Martin Shrkeli's had quite a year, from marking up cancer drug prices to buying Wu-Tang Clan's one-of-a-kind Once Upon A Time In Shaolin to then telling the group to "show some f**king respect." But he'll be heading into the new year with his tail firmly planted between his legs, as he's been arrested for fraud.
The investigation, in which Mr. Shkreli has been charged with securities fraud, is related to his time as a hedge fund manager and running the biopharmaceutical company Retrophin ó not the price-gouging controversy that has swirled around him.
Today, we're exclusively streaming the brand new album from Before Their Eyes, Midwest Modesty, out 12/18 via InVogue Records. The record was co-written and produced by Craig Owens (Chiodos, D.R.U.G.S.), establishing itself to be one of the best post-hardcore records of the waning months of the year. The band has really come a long way in the last decade, and if you're a fan of the genre, you should find it absolutely necessary to give this album a chance. On a personal note, I'd recommend the track "The Positive and Negative Of Being Alone". If you like what you hear, you can pick it up here.
James Franco's band Daddy, which is inspired by The Smiths, will release their debut album Let Me Get What I Want in 2016. For now, hit the replies to hear a track titled "You Are Mine" which also features The Smiths' bassist, Andy Rourke.
Iíve toured for close to a decade and Iíve definitely seen different types of harassment and discrimination over the years. Sometimes itís a security guard thinking a female member of a band is trying to sneak into the show or is just someoneís girlfriend, which happens often unfortunately. Iíve seen a lot of people get into arguments and physical altercations. Whether itís the venue staff and a band, fans with each other, band members with each other or any variation of the three, Iíve seen it go down.
Hit the replies for a teaser video for Brian Fallon's Painkillers.
1. A Wonderful Life
3. Among Other Foolish Things
5. Steve McQueen
6. Nobody Wins
8. Red Lights
9. Long Drives
10. Honey Magnolia
11. Mojo Hand
12. Open All Night
Deafheaven's George Clarke guests on a new episode of Pitchfork podcast This is How We Do It, where the frontman discusses his theatricality on stage and what it's like to relive your lowest moments every night.The episode can be downloaded here.
About a month ago, Star Wars: The Force Awakens generated over $50 million in advanced ticket sales. Today, it was announced that the film has surpassed $100 million in advanced ticket sales, making it the first film to do so. Expect this number to increase as there are a couple more days until the opening. What's crazy is the previous recorder holder was at $25 million, which was The Dark Knight Rises.
Dawes and Hiss Golden Messenger made a stop at the beautiful Grand Opera House in Wilmington, Delaware on Sunday, December 6, 2015. The sold out 1,200 seat theater was a uniquely perfect setting for a night of rock and roll. Check the replies for a few of my favorite photos from the show or view the full gallery on the AbsolutePunk Flickr.
Two of my favorite Star Wars related videos are the "what if Episode Iand II were good" videos from Belated Media. Well, today, only a few days away from The Force Awakens, they released the third one. It's in the replies.
Keith Buckley's (Every Time I Die) new novel Scale is being released as an audiobook on vinyl. It was scored by Joe Trohman of Fall Out Boy and pre-orders are up now. It will begin shipping in February/March. First 500 copies will be signed by Keith. You can get 20% off by using the code "scalevinyl."
In advance of their upcoming shows together, Moving Mountains and Moneen have each covered one of the other band's songs. They're premiering over at Brooklyn Vegan, and will be available everywhere on Friday via Dine Alone Records. Moving Mountains covered "Great Escape," while Moneen covered "Armslength."
A fan present at Nightmare of You's recent 10-year anniversary show has posted videos of the band performing "My Name is Trouble" and "I Want To Be Buried In Your Backyard." iPhone quality, be warned. Check them out in the replies.
In a statement released by the band, it was announced that Jeremy Davis is no longer a member of Paramore.
Weíve written and re-written this countless times and thereís just not a good way to put it... Jeremy is no longer going to be in the band with us. To be honest, this has been really painful. After taking time to consider how to move forward, we ultimately found that we really do believe Paramore can and should continue on. And so we will.
In an effort to continue to support The Ghost Inside and the injuries sustained during the accident, Epitaph Records have announced that all the profits from the sales of any of their albums will be donated directly to the band indefinitely.
In light of this tragedy Epitaph has decided to donate all profits, from the sale of all The Ghost Inside albums worldwide, directly to the band - indefinitely. So, if you want to support The Ghost Inside, in their time of need, you can now do so by buying their music. Epitaph won't make a profit while the band silently fight to rebuild their lives. We wish them a speedy recovery and return to health.
The Starting Line will release a new song called "Anyways" on Thursday. There's a bunch of new pre-order options you can choose from and if you order before Thursday, you'll get it autographed. This is the first new material from the band since 2007.
Buddy Nielsen (Senses Fail) is the newest guest on Lead Singer Syndrome, a podcast hosted by Silverstein vocalist Shane Told. They talk about sports, religion, addressing a crowd, Pure Noise Records, and more. If you're a fan of either band, this really is a must listen. You can subscribe via iTunes here, or listen over at Soundcloud.
Some of my favorites include the debut album from the charming and talented James Bay, who is up for Best New Artist and Best Rock Album, Currents from Tame Impala which I keep on repeat and is up for Best Alternative Album, and Sound and Color from Alabama Shakes, a phenomenal live band with an album so good itís in the running for six Grammys including Album of the Year.