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!
New stuff today! Let’s face it, so far this year the new music front has been somewhat light. Things are starting to pick up though! Last month we saw some new Coldplay stuff and a new Black Keys album which I loved. So you can imagine how stoked I was when I woke up yesterday to a new Rise Against song in my email. I was quite the happy camper. . Actually scratch that. I hate that phrase as I have never seen someone who is both happy, and a camper.
We're about to be eaten by bears.
Back on topic, the new Rise Against album does not come out for another few weeks, but the new track titled “I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore” was 100% kick ass. Of course, you can catch the song on X96, or you can use the world wide web and watch the video here.
The other track I’m excited about is a new song from Spoon. If you’re a fan you saw the cryptic teaser titled “R.I.P.” (oooh scary!). Turns out that actually stands for “Rent I Pay” which is the first single from the upcoming album “The Want My Soul”. They debuted the song yesterday on NPR.
I liked NPR when they were just a garage band.
The studio version of “Rent I Pay” is available now, and the album is penciled in for August 5th. Enjoy!
St. Vincent's new self-titled album has set me straight. I had her pictured as some hippy-like, singer/songwriter, but I had her all wrong. All wrong I tell you. Ms. Clark is a punk in the best possible way and this weekend when HBO airs the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame induction concert this Saturday night St. Vincent will be filling in where Kurt Cobain used to stand. I had no plans on watching this until I saw this clip today of her singing "Lithium."
I am so ashamed of myself for missing MCA day. Adam Yauch, MCA, sadly passed away on May 4, 2012. Even if you didn't love their music you had to have some respect for them. They never sold-out (unless you consider letting "Star Trek" use "Sabatoge" selling out). In memoriam some guys dressed as Buddist Monks and got down to some finer Beasties cuts. Check out the video.
I still can't help but think of Mumford the Magician from Sesame Street everytime I hear a Mumford and Sons tune. Which means everytime I hear Little Lion Man, I can imagine someone yelling "ALA PEANUT BUTTER SANDWICHES" in the background of some seedy english pub. My world is awesome.
But it looks like Mumford and Sons are taking a little time off. The British folk-rockers made the last tour stop behind their Grammy-winning album "Babel" this past Friday in Kansas, and now keyboardist Ben Lovett tells "Rolling Stone" there are no Mumford & Sons activities scheduled "for the foreseeable future." Lovett says they have no idea how long the break might be, adding that he and his bandmates are just excited to be "free of schedules." The past year has been a dramatic one for the Mumfords. It began with their Grammy win for Album of the Year back in February, and reached a scary point after bassist Ted Dwane had emergency brain surgery that left him on the sidelines for a few weeks. Dwane made a full recovery, but he says the band could definitely use a "little rest."
Don't worry, I'm sure Phillip Phillips and The Lumineers will keep the folksy types happy in the meantime.
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