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Spotify Offering Free Mobile Music Streaming

I can’t count the number of times I’ve reached for my phone in the hopes that I could make use of my free Spotify subscription, only to be reminded that without paying the $10/month fee, it just isn’t going to happen. But thanks to a new rollout by Spotify, it looks like all that is about to change this Wednesday, December 11th. Sort of.

The new platform, which will offer a free, ad supported service for mobile users with a working WiFi connection, will allow you to select 15 tracks to play in random rotation. Think of it as the streaming version of the iPod Shuffle. Except that Spotify will also give your playlist an expiration date, eventually requiring you to switch it up with a new list of songs.

More details will be announced during a press conference this Wednesday.

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A Very OurStage Thanksgiving

We’ve all been there before: It’s mid-October and you’re walking around Wal-Mart, halfheartedly looking for a costume and mostly using the trip as an excuse to scour the aisles for cheap Halloween candy, when suddenly your ears detect something amiss.

Is that…? It can’t be. But it is! That superhuman wail is unmistakable! Mariah Carey‘s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” is playing over the crackling Super Center speakers! A wave of disgust washes over you (Seriously, Christmas songs already?), which is quickly overtaken by panic (“I haven’t bought a single present yet!”), which then turns into joy (I’m going to get SO MANY PRESENTS!). Or, at the very least, the feeling becomes a sort of numbness to all things Santa-related that lasts until December 25th rolls around and you’re promised another ten months that are free from Michael Bublé and his stupid, charming face.

Just thinking about the sheer number of times you’ll have to hear “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” before the year is out is enough to make anyone nauseous, regardless of how much egg nog you’ve had to drink. But the real bummer here is that Thanksgiving songs get totally overlooked in all the hubbub. One minute, you’re getting your spooky on with the help of “Werewolf Bar Mitzvah,” and then suddenly you find yourself humming along to “The 12 Days of Christmas,” almost against your will.

But here at OurStage, we don’t stand for that. We like autumn, we love turkey, and we can’t live without music, so we compiled a playlist of some of the very best Thanksgiving-themed tracks. Check out this collection of songs about stepping on crunchy leaves, being grateful for what you have, and how much food rules* on our very special Thanksgiving playlist.

A Very OurStage Thanksgiving by Emily Cassel on Grooveshark

*Disclaimer: We included at least one tune about how much autumn kind of sucks, actually. But, like… there’s so little daylight, you guys. And it’s so cold.

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Soundtrax: Anti-Valentine’s Day Songs

Anti-Valentine’s Day by OurStage on Grooveshark

 

For those of you who couldn’t stand all the sap in our Valentine’s Day playlist, this one’s for you. We’ve filled this week’s Soundtrax with heartache, misery, and a touch of independence for those of you looking to get away from candy-filled hearts and store-bought flowers. Frank Turner, the Buzzcocks, and OurStage artist the Airborne Toxic Event are just a few of the bands on this week’s list that are right there beside you.

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5 Valentine’s Day Songs To Make You Swoon

Girls, send this list to your significant other. Boys, pay attention. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and if the rows of heart shaped candy boxes and giant red teddy bears lining supermarket shelves haven’t clued you in, we’re here to remind you….again. Valentine’s Day may be one of the more ridiculous holidays that we honor, but nevertheless, here we are. And in truth, we’ll take any excuse to provide you with an awesome playlist. So scroll down and get into the Valentine’s Day mood. Romance, love, and plenty of sap. Continue reading ’5 Valentine’s Day Songs To Make You Swoon’

Soundtrax: February Blues

February Blues by OurStage on Grooveshark


For those of us not living in the Sunshine State, we’ve been facing some pretty harsh cold spells lately. And those of us in the Northeast this weekend, well, we’re about to get smothered in snow. When the weather is dipping below zero degrees, and you can’t leave the house without five layers and some seriously dependable thermal wear, you just might get what I like/hate to call the February blues. To help you cope, we’ve put together a Soundtrax that’s full of songs honoring this increasingly chilly month. Enjoy.

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Soundtrax: Songs For Slumber

Songs For Slumber by OurStage on Grooveshark

 

There’s nothing better than the feeling of crawling into bed after a long night out. The way your body sinks into the mattress, and your pillow feels like a cloud of comfort beyond the capability of man to devise. So next time you fall into bed with heavy eyelids, keep this playlist in mind. Comprised of soft tunes to lull you into dreamland, it won’t be long before you’re catching some well deserved Z’s.

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Soundtrax: Songs For The Semester

Soundtrax: Songs For The Semester by OurStage on Grooveshark


Remember how excited you were when you took that last final exam back in December? The holidays were just around the corner, Starbucks still had their special holiday drinks, and you’d made endless plans with friends and family to spend a full month taking a breather from the chaos and stress of student life.

Well, those days are long gone, and before you know it you’ll be back in the classroom, dragging yourself to 8 a.m. classes with a cup of not-holiday-flavored coffee, and looking forward to the next break.

For now, here’s a little back to school playlist to get you in the new semester groove.

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Soundtrax: Old Fashioned Punk-Rock

Soundtrax: Old Fashioned Punk-Rock by OurStage on Grooveshark

There’s nothing like a little old fashioned punk-rock to really get the blood flowing, am I right? It inspires raw emotion, feelings of pure chaos and undeniable passion. It harkens to the days when CBGB’s was an iconic rock club and not a high-end retailer. When the Chelsea Hotel housed artists of all kinds from Bob Dylan to Charles Bukowski, Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, and of course Sid Vicious.

I’ll tell you one thing. The Buzzcocks got it right when they sang “And although this may sound strange, my future and my past are presently disarranged” (a song coincidentally is on this playlist). Because right now, we’re taking you back to the ’70s, with a little dose of the ’80s, and present day for good measure. Rock on.

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Soundtrax: Inspiration & Motivation

Soundtrax: Inspiration & Motivation by OurStage on Grooveshark

With 2012 behind us and a new year in front of us, what better time to put those New Year’s resolutions to the test? This week’s playlist is comprised of songs designed to inspire and motivate, so you’ll be able to tackle resolutions of all sizes with a little more ease. The playlist includes OurStage artist and Boston natives, The Hush Now.

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The Editorialist: 5 Songs To Wake Up To This Christmas

For as much chaos and stress as the holidays can sometimes bring, there’s a certain magic that comes along with this time of year. It may be cliché, but when those Christmas lights go up and the fireplace kicks on, I can’t help but be brought back to a time of simple childhood joys like Dunkin Donuts’ Munchkins while decorating the tree, staying up all night on Christmas Eve, and tearing into presents Christmas morning.

So this year while you’re celebrating the holidays with loved ones, relax, switch on these songs, and enjoy a little background music to your holiday. Merry Christmas. Continue reading ‘The Editorialist: 5 Songs To Wake Up To This Christmas’

 


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