We’ve been out of touch. It’s been a crazy few months since SXSW. A quick update for you:

– We gave a van away over SXSW to The Bad Sports from Denton, TX. Upon winning a van filled with music gear they literally drove off to go play a show later that day. Awesome.

– The whole damn site is finally being redeveloped and redesigned for awesomeness. Tons of new features are being added like being able to enter your tour dates and automatically connecting with people in those cities. Plus we adding more features to allow more non-band connections to be made. Like if you’re a music fan and want to go to a festival in Seattle but you live in Madison. Then you too can find a free place to stay. Super sweet, right?

– Better Than The Van Happy Hours return! We did it last summer and we’re gearing up for a few again this year. With one exception…they will be entirely more bad ass this time around. Details are still being hashed out so stay tuned….

– Scott got some chickens and they are living in his backyard. It’s crazy.

Introducing: BTTV – Music and culture distilled

We quietly launch a little magazine after SXSW. It’s filled with show reviews, record reviews, essays, fiction, photography and a ton more.

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Atreyu- 2021

Atreyu's Baptism

At their core, Atreyu is a hard rock band with metal riffs and pop choruses. Now, after more than 20 years, the band has stepped boldly into their next chapter with a change in lineup and an album that proves the lifeblood of Atreyu is stronger than ever.

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Photo by Ashley Osborn

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Heaven's Metal: An Oral History of the Genesis of Christian Metal

Heaven's Metal

When rock emerged from blues and 'heavy metal' began to surface, faith-based metal acts also rose to start their own journeys. Initially shunned by both believers and non-believers, they were fighting for their spot at the table, ultimately building a legacy that would go on to change the genre forever. HM presents an oral history of the beginning of Christian metal music, featuring Guardian, Tourniquet, Holy Soldier, Whitecross, and, of course, Stryper.

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