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The Hometown Boy - Kyle Kupecky of Anthem Lights

[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.

The Opening Band

[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.

Will Red Rock My Face Off?

[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.

Third Day progresses with new album titled Move

[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

The End of an Era of Rock and Roll -The Elms final show

[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.

Creation Festival Northeast "Awards"

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. 

The Grammy Awards via Twitter

Each year, the timing of the Grammy Awards aligns with the annual dinner at my church.  Sure, I suppose I could record the festivities.  But the likelihood that I would watch it later is slim.  I used to watch every music related awards ceremony available as a child, yet over the years I have lost interest.

My take on the new Newsboys

Maybe I will come out with a different[img_assist|nid=2127|title=Newsboys or dc Talk?|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=239|height=163] feeling next week after seeing the Newsboys at the Winter Jam Spectacular.  But as I look back to my first experience seeing former dc Talk member Michael Tait as lead singer of the Newsboys was … interesting.