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The Good

Coldplay signs huge recording contract with Universal

In fact, it’s so huge the figure can’t even fit on your computer monitor. Coldplay recently re-signed to Universal Music—the world’s largest music publishing company. Neither has released details about the contract, but it’s speculated to be one of the biggest in music history and worth millions to each of Coldplay’s four band members. Looks like Apple and Moses Martin will have a big Christmas this year.

Jenny and Johnny to release album on August 31st

Sure, we’re excited about this collaboration between Rilo Kiley’s Jenny Lewis and her boyfriend, songwriter Jonathan Rice. The album is called “I’m Having Fun Now” and comes out on August 31st. (You can pre-order it on iTunes right now if you want.) But, if we’re being honest, the real reason why we’re writing about the new Jenny and Johnny record is so that we can share their awesome cassette tape music player with you. Listen to the songs and watch the tape move back and forth. Now we’re having fun.

The Bad

Jay-Z tops Forbes list


Coming in at a cool $63 mill, Jay-Z makes the top of Forbes highest-paid rappers list for the second year in a row. According to Buzzfeed, it may have little to do with lyrical adroitness. Check out this list of the worst lyrics by the world’s richest rappers. It’s a hoot.

The Ugly

New Kids on the Block and Back Street Boys to tour together

New Kids On The Block

If you don’t know who these bands are, you’re a lot cooler than us and may want to skip ahead to the next section …

…OK, now that all the youngbloods are gone, OMG can you believe NKOTB and BSB are gonna tour!!! “Hanging Tough” AND “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)”? Surely there is no arena on Earth that can handle a show this rad. In conclusion, JORDAN KNIGHT!!!

And we’re done.


Discourse & Dischord

The Good

Funny or Die sends M.I.A. to the suburbs

Watch your back, Funny or Die. After a New York Times article hinted that pop artist/politico M.I.A. may enjoy the finer things in life more than she would like known, the singer fired back by publishing the interviewer’s cell phone number on her Twitter page. Nerve=hit. Now Funny or Die is rubbing a little salt in the wound with this video parody of M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes,” which depicts the singer living in the tony Brentwood neighborhood with an au pair and a predilection for Monet and fine wines. Can’t wait to see M.I.A.’s graceful response to this one . . .  keep an eye on her Twitter page.

The Bad

Justin Bieber tries to escape crazed groupies on a Segway

Run, Bieber, run! Or, stand on a machine that will run for you. That’s what the teen pop star did when frenzied fans caught sight of him in an Arizona parking lot. Apparently being seen on a Segway is less traumatizing than being attacked by rabid tweens. Check out the video below.

The Ugly

St. Louis birds poo-poo Kings of Leon concert

Kings of Leon had to cut their set short in what is now being referred to as “Pigeongate.” After opening acts the Postelles and the Stills endured a torrent of pigeon droppings during their sets at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in St. Louis, Kings of Leon took the stage with a little trepidation. Three songs in, an unidentified feathered sharpshooter released a load that landed near bassist Jared Followill’s mouth, causing the band to halt the show. In the words of Stephanie Tanner, “How rude!”

LiveNation, the promoter of the event, promised fans a full refund.


Lilith Local Talent Search Winners Announcement for Chicago, Denver, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Minneapolis and St. Louis!

Attention Lilith 2010 fans & hopeful artists! It is time for another installment of winner announcements for the “Lilith Local Talents Search” Competition.  This time the good folks over at Lilith have set their sights on the artists of the Midwest. Thanks to the fans, we are proud to announce the winners for Chicago, Denver, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Minneapolis and St. Louis.

The artists from these cities went through one of the most competitive rounds in recent OurStage history and managed to come out on top.  After their hard-won wins, these artists have the fans to thank for the amazing outpouring of support. And, Sarah McLachlan has the fans to thank for helping her find some of the best up-and-coming talent, right here on OurStage! See the list of winners below:

Lilith Winners
Chicago Denver Indianapolis
Katie Todd Liz Clark Amanda Lucas and Audrey Cecil
Kansas City Minneapolis St. Louis
Sara Swenson Bella Ruse The Airplanes

Folkin Around: Jenny McIntyre

When browsing through the ranks of OurStage’s folk charts, there are a few artists who maintain a soothing calm throughout their songs.  One artist stands apart however— Jenny McIntyre.  Hailing from St. Louis, McIntyre’s delicate, silky voice sounds airier than most.  The singer-songwriter lightly lays down tracks with skill and artistry creating a vibe both impressive and lovable. In addition to her vocal talent, McIntyre displays versatility in instrumentation through her use of omnichords, the washboard and glockenspiel.

“Paradox,” which starts as a sonnet, is poetry at it’s finest— although the instrumentation is so beautiful it’s difficult to pay attention to the moving lyrics.   “Kill The Messenger,” sung with Brad Ritter, commands more attention thanks to the contrast in flowing between McIntyre and Ritter as they weave in and out of one another in an upbeat motion.  A bit of a diversion, “Minor Dreams” calls upon McIntyre’s darker side in a slower, sadder reflection on past decisions.    McIntyre’s “Angel” picks things up with unique string-plucking intro.  Reminiscent of Regina Spektor, the instrumentation slowly fades so that the singer’s soft and steady voice comes in.  “Dark Intentions” closes off this playlist with a haunting melody played on piano.  The effects create a vintage sound that compliments McIntyre’s voice perfectly.  All in all, the poise and vulnerability shown in McIntyre’s work presents a beautifully-recorded package for listeners.  Check it out!

50 States In 50 Weeks…Week 45: Missouri

Fun Facts: State Flower: Hawthorn, State Song:“Missouri Waltz,” State Animal: Mule

Home of: Burt Bacharach, Sheryl Crow, The Get Up Kids, Nelly, Ike & Tina Turner, Story of the Year, NeverShoutNever!

The Venues:

The Old Rock House in St. Louis boasts 3 different levels, so you’re sure to get a perfect seat for touring bands like OK Go, Frightened Rabbit and Annuals whether you want to be front and center on the dance floor or catching a breeze on the patio. Columbia’s The Blue Note makes it’s home in a restored vaudeville theater and generally hosts national touring bands like Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Girl Talk and Gregg Allman. For more up-and-coming bands and classic Southern cuisine, try Mojo’s, which is also owned by The Blue Note’s Richard King.

The Music:

Storyline – Maybe Storyline’s high-energy, radio ready pop/rock sounds familiar to you because you’ve heard them on TV (Their song “Welcome Home” is the theme for The Halogen Network show Alumni), or maybe you remember them from their Poptarts feature right here on the OurStage Blog. Regardless, if you haven’t heard of Storyline yet, you will. The band is currently hard at work on a new album which is scheduled for release June 8, 2010. continue Reading 50 States In 50 Weeks…Week 45: Missouri

Download of the Week: Last Night’s Vice

Think you can resist a rock band that knows how to get down? Think again. St. Louis’s hidden gem’s Last Night’s Vice is one bad habit you won’t want to break.  The band cleverly intertwines a modern rock edge with pop flair and a dancey aftertaste. The dual guitar attack of Joe Fitzsimmons and Jordan Phoenix shows off the bands sonic versatility—shifting from funk breaks into heavy hitting stadium ready riffs at the flick of a wrist. Songs like “Lock and Key” give Last Night’s Vice the power to hold their own amongst acts like The Killers and Panic at the Disco! Something gives us the hunch that this unsigned act isn’t going to go unnoticed for a whole lot longer. Get in on the ground floor while you still can.


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