It is with profound sadness and heartfelt concern for everyone in Paris that we have been forced to announce the cancellation of the rest of our tour. In light of this senseless violence, the closing of borders, and international mourning, we can't continue right now. There is no other way to say it. This is crazy and it sucks. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who was hurt or who lost a loved one.
Jake Luhrs (August Burns Red)'s non-profit Heartsupport has launched the Restore Program, a six-module program with band interviews, round-table discussion and analysis, and an accompanying workbook. The program covers various struggles an individual might be facing, including: depression, anxiety, and more. Participating musicians include: Beau Bokan, Jared Wrath, and Elliott Gruenberg (Blessthefall), Levi Benton (Miss May I), and more. Head here to check out the campaign page, which includes a more in-depth description, and what rewards you can get for donating.
Shootings and explosions erupted in the Paris area on Friday night, and French news services said at least 39 people were dead, dozens wounded and others taken hostage in what appeared to be coordinated militant attacks.
Alyssa Kai, writing for The Guardian (I missed this when it was originally posted):
If there is one ethos of punk, and especially DIY (Do It Yourself) punk, it is that the punk world is for everybody: anyone can sing, anyone can play, anyone can listen, anyone can participate. But in reality, men run the scene, men are the scene, and men always have been and probably always will be at the center of the scene. As a trans woman, sometimes I just go through the motions: I do my work, I perform my best, I seek out my moments of joy.
But itís never perfect, and itís occasionally awful: without warning, in the audience or on a stage, Iíll hear someone say, ďThis song is about feminism,...
You may have heard about controversies over unpaid mechanical royalties on the interactive streaming service Spotify. For us, the bottom line is that songwriters must be properly paid when their music is played on any service. In this post, weíll examine the reasons this isnít happening across the board.
First, it might be helpful to understand a bit more about what a mechanical royalty is, how it is licensed and whom it pays.
John Lennon would have been 75 this year and the Theater At Madison Square Garden will host a tribute concert next month and air it on AMC.
Announced performers include Aloe Blacc, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Brandon Flowers, Peter Frampton, JUANES, Kris Kristofferson, Trainís Pat Monahan, Tom Morello, Willie Nelson, the Roots, Chris Stapleton, and Steven Tyler. Greg Phillinganes and Don Was will serve as creative directors, and Gregg Gelfand will direct the broadcast. Tickets go on sale at Ticketmaster this Tuesday, 11/17 at 9AM EST. Imagine all the people who would be interested in attending!
Hopeless Records have posted a video containing Dan Campbell and Justin Pierre explaining the ideas and concepts behind the songs on their soon-to-be-released The Wonder Years and Motion City Soundtrack 7" split. It's in the replies.
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Here are the albums that are in stores today. Pick up anything good? What do you recommend? If we missed anything, please add it to our calendar. We recommend Rdio or Spotify for album streams of new releases and check out our review section to see what our staff thought of the albums.
This week's episode of Encore tackles world building in movies and where it works (Star Wars, Marvel, etc.) and where it fails (Spectre). We talk quite a bit about Star Wars in this one -- spurred by a certain someone live tweeting their first viewing of the series mere minutes before we started recording. We also look at the death of Cobra Starship, Brand New recording, and answer a variety of listener topics: how often we go to shows, do we play instruments, should Blink-182 re-record old music with Matt Skiba, is pop-punk trying too hard, did pop-punk rule the world this year, what is up with cassette tapes, what do we think of @FutureAltPress, do our significant others shape our...
I've always been a big fan of DC hardcore and the Dischord Records sound. So it's no surprise that I like Slow Code. A clear throwback to that era of post-hardcore, "The Patron Saint of Architecture" is streaming exclusively on the band's profile. It comes from the band's debut EP Marketable Skills, out December 18. Keep your eye on them if you're at all a fan of Fugazi, etc.
Pusha T has shared a new track from his upcoming sophomore solo album King Push. It's called "Untouchable," which you can stream in the replies. Also, he was recently named president of GOOD Music, which is Kanye's own imprint and home to Big Sean and John Legend. Clearly this is a way to get Push some executive experience to get him on Kanye's 2020 candidacy.
Thereís a lot of filter sweeps on the bass and drums, either at the starts of songs or the ends of songs or in the middle of songs, and it instantly makes me feel like Iím listening to ĎIím blue boo da ba dee da boo die doo daba dee daboo die.Ē Thatís just the song that was everywhere in my teenage years, and I hated it. And I hate it still.
Classixx have shared a new single called "Whatever I Want" featuring T-Pain with Apple Music, noting that they "heard the instrumental for 'Can't Believe It' and feeling kindred." That shared connection is extremely evident on the song which can be heard here.