As I Lay Dying Release Date And Tour
Grammy®-nominated metal group AS I LAY DYING will build on their 1,000,000-plus album sales when they release their fifth full-length album THE POWERLESS RISE 5/11 via Metal Blade Records. Fans will get a taste of the new album–which is being produced by Adam Dutkiewicz of Killswitch Engage– when the San Diego-based group launches a headlining U.S. tour April 29 in Tucson, AZ. The trek, wrapping 5/22 in Las Vegas, will feature support acts Demon Hunter, blessthefall and War of Ages. Tickets are on-sale now & go here for direct links to purchase. Now that we’re almost done with the new album, we can’t wait to get on the road and start playing the new songs for our fans in the U.S.,” explains lead vocalist TIM LAMBESIS. “Along with a new album comes a fresh excitement, and I can honestly say that I’m as passionate about music now as I was when this band first started. The tour lineup is solid and marks our first time getting to tour with our friends in Demon Hunter. Get there early to see the whole thing!” AS I LAY DYING–NICK HIPA (guitar), TIM LAMBESIS (vocals), JORDAN MANCINO (drums), PHIL SGROSSO (guitar) and JOSH GILBERT (bass)–have solidly built their fan base by playing thousands of shows with: Iron Maiden, Slipknot, Rob Zombie, Lamb of God, Avenged Sevenfold, Mastodon, Atreyu, Killswitch Engage, Every Time I Die, Deftones and In Flames, to name a few. The group has performed on the main stage of most of the major rock festivals around the world including the Vans Warped Tour, Ozzfest, Sounds of the Underground, Bamboozle, Taste of Chaos, Cornerstone, Wacken and the Download Festival.
Tour Dates:
3/26 Auckland, NZ
3/28 – Perth, AU
3/29 – Adelaide, AU
3/30 – Melbourne, AU
3/31 – Sydney, AU
4/1 – Newcastle, AU
4/3 – Toowoomba, AU
4/29 – Tucson, AZ
4/30 – Albuquerque, NM
5/1 – Lubbock, TX
5/2 – Oklahoma City, OK
5/3 – Des Moines, IA
5/4 – Springfield, MO
5/5 – Louisville, KY
5/6 – Richmond, VA
5/7 – Allentown, PA
5/8 – Pittsburgh, PA
5/9 – Pittsburgh, PA
5/10 – Nashville, TN
5/11 – Chicago, IL
5/12 – Minneapolis, MN
5/13 – Kansas City, MO
5/14 – Englewood, CO

Haste The Day News
Haste the Day is back in the studio with acclaimed producer, Andreas Magnusson, recording for their 5th studio release. 4 video blogs from the studio have been posted thus far and the 5th was released Friday, March 12, 2010 on the band’s youtube and Myspace. Since the bands inception in 2001, Haste the Day have risen to create something refined, incomparable, and unprecedented. Selling over 250,000 records stateside, the band has plans to tour in support of their new album which is tentatively set for an early summer release.
Check the band out on the road at one of the upcoming dates:
4/2 – Indianapolis, IN
4/3 – Dayton, OH
4/8 – Evansville, IN
4/9 – Bloomington, IN
4/10 – South Bend, IN
4/11 – Ft. Wayne, IN
4/15 – Munich, Germany
4/16 – Utrecht, Holland

War Of Ages Tour News
War of Ages has just announced a spring tour with As I Lay Dying and Demon Hunter scheduled to kick off on April 29th. The band will be supporting their brand new album (April 13th) Eternal, which you can pre-order here.
Tour Dates:
4/29 Tucson, AZ
4/30 Albuquerque, NM
5/1 Lubbock, TX
5/2 Oklahoma City, OK
5/3 Des Moines, IA
5/4 Springfield, MO
5/5 Louisville, KY
5/6 Richmond, VA
5/7 Allentown, PA
5/8 Pittsburgh, PA
5/9 Pittsburgh, PA
5/10 Nashville, TN
5/11 Chicago, IL
5/12 Minneapolis, MN
5/13 Kansas City, MO
5/14 Englewood, CO
5/15 Maona, UT
5/16 Boise, ID
5/17 Spokane, WA
5/18 Eugene, OR
5/20 Reno, NV
5/21 San Diego, CA
5/22 Las Vegas, NV

Flyleaf Announce Tour
“Again,” the lead single from A&M/Octone recording artist FLYLEAF’S latest album, Memento Mori, has climbed to #3* at Modern Rock radio, right behind Muse, who occupy the #1 and #2 spots. Memento Mori, the follow-up to FLYLEAF’s self-titled Platinum debut, recently entered The Billboard 200 at No. 8. “Reaching #3* after 28 weeks, ‘Again’ has been Flyleaf’s biggest hit at Modern Rock radio to date,” said Ben Berkman, EVP/Head of Promotion at A&M/Octone Records. “It has also been one of their most enduring as well, reaching this position after a steady eight month build. Furthermore, the track navigated one of the most competitive fourth quarters in the last 10 years, outlasting records from over a dozen established Gold & Platinum artists. ‘Again’ is a bona fide hit!” The band, which just wrapped up a trek with Three Days Grace and Breaking Benjamin, will launch a sold-out U.K. tour on March 22nd, which includes a show at London’s Islington Academy on April 1st. FLYLEAF will then return to the States for a series of festival appearances and a headlining tour that will kick off on May 4th. Fair to Midland and Ten Years will open on the tour. A limited number of VIP packages will be available that include early entry to the show, a signed FLYLEAF poster and several other cool perks. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday and Saturday, March 19th and 20th; check your local box office for details. FLYLEAF is Lacey (lead vocals), Sameer Bhattacharya (guitar), Jared Hartman (guitar), Pat Seals (bass) and James Culpepper (drums). Based in Belton, Texas, the quintet has been touring nearly non-stop since the September 2005 release of its self-titled debut album, which spent 133 weeks on The Billboard 200 and contained the hits “I’m So Sick,” “Fully Alive” and the RIAA Platinum smash “All Around Me.” Recorded with Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, The All-American Rejects), Memento Mori was hailed by The New York Times as “muscular and alluring” while Entertainment Weekly called it “galvanizing.” “Break Your Knees,” a track that appeared on the expanded edition of Memento Mori, was tapped for Healing 4 Haiti, a benefit compilation that was released last week on the iTunes Store.
Tour Dates:
4/28 – Belton, TX
4/30 – San Antonio, TX
5/1 – Frisco, TX
5/2 – Spring, TX
5/4 – Albuquerque, NM
5/6 – Tempe, AZ
5/7 – Las Vegas, NV
5/8 – Anaheim, CA
5/11 – Seattle, WA
5/12 – Spokane, WA
5/14 – Salt Lake City, UT
5/15 – Denver, CO
5/18 – Cleveland, OH
5/20 – Worcester, MA
5/21 – Atlantic City, NJ
5/22 – New York, NY
5/24 – Poughkeepsie, NY
5/25 – Washington, DC
5/26 – Norfolk, VA
5/29 – Omaha, NE
5/30 – Sioux Falls, SD
6/1 – Billings, MT
6/2 – Casper, WY
6/4 – Boise, ID
6/5 – Reno, NV
6/6 – Mountain View, CA

A Plea For Purging New Album News
Upon returning home from the “They Came in Shoals” European tour, A Plea for Purging has entered Foundation Studios to record their third full length record entitled The Marriage of Heaven and Hell. “We had a killer time in Europe and met some great new friends but we are excited to get back to the states and start working on this record. We are stoked to be working with Joey “The Doo Doo Man” Sturgis again. Our working relationship on the last record was awesome. We are excited on how Depravity came out and can’t wait to see what magic Joey puts on these new songs.” says the vocalist, Andy Atkins. The Marriage of Heaven and Hell” is slated to hit stores 07.06.10.
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Robert Randolph Hits Road For New Album Release
Grammy-nominated Robert Randolph & The Family Band’s highly anticipated new album We Walk This Road—the first since the band’s acclaimed 2006 effort, Colorblind—is set for release this June on Warner Bros. Records. Produced by the legendary T-Bone Burnett, the album continues the Sacred Steel tradition for which Randolph has earned wide praise, including the New York Times, which applauds “his rip-roaring virtuosity and his gift for making his instrument sing without a word.” Randolph is also renowned for his passionate live performance—called “a spiritual celebration complete with audience participation and animated dancing” by the Chicago Tribune. Accompanied by his Sacred Steel mentors, Randolph will embark on the “Experience Hendrix Tour” beginning March 10 in San Francisco. The tour also features Los Lobos, Ernie Isley, Joe Satriani, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and others. Throughout the recording of We Walk This Road, Randolph and Burnett worked closely together as archivists, discovering songs—decade by decade—from the 20th century American music canon. The songs they uncovered, ranging from blues and rock to field recordings and gospel, serve as the inspiration for the 11 songs on We Walk This Road. Recorded at the Village Recorders and Electro Magnetic Studio, the album includes “If I Had My Way” (featuring Ben Harper), “Salvation” (featuring Leon Russell), and reinterpretations of Prince’s “Walk Don’t Walk,” Bob Dylan’s “Shot Of Love,” (featuring Jim Keltner, who played drums on the original version) and John Lennon’s “I Don’t Wanna Be A Soldier Mama” (featuring Doyle Bramhall II). Of the album, Randolph says “T-Bone and I drew a lot from the past while we were making this record, but I think it really is a record for these times. I think the fact that I, as a young guy who likes hip-hop and gospel, am reaching back into this rich history of American roots music will appeal to people who are fifteen, and people who are seventy-five years old. T-Bone opened my eyes to great archival music. He’s a link between the past and the present.” Listed among Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, Robert Randolph first rose to national prominence with the release of Robert Randolph & the Family Band’s 2003 studio debut, Unclassified. The album earned acclaim from the Washington Post, Entertainment Weekly and USA Today and attracted the attention of Eric Clapton, who invited the band to tour as a supporting act. 2006’s Colorblind picked up where it’s predecessor left off, receiving praise from Vanity Fair, Associated Press and the New York Times and spawning the hit “Ain’t Nothing Wrong With That,” which has been featured in the television shows “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Undercover Boss,” as well as the films Stomp The Yard and The Game Plan. Most recently, Randolph received a Grammy nomination for “Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals” for his collaboration with The Clark Sisters on the track “Higher Ground” from the all-star collaboration album Oh Happy Day.
Tour Dates:
3/18 – Chicago, IL
3/20 – St. Louis, MO
3/21 – Milwaukee, WI
3/23 – Akron, OH
3/24 – Montclair, NJ
3/25 – Red Bank, NJ
3/27 – Atlanta, GA
5/16 – Wadmalaw Island, SC
6/13 – Los Angeles, CA
6/26 – Bridgeview, IL

Wrench In The Works’ New Album Is Out Now
Wrench In The Works’ brand new album is out now. You can order Decrease/Increase here. Make sure to get your copy of the album The New Review called “a loud and fast cacophony ripe with foreboding imagery and assertions of a divine truth.”

Switchfoot On TV Again
SWITCHFOOT will appear on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” on Wednesday, March 17th, performing “Mess of Me,” which is currently #12 at Modern Rock radio. he track is the lead single from the band’s seventh album, Hello Hurricane, which debuted in the Top 15 of The Billboard 200 last November. “Mess of Me” was recently nominated for a GMA Dove Award in the “Rock Recorded Song of the Year” category while “Always,” which was featured in “Grey’s Anatomy” recently, received a nod for “Rock/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year.” The video for “Mess of Me” has just been added into rotation at MTV2 and fans can vote for it on Fuse’s “No. 1 Countdown here. The band has been playing sold-out shows since the release of Hello Hurricane last fall. They’ve just added several more North American dates between now and April 21st, when SWITCHFOOT kicks off an international tour that will take them to Australia, Japan and the U.K. (See below for North American shows.) After the group returns, they’ll play Journey’s Backyard BBQ in Sacramento, CA on May 8th. SWITCHFOOT is partnering with Macbeth and Journey’s to offer a very special contest where one lucky winner will win a trip for two to see the band play the BBQ; complete details on the “Switchfoot Roadie for a Day” contest can be found here. The sixth annual Switchfoot Bro-Am will be held on Saturday, June 26th, at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas, CA. The event will feature surfing contests, a live art mural created by local artists and a live concert. Line-up to be announced shortly. It will benefit San Diego area chapters of StandUp for Kids, a non-profit organization dedicated to making a difference in the lives of at-risk and homeless youth. Last year’s Bro-Am was the most successful to date, drawing over 7,000 attendees and raising close to $100,000 for StandUp for Kids. “The Bro-Am really sums up our connection with San Diego, the surfing and music communities coming together to make a difference,” says Chad Butler, SWITCHFOOT’s drummer, who is featured on the cover of this month’s DRUM! magazine. “The Switchfoot Bro-Am began six years ago as an implausible dream: a dream that three of our favorite things (surfing, music, and the local community) could collide for a day in a way that gives back to the town that has given us so much,” adds lead singer Jon Foreman, who performed two weeks ago for Help Haiti Live, a benefit for Compassion International’s Haiti disaster relief fund, at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Recorded with producer/bassist Mike Elizondo (Dr. Dre, Rilo Kiley, Eminem, and Pink), Hello Hurricane is SWITCHFOOT’s first album on Atlantic Records. Numerous songs from the record have been tapped for use in major marketing campaigns (Verizon Wireless’ BlackBerry® Storm, overstock.com, the Samuel Goldwyn Film “To Save A Life”) and television programming (”Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Vampire Diaries,” “One Tree Hill,” Fox Sports’ “NHL Music Nights,” ESPN’s college football coverage and WWE’s “TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs” pay-per-view). Hello Hurricane was a critic’s pick in USA Today’s Fall Music feature and Alternative Press hailed the title track as “an uplifting, hope-giving affirmation of resurgence.” In recent months, SWITCHFOOT has performed on “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien,” “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

Gotee Records To Release Relient K: The First Three Gears
Relient K fans are about to get more than their money’s worth when Gotee Records releases Relient K: The First Three Gears (2000-2003) on April 20th at retail stores and digital retailers worldwide. With a whopping 51 songs, including five rare bonus tracks, the compilation is a three-disc set of the first three Relient K albums, RELIENT K, THE ANATOMY OF THE TONGUE IN CHEEK (GOLD EDITION/RIAA certified gold), and TWO LEFTS DON’T MAKE A RIGHT BUT THREE DO (GOLD EDITION/RIAA certified gold), and includes hits like “My Girlfriend,” “Sadie Hawkins Dance,” “Chap Stick, Chapped Lips and Things Like Chemistry” and more. On top of all that, the iTunes® version includes three music videos (“My Girlfriend,” “Chap Stick, Chapped Lips and Things Like Chemistry,” “Pressing On”) .Gotee is also offering an exclusive pre-order through musichristian.com. With the title track from their critically acclaimed project, FORGET AND NOT SLOW DOWN continuing its success on Christian CHR radio (currently #11) and “I Don’t Need a Soul” recently going for adds at both Christian rock (currently #18) and mainstream rock radio, Relient K will spend some time performing in Japan in early April, and then opening for Paramore in late April through mid May.

Abandon Kansas Video In MTV Competition
Abandon Kansas’ video for Close Your Eyes has been included in mtvU’s The Freshmen this week. Already deemed by Alternative Press as “One of The Bands You Need To Know in 2010” Abandon Kansas is making their presence known and helping to create change through music. Their Gotee Records debut CD ‘We’re All Going Somewhere’ out now, 25-city US club tour to kick off on March 16. An extensive touring schedule has helped to create a nice buzz on the band, earning new fans at every stop. The band played over 300 shows in 2009 and will embark on non-stop touring through out 2010. One heart at a time, one city at a time, day after day the band plans to bring their music and their message to the masses.
Tour Dates:
3/18 – Lawrence, KS
3/21 – Ft. Smith, AR
3/23 – Pensacola, FL
3/26 – Mobile, AL
3/27 – Jacksonville, FL
3/28 – Covington, GA
3/30 – Cleveland, TN
3/31 – Columbia, SC
4/1 – Charlotte, NC
4/2 – Virginia Beach, VA
4/3 – York Haven, PA
4/5 – Zanesville, OH
4/6 – Bay City, MI
4/8 – Grand Rapids, MI
4/10 – Franklin, IN
4/14 – Danville, IN
4/15 – Canton, OH
4/17 – Crofton, MD
4/18 – Darlington, SC
4/19 – East Ridge, TN
4/21 – Orlando, FL
4/22 – Jacksonville, FL
4/23 – Greenville, SC

New Album And Tour From The Listener
The Listener announces some news via their newsletter: “Hey. It’s Dan. Wanted to send out a quick email here and let you know of a few really cool things happening and going to happen in Listener world right now and in the coming months.” First off is the new Return to Struggleville album. IT IS BACK IN STOCK, and all brand new. We’ve had a love hate relationship with this project for a little while, but it now has legs and is walking again properly for the first time. We’ve been sold out of the DIY copies since last summer, and haven’t wanted to press it up again until we addressed some issues we had with it. So, here enters the actual proper version of Return to Struggleville. The original RTS had seen a few different designs, but mostly is was recorded and mixed in haste in between tours. We took some time and added proper packaging, new songs, a video, re-did all the vocals, full mixes and added mastering. It really is like a whole new album, it sounds great, we’re proud of it, and we’re happy to offer it up for once and for finally as we get ready to put out the Wooden Heart album on schedule for this summer. You can purchase it off of our site here: store.iamlistener.com, or buy it from our bandcamp site which will get you the CD and an instant download of the album and video. If you order the CD through the mail you will get a free RTS Album poster while the posters last. Also, if you are one of the people who had bought RTS in the past to help support us and don’t really want to buy it again we’d like to offer a free download of the album to you. Preferably email us a picture of you and your old RTS album, or some sort of convincing email letter or other proof and we’ll send you a link and code to download the new album for free. Send it to: freedownload@iamlistener.com.

New Album By I Am Alpha And Omega
I Am Alpha and Omega have just sent their new album, titled The Roar and The Whisper, off to mastering. It will be mastered by Alan Douches (Duchess). His mastering credits include: A Day To Remember, The Acacia Strain, Our Last Night, Emmure, Zao, Gwen Stacy, A Plea For Purging, Oh Sleeper.
Be on the lookout for more info soon.

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