In April 2009, those of us here at inReview who follow Switchfoot wrote about the band’s plan to release Vice Verses in 2010, after only releasing Hello Hurricane in November, 2009. Switchfoot had announced on Twitter that the makings of four albums were already in the pipeline.
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[img_assist|nid=2962|title=Kyle Kupecky|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=503|height=640]Several years ago, friends of mine told me about a handsome young man with a wonderful voice. This promising singer attended the same church as my cohorts, not far from where I live. One friend once claimed that some day I would see his name with my work with music.
[img_assist|nid=2915|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=180|height=180]When folks surrounding me at a concert mumble about not wanting to sit through the opening band, I often remind them that the headliner was once an opening band. Sure, there are times when I might want time to hurry up so the main band can get on stage. Yet often, I am ushered in to new music that I appreciate and maybe even become a fan.
[img_assist|nid=2830|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=180|height=180]Often when a seasoned edgy rock band puts out new material, I ponder at what point the music will mellow. After all, it seems to be a pattern that I like a band’s earlier music, but stay away from older albums when the music reaches a bit calmer feel. So when I received a copy of Red’s third album, Until We Have Faces, set to release on February 1st, I cringed at the thought of what the music would sound like.
[img_assist|nid=2610|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=180|height=180]Recently yet another “jaded” thought about new music, whether from a seasoned band or a new artist, ran through my head. That explains in part why I haven’t paid as much attention to the timing of upcoming releases. In the past I had been more mindful of new albums and always kept a lot of dates in my head. So when I received the pre-release for Third Day’s next album Move arrived just as I was about to leave for another summer music festival, I thought, “I shouldn’t ha
[img_assist|nid=2424|title=The Elms final show|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=205|height=300]After a 10 hour drive, a two hour wait outside the venue, about an hour waiting through the opener and a set change, The Elms hit the stage at about 10:00 PM. Owen Thomas, lead singer, walked onto the stage with what seemed to be a tear in his eye. This show was to be the last for The Elms, whose career spans ten years. A little over four hours later, the show culminated with a bunch of tired musicians and a satisfied audience.
Music festivals are often a highlight of each summer. As music-a-holic who also craves warm weather and sunshine, what better way to spend a few vacation days each year. I did not get a chance to blog from the fest, but soon after arriving home from Creation Northeast this year, I reflected on my experience. Mind you - there is a lot more to Creation fest than music. But this is what rolled out of my thoughts and is now about to fill this page. If I had to give out awards this year, the following would be the results.