Hard to believe, but SXSW has announced yet another round of new artists, bringing the total to an amazing 2,000-plus acts. But after seeing that the new additions include The 1975, Against Me!, and St. Vincent we have to admit it’s worth expanding an already enormous lineup. Also performing will be Kelis, Damon Albarn, Chromeo, Ingrid Michaelson, Kylesa, Speedy Ortiz, SZA, Lucius, Jacques Green, together PANGEA, Women’s Hour, Betty Who, and Lost in the Trees. You can view the full lineup here (warning: it’s going to take you a while to sift through), and catch SXSW from March 7-16 in Austin, TX.
Ah, the New England Music Awards. A chance for this amazing cluster of states to celebrate an incredible array of talent. For its third year, the awards will take place at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium in Lowell, MA and kick off February 21st. The event will include several concerts, as well as a free artist conference featuring guest speakers and panel discussions.
Leading the way this year are Deer Tick and Spose, who hold three nominations each. OurStage artists Gentlemen Hall, The Shana Stack Band, Nemes, and Darlingside are also up for awards, while hosts for the evening will include Dressed for the Occasion, Haley Sabella, Josh Logan, Sarah Borrello, The Mallett Brothers Band, Will Dailey, and comedian Steve Sweeney. Check out the full list of nominations below.
After one year, thousands of artists, and three genre winners, Ernie Ball has selected a Grand Prize winner in the “Save Your Strings” competition. The winner will receive, in addition to their year’s supply of strings and accessories, Music Man guitars for each guitarist in the band and an official endorsement from Ernie Ball. In the running for the top prize were Pop winners Biscuits & Gravy, Rock winners The Jellybricks, and Country winners Gin House. Ultimately, Ernie Ball selected pop rockers The Jellybricks to receive the big prize.
OurStage is proud to host the music of such incredibly talented acts, and especially pleased to have helped not only expose them to new fans, but also to empower them with the tools they need to keep creating great music.
The Jellybricks will no doubt find use for their prizes as they begin to support their forthcoming record, Youngstown Tune-Up. The album’s first single, About The Weekend, was just featured by Little Steven Van Zandt as his Coolest Song in the World as well as video of the day on his hugely popular radio show The Underground Garage. Watch it below.
Congratulations to The Jellybricks, as well as Gin House and Biscuits & Gravy.
This isn’t the first time Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran have teamed up for a surprise duet, nor is it the first time that the audience has responded with a deafening roar of applause. But on February 1st, as Swift played the 02 Arena in London, she teased fans with a new performance, and before long Sheeran had taken over the stage. Check out the performance below, and catch Swift on the last leg of her Red tour in London and Berlin this February.
This year’s Grammy Awards lineup is nothing if not diverse. Recently announced Paul McCartney and Ringo Star will perform alongside Taylor Swift, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, John Legend, Keith Urban, Kacey Musgraves, Carole King, and Sara Bareilles. The crew joins several previously announced artists, such as Katy Perry, Lorde, Robin Thicke, and fun.‘s Nate Ruess. We’ll also see what one can only imagine will be a strange, yet intriguing collaboration between Daft Punk and Stevie Wonder.
Check out the full performance list here, and catch the 56th annual Grammy Awards Jan. 26th on CBS.
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Watch out Spotify, there’s a new streaming service in town. Created by Jimmy Iovine, Dr. Dre, Luke Wood, Ian Rogers, and Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, Beats Music will finally see its long awaited launch next Tuesday, Jan. 21, with AT&T as their exclusive carrying partner.
According to the Beats website, users will “[g]et playlists, curated by the best music experts. Recommendations, served up based on your interests. And you can even tell Beats Music where you are, what you’re feeling, and who you’re with, and we’ll deliver the perfect stream of music.”
Plans will start at $10, and AT&T will offer a family plan that allows five accounts to use the service for just $15/month.
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