Free Download: B.Reith – How The Story Continues Mixtape Vol.1

B. Reith is one of those “dont judge an artist by his appearance” type guys. For the last several years he has been viewed as the new tobyMac in the CCM world, but that shadow never made him very comfortable. So about 2 years ago he broke from his record label and has been releasing his music on his own. The How The Story Continues Mixtape has been my favorite work to date from him, chanelling a little 80s style hip-hop and little John Reuben flavor for good measure. Add guest appearances from Lecrae, Theory Hazit, and Lisa Gungor and this is defiantly worth your attention. Check it below

Free Download: moral one – A Batch Of Ghosts: A Gungor Beat Tape

The explanation for this one is pretty simple

moral one (of Alert) heard Gungor‘s Ghosts Upon the Earth. moral one became obsessed with said record. He then sampled a song off the record for fun…he never stopped. The results are the 9 tracks and 25 some-odd non-stop minutes of liturgical post-rock-hip-hop infused music.”

So if you havent heard Ghosts Upon The Earth yet, well, where have you been? Go download that, then download this get ready to go deep!

New Releases For September 20th, 2011

gungor Ghosts Upon The Earth
Ghosts Upon The Earth
Gungor

Brash Music
Progressive
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jamie grace one song at a time
One Song At A Time
Jamie Grace

Gotee Records
Pop
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Katie Herzig-The Waking Sleep
The Waking Sleep
Katie Herzig

Downtown Records
Indie Pop
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Leeland-The Great Awakening
The Great Awakening
Leeland

Essential Records
Worship/Pop Rock
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Matt Maher The Love In Between
The Love In Between
Matt Maher

Essential Records
Folk-Rock
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NEEDTOBREATHE-The Reckoning
The Reckoning
NEEDTOBREATHE

Atlantic Records
Rock
Amazon

Thrice-Major-Minor-Artwork
Major/Minor
Thrice

Vagrant Records
Rock
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The Best of Cornerstone 2011

It has been a week, almost to the hour, since the final decibels of Cornerstone 2011 went silent. I personally saw 63 shows at Cornerstone 2011 and lost 9 shows to power outages.  That many shows, plus maintaining a camp site and developing new relationships, all book-ended by 20 hour drives, takes a little time to process. A week later three shows stand out.

Gungor Brings Cornerstone 2011 to Tears

EMI executive and lifelong music entrepreneur John Thompson was telling us all week that Gungor was one of the most brilliant musical acts on the music scene today. We had listened to their cds for over a year but we did not share John’s enthusiasm. Boy, were we wrong. Over a course of an hour, Gungor closed out the Cornerstone 2011 main stage with one of the most beautiful, artistic sets of music I have ever scene in my life of over 1,000 shows. A five piece rock band, augmented by a chamber ensemble, the show also included video enhancement of just about every song. The music was complex, daring, intricate and breathtakingly beautiful. At one point I looked at Debbie and saw tears running down her cheeks. There was one song where Michael Gungor took the band from chamber pop to bluegrass to slamming electric blues, and it worked. The highlight of the show was “Glory Is Here” which was lifted to a new level with the spoken word performance of Amena Brown.

Gungor shows are mixed-media shows that go beyond the idea of a concert, blending music, artwork, poetry and spoken word, lights and video into an overall inspirational event.  You need to go out of your way to see this band live.

Josh Garrels Brings Love & War & The Sea In Between to Cornerstone 2011

Josh Garrels was discovered at Cornerstone a decade ago when he worked the food court coffee shop and performed street shows on his breaks. Cornerstone leaders took noet of this talent and began to nurture one of the greatest musicians playing Christian or secular music today. His brilliant new release Love & War & The Seas In Between is a masterpiece. If anyone makes a better record in 2011, it will be a good year for music. Josh Garrels‘ Saturday night show included most of his backing band from the record and he spent most of the hour singing “Ulyses”, “Farther Along”, The Resistance”, “Beyond The Blue” and more from this new release. To watch Josh Garrels fully express his deep, challenging, joyous theology with his combination of folk and hip hop was a thrill for the entire audience.

Follow the link to download a free copy of Love & War & The Sea In Between. Do it, you will be happier.

Campbell The Band Create A Buzz at Cornerstone 2011

We loved Campbell The Band at the Cornerstone 2010 new band showcase. These guys charge the stage in all white and start an enthusiastic onslaught of joyous progressive rock that could seamlessly fill a Cornerstone tent, an arena or even a stadium. A huge crowd filled the Cornerstone 2011 Underground tent and the stage was filled with photographers trying to catch Campbell The Band on their ascent to national stardom. This band makes really good records which come to life with a stage show of boundless energy.

In addition to these high points we saw great sets from Sean Michel, Phil Keaggy and Bare Branches. Look for future articles about new bands such as Songs for Water, Pauw and Kye Kye.

New Releases For February 16th, 2010

close your eyes we will overcome
We Will Overcome
Close Your Eyes

Victory records
Hardcore
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gungor beautiful things
Beautiful Things
Gungor

Brash Music
Indie Folk/Worship
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LMNO Push That Work
Push That Work
LMNO

Up Above Records
Underground Hip-Hop
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son lux weapons ep
Weapons EP
Son Lux

anticon
Progressive Electronica
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Gungor Ready New Release

The Michael Gungor Band‘s first CD under the moniker Gungor, entitled Beautiful Things, will hit stores Febuary 16th, 2010. Below is the album artwork and tracklisting:

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1. Dry Bones
2. Beautiful Things
3. Brighter Day
4. Heaven
5. You Have Me
6. Cannot Keep You
7. The Earth Is Yours
8. Call Me Out
9. Please Be My Strength
10. Higher
11. Late Have I Loved You
12. People Of God
13. We Will Run

for more new releases, please check out our ALBUM RELEASE DATES page to stay up to date on all the new music coming out

Christian Music News November 10th,2009

Headlines

Sufjan Stevens has recently stated that his endeavor to make an album about every state in the USA (all 50 of them) was a joke, and that instead he has been focusing on other projects (like The BQE). In related news, Sufjan‘s Illinoise album was named the top record of the decade by Paste Magazine. Pedro The Lion‘s Control made # 36, and Over The Rhine‘s Ohio came in at #26.

The Michael Gungor Band has changed their name to simply Gungor in the hopes of taking a new direction with the band’s music and overall persona.

Mae had their van and trailer stolen from them in Philadelphia. See The Light had their van broken into. Anberlin‘s trailure was robbed while they were sitting on their bus! If you are reading this right now, and you think that it would be cool to rip off a traveling band, remind yourself that these guys live on the road. They give up family, friends, comfort, and finance to travel across the globe an entertain people. Stealing from them is almost like stealing from a homeless person….

Blood & Ink Records have signed Divide The Sea to their roster. Their new album, Man, will be hitting stores in early 2010.

Videos

Below is the new video from Harp & Lyre for their song “Insight To Failure”

This is the video for “Live Like We’re Dying” by American Idol winner Kris Allen

The nest one is from Manchester Orchestra with their song “Shake It Out”

We get some hip-hop in here with the first video from Gallery Drive, and their song “Psycho”

This is the video for “Family Business” by the newly reformed Oceana (although I think this video was shot with the older line-up)

Album Info (more in the Release Dates page)

Below is the album artwork and tracklisting for NEWWORLDSON‘s upcoming February 9th, 2010 self-titled release.
newworldson
1. You Set The Rhythm
2. Listen To The Lord
3. Commander
4. Total Eclipse
5. In Your Arms
6. There Is A Way
7. O Lament
8. Rocky Road
9. Weary
10. That’s Exactly (How I Like It)
11. Do You Believe In Love?
12. Bun Dem (medely)

Here is the artwork and tracklisting from Fair‘s upcoming Disappearing World album which will also hit stores February 9th, 2010.
fair disappearing world
1. Disappearing World
2. Wayside
3. Walking In My Sleep
4. One Last Time
5. Take Some Risks
6. The Escape Artist
7. It’s Doubtful
8. The Worst Of Your Wear (feat. Aaron Marsh of Copeland)
9. Great Divide
10. Anymore