New Releases For February 8th, 2011

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Crazy Love
Hawk Nelson

Tooth & Nail Records
Pop Rock
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Amazon MP3 (Plus The Light Sides and Digital Booklet)

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The Light Sides
Hawk Nelson

Tooth & Nail Records
Pop Rock
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Amazon MP3 ( Digital Booklet)

Josh Wilson see you
See You
Josh Wilson

Sparrow Records
Contemporary
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The Long Surrender
Over The Rhine

Great Speckled Dog
Folk/Soul
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Amazon

Cornerstone 2010 Schedule: Rebecca

So, we are a week from leaving and I think I have finally nailed down my schedule for Cornerstone 2010. Here are few of the highlights that I’m going to see.

Monday: This is my only really slow day of the week, but as soon as camp is set up I’ll head out and see what new bands I can find. These are just the two I don’t want to miss!

Take It Back!10:30pm – Solace Stage: A post-hardcore band from Arkansas. This is a band you won’t want to miss. Although, if you can’t make it to this particular show they are playing a couple of more times during the week.

The Burial11:15pm – Raging Storm/Sancrosanct Stage: A deathcore band from South Bend, Indiana. If you are a fan of August Burns Red or Becoming the Archetype, then you’ll love The Burial.

Tuesday: And the craziness begins! For 12 hours  I will be running from stage to stage trying not to miss anything. A lot of the bands this day are going to be my first time seeing them live.

Fire from the Gods/Let the Dead - 12:00pm – Legacy Stage: Two bands from deep in the heart of Texas, Austin! These bands will show you what Texas hardcore is all about.

Hand Drawn Mountains1:40pm – Chasing Canadia Stage: This will be my first time to see this band live.

Switchfoot - 8:00pm – Main Stage: We all know Switchfoot. I’ve never had the opportunity to see them live, so here’s my chance.

The Ember Days - 9:00pm – Solace Stage: A progressive worship band from New Zealand. Another band I have never seen live.

The Showdown - 11:00pm – Encore Stage: Hardcore/Classic Rock from the backwoods of Tennessee. These guys put on a phenomenal show. If you are a fan of Maylene and the Sons of Disaster or Becoming the Archetype, then don’t miss this show!

Wednesday:  This will probably be my favorite day all week. All of my favorite bands play this day. I can’t Wait!

Bradley Hathaway3:30pm – Main Stage: A mix of spoken word and singing. Some of the most amazing stuff you’ll hear. He’s become kind of a staple at Cornerstone.

Levi the Poet - 4:30pm – Solace Stage: Spoken word with a mix of sporadic instruments. I have been waiting to see him play for quite some time now.

Listener6:00pm – Jesus Village: I’ve never seen him, but I’ve been listening to his stuff and I can’t wait! It’s going to be awesome!

mewithoutYou – 7:00pm – Main Stage: One of the most amazing bands ever! Another must see for Cornerstone.

Sleeping Giant - 10:50pm – Underground Stage: This band puts on one of the most moving, worship filled hardcore shows I have ever seen. If you go to this show you will be changed. You won’t be able to stop it! It cannot be  contained!

After a very long day, I get to end it with my favorite band:

The Chariot- 12:00pm – Encore Stage: Of course, I’ll have to leave Sleeping Giant early…but it will be worth every second. The Chariot always puts on an insane show. You never know what craziness they are going to bring to the stage

Thursday: This day is going to be an eclectic mix of music

John Reuben3:15pm – Main Stage: Just about the only chance for Hip-Hop at Cornerstone this year.

Brooke Waggoner4:15pm – Gallery Stage: I’ve never seen her live, but I’ve been listening to her for over a year now. It’s going to be amazing I just know it!

Hands7:30pm – Underground Stage: I have been waiting to see this band for a while now. Since they never come to Austin, I definitely will be at this show!

I’ll have to split my next hour to be able to see both bands:

The Almost8:30pm – Main Stage: One of my favorite bands.

The Farewell Drifters - 8:30pm – Gallery Stage: I love me some bluegrass, so I’m sure to catch at least part of this show

For Today- 10:50pm – Underground Stage: This show will be a lot like Sleeping Giant the night before. These guys are an amazing Hardcore band that puts on a show full of worship.

Friday: I’m hanging out at the Gallery Stage for most of this day.

The Glorious Unseen9:00am – Main Stage: This would be a great way to kick off the day. This band is made up of several youth leaders with a passion for music and a heart for God.

Timbre - 2:05pm – Gallery Stage: You’ve gotta’ see this harp playing girl!

Over the Rhine4:15pm – Gallery Stage: This Ohio duo plays awesome Americana music.

Dignan - 6:00pm – Gallery Stage: I haven’t seen this band live yet, but I look forward to hearing this progressive indie rock band

Paper Route - 7:15pm – Gallery Stage: An atmospheric rock band out of Nashville, Tennessee. If they are half as good live as their CD’s are, then this should be a real treat

Children 18:3- 9:00pm – Underground Stage: An awesome family punk band from Minnesota. These guys are the next big thing in Christian punk rock right now!

Eisley10:00pm – Gallery Stage: I have been listening to these guys since their beginning. It’s been a while and I am very excited to see them again.

White Collar Sideshow- 12:00am – Underground Stage: Here is another show that has an unbelievable power to change you. This is an amazing theatrical band that will move you. Besides, these are some of the coolest people you will see at Cornerstone.

Saturday: The last day and there is still so much to see!

The Glorious Unseen - 12:15am – Main Stage: I know this was on Friday too, but if 9:00 am was too early before than be sure and catch these guys at this show.

O’Brother6:00pm – Gallery Stage: I have never seen this band before, but everyone says I have too. I’m game!

August Burns Red7:00pm – Main Stage: This band rocked last time I saw them on Main Stage at Cornerstone. They never cease to amaze me.

Ivoryline8:35pm – Gallery Stage: A post-hardcore band from Tyler, Texas. I have seen these guys play so many times and they are always great!

Seabird- 10:00pm – Gallery Stage: An atmospheric rock band from Ohio. The perfect way to end Cornerstone 2010.

Riverside Worship Project-Cornerstone’s Best New Band

Cornerstone Music Festival just announced Riverside Worship Project as the grand prize winner of their New Band Showcase.  This is significant because past winners have included P.O.D., Anathallo, Ester Drang, Sixpence None The Richer, Eisley and Over The Rhine.

The contest posts bios and music for a group of artists selected by  Cornerstone panelists and then allows fans to vote.  Here is a little background on Riverside Worship Project and all of the bands that will be featured on the Cornerstone 2010 New Band Showcase.  In the weeks to come we will help you discover all of these up and coming bands.

The Riverside Worship Project (Grand Prize Winner)

Riverside Worship Project

Riverside Worship Project refers to Brian Alpizar, Ryan Campagna, Steven Hale, Jason Hermansdorfer and Andrew McQuaig. We write songs and sing them with a community of . Our songs reflect the conversations, struggles, and experiences that we have shared with fellow college students at First Baptist Church of Opelika in Opelika, Alabama. In this way, The Riverside Worship Project is is an experiment in engaging life and God through music, not a skill bestowed upon a special few, but the natural response of those who have encountered Christ.

Da MAC (Music About Christ)
Benjamin Clark
Red Hill City
Scars of Eden
Flight From Below
EXEGESIS
Skyhawk Drive
The Sacred Eternal
Upon This Rock
Crosswire
Wolves At The Gate
campbell the band
A Place Past Hope
Josh Harmony
This Fires Embrace

Join us starting June 27th as we report on these bands and the full experience of Cornerstone Music Festival 2010.

Christian Music Artist Tops Paste’s Best of Decade List

Paste magazine just released their list of 50 greatest albums of the decade on their website. Five recordings made by Christian music artists made the list.

We were excited that iconic indie artist Sufjan Stevens was number one on the list with Come On Feel the Illinoise (notice Paste did not get the name correct)  and alternative rock’s darling Pedro The Lion made the list with Control.  The rock cred of Jack White garnered the attention of Paste writers so that country legend Loretta Lynn made the list with Van Lear Rose.  The best movie soundtrack of the decade ‘O Brother Where Are Thou? made the list but why do we include it here?  Well, the soundtrack was the brainchild of Christian music artist and famed producer T Bone Burnett.

Finally, we were shocked and thrilled that one of our favorite cds of the decade, Over The Rhine‘s Ohio made the list. We did not think anyone had noticed the greatness of this folk, rock, jazz, pop masterpiece.

Of course we think the list excluded these masterpieces:

But worry not we are working on our list of essential recordings by Christian Music Artists.

In the meantime, here is what Paste had to say about these great records.

1. Sufjan Stevens: Illinois [Asthmatic Kitty] (2005) Amazon

Sufjan Stevens IllinoiseIn 2005, when Sufjan Stevens released Illinois, the second album in his planned 50-state project, American pride was at a record low—especially among young people. The death toll in Iraq was steadily climbing, and Abu Ghraib was fresh on our minds. Meanwhile, Stevens was beginning to seem brilliant enough to fulfill his ambitious plan. His music pushed boundaries between pop and classical, and the emotional weight of his lyrics grounded his feather-light voice. There was a distinct peculiarity about Illinois and Stevens himself, who gave his songs titles like “To the Workers of the Rock River Valley Region, I Have an Idea Concerning Your Predicament.” Critics embraced the mystery and declared the album a masterpiece. Stevens and his band, The Illinoisemakers, wore cheerleading costumes onstage to promote the record, and once its success took them to larger venues, Stevens switched to giant, colorful bird wings. His band was a spectacle, their performances magical. Thousands of fans gathered in theaters across the country to behold this winged creature and rally behind his songs about America’s heartland. It was a new, weird kind of patriotism.

26. Over the Rhine: Ohio (2004) Amazon

Over The Rhine OhioIn the liner notes accompanying Over the Rhine’s gloriously self-indulgent double-disc, Ohio, co-founder Linford Detweiler, writes, “We grew up in small coal mining towns in the Ohio Valley, listening to music that could have only been unearthed in America: Southern Gospel, Country Western and Rock ’n’ Roll. This music fertilized the soil of our early lives. We sit down at the upright piano these days with dirt under our fingernails.” And I suppose that’s what I love about this album. The songs feel gritty and real, unpolished and perfect. Just like people. All the artifice (both musical and emotional) has been carefully dismantled, traditional instruments—upright piano, pedal steel, acoustic guitars—have been dusted off, arrangements have been simplified, windows into souls have been propped open a bit wider. In stark contrast, Karin Bergquist’s voice has never felt as undressed and painfully honest as it does in these songs, as if she’s opened her gut and tugged the melodies out like a breach baby. This process is partly masochistic, partly exhibitionist, entirely self-consuming: but such is true art. Ohio, is more than simply a dense, rich, vulnerable collection of songs; it’s a dirt road companion on that difficult journey inward, upward. Homeward. Jason Killingsworth

34. Various artists: O Brother Where Art Thou? [Mercury] (2001) Amazon

T Bone Burnett O'Brother Where Art ThouThis old-timey country album and most unlikely hit may have signaled the last gasp of alternative country. On the bright side, it suggested that those alt-country values (rough-hewn vocals, acoustic instrumentation, a palpable connection to American roots music) had busted out of the sub-genre ghetto and crossed over into the mainstream. After all, the album did win the Grammy for Album of the Year. Some of our favorite female vocalists—one-named artists like Emmylou and Gillian—got much-deserved exposure thanks to this collection, which scored a freewheeling Coen Bros movie and did nothing but good for all concerned. Nick Marino

36. Pedro The Lion: Control [Jade Tree] (2002) Control

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David Bazan’s Seattle indie rock is well played, and his voice is perfectly restrained, but his most unique gift lies in storytelling—vivid images and a thoughtful perspective create a deep, dark feeling of sadness. In-depth descriptions of extramarital affairs appear throughout Control, a characteristically bold move for the former Christian singer/songwriter. The music is heavier, too—this time around, electric guitars dare to match the lyrical intensity. Kate Kiefer

48. Loretta Lynn: Van Lear Rose [Interscope] (2004) Amazon
Loretta Lynn Van Lear RoseIn 2004, 69-year-old Loretta Lynn released her thirty-seventh solo studio album. It could have been a sad affair, the desperate yawp of a legendary Nashville madam teetering into an aged cliché of herself, but with the help of rock ‘n’ roll upstart Jack White, Lynn made the greatest record of her career. Like a bunch of rowdy grandkids, White and a crew of friends (most of whom would converge a year later as The Raconteurs) lent a sly, gritty feel to Lynn’s 13 mostly-autobiographical tracks—Van Lear Rose was her 70th release overall, but it was only the second time she’d written or co-written all of her songs. Her seasoned, tremulous voice paired perfectly with White’s electric guitar warble, pulling off mournful country crooners and all-out rock numbers with equal grit and spunk. She hasn’t released anything since, but it almost doesn’t matter. Rachael Maddux

Send Christian Music Artists to ACL

Austin City Limits Music Festival is one of the top rock music festivals in the world. When you stroll the fields of Austin’s Zilker Parks every fall you meet music fans who have flown in from Europe, Asia, Australia, South America and Africa to experience the three days of beautiful weather, great Austin food and some of the best hip rock, indie, hip/hop, country and electronic music in the world.

Austin City Limits Music Festival has featured Al Green and Bob Dylan, Arcade Fire and Pearl Jam, Bjork and Wilco and Coldplay. However, Christian music artists are usually under-represented at the Austin City Limits Music Festival. All major music and entertainment media attend and report from the festival.  This year, Mute Math, Billy Joe Shaver and a few local gospel groups were the only Christian artists we saw on the Austin City Limits Music Festival line-up. Mute Math received rave reviews and many are predicting a headline spot for them in the near future.

We have an opportunity to change that. Austin City Limits Music Festival promoter, C3, has sent a note to ask fans to suggest bands to book at the 2010 Austin City Limits Music Festival. We need your help in creating a good sample of music made by Christians that would catch the eye of hip music fans local and national media.

Each of us can only suggest five bands. We ask you to go to the site below and list the following bands for Austin City Limits to book in 2010:

Austin City Limits Music Festival- Be a Booking Agent

These bands represent a broad range of styes, from mewithoutyou‘s post-hardcore neo-folk talk music, to Buddy Miller‘s Americana, to Danielson‘s experimental Indie music to, Over The Rhine‘s jazz driven folk pop to Wovenhand‘s gothic folk hard rock revival meetings.

There are many, many bands that deserve to be on the list so you can go to our Music A to Z page and find your own.  However, if you join us in this concentrated effort to promote the artists we may have chance of pushing a few through.  But, whatever you do, go quickly.  Our opportunity to book Christian music artists at Austin City Limits Music Festival ends on Tuesday, November 17, 2009.

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.
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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.
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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

Christian Music News July 7th 2009

Pray for us, crucial moments are upon us at all times. Trying to keep up, but we need some rest. Anyway, I heard that Cornerstone was a blast besides for the mud, and the world can now continue turning. Here are your headlines:

Below is the album trailer for August Burns Red‘s new CD, Constellations, which will see the light of day July 14th.You can currently stream the entire album on the band’s Myspace.

Pillar have announced that their next CD will be entitled Confessions, and will be released September 22nd, 2009.

Hip-hop duo/collaborators Odd Thomas and Propaganda have signed on with Syntax Records.

Here is the artwork for Derek Webb‘s latest/most controversial album to date, Stockholm Syndrome, which will be released to the public on September 1rst.

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Former member of The Procussions, Mr J Medeiros has sweet new video for his song “Holding On”:

Female front hardcore band Bloodlined Calligraphy have returned from their hiatus and signed to Sancrosanct Records. The band is currently writing their next album, which will be out in early 2010.

mxpx-anniversary-showMXPX celebrated their 17 years as a band together this last week. In celebration, the band will hold a live broadcasted “best of” show from the same location they played their first performance. There will also be Q&A sessions during the set, making the experience a true gift for the fans that have supported them all these years.

Below is the artwork and tracklisting for progressive worship band The Glorious Unseen‘s new album, entitled The Hope That Lies In You, which will be released August 25th of this year.

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1. All Around
2. Take What’s Left Of Me
3. How He Loves
4. We Can Be Renewed
5. Heavyhearted
6. Falling Into You
7. Come, Heaven
8. Sustain
9. Breathe Life Into Me
10. Awakening
11. The Hope That Lies In You
12. Sweet, Sweet Sound

Hip-hop artist Sareem (Sharlok) Poems (of LA Symphony) has announced he will release a new album within the next few weeks entitled Black & Read All Over. The first single, “Lower The Boom”, is already on iTunes.

Below is screamo band Confide covering The Postal Service’s song “Such Great Heights”. Enjoy:

The live footage from Cornerstone Festival 2009, including pictures, testimonials, live videos, and exclusive performances have been posted online. View the live coverage from Cornerstone Festival 2009.

Yet another interview with mewithoutYou has surfaced online, this time with Jesusfreakhideout.com. Read mewithoutYou interview.

The visually stunning music video from rapper Bobby Bishop and his song “Please” can be viewed below:

Over The Rhine have resurfaced a little bit to play a few shows, and have announced that they will be not only be going on tour, but also that a live CD set is on its way, along with a Over The Rhine songbook. Chuck is going to be happy.

Below is the artwork and track listing for atmospheric rock band Conditions new effort, You Are Fogotten EP, which will be released in late July.

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1. American Castles
2. Born Again Question
3. Man To Mannequin
4. Citizen
5. Illuminati
6. Goodbye Good Name