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Cornerstone Festival Schedules
April 21, 2009, 9:37 pm
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Schedules for Cornerstone Festival are now posted online . Schedules of the weeks events that are up now include schedule of bands, Breakaway Programs for teens, kid’s programs and schedule of games.

Check them out, and get excited!

Photo taken from Cornerstone Festival website.

Photo taken from Cornerstone Festival website.


The House and The Human
April 21, 2009, 9:25 pm
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Sixty-nine more days until Cornerstone Festival, and the race for the New Band Showcase is heating up.

The House and The Human, photo taken from his MySpace

The House and The Human, photo taken from his MySpace

The House and The Human, which consists of acoustic/folk musician David Jahns from Roselle, Ill., is hoping to earn enough votes to become a finalist.

Jahns’ songs are simplistic in the way that it’s just him and his guitar, but there is something very beautiful and endearing about his music and lyrics that tell stories of life and love.

I got to ask Jahns, from The House and The Human, a couple of questions, which are below.

What is different, or what are you trying to do differently, that sets you apart from other musicians?

Well, first off I don’t write my songs for the purpose of just being another catchy song. I write them because they mean something to me or they have a message that I would like to get across to my listeners. Second, I think my voice sets me apart from other bands and artists because I can’t really sing that well, and it’s not the typical high pitched, poppy, pretty voice like you hear from most artists.

What could being a New Band Showcase finalist at Cornerstone Festival possibly mean for you and your music?

It would just mean a lot of great exposure. If someone in the crowd could hear my songs and relate or be touched by them, that’s all I could really ask for.

Is there anything new with The House and The Human that people should know about?

I will be releasing a 6-song EP titled It began with a chorus… this summer. It will be available through iTunes and Amazon.

The Reliques
April 8, 2009, 3:06 am
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I first listened to The Reliques, an acoustic folk duo from Austin, Texas, a couple of days ago when I found them listed as one of the bands competing for votes to become a Cornerstone Festival New Band Showcase finalist.

The Reliques

The Reliques, picture take from their MySpace

Their songs are beautiful yet raw with emotions about the joys and struggles of living life for Jesus. Their smooth, soulful voices draw you in, and their lyrics, while reflecting on God’s grace, tug at your heart. Their songs of praise had me singing along just after listening to them once. This is definitely a band to watch because they have the potential and the passion to be big.

I got to ask Sarah Dossey from The Reliques a couple of questions, and her answers are below.

Could you tell me what The Reliques’ mission as a band is?

Our mission as a band is to fully live for Christ. We want to share the word of God through our music in a way that is honest and vulnerable. Christian music doesn’t have to be about a particular sound or a band dynamic. We are all different people, and thus we have different life experiences. As a band, Sarah and I just want to be honest (for the good or the bad.)

The Reliques

The Reliques, picture take from their MySpace

If The Reliques become one of the finalists for the New Band Showcase at Cornerstone, what do you think this could possibly mean for the band?

If we were selected as a band to perform in the showcase, it would be huge. We started playing together in October of last year, and living in Austin, the farthest we’ve “toured” is Dallas!

It would be a big step for us, but so exciting as well. Sarah and I really love an adventure… and road trip games! Otherwise, it would be so fun to just hang out with other Jesus lovers who also happen to love music.

Is there anything new with your group that we should know about at the moment?

We just released our first EP, Peacock Wood. It’s a pretty great album, if I do say so myself. Our friend, Bryan Douglas Phillips, produced it and did an amazing job. Its got this great folk and gospel sound to it, which is a nice look at our music.

If anyone is interested, we’re on CD Baby and some day iTunes!

The Devil Wears Prada, Will the new cd be a no or a go?
April 5, 2009, 11:49 pm
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Well, I’m sure this is old news for anyone awaiting the release of The Devil Wears Prada’s new record, With Roots Above and Branches Below, “Dez Moines,” one of the new songs on the album, has been posted on their MySpace.

The Devil Wears Prada new album cover

The Devil Wears Prada new album cover

For some reason, I’ve been worried that The Devil Wears Prada might change their sound since they are getting more popular, especially outside the realm of Christian music. Many bands seem to do this. Maybe its just me not liking a particular direction of band, but why do they seem to change once they start to get popular? I’m probably just selfish in hoping bands continue to create music that I will enjoy, but I wouldn’t be a fan if I didn’t.

Anyways, fans will be pleased with The Devil Wears Prada if this song is a true reflection of the entire new album. The song exhibits the band keeping in touch with their roots, but progressing towards something even better. This is good news for any fan. The song mixes hardcore breakdowns, metal riffs, catchy sing-a-longs and haunting synths, which defines The Devil Wears Prada’s signature sound.

The album is expected to be released on May 5, on Ferret Records.

Look for The Devil Wears Prada at Cornerstone Festival this summer. Should be an awesome show, after their one year hiatus from the festival last summer.