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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 - 09:00 AM
Head to the replies for this week's Small Band Round-Up.
Christian Wagner on 09/01/13 - 06:13 PM
This week on the Self Promotion Forum, I found one of my favourite bands in the forum in recent times. Greaver are a four piece post-hardcore band from North Carolina who easily fall in to the emo world. Their recent debut EP, Clockwork, Creatures, is an intense emotional rollercoaster filled with urgent screams and epic instrumentation. Bringing to mind State Faults, Greaver have already created a thrilling, outstanding EP despite their musical youth. The EP is available as 'name your price' on their Bandcamp. Check them out, you won't regret it. Interested in being a part of the Self-Promotion Spotlight? It's easy, just sign up for an AbsolutePunk.net account and post in the...
Kelly Doherty on 09/01/13 - 11:58 AM
Looking for some new music? Head to the replies to see what was submitted to AP.net recently.
Ryan Gardner on 09/01/13 - 10:31 AM
"Step into your skin? I'd rather jump in your bones. Taking up your mouth, so you breathe through your nose."
Kyle HuntingtonAs most people around here can imagine...The 1975's debut album which is released this week. Come and talk to us about it in the thread. As well as the podcast that Jason, Drew and myself recorded about the album and the band which you can check out here. A bit of Sons Of Anarchy on the side too.
BlakeI've been listening to a bunch of Real Friends this week. Stuff from Everyone That Dragged You Here, Acoustic Songs and Put Yourself Back Together. They're a fun/sad/fast pop-punk band for fans of Man Overboard.
Deborah RemusGo see Single Mothers on their first Western...
Kyle Huntington on 09/01/13 - 07:37 AM
In case you missed them during the week or didn't have time to read them before, head to the replies for a second chance to check out the interviews posted this week.
Jonathan Bautts on 08/31/13 - 08:54 PM
Today's interview from the random questionnaire offered to any and all bands comes from Digits. You can read the interview here.
Zac Djamoos on 08/30/13 - 03:54 PM
Earlier this week, Tim Kasher released the first single from his upcoming album, Adult Film. Kasher is, of course, better known as the leader of Cursive and while I love that band, I've always preferred his solo work. So that's the inspiration for this week's discussion leading into the holiday weekend. In what cases do you prefer a side project or solo effort over the more-known or popular full band act? Do you prefer The Eraser over anything in Radiohead? Is Desaparecidos the superior Conor Oberst product? Are you a Horrible Crowes fan or do you stick by The Gaslight Anthem? Let us know in the replies.
Drew Beringer on 08/30/13 - 12:53 PM
The 1975's upcoming self-titled debut is one of the most anticipated albums of 2013. Jason and I were fortunate enough to get advances of this record a while back and we are both pretty big fans of it (it may potentially top Jason's AOTY list). Fellow staff member Kyle Huntington also had the pleasure to hear the album early and we invited him on as our guest for this week's podcast in which we discuss the album at length. We also get Kyle's UK perspective, since the band originated from and have blown up over there. You can stream The 1975's debut record now and check out the podcast afterwards.

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Drew Beringer on 08/30/13 - 11:51 AM
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Jason Tate on 08/30/13 - 11:00 AM
Today's second interview from the random questionnaire offered to any and all bands comes from The Hunger Pact. You can read the interview here.
Zac Djamoos on 08/29/13 - 08:08 PM
Today's first interview from the random questionnaire offered to any and all bands comes from Game Changer. You can read the interview here.
Zac Djamoos on 08/29/13 - 07:22 AM
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...
Drew Beringer on 08/29/13 - 05:24 AM
Today's interview from the random questionnaire offered to any and all bands comes from Happy Lives. You can read the interview here.
Zac Djamoos on 08/28/13 - 04:10 PM
Today's Behind The Bits is a bit of a departure, because I'm releasing it as an audio interview! I also did not plan on releasing it as an audio interview at first, which is why I paid no mind to the audio quality as I was recording it. So yes, I know it does not sound great, but can we move on? My talk with former UCB Artistic Director and Comedy Bang! Bang! head writer Neil Campbell is great otherwise, so head over to my blog and focus on the positives. Fear not, though, all the kinks were sufficiently worked out in time for my talk with next week's guest, Kumail Nanjiani.
Cody Nelson on 08/28/13 - 10:04 AM
Read my interview with Run For Cover Records hip hop artist GDP. Leave a comment on the interview to be entered in our contest. One grand prize winner will be selected to win a rare vinyl test press of his latest EP, Holla, along with a vinyl copy of Useless and a GDP shirt. Additional giveaways will be held on Twitter and Facebook, so keep an eye out.
If my music wasn't so personal to me, I wouldn't be as motivated to still be making and performing it. By the time it gets to the listener, I am comfortable with whatever reactions anyone might have.
Alex DiVincenzo on 08/27/13 - 03:10 PM
Today's interview from the random questionnaire offered to any and all bands comes from we.own.the.sky. You can read the interview here.
Zac Djamoos on 08/27/13 - 09:39 AM
So come with me, I'll buy you a raincoat.
ReviewsMoving Mountains - Moving Mountains (Jack Appleby)
Derek Webb - I Was Wrong, I'm Sorry & I Love You (Gregory Robson)
Show ReviewsDeafheaven (8/23/13 at The Echoplex, Los Angeles) (Drew Beringer)
InterviewsGDP (Alex DiVincenzo)
Jack Appleby on 08/27/13 - 03:38 AM
Today's second interview from the random questionnaire offered to any and all bands comes from Mojo Waves. You can read the interview here.
Linda Ferreira on 08/26/13 - 02:21 PM
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 - 12:09 PM
Today's interview from the random questionnaire offered to any and all bands comes from Southern Train Gypsy. You can read the interview here.
Zac Djamoos on 08/26/13 - 09:46 AM
Head to the replies for this week's Small Band Round Up.
Christian Wagner on 08/25/13 - 05:25 PM
This week on the Self Promotion Forum, I came across a band I've been quite a fan of for some time now. Smalls is a five piece pop-punk band hailing from Los Angeles whose female fronted, raw sound makes them stand out from their identikit peers.Their recent EP, Expecting The Worse perfectly showcases the band's pop sensibilities alongside their D.I.Y, punky aesthetic. Expecting The Worse is available as 'name your price' on their Bandcamp. Give a couple of years and Smalls will be very, very big... (ahem). Interested in being a part of the Self-Promotion Spotlight? It's easy, just sign up for an AbsolutePunk.net account and post in the Self-Promotion forum.
Kelly Doherty on 08/25/13 - 10:14 AM
Looking for some new music? Head to the replies to see what was submitted to AP.net recently.
Ryan Gardner on 08/25/13 - 08:25 AM
"Some see what's possible, others change what's possible."
Drew BeringerThe new Balance and Composure record totally destroys Separation.
Jake DenningThis week, I've been listening to one of my favorite bands, P.O.D., alongside Turnstile, O' Brother, and Daylight. Also, after hearing Jason and Drew's recent chat with Riley Breckenridge of Thrice, I've been spinning Vheissu and The Alchemy Index as well.
Jack ApplebyDo yourself a favor and go see The World's End - just a great, enjoyable movie. Musically, lots of Moving Mountains, Live Alive, and Say Anything. Pretty damn excited about the upcoming NBA season as well.
BlakeI''ve been re-living freshman year of college and listening to lots...
Jake Denning on 08/25/13 - 12:04 AM
Today's second interview from the random questionnaire offered to any and all bands comes from Doomed From Day One. You can read the interview here.
Linda Ferreira on 08/23/13 - 01:16 PM
Like many of you, Jason and I are pretty huge fans of Thrice and we celebrate every release in its discography. So it was quite the honor to speak Riley Breckenridge on the latest AbsolutePunk.net Podcast episode. In this episode, we break down the entire Thrice discography (with Riley sharing a lot of cool stories and inside information), talk about the band's current status, and we even fit in a little baseball talk.

You can subscribe to this podcast in a variety of ways: via iTunes, your own RSS feed (instructions below), or streaming/downloading the mp3 in the replies. You can also find our previous episodes on iTunes and SoundCloud. As always, we hope you enjoy.
Drew Beringer on 08/23/13 - 11:35 AM
Just a friendly reminder to make sure you check us out on other social networks. We are on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Last.fm, and Rdio. The AP.net staff can also be found elsewhere online, this post highlights where. Show us some love.
Jason Tate on 08/23/13 - 11:00 AM
Today's interview from the random questionnaire offered to any and all bands comes from The Dead Good. You can read the interview here.
Zac Djamoos on 08/23/13 - 10:39 AM
This year's Reading and Leeds-goers are currently being bombarded with a raft of bands to check out this weekend. We know you're a smart bunch, so our recommended bands' combined stagetime adds up to exactly five hours. Fill a nice chunk of your weekend with these guys, then the rest is up to you...
Andy Biddulph on 08/23/13 - 12:14 AM
Today's second interview from the random questionnaire offered to any and all bands comes from Ten Ton Man. You can read the interview here.
Zac Djamoos on 08/22/13 - 03:33 PM
Today's interview from the random questionnaire offered to any and all bands comes from Courtesy Drop. You can read the interview here.
Linda Ferreira on 08/22/13 - 10:48 AM
Today's second interview from the random questionnaire offered to any and all bands comes from Emperor Chung. You can read the interview here.
Linda Ferreira on 08/21/13 - 05:56 PM
Today's interview from the random questionnaire offered to any and all bands comes from Valfader. You can read the interview here.
Linda Ferreira on 08/21/13 - 12:14 PM
It's Wednesday morning, so I'm very excited to unveil the newest Behind The Bits installment: the second part of my talk with Paul F. Tompkins. We touch on everything here; podcasts, Rescue Dawn, mythical creatures.....death? Who knows! You'll have to read it to find out. As always, head over to my blog to check it out, and I'll see you all here next week with a great talk with one of my favorite people, Comedy Bang! Bang! TV show head writer and improviser extraordinaire Neil Campbell.
Yeah, it’s more ‘what’s a ridiculous thing this person would never do?’ You know? And that, to me, is the fun. You try avoid just rambling off career highlights and quoting lines from their movies; it...
Cody Nelson on 08/21/13 - 06:03 AM
Today's second interview from the random questionnaire offered to any and all bands comes from We Are Forever. You can read the interview here.
Linda Ferreira on 08/20/13 - 05:17 PM
Today's interview from the random questionnaire offered to any and all bands comes from Sleep City. You can read the interview here.
Linda Ferreira on 08/20/13 - 12:09 PM
Welcome back to another round of the AP.net Roundtable - an article revolving around a much-anticipated album and the discussion it inspires amongst a handful of staff members. Today's roundtable article features Jason Tate, Craig Manning, Ryan Gardner, Cody Nelson and myself discussing Yellowcard's latest release, Ocean Avenue Acoustic. Throughout the discussion we touched on which renditions were executed the best, favorite moments on the release, and why this album has affected so many pop-punk fans. So pick up your copy of Ocean Avenue Acoustic, put the needle down, and check out the latest AP.net Roundtable discussion in the replies.
Drew Beringer on 08/20/13 - 09:26 AM
Today's second interview from the random questionnaire offered to any and all bands comes from Akkilles. You can read the interview here.
Linda Ferreira on 08/19/13 - 05:17 PM
Today's interview from the random questionnaire offered to any and all bands comes from Glimmermen. You can read the interview here.
Linda Ferreira on 08/19/13 - 02:22 PM
"Too many shadows in my room, too many hours in this midnight."
Staff ReviewsJohn Mayer - Paradise Valley (Craig Manning)
A$AP Ferg - Trap Lord (Jake Jenkins)
Craig Manning on 08/19/13 - 08:15 AM
In case you missed them during the week or didn't have time to read them before, head to the replies for a second chance to check out the interviews posted this week.
Jonathan Bautts on 08/19/13 - 01:29 AM
As part of our continuing Riot Fest coverage, today we've got a 70-song playlist for you featuring the bands performing at the September festival. We used the Chicago lineup to curate our playlist, which can be found on Spotify and Rdio. You can see the tracklisting in the replies and check out the playlist, maybe while you peruse our Riot Fest coverage so far (including our Riot Fest For Dummies guide in case you missed that). Remember, you can pick up tickets on the festival's website.
Thomas Nassiff on 08/18/13 - 11:38 PM
Head to the replies for this week's Small Band Round-Up.
Christian Wagner on 08/18/13 - 12:04 PM
In a slight change from the normal, this week I came across a book on the Self Promotion Forum. Titled Play Me Like Your Favorite Record and written by AP member, Nathan Thomas (luckisoverrated), the novel follows three friends on their adventure in re-staking their claim on their local music scene. Inspired by this particular thread the book is bound to appeal to all of us who spend so much time on the AP forums. Nathan has posted up an excerpt on the Self Promotion Forum and if you need a little more insight into the book just PM him and he'll provide the first three chapters for free. If you like, you can buy the book here. Interested in being a part of the Self-Promotion Spotlight?...
Kelly Doherty on 08/18/13 - 08:33 AM
Looking for some new music? Head to the replies to see what was submitted to AP.net recently.
Ryan Gardner on 08/18/13 - 06:58 AM
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