OurStage artist Delta Rae will be heading out on a co-headlining tour with ZZ Ward this winter, featuring support from Martin Harley. After capturing audiences on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno and Conan, and making appearances in Rolling Stone and on VH1, they’re ready to hit the road and show fans where they really excel: live. Check out all their tour dates after the jump.
The indie pop twins are at it again. Canadian sisters Tegan and Sara have released the official music video for their single “Closer,” off their upcoming album Heartthrob. The song is much more dancey and poppy than their previously released material, so if you didn’t get a chance to listen when we posted it in September, be prepared to have it stuck in your head for the rest of the day. The video itself is just as fun and lighthearted as the song, with the two singers performing karaoke to a VHS recording of their own single, while various straight, gay, and lesbian couples make out at a crazy hipster dance party. Heartthrob is due out January 29th, 2013 in the U.S. and February 11, 2013 in Europe. In the meantime, check out the new “Closer” video below:
If you like Tegan and Sara, then you might also like OurStage artists Vic And Gab.
Right on the heels of 2 Chainz and Juicy J’s8-bit adventures comes another retro video game that features a digitized major musician. In Skrillex Quest, the dubstep superstar gets the Legend of Zelda treatment. When a speck of dust invades an old game cartridge and threatens to unravel the entire virtual world, Skrillex’s tunic-clad avatar must destroy the game’s glitches and save the virtual princess. His music is prominently featured, which is fitting, as game creator Jason Oda notes that Skrillex’s tunes sometimes sound “like a broken video game.” Oda has previously made games for Atreyu, Breaking Benjamin, and Chemical Brothers as well. Who could be next to hop on the online retro video game bandwagon? It might be a longshot, but we’d love to see Escape From The Rihanna Plane. That one might be impossible to beat, though.
If you dig Skrillex, check out OurStage artist DJ Tranzed.
Today has been a pretty tour heavy day as far as announcements go, so we’ve decided to make your life that much smoother by compiling several recently announced tours into one post. While we’ve already announced Patent Pending, The Dangerous Summer with Young London, and Fireworks, we’re excited to bring you two more winter tours.
The Dangerous Summer will be touring the US beginning in just two days, on Nov. 30. Joining the band on guitar will be The Graduate’s Matt Kennedy, with opening support from Young London and Young Statues. Check out the cities and dates after the jump and be sure to enter our #FreeTicketFriday contest every week for your shot at tickets to your favorite band’s concert! Continue reading ‘The Dangerous Summer, Young London Holiday Tour’
What could be better during the hectic rush of holiday madness, than taking a little time out to enjoy your favorite band in concert? Well, if your favorite band is Fireworks and you’re located in the mid-west or east coast, then you’re in luck!
Fireworks have just announced two mini tours, with dates in December and January. Check out the cities and dates after the jump and be sure to enter our #FreeTicketFriday contest every week for your shot at tickets to your favorite band’s concert!
Just the other day we brought you our thoughts on Ke$ha‘s latest album, Warrior. Now, the full album has been released for stream, ahead of its Dec. 4 release date. That’s right, no more late nights searching the web for leaks, or playing “Die Young” on repeat to hold you over. You can now bask in Ke$ha glory all you like. But as we warned you in our review, don’t expect to see a full album filled with radio-ready singles. Embrace the pop, embrace the rock. After all, Iggy Pop does join Ke$ha for “Dirty Love.” You can listen to it right now over at iTunes and let us know what you think!
‘Tis the season for holiday classics! You’ve noticed it while pushing through the crowds on Black Friday or strolling through the supermarket to pick up pies, and now we’re bringing the holidays to you via Hopeless Records’ new compilation, Hopeless For The Holidays. Featuring newcomers and long time favorites such as For The Foxes, Divided By Friday, Driver Friendly, and Anarbor, the album will contain Christmas covers and originals. Dive into the spirit by listening to For The Foxes’ contribution, “All That Glistens” after the jump, along with the track listing.
1. For The Foxes – The Only Thing That Glistens
2. Divided By Friday – All I Want For Christmas Is You
3. Anarbor – West Coast Christmas
4. Driver Friendly – X-Mas In Texas
When sitting down to review Ke$ha’s latest album, Warrior, I found it impossible to resist digging into her catalog for research. Only three years have past since “Tik Tok” impacted radio waves around the world, but one look at the sales and popularity of this still young pop starlet and one might believe she’s at least hit the half decade point. The truth is, Kesha has only just begun to make her mark in pop music, and her latest effort proves there is much (MUCH) more glitter and innuendo awaiting us in years to come.
If you have never experienced Kesha outside of the radio singles, you need to be prepared for a slightly different experience when reaching for one of her albums. While the glitter-loving songstress is known for packing many potential singles on her releases, usually including some of her awkward attempts at rapping, each album is also stuffed with progressive material that makes it clear Kesha could do so much more with her career if desired. Warrior makes this more evident than ever, with only a handful of cuts coming across like disposable radio tracks, and I don’t want to get hopes too high here, but there is a cohesion to the glam pop queen’s efforts this time around that leads one to believe there is a much grander vision at play than we’ve been told.
Kicking things off by blending her newer sound with songwriting elements fans will find familiar, “Warrior,” kicks off Kesha’s new album with all the glory and pizazz a pop record deserves. The hook is huge, the rhymes about club life are intact, and the attitude is second-to-none. This is what I like to call “typical Kesha,” and it’s never executed more slickly than on Warrior. As you dig through the hit “Die Young,” as well as the early leak “C’Mon,” it becomes clearer and clearer that there is an evolution taking place within Kesha’s sound. She’s still very rooted in dance floor singles, and that will likely never change, but the focus on well-written lyrics and wordplay has never been stronger. Tracks like “Dirty Love,” “All That Matters,” and “Love Into The Light” offer more substance than Kesha’s entire debut album, and that’s on the extreme end of the spectrum. There is actual replay value to the whole, and I don’t just mean on the radio.
Warrior is real pop music, albeit complimented with a disposable facade, and it will sell to a ridiculous amount of music listeners with little effort. Some longtime fans will hate her new sound, and others will continue to not “get it,” but anyone listening to this album with an open mind is destined to discover a pop record that could go on to rival Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream in terms of lasting ability and pop cultural impact. 2013 will be the year of Ke$ha, and with a record like this there is no reason she shouldn’t find herself atop the Billboard charts for weeks, if not months to come.
If you enjoy Ke$ha, be sure to check out OS artist Casey Desmond!
Although I may be biased with my unexplainable affection for Seattle, whenever I discover a new band from that area, my expectations are high. After all, it’s the home of Nirvana and Starbucks. When you’re in Nirvana town, the community has to be a little critical, right?
For indie pop outfit, As It Starts, it’s hard to believe this has ever been a concern. Citing influences from Adele to Death Cab for Cutie, these guys cover everything from acoustic serenades to folk rock riffs. Take a listen to “Symphonies” below and let us know what you think!