Tonight, at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame And Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, music history will be made as the first ever Alternative Press Music Awards will be presented to the world. Nothing this prestigous or grandiose has been attempted in this scene or genre of music. The event will go on at 8pm ET(6pm our time). You can watch it on AXSTV(channel #340 on DirectTV and #167 on Dish Network, sorry Comcast/Xfinity customers we'll give you the recap tomorrow). Here are the awards and what to expect:
AP Music Award Nominees
Artist Of The Year (Presented by Monster Energy Drink) A Day To Remember Avenged Sevenfold Black Veil Brides Bring Me The Horizon Fall Out Boy Of Mice & Men Panic! At The Disco Paramore Pierce The Veil Sleeping With Sirens
Album Of The Year (Presented by Journeys) A Day To Remember • Common Courtesy Avenged Sevenfold • Hail To The King Black Veil Brides • Wretched And Divine: The Story Of The Wild Ones Bring Me The Horizon • Sempiternal Fall Out Boy • Save Rock And Roll Paramore • Paramore Sleeping With Sirens • Feel Touché Amoré • Is Survived By Twenty One Pilots • Vessel The Wonder Years • The Greatest Generation
Artist Philanthropic Award (Presented by Sub City / Take Action) All Time Low — Skate4Cancer Memphis May Fire— Peta2 Modern Baseball — 1BlueString Pierce The Veil — The Keep A Breast foundation Rise Against — Shirts For A Cure The Used — Living The Dream Foundation
Best Live Band A Day To Remember All Time Low Asking Alexandria Fall Out Boy Pierce The Veil Twenty One Pilots
Breakthrough Band The Color Morale Crown The Empire Issues Letlive. The Story So Far Twenty One Pilots
Song of the Year All Time Low feat. Vic Fuentes • “A Love Like War” Bring Me The Horizon • “Shadow Moses” Fall Out Boy • “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)” Falling In Reverse • “Alone” Paramore • “Still Into You” Sleeping With Sirens feat. Machine Gun Kelly • “Alone”
Best International Band Asking Alexandria (U.K.) Bring Me The Horizon (U.K.) Crossfaith (Japan) Parkway Drive (Australia) Silverstein (Canada) Frank Turner (U.K.)
Most Dedicated Fans (Presented by Fearless Records) All Time Low Avenged Sevenfold Black Veil Brides Mayday Parade My Chemical Romance Pierce The Veil
Best Vocalist Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides) Vic Fuentes (Pierce The Veil) Kellin Quinn (Sleeping With Sirens) Oli Sykes (Bring Me The Horizon) Brendon Urie (Panic! At The Disco) Hayley Williams (Paramore)
Best Guitarist JB Brubaker (August Burns Red) Synyster Gates (Avenged Sevenfold) Phil Manansala (Of Mice & Men) Jack O’Shea (Bayside) Chris Rubey (The Devil Wears Prada) Jacky Vincent (Falling In Reverse)
Best Bassist Jeremy Davis (Paramore) Zack Merrick (All Time Low) Ryan Neff (Miss May I) Jaime Preciado (Pierce The Veil) Devin “Ghost” Sola (Motionless In White) Pete Wentz (Fall Out Boy)
Best Drummer Jess Bowen (The Summer Set) Josh Dun (Twenty One Pilots) Mike Fuentes (Pierce The Veil) Matt Greiner (August Burns Red) Luke Holland (The Word Alive) Ryan Seaman (Falling In Reverse)
Live performances from: Fall Out Boy • Joan Jett & The Blackhearts • The Misfits • Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco • A Day To Remember • All Time Low • Asking Alexandria • twenty one pilots • Sleeping With Sirens • Falling In Reverse • Body Count • Machine Gun Kelly • Special collaborations & more!
Special appearances from: Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins) • Slash • Laura Jane Grace (Against Me!) • Ice-T & Coco • Suicide Silence/Silverstein - Black Veil Brides • Chiodos • Crown The Empire • Emmure • I See Stars • Issues • Korn • Memphis May Fire • Miss May I • Motionless In White • Paramore • We Came As Romans • Yellowcard • Attila • Bayside • Beartooth • The Devil Wears Prada • Echosmith • Less Than Jake • Letlive. • the Maine • Mayday Parade • Neck Deep • New Found Glory • Pierce The Veil • We Are The In Crowd • The Word Alive • & more!
The event will be hosted by Mark Hoppus of Blink-182! You can find more info at the Alternative Press website here!
Moz fans unite! Morrissey will release his 10th solo album on July 15th, but as the future refuses to allow things to be released on their actual date you can stream the new album early over at NPR.
Of course, Morrissey played Kingsbury Hall just a couple of months ago after making up for a cancelled date the previous year due to illness: his or his mother's depending on the source you talked to. He didn't play too many Smith's songs, which seemed to bother my buddy who had never seen Morrissey before, but felt he had seen a landmark rather than just show so he wasn't too disappointed.
Enjoy the stream.
From 1999 and 7, yes seven, album later, Rise Against are about to release "The Black Market" next Tuesday, July 15th you can officially purchase the album, but if you can't wait head over to iTunes radio and check it right now.
Their music slightly rusty, but in a good way and literary in verse. They are named after a keyboard shortcut. Their first single, "Fitzpleasure" is based on a novel called "Last Exit to Brooklyn" that isn't exactly family-friendly - nor mainstream. Somehow, beyond all those reasons many people found Alt-J to be something unique and interesting, which is not an easy feat these days. Pop music has taken over like weeds in the modern rock's garden.
Alt-J is following up their fantastic album, "An Awesome Wave" with "This Is All Yours" on September 22nd, which you can pre-order here.
alt-J – Tessellate
Summer means a lot of good things for music fans here in Salt Lake City. We have the Twilight Concert Series approaching, Vans Warped Tour just around the corner and endless bands announcing that they are coming to OUR city (The Black Keys, The Neighbourhood, Arctic Monkeys, and The Offspring just to name a few). On top of this, there's a lot of good music coming out this summer.
Here's a few of our reccomendations:
1. Lowborn – Anberlin
Single: “Stranger Ways” Release Date: July 22
This will be Anberlin’s FINAL album before they call it quits and disband. Yes, unfortunately the band has announced earlier this year that 2014 will be the last year of Anberlin. If this is news to you, please take all the time you need to let this sink in. Are you okay, now? Don’t despair, because, from the sound of it, this new album is looking to be one of their most dynamic albums to date. The aforementioned song, “Stranger Ways,” is their current single. The track is reminiscent of a few of Anberlin’s more new-wave tunes from albums like Cities or Never Take Friendship Personal (listen to Alexithymia, Heavy Hearted Work of Staggering Genius, or Dance Dance Christa Paffgen to know what we are talking about). Another one of the songs from this album, “Dissenter”, has been leaked online if you want to hear a different tune: a very fast-paced, hard rock driven, dance-mosh song that has singer Stephen Christian screaming the whole time. Very different from “Stranger Ways.” You can check it out here. The album is being released through Tooth & Nail Records. You can pre-order the album through the Tooth & Nail website, through Anberlin, or on Itunes. The album is available for digital download, CD, and Vinyl. If you pre-order the album now, you can get an instant download of another track “Hearing Voices.” You can catch Anberlin on this year’s Vans Warped Tour, August 2nd at the Utah State Fairpark.
2. The Black Market – Rise Against
Single: “I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore” Release Date: July 15
It has been awhile since we have had new material from Rise Against. Their last album Endgame was in 2011, with a B-sides album in between and very little touring between those two LPs. This new song sounds like a very typical Rise Against song. Which isn’t a bad thing; Rise against knows how to deliver to their fans. Regardless of how the rest of the album will sound, we should all pray (send good vibes, do a dance, or whatever you do) that they are coming to Salt Lake City soon. The new album will be released through Interscope Records. You can preorder the song “I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore” on Itunes.
3. Clouded – This Wild Life
Single: “History” Release Date: OUT NOW
If you’re looking for some more relaxing, chill music to wind down to this summer, then you should check out This Wild Life. This acoustic duo has a knack for writing very melodic, relaxing, acoustic pop/rock music similar to bands such as City & Colour, Dashboard Confessional, and The Maine. The album has been released through Epitaph Records. You can buy the album now through This Wild Life, or Itunes. It is available in the following formats: Vinyl, CD, and digital download. You can see This Wild Life on Vans Warped Tour, August 2nd at Utah State Fairpark.
4. Blood Stutter EP – Handsome Ghost
Single: “Blood Stutter” Release Date: OUT NOW
This band features electronic beats and textures mixed with acoustic guitar. Handsome Ghost is the kind of band that you would play at the end of a long day of work or after getting back from that weekend camping trip. Or you could play it on your boat as you are out on the lake with your buddies. Regardless of what you use it for, this EP is essential for your summer playlist. This band is for fans of The Postal Service, Iron & Wine, and Broods. The EP has been released through Color Study Records and is available on Itunes.
5. Disgusting – Beartooth
Single: “Keep Your American Dream” Release Date: OUT NOW
Check out the album that Alternative Press is calling “one of the best albums of 2014.” Beartooth front man, Caleb Shomo, was previously the vocalist/synth player of electronic metalcore band Attack Attack! However, the sound of Beartooth is very different from the work of Attack Attack! Beartooth features a more punk driven sound combined with features of metalcore and post-hardcore music similar to bands such as A Day To Remember, Every Time I Die, and Of Mice & Men. The album has been released through Red Bull Records and you can order the album through Beartooth, Red Bull Records, or Itunes. Beartooth will be coming through Utah on the Vans Warped Tour, August 2nd.
6. The Hunting Party – Linkin Park
Single: “Guilty All The Same(feat. Rakim)” Release Date: June 17
You have already heard “Until It’s Gone” a few times here at X96. They have just released a music video for that song. But here is a more dynamic song from The Hunting Party. “Guilty All The Same” brings out the more hard rock/metal roots that Linkin Park started out with. There are a few other songs that bring back that old Linkin Park sound, see “Wastelands” for example. Linkin Park also breaks some new ground by bringing in System Of A down guitarist, Damien, on the track “Rebellion.” As well Tom Morello (former Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave guitarist) for a track titled “Drawbar.” There are some other tracks such as “Final Masquerade” that are similar to Living Things. In The Hunting Party, Linkin Park bridges the gap between the new electronic-driven sound of Living Things and the former nu-metal sound of Hybrid Theory. The album will be released through Warner Bros. Records. You can pre-order the album through Linkin Park or though Itunes. Linkin Park will be on a fall US tour with Thirty Seconds To Mars, and AFI.
Written by: Zach McEntire (Intern) (@McEntireZach)
Edited by: Richie T
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