This Old Ghost is a band from New York with male vocals enriched by female harmonies. Think indie rock a la Death Cab for Cutie mixed with the folk sensibilities of Murder by Death with a little Manchester Orchestra thrown in for good measure. We have the song "This Lifeboat is for Gold, Not People" streaming on their AP.net profile to check out. If you like what you hear, you can download their EP, Island of Violent Lovers, for free here.
Hello everyone and happy Fest 10! If you guys are interested in keeping up with this weekend's action in Gainesville, I'll be Festing all weekend and you can follow me on Twiiter here. I'll be tweeting the mystery bands each day as I'm allowed, and for (better) information, follow The Fest's Twitter here.
Today we're bringing you a stream of the new full-length record from Canadian rock trio The Ripperz. You Are The Moon will be released on November 1 through The Newform Label. Listen to it on the band's AP.net profile and let us know what you think in the replies. If you like what you hear, you can grab a pre-order.
Nothing bad can happen when members of This Time Next Year and Transit get together to create music. So when Misser was revealed to the world as the brainchild of Tim Landers and Brad Wiseman, fans rejoiced. Today, we're streaming the band's EP Problems. Problems. Problems and offering you the first crack at the lyrics from the three song release. Head to the band's AP.net profile to stream the EP and the replies for the lyrics. You can purchase the EP on iTunes here.
The American Scene is a name you should get familiar with. After putting out a very solid EP called By Way Of Introduction, the band is about to release a split with Daybreaker. Today, we're premiering "Why I'm Not Where You Are," and this song is going to prove why they are one of the best kept secrets in the scene right now. Head to the replies to listen and leave your thoughts as well.
Before there was Valencia, The High Court, I Call Fives, or many other of your favorite Philadelphia-based bands, there was a prominent group called Break Away. Channeling the likes of early The Get Up Kids, the band self-released three albums and toured the US and Canada many times before disbanding. Today, we're premiering a song that the band began recording in 2005 and recently finished this summer called "How To Tell If Your Ribs Are Broken." You can stream it in the replies.
Create Avoid is a hardcore band from California that follows in the footsteps of contemporaries like Stick To Your Guns and The Ghost Inside. Today we are premiering the music video for "S.O.S." from the band's debut album Heat Remains. You can watch the video in the replies.
Today we're proud to premiere a new song from Texas punk rockers Ivy League called "Daybreak." It comes off the band's upcoming EP/7" called Summer Sessions, which you can pre-order here. You can listen to the song in the replies.
Rachael Yamagata, one of my favourite contemporary singer songwriters, has just released her new album Chesapeake, which you can now listen to on her AP.net profile in its entirety. If you're not familiar with her yet, then this is a good place to start for this album is her best work to date. The music is captivating, the lyrics are beautifully intimate, and her voice is as lovely as ever--what more could you ask for her? So go take a listen and let us know what you think. This might just become your favourite thing to listen to as you stroll around this fall. Enjoy.
Greenland Is Melting released its second full-length record, Where Were We, yesterday. Now you can head to their AP.net Profile to stream the whole thing, and if you like it you can pick it up here. The bluegrass/folk band is also offering its first record and first EP for free download here and here, respectively.
Today we're bringing you a song stream off of Valise's recent EP, Dreamcatcher. Head to their AP.net Profile or the replies to stream the title track, then go to their Facebook if you want to check out the rest of the EP.
Latin For Truth has been making a name for itself within the DIY pop-punk scene for the last several years. Through hard work, constant touring, and vast musical improvement, the band is releasing its highly anticipated new album, Youth Crew Blues. Today, we're bringing you a stream from one of the tracks called "A WIno's Love: The Lonesome, Desolate 20's" which you can stream on the band's AP.net profile.
Sóley has spent the better part of the past two years touring with her band Seabear. This year, however, she decided to make her own solo music that ended up turning into a collection of songs known as We Sink, which you can now stream in its entirety on her AP.net profile. To say that this album is gorgeous would be an understatement; her beautiful voice and these harmonies, which have been described as "catchy and other times amazingly quirky," are simply breathtaking. And despite 2011 being a great year for female singer songwriters, this album truly stands out. So without further ado, go take a listen and let us know what you think.
Siskiyou, the side project of Great Lake Swimmers members Colin Huebert and Erik Arnesen, have just released a new album titled Keep Away The Dead through Constellation Records, so we have set up a stream of it on their AP.net profile. Despite their self-titled debut making my Top 3 last year, this album promises to be even higher on my list, for Siskiyou seem to have perfected their own brand of indie folk-rock. So if you consider yourself a fan of the genre, then this comes highly recommended. And for those Wolf Parade fans that have been heartbroken due to the band's hiatus, perhaps this music will help fill the void for the time being. Either way, this is a great fall record and it...
Big Tree have just released their sophomore album This New Year, so we decided to bring you a stream of the entire album here on their AP.net profile. If you like indie-pop bands fronted by female vocalists, or musicians like Regina Spektor, then chances are that you will enjoy this infectious and captivating pop release as well. Go take a listen and let us know what you think in the replies. Enjoy.
Handguns and Forever Came Calling are releasing a split a on November 8th, and pop-punkers everywhere are anxiously awaiting to get a listen to it. Absolute 100 artistForever Came Calling brings to mind pop-punk that's reminiscent of Your Favorite Weapon and Living Well Is The Best Revenge. You can stream the song "Front Porch Sunrise" in the replies.
We didn't have any staff reviews to post today, but Drew and I did post a couple of sneak peeks at some upcoming albums. Check out my preview for A Loss for Words' No Sanctuary and Drew's preview of This Is Hell's Black Mass. Are you anticipating either of these records?
We have Bonnie 'Prince' Billy & Phantom Family Halo's new EP The Mindeater streaming on their AP.net profile for you to check out today. The collaboration between Will Oldham and Dominic Cipolla is fantastic and definitely worthy of your attention if you enjoy either musician's previous work or folk music in general. So go take a listen to this awesome little EP and let us know what you think. Enjoy.
Today we're both thrilled and delighted to bring you a full album stream of Ohbijou's upcoming full-length, Metal Meets. It's undoubtedly one of the loveliest albums to have been released this year, the female vocal melodies are gorgeous, and we're giving you the opportunity to hear the album in its entirety a week out from its official release date. Head on over to their AP.net profile, and if you like what you're hearing, please don't forget to purchase your copy of the album on September 27th. Leave your thoughts in the replies, and enjoy the album.
Today The Rifles released their third full length, Freedom Run, which is by far their best work to date. While this new direction may split fan opinion, there is no doubt that many will enjoy the infectious melodies in this pop gem. It's fun and upbeat, and it's complemented perfectly by Joel Stoker's gentle vocals which sound more confident than ever. So if you have not heard the record yet, head over to their AP.net profile and stream it in its entirety. And if you like what you hear, make sure to purchase it here -- it's definitely one that you'll want to blast in your car with the windows down.
Ladytron have come back this year with one of their finest albums yet, Gravity The Seducer, so we have set up a stream of it on their AP.net profile for you to check out. You may not find any huge hits like "Destroy Everything You Touch" or "Seventeen" here, but rest assured that this is one of the best electro-pop releases of the year. So if you're into that genre, then definitely go give this a listen and let us know what you think. As always, make sure to support the band by purchasing the album here. Enjoy.
Spontaneo released two singles through Modern Short Stories on iTunes this week called "Goodnight Moon" and "Hold Me Up." Today, we're streaming "Goodnight Moon" in hopes that you'll enjoy the quirky indie rock that calls to mind contemporaries like Ludo, Motion City Soundtrack, and Punchline. You can listen to the song in the replies.
Upstate New York hardcore band Casting Curses released a digital EP entitled Dirt Road on July 12 via Panic Records. Today we are bringing you guys a featured stream of the opening track, "Let's Ride," from that EP. Head to the replies or to the group's AP.net Profile to stream the song.
Chances are that most of you know about The Horrible Crowes and already own their debut album Elsie, which hit stores today, on vinyl or CD. But if you needed one extra push to make the purchase, then perhaps you can take a moment and stream the album in its entirety on their AP.net profile now. As someone that's not a fan of The Gaslight Anthem, I was pleasantly surprised with the direction that Brian Fallon took with this album -- one that turned out to be among this year's best. And now I'm secretly hoping that he will continue to make music like this because I find it to be the perfect fit for his voice. I'll end on that note before I anger Gaslight fans any further, so head over
I grabbed a copy of July's EP, The Best Nights EP, while I was on Warped Tour in Canada. So I popped it into the CD player and gave it a spin. To say the least, I was completely blown away. It was So Wrong It's Right-era All Time Low meets Forever The Sickest Kids' Underdog Alma Mater. Today, we're streaming the new single from the band called "To All The Kids," which you can hear in the replies.
Dinner and a Suit have finally released their album Since Our Departure on iTunes, so it's only natural that we would want to stream it on our site as well. If you head over to their AP.net profile, you can listen to the album in its entirety -- one that I consider to be one of the best pop-rock releases to have come out this year. Bands such as this don't quite hold my attention the way they used to, but these guys have created something special here, with "Where We Started" being one of the best songs of the year and one that is sure to pull at your heartstrings. Go take a listen and let us know what you think. Enjoy.
If you're not familiar with The Venetia Fair it's going to be hard to get you up to speed. Luckily, we are streaming the band's newest EP, The Pits, on their AP.net profile. If you're a fan of energetic, in your face rock in the vein of Foxy Shazam, I think you'll dig these guys.
Otenki is a 6 piece rock band from Houston, TX that combines hard hitting riffs with soaring melodies to create an all too familiar brand of pop rock that never seems to go out of style. You can stream "Violence" on the band's AP.net profile. It comes from the recently released Kinetic EP.
Today we're bringing you guys an article about smaller, DIY bands doing Warped Tour. Everyone knows that Warped is hard work, but there are lots of amazing people stories behind the scenes that I tried to delve into. It's a long read, but there are some real neat quotes from awesome bands featured like The Narrative and Sharks. Read up here and weigh in with your opinion on Warped, the work that goes into being a DIY band and sunburns.
Tim Kasher's new EP, Bigamy: More Songs From The Monogamy Sessions, is now being sold exclusively on his tour and on Saddle Creek's website, but if you haven't had a chance to pick it up yet, simply head to his AP.net profile to stream it in its entirety. These seven songs were recorded around the same time as The Game of Monogamy, and similarly, they also tell stories of love and heartbreak. Go check it out and let us know what you think.
Tomorrow marks the release of one of our most anticipated records, Maria Taylor's new album Overlook, so we teamed up with Saddle Creek to bring you a full stream on her AP.net profile. This is her most experimental yet finest work to date, with "Idle Mind" being one of the most gorgeous and heartbreaking songs she has ever written. And her voice? It's beautiful, and it's what makes her music so captivating. But go take a listen for yourself and let us know what you think, because it's clear by now that we love this record. Enjoy.
No Motiv are back and are playing a reunion show on August 19 at Bombay's in Ventura, CA. To get a ticket (every ticket holder gets their new album,Winterlong, out on the 30th of August, for free) and other cool items from the band head here. On top of all that, go listen to a new song of theirs titled "Bled" on their AP profile.
Today I am proud to bring you guys and gals a stream of the new single "The Two Fridas" by Twin Killers. Like a cross between Pretty Girls Make Graves and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs infused with influence from Animal Collective and Sun Ra, the five piece (including Chris Lott, formally of As Cities Burn) craft a soulful blend of rock and post-hardcore over bright vocals. Head here to hear the track and snag a free download of it as well if you like it.
It has been just over two years since we saw The Horrors perform a complete 180 on their Strange House days and release their Mercury Prize nominated album, Primary Colours, and now the band are gearing up to release their third album, Skying, in North America tomorrow. Producing the album themselves, the band has continued to progress even further by creating beautifully layered and elegantly textured songs all of which result in one of the best albums to be released this year. Fans of My Bloody Valentine, Echo and The Bunnymen and Britpop will love this record so head on over to the band's AP.net profile to stream the album in full now and make sure you support the lads.
Today we're absolutely delighted to bring you an exclusive stream of The Forest Wall's brand new debut EP. It's one of the most beautiful releases that I've heard for the year, and the amount of harmonies and melodies on display throughout the duration of the EP is remarkable. Definitely check it out if you like acoustic oriented indie/pop with dual male and female vocals. Head over to their AP.net artist profile and begin streaming the record at your leisure and please leave your thoughts and comments in the replies. The band would also like to direct your attention to their Bandcamp page, and should you like what you're hearing then please don't forget to purchase your physical copy of...
Fink recently released Perfect Darkness, another great folk album which incorporates elements of jazz, blues and soul. It's pretty much the perfect music to relax to, so head over to his AP.net profile and stream the album in its entirety. If you like what you hear, you should also check out his previous three critically acclaimed albums because they're just as great. As always, make sure to support him as well. Enjoy.
Release The Sunbird (Zach Rogue of Rogue Wave) have just released their new album Come Back To Us today. If you haven't had the chance to pick it up yet, or if you're not even familiar with this solo project at all, you can now stream the album in its entirety on their AP.net profile. While this doesn't sound like anything you'd expect from Rogue Wave, its beautiful harmonies are equally as charming. So go listen to this fine indie-rock/folk record and let us know what you think.
Hot Water Music just announced their signing to Rise Records on Thursday. Given the amount of surprise on this website and seemingly everywhere else, we decided to reach out to the band to get an interview about why they chose Rise and what we can expect from the band in the coming year. Head here to check out our interview with bassist Jason Black, and be sure to check back Tuesday because we might have a follow-up interview with Rise owner Craig Ericson.
We realize a lot of you were surprised by Hot Water Music's decision to sign to Rise Records. I'll be doing a short interview with the band tomorrow, so leave any questions you have in the replies and I will take good ones into consideration to ask.