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You can read Taylor Swift's Rolling Stone cover story, "The Reinvention of Taylor Swift."
Swift's last album, 2012's Red, straddled the line between country and pop. "But at a certain point," she says, "if you chase two rabbits, you lose them both." So this time, she set out to do full-on "blatant pop music." A casual fan won't notice much difference, but to Swift and her brand, it's a big step. She says she won't be going to country-awards shows or promoting the album on country radio. When she first turned in the record, she says the head of her label, Scott Borchetta, told her, "This is extraordinary – it's the best album you've ever done. Can you just give me three country songs?"
Ryan Gardner on 09/13/14 - 03:05 PM
Amazon has clips from State Champs' The Acoustic Things.
Alex DiVincenzo on 09/13/14 - 01:50 PM
During their set yesterday at Riot Fest, Senses Fail announced that they have signed to Pure Noise Records.

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Keagan Ilvonen on 09/13/14 - 01:27 PM
Anchor and Braille will be releasing new music on September 26th.
Keagan Ilvonen on 09/13/14 - 01:25 PM
Copeland have finished their new album, Ixora. Now we patiently (or impatiently) wait.
Keagan Ilvonen on 09/13/14 - 01:02 PM
Check out Courtesy Drop's "Orion" on Brooklyn Vegan.
Zac Djamoos on 09/13/14 - 09:09 AM
Frameworks will reissue their Small Victories EP on September 16 via Topshelf Records. The release is now up for preorder.
Zac Djamoos on 09/13/14 - 09:07 AM
Sinai Vessel will be rereleasing their EP profanity on vinyl October 14. It can be pre-ordered on Flannel Gurl's site.
Zac Djamoos on 09/13/14 - 09:03 AM
Pentimento recently did a Space Jam Session of "It's Okay" - it's in the replies.
Ryan Gardner on 09/12/14 - 01:54 PM
Just a friendly reminder to make sure you check us out on other social networks. We are on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Last.fm, and Rdio. The AP.net staff can also be found elsewhere online, this post highlights where. Show us some love.
Jason Tate on 09/12/14 - 10:00 AM
Head over to NPR right now to stream the title track off of Xerxes' upcoming incredible album, Collision Blonde. This song is undoubtedly one of the best songs of 2014 and it'll make you want to pre-order the new album, which I gushed about hardcore in the recent episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast.
Drew Beringer on 09/12/14 - 09:49 AM
Hear an unreleased Time Will Tell song called "Coming Home" in the replies. It was recorded with Rob Freeman.
Ryan Gardner on 09/12/14 - 08:20 AM
Today, I'm proud to bring you the fourth AbsolutePlaylist member submission! smorgasbord182 (Morgan) has been a member with us since 2013, but a reader since 2011. With the advent of a new school year, she brings us a musical journey starting with the summer after highschool and traveling to the uncharted territory of college. Check out the playlist in Rdio and Spotify renditions in the replies. To submit your own playlist, check out our submission thread!
Anthony Sorendino on 09/12/14 - 08:09 AM
Tom Thacker (Sum 41, Gob), Anthony Bleed (Die Mannequin), and Darrin Pfeiffer (Goldfinger) recently joined vocalist Andrew Conroy to create an old-fashioned pop band called Rain City Rockers. We are premiering their debut album, Mayday. Sound interesting? Well, here's another kicker - it was recorded live in one take. Conroy's keen interest in 60s and 70s music definitely surfaces on the album, evident both vocally and musically. Check it in the replies. If you like what you hear, be sure to grab it on September 16th via Flashlight Music Group.
Ryan Gardner on 09/12/14 - 08:00 AM
Dear You recently released their new song "Castles." Today, we are giving it away for free download. Check it out below if you're a fan of pop-punk. Their new EP, I Can Only Blame Myself, releases in October.
Ryan Gardner on 09/12/14 - 07:59 AM
Slipknot have released their music video for "The Devil In I," which also reveals their new masks. Check it out in the replies.
Alex DiVincenzo on 09/12/14 - 07:18 AM
Guster premiered lead single "Simple Machine," via Time. The band's new album Evermotion is due out in January and was produced by The Shins keyboardist Richard Swift.
Gregory Robson on 09/12/14 - 04:46 AM
Yeezus contributor and frequent FKA Twigs collaborator Arca will be releasing his new record, Xen, on November 3rd. Hit the replies to stream a new track from the album titled "Thievery."
Jake Jenkins on 09/11/14 - 08:09 PM
This week's episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast looks at the recent Apple event and the surprise release of U2's new album. Kind of weird that just a few years ago the industry was against free music and now it's a race to almost see who can do it 'best.' We talk a little about the announced devices and the demise of the iPod Classic. Then we dive into discussing Fall Out Boy's latest single, the new New Found Glory tracks, Yellowcard's new songs and if we should judge albums based on just a couple of songs or not, and then finish it off with a lot of praise for Have Mercy. The episode can be streamed and/or downloaded below.

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Jason Tate on 09/11/14 - 04:58 PM
A festival in it's first year is always full of surprises, good and bad, and Float Fest, held outside of San Marcos, Texas was no exception. The inaugural event was preceded by permit issues and resident concerns before the music even started as it was held in a rural stretch of the Texas Hill Country on the San Marcos river. Float Fest was headlined by indie pop gods Grouplove, Houston legend Bun B, and the ever dreamy Portugal. The Man, and included numerous local support acts.
The small crowd ate up their opening song that consisted entirely of screaming the word WHISKEY over and over. I even got to watch a girl vomit from her constant jumping. The band itself is nothing but...
Caitlin DeWeese on 09/11/14 - 04:50 PM
Ourlives will release a new album called Den of Lions on October 14th via Spartan Records. Hear "Blissful Ignorance" and read an interview on Interview Magazine.

Track Listing:
1. Blissful Ignorance
2. Out of Place
3. Blurry Eyes
4. Núna
5. Anything Can Happen Now
6. A Sight To See
7. Seven Ways
8. Loose Lips
9. We Lost The Race
10. Too Much
11. Heart
12. Where Is The Way?
Ryan Gardner on 09/11/14 - 03:39 PM
Hit the replies to watch Secrets new video for "Dance of the Dead."
Ryan Gardner on 09/11/14 - 03:34 PM
If you only watch one mockumentary about a video game-themed band today, make it Mario and the Brick Breakers - which you will find in the replies. The guys in Patent Pending put a ton of work into it, and it totally paid off. You can also grab the Mario and the Break Breakers: Greatest Hits EP on iTunes or Amazon.
Alex DiVincenzo on 09/11/14 - 02:31 PM
Snot have announced a reunion tour on which they'll be performing Get Some in its entirety, and they'll be bringing He Is Legend with them. Dates are in the replies.
Alex DiVincenzo on 09/11/14 - 02:23 PM
Head to the replies to watch Foreign Tongues' new music video for "Luxury."
Alex DiVincenzo on 09/11/14 - 02:21 PM
Pity Sex and Adventures will release a split 7" on October 7th. You can pre-order it from Run For Cover Records. Stream a new Pity Sex track in the replies.

Track Listing
01. Adventures - Flowing Through
02. Adventures - Behind This Wall (Turning Point cover)
03. Pity Sex - Acid Reflex
04. Pity Sex - Gigantic (Pixies cover)
Alex DiVincenzo on 09/11/14 - 02:18 PM
Gnarwolves' self-titled album is streaming on Punknews, and you're going to want to take a listen.
Alex DiVincenzo on 09/11/14 - 02:15 PM
The Word Alive will headline the "Get Real Tour" with The Color Morale, Our Last Night, The Dead Rabbitts and Miss Fortune. Dates are in the replies.
Alex DiVincenzo on 09/11/14 - 02:12 PM
You can watch Affiance's music video for "Fire!" in the replies.
Alex DiVincenzo on 09/11/14 - 02:08 PM
Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane will release Holiday for Swing on September 30th. Artwork is in the replies.

Track Listing
1. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
2. Christmas Dreaming
3. I’ll Be Home For Christmas
4. Little Jack Frost Get Lost (featuring Norah Jones)
5. Snow (from White Christmas)
6. A Marshmallow World
7. What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?
8. Baby, It’s Cold Outside (featuring Sara Bareilles)
9. Mele Kalikimaka
10. Warm In December
11. Moonlight In Vermont
12. (Everybody’s Waitin’ For) The Man With The Bag
13. The Christmas Song
Alex DiVincenzo on 09/11/14 - 02:05 PM
Listen to Unearth's new single, "The Swarm," in the replies.
Alex DiVincenzo on 09/11/14 - 02:01 PM
Hit the replies to check out a new song from Terrain, featuring AP.net's very own Ryanl Mentzos (formerly of Northbrook) on vocals and guitar. The song is called "On the Subject of Dreaming (And Other Lost Causes)" and the band will be putting out their debut full-length Chimney Ash sometime this fall. Stay tuned for more details!
Chris Collum on 09/11/14 - 01:44 PM
Just a quick reminder for all Chicago-based users and Riot Fest attendees that we will be hosting an unofficial after-party on Saturday night at Five Star Bar with PropertyOfZack. Zack and I will be playing pop-punk and emo songs and we would love to meet everyone from the AP.net/POZ community who's in town! Riot Fest Chicago begins tomorrow and while three-day passes are sold out, you can still nab single-day and two-day passes.
Thomas Nassiff on 09/11/14 - 12:36 PM
Young Statues will release their sophomore album, The Flatlands Are Your Friend, via Run For Cover Records on October 21st.

Track Listing
01) Natives
02) Run The River Dry
03) Don't Fight The Mirage
04) Got The Knife
05) No Shadow
06) Flood
07) Further Away
08) Flatlands (pt. 2)
09) Ain't A Bad Thing To Lose
10) White Noise
11) Strangers In A Dream
Keagan Ilvonen on 09/11/14 - 12:30 PM
Hands Like Houses have released the third music video for their new EP, Reimagine. Stream the video for the song "Release (A Tale of Outer Suburbia)" in the replies.

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Jason Tate on 09/11/14 - 12:27 PM
Butch Walker's cover of "Eye Of The Tiger" can be found in the replies.

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Jason Tate on 09/11/14 - 12:25 PM
Congrats to Code Orange for having their new album, I Am King, debut at #1 on the Billboard vinyl chart.

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Jason Tate on 09/11/14 - 12:24 PM
Andy Burrows' new video for "As Good As Gone" can be found in the replies.
Jason Tate on 09/11/14 - 12:22 PM
This Legend have announced some more tour dates. They're in the replies.
Jason Tate on 09/11/14 - 12:20 PM
I Am the Avalanche's new video for "177" can be streamed in the replies.
Jason Tate on 09/11/14 - 12:19 PM
Sir Sly's new video for "You Haunt Me" can be viewed over at Nylon.

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Jason Tate on 09/11/14 - 12:17 PM
Jump to the replies to watch Death From Above 1979's new video for "Trainwreck 1979." The group's new album, The Physical World is out now.
Keagan Ilvonen on 09/11/14 - 10:49 AM
Dangercat is streaming a new song called "Basement." It's from To the Moon, which was produced by Comeback Kid's Andrew Neufeld and will be released on September 30.
Deborah Remus on 09/11/14 - 10:47 AM
Hightide Hotel will be releasing its anticipated new album, Naturally, on September 30th via Count Your Lucky Stars. You can stream a brand new song titled "Vertigo Chamber" in the replies. After having the best time of your life checking it out, make sure you pre-order it immediately.
Drew Beringer on 09/11/14 - 08:34 AM
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