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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After a nearly three year wait since the band's debut release, one of our indie favorites, From Indian Lakes, will be releasing their new full length album, Able Bodies, on November 13th. The band have released a new EP, which features two new songs ("We Are Sick" and "Breaking My Bones") at BandCamp, with a "name your price" deal of any amount which will go towards the funding of the new album. Another way to support the band is at their online store, which has a merch sale currently taking place, right here. The band's upcoming west coast fall tour dates with PK can be viewed below as well.

10/19/2012   Kuppajoe                      Fresno, CA
10/20/2012   Guitar Merchant            Canoga Park, CA
10/21/2012   Chain Reaction              Anaheim, CA
10/24/2012   The Nile Underground   Mesa, AZ
10/25/2012   The Wire                       Upland, CA
10/26/2012   The Box Office              Las Vegas, NV
10/27/2012   SLO Brew                      San Luis Obispo, CA

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Artist: The Chariot
Album: One Wing
Release Date: August 28, 2012
Label: Good Fight

Chaotic. Noisy. Odd. These are just a couple words that could describe The Chariot. But, so could Masterful. Original. Talented.  So few bands can pull off the madness that is The Chariot and still create a work of art that is both disorderly and borderline genius.  The Chariot does not shy away from being a heavy band. Though at the same time they value originality, and not sounding over saturated.  This is the album The Chariot have wanted to create for a long time.  One Wing is The Chariot's magnum opus.
The Classic Crime Chart with Phoenix

The Classic Crime's "PHOENIX" Charts on Billboard and iTunes

SEATTLE, WA - What a difference a few months make. Not long ago the future seemed, at best, uncertain for The Classic Crime. Propelled forward by the success of their Kickstarter campaign, (incidentally the 9th most funded music project in Kickstarter history), The Classic Crime is presently in the latter portion of a successful West Coast tour, and have also managed to chart their self-produced and self-released album, "Phoenix," on both iTunes and Billboard. On iTunes the Classic Crime peaked at #3 on the Rock album chart and #24 on the overall album chart. On Billboard The Classic Crime charted as follows for the sales week ending August 19, 2012:

Top 200 (#130)
Independent Albums (#22)
Current Alternative Albums (#29)
Current Contemporary Christian (#4)
Top Hard Music (#15)

Project 86 - Wait for the Siren

Artist: Project 86
Album: Wait for the Siren
Release Date: August 21, 2012
Label: Independent

After three years, and the departure of every member except lead vocalist and creator Andrew Schwab, Project 86 have come back with their first truly independent album, and their seventh album overall Wait for the Siren. To help make the new album a possibility Andrew enlisted the help of an all-star cast of friends including Bruce Fitzhugh (Living Sacrifice), Rocky Gray (Soul Embraced), Brian "Head" Welch (Love & Death), Blake Martin (A Plea for Purging), and The Wedding. Andrew said with this album he was able to take the reins of the creative process and make an album that he was really passionate about.

Harp & Lyre Announce Tribes, New Lyric Video

Unsigned heavy favorite Harp & Lyre would like to announce their new record title and cover art. The much anticipated record, Tribes, will be coming this fall. In the meantime, the band would like to give fans a preview of what's to come.

Vocalist Tyler Carder had this to say about the new track from their forthcoming record Tribes.

“’Believe, Divide, and Find Yourself Alone’ is and intimate view of the Christian Church through the eyes of a believer looking to see a change in the false ideas and personal agendas of the body of Christ. It's not meant to elude the point to make a good song, but clearly states a problem and makes a point, and that point is relative to everyone by means of misrepresentation of what the body of Christ should ensue. It is a more real look at the institution that many of us attend on a regular basis and a call to move, to fight, to not settle in to a simple routine but to live out the belief you and I claim.”

Watch the video of "Believe, Divide, and Find Yourself Alone" below:

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Grace Alone

Artist: The Modern Post
Album: Grace Alone
Release Date: August 14, 2012
Label: Mars Hill Music

Less than a year ago, one of my all time favorite bands, Thrice, announced that they would be going on a hiatus after their farewell tour this spring, shortly after the release of the fantastic Major/Minor. However, there had been rumors and a few photos from frontman Dustin Kensrue's Twitter account that stated that he had been working on a worship album slated to be released this year, after moving to Seattle to lead worship at Mars Hill Church alongside Pastor Mark Driscoll.

The Wedding Sign to Tooth & Nail Records

Rock outfit The Wedding have signed with Tooth & Nail Records and will release their label debut No Direction on September 25th.

The Wedding first formed in 2003 and despite a few lineup changes, quickly created a stir with their soaring rock anthems.  The band finally hit its stride with the addition of front man Matt Shelton (formerly of Island Records’ Letter Kills.)

On the album’s title, Shelton explains, "No Direction" means cutting ties with the idea that you can prepare your life in such a way to keep you from danger.  As C.S. Lewis said, it's an illusion of safety. We are meant to live life unabashed and free, and this can only happen in the face of danger; which to most is the idea of not knowing where you are going. It is when we have No Direction at all and still we press on, trusting that the great unknown will be our rescue and not the demise we are so fearful of. We went into making this record with complete reckless abandon. We tried to write the record that we wanted and needed to hear.”

"We are stoked to join the family at Tooth & Nail. It's exciting to get to make the records we want to make with so many good friends," says Shelton.

Consisting of 12 tracks, No Direction was produced by Jasen Rauch (Breaking Benjamin) at Harker House Studios in Springfield, TN, and features guest vocals by Dan Marsala of The Story Of The Year on the track “The Lesser Worth.”

No Direction Track Listing:

1. No Direction
2. The End
3.  The Lesser Worth (feat. guest vocals by Dan Marsala of The Story of The Year)
4.  The Raconteur
5. Hang on Love
6.  The Wildest Ocean
7.  Mors Tua Nos Vita
8. Kill Any Excuse
9. Heartbreak In Melody
10. Don’t Let Me Down
11. Young and Dangerous
12. Distance and Resolution
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Artist: Children 18:3
Album: On The Run
Release Date: June 19, 2012
Label: Tooth & Nail Records

Over the past 20 years, punk rock has been the fuel for the teenager or 20 something who have searched for an escape from conventional pop or rock that flows through our radios and everyday pop culture. Since their first release back in 2008, Children 18:3 have constantly been crafting good punk music in the purest sense, and four years later, the band have truly found their niche with On The Run. While no real new musical ground is really broken, the sibling trio have created what is their most cohesive project yet.

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HUNDREDTH's music video for "Weathered Town" has been premiered excusively on Alternative Press' web site and can be found here The video was directed by Micheal Dean and features footage from the band's tour of Europe alongside Vanna. The song comes from the band's abum 'Let Go', which is availble in stores and online now from Mediaskare Records.

The band will be heading back out on the road alongside Defeater, Rotting Out, and Silver Snakes beginning August 27th; followed by another tour of Europe with Walls of Jericho, Death Before Dishonor, and Betrayal. Here are the band's upcoming tour dates:

w/ Defeater, Rotting Out, Silver Snakes
8/24 Houston, TX - Walters on Washington
8/25 Austin, TX - Red 7
8/26 Dallas, TX - Club Dada
8/27 Midland, TX - Pinebox
8/28 Albuquerque, NM - Gasworks
8/29 Mesa, AZ - The Underground
8/30 San Diego, CA - Che Cafe
8/31 Anaheim, CA - Chain Reaction (w/ Blacklisted)
9/1 Anaheim, CA - Chain Reaction (w/ Blacklisted)
9/4 Canoga Park, CA - Cobalt Cafe
9/5 Camarillo, CA - Rock City
9/6 Fresno, CA - CYC
9/7 Berkley, CA - 924 Gilman

w/ Walls of Jericho, Death Before Dishonor, Betrayal
9/10 Hannover, Germany - Musikzentrum
9/11 Leipzig, Germany - Conne Island
9/12 Solothurn, Switzerland - Kofmehl
9/13 Esslingen Am Neckar, Germany - Komma
9/14 Muchen, Germany - Backstage
9/15 Usmate Velate, Italy - Un Tranquillo Weekend Di Paura Festival
9/16 Saarbruken, Germany - Garage
9/17 Paris, France - Glalzart
9/18 Antwerp, Belgium - Muziekcentrum Trix
9/19 Berlin, Germany - SO 36
9/20 Cham, Germany - LA
9/22 Koln, Germany - Essigfabrik
9/23 Den Bosch, Netherlands - W2
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The Weight of Glory: Songs Inspired by the Works of CS Lewis cover art

Inspired by the many books and literature of C.S. Lewis, the eclectic singer-songwriter Heath McNease has just released his new album, The Weight of Glory. The album can be steamed below, and can be downloaded for free or purchased with a variety of options, which include a hard copy, t-shirt or even the chance to bring Heath to your town!

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Cold Hard Want

Artist: House of Heroes
Album: Cold Hard Want
Release Date: July 10, 2012
Label: Gotee Records

To anyone that has said rock music is dying, they haven't heard House of Heroes. A beacon of hope in the midst of disarrayed radio rock, Cold Hard Want strikes at a time that is crucial. After a seemingly great discography, this new album takes things up a notch (if at all possible) and really goes all out with heart and grit, a much more edgier result than 2010's summer pop rock-laden Suburba. Cold Hard Want is also the band's first album with Paul Moak (Lovedrug, Third Day, Mat Kearney), adding in perhaps some of the raw, untapped energy that hasn't been evoked from the band since moments of The End Is Not The End.

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Following up 2010's fantastic instrumental release Feedback and the controversial and thought provoking Stockholm Syndrome, Derek Webb has just released his new album, Ctrl, at his website a month before the retail release (on September 4th at iTunes, Amazon, etc.). A three song sampler of the album is also available via Noisetrade, and can be downloaded through the widget below.