NextNext Hawaii Featured Artist: Kings Of Spade

KINGS-OF-SPADE-9x12-high-res-1024x796We at OurStage and Amazing Media are excited to be partnering with McDonald’s of Hawaii for the NextNext search for the Sounds That Spark Change. We are bringing together Hawaiian artists with music fans and local charities in an effort to spread great music and help worthy causes. Here, we’ll highlight some of the artists who have already signed up to participate, so that fans around the world get a chance to hear this great new music. You can learn more about the competition below.

Though we have a lot of great solo artists participating in the NextNext Hawaii challenge, there’s just something about a band that not only sounds great together, but has worked and grown together for the better part of a decade. Honolulu’s Kings Of Spade are one of those groups with a special chemistry that defies the typically short life span of a band and results in a wholly original sound.

The band is beloved by fans for their high energy club-banging funk, but it’s their foundational soul influences that set KOS apart. Frontwoman Kasi Nunes frequently cites Aretha Franklin as a major source of inspiration, and when she sings you can hear her reaching deep and coloring her phrasing with the kind of nuance perfected by the Queen of Soul – the kind of you just don’t hear from many of KOS’ blues/funk contemporaries.

Kings of Spade’s self-titled LP was recorded in Nashville with Grammy-winning producer Dave Cobb (Rival Sons, Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell). Having won “Best Local Rock Band” in the 2014 and 2015 Honolulu Pulse Awards, they’ve spent the last few years expanding their fan base by touring the US mainland multiple times. Listen below, and check out Kings Of Spade on NextNext.com.


About NextNext:
Designed to connect a community of artists and music fans around a positive message of helping important causes, NextNext Hawaii invites those artists to sign up and select a charity to sponsor. Fans, who can get votes by visiting any participating McDonald’s location in Hawaii, can listen to the artists on the free NextNext app, create playlists, and vote for favorites. With each vote, the artist’s selected charity gets a donation. At the end, the top-ranked artists will be awarded cash prizes, including a grand prize of $5,000 and the opportunity to have music released via Amazing Records.

NextNext Hawaii Featured Artist: Emi Hart

emihartWe at OurStage and Amazing Media are excited to be partnering with McDonald’s of Hawaii for the NextNext search for the Sounds That Spark Change. We are bringing together Hawaiian artists with music fans and local charities in an effort to spread great music and help worthy causes. Here, we’ll highlight some of the artists who have already signed up to participate, so that fans around the world get a chance to hear this great new music. You can learn more about the competition below.

Born and raised in Hawaii, singer/songwriter Emi Hart is part of the fabric of her community. As an artist, she strives to reflect the easygoing and peaceful vibe of island life with her sound, which she likens to “Jewel, Katy Perry, and Ingrid Michaelson having a picnic.” In another part of her life, Hart is the Community Manager for Yelp in Honolulu, immersing herself in the culture (and, of course, the food) that makes Hawaii special.

She gigs regularly, and is at work on new music now. That she only began writing music in the last few years is a bit of a shock, as she sounds like a natural. In her music and her work, Hart exudes positivity, lightness, and a preoccupation with the pure humanity that connects us all. We only wish that she, as a busy working mother, had just a little more time to make music for us to hear. But let’s appreciate what we’ve got! Check her out on NextNext.com, where she’s supporting the Ronald McDonald House charity. They will get a donation for every vote cast for Emi.


About NextNext:
Designed to connect a community of artists and music fans around a positive message of helping important causes, NextNext Hawaii invites those artists to sign up and select a charity to sponsor. Fans, who can get votes by visiting any participating McDonald’s location in Hawaii, can listen to the artists on the free NextNext app, create playlists, and vote for favorites. With each vote, the artist’s selected charity gets a donation. At the end, the top-ranked artists will be awarded cash prizes, including a grand prize of $5,000 and the opportunity to have music released via Amazing Records.

Edidion Takes Back The “Power”

edidion powerLos Angeles-based artist Edidion has been making a dent on the OurStage charts as far back as 2012, with a bunch of Top 40 and Top 10 placements, as well as several weeks on the Best of the Best rankings. He released a critically acclaimed EP last fall, and is back now with a brand new single, “Power.” Spare production lets Edidion’s voice come to the fore, riding a great hook and propulsive beat. “Power” is a great listen as-is, but I couldn’t help thinking that the open feel of the track lends itself to potential remixes, and could well become a dancefloor banger. You can listen below.


Pullman Standard Robbed Of $25k Worth Of Equipment

pullmanOurStage stalwarts (and 2013 Intel Superstars Rock winnersPullman Standard were in Louisiana, with their trailer parked in a residential neighborhood, when the entire trailer was stolen. The trailer itself turned up. Of course it was damaged, and, of course, it was emptied of the at least $25,000 worth of equipment and merchandise it had contained.

The band has launched a GoFundMe just to be able to get back on their feet and able to perform again, with a modest goal of $5,000. Every dollar will help.


Darlingside’s “The God Of Loss” Video

darlingsidenyIndie folk outfit Darlingside released their newest album, Birds Say, back in September and premiered the video for the track “The God of Loss” about a month later. Now the beautifully animated clip is up for Video of the Year at the New England Music Awards. Watch the video below and vote here. Our friends in Air Traffic Controller are also up for the same award. We report, you decide.

In other Darlingside news, the band had their song featured as part of last night’s episode of Shameless, the William H. Macy Showtime series, which is up in full here (jump to 46 min mark for the song). And, finally, check out this excellent feature on the band in the November 9th issue of The New Yorker. Yes, we’re catching up on all our Darlingside news.

Late Cambrian’s Dark Heart

cambrian-300x300_thumbnailThe good people of Late Cambrian have released a video for their latest single “Dark Heart (Where Can We Go Now?).” It’s creepy as hell, but also a bit tongue-in-cheek, and adorned with surreal scenes. The song is a delicious slice of electro pop, with Late Cambrian moving away slightly from the crunchy and/or jangly guitar-driven pop that marked most of the music on 2014’s Golden Time LP.

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