Switchfoot finally perform in Madison

Majestic Theatre – Madison, WI

It took roughly a decade, but Switchfoot fans finally saw their band perform live in Madison, WI on Wednesday night. The crowd took advantage of the all-ages policy at the Majestic Theatre as attendees ranged from pre-teen kids to their parental chaperones, with a little bit of everything else in-between. Switchfoot are presently touring in support of their successful 2011 release, “Vice Verses.” The album debuted on Billboard’s Top 200 chart at #8 and the first single “Dark Horses” is one of their strongest tracks to date.

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Oh! Gravity
Company Car
The Sound (John M. Perkins’ Blues)
Where I Belong
The War Inside
Your Love Is A Song
Mess Of Me
Dark Horses
Meant To Live
Vice Verses
Dare You To Move

Over The Rhine at Le Poisson Rouge

On a cool, crisp evening in New York, the fans of Over the Rhine descended into the cellar of Le Poisson Rouge.  The real life couple of Karin Bergquist and Linford Detweiler rose to the stage starting off with “Born” off their 2005 Drunkard’s Prayer album.  The crowd was in for a treat as Karin thanked the masses for coming to their holiday tour.  Getting down to the holiday spirit, Karin crooned “All I Ever Get For Christmas in Blue” with her signature pipes.  Before continuing the festive caroling with “White Horse”, Linford asked his wife if it was true that she once put a plastic horse under the Christmas tree in the hopes it would be a real horse Christmas morning.  Karin admitted she did and that her mother was relieved when there was no Christmas morning miracle.

Then the evening really heated up when the cable to the kick drum shocked the drummer as they started into “I’m On A Roll”.  They dug deep into their 20 years of songwritng to fulfill a request by singing “Suitcase” from their double album Ohio. Though they did treated fans to oldies but goodies, they played a majority from their latest album The Long Surrender, including “The King Knows How”, “Undamned”, “All My Favorite People” and “Rave On”. The pair also debuted a new song “Sacred Ground” and a new as-yet-named holiday tune. Of course they dusted the set with Christmas songs from their previous holiday recording Snow Angels. The true Christmas gift was their Hank Williams cover of “Still in Love With You” with the accompaniment of openers, The Milk Carton Kids.

All I Ever Get For Christmas Is Blue
White Horse
I’m on a Roll
The King Knows How
Sacred Ground (new song)
New Christmas song
Snow Angel
Pull Through
North Pole Man
All My Favorite People

Rave On
Drunkard’s Prayer
Still In Love With You (Hank Williams cover)

Over the Rhine brings The Long Surrender

Over the Rhine
The Long Surrender
Now available
Great Speckled Dog

The wife-and-husband duo of Karin Bergquist and Linford Detweiler known as Over the Rhine return with their twelfth studio album. The couple have been making music for over two decades and for their latest, The Long Surrender, it was for the fans. No literally. The album was fan funded and released on the couple’s label Great Speckled Dog (named after their own beloved Great Dane, Elroy).

With the new album, OtR team up with Grammy winning producer Joe Henry to craft a stellar treasure trove of songs.  Karin explains that the album title “speaks to our ongoing desire to let go of certain expectations (and much of what we are so convinced we know for sure) in favor of remaining open and curious. It seems like many of our friends are currently wrestling with various forms of ‘letting go,’ so hopefully, the ideas conjured by the title feel somewhat universal. And I think the title speaks to the arc of a lifelong commitment to writing and performing regardless of recognition. Learning when to work hard and when to let go. Learning to leave room for grace to billow our sails occasionally. Learning not to white-knuckle everything.”

With that mantra, Lucinda Williams lends her vocals for “Undamned”, which pairs nicely with Karin’s vocals as they melt nicely into Lucinda rasps. “Infamous Love Songs” is classic OtR, as Karin enunciates each lyric with aching desire. A slight lyric low point would be the reference to “fuzzy whuzzies” on “Only God Can Save Us Now”, but that’s redeemed by the slow waltzy ballad “Days Like These” with lyrics that any top 40 pop artist would kill to cover.  “Oh By The Way” showcases the heart of OtR at its best when Linford and Karin sing together.  “All My Favorite People” has Randy Newman-esque keys anchored by Karin’s pitch perfect vocals that trickle in the memories of the gang from Toy Story.  Another solid release from the pair from Ohio.

Track list
The Laugh Of Recognition
Sharpest Blade
Rave On
Infamous Love Song
Only God Can Save Us Now
Oh Yeah By The Way
The King Knows How
There’s A Bluebird In My Heart
Days Like This
All My Favorite People

Tour dates
11.5 – Louisville, KY / Bomhard Theater
11.13 – Los Angels, CA / El Rey Theater
11.15 – San Francisco, CA / Great American Music Hall
11.17 – Portland, OR / Aladdin Theater
11.18-20 – Seattle, WA / The Triple Door12.2 – Boston, MA / Berklee Performance Center
12.3 – New York, NY / Le Poisson Rouge
12.4 – Alexandria, VA / Birchmere
12.5 – Philadelphia, PA / World Cafe Live Downstairs
12.7 – Columbus, OH / Lincoln Theatre
12.8 – Kent, OH / Kent Stage
12.9 – Grand Rapids, MI / Calvin College Covenant Fine Arts Center

In Photos: Devil Wears Prada at Warped Tour

Devil Wears Prada
Warped Tour
Marcus Amphitheater – Milwaukee, WI

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RED’s “Feed the Machine” Video and Tour Dates

Twice GRAMMY-nominated hard rock outfit RED is currently premiering their new video for “Feed The Machine” on ARISTdirect.com.  The song comes off the band’s latest album, Until We Have Faces,which is in stores now.  View the video here.

The video is more of a short film than your typical music video.  When asked by Rick Florino, Editor-In-Chief of ARTISTdirect.com what the inspiration for the video was, Red guitarist Anthony Armstong said the following:

We’re movie fanatics! “Feed the Machine” is an intense song, and we wanted the video to be equally if not more intense than the actual song itself is. The band actually came up with the idea. It wasn’t anything that we got a treatment for from a director. The idea belonged to us. We teamed up with the Irwin Brothers and gave them the vision of what we wanted to do. It’s a pretty intense video.

“Feed The Machine”Music Video

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Red is out on tour the entire summer.  Catch the band live when they are in your city!  Full tour dates below.



June 5   Cedar Falls, IA @ The Wheelhouse

June 7   Saint Paul, MN @ Station 4

June 8   Madison, WI @ The Annex

June 10  Fort Wayne, IN @ Piere’s Entertainment Center

June 11  Indianapolis, IN @ The Emerson Theater

June 12  Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge

June 16  Wilmore, KY @ Ichthus Farm

June 17  Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligan’s Music Hall

June 18  Fayetteville, NC @ The Rock Shop

June 19  Nashville, TN @ Exit/In

June 21  Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco

June 22  Jackson, MS @ Fire Club

June 24  Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop

June 25  Ionia, MI @ Big Ticket Festival

June 26  Pittsburgh, PA @ Diesel

June 29  Baltimore, MD @ Ram’s Head Live

June 30  Shirleysburg, PA @ Creation Festival


July 6  Osh Kosh, WI @ Lifest

July 7  Mason, OH @ SpiritSong Festival

July 8  Virginia Beach, VA @ Paramounts Kings Dominion

July 9  Ripley, WV @ U-Turn

July 21 Enumclaw, WA @ Creation Festival

July 23 Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory

July 24 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory

July 26 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex

July 27 Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep

July 29 Dodge City, KS @ Dodge City Civic Center

July 30 Longmont, CO @ Heaven Fest

July 31 Zion, IL @ Ignite Festival


August 3  Darien Center, NY @ Kingdom Bound

August 4  Gilford, NH @ SoulFest

August 6  Austell, GA @ Six Flags Over Georgia

August 12 Lebanon, PA @ Purple Door Festival

August 13 Anaheim, CA @ Angels Stadium


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Chicago goes to Hell with the Devil

House of Blues – Chicago, IL

Stryper is:
Michael Sweet – lead vocals, rhythm and lead guitar
Oz Fox – lead guitar, backing vocals
Robert Sweet – Drums
Tim Gaines – Bass Guitar, backing vocals

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Stryper has been around for close to 28 years now and has dealt with breaking up, questions about their faith, along with being MTV darlings in the 80’s. Having listened to Stryper back in the 80’s, I jumped on the chance to check out this tour, thinking it would be  more of a novelty act than a true rock show.

The shows started early at 6:30pm with one opening local band. I noticed a lot of families in attendance. The ground level of House of Blues was crowded, the top levels were closed off, but a few people were in the boxes and second level.

As the crowd waited for the curtains to open, I wondered, “Could they pull this off?”
My question was soon answered with the opening song being “Sing-Along Song.” They hit it dead-on with the high lyrics of Michael Sweet and the blistering whammy-bar guitar work of Oz Fox. I felt myself transferred back to the 80’s. The crowd was singing word-for-word, and toward the end you could not help but get into it.

They then played “Murder by Pride,” which was well received, but the crowd was there to hear their classics. They teased the crowd with “The Rock That Makes Me Roll” before launching into an Ozzy classic, “Over the Mountain” from their new album, The Covering – a cover album tribute to  all the bands that have influenced them. Hearing Stryper do an Ozzy song was not something I would have expected, but they  nailed it.

At one point during the show, they started throwing Bibles into the crowd, which I heard they’ve done, but seeing it live was a trip to see; just glad I was not hit in the head with one of them. The set lasted a little over an hour, they played many of their hits, but the one thing I noticed they did not play was any of the slower ballads that made them MTV darlings and hated-on by diehard Metal heads. Not sure if this was their intention, but I liked how they stuck to just a straight rock mixe with a few cover songs like Black Sabbath’s hit “Heaven & Hell” and Kansas’s “Carry on Wayward Son.”

For the Encore, they played “To Hell with the Devil” and “Soldiers Under Command.”
As they closed out the show, Michael Sweet asked the crowd to bow their head, as he led a prayer for the victims of the tsunami in Japan.


Murder by Pride
Rock that makes me roll
Over the Mountain
Loving You
Reach out
First Love
Calling on You
More than a Man
Carry on Wayward Son
Shout it out Loud
Heaven and Hell
The Way
Abyss intro
To Hell with the Devil
Soldiers Under Command

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written by Peter Lizano

Abel on Tour with Ascend the Hill and Free Download!

Abel's Lesser Men is Out Now!

New York indie rockers Abel will be touring the East Coast this month alongside Come&Live! label-mates Ascend The Hill. Abel will hit the road beginning November 12th and join up with Ascend The Hill for a run from Florida to Pennsylvania. The band will be playing music off their recently released full-length album, Lesser Men.

Both Abel and Ascend The Hill’s new records can be downloaded for free right now at www.comeandlive.com

Tour Dates:

Nov 12 – Lynchburg, VA @ Crosspoint Venue
Nov 13 – Jacksonville, FL @ Murray Hill Theatre
* Nov 14 – Tampa, FL @ The Crossing Church
* Nov 15 – Douglasville, GA @ ATL Revival Center
* Nov 16 – Burlington, NC @ ICC
* Nov 17 – Baltimore, MD @ The MACC
* Nov 18 – Harrisburg, PA @ Hold Fast Ministries
Nov 19 – Vestal, NY @ Binghamton University
Nov 20 – Dunellen, NJ @ The Cellar

* w/ Ascend The Hill




(August 30th. Milford, New Jersey) Northeast mainstays I AM ALPHA AND OMEGA have announced the September 5th release The Roar and The Whisper, one of the most highly anticipated releases of the summer. [Read more…]

Kowalczyk rises from the ashes with “Alive”

Ed Kowalczyk
Soul Whisper Records

In a world full of Justins and Jasons and random onomatopoeia-named rappers, Ed Kowalczyk is a breath of old-school air. His name  is as no-nonsense as his approach to music. This is one rock and roller who lets the music do the talking.

A former member of the 90s stalwarts LIVE – Kowalczyk is no stranger to tight – lean music that has a deft touch wrapped around an emotional delivery. [Read more…]

THE BODY Premiere New Track On Stereogum; U.S. Tour Still Underway

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Stereogum.com today premiered the track “Even Saints Knew Their Hour Of Failure And Loss,” from THE BODY’s latest soul-raping full-length All The Waters Of The Earth Turn To Blood. Check it out here: http://stereogum.com/474981/the-body-even-saints-knew-their-hour-of-failure-and-loss-stereogum-premiere/franchises/haunting-the-chapel/

The dense, diverse seven tracks on All The Waters Of The Earth Turn To Blood form of the most twisted releases in recent doom metal history. The typical duo of THE BODY have teamed up with The Assembly Of Light Choir on this damning full-length, adding a totally mind engulfing, spine-chilling and downright freaky twist to the band’s already devastating doom, resulting in astonished, bewildered praise from Pitchfork, The New York Times, Decibel, Terrorizer, Metal Hammer, Rue Morgue and countless other major and D.I.Y. media outlets internationally in recent months. [Read more…]

As I Lay Dying and Underoath: Return to Los Angeles, July 31 at the Palladium

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San Diego, CA quintet AS I LAY DYING released their new full-length album, The Powerless Rise May 11 (via Metal Blade Records), which entered the Billboard Top 200 chart at #10, marking the band’s second Top Ten debut, and reached #2 on the Billboard Independent Albums Chart and #3 on the Hard Music Albums Chart. Produced by Adam Dutkiewicz of Killswitch Engage, the album features the new single “Parallels” and marks the follow-up to their critically acclaimed fourth album An Ocean Between Us which earned the group a Grammy nomination for “Best Metal Performance” alongside metal heavyweights Slayer and King Diamond.

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Flyleaf Brings Angst To Vegas With ‘Unite And Fight Tour’

Hard Rock Pool – Las Vegas, NV
May 7, 2010

Flyleaf Hard Rock Pool Las Vegas

On what turned out to be a really nice night, Flyleaf brought their Unite And Fight Tour to the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino’s Friday Night Live concert series which are held at the venue’s famous outdoor pool. Though not the most ideal space to see a concert, the band completely captivated the fairly decent sized audience. Flyleaf hit the stage under minimal lighting for the aptly named “In The Dark” from their sophomore release Momento Mori. Lead singer Lacey Mosely lead the group through an evening of equally powerful and haunting songs.

Since their inception, Flyleaf has toured what some would say endlessly. It is evident from the moment the show began that Flyleaf loves being on stage in front of their fans. Band members Sameer Bhattacharya (guitar), Pat Seals (bass), Jared Hartmann (rhythm guitar), and James Culpepper (drums) exude boundless energy.

Flyleaf kept the crowd’s attention focused on their performance by keeping chatter to a minimum while blasting through an 18-song set. As compelling as the tunes sound on record, I recommend checking out Flyleaf live in concert when they come to your town.

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Photographed by: George Nieves

Underoath Deliver the Wall of Thunder at the Rave

The Rave – Milwaukee, WI

Spencer Chamberlain – lead vocals, additional guitars
Timothy McTague – lead guitar, backing vocals
Grant Brandell – bass guitar
James Smith – rhythm guitar
Christopher Dudley – keyboards, synthesizers, samplers
Aaron Gillespie – clean vocals, drums


The energy was alive at the Rave on Saturday night. It was heavy metal mayhem night in Milwaukee. For those who have never been to the Rave there are at least 5 stages in the venue and they were all packed with local bands. The bands were the crowd’s entertainment before openers Emery and August Burnsaed hit the mainstage. Since the Midwest is known for their crazy and incredibly loyal heavy metal, there were fans that drove from miles and hours to be at the Rave for Underoath.

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Paramore Shows Off Their ‘Brand New Eyes’

House of BluesChicago, IL
October 10, 2009Paramore House of Blues“One time, we sold more records than Mariah Carey did,” lead singer Hayley Williams of Paramore proudly announced after performing new song “Turn It Off.” Before launching into the classic dance track “Here We Go Again,” Williams told fans, “We’re gonna play another old one for you.” The song is off the band’s debut album All We Know Is Falling and happens to be one of my personal favorites out of Paramore’s entire repertoire of music. Hearing the Franklin, Tennessee (near Nashville) fivesome play “Here We Go Again” live in concert is always a unique experience. This is because Paramore performs the song with an extended and/or alternate ending not heard on the original album recording. If you don’t know, or want to know, what I’m referring to, make sure you check out Paramore when they play a city near you on the ‘Brand New Eyes’ tour. The band always performs “Here We Go Again.” It is by far a staple of their live set.

More photos of Paramore after the jump!

Set List / Chicago



Caught Myself

That’s What You Get

Looking Up


Crush Crush Crush

Turn It Off

Here We Go Again



Where The Lines Overlap




Misguided Ghosts

Misery Business

Brick By Boring Brick

Paramore House of BluesJeremy Davis (bass)

Paramore House of BluesHayley Williams (lead vocals)

New song “Careful” off Paramore’s third studio album Brand New Eyes received an introduction from Williams that “Just because I have a mic stand, does not mean this song is slow.” Another new track “Where The Lines Overlap” had Williams informing fans that “This next song is about how awesome I think life is with these guys right now.” The recently turned platinum blonde (a Gwen Stefani influence perhaps?) frontwoman was of course talking about her four bandmates as “these guys.” This particular track may just be my favorite selection off Brand New Eyes. “Where The Lines Overlap” also proved to be the one song that made guitarist Josh Farro smile on stage. I am not kidding here people. My friend Sarah and I noticed that not once did Josh crack even a remote semblance of a smile on stage. However, that was until the performance of what I consider to be the most honest, grateful, thankful, and optimistic musical composition Paramore has written to date.

Paramore House of BluesTaylor York (rhythm guitar)

As expected, Twilight fans freaked out when lead guitarist Farro began playing the first two notes of “Decode.” If you didn’t know already, Paramore contributed a song to the original motion picture soundtrack to the blockbuster hit film Twilight. The final song “Outro” before Paramore’s encore had Williams down on her knees front and center in front of the 1,400 people lucky enough to get into the sold out show this past Saturday in Chicago. “Misguided Ghosts” kicked off the grand finale three-song encore with guitarist Farro, bassist Jeremy Davis, and Williams sitting themselves down at the edge of the stage. The three band members were then two feet away from front row fans clinging for dear life to the barricade. Keeping with the original version of the Brand New Eyes track, “Misguided Ghosts” was performed acoustic at Chicago’s House of Blues. Truth be told, this was the most intimate musical scenario I have seen Paramore in since August 2006. That being when I was one of about 30 kids watching the then foursome play an in-store appearance at the old Tower Records. “And just for the record, I might forget the words to it. It’s been known to happen,” announced Hayley when introducing “Misguided Ghosts.” After the campfire sing-along, Williams told the audience, “You sounded gorgeous!”

Paramore House of BluesFollowing “Misery Business,” Williams remarked that “It’s date #2 on the ‘Brand New Eyes’ tour. Thank you for helping us kick it off right.” Leading into the last song of the night “Brick By Boring Brick,” Hayley let fans know that, “This next song is our new single. We just shot a video for it.” To my utter shock and disappointment, Paramore did not include “Pressure” in their set. What was up with that?! “Pressure” happens to be the one song that made me fall head over heels in love with this band back in June 2006. Upon hearing the song from beginning to end just once in my friend’s apartment, I was hooked. I then proceeded to spend the rest of the day playing “Pressure” on repeat, driving my friend crazy with my new obsession. I have since seen Paramore live in concert every time they have played in Chicago for the past three years and not once was “Pressure” not a part of the set. My heart broke a little when I first glanced at the set list before the band walked out on stage. I held out hope that at the last second, Paramore would break out an impromptu performance of the song, but no such luck. Before I knew it, the show was over and I didn’t get to sing my heart out to “Pressure” until losing my voice.

Paramore House of BluesZac Farro (drums)

Paramore House of BluesJosh Farro (lead guitar, backing vocals)

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SOLD OUT: Relient K at Chicago’s House of Blues

Relient K
House of Blues – Chicago, IL
November 2, 2008

Relient K House of Blues - Chicago, ILMatthew Thiessen (lead vocals/piano/guitar)

Apparently, the Christian pop/rock music scene in Chicago is huge – bigger than I thought. When The Uncle Fest Tour rolled through Chicago last Sunday with headliners Relient K, the show SOLD OUT the House of Blues! I was completely shocked to say the least. For those of you who don’t know, Relient K is band of many genres, falling under the categories of alternative rock, piano rock, pop punk, and most notably Christian rock. This fivesome from Canton, Ohio is about as wholesome as you can get. Remember though, I am talking about the music here people – I don’t know the guys personally. My favorite Relient K song is called “Sadie Hawkins Dance” if that gives you any inclination as to the band’s lyrical subject matter and relative content. The best line of that song is by far “There’s nothing better than / Do you like my sweater?” LOVE it! I had just seen Relient K on this summer’s Vans Warped Tour headlining the main stage, but had no idea how popular they really are in Chicago until seeing the adoring fans smashed up against the barricade in the front row at the Chicago HOB show last weekend. On both the 2008 Vans Warped Tour and The Uncle Fest Tour, the boys of Relient K have been promoting their most recent album The Bird and the Bee Sides. I admit, I do not like all of the band’s music; however, I give them major props for sounding AMAZING live. Since there are five guys in the band, all the instruments are covered and the songs sound as good live as they do on the albums. Each song had some combination of drums, rhythm and lead guitars, electric and acoustic guitars, banjo, bells, bass, and my favorite: the PIANO. There was no shortage of vocals, with Matthew Thiessen singing lead and John Warne, Jonathan Schneck, and Matthew Hoopes contributing the backing vocals.

More photos of the band members after the jump…

Relient K House of Blues - Chicago, ILMatthew Hoopes (guitar/vocals)

Relient K House of Blues - Chicago, ILJohn Warne (bass/vocals)

Relient K House of Blues - Chicago, ILEthan Luck (drums)

*Not photographed: Jonathan Schneck (guitar/banjo/bells/vocals)

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Robert Randolph: The Man with Soul

Robert Randolph on Music Builds Tour 2008
Cricket Wireless – Chula Vista, CA

Robert Randolph – pedal steel
Danyel Morgan – bass
Marcus Randolph – drums
Jason Crosby – organ, piano, violin

Robert Randolph on Music Builds Tour 2008 Cricket Wireless - Chula Vista, CA 9/27/2008

We went to the Music Builds Tour to cover Jars of Clay, but we came out a fan of Robert Randolph. Before we walked through the gates of the Crickets Wireless in Chula Vista, people were a buzz with Robert Randolph, saying he was the one to watch tonight. I hadn’t heard of him until that day at Cricket.

Robert Randolph on Music Builds Tour 2008 Cricket Wireless - Chula Vista, CA 9/27/2008Robert Randolph is dubbed as the American Funk band. He plays the pedal steel guitar, and I must say the man plays it like it was a part of him. He also is joined by family memebers such as his cousin Marcus on drums and he brought his sister out for some backing vocal support.

His music is insanely contagious and had everybody on their feet dancing. Robert was even kind enough to teach us how to do a little dance that he’s been doing for ages. The songs are epically long and I would usually have a problem with that, except his songs are good and catchy. My favorite is “Ain’t Nothing Wrong with That.” If you go to his MySpace and hear the song, it’s super energtic. Now imagine that song having 10 times more soul in it….that’s Robert and the Family live. The music comes out and grabs you.

Robert Randolph on Music Builds Tour 2008 Cricket Wireless - Chula Vista, CA 9/27/2008Robert has toured with the likes of Eric Clapton and collaborated on a song with O.A.R. and Dave Matthews. He and the Family are out on tour right now and this is a must see show! Really, I mean it!

They are touring in support of the current release: Colorblind. Check Robert’s MySpace for more music or his official site for more information.

Tour Dates for Robert Randolph and the Family Band:

Oct 17 2008 The Paradise Boston, Massachusetts
Oct 24 2008 Varsity Theater Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Oct 25 2008 Sweetwater Festival Milledgeville, Georgia
Oct 31 2008 Charlottesville Pavilion Charlottesville, Virginia
Nov 3 2008 Highline Ballroom Head Count “Get Out and Vote Party” – Robert Only New York, New York
Nov 7 2008 The Moon Tallahassee, Florida
Nov 14 2008 Granada Lawrence, Kansas
Nov 21 2008 Cubby Bear Chicago, Illinois
Nov 28 2008 McDonald Theater Eugene, Oregon
Dec 5 2008 Harrah’s Casino Kansas City, Missouri

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Music Builds Tour: Jars of Clay Get Closer

Jars of Clay
Cricket Wireless Amphitheater – Chula Vista, CA

Dan Haseltine – Vocals Stephen Mason – Lead Guitar
Matthew Odmark – Rhythm Guitar
Charlie Lowell – Piano J
Jeremy Lutito – Drums (Live Performer)
Gabe Ruschival – Bass ( Live Performer)

Jars of Clay Cricket Wireless Amphitheater - Chula Vista, CA 9/27/2008
Jars of Clay kicked off the Music Build tour that stopped in San Diego on Saturday. The Music Builds Tour is a Christian Music tour that is traveling the country this summer through the fall. The tour has joined with The One Campaign to expose issues such as global poverty, hunger, and disease in efforts to fight such problems in the world’s poorest countries. They also teamed up to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity. One dollar of every ticket sold goes to charity, so this tour literally helps build.

Jars of Clay Cricket Wireless Amphitheater - Chula Vista, CA 9/27/2008Jars of Clay is also out to support their EP Closer. The EP contains 5 new songs along with a new arrangement for their hit “Flood”. They actually dubbed it “Flood (The New Rain)”. The new arrangement is almost better than the original version we are used to hearing on the radio. The only way I can describe it as is lighter. Everybody in line that picked up the EP from the merchandise booth was excited to see “Flood” re-recorded and on the EP.

Jars of Clay also kicked the set off with “Flood”. Too bad I missed most of the song trying to get to my seat. They also played their new song “Closer” which is an upbeat pop song about love. Dan Haseltine, lead singer, announced the new studio album will be out in 2009. The EP Closer is supposed to hold fans hunger for new Jars of Clay until 2009. It looks like it is doing the job. They are selling the 5 song EP at the show for $5. It also comes with a mini poster. They were also gracious enough to hold an open meet-and-greet with the band after their set. This was great to see because in order to meet the other bands on the tour, one needed to sign up for their fan club. The women sitting next to me at the show and I decided that one would probably have to pay money to join their fan clubs.

These guys were great to see live. I have been listening to them for years. They have a great energy onstage and played many familiar songs. The funniest part of the whole thing is for all those years I was listening to them I never knew they were labeled as a “Christian Rock” band. I am looking forward to the new full length album in 2009 and if you get a chance to see them on the Music Builds Tour, get there early, and you will not be disappointed.

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Video: Underoath at Rockstar Mayhem II

Here is the second song from the Underoath set at Mayhem in San Diego. If you need to see the first song it is here. I know that the video screen overlaps the right side a bit. I decided I didn’t want to compromise any more of the video quality. As mentioned before the video gallery is coming so all the videos will be in one place, so stay tuned.

UPDATE: Had to switch videoplayers…Sorry back to the Crappy Youtube vids until I can find a better player without paying hundreds of dollars an hour. I promise I’ll get a better HQ Videoplayer.

Video: Underoath Live at Mayhem 2008

This is the first of 2 videos from Underoath’s performance on the Rockstar Mayhem Tour in San Diego, CA. Look out for more Mayhem Videos and a Video Gallery coming your way.

UPDATE: Sorry, switched video players. I hated to do it. I’m on the hunt for a HQ Player online that won’t cost hundreds of dollars on my end to use. In other words, we are back to the crappy Youtube quality videos. Sorry, it kills me too!

Grabbing a Moment with Tim McTague of Underoath

Rockstar Mayhem 2008
Cricket Wireless – Chula Vista, CA

Stage: Hot Topic @ 6:25pm (The times rotate at each Mayhem stop)

Aaron Gillespie – Drums/Vocals
Tim McTague – Lead Guitar/Backing Vocals
Spencer Chamberlain – Vocals
James Smith – Rhythm Guitar
Christopher Dudley – Keyboards/Synthesizers
Grant Brandell – Bass

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Tim McTague

I caught up with lead guitarist Tim McTague to talk about life on Mayhem and touring. Underoath previously toured on Van’s Warped Tour, so right off the bat I asked how the Mayhem tour has been treating them. Tim says that it’s great with all new bands and meeting new fans. Underoath hasn’t jammed with any other bands on the Mayhem tour, but if he had the chance, Tim would like to jam with Chris Walla, Omar (Mars Volta), or Jim Atkins from Jimmy Eats World.

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