Yesterday, Hopeless Recordscelebrated its 20th year of being a label. While many know Hopeless as a label that's released some of our users favorite albums of all time, it's also dedicated a lot of time, resources, and money to charity via Sub City, its nonprofit subsidiary. What's for certain is that Hopeless Records has been an integral part to this website, the scene, and many music fan's lives. Today, I'll be counting down my five favorite Hopeless Releases - feel free to add in your own lists as well. Here's to another 20 years!
In case you've been living in a cave for the last few weeks, AbsolutePunk.net and its AbsoluteVoices sites are sponsoring this month's South By So What?! festival in Grand Prairie, TX, this weekend October 25th and 26th. Over the last few weeks, we've done a festival spotlight along with a festival playlist. Today, I am highlighting the five must-see acts during the two-day festival. So check that out in the replies (along with our other featured content) and don't forget that tickets are still available.
On Tuesday, Kevin Devine released his seventh and eighth full-length albums (check Ryan Dennehy's Bulldozer review and my Bubblegum review). In continuing with our Kevin Devine Week, I am counting down my five favorite KevDev releases and opening up a discussion thread about the man's discography - what are your favorite releases and songs from one of the best songwriters in the scene? So check out my list in the replies and stay tuned for our podcast with Kevin tomorrow.
Saturday Night Live will always be something I look forward to watching every week. Every season I always look forward to what musical guests Lorne Michaels and company are going to book. Last week, Arcade Fire kicked off the 39th season, while Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry are booked for this week and next. SNL does a fairly decent job of mixing in established bands with up-and-coming bands throughout a season. What follows in the replies is my wish list for artists I hope to see grace the SNL stage this year along with what songs I'd like to see played. After you check out my list, make sure to add in what bands you'd like to see this season.
The only thing more exciting than pumpkin spice everything and horror movie events is October's insane slate of upcoming releases. Remember when I thought the month of September was going to be insane? Yeah, just kidding. There are a ton of stellar releases that span all genres in October, which will give music fans plenty of options to sort through for their end of year lists during the scarce months of November and December. So check out my most anticipated albums for the month of October in the replies and let us know what you're really excited for in the spookiest month of 2013.
Everything we've been doing over the last couple of months - from our guides to our playlists - have been leading up to this weekend's Riot Fest in Chicago. So there is only one thing left to do (other than, you know, attending the damn thing!) and that's to release our "must-see" acts at this weekend's festival. Since it's packed with many great bands, I asked Thomas Nassiff to count down his five most anticipated acts in addition to mine. You can check those out in the replies. You can find more information about Riot Fest at their website. Have fun this weekend and be safe!
Finally. My favorite time of the year is here - the leaves change colors, the wind gets a bit brisker for hoodie weather, and football is on television all weekend. Another perk of the fall is how many great albums are releasing this month and beyond. In fact, September is so stacked with anticipated releases that I asked a couple of staff members to add in their own blurbs to we could cover more ground and I wouldn't break my "Countdown" rules. So check out our most anticipated albums for the month of September in the replies and let us know what you're really excited for in the ninth month of 2013.
In a special Thursday edition of "The Countdown," I've decided to travel back ten years to rank the five best releases from the incredible year of 2003. Little did we know how good we had it back then - while I won't complain that this year's output hasn't been fairly good, 2003 was a year that showcased some of our favorite bands at the top of its game. I didn't realize how difficult this was all going to be - it kind of all hit me when I was staring at a list of 30+ great-to-classic albums and realizing I had to pick five. Seriously, check out what was released and then try to pick five! Anyways, my final five features at least one AP.net classic while leaving out a few other...
Summer's slipping away and the smell of autumn is emerging from the not-too-distant future. The month of August features a handful of fine albums that'll make the transition of seasons a little smoother. My five most anticipated albums for August range from a couple of pop-rock's finest to some of the best heavy albums of the year. The month is a good primer for the craziness that's going to be September (seriously, have you seen what's releasing that month?!?). Anyways, check out my list in the replies and feel free to discuss the albums you're anticipating next month.
It's hard to believe that we are half way through 2013. Six months in the books and yet there is still no instance of this year slowly down with quality releases week after week. I'm unveiling my five most anticipated July releases a week early since next Monday we'll be highlighting the staff's mid-year Top 10 lists. This month's list was a little easier to put together than last months insane smorgasbord of amazing LPs, but that doesn't mean there's a shortage of great stuff releasing in July. Check out my list in the replies and feel free to discuss the albums you're anticipating next month.
I didn't realize how stacked this month is for releases until I sat down to compile this list. It's just....wow, what a month. Needless to say, you will have plenty of choices for your summer soundtrack. Whether it's pop-punk, hip-hop, or stoner rock - there will be something for everyone. So check out my top five most anticipated releases of June. I know a lot of you will disagree (but I'm hoping a few agree!), so feel free to share what albums you're most excited for as the weather heats up.
With May on its way this week, it's time for me to list my five most anticipated records releasing this month. It's time to pack up the parkas and bring out the tanks and shorts as it's finally the season to roll down the windows and blast your favorite tunes as loudly as possible. Join in the discussion in the replies with the albums you're most anticipating in the month of May.
In a special (belated) The Countdown article today, I'll be ranking my five most anticipated releases for tomorrow's Record Store Day. For vinyl collectors like myself, Record Store Day is our holiday - a day where limited and rare records we thought we might never own can finally be ours. It's also a great day to get foot traffic into your local stores, which is the hook of RSD. It's a fun day to spend with fellow collectors and joining in 'the hunt' for that rare piece. In the replies you'll find my five most anticipated releases. You can see what is all releasing tomorrow here. Also, make sure to include the releases you're excited for tomorrow in the replies as well.
For today's "countdown" feature, I thought that we could maybe get a good discussion going about our favorite hidden gems in music. I posted a list of some of my favorites a while back in my blog, but I never shared them here. Here are 5 things I find cool about music. What are some of yours?
It's been a few weeks but we're back with another countdown list. Since it's the first Monday of March, I thought I would list my five most anticipated records that are releasing this month. As we inch closer to spring and warmer weather (well, warmer weather for those who don't live in Los Angeles), I can see a lot of people looking forward to more upbeat jams - something you can blast with the windows down. So avoid the winter blues by checking out this list to dream about warmer days ahead. Join in the discussion in the replies with the albums you're most anticipating in the month of March.
Silverstein has always been one of the more underrated "post-hardcore" bands in our scene. Despite moderate success over the years and some truly fantastic albums, the Ontario quintet has never seemed to garner as much respect or appreciation as their material deserves. With the band releasing its seventh studio album This Is How The Wind Shifts tomorrow (as well as chatting with us later tonight at 5 PM PST / 8 PM EST), I wanted to show some love to the band on this week's "Countdown." The band has evolved and refined its post-hardcore sound over the course of its 13 year career - the band sounds unrecognizable on its debut When Broken Is Easily Fixed. The growth and progress in
Today we are introducing a recurring new feature on the site titled "The Countdown" in which a staff member dishes out a list about anything music-related. I know that sounds kind of vague, but just stay with me. In recognition of Tegan and Sara's new album Heartthrob hitting stores tomorrow, I'm listing my 5 favorite videos from the duo. Over the last decade-plus, the Quin sisters' videos have emphasized rich color palettes and unique styles. The visual compliment is an essential ingredient to Tegan and Sara's music, often taking it to another level (also check out the evolution of their hair styles!). So, please enjoy my five favorite videos from the band. And feel free to...