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Hanson Return With “Get The Girl Back;” Reveal Tour Dates

The boys who gave us “MMMBop” grew to be men years ago, and in all that time have rarely slowed their creative process. To date, Hanson have released eight studios albums, and just this morning the lead single for their ninth made its way online.

“Get The Girl Back” sets up the return of Hanson with a soulful rock jam about love. The harmonies have never been more precise, and the music will have you tapping along long before the chorus even hits. Kat Denning and NIkki Reed guest in the video, which was directed by Adam Neustadter, and the band showcases their electric live performance. Click here to view the video.

Anthem hits stores June 20, which is just under a month before the start of their next tour. You can view all the dates below:

July 18 — Buenos Aires, AR (Vorterix)
July 20 — Rio De Janeiro, BR (Citibank Hall)
July 21 — Sao Paulo, BR (Credicard Hall)
August 31 — Boston, MA (House of Blues)
September 1 — Long Island, NY (Paramount)
September 4 — Richmond, VA (The National)
September 8 — Atlanta, GA (Variety Playhouse)
September 9 — Birmingham, AL (Workplay Theatre)
September 10 — Nashville, TN (Wildhorse Saloon)
September 11 — Memphis, TN (Minglewood Hall)
September 12 — New Orleans, LA (House of Blues)
September 15 — Austin, TX (Antones)
September 16 — Dallas, TX (House of Blues)
September 17 — Albuquerque, NM (Kimo Theater)
September 18 — Denver, CO (Bluebird)
September 20 — Salt Lake City, UT (The Depot)
September 21 — Las Vegas, NV (Fremont Country Club)
September 22 — Tucson, AZ (Rialto)
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Delta Rae Dish On Influences, Videos, And OurStage Success

OurStage band Delta Rae have come a long way since opening for Hanson as the winners of the “Shout It Out with HANSON” Competition in 2010. Not that Delta Rae were unskilled amateurs back then – Isaac Hanson said that his band should have been opening for them insteadbut since nabbing that gig, Delta Rae signed a major label deal with Sire Records, were booked to play at this year’s Democratic National Convention, and were featured in the Rolling Stone “Women Who Rock” Competition. Not bad for just two years. We recently caught up with the band to talk about their recent activity, their inventive music videos, and how opening up for Hanson boosted their burgeoning career.

Superlatones: The Heartthrob

With January coming to an end and Valentine’s day just around the corner, it is no wonder that we’ve found our music tastes taking a turn for the romantic. Soft ballads and sweet voices take center stage, and no one knows how to send the ladies hearts’ a-flutter better than the men making the music. Therefore, ladies, please enjoy this installment of Superlatones, featuring two of the most alluring voices on today’s radio. Fellows, take note.

The Dynamic Duo:

Matt Nathanson and Derren Raser

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

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Sound And Vision: Songs Of Summer 2011

Sonny and Cher. Britney and Justin. Meg and Jack White. Nothing lasts forever. Well, almost. There’s one inseparable pair that’s likely to survive until the end of time: sunny summer weather and pop music. What would these dog days be without the perfect soundtrack? Possibly, over and done with. Hello, autumn!

“California Gurls” by Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg ruled both the airwaves and the charts last Memorial Day to Labor Day, refusing to go down until the temperature did. This year’s girl of summer: Adele, thanks to her No. 1 hit “Rolling in the Deep.” But even if Adele isn’t quite your thing (nor Lady Gaga, nor Perry, who’s once again making heat waves in 2011), ’tis the season for musical memories that will last a lifetime—or at least until next year when beach weather once again rolls around.

What are the biggest summer of ’11 pop trends? Keep reading…

Sisters are doing it for themselves—again. Last year’s Top 10 list in Billboard magazine’s Songs of the Summer 1985-2010 featured only three female artists, and each one, Katy Perry, Rihanna and Hayley Williams, had a boy on the side (Snoop Dogg, Eminem and B.o.B., respectively). Though so many of pop’s leading ladies recently had been standing by their men or whatever last-minute remix cohort could get them a shot at No. 1, this season, the most successful ones are going it alone. Rihanna and Beyoncé may be struggling with their latest pair of solo efforts, but Lady Gaga already has had three Top 10 solo hits from the Born This Way album, including the summer-anthem contender “The Edge of Glory,” and Adele didn’t need any guest rappers to keep “Rolling in the Deep” at No. 1 for seven weeks (as of Billboard’s Hot 100 dated July 2).

Meanwhile, Nicki Minaj, who apparently has never met an artist with whom she wouldn’t collaborate, finally has scored a Top 10 single of her own with “Your Love.” And after enlisting Kanye West to help lift “E.T.” all the way to the top, Perry is carrying the weight of “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.),” hit No. 5 from the Teenage Dream album, all on her slender shoulders. Deborah Gibson, Corey Feldman, Kenny G, Hanson, Rebecca Black and two guys from Glee all pop up in the video, but the song itself is a one-woman show.

It takes two (or three or four) to make a hit go right. The women on top may be spending the summer alone (at least on record), but they are pretty much the only ones. Last year, more than half of Billboard’s top summer songs paired singers with rappers. This year, if two’s company, three and four is, too. Pitbull is getting by with a little help from three friends (Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer) on his current hit, “Give Me Everything.” The duo LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” has Lauren Bennett and GoonRock on the guest list. Jennifer Lopez had Pitbull and Katy Perry had Kanye West on their respective spring holdovers, “On the Floor” and the already mentioned “E.T.”, while the Black Eyed Peas have each other on “Just Can’t Get Enough.”

If you want to be a boy of summer, learn how to rap. Bruno Mars might get by on hit after hit by swinging sweetly (which he does once again on “Lazy Song,” his latest Top 5 single), but Chris Brown, one of contemporary R&B’s strongest male singers, spent all of his recent Top 10 comeback single, “Look at Me Now,” rapping alongside Busta Rhymes and Lil Wayne. And even before he performed with Ludacris on the CMT Awards, Jason Aldean already had a hit with “Dirt Road Anthem,” on which he performed the rap himself. Now the remix featuring Ludacris doing the rap is in danger of becoming the first country-rap collaboration to top Billboard’s Hot 100. Maybe Coldplay’s “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall” would have had more staying power if Chris Martin had broken into a rap. It’s not too late for the currently ubiquitous Lil Wayne to give a brother a helping hand.

Groove is in the heart (and all over the charts). So you think you can dance? Then you’re in luck. Nearly every song in the Top 20 of the Hot 100 works just as well under the strobe lights as on the radio. The aformentioned LMFAO has a huge international hit with “Party Rock Anthem,” a track whose video features shuffling, a dance that originated in, of all places, Melbourne, Australia. Meanwhile, after escorting Jennifer Lopez into the Top 10 with “On the Floor,” rapper Pitbull, still on the floor, has gone even higher with “Give Me Everything.” This time his dance partners are Afrojack, Nayer and Ne-Yo, an artist previously best known for silky soul singing, but if you can’t beat ‘em, get down with ‘em.

Teenage dreams are still coming true. Last year when “California Gurls” was topping the charts, who would have guessed that Perry still would be putting out the hits from Teenage Dream one year later? As party rock anthems go, “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” is my pick for the summer of 2011, but musical hangovers can be just as brutal as alcohol-related ones. Will we remember “Last Friday Night” in the morning? Definitely. But come autumn, “Last Friday Night” already might be a distant non-memory, Perry will be on to the sixth hit single from Teenage Dream (Peacock?), and we’ll probably all still be “Rolling in the Deep.”

Free Downloads Of OurStage Editor Picks For March Now On Facebook

I hope you snagged February’s Editor Picks off Facebook while you had the chance, because now its March which means this month’s hot list is coming in like a lion (get it, in like a lion, out like a lamb? Whatever). We’ve handpicked a batch of artists and songs that will get you stoked for spring, basketball’s March Madness,  whatever tickles you about this month. Read on, check out the March Editor Picks below and be sure to head over to the OurStage Facebook page, “like” us and download for free now!

Hip Rose “Emily Brum” – Peaches meets “Mean Girls”. Irresistible low-fi bitchiness.

Lady Daisey “Soul Strut” - Lady Daisey keeps the vibe vintage and the soul sweet.

Bryan Titus “A Little More” - Whiskey soaked vocals, dirty guitar licks and sexy lyrics. We’ll forgive the obvious commitment issues…

Ready Set Go “Already Gone” - Looking for a cure for the Bieber Fever? This talented sibling group of teens and tweens will cure what ails you.

Kamali “Gone” - Fiance and Business undergraduate by day, aspiring R&B artist defined with sweet vocal textures by night.

We Set Sail “Stole Your Heart” - Seems like tastemakers are all a buzz with electro pop love. All are sure to be enamored by these chirps, compositional soaring and boy/ girl harmonies.

Mirk & the New Familiars “Love and Music” - Critically acclaimed Albany-based pop-soul band, fronted by Joshua “Mirk” Mirsky, who produced Ciara’s remix for “Never-Ever”  featuring Yung Jeezy from her Fantasy Ride album.

FERA “Dark, Dirty, Dusky Hallway” – Canadian twins raised on everything from The Beatles to HANSON, from Patty Griffin to Bryan Adams.

Oh My! “21″ – If The Kooks were from Sweden, and on OurStage, they’d be Oh My!

Darlingside “Good Man” – We’re not really sure if its rock, country, pop or folk, but we don’t really care.

Miss out on previous Editor Picks? Don’t worry, we planned for you slackers. You can stream all previous months on 8tracks.com.

Sound And Vision: Growing Up Is Hard to Do, How To Make The Leap From Teen To Adult Pop Superstar

“I will sit right down, waiting for the gift of sound and vision,” David Bowie sang on his greatest hit. Sound and vision: essentials to the life of any great musician. They were the foundation of my beat — music, movies and TV — when I launched my journalism career in New York City as a People magazine writer and realized my dream of interviewing Bowie — twice. Editing stints at Teen People, Us Weekly and Entertainment Weekly followed. Next up was Buenos Aires, where, over the course of four and a half years, I discovered siestas, Mercedes Sosa and blogging. Coming soon: Australia, where, as I settle into this column, I will continue to explore sound and vision, and how those gifts merge to create my greatest love of all: pop music.
In pop music, as in life, getting older can by a tricky, treacherous uphill climb. Growing pains can be as hard on the eyes and ears of fans as they are on a teen star’s psyche. For every Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears, both of whom emerged on the scene as wet-behind-the-ears teens and continue to flourish on the cusp of thirtysomething (Timberlake blows out 30 candles on January 31; Spears will on December 2), there’s Aaron Carter, Charlotte Church, Hanson, Tiffany, Debbie Gibson, New Kids on the Block, Bobby Brown, and cut-out bins filled with other ex-chart-toppers for whom platinum pop stardom wasn’t meant to last. Brandy, Monica, Christina Aguilera and Avril Lavigne may still be kicking around, but the shining stars of these former teen queens have dimmed considerably.
How did the Justins and Britneys of the world do it? For all those aspiring adolescent pop-stars, the next Justin Bieber looking for a place to happen — and even, perhaps, for Bieber himself — here are some helpful hints.
Grow with the musical flow. Pop trends are fleeting, so if you enter the scene latching onto one, know when to let it go. Former ‘N Sync memberTimberlake, who rode the last big boy-band wave to fame, is the perfect example of someone whose perfect timing aided and abetted his staying power. Yes, talent helped, too, but he exited ‘N Sync and went solo just as boy bands were about to go out of style — again. More recently, Nick Jonas (through his side project Nick Jonas and the Administration) and Joe Jonas (via acting gigs on 90210 and Hot in Cleveland plus an upcoming solo album) have begun establishing individual identities outside of their Jonas Brothers family act. Smart move.
Don’t grow too fast. Yes, Miley Cyrus, I’m talking to you. If your fans fall for you as a squeaky-clean teen, don’t overhaul your image overnight. So far, Taylor Swift has played it wisely, sticking with the tried-and-true girl-next-door persona for three albums. Beyoncé, who turns 30 on September 4th, hasn’t strayed too far from the 16-year-old we met when she was a member of Destiny’s Child. Even LeAnn Rimes waited until she was well into her 20s to leave her husband for another guy.
Grow some funk of your own. You can’t depend on the likes of Max Martin to keep cranking out your hits forever — unless you’re Britney Spears. Like Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson before him, Timberlake has evolved from a perfectly packaged underage singer of other people’s songs into a formidable songwriter, even helping other artists turn out great music (like “Cold Case Love” on Rihanna’s Rated R album as well as Madonna’s “4 Minutes” and several other tracks on Hard Candy). The ability to multi-task may end up working in favor of pop’s other famous Justin. In addition to being a pretty good vocalist, Bieber also writes and plays piano, guitar and drums, skills which should come in handy later on. Twentysomething Katy Perry can have teenage dreams and still go to No. 1, but Bieber won’t be able to get away with frothy pop like “Baby” forever.
When the growing gets tough, keep going. Britney Spears survived scandals, divorces and one seriously embarrassing MTV Video Music Awards performance, and she still comes out on top with her music, like her latest quick hit “Hold It Against Me.” Usher’s taken his private romantic travails and turned them into fodder for hits — something he did most spectacularly on his 2004 Confessions album, which, in part, documented his split with TLC’s Rozanda “Chili” Thomas. Demi Lovato is the latest teen star staring down personal demons. She entered a treatment center in late 2010 to seek help for emotional and physical issues, thus avoiding any embarrassing Lindsay Lohan-style public meltdowns. Right now, her biggest career hurdle might be differentiating herself from Selena Gomez.
Ah, Selena Gomez! She’s got problems of her own, now that she’s receiving death threats on Twitter after being caught making out with Justin Bieber, which brings us to the final piece of advice: Before you grow up, don’t forget to date a fellow teen idol. Justin and Britney were once joined at the hips and lips. Nick Jonas romanced Miley Cyrus. Both Demi Lovato and Taylor Swift loved and lost Joe Jonas, though Swift rebounded nicely with Twilight‘s Taylor Lautner. It was only a matter of time before Bieber’s Romeo found his Juliet — hopefully, without the tragic denouement.
Once the furor dies down, and it always does, this might end up being Gomez’s best career move yet. Some girls will go on hating her for it, but they’ll want to be her, too. And that, kids, is key to being both a teen star and a grown-up icon.

Superstars Winners Walk Away With Laptops And Cakewalk Software

The Intel “Superstars” Competition gave artists nationwide the opportunity to compete for prize packages that included laptops powered by Intel® Core™ processor technology, music creation software and equipment from Cakewalk. The top finalists in each of the “Superstars” channels—which included rock, pop, singer-songwriter, urban, Latin and country—recently received their prize packages, and we caught up with them to hear about the experience. The competition clearly helped each artist in different ways. For some, the prize helped form a foundation for building a home studio or added on to an existing setup, and for others it offered the opportunity to get their music out to a broader audience. Winning artists Anthony Rankin, ARENBE and Nick Drum of Brave Chandeliers weigh in on their experiences below.

Anthony Rankin discovered OurStage and the Intel “Superstars” Competition via friend and fellow OurStage artist Brooke Annibale—who won an opening slot for HANSON in the Shout it Out with HANSON Competition on OurStage this past summer. He came in at the Number 4 spot in the “Superstars” Singer-Songwriter Competition with his song “Quicksand.”  “Just the idea that fans and music listeners of all persuasions voted for this… It was humbling to think that people felt one of my songs was in the upper echelon of that many talented indie artists, recalls Rankin.” “I received the PC and software the day after Thanksgiving, and started using it within an hour to work on some new material. I’m writing all the time, and the new equipment seamlessly integrated into my home studio and mobile rig, giving me a more powerful machine to track demos and start work on a new album. Beyond the inspiring new laptop and software, OurStage has brought me mass exposure through their network of listeners; it’s hard to argue a farther reaching or more obvious positive result than that.”

ARENBE, who placed third in the “Superstars” Urban Competition, found success in the form of more fans not to mention the ability to record their vocal tracks at home. “We have never got around to purchasing equipment. We’ve been going to a couple studios in Houston locally working on various projects, but now we can record at home on our own time. We’ve been looking to build a home setup just for the convenience of recording vocals, and it feels great to have won the PC and software. Now we can work on mastering the engineering side of things. We really appreciate what OurStage is doing for artists looking to breakout in the industry. Just the opportunity to compete with other artists out there and come out in good standing lets us know we deserve to be here. It helps us continue to push in pursuing our dream.”

Portland Alt-Pop Rockers Brave Chandeliers, who placed second in the “Superstars” Rock Channel, recalled the benefits of winning the prize—for their careers and themselves. “We have used the success in our promotional materials, demonstrating that we have commercial viability and it helped us get our music in front of new listeners by being rated that highly during the competition. It also gave us a big boost of self-esteem (added bonus for extra credit)!”

Click HERE and HERE to check out the rest of the winning artists in the Intel Superstars Competition. The winners also have some serious love to share with YOU the fans:

Brave Chandeliers: “We love OurStage! Thanks to the many many fans who took time out of there busy days to vote incessantly for us”.

ARENBE: “We would first like to thank OurStage and Intel for the opportunity. There are not many Web sites or companies offering cash and various other prizes just by entering your music; especially not nationally. We’d also like to thank all of the fans and other artists as well in their contribution in the judging process, and getting us in the position we were placed in. Thank you again!”

Anthony Rankin: “Thank you, thank you, thank you to my longtime supporters, but also to the people who found my music for the first time through this competition, as well as the staff at OurStage, not just for hosting the contest but for being kind and communicative throughout.  You seriously rock.”

Rock ‘n’ Roll Call: Best Of OurStage 2010

This year was certainly a huge one for rock on OurStage. Our 2010 competitions allowed winning artists to play with incredible acts, such as Bon Jovi, Hanson, the Goo Goo Dolls, Mayday Parade, Anberlin and John Mayer.

Outside of the site, our artists have received national radio airplay, scored festival performance sets and had songs placed in TV shows, commercials and movie trailers. From experimental to pop punk, here are 10 of the best OurStage rock artists from 2010!

The Worsties

The Worsties

It takes a very talented band to be able to reach the Number 1 spot on the Best of Rock Charts, and The Worsties kept that spot for 20 weeks! After having their songs placed on MTV and Oxygen, the band won the coveted opening spot for Bon Jovi and Kid Rock in Chicago. Take a listen to “What’s Her Face” in the player below—we guarantee you’ll be headbanging with this female-fronted rock outfit in no time.

Eclectic Approach

As their name suggests, Seattle’s Eclectic Approach pull from a variety of influences to make funky pop rock that is sure to get you off your feet. Meeting somewhere between Maroon 5 and the Black Eyed Peas, Eclectic Approach have got it all— tight beats, catchy hooks, sweet guitar licks and smooth vocals. This year was a big for these guys thanks to six Top 10 wins, including two in the “Shout It Out with HANSON” Competition (they ended up opening for the trio in Portland, OR). Check out “Cool” in the player below and be sure to add it to your next party playlist!

Again and Again

They’ve played at the Vans Warped Tour, sold over 150,000 records and had their album mixed by top modern rock producer Marc Hudson (Chiodos, Saves the Day). They’re Again and Again from Renton, WA and they’re shaping up to be the next big electronic pop rock act. While competing in the “SUBWAY Fresh Artists” Competition (they finished in the Top 10 for their region), the bad was out on tour across the US. Listen to “Excuse This Honesty” in the player below and get ready to mark your calendars with future tour dates!

Take One Car live at Bamboozle

Take One Car

Millerton, NY’s experimental rock group Take One Car have had an extremely successful year. Having released their full-length album When the Ceiling Meets The Floor last year, the band set out to tour and promote their effort as much as possible in 2010. Their hard work paid off when they were selected to perform TWICE at New Jersey’s Bamboozle festival in May (once at Hoodwink, covering At The Drive-In, and a daytime set on Saturday, as themselves). The group followed their Bamboozle performances with more touring, competing in Airwalk Unsigned Hero Contest and opening for the likes of VersaEmerge and The Gay Blades. Check out “The Menagerie” in the player below and be sure to stay tuned, because these guys (and girl) will be releasing a new album next year! They’ve also been invited back to Bamboozle for 2011, so don’t miss their set!

Transmit Now

Can you imagine watching the People’s Choice Awards and hearing your song play as Hugh Jackman accepts his award for Best Action Hero? Well, Tampa, Florida’s pop rock group Transmit Now experienced it in 2010. Additionally, they were featured in J-14 Magazine as a weekly “Hot Band” and released their first full-length album, Downtown Merry-Go-Round. Listen to “Let’s Go Out Tonight” in the player below and blast it on your next night out!

Bronze Radio Return

Bronze Radio Return won fans over in 2010 with their smooth and sultry indie rock. With a warm acoustic sound, Bronze Radio Return are easily compared to Damien Rice and Coldplay. They won the coveted John Mayer “Side Stage Warfare” Competition for the Boston date and racked up four more Top 10 wins in Acoustic, Indie Rock and Modern Rock Channels. Check out “Digital Love” in the player below by BRR, a band that MySpace Records calls one of the best unsigned groups.

Cedar Avenue

Minneapolis acoustic rock outfit Cedar Avenue had great success on OurStage this year. They opened for Hanson in Milwaukee, had their song placed on ABC’s Cougartown and had eight Top 10 wins on the site, including the “SUBWAY Fresh Artists” Competition for their region. Fronted by husband and wife team Derrin and Jesse Mathews, Cedar Avenue has also opened for sold out crowds at Augustana, A Fine Frenzy and Graham Colton concerts. Check out “Up North” in the player below and get ready to rock!

Orange Avenue

Orange Avenue

From one avenue to the next, pop rock group Orange Avenue was named as one of MTV’s newest Buzzworthy bands for 2010. They’ve shared the stage with the All American Rejects, Rihanna, Smash Mouth and more, and had three Top 10 wins on OurStage, including one for their region in the “SUBWAY Fresh Artists” Competition. They also had their music featured on “MLB Tonight” and their video for “Just Refrain” was played at the Winter Olympics. Listen to the track in the player below and be on the lookout for Orange Avenue on MTV and on the radio!

The Appreciation Post

After being named Alternative Press’ Top Unsigned Band in 2009, The Appreciation Post took 2010 by storm. In addition to releasing two EPs, the group also competed in the “Converse Battle of the Bands” Competition and took home the title of champion after opening for Mayday Parade and Anberlin. Check out the synth-heavy “The Beating of a Lifetime” in the player below and check out the band’s webstore for awesome deals and free music!

The Black Rabbits

Indie rock group The Black Rabbits spent 2010 as both the winners of a year’s worth of guitar strings from Ernie Ball and one of our Needle in the Haystack artists. They were subsequently signed to Rock Ridge Music and have been working hard putting together their debut album! Listen to “Emotion” in the player below and stay tuned for new music coming soon!

We’re already looking forward to meeting the next rock stars of 2011! Who were your favorite OS rock artists this year? Let us know in the comments below!

Rock ‘n’ Roll Call: Colorfire

Combining the synth-laden beats of Owl City with the vocal stylings of MuteMath, Colorfire is poised to become one of the next great electronica acts.

The Nashville, Tennessee trio released both an EP and a full-length in less than a year. The self-titled full-length dropped back in March, showing that the band can be both laid-back and upbeat, soothing and energizing. Programmed drum beats and piano parts are woven tightly into every track, along with swirling, layered vocals that are refreshingly free of autotune. “One Way Love” is a standout track, with bright, spacey instrumentation backing vocalist Landon Austin’s breathy, “It’s such a beautiful sight when you keep me running/You let me look, but you’re just a one way love.

In addition to winning the coveted opening spot in our Shout it Out with HANSON Competition, Colorfire has also shared the stage with Rooney, The Undeserving and This Is the Good Fight. They were also selected by Coldplay for a feature on the band’s official Web site, where their video for “One Way Love” was displayed to thousands of fans.

Check out some tracks from the full-length album (now available on iTunes) below and pick up a free download of “By My Side” on Colorfire’s official Web site.

 


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