OurStage on 8tracks: Rastafarian Anthems

Rastafarian Anthems (Fresh From Babylon, Mon) from OurStage on 8tracks.

Summer is a little ways down the road, but we can still pretend. This funky playlist is just what we needed to feel the sand between our toes and the ocean breeze on our skin. OurStage artists Caracas Sunset from Venezuela and Zebulun from New Jersey bring their beats to the table, sharing the playlist with Slightly Stoopid from California and French group Dub Incorporation. Spread the love with this mix, and there’s sure to be good vibes all around.

OurStage on 8tracks: Musically Adventurous

Here at OurStage, we’re always on the lookout for new music across all possible genres, from hip-hop to metal to indie rock to dubstep. That’s why Jordan has created his very own adrenaline-pumping mix of only the most exciting music out there. Metal? Check, Kylesa and Rooks, are crushing it. Hip-hop? Check, we’ve got Will Brennan and The Notorious B.I.G. Indie? Check, The Ascetic Junkies are holding it down. Electronic? Check, Nero is in the mix. There would be a whole lot more, but let’s not get out of hand here…

Superlatones: The Femme Fatale

Lately, it seems that we are hearing more and more from new and unexpected partnerships between artists of different genres. This is why, through Superlatones, we are creating our very own directory”a musical wish-list, if you will”of artists who have yet to join the collaborative bandwagon.

This week, we feature two artists who credit their popularity just as much to their music as to the persona they command.  With their distinct style, sultry voices and mysterious airs, these women would have been the perfect leading ladies to the film noir era of the ’40’s. Are you ready to solve a mystery? Then follow us into the lives of this week’s femme fatales¦

The Dynamic Duo:
Lana Del Rey
and Paloma Faith

New York’s Lana Del Rey, born Elizabeth Woolridge Grant, began her career under the moniker Lizzy Grant. The singer-songwriter later changed her name to Lana Del Ray for the release of her single Video Games, which became an instant success.  Her latest album Born To Die was released early this year with mixed reviews from critics and fans alike.


OurStage on 8tracks: Down the Rabbit Hole

Down the Rabbit Hole from OurStage on 8tracks.

This Friday we’re following Alice and her cohorts down the rabbit hole with this psychedelic mix. Intern Frankie shares a collection of post rock, electro pop and forest rock artists that are sure to let your imagination run free. Make magic with OurStage artists Sinopsys, Pomplamoose and DASSI, or dream to the sounds of Jónsi, NewVillager and Jinja Safari. Are you ready to dive in?

TONIGHT: Jack White Live Streams New York Concert

Tonight, Jack White will be performing in the popular livestreamed series American Express Unstaged. White, best known for fronting The White Stripes and The Raconteurs, recently released his debut solo album Blunderbuss to high praise from critics and fans alike.

The live stream will begin at 6PM eastern standard time, but will be rebroadcast for twelve hours after the show on Jack White’s VEVO page. Fans will be able to submit questions to the musician beforehand, as well as participate in a digital art installation that allows them to submit photos for a mosaic. Gary Oldman will be directing the program, which takes place at Webster Hall in New York City.

The Jacksons To Record New Studio Album

After recently announcing that they would reunite for their 2012 Unity Tour, the Jacksons have revealed that they are now planning to record a new studio album- the first since their 1989 record 2300 Jackson Street.

“That’s what we gotta do — right after the tour,” says Jackie Jackson. “We’re gonna go back into the studio and start recording some new music.” Together with his brothers Tito, Marlon and Jermaine, the group plans to travel across America this summer to perform their greatest hits, as well as pay tribute to their late brother Michael Jackson. As for the new album, Jackie says he wishes to stay true to the old Jackson 5 sound, with a little bit of a modern twist. “We’re gonna keep it simple¦ We can’t shy away from our sound.”

Damon Albarn: Blur and Gorillaz are NOT done

Last month The Guardian released an interview that devastated Blur and Gorillaz fans everywhere, as Damon Albarn revealed that it was the end of the line for the two iconic bands. Well, in a recent interview with Metro the musician once again addressed the issue, saying, well… maybe not.

Blur is still set to perform at London’s Hyde Park for the Olympics closing ceremony in August, but what happens after that is anybody’s guess, says Albarn. “Some days I feel one way and other days I feel the other….We want to put on a great performance, but nothing’s been said between us about the beginning or the end.” As for the Gorillaz, it seems that Albarn is feeling a little more optimistic than before, leaving future prospects up to co-creator Jamie Hewlett. When Jamie [Hewlett] and I have worked out our differences, I’m sure we’ll make another record,” he says, in reference to a falling out between the two musicians.

Superlatones: The Flower Child

Lately, it seems that we are hearing more and more from new and unexpected partnerships between artists of different genres. This is why, through Superlatones, we are creating our very own directory”a musical wish-list, if you will”of artists who have yet to join the collaborative bandwagon.

From hippie to grunge to today’s infamous hipster, subcultures are an inevitable part of modern society. While some of them fade or evolve into new subcultures, the influences these movements have on people are certainly still evident. In fact, they never truly go away. That’s why this week we are celebrating the hidden remnant’s of hippie culture, with two artists that would have fit right into the 1960s.

The Dynamic Duo:
Cloud Control
and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

Cloud Control is a psychedelic rock band from New South Wales, Australia. Although they have yet to blow up in America, the group has gained much success in their home country, winning the Australian Music Prize in 2011 as well as Record of the Year and Best Live Musical Act from the Sydney Music, Arts and Culture Awards. Their debut album Bliss Release has been described as a blend of organic folk, colorful synths and indie rock influences.


OurStage on 8tracks: Jive and Swing

Jive and Swing from OurStage on 8tracks.

Today, we’re donning our flapper dresses and three piece suits in tribute to one of the most influential eras of music: jazz. This playlist by intern Frankie showcases the genre in all of its many reincarnations, whether its a toe-tapping jive, swanky slow jazz, or the electro-swing beats of today’s generation. Listen to OurStage artists Justin Thompson, Knox Summerour and Yuma Jazz Company tap out a beat alongside Renee Olstead, Louis Prima and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. So what do you say? Are you hep to the jive?

OurStage on 8tracks: Get Up Get Down!

Get Up Get Down! (Essential Rave Mix) from OurStage on 8tracks.

Summer is right around the corner, and you know what that means: it’s time to shake off those textbooks and hit the dance floor! Intern Wake busts out the beats with this playlist of the most essential tracks to get your party started. Rock out to OurStage artists Luianne, Hudz and Cling, along with Madeon, Morgan Page and Bassnectar to keep the music going. So get off your seats, turn the speakers up and put on those dancing shoes!