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Band name of the year, Skip the Foreplay? Well, we’ll have to wait until the year end to make that decision, but Skip the Foreplay are definitely one of the front-runners. From Montreal, Quebec, this band merges many different styles of music into their sound, with the high energy of heavy metal, the breakdowns of hardcore and the massive beats of electronic music. The group likes to think of their sound more like party music that you can rock out and have a good time to. Skip the Foreplay recently completed its first ever tour and this Summer they’ll be one of the featured acts on every stop of the Vans Warped Tour. The band’s debut record Nightlife was just released on May 1st on the long-respected Epitaph Records. In this interview with drummer Marc-Andre Lemyre, we learn a little more about Skip the Foreplay, the new album and how they first gained notoriety covering a song by, of all musical acts, LMFAO.

Episode Summary: This week, the Alloy Boys have an interview with letlive. that Matt did back in January when they played in Salem, OR at the Wasteland. They were feeling pretty proggy this week, so there’s a bunch of prog metal on this episode. They didn’t figure anyone would mind. UPDATE: The voting for the Thrash and Burn Tour has ended, and Across the Sun did not win. However, with the list of mediocre bands that were voting options, at least a good band won. Congrats to the guys from Volumes!

Big Talk should have just scrapped the filler and shortened the album into an EP. “No Whiskey” is a cracking effort, the sort that could be found on a Seasick Steve album (minus the gruffly voice) while the aforementioned “Katzenjammer” and “Living In Pictures”, “A Fine Time To Need Me” and “Big Eye” could have made up the rest, forming a very listenable collection of songs.

Bay Area pop punk sextet Set Your Goals premieres an entertaining new video for their latest single “Certain” on Altpress. The video features the band performing on their prom night, which leads to an insane laser fight with a blob monster from another dimension. Their upcoming full-length album, ‘Burning At Both Ends’ hits stores on June 28th. Pre-order your copy today at the Epitaph Store. Fans can catch Set Your Goals performing “Certain” all summer long on the Vans Warped Tour.

The Killers’ Ronnie Vannucci is stepping out from behind the drum kit and taking on the leading role with his new solo project Big Talk. In anticipation of the July 19th Epitaph/Little Oil Records self-titled debut, Spin.com will premiere his new track “No Whiskey” which can be found HERE. The song is also available for purchase via iTunes.

On February 24th I went to see Parkway Drive and Set Your Goals perform at the Opera House in Toronto, Canada. The show was sold out, and the entire venue was packed. The main floor and the balconies were all filled with excited concertgoers. I’ve seen countless shows at The Opera House, and I’ve only witnessed it that crowded once – in 2008 when Bring Me The Horizon played there. As soon as I saw the size of the crowd, I knew it was going to be a good night.

Heaven and Hell, two transcendental places that many believe will be their final resting place. It seems the band Bring Me The Horizon has firsthand experiences with these two places, at least according to their 2010 album There Is A Hell Believe, Me I’ve Seen It. There Is A Heaven, Let’s Keep It Secret. Now this begs the question – is the band good or evil? Sit back and keep reading to figure out in which of these two realms they belong.

Okay, so to say that 2005 was a good year for Buffalo, New York natives Every Time I Die would be a serious understatement. The fact of the matter is that during the past year this quintet of solid musicians has seen more madness then they might have even wanted. In the short time since their last record (a 2003 Ferret Music release entitled Hot Damn!) ETID have become…