Comeback Kid Tour Dates
Before heading over to South America in the spring, Comeback Kid will be hitting the U.S hard. After finishing up their last few dates with H20 and Attack, Comeback Kid jump directly into sharing the stage with Madball and Cruel Hand to finish out January. Symptoms + Cures, Comeback Kid’s latest Victory Records effort was released on August 31st. Click here to get a copy today!
Tour Dates:
1/11 – Birmingham, AL
1/12 – Little Rock, AR
1/13 – Oklahoma City, OK
1/14 – Dallas, TX
1/15 – Austin, TX
1/16 – San Antonio, TX
1/18 – Mesa, AZ
1/19 – Las Vegas, NV
1/20 – San Diego, CA
1/21 – Lancaster, CA
1/22 – Anaheim, CA
1/23 – San Francisco, CA

We Came As Romans To Release CD/DVD
We Came As Romans will release a To Plant A Seed deluxe CD/DVD edition on January 18th, featuring revamped packaging and artwork, bonus track “To Move On Is To Grow” and a brand new DVD. The DVD features 38-minutes of exclusive interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, live performances from their recent US tours (Scream It Like You Mean It and Band of Brothers), and We Came As Romans’ new music video for “To Move On Is To Grow”. The deluxe CD/DVD edition of To Plant A Seed will be available exclusively in FYE stores and through online retailers and is now available at MerchNow.com and on iTunes.
To Plant A Seed is We Came As Romans’ debut full-length album, which was originally released on November 3, 2009. The album has sold nearly 48k copies and placed at No. 24 on this week’s Billboard Heatseekers Chart. We Came As Romans will keep up their constant touring schedule in 2011, starting off the year by headlining the Motel 6 Rock Yourself To Sleep tour. Joining them will be For Today, The Word Alive, Woe Is Me, and labelmates Texas In July. They will then enter the studio to begin recording their sophomore album, with producer Joey Sturgis [The Devil Wears Prada, Emarosa, Attack Attack!] before hitting the road on a full US tour with A Day To Remember, Bring Me The Horizon and Pierce The Veil. In April, the band will head back overseas, where they will headline the Scream It Like You Mean It tour in Europe. Support bands include Miss May I, The Word Alive, and This Or The Apocalypse. We Came As Romans has also been confirmed to perform on the entirety of the 2011 Vans Warped Tour. This will be their first time playing on the renowned tour.

Close Your Eyes Added To Florida Fest
1981 Straight Edge Clothing have announced a two day festival to celebrate hardcore music and a hardcore lifestyle this May. The festival titled “Bringing It Back For The Kids” will feature performances from some of the most savagely followed bands in hardcore today including Terror, Stick To Your Guns and Casey Jones. 1981’s Cliff Wiener said “We wanted to throw a fest with a positive atmosphere, great music and a variety of activities.” FEATURING OVER 30 BANDS INCLUDING:
Casey Jones
Close Your Eyes
Evergreen Terrace
Grenade Face
Hope For the Dying
Knock Em dead
Know the Score (Reunion)
Remembering Never
Stick To Your Guns
The Mongoloids
Trapped under Ice
Your Demise
xBishopx (final show)

The Famine Release New Song
Lone Star brutal death metal outfit, The Famine, has posted a brand new track from the forthcoming full-length, The Architects of Guilt, on the band’s official MySpace page, entitled, “Ad Mortem”. The Famine vocalist, Nick Nowell, explains, “’Ad Mortem’ is a song about addiction, and the excuses we all have for our complicity. We’ll come up with just about anything to keep from being disgusted with ourselves.”
The track list for The Architects of Guilt is:
1. The New Hell
2. Ad Mortem
3. We Are The Wolves
4. Turner Classic Diaries
5. Bigger Cages, Longer Chains!
6. The Crown and The Holy See
7. VII The Fraudulent
8. A Pavement Of Good Intentions
9. A Fragile Peace
10. Pyrithion House
11. To The Teeth
Go here to listen to the new song!

Ex-Extol Drummer In New Band
David Husvik, former drummer for Extol, is in a new band called Doctor Midnight and the Mercy Cult. They are planning on releasing their debut album in April. A Norwegian festival announced their lineup, which was posted on blabbermouth.net. The band’s website is: www.dmtmc.net, where you can preview/stream 3 songs.

I Am Empire Debuts Song On Pure Volume
Kicking the New Year off with a bang, Tooth & Nail Records’ I Am Empire is debuting their song “To The Moon” on the homepage of Purevolume.com this week. Another I Am Empire song making waves is the current rock single “Brain Damage” climbing the charts at No. 6 this week. Both tracks are from the band’s label debut Kings releasing on January 25th. The album trailer was launched recently today and it can be viewed here. Fans can catch I Am Empire live beginning 2/4th on tour that will also feature labelmates Children 18:3 and Hyland.
Tour Dates:
2/4 – Willmar, MN
2/6 – Dassel, MN
2/10 – Terra Haute, IN
2/11 – Columbus, OH
2/12 – Willmington, OH
2/17 – Macon, GA
2/18 – Little Rock, AR

Johnny Cash Bootleg Vol. 2 To Be Released
The musical treasures left behind by Johnny Cash at the House Of Cash estate in Hendersonville, Tennessee, continue to provide insight into his character as an American music icon – perhaps the American music icon. The rich backwoods archive first bore fruit on Columbia/Legacy nearly five years ago, with the release of Personal File aka Bootleg Vol. 1, a fascinating double-CD collection of 49 privately recorded, intimate solo performances dating from 1973 to 1982. FROM MEMPHIS TO HOLLYWOOD: BOOTLEG VOL. 2 continues the series, as compilation producer Gregg Geller focuses on the dawning of Johnny Cash’s recording career at Sun Records in Memphis from late 1954 to late ’57 (on CD One), into his first decade at Columbia Records in Nashville, from 1958 to 1969 (on CD Two). BOOTLEG VOL. 2 will be available at all physical and digital retail outlets starting February 22, 2011, through various retailers.

TWLOHA Wins Mashable Award
To Write Love on Her Arms is pleased to announce that they were presented with the “Must Follow Non-Profit” award at the fourth annual Mashable Awards (formerly known as Open Web Awards) at a gala event at the 2011 International CES® conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. TWLOHA founder Jamie Tworkowski was on site to accept the award which streamed live on the internet. To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery. Since its start in 2006, they have donated over $850,000 to people dealing with depression and have answered over 150,000 emails in over 100 countries. “It’s an honor to accept this award on behalf of our amazing community of supporters around the world. TWLOHA began as a story posted on MySpace in 2006 and the internet has been our home base ever since. To be given the title of “Must Follow Non-Profit” is something we’re super proud of. And again, it goes back to this incredible community of people. Their passion and support has opened so many doors. It was an honor to represent them tonight, says founder Tworkowski.” The Mashable Awards recognize the year’s best of tech and the web as voted by the Mashable community who cast more than 1.3 million nominations and votes in 25 categories including “Must Follow Non Profit”, “Best New Gadget”, “Best Music Discovery Service” and “Must-Follow Brand,” among others. “The Mashable Community has really grown the Mashable Awards program over the past four years,” said Pete Cashmore Founder & CEO of Mashable. ”We are grateful to our readers who made this year’s program such a success.” The digital influencer- and star-studded gala, held at the New York, New York hotel, was hosted by The Onion’s Baratunde Thurston and featured performances from Cirque du Soleil’s Zumanity and audio-visual entertainers Eclectic Method. Major consumer electronic innovators, including Aro Ford, BlackBerry, Influxis, LG and Yahoo, signed on to support the event. Since 2006, TWLOHA has been flourishing and continues to grow. TWLOHA has won numerous accolades including a full-page color ad in USA TODAY (valued over $185k) by winning the AmericaWants Campaign and $100,000 in the Chase Community Giving Contest, coming in 2nd place. To promote TWLOHA in the Chase Community Giving Contest, Miley Cyrus, Joaquin Phoenix, andLiv Tyler made a special video together with the founder of TWLOHA.

Sarah Jaffe News
Sarah Jaffe on tons of Best Of 2010 Lists from USA Today’s Pop Candy, to Paste Magazine, to Amazon.com! (Number 49) Sarah Jaffe. The Texas-based singer-songwriter burst forth with Suburban Nature, a sharp and sweet debut. If her career keeps growing, her nature just might become more urbanized. “I love Texas,” says Sarah Jaffe, “but it’s pretty it is what it is.’” The 23-year-old singer/songwriter (whose last name rhymes with “taffy”) is at a mall in her hometown, on break from touring and killing time before she catches a movie. “I grew up in a place that was pretty much boring. It was brown and flat, but I think that humbleness is very attractive….” Sarah Jaffe is a lot like her home state of Texas. Wide-open, humble and matter-of-fact, she crafts beautiful, raw songs that “are what they are” in the very best way. Playing like wise, witty diary entries marked with teardrops, growing pains and effusive honesty, her debut album, Suburban Nature, ebbs and flows on a sea of candid relationship narratives. “Love is interesting, because when two people come together that way, it can be really hostile and beautiful at the same time,” she says of the inspiration for the album’s 13 songs, some of which were written before Jaffe graduated from high school.—Melanie Gomez During the last 12 months, these 50 songs from 50 different artists brought us or joy or enveloped our sadness. These are the melodies that stayed stuck in our heads, the words that spoke to us, even if it simply was with a vitriolic epithet that somehow still made us grin ear-to-ear, as was the case with our #1 song of the year. Some of these were radio hits, but most either made their mark on the Internet or among those few who heard them. Sarah Jaffe was the ONLY artist to have 2 songs included in Amazon’s Top 100 songs. The Best Songs in Dallas Music, 2010: Sarah Jaffe Reaches Her Potential, and “Clementine” Is The Best Song of the Year. From an outsider’s perspective, Sarah Jaffe’s success in 2010 would seem like a pretty surprising, rather overnight thing. Some local girl with a guitar releases her debut album? She gets attention from NPR and USA Today? She tours as an opener for Midlake and — wow, really? — Norah Jones? And now she’s selling out the Granada Theater? It’s crazy things like that happen! Well, except that those paying attention know another story. They see the girl who released her debut EP, Even Born Again, back in 2008. The one who won three awards in our reader-voted Dallas Observer Music Awards that year. And who won another three in 2009, bringing her to six total awards (and no defeats) heading into this year, when, at age 24, Kirtland Records released her full-length debut, Suburban Nature, and Jaffe again swept the DOMAs, this time bringing home six awards, and making her one of the most-decorated winners our awards have ever seen, but also the sole nominee to have never lost an award to another artist. People clearly see something special in her music. It seems as if the entire region had been waiting years for this, the full-length debut from the most promising singer-songwriter North Texas has spawned in recent memory. And Sarah Jaffe’s Suburban Nature hardly disappointed. If anything, it surpassed expectations, having almost instantly thrust Jaffe to the very top of the local music heap. Propelled by lead single “Clementine,” Suburban Nature has earned Jaffe countless accolades from regional and national outlets alike in 2010, and deservedly so. Smartly arranged to highlight both the delicate folk-rock instrumentation and the vulnerability of Jaffe’s vocals, the disc is a shockingly intimate listen. It’s almost too private for comfort at points, actually. And maybe that’s why it’s so enticing a listen. Throughout the album, Jaffe emotionally belts out her tales of heartache and uncertainty with an enviable, reckless abandon and willfully entrusts her audience with her vulnerability. It’s a bold move that would be unwelcome if its presentation weren’t so tender and, more important, relatable. Jaffe, it turns out, isn’t different from anyone. And that’s what makes her and, in turn, Suburban Nature, so unique. It’s a disc for everyone. It just so happens that Jaffe is behind it. Sarah Jaffe’s Suburban Nature reminds me of Haley Bonar’s Big Star: accessible but nuanced, a twilight-tinged folk-pop album that you can listen to dozens of times.

Ryan Romeo Band Release New Project
Longtime worship leader Ryan Romeo releases his second album, a pop-rock project titled the Everyone Shine EP, available now via select digital music outlets. The follow-up to Ryan Romeo Band’s January 2010 God of Our Fire EP, this latest project boasts guest production by Steven Tracy of The Myriad. The record also features driving rhythms, showcased on songs like album opener “Great God of Mystery,” coupled with infectious melodies as displayed on title track “Everyone Shine.” Lyrically, the EP is saturated with songs about God and His bride, the Church.
Romeo comments, “The Everyone Shine EP tells the love story between this mysterious, untouchable God and the bedraggled focus of his love and affection: the Church. We hope that through these songs, listeners will catch a glimpse of this love and join us in walking into a deeper relationship with Him.” Friend of Romeo, David Crowder, whose group David Crowder Band was recently nominated for a GRAMMY Award, remarks, “We’ve known Ryan for a number of years now. Little did we know that he was hidden away working on such gems as these songs collected on this EP. There is a charm to this thing in the rawness of the lyric and production that makes me want to hear more.” The Everyone Shine EP released Dec. 10 and can be purchased at iTunes, amazon.com and ryanromeo.com. Based in Tucson, Ariz., the Ryan Romeo Band consists of Ryan Romeo (lead vocals, guitar, xylophone), Chris Giambelluca (vocals, bass, piano), Bryce Dunbar (drums), Tom Romeo (vocals, guitar), and Kevin Unwin (guitar). The group formed when worship leader Ryan Romeo teamed up with Chris Giambelluca to commit the songs he had written and played for more than ten years in local churches to tape. The resulting God of Our Fire EP released early 2010. The band continues to perform regularly across the Southwest and will appear at RAGE Music Festival in Phoenix this month.

Ben + Vesper Post New Song
Shortly after the announcement of Ben + Vesper’s sophomore album, and first full-length in four years, HONORS, the husband and wife duo gave listeners a hint of what was to come by sharing the track “My Father’s Eyes”. Now, with just three weeks to go before the album’s January 25th release on Sounds Familyre, the pair is unleashing another track, “Knee-Hi Wall”, which shows a slightly different, peppier side of their collaboration. Ben’s earthy baritone and Vesper’s sweet, yet confident alto warmly combine on the forefront, backed by their ever-unusual and strangely danceable freak-pop arrangements. Ben explains it best: “My favorite thing in the world is to hear my songs in the hands of people I can trust. They do the necessary violence to my writing until something new emerges. It’s like an awkward teenager threshold right before the voice change, or a dog on a walk with a new owner. ‘Knee-Hi Wall’ was a stretch for me to record because it is an ancient song and I’m generally skittish about approaching old material. I never expected to make a disco-phonic/bloodhound-gang number, but that’s what happens when you let go of your own agenda in the studio surrounded by the likes of John Mosloskie, Steve Oyola, Josh Stamper and Sufjan Stevens. It’s wonderfully freeing.”

Building 429 Joins The Winter Blast Tour
A cadre of Christian music’s most dynamic young artists, led by former GMA New Artist of the Year Building 429, kicks off the new year with a bang and a purpose, heading out in mid-January for the Food For The Hungry Winter Blast 2011. The ten-city tour also features 33Miles, Jason Gray and newcomer Kerrie Roberts, and was born out of the band’s ongoing partnership with relief organization Food For the Hungry, as well as the exposure to various plights around the world during 2010. Building 429, our fans, and colleagues changed the lives of more than 4,000 families through child sponsorship in Haiti last year,” said Building 429’s Jason Roy. “Recently, my wife and I spent some time in Haiti, and we returned from that trip more convinced than ever that this mission must continue.” “Winter Blast 2011 has an amazing lineup of like-minded artists who are excited to share their music and the hope of child sponsorship,” Roy continues. “I am genuinely a fan of every artist on this tour, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to share the stage with all of them.” The Winter Blast tour will charge $10 at the door for admission (except for a few select cities), no advance purchase required. The tour will be sponsored and supported by Christian radio partners in each market.
Tour Dates:
1/13 – Bowling Green, KY
1/14 – Bristol, TN
1/20 – Ft. Smith, AR
1/22 – Longview, TX
1/27 – Springfield, IL
1/28 – South Bend, IN
1/29 – Marion, IL
2/3 – Montgomery, AL
2/4 – Fort Walton Beach, FL

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