New Releases For June 24th & 25th, 2013

Extol - self titled
Extol
Extol

Facedown Records
Metal
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New Releases For June 25th

the almost - fear inside our bones
Fear Inside Our Bones
The Almost

Tooth & Nail Records
Rock/Pop
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August Burns Red – Rescue and Restore
Rescue & Restore
August Burns Red

Solid State Records
Metal
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skillet - rise
Rise
Skillet

Atlantic Records
Hard Rock
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SXSW 2011 Days Three & Four: Too Many People

SXSW is always a little bittersweet for me. On one hand I always have a blast being down in the heart of Austin in the midst of a million people, hanging out with friends, and experiencing music that I wouldnt get to on a normal basis. On the other, its just exhasting to participate in the festival. There is alot of walking, not alot of places to sit, and since we cover a very specific group of artists, it takes some major preparation to be in the right place at the right time. In addition to this, I am actually working another job all week, a Spring Break day camp at a local YMCA. Despite all that, I have seen some really great stuff over the last few days, and in the middle of a great song it seems I am always able to forget how tired my feet are a thank God Im standing in the room Im in. I am blessed.

Day 3: The Civil Wars, Appleseed Cast & Shad

I actually didn’t get to see The Civil Wars or Appleseed Cast. Here is why: THERE ARE A TON OF PEOPLE AT SXSW! As the week goes on, many of the industry people and bands begin to populate the showcases in the audiance. I think I saw Doug Van pelt from HM Magazine almost everyday; Brooke Fraser was in line in front of me for The Civil Wars. On top of that, there are the thousands of people attending SXSW that are just average joes. All this to say i didnt get to see The Civil Wars because Im dumb and left the ballroom at the Driskel to get some air and then couldnt get back in. It was a small room (capacity was 120) and it was packed 2 hours before the folk duo’s set. There wasnt a line when I left, but a mega one when I returned. Strike out!

Shad at SXSW 2011

I DID get to see SHAD though, which I was really happy about. I actually learned about SHAD two years ago at SXSW when his record label handed me a sampler CD of his music and told me he was a believer. I have been a fan ever since, and his latest album, TSOL, was at the top of our Hip-Hop album of the year list.

The thing about SHAD live is that the dude never stops smiling. He was grinning ear to ear from the moment he walked out to sound check till the moment he disappeared into the back after his set. He was a super happy guy and it rubbed off onto the crowd…..mainly because he spent most of his show out in the crowd. The first two songs were spent bouncing around in the middle of the audience and handing the mic to people who knew the words. SHAD freestyled for us, played several of the songs form TSOL, and put on one of the most entertaining hip-hop shows I have ever seen. this ended up being my only show for the day, but yet I left that night feeling satisfied.

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Shad SXSW 2011 blur

The Appleseed Cast show was also full by the time we got there, we listened to a couple of songs (which were great) sitting outside the window and decided to call it a night.

Day 4: The Almost and Emery

Another kind of epic journey occurred on Saturday when my wife was actually able to attend some of the festival with me. We got there early to attend Flatstock, and then made the trek across downtown to catch the hip-hop show at the Carver Museum. This is the same showcase where we interviewed Kaboose, Tre9, and Lecrae two years ago, held at the same location. At least according to SXSW. When we got there, we walked in on a panel, which was cool enough, but by the time we realized we were in the wrong place it was all over. You see, the music was happening on 51st street, and we were on 18th. We had the right location, but apparently the oganizers had decided to move the music without telling anyone. So we missed Tedashii and Pro.

We wne t back downtown for a bit and actually wandered onto a free show that Vans was putting on outside of EMOs. Low and behold, The Almost were rocking the stage as we walked up! We were able to catch a good portion of the set, and man can Aaron Gillespie sing! That dude’s voice is super strong live, and the band had the crowd eating out their hand. They closed their set with a more up tempo version of Tom Petty’s “Free-Falling”, and everybody was there wanting more.

Luckily for me I caught the band again at the Tooth & Nail Showcase, so I was able to get more!
The Almost SXSW 2011 Tooth and Nail Showcase
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After The Almost came Emery, and the crowd was buzzing for the re-tooled screamo band to tear the place down.  Emery got things going quickly with several tracks off their upcoming “heavier” album, We Do What We Want, and remarkably most of the crowd already knew the words.

To answer the lingering question: Yes, Emery‘s new stuff is alot heavier than past efforts, but the important thing to note is that they blend it well with their older, more melody driven material, so you get a well balanced, interesting show. Heck, half-way through the set they pulled out acoustic guitars and sang some stripped down versions of their older songs to the crowd.

By the way, the crowd was not only standing in close quarters inside the club, but also right outside this huge window the club has right behind the stage. Emery showed their fans that they came first by setting up the drummer facing these people on the street so that everybody could feel like they were part of the show.
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That was it for me. The end of SXSW was kind of strange in that i dont feel like I was able to see alot of music as in past years, and yet I feel like some of the artists we cover (The Civil Wars, SHAD, The Almost, The Rocketboys) were some of the biggest names floating around the festival. See, just because you are open about your faith doesnt mean that you will be a failure in this industry, it just means that you have something to say. On to Cornerstone we go!

Craziness at One21-SXSW and AI

This is one of the best weeks of the year in Austin.  The world has descended on Austin for South by Southwest 2011, the largest music industry conference in the world.  More than 2,000 bands and musicians will perform more than 10,000 shows in four days.  We have found nearly 100 Christian musicians performing at SXSW 2011 and One21music will cover as many of them as we can.  We will give you a little insight into what is like on the street at the epicenter of popular music, share some photos from the shows and let you experience some of those shows through our eyes.

Christian Musicians Performing at SXSW

Eisley
The Civil Wars
O Brother
Cold War Kids
Denison Witmer
Damian Juardo
The Ambassador
Shad
Brooke Fraser
The Almost

This is only a small fraction of the shows Christian musicians will be performing. There are more than 30 gospel and hip-hop artists will be playing over three days, at a venue that neither Ian nor I will be able to get to. Tomorrow night Ian will be covering HM’s hard core showcase featuring The Famine, Before Their Was Roselyn and The Brigade

Please check out our SXSW coverage from the last two years to get ready.

You may ask, how can you cover SXSW and American Idol Season 10? Well, I have convinced wifey to offer her insight into the Top 12 performances.  So join us live tomorrow night for more musically astute and empathetic insights into American Idol Season 10.

Free MP3 Download: Tooth & Nail Facebook Sampler

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So Tooth & Nail Records is at it again with a another huge sampler for you guys. If you have downloaded any of their samplers in the last few months, you will see some of the same tracks, but there are some new songs. All in all, it is a very good taste of everything the label(s) have to offer. Check out the tracklist below; then click on the link, it will take you to a Facebook page, click on the graphic and follow the instructions. ENJOY!

Poema – “2 A.M.”
Children 18:3- “Cover Your Eyes”
Fair- “Disappearing World”
The Almost- “Hands”
The Letter Black- “Hanging On By A Thread”
Ivoryline- “Instincts”
Sent By Ravens- “New Fire”
The Classic Crime- “Solar Powered Life”
Oh, Sleeper- “Son Of The Morning”
MyChildren MyBride- “Terra Firma”
Secret & Whisper- “Warrior (Southern Arrowwood)”
To Speak of Wolves – “Darkness Often Yields the Brightest Light”
Emery – “Edge of the World”
Living Sacrifice – “Rules of Engagement”
Advent – “Pack of Fools”
Gwen Stacy – “The First Words”
Demon Hunter – “Collapsing”
Mae – “In Pieces”
Write This Down – “Renegade”
Inhale Exhale – “Did You Ever Have A Touch To Lose?”
Surrogate – “Exercise Machines”
Haste The Day- “Travesty”
The Showdown- “Blood In The Gears”
Download The Tooth & Nail Records Facebook Sampler

Free Download: Tooth & Nail Summer Soundtrack

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It seems like Tooth & Nail always does this. They release a big ol sampler through another company, and then say to themselves “ya know, we should just do another one……by ourselves”.

Well thats what they have done, and this time around they have included a whole bunch of music that hasn’t even been released from all three of their departments (BEC Recordings, Tooth & Nail Records, and Solid State Records are all the same company). If you already downloaded the other sampler I put up, well good, you should have. there are a few repeat tracks on this one, but for the most part you will get a whole bunch of new music here. Enjoy!

1. Poema-”2 AM”
2. The OC Supertones- “Hallelujah”
3. Rapture Ruckus- “All Things New”*new unreleased
4. Manafest- “Avalanche”
5. Children 18:3- “Cover Your Eyes”*new unreleased
6. Fair- “Disappearing World”
7. Write This Down- “Handgrenades”
8. The Almost- “Hands”
9. The Letter Black- “Hanging On By A Thread”
10.Ivoryline- “Instincts”*new unreleased
11. Queen’s Club- “Less Talk”
12. Since October- ” Life, Scars, Apologies”*new unreleased
13. The Museum- “Never Look Away”*new unreleased
14. Sent By Ravens- “New Fire”
15. The Classic Crime- “Solar Powered Life”
16.Oh, Sleeper- “Son Of The Morning”
17. MyChildren MyBride- “Terra Firma”*new unreleased
18. Jaymes Reunion- “Trouble”
19. To Speak Of Wolves- “Trust But Verify”
20. Secret & Whisper- “Warrior (Southern Arrowwood)”

Download Tooth & Nail Records Summer Sampler

Free Download:Tooth & Nail Bamboozle 2010 Sampler

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Do I REALLY have to talk you guys into these samplers any more? I mean, every year Tooth & Nail Records (along with BEC Recordings and Solid State Records), possibility the most successful underground Christian label out there puts out a sampler of their biggest and brightest. This has already been a huge year the T&N guys, so it is no surprise that there are a lot of new faces in the tracklisting. Unlike most of these samplers, there is a little something for everyone; pop, rock, metal, hardcore, contemporary genres are represented. So here is the tracklisting:

The Almost – “Hands”
The Classic Crime – “Solar Powered Life”
Secret & Whisper – “Warrior (Southern Arrowwood)”
Queens Club – “Less Talk”
Write This Down – “Renegade”
Sent By Ravens – “New Fire”
Poema – “2 A.M.”
Fair – “Disappearing World”
To Speak of Wolves – “Darkness Often Yields the Brightest Light”
Oh Sleeper – “Son of the Morning”
Number One Gun – “Forest”
Emery – “Edge of the World”
Living Sacrifice – “Rules of Engagement”
MYCHILDREN MYBRIDE – “Faithless”
Inhale Exhale – “Did You Ever Have A Touch To Lose?”
Advent – “Pack of Fools”
Gwen Stacy – “The First Words”
Demon Hunter – “Collapsing”
Since October – “The Show”
The Letter Black – “Hanging On By A Thread”
Mae – “In Pieces”

Click on the link below, fill out some info, and tear it up!

Download the Tooth & Nail Records Bamboozle 2010 Sampler

Underoath Lose Drummer/Founding Member

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It seems that founding member and drummer/vocalist Aaron Gillespie has stepped down from Underoath to pursue The Almost (of which he is the singer for) full time. The following statement was posted on the band’s Facebook this morning:

We are taking this opportunity to sadly inform you the six of us have decided at the end of the current european tour, Aaron will no longer be playing in Underoath. This was not a decision made in haste but a thought out and prayed upon group agreement. It in no way effects any of the shows left on this tour. They will still be our best efforts and enjoyable experiences for all.

For the future, Aaron will be pursuing other musical and ministry endeavors. As for the rest of us we will continue to work hard on the new Underoath record. We appreciate the love and support from everyone in the past and hope that all of us will continue to receive your support on our future paths.

We love you guys.

Tim, Grant, Aaron, James, Chris, and Spencer

Christian Music News December 8th,2009

Headlines

Just about every artist we cover on here seems to be coming out with some sort of Christmas song or album. There are too many to list, go out and check you favorite artist to see what they have to offer….

Owl City‘s latest release, Ocean Eyes, has hit Gold status with over 500,000 units sold. Good job man..

Gospelmusicchannel.com post an interview with Flyleaf this week concerning the recording and writing process of their latest record. Read Flyleaf interview. In other Fyleaf media news, Shockhound recently posted a four song live set from the band on their website including the songs “Again” and “Beautiful Bride” along with vocalist Lacey getting JACKED in the face by a swinging bass guitar….Watch Flyleaf performance.

Lights rocked a Daytrotter session recently. You can read the article, listen and download all the tracks. Check out Lights’ Daytrotter Session.

Believer, Impending Doom, House Of Heroes, Woe Of Tyrants,The Rose Hill, and Waking Lions are all in the studio working on new music for your listening pleasure.

Manchester Orchestra‘s van got robbed last week….what is up with people these days

Music Videos

Below is the new video from LA Symphony member CookBook with his song “Solid Gold”

A little Christmas cheer with The Almost and their version of “Little Drummer Boy”

Next up is the latest single from The Rocket Summer called “You Gotta Believe”

Lastly we have “Faith Is Fact” by LMNO

New Releases For November 3rd, 2009

A Road Less Traveled - Of A Captive Heart
Of A Captive Heart EP
A Road Less Traveled

Frequency Records
Hard Rock
Buy NOW:
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iTunes

biofrost arts Salvation Is Created
Salvation Is Created
Bifrost Arts
(feat. Derek Webb, Diane Birch, Aimee Wilson, and many others)
Great Comfort Records
Worship/Christmas
Buy NOW:
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iTunes

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Go Easy Little Doves
Brooke Waggoner

Swoon Moon Music
Pop/Folk/Indie
Buy NOW:
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From The Treehouse
Grayson

Independent
Indie Folk

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Cut Me Down & Count My Rings
Half-Handed Cloud

Asthmatic Kitty
Indie/Folk/Elecronica
Buy NOW:
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iTunes

Print
Favorites At Play
Joy Electric

Tooth & Nail Records
Electro-Pop
Buy NOW:
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iTunes

To Tell the Story Kelly Parks
To Tell A Story
Kelly Parks

Independent
Contemporary Christian
Buy NOW:
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michael manasseh rocketship down
Rocketship Down
Michael Manasseh

Soul Mania
Underground Hip-Hop
Download FREE

Paul Baloche - Glorious
Glorious
Paul Baloche

Integrity Music
Contemporary Christian
Buy NOW:
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iTunes

plumb beautiful history
Beautiful History
Plumb

Curb Records
Alternative Rock
Buy NOW:
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iTunes (bonus remix version)

shane and shane everything is different
Everything Is Different
Shane & Shane

Inpop Records
Worship/Folk
Buy NOW:
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steven curtis chapman beauty will rise
Beauty Will Rise
Steven Curtis Chapman

Sparrow Records
Contemporary Christian
Buy NOW:
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Love, Peace, Joy At Christmas
Trin-I-Tee 5:7

Music World Records
R&B/Gospel
Buy NOW:
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iTunes

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Monster Monster
The Almost

Tooth & Nail Records
Pop Rock
Buy NOW:
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iTunes

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To Plant A Seed
We Came As Romans

Equal Vision Records
Pop Metal
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Christian Music News Oct.27th, 2009

Headlines

Mantric (featuring former members of Extol) have signed with Prosthetic Records, and will be releasing a self titled album through said label in the very near future…

An interview with Thrice was posted on Causecast.org this week. Read Thrice interview.

Mat Kearney recently recently recorded a live session over at Daytrotter.com. Listen to Mat Kearney on Daytrotter.

Owl City‘s song Fireflies was #1 on iTunes this week. Congrats to all…

The Glass Ocean broke up.

An interview with The Almost was posted at estrellaonline this week. Read The Almost interview.

The Clocktower Showdown have also split up.

Wovenhand is currently recording a new album entitled The Thrashing Floor. It will be out in early 2010.

Apparently Tyler from Blessed By A Broken Heart got into some trouble this with the metal band Megadeath over a comment Tyler made to one of Megadeath‘s road crew that was deemed “racist”. A press release was issued to clear things up. Read Blessed By A Broken Heart press release.

An interview with Matt from Relient K was posted over on Relevent Magazine’s website this week. Read Relient K interview.

Videos

Below is the new video from Rawsrvnt with his song “Tears 4 Peers”

Here is a cool little video from Jay And The Lovebirds called “Last Compromise”

This is the latest awesomeness from Listener Project called “Ozark Empire, Or A Snake Oil Salesman Comes To Your Town”

Below is the video for “Lost Connection With The Head” by Showbread

This next video isnt actually a music video. It seems that Youtube is re-broadcasting U2‘s entire concert from the a recent stop at The Rose Bowl. The video below is over 2 hours long. Enjoy:

Album Info (more in the Release Dates page)

Below is the album artwork and tracklisting for American Idol winner Kris Allen‘s upcoming November 17th, 2009 self titled release. It will feature Jon Foreman of the Switchfoot/Fiction Family fame, and was co-produced/written by members of MuteMath, OneRepulic, The Fray, and Paper Route.
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1. Live Like We’re Dying
2. Before We Come Undone
3. Can’t Stay Away
4. The Truth
5. Written All Over My Face
6. Bring It Back
7. Red Guitar
8. Is It Over
9. Let It Rain
10. Alright With Me
11. Lifetime
12. I Need To Know
13. Heartless

Below is the album artwork and tracklisting for Bifrost Arts upcoming Christmas album, Salvation Is Created, which will become available November 3rd, 2009
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1. O Come, O Come Emmanuel
2. Joy Joy!!! (featuring Devon Sproule and Paul Curreri)
3. Bring A Torch Jeanette, Isabella (featuring Ben + Vesper)
4. O Little Town Of Bethlehem (featuring Sarah Fullen)
5. Let All Mortal Flesh (featuring Elin K. Smith)
6. Messiah (featuring Robert Heiskel)
7. Silent Night (featuring Diane Birch)
8. Out Of Heaven (featuring Derek Webb and Evan Gregory)
9. Veiled In Darkness (featuring Matt Bauer and Maeve)
10. Salvation Is Created (featuring Aimee Wilson)