Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Fall Album Releases & Tours

With summer coming to a close and fall looming just around the corner (can’t come soon enough) there are also a lot of new tunes and tours just around the corner as well. Some of your favorite artists are gearing up to release much anticipated albums and head out on some must see fall tours. This is a good season for some new and awesome music that you don’t want to miss. Read below for a list of albums and tours that I’m looking forward to!

Album Releases:

Vice Verses by Switchfoot


(September 27, 2011/Credential Recordings)

It’s hard to believe that San Diego rock band, Switchfoot (who happens to be my very favorite band) is gearing up to release their 8th studio album. The cd entitled, “Vice Verses”, is set to hit the market on the 27th of this month, and I think it’s pretty safe to say that this has been one of the most anticipated albums of 2011. The guys have actually been talking about this record since the release of their last record, Hello Hurricane, in ‘09. Lead singer, Jon Foreman, has stated that the theme of Vice Verses is the polarity of life, “Vice Verses is a record of tension and release. It’s an attempt to describe the polarity of the human experience. The sunlight and shadow. The highs and lows, laughter and pain, hope and fear, doubts and belief.”  The first single, Dark Horses, is already receiving radio play and rave reviews. September 27th can’t come fast enough for me!

To pre-order “Vice Verses”, click Here

Odd Soul by Mutemath


(October 4, 2011/ Teleprompt / Warner Bros)

Rock/experimental band, Mutemath is set to release their 3rd album, “Odd Soul”, next month. I’ve been a longtime fan of these guys and always get excited to see what they have up their sleeve as I know it will be something crazy and creative. I recently heard the title track, “Odd Soul”, and let me tell you, it rocks! Lead singer, Paul Meany has said that they took a different approach to writing this record, doing it all alone, “The idea of complete isolation was the only thing that appealed to us. No camera guys, no producers, no engineers, no record label people, no management… NO ONE would hear or comment on what we were doing until we were done. The three of us would share the new found guitar duties, lock down in my house in New Orleans and not come out until we had something we thought was great. No matter how long that took. Thankfully, it only took about 6 months.” Be sure to pick up “Odd Soul” on October 4th and check these guys out on tour!

To pre-order “Odd Soul”, click Here

Ghosts Upon The Earth by Gungor


(September 20th/Brash Records)

I just recently discovered the passionate and moving worship music of the band, Gungor. I had been hearing a lot of buzz about these guys but had never heard any of their music. After one listen, I was head over heels for their creative and almost whimsical worship songs. They are just about to release a new album entitled, “Ghosts Upon The Earth”, on the 20th of this month. I have yet to hear any songs from this new record but I’m really looking forward to diving into it. If you aren’t familiar with Gungor and want to know more about this album check out this video they made where they discuss all that and more.

To pre-order “Ghosts Upon The Earth”, click Here

Emergency by The Ember Days

ember days

(August 30, 2011/Come&Live!)

New Zealand rock/worship band, The Ember Days hold such a special place in my heart. I’ve followed their music since I saw them in concert in ‘08 and they just keep getting better with each album. Their new album entitled, “Emergency”, actually just released on August 30th. The band has stated that the title of this new record came from a dream that Jason Belcher (vocals/guitar) had one night, “The title, Emergency, came from a dream I had of a burning house. It was on fire and there was sufficient time to put the fire out, but everyone in the house was asleep. God has been showing me how I need to match my priorities with His and love others as He loves me…with an unconditional love.”  The Ember Days are known for passionate worship songs with a rock twist and ethereal yet epic instrumentals. And from what I’ve heard of “Emergency” so far, it’s no exception.

“Emergency” is available for free download through Come&Live! as well as for purchase on iTunes 

The Great Awakening by Leeland


(September 20, 2011/Essential Records)

Baytown, Tx worship band, Leeland is set to release their 4th studio album on the 20th of this month. The theme that runs through the album entitled, “The Great Awakening”, is one of a revival of the body of Christ, and is said to be inspired by historical fathers of faith such as theologian Jonathan Edwards and Salvation Army founder, William Booth. And as lead singer, Leeland Mooring, has stated, it also seems to have marked a personal revival in their lives, “We've all been going through a personal revival in this band. We've felt God taking us out of a plateau, shaking us up and saying, 'Don't cruise anymore.'  That's where we are; feeling like God wants to bring a great awakening to this generation."  The band has seen some changes lately as one of the members recently left to join the army and the band added a new member, Jack and Leeland’s sister, Shelly, as bassist. But one thing that hasn’t changed is the band’s love for the Lord that comes through in their passionate worship music.

To pre-order “The Great Awakening”, click Here


Switchfoot & Anberlin -


(September 25, 2011 thru October 23, 2011)

Okay, I just realized that not only did I put Switchfoot’s cd 1st on the list but I also put their upcoming tour first too! That should tell you how much I kinda love these guys! ;) Any Switchfoot and Anberlin fan will tell you that this tour has been a long time coming. Fans have made it known for sometime now that this was a dream tour for a lot of them. When I first started hearing the rumors of a Switchfoot/Anberlin fall tour I just about flipped! Switchfoot and Anberlin both being two of my favorite bands. This co-headlining tour starts on the 25th of this month and runs through October. I’m planning on making it out to the Austin date in October and am beyond thrilled. As silly as it may sound, this show will be like my Christmas, no really, I’m not going to sleep the night before…I just know it! ;p This is sure to be a tour not to be missed. 

For tour dates, click Here

Music with a Mission Tour -


(September 01, 2011 thru October 16, 2011)

One of my favorite bands, Hawk Nelson, is headlining the first annual Music with a Mission Tour. This tour, which is in partnership with Compassion International and NewReleaseTuesday.com, is jam packed with Christian music favorites as well as a few up and coming bands. Music with a Mission seems somewhat reminiscent of The Rock & Worship Roadshow in that it’s about more than just a night of great music, “The MUSIC WITH A MISSION TOUR has partnered with several organizations, including Compassion International, Jedidiah Clothing and serving in support of TOMS shoes. Attendstar Ticketing will unite both fans and artists to prove that music is more than just a melody; it can have a genuine purpose.”  I’ve had the chance to see both Hawk Nelson and Fireflight in concert and they are amazing live bands. If you get the chance be sure to check it out!

For tour dates, click Here

 The 7 Tour -


(August 01, 2011 thru November 30, 2011)

If you’re behind on your Christian music news you may have not yet heard, yes, David Crowder Band is calling it quits. So many fans were upset and taken by surprise by the news. But the good news is they are in the middle of a farewell tour called “The 7 Tour”. And they are bringing some class acts along with them for this one last hurrah. I have had the privilege of seeing the David Crowder Band in concert last year at The Rock & Worship Roadshow and loved them. Be sure not to miss your chance to say goodbye to this great band.

For tour dates, click Here

The Rock and Worship Roadshow Fall Tour -1110

(November 03, 2011 thru November 20, 2011)

This has truly become of one my favorite tours, my family and I have gone twice and definitely plan to keep attending. The Rock & Worship Roadshow, which was started by MercyMe, had it’s first spring run back in 2009 and has been a huge success. They are now doing their first ever fall tour, with dates running throughout the month of November, hitting cities they missed on the spring tour. And they are taking along some really great bands for the ride. The funds from The Rock & Worship Roadshow go to an organization called, Imagine a Cure, benefiting children with Juvenile Diabetes. So not only is it for a great cause but it’s a wonderful night of rocking out and worshiping with thousands of people.

For tour dates, click Here

Sounds of Hope Tour -

sounds of hope

(September 01, 2011 thru November 15, 2011)

The Sounds of Hope Tour is sure to be more than just a concert, with co-headliners Building 429 and Leeland you can expect not only a night of great music but of worship as well. I had the chance to see Leeland in concert back when they first released “Sound of Melodies” and it was such a powerful worship experience. And from what Jack Mooring has stated, it sounds like this tour is no exception, "As our schedule allows, we want to have a church service before the concert and just worship, pray for people, lay hands on people, believe in God for healing and salvation; awakening, basically."  Also, opening for the Sounds of Hope Tour (great name by the way) is a new up and coming band called, Royal Tailor. I plan to catch a show later this month and I’m so excited for a great night of music and worship.

For tour dates, click Here

ValleyScapes Tour


(September 2011)

Tyler, Tx natives, Eisley have just begun a month long tour in support of their newest record, “The Valley”. The tour, which is called, ValleyScapes, also features the music of the band Marksmen and the Dupree’s younger sister, Christie. Eisley has been a favorite of mine since I saw them in concert back in ‘05. I loved getting a chance to hear all their lovely and whimsical music live. Unforutately I won’t be able to catch them this time around but if they are coming to a city near you, get out there and sing along!

For tour dates, click Here

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