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Music Video: The Paper Kites - "Electric Indigo"

The Paper Kites have released the official video for the new single "Electric Indigo" from their sophomore album twelvefour - out on August 28.

The album's out now for pre-order on iTunes, and you'll get "Electric Indigo" as an instant download.

twelvefour, written entirely between midnight and four in the morning, explores the theory that an artist's creative peak lays within these hours. Front-man Sam Bentley forfeited two sleepless months in preparation for recording.

 

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Dan's best albums of 2015 (so far)

We're halfway through 2015 already - and tonnes of great music has been released. Here's a list of my top album picks of 2015 so far, with handy iTunes & Spotify links so you can check them out.

Best albums of 2015 so far

WORSHIP

Bethel Music

We Will Not Be Shaken

iTunes

 

Aaron Gillespie

Grace Through The Wandering

iTunes

Spotify

Passion

Even So Come

iTunes

Spotify

United

Empires

iTunes

Spotify

GENERAL

Needtobreathe

Live From The Woods

iTunes

Spotify

Paper Cranes 折り鶴

The Road Home

iTunes

Spotify

Abandon Kansas

Alligator

iTunes

Spotify

Twenty One Pilots

Blurryface

iTunes

Spotify

August Burns Red

Found In Far Away Places

iTunes

Spotify

EPs

Jon Foreman

The Wonderlands: Sunlight EP

iTunes

Spotify

Kings Kaleidoscope

Live in Focus EP

iTunes

Spotify

Wolves at the Gate

Reprise EP

iTunes

Spotify

John Mark & Sarah McMillan

You Are The Avalanche EP

iTunes

 

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Derek Webb celebrates 10 years of Mockingbird

Derek Webb is planning to commemorate the 10th birthday of Mockingbird with a special edition vinyl release, remixes, and a live album.

He's using kickstarter to fund the whole thing, and after only a couple of days, he's a quarter of the way to his $17,500 goal. 30NZD (20 bucks US) gets you the digital download of the video & audio from the Nashville full-band concert as well as a digital download of the Mockingbird remix album, re:mockingbird. Add $10 and you get one of vinyl presses.

As an artist, I'm always so grateful when an album seems to really connect. And most of the time, I'm just as surprised as anyone at what comes out in these records and songs, when and why those moments of resonance happen. If Mockingbird was one of those moments for you, or maybe you're just discovering it now, I hope you'll support this campaign. This is something I would love to do along with you, and I cannot do without you.

Check out Mockingbird on Spotify:

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Chris August releases pop mashup

Pop at it's finest, Chris August put together an awesome mashup of hits by Taylor Swift and N'SYNC featuring "Bad Blood" and "Bye Bye Bye." Because why not, right?

Here's to hoping there are more of these to come.

Check out the mashup below:

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That time Katy Perry stage-flipped at a Relient K show

Okay, so, before Katy Perry was Katy Perry, she operated as a Christian artist under her actual name, Katy Hudson. Somewhere between 2003 and 2005, she and Relient K frontman Matt Thiessen were dating.

As we can see in this video, she, being a supportive girlfriend, took to the stage during Relient K's cover of Eminem's "Lose Yourself." After waving a sign around, she decided diving off the stage would be fitting. After jumping, however, she probably had second thoughts, because she absolutely ate it on the way down. While we don't get a good angle, Matt stops the song fairly quickly to see if she's okay.

That flip though...

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Anberlin To Release another Live Album

Back in May of this year, Tooth & Nail Records delighted fans by releasing a live recording of a special night on Anberlin's final tour last year, in which they played their album Never Take Friendship Personal from front to back. Now, on July 24th, the label will be releasing Cities: Live In New York City, offering up a live recording on the beloved fan-favourite album from the same tour.

To sweeten the deal, on September 4th, the label will be releasing a special double-vinyl release of the BOTH albums together, with Never Take Friendship Personal in a Royal Blue Variant and Cities in an Orange Crush Variant. You can preorder the vinyl release here in the Tooth & Nail store, and the digital versions will be released to buyers on July 24, the Cities release date.

BONUS: Reports say they also filmed the concerts... so here's hoping for a live DVD some time soon!!

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Sanctus Real's Matt Hammitt Announces Departure From Band

After a 20 year history together and seven albums, Matt Hammitt, the lead singer of Sanctus Real, has announced he will be leaving the band this December. Both Matt and his fellow band members have taken time to draft personal statements so that their fans can hear from them first hand and in their own words.

From Matt's blog post (which you can read in full here):

Over the past few months, I've felt the Lord calling me into a new mission field, into a new season of life... "I've been traveling far and wide singing the song 'Lead Me', but now I want to sing it less and live it more." I mean that genuinely, with all of my heart. I've always struggled to reconcile my life on the road away from [my wife] Sarah and the kids, but after all these years I'm now confident that my calling is to be at home more, consistently making God and family my ultimate priority. My primary gifting as a communicator is simply sharing my life and heart with people, and they're going to get the best of that.

Chris Rohman also wanted to share thoughts on behalf of he and the rest of the band on Matt's departure and the future of Sanctus Real (read statement in full here)

As for the rest of the band... This is a time for us to ask you to pray for us. We have a passion to use the platform of Sanctus Real to write new music that will continue to influence not just the church world, but reach well beyond anything we could imagine and offer hope to the lost and weary wherever they are. Some may say it's just music. But to me it couldn't be anything more. Music filled with the Holy Spirit speaks to my soul, it's what moves me and it's a gift God uses to bring incredible life-change to those that hear it.

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