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Hopeless Records Sign Driver Friendly

In their latest signing, Hopeless Records have welcomed Driver Friendly to the roster. With a fresh, lively sound, Driver Friendly goes past the average pop-punk expectations with incorporation of both trumpet and trombone, proving for some much needed diversity in this oversaturated market.

This is the band’s second brush with fame, after receiving extreme praise for their music video, “Messidona” which features scenes inspired by several Tom Hanks movies. After catching wind of the video, Tom Hanks himself tweeted about it, calling it, “one snappy record.” We couldn’t agree more.

Check out the band’s official welcome video right here, and the video that made waves, “Messidona,” here.

If you like Driver Friendly check out OurStage artist Clear For Takeoff.

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Taylor Swift Streams “State Of Grace”

Up until the recent teasing of Red’s tracks, it was fair to say that Taylor Swift was primarily seen as a vivacious pop singer, with enough twang and heartbreak to attract a few country lovers as well.

However, with the upcoming release of Red we’ve seen a suspected diversity throughout the album, and Swift’s latest release, “State Of Grace” proves as an incredibly mature step, documenting love in a much different light than we’re used to from Swift. Through the wispy melodies and haunting vocals, it’s no surprise that the track flew to number one on the iTunes chart less than 24 hours after being released.

Speaking to Good Morning America about the track, Swift said:

“I wrote this song about when you first fall in love with someone. The possibilities. Kind of thinking about the different ways that it could go,” Swift continued, “It’s a really big sound. To me, this sounds like the feeling of falling in love in an epic way. I hope you like it.”

Decide for yourself, by checking out the video right here.

 

If you like Taylor Swift check out OurStage artist Shelby Marie!

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The Future Got Odd: Death Grips, Kreayshawn, And The Major Label Embrace Of Rap’s Weird Side

The Internet is difficult to profit off of. Businesses can be built here, but even behemoths can have issues staying afloat for very long. Facebook, the service that is actively used by one in seven people on the planet, is struggling to find an answer to the mobile question. Spotify, a service that we’ve covered here time and again, operated at a $60 million loss in 2011. YouTube just recently became profitable, relatively speaking. And as many artists and labels will attest, it’s even harder to make a profit off of the Internet’s use of music.

Once upon a time, musically speaking, the hot commodity was indie rock. Some blog buzz could take a band from nothing to the mix CDs of an entire generation. If you got lucky you soundtracked an Apple commercial. At some point the online conversations stopped being completely dominated by fey twee types and instead embraced two distinct musical styles—brash, swagged-out hip-hop and the over-sexed maximalism of electronic. Tastes shift. Money presumably follows.

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Bruno Mars Releases “Locked Out Of Heaven” Video

Just a few short weeks since premiere the audio,  Bruno Mars has released the video for his latest single, “Locked Out Of Heaven. The song is taken from Bruno’s Sophomore effort, Unorthodox Jukebox, which is due out this December. You can view the video below:

If you enjoy Bruno Mars, check out OS artist Larry g(EE)!

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Lana Del Rey Releases Video for “Ride”

Who is Lana Del Rey? Is she Lizzy Grant, Sparkle Jump Rope Queen, or one of the other pseudonyms that she used while performing in New York city clubs only several years ago? Questions about Lana’s authenticity reached a fever pitch in 2012, with some decrying what they saw as her corporately constructed version of hipsterdom, and even questioning the integrity of her body. With the beautifully lush video for her latest single “Ride,” Lana indirectly addresses speculations about her shifting identity, while offering a visual love letter to America and a barely-veiled description of the lonely transient touring life of a newly minted pop starlet

In the languid monologue that opens the video’s shots of neon–lit urban decay and sun-stroked open highways, Lana describes being “a singer, not a very popular one, who once had dreams of becoming a beautiful poet,” and laments how ”there’s no use in talking to people who have a home; they have no idea what it’s like to seek safety in other people, for home to be wherever you lie your head.” Though Lana isn’t really playing herself in the video, the gist of her moody soliloquy is clear: being a pop star who is constantly on the road can be lonely and sad, even as all of your supposed dreams are becoming real. Over the course of the video, she appears as a drifter, biker, killer, and lounge performer; she floats through a vast sprawling American landscape that is as varied as her own identities. A rebellious biker girl on the western freeway, an enigmatic chanteuse onstage, and a lonely transient on the dirty city streets, Lana changes with each new locale. She is all of these people, and in being so, is none of them fully. She is neither Lizzy Grant, nor Lana Del Rey, nor her earliest incarnation as May Jailer, but a nebulous entity who can perform whatever role is desired of her. After all, this is exactly what pop stars do, and it is America and its endless sense of possibilities that lets them do it. E pluribus unum: out of many, one. America is truly one nation, under pop. “I believe in the country America used to be. I believe in the person I want to become,” Lana intones towards the end of the video. Thanks, Lizzy. It all makes sense now.

Lana fans: check out OurStage artist Sheila Star for more sultry pop tunes.

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Justin Bieber Trolls Twitter With “Beauty And A Beat” PR Prank

Justin Bieber has been having a pretty rough go of it in recent weeks. Remember when we all saw him throw up on stage? Good times.

As if indigestion wasn’t enough, the Biebs was apparently robbed of a laptop and camera after a show in Tacoma, WA! The robbery report gained even more traction after Bieber tweeted about the “personal footage” stored on the laptop and camera.

Later that day, someone using the Twitter handle @gexwy began tweeting at Bieber with links to private videos of Justin supposedly taken from the stolen tech. A weird back and forth between Bieber and gexwy ensued with threats of posting the footage flying along with rumored nude pics of the young Canadian star.

Were these videos really that damaging? Was the world about to see Bieber in the buff? Nah. It was just a PR stunt to promote his new single with Nicki Minaj, “Beauty and a Beat.” Gotta build that buzz, ya’ll.

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PSY’s K-Pop Invasion: The Continued Decline of Western Pop Courtesy of the East

As if A-Pop wasn’t bad enough already. Just when one might have thought that American pop, with all its auto-tuned voices and fake plastic beats, couldn’t possibly make the eyes and ears bleed more, it’s about to get worse. Nicki Minaj is set to bombard us with more of her overexposure via a series of reality specials on E!, her new gig as a 12th-season American Idol judge, and, of course, more music, while Britney Spears, of all vocally challenged singers, is already sitting in judgment of wannabe A-Pop idols on The X Factor.

And last but not least scary, Ke$ha’s back, and going by the early success of “Die Young,” the first single from her upcoming sophomore album Warrior (out November 30), she’s here to stay—at least for the time being. Continue reading ‘PSY’s K-Pop Invasion: The Continued Decline of Western Pop Courtesy of the East’

Anberlin Stream ‘Vital’ In Full

I have to be honest here. There was never a doubt in my mind that Anberlin’s latest album, Vital would be anything less than spectacular. But even by my own standards, Vital goes above and beyond. Bringing listeners back to the fast paced, aggressively addictive days of Cities with a touch of synth and strong, characteristically intense hooks, Anberlin’s latest release is a force to be reckoned with.

With the early stream now available before the Oct. 16 release date, you can listen for yourself right here.

If you like Anberlin check out OurStage artist The August Name.

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Stevie Nicks Apologizes To Nicki Minaj For Strangling Comment

There’s not a lot you can do to take back saying you want to murder someone, but Stevie Nicks is sure going to try.

After the entire Nicki Minaj Vs. Mariah Carey debacle a week ago, Nicks was quoted as saying that if she had been in Carey’s shoes she would have, “walked over to Nicki and strangled her to death right there.” Nicks went on to say, “I would have killed her in front of all those people and had to go to jail for it.”

It’s hard to back peddle out of that kind of threat, but after an immediate backlash, Nicks did her best by issuing an official apology. You can read her apology after the jump. Continue reading ‘Stevie Nicks Apologizes To Nicki Minaj For Strangling Comment’

Hear A Snippet Of Kanye West’s Contribution To ‘The Man With The Iron Fists’ Soundtrack, “White Dress” [UPDATE]

UPDATE: Pitchfork has posted a video of the full track with accompanying videos this morning. Check out the video after the jump.

Kanye West has come a long way since the release of his first album The College Dropout. That release introduced us to a Kanye that was hungry and humble. Now, just following the release of G.O.O.D. Music posse album Cruel Summer, Mr. West is still hungry for success. But humble? Eh, not really. And there’s definitely a few out there who have been left cold by West’s dalliances into electronic and bombastic production styles, longing for the days of his more soulful fare.

Well Kanye nostalgists have something special to look forward to today with the leaked preview of West’s “White Dress,” his cut for the soundtrack to upcoming hip-hop kung fu action flick The Man With The Iron Fists.

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