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Well it's about time I reckon. Paramore have announced that their new album Paramore will be released in April 2013.
The whole making of this album was a rediscovering of ourselves as a band and as friends. It was a process that allowed us the freedom to explore new territory artistically and to liberate ourselves as musicians, singers, as people! Sincerely, we feel that the best way to give it a name is just to call it what it is. This album is us.
The Almost have finished recording their new album! The follow up to Monster Monster will be called The Fear Inside Our Bones and will be out in the first half of 2013.
New record is done, and we're leaving for our first US tour in a long while. Stoked for that! East coast - get your shoes on.— The Almost (@TheAlmost) December 8, 2012
Want a little more free music to add to the collection? Chris August has released a 16-track album of some independantly released tunes.
If you like what you here, make sure you pick up The Upside Of Down - his latest album from earlier this year.
With a new song "Words" hitting radio pretty soon, I'm stoked to hear that Hawk Nelson are going to release their new album Made on April 2 next year.
"We're still that high energy band that a church or youth group would book if they want to have a fun youth night," says new lead singer Jonathan Steingard. "We want to take what we've been and not leave it behind, but grow it a little bit and hopefully be a lot more intentional about what we're saying."
Once Parachute Festival 2013 is done and dusted (and we are serious about the dust - have a shower after) the live music summer continues with The Ember Days and Saving Grace taking Sleeping Giant around New Zealand.
Jan 30 Zeal in West Auckland (Come & Live! New Zealand Conference 2013)
Jan 31 Capital Vineyard Church in Wellington
Feb 01 Void in Hamilton
Feb 02 Ohope Christian Fellowship in Ohope
Feb 03 Lifezone Church in Tauranga
Oh heck yes!
Our friends over at jesusfreakhideout.com have released the second in a series of free album samplers called Songs We've Been Trying To Tell You About (And Others We Haven't). Volume Two features 38 songs from a bunch of different genres, and includes Life FM artists like Andy Hunter, The Digital Age, Jason Dunn (formerly from Hawk Nelson), and Parachute 2013 artists White Collar Sideshow.
Start of the summer playlist = sorted.
PS If you didn't get the first volume, it's still free here.