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Monday, June 28, 2010

Children 18:3 "Rain's A' Comin'"

When Children 18:3's self-titled debut came out in 2008, I remember loving their sound. It was different and fun. Their songs were catchy and I felt like the album was a fast moving train. Song after song was intense and high speed and by the time I got to the end of the album I remember thinking, "it's over already?"

Well, good news. Children 18:3 has released their sophomore effort on Tooth & Nail and it is absolutely delightful. These siblings have got a good thing going on. Rain's A' Comin' showcases David and Lee Marie's harmonies and I love how Lee Marie's voice is a prominent feature on the new album.

The title track is the first song on the album and it is a great way to begin. The song builds from the beginning until we hear David sing passionately, "crawl down, won't you come on down, run down with me..." Yes, I think you should join them because the ride is just starting. The album kicks into high gear with the next song, "Cover Your Eyes."

"Cover Your Eyes" reminds me of what I know and love of Children 18:3. They charge through the verses, and let up just enough for you to join in on the chorus. This is also the first song they made a video for. You can enjoy that gem here.

Highlights on the album for me are "Oh Honestly!" a much slower and pop-inspired song. But they make it work and don't lose the essence of who they are just to make a pop song.

Lee Marie's voice in "Wonder I" is fantastic. Almost like a lullaby, "wonder, wonder I, if I stood on your shoulders, could I touch the sky?"

The album ends perfectly. The first track was dramatic and last track makes me laugh. It's very much a carnivalesque song, and after seeing a few interviews with these siblings I think sometimes that might be what their life is like.

Overall, this album excites me. I'm hoping with two solid releases under their belt, Children 18:3's fan base will grow and they'll finally be recognized as one of the standards for great music.


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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Anberlin set to release new album, Dark is the Way Light is a Place




(New York, NY – June 16, 2010) Universal Republic rockers Anberlin will release their much-buzzed about fifth studio album, Dark Is The Way, Light is a Place,on September 21st. The band recorded it at Nashville’s renowned Blackbird Studio with Brendan O’Brien (Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, Rage Against the Machine), who won the GRAMMY award for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical earlier this year. “Impossible” – the driving lead single that soars with an exhilarating pop Foo Fighters vibe as it captures love’s tug of war – will go to radio in mid-July. “We Owe This To Ourselves,” another track from Dark Is The Way, Light is a Place, will be the main song used on ESPN’s X-Games this summer.

The forthcoming record follows Anberlin’s New Surrender, which was the band’s second album to debut in the Top 20 of The Billboard 200. “Feel Good Drag,” New Surrender’s first single, hit No. 1 on the Modern Rock charts and now holds the record as the longest-charting single in Modern Rock history. Named 2009’s “Rock Song of the Year” by FMQB, it will be a featured song on the in-store version of “Guitar Hero 6,” due out this September. Anberlin’s cover of New Order’s “True Faith” appeared on the subsequently released deluxe version of New Surrender and was tapped for the season finale of The CW’s “The Vampire Diaries.” Anberlin, which formed in Winter Haven, FL in 2002, has sold over 700,000 albums and toured the world, sharing stages with American Rejects, My Chemical Romance, Taking Back Sunday, Paramore and many others.

Dark Is The Way, Light is a Place – which takes its title from a line in Dylan Thomas’ “Poem On His Birthday” – examines the battle implicit in life and in love. “Love is a friction, a chemistry,” says Anberlin’s front man, Stephen Christian. “We need to fight it out in a good way, not with threats of leaving, but to, in love, find an understanding.”

If such an understanding isn’t reached, the consequences can be shattering, as detailed in the hypnotic “The Art of War,” which veers from slow burn to full sonic assault and the heart wrenching “Take Me As You Found Me.”The cathartic “To The Wolves”tackles betrayal head-on while in the gentle, acoustic “Down,” the protagonist puts the blame squarely on himself (“feel like a shell of yesteryear gone by/bad decisions like ghosts that just won’t die”). The way may be dark, but a powerful vision of light permeates the album. The anthemic “We Owe This To Ourselves” is a resounding call to action: “we owe this to ourselves/to fight, to lead/we owe this to ourselves/we just can’t let this go.” This deeply rooted conviction speaks not only to Anberlin’s view of romantic love, but also to the band’s belief that we’re accountable for our relationship with the world at large.

To that end, Anberlin has been involved in numerous humanitarian efforts. They’ve spent time in Africa, working with a local charity to meet the needs of a small community, and traveled to Calcutta, India with Faceless International, where they helped to raise awareness about the dangers of human trafficking. Co-founded by Stephen Christian (lead singer), Faceless International ( to defend the plight of exploited people worldwide who have gone faceless and unknown for far too long. The organization raises awareness about social issues happening throughout the global community, providing first hand experience and education through trips around the world and solution-based opportunities through regional resources.

Anberlin is:

Stephen Christian: Vocals
Joseph Milligan: Lead guitar
Devon Rexroat: Bass
Christian McAlhaney: Rhythm guitar
Nathan Young: Drums

The track listing for Dark Is The Way, Light is a Place is as follows:

1. We Owe This To Ourselves
2. Impossible
3. Take Me As You Found Me
4. Closer
5. You Belong To Me
6. Pray Tell
7. The Art Of War
8. To The Wolves
9. Down
10. Depraved

Monday, June 14, 2010

CD Review: Rapture Ruckus "Rapture Ruckus"

Hailing from New Zealand, Rapture Ruckus is one of the newest editions to the BEC lineup. Rapture Ruckus is fronted by Brad Dring, aka MC Rapture. His first release stateside, Rapture Ruckus EP, has six songs and is filled with encouragement and spiritually direct lyrics. There isn't any sifting through to decipher what Dring is trying to convey. His lyrics are simply the Gospel. His method is a mix between Manafest and And Then There Were None. A bit of rock and rap flavored with some techno. High energy from beginning to end, Rapture Ruckus is definitely someone to get acquainted with.

Standout tracks on the album include the first radio single, "Hold On" and "I Believe"


Find out more about Rapture Ruckus here:


Switchfoot "The Sound"

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Friday, June 4, 2010

Videos about Children 18:3's new album!

Tracklisting posted for Children 18:3's new album

Children 18:3 releases "Rain's 'A Comin'" on June 29th. Here's the track listing for the new album. Listen to "Lost So Long" on PDR and other new tracks over at their myspace page.

1. Rain's 'a Comin'
2. Cover Your Eyes
3. The Cruel One
4. Whispering
5. Hey Driftwood (Tides)
6. Oh Bravo
7. Oh Honestly!
8. Wonder I
9. Stronger
10. Jack 'o' Lantern Dreams
11. Lost So Long
12. The Last Laugh

Friday, March 26, 2010

CD Review: The Classic Crime "Vagabonds"

Matt McDonald. How I love your voice. Seriously, Matt has one of those unique voices that can capture an immense amount of emotions that few others can replicate.

I loved TCC's last album The Silver Cord and was anxious to hear new music from them. Vagabonds did not disappoint. It's once again a collection of honest songs dealing with faith, love and the struggle of life. One thing that is a little different on this album is the amount of songs that are "corporate." And I don't mean "corporate" like a church setting, but in a concert setting. I can already hear people chanting back the my, oh my, what a beautiful day parts in "Solar Powered Life."

The album starts off with "A Perfect Voice." Matt's declaration of who this album is for and why he does what he does. I may not sing your favorite songs, but I don't sing for you, cause if I did I would have been done long ago.

There isn't one bad song on the whole album. An easy listen from beginning to end. I would list song highlights, but I can honestly say that I love each song for a different reason. Whether it be the realization in "My Name" that they can take away everything I have but they can't give me my name, or the guitar riffs in the opening of "Vagabonds," or the beautiful depiction of Christ's love for his bride, the church, in "Broken Mess" or maybe just the fact that I might be like one of those girls sittin' there sippin' smoothies with my sunglasses on in "Solar Powered Life"

This album confirms all of my beliefs that the guys in The Classic Crime are truly talented. I just hope more people find out about them even though Matt says, he's tasted fame but never fortune and he still couldn't care less for both.


(this review provided by Intern Andrew Jones)

I may not have a perfect voice but I still sing at the top of my lungs.” These opening lyrics about not letting the world dissuade you from being what you want to be really set the pace for The Classic Crime’s new album, Vagabonds. This album is the first I’ve heard from The Classic Crime, but with its upbeat music and relevant lyrics, it has me completely sold. I especially liked the songs "A Perfect Voice," "Four Chords," and "Different Now."

Between the songs and the knowledge that the money is going to a good cause (all the pre-release proceeds from Vagabonds are going to the Haiti relief effort) I could definitely feel good buying this disc.

The Classic Crime claims that “even if (they) die tomorrow, these four chords will keep (them) living on,” and I would have to say that I completely agree.


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Sunday, March 21, 2010

CD Review: Queens Club "Young Giant"

Queens Club is comprised of former members of The Chariot. Upon hearing that you might have a notion of what Queens Club is going to sound like. Well, you're most likely wrong. Queens Club is evidence that individuals musical taste can vary, greatly. Fortunately, Jacob Ryan (drummer) and Dan Eaton (vocals & guitar) have very good taste.

Queens Club is pop and dance music in all of it's glory. Highlights on Young Giant include "Issinair" and "Dust" which is by far my favorite track on the album. The beginning is absolutely beautiful (and for a girl that doesn't really care for techno/dance music, that's saying something). The techno fades away as the song progresses into a more rock/punk sound. One of my favorite songs not only sonically, but lyrically too with lines like - ever since the day I was born I filled the void by crawling in arms, I think he swore to never let me go. And just because you run from the norm, I think he's saying, don't be alarmed. Other songs to check out include "Less Talk" which they recently released a video for. "Upstart" could be the theme song to a television show. It just has that feel to it.

Queens Club's Young Giant demonstrates that these guys want to have fun. I hope that with some time and experience maybe the songs can be more than just fun sounding but also have equal depth and longevity too.


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Sunday, March 14, 2010

CD Review: Fair "Disappearing World"

As a fan of Fair's debut album, The Best Worst-Case Scenario, I'm finding it hard to find any dramatic difference between that album and their sophomore release, Disappearing World. Don't get me wrong, I am in no way saying that it is a bad thing, since I was absolutely in LOVE with their first album.

This album is great in the fact that it seems to be more piano driven than their last album mocking the sounds of bands such as Copeland and Deas Vail (including the light, higher pitched lead vocals of Aaron Sprinkle). The album also feels to have more depth using a stronger guitar presence and additional production to enhance their already kickin' sound.

Overall, another fantastic album from Fair! I look forward to seeing what they will come up with in the future.


(this secondary review provided by intern andrew jones)

Before being asked to write this review, I hadn't listened to any music by Fair. Now, having listened to this album I feel a pressing need to add some of their songs to my personal collection. There are a few songs, such as "Anymore" that I couldn't quite get in to, but I enjoyed some of the others like "Wayside," "Walking In My Sleep" and "The Escape Artist." All in all I found myself liking Disappearing World. It's songs are laid back and would be easy to listen to at pretty much any time of day. I look forward to seeing what else Fair has to offer.


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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

CD Review: Number One Gun "To the Secrets and Knowledge"

I will start this review with a disclaimer: I have not been interested in 85% of the Christian rock music that has come out in the last 5 years. I just feel like it has all been done and we are currently in a rut. I don’t know if that makes me jaded, but oh well. With that being said, I really enjoyed Number One Gun's new project, To the Secrets and Knowledge. I can’t say that it is ground breaking in any way, but what they are doing they are doing well. I am also comparing it to their previous releases, which never really caught my interest. I would say that the biggest difference is the use of space in their music and the integration non-distracting production.

When I say space I mean that they utilize dynamics well. Many pop/rock groups are “go, go, go” in their music which will just wear out the listener. It’s fine if you are listening to a single on the radio, but when you listen to a complete album you need the music to take you through a full spectrum of emotions. I feel that this album does that. They are not afraid to strip a song down like on “The People”, or go crazy with production, like on “The Victory". It’s refreshing.

As for the production, I will admit that I love the use of “ear candy” on recordings. Some people say it takes away from the true organic feel of a song. I disagree. I think production can add an entire different dimension to music. When I say this, I mean production that is truly integrated into the music. The production becomes the “hook” in some songs. This album does a great job of utilizing recording techniques and technology.

All in all I like this album. It is a solid recording and a record that will not easily bore me. I see it playing on my iPod in regular rotation for a while to come. Enjoy!


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(this review provided by Brian Rohrer)

Sunday, January 3, 2010


Chris Strayer, Purple Door Arts & Music Festival Producer, stopped by the show tonight to reveal what artists will be performing at Purple Door 2010! This unique festival is held at Ski Roundtop in Lewisberry, PA. The dates for this year's festival are Friday and Saturday, August 13th & 14th. Eventually you'll be able to get all the details here.

Here is the initial line-up. Just a reminder that artists are subject to change, and more bands will be added in the near future!

Performing on the Main Stage:
Children 18:3
The Classic Crime
August Burns Red
Thousand Foot Krutch
I Am Terrified
House of Heroes
Project 86
Family Force 5

Performing on the HM Stage:
Ace Augustine
Texas in July
Mychildren Mybride
Demon Hunter

Performing on the Gallery Stage:
Bradley Hathaway
Oceans in Love
Besides Daniel
B. Reith
Deas Vail
John Mark McMillan
Paper Route

Performing/Speaking on the Forum:
Bradley Hathaway
Andrew Schwab
Derek Webb
Family Force 5

The speakers on the Main Stage this year are Friday night, Renee Yohe, and Saturday night, Lecrae.

Tickets can be purchased now! Rates are scaled, so buy early for a better rate!
Hope to see you there!

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