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The Meg is Closer to ‘Jaws’ Than ‘Sharknado’

MOVIE REVIEW When Steven Spielberg’s Jaws opened in theaters in 1975, it took the world by storm. Not only was the movie hugely popular as it was genuinely scary, it actually affected society in a strange way. Audiences began to have an irrational fear of sharks even when swimming at a lake. When Jaws 2 came to theaters three years later, everyone knew the catchphrase, “Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water…” Since then, it’s been hard for movie studios to be able to drum up the same excitement with their own Jaws knock-offs. Shark movies became a joke. Even Jaws 3 and Jaws: The Revenge were met with disdain (and with good reason). But sharks are still a popular subject, just not one that we take very seriously anymore.
This brings us to next big shark movie, The Meg which judging from the trailers alone, looks like another campy knock-off movie and while it indeed is campy, it isn’t as much as you would think. When comparing movies, The Meg is closer to Jaws tha…

Crowder – One of a Kind

David Crowder jams to his own "folktronica" music.
David Crowder jams to his own "folktronica" music. Photo Credit: Mary Caroline Mann / Bobby Russell
Though he looks like he would be more comfortable hanging out with the guys from Duck Dynasty instead of the contemporary Christian music scene, there is no doubt that David Crowder is huge. Though we have all been told not to judge a book by its cover and churches preach that it is what is on the inside that matters, Christian recording companies still go by the standard rules of presenting artists as cover models. However with his out of control hair, long beard and hunter-friendly clothing style, Crowder doesn’t fit the mold. He just is who he is, and proves that that is okay both personally and professionally.

In November 2012, Crowder released his first solo project, Crowder: iTunes® Session which featured stripped down versions of nine of his more popular songs during his time with the David Crowder Band. That project provided him with 22 Dove nominations and nine wins, not to mention two Grammy nominations as well.

David Crowder is honored with gold certification plaque.
Crowder is honored with an RIAA Gold Certification plaque
for David Crowder*Band's digital single "How He Loves"
with sixstepsrecords' Shelley Giglio and Mike McCloskey.
(Photo: The Media Collective)
Today, he and VEVO are premiering the music video for “Come As You Are” (which can be seen here) from his debut solo album Neon Steeple. The song has already hit the Top 15 on the National Christian Audience chart that reaches nearly 5 million radio listeners a week.


Playing his version of “folktronica to sold-out audiences, it has been a good year. Last weekend, Crowder wrapped up the “Neon Steeple Tour” with Capital Kings and All Sons & Daughters. The 30+ tour ended in Atlanta at the Tabernacle where he was honored with a plaque commemorating the RIAA Gold Certification of his digital single, “How He Loves,” originally recorded by the David Crowder Band for their album Church Music.




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