Vampire Weekendtakes the #1 spot on the charts this week with 134,000 copies sold. Justin Timberlake sells another 43,000 to end up at #7, and The Wonder Years' The Greatest Generation lands at #20 selling 19,000, making the album the band's highest debut yet. More notable sales can be found below. Album sales in the past chart week totaled 5.10 million, down 8% compared to last week's numbers, and up less than 1% compared to the comparable week's sales in 2012. Year-to-date sales are now at 111.4 million, and that's down 5% compared to the total at this point last year.
The Wonder Years' new album, The Greatest Generation, has debuted at No. 20 on the Billboard 200 charts with 19,673 units moved in first-week sales. For some perspective: The first time I interviewed the band, they were excitedly reporting first-week sales of The Upsides that came in at 1,852 units. Suburbia I've Given You All and Now I'm Nothing debuted two years ago with 8,100 first-week sales. Congratulations to the band, their management and Hopeless Records!
We're interviewing Night Verses next week, in honor of their upcoming record, Lift Your Existence. Have questions for the band? Drop them in the replies - we'll post the interview when we premiere their new song "Time Erases Time (Strung Out)" next Tuesday.
Riot Festrecently announced a stellar lineup for the Sept. 13-15 weekend in Chicago, and today they've announced additional dates in Toronto (August 24-25) and Denver (September 21-22). Like the Chicago weekend, AP.net and the rest of AbsoluteVoices will be media sponsors for Riot Fest Toronto and Denver, and we'll be bringing you the lineups for those dates as soon as they're announced! At the moment, we are teaming up with the festival to offer a prize package that includes two VIP tickets to all three festival weekends (including airfare and hotel accommodations) in addition to a bunch of goodies from the AbsoluteVoices sites! Check out details about everything in the replies.
Matthew Good will releaseArrows of Desire on September 24th through FrostByte Media/Universal Music Canada. A new song called "Had It Coming" will be available this coming Tuesday on iTunes. He'll also be playing some shows in July and you can see the dates in the replies.
01) Arrows of Desire
02) Via Dolorosa
03) Had It Coming
04) We're Long Gone
05) So Close
06) Garden of Knives
08) Hey Hell Heaven
09) Guns of Carolina
10) Letters in Wartime
Sinking Ship Records have signed Brazil's Lisabi. The band is currently eleasing a trio of EPs entitled Senseless Acts of Violence. The first EP, Senseless, can be purchased on iTunes or Bandcamp. The second EP, Acts, will be released on July 2, 2013. The band is embarking on a US tour starting at the end of June. Hit the replies to watch their video for "Aneurisma" off the Senseless EP.
Hop to the replies to check out my full review of last weekend's Skate and Surf festivities. You all may have heard the negatives about it in our open thread -- but there were some positives to be realized as well.
If Skate and Surf doesnít return next year, weíll know why. It paled in comparison to 2012ís Bamboozle, which on its own wasnít a perfect experience... But if you came to see good bands, you left Six Flags Great Adventure having seen plenty of them.
Today's band spotlight focuses on the UK's Blitz Kids. Does shimmering, pounding rock sound like your kind of thing? Then scroll down and check out a behind the scenes clip from the shooting of their new video "On My Own", which is also in the replies. Their second full-length is due later this year and the band play Slam Dunk this weekend. Enjoy.
Harpist Timbre who has worked with The Chariot and more has started an IndieGogo campaign to help fund her new double album, Sun and Moon. The sun disc will feature songs written by Timbre and her band and the moon disc will feature a variety of classical music that she's written, from a harp and oboe duet, to a piece for full orchestra, choir, harp, and solo soprano. Even though they'd like to raise 20K, they've set the goal at a respectable 10K. If you've got a few minutes, give it a look and help out a great musician.
Jump to the replies to stream Real Friends' new song, "Late Nights In My Car." The track is off their upcoming EP, Put Yourself Back Together, which will be released on June 4th. You can pre-order the album on vinyl through Glamour Kills.
I donít know ... but I think that the last album was about conflicts: We had a giant battle with our record company, they sued us for $30 million, we fought them for two years and subsequently made a film about it as well, called Artifact. But it was an album about conflict and survival. And this is an album thatís much more reflective. And it was made without the burden of a giant war on our shoulders, and it was actually really a lot of fun. It was exactly how it should be.
You can now pre-order Deafheaven's new album, Sunbather, here. Each purchase comes with an immediate download of the entire album, so I highly recommend you doing this, as Sunbather is one of the best albums you'll hear in 2013.
As you may know, Restorations is hitting the road this summer with The Menzingers. Since we love both bands, we wanted to give away tickets to select dates on the tour. Today we'll be giving some away for the May 26th show at Revolution in Amityville, NY. To win, just tell me what your favorite lyric (or lyrics) are on the band's new album, LP2, which is available now via Side One Dummy. Good luck!
We're incredibly thrilled to bring you an exclusive premiere of boysetsfire video "Closure" off of their upcoming record, While a Nation Sleeps, out June 11th on Bridge 9. It's a mixture of live footage and their journey to help save a youth center in Bavaria. I must say, before you watch this video, that there's a few things you should know about this band. They began with a vision in a small Delaware town. They rallied the youth to participate in social justice issues. And despite their hiatus, when at one point guitarist Josh Latshaw broke his neck in near-paralysis, they've still managed to possess greater stage presence and heart than any of their younger counterparts. If...
Mosey (ex-Valencia) have posted a new song, here. They're streaming the whole record at their website on Friday, May 24 and releasing it May 28th. The record release show is June 1st at the Barbary in Philadelphia, PA.