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Free Download: The Shills Release “Some They Try” Single

1236654_10151691939569915_1275606349_nThe Shills have just released a new single, called “Some They Try,” and are now offering it as a free download. The band is celebrating having reached their PledgeMusic goal, with the funds going toward a new album. “Some They Try” is an exciting, upbeat, pop-soul song, but like most Shills material, defies standard categorization. You’ve got to hear it. Get it free here.

Face Dances

Pretty cool. West Coast Shaving shared this image that shows a composite of every member in some well-known bands. Click-bait? Maybe, but pretty good click-bait. Who would have guessed that Bill Wyman would finally turn out to be the dominant Rolling Stone?

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New Album From Therapy? Out Today On Amazing Record Co.

disquietAfter blowing up big in the ’90s with their platinum-selling LP Troublegum, Therapy? went on to explore and push musical boundaries over the course of 10 subsequent releases. Today, our own Amazing Record Co. is proud to release Disquiet, the label’s first full-length album, and one that could be considered a sequel to the landmark Troublegum. Striking a perfect balance between melodic, intelligent, and ferocious, Disquiet finds Therapy? circling back to forge a new path forward from the sound that made them such an enduring and original band.

Out now. Watch the video for the first single, “Still Hurts.”

Lady Lamb Loses The Beekeeper, New Album Out Now

10174777_10152820924252408_2239367009062618268_nLady Lamb the Beekeeper is now officially just Lady Lamb. While we will always silently add “the Beekeeper” in our minds, we understand the move, considering “Lady Lamb” has become the shorthand anyway.

Whatever she’s called, Aly Spaltro, continues to amaze with her deep, dense lyrics, her commanding voice, her aching melodies, and her adventurous production. All of this is on display on her newest album After, which is available now in the US. Europe will have to wait until June 19 to get their copies.

Catch her on tour:

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(images courtesy of Lady Lamb)

Philadelphia Slick Return With ‘Earth Rocks Harder’

Renowned hip-hop band and OurStage artists Philadelphia Slick is back with a new album, due out on April 28th. It’s called Earth Rocks Harder, and the first single “Not At All” is out now. You can download it for free right here.

The band has also revealed the artwork and track listing.

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The Wallies Prep New EP

The Wallies, Florida’s greatest rock export since Tom Petty, is getting ready to release a new EP in April. The band documented their time in the studio last month on social media, and have just shared the track listing and cover art. The EP, titled Vanilla Sex, is being released via Tone Deaf and Drunk Recordings. Hoping like hell that track 5 is a cover of The Sonics‘ classic. And, come on, “Tom Cruisin?” How can that be bad?

Track list:

1. Mellow And Rockus
2. Tom Cruisin
3. Put Me To Bed
4. Watch Them All Flock
5. Have Love Will Travel
6. Not Very Picky
7. All of You

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Top Artists For February 2015

Every month, the community ranks the songs competing on OurStage, and 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 from the UK to hundreds of thousands of music fans, both in the UK and online around the world. Last month’s show is streaming now. Below are the top five that you’ll hear on this month’s show, but you can preview them now by clicking here for a playlist.

POP FINALS:
“Diamond in the Rough” by Wes-tone

 

 

 

 

ROOTS FINALS:
“Shoot You Down” by Wes Kirkpatrick

 

 

 

 

ROCK FINALS:
“Personality Overload” by The Beat Seekers

 

 

 

 

URBAN FINALS:
“Life Is Crazy” by Louis Anthony

 

 

 

 

ELECTRONIC FINALS:
“The Dream of the Angel” by No Hair On Head

 

 

 

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

Aloud’s “A Little Bit Low” Video

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Photo by Michael Basu

Aloud, those purveyors of pure rock and roll, have released a new video for their single “A Little Bit Low,” from the LP It’s Got To Be Now. It’s an appropriately and increasingly tense clip, as the seconds tick away, boredom bears down, and Jen de la Osa sings, “It’s easy to lose your mind / over nothing… Yeah, we all get a little bit low from time to time.”

All true. Enjoy.

 

Yonas – “Take Me To Church” Remix Video

Yonas-TMTC-Artwork-e1425425952799Today is Monday. Sorry. But here’s something to be glad about: Yonas, the amazing MC from Bronx, NY, is dropping remixes every other Tuesday. So you’ve got that to look forward to. But you don’t have to wait (the next one isn’t due until next week), because there’s already four out there. Here’s the most recent, a remix of Hozier‘s hit “Take Me To Church.” It’s accompanied by a great video, including live footage from a recent performance with Wale in Knoxville, TN.

I think maybe YouTube user MrAnjelorion said it best: “Just threw out all my lighters because this track is fire enough for anytime I need to light up.”

Subscribe to Yonas’ channel for more as they happen. Oh, also…FREE DOWNLOAD.

 

‘Songs For Charles’ by Joel. (aka MaG)

We last heard music from Joel. (aka MaG) on his 2013 release (via RCRDLBL) Freedom, a soulful slice of American hip-hop. He didn’t go silent between then and now – those who follow him on Twitter know that Joel is a poet and a non-stop thinker, with an eye toward social progress and absolutely no patience for bullshit.

It’s no surprise to find that same spirit in the music he’s been working on. songs for charles is an independent release dropped via Bandcamp just last month, and it kicks off with a short audio clip from Jay Z in the studio, taken from the film Fade To Black. This track, titled “what Hov said…(intro),” captures Jay discussing young rappers coming up, who think they have to write about things they don’t feel and don’t know. He tells the cameraman to put the lens on him before saying, “See what y’all did to rappers? They scared to be theyself.”

Being true to himself, then, serves as Joel.’s mission here. “I can’t speak for no one else / but I’m gonna keep on being myself,” goes one of the refrains on the first song, “creston and 188th.” What follows is a personal catharsis. The next eight songs are all at least rooted in the past, even while facing the present. He looks back on his upbringing, his family, lessons learned and carried forward. “We was young / we was reckless,” he says, in the frank and unsentimental “hash browns.” The chilled out, hypnotic loop of the song keeps the mood static and, as much as the lyric, creates a vivid atmosphere, if not an especially warm one. It actually feels like a carefully constructed sound collage, pieced together from ‘70s-‘80s AM radio dials, video games, cassettes rewinding…the sounds of a childhood, running in the background.

“new, new york” brings us into the present, or at least the very recent past. But each track here, just like real life, builds on what came before. That’s why, even though this is an eight-song collection (nine tracks), I take songs for charles as an “album.” It’s not a mixtape, it’s not a collection of singles. It’s a thematic, narrative flow. And like a lot of Joel.’s work, it’s densely filled with imagery and wordplay, and almost has the feel of a play. With only a few listens so far, I have not absorbed every nuance, but I look forward to trying.

“better late than never (intermission)” is a dreamy flight, with a backing that sounds like recent Radiohead; droning chords bracing syncopated, jazz drums. The lyric is equal parts past, present, and future, and how they are helplessly intertwined, with a hook that declares, “I’d rather die than let go of one of my dreams / one foot forward, all I gotta do is proceed…It’s never too late to dream.” Hope continues to be a central theme here – aspirations for a better life, one that’s more fulfilling, one that is free from the troubled past, and one where glory is attained on no one else’s terms but your own.

Certainly Joel. knows there’s no complete escape from what came before. But songs for charles is at least an attempt at exorcism. Facing pain in stark terms, he describes a present in which personal reconciliation is already under way, and this music – in all its expressive, subtle complexity – is the conduit.

On Bandcamp now —> songs for charles by Joel.