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Sting’s “The Last Ship” To Debut On Broadway

StingOk, so Sting having a musical is a little weird. But if you’re as intrigued as I am, you can catch his Broadway debut of “The Last Ship” on October 26th, with previews beginning September 30th at the Neil Simon Theatre. Inspired by Sting’s personal memories of growing up in a northeast England shipbuilding community, the story follows a man who travels the world for 14 years before returning to find the shipyard’s future in shambles, and his love engaged to someone else.

“People ask if it’s autobiographical. The only real answer is I think it’s emotionally autobiographical but it’s not autobiographical,” explains producer Jeffrey Seller. ”There’s no rock singer in ‘The Last Ship.’ But I certainly think that Sting is inspired by his youth and he’s working through a lot of emotions that all of us are working with as we get older.”

Before making its Broadway debut, the play will premiere at Chicago’s Bank Of America Theatre next summer, and include lead cast members Michael Esper (American Idiot, The Lyons) and Rachel Tucker (Wicked). Of course, the musical will also include several songs from Sting’s latest release, The Last Ship, which inspired the show, along with several new songs.

“I have continually been impressed by and rewarded by Sting’s depth of musical knowledge,” Seller said. “Sting certainly came to this never having written a musical but he has been an extraordinary student of musical theater, he’s an extraordinary collaborator and he has been an ideal artist in making this play.”

Will you be checking out Sting’s new musical?

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Ernie Ball Endorses The Jellybricks

BlogEB_IndieP_120x120_WinnerAfter one year, thousands of artists, and three genre winners, Ernie Ball has selected a Grand Prize winner in the “Save Your Strings” competition. The winner will receive, in addition to their year’s supply of strings and accessories, Music Man guitars for each guitarist in the band and an official endorsement from Ernie Ball. In the running for the top prize were Pop winners Biscuits & Gravy, Rock winners The Jellybricks, and Country winners Gin House. Ultimately, Ernie Ball selected pop rockers The Jellybricks to receive the big prize.

OurStage is proud to host the music of such incredibly talented acts, and especially pleased to have helped not only expose them to new fans, but also to empower them with the tools they need to keep creating great music.

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The Jellybricks will no doubt find use for their prizes as they begin to support their forthcoming record, Youngstown Tune-Up. The album’s first single, “About The Weekend,” was just featured by Little Steven Van Zandt as his “Coolest Song in the World” as well as video of the day on his hugely popular radio show The Underground Garage. Watch it below.

Congratulations to The Jellybricks, as well as Gin House and Biscuits & Gravy.
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Warped Tour Announces Yellowcard, We Are The In Crowd, The Story So Far, And More

Warped Tour 2014This week’s Warped Tour announcement came last night via FuseTV‘s Warped Roadies, and unsurprisingly has made an already fantastic and diverse lineup that much better.  So who are the lucky five that have just been added? Joining AnberlinReal Friends, Falling In Reverse, and Less Than Jake will be Yellowcard (6/13-7/28, 7/30-8/3), We Are The In Crowd, The Story So Far, Born Of Osiris, Echosmith, and Beebs And Her Money Makers. You can check out the lineup to date below. Continue reading ‘Warped Tour Announces Yellowcard, We Are The In Crowd, The Story So Far, And More’

Radiohead Release New App

RadioheadWhen an app has a 4.5 star rating only a month after release, you know you’re on to something special. Joining the likes of Bjork and Blur in the recent trend of musicians diving into the app business, Radiohead have unveiled a mysterious, not to mention trippy new app called PolyFauna.

Describing the new app, Thom Yorke says, “PolyFauna is an experimental collaboration between us (Radiohead) & Universal Everything, born out of The King of Limbs sessions and using the imagery and the sounds from the song Bloom. It comes from an interest in early computer life-experiments and the imagined creatures of our subconscious. Your screen is the window into an evolving world. Move around to look around. You can follow the red dot. You can wear headphones.”

You can download the app for free on iOS and Android and let us know what you think.

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We Are The In Crowd Stream ‘Weird Kids’

we are the in crowdStreaming a week ahead of its release date, We Are The In Crowd‘s sophomore full length, Weird Kids is a force to be reckoned with. Hard hitting and packing just as much punch as you’d expect from these New Yorkers, the album is a beautiful reminder that these guys are far from finished. Plus, I never get tired of hearing the melding of Tay Jardine and Jordan Eckes’ vocals in their signature call and response style. You can check out the stream below, and grab a copy when it drops Feb. 18 on Hopeless Records. You can also catch the band on their headlining tour with William Beckett, Candy Hearts, Set It Off and State Champs this winter. Continue reading ‘We Are The In Crowd Stream ‘Weird Kids’’

SXSW Announces Chance The Rapper, Future, Kurt Vile & More

sxsw_2012-300x118SXSW has announced a new batch of performers, including Chance The Rapper, Future, and Kurt Vile. The acts join the likes of Dave Hause and MC Lars, along with OurStage artists Larry g(EE) and Bronze Radio Return. If the current lineup isn’t enticing enough, it seems the festival has plans to announce a few more additions (perhaps more heavyweights?) closer to the festival’s launch.

You can check out a day-by-day schedule of the 2,000 + acts that will perform between March 11-17th right here and check out the latest additions to the lineup below.

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Tegan And Sara “Everything Is Awesome” Music Video Ft. The Lonely Island

tegan-and-saraEverything is cuter in Lego form, and Tegan and Sara‘s new music video for “Everything is Awesome” is no exception. Straight out of The Lego Movie, the song features a collaboration with The Lonely Island, and to be honest, it’s all a little weird. Kind of like a bunch of kids hyped up on sugar, which I guess is appropriate. But the childlike atmosphere of the video, and getting to watch Lego people on their adventures, makes the entire experience kind of fun, and kind of adorable. Check out the video below and catch Tegan and Sara on their slew of festival and tour dates this year. Continue reading ‘Tegan And Sara “Everything Is Awesome” Music Video Ft. The Lonely Island’

Anberlin Announce Final UK Tour

anberlinLast month Anberlin fans everywhere were hit with the bombshell news that following a final album and tour, the band would break up. Though the news came as a bit of a shock, the band has so far stayed true to their word, having just recently announced their last run of UK dates in Glasgow, Manchester, and London this August. U.S. fans can catch the band live on this year’s Vans Warped Tour.

Although album details are still preliminary, the band has announced a re-signing to former label, Tooth & Nail Records, and seem to already be working on the new album. Check out their final UK dates below.  Continue reading ‘Anberlin Announce Final UK Tour’

Russian Police Perform “Get Lucky” At Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony

Russian Police OlympicsFirst of all, I didn’t even know there was such a thing as the Russian Police Choir, much less that they were fans of Daft Punk‘s hit, “Get Lucky.” (Where was I when they covered the track last November?) But Friday night at the Olympic Opening Ceremony, the Ministry of Internal Affairs Choir got all gussied up in their dark green and yellow uniforms just before letting Daft Punk’s music take over and spending the next five minutes boogying away for thousands of live audience members. Two lead singers stole the show (I mean, they were really into it) while others gave noteworthy bobs and sways, grooving to the music in the background. To be honest, it was kind of endearing. Check it out below or at NBCOlympics.com. Continue reading ‘Russian Police Perform “Get Lucky” At Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony’

Panic! At The Disco Show Evacuated

Panic at the DiscoThere are some situations you expect to run into when going to a concert. Crowd surfing, for instance, becomes a very real possibility. Drunk people slamming into you all night is an obvious obstacle. But a cracked floor causing an evacuation? No way. Unfortunately, for Panic! At The Disco fans this past Saturday night, that’s exactly what happened. Only two songs into their set at the Tabernacle, the show quickly came to a halt as promoters asked everyone to evacuate quickly, due to the floor cracking. Thankfully, no one was injured, and the venue made a statement shortly after via Facebook that, “The Tabernacle is a historical 100 year old building. We will be meeting with a structural engineer ASAP to make sure the building is safe for another 100 years.” 

The band is currently working to reschedule the show. In the meantime, catch them on the rest of their Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die tour. 

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