Nate Ruess has done a track by track commentary of Grand Romantic with Rolling Stone.
We had finished the album, and we decided that we didn't need any interludes. It felt pretentious to do, and it already felt like adding too many tracks. I like to keep albums usually at 10 [songs], and we ended up with 12. Interludes would've brought it up to 14, and it would've felt a little too conceptual. We finished the album without the intro, and "AhHa" didn't feel like it set up the album properly. It was the very last day before we had to turn in the master, and we were up until 5 o'clock in the morning recording in my house and rearranging that intro. It was supposed to be turned in three...
Jason Tate on 06/12/15 - 10:12 AM
Fearless Records will be announcing a new singing on Monday. They've posted a teaser video in the replies.
Jason Tate on 06/12/15 - 10:08 AM
Vannen has produced a limited edition Against Me! watch.
Jason Tate on 06/12/15 - 10:04 AM
HypeBot has posted an article explaining how artists can go claim their Apple Music Connect profiles. We talk a lot about Apple Music on this week's podcast and this is the one part of the service I'm less than excited about.
Jason Tate on 06/12/15 - 10:01 AM
The AP.net staff is here to help you soundtrack your summer with a playlist each Friday for the next several weeks. Last week, Ryan D. shared his playlist of summer jams. This week, I'm here to take things in a completely different direction: roots music. From folk and alt-country to Americana and classic rock 'n' roll, this playlist encompasses the genres that have said "summer" to me longest. Whether you're heading out of town for a road trip or sitting on the porch drinking a beer late at night, this mix is ideal.
Craig Manning on 06/12/15 - 07:46 AM
Country singer, Randy Howard, has been killed in a shootout with a bounty hunter at his home in Tennessee. He was 65.
Kelly Doherty on 06/12/15 - 05:22 AM
Philadelphia indie rockers The War On Drugs have signed a two album deal with Warner Music Group.
Kelly Doherty on 06/12/15 - 05:10 AM
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Jason Tate on 06/12/15 - 03:00 AM
Carly Rae Jepsen's new album, Emotion, is being released in the U.S. on August 21st, with new single "Run Away With Me" dropping next month. The record, with five extra tracks, is still scheduled for release in Japan on June 23rd.
Joe DeAndrea on 06/11/15 - 07:17 PM
Taco Bell has announced its 2015 Feed The Beat roster -- all the bands listed in the replies will be getting $500 gift cards to Taco Bell. Bean and cheese burritos with no onions forever.
Jason Tate on 06/11/15 - 03:11 PM
The New York Times is reporting that Dick Costolo will be stepping down as CEO of Twitter.
Dick Costolo, Twitterís embattled chief executive, is stepping down, the company said Thursday. Jack Dorsey, the companyís co-founder and chairman, will serve as interim chief executive while the board searches for a permanent successor. The change is effective July 1. Twitter shares were up more than 7 percent in after-hours trading immediately after the news was announced.
Jason Tate on 06/11/15 - 03:07 PM
Warped Tour's stage roster can be found in the replies.
Jason Tate on 06/11/15 - 03:06 PM
This week's episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast covers three main topics: Apple Music, Thomas's new bi-weekly series on starting a record label, and us hiring some new staff on the website. We spend the good majority talking about what we think of Apple Music, where we think it'll be successful, where we think it'll fail, what we think of the presentation, what we hope for the future, and the re-birth of Ping. The other good chunk is about Bad Timing Records and what it's like to start a record label and how being a record label in 2015 compares to past generations. All-in-all this was a really fun episode to record and we think it turned out pretty great. The episode can be streamed...
Jason Tate on 06/11/15 - 02:14 PM
Day Wave's new single "We Try But We Don't Fit In" is now streaming on Soundcloud. Fans of The Drums, Real Estate and their ilk will love the lo-fi surf pop act and can expect his debut EP, Headcase, on July 17.
Kelly Doherty on 06/11/15 - 12:32 PM
Liars have remixed Algiers' "Black Eunuch". Hit replies to check it out and don't forget to check out Algiers' excellent debut self-titled album, released on Matador Records last week.
Kelly Doherty on 06/11/15 - 11:56 AM
Hit the replies to check out The Maccabees' brand new single "Something Like Happiness" from their forthcoming album Marks To Prove It. The track just premiered on BBC Radio 1.
Kyle Huntington on 06/11/15 - 11:52 AM
Knuckle Puck will release Copacetic on July 31st through Rise Records.
Jason Tate on 06/11/15 - 11:41 AM
Kayla St. Onge and Jonathan Diener (The Swellers) teamed up over at The Run Out with a really good piece titled "Pop Punk and Feminism: Intersectionality and Microaggressions":
If you ask anyone at a show if theyíre against racism, they will most likely say yes. If you ask them if theyíre for LGBT rights, theyíll most likely say yes, but you have to think critically about these things. Any idiot can say they arenít racist because the picture we have of racism is white men in hoods lynching people. But they forget to examine the social norms we have been bred with. Another large part of racism (and any kind of discrimination) are microaggressions. Microaggressions are small, subtle, and...
Jason Tate on 06/11/15 - 11:38 AM
Bella Union's PINS have released a video for "Everyone Says" taken from their recent album, Wild Nights. Hit replies to check it out.
Kelly Doherty on 06/11/15 - 11:38 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
Say Anything are running a "city pride" contest.
Say Anything City Pride Contest: Share your cityís image this week and the winning city will get a personalized song written by Max! The song will be available as a free download, there will be an exclusive tee design available only at your cityís show and Max will perform the song that night!
Jason Tate on 06/11/15 - 11:02 AM
Looks like Letlive are in the studio.

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Jason Tate on 06/11/15 - 11:00 AM
Thief Club's cover of Jimmy Eat World's "Sweetness" is in the replies.

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Jason Tate on 06/11/15 - 10:58 AM
PVRIS's cover of "Talking Bodies" by Tove Lo for BBC Radio 1's "Live Lounge" can be heard in the replies.

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Jason Tate on 06/11/15 - 10:55 AM
Chris Farren has released a new demo collection.
Jason Tate on 06/11/15 - 10:54 AM
It looks like July 10th, 2015 will mark the date the music industry shifts to Friday as the global release day. I guess I'm gonna have to tweak our albums in stores post.
More than 45 countries have signed up to the global release day initiative, including the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany and Australia. However, in some countries, particularly in Asia, local music repertoire will still be released on different days. For instance, in Japan domestic acts will continue to release new music on Wednesdays, two days earlier than international repertoire.
Jason Tate on 06/11/15 - 10:49 AM
Hit the replies to stream MxPx's cover of Screeching Weasel's "Leather Jacket."
Jason Tate on 06/11/15 - 10:46 AM
NOFX's Backstage Passport 2 will be out on DVD on August 21st.
Jason Tate on 06/11/15 - 10:45 AM
A new Between the Buried and Me track called "Famine Wolf" can be heard over at Metal Injection.

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Blake Solomon on 06/11/15 - 09:30 AM
Polyenso has released a new stop motion video comprised of their fans faces for a new song, "Best of Friends." Check it out in the replies.

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Blake Solomon on 06/11/15 - 09:25 AM
Seventeen years later, The Goo Goo Dolls' Dizzy Up the Girl is getting its first vinyl pressing. Amazon lists the release date as 8/7/15.

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Blake Solomon on 06/11/15 - 09:25 AM
Third Eye Blind have released a new song called "Rite of Passage," taken from their upcoming album Dopamine. Check it out here.

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Blake Solomon on 06/11/15 - 09:23 AM
On the heels of the band's recent lyric video for new single "Different Colors," Walk the Moon has now released a full music video for the song, shot during their recent Talking is Hard Tour. You can view it in the replies
Craig Ismaili on 06/11/15 - 09:22 AM
Foals will release their new album, What Went Down, on August 28th. Hit the replies to see the artwork and a trailer.

Track Listing
01) What Went Down
02) Mountain at My Gates
03) Birch Tree
04) Give It All
05) Albatross
06) Snake Oil
07) Night Swimmers
08) London Thunder
09) Lonely Hunter
10) A Knife in the Ocean
Kyle Huntington on 06/11/15 - 09:18 AM
PVRIS covered Tove Lo's "Talking Body" for the BBC Live Lounge this morning. You can watch it in the replies.
Craig Ismaili on 06/11/15 - 09:07 AM
Sudden Suspension recently signed to Bad Timing Records and will release a new EP called There's A Bigger Picture Here on June 16th. You might remember when we premiered "As Good As It Gets," and today we are streaming the whole thing. Similarly to that song, the EP contains straightforward fast-paced pop-punk songs, perfect for fans of Knuckle Puck or Forever Came Calling. The bass flexes on "Eventually," while "Cheap Seats" cranks the pace up the max with arguably the best chorus here. Give it a listen below if you're looking for a good EP for summer drives with the windows rolled down. If you like what you hear, be sure to pre-order it.
Ryan Gardner on 06/11/15 - 08:48 AM
Mew have posted a new video for their song "The Night Believer." It features exactly 1000 fans from 65 countries, and can be seen in the replies.
Blake Solomon on 06/11/15 - 07:35 AM
Refused have shared another new track from their upcoming album Freedom. It's called "Dawkins Christ" and you can check it out here.
Blake Solomon on 06/11/15 - 07:31 AM
"And here with you there's always something to look forward to; my angry heart beats relatively easy."
Staff ReviewsSun Kil Moon - Universal Themes (Aaron Mook)
Small Leaks Sink Ships - Face Yourself, and Remove Your Sandals (Craig Manning)
Sharon Van Etten - I Don't Want To Let You Down EP
(Kelly Doherty)
Aaron Mook on 06/11/15 - 07:12 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
Hit the replies to watch American Opera cover The Wonder Years' "There, There."
Jason Tate on 06/10/15 - 08:42 PM
Members of La Bella Charade have formed New Lives. You can hear a new song called "Clarity" in the replies.
Ryan Gardner on 06/10/15 - 04:47 PM
Want to see Dashboard Confessional and Third Eye Blind at Jones Beach on June 14th? If you can attend the show and want to win tickets post in the replies and I'll pick some winners randomly to give a pairs of tickets to.
Jason Tate on 06/10/15 - 02:22 PM
Looks like All-American Rejects are recording new music.

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Jason Tate on 06/10/15 - 02:03 PM
Breathe Caroline's new video "Anywhere But Home" is in the replies.

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Jason Tate on 06/10/15 - 02:01 PM
Sara Bareilles confirmed via her "Sounds Like Me" Google Hangout that her new album will be coming out in November and that she worked with Neal Avron on it.

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Jason Tate on 06/10/15 - 02:00 PM
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