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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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Ernie Ball Endorses The Jellybricks

BlogEB_IndieP_120x120_WinnerAfter one year, thousands of artists, and three genre winners, Ernie Ball has selected a Grand Prize winner in the “Save Your Strings” competition. The winner will receive, in addition to their year’s supply of strings and accessories, Music Man guitars for each guitarist in the band and an official endorsement from Ernie Ball. In the running for the top prize were Pop winners Biscuits & Gravy, Rock winners The Jellybricks, and Country winners Gin House. Ultimately, Ernie Ball selected pop rockers The Jellybricks to receive the big prize.

OurStage is proud to host the music of such incredibly talented acts, and especially pleased to have helped not only expose them to new fans, but also to empower them with the tools they need to keep creating great music.

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The Jellybricks will no doubt find use for their prizes as they begin to support their forthcoming record, Youngstown Tune-Up. The album’s first single, “About The Weekend,” was just featured by Little Steven Van Zandt as his “Coolest Song in the World” as well as video of the day on his hugely popular radio show The Underground Garage. Watch it below.

Congratulations to The Jellybricks, as well as Gin House and Biscuits & Gravy.
Continue reading ‘Ernie Ball Endorses The Jellybricks’

Warped Tour Announces Yellowcard, We Are The In Crowd, The Story So Far, And More

Warped Tour 2014This week’s Warped Tour announcement came last night via FuseTV‘s Warped Roadies, and unsurprisingly has made an already fantastic and diverse lineup that much better.  So who are the lucky five that have just been added? Joining AnberlinReal Friends, Falling In Reverse, and Less Than Jake will be Yellowcard (6/13-7/28, 7/30-8/3), We Are The In Crowd, The Story So Far, Born Of Osiris, Echosmith, and Beebs And Her Money Makers. You can check out the lineup to date below. Continue reading ‘Warped Tour Announces Yellowcard, We Are The In Crowd, The Story So Far, And More’

Radiohead Release New App

RadioheadWhen an app has a 4.5 star rating only a month after release, you know you’re on to something special. Joining the likes of Bjork and Blur in the recent trend of musicians diving into the app business, Radiohead have unveiled a mysterious, not to mention trippy new app called PolyFauna.

Describing the new app, Thom Yorke says, “PolyFauna is an experimental collaboration between us (Radiohead) & Universal Everything, born out of The King of Limbs sessions and using the imagery and the sounds from the song Bloom. It comes from an interest in early computer life-experiments and the imagined creatures of our subconscious. Your screen is the window into an evolving world. Move around to look around. You can follow the red dot. You can wear headphones.”

You can download the app for free on iOS and Android and let us know what you think.

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