2013 was definitely a year of reunions, and 2014 is shaping up to be pretty similar, with many a hiatus being ended. And when it’s a band like The Decemberists coming back from a multi-year silence, it’s welcome news. Reuniting in Portland, Oregon on May 30th for the V is for Victory benefit concert, the band hopes to raise money for the Victory Academy, a public school that caters to children with Autism. They’ll perform Castaways and Cutouts in full, along with a few other tracks, and possibly even newer material. Check out the show poster with more details below, and grab tickets beginning March 7th at 12:00 p.m. PST here. Continue reading ‘The Decemberists To Play First Headlining Show In 3 Years’
OurStage 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.
Happy New Year’s Eve, music lovers! As a special treat for fans, Artist Vs Poet have released a new single called “Close To You,” which you can take a listen to below. The band will be touring Japan this February with William Beckett for shows in Osaka, Nagoya, and Tokyo, in support of their latest release, Keep Your Secrets.
Tim Kinsella, the Chicago-based musician who accidentally helped invent what we know as emo while cutting his teeth in bands like Cap’n Jazz and Joan of Arc, just released one of the more interesting collaborations he’s done since the ’90s. Tim Kinsella Sings The Songs Of Marvin Tate By LeRoy Bach Featuring Angel Olsen finds Kinsella and ex-Wilco member LeRoy Bach setting the poems of fellow Chicago native Marvin Tate to music. And fear not, emo kids, they’re all pretty damn sad.
Kinsella and Bach aren’t the first musicians to lend their talents to preexisting poems. In fact, we could have compiled a list featuring hundreds of singers who have quoted writers, but we tried to reel it in. For time’s sake, you can check out four of our favorite music and poetry connections after the jump. And while you’re at it, pick up a copy of TKSTSOMTBLBFAO. Its title may be a mouthful, but its tracks are beautifully short, simple, and sparse, perfectly complimenting Tate’s stark and sometimes abrasive words.
1. Vladimir Nabokov and The Menzingers
Russian novelist Vladimir Nabokov may be most famous for penning Lolita, but it’s Pale Fire, his 1962 novel/999-line poem, that featured what is likely Nabokov’s most well-known couplet:
I was the shadow of the waxwing slain By the false azure in the window pane
Definitely the most beautiful thing that anyone has ever written about birds flying into windows. Anyway, Scranton, PA’s The Menzingers quoted those lines almost verbatim during the bridge of “The Obituaries,” and while the rest of the song’s lyrical content has little to do with Pale Fire, the emotional impact of Nabokov’s words aren’t lessened at all. In fact, they compliment the track so well, it seems that the writer may have missed out on his calling as a punk lyricist.
The A.V. Club reports that Jackass director Jeff Tremaine will direct a movie version of Mötley Crüe‘s ridiculously F’d-up tale of dumb depravity, as told in their 2001 official autobiography, The Dirt. Tremaine, obviously no stranger to translating dangerous excess to the screen, still has quite a task ahead of him. As A.V. Club’s Sean O’Neal puts it:
Tremaine acknowledges of the band’s tales of debauchery, “Some of what they went through is funny, but overall this movie is not going to be a comedy. It’s pretty dark” — owing to the fact that Motley Crüe behaved like some real shitbags, and not in the fun, Jackass prank sort of way. With that in mind, the process now moves on to casting “actors who play, or who understand how to deliver the charisma it takes to be onstage,” as well the charisma it takes to be in a story that has them degrading and even raping groupies, then killing a guy, while still remaining oddly likeable. They should also be able to fake-sing “Dr. Feelgood.”
After remaining largely quiet in 2013, Korean pop star Psy has revealed that he recently completed work on a new single with Aerosmith frontman and rock icon Steven Tyler. Speaking with an Italian news publication, the YouTube sensation confessed, ”When I was in middle school, I literally cried when Aerosmith were singing ‘Crazy’ or ‘Amazing’ or whatever. They were my lifetime role models, and now I am collaborating with Steven Tyler. What the fuck, man? [laughs] I love my life.”
Psy was not just interviewed for the magazine, but was actually the first Korean pop star to be given a cover story. If you’ll recall, his breakout single “Gangnam Style” was the first video in the history of YouTube to cross one billion plays.
Ladies and gentlemen, the cover of the week has arrived.
Rise Records hot shots Palisades have released a cover of Macklemore‘s current chat-topping single, “Can’t Hold Us.”
“Thrift Shop” may be the song that put Macklemore on the map worldwide, but his follow-up single is the track that solidified his position as a pop superstar. Palisades’ take on the track adds a heavy dose of chugs and screams, but the original’s melody and spirit of fun are still prevalent. You can stream the cover below.
Indie pop-rock outfit (and OurStage members) HAIM have released the official music video for their latest single, “The Wire.”
Adding a role-reversal twist to the typical relationship themed visual, HAIM spend “The Wire” breaking up with the men in their lives. By doing so, the girls of HAIM send their ex-partners spiraling into emotional turmoil, which makes for a hilarious accompaniment to the toe-tapping goodness of the single. You can view the video below.
The work week is quickly coming to a close, so why not kick back and headbang away the rest of the day?
Karnivool have released a full album stream of their forthcoming effort, Asymmetry.
Partnering with GuitarWorld for the premiere, Karnivool have unleashed their latest heavy offering on the rock world more than a week ahead of its August 6 shelf date. The album boasts the band’s tightest, most technically savvy sound in their already critically acclaimed career, and contains more than a few tracks that deserve steady rotation at rock radio. You can stream the record over here.
Karnivool will begin the Asymmetry World Tour in Australia in late July and North American tour dates will be revealed soon. All tour dates can be found on the band’s official website.
OurStage is partnering with the legendary Ernie Ball in 2013 to host three incredible competitions for emerging Rock, Pop and Country artists.
We’ll kick off a competition for each genre, awarding one finalist from each with a year’s supply of Ernie Ball strings and accessories, plus editorial coverage from OurStage.
At the end of the year, one Grand Prize winner will be selected from among the finalists to win anErnie Ball endorsement deal and a Music Man guitar or bass of their choosing for EACH guitarist in the band!
Second: Rock*. Enter your best rock song in the Ernie Ball “Save Your Strings” Competition by August 23rd for a chance to win. OurStage fans will rank the best entries, and Ernie Ball will select a winner. Get to it.