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Press Shuffle: Best Of Press Shuffle

Alas, the day is upon us to write the last edition of Press Shuffle. As a way to close off our run of musical exploration, we’ve decided to compile our personal favorites from all our previous playlists and put them together here—take a listen at your leisure. We hope you enjoyed our trip into the OurStage vaults as much as we did, and we hope to see you soon!

Rule The World Freestyle” – Jae Apollo: This song is a great example of traditional rhyme schemes in hip hop; working with the last word of a phrase, the vocalist adapts phonetics to fit his purpose. Proficiently executed, Jae Apollo’s track represents the path modern hip hop has been taking in the last couple years.

Aheste” – Fahir Atakoglu: Tinged with Middle-Eastern harmonies and colors that reflect the composer’s background, this wonderful fusion tune brings the early Brecker Brothers recordings to mind, yet the track is incredibly successful in maintaining its own identity, which makes it a personal favorite.

Colorado Rain” - Fiske and Herrera: A song about travel and discovery, it reminds us that life is about living. As simple as it sounds, many forget this simple tenet. To know where you’re going, you need to be aware of where you’ve been.

Complicated Rhythm” – Bella Ruse: Is that a typewriter? By golly it is! It’s been stated before that this author has a soft spot for happiness-infused folksy duos and their feel-good, lovey-dovey lyrics, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that this incredibly talented act is included in this list. Besides, singer Kay Gillette’s vocals are so invitingly playful that she draws you deep into her musical world in mere seconds.

Something Insanely Clever” – Ellen Cherry: Ellen Cherry’s incredibly soothing voice is but one of the highlights of this track. The contrast between the rhythmic guitar strumming and the ethereal texture of the strings give the song’s form a perfectly cohesive structure and just the right amount of tension it needs.

Peace Of Mind” – Zebulun: If peace of mind is hard for you to find, then music is what you’re missing. The use of reggae as a tool for protest has always been powerful, and this song is an excellent example of the voice of the people.

No Funeral” – Revocation: Whether you feel like being being pounded by a relentless assault of drums, have your face melted off by Dave Davidson (who we recently had a chat with) and his shreddy guitar parts or just enjoy pure, unadulterated energy pumping into your ears, this song is for you.

Veda” – Grannada: Driven by late-century alternative rock, Grannada bring hard-hitting riffs and a Cerati-reminiscing vocal melody from Panama. If your thing is hard rock, then this song is for you.

Have any tunes in particular that you care to share? Disagree with any of the picks?  Let us know by dropping a comment!

Listen to previous Press Shuffle playlists over at 8tracks.com.

Press Shuffle: Songs To Tell The Future To

Pop music always makes us feel good so why not start out the new year with a playlist of music that will cheer you up, chill you out or get you through a tough time. There are many other genre influences throughout our list, including indie, country and R&B, so be sure to listen closely and see what you can hear. Keep an ear out for these acts: they’ll be hitting the charts hard in 2012!

Keep Talking” – Hannah Rae Beale: This soothing pop ballad is tinged with country and very reminiscent of Colbie Caillat’s “Realize”. While the lyrics are somber, the overall vibe of the tune is relaxing. It’s perfect for a chilly evening indoors by the fire, snuggled up on a couch!

Take Me Home” – Alexandria Maillot: This recent addition to her catalog is bound to grab some attention. It layers a cute, kitschy piano track with punchy, clear vocals and even some tambourine. Fans of Florence and the Machine and Lenka will appreciate this vibrant tune that’s perfect for walking to class or just lounging around.

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Press Shuffle: Riff Rampage

The riff. All of the greatest rock songs are fueled by great riffs. Riffs are the columns that hold up the world of rock and roll, so it’s only apt that we dedicate a day just to them. Whether they are technically difficult arpeggios or just straight up chugs doesn’t matter: all that matters is that they’re memorable. Ahead is a list of some of the greatest riffs in OurStage taken from the Hard Rock, Modern Rock, and Metal Channels.

Fondo” – Grannada: These rockers from Panama have a riffer-madness style mixed with hard hitting ’90s rock. Huge riff to a great song.

1,2,3… Ralph Macheo” – His Name Was Iron: Chaotic and intense, this is the perfect example of calculated madness. This riff is as heavy as they come, and will get your head bobbing in no time.

Breathe Again” – Taperedmind: With a groovy riff, pounding rhythm section and catchy chorus, Taperedmind create radio-friendly tunes with an edge.

Justice” – Danforth: Is there a better description than “Enormous slamming riffs followed by ravaging beat down slams?” We know what these Frenchmen bring to the party, and we can’t wait for more.

Madhater’s Tea” – Spiralpl: This alternative band from Poland have a remarkable résumé in their home country thanks to airplay on multiple mainstream radio stations and perfromance slots at the country’s biggest festivals. The contrast between the high female vocals and the driving riff make this song stand out in its category.

Thirty Years At Sea” – Hearts Alive: Turn to this Swedish metal outfit Hearts Alive for clenched-fist fury and crushing chug riffs. You will not be disappointed.

Devil In Her Eyes” – The Malibu Knights: Bearing the banner of modern rock, The Malibu Knights have opened for multiple acts (including Bon Jovi) and have played hundreds of shows in support of their album. Not surprising: their feelgood lyrics and driving riffs are as catchy as they come. You have to check it out!

Have any tunes in particular that you care to share? Disagree with any of the picks? Want a theme in particular to be Shuffled? Let us know by dropping a comment!

Listen to previous Press Shuffle playlists over at 8tracks.com.

Press Shuffle: Holiday

Each year, as the months wind down, you tune into your favorite holiday radio station to listen to your favorite holiday songs. Inevitably, as the days go by, you hear the same twenty songs you heard the day before. And the week before. And the year before. Don’t get us wrong: those twenty songs are near and dear to our hearts. But let’s face it, it’s time for a change. We know you’re yearning to end the year with a fresh batch of tracks to keep you in the holiday spirit, and we’ve got what you need to get you out of that end-of-year slump. So, enjoy this playlist of cover songs and original tunes with your loved ones during this special time of year!

Angel For Christmas” – Rose Ranger: A soft, jazzy ballad highlighting how important the company of loved ones is during the holiday season.

Holiday Time” – Pamela Tessmann: This sax and vocal quintet brings a sensual air to the usual Christmas magic.

You For Christmas” – Karmina: This being such a family-centric time of year, it is only natural that we miss our loved ones when they’re away.

Joy To The World” – John D Morgan: A beautifully executed instrumental version of the holiday classic “Joy To The World”.

Lord Let The Angels Sing” – Johnny Rodgers Band: As this song reminds us, the holidays are a time of reflection, introspection and healing so we may face a new year and become better versions of ourselves.

To The Best Time Of The Year” – Copperhead: This is a happy, upbeat shuffle that reflects just the right type of energy in the best time of the year.

The Christmas Eve Shoppers” - Christmas Steve: When holiday shopping comes around, we all scramble around for last minute gifts. Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us.

Have any tunes in particular that you care to share? Disagree with any of the picks? Want a particular theme to be Shuffled? Let us know by dropping a comment!

Listen to previous Press Shuffle playlists over at 8tracks.com.

Press Shuffle: Chill

This week we’re focusing on laid back, chilled electronic music. Often overlooked by its characteristic sonic simplicity (as is club music, but we’ve covered that already), downtempo electronica still has the hooks and memorable bass lines to snag our attention while submerging us deeper and deeper into a mindset of sensual relaxation. With great music aplenty in the Ambient/Chill Channel here at OurStage, it didn’t take us too long to round up a great, inclusive list of what this genre has to offer.

Strange Dreams On A Cold Night” – Symbols of Sound: Brimming with atmospheric pads and a catchy bass line, Symbols of Sound provide this playlist with a mood-setting opener.

Currents of the Universe” – Arkady: Taking us deeper into the world of trip-hop, “Currents of the Universe” fill our senses with a feeling of open expectation.

Temptress Tyler Stone’s Forbidden Fruit Mix” – Sutro: A dark, downtempo beat behind a spacey piano melody support the reverbed-out vocals in this playlist’s only non-instrumental track.

Parity Invariance” – Craig de Maio: The use of horns and delayed synth effects brings to mind the style of an early Groove Armada with eastern influences.

Amberlight” – dromma: A syncopated beat with a matching bass line isn’t a common occurrence in thins genre, and it fits nicely into the song. Chimes, bells, warm pads and polysynths bring this song to life.

Perfect City Night” – Bill Dyckns: Drawing from trip-hop and acoustic music influences, this tune is reminiscent to a late city night. The lights, the cool weather, the sleekness of it all is perfectly reflected in the music.

Have any tunes in particular that you care to share? Disagree with any of the picks? Want a theme in particular to be Shuffled? Let us know by dropping a comment!

Listen to previous Press Shuffle playlists over at 8tracks.com.

Concerts To Watch For In 2012

There were dozens of amazing shows rocking our world in 2011. With the year coming to a close, we can’t help but look ahead to 2012 and start getting excited about another whole year of new music and epic shows. Here’s some picks of the biggest acts to tour next year, and what to look forward to:

Coldplay: With the release of the highly-anticipated Mylo Xyloto album hot on their heels, Coldplay are set to tour the US throughout 2012. It’s been a while since they’ve played here, too: Their last performance in the US was in August of 2009. Many of their shows at arenas have already sold out. Get on it so you aren’t left out!

Smashing Pumpkins: In anticipation of the release of Oceania along with the remastered reissue of the band’s entire catalog, Billy Corgan is ready to hit the road with the reunited Pumpkins early next year.

Pearl Jam: The summer will see the Seattle grunge rockers showcasing their new material from coast to coast. With renewed energy and a legion of die-hard fans dying to see them (get those tickets quick!), the vibe at these shows is bound to be fantastic.

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Press Shuffle: Songs To Play Three Chords And The Truth To

With the resurgence of country’s popularity with acts like Taylor Swift and Lady Antebellum, the world of traditional music is in the spotlight more than ever. Much like folk music, country is all about capturing a snapshot of life and immortalizing it in a song. The genre often takes a moment of extreme happiness or great hardship and depicts the scene through the writer’s eyes. In this week’s playlist, we’ll explore a few varieties of country music and showcase the talented OurStage artists behind the songs.

I Fell For Memphis” - Adam Craig Band: Groovy little tune about a reckless, careless first love.

I’m Here” - The Matt Ryan Band: Everyone has a past. It’s how you open yourself up to the present that defines how you’ll be living in the future.

The Days You Live For” - Matt Gary: When your hard work pays off, you appreciate the little things in life that much more.

While We Get There” - Billy Dawson: The feelings of strength and possibility that come with young love are immense.

The Girl With The Fishin Rod” – EllieMay Kay: Being the prettiest won’t do you much. You just need to be yourself.

Playing With Memories” – Don Worden: Humorous and unapologetic, Don Worden talks about his love life before his current partner.

Guilty Cowboy” – Lindsey Gail: A bluesy, sassy tune of her flirtin’ cowboy ways. Fess up!

Have any tunes in particular that you care to share? Disagree with any of the picks? Want a theme in particular to be Shuffled? Let us know by dropping a comment!

Listen to previous Press Shuffle playlists over at 8tracks.com.

Press Shuffle: Songs To Top The Charts With

You may know the veterans in the Best Of The Best: the old fan favorites, those who have topped the charts for weeks on end. But there’s always new faces looking to challenge them for the spotlight on the OurStage charts. And with 2011 coming to a close, we thought we’d give you a taste of what’s gaining momentum and coming up for the next year. We’ve gathered here a playlist of these hot new acts rising up the charts that are worth your attention. If you don’t know who they are, then we recommend you get acquainted with them quick—you’ll be hearing much more from them in the days to come. Ge ready to see the new faces of the Best Of The Best.

Pop:

“Save Me” Underground All Stars (Current position: 17): A collection of accomplished musicians, the Underground All Stars craft catchy melodies that will linger in your mind for hours.

My Name” - Brett Steinberg (Current position: 26): Brett Steinberg is a songwriter that strikes true with his lyrics and backs them up with an expertly arranged musical background.
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Press Shuffle: Thanksgiving Edition

Halloween has its fair share of spooky tracks and ghastly anthems. Christmas not only has carols, but also offers dozens of best-selling albums from the likes of Mariah Carey and Louis Armstrong. As the holiday sandwiched between the Halloween and Christmas celebrations, Thanksgiving can be easily overlooked when it comes to music. Thankfully, we’re here to give it the proper recognition it deserves. With a little of everything, this playlist is sure to get you in the Thanksgiving spirit.

Hap-Happy Thanksgiving” - Sara Lindsay and Greg Dolmage: A song about the magic of Thanksgiving. Just hearing that list of food should be enough to make you hungry!

Food Is Fun” – Dave Taylor: Simply put: “A warning of the things you shouldn’t do with food.” Or should you?

Chocolate” - Amy Kuney: Oh, the power of chocolate.

November” – Jesse Lafaser: The crisp wind is blowing, the leaves are turning, the merry holiday spirit in the air… what’s there not to like about November?

Dear Sister, Your Brother” – Talain Rayne: Thanksgiving is the time to see your family again: why not make a point of reconnecting with a sibling or cousin which you haven’t talked to in a while?

Thankyou Haters” – Khalil Ismail: Now that you’re giving thanks, make sure you don’t leave anyone out. Haters make you famous.

Way Too Expensive” – Murali Coryell: Which is why you need to start getting ready for Black Friday shopping, right?

Have any tunes in particular that you care to share? Disagree with any of the picks? Want a theme in particular to be Shuffled? Let us know by dropping a comment!

Listen to previous Press Shuffle playlists over at 8tracks.com.

New Music From OurStage Artists

Party with Throwback Suburbia, get a Shot Glass Souvenir

It’s been almost a year and a half since Vancouver’s retro-modern pop rock quintet released their self-titled album, and we’ve been craving to hear more ever since. Well, they kept us waiting long enough.  Throwback Suburbia announced the completion of their latest effort, Shot Glass Souvenir, which is set to be released January 14th. You can pre-order Shot Glass Souvenir at the Throwback Suburbia webstore.

Dave Moisan will lift you up with Ungravity

If Dave Moisan‘s music can be described in one word, it would be friendly. Instantly toe tapping and finger snapping, his feelgood pop will get you in a good mood, no matter what. And we have very high expectations for his upcoming EP, Ungravity. This extremely talented artist has been blazing through our pop charts as of late, so you owe it to yourself to check out his music. You can pre-order his EP at the iTunes store.

Death Audio to record their audio on video

Australian metalcore up-and-comers Death Audio are currently in the studio cutting out their latest headbangtastic album, and they’ve brought a camera with them to record a series of webisodes of the process. There’s four tracks from previous efforts and events available for download at their Web site at the low, low price of $0 (and signing up to their mailing list). Hit them up on Facebook to follow their progress as they record their new album!

Frank Palangi is Frank Palangi

Frank Palangi, the Upstate NY rocker, is set to take on the music world with his brand of modern rock. After working on a variety of projects that led to many events, motion picture placements and big career opportunitties, he went down to Nashville to record his self-titled EP. His new video has been featured on Albany’s Q103, and his debut EP is available now in the iTunes store. Check it out!

 


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