Steven Hyden, writing for Grantland, floats the idea of artists no longer releasing the traditional album for sale. I think the idea is interesting enough that if I was at a label I'd maybe play around with the idea for a few months leading into a more traditional release cycle and sale.
Hereís a truism thatís been proven time and again for nearly two decades: People canít be guilted into spending money on music. Theyíll spend money only out of a sense of need or want. So, how do you make people need or want something that is everywhere? Charging money for access to music online is like putting part of the sky behind a paywall ó even if itís a really well-tended part of the sky, itís...
It's the 20th anniversary of our debut album, we're going on tour this fall to play a handful of shows in celebration. We'll be playing the entire record front to back for the first time ever. We hope all our fans will come join with us to celebrate. #20YearsQueer.
Presale: Thur, Jun 11, 2015 - 10:00AM PDT
Onsale: Fri, Jun 12, 2015 - 10:00AM PDT
Aaron Weiss of mewithoutYou spoke with MySpace about his spirituality and how it impacted writing their new record, Pale Horses.
If I had to pinpoint any one thing, itíd probably be sitting with a guru. I had kind of a spiritual guide for a few years. I would go and sit with him; he was someone who would talk to me about God and about who I am and what I know, and it was humbling because he cut through me in a lot of ways. He cut through my arrogance and showed me how arrogant and foolish I am. It was difficult to sit with him because he showed me all the ways I was and am a hypocrite, and it made it hard to take myself seriously when I tried to go out and talk about God or truths or...
Rock act Florence + The Machine claims its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as their third album, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, debuts atop the list. The set was released on June 2 and shifted 137,000 equivalent album units in the week ending June 7, according to Nielsen Music. Previously, the act -- which is led by singer Florence Welch -- topped out at No. 6 with their last album, 2011ís Ceremonials. Florence + The Machineís 2009 debut, Lungs, peaked at No. 14.
Spotify is reporting they have now hit 75m users, 20m of them are premium. Lemme know when all the "niche/indie artists" are collecting their seven figure checks.
According to Spotify, with 20 million subscribers, a "niche/indie artist" could expect to generate $1.2m a year in Spotify payouts, while a "heritage artist" would generate $2.6m. It also claimed that an artist in the companyís top 100 chart could get $3.3m, while a "global superstar" could generate $13.9m.
Pentimento will release a new 7" called Stuck Forever via Bad Timing Records in anticipation of a full length coming this fall. We are streaming the title track, which you can hear in the replies. Whereas Inside The Sea drew heavy influences from Where You Want To Be-era Taking Back Sunday, "Stuck Forever" has a more somber feel early on, with guitar plucks echoing the softer vocals. The guitars and drums pick up as the chorus takes off, making the line "Does it feel like we're stuck forever, alone together" get stuck in your head. The repetition hits harder every time and then the song cuts back to the softer side, making the chorus really stand out. The result is one of the best songs...
We've teamed with BalconyTV to bring you a performance video from Plain White T's. Head to the replies to watch the band play "Pause" from a rooftop with the hills of Los Angeles as their backdrop, plus an interview. The tune comes from the band's new album, American Nights, which is available now from Megaforce Records.
Wolf Alice will release their superb debut album My Love Is Cool on June 23rd via Dirty Hit Records (The 1975, The Japanese House, Marika Hackman) and today one of the "fan favourites" from their live shows for some time has now been revealed in its album form. Check out "You're A Germ" in the replies.
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.
Hit the replies to stream a new Desaparecidos song, "The Left is Right." You can stream two other singles, "Backsell" and "The Underground Man," on Spotify. Payola will be released on June 23 via Epitaph Records.
You, Me, and Everyone We Know frontman Ben Liebsch has checked in once again from the band's headlining tour with Daisyhead and Future Crooks. Head to the replies to read the second installment, where he gets brutally honest about his emotions on the road.
Around this time last year, Only on Weekends released their debut EP, Light Years and Heavy Lifting. It was a short, sweet taste of the band's brand of pop-punk, similar to early 2000s pop-punk or more recent bands like Light Years or earlier Turnover. Today they're releasing the video for "Prince of 187th Street." It's the best song Only on Weekends have released, so you'll want to check out the video in the replies.
Today we'd like to welcome new staff member Chrisanne Grise to our team! Chrisanne will be a new contributing interviewer on the website and she's written up a little intro below. I hope everyone will join me in welcoming our newest staff member.
This Wild Life have released a new version of their 2014 debut album, Clouded, today. The upgraded collection is called Clouded Atmosphere Edition; it features three new songs "Stay Up Late", "It's Alright", and "Alone With Me" which were all recorded with Jeremy McKinnon from A Day To Remember and Erik Ron. The new edition also features three live songs, "Sleepwalking", "Concrete", and "Roots and Branches (Meant To Be Alone)." It's now up on iTunes and a physical edition will be available at Warped Tour.
hey people! well, the day we have been in denial about for years has finally arrived and starting this September (2015), our beloved Beaver wonít be able to join us on the road to melt faces with his 6 string stack attack anymore. it is a sad reality, but letís turn these frowns upside down and whip this into an exciting opportunity! Do you play guitar? Are you familiar with our music? Have you felt like youíve been living in a dingbat-clown-idiot society since you were a little kid and always hoped your real parents from Rigel 7 would come rescue you? Well, then get at us ASAP! Women are strongly encouraged to apply! Hit us up at
Jack Antonoff has created a New Jersey music festival named Shadow of the City. He curated the lineup, which you can see in the replies, himself. Bleachers and Charli XCX will headline.
We're going to have a ton of fun stuff going on. The first year we're doing one stage, so there are no competing set times. All the artists will play back to back to back on the one stage. We're going to bring in all these local food trucks and carnival games. Weird NJ, which is one of the greatest magazines of all time, is going to have a presence. My sister [Rachel Antonoff] is a designer, and she's going to have a presence. We'll have records for sale. It's going to be like a little flea...