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50 STATES IN 50 WEEKS…WEEK 16: NEW YORK

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Home of: The Statue of Liberty, Lucille Ball, Beastie Boys, The Velvet Underground, Niagra Falls, Cyndi Lauper, George Gershwin, Gogol Bordello, The Fiery Furnaces, The Slackers, The Baseball Hall of Fame, Le Tigre, The Lovin’ Spoonful, The Ramones, Sonic Youth, TV on the Radio, Cannibal Corpse

Fun Facts: State flower; rose, state song; “I Love New York,” state animal; beaver

The Venues:

New York isn’t called “The City that Never Sleeps” for nothing. Sleeping would mean missing some of the best talent in the city (maybe even the world) at New York City’s seemingly endless list of live music venues. With a capacity of 20,000, Madison Square Garden has hosted performance from a slew of musical heavyweights over the past 50 years, including Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, The Rolling Stones, Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, John Lennon, Bob Marley, Madonna, Phish, U2 and Jay-Z. Sly Stone even got married on stage at Madison Square Garden during a Sly & The Family Stone performance. It just might be the most most famous venue in the US.

New York City was home to legendary punk clubs CBGB and Max’s Kansas City, where acts like The Ramones, Blondie, Television, Patti Smith, The New York Dolls and The Velvet Underground got their start. Unfortunately, Max’s closed in 1981 and CBGB was forced to close in 2006 due to a dispute over rent. For fans of the singer-songwriter sound, The Bitter End in New York City’s West Village is the place to hear new talent. For the past 19 years, The Bitter End played host to the New York Songwriters Circle, which has helped launch the careers of Norah Jones, Vanessa Carlton and Gavin DeGraw.

Having traded in their three-floor location between The Bowery and Broadway for digs in Brooklyn, The Knitting Factory opened its new location earlier this month with a performance from Les Savy Fav. The club boasts a 250-capacity performance space and a smaller sound proof bar. OurStage Marketplace venues The Delancey and Ace of Clubs both offer diverse live music calenders filled with rock, folk, hip hop and more.

The CMJ Music Marathon will be taking over New York City from October 20th through the 24th. Days will be filled with seminars, panels, Q&As, mentoring sessions and networking events while nights will hold more live music than you could shake a stick at. Venues all over New York City will be hosting shows featuring the biggest names and the next big things. The lineup is still being finalized for this year, but as of now showcasing artists include Pitbull, Altas Sound, Japandroids and OurStage Artists April Smith and the Great Picture Show, Metermaids, Amy Kuney, Crystal Antlers, The Mieka Canon (Mieka Pauley‘s new project), Modern Science and Shayna Zaid & The Catch.

The Music:

m_46adfedea18c49d2a234c6c8e22fce1cMetermaids – You might recognize hip hop upstarts Metermaids from Breakin’: An OurStage Breakdancing Playlist where Sam C. featured their song “A Breakdown In Chicago, Or How To Sabotage Your Own Happiness In Two Easy Steps” from their Sufjan Stevens mashup album Nightlife In Illinois. Their new song, the party starter “Turn The Lights Out” continues the Metermaids tradition of combining rock and hip hop. The “Turn The Lights Out” video, directed by Jon Yi (Mates of State, Twisted Sister) features the band  along with their friends and fans breaking out their best dance moves. They might look goofy, but once the music starts it’s impossible not to join in the fun. Catch Metermaids live at The Suffolk in NYC for their CMJ showcase October 24th.

QUXGHDKVJJMY-320x240Big Bang TV – Only in Brooklyn would a singer-songwriter, a DJ, a metal drummer and an accordionist decide to form a band. Big Bang TV’s sound is experimental while still being accessible: Boy/girl vocals float on top of post-punk guitars, synth, turntable breaks and laptop blips. “Marzipan” from Big Bang TV’s self-titled debut full length will have you singing along by the song’s end. Catch Big Bang TV live as they tour through the month of October in support of their new album. Click here for dates.

1139221110_lApril Smith and The Great Picture Show – While Perez Hilton is known for his no-holds-barred attitude towards celebrities, he has nothing but praise for New York City songstress April Smith and her band The Great Picture Show. Hilton featured Smith’s song “Colors” in the “Listen To This” section of his Web site last summer, describing the song as “…The kind of tune you’d hear on an episode of Grey’s Anatomy or in the next iPod commercial…sweet…quirky…and hooky.” Their retro pop sound earned April and the band a spot at this years Lollapalooza festival and song placement on MTV’s hit show The Hills. Love “Colors”? Want more? Check out “Terrible Things” in the playlist below! Catch April Smith and The Great Picture Show live at their CMJ showcases October 20th at The Canal Room and October 23rd at Arlene’s Grocery.

l_e31062430d5742f7d7bd280c5e9c0bffDujeous – Not many bands can garner praise from The Source, Pitchfork, Brooklyn Vegan and Nah Right, but New York City’s Dujeous (pronounced doo-jee-us) has done just that. Friends since elementary school, Dujeous is a live hip hop band, a la The Roots. Songs from their debut album, 2004′s City Limits have been featured in movies and television, and producer Mark Ronson called Dujeous “New York’s only hip hop band worth talking about.” After two successful mixtapes, Dujeous is getting ready to release their second full length record Day In Day Out. This album has the band exploring new lyrical topics, adding instruments like mellotron, koto and accordion to the mix and work with collaborators like John Legend and Sharon Jones. “Break Bread,” the album’s first single has the MCs talking about family troubles over backing vocals from John Legend.

Check out these acts and other great New York artists in the playlist below!

Who are your favorite OurStage New Yorkers? Where do you like to see live music in New York? Let us know in the comments!

PUNK ON THE ROCKS: LET THEM KNOW & PUNK COVERS

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The cover art for "Let Them Know"

On Tuesday, seminal Southern California punk label BYO (Better Youth Organization) Records celebrated their 25th anniversary by releasing the box set Let Them Know: The Story of Youth Brigade and BYO Records. The set includes the full-length documentary Let Them Know, directed by Jeff Alulis (Do You Remember? 15 Years of The Bouncing Souls and NOFX’s Backstage Passport), a full color hardcover coffee table book and, most interestingly, a 31-track double LP. While the documentary and book are well-put together, it’s the LP— a who’s who of punk covering songs from the BYO catalog—that has fans excited. Since BYO released music from Bouncing Souls, Alkaline Trio, 7 Seconds and Bad Religion in addition to label founders Youth Brigade, there were a lot of great tracks for the bands involved to choose from.  Some of the highlights include Pennywise covering “We’re Gonna Fight” by 7 Seconds, Dropkick Murphys playing “Fight To Unite” by Youth Brigade and Anti-Flag’s take on Unseen’s “1000 Miles.” This form of tribute seems more fitting than issuing a simple greatest hits album. Covers have played a prominent role in punk since the beginning of the genre.

Covers are about more than just cashing in on a popular song. They are a tribute to influential artists, not to mention a great way to expose songs to a new audience. It is widely known that Joey Ramone was hugely influenced by 60s pop and the girl group sound. The Ramones payed tribute to these influences by covering songs like The Ronettes’ “Baby, I Love You,” Chris Montez’ “Let’s Dance,” and The Trashmen’s “Surfin’ Bird.” Sid Vicious covered “I Wanna Be Your Dog” both live and on record, introducing the youth of Great Britain aware to the music of Iggy Pop and The Stooges. The Dead Kennedys included a deranged cover of the Elvis hit “Viva Las Vegas” on their album Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables, seemingly just for the fun of it. While covers had always been a part of punk, punk versions of non-punk songs became popular in a major way in the late 1990s to early 2000s. Vagrant Records’ popular Before You Were Punk series featured punk bands covering 80s new wave favorites, while the Fearless records Punk Goes… series of albums had modern day punk and pop-punk bands put their spin on the hits of metal, pop, crunk and more. This same time period saw the formation of the punk super group Me First & The Gimme Gimmes, whose entire repertoire consists of punk covers of their favorite songs across all genres. The punk cover trend is still going strong, with Weezer covering Lady Gaga and MGMT on their tour this past summer and MxPx releasing their second cover album. As long as there are garages, basements and VFW halls, there will be punk bands playing their favorite songs.

To see the preview for Let Them Know, click here.

For Let Them Know screenings and Youth Brigade live dates, click here.

For more information about the Let them Know box set, click here.

Check out some punk covers by OurStage artists in the playlist below!

MARKETPLACE NEWS: BOOK YOURSELF AT MILKBOY MAIN STAGE

The OurStage Marketplace connects artists looking for gigs with venues looking for new talent. With amazing opportunities both around the USA and the world, the OurStage Marketplace is the place to be for up-and-coming artists!

The crowd enjoying the show at the MilkBoy Main Stage

The crowd enjoying the show at the MilkBoy Main Stage

This week, we’re putting the spotlight on MilkBoy Main Stage at MilkBoy Coffee in Ardmore, PA. Located 15 minutes outside of Philadelphia, MilkBoy Coffee is a combination all-ages venue/coffee shop hosting original local talent and international touring bands. Boston indie heroes Jim’s Big Ego have graced the MilkBoy Main Stage, as have OurStage faves Viv Peyrat and Bojibian. Artists interested in recording their live show for a fair price can make use of the venue’s full Pro Tools setup and HD video recording capabilities. Check out some performances and audio recorded at the venue here.

MilkBoy Main Stage is currently looking for talent in the OurStage Marketplace. If you are a local band or have a good following in the area, take a look at the listings below and submit your EPK!

WMPPUEYLELGZ-320x24010/9/09: Philly area Folk/Bluegrass/Americana bands needed for bill with Gypsy Dave and the Stumpjumpers w/Fellswoop. Must have good local draw. Submit your EPK here

WMPPUEYLELGZ-320x24010/29/09: Philly area Jazz-influenced artist needed for bill with Nathan McEuen. Must have good local draw. Submit your EPK here.

For more about MilkBoy Main Stage at MilkBoy Coffee click here.

For more info about the OurStage Marketplace, check out the Marketplace FAQ section.

50 STATES IN 50 WEEKS…WEEK 15: WISCONSIN

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Home of: Les Paul, Liberace, The Chordettes, Garbage, The Promise Ring, The Green Bay Packers, Violent Femmes, Chris Farley, Killdozer

Fun Facts: State flower; wood violet, state song; “On Wisconsin,” state dance; polka

The Venues:
Milwaukee’s annual Summerfest was certified as the World’s Biggest Music Festival in 1999 by Guinness World Records, and with over 700 artists on 11 stages for 11 days, it’s easy to see why. Summerfest is known for having a diverse lineup, and this year’s festival was no exception. Headliners included Kenny Chesney, Elvis Costello and the Imposters, Stevie Wonder, KISS, Lupe Fiasco, Bob Dylan, No Doubt and Buddy Guy. If you’re country music fan, then you just might want to consider relocating to Wisconsin. The state hosts a slew of country festivals with big name artists including Country Jam USA, Hodag Country Festival, Country Thunder and Country USA.

Outside the summer festival season, The Rave/Eagles Club in Milwaukee serves as a one stop shop for music fans of all genres. Housed in a historic 1926 meeting hall, this entertainment complex includes 6 different venues— from the 1,500 capacity Rave Hall to the 400 capacity Rave Vibe Room. The 500 capacity, all ages Rave Bar is the place to catch soon-to-be superstars. Blink-182, Pearl Jam and Nirvana all made their Wisconsin debut there. National acts like John Mayer, Green Day, Megadeth and Jason Mraz play the larger Rave Hall and Eagles Hall. And, according to Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale, the Rave/Eagles Club has “America’s coolest dressing room.”

The Music:

l_6a8889d0d1752da21b8a4d61d9372606Cedarwell – Eric Neave is the heart of Cedarwell. The main songwriter for the band, he pulls in friends and fellow musicians to lend a hand with recording and live performances. Whether acoustic, introspective, delicate or rough, the music of Cedarwell is always captivating. “Black Lung” is the kind of song best enjoyed while sitting by a warm fire on a chilly winter evening.  If you are a fan of the wintry introspection of Bon Iver, Cedarwell might be your new favorite band.

m_ec9d96266cf644b3a826f0777ad893a6The New Loud - The New Loud plays energetic dance party punk in the vein of The Bravery and Hot Fuss-era The Killers. The band has slowly been building up buzz since their formation in 2001: “Secrets” from their 2006 EP ME(secrets)YOU was featured on the Hollister Co. Web site and in Hollister Co. stores for six months. This exposure helped to earn them over 40,000 Myspace plays in 12 months. The New Loud is currently working on their first full length album and will be playing CMJ 2009. They recently recorded a cover of Radiohead’s “2+2=5,” which can be streamed on their blog.

m_c94e3852c588860b439e8f3c3dfd13cfPale Young Gentlemen – Madison, Wisconsin’s Pale Young Gentlemen’s combination of indie rock with a string section (cello, viola and violin) has lead them to share the stage with Bishop Allen, Beach House, Cloud Cult and Andrew Bird. “Clap Your Hands,” from their 2007 self-titled debut album showcases the bands effortless blending of Eastern European folk influences with pop sensibilities. 2008′s Black Forest (Tra La la), Pale Young Gentlemen’s most recent album, has earned them rave reviews from VenusZine and Cokemachineglow. In addition to releasing an album in 2008, the band also recorded a haunting cover of M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes,” which you can listen to here.

m_879b66f531b942c2a598b7d6b092a7f2Will Phalen and The Stereo Addicts – For those of you who like a little experimentalism with your alt. country, check out “I Can’t Run” from Will Phalen and The Stereo Addicts’ new album Middle West. The album, produced by the band, has traditional folk instruments like banjo and mandolin rubbing shoulders with analog synthesizers and concert bells. Will Phalen and The Stereo Addicts brought their self-described “cosmic American music” to this year’s Summerfest, where they opened for Soulive.

Check out these acts and other great Wisconsin artists in the playlist below!

Who are your favorite OurStage Wisconsinites? Where do you like to see live music in Wisconsin? Let us know in the comments!

PUNK ON THE ROCKS: THE BASTARD SUNS

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With nine Top 10 Channel Achievements since 2007 and a #1 Channel Prize, Atlanta’s The Bastard Suns are the kings of the OurStage Punk Channel. Their winning song, “My Pint,” is a great representation of the band’s sound, which they describe as “reggae-infused punk often mixed with Irish drinking music.”

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The Bastard Suns

By any measure, the Bastard Suns are a successful band: three independent full length albums—the latest of which they put out on their own record label (Something Done Right)— opening slots for Pennywise, Hot Water Music and Against Me!, features in Atlanta magazines and radio,  10,000 + MySpace friends (plus their own dedicated street team) and regular tour dates throughout the Southeastern United States. But the Bastard Suns want to be known as more than a great local band: they want to be known as a great band, period.

After so many years together as a band, they knew that it was time for a bold move— their first coast-to-coast tour. Kicking off September 25th, The Bastard Suns will spend three weeks crossing the southern US in support of their January 2009 release Here Come The Suns. Will their gamble pay off? Only time will tell. But if their performance at last year’s SOCO Music Fest in Atlanta is any indication of their ability to win over a crowd, it’s safe to say that The Bastard Suns have a bright future ahead of them.

Are The Bastard Suns coming to your town? Click here for tour dates.

Take a listen to some songs from The Bastard Suns’ newest record Here Come The Suns in the player below!

MARKETPLACE NEWS: BOOK YOURSELF AT THE AMITY TEEN CENTER

The OurStage Marketplace connects artists looking for gigs with venues looking for new talent. With amazing opportunities both around the USA and the world, the OurStage Marketplace is the place to be for up-and-coming artists!

This week, we’re putting the spotlight on the Amity Teen Center in Woodbridge, Connecticut. This is no ordinary youth hangout. Says Dan Barry of the Hartford Advocate: “It’s the first youth space I’ve ever seen that actually gives teens what they want, and not some adult’s idea of what they want.” Serving teens from Bethany, Orange and Woodbridge Connecticut, the non-profit Amity Teen Center aims to combine two of the world’s most popular forms of entertainment—music and video games. Along with several gaming areas featuring Xbox, Playstation and Wii consoles, there is live music every Friday night as part of the center’s Music!Live series in addition to an extremely popular Battle of the Bands that takes place several times a year. They’ve also recently opened a recording studio on the premises equipped with Sonar 6 Poducer Edition supported by a M-Audio Projectmix board.

The Amity Teen Center is currently looking for talent in the OurStage Marketplace. If you are a local band or have a good following in the area, take a look at the listings below and submit your EPK!

RQPLJOMWBWFS-320x2409/25/09: Looking for bands for a show with House of the Laughing Tree, The Hypnosis,Cavadas, Hi-Planes Drifter, Akudama and MayOrWest. Each band will play a 30-45 minute set. Submit your EPK here.

RQPLJOMWBWFS-320x2409/26/09: Looking for bands for a show with Stages and Stereos, Too Tall Grizzly, To Write A Riot and Shut Up And Deal. Each band will play a 30-45 minute set. Submit your EPK here.

RQPLJOMWBWFS-320x24010/23/09: Looking for bands for a show with Autumn in an Ambulance, R.A.I.L., The Silence Beneath Us and Oath of Insanity. Each band will play a 30-45 minute set. Submit your EPK here.

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11/20/09: Looking for bands for a show with Fates Divide, Makeout Music, Ascend The Shadows, Forever in Her Dreams, Black Eyes For Charity and In Revenge. Each band will play a 30-45 minute set. Submit your EPK here.

For more about The Amity Teen Center click here.

For more info about the OurStage Marketplace, check out the Marketplace FAQ section.

50 STATES IN 50 WEEKS… WEEK 14: TEXAS

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Home of: Buddy Holly, George W. Bush, Roy Orbison, Howard Hughes, Tommy Lee Jones, Janis Joplin, Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Destiny’s Child, Dixie Chicks, At The Drive-In

Fun Facts: State flower; bluebonnet, state song; “Texas, Our Texas,” state insect; Monarch butterfly

The Venues: Everything is bigger in Texas, and music festivals are no exception. Austin hosts two of the biggest: Austin City Limits and South By Southwest.

Now in it’s 8th year, Austin City Limits features Kings of Leon, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Coheed & Cambria, Dave Matthews Band, Mos Def, Thievery Corporation, Pearl Jam, Ben Harper And Relentless7, Sonic Youth, Passion Pit and more from October 2nd to October4th in Austin’s Zilker Park, with a slew of big name after parties at the city’s many venues. If you’ve got tickets to the sold out show, be sure to check out OurStage artists The Airborne Toxic Event and Here We Go Magic.

What began as a simple music festival in 1987 has become one of the biggest music, film and interactive conferences in the world. South By Southwest (SXSW) helped launch the careers of artists like Amy Winehouse, The White Stripes, The Strokes and Lilly Allen, and features music’s current stars along with the hottest undiscovered acts. The next SXSW conference will run from March 12th to March 21st, with the music conference running from March 17th until the 21st.

Lined with quality live music venues, the legendary 6th Street has done a lot to help Austin earn the moniker “The Live Music Capital of the World.” Emo’s, located just off of 6th Street, is an Austin favorite for both locals and festival-goers because of its indoor and outdoor stages.

The Music:

BWQQUNEDCMCD-320x240White Rhino – Austin locals White Rhino play heavy, psychedelic rock that falls somewhere between Queens of the Stone Age and Motörhead. “Rhodesia” from their self-titled debut album is about as rock and roll as it gets. The band is currently touring around the Southwestern United State, including a stop at Emo’s with Monotonix on September 25th.

l_41a554cf3d144505bc3b9df999a66a6bOso Closo – Oso Closo’s theatrical, jazz-influenced progressive rock combines piano, string arrangements and dueling guitars. Their theatrics landed them a part in last summer’s production of Tommy at the Dallas Theater Center. Check out “Straight Out The Gate” to see why Jim Heath (The Reverend Horton Heat) and Bryce Avery (The Rocket Summer) count themselves as fans. The band is currently on tour promoting the release of their second album Today Is Beauty’s Birthday.

UMCMSIEMMXJN-320x240El Tule – Relative newcomers to OurStage, El Tule have already landed themselves a Top 10 finish in the July Latin Channel and a feature on AOL Music. “La Sirena” showcases the band’s combination of Latin, Afro-Cuban, Rock and Reggae music. El Tule’s music will be featured in the soundtrack of the upcoming film Pepe & Santo vs. America starring noted Mexican actor Rafael Amaya.

m_cbb78c5334fc41ffa077bde2edd2257bYou’re Done For – Starting a pop punk band in a city where rock and metal rule the music scene might not seem like the best idea, but that’s what the members You’re Done For did. Their plan seems to be working: the band completed a Southwest tour in 2009, picking up new fans along the way. Check out “Everybody is Listening” from their EP Shhh…Everyboy’s Listening. If you like what you hear, let them know! Your basement could be the next stop on their House Party Tour.

Check out these acts and other great Texas artists in the playlist below!

Who are your favorite OurStage Texans? Where do you like to see live music in Texas? Let us know in the comments!

PUNK ON THE ROCKS: FALL PUNK FESTIVALS

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As the excitement of back to school shopping wears off (and a month of homework headaches pile up), you’ll remember why you looked forward to summer in the first place.  It won’t be long before you feel like you need of a vacation. But where should you go? Forget beaches and amusement parks; plan a trip to one of these fall, punk-oriented festivals.

Get ready for The Fest!

Get ready for The Fest!

The Fest— Since it’s inception in 2002, thousands of punks from around the country and the world have descended on Gainsville, Florida for a weekend of beer, bands and mayhem. But how much mayhem can really be caused in one weekend? Plenty. In 2006, The Holy Mountain threw pizzas into the pit. In 2007, attendees trashed an entire hotel. The next year, Atom & His Package returned to the stage after a long hiatus. Sponsored by No Idea Records, Alternative Press, Punknews.org, reax music magazine and PBR, this year’s fest might top them all. Less Than Jake, 7 Seconds, Youth Brigade, Strike Anywhere, Dillinger Four and nearly 200 other bands will take the stage at 8 official venues and countless house parties this Halloween weekend. There will even be a flea market where attendees can peruse goods from record labels, non-profits and DIYers. Costumes are encouraged, just make sure it’s something you don’t mind getting beer spilled on. Click here for ticket information.

Riot Fest—To celebrate it’s fifth birthday, Riot Fest will be taking over Chicago’s Congress Theater, Metro, Beat Kitchen, Subterranean and Cobra Lounge from October 7th to October 11th. Chicago is well-represented in the lineup by Naked Raygun, Alkaline Trio, Deals Gone Bad and Shot Baker. Headliners include Screeching Weasel, The Dead Milkmen, NOFX, Butthole Surfers and Cock Sparrer. This year was supposed to be the first year of a California Riot Fest counterpart, Riot Fest West, but the event has been postponed until spring 2010 due to the promoter’s unspecified health concerns. Click here for ticket information.

Fun Fun Fun Fest —Austin, Texas’ Fun Fun Fun Fest showcases the best up-and-comers in punk/hardcore, indie rock, hip hop and comedy. This year’s fourth annual fest will take place November 7th and 8th in Austin’s Waterloo Park. Performers include 7 Seconds, Coalesce, Fucked Up, Face To Face, Danzig, Mika Miko, Cool Kids, GZA/Genious, Shonen Knife and OurStage artists Alaska In Winter and Crystal Antlers. Along with live music, there will be a poster show, booths for local retailers and a skate ramp. Click here for tickets.

MARKETPLACE NEWS: SPOTLIGHT ON BAR SAINTS & SINNERS RELAUNCH

The OurStage Marketplace connects artists looking for gigs with venues looking for new talent. With amazing opportunities both around the USA and the world, the OurStage Marketplace is the place to be for up-and-coming artists!

CJSFXOZKDJOA-320x240 With their new sponsor Bacardi along for the ride, Bar Saints & Sinners in Hoboken, NJ is once again looking for talent in the OurStage Marketplace. While live original music is a huge part of Bar Saints & Sinners, the venue also features spoken word performances, art exhibits, multimedia installations and DJ dance parties. OurStage artists Celso Porto, Mike Fabano and Vincenza DiCesare have already played successful gigs here —will you be next? Check out the Bar Saints & Sinners listing in the OurStage Marketplace to submit your EPK.

For more about Bacardi Presents Bar Saints & Sinners click here.

For more info about the OurStage Marketplace, check out the Marketplace FAQ section.

50 STATES IN 50 WEEKS…WEEK 13: COLORADO

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Home of: Amy Adams, Jello Biafra, Jessica Biel, DeVotchKa, 3OH!3, The Apples In Stereo, The Fray, OneRepublic, Lon Chaney, the String Cheese Incident, Cephalic Carnage, Dressy Bessy

Fun Facts: State flower; Rocky Mountain columbine, state song; “Where the Columbines Grow,” state animal; Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep

The Venues: This September 12th and 13th, over 50 artists will take over Red Rocks Amphitheatre for the 2009 Monolith Festival. This year’s lineup features Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Mars Volta, Method Man & Redman, Of Montreal, Doom and Chromeo, with local DJs spinning between sets. Named “Best Live Music Venue in North America” by Pollstar, Red Rocks is a geologically formed Amphitheater that has been hosting performances for over 100 years.

The Larimer Lounge is a dive bar in the best sense of the term that showcases indie up-and-comers like Great Lake Swimmers, A Place To Bury Strangers and French Horn Rebellion.

The Music:

m_56e18a2064bd420d91b26b10de1fa498The Haunted Windchimes – The Haunted Windchime’s country-tinged folk has lead them to share the stage with bands like DeVotchKa and Magnolia Electric Co.Leaving Here” showcases the band’s trademark harmony vocals. This fall, The Haunted Windchimes will be playing a string of shows, including the Monolith Festival, with fellow OurStage artist Caitlin Rose.

Rojos CalientesRojos Calientes – Rojos Calientes combine Andean musical traditions with bluegrass, country and a little bit of gypsy jazz to create their own genre, “Latingrass.” The first track from their 2009 release Corazon, “Tantos Anos” earned the band a Top 10 finish in the July 2009 World Channel. Check out AidanR’s Q&A with Rojos Calientes here.

Odd SquaadOdd Squaad- You may recognize Odd Squaad MC H2 from 2001′s Hard Knock Life Tour DVD: His backstage freestyle earned him fist-bumps and handshakes from Jay-Z and DMX. H2 and the rest of the Squaad use their wit and talent to combine hip-hop and country on “Half of Y’all.”

RenegadesRenegades – Friends since highschool, the two members of Renegades (RNGDS) make synth-laden, 80s-inspired dance music. The band has played with Hollywood Undead, The Chain Gang of 1974, and 3oh!3, whose Sean Foreman used to play keyboards for Renegades gigs. “Dawn Rider” is a must-listen for fans of Walter Meego and Justice.

Who are your favorite OurStage Coloradans? Where do you like to see live music in Colorado? Let us know in the comments!

 


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