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This week's episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast feels like we've taken a time machine into the past. We've got talk about Adam from Taking Back Sunday calling Jesse Lacey a dick, Tom DeLonge releasing solo music that may or may not be songs originally pegged for Blink-182, Brand New finally re-pressing Deja Entendu on vinyl ... and me being stubborn as shit about waking up at some ungodly hour no matter what the reason. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded below.
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Dear friend of the site Jeremy Bolm (Touché Amoré) is hosting the new weekly Secret Voice radio show on Dash Radio Indie station every Thursday night at 6 PM PST/ 9 PM EST. Tonight's guest is AFI's Davey Havok. You can tune in via the Dash Radio app.
This time around we started writing some songs….even the Smoke EP when I listen to it now I go ‘Maaaan, we settled a lot on this’ even though we are really proud of it. Actually, some of my favorite songs we have ever written are on it. There were a lot of things where we relied on ‘Alright, we need a bridge here. What do we do well? Let’s do that.’ I think we wanted to break some of those molds moving forward, you know? We’re working with a producer on this record who has said as much. He said ‘You guys are being way too safe. You’ve been a band so long that you’ve kept the peace with each other by making...
The next Rock Band will largely be a continuation of the platform, insomuch as players will be picking up guitar controllers, drum controllers, and a microphone to play along with both classic and more modern songs. Alas, there isn't much else to go on at this point; when we sat down with Harmonix product manager Daniel Sussman during this week's Game Developers Conference, he was pretty cagey about revealing what was new in Rock Band 4. Instead, we talked about the legacy of Rock Band, a game that continues to have hundreds of thousands of players every month — a franchise that made hundreds of millions of dollars across a half...
Riot Fest is coming back in 2015, and it's hitting Denver from August 28-30, Chicago from September 11-13, and Toronto from September 19-20. We'll have plenty of stuff coming at you this year from one of our favorite festivals, so stay tuned for more in the not-so-distant future!
The bands announced for Warped Tour today all come from the acoustic basement: Aaron West and The Roaring Twenties, American Opera, Brian Marquis, Buttons, Grey Gordon, Koji, Meghann Wright, Onward, etc., PVRIS (Dates TBD), SayWeCanFly, Speak Low If You Speak Love (7/9-7/14), and Transit.
You can read our interview with Jake Luhrs, vocalist for August Burns Redhere. The band is currently in the middle of their Frozen Flame U.S. headlining tour, alongside Miss May I, Northlane, Fit For A King, and Erra.
The subject matter is sensitive. There’s a lot of stuff that we’re not going to let you know what the lyrics mean, because we want each listener to take it for what they need it for, not for what we’re giving you. But there’s a lot of sensitive stuff there, there might even be some questionable subject matter where people are like “What’s this?”
Will Salazar, of Fenix TX, recently suffered a stroke after a fall. A GoFund page has been set up for donations.
Several days ago, Will was hospitalized for observation and treatment following a concussion. After multiple tests and scans, it was discovered that he had suffered a mid-brain stroke as a result of the fall that caused the concussion. He remained in the hospital under the care of a team of specialists for about a week, and has since started his recovery. His symptoms include loss of some motor skills and equilibrium, and binocular diplopia (double vision in both eyes at range) among other things. He is home now and is very much looking forward to a full recovery through...
Anti-Flag will be releasing American Spring on May 26th. The album artwork and track listing are in the replies.
There is no shortage of fodder for a new record of commentary on the social and political climate in 2015: Endless wars, the new Jim Crow and American injustice, corprotocracy, environmental coup d’état, the surveillance state, loss, grief, and anxiety. We hope that these songs can grant us solace in a seemingly hopeless era. It has been frustrating to see much punk rock music —and music in general— quiet in the face of so many atrocities that are taking place around the world. This record is not quiet. If you are disillusioned with the status quo, these songs are for you.
Alkaline Trio toured with Blink-182 for awhile as an opener band. We are two weeks in to practice and [Matt Skiba]’s killing it. There’s harmonies that have never been sung. He’s actually playing the guitar instead of just Pro Tools. It’s just fresh blood and having someone that’s motivated and stoked to be there makes a world of difference. In general, Skiba has a really charming voice and it couldn’t be a better fit.
Looking through the results of our reader poll for the year's most anticipated albums is always enlightening to me. For one, it gives a snapshot into the collective minds of all our readers that just reading comments and posts never really shows. I mean, you all love Brand New, so I guess that kinda shows. But it also shows where there's a tad difference between the readers and the albums that appeared on our staff anticipated list. It shows that while there's a group of commenters that seem to strongly dislike Kanye West, he makes the list above All Time Low, Motion City Soundtrack, and Thrice. All of the names up at the top are well traveled and known quantities, but there are some...
We are excited to announce that A Will Away are releasing a new EP called Bliss on March 20th via Quiet Fire Media. The EP was produced by Gary Cioffi (Transit, Misser). We are premiering a new song off of it called "Cheap Wine," which you can hear below. The steady and somber guitars give the vocals a greater clarity, but the bass keeps your ears tuned in early on as it contrasts with the guitars and vocals. Rather than heavily focusing on a chorus or hook, "Cheap Wine" lets each instrument resonate. Those of you who miss The Dangerous Summer or enjoy The American Scene's Safe For Now should like this one. If you like what you hear, you can pre-order the EP. New tour dates are also...
Viet Cong have had their upcoming show at Oberlin cancelled. The promoter responsible for the cancellation has issued a statement citing the nature of the bands name, which is lifted from a Vietnamese organization that tortured and ran prison camps in the Vietnamese War. The band has previously responded to such compaints, saying in part that "Vietnamese immigrants—the Vietnamese Canadians and Vietnamese Americans—will write us an email saying that their family was tortured by the Viet Cong for five years in a prison camp. ... It's just a band name. It's just what we called ourselves." You can read the promoter's full statement in the replies.
The State of How, featuring members from Rory, You Blew It!, The City at Dawn, and Eavesdropper, have released a new demo on SoundCloud. A six-track EP, recorded with Matt Malpass, will be released this spring.
We’re re-releasing our first EP (“His Old Branches”) on vinyl some time in the next month or two, and we’ll be doing a couple of special shows to celebrate that. We’re also writing for a new album that we’ll hopefully be able to start recording very soon, and we’ve got a week-long slot on this year’s Warped Tour that we’re very excited about!