Myself and a whole bunch of other AP.net users participated in a fantasy band draft recently. This is the third draft of this kind, and we have voted amongst ourselves using a point system to narrow down the five "best" fantasy bands. The next step is a poll open to all of the users on the site to decide the winner, who gets sweet brag points. Check out the contestants and place your vote.
Abel (Come&Live! Records) have launched a kickstarter to raise the funds to record their next full-length in January. As of today, the band has already reached 10% of their goal. They are comparable to the likes of As Tall As Lions and Brand New; you can read a review of their latest album Lesser Menhere.
Today I'm excited to bring you an exclusive contest from TheDIVIDEDby Clothing. Started by one of our very own users, TheDIVIDEDby currently sponsors artists like Tayyib Ali and Logic, eventually looking to evolve into a full-fledged record label. To enter the contest, all you have to do is hit us up with a comment in this thread or give them a shout out on their Facebook wall by the end of today. One winner will randomly be chosen in the coming days to receive two free t-shirts of their choosing. If you like what you see, make sure to hit the like button on the same Facebook page to spread the word.
For those of you who enjoy indie movies, Hesher came out on DVD yesterday. This was a highly anticipated release in indie circles, and has ties to the music community because of its metal-based soundtrack. It stars two of the biggest names in the industry today with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Natalie Portman, and Rainn Wison (The Office) is also in it. Check out a behind-the-scenes video here, and a "Sketch Book" special feature from the DVD here. If you're intrigued, read my review of the movie.
Stay Strong Kid has decided to help out Handguns with their van troubles. The group desperately needs a new van, so any of the profits seen from the Stay Strong Kid online store beginning at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, September 14, and continuing until Thursday September 15 at midnight, will be donated to the band.
The Maccabees are currently mixing their third album which is due for release early next year. Watch a short teaser video from the studio here where you can hear a snippet of new song, "Feel To Follow".
Last night The Cure played their only European show of the year at Bestival in the UK. The band played a 32 song set, were reunited with keyboardist, Roger O'Donnell, and played "The Caterpillar" for the first time in two decades. Head to the replies to check out the setlist
Four members of Odd Future will have their own 15-minute live-action show titled "Loiter Squad" on Adult Swim. It will include sketches, man on the street segments, pranks, as well as music from OFWGKTA.
Coffee Projectwill be releasing a five-song digital EP via Paper + Plastick Records on September 27. You can download one of the songs, a cover of Malvina Reynolds' "Little Boxes" (aka the theme song for the TV show "Weeds") here. The band also recorded two songs for a one-sided 7" of children's music that will be released next month to help celebrate the birth of Paper + Plastick founder Vinnie Fiorello's new daughter.
We Still Dream's full length debut, Chapters, is currently up for vinyl pre-order via Hang Tight Records here. The album will be released in three different colors and available on the band's upcoming UK tour in November.
You can now preorder Run For Cover's special 50th release, Mixed Signals, on Bandcamp for only $5. This digital version is half the price of the iTunes version, and it comes with a 28-page PDF version of the accompanying booklet. If you preorder, you'll get an instant download of the new Tigers Jaw song, "Distress Signal," and the rest of the album will be emailed to you at midnight tonight. You can buy physical versions here.
Bombay Bicycle Club will release their new single, "Lights Out, Words Gone" on October 17. The band are heading out on their tour of the U.S. and Canada with Two Door Cinema Club this week. The dates for this and their UK tour can be found in the replies.
Head over to Turnover's AP.net profile to hear the track "Solitude" from their self-titled EP on Broken Rim Records. They will be recording 5 new songs on two separate releases scheduled to be out next summer and early 2012. RIYL: Title Fight, Citizen.