Anberlin’s New Album Debuts At No. 9 On The Billboard 200

Anberlin’s Dark Is The Way, Light is a Place, which received a three-star review from USA Today, enters at No. 9 on The Billboard 200, marking the Universal Republic rockers’ highest charting album to date. Within hours of its release, Dark Is The Way, Light is a Place debuted at No. 1 on both Amazon.com and the iTunes Alternative Album Chart, and at No. 2 on iTunes’ overall album chart. It was also No. 1 at CIMS (Coalition Independent Music Stores). Lead single “Impossible” is already a Top 5 hit at Alternative radio and is on every major alternative station in the country, including KROQ-Los Angeles, Q101-Chicago, 89X-Detroit, The Edge-Dallas, KNDD-Seattle, 91X-San Diego and KRBZ-Kansas City. It goes to the Hot AC format later this month. USA Today recently named “Impossible” the “pick of the week,” calling it “insistent, insinuating…hard to resist.” “From the first note that ripples through ‘Impossible,’ Anberlin hooks the listener,” said Billboard. The single is available now on iTunes and Amazon. “Take Me (As You Found Me),” another track from Dark Is The Way, Light is a Place, is also charting on the iTunes Alternative Singles chart. MTV2 recently premiered the video for “Impossible,” which has also been added at Fuse, mtvU and Much More. The clip was directed by Endeavor Media, who worked with the band on its “Feel Good Drag” video. Anberlin will launch a North American headlining tour at New Orleans’ House of Blues on September 28th. Crash Kings and Civil Twilight will open on the outing. Anberlin will also play a show with 30 Seconds to Mars on September 30th in Oklahoma City. (See below for full tour itinerary.) While on tour, Anberlin will partner with Live Nation for a unique contest: they’ll use social media to let their fans pick Christian McAlhaney and Joey Milligan ’s next tattoos – designed by their loyal fans and tattooed by none other than “LA Ink’s” Ruthless. All the madness will be filmed at Anberlin‘s show at the world famous Irving Plaza on October 30th, 2010 in New York City. Joey, guitar player for Anberlin, has this to say about the contest; “This is seriously the most unique opportunity we have had to really let our fans leave their mark on us! We are huge fans of Ruthless’ work and can’t wait for this!” Fan submissions will begin on September 24th. Dark Is The Way, Light is a Place, the band’s fifth studio album, has been hailed as “moody modern rock” by Alternative Press, which awarded it four stars, adding: “the band allow Stephen Christian’s strong lyricism and impassioned vocals to take center stage to deliver some of his finest performances yet. There’s an emotional weight in his work, and that often speaks louder than any wall of distortion could.” In a three-star review, USA Today praised its “poetry and friction,” noting: “Lyrically and musically, these tunes bristle with relational tension that doesn’t easily resolve. Producer Brendan O’Brien makes the anthems arena-ready without taking off their edge.” “Feel Good Drag,” the No. 1 single from Anberlin’s 2008 breakthrough album,New Surrender, has been tapped for Activision’s new Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock. The track ranks asthe longest-charting single in Modern Rock history and was named 2009’s “Rock Song of the Year” by FMQB. Formed in Winter Haven, FL in 2002, Anberlin has sold over 700,000 albums in its career and toured the world, sharing stages with American Rejects, My Chemical Romance, Taking Back Sunday, Paramore and many others. The band has been involved in numerous humanitarian efforts and lead vocalist Stephen Christian is a co-founder of Faceless International, an organization that defends exploited people worldwide.
Tour Dates:
9/25 – Kansas City, MO
9/28 – New Orleans, LA
9/29 – Dallas, TX
9/30 – Oklahoma City, OK
10/1 – Albuquerque, NM
10/2 – Phoenix, AZ
10/3 – Las Vegas, NV
10/5 – Salt Lake City, UT
10/6 – Reno, NV
10/8 – Los Angeles, CA
10/9 – Anaheim, CA
10/10 – San Francisco, CA
10/12 – Portland, OR
10/13 – Boise, ID
10/14 – Seattle, WA
10/15 – Spokane, WA
10/16 – Vancouver, BC
10/18 – Calgary, AB
10/19 – Edmonton, AB
10/20 – Saskatoon, SK
10/21 – Winnipeg, MB
10/22 – Minneapolis, MN
10/23 – Chicago, IL
10/25 – Detroit, MI
10/26 – Toronto, ON
10/28 – Boston, MA
10/29 – Philadelphia, PA
10/30 – New York, NY
10/31 – Washington, DC
11/1 – Cleveland, OH
11/3 – Nashville, TN
11/4 – Atlanta, GA
11/5 – St. Petersburg, FL
11/6 – Orlando, FL

Underoath Hits The Road With A Day To Remember & The Word Alive
The Word Alive continues their live onslaught in support of acclaimed new album Deceiver by announcing that they will be joining A Day To Remember and Underoath on their fall tour this November. The band is currently on the road with Bleeding Through, in support of Deceiver, which debuted at #96 in the Billboard Top 100 earlier this month. THE WORD ALIVE – Tyler “Telle” Smith (vocals), Zach Hansen (guitar), Tony Pizzuti (guitar), Nick Urlacher (bass), Dusty Riach (keys/synth), Justin Salinas (drums) – are set to explode into the metal scene with debut album Deceiver. Already featured in Metal Hammer’s Hot List 2010, the band has been featured in Alternative Press, Revolver Magazine, Ultimate Guitar, OUTBURN, Substream, AMP, AOL Noisecreep, Rock Sound and Lambgoat. The band have toured solidly in 2010, including a sold out U.S. spring tour with labelmates Alesana, an appearance at Bamboozle Festival and dates on Warped Tour. The band storms into fall with tours with Bleeding Through and A Day To Remember / Underoath from September – December.
Tour Dates:
9/24 – Louisville, KY
9/25 – Covington, KY
9/26 – Nashville, TN
9/28 – West Dundee, IL
9/29 – Iowa City, IA
10/01 – Oklahoma City, OK
10/02 – Wichita Falls, TX
10/03 – Colorado Springs, CO
10/23 – Tucson, AZ
10/25 – Amarillo, TX
10/26 – Fayetteville, AR
10/27 – Metairie, LA
10/28 – Augusta, GA
11/02 – N. Myrtle Beach, SC
11/03 – Raleigh, NC
11/04 – Norfolk, VA
11/05 – Asbury Park, NJ
11/06 – Allentown, PA
11/08 – Clifton Park, NY
11/09 – 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 (St. Louis), 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

The Almost To Release Monster Monster Deluxe Edition
The Almost will release MONSTER MONSTER DELUXE EDITION and MONSTER MONSTER EP on October 25th. The MONSTER MONSTER DELUXE EDITION will be available online digitally only and will feature all 12 songs on the original MONSTER MONSTER album released in 2009, as well as five additional songs and four music videos.
The tracklisting for the MONSTER MONSTER DELUXE EDITION is as follows:
1. Monster Monster
2. Lonely Wheel
3. No I Don’t
4. Hands
5. Young Again
6. Summer Summer
7. Hand Grenade
8. Books & Books
9. Souls On Ten
10. Want To
11. Get Through
12. Monster
13. Birmingham
14. July
15. Wrong
16. Out West
17. Me And Alone
1. Hands
2. Lonely Wheel
3. No I Don’t
4. Monster, Monster
Also available will be the MONSTER MONSTER EP which will feature the five additional songs and the four videos that are included on the deluxe edition. The EP will be available both digitally and physically: in stores, online and at shows.
The tracklisting for the MONSTER MONSTER EP is as follows:
1. Birmingham
2. July
3. Wrong
4. Out West
5. Me And Alone
Videos (delivered digitally on the physical):
1. Hands
2. Lonely Wheel
3. No I Don’t
4. Monster, Monster
The band is currently on a headlining run with Chasen, House of Heroes and Between The Trees before heading out on the Hello Hurricane Tour with Switchfoot this October. A full listing of dates and details is available on The Almost’s MySpace page.

Switchfoot Plays Benefit Show
On Wednesday, September 29th, SWITCHFOOT will play a special concert at Belhaven University in Jackson, MS. All proceeds (after expenses) will be donated to the John M. Perkins Foundation for Reconciliation and Development. A recent robbery severely impacted the Foundation’s music studio. Formed in 1983, the Foundation is dedicated to developing the lives of youth, leaders and the underprivileged in Jackson and around the world and advancing racial reconciliation. “An Evening with Switchfoot and Dr. John M. Perkins” will feature a full-length set by SWITCHFOOT plus speeches by Dr. John M. Perkins, the civil rights activist whose autobiography, Let Justice Roll Down, inspired the band’s Top 10 Modern Rock single “The Sound (John M. Perkins’ Blues)” and SWITCHFOOT’s lead singer/guitarist, Jon Foreman. “The purpose of this night is to commemorate the unlikely partnership of a civil rights patriarch from Mississippi and a rock band from San Diego,” said Jon Foreman. “The concert will be a celebration of the life and words of John M. Perkins – a man who refused to believe that the present injustices are final. For me, this concert was born out of the song of a man who rose above his situation. A man who lived out what he believed: Love is louder than violence. Love is louder than hatred. “My small hope is that this concert can raise funds for the John M. Perkins Foundation. They have a music studio that was robbed a few months back and, with the money we raise, we can get that program back on its feet. I’m hoping that this concert can be a lightning rod to attract the attention of more donors, and more folks who can partner with the JMP Foundation in and around Jackson.”
Fans can view the event via Ustream, live at 7:00 p.m. ET on September 29th at:

TFK and Classic Crime & More Get Nods<
A huge CONGRATULATIONS to artists – The Classic Crime, Hawk Nelson, Manafest and Thousand Foot Krutch – nominated last week for the 32nd Annual GMA Canada Covenant Awards! Each artist received multiple nominations. Tooth & Nail Records and BEC Recordings received 15 total nominations. The Covenant Awards Banquet will take place on October 29th in Calgary Alberta. Nominations are as follows:
“Forward Motion” – Thousand Foot Krutch (Trevor McNevan, Joel Bruyere, Steve Augustine)
“Solar Powered Life” – The Classic Crime (Matt MacDonald)
Vagabonds – The Classic Crime
Welcome To The Masquerade – Thousand Foot Krutch
“No Plan B” – Manafest (Chris Greenwood, Adam Messinger)
The Chase – Manafest
“Never Enough” – Hawk Nelson (Hawk Nelson – Trevor McNevan)
Live Life Loud! – Hawk Nelson
“Bring Me To Life” – Thousand Foot Krutch (Trevor McNevan, Joel Bruyere,
Steve Augustine)
“No Plan B” – Manafest
Hawk Nelson
Thousand Foot Krutch
The Chase – Manafest
Welcome To The Masquerade – Thousand Foot Krutch

Birds & Batteries To Release New Album
Birds & Batteries’ new album, Panorama, will be out on October 12th. Check out an interview and video they did with San Francisco Weekly here.
Tour Dates:
10/8 – Davis, CA
10/15 – San Francisco, CA
11/5 – Oakland, CA
11/28 – Albuquerque, NM
12/1 – Dallas, TX
12/2 – Frisco, TX
12/3 – Ft. Worth, TX
12/4 – Denton, TX
12/8 – Louisville, KY
12/10 – NYC, NY

Philmont Releasing New EP
Charlotte, North Carolina-based pop/rock band Philmont announces the release of its latest offering, The Transition EP, October 19, 2010. An independent endeavor, the project is being partially funded by fans who have pledged more than $4,000 to date. The follow up to Philmont’s critically acclaimed ATTENTION (August 2009), The Transition EP delivers a high-energy, melodic pop sound with singable choruses like on debut single “You Will Remain,” currently vying for adds at Christian Hit Radio. Lyrically, the project ventures a bit more in-depth than previous Philmont efforts, touching on themes that include God’s divine nature, the case for creation and value of human life. Philmont frontman Scott Taube explains, “It’s been a couple of years since we wrote the majority of ATTENTION. We’ve experienced a lot in life since then- both joys and struggles–and we feel like this growth is reflected on the new EP.” Although Philmont has funded a majority of The Transition EP, fans have donated to the cause at Kickstarter.com, an interactive web site that serves as a funding platform for artists, designers, filmmakers, musicians, and journalists. Philmont’s fundraising campaign kicked off September 8 and has already received more than $4,000. The band will continue to accept pledges through October 10. To donate, go here. “We have been blown away by the response of fans to our Kickstarter campaign,” says Taube. “It’s been very humbling to see all the people who truly believe in our music and ministry get behind this project financially. We were able to hit our $4,000 goal in the first seven days of the project! Amazing!” The Transition EP will be available via digital music outlets as well as at Philmont.BigCartel.com and Philmont live shows. In addition to the radio single, Philmont will support The Transition EP with a self-produced music video in the coming months. Additional details are forthcoming. Formed in 2005, Philmont comprises Scott Taube (vocals), Josiah Prince (guitar/keys), Justin Sams (guitar), Josh Guion (bass), and Jeremi Hough (drums). The band released its first national label project, a digital EP titled Oh Snap, on Forefront Records in July 2008. The debut received rave reviews from critics while garnering two Top 5 Rock radio singles “I Can’t Stand to Fall” and “The Difference.” The following summer, Philmont released its first full-length CD, ATTENTION, producing the band’s third Top 5 Rock radio hit, “Where To Start.” Philmont has produced three successful music videos, breaking onto national music television charts for TVU and the Gospel Music Channel, while prompting a monthly web series on Steelroots.com called “Philmont Rising.” Additionally the band has also toured with acts including Pillar, Addison Road, Wavorly, Capital Lights and A Rotterdam November, while performing at every major Christian music festival as well as EO Youth Day–Europe’s biggest Christian youth event–and Flevo in The Netherlands. Philmont continues to tour more than 120 shows annually.
For more information on Philmont and The Transition EP, visit:

New Owl City video
Multi-platinum international sensation Owl City penned the 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). The song “To the Sky” is not only the soundtrack’s first single, but is also featured prominently within the film and then plays again as it soars over the end title sequence. Featuring themes and imagery from the film, the music video for Owl City’s “To the Sky” has just premiered on Vevo. 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.

Tumbledown To Release “Empty Bottle” On October 26
Bremerton, WA’s TUMBLEDOWN wants to knock one back with their fans and celebrate the release of their new album, Empty Bottle via End Sounds on October 26. The rock & roll sounds of frontman Mike Herrera (MxPx, Arthur) and the band have never been more electric, and rightly so, Empty Bottle is a perfect display of that energy. Beginning today, fans can pre-order the new album Empty Bottle, produced by Mike Herrera, through Shockhound.com for a special low price. A limited edition LP version of Empty Bottle, also available on October 26 and features the same track listing but varied artwork, will be exclusively available through the label’s site endsounds.com, the band’s website tumbledownhq.com, and from the band at shows. Only 500 copies of the LP will be available with 100 pressed in special white vinyl. Each purchase of the vinyl album will come with a digital download of the entire album as well. After a relentless 2009 in which the band released their self-titled debut and a live album entitled, Live In Tulsa, in addition to touring in support of both, TUMBLEDOWN was ready to get back into the studio to start work on Empty Bottle. The music of Tumbledown takes that sepia-tinged image of Americana and sends it hurtling into the present, with the help of some punk-inflected riffs and pure rock & roll attitude. All of the album’s songs written on the road, the characters in Herrera’s songs drink to forget; they ask for a reason to stay in town without really expecting to get one; they look at the madness around them and wonder whether it’s them or the rest of the world that’s gone crazy. “I want to paint those colors that they’ve been missing but never knew were missing until they heard them on this new record and now life is never the same after that,” Herrera explains. “We have a good time each time we perform and we want our fans to have the same reaction while listening.” On Empty Bottle’s first single, “Arrested in El Paso Blues”, Herrera accompanied by Jack Parker on guitar and brothers Marshall and Harley Trotland on standup bass and drums, respectively, sings about country and roots music staples – drinking, fighting, gambling, ladies of the night and brushes with the law. From the full-frontal cowpunk attack of the opening cut, “Places In This Town,” where the narrator braves harm to body and soul but still finds strength to forge ahead, to closing track “Not Hung Over,” a classic morning-after-madness tale of a dizzy-headed drinking man’s denial, Empty Bottle offers an image of Americana that’s as true, tragic, tumultuous, and tantalizing. In celebration, the band will embark on a month long tour, kicking off in their hometown of Bremerton, WA with a Halloween-themed CD release party at Winterland. The tour will continue through the last week of November.
Track Listing:
1. Places In This Town
2. Empty Bottle
3. Meet The Devil (Feat. Louis DeFabrizio of Gasoline Heart)
4. Arrested In El Paso Blues
5. Great Big World
6. She’s In Texas (And I’m Insane)
7. St. Peter
8. A Thousand More Times
9. Dead Man Walking
10. Bad News (feat. Todd Beene of Lucero/Glossary)
11. Drink To Forget
12. Not Hung Over (A True Story)
Tour Dates:
10/30 – Bremerton, WA
10/31 – Spokane, WA
11/2 – Denver, CO
11/3 – Albuquerque, NM
11/4 – El Paso, TX
11/5 – San Antonio, TX
11/6 – Frisco, TX
11/7 – Dallas, TX
11/9 – Austin, TX
11/10 – Houston, TX
11/11 – Baton Rouge, LA
11/12 – Little Rock, AR
11/13 – Shreveport, LA
11/14 – Memphis, TN
11/15 – St. Louis, MO
11/16 – Chicago, IL
11/17 – Madison, WI
11/18 – Minneapolis, MN
11/19 – Sioux Falls, SD
11/20 – Bismarck, ND

Doug Burr and The Prids Hit The Road
Doug Burr hits the road for Midwest shows ! It’s not since last year when Doug went on tour with Son Volt that he has left his home state of Texas. Order any Doug Burr or Prids release at velvetbluemusic.com by 9/25, and we’ll send you a free tour poster. Just type “poster” in the comments section of the order.
Doug Burr Tour Dates:
10/9 – Denton, TX
10/10 – Kansas City, MO
10/11 – Iowa City, IA
10/12 – Rock Island, IL
10/13 – Chicago, IL
10/14 – St. Louis, MO
10/15 – Bloomington, IN
10/16 – Hot Springs, AR
10/18 – Frisco, TX
The Prids Tour Dates:
9/25 – Portland, OR
10/2 – Lincoln, NE
10/4 – Chicago, IL
10/6 – Columbus, OH
10/8 – Brooklyn, NY
10/9 – Manhattan, NY
10/13 – Atlanta, GA
10/15 – St. Joseph, MO
10/17 – Norman, OK
10/18 – Albuquerque, NM
10/20 – Boise, ID

Kutless News
Kutless is very excited to start their Fall Tour with Sidewalk Prophets and Above the Golden State. They will be visiting 19 cities and hope to add a few more to the tour schedule. To purchase tickets, go here.
Tour Dates:
10/7 – Macon, GA
10/9 – New Bern, NC
10/14 – Montgomery, AL
10/15 – Knoxville, TN
10/16 – Jekyll Island, GA
10/17 – Orlando, FL
10/20 – Hammond, LA
10/21 – Sanger, TX
10/22 – Huntsville, TX
10/23 – Harlingen, TX
10/24 – San Antonio, TX
10/28 – Columbia, MD
10/29 – Pittsburgh, PA
10/30 – Johnson City, NY
10/31 – Grove City, OH
11/2 – Omaha, NE
11/3 – Ottumwa, IA
11/4 – Duluth, MN
11/5 – Brookefield, WI

Manafest Continues The Chase With Worldwide Touring
After releasing his most aggressive and sonically evolved record to date earlier this year, BEC Recordings’ Manafest continues an upward climb as he tours worldwide and receives his highest charting radio single. Since the release of “The Chase,” Canadian native and JUNO-nominee Manafest has traveled to the United Kingdom, Ireland, Japan and United States. He will soon be jumping on tour with Superchick across the U.S this fall. The Superchick “Reinvention” tour will begin on September 22nd through October 30th. This tour adds to the 1,000+ shows that Manafest has already performed in his career. Radio has also climbed on board the Manafest train. The hit single, “Avalanche,” gave Manafest his highest charting single at CHR peaking at No. 4 (his first time to debut and chart in the Top 10 on CHR) as well as No. 10 on Rock. Air1 also fell in love with Manafest’s single as they debuted his music video for “Avalanche” earlier this year. You can view the video here. “The Chase” is produced by Adam Messinger (Chris Brown, JoJo, Justin Bieber) featuring gritty guitars, aggressive rhythms fusing rock and rap styles. Media have also raved about this album saying it is “his best work to date,” “has a good project on his hands,” and it “doesn’t get better than this.”
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