Category Archives: Artist of the Week
San Francisco quartet, Beta State, have announced that they will be releasing a new full-length album, #FRIENDSHIP, on May 21st. The deluxe album includes ten original tracks, one cover and nine remixes. Previously featured on Fuse TV, San Francisco’s Live 105, and hit television shows such as MTV’s Road Rules Challenge: Rivals and E!Networks’ Keeping up With The Kardashians, Beta State’s unique ambient pop rock combines the hard-hitting rock of 30 Seconds To Mars and Jimmy Eat World…
A Common Goal have released their debut full length “Blessings and Battles” via Thumper Punk Records. Order here. Fans of Blue Collar Boston Punk Rock will absolutely love this band and their new album. Read my “First Listen” right here.
The Jellyrox (Matt from Eleventyseven) has released a new ep titled “Embellish” which you can pick up on iTunes / Amazon. Filled to the brim with pop sensibilities and sugar coated melodies, it’s an album you’re sure to love and hold close to your heart. Perfect tunes for a summertime drive. Pick up more The Jellyrox merch right here.
Audio Adrenaline will release their new album “Kings & Queens” tomorrow, Tuesday March 12th via Fair Trade Services. The album will be available on all digital networks and on CD from a number of stores. Order here. Read our review of the album here.
Check out the music of Northern California Pop-Punk band, In Our Time. They just released their debut 7 track ep December 15th and is currently available via Bandcamp (below) or on iTunes here. Check them out.
Check out The Kids We Used to Be. The band recently released an ep titled “18 Years” and we think you’ll dig it. Their sound has a certain “classic” feel to it yet clinging to what’s new and fresh in the scene. It’s rough and raw, the way punk should be. Listen/Download the ep below. [Bandcamp] Look for a new release in 2013.
Thanks to our fellow staff member, I have discovered the music of Sam Billen. He recently released a fantastic album by the name of “Places” that you can check out and download below. If you dig the dreamy, ethereal indie rock of groups like Anathallo, Damien Jurado, Gotye, Starflyer 59, Bon Iver, you’ll dig this.
Matt & Toby will release their Self Titled debut November 20th via Tooth & Nail Records. It’s available wherever fine music is sold. [Bio] With an arsenal of elaborate yet quirky acoustic and electronic music, all accented by full production, Matt & Toby are truly one of today’s most unique tastemakers. But just because the Seattle-based band is brand new doesn’t mean members Matt Carter and Toby Morrell aren’t already familiar to fans. In fact, both guys have spent eleven years and continue to be members of the highly influential, nearly gold selling Emery, a heavy rock act at its core, but one with an occasionally softer, more melodic side.
In what many are labeling the band’s rightful comeback album, “For the Glory”, I couldn’t be more pleased with the results. “Comeback” is a word The OC Supertones can truly champion and claim as this new album brings all the band’s best elements and mixes them into one joyful, blissful listen. Fans of “Supertones Strike Back” through “Hi Fi Revival” and even “Revenge of the…” will definitely find something to appreciate in this new release. Produced by Josh Auer of Pax 217 fame, “For the Glory” takes you on a whirlwind ride of worship and offers up answers for the challenging world we live in through the glory and power of Ska music. Welcome back OC Supertones, we’ve missed you.
Further Seems Forever have released their long awaited new album with Chris Carrabba back on vocals titled “Penny Black”, through Rise Records. Order here. If you enjoyed any of their prior material, this album is going to blow you away. Simply put, “Penny Black” is my favorite Further Seems Forever release, ever.
Smalltown Poets‘ latest offering, a 7-song EP titled Under The New Sun, will be available Oct. 16th on iTunes, CDbaby, Amazon, and most anywhere you can buy digital music. The EP’s title pays homage to the band’s early days; it’s a lyric from a song by the 90s band Villanelle (a previous incarnation of SP, containing three of its members). That phrase, Under The New Sun, sums up many of the themes of this new project: death and rebirth, renewal, restoration, and resurrection. As much fun as the guys had in 2011 creating Smalltown Poets Christmas, they’ve gotten back to their roots on UTNS by crafting lyric-intensive songs from the ground up, doing their best to turn a few phrases, sneak in a few puns, and invite the listener to dive in and bring his/her own imagination.
At the Wayside released their truly memorable new “Self Titled” album via Red Cord Records, last week. It’s a great album that deserves a listen from all of our readers. If you’re a fan high energy pop-punk similar to that of old Fall Out Boy, New Found Glory, Yellowcard, Set Your Goals, and even Relient K, you’ll find something to love about this album. Buy digitally from wherever fine digital music is sold or buy on CD right here.
Florida based melodic spirit filled hardcore band, SET FREE, have released their Self Titled label debut on Eulogy Recordings today (September 11th). Available for order on CD here. Also available wherever fine digital music is sold.
Safe Haven will release their brand new album “Chasing the Sun” on August 28th via Live Love Records. Safe Haven is an American alternative rock-punk band from Southern California. Formed in the summer of 2003 in their parent’s garage in La Mirada, California. The group consists of three brothers Gil Sandoval(Vocals/Bass), Dan Sandoval(Drums), Mani Sandoval(Lead Guitar) alongside with childhood friend Josh Ledezma(Guitar). Early influences of acts such as Third Eye Blind, The Ataris, Jimmy Eat World, and Mxpx inspired the bands early songs of teenage angst and hope driven lyrics. Highly noted as a terrific live act amongst many christian and non-christian acts the band does not perform solely to either one market. Lyrically their albums coincide with their spirituality, personal experiences, and hope.
Sixpence None the Richer will release their new album “Lost in Transition” on August 7th! [Bio] As an album title, Lost in Transition seems apt. For Sixpence None the Richer, it’s a reminder of the struggles and uncertainty the band endured over the past few years, before ultimately finding their way again.
“The title definitely has a double meaning,” says Sixpence guitarist/co-founder Matt Slocum. “It’s about things that have happened in our lives recently, really big events on a personal and musical level that we had to transition through. And now we have.”
Capital Lights will release their new album “Rhythm N Moves” on Tooth & Nail Records July 17th. Pick up your copy wherever fine music is sold. [Bio] These days it can be tempting for a band to try out muscling the mounds of competition by trying to technically outplay one another and constantly upping the hipster quotient, though in the case of Capital Lights’ sophomore CD Rhythm ‘N’ Moves (Tooth & Nail), it’s all about the melodies and hooks. Granted, the Tulsa-based band is unbelievably tight and talented, as chiseled out on the road with the likes of Hawk Nelson and Run Kid Run, but there’s a sweet simplicity to the project that’s so immediate it’s impossible not to sing along after just a few spins.
Goodnight Wednesday has released their new album “The American Nightmare” which you purchase right here. Merging the aggressive nature of acts such as A Wilhelm Scream and Rise Against, the theatrics of bands such as The Misfits and My Chemical Romance, and the rebellious nature of classic punk bands such as Bad Religion and NOFX, Goodnight Wednesday first hit the scene of northeast Ohio in 2006, with hopes of sharing their unique and intricate brand of punk rock to the world beyond the borders of the Buckeye state. This modern punk quartet has taken a classic form of rock and made it their own, all while maintaining their pop sensibilities, often compared to the likes of Green Day, MxPx, and Sum 41. This edgy punk band is more than just meaningless theatrics however. Their intelligently written lyrics underline a deeper purpose that uses the energy and honesty of the punk rock scene to express a message of faith, hope, and love.
Children 18:3 will release their new album “On the Run” through Tooth & Nail Records June 19th. [Bio] If there was ever a time for Children 18:3 to leap to the next level of notoriety, it’s with the release of On the Run, its third Tooth & Nail long player and hands down its most accomplished disc to date. Besides gleaning inspiration from literally running up and down the road the entire two years between albums, the trio comprised of David Laurence (vocals/guitar), Lee Marie (vocals/bass) and Seth Aaron (drums) has shaken up all aspects of its previous formula to embark upon an ambitious new chapter. From new management, to fresh photo and video shoots, to teaming with producer Travis Wyrick (P.O.D., Disciple, Pillar) for the first time, On the Run emotes an entirely innovative vibe on all ends of the artistic spectrum.
Lovelite “In Three Persons” (a concept album featuring 3 eps) is now available for purchase through the band’s store right here. Lovelite brings an energetic infusion of euro-pop sensibility and lyrical depth to the congregational worship scene. Led by the husband and wife team of Andrew and Jen Polfer, two worship leaders inspired by the thought of reshaping the mundane, the band’s anthemic, atmospheric style lays a foundation for its heartbeat: to share in the character of God’…