And all of the monsters got bigger.
ReviewsmewithoutYou - Pale Horses (Blake Solomon)
Staff InterviewsNate Ruess (Jonathan Bautts)
Blake Solomon on 06/25/15 - 08:27 AM
We talked with Cold War Kids about their latest album, Hold My Home. Check it out here.
Around the time of our first record, everyone was saying we were a blog band because that was the time when those dozen bands were coming up through that medium. I think we’re probably one of the only ones of those bands that’s still around, or at least active in any more visible level. Again, I think we’re pretty surprised by it, because we didn’t totally plan on it. For me, it’s about desire. If we still really want to do it full on and write, record and tour, then we have to be totally committed. I don’t think we could take a year off. We’re not that kind of band where we could just take a...
Jonathan Bautts on 06/24/15 - 01:23 PM
"Let's keep that silly punchline between you and me."
Staff ReviewsCastle of Genre - Home: Loss & Ghosts (Zac Djamoos)
Drunk Couples - Cruisin' (Zac Djamos)
Staff InterviewsCold War Kids (Jonathan Bautts)
Zac Djamoos on 06/24/15 - 08:36 AM
We spoke with X Ambassadors this week about their debut album VHS and their hit single "Renegades," currently the #1 Alternative song in the country. Check out the interview here.
Learn how to shut your ego out and make sure you’re not doing something out of sheer stubbornness and laziness. We made this record THREE times. That’s three almost entirely different records. Each time we thought it was done, and then we’d all come back to it and realize it wasn’t. It’s the hardest thing to start over again, but it will always be better a second time around.
Jonathan Bautts on 06/23/15 - 11:00 AM
I recently sat down with Brent Martone of Head North in Philadelphia, to talk music, being signed, and their new EP Bloodlines -- check it out here.
The entire new record is a lot of stuff that is still pretty raw for me to play live. You know you play a song over and over and over again as much as it doesn’t lose its meaning to you its just you get used to the vibe that it gives off.
Shana Davidson on 06/22/15 - 09:28 PM
I recently spoke with Stephan Jenkins of Third Eye Blind as he celebrated the release of the band's fifth album, Dopamine. Check it out here.
We were pushed into marketing and branding that we never recognized. We would do photo shoots and I would look at them and just flatline. I was like, “I have no relationship to this. I don’t know what this is.” It was just our record company trying to get the quickest line to a dollar. And we would have fights and arguments about it, but what we didn’t realize is that we could just say no.
Chrisanne Grise on 06/22/15 - 07:06 AM
Slash released his new Concert Film Live At The Roxy via BitTorrent Bundle, along with a Q&A with his thoughts on the digital music space.
Ryan Gardner on 06/19/15 - 01:11 PM
I recently spoke to Zac Eisenstein of Man Overboard while the band was rehearsing for the Vans Warped Tour. You can catch the band all summer long on the Unicorn Main Stage. Their fourth full-length album, Heavy Love, drops June 30th via Rise Records - you can pre-order it here. Head here for the interview.
Honestly, the hardest part was not saying something that would almost be too real or blow up my spot too much, to the point where people in my life are like “What the fuck, you’re singing about all our shit on a record!” That’s where I had to watch it, and Bill and I would have conversations like “What’s crossing the line?” But you can’t be rolling everybody that’s in your life every...
Jake Denning on 06/17/15 - 01:28 PM
We recently spoke with Aaron Weiss about mewithoutYou's new album, Pale Horses, which releases this week. Check it out here.
Our society is well aware of this idea that the world is going to end. We all know that we’re going to die. We all know that there’s violence and horrible suffering. I didn’t think it was honest to keep on writing about positive things and happy things, not that that’s all I did, but I did try and steer the ship in that direction so that the final message was overall an uplifting one. I actually still think that’s the case, and I still do want someone listening to our new songs to be on the whole uplifted, but I don’t know that I have the capacity to do...
Jonathan Bautts on 06/15/15 - 02:03 PM
"The plans I make still have you in them."
Album ReviewsThird Eye Blind - Dopamine (Craig Manning)
Staff InterviewsmewithoutYou (Jonathan Bautts)
Book ReviewThank You, Goodnight by Andy Abramowitz (Craig Ismaili)
Craig Manning on 06/15/15 - 06:39 AM
Our good friend Gunz recently spoke with Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy on The Gunz Show about the tenth anniversary of From Under The Cork Tree; they also spoke about how Fall Out Boy has changed over the years. You can listen here.
Jake Denning on 06/09/15 - 05:17 PM
You can check out our interview with Betty Who here.
When you're a new artist, you're just like, "Oh, this is just like the first time I'm doing everything and we'll see how it goes." And then if it goes well hopefully, the second time you come around you're like, "Wait, I was just, like, guessing. How do I do that again? I didn't really have a system to it." So that's definitely been the thing that freaks me out more than anything.
Joe DeAndrea on 06/09/15 - 08:37 AM
"Have you ever ran at something headfirst, and then crawled away?"
Staff ReviewsFour Year Strong - Four Year Strong (Craig Ismaili)
Cusses - Here Comes the Rat (Gregory Robson)
Oso Oso - Real Stories of True People, Who Kind of Looked Like Monsters (Matt Metzler)
Staff InterviewsBetty Who (Joe DeAndrea)
Matt Metzler on 06/09/15 - 06:56 AM
We recently interviewed Jon Foreman (of Switchfoot) about his new solo undertaking The Wonderlands, which involved writing a song for each hour of the day and working with 24 different producers. Check it out here.
Music has always been a landscape for me to find meaning and to be able to reflect on the real world from a safe distance of poetry and metaphor and melody. When I thought about the idea of creating a world, I thought let’s start by tracing the course of a day of darkness and light. The hours of a clock become the backdrop for the narrative of a song, specifically the light and the dark that’s present at that time of day.
Jonathan Bautts on 06/04/15 - 12:24 PM
You can check out our interview with Marianas Trench here. The band's new album, Astoria, will be released later this year.
I think the difference with this record is that the lyrics are very candid. We had a lot of stuff going on with the band over the last year and a half, which is the reason why it took us so long to get this new record out. There's been a lot of personal stuff happening. Nothing with the four guys or anything, but just personal stuff. I won't get into any gritty details, but when you guys hear this new record, it's an open book. It's reading right from the diary.
Joe DeAndrea on 06/03/15 - 07:31 AM
You can check out our interview with Emery here. The band's brand new album, You Were Never Alone, is out now.
Now this one I don’t really know, because so far they’re the most positive comments we’ve ever gotten. There’s two reasons that could be - one, the stuff’s great and everyone loves it; two, we’re releasing it ourselves, maybe we’re not getting enough people that aren’t predisposed to liking it to hear the record yet. I’m looking forward to moving ahead and pushing the record in general after the release, maybe we can get some negative comments that way, which means we’re reaching new people.
Jake Denning on 05/28/15 - 08:50 AM
Our interview with Walk The Moon can be found here.
What we have really worked hard to do over the past five years is build a strong fan base through touring and make a name for ourselves as a live band. We don’t use any tracks onstage. We are playing or triggering every noise that you hear live in front of you. I think it makes a difference to people. They can sense the energy and the possibility of total failure. I think that makes our concerts a special experience, and that’s really what we pride ourselves on, is the live show.
Jonathan Bautts on 05/07/15 - 11:09 AM
You can check out my new interview with Enter Shikari vocalist Rou Reynolds here. The band's brand new album, The Mindsweep, is out now both in-stores and online.
It’s difficult, especially today because I feel like the education system, media, and the museums feel the need to make the sciences about “little explosions!” and “mixing this liquid with that liquid, woo!”. I think the most exciting thing for me is learning about stuff like cosmology, stuff that makes us feel really small and insignificant, that’s the most empowering thing.
Jake Denning on 05/04/15 - 10:54 AM
Underoath's Tim McTague recently talked to AltPress about their upcoming documentary, Tired Violence, the idea of a reunion, and the end of the band. You can also watch an interview with Spencer Chamberlain from the film in the replies. It releases on Friday May 1st.
When you only have two weeks, you can’t take three days off just to drive and play a badass L.A. show. So, we took two days off total [during the tour], and played shows every other night. We didn’t break up because we hated each other or because we hated playing music. We broke up because we literally didn’t have the capacity and the schedule to do stuff.
Ryan Gardner on 04/29/15 - 05:35 PM
I recently spoke with vocalist Chris Motionless of Motionless In White as part of their headlining tour. We spoke about the tour, their current record Reincarnate, and their upcoming tour with Slipknot this summer. You can read the interview here.
I think music is more of a therapeutic element to overcoming your problems, and at the end of the day it's you doing it. If we're helping you out, great, I'm glad that music in general can do that, because it's helped me, I've gotten over many things.
Jake Denning on 03/16/15 - 11:29 AM
You can read our interview with Jake Luhrs, vocalist for August Burns Red here. The band is currently in the middle of their Frozen Flame U.S. headlining tour, alongside Miss May I, Northlane, Fit For A King, and Erra.
The subject matter is sensitive. There’s a lot of stuff that we’re not going to let you know what the lyrics mean, because we want each listener to take it for what they need it for, not for what we’re giving you. But there’s a lot of sensitive stuff there, there might even be some questionable subject matter where people are like “What’s this?”
Jake Denning on 03/04/15 - 02:35 PM
I recently spoke with Silverstein vocalist Shane Told for a very long in-depth interview in which we talked about the Discovering The Waterfront ten-year anniversary headliner, where he was at personally when writing the record, signing to Rise Records, new album I Am Alive In Everything I Touch, and more. This is one of my favorite interviews that I've ever done, and I hope everyone takes the time to check it out. You can read it here.
Yeah man, I was really trying to find myself at that time, I think. I think “Call It Karma” was a song that really summed that up, the lyrics for that song were written very much how I write a lot of songs, where there are multiple meanings. I told...
Jake Denning on 02/23/15 - 11:30 AM
Staff InterviewsSilverstein (Jake Denning)
Jake Denning on 02/23/15 - 01:33 AM
Kanye West made an appearance on The Breakfast Club today, where he said his album is "80% done," will be a suprise release, and be "cookout music." He also commented on Beck (saying he has been meaning to call him about the Grammys), and the recent drama between Tyga, Amber Rose, and the Kardashian family.
Ryan Dennehy on 02/20/15 - 08:28 AM
Kanye West did an interview with Style discussing his new Adidas line.
Adidas is the perfect place to be. If someone was to say, “Hey, do you want to go to a high-end house now?” I’d absolutely say no. I’m not trying to [sound] presumptuous, I’m just saying that if in my wildest dreams I was presented with the opportunity, I would absolutely say no at this point. Because I’m only concerned with making beautiful products available to as many people as possible … The least I could do is spend my time trying to give other people a piece of the so-called good life. Everyone should have the good life. It’s like [Amancio] Ortega [founder of Zara] and H&M group. Before that happened, you could...
Ryan Gardner on 02/16/15 - 07:01 PM
Hit the replies to stream a new single from Sufjan Stevens titled "No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross." You can also check out an in depth interview he did over at Pitchfork about his forthcoming record.
Jake Jenkins on 02/16/15 - 11:52 AM
I recently spoke to PVRIS vocalist Lynn Gunn in Portland, OR, in which we briefly talked about the band's album White Noise, signing to Rise Records, and being on social media. You can read the interview here.
Jake Denning on 02/13/15 - 12:03 PM
Staff InterviewsPVRIS (Jake Denning)
Jake Denning on 02/13/15 - 11:29 AM
I recently caught up with Justice Tripp of Angel Du$t, in which I learned that the band will be hopping in the studio with producer Will Yip in July. Oh yeah, did I mention that Trapped Under Ice will be making their return this year? They'll be recording as well. Get excited. You can read the interview here.
Jake Denning on 02/09/15 - 10:22 AM
Pierce The Veil recently talked with Yahoo about their upcoming album - tentatively out in summer - and touring. The band played 280 shows last year.
We’ve always admired bands that have progressed naturally from one album to the next. So we aim to do that ourselves. We try to become better in every aspect — songwriting, playing, lyrics without changing too much — so this record is going to have all the elements we like in our music. There’ll the fast stuff, the punk stuff, the heavy stuff, the midtempo songs. Hopefully it will come out this year and we’ll hit the ground running.
Ryan Gardner on 02/07/15 - 08:27 AM
Last week, I got a chance to chat extensively with a personal hero of mine, Butch Walker. We talked about Butch's new album, Afraid of Ghosts, including how the recent loss of his father inspired a new direction for his music, why he decided to have Ryan Adams produce the disc, and why his trademark sarcasm and upbeat songwriting is nowhere to be found. We also touched upon Walker's back catalog, the woeful reasons why no one should be expecting to find Letters on vinyl anytime soon, and why Butch's protege Jake Sinclair took over most of the production duties on the new Fall Out Boy LP.

Check out the interview here.

And so, I think after losing my father, it triggered writing a...
Craig Manning on 02/02/15 - 10:45 AM
"I'm coming to terms with a ghost, learning to deal."
Staff ReviewsButch Walker - Afraid of Ghosts (Craig Manning)
Cloakroom - Further Out (Zac Djamoos)
Staff InterviewsButch Walker (Craig Manning)
Craig Manning on 02/02/15 - 08:06 AM
It's been twenty years of butt jokes and punk rock for the Dallas band, Bowling for Soup, and in honor of such a momentous benchmark the band is releasing a best-of compilation, Songs that People Actually Liked: Volume 1 (1994-2003). The album is out this week and is kind of amazing. Jaret Reddick, singer and guitarist for the band, took some time to answer a few questions about Bowling for Soup's rise to punk rock-dom. Check out the interview here.
I have waves of times where I wonder what we will do next. but every time we have any sort of break, my mind goes crazy with ideas for our next move. I used to always say, “I can’t imagine being 40 and playing songs about farting and high...
Caitlin DeWeese on 01/29/15 - 10:53 AM
John Nolan has a new album in the works, and it's all going to be funded through PledgeMusic. Don't know what PledgeMusic is or how it works? Neither did I, but it's pretty rad. Check out what John had to say about the site and what he has in the works for his upcoming solo record in our interview.
My last solo album came out almost 5 years ago now, and then Taking Back Sunday has put out 2 albums since then. A lot of what I’ve been working on has gone to Taking Back Sunday, but here and there I’ve had ideas for songs that I’ve put aside. In the past year there was a quick burst of stuff that came out after Taking Back Sunday’s album that I was feeling like “Oh my gosh, here it is”,...
Caitlin DeWeese on 01/26/15 - 08:36 AM
Test my arms, kick like crazy.
Show PhotosSaosin with Anthony Green - Austin, TX (Ryan Gardner)
InterviewJohn Nolan (Caitlin DeWeese)
Ryan Gardner on 01/26/15 - 08:01 AM
I'll be sitting down with Shane Told of Silverstein tomorrow in Portland, OR. Feel free to drop any questions you may have for him in the replies.
Jake Denning on 01/25/15 - 04:00 PM
I recently spoke at length with Ryan Neff of Miss May I, who are set to hop on tour with August Burns Red on the Frozen Flame U.S. Tour, which runs from January 22nd until March 8th. In addition to talking about the tour, we also talked about their time at Knotfest, radio crowds vs Warped Tour crowds, the U.S. Military, and a lot more. You can read the interview here.
I think you get more of an opportunity to get love from a crowd quickly in the Warped Tour side of things. I think it’s a younger group that are a lot more excited to latch onto new music, they’re coming to that show ready to pick up t-shirts from their favorite new band, ready to have somebody win them over at every...
Jake Denning on 01/20/15 - 11:35 AM
Staff InterviewsG-Eazy (Jake Denning)
Jake Denning on 01/02/15 - 08:37 AM
You can check out my new interview with Issues here. The band will return to the studio in 2015, set for a tentative fall release. They will also be touring in the spring.
Jake Denning on 12/23/14 - 12:24 PM
You can read our interview with From Indian Lakes here. In the interview, we talk about the band's tour with Relient K, their current album Absent Sounds, and what we can expect from the band in the future.
This record was written in a city, most of it, rather than the big, open spaces that I was in previously. I would get up out of bed, away from my wife and it’d be like 3 or 4 in the morning, and I’d sit at my kitchen table with a guitar and I’d be on Logic, and it was just stuff that was hitting me in those delirious moments, sort of almost drug-induced…
Jake Denning on 12/17/14 - 11:05 AM
You can check out our interview with Marmozets here. They're definitely a band to watch in 2015, as they have a wild live performance. Catch them on tour with Enter Shikari and Stray From The Path in the spring, dates are in the replies.
Jake Denning on 12/16/14 - 03:34 PM
Read our review with indie/folk singer-songwriter yellowbirddd, who also serves as Allison Weiss' bassist. We're still streaming his new album, CENTINELA.
I was driving. It happened so fast. One moment, I was driving carefully - conditions were not great - the next moment, I felt the van had lost control, and the next thing I knew we were going down into the median ditch and the van started to roll. Then we landed upright and I felt the cold wind coming in, and we immediately made sure everyone was okay.
Alex DiVincenzo on 12/15/14 - 04:47 PM
You can read our interview with Backtrack here. Who's seem them with Every Time I Die and The Ghost Inside this fall?
Jake Denning on 12/15/14 - 12:52 PM
"If I don't find peace in the valley, it's because there wasn't any there."
Staff InterviewsChad Perrone (Craig Manning)
Craig Manning on 12/10/14 - 09:06 AM
I recently sat down with Chad Gilbert of New Found Glory, in which we spoke about one of his favorite bands, Madball. We talk about his first experiences with the band, the possibility of new music from Hazen St., and more. You can check it out here.
The first time I saw them live, I actually opened for them. It was Shai Hulud, this local band Brethren, and Madball at Cheers in Miami, around 96'-97'. It was really crazy, the crowd was insane.
Jake Denning on 12/05/14 - 11:28 AM
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