iHeartRadio Music Festival reveals 2014 lineup

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The iHeartRadio Music Festival has announced its lineup for 2014. The festival which will take place in Las Vegas on September 19th and 20th at the MGM Grand features acts such as Coldplay, Lorde, Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea, Nicki Minaj, Usher, Paramore, Zac Brown Band, Childish Gambino, Mötley Crüe, and Calvin Harris. Other bands include Taylor Swift, One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Eric Church, Neon Trees, Kacey Musgraves, and The Pretty Reckless.

Tickets go on sale July 26th, at 1 pm local time. The event will also be broadcast on 150 radio stations and streamed online. The CW television channel will also show the festival in a two night showing.

P.O.D. launch PledgeMusic campaign for new acoustic album

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P.O.D. have launched a PledgeMusic campaign for their new acoustic album. You can check out the details below.

P.O.D. has announced a pre-order for their upcoming album through their partnership with PledgeMusic. The San Diego based, multi-platinum hard rockers will make their album available on the direct-to-fan platform. The band chose to work with PledgeMusic so fans could receive updates directly from the band during the album making process, offering them behind-the-scenes access and a chance to pre-order early.

In response to requests, P.O.D. will deliver the upcoming acoustic album, which will include favorite hits “Youth of the Nation” and “Alive” along with two brand new songs. Over the last two decades, the group has sold over 10 million albums (including 2001′s triple platinum record Satellite), garnered four No. 1 music videos, three Grammy nominations and had over a dozen rock radio hits, including “Southtown,” “Alive,” “Youth of the Nation” and “Goodbye For Now.” Just for pledgers, P.O.D. will offer a number of exclusive, limited edition and one-of-a-kind items available such as signed CDs and tour memorabilia. Check it out now here.

Celebrating 5 years of engaging music lovers, PledgeMusic has proven to be a valuable marketing force for bands and artists releasing music, playing an important role in driving sales and contributing to their overall achievements. Benji Rogers, Founder and President of PledgeMusic commented, “We are thrilled that P.O.D., who have enjoyed a strong fanbase for years, has chosen the PledgeMusic platform to further connect with their fans to release this special collection of songs.”

PledgeMusic is the world’s leading online, direct-to-fan music platform, offering artists a unique way to engage their fans in the music making experience whilst interacting with PledgeMusic’s global community of music fans. Since its inception in 2009, PledgeMusic has worked with artists and labels to deliver high impact campaigns that provide exclusive engagement, incentives and content for music fans as well as new commercial benefits and revenue streams for artists and music labels.

PledgeMusic’s platform has generated chart topping albums worldwide. Successful campaigns have included Lindsey Stirling, Interpol, OKGO, Mike Doughty, Echo and the Bunnymen, Imogen Heap, Lucinda Williams, Ingrid Michaelson, Slash, Judas Priest, The Libertines, Bring Me The Horizon, Ginger Wildheart, Ben Folds Five, Killing Joke, Emmy The Great and Rachel Yamagata amongst others.www.pledgemusic.com

 

One Direction release trailer for Where We Are Film

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One Direction have released the trailer for their new concert film which was filmed in Milan, Italy on their recent European leg of the Where We Are Tour. The film will only be shown in theaters for two nights only on October 11th and 12th. Fans will be able to purchase their tickets this coming week. The concert will also be released on DVD.

5 Seconds of Summer: 5 Seconds of Summer

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5 Seconds of Summer have exploded onto the music scene with their debut self titled album that comes hot off the heels of being discovered by Louis Tomlinson of One Direction and a string of successful EP’s. The band got its start in 2011, when Luke Hemmings (guitar and vocals), Michael Clifford (guitar and vocals), and Calum Hood (bass and vocals) met in school. Once the three band mates needed a drummer, Ashton Irwin was invited to join the band. The group has released four EP’s including Unplugged (2012), Somewhere New (2012), She Looks So Perfect (2014), and Don’t Stop (2014.) While the band found success in their home country of Australia, the band did not find international success until 2012, when Tomlinson saw the groups Youtube cover of the Wheatus song “Teenage Dirtbag” and contacted the band about opening for One Direction on the Australian leg of their Take Me Home tour. Afterwards, the band started to gain international exposure, and it wasn’t until the release of the She Looks So Perfect EP that the band became labeled as the next One Direction due to their quick rise to fame. The band has released their new self titled album too much success, and after listening to the new record, 5 Seconds of Summer have perfected the pop punk genre and made it relevant once again, after its decline in popularity in the mid 2000’s. While 5 Seconds of Summer don’t have much punk rock in sound, their rock and pop stylings give the group a much needed edge which they need to separate themselves from the pop music of One Direction.

“She Looks So Perfect” opens the record with sing along worthy “hey, hey, hey’s” and right from the start we know that 5 Seconds of Summer are capable of writing irresistibly catchy choruses that we won’t be forgetting soon. While the group might have been discovered by one of the biggest bands in recent years, the groups sound brings back memories of the pop punk music of the 2000’s, when we heard many bright, fast, and happy sounding pop tunes with hints of punk sprinkled throughout. 5 Seconds of Summer feels very authentic, and while they sound like they could have come on the scene a decade ago, they sound very comfortable with the music they are making, as they are writing songs that really represent themselves as musicians and where they are currently.  Many characteristics of pop punk such as the high pitched vocals, are absent from the band’s sound, and the songs don’t sound have many similarities between them. Ultimately, the band has cemented themselves as a pop punk act, and while their style may change as the band progresses with age and experience, due to most of the members still being in their teens, if this album is any indication, they will never stop writing songs that become stuck in our heads. “Beside You” is an older tune that the band reworked into a new version. While the bands older EPs show a young band that is just getting started, the new versions of old favorites (including “Try Hard” on the Don’t Stop EP) demonstrate that the band has gained confidence in their songwriting and album production. Fans that have been there from the start will love the new version of “Beside You” for its polished and mature sound.

“Long Way Home” is a feel good pop tune that is one of the best tracks on the album, mostly due to the Hemming’s brilliant vocal performance. The chorus is very carefree, and we get an all around bright and sunny tune that is guaranteed to make the groups teenage fans shed a few tears, as fans have teared up with pride at watching their favorite band have enormous success. According to the groups young fans, 5 Seconds of Summer are much deeper lyrically than their One Direction peers, and “Long Way Home” is very much a simple pop track, however to their young fans, the “deepness” of the lyrics is made into a huge deal, though to many adults listening, it doesn’t convey much emotional maturity beyond the teenage world the band is still living in. Hopefully, once the majority of the band reaches their 20’s, they will move out of the bubble of talking about relationships while still keeping fans buckled in for the ride so that they can grow up with the band and their music.

Lastly, the closing track “Amnesia” is by far the strongest track on the record. The only song on the album that wasn’t written by the band (it was originally written by Benji and Joel Madden of Good Charlotte), the song opens with a light acoustic guitar, with Luke and Calum singing about wanting to wake up with amnesia so that they can relive the memories of their ex-girlfriends. While the track is a song that has also made the groups fans highly emotional, the tune is a departure from the rest of the album. It’s light and reflective vibe gets the band away from the trappings of labeling them as a group who can only write catchy pop tunes. Luke’s voice on this track are some of the best vocals he has done throughout the bands short career, as his voice has a gorgeous quality to it that puts other bands in the group’s genre to shame.

While 5 Seconds of Summer are currently gaining steam from their loyal music fans who are a good five to ten years younger than the band members, hopefully they can grow to become a mature rock band that can outlast teenagers and their fickle music taste. Their self titled album gives them a fairly good chance.

Maroon 5 release new album cover and tracklisting

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Maroon 5 will be releasing their new album on September 2nd. You can check out the track listing below.

01) Maps​​​​​​
02) Animals​
03) It Was Always You
04) Unkiss Me​​​​​
05) Sugar​​​
06) Leaving California
07) In Your Pocket​
08) New Love​
09) Coming Back For You
10) Feelings
11) My Heart Is Open ft. Gwen Stefani​
[B Sides]
01) ShootLove​​​​​
02) Sex and Candy​
03) Lost Stars​​​​

 

 

Texas In July announce new album Bloodwork

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Texas in July will release their new album Bloodwork on September 16th. You can check out a track listing of the album below.

01) Broken Soul
02) Sweetest Poison
03) Pseudo Self
04) Defenseless
05) The Void (ft. Levi Benton)
06) Inner Demons
07) Decamilli
08) Nooses
09) The Tightrope
10) Illuminate
11) Bloodwork

 

 

5 Seconds of Summer to play The Forum, new album has more preorders than any other band in Universal Music history

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According to a press release sent to absolutepunk.net, 5 Seconds of Summer have secured more preorders of their new self titled album than any band in the history of Universal Music Group,  while their album has already peaked at number 1 on the iTunes charts in 71 countries. The press  release also announces that the band will be playing a show at The Forum in Los Angeles, California on November 15th.

The bands new album comes out today.

Members of New Found Glory, Yellowcard, and All Time Low perform medley of songs at AMPAs

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Go here to watch members of New Found Glory, Yellowcard, and All Time Low perform a medley of songs from each band at the Alternative Press Music Awards last night in Cleveland, Ohio.

The medley includes “All Downhill From Here” (New Found Glory), “Lights and Sounds” (Yellowcard), and “Dear Maria, Count Me In” from All Time Low.

Emily’s Army: Swim EP

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Emily’s Army is a young band from Oakland, California who play a mix of rock and punk that sounds like it comes straight out of the garage. While the band has only been playing together for a few short years, the band has already toured around the United States as well as internationally, as the band has gotten their name out there with little difficulty due to the bands connections with Green Day, as Joey, the band’s drummer is the son of Billie Joe Armstrong, who is Green Day’s guitarist. The group is set to release their latest EP Swim tomorrow, and the band has improved since their first album Don’t Be A Dick was released in 2011, when the band was still in high school. Now the members are in college, and are playing older sounding songs, though they still have room for improvement in their sound and songwriting.

While the four band members have been friends since they were young, they weren’t inspired to start a band until they watched the Jack Black film School of Rock, leading member Cole Becker to pick up a guitar and his brother Max to begin playing bass, while Joey has been drumming since the age of four. The EP also features Travis Neumann on guitar though he has since left the band. In addition to Don’t Be a Dick in 2011, the band also released another record called Lost at 17 in 2013. The bands moniker was inspired by Max and Cole’s cousin Emily who has cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder that mostly affects the lungs. Through their music, the group has raised awareness of the disease as their name comes from an organization of the same name that is dedicated to the Becker’s cousin. While the group is in their late teens and early twenties, the band has put out four fun songs on Swim that sound reminiscent of Pinhead Gunpowder, another Bay Area band that includes Joey’s father as its front man.

Swim opens up with “Aliens Landing” a track that has an irresistible chorus which you will have difficulty getting out of your head. The songs opens with Cole singing “la la la de da, life’s alright and love is real” which heads into a thrashing mix of punk and rock, and while the song has a chance of coming across as sloppy musicianship to music lovers who aren’t fans of punk, due to its uneven feel, for fans who enjoy the genre they will relish the music, while also getting the feeling that the band is made up of four young kids out to have a good time. The next track “High Wasted Shorts” isn’t quite as lively as “Aliens Landing” though it still gives off the punk vibe that the band wants to express on their EP. They also introduce more of a rock and pop influence on this track, giving the band a chance to show off more of their musical influences, possibly exposing them to a wider audience that may also include older music fans.
“Ammonia and Bleach” is the albums third track, and the fastest tune on Swim. This is the one track that shows the band members ages (19-21), as the song sounds hastily thrown together, like something you would hear an inexperienced high school band play. Due to the bands growing exposure on the national level and beyond, the band could write tighter sounding tunes, while still keeping with the punk rock ethos they want to represent, which could lead them to be taken more seriously. Lastly, “You Bit Me” the closing tune on Swim, doesn’t sound as catchy as previous tracks. The song has a reggae and surf rock bent to it, and while it has a kick back and relax vibe, it doesn’t quite grab our attention as the rest of the EP, since it has more of a bland sound.

Emily’s Army is a band that does a great job at writing good garage rock songs that will inspire many high school bands to form, while punk purists might question the bands standing as a punk act, due to the bands leaning towards pop, though when we are done listening, we find that the main purpose of Swim is pure enjoyment and nothing else.

One Direction giving fans a chance to relive Where We Are tour

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If you miss out on One Direction’s current tour, (Where We Are), you are in luck. On October 12th and 13th of 2014, the band will be releasing a concert film that will be shown in movie theaters for two days only, though there are plans to release a DVD of the film. It is not known what countries will get to see the film in theaters.

Anberlin: The Exit Interview

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Head over to Absolute Punk to see the exit interview with Anberlin who are releasing their last album Lowborn this week. The exit interview that the site is doing will consist of three parts of looking back over the bands twelve year career. The first part features drummer Nate Young which you can read here.

Primus drummer has heart attack

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Primus drummer Tim Alexander has had a heart attack and will need emergency open heart surgery according to Puscifer, a band Alexander currently works with. The band has posted about Tim on on their Facebook page. He has joined Primus three times and has worked with bands such as A Perfect Circle.

Made In America heads to Denver

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Several months ago, Budweiser began making episodes leading up to their Made In America music festival which will take place in August in LA and Philadelphia. Leading up to the start of the event, Budweiser has made videos highlighting many of America’s music scenes including St. Louis and Seattle. The latest episode focuses on Denver, which you can see here. If you would like to view the other videos you can do so here. If you would like to attend the festival you can purchase your tickets here.

A Day To Remember to play Chicago Warped Tour today

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If you are going to the Warped Tour today in Tinley Park at the Midwest Bank Amphitheater, then you are in luck. A Day To Remember will be making a surprise appearance the festival after front man Jeremy McKinnon tweeted the above picture. The bands set time is unknown until you get to Warped Tour and look on the set list board. Have fun Chicago!

Lifetime gets new actress for Aaliyah movie

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Last month, Lifetime lost the actress who was to play Aaliyah in an upcoming movie on the singer called Aaliyah: Princess of R&B.  Zendaya Coleman, 17, was set to play the late singer but pulled out of the production after Aaliyah’s estate criticized the film. Now 23 year old Alexandra Shipp will replace Coleman once filming picks back up this summer.