Friday, March 27, 2015

Annual Manual

Posted March 25, 2015in The Sound

Learning to fly

Flyleaf had an interesting problem on its hands. Normally, when an act achieves some level of success in the realm of “Christian music,” it is not uncommon to see that band attempt to downplay its ties to the Christian community. Not necessarily for any lack of faith, but out of

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Posted March 18, 2015in The Sound

Spreading the Word

When you’re looking at the width and breadth of contemporary Christian music and checking the musical topography for the highest points, it is hard to get much higher than Chris Tomlin. The 42-year-old Texan has been making music since 1993 and has been responsible for some of the biggest, most

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Posted March 11, 2015in The Sound

Preach on

Reverend Horton Heat has spent the past 25 years melting the faces of anyone who strays too close. The act, consisting of Jim “Reverend Horton” Heath, upright bassist Jimbo Wallace and drummer Scott Churilla, serves as the gold standard for modern rockabilly, and the trio is lauded by fans for

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Posted March 04, 2015in The Sound

Big all over

Despite the name, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band is just three people: The Reverend himself, Washboard Breezy Peyton and drummer Ben Bussell. But what the band lacks in actual size, it makes up for in sound. Self described as “high energy country blues” Reverend Peyton’s musical output is a potent

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Posted February 25, 2015in The Sound

Sardinas does it his way

Eric Sardinas is a road warrior. He’s one of those guys who never seem to find commercial success, even in the face of blinding talent. Sardinas makes up for the lack of radio play by relentlessly touring and getting in front of fans the old fashioned way: one stage at

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Posted February 18, 2015in The Sound

Always in motion

For fans of the Minneapolis-based Motion City Soundtrack, it can be hard to believe that 10 years have passed since the release of the band’s seminal album, “Commit This to Memory.” But a decade it has, indeed, been, and to commemorate that fact, the band is embarking on a nationwide

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Posted February 11, 2015in The Sound

Brave new world

It used to be that any kind of large-scale success in the music business was a bit like going through the minors to become a big league ball player. You toiled for a while, paying your dues in local circuits as an independent musician, then, if you were good enough,

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Posted February 04, 2015in The Sound

Business as usual

Minneapolis has a well-earned reputation for pumping out quality music. Legendary acts like Prince or the Replacements are the most obvious examples, but they’re hardly the end-all. Hit up a club any night of the week there, and you can see the direct descendants of acts like those performing throughout

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Posted January 28, 2015in The Sound

Powering through

Powerman 5000 isn’t what you think they are. For nearly a quarter century, the Boston-based act has been confounding fans and detractors alike, mainly by refusing to be easily categorized. But for Spider One, Powerman 5000′s charismatic frontman and the band’s only original member, that’s what it’s all about. “I’m

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Posted January 21, 2015in The Sound

Driven By Faith

Jeremy Camp has heard it all before. Christian music artists are not cool. Christian music is just the purview of home-schooled Jesus freaks. You cannot be successful — not really successful anyway — by singing Christian music. That is the reason why any Christian act that has attained a level

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