As the Flint Michigan water crisis stretches into its THIRD YEAR, attention and outrage wane, directed elsewhere, as outrage demands exceed supply. Some dedicated folks remain focused, however, and retrain our collective eye on the prize (the prize here being the most fundamental of basic human needs – potable water). Count among these the United Way, whose Genesee County operation continues to try to raise money in order to help the neglected people of Flint, and socially conscious people like those in one of our current favorite rock and roll bands, Aloud. The band today released a single, “Agua Mala,” to help raise money for the United Way fund, and they will perform tonight at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory at a Flint benefit, snow be damned, along with Cold Blood Club (who also feature on the new single).
A great cause and worthy effort, we’re sure you’ll agree. Luckily for us, Aloud is also a great band who make great songs, and this one is no exception. Seething, dark, and dynamic, “Agua Mala” reflects the frustration of this ongoing crisis in the tone of the music alone.
If you’re able, please spread the word, get the track, go to the show.
Austin TX singer-songwriter Chase Gassaway took a stab at some songs by friends and musical compatriots and ended up with a full album of covers, spanning from local Austin bands to classics like The Temptations. When it came to The Lumineers’ break-out hit “Ho Hey,” Gassaway abandoned the upbeat folk attitude of the original and went dark and introspective. The result is a completely new read on the song, bringing out the obsessive, haunted lyrical content. Unassuming and atmospheric, this version is frankly an improvement on the more breezy original.
The new album is called A Fly Can’t Bird, and is out February 24th.
Reyna, the band that evolved from songwriting sister duo Vic and Gab, have dropped a new single entitled “Matinee.” The blissed out indie pop jam is simultaneously a song of loss and hope, but heavy on the latter. It opens with a killer reverberating guitar riff and only gets better from there. Listen below.
“Matinee” sits atop a small pile of tremendous singles Reyna has released over the past year. The Milwaukee band recently opened for CHVRCHES in their hometown. We’ll let you know when they hit the road.
First up is the Adam Ezra solo tour, hitting living rooms across the country. 40 homes will host the “Get Folked Tour – 2017.” Couple that with a surprise live solo album, and then triple it with an impending avalanche of new demos, all tied into a crowdfunding effort that will allow the band’s fans to pick the songs, name the album, and choose the artwork…and the result will be their most ambitious album yet.
It’s not always easy shopping for the music lover in your life. If they’re fanatical enough, they’ve generally already bought themselves the things they’re really dying for. The old fallback of a few records? Who knows what they want? Can’t go wrong with a gift card, I suppose, but what better way to say, “I dunno?” We’re here to help. Here are a few ideas for music-related gifts that might just pleasantly surprise that special, confounding consumer of music. Click photos for links.
1. The Gramovox Floating Vertical Turntable
For a while there, it was tough to find ANY new turntables. But with the resurgence of vinyl over the past 5+ years came the proliferation of turntables. Some of them are crap. The cheap-o portable ones at Target? Crap. There are luckily some good ones available from reputable manufacturers now, very much modeled on the classic turntable, with perhaps a USB connection for ripping digital copies. Then…there’s this. A whole new way to do it. Looks amazing, a piece of art, American made, with built-in speakers, and not that much more expensive than an average, quality record player.
We don’t get too political here at OurStage HQ, but I think we can all be glad that Election 2016 is about over. To celebrate, we combed our catalog for politically inspired songs that you might enjoy. Some of these are funny, some are angry, some have a thoughtful message, and some are…unclassifiable. But they’re all worth checking out.
Click here for the playlist. Below is a tracklisting and user’s guide.
Don’t forget to vote!
- Mr. President by Jimmy B. (hip-hop)
- Scandal by Adam Ezra Group (roots / rock)
- Your President by Joe Bagale (r&b)
- Why by openhiphop (hip-hop)
- One Love America by Sam C (hip-hop)
- Campaign Trail by The Filthy Addiction (indie rock)
- America by mallory (rock)
- Mr. President (feat. Y-Love) by AWKWORD (hip-hop)
- FBI by p*dubb and the special agents (punk)
- The President’s Men by D’Mangelo (hip-hop)
- Declaration of Independence by Clash of Civilizations (alt. hip-hop)
- New Constitution by Benny Moore (retro/indie rock)
- Commander In Chief by Pills Clinton (hip-hop)
- Our Devolution IS Televised by HUMANWINE (indie/roots)
- We Vote For Peace by STOP (classic rock)