Brooklyn’s Late Cambrian is our new Artist of the Week. No strangers to the OurStage community, this three-piece rock combo has seen several placements at the top of our fan-ranked charts, as well as in the overall Best of the Best, and they first won the opportunity to appear at Maine’s KahBang Festival (to which they’ve been invited back repeatedly by festival organizers) as a result of their popularity on OurStage.
We’ve been psyched to see them grow from an undiscovered gem into one of the more fast-emerging bands on the independent scene. Their video and single Ryan Gosling was a minor hit, securing serious international airplay. The band has toured relentlessly and, having just performed a showcase at New York’s CMJ festival, is headed out on the road again this fall, supporting Wheatus.
In an era when pop-rock bands are so often disposable carbon copies of each other, Late Cambrian breathes new life into the genre. The songs are smart and catchy, the sound is jittery, angular, and immensely danceable “ yes, a rock band you can really move to. This year’s LP, Peach, expanded the band’s palette to great effect, adding more complex arrangements and lofty atmospherics to the core elements of chiming guitars, driving rhythms, and smooth harmonies. Gone are the obligatory, sometimes obvious nods to Weezer and other ˜90s power pop godfathers, and in their place is an original and clever synthesis of influences that ends up sounding like nothing but Late Cambrian; like nothing but now. Check out the video for Ryan Gosling, as well as fall tour dates, below.
The 2nd winner in our yearlong Ernie Ball Save Your Strings Competition has been selected. For phase one, with your help, we found a great, undiscovered pop act, Biscuits & Gravy. This installment of the competition was a hunt for the top rock band, and the winner is¦ Pennsylvania’s The Jellybricks.
The Jellybricks aren’t exactly an out of nowhere band of newcomers. In 2012, they released their fifth album, Suckers. They’re a road-tested working band who have been lauded by Rolling Stone and SiriusXM’s Steven Van Zandt. The last few years have found the band honing their sound, and evolving away from pure power-pop and toward something new, with elements of ˜70s glam and vintage garage (no wonder Little Steven was hooked). But it still circles back to the basics “ undeniable melodies, crunchy guitars, and killer harmonies.
Check out the winning track, Rock ˜n’ Roll Suicide, to hear what convinced the Ernie Ball judges to award The Jellybricks with a year’s supply of strings and accessories, plus a chance at the Grand Prize “ an Ernie Ball endorsement and a Music Man guitar for each player in the band.
Next up is our Save Your Strings Country edition, and then Ernie Ball will select the big winner from among the three genre winners.
Starting today, Intel is launching the 2013 installment of the Superstars competition, and together with OurStage they hope to kickstart the career of music’s next breakout act in the months ahead. Want to be considered? Read on.
We’ve got the bases covered with eight genre-exclusive competition channels for singer-songwriters, pop divas, rock stars, country giants, rap moguls, músicos Latinos, R&B crooners, and Electronic beatmakers.
For the first round, we’re looking for the best of the best in Rock, Pop, Latin, and R&B. Fan judging for Round 1 begins on August 15th. If those genres aren’t for you, stay tuned for Round 2 starting on September 22nd.
If your track makes it to the # 1 spot in your channel, you’ll win a package that includes an Intel® Ultrabookâ„¢, Blue Microphones microphone, Creative Labs speaker, Gibson Brands Inc, electric guitar with case*, HMDX Bluetooth wireless speaker, Orange amplifier, Sonos wireless speaker, and a V-MODA metal headphone. The Top 20 from each channel will be entered into Round 3, which will determine the overall Top 20. From those finalists, the grand prize winner will be selected by a panel of judges.
*NOTE: The electronic winner will not receive the Gibson Brands Inc. electric guitar, but will receive the Gibson Brands Inc. Stanton USB Mixstation.
If you’re ready to launch your career, click here and submit your best song today!
The Wandas rarely deliver exactly what you expect. When this writer happened upon their afternoon set at South By Southwest a couple of years ago, they were about three-quarters of the way through and had nearly reached the crashing crescendo that would find them spilling off the small roofdeck stage and into the enthusiastic crowd, instruments held aloft, strummed, banged, and fedback, for what seemed like the entire last song.
The band and I happened to be leaving the venue at the same time and when I told them how I’d enjoyed the set, they handed me their self-titled 12 LP. Based on their show, I looked forward to a hooky, high-octane garage rock romp. Yes, a romp, dammit. What I heard was indeed energetic rock and roll, but it was deeper, more thoughtful and introspective. It was the first new album I’d heard in a while that contained honest-to-god guitar work, in the vein of Television and Neil Young. It was psych and pop and jamming, all rolled into a concise musical language. I knew what they meant.
Now, a new album for 2013. New Interface (A Design with Friends for the Future) was released June 25th. And once again, the band has confounded expectations with appreciable growth. Having fully realized on their first album the often-elusive cohesion of being in a gritty yet cerebral rock band, The Wandas have added a diverse songwriting palette, highlighted by increasingly elaborate and deliberate production.
Folk-rock? Roots-rock? The gentlemen of Darlingside weren’t too sure about either of those monikers as it relates to their music, and so they became the Northeast’s top string-rock outfit. Call it whatever you want, but we took notice of this band after they placed at #1 in the OurStage Rock channel twice, with an additional five Top 10s, four Top 40s, an Editor’s Pick, and a two-week appearance in the Best of the Best Top 20.
But what finally made Darlingside a lasting favorite was stumbling upon a video performance of their song Blow The House Down, recorded live back in 2010. String-rock starts to make more and more sense, as these guys clearly aren’t just a folky act leaning more heavily on the bluegrass side of things. The strings they employ have a more classical tint to them. The tension created between that proper school of music and their otherwise loose “ and indeed rootsy “ melodic vibe.
And we’re suckers for frontman-bassists. Especially with that Rickenbacker. So please check out Darlingside, our Artist of the Week.
Click here to donate and download a great playlist to help victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.
OurStage is grateful to be an international hub for musicians and music fans, who are looking to share and connect with something new. But we also have a soft spot for our hometown of Boston, MA, one of the world’s most vibrant music communities. Like the rest of the world, that community was shocked on Monday to learn of, and in many cases to see firsthand, the horrifying disturbance of one of our biggest and best days – Patriot’s Day and the yearly running of the celebrated Boston Marathon.
As readers probably know, there are many victims today, and as a city and a nation, we are reeling. But as many have already pointed out, if someone was hoping to terrify us, they failed. Within moments of the blasts, average people became heroic, rushing to aid the victims, running toward the danger. Runners continued past the finish line to give blood, locals opened their homes to visiting marathon participants with nowhere to go, restaurants and bars sheltered all comers, and police and medical personnel performed at the highest level.
And the rest of us, like you, just want to know what else we can do. Well, what we do is music. Of the many memes that have made the rounds of social media in the last several days, one quote spoke brilliantly to us: “This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more devotedly than ever before.” – Leonard Bernstein.
In that spirit, our friends at the popular Boston-centric music blog Allston Pudding worked quickly to compile a fantastic playlist of local music that could be offered for download to benefit the victims of the bombing. They put out a call for submissions, and the response was overwhelming, and they finally cut it off when they reached 130 tracks. So now, you can donate anywhere from $1 or more to get 130 tracks of eclectic, quality independent music, knowing that 100% of your donation is going to The One Fund Boston. Download it RIGHT HERE.