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The Narrative To Release New Music & Video

The Narrative New York’s The Narrative recently teased fans with a big announcement…if they hit 20,000 likes on Facebook. With hardly any effort at all, the duo surpassed that marker and revealed plans to mix and master 12 new songs that were recorded nearly two years ago. Although the details on the potential release are still a little hazy, the band has also promised the premiere of a new music video and song in the near future. As much as we love the suspense and anticipation of new tunes, we’re a little anxious to learn when we can really hear them. At least with the band’s promise that “lots of new music and a music video [will be] coming your way from The Narrative in 2014″ we know the wait can’t be too long. Check out the full Facebook post from The Narrative here.

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New England Music Awards Announce 2014 Nominees

New England Music AwardsAh, the New England Music Awards. A chance for this amazing cluster of states to celebrate an incredible array of talent. For its third year, the awards will take place at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium in Lowell, MA and kick off February 21st. The event will include  several concerts, as well as a free artist conference featuring guest speakers and panel discussions.

Leading the way this year are Deer Tick and Spose, who hold three nominations each. OurStage artists Gentlemen Hall, The Shana Stack Band, Nemes, and Darlingside are also up for awards, while hosts for the evening will include Dressed for the Occasion, Haley Sabella, Josh Logan, Sarah Borrello, The Mallett Brothers BandWill Dailey, and comedian Steve Sweeney. Check out the full list of nominations below.

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Pitchfork Festival 2014 Lineup

Pitchfork FestivalThe 2014 Pitchfork Festival lineup has finally been announced, and it includes headliners Beck, Kendrick Lamar, and Neutral Milk Hotel, as well as support from Slowdive, Pusha T, and The Range. With five months until the festival launches its three night stay in Chicago’s Union Park, fans can expect to see many more bands added to the lineup. For now, you can check out the initial announcement below, and catch the festival July 18-20.  Continue reading ‘Pitchfork Festival 2014 Lineup’

Satellites and Sirens Launch Kickstarter, Offer Free Album Download

Satellites and SirensThere are a lot of reasons I have a burning desire to move to Nashville, not the least of which is the legendary music scene. In addition to the old school music business, and the attendant wealth of singer-songwriters, the city also boasts a history of cutting edge bands. Take for instance Satellites and Sirens. Citing influences like Jimmy Eat World, and 30 Seconds To Mars, these Nashville natives have perfected their craft well enough to earn themselves not only a sea of loyal fans, but a spot on the Rock Boat back in 2012, alongside acts such as NEEDTOBREATHE, and Bronze Radio Return.

But making music isn’t easy, and it definitely isn’t cheap, which is why the band has launched a 30-day Kickstarter to help fund their third full-length, One Noise. With a March 2014 release date, the band is offering some pretty cool prizes to help incentivize fans. Aside from the usual rewards of digital downloads, CDs, posters, etc., some of the more creative rewards include a phone call from the band, custom artwork on a guitar pedal, a Fender Telecaster, an in-home acoustic concert, or being flown out to be in the band’s next music video. You can check out their Kickstarter video below, and pledge here. The band is also currently giving away a copy of their last album, Frequency, which we highly recommend picking up. You can grab that here. Continue reading ‘Satellites and Sirens Launch Kickstarter, Offer Free Album Download’

Bridge To Grace Announce March Tour

Bridge To GraceAlright you Midwest hard rockers, we have some fantastic news to share with you. Atlanta’s Bridge To Grace has just released a string of Midwest tour dates this March, hitting Michigan, Wisconsin, and Illinois in a short two week run. Support will come from Florida based alt-rockers Breaking Through. Bridge To Grace has had a pretty successful year already with their new track, “The Fold” hitting Music Choice on TV/satellite, and even hitting #50 on the Mediabase Active Rock Chart. So when these two bands roll through your town next month, be sure to clear your calendar and support your local music scene. Check out the dates below, and keep an eye out, as more dates are expected to be announced soon. Continue reading ‘Bridge To Grace Announce March Tour’

Chvrches Cover Arctic Monkeys’ “Do I Wanna Know?”

ChvrchesChvrches have been rocking a myriad of covers lately, from Whitney Houston to Bauhaus. With each one, the Scottish trio inject that signature synthpop sound and crooning vocals for a truly unique experience. Adding the Arctic Monkeys to their hit list, the band recently did an in-studio session with Triple J to cover “Do I Wanna Know,” off Arctic Monkeys’ 2013 release, AM. You can check out the cover below. Continue reading ‘Chvrches Cover Arctic Monkeys’ “Do I Wanna Know?”’

Album Review: Twin Berlin’s ‘Sleazebrain’

Twin BerlinOurStage winners Twin Berlin‘s latest album may not have been produced by the iconic Travis Barker like their EP There Goes My Virtue was, but that doesn’t keep these New England natives from rocking hard on their brand new debut full-length, Sleazebrain. Starting things off strong with “You’re A Problem,” these self-proclaimed grunge rockers mix the perfect amount of aggression and passion into their music to create that raw and unaffected punk vibe that I love so much, yet find so rarely. And while the band has been teasing fans with clips and teasers of tracks such as the aforementioned opener and “Buzzkill,” I have to admit that my personal favorites lie in the deeper cuts, “Don’t Talk To Me” and “Kill This Low.” Still, the tracks they’ve chosen to lead with are strong, and are a pretty accurate snapshot of the album as a whole.

Grunge as a major influence is not easy to keep fresh two decades after its height, but Twin Berlin pull it off very well. The longer I let the album run the more I appreciated what a grower it is, and the more I wish I was able to immediately head out to one of their live shows. Because if this is the energy I’m getting from a recording, I can’t even imagine what kind of vibe they give off live.

Catch up with Twin Berlin on their Facebook, and be sure to grab a copy of Sleazebrain when it drops Feb. 18. In the meantime, check out a few tracks below to hold you over. Continue reading ‘Album Review: Twin Berlin’s ‘Sleazebrain’’

Morrissey Announces U.S. Tour Dates

morrisseyLast month we brought you the news that Morrissey had signed a new record deal with Harvest Records, and would be announcing tour dates shortly. After a month of suspense, the former Smiths frontman has revealed via True-To-You a string of U.S. dates. Support on the May 10th and June 21st dates will come from Kristeen Young, along with support from Tom Jones on the former and Sir Cliff Richard on the latter. Check out the full routing below. Continue reading ‘Morrissey Announces U.S. Tour Dates’

Twin Berlin Gear Up To Release ‘Sleazebrain’

Twin BerlinBack in 2011, OurStage artists Twin Berlin won the opportunity of a lifetime in OurStage and Guitar Center‘s “Your Next Record with Travis Barker” competition. After flying to Los Angeles, being interviewed by MTV, and of course hooking up with Blink-182‘s Barker for an intense recording session at Red Bull Studios, Twin Berlin released their EP, There Goes My Virtue. Since then, we’ve been aching to know what the trio has been up to. As it turns out, they’ve been recording their debut full-length, Sleazebrain,which will be released February 18th. Check out a sneak peek of the album with a stream of “You’re A Problem” below, and check back tomorrow for our full review of Sleazebrain. Continue reading ‘Twin Berlin Gear Up To Release ‘Sleazebrain’’

Sting’s “The Last Ship” To Debut On Broadway

StingOk, so Sting having a musical is a little weird. But if you’re as intrigued as I am, you can catch his Broadway debut of “The Last Ship” on October 26th, with previews beginning September 30th at the Neil Simon Theatre. Inspired by Sting’s personal memories of growing up in a northeast England shipbuilding community, the story follows a man who travels the world for 14 years before returning to find the shipyard’s future in shambles, and his love engaged to someone else.

“People ask if it’s autobiographical. The only real answer is I think it’s emotionally autobiographical but it’s not autobiographical,” explains producer Jeffrey Seller. ”There’s no rock singer in ‘The Last Ship.’ But I certainly think that Sting is inspired by his youth and he’s working through a lot of emotions that all of us are working with as we get older.”

Before making its Broadway debut, the play will premiere at Chicago’s Bank Of America Theatre next summer, and include lead cast members Michael Esper (American Idiot, The Lyons) and Rachel Tucker (Wicked). Of course, the musical will also include several songs from Sting’s latest release, The Last Ship, which inspired the show, along with several new songs.

“I have continually been impressed by and rewarded by Sting’s depth of musical knowledge,” Seller said. “Sting certainly came to this never having written a musical but he has been an extraordinary student of musical theater, he’s an extraordinary collaborator and he has been an ideal artist in making this play.”

Will you be checking out Sting’s new musical?

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