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A Plea For Purging Tour News
A Plea For Purging have announced headlining tour: “We are stoked to announce that we will be leaving out on a short headlining stint on 11/1st with our friends in VENIA and HUNDREDTH. Both bands are solid dudes with solid tunes and we’re happy to have them out with us to help us finish up some of our final dates for 2009.” The tour will mainly hit the southeast and midwest regions of the country right before the band joins up with “THE HELL MUST FEAR US WINTER TOUR” with Impending Doom and Oh Sleeper. The band has also just released the track “Retribution” from their album, Depravity, on their myspace page.
Tour Dates:
11/1 – Montgomery, AL
11/4 – Springfield, IL
11/5 – Franklin, IN
11/6 – Dayton, OH
11/7 – Corbin, KY
11/8 – Greenville, SC
11/9 – Wilmington, NC
11/12 – Columbus, GA
11/13 – Jacksonville, FL
11/14 – Douglasville, GA
11/15 – East Ridge, TN
11/16 – Clarksville, TN
11/17 – Evansville, IN
11/18 – Conway, AR
11/19 – Springfield, MO
11/20 – Storm Lake, IA
11/21 – Buffalo, MN

Inhale Exhale Announce Late 2009 Tour Plans
On the heels of their talked-about third album, Bury Me Alive, Cleveland’s INHALE EXHALE are excited to announce that they’ll be heading out on the road in support of one of 2009’s most hyped bands – IWRESTELEDABEARONCE. Joining IWRESTELEDABEARONCE and INHALE EXHALE on the tour are OF MACHINES and (on select dates) MISS MAY I, creating a potent mix of metal for fans on the East Coast and Midwest. Bury Me Alive, an experimental metal adventure that has been praised by everyone from AOL Noisecreep to indie-tastemaker Absolute Punk, hit stores October 6th on Solid State Records. “We are the most excited we’ve been since the creation of INHALE EXHALE,” explains guitarist John LaRussa. “This is the first record that we all really sit and listen to and enjoy 100%, and most importantly, we really are all on the same mindset as a band and as friends, and we’re excited to hit the road to support this album.”Oct 20 – On the heels of their talked-about third album, Bury Me Alive, Cleveland’s INHALE EXHALE are excited to announce that they’ll be heading out on the road in support of one of 2009’s most hyped bands – IWRESTELEDABEARONCE.
Tour Dates:
12/4 – Atlanta, GA
12/5 – Raleigh, NC
12/6 – Wilmington, DE
12/7 – Vineland, NJ
12/8 – Lancaster, PA
12/9 – Allentown, PA
12/10 – Holyoke, MA
12/11 – Montreal, QC
12/12 – Toronto, ON
12/13 – London, ON
12/14 – Detroit, MI
12/16 – Cleveland, OH
12/17 – Indianapolis IN
12/18 – Evansville IN
12/19 – Shreveport LA
For more information on this tour, visit:
myspace.com/inhaleexhale

The Great Transparency Battle Poverty
The Great Transparency (Razzbarry Records) is helping end extreme poverty by partnering with Mission of Mercy. Through their child sponsorship program, for less than the cost of a daily cup of coffee is all it takes to equip children in developing nations to reach their God-given potential, by creating opportunities for spiritual, physical, social, mental and emotional development. “We believe that solving the problems of chronic poverty and underdevelopment in the world are major long-term keys to peace and safety in our world and with a deep belief that God loves every human being,” says TGT. front man Jeremiah Wagner. According to Mission of Mercy every day millions of children struggle to survive in the midst of extremely difficult circumstances.
* 100 million are abandoned and survive on streets of large cities
* 31 million are orphans whose parents were victims of armed conflict
* 11 million have lost one or both parents to AIDS
* 9 million will die this year from disease, mostly of preventable causes
You can’t help them all, but you can give the gift of a brighter future to one child in need!
When you sponsor a child, you provide:
* educational opportunities
* health screening and medical attention
* nutritional supplements and food
* social development
And most important, your sponsored child will have the opportunity to experience the love of Jesus and grow into a caring Christian adult. “How could we not be involved?” says Wagner.
For more information on Mission of Mercy or to sponsor a child, visit:
missionofmercy.org

Day Of Fire Return With New Album
Nashville based hard rockers Day Of Fire’s latest release, Losing All, is set to hit stores on January 26th 2010. The album features 13 ambitious, high energy rock songs, including the first single, “Lately.” The Grammy nominated band has sold over 150,000 albums and performed for over 750,000 devoted fans worldwide. They have previously toured with Saliva, Cold, Rev Theory, Collective Soul, and recently hit the road with Daughtry, who also co-wrote three tracks on the new album. Losing All is a powerful hard-rock record that showcases the growth of band professionally and personally. Day of Fire will tour this Fall and in 2010 in support of the album (tour dates below). Day Of Fire is vocalist Josh Brown, guitarist Joe Pangallo, his brother Chris Pangallo on bass, and drummer Zach Simms.
Track List:
1) Light Em Up
2) Hello Heartache
3) When I See You
4) Airplane
5) Lately
6) Cold Addiction
7) Landslide
8) Never Goodbye
9) Hey You
10) We Are No One
11) Long Highway
12) Strange
13) The Dark Hills

Delirious? To Release History Makers: Greatest Hits
Following its farewell US tour, the UK-based, RIAA Certified Gold-selling, GRAMMY-nominated and Dove Award winning band Delirious? releases its History Makers: Greatest Hits CD Nov. 6 worldwide and Nov. 17 in the US on Kingsway (Survivor) with EMI CMG Distribution. Known as the forerunners of the modern worship movement and as one of the industry’s best live bands, Delirious? is saying “farewell” throughout the US with a final, two-night event at the Dallas Convention Center Oct. 23-24. History Makers: Greatest Hits is the definitive Delirious? recording, featuring the songs that inspired a generation of worshippers to live life “out loud,” and that continue to be sung today throughout the world by literally millions of people every week. Included in this collection are such genre defining modern worship classics as “I Could Sing Of Your Love Forever,” “Did You Feel The Mountains Tremble,” “Majesty,” “My Glorious” and “Shout To The North.” As the songs traveled across continents providing the soundtrack for Sunday morning church services, Delirious? was delivering its message to millions of fans through thousands of electrifying concerts in auditoriums, theatres and churches worldwide. And that message was always challenging its audiences to be “history makers,” which the band defines as people who look beyond their own needs to make a tangible difference in the lives of others. “The Delirious? story was only ever about responding to whatever it was God was doing through music that abandoned itself to Him,” says the band members collectively as they call a close to the Delirious? journey while staying ever committed to be history makers in God’s story, carrying individually His soundtrack with them.
For more information on tracklisting & tour, visit:
delirious.co.uk

Tal & Acacia Music On TV
New music from sister duo Tal & Acacia will be prominently featured tonight during ABC’s hit primetime drama “Private Practice.” The ABC network’s placement of the song “Drifting Away” follows last week’s iTunes spotlight of the duo’s track “ClearView,” as its notable Discovery Download selection. Both songs appear on the duo’s debut album titled Wake Me, released at iTunes on Oct. 6. The album skyrocketed up the iTunes charts hitting Top 5 Christian Albums, Top 20 Pop Albums, and broke into the Top 100 Overall Albums. The recent iTunes review of the duo’s song “ClearView,” embraces the buzz-worthy track, saying, “The award for ‘song that sounds like it belongs in an iPod Commercial’ goes to the talented sister duo…”. Tal & Acacia’s music receives further promotion following “Private Practice” this week with a feature on the iTunes Facebook Fan Page, launching on Friday, Oct. 16. The spot includes a digital stream of “Drifting Away” and will reach over 2 million fans. The duo—sisters Tal & Acacia—grew up in Portland, Maine, and first began songwriting and playing guitar in their teen years, while the family spent an insightful year in Russia with the Salvation Army. Now, in their early twenties, Tal & Acacia aim to create songs that wake listeners and refresh the soul. Musically, Tal & Acacia bear resemblance to such acts as Feist, Norah Jones, Imogen Heap and Sixpence None The Richer, and credit songwriting inspiration from artists like Keith Green and Stevie Wonder. The quirky pop sound of Tal & Acacia’s debut album, titled Wake Me, is a breath of fresh air—defined by catchy choruses—and girded in joy. Produced by Monroe Jones (Ginny Owens, Chris Rice, Third Day, Caedmon’s Call), Tal & Acacia’s Wake Me is distinctly rich and infectious, and intuitively embraces the clash between the principled, spiritual inner self and a confusing, glittery outer culture.
For more on Tal & Acacia, please visit:
talandacacia.com

Relient K News
Relient K ascends with Forget And Not Slow Down claiming the No. 1 spot on Christian Soundscan, No. 15 position on the Billboard Top 200 while peaking at No. 3 on the iTunes overall album chart. The latest from the GRAMMY nominated Relient K, Forget and Not Slow Down, has proven to be a fan favorite landing in No. 1 at Christian Soundscan, No. 15 on Billboard Top 200 and garnering as high as the No. 3 spot on the iTunes ® Overall Album chart selling more than 33,000 units. The band teamed up with longtime producer Mark Townsend, and enlisted legendary mixer Andy Wallace (Nirvana, Jeff Buckley, Sheryl Crow) for their latest release on the band’s newly revived record label, Mono Vs. Stereo, in conjunction with JIVE Records. Relient K also embarked on “A Three Hour Tour” with Copeland and Barcelona earlier this month, which has already seen sold out tour dates. Remaining tour dates are listed below. They will also hit the road for TobyMac’s Winter Wonder Slam tour on 11/19, dates for which are also listed. Relient K has been making the real thing since 1997, when Thiessen and Hoopes formed the band in high school. In the decade since, they’ve released five full-length albums (three are certified Gold), five EPs and a Christmas record. They have toured the globe, and racked up several hit singles, a Grammy nomination, two Dove Awards and performances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’ Brien and Jimmy Kimmel Live. The Los Angeles Times has praised Relient K for “its smart blend of punk pop and power pop, weaving together influences as diverse as the Beach Boys, Blink-182 and Fountains of Wayne” while Spin noted, “Few bands play punk-influenced modern rock as proficiently.”
For more information on Relient K & tour dates, go here:
relientk.com

“Megadeth Radio” To Hit Airwaves
Thrash metal pioneers Megadeth are set to be the latest act to “go A.P.E.” on the virtual airwaves. Listeners everywhere should prepare for the debut of the band’s “predictably unpredictable” Artist Personal Experience radio station, “Megadeth Radio.” Band founder and frontman Dave Mustaine has complete creative control in the programming of his 24-hour channel, which features interviews, news, personal commentary, and playlists of his favorite music. The multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated rockers follow hot on the heels of A.P.E. stations “Radio Weezer,” “Christina Aguilera Radio” and “Eagles Radio Hosted by Joe Walsh” as “Megadeth Radio,” debuted on October 22nd. “Megadeth Radio” is set to become the destination of choice for both the band’s fans as well as anyone who appreciates hard-rocking radio, and will be distributed across Clear Channel Radio’s “iheartradio” network, which includes hundreds of local radio websites; the popular iheartradio mobile app, which has been downloaded by 3.5 million people; widgets; and megadeth.com. Says Mustaine, “Megadeth has been on the forefront of music for over 25 years. Now we’re breaking ground in radio. We’re giving metalheads everywhere a look inside and an opportunity to see what influences our world and music.” When the public tunes into “Megadeth Radio,” they’ll hear selected playlists of some of the band’s favorite songs, including artists such as AC/DC, Arch Enemy, Black Sabbath, Suicidal Tendencies, Killswitch Engage and many more. Interviews and eclectic stories told by the band members will punctuate the programming, including Mustaine talking about his younger days (and trading pot to a record store clerk for albums), Metallica, his writing process and more. The station is a hard-rocking outlet unlike any other, and attractive to all fans of innovative audio entertainment. Founded by Dave Mustaine in Los Angeles in 1983, Megadeth has released twelve studio albums, six live albums, two EPs, 26 singles, 32 music videos, and three compilations. The band has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide, with six consecutive albums being certified platinum in the USA, and has earned seven consecutive Grammy nominations for Best Metal Performance. With new lead guitarist Chris Broderick, Megadeth released their latest studio album, ENDGAME, on September 15, 2009. Megadeth and Slayer will head up north to co-headline the Canadian Carnage Tour from November 8-13, featuring Machine Head and Suicide Silence. Megadeth will then return to the U.S. to headline their ENDGAME Tour through the end of the year.

Switchfoot News
Switchfoot will kick off its fall headlining tour in San Diego on November 8 for 94.9’s Anniversary Bash. The band will then appear on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” performing on the outside stage on November 12th. The tour will feature Switchfoot playing Hello Hurricane in its entirety, followed by fan favorites from its previous records. The band will be collecting donations for local food banks along the tour route, so fans are encouraged to bring non-perishable items to the concerts. Switchfoot is also launching a new website, which will spotlight goodness, beauty, and truth in everyday life. Fans are invited to contribute stories about people they know who are making this world a better place. The band will read some of these contributions from stage during the tour. Recorded with producer/bassist Mike Elizondo (Rilo Kiley, Eminem, and Pink), Hello Hurricane is the group’s seventh full-length album and its first on Atlantic Records. Lead single “Mess of Me” is getting airplay at Modern and Active Rock radio stations and is climbing the Modern Rock radio chart. “The Sound,” another track from the album, has been tapped by Verizon Wireless for its national ad campaign for the BlackBerry® Storm™ 2. Fans who pre-order Hello Hurricane will immediately receive a free download of “Mess of Me” and four videos. They have five pre-order options to choose from: the standard CD edition; deluxe CD/DVD edition with approximately 60 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage and studio performances; vinyl with CD; the Collector’s edition (Hello Hurricane CD, deluxe DVD, an additional CD with studio outtakes and more, limited edition poster and 84-page hardcover book); and the digital download edition. The deluxe CD/DVD and Collector’s edition are also available at Christian retailers nationwide. For additional information or to pre-order, visit ITunes or the band’s website. Fans can also enter to win a “flyaway” contest through the WAY-FM radio network to meet and surf with the band in San Diego. For more details, go here. At the end of October, Switchfoot – comprised of Jon Foreman (vocals/guitar), Tim Foreman (bass), Chad Butler (drums), Jerome Fontamillas (keys/guitar) and Drew Shirley (guitar) – will take the stage for Yahoo! Music’s new live concert program, “Maximum Performance Guitar Hero 5.” Jon and Chad will be featured in an upcoming episode of “Road Trip Nation” airing on PBS stations in November. Check local listings or watch the episode here anytime after its November 5th debut on KLCS TV in Los Angeles and Orange County. MySpace will premiere Hello Hurricane the week before its release and the band will be interviewed on “The MySpace Music Feed” on Monday, November 9th. Switchfoot is the subject of an upcoming Rolling Stone “In the Studio” feature and will be on the cover of Relevant Magazine’s November/ December issue. Jon has also penned two articles recently: his piece on charity in your own backyard will be in the November issue of Alternative Press and he’s written on the nature of heroism for The Huffington Post. He also recently participated in filming an innovative online game called “The Climate Challenge,” for Oxfam. “When you play the game, you will feel the urgency. We have to start acting now on climate change. There is literally no time to waste,” says Foreman. The game will launch in late October at theclimatechallenge.org. Hello Hurricane, Switchfoot’s first studio album since 2006’s Oh! Gravity, which debuted at No. 18 on The Billboard 200, acknowledges life’s storms while managing to find an element of hope in them. The band tracked more than 80 songs at its self-built home studio before narrowing it down to the 12 that appear on the new album.
Tour Dates:
11/8 – San Diego, CA
11/11 – Los Angeles, CA
11/13 – Scottsdale, AZ
11/14 – Tucson, AZ
11/16 – Oklahoma City, OK
11/17 – Dallas, TX
11/18 – Austin, TX
11/20 – Houston, TX
11/21 – New Orleans, LA
11/22 – Nashville, TX
11/24 – Atlanta, GA
11/27 – Anaheim, CA
11/28 – Ventura, CA
12/3 – Charlotte, NC
12/5 – Richmond, VA
12/7 – Baltimore, MD
12/8 – New York, NY
12/9 – Boston, MA

Soundmass Signs Dead Moons Grey
Soundmass is pleased to announce the signing of Dead Moons Grey, the first American band on their roster, for the release of their 3rd album. From the mountains of Tennessee, Dead Moons Grey (DMG) blend metal, rock, blues and the south together into their own brand of Appalachian metal. Full of power, groove and southern angst, the band’s unique sound reflects the life and culture of the region. With regular performances and plans to tour, DMG’s stage antics and showmanship will capture the attention of anyone into the likes of Pantera, Ozzy and Danzig. Having already made a ripple in their pond, Dead Moons Grey is forging ahead, so be on the lookout for “DMG” to drop by the end of the year. Check out their website for some demo songs and videos.
For more information on Soundmass & artists on their roster, visit:
soundmass.com

Centricity Music Launches The Bethlehem Skyline Tour
Centricity Music will launch its second annual holiday tour in support of their highly popular Christmas project, Bethlehem Skyline. So far, seven dates have been announced with additional bookings forthcoming. Currently, the tour launches on December 5th and ends December 20th with stops in Minneapolis, Detroit, St. Louis, Omaha, Green Bay and Wilmington, North Carolina. Centricity artists to be featured on the tour include; Downhere, Jason Gray and Lanae’ Hale. The concert combines a fresh blend of Christmas classics with original compositions for an intimate evening celebrating Christ’s birth. “The guitars are tuned, the scarves are on, the alpine air is cold, the mugs are warm, life is good and God is best,” says Jason Germain of Downhere. “As we are soon to undertake our second run at a full blown Christmas tour, I’m looking forward to the buzz and spontaneity this type of performance can generate in the Centricity ‘family’ atmosphere. It seems like everyone kind of lets loose a little more which enables us to take some more risks with instrumentation and stage banter, as the community element of our music shines through when we are celebrating together. It’s just fun. I’m also looking forward to the sincerity this can bring to the more introspective songs. Come on out. It will be a toast to the maker of all good things. It’s Christmas!” Labelmate Jason Gray chimes in, “One of the things I love most about Christmas is how it can wake up a sense of childlike wonder in even the most scrooge-like among us. And for those of us who long to return to childlike faith, there’s no better way to get there than to return to the manger. I’m grateful to be joining my friends Downhere and Lanae Hale again – they’ve become like family and it will be good to spend another Christmas with them. I hope they get me something good!” Upon its release in 2007, Bethlehem Skyline generated tremendous response from Christian press and radio, with over 60 reporting stations (including the AC, INSP and CHR formats) playing one or more songs from the project. The album also introduced “How Many Kings,” the hit song for Downhere that peaked at #4 on the Christian Adult Contemporary chart at Radio & Records. Jim Epperlein, Program Director for XM 32 The Message exclaims, “How Many Kings by Downhere is destined to become a Christmas Classic. It’s that GOOD!” And Titletrakk.com says, “A skyline can be defined as a kind of fingerprint of a city, as no two skylines are alike. To experience a fresh blend of classic carols and original compositions, follow the star to Bethlehem Skyline.”
For more information on the Bethlehem Skyline tour please visit:
centricitymusic.com

Take It Back! News
Take It Back! has just released the first song from their upcoming album Atrocities. The single is called “Hollow Eyes” and is a part of Take It Back’s full length follow up to 2008’s Can’t Fight Robots. Take It Back! was on the Alternative Press list of Bands To Know in 2009 and they prove it to be true with the first single from their new album. Atrocities will be released on 11/10 on Facedown Records.
You can catch Take It Back! on tour with Four Letter Lie, Corpus Christi, and A Bullet For Pretty Boy this fall.
To hear Take It Back!’s new single, visit:
myspace.com/takeitbackar
Tour Dates:
11/6 – Claremore, OK
11/7 – Abilene, TX
11/8 – Plano, TX
11/9 – Mansfield, TX
11/10 – Waco, TX
11/11 – Corpus Christi, TX
11/12 – San Antonio, TX
11/13 – Longview, TX
11/14 – Douglasville, GA
11/15 – Pensacola, FL
11/16 – Brandon, FL

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