AP.net and Made of Chalk have partnered up to bring you a series of live videos that Chalk TV shoots at various shows in Chicago. Since many people don't have the time or means to attend many of these shows and watch their favourite bands perform, we figured you might all enjoy these gems. Or perhaps some of the videos will prompt you to go see these bands live, because they most certainly deserve your attention. Now onto business, because the first video up is a great performance by A Great Big Pile of Leaves, who recently released one of the catchiest indie-rock albums of the summer titled You're Always On My Mind. So head to the replies to watch the AP.net premiere of "We Don't Need...
Today we're bringing you a new song from Direct Hit! called "White Robes" and you can listen to it in the replies. The band recorded its follow-up to Domesplitter with Mike Kennerty from The All-American Rejects and now Brainless God is being released digitally through Red Scare Industries on September 3rd and physically on September 10th. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the replies and if you like the track you can pre-order the record.
Former Bridge Nine Records artists Energy will be releasing their new EP, New Worlds of Fear, on September 10th. Head to the replies to hear their cover of the Ramones' "Pet Sematary" along with the title track from the EP. If you like what you hear, pre-order the CD and cassette.
We've partnered up with ScionAV to premiere the video interview they conducted with Touché Amoré on the "All Purpose Show" with Prince Paul and Mr. Dead before the band's performance at this year's Scion Rock Fest. It's a fun, short interview - Prince Paul and Mr. Dead ask the band the origin of its name as well as how the members of the band are clean, cut metal heads. Check it out in the replies. Don't forget, the band's new album, Is Survived By, hit stores on September 24th.
On October 8th, Save Your Breath will release its Animal Style Records debut, There Used To Be A Place For Us. And today we're giving you a small slice of the Welsh pop-punkers' debut by premiering "Abandon." You know the drill - if you enjoy the musical stylings of The Wonder Years and the like, you'll totally dig this. You can stream the song in the replies and you can pre-order the LP via Animal Style. You'll have options to bundle any combination of the vinyl, cd, shirt, and poster together and it was pressed on 100 copies on white, 200 on gold, and 200 on clear with black streaks. So check out the song and let us know what you think.
UK-based Everybody Looks Famous is a female-fronted pop-rock act set to release their new EP Fuel To The Fire on Go Faster Records. Although an easy comparison to make, fans of Every Avenue, We Are The In Crowd, and The Downtown Fiction will enjoy this. Today we're premiering the title track which you can listen to in the replies.
Nashville's The Get Togethers are gearing up to release their debut album, Home As In Houston, on September 24th. Each track reflects on the life of vocalist Bethany Gray Frazier each month of the year 2007. Today, we are excited to premiere "July," which can be heard in the replies or on their AP.net Profile. Fans of Now, Now and Eisley should enjoy this one.
In case you've got a case of the Monday's, Culprit should fix that right up. Produced by Dryw Owens (From Indian Lakes) and Erik Ron (I, The Mighty) Culprit's new EP, Totem, is uniquely energetic, melodic, ambient at times, and overall an ambitious entry into an already promising career. That's why we're happy to premiere it today. Fans of Envy on the Coast, Armor for Sleep and early As Tall As Lions shouldn't sleep on this. So stream it in the replies, read our review and of course, if you enjoy the album be sure to pick up a copy starting tomorrow, August 20th, via Easy Killer Records.
Blink-182's "Dammit" is a borderline classic around here, and rightfully so. It's a fantastic track, from a band that turned countless people into music lovers. Michael Bernard Fitzgerald clearly has an appreciation for the song, releasing a soulful cover that's both nostalgic and new. Enjoy Michael's rendition in the replies, and pick up his debut album, Yes, on August 27.
It's Friday - how about a new band? Live Alive's a brand new act with a pretty cool sound, hitting an energetic pop-rock/pop-punk sound somewhere between Go Radio, Fireworks, and old Red Jumpsuit Apparatus. Today we've got the band's second song ever, "Movin' On," featuring none other than Terrible Things/ex-Taking Back Sunday vocalist Fred Mascherino. Go have a little fun in the replies and enjoy some new talent.
I am beyond excited to unveil what we've landed today. With over 20 years in the industry, Jim Norton has become one of the biggest names not only in dark comedy, but simply in comedy on the whole. Frequently regarded as the 'third mic' on the Opie & Anthony radio show, Norton feels no topic is taboo, and it doesn't take long for that mindset to shine through on any of his specials. We're lucky enough to have an exclusive stream of Norton's newest album Please Be Offended running all day today. Tackling such subjects as the Westboro Baptist Church and the Ground Zero mosque, this record is definitely controversial and definitely hilarious. Head to the replies to give it a listen, and...
After last week's successful premiere of the first installment of Vanna's The Few and the Far Between: The Movie, we now present you with the second chapter of the ten-part saga. This video is set to "Year of the Rat" as the plot thickens for our protagonists. Head to the replies to watch it, and come back next Friday for more.
We're very excited to bring you a brand new single/video premiere from a former Absolute100 artist, Moneta. "All My Fault" is the first song to feature new vocalist Jordan Thompson, as well as the first glimpse into what the band's upcoming record The Only Constant sounds like, produced by Jim Wirt (Something Corporate, Jack's Mannequin, The Rocket Summer). They will be headlining at The Showbox at the Market tonight in Seattle, and we're giving the first person who is interested the chance to get in for FREE - just be the first person to follow/@reply the band's twitter and tell them you'd like to attend. Head to the replies to check out the new video.
Today we're very excited to share a cut from Echo Base's upcoming debut full-length, Some Legacy. "God Dammit, Phaynes" is named after AP.net's favorite curmudgeonly user, and is the final track on the record. If you've enjoyed the recent surge in "twinkle" bands, make sure to check this out - Echo Base are poised to challenge Dads for the title of "best two-piece emo band." The album, set to be released independently on September 3rd, can be pre-ordered at Bandcamp for a minimum of $5 with all digital sales going towards pressing the record on vinyl.
The Teeth recently finished up their short US/Canada tour trek with The Greenery. Today we have part two (the last part) of a tour diary from vocalist Joey Heid - check it out in the replies. Be sure to catch up on part one if you missed it.
Today we've got a great song that's gonna make you pump your fist as we're exclusively streaming "A Fool Walks Into a Bar and Cries Wolf," the latest anthem from Better Off. Taken from the band's forthcoming full length (I Think) I'm Leaving, this song was made for those who fell in love with the early to mid 2000's emo scene and pledge allegiance to the likes of Jimmy Eat World and Hot Rod Circuit. Check out the song in the replies and the album will be in stores on September 24th via 6131 Records / Blood & Ink Records.
Producers Bill Stevenson and Jason Livermore have been unofficial members of Rise Against since the band recorded Revolutions Per Minute at the legendary Blasting Room. In this exclusive behind-the-scenes video for AbsolutePunk, the band talks about the influence the two have had on their song writing and career. It's all a part of the lead-up to the September 10th release of the band's b-sides and rarities collection, Long Forgotten Songs: B-Sides & Covers 2000-2013. which is available for pre-order in a variety of bundles. Check out the video in the replies.
Today we're streaming Patterns In Static, the new EP from NJ-based band Reach. Formerly Boy Meets Machine, the group has returned to its alt. rock roots to deliver its debut EP with a new direction and moniker. Listen to it in the replies.
It's been a little while since we hosted a Typhoon exclusive, so it's exciting to bring a few goodies to their AP.net fans here today. In the replies, you will find the album teaser video featuring back-scene footage of the band while recording their fantastic new album White Lighter (out on August 20th via Roll Call Records) on Pendarvis Farm in Oregon. But that's not all! If you, the readers, help us spread the word about this on your social networks, you will be automatically entered in our awesome contest. So without further ado, head to the replies to read more about the contest and the great prizes that we're giving out. Good luck!
Our good friends in Driver Friendly had a chance to meet up with us during a stop of Warped Tour and played "I Can See Canyons" acoustic for us. You can watch it in the replies and make sure you read Anthony's review of Peaks + Valleyshere.
Today we're streaming a brand new song from Shreddy Krueger called "Inamorata" and you can hear it in the replies. This group features members from Secret and Whisper, a band lots of people were into when I was still rounding up Canadian news for the site. The Grieving will be released on September 3rd through InVogue Records and pre-order bundles are available if you like what you hear.
This one is for the older crowd. If you're a fan of Death By Stereo or Propagandhi, allow me to introduce you to A Dying Regime. The Orlando, FL natives have just signed to Dying Scene Records and are going to put out their new EP Shuttles next month. Listen to "Stand Up" in the replies and leave your thoughts as well.
Rather than put out a music video in support of The Few and the Far Between, Vanna have decided to release an entire film made up of music videos for each track. The coming-of-age saga, aptly titled The Few and the Far Between: The Movie, follows the themes explored on the album. Head to the replies to watch the first chapter, which is set to the first two tracks, "The Few and the Far Between" and "The Lost Art of Staying Alive." Check every Friday, as we will be premiering all ten parts to reveal the complete narrative.
Flyleaf are currently supporting the new EP, Who We Are, their first effort with new frontwoman Kristen May. You can listen to a live rendition of "Great Love," an unreleased bonus track from the EP, in the replies. The song is also available to download for free. But wait, there's more! Leave a comment on this post to be entered to win a copy of the EP (available now on iTunes and Amazon) and an original woodblock print designed by bassist Pat Seals.
With their sophomore EP, Totem, Los Angeles' Culprit are exploring new territories while sticking to those good ol' hooks. Produced by Dryw Owens (From Indian Lakes, Consider The Theif), the qualities that evoked I The Mighty and Armor For Sleep comparisons linger, but are tinged with HRVRD and Moving Mountains-esque sounds. "Piece Of Eden" sums it up nicely - head to the replies to hear our exclusive of the track. And in honor of the premiere, the band's giving AP.net users a treat - 15% off all pre-orders for their new EP with the code "absolutepunk" at check-out. So enjoy Eden, and grab Totem on August 20 via Easy Killer Records.
Maps For Travelers may not be well-known now, but that should change after listeners hear the quartet's No Sleep Records debut, Change Your Name. Today we're bringing another slice of that record exclusively to you by premiering the song, "World On a Wire." The band has the intensity of all your favorite late 90s/early 00s post-hardcore bands. Check out the song in the replies and then pre-order the record here.
The Teeth are finishing up their short US/Canada tour trek with The Greenery. Today we have part one of a tour diary from vocalist Joey Heid - check it out in the replies. We'll have part two next Wednesday. The band's album, Homewrecker, was released last August via Rock Paper Records.
There's been a lot of hype and anticipation for the upcoming Rookie Of The Year record, and rightfully so. The Goodnight Moon Part II delivers the follow-up that ROTY fans have been waiting for. The band has given us two songs from the new record that flow into each other, so take a listen to "Raleigh" and "Love and War" in the replies. You can pre-order here.
Bobby Vaughn's brainchild, The Promise Hero, will be releasing its new album, Déjà Vu', on August 13th via TDR Records and today we're streaming the entire thing. It's a delightful slice of indie-pop goodness that'll get your head bopping. You can stream it in the replies or over at the band's AP.net profile. And if you dig the tune you can pre-order the record here.
Say hello to your new favorite band, Little Big League. Today, we're premiering the band's spectacular Tiny Engines' debut, These Are Good People. Rolling in the vein of late 90's emo and indie guitar rock, the band is led by Michelle Zauner's intense, unique vocals that paint a picture of tension, impending danger, and vulnerability amongst the dark musicianship. It's absolutely one of my favorite releases of 2013 and I know a lot of users here will love this release. Check it out in the replies and pre-order it here and use the code "LBL20" to save 20% on the LP, which is gorgeous by the way.
At the beginning of last month, we premiered a new song from Long Lost's (Transit vocalist Joe Boynton's side project) No Sleep Records' debut, Save Yourself, Start Again. We thought it'd only be appropriate for us to premiere the entire LP at the beginning of this month then. Head on over to the replies to stream the album in its entirety and then pre-order it here. The album is in stores tomorrow.
Two weeks ago we premiered Rigoletto's music video, and now we're premiering the band's latest single "Twenty Five." It comes from the band's upcoming record Delusions Of Grandeur, which you can pre-order here. My comparison to The 1975 was deemed pretty accurate, others also got a Coasta vibe. Listen to the song in the replies and let us know what you think.
Hailing from Madison, WI, Serianna is set to release their new LP Define Me in less than two weeks. Signed to Bullet Tooth, the metalcore outfit is undoubtedly releasing their most punishing music to date. Today we're streaming the track "Analog" and you can hear it in the replies. You can pre-order the record on CD and digital and read an interview we did with the band here.
Ballyhoo! have finished up their 40+ date co-headlining tour with Authority Zero that began May 31st. Today we have part five of our tour diary series with frontman Howi Spangler - this is the final blog. Catch up on part one, part two, part three, and part four if you missed them. Their new record, Pineapple Grenade, is now available.
Nathan Hussey has had some damn good years. As vocalist/guitarist/songwriter of All Get Out, Hussey and friends played their way to the top of our Best in '11 lists with their stellar full-length, The Season, then hit the road with La Dispute, Anberlin, Transit, and more. Today we're pleased to bring you an exclusive album stream of Nathan's first solo release, Ground Me - listen to the full record in the replies & grab it online August 6. Recommended for fans of Kevin Devine, Andrew Jackson Jihad, and Owen.
You've never heard of The Malones, and that's okay. Neither have I, and neither has anyone else. The fine folks at Quiet Country Audio decided to do a session with them and this is undoubtedly my favorite session to date. This band is brand new, but you'll be hearing big things from them soon. If you like The Strokes, you need to check this out now. Watch the videos in the replies and you can purchase the audio here.
I cannot stop raving about San Francisco's Ghost Parade. The band encompasses all my favorites, showcasing the technicality of The Receiving End Of Sirens and Circa Survive, the grit of Balance & Composure, all while channeling Deftones in their own unique way. It's aggressive, it's passionate, it's raw - so, so good. We're premiering their energetic new music video for "Low" - check out the awesome in the replies. And in honor of the premiere, the band's giving 20% off their debut EP to AbsolutePunk members - just use the code 'absolutepunk' on their BandCamp. So buy that. Also, Panda.
We're super excited to premiere Blue Jay, the second release from Texas post-hardcore band, Meraki/Toska. Eight tracks of blistering post-hardcore, Blue Jay is sure to wake you up at this fine hour. Head to replies to check it out.
Recent Solid State signees The Ongoing Concept are aiming to turn heavy music on its ear. The band will release its debut album, Saloon, on August 20th but we're here to premiere the new single, "Class of Twenty-Ten." The Idaho quartet incorporates banjos, handclaps into its brand of chaotic metal. I can't stop listening to it. Check it out in the replies and if you like it, pre-order the album here.
We're premiering NY hardcore act Still Rings True's video for "Empty." One of the newest signees to Anchor 84 Records, the video has spray painting, performance parts, and molotov cocktails. You can watch the video in the replies.
When influential bands call it quits, we can deal - as long as those musicians keep making music. Problem is, it's been three years since lowcountry - we've been ready for Envy On The Coast's members to return for some time now. Enter Heavy English, the answer. EOTC's vocalist/keyboardist/guitarist Sal Bossio and drummer Dan Gluszak have teamed with bassist Ari Sadowitz to bring the new jams - and we've got the first track. Head to the replies to hear "21 Flights," and grab the track on iTunes tomorrow.
Earlier this year, Kevin Devine raised well over his Kickstarter goal to fund and release two albums in 2013. We're fortunate to be able to exclusively release the first song off the Jesse Lacey-produced Bubblegum (aka LP8, more album details here). The song is called "Private First Class" and it is about Bradley Manning, the United States Army soldier arrested in May 2010 in Iraq on suspicion of having passed classified material to the website WikiLeaks. You can check out the song in the replies and I think it's one of the best songs Kevin has ever released. More details on both albums will be coming soon, but for now check out the new song and let us know what you think.
Boston post-hardcore band Actor|Observer will release their second EP, Circular Mill, on August 2nd. You can listen to the blistering opening track, "Deliver Me From Clever Art " featuring Dylan Massucco of American Verse, in the replies or on the band's AP.net profile. Pre-order the EP here.
We're thrilled to be premiering the first song and title track off of Dowsing's upcoming new album, I Don't Even Care Anymore. The Chicago-based emo group have matured and refined its sound on its second LP for Count Your Lucky Stars, so take two minutes out of your day today to check out the band's rad new song in the replies. If you dig it, you can pre-order the record here.