 01/26/12 - 01:50 PM
"Do It Yourself" - it's a term thrown around a lot in today's scene. Bands that practice and preach this mentality wear it as a badge of honor. The only question, what does DIY truly mean? What does it mean to fully embrace the DIY ethos? In this new feature, we will be speaking with people in the industry that run the spectrum of what it means to be DIY and their advice to people wanting to learn more about the entire process. This can range from booking your first tours, setting up a press kit, or recording on a budget. The topics are nearly endless.

Today, we are proud to present our first entry in the feature from Sara Stile who runs Support The Tour.

Guest Blog from Sara...
Christian Wagner on 01/21/12 - 09:18 AM
For the fifth installment of his "View from the Back" column, Paul Shirley decides to tackle the task of putting into perspective the wonderful electronic sounds of Cloudkicker. Head to the replies to see his thoughts on Ben Sharp's latest release - not so much a review as it is a different style of insight into the album. Remember that you can contact Paul via his Twitter or send him an email.
Thomas Nassiff on 01/12/12 - 12:32 PM
Today sees the fourth installment of Paul Shirley's The View from the Back column, and it's about an unlikely musician. Head to the replies to read Shirley's opinion about a recent Chris Cornell solo show and how it made him rethink the artist, and remember you can always email him or get at him on Twitter.
Thomas Nassiff on 12/29/11 - 12:05 PM
Today we have the third installment of Paul Shirley's guest column, "The View from the Back," to present to you all. Head to the replies to read Paul's recap about 2011, including a Top 10 list with discussion about each record. Remember you can talk to him on Twitter or send him an email if you want.
Thomas Nassiff on 12/15/11 - 12:34 PM
Today we have the second installment of Paul Shirley's guest column - now entitled "The View from the Back" - to present to you guys. Today, Paul debates the negatives of Spotify and other music streaming services. Head to the replies to read this week's column called "Spotify and Menus," and remember you can talk to him on Twitter or send him an email if you want.
Thomas Nassiff on 12/02/11 - 12:03 PM
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.
Thomas Nassiff on 11/15/11 - 02:32 PM
Today we've got a special guest blog from AJ Perdomo of The Dangerous Summer. The blog is an open letter to fans about music and purchasing music in general. You can check it out below.
Guest BlogThe concept of buying an album is fleeting as downloading music becomes easier and easier. I understand that, and I won't lie that I am guilty of it myself from time to time. There are times when money becomes tight and urgency to get a new release gets the best of you. I also feel the degradation that comes with my free music downloads; whether I sacrifice quality, lack of album artwork, or just apathy towards a release I would normally be in love with if I gave it an honest listen.
Jason Tate on 06/15/11 - 02:49 PM

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