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Michael Hossack of the Doobie Brothers Dies

According to Spinner, Doobie Brothers drummer Michael Hossack has been confirmed dead at age 65. Hossack died yesterday, March 12, at his home in Dubois, Wyoming following a long battle with cancer. Unfortunately, his untimely passing precedes a Doobie Brothers summer tour with Chicago. Along with drummer John Hartman, Hossack was the grooving rhythm behind such well-known hits as “China Grove” and “Black Water.”

In January, the band’s management reported, “Michael Hossack is improving slowly. He sends his regards to all our fans. He’s still working on health issues but getting better. We will keep you updated on a regular basis.”

In 2010, Hossack commented about his health in a posting on the Brothers’ website, ”I have had some problems relating to injuries I received in an auto accident a couple of years ago,” Hossack stated. “I needed to take some time off to address these issues, and get my health back on track. Things are improving, but it may be several months before I’m able to get back to touring.”

On the Doobie Brothers’s website, you’ll see a message acknowledging the band’s loss and a link to Hossack’s bio.

Discourse & Dischord

The Good

Demi Lovato documentary airs

Demi Lovato’s MTV documentary Stay Strong aired this week, and it’s surprisingly candid. The documentary follows Lovato’s post-recovery comeback and explores her eating disorder and self-harming. ““I cannot tell you that I have not thrown up since I treatment. I cannot tell you that I haven’t cut myself since treatment,” the singer admits. Watch the intro below, and the rest of the documentary right over here.

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“The Voice”: Let The Games Begin

After several weeks of blind audition shows, battle rounds on The Voice finally began on Monday night…and they didn’t disappoint. For those of you unfamiliar with the structure of this show, each team has twelve members after blind auditions. The coaches then create six one-on-one battles, for which they also choose the song and celebrity mentor to help train the contestants. The contestants sing the song as a duet, with the coach choosing the winner immediately afterwards.

It’s always interesting to see how the judges match up their battle pairings. More often than not, they’ll choose two artists with very similar styles in order to make their final set of six as strong and diverse as possible. Other times, though, it kind of seems like they just picked names out of a hat. On Monday night, we saw a little of both… Continue reading ‘“The Voice”: Let The Games Begin’

Queen Latifah to Launch New CW Singing Competition

Finally getting into the game, the CW is set to launch the newest TV singing competition The Star Next Door. The show is going to feature Gloria Estefan and John Rich as well as Queen Latifah, who is co-producing the show with Dave Broome (creator of The Biggest Loser).

But what makes this show different from all the other competitions out there? The official press release says, ”In this new take on the music competition genre, superstar mentors, including pop legend Gloria Estefan and country star John Rich, will travel to where the talent is, immersing themselves in the lives and towns of these local performers and preparing them for a chance to represent their home city on stage, live, in front of America.” The Star Next Door is set to air sometime this summer. We’re all just going to have to wait a little longer for Just Wright 2.

Pop-Ed: Austin TX Calling, Warped Tour ESPN Main Event, Montrose

I can already smell the delicious BBQ, taste the ice cold Lone Star, feel the hot Texas sun and hear the sound of a thousand bands—it’s SXSW time, friends. If you’re planning on being there, please join us at The Parish (214 E. 6th St in Austin) between 11am-3pm on March 16th, as we film the big finale of The OurStage Panel, featuring live performances by the four finalists and special guests Blondfire. It’s an official SXSW party, so you can get in with a badge, but the best thing to do is RSVP to our Facebook invite.

And if you’re going to be hanging for the whole festival, we’ve complied a nice little guide to the OurStage artists you should check out. Listen to all fifteen here.

Meanwhile, catch up on the first three episodes of The OurStage Panel, where the competition has been reeeeaaaallly tight with some awesome music.

Oh, breaking news: some swank competitions coming up. We’ve got a chance for solo hip-hop and R&B artists to perform a song in front of a huge crowd at ONE FEST in Miami. Get started here. And, get this—we are giving twenty-two artists the chance to perform at the one and only Vans Warped Tour this summer. And one artist will play ALL twenty-two dates, traveling from city to city in style, via the OurStage tour bus. Damn. You can enter your song as of noon on March 6th.

And remember when you were sitting there, minding your own business, watching the NCAA basketball games on ESPN and you heard a bunch of OurStage artists? I do. Yes, I remember it like it was two weeks ago. Well, get ready for the Main Event. Literally, ESPN’s Main Event, where OurStage artists will be selected to go head-to-head on the Main Event Facebook page for a chance at some valuable exposure on ESPN’s boxing broadcasts. Launching March 15th.

Finally, we here at OurStage would like to say farewell to Ronnie Montrose, guitar monster, who played one Van Morrison’s Tupelo Honey and was the force behind Montrose, featuring a young and not-yet-totally-awful Sammy Hagar:

Hope to see you in Texas, freakazoids!


The Golden Door

Statue of Liberty

Don’t let the name fool you—Statue of Liberty isn’t an empire state-of-mind band. The folk rock duo, comprised of Bobby Bradford and Marywood Kate, hail from Boulder, CO by way of Dubuque, IA. Their music certainly doesn’t keep the Big Apple’s rat race pace. It’s vivid, wild-hearted folk for sure, but there’s also ghostly sort of romanticism that weaves through every song. Like, for example, on “Time Carries On,” where piano, bass and guitars move from frenzy to calm and back again. On “Thick of It All” the duo’s layered harmonies and delicate strumming give your heart a visceral tug. Shake off the nostalgia with the wiry pluck of “Back to You,” or the confident ‘60s strut of “Only.” Like an old Super 8 movie found in the attic, the music Statue of Liberty makes is warm, timeless and beautiful without any polish.


Arcade Fire to Give Lecture on Haiti at University of Texas

We never thought we’d be in favor of the concept of rock bands giving lectures, but then there’s this.

Grammy award-winning band Arcade Fire will be at the University of Texas at Austin on March 19 to discuss the socioeconomic crisis in Haiti, along with their own efforts within the region. The cause has always been close to the group’s collective heart, particularly for singer Regine Chassagne, who was born in the area. She, along with band members Win Butler, Will Butler, and Marika Anthony-Shaw, will discuss Haiti’s need for healthcare reform and First World aid. The lecture is intended to bring attention to the non-profit organization Partners in Health, through which the band has helped raise over $1 million dollars in ticket sales and licensing.

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The Good

Justin Bieber helps Billy Crystal open the Oscars

Billy Crystal did alright as host of Sunday’s Oscars, thanks in no small part to a strategic cameo by Justin Bieber. Watch the Biebs lend his 18-24 demographic charm to this “Midnight in Paris” spoof. Total lolz, guys.

Lady Gaga launches Born This Way Foundation

It’s nice to see somebody put their money where their clout is. Like Lady Gaga, who, along with her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, launched the Born This Way Foundation this week during a ceremony at Harvard. The organization aims to help put a stop to bullying through youth empowerment. Gaga also announced that the Born Brave bus will follow her tour bus around the country, giving people from all walks of life a space to come talk about their experiences—and tailgate before the show, ‘natch. Read more about it here.


The Bad

Davy Jones of The Monkees dies

The world lost a pop icon this week when Davy Jones passed away suddenly from a heart attack. He was sixty-six. As singer for TV pop group The Monkees in the late ‘60s, Jones rose to fame for both his boyish good looks and ability to rock out on a tambourine like no other. He will be missed. R.I.P.


Erykah Badu’s concerts canceled over temporary tattoos

Erykah Badu’s new body art irked so many people that the singer was asked to cancel her tour dates in Malaysia by the government. Apparently some Muslims don’t appreciate the word “Allah” appearing in ink on the bare shoulders of a woman, especially one’s been known to strip all her clothes off and parade about town naked. Go figure.

The Ugly

Gorillaz get gross for “Do Ya Thing” video

If the Gorillaz ever invite you over for breakfast, don’t accept. The new video for “Do Ya Thing” shows CGI band members eating toast with bloody ears among other unsavory things. Vocals by LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy and Andre 3000 make the music palatable, at least. Watch the video below.

Kid Cudi gets morbid tattoo, lands No. 1 spot on iTunes

The fact that Kid Cudi’s “weak ass” label only mailed out 55,000 physical copies of his new album, WZRD, may have been a blessing in disguise, forcing folks to go online to get their copy. WZRD ended up nabbing the No. 1 spot on iTunes, but that didn’t improve Cudi’s mood. Not one bit. And we say that because he’s now sporting this tattoo. Dude, lighten up.


Green Day’s Awkward Explanation of Their Upcoming Album

During Green Day’s awkward explanation of their upcoming album, Billie Joe Armstrong admitted that the lyrical content includes “the first time we ever really sung about f**king”. We definitely found ourselves feeling a little creeped out as Dirnt explained his artistic motivations for sex-oriented lyrics.

According to NME,  Green Day premiered their song “Carpe Diem” during a show in San Francisco last November and it’s expected to be on the new album. This new LP will follow the band’s last release that hit the market in 2011, a live concert album tilted Awesome As F*ck. They also currently have a musical that’s based around their albums American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown. A motion picture release of the musical is currently in the works and will be directed by Tom Hanks.

Beyoncé to Join Ryan Murphy Musical

Beyoncé is reportedly the latest addition to the upcoming musical film One Hit Wonders. The star-studded cast includes the likes of Cameron Diaz, Reese Witherspoon, The Lonely Island‘s Andy Samberg, and Gwyneth Paltrow, who is also said to be producing the film.

The film, which follows a group of nineties one-hit wonders looking to create a new musical super-group, will be directed by Glee‘s Ryan Murphy. And although a script has yet to be written, reports say that all of the characters’ roles have been conceptualized. This will be the first major project for Beyoncé since the birth of her daughter, Blue Ivy.


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