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OurStage.com Acquired By Amazing Media

medialogoGreat news!

OurStage has recently been acquired by Amazing Media. We at Amazing Media are a UK-based music company dedicated to helping new and emerging artists reach audiences. We work with the world’s best new musicians through amazingtunes.com and Amazing Radio. Since we started seven years ago, we have helped thousands of artists find an audience and make money – bands like Alt J, HAIM, London Grammar, Chvrches, Daughter, and many others.

We bought OurStage because we recognized a shared ambition to help new musicians achieve success. We’re musicians ourselves, and we understand the challenges you face. Our aim is to make OurStage amazing – to breathe new life into it, and to give you a bigger global opportunity to reach an audience.

We’ll be writing again soon with more news about how that works and what we have planned. Everything we do is designed to connect new artists & their music to fans across America and beyond. Meantime, please check us out at amazingradio.com and amazingtunes.com and connect with us on Twitter and Facebook.

Many thanks for reading this.

All the best,
The Amazing Media and OurStage Team

Of Mice & Men Re-release ‘The Flood’ With Four New Torrential Tracks

“The well laid plans of mice and men often falter.” Most interpretations agree on the same principle; that which can be planned to the most cautious detail can still go awry. It’s from this famous quote out of John Steinbeck’s novel that metalcore band Of Mice & Men have defined their title. Of Mice & Men, formed in 2009, have undoubtedly upheld the theme of their moniker through the years, encountering various adversities in the form of internal disputes, lineup changes, and even heart surgeries. However, after three years of navigating stormy waters, it seems the hardcore quartet have finally stepped on level ground.

Following their set at the Warped Tour stop in Mansfield, Mass., Of Mice & Men took a moment to discuss with us past hardships, current achievements, and future endeavors. When asked about the obstacles overcome, drummer Valentino Artega stated, “We’re stronger as a whole.” Lead guitarist Phil Manansala chimed in, “Yeah, I’d say all those things the band have been through have just really built a solid foundation of what we want to do with the band.” Despite all the disturbances, OM&M are now focused on the reissue of their second studio album, The Flood, originally released in June of 2011.  Front man Austin Carlile, who recently suffered from a viral infection in his heart this past March, told us, “We’re doing a re-release of The Flood. It’s four songs, and they’re four really fast, sad, angry, pissed off songs.”

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OS @ Warped Series: Phone Calls From Home

It’s officially summer, and Warped Tour has begun! In case you haven’t heard, we’re sponsoring our own stage for twenty-two dates and bringing over twenty-three artists out to perform on it. We decided to catch up with these artists to get the scoop on their summer plans.

Over the past few years, Phone Calls from Home have become a pop rock staple in their local scene. These boys will be bringing their exciting live show to Warped Tour all month long, with hopes of bringing feel-good vibes to fans new and old. Read on to find out how the band met, what they’ve been doing this year, and what they hope to accomplish on Warped Tour.

OS: How did you guys all meet and start the band?

PCFH: Dave, Zack, and Jason met in high school and they met Danny when they were on tour and played a show in Alabama.

OS: Like OurStage, Phone Calls From Home is a Boston-bred operation.  What’s your favorite local venue to play?

PCFH: We played at the Brighton Music Hall recently with Paradise Fears and it was great! Definitely a new favorite for us.

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Jack Osbourne Diagnosed With Multiple Sclerosis

Reality television star Jack Osbourne has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, according to People magazine. Osbourne, son of Black Sabbath rocker Ozzy Osbourne and “America’s Got Talent” judge Sharon Osbourne, recently welcomed the birth of daughter Pearl in April with fiancé Lisa Stelly just two weeks prior to the diagnosis. “I was just angry and frustrated and kept thinking, ‘Why now?’” Osbourne told People. “I’ve got a family and that’s what’s supposed to be the most important thing.”

Multiple Sclerosis is an autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system – the brain and spinal chord – and can affect muscle control, strength, vision, balance, thinking, and feeling. MS differs in each case, producing effects ranging from minor to severe disability. However, most people fall somewhere in the middle of the two extremes.

Osbourne, the youngest of three children, starred in the MTV reality series The Osbournes, which followed the every-day lives of the rock star’s family. After entering rehab for drug use, he went on to star in his own 2005 series, “Jack Osbourne: Adrenaline Junkie,” undertaking various extreme sports around the world.

Osbourne is 26.

Tour Update Day Nine: Jitta On The Track, Live in D.C.

“Rise” Competition winner Jitta On The Track has been giving us a behind-the-scenes look at his new life on Drake’s Club Paradise Tour, and now we finally get to see him perform on stage! Check out this video of Jitta’s set from the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. and stay tuned for more news on his rise to fame.

 

Tour Update Day 8: Jitta on MTV News

Since winning the “Rise” Competition, our man Jitta On The Track has been heating up the stage of Drake’s Club Paradise Tour…and the hip-hop world is taking notice. MTV News recently sat down with Drake to talk about his tourmates, including Waka Flocka Flame, French Montana and 2 Chainz. Check out this video interview with the Club Paradise artists, including Jitta himself!

Stay tuned for more updates from the Club Paradise Tour and watch Jitta’s rise to fame by following the OurStageLive account on Instagram.

How To Write In To The OS Staff: DOs and DON’Ts

It happens to the best of us. Every once in a while, you might run into a feature you don’t recognize, discover a bug on the site or simply have a query you need answered, so you write into our Community team. Since we get dozens of these emails a day, we’ve decided to make your (and our) lives easier. Here’s a quick list of DOs and DON’Ts when writing into our staff:

Do:

Karl Everest

- Do introduce yourself to us. All your messages are read and responded by a (human) member of our Community team, not a lifeless, automated robot. We enjoy the interaction we get with you!

- Do turn off the caps lock. It doesn’t make your message any higher on the priority list and NOT ONLY DO WE FEEL LIKE YOU’RE SHOUTING AT US, BUT IT GETS TIRESOME TO READ EVERYTHING CAPITALIZED.

Do give us as much information as you can. Stating “I have a problem with my account” will only prompt us to ask “what is your problem?” We want to avoid the extra step and make our service to you that much faster. The more details we have, the better we’ll be able to help you and the quicker your problem will be solved.

- Do write in with your suggestions, ideas and feedback! We really appreciate your opinions on the site, and we take any and all submissions seriously. After all, this site is all about you. (PS: it always makes our days brighter when we get a message from a happy/satisfied user for no particular reason!)

Don’t:

- Don’t threaten us! We’re here to help—all we want is to make your OurStage experience better.

- Don’t send the same message five different times to every OurStage email address you can find. If you send it to the appropriate email address, your question will filter in through the proper channels and be answered much more swiftly.

- When we ask you to clarify, don’t send us the same info you sent the first time. Even though we’re certified mind readers, we can’t do it through the Internet.

- Please don’t stalk us if you’re unsatisfied with our level of support, but feel free to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Foursquare or sign up for our Newsletter to know exactly what we’re up to 24/7.

As a closing note: we’re not robots, we don’t kill or eat babies, we’re not involved in a “larger music industry conspiracy” and we’re not out to get you. Music is our passion, and we do hope we’re helping your love for it grow.

The Community Coup Playlist

Imagine, they didn't even know each other before working at OurStage, and now... bffs

Ever wonder who is responsible for rewarding you your prizes, writing the OurStage blog posts and putting in all the extra elbow grease to keep the Web site running smoothly? Well, that’s us—interns hand picked by OurStage’s greatest to help run the community. But as the summer months quickly approach, it is almost the end of our stories here at OurStage. Others will replace us and the show will go on.  Before we go, we wanted to give OurStage  a little present. We picked songs that we thought deserved some recognition.  From rock to hip hop and electronica, we love it all.  Whether these tracks have won contests or flown under the radar, they all deserve a good listen. So here we are, the keepers of the community room dishing out some of our favorite  OurStage tunes.

[Editor's Note: While they referred to themselves as "interns", our co-op students are very much full time employees during their time here. They are valued and knowledgable members of OurStage's community team and will be sorely missed.]

Brian here—that’s right, the guy who’s been bringing you Rapper’s Delight and Kickstart OurHeart for the past few months. I picked out a few sleepers from deep within the OurStage reservoir that I think deserve a little consideration. A hip hop song, of course, from a Brooklyn cat named Ahptimus Prime; an instrumental rock journey, by Shane Scheib, that will take you through a few generations of rock in under five minutes and a killer Chicago-style track from blues connoisseur Chris Dair. Enjoy!

Ahptimus Prime

Hey all! Emily here—I’m the blogger behind Get Lyrical and the weekly national artist Q&A’s on OurStage. Are you a fan of plucky guitar and warm harmonies? What about jangly, upbeat male-female duos? Gang vocals paired with breakdowns that’ll knock your socks off? I sure hope so, because you’ll find all the above and more in my playlist selections of Statue of Liberty, Madison Violet and Hands on the Stereo. Enjoy!

 

Madison Violet

If any of you know me (Dayton) from The Beat Generation, you know I have a handle on most things electronic and awesome. But did you know I have great taste in all other forms of music as well? It’s true! Here are a couple of OurStagers I wanted to make sure get some extra special attention. Sarah Aument is a singer-songwriter based out of Syracuse, NY whose soothing coo and gentle instrumentation are perfect for rainy summer days and quiet fall afternoons. LONGSHOT is a little bit harder; a Boston hardcore band that reminds me of my younger days with their gang vocals and intensity. Light Alive has been tearing it up in the Electronica Channel, and they’re about as slick and sweet as all get out. And I saved the best for last with Doctrine (who is CRIMINALLY UNDERRATED in my opinion) bringing dirty, filthy dubstep to OurStage. It’ll make your head nod.

Sarah Aument

As the monthly prizing girl (aka Chelsea) here at OurStage, I come across a lot of extremely talented musicians every month. Though each winning song is deserving of its success, there are a few artists that always catch my attention. The songs that I chose have all won monthly channels, but in very different genres—rock, singer-songwriter and pop. My playlist has catchy rock piece by Orange Avenue,  softer song with influences loosely tied to blues by Derek Stroker and a bubbly and sweet pop tune by Sierra Noble. Although the styles of music are very different, there is one common theme between these three songs—the talent of the musicians.

 

Sierra Noble

Hello OurStagers! Marissa here—although I don’t write any blogs, I am sure you guys have seen me in action on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and Foursquare. While digging deep into the OurStage vault, I found some songs that I really enjoy.  A light-hearted and airy song by Ben Carter, We Are Friends, a pop-punk song you can mosh to by At The Edge and a catchy hip hop tune from by my boy K.i.T. Check them out, I dare you.

There you have it. So sit back, relax and enjoy these sweet, sweet tunes. We can all assure that you won’t be disappointed.

GuacaMusic: Samaritan Revival

Some people say music transcends language and cultural barriers. They argue that a song can inspire you even when the lyrics are in a language different than your own and you can’t understand a single word of it.

OurStage band Samaritan Revival could prove this theory in just a few seconds. This popular Christian singing group is originally from Honduras and travels the United States performing in mostly English-speaking churches and religious events. Their goal is to inspire people by singing in Spanish, while also offering them the opportunity to understand the lyrics by providing translations during their performance.

Sounds simple, right? Well, what started out as just a local project is now a worldwide ministry with three albums recorded in Nashville and a distribution deal with New Day Christian Distributors out of Nashville, Tennessee.

Go to Samaritan Revival’s OurStage profile and you will understand what the buzz is all about. The band is getting great reviews from fans and recently made into the Top 40 in our Latin Channel. And that’s not all. After finishing a tour of around 60 cities in the US and a two country tour in Central America, the group will be starting a new tour in March of this year that aims to reach close to 100 cities throughout the US.

While all of Samaritan Revival’s songs are inspirational, we especially like their piece “Liberame” and “Hasta que el mundo escuche”. Both of these are catchy, fun and refreshing, so even if you can’t make sense of the lyrics, you will love the music and the way it makes you feel. Now if you do speak Spanish you will most likely put Samaritan Revival among your favorite OurStage bands.

So what are you waiting for? Go listen and get inspired. ¡Provecho!

Announcing The Show Us Your Hits Mardi Gras Competition

Everybody knows that throwing the best party in town requires some serious dedication, especially when it comes to picking out the right tunes to keep the crowd dancing all night long. This is especially true on Mardi Gras, the biggest party day of the year. We’re willing to bet that come March 8th, you’ll be stocking your pockets with colorful beads, donning some ridiculous-looking masks and heading for a night of dancing and good times. That’s why, in honor of this year’s Mardi Gras celebration, we’ll be throwing a little party of our own.

OurStage is calling out all purveyors of the party song to the “Show Us Your Hits” Mardi Gras Competition. Do you have a song that you know will make the crowd jump to their feet and dance? We’re talking about the kind of tunes that made artists the likes of Andrew W. K., Lil’ John and Ke$ha legendary in the club scene. If so, this channel is right up your alley. At the end of March, OurStage editors will be combing the channel in search of the best songs to add to a special OurStage party playlist to be given away as a free gift to the OurStage community. Enter your song by March 22, 2011 so you aren’t tardy to the OurStage Mardi Gras party! For official rules and competition information, click HERE.

 


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