Underoath Pre-Order News
Underoath’s “Ø (Disambiguation)” is currently available for pre-order at the Tooth & Nail/Solid State Store. You can get it there bundled with an Underoath shirt, water bottle, postcard pack and limited edition 10? clear vinyl featuring three remixes from the album on Side A and a laser etching of the album art on Side B. The deluxe edition of the album also includes the three remixes and a making of the record documentary. Underoath have posted a new song called “Illuminator” on their MySpace page. Underoath will be heading out on tour this fall with A Day To Remember, The Word Alive and Close Your Eyes.
Tour Dates:
11/3 – Raleigh, NC
11/4 – Norfolk, VA
11/5 – Asbury Park, NJ
11/6 – Allentown, PA
11/8 – Clifton Park, NY
11/9 – Poughkeepsie, NY
11/10 – Providence, RI
11/12 – Toledo, OH
11/13 – Louisville, KY
11/14 – Grand Rapids, MI
11/16 – Milwaukee, WI
11/17 – Sauget, IL
11/18 – Des Moines, IA
11/19 – Oklahoma City, OK
11/21 – El Paso, TX
11/22 – Austin, TX
11/23 – Mission, TX
11/27 – Nashville, TN
11/28 – Memphis, TN

Sufjan Stevens New Album ‘The Age of Adz’
It has been five years since Sufjan Stevens has put out his ground-breaking record Illinois. The second record in his 50 states series. We all where wondering how, could, and would Sufjan really pull this feat off. The years passed, and Sufjan confessed that the whole “states” project was a promotional gimmick that he never intended to finish. Now five years, one B sides record, a Christmas record, a movie soundtrack, and an EP later we get a brand new full length record called The Age of Adz’. This record seems to be a collection of Sufjans styles, from the electronic sounds in Enjoy Your Rabbit, to the smooth folk in Illinois. The record came out Oct 12th on Sufjan’s label, Asthmatic Kitty.

Songs to Slay the Dragons, Vol.2 Compilation Out Now
In this day and age of free music downloads, one website gives you some great music that is cutting edge and ahead of release dates. Indievisionmusic.com just put out two new downloadable compilations this week. Songs to Slay the Dragons, Vol. 2 is forty-four tracks of some of the best up and coming hardcore and metal. It includes bands such as Messengers, Close Your Eyes, Hundredth, The Gun Show, Thin Ice, Dependency, Sovereign Strength, I Am Alpha and Omega, Before There was Rosalyn, Saving Grace, Debtor, and Strengthen What Remains, witch was one of the Pick of The Litter bands in our Sep/Oct issue.

Third Day Album Debuts In Billboard Top 10
MOVE, the 11th studio album from multi-Platinum rock band Third Day, takes a spot inside the Top 10 on this week’s Billboard Top 200 Album Chart and No. 1 on the Billboard Top Current Contemporary Christian Chart. Produced by Paul Moak (Mat Kearney, Martha Wainwright), MOVE follows Revelation, which debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 in 2008, and 2009’s CD/DVD Live Revelations, which won the band its fourth GRAMMY® earlier this year. Mac Powell, Third Day’s lead singer states, “We have such loyal and dedicated fans. We want to thank them for their support of our new project. After being in music for so long, it’s great to see that our words and music are still strongly connecting with our fans.” Recent reviews on Move in such outlets as USA Today and The Atlanta Journal Constitution draw comparisons to U2 and solid Southern Rock roots grounded in faith and conviction. The lead single “Lift Up Your Face” featuring the Blind Boys of Alabama is the group’s fastest rising single of their career to date reaching over 40 million in impressions at radio alone. Third Day will be sitting down with CNN at its Atlanta-based studio to discuss music, faith and life on the road while band members are home for a break from its sold out touring schedule. Third Day, ranked as one of the top touring bands by Pollstar, recently launched the AEG Live-sponsored “Make A Difference Tour.” Nearly 80,000 fans turned out for the first few weekends of shows and over 100,000 tickets have already been sold for the 20-city arena outing, which wraps up at Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, NC on October 30th. See below for remaining dates. Over the past decade, Third Day has racked up 27 No. 1 radio singles and sold more than seven million albums, receiving two RIAA Platinum and eight Gold certifications. The band has won four GRAMMY awards, an American Music Award, 24 GMA Dove Awards and multiple ASCAP honors. The band has appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” “60 Minutes” and “Nightline” and been featured in The New York Times, USA Today and on the cover of Billboard, which called Third Day “one of the best rock bands.”

Orianthi Partners With Flyleaf’s Lacey In New Video
Australian singer/songwriter Orianthi has released a new music video for the song “Courage,” from her recent release Believe (II). “Courage is one of my favorite songs to sing live… It’s very spiritual and it takes you to a colorful place,” she says of the track, which showcases the rocker’s softer side and features friend Lacey of the band Flyleaf. “I had a great time making the video with Lacey. I love the setting and the colors that were used in this clip – very earthy and exactly the way I envisioned the video for this tune to be.” Believe (II) also features Orianthi’s hits “According to You” and “Shut Up and Kiss Me,” and is available in store and on iTunes. Visit Orianthi.com and follow her on Twitter for the latest updates.

Endeavor Media To Film “Uncle America” Documentary
The fine folks behind the hip HM commercial spots, the Owl City “Fireflies” video are certain to make a great documentary. From their blog: “I’m excited to announce that myself and a group of close friends are going to be heading over to India to film a documentary called “Uncle America”. My business partner and friend, Steve Hoover, has been planning a documentary for some time now about the work his friend Rocky Braat is doing. Rocky left America to go to India to serve orphans who have all been infected with AIDS. But the story goes further than that: I encourage you to read the full synopsis of the film. We want people to watch this film and humbly question the depth of their love for humanity. We have been inspired by Rocky, and only wish to create a conduit through which others can also be inspired. Most of all, we want to tell a story that takes us from a life destined for middle-American success to an impoverished orphanage and all the while repeats the idea that love is not a part time job. That love can do just as much good in Pittsburgh as it can in India. We are looking for assistance in funding the project. We don’t care about profit. Every single person involved in this project is working for free. We are attempting to get $8,000-10,000, the majority of which is travel costs for four crew members. When the documentary is complete, we will be selling a DVD, the proceeds of which will be sent to help the orphanage. We just hope that you take a moment to either download our proposal or visit our project page at Kickstarter to read about the full scope of the project. Our Kickstarter account offers some great incentives to donating such as DVDs, Shirts, etc. In addition to that, if you are in support of what we’re trying to accomplish, we ask that you forward this to friends, post it on Facebook or twitter, and just pass it along. We sincerely appreciate you taking the time to read through this and consider helping out with this project. Thank you!

The Chariot Post New Video Blog
Georgia’s THE CHARIOT and AOL’s Noisecreep.com have posted the first of four exclusive video blogs in preparation for the release of the band’s new album, Long Live, on November 22nd. he band will release three more exclusive blogs throughout the remainder of the month at to-be-announced locations. Stay tuned for more updates on where you can catch the next video blog! THE CHARIOT is pleased to announce their addition to the Peter Says Denim presented ‘Winterizer Tour’, featuring SILVERSTEIN, MISS MAY I, PIERCE THE VEIL, and A BULLET FOR A PRETTY BOY. The tour begins on Friday, January 7th in Clifton Park, NY. Make sure to see below for more dates!
Tour Dates:
11/12 – Harrisonburg, VA
11/13 – West Springfield, VA
11/14 – Providence, RI
11/15 – Hartford, CT
11/16 – Toronto, ON
11/17 – Montreal, QC
11/19 – Windsor, ON
11/20 – Kitchener, ON
11/21 – London, ON
11/22 – Ottawa, ON
11/23 – Kingston, ON
11/24 – Peterborough, ON
11/25 – Barrie, ON
11/26 – Brantford, ON
11/27 – Mississauga, ON
11/30 – Edinboro, PA
12/1 – Pittsburgh, PA
12/2 – Poughkeepsie, NY
12/3 – Garden City, NY
12/4 – Vineland, NJ
12/5 – West Chester, PA
12/6 – Virginia Beach, VA
12/7 – Raleigh, NC
12/8 – Corbin, KY
12/9 – East Ridge, TN
12/10 – Prattville, AL
12/11 – Douglasville, GA
1/7 – Clifton Park, NY
1/8 – Allentown, PA
1/11 – Toledo, OH
1/12 – Madison, WI
1/13 – Palatine, IL
1/14 – Iowa City, IA
1/15 – Springfield, MO
1/16 – Tulsa, OK
1/18 – Albuquerque, NM
1/19 – Tucson, AZ
1/20 – Las Vegas, NV
1/21 – Pomona, CA
1/22 – Orangevale, CA
1/23 – Reno, NV
1/25 – Colorado Springs, CO
1/26 – Kansas City, MO
1/27 – St. Louis, MO
1/28 – Lansing, MI
1/29 – Buffalo, NY

Blue Like Jazz Movie Project Sets Record
A 30-day campaign generated by two Nashville men to save the making of the feature adaption of “Blue Like Jazz,” based on the New York Times Bestseller of the same name, has now become the largest crowd-sourced creative project in American history. The “Save Blue Like Jazz” project raised $345,992 from 4,495 supporters, topping Kickstarter.com’s previous record of $200,641. Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Kickstarter.com is the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects. Filming began last week on Wed. Oct. 27 in Nashville, Tenn. and Portland, Ore. Marshall Allman (“True Blood,“ Prison Break”) is set to play the lead role of Donald Miller. Tania Raymonde (“Lost,” “Crash”), Justin Welborn (“Final Destination,” “The Crazies”) and Claire Holt have also been cast. The movie, directed by Steve Taylor, will be produced by Clarke Gallivan (Ruckus Film) and filmed by cinematographer Ben Pearson. “The crew in Nashville that didn’t have work until you helped us thanks you, the writers who really wanted to see their story on the screen thank you, our mothers thank you, the actors who live to bring other characters to life thank you, the musicians who will make the soundtrack thank you, the real life characters whose lives will be reflected in the story thank you, the people who were turning toward cynicism thank you, everybody who was about to give up before they heard this story thanks you, and I thank you,” said Donald Miller, author of Blue Like Jazz in a blog post on www.donmilleris.com on the last morning of the campaign, Mon., Oct. 25. After seeing the news on the author’s blog that the movie was being put on indefinite hold due to a lack of funding, two fans of Miller’s famous Blue Like Jazz, Zach Prichard and Jonathan Frazier, created a grassroots style effort to save the film with the launch of www.savebluelikejazz.com. One of the movie’s investors committed to matching the amount raised if their campaign reached $125,000. To see the original video post from Prichard and Frazier, visit www.savebluelikejazz.com. The website encouraged viewers to download and pass along “Save Blue Like Jazz” posters, place Twitter hash marks of #savebluelikejazz, “like” on Facebook and, most importantly, donate on www.kickstarter.com. Pledge incentives included recorded voicemails from Miller, “Associate Producer” credits in the film’s end titles, t-shirts, screening tickets, copies of Miller’s script, digital downloads, personal “thank you” calls from the film’s director and more. Miller’s Blue Like Jazz has sold 1.3 million copies to date, and the writing of the movie’s screenplay was highlighted in his latest New York Times Bestseller A Million Miles In A Thousands Years.

The Rocketboys Release New EP
Brandon Kinder, lead singer of the Rocketboys, describes Wellwisher not as a concept album but a concept experience. The musical collaboration and nomadic recording process, combined with the lyrical themes of unity, brotherhood and relationships, all contributed to and exuded from the final product. The Rocketboys are still “creating rich anthems that are as infectious as they are sincere” (Paste Magazine) with “clear, ringing guitars and full-bodied keyboard arrangements, hard-driving drum lines and well-practiced transitions between calm and controlled chaos” (Austin American-Statesman). The band has already begun writing its second full-length, which will expand upon what Wellwisher offers. The currently unnamed release will be out by summer 2011 and feature a bucket of brand new songs from the six-piece group. The band had tracks featured on a plethora of TV shows including 2010 Winter Olympic Games, The Real World, The Buried Life and Keeping Up with the Kardashians, among others.
For a few song from The Rocketboys, visit:

Seabird Release Christmas EP
Seabird is releasing a seven-song Christmas EP, Over the Hills and Everywhere. The EP is available now exclusively with iTunes. Over the Hills and Everywhere comes as a follow-up to the band’s release of the song “Joy to the World” which was featured on an episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” during last year’s holiday season. Songs included on the direct to iTunes ® EP include “Angels We Have Heard on High,” “Go Tell It On the Mountain,” “What Child Is This?” “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” “O Come, O Come Emmanuel,” “Joy to the World” and “Silent Night.”
“I remember taking Aaron to see the Nut Cracker ballet one year when we were in our late teens. We both got dressed up in suits, headed down to Music Hall and lost ourselves in this magical classic,” admits Ryan Morgan. “We wanted to record the classics the way we would any other of our songs. After all, the lyrics are quite good and worthy of creative and inspiring music. I think it’s worked for us. We did two last year (‘Joy to the World’ and ‘Silent Night’), and our fans seemed to love them when we performed them in our set on our headlining tour last Dec. So we did five more this year that we are really pumped about.” Seabird will take their Christmas tunes to the road from the end of Nov. to mid Dec. on the “Over The Hills and Everywhere Tour” with opener Ben Rector.
For tour dates or more information on the EP, go here:

IVM Sampler Vol.1 Compilation Album Available Now
The second compilation is called IVM Sampler Vol. 1. This compilation has forty tracks from all sorts of bands like Blood and Water, The Ember Days, The Overseer, White Collar Sideshow, Grave Robber, Thirty-seven, and last but not least a brand new song from Craig’s Brother called “The Mistake of Caring”. The artwork was done by Matthew Shelton of The Wedding. Download the album here.

Proto-Kaw Not Broken Up After All
Proto-Kaw has announced that they are not broken up after all. From Kerry Livgren’s website: 10/17/10 – Well….after having announced the demise of Proto-Kaw, we are very pleased to say that the band has re-united and is presently at work on their unfinished (and presently untitled) studio album. It is scheduled for release this coming January.

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