A little band emerged, as they are wont to do, from the cauldron of musical discontent known as Berklee College Of Music in Boston. They called themselves Sonia, but then regrouped and became Aüva, a now six-piece indie rock outfit who write real groovy and hook-filled pop songs. We’ve chosen their very first video, for the track “Better,” as our Video of the Month. It’s sweet and spacey, and harkens back to a golden age of Boston rock in the late ’80s, before the major labels came calling, when bands like fellow ex-Berklee kids Blake Babies were marrying classic pop sensibilities to clever, weaving, jangly guitar lines and longingly romantic lyrics. The interplay between the male and female lead vocals sends this one over the top, and the beautifully low-budget video wisely focuses on the band members and brings you into the song, rather than distracting from it. The video will be streaming on our homepage at OurStage.com and you can watch it below.
We already got into the great single and video for “You F#cked Up,” the first in the #SummerMonDaze series of single releases by the one and only Yonas. Since then, the New York artist has released two more, “Wait A Minute,” and most recently, “King Of The Summer.” They’re both killer tracks, unique in their own ways, but “King Of The Summer” is simply a masterful pop gem, a classic longing love song with a perfect hook. We’ll update this post as more tracks come.
We first came across the music of Dollie Demi when she hit our Best Of The Best chart earlier in 2017. She’s got a song up on the site called “New Girl,” a slice of self-described “bubblegum pop.” But the song is propelled by a bed of thickly distorted guitars − an indicator of the direction Demi and band would take on her new single, “Ruby Lips,” a song with a killer garage rock hook that showcases the singer’s undeniable confidence. Demi recently appeared on the BBC’s Introducing program(me) with Dean Jackson to promote the single and talk about her band and what’s coming next for them. Click here to listen to the single and interview. Slide to the 1h 04m mark.
Boston-based hip-hop artist Kyle Bent just released a new app, designed for iPhone and iPad, that will serve as a one-stop shop for all things Bent. It includes everything from a calendar of events to fan community and social media links, plus of course music, video, photos, and e-commerce. The app is the latest move for the 18-year-old rapper as he ramps up his marketing game on the heels of new and innovative content, including 2016’s full-length (his seventh!) Complex Simplicity, released on Made In The Shade Records, and his conceptual, spoken-word short film of the same name. Get the app here.
It’s here. The newest long playing record by Boston’s own Air Traffic Controller is Echo Papa, and it’s now available for your listening pleasure. After years of evolving the band’s lineup, singer and songwriter Dave Munro has put together a killer band, including co-singer/songwriter Casey Sullivan, and they’ve spent the last couple of years touring, writing, recording, and generally reaching new creative and commercial heights. We can only expect that trend to continue with Echo Papa, an album that takes a more organic, somewhat rootsy approach to its songs, while never straying far from the pop ethos upon which Air Traffic Controller was built. Listen to the first single, “After Party,” below.
Luke James Shaffer, who has been near or at the top of our “Best of the Best” charts in Pop for weeks and weeks and weeks, has dropped a new single called “Cliff Dive.” It’s an authentic rootsy anthem disguised as a Top 40 hit, with a floor-stomping hook and killer harmonies. The song was recently featured on the Travel Channel’s Expeditions Unknown, a perfect pairing for the song’s breezy, adventurous lyrics and musical momentum. Listen below, and check it on Spotify here.