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Help Your Favorite Metal Act Keep Rocking Hard By Judging In The Ernie Ball Metal Competition!

It’s not easy being brutal. A lot of blood, sweat, and tears goes into playing hard—you have to rock if you want to roll in OurStage’s Metal Channel. But it takes more than musical chops to make it in the metal. After all, a band might have all the talent and drive in the world but they can’t shred without strings! Fortunately, Ernie Ball is here to help. One band in the Metal Channel will win a free supply of strings in the “Ernie Ball Metal Competition”! Which band that’ll be is up to you. So haul your ass over to the Metal Channel and get judging, folks! Time is running out and these metal heads need your help! The competition ends on October 31st.

Judge The “Rock Boat Lucky 13″ Competition And Win Tickets To The Cruise!

Sperrys? Check. Sunscreen? Check. Yacht captain’s hat? Leave that at home, please. Instead of looking like a goofy extra from Gilligan’s Island, you could win your best sailing accessory yet by lending your ears to the OurStage “Rock Boat Lucky 13″ Competition! Judge your favorite artists by December 14 to help determine which OurStage act will win a slot on the Rock Boat. You could win a pair of tickets for an ocean view cabin on this year’s Rock Boat cruise from Miami to Great Stirrup Cay. The stacked lineup includes Sister HazelNEEDTOBREATHERusted RootRoger Clyne and the PeacemakersWill HogeTony Lucca, OurStage artist Bronze Radio Return, and more. What better excuse to break out the madras shorts and Ray Bans this February?

Take To The Sea With The “Rock Boat Lucky 13″ Competition!

Alas, ye salty dogs! We have quite the adventure for those OurStage artists daring enough to rock the boat. If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to take your music off land and across the sea, now is your chance. Enter the “Rock Boat Lucky 13″ Competition. One Grand Prize Winner will join a cruise to the Great Stirrup Cay in February 2013 to perform not one, but two 60-minute sets, along with Sister Hazel, NEEDTOBREATHERusted RootRoger Clyne and the PeacemakersWill HogeTony Lucca, OurStage artist Bronze Radio Return, and other artists. The prize will also include a travel stipend, accommodations, meals, and more. So batten down the hatches and prepare for battle. Click here to enter now!

Are You Ready To Rock Yourself To Sleep?

Do you have dreams of rocking out on stage in front of huge crowds of screaming fans? We have good news: Your dreams could come true this fall. Dance Gavin Dance, A Lot Like Birds, I, The Mighty, Hail The Sun, and The Orphan, The Poet are hitting the road, and they want to bring your band with them!

Seven emerging OurStage acts have the opportunity to open on the Rock Yourself To Sleep Tour in their respective regions: Northwest, West Coast, Texas, Florida, East, South, and  Mountain. Entries for the Northwest, West Coast, and Texas regions close today at noon EST, while South and East close on 10/22, and Mountain on 10/24.

Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to launch your career to the next level! Click here to enter.



Latin Artists: Compete To Become El Headliner This October

Latin artists, get ready for your close-up! Once again OurStage and Tr3s are offering up some massive exposure.  When you submit your best Latin tune to the “Tr3s Latin Music Channel” Competition, the OurStage community of fans will decide which artist scores editorial coverage from Top 20, Music My Güey, Descubre y Download, and Blogamole—plus, of course, the bragging rights that come with the title of “El Headliner.”

Enter your best song into the “Tr3s Latin Music Channel” Competition by October 23 for the opportunity to get your music out to thousands of new fans. What are you standing around for? The spotlight awaits.

Songs Of The Revolution: The Spring Standards

While tuning my UHF dial and fiddling with my foil-covered coat-hanger antenna, I came across the Conan show, which was featuring a pretty dazzling young band. Ok, it was on YouTube. Turns out this entrancing three-piece is called The Spring Standards. Their beautiful three-part harmonies, top songs, spacious, textured arrangements made the transition from the national talk-show circuit to our very own studio in Somerville, Mass, where the trio lined up on some stools, broke out the melodica and guitars, and put on a display that…well, you’ll just have to watch it to get it. We are thrilled to offer these videos to watch and songs to download for our latest Songs Of The Revolution session.

Be sure to check out the older SOTR sessions while you’re there.

Judge For The “Rock Boat Lucky 13″ Competition!

This month OurStage is hosting a competition that will send some lucky, talented winners off to sea. Artists will compete for a chance to perform on the 13th annual Rock Boat, a cruise packed with all sorts of crazy antics as it heads off to Great Stirrup Cay in February 2013, with performances by Sister Hazel, NEEDTOBREATHE, Rusted Root, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, Will Hoge, Tony Lucca, OurStage artist Bronze Radio Return, and many more. Help us decide who will be the Grand Prize Winner of two 60-minute performances on the boat, along with a travel stipend, accommodations, meals, and more! Click here to start judging now.

Judge The Rock Yourself To Sleep Competition And Snag Tickets To The Tour!

Do you remember looking forward to bedtime stories, getting tucked in, and snuggling with your favorite stuffed animal? Sure, it’s been a while, but OurStage is finally giving you another reason to love bedtime. Get ready for the Rock Yourself To Sleep Tour featuring Dance Gavin Dance, A Lot Like Birds, I The Mighty, Hail The Sun and The Orphan, The Poet. If you judge and rank your favorite artists in the Rock Yourself To Sleep Competition before October 29, you and a friend could snag tickets to your local stop of the tour. Headbanging and moshing probably weren’t part of your childhood nighttime routine, but they can be now. Just remember to brush your teeth first!

Party In The Bahamas With Tony Lucca, Sister Hazel, And More!

We all daydream about a tropical vacation during the work day, but what if you could win a trip to the Bahamas for you and a friend with just a few clicks of your mouse? Spend a little time judging on OurStage and this little dream could become your reality.

Oh, and did we mention that you’d be traveling on the hottest ship around? Artists including Sister Hazel, The Voice‘s Tony Lucca, NEEDTOBREATHE, and OurStage favorites Bronze Radio Return will be providing the entertainment. Booze, food, sun and live music on the high seas. What could be better?

Judge in the “Rock Boat Lucky 13″ Competition now for your chance to win big!


Congratulations To Shallow Royale, Winners Of The Guitar Player “Take The Lead” Competition!

The results are finally in! For weeks, OurStage guitarists have been battling each other and melting faces with their gnarliest riffs and licks, all for a chance to win our Guitar Player “Take The Lead” Competition. However, there was only one band mighty enough to take the lead and conquer all. The winner of this ongoing shredfest is Shallow Royale for their song “Son Of Liberty.” Based out of American Canyon, Calif., this three-piece has stuck it out through many obstacles, recently with the addition of a new bassist, to keep their big sound alive. The winning guitar solo is played by Chase Crow, one of two brothers who are founding members of the band. Check out Chase’s incredible riffs in the playlist below.

As their prize, not only will they be featured in an upcoming issue of Guitar Player magazine, but they will also be taking home a year’s supply of Ernie Ball strings and accessories! So congratulations, Shallow Royale. Your axe-wielding skills have fared you well. May the rock be with you.



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