The amazing, multi-talented Nikki Lynette has just released a new track via Soundcloud. It’s called “Move The World,” and it’s a deeply-textured, R&B-flavored song that leaves enough room to showcase Lynette’s emotive lead vocal over a multi-layered groove. Every new release from Nikki Lynette is an artistic leap. It’s kind of amazing to see. Listen here:
Chiptune maestros I Fight Dragons, who previously won our MTV ‘Needle In The Haystack’ search, as well as our ‘VMA Best Breakout – Chicago’ with their song “Heads Up, Hearts Down,” are heading out on tour this fall and have added new dates. You won’t find a band doing chiptune with original pop songs this fantastic. Catch them if you can. Click the image below for more info.
In the great tradition of fuzzed out riffage from the UK comes Birmingham’s The Rimes. Though officially out next month, you can get a preview of the quartet’s new single “Avalanche” (b/w the excellent “Need Your Love”), which describes, both lyrically and musically, the decidedly violent smashing together of two persons – commonly referred to as “love.”
We just came a cross this cool track, only to discover that it’s a brand new single, officially released today. Currently sitting in the Top 10 in our Pop channel, the song is by Nellie Bell and it’s called “Freaky.” It’s got a bit of that vintage vibe that’s been hot lately, but it’s grounded in quality songwriting with a great performance. The popularity of the song with the OurStage fans has already pushed Nellie Bell into our overall Best of the Best charts for a few weeks now. Check it out, and buy it on iTunes here.
The Venns are a versatile three-piece band out of Studio City, California who can easily veer from indie rock to alternative country to straight up pop. As such, they’ve been making their mark on several of our charts over the past year, and will be on our August episode of OurStage on Amazing Radio with their charting song, “Play It Again.” But they’ve also got a brand new track (part of their ‘Song of the Month’ project) that we wanted to highlight here. It’s called “All Night,” it’s a brilliant ’80s-influenced pop song, and it’s currently competing in our Pop channel.
One of the best amp’d up yet chilled out retro garage surf rock bands in America is giving away free downloads of their latest EP. The Wallies, who released the Vanilla Sex EP back in April, have teamed with Noisetrade to offer the downloads in exchange for nothing more than a valid email address. Take advantage right here.
California hard rockers Haster have signed to Musicarchy Media for the worldwide release of their second album, The Current Sea.
After launching a campaign on Kickstarter – where they had great success funding their first album – the band was approached by the London-based entertainment company Musicarchy, who were impressed by the band’s sound, their rapidly growing fanbase, and their recent recognition at the OC Music Awards and Artist In Music Awards.
The Kickstarter is still going, and every dollar helps the band get their music to a larger audience. Check out their video for “Within These Walls” from earlier this year.
Another dazzling new video from Kat Robichaud and the Darling Misfits, “The Apple Pie and The Knife” is from her recent self-titled LP (which we reviewed here). The song and video are both intended to stand against the slut shaming of women, especially by other women, and they hit the mark brilliantly. “You call me a whore because I’m not a man…You want the apple pie, but I’m the knife too sharp to swallow.” It’s so good.
Filmed by the same creative team (and apparently in the same session) that produced Kat’s last video, “Why Do You love Me Now,” this one shares some aesthetics with the earlier video but has a completely different energy. Watch it here:
We all start from the bottom. Climbing to the top depends on drive, talent, time, and, yes, some luck. But when Taylor Swift‘s 1989 World Tour rolled through our hometown of Boston last week, we were struck by two other artists who shared the stage with the superstar singer. Both HAIM, the band of sisters who are opening a string of dates on the tour, and Swift’s surprise guests Walk The Moon were once struggling artists who got started here on OurStage. HAIM first joined us in 2009, in time to seek a slot in our Lilith Fair competition that year. Walk The Moon is currently riding the success of their hit “Shut Up And Dance” (which they performed with Swift in Boston). We first heard them in 2009, when they were on that year’s July editorial playlist, and then spotlighted them here in 2011, before they blew up. We’re very glad to have had the opportunity to help promote them and serve as a platform for these artists to share their music and find new fans.
Every 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 from the UK to hundreds of thousands of music fans, both on terrestrial radio 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.
“Free Love” by Anca Pop
“Over My Head” by Xolie Morra & the Strange Kind
“Pull Pin” by The Spiveys
“Choozin” by Mannie
“Vessel” by Neuschul