Friday, October 28, 2005

Upcoming Releases: 11-1

Third Day-- Wherever You are

Kathy Trocolli-- Comfort

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Upcoming Releases: 10-25

Falling Up-- Dawn Escapes

Natalie Grant-- Believe

Sandi Patty-- Duets

Demon Hunter-- The Triptych

Randy Travis-- Glory Train

BeBe and CeCe Winans-- Treasures

Various-- Happy Christmas Vol. 4 (Tooth and Nail)

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Break out artist

She has a top ten Christian music hit, just put out her second full-length album, has songs coming out on two major motion picture soundtracks....and is about to get her drivers's license. That's right, 16 year-old Bethany Dillon is making it big at an early age. She was on CNN during an interview about the new movie coming out "Dreamer" for which she co-wrote and performed the title track. She's also featured on the "Music Inspired by the Chronicles of Narnia" soundtrack. This week she was also featured in Time magazine. Pretty incredible for a high school student!

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Upcoming Releases: 10-18

Disciple: Expanded Edition (Disciple)

In Focus: Nothing is Sound

Switchfoot released their 5th studio album last month, following their double-platinum "Beautiful Letdown" release. Many, including myself, wondered if their follow-up could match "Beautiful Letdown", would it be the same music, would it be radically different, would it connect with listeners?
"Nothing is Sound" answers all's incredible! You can hear the same style and vocals as were in "Beautiful Letdown" but you can also tell the band has matured...they've been around the block, as it were, and they bring real-life experiences and thoughts into this album, starting out with (in my opinion) the best song of the album "Lonely Nation." This song describes the plight of today's youth, their desperationl their inner lonliness. While the lyrics on this album may not be explicitly Christian, they are contain positive messages. CCM defines Switchfoot as "Christian in faith, not in genre." At first I was repelled by this, but then, if one group can reach millions of people in todays mainstream audience, with a positive message, rawk on!
Secular radio has picked up their first single "Stars" and played it to death, and for good reason. Lead singer Jon Foreman's vocals shine brightly and the amazing guitar riffs will have you jumping up and down. They also use their rock on songs about current issues. "Easier than Love" starts out with the line "sex is industry" and goes on to describe how abused sex is today, how it is used in everything until it's easier to love, and fake it. "Politicians" puts a new spin on the belief that all politicians are evil, when Jon says "I'm the politician."
But perhaps the best songs on the album (just as On Fire and Twenty-Four on "Beautiful Letdown) are the softer melodies. Switchfoot wrote the song "Shadow proves the sunshine" over in Africa, and it's message just blows one away...the evil in this world proves that there is good. The shadow proves that there is a sunshine...good can be worked through evil. "Daisy" and "Golden" also draw the listener in with the flowing vocals and rythm.
So, how does "Nothing is Sound" measure up with "Beautiful Letdown"? Well, in my opinion, it'd be practically impossible to equal Beatiful Letdown, however, "Nothing is Sound" comes awfully close and is all one could ask for in a follow up to "Beautiful Letdown." In fact, "Nothing is Sound" debuted at #3 on Billboard, pretty impressive. To the guys in Switchfoot (they added Andrew Shirley on guitar)---Rock on!

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Upcoming Virginia Concerts

Inhabited, Starfield, Todd Agnew (Bluefield, VA)

KJ-52 (Williamsburg, VA)

The Myriad, Mute Math, the Afters (Lynchburg, VA)

Kids in the Way, Sanctus Real, Pillar, Superchic[k], Audio Adrenaline (Norfolk, VA)

Kids in the Way, Sanctus Real, Pillar, Superchic[k], Audio Adrenaline (Woodbridge, VA)

Rufio, MXPX, Relient K (Doswell, VA)

Stellar Kart (Arlington, VA)

Upcoming Releases: 10-11

Ginny Owens-- Long way Home

Brother's Keeper-- Beyond Beautiful

Kevin Max-- The Imposter

The Katinas-- Timeless

Chris Rice-- Inside Out (DVD)

Derek Webb-- How to kill and be killed (DVD)

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

October In Focus: Switchfoot

Making it big

Barlow Girl's second studio album Another Journal Entry came out last Tuesday, and is already making a splash, and not just in the Christian music industry. Their first single "Let Go" was highlighted by Windows Media Guide, on the home page where you could listen to the song (last week). Also, last week, iTunes store highlighted the group, and offered a free LP download of the song. The song shows how the group has matured not just lyrically, but primarily vocally and musically. The song is one of their heaviest to date, and really showcases the girls' gutsy voices. Here's to three sisters that know how to rock!
(A great interview with the girls can be found at