Fearless Records launches Summer Sampler 2010
Looking for the soundtrack to your summer? We have just the thing! Announcing the launch of the Fearless Records Summer Sampler 2010 presented by Peta2, available as a free download at Facebook.com/FearlessRecords! The 16 track sampler features the hottest new tracks from Fearless bands, including previously-unreleased new tracks from The Word Alive and Amely. The sampler also includes songs from Every Avenue, Artist Vs Poet, Breathe Carolina, blessthefall, The Maine, Mayday Parade, Alesana, A Skylit Drive, Sparks The Rescue, Go Radio, Motionless In White and Eye Alaska all for FREE so get your download now! Don’t forget, you can also grab a free CD copy of the sampler with purchase at the Fearless booth at Vans Warped Tour all this summer. Catch Artist Vs Poet, Alesana and Breathe Carolina on the whole tour, and Sparks The Rescue, The Word Alive and Motionless In White on select dates. Track Listing:
1. Every Avenue – “Tell Me I’m A Wreck”
2. The Word Alive – “Epiphany”
3. Amely – “Sing To You”
4. Breathe Carolina – “I.D.G.A.F.”
5. blessthefall – “To Hell And Back”
6. Artist Vs Poet – “Adorable”
7. Go Radio – “Goodnight Moon”
8. Alesana – “The Thespian”
9. The Maine – “Into Your Arms”
10. A Skylit Drive – “Those Cannons Could Sink A Ship”
11. For All Those Sleeping – “I’m Not Dead Yet”
12. Mayday Parade – “Kids In Love”
13. Let’s Get It – “Duck Duck Grey Goose”
14. Sparks The Rescue – “Hello Mexico”
15. Eye Alaska – “American Landslide”
16. Motionless In White – “Ghost in The Mirror”

For Today Posts New Song
For Today has just posted a track from their upcoming album, Breaker, due out this August. ”Devastator” is the first single from the new album and is up now on the band’s Myspace profile. Don’t forget to check out For Today on this summer’s Scream the Prayer Tour, and stay tuned for more big tour announcements.
Tour Dates:
7/2 – Nashville, TN
7/3 – Charlotte, NC
7/4 – Douglasville, GA
7/5 – Orlando, FL
7/6 – Jacksonville, FL
7/7 – Birmingham, AL
7/8 – Pensacola, FL
7/9 – Houston, TX
7/10 – San Antonio, TX
7/11 – Dallas, TX
7/12 – Tulsa, OK
7/13 – Memphis, TN
7/14 – Louisville, KY
7/16 – Willmar, MN
7/17 – Omaha, NE
7/18 – St Louis, MO
7/20 – Albuquerque, NM
7/22 – Las Vegas, NV
7/23 – San Diego, CA
7/24 – Pomona, CA
7/25 – Orangevale, CA
7/27 – Seattle, WA
7/31 – Denver, CO
8/3 – Dayton, OH
8/5 – Gilford, NH
8/6 – Vineland, NJ
8/7 – Allentown, PA
8/8 – Baltimore, MD

To Speak Of Wolves Plan August Tour
TO SPEAK OF WOLVES burst into the national metal consciousness with the May release of their brutally brilliant debut full-length, Myself < Letting Go, on Solid State Records. Now, armed with an internet buzz and an album that’s received praise from AOL/NOISECREEP, ALTERNATIVE PRESS, DECOY MUSIC and more, TO SPEAK OF WOLVES are ready to take it to the fans and the unconverted this summer with live dates alongside BECOMING THE ARCHETYPE and previously announced dates supporting UNDEROATH throughout August. Mixed by metal mastermind Jason Suecof (ALL THAT REMAINS, AUGUST BURNS RED, TRIVIUM), Myself < Letting Go is the debut full-length from the North Carolina five-piece. The band has crafted an album that careens wildly between brutally bombastic riffage and soaring, arena-worthy choruses. On the impressive debut, vocalist Rick Jacob’s voice both hammers and haunts, vaulting seamlessly from sky-high melodies to visceral screams. Tour Dates: 8/2 – Reno, NV 8/4 – Boulder, CO 8/5 – Lawrence, KS 8/6 – Oklahoma City, OK 8/7 – Jackson, MS 8/8 – Mobile, AL 8/10 – Toledo, OH 8/11 – Westland, MI 8/12 – Richmond, IN 8/13 – Owensboro, KY 8/14 – Columbia, SC 8/15 – Trinity, AL Owl City News
While he’s just finished “re-polishing” his old songs — the one’s he’ll release next month as Sky Sailing — Adam Young also has a whole batch of new songs in the hopper too that he’ll be releasing as Owl City, much to the delight of his rather fervent fanbase. “At the moment, I’m working on new Owl City stuff, and between now and the beginning of August, the plan is to write and record the new album,” Young told MTV News last week. “It’s early, but the vision for this record is already sort of taking shape. … Basically, I want to take the best bits and moments that worked from the last record and make them more polished.” That dude loves polishing, doesn’t he? Young said he also has “a flash drive full” of possible song and album titles, but right now, he’s less interested in specifics and more focused on cultivating the overall feeling of the record, which he says will be a bit of a departure from his breakout Ocean Eyes disc. “This one, it’s a little shinier, not quite so organic. … It’s almost airbrushed, and there’s a variety of songs,” he said. “A bit dreamier, the melodies are a bit stronger and more powerful, and the lyrics are a bit wittier. It’s more of a complete piece [than Ocean Eyes], really.” While Young could write and record the new Owl City disc — which he said is due in “early to mid-December” — practically anywhere, he’s not straying far from the formula he perfected on Ocean Eyes: The new OC album will still be a basement affair. The only difference is that, now, millions of folks will be waiting to hear what he comes up with. Then again, that’s not exactly a bad problem to have, and he knows it. “It’s amazing to me that, now, people are interested in the music, so there’s a pressure, I guess. But, thanks to the success of the last one, I toured a lot, and I was basically playing the same songs every day for six months,” he said. “You hear things in songs you didn’t hear when you first recorded them, so now I know what direction I want to steer things in. There’s definitely a vision this time, and it’s exciting to have one of those.”

Open A&R policy Adopted By Inpop Records
Inpop Records has announced a new policy for talent scouting and overseeing the artistic development of new artists. Moving forward, the label will extend an open invitation to any artist, manager, publisher, talent scout, or producer who would like to submit new music for consideration. The initiative is intended to expand Inpop Records’ potential talent pool, affording the label exposure to a wider spectrum of music styles and artists. It will also help to build relationships with up-and-coming music producers and other future industry gatekeepers as well. Inpop Records’ General Manager Andrew Patton explains, “The ever-changing nature of our industry necessitates a change in the way we find talent as well. It only makes sense to link arms with all of those who are on the front end of working and developing music’s future stars. I believe it’s in the best interest of Inpop to have as wide a pool as possible when considering future artists.” The new policy is effective immediately. Complete information on the submission process and procedure can be received via email from andrew@inpop.com.

Trip Lee Debuts In iTunes Top 10
Within hours of releasing his highly-anticipated third studio album, Between Two Worlds, Reach Records recording artist Trip Lee saw his June 22nd release debut in the Top 10 Albums Chart at iTunes. Just 48 hours after the release, the album currently sits at #12 overall and #5 on the Hip-Hop/Rap Chart, alongside hitmakers like Eminem and Drake. Between Two Worlds features guest performances by Lecrae, Sho Baraka, Jimmy Needham, Thi’sl and Jai, who is featured on the first radio single, “The Invasion (Hero).” Between Two Worlds is available now at iTunes and wherever music is sold. Deluxe and vinyl versions are available online here, and an exclusive version with bonus content is also available at all Family Christian Stores (in-store only). Trip Lee released his debut album, If They Only Knew, in 2006 – the same year he was featured on Lecrae’s Dove Award-nominated hit single “Jesus Muzik.” His sophomore album, 20/20, was released in 2008, landing on the Billboard Top 200 and reaching #11 on the Billboard’s Top Christian Albums chart and #4 on the Top Gospel Albums chart. This summer, Trip Lee is launching a unique live concert experience – The B2W Concert Series – which will give fans in select markets an opportunity to experience Between Two Worlds live!
Tour Dates:
7/31 – Detroit, MI
8/1 – Toronto, ON
8/6 – Pittsburg, PA
8/7 – Dallas, TX
8/13 – Orlando, FL
8/20 – Germantown, MD
8/27 – Houston, TX
8/28 – Toledo, OH
9/4 – Frenchtown, NJ
9/6 – Savannah, GA

Rapture Ruckus’ New Album Available Now
Rapture Ruckus’ new self-titled album “Rapture Ruckus” is available in stores and online now! Head on over to your local Christian retailer or wherever you buy your music and grab it today. You can also download the album at either iTunes or Amazon MP3! Click here to view the Rapture Ruckus Album Trailer. Also make sure to check out “Bring The Ruckus” week over at HearItFirst.com where they will be featuring a new video each day along with exclusive interviews and listening party! Finally, make sure to enter the “Bring The Ruckus” contest!!

Athlete On Dr. Who
U.K. buzz band Athlete can now boast of being the only band to be heard through all of time and space. The band’s classic song “Changes” will be used as the first ever rock song on the longest-running science fiction television show in the world, Doctor Who. The song plays at a key point in the upcoming episode “Vincent And The Doctor” which can be seen for the first time in the U.S. on BBC America this Saturday night June 26th at 9pm. The series, which now stars Matt Smith as the 11th incarnation of the Doctor, has drawn raves on both sides of the Atlantic. Writer Richard Curtis (Nothing Hill, Love Actually, Four Weddings and a Funeral) penned the episode and personally requested the song’s use. “We are delighted that our song Chances was chosen by the legendary Richard Curtis to be used in Doctor Who,” commented lead singer Joel Pott. “The show is such a long standing and iconic BBC drama and to be the first band to ever have a song on the soundtrack really is an honour.” Athlete are currently in the middle of a spring / summer U.S. tour in support of their latest album, Black Swan. The band’s new album is a musical summary of everything Athlete has been through, the good, the bad and the ugly. But although its songs burn with literate emotion, this certainly isn’t a downbeat record. In fact, the album begins with the hurtling FM rush of the glorious track, “Superhuman Touch,” which catapults the album to life with the opening line, “I’m on fire and nothing’s gonna hold me back.” Produced by the esteemed Tom Rothrock (Foo Fighters, Elliott Smith, Elbow, Beck), Black Swan positively glows with snagging melodies, rich musicality and the band’s heartfelt tales. These songs together make Black Swan the strongest album Athlete has ever recorded. The reaction to Black Swan has been nothing short of overwhelming both here and in the UK with Alternative Press stating, ““If proper venues for a band called Athlete are Stadiums, then this southeast London quartet have finally made an album worthy of their name… super-earnest reflections with melodies and arrangements direct and sturdy enough to bear the emotional weight.” NME proclaiming, “Awash with gorgeous melodies, the best thing they’ve ever done.” And Q Magazine raving: “Strong results… from the rueful to the thunderous. A band reborn.” Athlete first rose to prominence seven years ago with the spirited, electro-tinged, indie-pop of their Mercury-nominated debut, Vehicles And Animals, Athlete have established themselves among the UK’s finest songsmiths. The southeast Londoners have sold more than a million copies of their three hit albums (the other two being 2005’s Tourist and 2007’s Beyond The Neighbourhood); packed out venues across the world; picked up an Ivor Novello award; and topped both the UK’s album and airplay charts.
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Jars Of Clay News
Multi-Platinum and three-time Grammy Award-winning band Jars of Clay, long ambitious in their plans for their charitable organization Blood:Water Mission, teamed up with K-LOVE and Air 1 radio stations to raise the necessary funds and awareness to complete Blood:Water Mission’s 1000 Wells Project, which was launched in 2005. The band joined forces with K-LOVE and Air 1 for a day-long Well Done Campaign radio-thon Tuesday, June 8, and raised over $860,000 for Blood:Water Mission. These donations will fund the construction of 95 water projects, leaving the organization only 15 shy of their 1000-well goal. In 2005, Jars of Clay and K-LOVE conducted a similar event to launch B:WM’s 1000 Wells Project to help provide access to clean water to communities in sub-Saharan Africa, and with the completion of that campaign in sight, the groups convened again to help get that project to the finish line and set up Blood:Water’s next phase of operations. Jars of Clay front man Dan Haseltine reflects, “This was one of the most amazing displays of generosity I have experienced. It is hard to imagine that a single day of radio can turn into clean water for thousands of Africans. This will save so many lives!” Throughout the day, Jars of Clay shared the stories of individuals they have met through the years in sub-Saharan Africa: stories of dignity, hope, and truth, stories of communities impacted because of the generous support of donors around the world.

Grab The Free Cool Tour Pack
Make way for the COOL TOUR Download Pack! The package is full of amazing merchandise and goodies, all of which are listed below! Make sure to head over to the COOL TOUR Facebook page to grab the free pack! The download pack includes:
* As I Lay Dying merch coupon for $3 off a purchase over $30 at asilaydyingstore.com
* Underoath merch coupon for 15% off a purchase over $20 at underoathmerch.com
* Cancer Bats MP3 “Sabotage”
* Invisible Children Video
* Atticus Coupon for 25% off anything in the Atticus Black Webstore
* Alt Press Coupon for a 1 year digital subscription for only $5
* The Acacia Strain: ”Dr. Doom (live),” taken from their recently released 2DVD “The Most Known Unknown.”
* War Of Ages MP3 “Collapse”
* Ding! Coupon for 20% off anything at dinglife.com
* Facedown Records coupon for 10% off merch and music at facedownrecords.com
* Blessthefall MP3 “To Hell And Back”
* Fearless coupon for 10% off http://fearless.merchnow.com/
* Free Fearless Records Summer 2010 sampler
* 2010 Cool Tour New Artist Sampler (provided by Metal Blade Records & Good Fight Records).
1. The Absence- “Enemy Unbound”
2. Aeon- “Kill Them All”
3. Allegaeon- “The God Particle”
4. Barn Burner- “Holy Smokes”
5. Bison b.c.- “Two-Day Booze”
6. Brain Drill- “Monumental Failure”
7. Charred Walls Of The Damned- “Ghost Town”
8. Dawn of Ashes- “Seething the Flesh in the River of Phlegethon”
9. Fatal Embrace- “Wake the Dead”
10. Fleshwrought- “Mental Illness”
11. Istapp- “Vinterrket”
12. Kings Of Asgaard- “Vamods Tale”
13. Lightning Swords Of Death- “Nihilistic Stench”
14. The Ocean- “Swallowed By The Earth”
15. Return To Earth- “Back Of My Hand”
16. Skyforger- “In The Underworld”
17. System Divide- “Vagaries of Perception”
18. Valkyrja- “Oceans to Dust”
19. Woe Of Tyrants- “Creatures of the Mire”
20. Cancer Bats- “Dead Wrong”
21. Son of Aurelius- “Mercy For Today”
22. I Am Abomination- “Since 1776?
23. This Or The Apocalypse- “Charmer”
24. Rosaline- “London Lost Its Fog”

Sanctus Real News
Sanctus Real has announced some cool things in their latest news update:
Hello! As summer is upon us, we wanted to give you some UPDATES and NEWS on what’s going on with Sanctus Real! And we also wanted to Thank You for being our friends! Be sure to say hello to us this summer!
We’ve launched our LEAD ME page on our site, go check it out on Sanctusreal.com You can see a video featuring Matt and his wife Sarah talking about the story behind the song. You can listen to ‘LEAD ME’ and there are also some encouraging prayers available for download. Please Respond and Connect with us on TWITTER and FACEBOOK, as we declare together that we want God’s leading in our lives. Matt recently submitted a short series of devotional videos themed on the roles of a man. Check the videos out here. We recently finished our United Tour with David Nassar, Mike’s Chair and Jonny Diaz. It was a great privilege to see 264 children get sponsored through the amazing adoption organization HOLT International. This is, indeed, good news in the effort to see orphans become well cared for and redeemed. We also wanted to mention that this Spring there were over 1200 people that became NEW Mocha Club members. That is a huge number and we cannot express enough how excited we are that you’ve partnered with us!

Old Shoe Records Showcased At Warped Tour
The 16th installment of the punk rock summer camp will indeed have a healthy dose of punk rock’s most promising prospects. In it’s third year of involvement with Warped Tour, Old Shoe Records will have four different bands from their roster performing throughout the summer, all are available to attending media for interviews. In just three years Old Shoe Records has gone from a regional punk rock label to one of independent music’s most promising new contributors. Placing a sincere emphasis on restoring the community punk music is synonymous with, Old Shoe Records has left the gimmicks at the door. With new full-length releases in 2010 from FLATFOOT 56, FAR FROM FINISHED, and THE SPARRING the Vans Warped Tour will serve as a national platform to some of the genre’s most ambitious punk rock bands.
Bands On Old Shoe Records Roster:
FLATFOOT 56 – Releasing their Old Shoe Records’ debut, Black Thorn, this last March, Southside Chicago’s most proven Celtic punk outfit FLATFOOT 56 cemented their reputation by locking down healthy positioning on the BILLBOARD Charts for the first four weeks out, even reaching #2 on the Heatseekers’ Chart. Produced by Johnny Rioux of STREET DOGS, Black Thorn, has been lauded by critics and fans alike as FLATFOOT 56’s finest hour. The 2010 Vans Warped Tour also comes in the same year that brothers Tobin, Kyle, and Justin Bawinkel celebrate the 10th anniversary of FLATFOOT 56. Performing on the Vans Warped Tour from July 11th – Aug. 2nd.
FAR FROM FINISHED – Hailing from one of punk rock’s most storied locales, Massachusetts’ FAR FROM FINISHED will embark on their summer on the Vans Warped Tour at the same time their third studio effort, Forgettable, hits store shelves. Produced by Jim Siegel (Dropkick Murphys, The Unseen), Forgettable, combines punk rock delivery with some of rock music’s most ambitious instrumentation to create an album of tracks that far surpasses the limitations of the genre. The band will take to the Skullcandy Stage on every date of the 2010 Vans Warped Tour. Performing on the entire Vans Warped Tour.
LONGWAY – Returning for their third consecutive summer on the Vans Warped Tour, LONGWAY have cemented their reputation as hardworking road dogs. Continuing to travel in support of their Old Shoe Records’ follow-up, Junkie, the band will join up with the caravan for the West Coast run during the last weeks of the tour. This no frills rock n roll punk outfit will perform songs from Junkie, including their single “Out There” featured on the 2010 Warped Tour Compilation and “Honey” featuring Patricia Day of Horrorpops. Performing on the Vans Warped Tour from Aug. 5 – Aug. 15th.
LONGWAY – Returning for their third consecutive summer on the Vans Warped Tour, LONGWAY have cemented their reputation as hardworking road dogs. Continuing to travel in support of their Old Shoe Records’ follow-up, Junkie, the band will join up with the caravan for the West Coast run during the last weeks of the tour. This no frills rock n roll punk outfit will perform songs from Junkie, including their single “Out There” featured on the 2010 Warped Tour Compilation and “Honey” featuring Patricia Day of Horrorpops. Performing on the Vans Warped Tour from Aug. 5 – Aug. 15th.

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