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Fans Can Win A Fender Guitar And Amp Combo By Judging In The Intel “Canada Superstars” Competition!

Our neighbors to the north are a pretty cheery bunch, eh? Everybody knows that the people of Canada are known for their warmth despite (or maybe because of) their cold surroundings. But Canadians are also a pretty creative bunch as well! We wanted to give some special attention to the musical and aesthetic works that have come out of the Great White North, so we teamed up with Intel to bring these artists the Intel® “Canada Superstars” Competition. But we can’t pick any competition winners without you, the fans, making your voice heard. And while discovering new talent and shedding light on the efforts of an underappreciated artist should be it’s own reward, we decided to sweeten the deal.

Fans have a chance to win a Fender® Modern Player Telecaster Plus, and a Fender® Mustang II 40 Watt Guitar Combo Amp to go along with, for judging in any of the seven competition channels in the Intel® “Canada Superstars” Competition! But you only have until September 30 to judge in the competition and get in the running to win the Grand Prize. So start judging already!

Chamberlin: “Maryland” Above The Valleys Part II

The members of Vermont’s Chamberlin haven’t just written an album about the difficult road back from betrayal and resentment. They’ve lived it. When founding members Mark Daly and Ethan West left for Nashville to write the band’s latest EP Look What I’ve Become, they took the Chamberlin name with them, informing bassist Chuck Whistler and drummer Jamie Heintz that they would not be playing on the EP. After recording the album, Daly and West realized the vital need to reconcile with their bandmates. Once they the band at their Vermont cabin, though, their keyboard player quit on the spot.

The second part of their “Above The Valleys” video series finds the rest of the group reunited at their Vermont cabin, describing their recovery from the setbacks that almost broke the band permanently.  Over the melancholy strains of “Maryland,” the fourth track from their EP, Whistler recalls being dropped from the group for the album’s recording: “I didn’t even say anything. I was – pissed isn’t even the right word – I was pretty hurt…It took a little bit of repair to get back to where we were.” Despite encountering the type of obstacles that would have derailed a less devoted band, the group looks like they have never been better. “Every once in a while,” West says, “people bounce back stronger.”

Look What I’ve Become is out now on iTunes! Catch Chamberlin on a lengthy US tour this fall, and be on the lookout for an upcoming Songs of the Revolution session with them right here on OurStage.

Metal Monday: How To Close A Career The Isis Way

Perhaps one of the touchiest subjects in all of music is the decision of when an artist or band should call it quits and throw in the towel–especially if they’re one of your favorites or an incredibly revered act. Some artists, such as Ella Fitzgerald or Willie Nelson, have the capacity to be great late into their lives; others perhaps not so much (at the risk of offending someone, I’ll let you think of your own here). In some instances, such as the case with Isis, they decide to call it a day before many fans were really ready or it seemed sensible to do so. Many people, including myself, were shocked and a bit saddened by the news that Isis decided to break with a fantastically crafted goodbye letter to everyone via their blog. But this wasn’t actually the end of Isis, not completely anyway.

Not long after their May 18th announcement, Isis announced the dates of their farewell tour, released information about the series of live EPs that would come a year later, and alluded to other plans that would would be announced in the future. Not too long ago now these plans came to fruition when Isis revealed the details for their upcoming collection, Temporal, which will be released on November 6th. This is a collection of rarities, unreleased remixes and each of the band’s music videos–not just a “best of” release.
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Hydra Head Records Faces “Imminent Demise,” To Cease Operations In Near Future

In what amounts to a heavy blow to the extreme music community, Hydra Head Records has announced that it will soon be closing up shop. The news of the 20-year-old label’s “imminent demise” was revealed in a blog post penned by co-founder and ISIS vocalist/guitarist Aaron Turner.

“Hydra Head Records has never been a smooth-running operation,” writes Turner. “We’ve spent the majority of our existence excitedly scrambling from one thing to the next, taking on more than we could ever possibly hope to achieve, and never quite finding solid footing in the midst of our self-induced whirlwind of chaos.”

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Transit Cover Third Eye Blind

Boston pop-punk band Transit have been getting really into acoustic performances this year, having performed on the Acoustic Basement stage almost every day at the Vans Warped Tour this past summer. The unplugged renditions of their own songs were incredibly well-received by fans and newcomers,  as were the few covers that they played.

Today the band released a video of themselves covering one of their “personal favorite” songs, “Motorcycle Drive By” by Third Eye Blind. Filmed and recorded at Maximum Sound Studios near Boston, MA, this is a heartfelt rendition that fits well with the band’s sound, showing where some of their inspiration comes from. Check out the video below:

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Riffs, Rants & Rumors: Murder By Death’s Dark Dreams

“We’ve always been outsiders, it seems,” says Adam Turla, frontman for Bloomington, Ind. band Murder By Death. Though he’s talking specifically about the band’s history with record labels, the idea could easily be expanded to encompass Murder By Death’s career as a whole. After all, a band that comes off like a blend of Nick Cave, The Pogues, and the evil siblings of The Decemberists isn’t the sort that’s easily pigeonholed. But judging by the Bloomingtonians’ sixth album, Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon, that’s a quality that has served them well.

Though MBD’s latest outing finds them on esteemed, alt country-oriented Bloodshot Records, their last two albums found a home on Vagrant Records, a label initially best known as an emo stronghold. “We never really fit in,” says Turla. “Whatever label we sign to, there’s people who are like, ‘Huh, that’s weird.’ Vagrant was excited about working with us, and we’d seen that they’d had some successes with bands like Hold Steady and Lemonheads when we signed with them. We thought, ‘Okay, that could work.’” Continue reading ‘Riffs, Rants & Rumors: Murder By Death’s Dark Dreams’

Green Day Plot First Installment Of Tour Dates For Album Trilogy, Release Music Video For “Nuclear Family”

A few things to go over. Numero uno, vererable pop punk outfit Green Day has three new albums, ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, and ¡Tré!, coming out in the near future. But you already knew that. Numero dos, the band has just announced a string of dates, likely the first leg in a three part installment, to support ¡Uno!’s impending release. Numero tres, the band also released the video for ¡Uno!’s first single “Nuclear Family.” I know that’s a lot of information to digest. But let’s just dig in after the jump, shall we?

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Parkway Drive – New Album, New Video

Australian metalcore band Parkway Drive have a new album coming out on October 30th called Atlas. Released by Epitaph Records, it will be the band’s fourth full-length studio album. This time around, they’re laying it all on the line and confronting some of the world’s most trying issues, such as global warming, as can be seen in their video for “Darker Days,” which features footage of pollution and other manmade destruction to accompany vocalist Winston McCall‘s enraged lyrics (“With narrow minds we decimate our one true home”). The metal heavyweights are sure to be dropping the world on our shoulders with the release of Atlas. Click here for pre-orders, and check out the video for their new single “Darker Days” below.

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Exclusive Q and A: Pony Boy Talks Poetry, Pop, and Production

Pony Boy, the brainchild of Marchelle Bradanini, is a self-described “junkyard country” group that sounds like a dusty old Ford rumbling down a deserted road. Having already put in time as a member of the eclectic Bedtime for Toys, Bradanini channeled her rediscovered love of classic country, blues, and Americana into her latest project. We caught up with her to chat about her poetic past, her distaste for manicured pop, and what really separates her from R. Kelly.

OS: You’ve been involved in some eclectic musical projects in the past such as Bedtime for Toys or you DJing project Pony vs. Tiger. What got you interested in the aesthetic of your current band?

MB: I started out just as a girl with a guitar influenced by Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan. Then, I ended up starting a band with some friends and that was about playing music that a group of people came up with collectively at a different point in my life. When that band broke up, I was trying to figure out what I was doing next. Oftentimes you get asked to DJ after playing a show, and I had a pretty decent vinyl collection. While I was working out exactly what the solo project would be, I started getting asked to DJ all over the place. The nice thing was that those gigs were for people who wanted rock ‘n’ roll or classic country, and it was a great opportunity to go back and rediscover all of these old, great artists that I love: John Prine, The Allman Brothers, and even Ram Jam [laughs]. There’s the electronic DJ scene, but then there are also people who want to hear actual songs that were initially released on vinyl. Getting into that scene was really great because I got to work on playlists all day. Continue reading ‘Exclusive Q and A: Pony Boy Talks Poetry, Pop, and Production’

Exclusive Q and A: Wade from Gallows Talks About Upcoming Album And Tours

About a year ago, the cutthroat British hardcore/punk band known as Gallows parted ways with their iconic frontman Frank Carter due to creative differences. Around that same time, Canadian post-hardcore band Alexisonfire decided to call it quits after over a decade of international success. However, these two losses birthed something new. Guitarist and vocalist of Alexisonfire, Wade MacNeil, joined Gallows in place of their former singer, and since then the band has been barreling through the international punk scene with a reaffirmed disdain for all the terrible things in the world. Despite the obvious geographical differences, the band has not let this lineup change slow them down one bit. With a new self-titled full-length being released, followed by months of touring in both continents and a farewell tour with Alexisonfire, Wade talks about the past year and what lies ahead for Gallows.
OS: Through the titles and lyrics of your new records, you seem to be making a clear statement about your status as a band, particularly with the EP title Death Is Birth followed by your upcoming self-titled album. Do you see this as a new beginning? If so, what would you say it is the start of?

WM: It’s the rebirth of old ideas, old politics, old attitudes.  I’ve stopped waiting for a new band to come along and challenge the way people think and live their lives.  I want us to be that band.  I want us to be the soundtrack.

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