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You can check out the second part of our interview with Like Moths To Flames vocalist Chris Roetter here. In this half, we talk about future lyrical content, a brand new EP and album, and social causes. The band also hopes to be on next summer's Warped Tour. For part one, head here.
Honestly, you know how everyone says they’re their own worst critic? When I listen back to An Eye For An Eye, there’s a lot of shit that I probably would’ve changed lyrically. Some stuff we tried to write in for our fans, like the cheesy one-liners that are there because they make sense in context of the song, but you pull it out by itself and it’s like “Wow, that’s super lame.” I kind of want to stray...
Jake Denning on 09/16/14 - 01:23 PM
You can check out the first part of our interview with Like Moths To Flames vocalist Chris Roetter here. In this half we talk about the band's time on this summer's All-Stars Tour, the band's live performance, as well as their current album, An Eye For An Eye. Come back tomorrow for part two.
No, we’re trying to change it up and go with more of a plan as a unit, as opposed to a plan as individuals. We’re trying to sit down and take the pre-production and the writing more into consideration instead of the studio to come and go “Shit, we have to write 15 songs”. We’re going in with the intent of having 10-15 songs, and then trimming it down to record 2 or 3.
Jake Denning on 09/15/14 - 12:45 PM
Our interview with Kimbra can be found here, where she discusses her new record, The Golden Echo.
That’s what’s exciting to me. When something goes from major to minor really quickly, or when it goes from feeling really happy and cathartic to being quite melancholy, it’s all in the purpose of serving the message. It’s not just to be trippy. It’s to actually help tell the story and convey an emotion.
Jonathan Bautts on 09/15/14 - 09:18 AM
"Dressed up like a car crash, your wheels are turning but you're upside down."
Staff ReviewsU2 - Songs of Innocence (Craig Manning)
Pallbearer - Foundations of Burden (Jake Jenkins)
Interpol - El Pintor (Ryan Reisert)
Hostage Calm - Die On Stage (Zac Djamoos)
Staff InterviewsKimbra (Jonathan Bautts)
Craig Manning on 09/15/14 - 04:07 AM
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Jason Tate on 09/15/14 - 01:01 AM
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Jason Tate on 09/12/14 - 10:00 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
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
"Up here in the city it feels like things are closing in, the sunset's just my lightbulb burning out."
Staff ReviewsRyan Adams - Ryan Adams (Craig Manning)
DJ Mustard - 10 Summers (Jake Jenkins)
Mark Erelli - Milltowns (Gregory Robson)
Craig Manning on 09/10/14 - 04:49 AM
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Jason Tate on 09/05/14 - 10:00 AM
While this is the last installment of our must-see series for Riot Fest's Chicago bash, don't fret -- we've got two big preview pieces coming next week as well! In the meantime, you can scope out our five must-see acts for Sunday of Riot in the replies. We've already done Friday and Saturday's picks, plus a sneak peek at the Toronto festival that starts tomorrow. Tickets for Riot Fest are available here for Toronto, Chicago and Denver.
Thomas Nassiff on 09/05/14 - 08:45 AM
As Riot Fest Chicago inches closer and closer, we're ready with another day of previews for you guys. We've already chosen our must-see acts for this weekend's Toronto festival as well as Friday picks for the Chicago event -- you can now hit the replies to check out Saturday's selections. Additionally, our ticket giveaway for Chicago is going to go on for one more day because of the problems the site is currently experiencing; and remember, tickets are still available!
Thomas Nassiff on 09/04/14 - 01:00 PM
It's a beautiful day here in Toronto today, and naturally, my playlist is full of upbeat and feel good songs. The Castle Walls' latest songs have made their way onto said playlist, one of them being "Top Of The Morning" for which we're premiering a video (below) today. The brother and sister duo draw inspiration from indie pop, folk rock, and electronic music, creating a new youthful and lively sound. Head to the replies to get a glimpse of what's to come from this remarkable act.
Lueda Alia on 09/03/14 - 10:56 AM
We're still nine days away from the kickoff of Chicago's Riot Fest on Friday, Sept. 12 -- don't forget that Toronto is going down this weekend! -- but we're starting our preview series of the festival today. In the replies you can scope out our five must-see acts for Friday of Chicago's event, as selected by fellow AP.net staffer Caitlin DeWeese and myself. We'll both be on hand next weekend to check out an incredible lineup, and we'll have more day-by-day selections for you guys this week as well as a couple of bigger features next week. Let us know who you're excited to see at Riot Fest, and pick up your tickets here.
Thomas Nassiff on 09/03/14 - 09:17 AM
I find myself being extremely picky with music festivals in my old age, but the ridiculous(ly awesome) lineup at Riot Fest Toronto left me no choice but to make plans to attend. Over the past few weeks, I have been trying to finalize a schedule so I can make sure to catch every band I'm eager to see, but it took me only a few minutes upon starting on an actual list to say "Screw it, I'm just going to roam around, enjoy good music as I go, and have some delicious food and beer." That seems about as solid of a plan as it gets with my experience at festivals, except there are 5 bands at this year's Toronto Riot Fest that I will most definitely make sure to see -- rain or shine. Head to the...
Lueda Alia on 09/02/14 - 02:19 PM
It looks like we're going to have some server issues for a little bit around here -- I'm really sorry about that. You can follow me on Twitter for updates on how much I drink while we get this settled.
Jason Tate on 09/02/14 - 01:05 AM
Our interview with Keith Latinen of Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) can be found here.
They would never turn anything down, and they constantly had new material. We kind of made that our approach in Empire!, which is why we’ve got so many splits, so many projects, so many little releases.
Zac Djamoos on 08/29/14 - 11:42 AM
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Jason Tate on 08/29/14 - 10:00 AM
Today, I'm proud to bring you the third AbsolutePlaylist member submission! Slangster (Ryan) has been a member with us since 2010. He brings us a playlist described as, "...giving off a vibe that makes me feel like going off on an adventure. They are all great to listen to on the open road or when staring down on the Earth from 5,000 miles high." 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 08/29/14 - 07:26 AM
Just like last year, we'll be hosting an unofficial Riot Fest afterparty during all the festivities on September 12-14 in Chicago. Glamour Kills is presenting three straight nights of DJ sets at Five Star Bar, and Saturday is the AP.net / PropertyOfZack party. Zack Zarrillo and I will be playing pop-punk and emo songs just like we did last year, and it was great to meet a BUNCH of community members, so we invite everyone to come out and say hi. Friday night will be hosted by Bob Nanna (Braid) and Mark Rose (Spitalfield), while Sunday night will be anchored by booking agent wunderkind Ryan Soroka. There's a flier in the replies!
Thomas Nassiff on 08/28/14 - 09:02 AM
Our entertainment forum have created a mock fantasy TV show draft. Love TV? Check out what they've got going on and vote for your favorites.
Jason Tate on 08/26/14 - 12:38 PM
Update: The chat is now over and all of Frank's responses can be found here. Thanks to Frank and all his fans for stopping by for a hugely successful chat!

At 10am PST/1pm EST, Frank Iero will be coming by the website to chat with us. You can ask him about the debut album from frnkiero and the cellabration, who's debut album Stomachaches dropped today. Or maybe you'd like to ask him about his upcoming opening slot on Taking Back Sunday and The Used's co-headlining west coast tour.
Jake Denning on 08/26/14 - 09:45 AM
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Jason Tate on 08/22/14 - 10:07 AM
Today, I'm proud to bring you the second AbsolutePlaylist member submission! thesinkingship (Brett) brings us a playlist described as, "...an assortment of styles from flamenco to progressive metal." 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 08/22/14 - 05:50 AM
We recently interviewed The Copyrights about its brand new record Report and recording with Mike Kennerty from the All-American Rejects. Physical copies of the album are out on Tuesday via Red Scare Industries.
While we were gone he put in some guitar leads and harmonies himself, which kind of makes him like a member of the band on this record. I mastered it at my studio here in Illinois after, probably three weeks altogether which is the longest we’ve ever spent on a record.
Deborah Remus on 08/21/14 - 05:22 PM
It’s that time of year again, the prestigious Reading and Leeds festivals are happening this weekend in England and sporting an even more packed and eclectic line up than ever before. We all know the big bands and headliners; Blink 182, Paramore, Queens of The Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys…so today we are focusing on some of the acts across the other stages away from the Main Stage. Head to the replies to see a selection of artists you should mark down and check out this weekend.
Kyle Huntington on 08/20/14 - 08:13 AM
I personally attended all the Warped Tour dates in California and the NW this summer. While in California, one of my new favorite clothing companies Violent Gentlemen had a tent set up, selling t-shirts right alongside Every Time I Die and JBWW. They have exclusive t-shirts for Andy Williams (ETID), Bayside, and more. I spoke with one of the co-founders, Mike Hammer about the brand and what they're up to in the future, which you can read here. Lastly, they're currently offering 15% off to readers, using the promo code "Absolutepunk" at checkout.
We sent some gear out to The Gaslight Anthem a few months ago which was a huge thing for me being a big fan. We’ve got gear on everyone from ...
Jake Denning on 08/18/14 - 02:39 PM
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Jason Tate on 08/15/14 - 10:00 AM
We have about 15 spots that have opened up in our Fantasy Football Charity Challenge! If you hit the replies, you can see the band members that still have spots available in their leagues -- most band members only have one remaining spot. If you want to participate and you can send in your $20 PayPal donation to Shirts For A Cure immediately, please email Thomas Nassiff as soon as possible with the band members names whose league you would want to play in! We are trying to get these spots filled up as soon as possible so the season can get rolling.
Thomas Nassiff on 08/15/14 - 08:42 AM
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Jason Tate on 08/15/14 - 01:01 AM
Our interview with Bleachers can be found here.
If I didn’t want to do something, I wouldn’t do it. I choose to do a number of things because I have enough artistic space to do them all, but it is fascinating. I was talking to someone about it yesterday, about how you don’t see it with film and with books and other art. In those areas, I feel like people are very encouraged to do a lot of work, but I feel like in music there’s a little bit more of a “do what you’re doing and nothing else.”
Jonathan Bautts on 08/14/14 - 11:24 AM
We've successfully filled all 161 available spots in the 23 fantasy football leagues for this year's second AP.net Fantasy Football Challenge! We're on our way to raising around $3,000 for Shirts For A Cure this year. If you emailed us about participating, you should have seen a reply already -- make sure you check your spam folders if you haven't seen it yet. Just a reminder that everyone who was placed into a league has until tonight at midnight EST to make their $20 PayPal donation, and if there are any spots available because people don't donate, we'll make a post about it here on the homepage tomorrow! Email me if you have any questions.
Thomas Nassiff on 08/14/14 - 11:10 AM
People, yesterday we announced the second annual AP.net Fantasy Football Challenge. This is a thing where you get to play in a fantasy football league with members of all sorts of different bands from around our scene and help raise about $3,000 for Shirts For A Cure in the process! Read about it over here, and remember that you can start submitting your requests for whose league you would like to be in tonight at 7PM EST. We're looking forward to another really fun year so make sure you don't miss out!
Thomas Nassiff on 08/13/14 - 02:19 PM
"I used to think that the worst thing in life was to end up all alone. It’s not. The worst thing in life is ending up with people who make you feel all alone"

Whilst it's been great to see so many outpourings from people about trying to fight depression, we should try our best to not allow this care to just exist through a series of statuses and tweets and for us to just forget about it in the coming weeks. No matter how much we tell people to try to fight depression and never give up, the most important thing is for the people around them to just be there. Depression isn't something one can just fix about themselves, the responsibility also lies with those around them to show that...
Kelly Doherty on 08/13/14 - 07:03 AM
Today we are launching the second year of the AP.net Fantasy Football Challenge! Last year we raised nearly $3,000 for the Ronald McDonald House of Albany through this; again this year with the help of Dan from The Wonder Years, we've set up 23 (!) fantasy football leagues where you have the chance to play with members from a bunch of different bands from our community. For a $20 donation -- which will help us raise around $3,000 and will be donated to Shirts For A Cure to benefit breast cancer awareness and research -- you can participate in a fantasy football league with a member from some of your favorite bands throughout this year's football season. To find out who is playing, how to...
Thomas Nassiff on 08/12/14 - 11:28 AM
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Jason Tate on 08/08/14 - 10:00 AM
Today, I'm proud to bring you the first AbsolutePlaylist member submission! Doxa Lu (Bobby) hails from Austin and has been an AP user since 2008. Today, he's bringing us a playlist that he describes as, "Energetic, fun and hip-shaking indie rock/synth with some awesome solos sprinkled throughout this set." 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 08/08/14 - 06:57 AM
You can check out our new interview with Stray From The Path here. The band will be heading out on a headliner with Counterparts, Expire, and My Ticket Home - dates can be found here. In the interview, we talk about Warped Tour, their partnership with Cop Block, social media, and an upcoming fourth album.
Yeah, we flipped our van and we waited on the side of the road in -10 degree weather and the cop finally shows up two hours later and he writes me a ticket because and I quote "If you flipped your van, you must've been speeding." So the guy wasn't even there, and he gave me a $400 ticket on the assumption of something. They just generate revenue, they're not even trying to protect...
Jake Denning on 08/07/14 - 12:06 PM
Our interview with Bad Suns can be found here.
We’re not so concerned about being lumped into anything because I think we’re confident in what this band is capable of doing. I don’t see us being a flavor of the week type thing because we feel like we have so much to say and so much to do, as opposed to just one trendy sound or something like that. I don’t feel that way about our band, but time can only tell.
Jonathan Bautts on 08/07/14 - 10:39 AM
Today, I'm happy to bring you an AbsolutePlaylist from Brookyln based outfit, Image Society. They're dropping their new EP, The Doom of Youth, this week. To celebrate, they've put together a list of their favorite bands based on their roots in Long Island, which you can check out in the replies. If you're new to Image Society, you can check out the video for their song "Mirror Images" here. I get a strong A Great Big Pile of Leaves vibe from them.
Anthony Sorendino on 08/04/14 - 10:44 AM
"But all that comes from this is another year."
Staff ReviewsCharlie Simpson - Long Road Home (Craig Manning)
Hook & Anchor - Hook & Anchor (Gregory Robson)
RX Bandits - Gemini, Her Majesty (Jake Jenkins)
Staff Articles"It's Not Just a Game" (Jason Tate)
Craig Manning on 08/04/14 - 06:21 AM
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Jason Tate on 08/01/14 - 10:00 AM
A few weeks back, I (alongside quite a few others around the internet) took a look at the issue of deep-rooted misogyny within the scene. The response was quite overwhelming and the comments ranged from exceedingly positive to dismissive and critical. I gave quite a lot of consideration to how I could back up my ideas with tangible proof and I realised the one way that we could show that women experience sexism within the ‘rock circuit’ is by actually asking the musicians themselves. Hence, below is a piece with the opinions and experiences of the members War On Women (punk band recently signed to Bridge 9 Records) and Chumped (pop punk). Enjoy.

War On Women

Everyone in War On...
Kelly Doherty on 07/31/14 - 07:04 AM
You can read our new interview with The Story So Far here. The band is currently wrapping up Warped Tour, and are in the beginning stages of writing a new album, set to be released sometime next year.
Trying to write an album and tour is just taxing. We'd like to take the time to do it, so after Warped Tour we're going to do what we have booked through the end of this year and a little bit into next, and we're going to take all that off time to write a new record. We've already started working on it, we're already demoing songs, but it's a long process and these things don't come quick. We haven't booked studio time next month or in two months, towards the beginning of next year ...
Jake Denning on 07/31/14 - 06:29 AM
You can check out our interview with Beartooth here.
If we didn’t die on stage, then we didn’t play hard enough.
Jake Denning on 07/30/14 - 01:00 PM
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Jason Tate on 07/25/14 - 10:00 AM
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