Tag: alternative

October 17, 2017

for KING & COUNTRY to Stream Priceless Film for Free Via Facebook Live Thursday at 8pm ET

Christian alternative-pop band for KING & COUNTRY will be streaming their Priceless film from 2016 via Facebook LIVE for Free this Thursday evening at 8pm ET. You can either watch on your mobile device/desktop OR you can log in on your mobile device and CAST the video to your TV (if you have a smart tv). It’s a pretty cool feature on Facebook. In other for KING & COUNTRY news, the band is on their “A Glorious Christmas Tour” with Casting Crowns and Rebecca St. James, for dates click here. Lastly, check out the band’s version of “Amazing Grace” with their sister Rebecca St. James, below. Continued →

October 15, 2017

Delta Fleet - Traffic (2 Song Stream)

I’ve been a fan of the band Delta Fleet for several years now. A few members played together with a few members of Pennylane in a band called “The Relay” years ago. A few of the guys (minus Pennylane members) started this great band in their native state of Hawaii called “Delta Fleet” and I’ve been a fan ever since. These upbeat, catchy tunes are sure to win over any skeptic out there. The insane voice of frontman/guitarist Jacob Pierce is about to take this scene over one fan at a time. Check out our stream of 2 songs from their new 3 song ep titled “Traffic” that is now available through digital networks including iTunes and Spotify. Continued →

October 6, 2017

Young Oceans to Release Epic New Album October 20th

I have been privileged enough that I get to give the new Young Oceans record a listen. The album titled “Suddenly (Or The Nuclear Sunburst of the Truth Revealed)”, is a haunting trip through new wave instrumentation and worship centered musical adventure. The songs which remind me somewhat of a melting of styles, imagine The Killers meets The Decemberists and Death Cab For Cutie meets Cool Hand Luke at an intersection with the passing of Rend Collective. The weirdest comparison I can make is that I even hear a sliver of Chris Isaac. They have a unique take on a tired genre that people have created called “Indie Worship”. The group effectively breathe new life into the purpose and mission so many “Christian” artists try to create which is an atmosphere that causes people to contemplate and reflect on issues of Faith. Young Oceans aren’t afraid to explore new territory with their songs. It’ll be interesting to see if this album sticks and has that staying power so many albums lack. It has a commercial appeal in a non traditional sense. In “Christian” circles this kind of music isn’t fully embraced by radio but in terms of the general marketplace, this kind of music instantly draws people in. The grand scale and epic nature of these songs as a whole make it difficult for me to just pick and choose which ones are “favorites”. I encourage you all to seek out this project when it is released and listen in your special quiet place. Prepare to be captivated. Young Oceans “Suddenly (Or The Nuclear Sunburst of The Truth Revealed” releasing October 20th. Continued →

September 30, 2017

September 25, 2017

Pennylane "From Paradise to Parking Lots" 2017 Remaster and Cassette Preorder

I am excited to announce the 2017 remaster of the now classic Pennylane ep “From Paradise To Parking Lots” is finally here. Go download it off the IVM Bandcamp page/ for Free here. All 5 tracks and Intro have been carefully remastered by Sef Idle over at Simpul Studio from the original recording. Fans of Acceptance, Jimmy Eat World, Thrice, Armor For Sleep, and Taking Back Sunday will find something to appreciate about the early 00’s music of Pennylane. In addition to this free download, I am also thrilled to announce that I have decided to do a very limited run of this ep on Cassette Tape in Red. You can preorder the cassette which will have completely redone artwork and layout just for this release. Thanks to Ed Jervis of InPresence Records for the new design. New Pennylane news coming soon so keep following our page/site over the coming months. Listen/stream/download the ep, below. Continued →

September 11, 2017

Song Stream: Evergreen - Faithful

Check out this special song stream from the new group, Evergreen. The song is titled “Faithful” and appears on the band’s debut self titled ep, available now. This independent worship group features an ex-member of Attalus (John Mark Amos) on bass. Their deeply spiritual and on fire lyrics will inspire all those that have open ears to hear. Check out the song Faithful, below. The ep will be available on all digital networks in a few weeks but for now you can purchase on CDBaby here. Continued →

September 10, 2017

The Best of 1997: Favorite Hits From 20 Years Ago

Yep, the list you’ve all been waiting for (not really) is finally here. Feel free to offer up some laughs and critical remarks for the music I listened to the most 20 years ago. You’ll notice a heavy T&N presence and I just couldn’t help myself. There were a lot of albums and releases I found myself spinning back then and still getting plays today. I think that’s where this list falls in place, it’s the albums that had the longest lasting impact with me and had a catchy sound that I just couldn’t get enough of. I ride more on the commercial, melodic side of the market rather than all that arty ear splitting noise rock ;) I created a special Spotify play list that you can find near the end of the article. Some of these titles are out of print and only available in YouTube form so enjoy those unheard hits within the article. Remember kids, “some” of these releases may not have the best language so if you get queasy at the thought of dirty words from the general market (do we still use the word ‘secular’?) bands, you may want to skip those parts. So check out my faves below and don’t forget to check out “The Best of 2007” list which can be found here. Hop in your time machine and let’s get ready to party like its 1997! Continued →

August 31, 2017

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August 15, 2017

Stream: Stavesacre - Accelerating Into Brake Lights

I am very proud and humbled to present this brand new track titled “Accelerating Into Brake Lights” from the band Stavesacre off their brand new full length record “MCMXCV”. You can listen and stream the track below. Make sure to pre-order the new record here for all of you that couldn’t get in on the crowd funding campaign. I am totally floored with the new Stavesacre album. It’s everything I had hoped for when I first signed up to contribute to their campaign. There are so many rushed reunion campaigns these days and I’m glad the guys really took their time in perfecting their craft to put out their best material in a decade. It’s on par with some of my faves in their catalog like Speakeasy, How To Live With A Curse, Absolutes, Bull Takes Fighter, and even Friction. This band can easily kick the butts of any of the newer groups just setting up shop on warped tour. I really hope Stavesacre gets some long over due credit and respect with this new album because it is well deserved. This album is everything you’ve come to expect from this seasoned group of musicians and that is PURE PERFECTION! This album is like the perfect continuation of the sound from #HowToLiveWithACurse mixed in with sounds you would have found on #Speakeasy and #BullTakesFighterep I even hear the influential sounds of their first two records: #Absolutes and #Friction. Stavesacre has far outdone themselves with this incredible, awe inspiring set of songs. Flawless production, intelligent songwriting and that unmistakable voice. All you salivating fans that missed out on the first preorders will without a doubt LOVE this album once you get it. Continued →

August 14, 2017

August 9, 2017

Stavesacre Announce Something Mysterious on August 11th

Stavesacre has resurfaced with a mysterious image and the date of August 11th. Could it be news on the new album? Maybe the new album itself? We will all just have to wait and see. I for one am totally excited and thrilled for ANY news to come from this classic band. Oh and 2017 is the 20th anniversary of the band’s huge album “Absolutes”. Just listen and soak in their music preparing for the news. Check out their lyric video for “It’s Beautiful Once You’re Out Here” off their 2006 full length “How To Live With A Curse”.

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July 27, 2017

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July 11, 2017

Fighting Jacks Release New Album "Decade" (July 21st 2017)

In case you missed our earlier news… Fighting Jacks are back and their new album is now available on Bandcamp for pre-order. The new album will be available on all digital platforms starting 7/21/2017. The band is having their official release party show on 8/19/2017 at the SLG Art Boutiki in San Jose, Ca. All of the details are on our Facebook page.

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May 27, 2017

Cool Hand Luke Campaign...34 Hours to Go and Stretch Goals!

There is just 34 hours left to go as of this post on the Cool Hand Luke kickstarter campaign. Even though they are 100% funded, there is still time to order (double) vinyl, CDs, and other merch plus he has put up “stretch goals” which include stuff like getting CHL to make a video for the song “Taking Chances” and a special Vinyl pressing of either “Wake Up O Sleeper” or “Of Man”, both of which would be incredible. Continued →

Introducing: Narrow Skies

You might know Ben & Anita Tatlow from the Swedish husband and wife due Salt of the Sound. Now the couple have a new project called Narrow Skies. Narrow Skies is Nordic-inspired, nature-infused, reflective dream pop. Their debut EP Midnight Horizons is available now and is the first of four season inspired EPs to be released. Continued →

May 17, 2017