If you’ve looked at the Billboard Rock Charts lately you may be wondering what’s happening to the state of the genre. With chart-toppers like Grouplove, fun., and M83, it feels like the industry is in need of a good ole rock revival. Enter Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown. The Nashville quartet have made it their mission to perserve all that is holy with rock ‘n’ roll and are converting followers one live performance at a time.
Last week the audience of the East Village haunt Arelene’s Grocery were treated to an electrifying performance by Tyler Bryant (vox, guitar), Graham Whitford (rythymn guitar), Caleb Crosby (drums), and Gabe Anderson (filling in on bass). The band was in town for a few days to attend the premiere of Abraham Lincoln Vampire Slayer (Bryant played guitar on the film’s score), to attend OurStage’s Artist Advisory Board meeting, and to showcase at the New Music Seminar. Check out their performance of “Kick The Habit” live at Arlene’s:
This past Wednesday, executives representing OurStage.com met with with members of the newly formed Artist Advisory Board to discuss the direction of the company and the future of music. Board members included Tyler Bryant, Graham Whitford, and Caleb Crosby of Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown, Mieka Pauley, Jesse Terry, Xolie Morra, and Jonquil Anderson (emcee TAMPPA). During the inaugural meeting, OurStage previewed a slew of artist-centric offerings designed to fortify revenue streams for independent artists.
Later that evening, members of the board represented the online music discovery community during the New Music Seminar (NMS) showcase at Arlene’s Grocery in the East Village. The night kicked off with an acoustic set by Xolie Morra (accompanied by David Nolf), followed by Jesse Terry (recently nominated by NMS as one of the Top 100 “Artists on the Verge”) who was accompanied by drums, rhythm guitar and backing vocals. Mieka Pauley took the stage for an impromptu a ccapella rendition of “Marked Man”, track seven off her forthcoming LP, The Science Of Making Choices. Rounding out the bill was Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown, whose highly anticipated first full length record drops this summer. The showcase closed with a set by NYC hip-hop duo, Metermaids.
Check out the songs by the OurStage Advisory Board and NMS showcasing acts:
Music Manager Johnny Wright is teaming up with AOL Teen’s Cambio, the online entertainment platform “bringing you from fan to friend”, to launch the “On The Spot” talent search. Wright is looking for vocalists to video tape their performance of one of ten predetermined audition songs and upload it for a shot at joining the super group he wants to assemble.
For more details on eligibility, lyrics to the audition songs as well as information on how members of OurStage.com can automatically be entered for the chance to win a free iPad, go HERE.
Deadline for entry of Friday, January 28, 2011.
In 2010 hundreds of thousands of artists entered our monthly competitions, and millions of music lovers ranked their favorite tracks, positioning the Top 100 songs across thirty or more music charts every month. As a proud connoisseur of independent music, I’ve always made it a point to turn my family and friends on to new talents that “I” discover. With a talent pool as rich as the OurStage music charts, there is a never ending reservoir to tap into.
The “Lilith Local Talent Search” brought droves of female artists, “Your Next Record with Keith Urban” brought the country, Drake’s “Thank Me Later” Competition represented hip hop and promotions with Bon Jovi, John Mayer, Train and the Goo Goo Dolls rallied legions of pop and rock artists. While there were many winners who earned career-enhancing opportunities, editorial coverage and cash money, the front-runners only scratched the surface of artists whose talent need to be heard.
Press “Play” to hear songs that have been in heavy rotation throughout 2010 then continue reading to find out why these artists made this list.
Editor at Large and Director of Community & Content for OurStage.com
In 2007, OurStage.com launched with the dream of helping the most promising independent artists illuminate their music and, hopefully, further their careers. To this end, we began to give away a monthly prize of $5,000 to the Number 1 ranked artist, but soon the artist community indicated they valued career-enhancing opportunities over a payout. In response, we worked to bring OurStage artists the chance to record singles with the likes of Keith Urban and T-Pain as well as the chance to open for national acts such as Bon Jovi and John Mayer. Each month we continue to provide artists with more opportunities to further their music careers. Now, what about the cash?
Since OurStage was able to make good on the request to offer more opportunities we thought it was time to address another long-standing artist request: distributing the 5k prize pot amongst the Number 1 artists in pop, rock, country, urban and specialty. Next month, the artists competing in these main music genres, and their respective sub-genres, will each have a chance to win 1k. This opportunity engages all artists in our community, not just the ones who perform songs in the most popular genres of music.
Beginning December 1st, the following genres will be eligible to win:
1K Prize for Rock
1K Prize for Pop
1K Prize for Country
1K Prize for Urban
1K Prize for Specialty
|Alternative||Indie Pop||Alt Country||Alt Hip Hop||Acoustic|
|Hard Rock||Pop||Country||Hip Hop||All Instrumental|
|Indie Rock||Singer Songwriter Female||Southern Rock||R&B||Ambient Chill|
|Metal||Singer Songwriter Male||Traditional Country||Rap||Blues|
We will also continue to award 1K for the Best Video (country, hard rock, hip hop, pop and rock videos are eligible) as well as 1K for the Best Live Performance Video (open to all genres of music). See our FAQS for more information on our monthly prizes, eligible genres and our competition-judging season.
On April 2nd superstars Bon Jovi announced their search for local bands to share the stage with them on select US and Canada dates of The Circle Tour. As if this isn’t already the stuff that dreams are made of, the band sweetened the deal by adding extra special guest, Kid Rock, on the bill. Check out this list of dates and locations that will feature emerging talent and special guests:
May 19 Hershey, PA: Hersheypark Stadium (Special Guest Fuel)
May 26 East Rutherford, NJ: New Meadowlands Stadium (Special Guest Train)
May 27 East Rutherford, NJ: New Meadowlands Stadium (Special Guest Gavin DeGraw)
May 29 East Rutherford, NJ: New Meadowlands Stadium (Special Guest OneRepublic)
July 9 East Rutherford, NJ: New Meadowlands Stadium (Very Special Guest Kid Rock)
July 15 Edmonton, AB: Commonwealth Stadium (Very Special Guest Kid Rock)
July 17 Winnipeg, MB: Canad Inns Stadium (Very Special Guest Kid Rock)
July 20 Toronto, ON: Rogers Centre (Very Special Guest Kid Rock)
July 21 Toronto, ON: Rogers Centre (Very Special Guest Kid Rock)
July 24 Foxboro, MA: Gillette Stadium (Very Special Guest Kid Rock)
July 28 Regina, SK: Mosaic Stadium at Taylor Field (Very Special Guest Kid Rock)
July 30 Chicago, IL: Soldier Field (Very Special Guest Kid Rock)
July 31 Chicago, IL: Soldier Field (Very Special Guest Kid Rock)
Local rock, pop and country artists are invited to upload their best original song to be considered for the coveted 20 minute opening sets on The Circle Tour. Bon Jovi will handpick winners from the Top 30 highest-ranked artists on OurStage.