Artist Of The Week - Anchor & Braille

It's been about three years since we've gotten an album from Anchor & Braille, the indie side project of Anberlin's Stephen Christian, but this week, on July 31st, the band's sophomore album will be released. The Quiet Life is a collection of haunting melodies and catchy percussion, certainly a maturation of sound since 2009's Felt. The Quiet Life is available now in stores and online through Tooth & Nail Records.


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Movie: The Imposter
Release Date: 2/23/10
Label: Pure Flix Entertainment/EMI CMG

We live in a world full of addictions and temptations, but what we don't expect is for our role models to fall into these temptation as well, especially the Christian ones. Enter the world of Johnny C (Kevin Max), frontman of Christian rock's biggest band, Grand Design. However, all the fame gets to his head, leading down a road of his life being torn apart. It all starts with his wife, Tara, leaving him with his daughter as well, after seeing him with drugs. Then it's all downhill from there. He gets kicked out of Grand Design by band leader and longtime friend James (Jeff Deyo, formerly of Sonicflood). This lands him on the streets, with all his money run out, leading him to accompany a homeless man Popeye, who adds some comedic relief to Johnny's current depressing life.

However, he is mentored by a church janitor named Proff (Kerry Livgren of Kansas), who helps to turn Johnny's life around. This helps him to become an addiction-free man, as well as a stronger, humble man. He doesn't just repent and is suddenly made a problem free man, but has to make the right choices, the hard choices.

The quality of the acting isn't the greatest, considering that the main roles are filled by musicians, but do fill the purpose and get the point across. We may think that this story couldn't really happen, but the point is that it really does. Even with completely strong "Christian" musicians in a band, the aren't all perfect. They're real people, just like us, with real struggles. God really helps out in these situations, considering that He will still be trustworthy to us and help us in our desperate times of need.

The Imposter is a movie about taking the hard road, not just the easy, narrow path. With the help of God, we can make these choices and even have mentors, people in our everyday lives that help us to make the right choices. I believe that this movie really shows that in a very realistic way, making us consider that even our role models can fall into temptation. In the end, with His help, we can always make the right decisions, which are hard decisions.

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