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We work with a lot of incredible bands, so deciding on Band Of The Year 2013 was no small feat. As difficult as the decision was, we're sure we made the right one. Introducing the 2013 Punk Nation Band Of The Year... The Maine! The Arizona band has been together since 2007, and every year they keep getting better. How they do it, we don't know, but this year was no exception. 2013 held a lot of accomplishments for the band - like the release of their latest full length Forever Halloween. We can't express how amazing the album is, it's something you have to hear for yourself. It's a collection that will be held in high regard for as long music exists. On top of FH, the band also put out an acoustic EP this year, titled Imaginary Numbers that we're anxious to hear live. And speaking of their live performances, we caught a show this fall on the band'tour with Anberlin and we can say, with complete and total honesty, The Maine are even better live. We know, we didn't think it was possible either. The band's busy tour schedule is another thing we admire about them, we have so much respect for how hard they work. All these factors and more played into the outcome, and that's why The Maine is our Band Of The Year!!

  • 'Forever Halloween' is another incredible chapter for the constantly evolving quintet that is The Maine. The 90's alternative rock vibe exceeds all expectations.
    'Forever Halloween' is another incredible chapter for the constantly evolving quintet that is The Maine. The 90's alternative rock vibe exceeds all expectations.
  • Tonight Alive's 'The Other Side' is flawless pop punk, led by Jenna McDougall's incredible vocals. And the fact that it's only their sophmore full length? Astonishing.
    Tonight Alive's 'The Other Side' is flawless pop punk, led by Jenna McDougall's incredible vocals. And the fact that it's only their sophmore full length? Astonishing.
  • From the moment we first heard Allison Weiss' 'Say What You Mean', we knew it would be in our Best Of The Year feature. It was one of our favorite albums from the start, and has only grown on us since.
    From the moment we first heard Allison Weiss' 'Say What You Mean', we knew it would be in our Best Of The Year feature. It was one of our favorite albums from the start, and has only grown on us since.
  • Neo Geo's 'Digital DNA' is fun, exciting and showcases immense talent. We're hooked, to say the least.
    Neo Geo's 'Digital DNA' is fun, exciting and showcases immense talent. We're hooked, to say the least.
  • 'Stories' by The Bunny The Bear is addictive. The clean vocals on the album are some of the best we've ever heard. If you haven't caught on to The Bunny The Bear yet, you're missing out.
    'Stories' by The Bunny The Bear is addictive. The clean vocals on the album are some of the best we've ever heard. If you haven't caught on to The Bunny The Bear yet, you're missing out.
  • It's no secret that Punk Nation loves Dance Hall Pimps. The reason why? This album. It's a fun, energetic, fresh, overall great collection of blues rock. What's not to like?
    It's no secret that Punk Nation loves Dance Hall Pimps. The reason why? This album. It's a fun, energetic, fresh, overall great collection of blues rock. What's not to like?

2013 held a lot of great releases, from alternative to rock to heavy metal, a lot of bands were at the top of their game this year and put out albums & EPs worthy of standing ovations. Some of the best music this year came from new musicians who have no right to rock that hard this early in their career. Other favorites came from bands who have been in the industry for quite awhile, their experience making their albums better with every song. Undoubtedly, every album we've reviewed this year deserves an applause, like The Wonder Years' Sleeping On Trash, Girl On Fire's Not Broken and New Years Days' Victim To Villain, but these six picks went above and beyond to catch our attention and hold our interest with intensely killer songs compiled into unbelievable collections. The only thing we can hope for? All these bands release more music in 2014. The Maine's Forever Halloween, Tonight Alive's The Other Side, Allison Weiss' Say What You Mean, Neo Geo's Digital DNA, The Bunny The Bear's Stories and Dance Hall Pimps' The Dead Don't Walk are the winners of Albums Of The Year!

1. Forever Halloween
          The Maine  |   Eighty One Twenty Three  |  June 4th, 2013
2. The Other Side
       Tonight Alive  |  Fearless Records  |  September 10th, 2013
3. Say What You mEAN
       Allison Weiss  |  No Sleep Records  |  April 16th, 2013
4. Digital DNA
       Neo Geo  | Hardline Entertainment  |  October 29th, 2013
5. Stories
    The Bunny The Bear  |  Victory Records  |  April 16th, 2013
6. The Dead Don't Walk
 Dance Hall Pimps  |  Growling Moon Records  |  November 5th, 2013

Friends Of Foes debuted earlier this year, and from the first word that they existed, we've been anticipating what they have to offer. So far, the band have done everything but let us down. Their first single "Control" promised some of the best alternative music to leave studios since the 90's, and their debut full length Chronophobic delivered just that. All year, the band have been working relentlessly on getting the album into the hands of listeners and securing their spot in the music industry. It's that work ethic that impresses us most, and it's something that we majorly respect. When it came time to choose winners for the categories of Best Of The Year 2013, they were the first band we decided on. Friends Of Foes are our New-Comers Of The Year!
www.facebook.com/friendsoffoesmusic

  • The Ready Set
    The Ready Set
  • Fuel
    Fuel
  • Dance Hall Pimps
    Dance Hall Pimps
  • Buckcherry
    Buckcherry
  • Lydia
    Lydia
To put it simply, 2013 has been an incredible year for interviews. This year, we've had the chance to talk to musicians we started the website with the goal of interviewing, caught up with musicians that have played huge roles in our interest in music, and chatted with bands we never dreamed we would get the opportunity to interview. We also hit the huge milestone of 100 interviews in November. Our website would be nothing without the bands and artists who take the time to answer a few of our questions. We couldn't be more thankful. These five interviews are some of our favorites from the past year, whether it be because of their funny, light hearted take on the questions or the passion for music that screams out from every word they say. The Ready Set, Fuel, Dance Hall Pimps, Buckcherry and Lydia are the winners of Interviews Of The Year!

1. The Ready Set
" I was in a band called Take Sides. It was like a ska band. Which was.. it was awesome. It was so fun. We played fishing game lodges and random little VFW halls. And that's what like all the bands I was in did. It was basement shows and stuff like that. And venues like this were like no, couldn't have it."
2. Fuel
"I run 5 miles a day completely naked. The neighbors are starting to get used to it and have stopped calling the cops."
3. Dance Hall Pimps
"Maybe something acoustic, deep down, stripped down… you know that sound of hard soles on wet pavement late at night? Echoing off walls in a dark alley? The guys in the band and the guys we play with regularly have more than 200 years of collective musical experience. "
4. Buckcherry
"I think people hide behind this fantasy of who they want to be on the internet, but you're not really courageous enough to be that person in real life. "
5. Lydia
"First tour we did was with Saves The Day, and after the tour was done... the singer walks up, he's a super nice guy, and he goes 'You guys are a really good band. Keep going, fire all of your crew'."

Still Remains last released an album of ferocious heavy metal in six years - Yes, it has been that long. But you'll find the wait was worth it the second you hit play on "Close To The Grave". The song is intense and improves on everything Still Remains did so well back before the hiatus. It's easily the best metal song we've heard all year and had their upcoming album Ceasing To Breathe come out sooner, it probably would have earned a spot in our Top 6 Albums of the year. "Close To The Grave" by Still Remains is the winner of Single Of The Year!

www.facebook.com/stillremains

  • Angels Fall
    Angels Fall
  • Maddy Ellwanger
    Maddy Ellwanger

The Loft presented us with the hardest decision of Best Of The Year 2013.  We've had a handful of videos submitted this year, each one incredible and better than we could ever expect. That added up to a lot of indecision in the Punk Nation camp over the past few weeks. Finally, we were able to narrow it down to two videos. Tied for first place are Angel Fall's parking lot performance of "Drunk Enough" and Maddy Ellwanger's chill-inducing "Kill Them All". They are some of the most talented musicians we've ever had the opportunity of working with, and we're still beyond excited to have them on Punk Nation. Angels Fall and Maddy Ellwanger are the winners of The Loft Video of The Year!

www.angelsfallmusic.com
maddyellwanger.com/MaddyEllwanger.html


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