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Looking for Christian Alt Rock/Indie Music

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Initial post: Jul 20, 2011 12:10:20 PM PDT
Kimberly says:
God has finally won the battle for my ear and I no longer want to fill my car or home with music that isn't uplifting my spirit. However, I need help in discovering Christian music beyond the praise and worship songs sung at church. I have always loved alt rock and indie music like Incubus, Foo Fighters, Kings of Leon, Radiohead...etc. Any suggestions?

Posted on Jul 20, 2011 12:23:54 PM PDT
Skillet, Kutless, Thousand Foot Krutch, Seventh Day Slumber, 12 Stones, Red, Decyfer Down, Demon Hunter are some of my rock favs

Relient K, MxPx, FM Static are fun bands

Sharif Iman is indie, acoustic rock

I hope this helps as a start. Check out You can hear lots of bands and find your flavor.

Posted on Jul 20, 2011 12:25:44 PM PDT
Kimberly says:
Thank you!!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 20, 2011 3:05:26 PM PDT
You might also like Josh Garrells (funk influenced folk-rap), Resurrection Band (classic Rock), David Crowder Band (intelligent Worship), John Mark McMillan (Americana rock worship) and his wife Sarah McMillan (only one album, but it's brilliant).

God bless and have fun finding new acts you like!

Posted on Jul 20, 2011 5:45:21 PM PDT
Neal Morse - start with his 'Testimony' double cd and go from there.

Ted Leonard - 'Way Home'.

Although Neal has way more offerings both as a solo artist and with his other groups, Spock's Beard and Transatlantic, Ted Leonard from Enchant and Thought Chamber, offers up 14 great songs from his solo release.

Posted on Jul 20, 2011 8:05:30 PM PDT
Not to be snobby, but in what possible sense could bands like the Foo Fighters or Incubus be considered "Indie" or "Alternative"? I mean, they're on major labels selling millions of records playing derivative styles that have dominated rock for only the past 2 decades. What are they alternatives to? whom are they independent of? I don't think they're bad necessarily just not alternative in any real sense. Just call them hard rock or whatever. Sorry for the rant, it's just a pet peeve of mine.

the Danielson Famile, Pedro the Lion, the Mountain Goats - now THOSE were alternative Christian bands.

Posted on Jul 21, 2011 12:41:15 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 21, 2011 12:43:20 AM PDT
Brandon B. says:
You HAVE to check out Don't Wake Aislin
Don't Wake Aislin

Posted on Jul 21, 2011 12:42:31 AM PDT
TheoGrouch says:
Check out Kerry Livgren; he supplied a lot of the spirituality in Kansas.
Also check out some of the later Bride albums from Drop to the more recent. bridepub dot com is their website, and it's still active.
You might accidentally like Petra and The Daniel Band.
Maybe Mark Farner as well. He used to be with Grand Funk Railroad.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 23, 2011 8:33:36 AM PDT
C.P.-I know exactly what you're saying. "Alternative" as it existed in the early to mid-90s (as an *alternative* to pop and metal) doesn't exist today. It's now a mainstream genre. But there still needs to be a descriptor for this type of music since it's still being produced.

Um, Pedro the Lion was Christian? Was like now they're secular or was like the band no longer exists? I just figured they were a regular secular "alternative" band...

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 23, 2011 11:43:04 AM PDT
Pedro the Lion started as a Christian band that played outside the normal Christian circles (with some exceptions) because David Bazan used some harsh language against the church, as well as some occasional cursing. Unfortunately, he is now agnostic, though his music has stayed interesting.

Posted on Oct 24, 2011 7:42:18 PM PDT
Yeah. What Joshua said. Looking back on this I think the Mountain Goats are even more of a stretch to call Christian band even though they did have quite a few biblical themed songs.

Posted on Oct 27, 2011 6:38:08 PM PDT
N. Bragg says:

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2011 8:53:26 AM PDT
R. Hayes says:
Alter My Perception

But look for the single for .99 Cents


In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2011 3:42:35 AM PDT
Robbienz says:
These are all fantastic bands, probably in my preferred order...

John Mark McMillan
Josh White (not the blues guy)
Jon Foreman

Yeah, I love Bob Dylan and rough grungy music, or put another way, I cannot stand "pretty" music.

Posted on Nov 12, 2011 2:18:16 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 12, 2011 2:26:50 PM PST
DFA1977 says:
Here's a list I made to help answer this question...this isn't "worship" music but it's music made by Christians who are worshiping their Creator by utilizing the talents that He's given them...

Am I the only one distressed by how hard it is to come up with a list like this?! I know there's genius Christian musicians out there...

p.s. I love ellipses.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2011 5:51:07 PM PST
Cody Miller says:
You should check out the band Mosteller. They have an EP called On the Brightside that is pretty killer.

Posted on Nov 16, 2011 4:12:23 AM PST
Jonathon says:
Smalltown Poets
The Waiting
Bill Mallonee (and his band Vigilantes of Love, especially)
The Kry
Since these are almost all out of print, they are usually cheap buys on Amazon, but well worth it.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2011 1:48:27 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 17, 2011 1:51:03 AM PST
Here are two of my favorite Artists/Albums that many don't know of. 1) Most will be surprised by this one. Jonny Lang-Turnaround (2006) This is his "Born Again" Gospel CD. Jonny may have electrified the Rock and Blues Genre from his early teens into adulthood but none of his Gold and Platinum Secular albums earned him a Grammy over his Fireplace. As well, Jonny was spiraling into drug, and alcohol addiction before Jesus literally knocked him down and made him confess. Accepting Christ, Jonny stopped all the drugs, booze, and cigarettes instantly. This is his most inspired album ever because of his new life in Christ. And it won him a Grammy in the Gospel category. My favorites are "Only a Man" and "That Great Day" for a gritty old-tyme Gospel feel. "Back on my Feet again" is rousing and uplifting. The title tune "Turnaround" suggests the promise that it's never too late to turn to God and Turnaround our lives. His "Live at the Ryman" album features many of his Turnaround songs being performed live. If you get a chance to see him perform, jump at it.

2) Josh Garrels. The Portland based artist is amazing. Josh is very indie, folk, and even hip-hop in style. His lyrics are very inspiring and this singer-songwriter has an amazing and rare uniqueness in his vocal quality and range. He has an almost yodeling timbre that is compelling and beautiful. His latest album "Love and War and the Sea in Between" is available here on Amazon. My favorite songs are "Farther Along" "White Owl" "Ulysses" and "Revelator" with it's hip-hop funkiness. This album is available as a free download at his website, or on who also have available his older albums, "Jacaranda" and "Over Oceans" available for Download. Hope you enjoy them both as much as I....

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2011 1:55:38 AM PST
Josh Garrels (free download of his new album on his website) and he's too good for the "pretty" market.

Jonny Lang yes THAT Jonny Lang... his TURNAROUND gospel CD in 2006 won a Grammy for Gospel. He's born again and better than ever on guitar. His "Live at the Ryman" CD is great for his live performances and extended riff's on the Gospel tunes he performs along with his older secular music melded together in this Live CD.

Posted on Dec 9, 2011 11:05:26 AM PST
Josh Garrels and John Mark Mcmillan are whats up! Check out these two websites, or these are truly independent artists. noisetrade is not all christian but about 20% but come and live is all christian.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 9, 2011 11:07:35 AM PST
Kimberly says:
I saw Gungor and John Mark McMillan open for David Crowder Band last month and was impressed with both.

Posted on Dec 16, 2011 4:39:41 PM PST
Peachmom says:
Check out Steve Owsinski, a new independent singer/songwriter. His music is available for download on Amazon, itunes, and Please write a review if you like it!

Posted on Dec 19, 2011 6:17:46 AM PST
Derek Shaver says:
Check this out


Experimental metal

Posted on Dec 22, 2011 11:43:18 AM PST
I hear FaithStruck is pretty goodFaithStruck - How I Need You They are new and unknown but I was quite surprised.

Posted on Dec 30, 2011 12:06:19 PM PST
Trisha Lynn says:
How about Newsboys (mentioned to me by a friend) or P.O.D. (Payable on Death)? I don't know if these groups fall into either category because I don't listen to either. Well, I liked P.O.D.'s "Youth of a Nation" and downloaded a copy. Again, I don't know about either, but I did read up on P.O.D. on Wikipedia.
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