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Top Artists For June 2015

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.


POP FINALS
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“I’m Here” by Lindsey Gail

 

 

 


ROOTS FINALS
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“Be Beautiful” by James and June

 

 

 


ROCK FINALS
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“O Caligula” by The House of Jed

 

 

 


URBAN FINALS
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“Million” (Tink feat. Chris Fields)

 

 

 


ELECTRONIC FINALS
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“Solace (Comfort and Joy)” by Randal Pflum

 

 

 

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

Name Your Price For Music From Stellar Young

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photo by Ashley Nizolek

We recently featured Stellar Young‘s video for “Nomad” as our Video of the Month here at OurStage (you can see the current VotM on the homepage). Turns out that the Albany quintet is the band that just keeps on giving, and right now they’re offering their entire discography on a name-your-price basis, even if that price is ZERO. We particularly recommend their latest LP Vessels. Get it now! You can watch the “Nomad” video below.

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Jes Hudak And Corvyx Duet On Nirvana’s “Heart-Shaped Box”

hudakCover versions of songs can be hit and miss. If you’re covering a song, that generally means it’s a song you love, which hopefully means that the original is pretty damn good, which begs the question, why do another version? In most cases, the answer is simply because you felt like it, which is perfectly fine, but fans of the original are probably not going to come away feeling especially rewarded.

Then there are the more rare cases where the covering artist brings something new to the song, leaving the listener with a new appreciation for a previously unrealized dimension of the song. Such is the case with this cover of Nirvana‘s “Heart-Shaped Box,” originally from the In Utero album. It doesn’t hurt that Jes Hudak and Corvyx are two of the most interesting singers out there, who also happen to harmonize beautifully together. And that this video was shot live is all the more impressive. Enjoy.

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Top Artists For May 2015

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.


POP FINALS
:
“Ready” by Danielle Diamond

 

 

 

 


ROOTS FINALS
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“Holler” by Dawn and Hawkes

 

 

 

 


ROCK FINALS
:
“O Caligula” by The House of Jed

 

 

 

 


URBAN FINALS
:
“The Vines” by Indigo Blak

 

 

 

 


ELECTRONIC FINALS
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“Rotation” by Garyani

 

 

 

 

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

Steph Shaw’s “Meant To Be”

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It was released a month ago, and we’re only now catching up with the new single from Steph Shaw, “Meant To Be.” We are embarrassed. BUT we’re making up for lost time this morning with several consecutive spins of this ornately orchestrated, pulsing pop song. Staccato percolations quickly lock into place with the drums before giving way to flowing strings, all tied together with Shaw’s lilting melody. Check it out below; available now on iTunes.

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Jitta Hits A Million Plays, Free Downloads

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Jitta On The Track continues to be one of the most prolific rappers in the game. Chances are pretty solid that he’s tracking a new song right now, whenever you might be reading this. And now you can get some of the most recent Jitta releases for free. Start with his brand new single “1 Million,” released to commemorate a million plays on Soundcloud.

Then go back just a bit and download Bipolar, the excellent full-length now hosted as a mixtape on DatPiff.

And then by the time you’re done with those, Jitta will probably have like 4 more singles out.

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Keep Your Hands Busy: Vol. 2 – The Shills

theshillsWe brought you the first single at the end of March, and now Baeble Music has the premiere of the new album from Boston’s The Shills. Keep Your Hands Busy: Vol. 2 is one of the most musically-inventive/adventurous-yet-still-totally-accessible-and-fun-to-listen-to indie rock albums you’re likely to hear this year. And you can dance to it. Listen to the new single, “Oh, This Devilish Place,” below. Buy it here.

Jesse Terry Releases A Surprise EP – Free Download

original-jesse-terry-storm-ntWe recently tried to catch you up on all the doings with the fast-rising singer-songwriter Jesse Terry. From his upcoming national and international tours to his performance slot at Bonnaroo this summer, he’s got a lot going on. We should have known that even our catch-all blog post wouldn’t really catch all. Just before this past weekend, Terry unexpectedly released a brand-new EP, The Calm And The Storm, via Noisetrade. The 6-song EP includes a cover of Don McLean‘s classic “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night),” which fits seamlessly with Terry’s collection of pretty, melodic, acoustic-based and lyrically rich songs. Get it now.

 

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Le Roxy Pro and Keith McEachern: The Wandas Branch Out

The Wandas-23It was quite a drag to learn that Boston’s The Wandas – a onetime OurStage Artist of the Week – were going on indefinite hiatus. We’d loved their self-titled LP, and the follow-up was even better. But such is life for indie rock bands and their fans.

Of course, we should have been looking forward to what was inevitably to come from the individual members of the band. Brent Battey has formed a pretty groovy, early-Beach Boys-inspired surf rock band called Le Roxy Pro. Check out this video for “Coral Coralles.”

This past winter, Keith McEachern released a true solo album, having written, performed, and recorded every song on Double Down. He released “My Education” as the first video from the LP, and just today Vanyaland premiered the follow-up video, for the song “Pleasant.” Check out both below:

Keep up with both projects here:
@LeRoxyPro
@McEachernMusic

House of Jed Releases “O Caligula” Single

a2394312984_2It’s another ultra-catchy tune from Jarrod Gollihare, aka House of Jed. His “Coming Off Pretty” snuck up on us a couple of years ago when it neared the top of our Intel Superstars chart, and we have yet to be let down by any of his other material. “O Caligula,” the new single, is no exception. The rhythm-driven (Gollihare is primarily a drummer), Omnichord-heavy track is simply unlike anything else you’re likely to hear today. And according to Gollihare, “[I]t’s about attending high school with a psychopathic Roman emperor-to-be…” which is obviously common lyrical subject matter. Check it out on Bandcamp: