Every month, the OurStage community (you) listens and ranks the songs competing on OurStage. Once those songs get to the Finals stage, five grand prize winners are selected. Those winners get featured on the ‘OurStage on Amazing Radio’ show, broadcast from the UK to hundreds of thousands of music fans, both on terrestrial radio in the UK and online around the world. Last month’s show is streaming now. Below are the top five that you’ll hear on this month’s show, but you can preview them now by clicking here for a playlist.
“Burn” by Kristen Marlo
“Old Town” by July Fighter
“Golden Time” by Late Cambrian
“Color Me Bad” by Mooka
“4:26 Minutes of Ass Kickin Sounds” by Artyom
Yonas has been offering free downloads of his new series of remixes, which has already included “Pumped Up Kicks,” “Centuries,” “Blank Space,” “Take Me To Church,” and “Uptown Funk.” Check below to watch the official videos for any and all of those. They’re all gold.
Late yesterday, Yonas dropped the latest entry. This time, he’s taken Mumford & Sons‘ “Believe” in a whole new direction. Listen here, and click through for the download. Look for a new song every other Tuesday (while supplies last).
The Shills have just released a new single, called “Some They Try,” and are now offering it as a free download. The band is celebrating having reached their PledgeMusic goal, with the funds going toward a new album. “Some They Try” is an exciting, upbeat, pop-soul song, but like most Shills material, defies standard categorization. You’ve got to hear it. Get it free here.
After blowing up big in the ’90s with their platinum-selling LP Troublegum, Therapy? went on to explore and push musical boundaries over the course of 10 subsequent releases. Today, our own Amazing Record Co. is proud to release Disquiet, the label’s first full-length album, and one that could be considered a sequel to the landmark Troublegum. Striking a perfect balance between melodic, intelligent, and ferocious, Disquiet finds Therapy? circling back to forge a new path forward from the sound that made them such an enduring and original band.
Out now. Watch the video for the first single, “Still Hurts.”
Lady Lamb the Beekeeper is now officially just Lady Lamb. While we will always silently add “the Beekeeper” in our minds, we understand the move, considering “Lady Lamb” has become the shorthand anyway.
Whatever she’s called, Aly Spaltro, continues to amaze with her deep, dense lyrics, her commanding voice, her aching melodies, and her adventurous production. All of this is on display on her newest album After, which is available now in the US. Europe will have to wait until June 19 to get their copies.
Catch her on tour:
The Wallies, Florida’s greatest rock export since Tom Petty, is getting ready to release a new EP in April. The band documented their time in the studio last month on social media, and have just shared the track listing and cover art. The EP, titled Vanilla Sex, is being released via Tone Deaf and Drunk Recordings. Hoping like hell that track 5 is a cover of The Sonics‘ classic. And, come on, “Tom Cruisin?” How can that be bad?
1. Mellow And Rockus
2. Tom Cruisin
3. Put Me To Bed
4. Watch Them All Flock
5. Have Love Will Travel
6. Not Very Picky
7. All of You
Aloud, those purveyors of pure rock and roll, have released a new video for their single “A Little Bit Low,” from the LP It’s Got To Be Now. It’s an appropriately and increasingly tense clip, as the seconds tick away, boredom bears down, and Jen de la Osa sings, “It’s easy to lose your mind / over nothing… Yeah, we all get a little bit low from time to time.”
All true. Enjoy.
Today is Monday. Sorry. But here’s something to be glad about: Yonas, the amazing MC from Bronx, NY, is dropping remixes every other Tuesday. So you’ve got that to look forward to. But you don’t have to wait (the next one isn’t due until next week), because there’s already four out there. Here’s the most recent, a remix of Hozier‘s hit “Take Me To Church.” It’s accompanied by a great video, including live footage from a recent performance with Wale in Knoxville, TN.
I think maybe YouTube user MrAnjelorion said it best: “Just threw out all my lighters because this track is fire enough for anytime I need to light up.”
Joe Mauldin, the bass player for one of the most influential early rock and roll bands, died on Saturday February 7th after a battle with cancer, Billboard reports. Mauldin played double bass in the Crickets, off-and-on backing band for Buddy Holly before his death in a plane crash in 1959.
Listening to Mauldin’s playing on those early records, it sounds familiar – almost archetypical – and thus perhaps less unique to modern listeners some 60 years later. But this of course is because he helped create the sound and style that became the bedrock for the then-new hybrid of rhythm and blues and pop that Holly was ushering in. While the double bass itself would not be in vogue for much longer, Holly and the Crickets influenced the biggest rock acts of the next decade, and they, in turn, shaped modern music as we know it today.
After Holly’s death, Mauldin continued to perform with the Crickets, who had already begun recording without their former frontman, who had moved to New York from their home in Texas. The band backed the Everly Brothers on tour before Mauldin enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving from 1964-66. He later became a recording engineer at the famed Gold Star Studios and, in 2012, was inducted with the rest of the Crickets – Jerry Allison, Sonny Curtis, and Niki Sullivan – into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.