Headlining a concert in Pittsburgh for the first time, metal-core buzz band THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA will play a benefit show at Mr. Smalls on Friday, September 3 as part of their “Back to The Roots” tour. All proceeds from the show will go to the Acadiana Outreach Center, a Lafayette, LA-based organization that assists members of the community who are in need. Tickets are priced at $15 and can be purchased online or at the venue’s box office. “We’ve done only one benefit show as a band, and that was back in the beginning,” said TDWP’s frontman Mike Hranica. ”We wanted to do something for someone other than ourselves, to work with an organization that was relevant, that people could relate to, and Acadiana Outreach fit that bill.” The Acadiana Outreach Center provides critical recovery services – access to housing, addiction treatment, food and clothing, and meaningful employment – through faith-based programs. The Center has been very active in helping to rebuild the community, especially since Hurricane Katrina, and has implemented an innovative program where people use scrap from damaged homes – such as windows, door frames and other discarded material – and convert it into usable furniture and art pieces. “We really like that Acadiana Outreach goes beyond just putting a band-aid on a situation,” Hranica added, “by helping people get back on their feet permanently and get their lives back.” In other TDWP news, TDWP just posted a teaser trailer of their new EP online. The impressive two-minute clip follows the concept of the band’s EP which is completely based on zombies – escaping them, surviving the zombie plague – and a survivor who spends his days warding off the brain-starved and loneliness. Baney shot the clip earlier this summer in London, Ohio, on the outskirts of Columbus. ”We needed a location that had big, open fields, and a sense of isolation, and this place was perfect,” said Baney. ”We got friends and friends of friends to be in it, and my brother William, was cast to play the lead. I guess he knew someone…” TDWP has been getting some of the best reviews of their career for “Zombie EP,” and the EP has just become the biggest pre-order item for MerchNow, the band’s online fulfillment center.

Disciple To Present Explosive New Album
Disciple will release their latest, Horseshoes & Handgrenades, on Sept. 14 with INO Records. The newest project, Horseshoes & Handgrenades, was a collective songwriting effort for the band. The 12-track album is loaded with spiritual sentiments, spanning subjects as diverse as hope, redemption, perseverance and self-esteem. The first radio single off of the record, “Dear X, You Don’t Own Me” is already No. 1 on the Christian Rock chart and No. 14 at CHR. The song comes from the perspective of a person writing an all-encompassing letter to pain, shame, hate and anger. “All of those negative things can chase us, this song says ‘you can chase me all you want, but I’ve moved on,’” says band front man Kevin Young. The single is also currently available early at digital retailers. “Shot Heard Around the World” is another battle anthem from the GMA Dove Award winners who are known for their tunes being supported by athletic mainstays ESPN, NFL, WWE, Speed TV and more. The empowering “Invisible,” which was co-written with acclaimed tunesmith Ben Glover (Brandon Heath, Fireflight), was inspired by stories of concertgoer’s struggles with cutting and suicide. “Every time we write a song, one of our goals is how it will affect somebody, not just the lost, but believers who also need to be encouraged, guided and shepherded,” explains Young. “I feel like it’s very important for us to be honest in everything that we say and to create art that’s true to who we are to reach people as clearly as possible.” In keeping with Disciple’s tireless touring movement, the guys are loading up their buses for a tour alongside Thousand Foot Krutch during the months of Sept./10/then dates with Red and Brian “Head” Welch from Korn in Nov., followed by a European trek and a return to the States for a solo-headlining jaunt. Disciple’s first release on INO Records Disciple (2005) brought home three No. 1 hits, while their sophomore album Scars Remain (2006) bolstered the band’s radio hit “After the World.” Disciple then debuted their third INO Records’ project Southern Hospitality (2008). Disciple has been nominated for a whopping nine GMA Awards including a win for “Rock Album of the Year” in 2008. Their hit single “Game On” received massive placement in sports shows across the country including “Best Damn Sports Show,” NFL’s “Total Axxess,” WWE’s “Cyber Sunday” and Speed TV’s “Speed Report,” as well as in venues such as Wachovia Center in Philadelphia and even Madison Square Garden in New York City. The single was also used in promotion for CBS shows “Criminal Minds” and “CSI Miami.” In 2008, the rockers were tapped to perform one of the songs on “WWE: The Music Vol. 8” for WWE superstar duo Hawkins and Ryder. Most recently, XBOX 360 selected Disciple to join the ranks of Fall Out Boy, P.O.D., Gym Class Heroes and others by choosing the band for “Game with Fame,” a program granting fans the chance to play the band in Halo 3. Disciple is comprised of Kevin Young– vocals, Israel Beachy- bass, Andrew Welch- guitar, Micah Sannan- guitar and Trent Reiff- drums.

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus Release New EP
Nearly a year after their departure from Virgin Records, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus have found light in their latest release and most honest creation to date; The Hell Or High Water EP. This 5-song EP emulates determination through lyrical storytelling, aggressive chord progressions, unfaltering hooks, and raw emotion. The Hell Or High Water EP may not be what is expected of this platinum-selling quintet, but it definitely proves to be an admirable step down a road less traveled. “This isn’t some chess move, but it’s an important and relevant release that talks about the topics on our mind and wants to inspire people to believe in themselves,” explains guitarist and lead vocalist, Ronnie Winter. “Positive thinking can literally move mountains if you have enough faith.” Available via Hot Topic and iTunes now, The Hell Or High Water EP will follow 2009’s Lonely Road, and is the precursor to a full-length record hitting shelves in early 2011. Deemed to outdo the rest of their growing catalog, this work is sure to impress as The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus entice their listeners with what they’ve always deserved; unpretentious and compelling rock music. Additionally, accompanying the EP will be 3 music videos, each individually released, and directed by Robby Starbuck. The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus will support their latest venture touring the US this October/November in select cities.

Close Your Eyes To Support Stick To Your Guns!
Texas’ own Close Your Eyes will be heading out with Stick To Your Guns on the “Faith In The Untamed Tour.” Showcasing songs off of their Victory Records release, We Will Overcome, Close Your Eyes will be sharing the stage with As Blood Runs Black, Attila, and For The Fallen Dreams.
Tour Dates:
10/2 – Las Cruces, NM
10/3 – San Antonio, TX
10/4 – Tyler, TX
10/5 – Metairie, LA
10/6 – Pensacola, FL
10/7 – Orlando, FL
10/8 – West Palm Beach, FL
10/9 – Jacksonville, FL
10/10 – Charleston, SC
10/11 – Virginia Beach, VA
10/12 – Vineland, NJ
10/13 – New York, NY
10/14 – Allentown, PA
10/15 – Worcester, MA
10/16 – Montreal, QC
10/17 – Toronto, ON
10/18 – London, ON
10/19 – Windsor, ON
10/20 – Toledo, OH
10/21 – West Dundee, IL
10/22 – Milwaukee, WI
10/23 – Rochester, MN
10/25 – Fort Collins, CO
10/27 – Boise, ID
10/28 – Sparks, NV
10/29 – Oakland, CA

Same As Sunday Finishes EP
Indianapolis-based pop/punk band Same As Sunday put the finishing touches on its forthcoming EP, Earn Your Stripes, at Nada Recording Studios in New Windsor, N.Y. earlier this month. Produced by John Naclerio, the project will be available via digital music oulets Oct. 26, 2010. Pictured back row (l-r) are Same As Sunday’s Nick Berry, Chris Bauchle, Andy Heck, and Kyle Martin. Front row is producer John Naclerio.
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12 Stones Parts Ways With Wind-Up Records
12 Stones announced today that the band has parted ways with Wind-Up Records after 9 years. The band stated “We felt it was time for a change. We have a vision for this band that we feel is best pursued elsewhere.” From Mandeville, LA, 12 Stones signed to Wind-Up Records in 2001 after forming 15 months earlier. In their 10 year career, 12 Stones has sold over 2 million singles and albums collectively, won a Grammy Award for Paul’s contribution to the single “Bring Me To Life” from Evanescence (which went on to sell a million singles and 7 million albums in the US), and have received multiple GMA Dove Nominations for their singles “Broken” and “Lie To Me”. The bands current EP “The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday” debuted at #2 on the iTunes Rock Album chart and #6 overall on iTunes. 12 Stones is currently playing selective tour dates while writing and recording additional material and will begin speaking to new sources for a new home and a 2011 release.

The Least Among You Debuts On DVD
Inspired by the true story of a falsely accused black college graduate forced to serve probation in an all-white seminary in the 1960s, The Least Among You debuts on DVD, Digital Download and On Demand today, August 24, 2010 from Lionsgate. The emotionally charged film stars NAACP Theatre Award-winner Cedric Sanders (American Gangster), as he delivers a heartfelt performance in a role that examines the hard lines of race, perseverance, courage and determination. Rounding out the all-star cast is Louis Gossett, Jr. (An Officer and a Gentleman), Lauren Holly (Any Given Sunday) and William Devane (TV’s “24”). The DVD debuts on August 24th and contains moving special features that include an interview with the “real” Richard Kelly, plus an interview with some of the filmmakers, deleted scenes and a “behind-the-scenes” featurette. After his false arrest at the 1965 Watts Riots, Richard Kelly (Sanders) finds himself serving probation at an all-white seminary where he is faced with racism, daily abuse and lack of support. Just when he reaches his breaking point, Kelly finds an unlikely mentor who helps motivate and guide him. Richard soon undergoes a transformation that forces him to choose between his dreams and his destiny. The Least Among You is produced by Julia Verdin, one of Hollywood’s leading independent producers, and directed and written by Mark Young. Verdin was inspired to make The Least Among You because of its strong positive message, emphasizing that “we all should have the courage to follow our convictions. One must go deep to find out who one is. It is a beautiful story of mentorship, and finding one’s own personal faith,” she says. “One reason I went into filmmaking was to make a difference, and one of my company’s goals is to make some films that enhance good values and social consciousness. This one fell under that brief.” The Least Among You DVD contains special features that include interviews with the real Richard Kelly (Reverend Dr.Charles Marks), Editor Omar Daher and Music Composer Mark Kilian as well as a behind-the-scenes featurette and deleted scenes.
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We Came As Romans Announce New Song And Tour
We Came As Romans is now streaming “To Move On Is To Grow” on Facebook. The new song was recorded in June with Joey Sturgis [The Devil Wears Prada, Attack Attack!]. The band will next head out on the Band Of Brothers Tour, a full U.S. and Canada headlining tour, with In Fear And Faith, Confide, Upon A Burning Body, and Abandon All Ships*. Tickets for all dates of the Band Of Brothers Tour can be purchased now at WCARtickets.com. This fall, We Came As Romans will also be joining Parkway Drive, Comeback Kid, Bleeding Through, Emmure, and more, in Europe on the Never Say Die Tour. We Came As Romans is also pleased to announce that they will be heading to Australia for the first time, to perform on the “No Sleep Til” Festival this December.
Tour Dates:
8/27 – Mt. Clemens, MI
8/28 – Grand Rapids, MI
8/29 – Indianapolis, IN
8/30 – Evansville, IN
8/31 – Louisville, KY
9/1 – Kettering, OH
9/2 – Toledo, OH
9/3 – Cleveland, OH
9/4 – Vineland, NJ
9/5 – Newport News, VA
9/6 – Raleigh, NC
9/8 – Columbia, SC
9/9 – Jacksonville, FL
9/10 – W. Palm Beach, FL
9/11 – Tallahassee, FL
9/12 – Metairie, LA
9/13 – Corpus Christi, TX
9/14 – McAllen, TX
9/16 – Lubbock, TX
9/17 – Wichita Falls, TX
9/18 – Ft. Worth, TX
9/19 – Tulsa, OK
9/20 – Wichita, KS
9/21 – Colorado Springs, CO
9/23 – Anaheim, CA
9/24 – Anaheim, CA
9/25 – Victorville, CA
9/26 – Orangevale, CA
9/27 – Portland, OR
9/28 – Seattle, WA
9/29 – Vancouver, BC
10/1 – Edmonton, AB
10/2 – Calgary, AB
10/3 – Yorkton, SK
10/4 – Winnipeg, MB
10/5 – Thunder Bay, ON
10/7 – Sudbury, ON
10/9 – London, ON
10/10 – St Catharines, ON
10/11 – Ottawa, ON
10/12 – Montréal, QC
10/13 – Kingston, ON
10/14 – Toronto, ON
10/15 – Hamilton, ON
10/16 – Windsor, ON
10/29 – Oberhausen, Germany
10/30 – Paris, France
10/31 – Birmingham, UK
11/1 – Newcastle, UK
11/2 – Glasgow, UK
11/3 – London, UK
11/4 – Portsmouth, UK
11/5 – Manchester, UK
11/6 – Aarschot, Belgium
11/7 – Tilburg, Netherlands
11/8 – Hamburg, Germany
11/9 – Stockholm, Sweden
11/11 – Berlin, Germany
11/12 – Karlsruhe, Germany
11/13 – Prague, Czech Republic
11/14 – Krakow, Poland
11/15 – Wien, Austria
11/16 – Bologna, Italy
11/17 – Prattein, Switzerland
11/18 – Munchen, Germany
11/19 – Leipzig, Germany
11/20 – Wurzburg, Germany
12/10 – Auckland, NZ
12/12 – Perth, AUS
12/15 – Adelaide, AUS
12/17 – Melbourne, AUS
12/18 – Sydney, AUS
12/19 – Brisbane, AUS

Owl City Pens Theme Song To Zack Snyder’s Animation Debut
Multi-platinum international sensation Owl City has penned a new song – “To the Sky” – to serve as the theme to Director Zack Snyder’s animation debut Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole (Warner Bros. Pictures/Village Roadshow Pictures). Based on Kathryn Lasky novels Guardians of G’Hoole, the film opens nationwide in theatres and IMAX on September 24th in both 3D and 2D and will be accompanied by an original motion picture soundtrack that will be released on September 21st by WaterTower Music. “It is such an incredible honor to be part of this film. As a fan of both the children’s book series growing up, and Zack Snyder’s work as a director, having my music included is pretty surreal. I’ve been waiting for someone to make a movie like this for some time now. I’m endlessly grateful to be involved.” – Owl City’s Adam Young. Owl City’s “To the Sky” is featured prominently within the film and then plays again as it soars over the end title sequence. It’ll be released as the soundtrack’s first single and will be accompanied by a music video that incorporates themes and imagery from the film. In addition, “To the Sky” anchors the exciting soundtrack which includes the heroic musical landscapes of the Academy Award nominee and BAFTA award winning Davis Hirschfelder’s score. This past year has been a whirlwind for Owl City, whose debut album, Ocean Eyes, was released in July 2009 and was certified platinum less than a year later on April 1st 2010. The first single, “Fireflies,” is now triple platinum and hit the #1 spot on the Hot 100 twice, as well as going #1 in 23 countries around the world. Over the past year, Owl City has amassed an impressive touring record and a slew of critical acclaim (New York Times, Rolling Stone, People, Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, etc.) and Adam Young is currently working on Owl City’s follow up to Ocean Eyes – due out early 2011. “To the Sky” is the first new Owl City song to be released since Summer 2009’s Ocean Eyes. Check out the soundtrack to Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole on September 21st on WaterTower Music and be sure to catch the film in theatres nationwide and IMAX on September 24th.

Mike Farris’ Newest Release To Support Nashville Relief
Acclaimed Americana/Gospel artist Mike Farris announces the October 26th Entertainment One Music release of The Night The Cumberland Came Alive, a 6-song EP to commemorate and celebrate the rebirth of Nashville, a city and its surrounding communities devastated by a “1,000 year” flood on May 1, 2010. The project was recorded just weeks after the flood, as the people of middle Tennessee regained their civic pride and rallied to help their neighbors and rebuild. The Night The Cumberland Came Alive features an all-star cast of musicians including: Sam Bush, Kenny Vaughan (Marty Stuart), Ketch Secor and Gill Landry from Old Crow Medicine Show, Byron House (Robert Plant), as well as Ann, Regina and Alfreda McCrary (The McCrary Sisters), Derrek Phillips and Eric Holt from Farris’ own Roseland Rhythm Revue. The Night The Cumberland Came Alive – the first of Farris’ Rose Memorial Fund projects, an ongoing charitable outreach in memory of his long time manager and friend Rose McGathy – rolls out a decidedly pre-war Americana sound while delivering a hopeful message of restoration.??”Stylistically, pre-war American music has long been a passion of mine,” Farris says of the project. “Before the flood, we’d been searching for songs that would evoke the struggle and the victory of the working class, a sound rising up out of flesh and bone, of spit and spirit. But then, as a city, we were hit square in the gut by this unbelievable flood. And that sound meshed with the spirit of resurrection we saw rise up all over this area. When we gathered in that historic church to lay it all down, what happened was beyond our imaginations.”??The title track’s lyrics deal directly with the flood, and Farris penned “Dear Lazarus” along with Ketch Secor just days before the recording. According to Mike, “Playing these songs—sight unseen, without so much as a lead sheet—and with such a dream team of musicians was the thrill of a lifetime. You can hear the passion. You can feel the love in the room. And I’m thrilled to release it to help this community get back on its feet.” This release comes hot off the heels of Farris’ recent GMA Dove Award for Best Traditional Gospel album of the year for 2009’s SHOUT! Live, a sweat-drenched document of his Sunday Night Shout residency dates at the legendary Station Inn in Nashville. The EP is also a continuation of the musical and spiritual journey that Farris began with his 2007 release, Salvation In Lights, which contributed to him receiving the 2008 Americana Music Association’s New & Emerging Artist of the Year award. The music is steeped in traditions explored on that record and widens the lens of the American treasure that it represents – roots, gospel and blues. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the EP will be used to benefit the Downtown Presbyterian Church’s ministry to the homeless in Nashville, which seems fitting as the record was recorded in less than a day at that historic building. Mike Farris plans on doing select dates to showcase the material on the EP in addition to performing monthly with The Roseland Rhythm Revue as part of his Sunday Night Shout residency at the Station Inn this fall.
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Finger Painting With The Ember Days
Come&Live! just announced the upcoming release of The Ember Days’ Finger Painting EP. The five track record will be available as a free download on August 31st at comeandlive.com. At the heart of The Ember Days is a zeal for communion – a zeal for communion between the created and its Creator. In light of the oftentimes tacky and inwardly focused music created for Christians, The Ember Days uses authentic and quality musicianship. “We want to just write sincere and honest worship,” Jason says. “We strive to write music that is inspiring. And not just for the church, but music that even someone who isn’t a Christian can listen to, find beauty in, and enjoy,” he continues. “We desire to see unity in the body of Christ, and we see worship as a great tool for unity. Churches of all denominations seem to agree that God deserves glory, and that is a great thing!” They have held true to these principles with the Finger Painting EP. It brings more of Janell’s beautiful vocals and a whole lot more of the band’s captivating and pulsating instrumentals. “These new songs are a great representation of who we are,” Jason shares. “This EP captures how we play live. There’s a lot of instrumental parts. It’s great music to just sit down with and open your Bible.”

Jeremy Camp Returns To Worship Roots
GRAMMY and two-time American Music Award nominated artist Jeremy Camp marks his inspirational return to worship this week with the release of his sixth studio project on BEC Recordings, “We Cry Out: The Worship Project.” This release is introduced by a week-long radio and in-store tour in five major markets across the country (Indianapolis, Atlanta, Houston, Dallas and Seattle) followed by his headlining performance in Portland, OR at Fish Fest on Saturday, August 28th. Camp has once again joined with GRAMMY award-winning producer Brown Bannister as well as writing with notable worship leaders Matt Maher, Reuben Morgan (Hillsong) and Brenton Brown. This fall Camp is heading out on a headline worship tour – details to be announced shortly. Stay tuned this week to follow the day in the life of Jeremy Camp on his fast-paced promotional tour as well as media updates and quotes about “We Cry Out: The Worship Project.” Fans, media and bloggers can share on Twitter with their audience about their favorite moments from the new release by tagging it with the hashtag #wecryout.

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