It does not seem like that long ago that we were ears deep in Ripely Pine, the debut full-length from friend of OurStage Lady Lamb the Beekeeper. The artist otherwise known as Aly Spaltro joined up with us early on and was soon a favorite around the office, before being selected as the MTV Needle in the Haystack artist back in 2011. Ripely Pine was an impressive debut that firmly established the singer’s gravitas and seemingly endless potential as a songwriter. Today, Spaltro debuted “Billions of Eyes,” the first single from her new record, After, which is due in March 2014. Check out the official lyric video, made up of stills, home movies, and fan-submitted art. See below for the album artwork. (And be sure to check out our exclusive session with Lady Lamb the Beekeeper from a few years ago.)
UPDATE 2: McLagan’s official site has posted a statement: “It is with great sadness and eternal admiration that we report the passing of rock and roll icon Ian McLagan. Ian was a member of the ‘Small Faces’ and ‘Faces’ and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. He died today, December 3, 2014, surrounded by family and friends in his adopted hometown of Austin, TX, due to complications from a stroke suffered the previous day. He was 69 years old. His manager Ken Hushnick says, ‘He was a beloved friend to so many people and a true rock n roll spirit. His persona and gift of song impacted the music across oceans and generations.’ Ian’s bandmate in Small Faces and Faces, Kenney Jones said, ‘I am completely devastated by this shocking news and I know this goes for Ronnie and Rod also.’ Ian’s artistry, generosity and warmth of spirit touched countless other musicians and music fans around the world. His loss will be felt by so many. Ian was scheduled to begin a North American tour today, opening for labelmate Nick Lowe.”
Details are scarce at the moment, but Ian McLagan, the great keyboardist for The Faces and Small Faces, frequent sideman with The Rolling Stones, and solo artist, has been hospitalized in his hometown of Austin TX with a reported head injury. He is said to be in critical condition.
McLagan currently leads the Bump Band, and has just come off the road. His website confirms the news of his hospitalization, saying he was admitted last night and asking fans to keep him in their thoughts and prayers. Ours are certainly with him.
Having recently been sidelined for Rolling Stones dates for medical reasons, Bobby Keys, longtime saxophone player with the Rolling Stones, has died. His death has been confirmed by Michael Webb, keyboardist for Bobby Keys and the Suffering Bastards (via Nashville Scene).
Keys is nothing short of a legend when it comes to rock and roll sidemen. He was a close friend of all the Stones, and especially Keith Richards. In addition to being a member of the touring band for decades, Bobby Keys played on most of their classic records, and his horn is an integral part of some of the Stones’ biggest hits.
RIP Bobby Keys.
One of the tough parts of having the blog under maintenance for a while was seeing a bunch of OurStage artists doing dope shit and releasing awesome music and not being able to share it here. While we missed the release of the official video for “Bipolar” from Jitta on the Track a couple of weeks ago, at least we’re back ahead of the album’s release date. Jitta, who not that long ago won our competition to open for Drake on the Club Paradise tour, will drop Bipolar on November 5th, and we’ll have artwork and the track list from him in the days ahead. Without further ado, check the video below.
Having trouble get in to see, say, Foster the People‘s CMJ set? Why bother when there’s so many great, lesser-known artists showcasing? Here are some friends of OurStage who you should see instead. See also yesterday’s recommendations.
Chris Ayer –> Folky, catchy delightfulness.
FRI, OCTOBER 24, 2:15 PM > 2:45 P
Darlingside –> And another excellent Americana-steeped act.
WED, OCTOBER 22, 8:00 PM > 8:45 PM
Mieka Pauley –> A truly great songwriter and performer with a strong and spectacular voice. One of our all-time faves.
FRI, OCTOBER 24, 1:30 PM > 2:00 PM
Mirk –> 7-piece hip-hop band with a hell of a live show.
WED, OCTOBER 22, 9:00 PM
Shonen Knife –> Not an OurStage artist, but a stalwart Japanese punk band who influenced so many others, and who performed an exclusive session for us a couple of years ago.
WED, OCTOBER 22, 10:00 PM > 10:50 PM
The Field Effect –> Popping and rocking, tight as hell, and catchy as catchy can catch.
ROCKWOOD STAGE 1
FRI, OCTOBER 24, 6:00 PM > 6:45 PM
SAT, OCTOBER 25, 7:30 PM
CMJ Music Marathon is upon us. Let’s talk about it, shall we? The long-running music conference and showcasepalooza takes place in New York City and its boroughs, October 21-25. It’s not easy to span the city in time to catch all the acts performing, but damn it if it isn’t fun to try.
This year will see the return of the Outlaw Roadshow, put on by Counting Crows‘ Adam Duritz in conjunction with the Ryan’s Smashing Life blog. The traveling showcase – no badges required! – has been a popular feature of the big fests from Austin to NY and features some of the best underground music in the country. If you hit this one, you’ll catch sets from our friends Mean Creek and Air Traffic Controller, as well as Hallelujah The Hills, Christian McNeil & Sea Monsters, Corin Ashley (occasionally of The Pills), and many more.
Here are a few more to check out:
We’ll have some more recommendations to come, no doubt.
A few years ago, we got really into a young singer named Skyler Stonestreet, who was running the table in several of our monthly channels and ended up winning the opportunity to track a song, “Out to Sea,” at L.A.’s Sanctum Sound Studios.
Stonestreet has now joined forces with another great talent, Kat Ostenberg, to form SIREN. The duo signed to Warner Bros. this summer and debuted their single “I Think I Like You.”
Today, they dropped “Kanye,” a tremendously infectious single produced by The Chainsmokers, whose own track “#SELFIE” became a big smash earlier this year. “Kanye” is actually released as The Chainsmokers feat. SIREN.
If you like your sweet indie pop with a lot more hip-hop, you are going to love this shit.
Nikki Lynette is awesome. She’s a crazy talented artist, but also startlingly honest and often hilarious. We highly recommend following her on Facebook and Twitter, as her content there is all killer, no filler (or filter). It was from those sources that we learned of her appearance in a new national commercial for Kmart.
If you’re like us, when you first hear the concept, “rapping lunchladies in a commercial for Kmart,” you imagine the cringe-worthy worst. Instead, it’s incredibly well-done and very funny. Never doubt a creative team savvy enough to include Nikki Lynette.
In addition, Lynette is a very good writer of prose and frequently contributes to Chicago Now, as she did with this piece discussing the new commercial. Very worth the read, and typically insightful, as she connects this opportunity to the options now available to artists:
So what I will do is remind my fellow indie artists that it’s a new day in the entertainment industry. More and more opportunities are available for us now so we don’t have to be so limited. Just change your perspective. From where I’m sitting, things are looking pretty good to me.
Her new album, Respect My Disrespect, is due in the coming months.
#TTTATC is a “go.” Our former Artist Of The Week Air Traffic Controller is capping off this summer by hitting the road with The Tragic Thrills. The two bands will spend their August crossing the U.S. and spreading their message of melodicism and excellence. ATC are promoting their new single, “The House.” Watch the trailer below, and see tour dates below that.
Tour Dates with The Tragic Thrills:
Sat 02 Seattle, WA – Barboza’s (21+)
Mon 04 Reno, NV – Singer Social Club (21+)
Wed 06 San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill (AA)
Thu 07 Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg HiFi (21+)
Fri 08 Phoenix, AZ – Electric Ballroom (AA)
Sat 09 Las Vegas, NV – Container Park (AA)
Sun 10 Salt Lake City, UT – Loading Dock (AA)
Mon 11 Denver, CO – Lost Lake (21+)
Wed 13 El Paso, TX – Lowbrow Palace (18+)
Thu 14 Austin, TX – Holy Mountain (AA)
Fri 15 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live Studio (AA)
Sat 16 Dallas, TX – Prophet Bar (AA)
Sun 17 Little Rock, AR – Rev Room (AA)
Tue 19 St. Louis, MO – The Demo (AA)
Wed 20 Chicago, IL – Schubas Tavern (AA)
Thu 21 Pittsburgh, PA – Hard Rock Cafe (AA)
Fri 22 Arlington, VA – IOTA Club (21+)
Sat 23 New York – Mercury Lounge (21+)
Sun 24 Philadelphia, PA – Ortlieb’s Lounge (21+)
Tue 26 Boston, MA – Great Scott (18+)