Aloud’s Ambitious Virtual Reality Video Project

aloud-01-mbasuAloud, a band whose videos we have always quite liked, are taking it to the next level. Inspired no doubt by the adventures of Alicia Silverstone and cyber-pioneers Aerosmith, Aloud is making their new video a 360º virtual reality extravaganza. They’ve recently launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund this ambitious project, which will include new music and an interactive VR experience created by the band with director Skye Von. During the course of the campaign, Aloud will stage events in Boston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, finishing with a party in Malibu (sorry NYC, that event already happened). See the full rundown, along with the sweet, sweet rewards you can get for contributing, here.

Top Artists For March 2016

Updates02_120x120_OurStageEvery 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 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 listen now.

URBAN FINALS:

POP FINALS:

ROOTS FINALS:

ROCK FINALS:

ELECTRONIC FINALS:

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

Chris Pureka’s ‘Back In The Ring’

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It’s not as though Chris Pureka has been sitting around baking bread or indulging in a lost weekend. In fact, as we once noted, she’s been something of a road warrior over the past few years. So it’s a surprise to realize that she hasn’t released an album since 2010’s How I Learned To See In The Dark. It’s cause for celebration, then, that she’s just released her sixth album, entitled Back In The Ring. You can call it a comeback, if you like; as the title track’s lyrics reveal, Pureka seems to be emerging from some dark place, determined and at the top of her game. NPR has the single here. And below is one of our favorite older tracks, “Wrecking Ball.”

Of course, she’s also just embarked on a packed US tour to support the new LP, so be sure to check out her latest tour dates. Buy Back In The Ring on iTunes.

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“Californian Sun” by Little Lapin

Diamond Days, “People Change” [VIDEO]

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Liverpool’s Diamond Days deliver tight, guitar-heavy modern rock that has earned them a place on our recent Best of the Best charts. Today they dropped the video for “People Change,” the new single featuring the impeccable high harmonies of Fake The Attack‘s Ashlyn Marshall, who also appears in the video. The band is set to release a new EP this year and we’ll bring you more on that when we’ve got it.

 

H2-O Drops ‘idothisforthelove (1000 Words)’

H2-O PhotoPaterson, New Jersey’s own H2-O (aka Lemonte Williams) is back with a brand new project, released today, entitled idothisforthelove (1000 Words). The artist we once favorably compared to Nas worked with a number of high profile producers, including Flawless Tracks (Wale, Dr. Dre) and Stompboxx (Bubba Sparxxx), to create his most fully realized work yet. The album was preceded by the killer singles “Let Me Do That” and “Still Vivid” (both released around early autumn last year), and now we’ve got a preview of the excellent video for “Let Me Do That.” You can also watch the video for the utterly wrenching “Still Vivid,” released in January, after the jump.

idothisforthelove (1000 Words) is streaming here and available on iTunes now.

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Song For David Bowie

bowieThere was not much we could think to add to the conversation when David Bowie passed away on January 10th, so, like many others, we took comfort in the man’s rich catalogue of amazing music. But we want to share this new “Song for David Bowie” by Kat Robichaud, who speaks for hundreds of thousands who, over the years, have reconciled their own sense of un-belonging, of being different, with the help and comfort of the world’s greatest oddball, David Bowie.

Appropriately, this was recorded at Robichaud’s own “Misfit Cabaret” series, which will come to full fruition on March 11-12 at The Great Star Theater in San Francisco. Click here for more info.

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October’s Top-Ranked Artists

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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“Hey Katie” by The Chance

 

 

 


ROOTS FINALS
:
“Ferris Wheel” by Maci Rivers

 

 

 


ROCK FINALS
:
“Pawn” by For Every Day

 

 

 


URBAN FINALS
:
“3 Shots” by SKO1on1

 

 

 


ELECTRONIC FINALS
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“The Last Day Of Earth” by James Alan Gourley

 

 

 

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

New Therapy? Single “Deathstimate” Out Today

Deathstimate-cover-artOut just in time to put you in the most somber of Halloween moods is “Deathstimate” the new single from Therapy?‘s latest album Disquiet. As you’ll hear, “Deathstimate” is an ambient ocean of zen (nicely represented in the video below) punctuated by an utter avalanche of heavy riffs.

The single release includes two otherwise unavailable B-sides, “Electricity” and “If You’re Driving Pull Over.” Check it out on iTunes / Spotify.

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PyInfamous Readies New LP

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, Mississippi emcee and grand prize winner of our Coors Light Search For The Coldest, is back with a new LP, The Struggle Has Just Begun II: We Struggle Too, produced by Vic Wilson. Though it’s been a long wait for new music, the previews we’ve heard so far hint that the new collection will deliver Py’s best work yet. “HTC (Hope Tomorrow Comes)” is the first official track. Check it out:

We’ve also got a track called “New Jim Crow” that was just debuted as part of a recent interview/podcast (starts at the 8:50 mark):

And just about a month ago, Py delivered a freestyle called “Bird’s Eye View” that might not be on the new album, but features an artist at the top of his game:

Check back soon for details on the upcoming official release, and follow @PyInfamous.

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Aloud Looks Back At “Darkest Days”

a3462869853_10The dynamic rock and roll quartet known as Aloud recently revisited a somewhat mellower gem called “Darkest Days” from their back catalogue (yes, it’s fancy enough for a “ue”).  The song has been remixed by producer Charles Newman (Magnetic Fields) and re-released by the band in celebration not only of the anniversary of their 2010 album Exile, but also of this year’s landmark Supreme Court ruling in favor of marriage equality. “Darkest Days” was originally composed by Aloud’s Jen de la Osa and Henry Beguiristain as a message to the LGBTQ community whose rights were at the time under attack, most prominently in the battle over California’s Proposition 8.

“‘Darkest Days’ was written right around the time Prop 8 was upheld in California,” says Beguiristain, reflecting on the song’s genesis. “Jen and I were planning our wedding at the time, and thought it was madness that we could do this and our friends couldn’t, just because they happened to be gay.”