Bayside 2013

Bayside To Team Up With HRC And Equality Rocks For LGBT Pride T-Shirt

Alternative rockers Bayside have teamed up with the Human Rights Campaign, the biggest civil rights organization in America for LGBT equality, and Equality Rocks to create a Bayside shirt that has the band’s logo with the LGBT official colors on it. Portions of the profits from the sale will be donated to HRC’s endless effort to acquire equality.

“I think that it’s human nature to want to help those in need,” says frontman Anthony Raneri, “We are lucky enough to have a platform that we can use to help. Our brand of music has always spoken to the kids who are lost or haven’t found themselves yet. Working with the Human Rights Campaign gives us the opportunity to not only support the people who have always supported us but to help the faces that we see at our shows everyday.”

Cassidy Karakorn, Deputy Director for Consumer Marketing for HRC, had to say this about Bayside and the HRC joining forces for this great cause: “Bayside is not only adding their unique punk rock voice but contributing directly to our fight for full LGBT equality through the sale of their special-edition rainbow pride t-shirt. We’re thrilled that Bayside is standing with us and a majority of Americans who support marriage equality.”

The t-shirts are available now and can be purchased here. Check out the design below! Read more »

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Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett Announce Jazz Album, ‘Cheek to Cheek’

Whatever your opinion on Lady Gaga‘s music and persona, the girl can sing. And although his once-tight vibratto is starting to loosen, there is a reason Tony Bennett is known world over for his jazz crooning. The unlikely pairing announced on The Today Show that they’ve combined efforts and produced a jazz album, entitled Cheek to Cheek, that will be released on September 23.

To accompany the announcement, Lady Gaga released a video on her official YouTube channel titled “Anything Goes,” a sampling of their rendition of the Cole Porter number with a montage of the two generally having a good time in the studio; Bennett in suits and Gaga in a number of Cher-inspired numbers. More than anything she’s released yet, Gaga really shows off her vocal chops. Bennett would agree: Read more »

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STAND-UP TUESDAYS: Mark Normand

Stand-Up Tuesdays is a weekly comedy spotlight written by the wonderfully talented Angie Frissore. Covering both known and unknown comics, Stand-up Tuesdays is your new source for all things funny.

This week, Angie puts a spotlight on Mark Normand’s comedy career. If you or your comedy troupe would like to be featured on Stand-Up Tuesdays, please email utgjames@gmail.com.

Though my to-do list keeps growing exponentially, there’s one album that’s been waiting patiently for its chance to shine in Stand-Up Tuesdays. Mark Normand’s debut comedy album, Still Got It, was released digitally by Comedy Central a couple of weeks ago, coinciding nicely with the airing of the comedian’s recent taping of The Half Hour. Still Got It is a nice little throwback to an old-Hollywood style of performing, as Normand fluidly cracks wise through his set, while pointing out some insightful and hilarious observations on modern society. Read more »

August Burns Red

August Burns Red Release “Beauty In Tragedy” Music Video

August Burns Red always seem to put out videos that are visually stunning to the average eye. The Lancaster, PA metalcore outfit decided to change it around this time with their music video for the song “Beauty In Tragedy.” The single is off their latest record Rescue & Restore that was released last year via Solid State Records, which serves as their sixth full-length record since the formation of the band.

The visuals show the band playing live to a very lively crowd on their last tour they did in the UK. It explores different shots of each member of the band performing their respective instrument and gives you an in-depth look at what a typical ABR show will indeed look like.

Check out the video below and be sure to check your neck after all the headbanging you will be doing. Read more »

Favorite Weapon

Ex-Woe, Is Me Vocalist Starts New Band, Premieres Lead Single

Though the members tried to make things work, it didn’t take long for their band Woe, Is Me to die a slow, painful death. Many of the members went their separate ways, and now former vocalist Hance Alligood has teamed up with Alternative Press to announce his new project. His new band, named Favorite Weapon, is a five piece alternative rock outfit. Despite the fact that they are using Woe, Is Me’s old Facebook page (as well as their ~800,000 fans), they definitely have a totally different sound. In fact, Hance is the only member of the band who was ever even in WIM.

If you’re interested in checking them out for yourself, the group has also premiered their debut single “Hollow.” You can stream it below. The band will be releasing their debut studio album Sixty Saragossa via Rise Records October 18. Pre-orders are already available for purchase through MerchNow. Read more »

Grey Gordon

STREAM: Grey Gordon – “Indianapolis 2008″

Grey Gordon will be releasing his debut full-length album, titled Forget I Brought It Up, September 2 via No Sleep Records. Earlier this month he announced the album, and subsequently premiered the lead single off it. Today he has teamed up with Noisey to unleash the second single, which is titled “Indianapolis 2008.” This song takes a different direction than what fans are usually familiar with from this artist, but the sound suits him well. You can check it out below the break.

Pre-orders for the CD, LP and digital download are available for purchase through No Sleep Records’ merch store. Be sure to grab yourself an LP if you haven’t already, as it seems they are nearly sold out! Read more »

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Stream Two New Tracks From Fucked Up

Following the release of their latest full-length, Glass Boys, Fucked Up announced that they would also be putting out a series of 7-inch records featuring several cuts that didn’t make it on to the album. Earlier today, we were graced with our first installment of said series in the form of “Blink” and “The Way We Did,” two unheard tracks that you can stream after the jump.

“These two songs we recorded during the Glass Boys sessions and maybe should’ve made the record because they are really good,” the Toronto six-piece recently explained over Facebook. “The songs are about subcultures and growing up around the punk scenes we did in Toronto. On the cover of the record is a picture of Will Munro, who left us way too soon.”

Presently, pre-orders are ongoing, but as the outfit’s webstore is limited to a mere 100 copies, I’d suggest you act quickly.

Let us know what you think of Fucked Up’s latest in the replies below. Read more »

No Sleep Records

The Felix Culpa, Rescuer and Aviator Set For First-Ever No Sleep Records Tour

Absolutepunk just announced the insanely good lineup for No Sleep Records’ first ever tour, dubbed the ‘Death to False Music Tour.’ Aviator and Rescuer will appear on all dates, while Seasons Change will open the west coast dates and The Felix Culpa will actually headline the dates on the eastern half of the U.S.

The recently rebooted The Felix Culpa made their return this past weekend at Chicago’s Wicker Park Fest, and will have two new songs appear on a No Sleep Records split with Foreign Tongues, due on August 12. Pre-order that split right here and make the jump to hear a new The Felix Culpa song called “Karma City” and take a peek at the ‘Death to False Music’ tour poster. Read more »

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Run The Jewels Release Proper Teaser of “Blockbuster Night Part 1″

One week ago, we got a brief snippet of a new Run The Jewels track via El-P’s Instagram. Today, we get a proper 90-second teaser of that same track, which we now know is tentatively entitled “Blockbuster Night Part 1.”

With an absolutely nasty beat and comedically angsty lines like “I Jake The Snake ‘em / DDT ‘em in mausoleums,” and “Top o’ the morning / my fist to your face is fuckin’ Folgers,” Killer Mike and El-P are firing on all cylinders with RTJ2. According to a tweet from El-P earlier today, the follow-up to last year’s near-perfect debut is but one day away from being fully mixed, which seems to indicate that the duo’s promise of a 2014 release is still in the cards.

We’ll be seeing Run The Jewels at Outside Lands in San Francisco on August 8, so the possibility of hearing “Blockbuster Night Part 1″ live for the first time has our anticipation at a record high. Stream the teased section of the track below. Read more »

The Unicorns

The Unicorns Reissue ‘Who Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone?’ With Four Bonus Tracks

With their reunion shows taking place in just a few days, The Unicorns have released a reissue of their iconic 2003 album Who Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone? on iTunes and other digital retailers. The reissue sees the original tracks remastered and includes four bonus tracks, including a live version of “Haunted House” and a cover of Daniel Johnston’s “Rocketship.” It’s released on CD on August 26 and will get a limited-edition vinyl pressing that drops on October 7 via the band’s own Caterpillar Records via Redeye Distribution. Pre-orders are ongoing.

If you’re lucky enough to catch The Unicorns when they open for Arcade Fire or play at POP Montreal, godspeed. We can only imagine the ridiculous antics and fun that will ensue when the band’s full lineup from 2003-04–Nick Thorburn, Alden Penner, and Jamie Thompson–take the stage.

See the reissue’s full tracklist below: Read more »

Greylag

Listen to Greylag’s Beautiful Folk Single “Another”

Portland trio Greylag have the rustic charm and sweet folk rock of a band whose music will break the grip of fall and see itself played year-round. Their self-titled debut comes out October 14 via Dead Oceans. We suggest pre-ordering it now, especially after you give opening track “Another” a listen after the jump.

It’s been a while since we’ve been this excited over an Americana band. With producer Phil Ek behind the board, the similarities to Fleet Foxes and The Shins are obvious, but even moreso given their songwriting abilities. Roots get a rhythmic stomping in “Another” with guitar licks straight from celtic jam circles and dark, emotionally softened lyrics. Just like the genre itself, it wins you over with simplicity. Trust us: Greylag need to be on your radar for 2014.

Give it a listen below: Read more »

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Lucy’

Film: Lucy
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman
Directed by: Luc Besson

Luc Besson has to be messing with us. Either that, or he’s laughing all the way to the bank.

The man behind Léon: The Professional, The Fifth Element and The Transporter series is back in theaters this summer with a new film by the name of Lucy. At first glance, the film offers a slick, thought-provoking look at what might happen if a woman scorned was unable to unlock 100% of her mental capacity. The actual feature, however, offers something far more silly.

Lucy tells the story of a woman (Scarlett Johansson) who, after being kidnapped and forced to smuggle a new street drug, awakes in a prison cell to learn the sack that was surgically placed inside her body has begun to leak. The drugs enter her bloodstream at an alarming rate and, as the trailers teased, Lucy begins to change. Read more »