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Kutless — one of the hottest Christian alternative rock bands — will be playing for the world next month, when it performs during the Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.

The band is grabbing attention right now with “Sea of Faces,” a song which describes how God sees each person as more than simply one in a million faces. This mid-tempo hit is actually atypical for a band known for driving guitars and blasting vocals. However, it might offer the perfect message to a city packed with hundreds of thousands of people from around the world.

Kutless will be part of two concerts sponsored by Athens during the Aug. 13-29 games. The first will be Aug. 27 in the city center at the Omonia Square. The second will be Aug. 28 at the base of the Acropolis at the Monastiraki. An Aug. 29 concert at the Koropi will be for more than 2,500 missionaries from around the world.

If you aren’t stationed at Souda Bay, Crete, or the U.S. Embassy in Athens — or have tons of leave and cash — a trip to the Greek capital is probably out of the question. You can still check the band out online at www.air1.com — one of the best Christian rock stations and worth checking out.

On the Web: www.kutless.com.

Disc tip

I suspect a few nostalgic folks will consider grabbing “Veggie Rocks,” in which some of Christian music’s biggest artists offer new versions of the odd little ditties from “VeggieTales” videos.

Some of the disc’s tunes are pretty good, such as the O.C. Supertones’ revved-up “I Can Be Your Friend” and Relient K’s hyperactive “The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything.” Others are just plain fun, such as Steven Curtis Chapman and his sons Will and Caleb on “I Love My Lips.”

However, a few miss the mark — possibly because the artists didn’t dive into the goofiness in true Veggie fashion. These include Michael Tait’s “His Cheeseburger” and Skillet’s “Stand.”

Overall, the CD has some novelty value but most of the tracks aren’t for repeat listening. Or at least that’s what I thought until my 10-year-old sons got their hands on it. Veggie fans since infancy, they practically wore it out. Perhaps the best market for this disc consists of children moving from kids’ fare to more grown-up Christian music. On the Web: www.veggierocks.com.

— Today’s Praise is a roundup of news and reviews from the contemporary Christian music industry. It appears twice a month on the Religion page.


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