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Afternoon Ephemera: The Replacements Return, Dylan and Dawes, Weiland Responds, NIN News

Internet love song: Scott Weiland wonders how he can be fired from Stone Temple Pilots, and says he first heard about it in the press this morning. Rolling Stone:

I learned of my supposed “termination” from Stone Temple Pilots this morning by reading about it in the press.  Not sure how I can be “terminated” from a band that I founded, fronted and co-wrote many of its biggest hits, but that’s something for the lawyers to figure out.  In the meantime, I’m looking forward to seeing all of my fans on my solo tour which starts this Friday.

Dylan and the Dawes: Dawes announced on Twitter today that they will be opening up for Bob Dylan on his next tour. We predict backstage mayhem. Hidden Track has the dates.

New Nine Inch Nails news: Lots happening with Trent Reznor‘s venerable band lately. In addition to adding guitarist Adrian Belew (wow, cool), the lineup now includes Eric Avery of Jane’s Addiction and Josh Eustis of Telefon Tel Aviv. Now comes news of some tour dates. Spin reports the band will hit a few international festivals before kicking off an arena tour this fall.

Return of The ‘Mats: After 23 years, beloved rockers The Replacements have released a new song. It’s a Gordon Lightfoot cover (obv.) called “I’m Not Sayin’,” and it’s streaming at Pitchfork. Chris Mars, Paul Westerberg, and Tommy Stinson reunited to record a 7-inch EP called Songs For Slim, to benefit their ailing former bandmate Slim Dunlap, who suffered a stroke last year. The band pressed just 250 copies of the EP and auctioned them off to raise over $100k. Nice.

Review: Before You Exit – ‘I Like That’ EP

Bands crafting original pop music with actual instrumentation is a rare treat in this ever-crowded digital age. The ease of digital production has completed done away with the need for musical talent in many cases, but still some are fighting to bring back what some have called “real pop.” One of those groups, Florida’s Before You Exit, have just released a new EP that makes a great argument for why authentic pop music still matters in 2013. Continue reading ‘Review: Before You Exit – ‘I Like That’ EP’

Morning Press Gaggle: Boston’s New Music Festival, Skinny Lister Dates, Tyler on Fallon, Scott Weiland Axed

Phony New Kids mania has bitten the dust: Boston is finally getting its own big time festival with Boston Calling, which will be held at City Hall Plaza on May 25-26. Look for fun., The Shins, Matt & Kim, Of Monsters and Men, The National, Young the Giant, Dirty Projectors, Cults, Andrew Bird, and more, in addition to local faves Caspian and Bad Rabbits.

UK folk that won’t bring you down: Skinny Lister, the good-time English folk stompers who recently joined us for an exclusive OurStage session, have just announced a bunch of U.S. tour dates, including an astonishing seven sets at SXSW and a stop at Coachella. More from our friends at Under the Gun.

Returning to the scene: Tyler, the Creator, whose rap collective Odd Future grabbed our attention with a debut on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon back in 2011, went back to the show last night to perform “TreeHome” and “Domo 23″ with The Roots. It was something. Golf wang?

Please sit down and brace yourself for the shock before reading this news item: Alt-rock stalwarts Stone Temple Pilots have…fired Scott Weiland. Excuse me, they “terminated” him, presumably in a round of difficult downsizing. Weiland will be eligible for unemployment and will be able to stay on the band health insurance if he pays through the Cobra plan. This comes just a day after the singer promised to sing STP hits during his upcoming solo tour, slated to start March 1st.



Exclusive: Behind-The-Scenes Photos From Mod Sun’s Upcoming ‘OS Session’

Hippie hop pioneer Mod Sun has been blazing a trail all his own for the better part of the last half decade. In December 2012 Mod was wrapping up his final headlining tour of the year, and we were fortunate enough to get him in the studio to record an ‘OS Sessions’ appearance with DJ/Guitarist Part Brown. The videos and mp3s from the performance are not quite ready for release, so we thought this week would be a good time to unveil some exclusive photos from Mod’s time in the studio. Click below to enjoy the images and keep checking back update on when his acoustic session will go live on the site! Continue reading ‘Exclusive: Behind-The-Scenes Photos From Mod Sun’s Upcoming ‘OS Session’’

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OurStage and Tr3s have teamed up to offer one lucky Latin artist an incredible opportunity for spotlight coverage on Tr3s network’s Top 20, and’s Music My GüeyDescubre y Download, andBlogamole. Just enter your best song into the “Tr3s Latin Music Channel” by March 23 for a shot at some incredible coverage.

Morning Press Gaggle: New Bowie Video, They Might Be Giants LP, Daft Punk To Columbia, RIP Dan Toller

Bowie to Bowie, are you reading me Bowie? He’s an okay musician, but we all agree that David Bowie’s finest work as an artist has been on film (Labrynth, Zoolander). Today, you can enjoy his screen charisma is this delightfully bonkers new video for “The Stars (Are Out Tonight),” starring Bowie and the great Tilda Swinton as a staid older couple tormented by their celebrity/demon neighbors. The characters’ identities become more fluid and interchangeable in the self-reflexive clip, evoking past eras of Bowie’s career.

They Might Be Giants OR They Might Be Giants OR They Might Be Giants: Rolling Stone has the new TMBG album, Nanobots, streaming here. This time around, the clever bastards have catered to our collectively dwindling attention span and something something something what were we were talking about? OH, yes, the album, which is packed with super-short bite-sized pop songs.

Daft Punk is playing at Columbia: The enigmatic Daft Punk has made their enigmatic web page just a little less enigmatic, with the appearance of the Columbia records logo below the dual space-age helment artwork, which had previously stood alone. Rumors had abounded that the duo would be leaving EMI and landing at a new home, and this seems to confirm it. With this news, they are likely to release a new record soon.

Music sales are down. Wait, no, they’re up. Sorry, force of habit: For the first time in 12 years, music sales are growing (by .3 percent). Hey, it’s something.

RIP Dan Toller: Allman Brothers guitarist has died at the age of 65, after battling ALS.

Happy birthday, Johnny Cash.

Afternoon Ephemera: Morrissey, Roadrunner, Green Day, Emily White

Morrissey Watch ’13: Moz is back on the road. The serial canceller (he has a cold, his mom is sick, his dog ate his discography, he can’t get his shirt off, he’s feeling upbeat) has announced 25 new dates for the U.S. of A. Check them out at Spin.

Battle of the bands heats up: For a while there, it seemed like an easy win to get “Roadrunner” by Jonathan Richman and The Modern Lovers named as the official rock song of Massachusetts. The paean to Rt. 128 livin’ name checks the Stop n Shop and openly declares love for the state, and hails the “power of Massachusetts.” But now, the campaign (initiated by Boston-based politco/musico/publicisto Joyce Linehan, who enlisted Rep. Marty Walsh to introduce the bill) has found challengers in the form of not-really-music-fans who are offended at the idea of a state rock song being something other than the classic rock songs they can hear while dining at Applebees. Hey Aerosmith is from Boston, these two local representatives presumably said to themselves, so let’s make it “Dream On,” even though that song has nothing to do with the state. How about “Freeze Frame,” dumbasses? Or “My Best Friend’s Girl?” “Step-by-Step?”

I’m not looking at you David Lowrey: Emily White, the same NPR Music intern whose blog post “I Never Owned Any Music To Begin With” sparked an Internet firestorm has finally delivered a measured and though-provoking follow-up. We wouldn’t call it a response to her critics, since she wisely does not engage them or discuss the nature of the debate itself, as many did in the aftermath. Worth the read here at Billboard.

Billy Joe Armstrong is off the junk or whatever it was, exhaustion or something, I dunno: Spin reports that Armstrong and his Green Day cohorts will hit SXSW in Austin this March before launching a 33-date U.S. tour. They will perform at the festival, and host screenings of American Idiot (the lunchbox the film) and their album documentary ¡Quatro!

Mixtape Mondays: 3 Tips For Creating A Successful Mixtape

It has been awhile since we presented a new Mixtape Mondays column, so we knew any return at this point would need to feature something special. Instead of talking about new releases from the biggest artists in the game, this week we will be giving you advice on how to ensure your mixtape is a success.

Hip hop has become more and more competitive in recent years, and a single mixtape can now make the difference between a career of obscurity and skyrocketing into the Billboard Charts. The hard truth is that there are a number of mistakes and misconceptions about mixtapes that many fall victim to, and the aim of this column is to help future rhymesayers avoid those traps. If you have anything to add to our advice, or perhaps have an idea for a future column, comment below and let us know your thoughts. Continue reading ‘Mixtape Mondays: 3 Tips For Creating A Successful Mixtape’

98 Degrees Announce New Album, ’2.0′

Boys bands will never die, and those needing proof need look no further than the gentlemen of 98 Degrees. Their time in the spotlight was always secondary to the fame *NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys achieved, but here we are more than a decade later and they’re still chugging along with a new album and tour planned for 2013.

Taking a few cues from future tour mates New Kids On The Block, the men of 98 Degrees have announced plans to release new album entitled 2.0 later this year. This will be the first album from the group since 2000′s Revelation, and it should help push a few more ticket sales for their upcoming “Package Tour” with NKOTB.

At this point, no single has been release from 2.0, so there really is no way to know what 98 Degrees have planned for us. So, instead of waiting around with nothing to do, click below and stroll down memory lane with one of their biggest hits. Continue reading ’98 Degrees Announce New Album, ’2.0′’

Wale Releases “Street Runner” Music Video

Maybach Music Group member Wale is back in the OurStage headlines today following the release of the video for his latest single, “Street Runner.”

Taken from his December 2012 mixtape release, Folarin, “Street Runner” is a Beat Billionaire-produced track that pairs perfectly with the extravagant lifestyle detailed in the music of Maybach Music Group. The visuals feature Wale and a few pretty faces enjoying the night life, which isn’t exactly a new concept, but it’s enjoyable nonetheless. Click “play” below to enjoy the video for “Street Runner.” Continue reading ‘Wale Releases “Street Runner” Music Video’


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