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Royal Psalms - I Could Have Been Anything (Zac Djamoos)
Annabel - Having It All (Zac Djamoos)
Craig Manning on 06/08/15 - 06:59 AM
We're premiering Half Hearted's debut EP, Finding Light, in the replies. It releases tomorrow and can be pre-ordered on iTunes. The Hartford, CT outfit will being you back to the mid-2000s post-hardcore/metalcore boom with a sound reminiscent of Silverstein, Blessthefall, Alesana and Atreyu.
Alex DiVincenzo on 06/08/15 - 06:54 AM
Motion City Soundtrack's Commit This To Memory was released ten years ago today. Give the record a spin, and share some of your favorite memories of the album in the replies.

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Craig Ismaili on 06/07/15 - 03:12 PM
Seattle-based Bobby’s Oar (ex-Among Giants) have released their debut album, The Weeds In Your Garden. Anyone who enjoys Nana Grizol, Coffee Project and/or The Front Bottoms, should definitely dive in. The album is available for free on Bandcamp.
Gregory Robson on 06/07/15 - 10:51 AM
Hit the replies to watch that Shia LaBeouf rant set to a hardcore song.

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Craig Ismaili on 06/07/15 - 10:20 AM
It's Sunday, and that means it's recommendation day. Here are the staff recommendations for the past week. Hit the replies to let us know what you've loved as well.
Jason TateAs always, check out my blog and the AP.net podcast.
Alex DiVincenzoHave 5 minutes to kill? Check out the short film I wrote and directed, The Horrors of AutoCorrect. It already has over 30,000 views on Facebook.
Lueda Alia Do you wanna dance?
Jason Tate on 06/07/15 - 01:00 AM
My thanks to Third Eye Blind and Dashboard Confessional for sponsoring this week's news feed, specifically the tour's stop at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY on June 14th. Tickets are now available for purchase.
Jason Tate on 06/06/15 - 11:58 AM
In case you missed it on social media somehow, Akon has undertaken a new philanthropic endeavor: bringing electricity to roughly 600 million people living in Africa via his Solar Academy. Read more here.
Ryan Dennehy on 06/06/15 - 10:22 AM
Day two of our welcoming new staff members commences! Today it's with great pleasure that I welcome Matt Metzler to staff as a new contributing reviewer. You may recognize Matt as the author behind the AnberinForever project and as having a long 10 year plus commenting career. Matt's written up a little introduction below and I hope everyone will join me in welcoming him to our staff!
Message from MattI've been visiting AP since 2005 (10 years ago, that's pretty crazy) and I think I found out about the website from when AP.net did the "I Will Fight" wristbands for Andrew McMahon. I see myself contributing reviews as well as hopefully some longer features on bands, maybe some band...
Jason Tate on 06/06/15 - 09:42 AM
Happy birthday to Pete Wentz!
Jason Tate on 06/05/15 - 11:01 PM
Aaron Bay-Shuck, head of A&R at Geffen Interscope, is a guest on Renman Live this week.
Zac Djamoos on 06/05/15 - 03:21 PM
The Summer Set played a new song called "Wasted." Video is in the replies.
Joe DeAndrea on 06/05/15 - 03:12 PM
Austin, TX, pop punk band Thieves will be touring the east coast the next few months. They have also finished their new album.
Zac Djamoos on 06/05/15 - 03:07 PM
Annabel's excellent new release, Having It All, is streaming on The AV Club. It's out this Tuesday via Tiny Engines and can still be pre-ordered.
Zac Djamoos on 06/05/15 - 03:04 PM
Over the next few weeks we're going to be announcing some new contributing staff members to the website. Today it is my pleasure to introduce to you the first of the new class. I'd love for everyone to join me in welcoming Craig Ismaili as one of our new contributing staff reviewers. Craig #2 has written up a little welcome message that I've included below and he'll probably have reviews up on the site in no time for people to complain about the score. Welcome Craig! (Also, he's on Twitter.)
A Message from CraigMy name’s Craig Ismaili. A lot of the users on this site may know me as njdevils327, or as the winner of one of those AP.net Fantasy Band Drafts with one of the most generic...
Jason Tate on 06/05/15 - 02:47 PM
Charli XCX and Bleachers announced the second leg of the "Charli and Jack Do America" co-headlining tour today.
Jason Tate on 06/05/15 - 02:35 PM
Tumblr is announcing today the launch of "Answer Time" – a new live Q&A platform that will connect creative personalities with their fans. Fall Out Boy will be participating on June 8th at 3pm EST. The full press release is in the replies.
Jason Tate on 06/05/15 - 02:33 PM
A woman has allegedly accused Ronnie Radke of Falling In Reverse of rape following the band's June 3rd show at the Murray Theater in Murray, UT. I am going to link to the public accounts of those involved and quote from them, please know the language is graphic, and I am only including the links because the accounts are public. The original story broke from a friend of the alleged victim's on Facebook:
A pile of literal human garbage named Ronnie Radke gang raped someone really important to me last night (because that's how real men treat women, with their bodyguard as backup) and tossed her out onto the curb. He's some has been, talentless musician that was playing the Murray Theater...
Jason Tate on 06/05/15 - 12:27 PM
Twenty One Pilots did an interview with Billboard.
"The songs we wrote were so different from each other," Joseph says, "so Josh and I did our research on these producers and what their strengths are, what they bring to the table. And we even dated a few more. Once we had the list of songs we wanted on the record we could tell which songs would work best with which producer. All these guys added something to the record, and we were very intentional about what songs they were going to produce. It really kind of kept everyone on their toes, but it was a perfect marriage with all these guys, so I'm happy we went about it the way we did and we're really happy about how it turned out."
Jason Tate on 06/05/15 - 12:03 PM
Pre-orders for Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate)'s What It Takes to Move Forward are now up.
Jason Tate on 06/05/15 - 12:02 PM
Canadian band Sparrows have signed to New Damage Records.
Jason Tate on 06/05/15 - 11:59 AM
Owl City's new song "My Everything" can be seen in the replies.

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Jason Tate on 06/05/15 - 11:57 AM
Hit the replies for a live video of a new Lydia song played in New York City on June 2nd.

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Jason Tate on 06/05/15 - 11:54 AM
The drummer of As Cities Burn has posted a blog concerning the backlash to their new song.
The most reasonable response I can come up with is kind of a "WTF did you expect?". Has As Cities Burn ever put out music that wasn't drastically different than a previous release? We change our band every time we get together. It's incredibly freeing. CNS was a product of wanting to break the chains of the HXC world and write music that could get us on tour with Jimmy Eat World. Going into HOHW, we pretty much knew we weren't going to be a band anymore so we said fuck it and LITERALLY wrote whatever we wanted. This included writing a song that we thought sounded like Tom Petty and then...
Jason Tate on 06/05/15 - 11:52 AM
Dan Andriano (In The Emergency Room) new single, "Enemies," is in the replies.

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Jason Tate on 06/05/15 - 11:50 AM
Jarrod Alonge has the number one comedy album in the country.
Jason Tate on 06/05/15 - 11:48 AM
Chvrches have finished recording their second record.

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Jason Tate on 06/05/15 - 11:46 AM
Knuckle Puck have put a bunch of their discography up on Bandcamp with "pay what you want" pricing.
Jason Tate on 06/05/15 - 11:42 AM
Ever wonder what it looks like when you get a Grammy in the mail!? Hayley Williams of Paramore just tweeted a picture out of hers.
Jason Tate on 06/05/15 - 11:35 AM
Hit the replies for Eisley's cover of "Leaving on a Jet Plane."
Jason Tate on 06/05/15 - 11:33 AM
Josh Constine writes on TechCrunch about YouTube's new "Music Insights" tool that lets musicians see where they're most popular and may help with planning tour routings.
Top Cities: Shows artists where to plan concerts. They might discover foreign countries where they have a surprisingly large following, or that they have more fans in a smaller city like Oakland than its bigger neighbor San Francisco. It could also help them to convince radio stations in those cities to play them.
Jason Tate on 06/05/15 - 11:33 AM
Against the Current's new video for "Talk" is in the replies.
Jason Tate on 06/05/15 - 11:20 AM
You can hear a new Well Kept Things' song called "Younger" in the replies via Substream. Homegrown releases on June 16th via Antique Records.
Ryan Gardner on 06/05/15 - 07:47 AM
You thought things were sounding good when Chelsea Wolfe released the fantastic "Iron Moon" a few weeks ago? You haven't heard anything yet. She just released the song that will knock you on your ass and make you re-evaluate everything. Check out the absolutely stunning "Carrion Flowers" in the replies and pre-order Abyss before you miss out on one of the best records of 2015
Drew Beringer on 06/05/15 - 07:47 AM
The AP.net staff is here to help you soundtrack your summer with a playlist each Friday for the next several weeks. The first installment in the series comes courtesy of yours truly, and let me tell you, it should be a federal crime for songs like Fetty Wap's "RGF Island" and Taylor Swift's "New Romantics" to not be on every single Summer 2k15 playlist. Alas, they aren't available on streaming services so I couldn't include them here. However, I did assemble a collection of songs that I think make a pretty damn good beach or BBQ soundtrack, which you can check out in the replies via Spotify and Rdio.
Ryan Dennehy on 06/05/15 - 07:33 AM
Even in a mere 2-and-a-half minutes, North Carolina post-hardcore act Iselia are able to evoke the intensity, passion and dynamics of acts like La Dispute and Pianos Become the Teeth with their new song, "First Strike." The track appears on their upcoming EP, Lost Star, which comes out June 16th through Cardigan Records.
Alex DiVincenzo on 06/05/15 - 07:15 AM
Florence And The Machine have announced some fall tour dates, to go along with their summer festival run. Head to the replies for all of the dates.
Blake Solomon on 06/05/15 - 07:09 AM
Just a friendly reminder to make sure you check us out on other social networks. We are on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Last.fm, and Rdio. The AP.net staff can also be found elsewhere online -- this page has the goods. Show us some love.
Jason Tate on 06/05/15 - 03:00 AM
Candy Hearts new acoustic song "In and Out" can be streamed in the replies. The song comes from the band's upcoming Acoustic Hearts EP.

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Jason Tate on 06/04/15 - 05:22 PM
Braid's summer tour dates are in the replies.
Jason Tate on 06/04/15 - 05:16 PM
Teenage Time Killers' video for "Ode To Sean Hannity" is in the replies.
Jason Tate on 06/04/15 - 05:15 PM
This week's episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast touches on some follow-up from last week, discusses thoughts and predictions on if Apple will release a new streaming service next week at WWDC and what we'd like it to be, and then we look at building hype online in 2015 and The 1975's ability to do just that. We spend some time compare and contrasting with Nate Ruess's album build up and wonder how his new solo album is going to do. We finish up talking about Riot Fest, The Academy Is... reuniting, and good albums with bad album covers. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded below.

Want to make sure you never miss an episode? You can subscribe to this podcast in iTunes, via...
Jason Tate on 06/04/15 - 04:55 PM
The Maccabees are currently supporting Mumford & Sons on their "Gentlemen Of The Road" tour in North America (fun fact: The Maccabees actually took Mumford & Sons out on their first ever proper UK tour just before Sigh No More was released) and last night Marcus Mumford joined the band on stage to perform "Pelican". Check it out in the replies.
Kyle Huntington on 06/04/15 - 03:00 PM
We recently interviewed Jon Foreman (of Switchfoot) about his new solo undertaking The Wonderlands, which involved writing a song for each hour of the day and working with 24 different producers. Check it out here.
Music has always been a landscape for me to find meaning and to be able to reflect on the real world from a safe distance of poetry and metaphor and melody. When I thought about the idea of creating a world, I thought let’s start by tracing the course of a day of darkness and light. The hours of a clock become the backdrop for the narrative of a song, specifically the light and the dark that’s present at that time of day.
Jonathan Bautts on 06/04/15 - 12:24 PM
Neon Trees' new video for "Songs I Can Listen to" is in the replies.
Jason Tate on 06/04/15 - 11:18 AM
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