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Exclusive Q and A: The Maine Talk Moms, Cover Songs, and Reputations

The Maine have progressed far beyond their days as a fledgling pop-punk band trying to stand out in a sea of sound-alikes. Since releasing their third full-length album Pioneer in 2011, the band has cemented a reputation for being willing to take creative risks and experiment in ways that musically diverge from their past releases. Now, The Maine is releasing a DVD that follows them through the process of writing and recording their genre-breaking third studio album. We caught up with frontman John O’Callaghan to talk band reputations, maternal approval, and the secret advice for recording a live show.

OS: Your new DVD is just about to come out, and I understand that it details a lot of the struggles you had surrounding the release of Pioneer. Was there any footage that you were afraid of including in the documentary?

JO: I guess that there shouldn’t be. I don’t think you should ever try to censor yourself after the fact. There are certain things that were just a little too heavy, or too overloaded with swear words that might not add anything to the documentary, but occurrences like that were very rare. We tried to put as much of that stuff in there as we could because we were fortunate to have a camera rolling through pretty much the entire process. I think that people deserve to hear that stuff. Hopefully it’s a better indication of who we are as people and what we had to go through to make it happen. Continue reading ‘Exclusive Q and A: The Maine Talk Moms, Cover Songs, and Reputations’

“Watch This!” Wednesday: Mumford & Sons, Kid Cudi & Swizz Beatz

We love passing new music videos around the OurStage office, and now we’re going to be sharing our finds with you. Here’s this week’s freshest new clips!

Mumford & Sons – “Lover Of The Light”

It’s hard to tell exactly what Idris Elba is thinking in this video, but it sure is nice to look at. The clip shows a blind man (Elba) who is seemingly thrilled by the sunrise, talking to himself at breakfast, and almost running to his death off the cliffs of Wales. Elba co-directed the intimate video, and does a great job telling a somber story backed by an uplifting song.

Kid Cudi – “Just What I Am” (feat. King Chip)

Don’t be fooled by the frame: This video isn’t quite fine art. Cudi claims “all my videos will be in a baroque frame. I create art, so it will be presented as such. ART IN MOTION.” Um, okay. Unfortunately for Cudi, the visual companion to “Just What I Am” is nothing we haven’t seen a million times before – red solo cups, crowded party, toasting to the good life. Oh well, the song’s not bad.

Swizz Beatz – “Everyday Birthday” (feat. Chris Brown & Ludacris)

Chris Brown wakes up in bed with a “crazy” girl, Luda wakes up in a shower, Swizz is chillin’ on a yacht in Cannes. So begins “Everyday Birthday,” a whirlwind visual feast of bottles poppin’, club hoppin’, and some very evil French girls.

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Taylor Swift Performs “Begin Again” On CMA Awards

Thursday night’s CMA Awards was without a doubt, a star studded event. With acts like Kelly Clarkson and co-hosts Carrie Underwood, and Brad Paisley gracing the red carpet and sharing the stage, audiences waited in anticipation for not only the night’s winners, but also the event’s highly anticipated performances. Among them, Taylor Swift.

Performing “Begin Again,” off her latest release, Red, Swift’s set mimicked the song’s French-inspired music video.

Though Swift did not receive awards for nominations in Vocalist of the Year and Musical Event of the Year for Safe & Sound with The Civil Wars, she did receive a standing ovation for her performance. Check out the performance right here and let us know-how did she do?

 

If you like Taylor Swift, check out OurStage artist Ria.

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Courtney Love (Ew) Says Nirvana Musical (Gross) Isn’t Happening (Thank God)

You know things are getting out of hand when Courtney Love has to step in to be the voice of reason.

Love, the wife of the late, great Kurt Cobain, stated in an interview with The Observer that rumors regarding musical about her relationship with her deceased husband were just that. “There will be no musical,” said Love. “Sometimes it’s just best to leave things alone.”

Wait, since when was there going to be a Nirvana musical? Says who?! Sam Lufti, that’s who.

Lufti, the sometimes co-manager of Love, is currently involved in a rather ugly lawsuit with one of his past clients Britney Spears. While testifying under oath Lufti made mention of a potential stage or screen adaptation of Cobain’s life story and the music of Nirvana.

Continue reading ‘Courtney Love (Ew) Says Nirvana Musical (Gross) Isn’t Happening (Thank God)’

Matt Nathanson Thinks Taylor Swift Re-Appropriated His Lyrics

Man, people these days. You break a couple of sales records and OUT COME THE HATERS.

I’m sure all Taylor Swift wants to do right now is sit back, relax, maybe get into a fraught high-profile relationship, and bask in her achievements. Red, the pop songstress’ fourth album, went platinum and then some in its debut week on the charts. I’m not sure if you’re aware of the current state of the music industry, but that just doesn’t happen anymore.

But no, Swift find herself beleaguered, in spite of (or maybe because of) her runaway success. First was the Country Music Association Award skewers and snubs. And now, allegations of plagiarism?

Continue reading ‘Matt Nathanson Thinks Taylor Swift Re-Appropriated His Lyrics’

No Doubt Pull New Video Offensive To Native Americans

This past Friday, No Doubt released a music video for their newest single “Looking Hot” off their latest album Push And Shove, but it was immediately removed after being criticized for offending the Native American community.

According to Billboard, the video features Gwen Stefani in a “Halloween-ready Native American costume, while bassist Tony Kanal is [a] tribesman who helps the singer escape from her cowboy captors, played by Adrian Young and Tom Dumont.” Due to a large negative response from YouTube users, the band decided to pull the video, releasing an apology on their website. Whether or not a remake is in store has yet to be determined.

If you like No Doubt, then you might also like OurStage’s own The Worsties.

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fun. Perform “Some Nights” & “Carry On” For SNL

From all we’ve seen and heard of fun., their live performances kill it. When it was announced they’d be the musical guest on Saturday Night Live for Nov. 3, we couldn’t wait. Their song choices? You guessed it: Radio success “Some Nights,” along with the newly released music video track, “Carry On.”

Although fun. kept the energy high with both performances, vocals on “Some Nights,” fell flat in sections and those used to chanting along with the recorded sound might be in for a bit of a shock. “Carry On” faired much better, with strong vocals and stellar performances by the entire band, ending their SNL debut on a high note.

You can check out both performances right here.

If you like fun. check out OurStage artist Matt Springfield.

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Scenesters Channel Their Inner Divas On ‘Punk Goes Pop 5′

It’s that time of the year again: when people take words that others have said and twist them around to fit their own individual message. And no, we don’t mean election season; it’s time for another volume of Punk Goes Pop! In the fifth installment of the popular decade-old Fearless Records compilation, we get a mix of tunes from ’80s classics to contemporary chart-toppers. Here are five of our favorites from the upcoming November 6 release. Continue reading ‘Scenesters Channel Their Inner Divas On ‘Punk Goes Pop 5′’

Warped Tour Searching for 2013 Artwork

We can never get enough Warped Tour news, and even in the fall and winter months when we’re pulling out the blankets and putting on the heat, Warped Tour is still hot on our minds.

That’s why we couldn’t resist sharing Warped Tour’s latest news with you. The tour is currently searching for artwork based on the theme “Best Day Ever” and must include the 2013 Vans Warped Tour logo.

So whip out those old school colored pencils and pastels and get to work! If you’re in need of some inspiration, check our more details and last year’s winning design here.

If you like Warped Tour bands like All Time Low, check out OurStage artist Prom Night In Black And White.

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Khloé Kardashian ‘X Factor’ Debut; How Did She Do?

Since the announcement of Khloé Kardashian Odom and Mario Lopez as co-hosts of The X Factor, the anticipation toward their live show debut has been building. Wednesday night, the wait was finally over as we watched Lopez breeze through the show, with Odom awkwardly stumbling through. Check out more details after the jump. Continue reading ‘Khloé Kardashian ‘X Factor’ Debut; How Did She Do?’

 


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