Konshens Performs “Militant” At Kennedy Center

One of last month’s Finals winners, Konshens The MC, often performs with his seven-piece band State of Mind. A recent project of the group is Classically Dope, a show that incorporates with the band a classical ensemble. We wanted to share this great video of them performing Konshens’ winning track “Militant” at Washington DC’s Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts back on February 8th.

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Tender Warrior: Lady Lamb’s New EP And Tour Dates

Lady Lamb is the the midst of a wide ranging tour in support of her new EP, Tender Warriors Club. At seven tracks, running 34 minutes, less prolific artists might call this a full length album and be done with it. As for Lady Lamb, the artist also known as Aly Spaltro seems content to give us all that she’s creating and thinking, however long or heavy it might be. Technically an EP, Tender Warriors Club feels more than anything like a snapshot of the individual, vulnerable and uncertain, at this moment in time. Intensely personal rather than overtly political, it is nonetheless a “manifesto,” as the artist writes on her website:

STRIVE TO

find the courage to be sensitive

 be emotionally vulnerable

connect

create

grow

be comfortable with & embrace solitude

never compromise their integrity

explore

 be true

be kind

practice self-acceptance & self-love

give an honest effort

forgive

be present

be patient

be transparent

Lady Lamb’s current tour is hitting some smaller venues as well as living rooms across the country. See all of the tour dates with ticket links here. The EP is available now via Mom + Pop Records. Order vinyl here.

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Aloud Release New Single “Agua Mala” To Benefit Flint Water Fund

As the Flint Michigan water crisis stretches into its THIRD YEAR, attention and outrage wane, directed elsewhere, as outrage demands exceed supply. Some dedicated folks remain focused, however, and retrain our collective eye on the prize (the prize here being the most fundamental of basic human needs – potable water). Count among these the United Way, whose Genesee County operation continues to try to raise money in order to help the neglected people of Flint, and socially conscious people like those in one of our current favorite rock and roll bands, Aloud. The band today released a single, “Agua Mala,” to help raise money for the United Way fund, and they will perform tonight at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory at a Flint benefit, snow be damned, along with Cold Blood Club (who also feature on the new single).

A great cause and worthy effort, we’re sure you’ll agree. Luckily for us, Aloud is also a great band who make great songs, and this one is no exception. Seething, dark, and dynamic, “Agua Mala” reflects the frustration of this ongoing crisis in the tone of the music alone.

If you’re able, please spread the word, get the track, go to the show.

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Frontier Ruckus Is “Positively Freaking”

On February 17th, Michigan indie rock band Frontier Ruckus will release Enter The Kingdom, their fifth full-length LP, on Sitcom Universe / Loose Music. As a preview, they’ve released the album track “Positively Freaking,” a textured, folky rock hybrid with lots of melodic hooks, harmonies, and a propulsive, rolling arrangement. The new album, produced by Wilco‘s Ken Coomer, deals frankly with songwriter Matthew Milia‘s childhood experience when his father lost his job. The couple of tracks released so far (“27 Dollars” is also streaming now) indicate a vivid and detailed slice of American life that holds true in today’s bizarre social and economic structure.

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Chase Gassaway Reimagines The Lumineers

Austin TX singer-songwriter Chase Gassaway took a stab at some songs by friends and musical compatriots and ended up with a full album of covers, spanning from local Austin bands to classics like The Temptations. When it came to The Lumineers’ break-out hit “Ho Hey,” Gassaway abandoned the upbeat folk attitude of the original and went dark and introspective. The result is a completely new read on the song, bringing out the obsessive, haunted lyrical content. Unassuming and atmospheric, this version is frankly an improvement on the more breezy original.

The new album is called A Fly Can’t Bird, and is out February 24th.

www.chasegassaway.com

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Top OurStage Artists In January 2017

Updates02_120x120_OurStage-1Every month, the OurStage community (that’s you) listens and ranks the songs competing on OurStage.com. Once those songs get to the Finals stage, five grand prize winners are selected. Those winners get featured on the ‘OurStage on Amazing Radio’ show, broadcast to hundreds of thousands of music fans around the world. Last month’s show is streaming now. Below are the top five that you’ll hear on this month’s show, along with other favorites from the charts.


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URBAN FINALS:

ROOTS FINALS:

ELECTRONIC FINALS:

ROCK FINALS:

Check out all the additional 1st place songs from our genre channels here.