As I Lay Dying Release New Video
AS I LAY DYING’s first music video from ‘The Powerless Rise’ now live on Metal Blade TV! San Diego’s Grammy®-nominated group AS I LAY DYING are pleased to release their first production video from the band’s latest release The Powerless Rise, which just hit streets on May 11. AS I LAY DYING chose the song “Parallels” for the band’s first music video off their new album, which was shot in Pittsburgh, PA on May 18 with director David Brodsky of MyGoodEye with animation handled by Mike Milyavsky & David Brodsky. In other news: AS I LAY DYING’s The Powerless Rise, which debuted at #10, has now spent the last 4 weeks in Billboard Magazine’s Top 200 Charts coming in at #67! This achievement marks yet another major feat for the metal band that refuses to compromise their sound to conform to the mainstream as they continue to deliver heavy and melodic music to their fans around the world. On July 12, AS I LAY DYING will launch the “Cool Tour” with Underoath, Between the Buried and Me, Blessthefall, The Acacia Strain, Architects, Cancer Bats, and War of Ages. The nationwide trek will launch this summer on July 12 in Orlando and wrap up in San Francisco on August 1.
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A Plea For Purging Burrito Bro Down Contest
A Plea For Purging are hyping up their forthcoming album, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, by offering up a one-of-a-kind contest called the Burrito Bro Down Contest. It’s simple to enter on one of three social networking sites, MySpace, Facebook, or Twitter. The Grand Prizes include burritos with the band, tickets to a show on the Scream The Prayer Tour, and a guest appearance in an official episode of APFP’s video blog. For full details, instructions and to check out a new song by them check out the band’s MySpace.

New Ivoryline Single Now Streaming
Tooth & Nail Records and Ivoryline proudly debut the new single “Instincts” on the band’s MySpace Page. “Instincts” is also available for download online at both iTunes and Amazon MP3. It is the first single released off of the band’s upcoming album VESSELS, which is available in stores and online July 27th. The song addresses larger issues such as the need for strength, love and faith. Vocalist Jeremy Gray says, “It’s also a song about free will and how ultimately we have the choice to choose how we want to live, what kind of people we want to be.” VESSELS is currently available for pre-order at the Tooth & Nail Webstore available bundled on its own, or with either an Ivoryline Tank Top, mug or combination of the two. In support of their new album, Ivoryline will be heading out on the Scream It Like You Mean It Tour this summer with Silverstein, Emery, Dance Gavin Dance, Sky Eats Airplane, I Set My Friends On Fire and Close To Home.
Tour Dates:
7/8 – Sayreville, NJ
7/9 – Detroit, MI
7/10 – Chicago, IL
7/11 – St. Paul, MN
7/13 – Denver, CO
7/14 – Salt Lake City, UT
7/16 – Seattle, WA
7/17 – Portland, OR
7/18 – Fresno, CA
7/20 – West Hollywood, CA
7/21 – Anaheim, CA
7/22 – San Diego, CA
7/23 – Tempe, AZ
7/25 – Dallas, TX
7/26 – San Antonio, TX
7/27 – Austin, TX
7/28 – Houston, TX
7/30 – Orlando, FL
8/1 – Atlanta, GA
8/3 – Baltimore, MD
8/4 – Philadelphia, PA
8/5 – New York, NY
8/7 – Hartford, CT
8/8 – Lancaster, PA
In a modern music world of neon and auto-tune, Ivoryline have set themselves apart with a clear vision for themselves, their music and what they represent. VESSELS drives the heart of their pop-rock sound to a more mature and diverse level, taking forward with it the deeper meaning from the band. The album is their sophomore full-length, following 2008’s THERE CAME A LION.

TDWP Drummer Daniel Williams To Visit Select Music Stores
On select dates of the band’s North American Rockstar Energy Drink “Back To The Roots” Tour, THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA’s drummer Daniel Williams will be making appearances at some of the finest drum and instrument shops across the nation. Daniel will be signing for an hour at each location and there will be swag and giveaways from Meinl Cymbals and Vic Firth Drum Sticks, two of Daniel’s long-time supporters.
Tour Dates:
6/19 – Cordova, TN
6/30 – Chicago, IL
7/11 – Buffalo, NY
7/28 – San Diego, CA
8/02 – Dallas, TX
8/03 – Austin, TX
8/11 – Tampa, FL
8/13 – Orlando, FL
8/15 – Atlanta, GA
8/17 – Raleigh, NC
8/20 – Philadelphia, PA
8/22 – New York, NY

The Choir News
The Choir has some news about their latest album in their latest e-news update: Dear friends, Eleven more feathers are in the river. That is to say, our new album, Burning Like the Midnight Sun, has been recorded, mixed, mastered and delivered (along with the cover art) to that mysterious entity called “the manufacturer.” I’m told (and I believe!) it will be available to you, our devoted listeners, on June 28. It’s been 5 years since O How the Mighty Have Fallen. Thanks for waiting around the bend! (Admittedly, this “river” metaphor feels a bit contrived; but now that I’ve got no more lyrics to write… Well, it’s hard to dam the flow.) Tim played the bass with unrivaled melodious fury. Buckeye Dan Michaels (from Akron Ohio) played lyricon and sax (best since Chase the Kangaroo if not EVER). Marc rendered his distinctive ambient, trippy-slidy guitar beauty. Derri’s vocals have rarely been more emotive – and his guitar work – magical! And as if it’s not outrageous enough that I’m offering my own rave review of our own album before it’s even “out”… I’ll risk going even further by asserting what will soon be undeniable – The drum tracks are smokin’! Seriously, we’re just thrilled to “still be at it” after all these years. Thanks for riding the current with us. (Ah! Get a grip on that analogy compulsion, Steve!) And thanks for listening. Indie Hindie
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Confide News
Recover, the sophomore album from hardcore rockers CONFIDE, has been building since its May 18 release on Tragic Hero Records. The LP ascended to the #6 spot on the Billboard Heatseekers chart moving CONFIDE into top ranks of their genre. With their positive lyrics and passionate, anthemic music, the band is also earning respect from peers and the media. Recover–follow up to 2008’s Shout the Truth–sounds modern trumpets of hope via heavy metal. On cuts like the first single “Tighten It Up,” the Los Angeles quintet fires off calculated thrash riffs wrapped in staggering polyrhythms and entrancing programming. The guitars seamlessly weave across the soundscape, segueing from anthemic to anarchic. During “Now Or Never,” lead singer ROSS KENYON’s hypnotic vocals tower over the crushing, propulsive drumming and bludgeoning bass stomp. “The View from My Eyes” comes to life, building from a heavy juggernaut verse into a gorgeous bridge that highlights just how poetic the band can get lyrically. Album closer, “Write This Down” is a sensitively searing finish to this journey. CONFIDE–KENYON, JEFFREY HELBERG (Rhythm Guitar), JOSHUA PAUL (Lead Guitar), JOEL PIPER (Drums, vocals) and TREVOR VICKERS (Bass)–will take their message to the masses as they perform on the entire Vans Warped Tour this summer. Kicking off June 25 in Carson, CA, CONFIDE will unleash their commanding and energetic live show on the Skullcandy stage. They’ve shared stage around the world since 2007 with everyone from Bring Me the Horizon and Blessthefall to Maylene & The Sons of Disaster and From First to Last, and their show has cemented them as a veritable live presence. Recover not only showcases CONFIDE’s maturity and growth but also holds a special meaning. KENYON explains, “The album is named Recover because we feel everyone is always recovering from something–whether it be the loss of a family member or friend, an addiction, a break-up, a divorce, losing a job or anything of the sort. Recover is an album of hope to let people know that they aren’t the only ones going through what they’re going through.” Check out Confide on tour this summer.
Tour Dates:
6/25 – Carson, CA
6/26 – Mountain View, CA
6/27 – Ventura, CA
6/29 – Phoenix, AZ
6/30 – Las Cruces, NM
7/1 – San Antonio, TX
7/2 – Houston, TX
7/3 – Dallas, TX
7/5 – St. Louis, MO
7/6 – Indianapolis, IN
7/7 – Pittsburgh, PA
7/8 – Cleveland, OH
7/9 – Toronto, ON
7/10 – Montreal, QC
7/11 – Hartford, CT
7/13 – Mansfield, MA
7/14 – Darien Center, NY
7/15 – Scranton, PA
7/16 – Camden, NJ
7/17 – Uniondale, NY
7/18 – Oceanport, NJ
7/20 – Columbia, MD
7/21 – Virginia Beach, VA
7/22 – Charlotte, NC
7/23 – St. Petersburg, FL
7/24 – West Palm Beach, FL
7/25 – Orlando, FL
7/26 – Atlanta, GA
7/28 – Cincinnati, OH
7/29 – Milwaukee, WI
7/30 – Detroit, MI
7/31 – Tinley Park, IL
8/1 – Shakopee, MN
8/2 – Bonner Springs, KS
8/5 – Edmonton, AB
8/7 – Salt Lake City, UT
8/8 – Denver, CO
8/10 – San Diego, CA
8/11 – Pomona, CA
8/12 – Marysville, CA
8/13 – Nampa, ID
8/14 – George, WA
8/15 – Hillsboro, OR

The Listener News Update
The Listener is happy to announce the release of their new record, Wooden Heart. It’s been the culmination of several years of hard work and touring and more touring. From their enewsletter: Thank you so much for your support. This is what we have to offer you…from our travels and experiences and findings, living life one day at a time. We pour it all in to our hearts and what comes out is this. The official release date is July 6th 2010. We are going to offer it for the first time at the Cornerstone Music Festival in Illinois. You can pre-order the album starting yesterday. When you pre-order the album from our bandcamp site you will get an instant download of the album and all the songs as poems too. All pre-orders will get a limited edition album poster as well with their order…and probably some stickers and whatever we have laying around….while those things last. Please help us spread the word to your friends and families and communities. We’ve played in front of a ton of people over the past many years and we’re gonna put this one out ourselves so any help you can give in sending out updates to your people…twitters, handwritten letters, smoke signals, etc that would be appreciated Just say: “hey, remember those guys who were awesome at that show…well they have a new record to give you.” Thanks. If you have a blog or a friend who reviews records or a site or mag or radio station or wherever we need to be in please get a hold of us and we’ll get them the music. We are on tour right now….lots of it. All over the place, even your city. We’ll be there too. It’s called the Wooden Hearts Tour. You can stay up to date on all of that from our shows page…and you can even subscribe to our tour calendar on your desktop calendar to know when we’ll be there and where we are at if we’re not there. This is the most up to date of our shows. We’ll try and have a routing list up on the front, but sometimes that changes. If you would like to help bring us to your town please email me here and we’ll make it happen (dan@iamlistener.com). Right now we are on the road with the Homeless Gospel Choir from Pittsburgh, and Listener’s very own Christin Nelson. We’re right smack in the middle of a 6 month run of dates, and well you’ve been so beautiful to us. We really appreciate everyone who has been coming to our shows and showing support. We feel really loved. Thanks for helping us out, and helping out Talk Music, and we hope you like the new record and our new show. You can follow us on Twitter, our Facebook, Myspace, and even our proper 24 hour a day website. Thanks a million. See you soon!!
The Listener
Tour Dates:
6/17 – Atlanta, GA
6/18 – Winfield, AL
6/19 – Memphis, TN
6/20 – Fayetteville, AR
6/23 – Joplin, MO
6/25 – Camdenton, MO
6/26 – Champaign, IL
6/27 – McKinaw, IL
6/28 – Bushnell, IL
6/30 – Bushnell, IL
7/1 – Bushnell, IL
7/2 – Bushnell, IL
7/3 – Bushnell, IL
7/6 – Rockford, IL
7/8 – Indianapolis, IN
7/9 – Owensboro, KY
7/10 – Nashville, TN
7/11 – Chattanooga, TN
7/14 – Johnson City, TN
7/15 – Asheville, NC
7/16 – 96, SC
7/17 – Columbia, SC
7/18 – Greenville, SC
7/21 – Atlanta, GA
7/22 – Jacksonville, FL
7/23 – Jacksonville, FL
7/24 – Orlando, FL
7/25 – Miami, FL
7/27 – Miami, FL
7/28 – Sarasota, FL
7/29 – Clearwater, FL
7/30 – Tampa, FL
7/31 – Tampa, FL
8/1 – Lakeland, FL
8/4 – Pensacola, FL
8/5 – Foley, AL
8/6 – Pensacola, FL
8/7 – Baton Rouge, LA
8/8 – New Orleans, LA
8/11 – Houston, TX
8/12 – San Antonio, TX
8/13 – Austin, TX
8/14 – Austin, TX
8/15 – Dallas, TX
8/17 – Lubbock, TX
8/18 – Albuquerque, NM
8/19 – Pueblo, CO
8/20 – Florrisant, CO
8/21 – Colorado Springs, CO
8/22 – Woodland Park, CO
8/25 – Denver, CO
8/26 – Greeley, CO
8/27 – Bismark, ND
8/28 – Fargo, ND
8/29 – Bemidji, MN
8/31 – Minneapolis, MN
9/1 – Rochester, MN
9/2 – Northfield, MN
9/3 – Sioux Falls, SD
9/4 – Sioux Falls, SD
9/5 – Sioux Falls, SD

Sent By Ravens Release New Video
Sent By Ravens’ new video for “New Fire” can be seen on Noisecreep. The song is off their new album “Our Graceful Words” which is available in stores and online now! You can pick it up at iTunes or Amazon MP3.
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Strongarm Album To Be Re-released On Vinyl
Strongarm is extremely pleased to announce that Blood & Ink Records will be releasing the seminal Spirit-filled hardcore album Atonement by Strongarm on vinyl LP! Nearly a year in the making and 15 years after the original release of Atonement on CD and cassette by Tooth & Nail Records, we will be pressing this classic release on vinyl for the first time ever (and currently the only in-print format)! It’s finally here… you can actually buy copies of this incredible, classic release on vinyl! We’re offering a couple of cool deals too and if you buy either of the combo deals, you’ll be entered to win a Strongarm Atonement LP test pressing! For those who care about the nerdy stuff, there are two colors available, black vinyl (limited to 100 copies) and clear green vinyl (limited to 400 copies). Get ‘em before they’re gone at the Blood & Ink Webstore.

Half-handed Cloud Has A New Album
Asthmatic Kitty Records presents the fifth Half-handed Cloud full-length album: As Stowaways in Cabinets of Surf, We Live-out in Our Members a Kind of Rebirth, or Stowaways for short. Connected with the lyrical tradition of 19th Century American hymns such as “Shall We Gather at the River?” “Are You Washed in the Blood of the Lamb?” and “There Shall Be Showers of Blessing,” these tunes splash about in cavernous spaces opened up by irregularly measured rhythms and pocket-orchestra arrangements integrated with creaky pianos, sound-loops, a tugboat of a church organ, guitars, and billowing banjos. Half-handed Cloud’s John Ringhofer recorded this 25 song album on his half-inch reel-to-reel tape machine in the sanctuary and custodial quarters of a church in Berkeley, California, where he’s lived and worked as a custodian for the past seven years when not on tour solo or as a member of Sufjan Stevens’ Illinoisemakers. He played most of the parts himself, joined by friends on cello, clarinet, violin, trumpet, and flute. Brandon Buckner, one-third of Ringhofer’s former band, Wookieback, is behind the drum-kit for the duration of this record. The album was mixed with Daniel Smith (Danielson) at Familyre Studio in Clarksboro, New Jersey.

Auburn On Tour
AUBURN, established in 2007, consists of five of the hardest working guys in all of New England. With their fast, heavy and southern influenced rock ‘n’ roll, they have played shows all over the U.S. winning over the toughest of crowds and sharing the stage with the likes of The Devil Wears Prada, Everytime I Die and many others. In 2009 AUBURN released Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth on Blue Duck Records. The Ep received solid reviews/interviews by many writers (HM Mag, Indievisionmusic.com, Popwreckoning.com) and proved that AUBURN is a band to watch out for in the future. The band finished 2009 strong by making appearances at both Cornerstone Festival, Soul Fest and being selected as the opening act for the Taste of Chaos Tour for Massachusetts. They also recorded and released a video for their stand out track “Like Trying to Kiss a Freight Train” through Legacy Media which captures the energy of their live performance. The band was also picked up by New Line Management (Taproot, Bury Your Dead, Showbread, Hawthorne Heights) at the end of 2009 with promises of being able to tour full time and make the leap from a regional to national level band. Unfortunately at the end of March 2010, New Line announced that their Management/Booking company was going under financially. Auburn is now seeking full time booking/management and not letting this minor set back slow them down in 2010. By the demand of their fans, in 2010 AUBURN released two brand new songs produced and recorded by Brandon Davis (Therefore I Am, Vanna, Lions,Lions) and Chris Curran at Webster Lake Studio. The response has been over-whelming and everyone is enjoying the now heavier and more mature sound and anticipating the 2010 full length release on Blue Duck Records. Auburn is currently in the process Of writing and recording the material with a Fall release date (TBA) and going out on the road in June with The Great American Beast (Trust Kill Records) for a national tour. Brian, Vinnie, Johnny, Rocky and Ricky are five of the most genuine and nice guys you will ever meet. The one thing that the entire band holds close to their hearts other than music is their faith. They won’t shove their beliefs down your throat, but you will leave their show or finish their cd respecting their sound and possibly wondering what makes them stand out from most of the bands in the heavy rock scene these days.
Tour Dates:
6/19 – Midland, TX
6/20 – Corpus Christi, Texas
6/21 – Austin, TX
6/24 – Columbus, GA
6/25 – Villa Rica, GA
6/26 – Fort Lauderdale, FL
6/28 – Jacksonville, FL
6/29 – Charleston, SC
6/30 – Murfreesboro, NC
7/1 – Richmond, VA
7/2 – Goshen, NY
7/4 – New London, CT
7/6 – Rochester, NY
7/16 – Amityville, NY
8/4 – Gilford, NH
8/7 – Gilford, NH
8/15 – Manchester, NH

Andrew Peterson To Release More Beauty
The eagerly-awaited new album from singer/songwriter Andrew Peterson, Counting Stars, will release July 27, 2010. The CD, produced by the artist’s long-time collaborators, Ben Shive and Andy Gullahorn, is the second project from Peterson to be released by Centricity Music. “We at Centricity Music feel like it is such a privilege to partner with Andrew Peterson,” says Steve Ford, Vice President of Sales/Marketing, Centricity Music. “When he delivered ‘Counting Stars,’ it reminded the entire staff of why we love Andrew. The twelve finely crafted songs are produced in a way that draws the listener into a place of revelation, a place where you see your life through Andrew’s eyes. This is a gift few songwriters have and that’s why we are excited about ‘Counting Stars.’” The bulk of material for Counting Stars was recorded within eight days in Washington State during January 2010, as Peterson camped in a recording studio with Shive, Gullahorn, Gabe Scott and engineer, Todd Robbins. They loaded up their guitars, hammered dulcimer, accordion, dobro and banjo, flew from Nashville to the Northwest and started collaborating. The twelve new songs were written over a two-year period by Peterson, who is one of the most respected songwriters in several genres of music. Counting Stars gives intimate glimpses of everyday life that is so important to everyone’s heart….family, friendship, community and home. The first single from the new album is “The Reckoning,” which has just gone for radio adds and is already receiving airplay from such stations as, KCRN/San Angelo, TX and KNLB / Phoenix, AZ. Peterson wrote the song while sitting on the porch of his home outside of Nashville when a severe thunderstorm was rolling into the area. “I love the humility that a big, dangerous storm system gives us,” Peterson explains. “Everyone remembers they’re quite small and powerless in the scheme of things. In the twenty-first century, with jumbo jets and air conditioning and high-speed internet, we still sometimes have to run for our lives and hide in the closet under a blanket.” “Dancing In The Minefields” is already becoming a favorite tune from the CD, as it is a thought provoking song that despite the title is a positive love song. And we’re dancing in the minefields/We’re sailing in the storms/This is harder than we dreamed/But I believe that’s what the promise is for. “World Traveler” addresses the wander-lust that lives in all of us and lets us know that the grand adventure can be in our own backyard. “In The Night” celebrates how hope lives on even through our daily pain and struggles, while “Fool With A Fancy Guitar,” reminds us that we are all priests who live in the Kingdom of God. “The title Counting Stars ties the themes of relationship and hope together in the hope of God’s promise to Abraham,” says Peterson. “We’re a part of the cloud of witnesses, passing the promises of God to our children and their children, building this Kingdom that has no end.”
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