Maria Alyokhina, of Pussy Riot, went on hunger strike yesterday. An interview with her from prison can be found here.
need a lot of time. I donít have a problem trying to explain, it helps me see the situation clearer, but clearly propaganda is doing its dirty job. At any encounter people tend to take a negative view on the situation. Everyone I speak to in person changes their opinion after a single conversation. And people become fascinated with the story, showing real and honest interest. There are a lot of people who actually do want to change the country for the better, who admit they have no rights and feel lost.
Divided By Friday released teaser footage of their time in the studio with Zack and Ken (Mayday Parade, We Are The In Crowd), which you can view in the replies along with a message from the band. The band has acknowledged they're going in a more pop direction.
Today we're bringing you another edition of Looking Back and this time we're featuring Rise Against. While Revolutions Per Minute officially turned 10 last month, Fat Wreck Chords is reissuing an anniversary edition this coming Tuesday and you can still grab a pre-order over here. To start we have an interview with Joe Principe, which gets some of his perspective on the release. Then we want you to share your own thoughts about the record, which you can leave in the replies. My personal memory can be found below.
Revolutions Per Minute was my first Rise Against record, which I ended up buying after seeing the music video for "Heaven Knows" on MuchMusic's The Punk Show. That...
Daytrotter has announced a new feature that allow direct payments to artists from their members annual fee. Annual members to Daytrotter can select a band to designate $5 of their annual fee to. On the purchase page, all they have to do is write the bandís name in a box located right before they confirm. Bands can choose to have the money go directly to them, to a charity or use this feature to help raise money for a tour or wherever else they could use the help. Also, they've redesigned their site to make all shared links frictionless, meaning that if a link to a session is shared on Facebook, Twitter or a website, fans will be able to listen to that session for free, without needing...
The Huffington Post has written a well thought out article detailing the rise Kanye West, how he has become the most "egotistical" man in music, the lyrical messages behind "Black Skinhead" and "New Slaves" and more. If you've got a spare ten minutes, I highly suggest giving this a read.
And for as miserable as his wealth has made him by this point (see "Hit the mall, pick up some Gucci/ Now ain't nothing new but your shoes" from 2011's "Murder to Excellence"), he anticipated this back in 2003 in the College Dropout days. Despite being more narratively framed and mildly worded, "All Falls Down" is very thematically similar to "New Slaves" a decade prior: "Shine because they hate us/...
There's new I The Mighty on the horizon - you knew we'd get involved. Since we premiered "Dancing On A Tightrope" way back in '12, the AbsolutePunk community's affection for the band has skyrocketed, and rightfully so - I The Mighty has a chance as greatness. Today we're premiering "Echoes," the latest track from their upcoming full-length, Satori - check it out in the replies. But, that's not all - the band is coming 'round to chat about Satori at 4pm PST, so get all your questions ready for Brent, Blake, Ian, and Chris.
Update: The chat is now over - a tremendous thanks to I The Mighty and Equal Vision Records for their time, and make sure to grab Satori on June 11! -JA
We are giving away a pair of tickets to Breathe Carolina's sold-out show tomorrow night at The Troubadour in Los Angeles. To win, tell me why it's a necessity for you to see the band tomorrow night. Good luck!
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.