When we started the record, we thought we might call the record “Wasteland,” which is the first track. Really that’s where we were when we started out writing for the record. It was a pretty dark place for us as a band. We didn’t know the record was going to follow this path that it ended up taking. It took us more than a year to make the record, and a lot of the songs really follow the journey that the band was on. Obviously, we didn’t know where that journey was going to lead. The songs came out as the turns and changes happened to us.
The Sidekicks will launch their summer headline tour on July 31 in Lansing, MI. The tour runs through August 24th and features support from Richmond, VA's Sundials and Chicago, IL's Dowsing. Dates in the replies.
Billions of dollars in royalties are at stake, and the lobbying fight that is very likely to unfold would pit Silicon Valley giants like Pandora and Google against music companies and songwriter groups.
Why does this matter? As I’ll get to later in this series, it can seem weird that a team of college sophomores are specifically targeting preteens with substantially sexed-up songs. I’m not trying to pull off one of those ludicrous “we need to protect our children” crusades, but no matter how we slice it: Isn’t it slightly off-putting that this has become, for a significant number of artists, a reproducible business model?
Ryan Rockwell, best known as the frontman for pop-punk act Mixtapes, is excited to independently release a brand-new album today called I Hate How Normal I've Become. This release comes under the project name Youth Culture and is available right now on Bandcamp. Check the replies for the full press release.
Workers at Guitar Center in Chicago, New York City, and Las Vegas have come together to form unions so they can negotiate for better working conditions in writing from their employers at Guitar Center and ARES/Bain Capital. They're looking for your support by signing this petition.
So we decided to come together. We're organizing with the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union and we are asking the company to recognize our union and negotiate for a fair contract. With Bain Capital's track record, we need your support. Let Bain Capital know you support our right to come together for a fair workplace.
Mike Gitter has been promoted to senior director of A&R at Razor and Tie. Full press release in the replies.
Gitter joined Razor & Tie in 2012 and has signed a variety of acts including rising rock outfit Starset and established legends such as HIM and Finch. He was also instrumental in the signing of Chiodos. Gitter continues his A&R responsibilities that encompass not only identifying talent but all-around aspects of A&R including artist relations and recording.
Interscope Geffen A&M has promoted John Ehmann to Vice President of A&R. The news comes on the heels of John Janick being named CEO.
Since joining the company, he has signed and developed such artists as Lana Del Rey, Aloe Blacc, Cedric Gervais, and shepherded Carly Rae Jepsen’s album Kiss, with her hit single “Call Me Maybe” to the market. “John has an incredible ear and eye for talent, and I’m pleased to see him step up into a bigger role at the company,” commented Janick. “He’s an instrumental part of our team here, and his commitment to his artists can’t be overstated." “I would like to thank Jimmy Iovine, John Janick, Steve Berman, and Larry Jackson for giving me the opportunity...
The Black Market focuses on the cost of self-awareness. “Rise Against has always been a political band, but also a personal band,” says Tim. “We’ve always had songs that have a foot in both worlds. This album is a lot more introspective to me.” The intensely melodic strains of the first single: “I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore” is a case in point - riding a huge chorus and speaking of universal themes of entrapment and escape.
If all goes well, I'll be seeing Pennsylvania's poppy surf rockers Wish Listtonight. After their own set, they'll be putting aside their lo-fi Weezer aesthetic to play as Infinity Crush's full band. Sounds twice as nice to me, so you can stream or download their self titled LP for free (or pay-what-you-want) either in the replies or on bandcamp. My personal highlight is "Always On A Sunday," but fans of Wavves will probably want to give the whole thing a listen. Be sure to share any free (legal) music you may have made or stumbled across in the replies as well!
Paper + Plastick Records has signed Minneapolis-based rock act And We Danced (featuring former Cadillac Blindside frontman Zaq Zrust and former guitarist for The Stereo and The Jealous Sound, Jeremy Tappero). The band will release their debut seven-song release, Back To The Middle, on July 1 via the label and a new song called "Goodnight Toronto" can be streamed in the replies. Check out more information and the 12" vinyl preorder in the label's webstore.
Secret Voice (Jeremy Bolm of Touché Amoré's label) will be releasing the debut 7” EP from Oakland, CA’s No Limbs. The band recorded the EP with Jack Shirley at The Atomic Garden (Deafheaven, Comadre) in January and delivers seven blistering fast in and out songs in eight minutes. The record is set for a September release. For now enjoy a song off their latest cassette tape Belch called “Mind Vise."
Do we need 100 aggregations of every headline? 50 takes on every review? 25 thinkpieces on every inflammatory video? The web has opened up culture writing to a broader, necessary range of voices, and maybe having more options means expanding our overall readership—or maybe it means, in our aging niche, everyone gets by with less. I would never tell anyone to stop writing: our competition is YouTube (and Netflix), not each other, but sometimes, after a full week of stone-turning controversy essays, I wonder how many readers can smell the stench of desperation.