Podcast: Who Won the 2017 Hip Hop Title Belt?

With another year in the books, Brock Benefiel joins Kiel Hauck to discuss who won the hip hop title belt in 2017 (surprise, it’s Kendrick). The duo also reflect on newcomers and movers and shakers in the genre that shaped the year, while looking ahead to predict what might come to pass in 2018, including possible albums from Kanye West, Childish Gambino, Chance the Rapper and more. Listen in!

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What hip hop albums are you looking forward to in 2018? Share in the replies!

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Podcast: Unraveling Fall Out Boy’s “MANIA”

MANIA, the seventh full-length album from Fall Out Boy, has arrived. And it is divisive. Kiel Hauck and Kyle Schultz hold an emergency podcast to break down the album’s release, discussing the tracklist fiasco, how the album holds up against Fall Out Boy’s growing catalogue, and where the band goes from here. After you listen to the episode, check out Kyle’s stellar review of MANIA here.

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Podcast: A Look Back at the Year in Music

As 2017 comes to a close, Kiel Hauck and Kyle Schultz take a look back at the year in music. During the discussion, the two share some of their favorite albums from 2017, including releases from Kendrick Lamar, AFI, Lucky Boys Confusion, Paramore and much more. They also talk about what could have been and reflect on recent music news that shaped the year. Listen in!

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Podcast: Interview with Emery’s Matt Carter

Somehow, in between hosting multiple successful podcasts and fulfilling his duties as co-founder of an independent media company, Matt Carter still finds time to play guitar for Emery. Matt joined Kiel Hauck on our latest podcast to discuss what goes into the making of one of this year’s hit new podcasts – “Labeled: The Stories, Rumors, & Legends of Tooth & Nail Records”. He also shares how Emery re-imagined some of their favorite songs for their recent release, Revival, gives his take on recent news regarding sexual misconduct in the scene, and much more. Listen in!

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Podcast: Building an Online Music Community with Jason Tate of Chorus.fm

On our latest podcast, Jason Tate joins Kiel Hauck to share what he’s learned in the year since moving AbsolutePunk.net to Chorus.fm and why the move made so much sense. Jason shares insight on how he built a built a successful online music community, how online dialogue can continue to improve, and the changes he’s seen over the past two decades. Jason also discusses some of the best music of 2017 and his approach to creating end of the year lists. Listen in!

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What are some of your favorite online music communities and what makes them special? Share in the replies!

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Podcast: The Art of Music Criticism with PopMatters’ Evan Sawdey

On our latest episode of It’s All Dead, Kiel Hauck is joined by PopMatters Interviews Editor Evan Sawdey to discuss the art of the album review and the role of pop music in 2017’s social conversations. Evan also shares stories of some of his best (and worst) interviews at PopMatters, how the site has retained its cultural relevance and impactful voice through the years, and tells us about his podcast, The Chartographers. Listen in!

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What do you look for in an album review? What matters most? Share in the replies!

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Podcast: The Best Music of 2007

It’s that special time of year again – time to talk about music turning 10! On our latest podcast episode, Kiel Hauck and Kyle Schultz break down some of the best music of 2007. As another collection of great albums turns 10, the duo reflect on classics from Paramore, Saves the Day, Anberlin, Kanye West, Motion City Soundtrack, The Fratellis, Mayday Parade and much more. Ready to get nostalgic with us? Listen in!

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Podcast: The Best Music of Autumn

Another fall season is upon us, which means it’s time to break out the hoodies, crack open a few Oktoberfest beers, and enjoy some of our favorite autumn music. On our latest podcast episode, Kiel and Kyle chat about the favorite albums to spin when fall rolls around and why they’re so nostalgic for the season. They also discuss what makes for a great autumn album and share some of their favorite seasonal activities. Bands included in the conversation include: Mayday Parade, The Early November, Anberlin, AFI and more!

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What is your favorite album to listen to in autumn? Share in the replies!

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Podcast: Interview with Dissect’s Cole Cuchna

Now in its second season, Dissect has quickly become one of the most popular music podcasts in the country by offering a thoughtful, nuanced, track-by-track look at two classic hip hop albums. On our latest podcast, Kiel Hauck talked with its creator and host, Cole Cuchna, about his process for creating the show and his surprise at its rapid growth. Cuchna also shares some powerful thoughts on the importance of empathy, the legacy of Kanye West, and why hip hop is such a powerful art form. Listen in!

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Podcast: The Evolving Local Music Scene with Nuvo’s Kat Coplen

On the latest episode of our podcast, Kiel Hauck is joined by Nuvo Magazine editor Kat Coplen to discuss the blossoming local music and festival scene in Indianapolis. Coplen also shares insight into how the city can improve in attracting outside bands and artists and why the voice of an alt weekly like Nuvo is vital in helping local artists and endeavors thrive. Coplen also discusses some of her favorite albums and music so far in 2017. Listen in!

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How are you seeing the local music scene in your city evolve? Share in the replies!

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