Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival 2015 comes to an end. After spending 8 calendar years of passion and one full year of my life on the road with the festival, tonight is a very emotional night. All I know is we have all tried our damned hardest to make Mayhem a home for artists, a platform for bands to increase their fan base and a place where people feel welcomed.
Today, we’re working with Louder Noise to premiere a short clip featuring Escape The Fate vocalist Craig Mabbit and guitarist Kevin "Thrasher" Gruft, shot at a recent stop of the Vans Warped Tour. Louder Noise is a brand new lifestyle YouTube channel launching on August 6th, featuring a wide-spectrum of artists in the alternative music scene, including: H20, Miss May I, Motley Crue, We Came As Romans, and much more. Hit the replies to check out the short clip, in which Mabbit talks about his dog named “Bieber”. If you’d like to keep up with Louder Noise, you can check it out here.
Tom Alderson, drummer of Philadelphia, PA hardcore band Crosscheck, was badly injured Sunday night and is currently hospitalized. A GoFundMe page has been set up.
Our good friend, Tom Alderson, has experienced many heavy burdens recently, but more-so now than ever he needs our help. Sunday night, Tom suffered an incredible amount of physical injury and trauma to his head and other parts of his body. Currently hospitalized, he is going to be spending his 24th birthday laid up in a hospital room hooked to machines and barely being able to do much of anything for himself on his own. The injuries he has sustained are so severe, that they will be keeping him out of work for an undetermined...
Nina Corcoran wrote a great piece on Elliott Smith's self-titled album, which turned 20 this month, for Consequence of Sound. It's a fantastic read about the record, with interviews from many people involved with its release -- Mary Lou Lord, the founder of Kill Rock Stars, the director of Heaven Adores You, and Heatmiser.
His music is personal, and Elliott Smith capitalizes on that more than any other album in his discography. That’s what Smith’s self-titled album was when it was released in 1995, and that’s what it is 20 years later: an album to the listener, for the listener, from someone willing to listen. Elliott Smith is the secret you came across and cling to your heart,...
Billboard has posted an article on that whole Slaves being booted off Warped thing.
"When I booked him, my first question was, 'Is Jonny sober?'" Lyman tells Billboard via email, expressing concern over past problems Craig (who also fronts Dance Gavin Dance and Emarosa) had with drugs and alcohol. Craig admits he was drinking with his bandmates when the harrassment occurred.
Better Off, the band that released the criminally underrated (I Think) I'm Leaving in 2013, will release a sophomore LP titled Milk via Equal Vision on September 11. The album's first single, "Whatever, I Don't Care" is streaming in the replies, and Milk can be pre-ordered on the Internet (here, specifically). Imagine the state of affairs of your mailbox if you could pre-order a bundle with a carton of milk, hahaha!
I really don’t know. I can tell you what I do know though… He started in on rock and roll early. He was five years old when he asked for the AC/DC album Back in Black. At the time I was pretty naive about hard rock or punk rock and when I heard the record I was shocked. Why would my sweet child want to listen to this kind of music… the lyrics clearly suggested killing your mother. Of course they didn’t suggest that… but that’s what it sounded like to me. What happened to those days of Mr. Moon? I didn’t get it… and that was pretty much the beginning of not getting it for quite a long time.
Remember the video we posted yesterday of 1,000 Foo Fighters fans covering "Learn to Fly" together in Italy? Well, Dave Grohl has responded (in Italian). Hit the replies to see the video and read a brief translation.
Head over to Seth Rollinstwitter page to check out a brand new song from Terror, "Mind At War". The band's new album, The 25th Hour, drops August 7th via Victory Records - I recommend checking out pre-orders.
Yes! It's Friday, which means we're back with another AbsolutePlaylist. This week, I've got a playlist that represents most of what I've been listening to regularly in the gym this summer as the heat gets into the triple digits. If you like heavy music, this one's for you. Head to the replies to check it out.
The Maccabees superb new album Marks To Prove It managed to defy all modern logic and happenings to stay (near enough) unleaked and unavailable to listen to in full until official release day, which is today! So go and check it out, read our review of it and have a great weekend!
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Here are the albums that are in stores today. Pick up anything good? What do you recommend? If we missed anything, please add it to our calendar. We recommend Rdio or Spotify for album streams of new releases and check out our review section to see what our staff thought of the albums.
The Front Bottoms will release their new album Back On Top via Fueled By Ramen on September 18th. Pre-orders are available now. You can view the tracklisting and album art in the replies, as well as watch a music video for a new song entitled "HELP."
Did you know Thomas can dunk? This is the episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast where I try and convince him to rename his basketball team "Defend Pop-Dunk." This week we also talk about if listeners will accept the "new" Blink-182, what the "hiatus" means for The Gaslight Anthem, do we think it's ok for record labels to exist only to re-press albums, something about Brand New, the Vinylify service, and Bill Simmons' move to HBO and its impact on the internet/media world. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded below.
We recently spoke with Joywave about their debut album How Do You Feel Now? Check it out here.
What gets sent to radio and what’s decided on as a single seems really arbitrary. We didn’t make the record trying to make any singles. There was no song where we were like, all right, this one has to be this certain way, outside of “Destruction.” The spots that we made quote-unquote “catchy” in that song are a joke. It’s tongue in cheek.
Apparently, the city of Cesena, Italy want Foo Fighters to perform there so badly that 1,000 residents learned how to play "Learn to Fly" and covered it together. You can watch a video of their performance and plea for the Foos in the replies.
Scott Murphy of Allister and Takeshi Hosomi of Ellegarden have started a new band called Monoeyes. The group's debut record, A Mirage in the Sun, is out now via Universal Japan. Hit the replies for two music videos for the album's singles.