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Jason Tate on 06/19/15 - 03:00 AM
I recently spoke to Zac Eisenstein of Man Overboard while the band was rehearsing for the Vans Warped Tour. You can catch the band all summer long on the Unicorn Main Stage. Their fourth full-length album, Heavy Love, drops June 30th via Rise Records - you can pre-order it here. Head here for the interview.
Honestly, the hardest part was not saying something that would almost be too real or blow up my spot too much, to the point where people in my life are like ďWhat the fuck, youíre singing about all our shit on a record!Ē Thatís where I had to watch it, and Bill and I would have conversations like ďWhatís crossing the line?Ē But you canít be rolling everybody thatís in your life every...
Jake Denning on 06/17/15 - 01:28 PM
The Vans Warped Tour kicks off its 21st year on Friday in Pomona, CA, and there's a whole lot of bands to pick and choose from. Fellow staffer Anthony Sorendino and myself will be in attendance this year, so we wrote up a short list of fifteen bands we think you should check out from this year's line-up. Head to the replies to check out the list, as well as a Rdio/Spotify playlist!
Jake Denning on 06/16/15 - 10:10 AM
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Jason Tate on 06/14/15 - 06:01 PM
Today we are happy to welcome Shana Davidson to staff! Shana will be joining us as a contributing interviewer and article writer and has written up a little welcome note below. Please join me in welcoming Shana to our community.
Note from ShanaI honestly can't even remember when I first started visiting AP.net, all I know is this where I always went for my music news and to lurk to see what everyone's opinions were. Safe to say because of that I am absolutely ecstatic that I'm able to be a contributing interviewer/writer for Absolute Punk. I currently am the finance coordinator at WXPN radio station in Philadelphia, I love my job but it doesn't really fill my creative need. Some of my...
Jason Tate on 06/12/15 - 10:26 AM
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Jason Tate on 06/12/15 - 03:00 AM
It's with great pleasure that we welcome Charlie Joseph to staff today. Charlie is joining us as a contributing interviewer/article/editorial writer and if the conversations we've been having in the staff chat are any indication -- we are all in for a treat! She's written up a little welcome message below, so please join me in welcoming her to staff!
Message from CharlieHi, my nameís Charlie. Iím currently doing a degree in graphic and media design at University of the Arts London (as in the UK!). Iíve been lurking about since I found out about the site five years ago and itís gonna be really great to finally post on here and contribute to the discussions and the website through writing...
Jason Tate on 06/11/15 - 11:14 AM
Today I'd like to officially welcome AJ LaGambina to our staff! Aj will be joining us as a contributing reviewer and helping out on other things around the site. Please give a hearty welcome to Aj in the replies and read a message from him below. We've got a few more to come!
Message from AjHello, Friends! Iím Aj, and Iíve been using AP.net since Iíve been able to access the Internet, though I only made my account a couple of years ago. Iíll mainly be focusing on reviews, and as opportunities arise Iím sure Iíll be conducting a few interviews and working on other aspects of the site. In the real world, Iím a Sound Recording major at the University of New Haven, and I also started a...
Jason Tate on 06/10/15 - 09:53 PM
Today I'd like to welcome Becky Kovach to our staff team. Becky has a little intro post below and I hope everyone will join me in giving her a warm welcome.
Message from BeckyHey guys! My name is Becky Kovach. Some of you might recognize me from my previous work on Property Of Zack, where I spent two years as a reviewer. After a brief 6-month hiatus, I am stoked to be back and joining the Absolute Punk team! Itís an absolute (see what I did there?) honor to be jumping on board with a site that has long been one of my go-to sources for music-based reading. Iíve been writing reviews since I was 14 and much of my path since has been inspired by what Iíve discovered through Absolute Punk.
Jason Tate on 06/10/15 - 12:23 PM
Today we'd like to welcome new staff member Chrisanne Grise to our team! Chrisanne will be a new contributing interviewer on the website and she's written up a little intro below. I hope everyone will join me in welcoming our newest staff member.
Message From ChrisanneIíve been lurking on this site for so long, I canít even remember when I first started visiting it. But itís safe to say that AP has been my main source of music news for many years, so Iím thrilled to be a new contributor. Right now, Iím a journalist and magazine editor in NYC, and while I love my job, I donít get to cover music often, so Iím excited to dive in with some interviews and whatever else comes up. Some of my...
Jason Tate on 06/09/15 - 11:28 AM
Today we've got another new staff member to introduce you to: Aaron Mook. Aaron will be joining us as a new contributing staff reviewer, article writer, and interviewer. Aaron's written up a little introduction that I've included below -- so please join me in welcoming Aaron to the AP.net family.
Message from AaronHello, my name is Aaron and I am going to be a journalism-communication student at Gannon University, located in good ol' Erie, PA. I discovered AbsolutePunk sometime around my senior year of high school and ever since, it has played a crucial role in sharpening both my musical tastes and skills as a writer. In fact, I probably wouldn't be studying journalism right now if this...
Jason Tate on 06/08/15 - 01:48 PM
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
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 nameís 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
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Jason Tate on 06/05/15 - 03:00 AM
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 letís 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 thatís present at that time of day.
Jonathan Bautts on 06/04/15 - 12:24 PM
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Jason Tate on 05/29/15 - 03:00 AM
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Jason Tate on 05/22/15 - 03:00 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 05/15/15 - 03:00 AM
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Jason Tate on 05/14/15 - 06:01 PM
This past week has been oddly stressful for the podcast hosts so we decided to not record an episode this week and take a few extra days to ourselves, to relax ... ok, you got me ... to drink. We'll be back next week, so if you have any questions you'd like for us to answer or topics to cover, please let us know in the replies. If you haven't checked out our podcast yet, now's a good week to get caught up! You can subscribe on iTunes or in our favorite podcast player Overcast. We're also thinking about putting together a Patreon page for the podcast so if you have any feedback or suggestions about what you'd like to see on that, please let us know as well. Hope everyone has a great rest...
Jason Tate on 05/14/15 - 12:35 PM
Last week (in spite of two traffic jams on I-95) I made it down to Philly's Electric Factory to see The Maine on the American Candy Tour. Real Friends and Knuckle Puck were out to support. Check out our photos and show review in the replies!
Anthony Sorendino on 05/14/15 - 08:10 AM
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Jason Tate on 05/08/15 - 03:00 AM
Our interview with Walk The Moon can be found here.
What we have really worked hard to do over the past five years is build a strong fan base through touring and make a name for ourselves as a live band. We donít use any tracks onstage. We are playing or triggering every noise that you hear live in front of you. I think it makes a difference to people. They can sense the energy and the possibility of total failure. I think that makes our concerts a special experience, and thatís really what we pride ourselves on, is the live show.
Jonathan Bautts on 05/07/15 - 11:09 AM
Last week I had the chance to check out Lord Huron play a bunch of tracks from their new album Strange Trails, along with some old favorites, to a packed house at Philly's Union Transfer. Check out my photos and show review in the replies!
Anthony Sorendino on 05/06/15 - 09:14 AM
Another day, more radio silence regarding this. Some bands have spoken out, some remain silent, others about to embark on huge tours have deleted their tweets, and the band in question has said nothing. I checked their website today because I was curious when their next tour started. Not only because I was curious to see who their upcoming tourmates were and what they had said about this entire thing (looks like nothing), but I wanted to know the dates and get a feel for the timeline of everything coming up. To my surprise I see the AP.net logo sitting on their tour imagery. This is about the time my blood starts to boil. I turned down this sponsorship "opportunity" (so many air quotes)...
Jason Tate on 05/05/15 - 01:53 PM
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Jason Tate on 05/01/15 - 03:00 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 04/24/15 - 03:00 AM
I recently talked with the fine folks over at Bridge the Atlantic for a few minutes about AP.net, the music industry, blogging online, and some other things. The video is a little choppy and out of sync but you can check it out over here.
Our guest this week is Jason Tate Ė writer, music enthusiast, podcaster and founder of Absolute Punk. Amidst some technical issues, we spoke with Jason about his Absolute Punk journey, the advice heíd offer to bands who want their music heard by bloggers, and what happens when the internet meets real lifeÖ
Jason Tate on 04/21/15 - 01:31 PM
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Jason Tate on 04/17/15 - 03:00 AM
iTunes recently put together a list of their favorite music podcasts and the AbsolutePunk Podcast was included in this list. I just wanted to say thank you to everyone that reached out to them on Twitter and said you liked us, or left us a review, or has shared our podcast with a friend, or has listened to one of the past 78 episodes. We really appreciate it and are humbled by the support. I know, personally, that the launch of this podcast has been one of my favorite things we've done on the website in years. It's reignited a spark inside me to talk about music and our little scene here and the learning process from episode one to now has been a crazy fun journey. Thank you, especially,...
Jason Tate on 04/15/15 - 12:39 PM
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Jason Tate on 04/14/15 - 06:01 PM
As the third month of the year comes to a close, that means it's time to round up some of the best new releases so far this year. Head to the replies to check out 42 (plus a host of community submissions) of our favorite releases from the first quarter of 2015! Discover anything new? Are we missing anything? Let us know!
Anthony Sorendino on 04/10/15 - 06:53 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 04/10/15 - 03:00 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 04/03/15 - 03:00 AM
Last week I visited Philly's Union Transfer to catch Mat Kearney with support from Parachute and Judah and The Lion. Check out my show review and photos in the replies!
Anthony Sorendino on 04/02/15 - 06:09 AM
Update: The chat is now over! We'd like to thank The Maine for taking the time to talk with everyone. Be sure to go pick up American Candy and catch them on tour with Real Friends and Knuckle Puck when they swing through!

The Maine will be chatting in this thread. Stop by to talk to them about their new album, American Candy, their upcoming tour, or anything else!
Keagan Ilvonen on 04/01/15 - 07:02 PM
Just a reminder that The Maine will be chatting on the site tonight at 7pm PST/10pm EST so be sure to swing by!
Keagan Ilvonen on 04/01/15 - 11:38 AM
From Indian Lakes just started their full U.S. headliner for their album Absent Sounds last week, and I was able to catch the second date of the tour in Portland, OR. Head here to check out my thoughts on the tour.
Jake Denning on 03/30/15 - 10:59 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 03/27/15 - 03:00 AM
Next Wednesday The Maine will be swinging by the site to chat with all of you fine folks. They'll be on the site at 7pm PST/10pm EST to talk about their new album, American Candy, their upcoming tour with Real Friends and Knuckle Puck, good days, bad days or whatever you feel like asking them. So be sure to pre-order American Candy so you have plenty of things to ask...or just some fun new tunes to jam.
Keagan Ilvonen on 03/26/15 - 06:03 PM
Update: This chat is now over. We'd like to thank the guys from Enter Shikari for stopping by and answering everyone's questions! - JD

In just a couple hours at 2pm/5pm EST, the guys from Enter Shikari will be chatting in this thread under the following usernames: RouES, ChrisES, EnterRob, and RoryES. You can ask them about their headlining tour, which is happening right now (dates in the replies), or perhaps you could ask them about their new album The Mindsweep. Or, maybe you could ask them what things they like to eat on tour in America.
Jake Denning on 03/26/15 - 11:40 AM
As I wrote about last week, we're taking this week off of the AP.net podcast because I'm out of town. We'll be back on our regular schedule next week. I figured this would be a good time to highlight some of my favorite episodes we've recorded so far. If you haven't given the podcast a try yet, maybe this week's a good week to catch up on a few episodes. As always, we're looking to hear from the listeners about new topic ideas, suggestions, and other questions you'd like for us to cover. Please leave those in the comments or Tweet at us with the #askAP hashtag. We've got a lot planned for the podcast over the rest of the year, thanks to everyone that listens.

My Top Five Favorite...
Jason Tate on 03/26/15 - 11:13 AM
Tomorrow at 2pm PST/5pm EST, the guys from Enter Shikari will be stopping by to chat. You can ask them about their upcoming headlining tour, which kicked off yesterday (dates are in the replies). You could also ask them about their brand new record, The Mindsweep. Heck, you could ask them about what their favorite thing to eat on tour is.
Jake Denning on 03/25/15 - 10:58 AM
On Saturday I traveled down to Philly's legendary Electric Factory to photograph Scranton's own The Menzingers. Check out my photos and a short photo journal in the replies!
Anthony Sorendino on 03/25/15 - 07:13 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 03/20/15 - 03:00 AM
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Jason Tate on 03/15/15 - 01:01 AM
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