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NEEDTOBREATHE Bayou Music Center, April 28

Without a whole lot of fanfare, South Carolina's NEEDTOBREATHE is probably the first band since Switchfoot to fully cross over from contemporary Christian music into the mainstream; beyond even that, they've become one of the biggest rock groups of the 21st century, period. Since their debut, 2006's Daylight, the group steered by brothers Bear and Bryant Rinehart has watched the audience for their acoustic-driven anthems and positive messages swell, winning accolades aplenty and courting secular fans by touring with Collective Soul and even Taylor Swift. Last year's fifth studio LP, the soulful and uplifting Rivers In the Wasteland, went on to become their most successful to date; earlier this month, the band released the companion album Live From the Woods.

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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