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Late Cambrian’s Dark Heart

cambrian-300x300_thumbnailThe good people of Late Cambrian have released a video for their latest single “Dark Heart (Where Can We Go Now?).” It’s creepy as hell, but also a bit tongue-in-cheek, and adorned with surreal scenes. The song is a delicious slice of electro pop, with Late Cambrian moving away slightly from the crunchy and/or jangly guitar-driven pop that marked most of the music on 2014’s Golden Time LP.

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Tyler Bryant And The Shakedown Return With Stellar EP ‘The Wayside’

TBTyler Bryant and his incredible band The Shakedown have been busy spreading their brand of updated, blues-heavy rock and roll in the couple of years since they appeared as the OurStage spotlight band on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! Now they’re back with a new release that marks a kind of shift in creative direction. Produced by Vance Powell (Jack White, Seasick Steve), the six-song EP The Wayside finds the band expanding further out from traditional blues rock (though fans of Bryant’s and 2nd guitarist Graham Whitford‘s dazzling guitar work should not be disappointed here) into what sounds a lot more like the kind of stoner rock purveyed by Queens Of The Stone Age, et al., while remaining rooted to the ’70s southern rock giants that are clearly close to their hearts. Atmospherics and texture are a primary focus here, and the band is clearly thoughtful about their approach to each song. Every track here has a different vibe, from instrumentation to production style to Bryant’s vocal technique. The singer has found the sweet spot that does not require him to reach for barrel-chested soul belting – he just doesn’t have that kind of voice. Instead, the songs here allow him to explore more subtle turns of phrase and melodic intricacies that will keep your ears glued to this release. When the band delivers their take on the classic “Mojo Workin,” this is most apparent. On a song that could easily, and surely pleasantly enough, be a vehicle for some slick guitar work and big yelping (as it has for a generation of early rock artists), Bryant instead eases back into the music to create a solid and more subtle slab of fuzz rock. Can’t wait to see these guys live again.

The Wayside is now streaming on Spotify:

Air Traffic Controller On The Road And On The Bose

The mighty Air Traffic Controller juggernaut rolls on, bringing the band and their music closer and closer to every single American music lover with some exciting recent developments. Firstly, the band is hitting the road once again, this time in support of Arizona’s Jared & The Mill. Here are those dates:


11/23 – Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC
11/24 – Ortliebs – Philadelphia, PA
11/27 – Catoctin Creek Distilling Co. – Purcellville, VA
11/28 – Jammin Java – Vienna, VA
11/29 – Knitting Factory – Brooklyn, NY
11/30 – Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
12/2 – The Cave – Toronto, ON
12/3 – Beachland Tavern – Cleveland, OH
12/5 – Beat Kitchen – Chicago, IL
12/6 – 7th St Entry – Minneapolis, MN
12/7 – The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO

Furthermore! If you’re not in any of those areas, you can cozy up to the Bose audio display at your nearest Best Buy or Target and get a load of the band in the video Bose produced for them, as they perform their song “You Know Me.” Or, uh, you can just watch it right here:

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Here We Go Magic: ‘Be Small’

here we go magicIt is very important that you begin to get down with Brooklyn’s Here We Go Magic. They’ve been making reliably off-kilter, indie prog/rock/pop music for years and have yet to repeat themselves or take a step backwards. After 2012’s beautifully high fidelity A Different Ship, recorded with Nigel Godrich, the duo went the home recording route on their newest LP, Be Small (out today on Secretly Canadian). The result is a deeply textured, often groovy collection of moving songs (songs that move you, not songs about moving – although, let me check the lyrics again…) that benefit from the variety of sonic palettes and dynamic vibes engendered by the freedom to experiment so central to DIY production. In the right hands, of course. Check out “Ordinary Feeling” and see tour dates below. Stereogum has the full album stream.

Here We Go Magic Tour Dates:
(more info and tix here)

Thu. Oct. 22 Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
Fri. Oct. 23 Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
Sat. Oct. 24 New York, NY @Bowery Ballroom
Sun. Oct. 25 Somerville, MA @ Cuisine en Locale
Mon. Oct. 26 Montreal, QC @ Divan Orange
Tue. Oct. 27 Toronto, ON @ The Drake Hotel
Wed. Oct. 28 Detroit, MI @ UFO Factory
Thu. Oct. 29 Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop
Fri. Oct. 30 Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle
Sun. Nov. 1 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry
Mon. Nov. 2 Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
Tue. Nov. 3 Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
Wed. Nov. 4 Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
Thu. Nov. 5 Boise, ID @ Neurolux
Fri. Nov. 6 Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern
Sat. Nov. 7 Vancouver, BC @ Fortune Sound Club
Sun. Nov. 8 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
Tue. Nov. 10 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
Fri. Nov. 13 Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater
Sat. Nov. 14 San Diego, CA @ San Diego Music Thing
Sun. Nov. 15 Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
Tue. Nov. 17 Austin, TX @ Red 7
Wed. Nov. 18 Dallas, TX @ Three Links
Thu. Nov. 19 New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
Fri. Nov. 20 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
Sat. Nov. 21 Durham, NC @ The Pinhook

The Return Of Bronze Radio Return

We were thrilled to hear the propulsive new single “Light Me Up” by our friends Bronze Radio Return, whose new album is out this Friday. It’s ridiculously catchy and seems to encapsulate the best elements of the musical zeitgeist, from pop to rock to folk to indie, all in about three minutes.

Today, the band is previewing the new full-length album, also titled Light Me Upover at the estimable Paste Magazine.

Catch Bronze Radio Return on tour in the immediate future:


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Haster’s New Single And Tour Dates

Haster, recently signed to Musicarchy Media for their new album The Current Sea, have announced a series of tour dates in the Western U.S. to support the album’s first single “The Unscene.” The heavy duty Huntington Beach CA band will hit cities in Washington, Oregon, and Nevada, in addition to California, over the next few weeks, and will release the new LP on January 29th. See the dates and check out the new single below.


Carlos Ferragamo Debuts “Round One” Video, New EP

carlosferragamojabsStraight to the point, short and sweet, it’s the newest official video by Bronx, NY rapper Carlos Ferragamo. “Round One“, directed by Curtis Harper (Ferragamo’s “5 to 8 video), has a classic in-studio setup, with Ferragamo in front of the mic, but it’s cut with flashes of him spitting straight to the producer in the control room, and later direct to camera. In about two and a half minutes, it’s all over. But of course, this is just round one, and it happens to be the first track on a new 7-song EP called Jabs.

Over the last few years, Ferragamo has racked up an impressive 27 Top 10 OurStage placements, 47 Top 40 placements, two #1’s, and multiple appearances on our Best of the Best charts. No doubt there are more to come, based on this new release.

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Westvale’s Electro Pop Debut EP

westvaleThe electro pop duo Westvale recently released Fly, a stunning and hypnotically chilled-out four-song EP. Having evolved from the more hard rock-edged Noctura, who dominated the charts here on OurStage for several years, Westvale has already captured the attention of fans, earning a spot in the Top 50 of the latest Best of the Best charts.

In just four songs, Mandy Suiter and Kris Haughey lay out an irresistible musical template, with Suiter’s seemingly flawless vocal and harmonies smoothing out synthesized, pulsating, EDM-based backing tracks, adorned with plenty of ambient space.

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Chris Fields Drops “Crown”

Hard to believe it’s been over 5 years since we first heard Brooklyn’s Chris Fields, whose Phantom Muzik album was in heavy rotation for a long time at OurStage HQ. He caught the attention of OS fans again this summer with a win in June’s Urban Finals category, and we played his track “Loving You” on the OurStage on Amazing Radio show the next month.

In addition to “Loving You,” Fields has also released the singles “Let Me See It” and “Put In Work,” all of which are expected to be on his forthcoming album Dreams Are Forever. While a release date has yet to be announced, Fields is keeping fans satisfied with yet another brand new track, this one called “Crown” (prod. by Rascal & AYO). This one’s based on a simple but menacing horn sample, with an even more intense chorus. Can’t wait for the full-length.

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Lucid Fly At Work On Debut Album

lucid fly imageCalifornia rockers Lucid Fly have been making music for well over a decade, and though they’ve released three acclaimed EPs, they have yet to produce a full length album. That’s about to change, as the band is in the midst of production on Building Castles In Air, their debut LP.

Lucid Fly, who were once selected by Ernie Ball from hundreds of OurStage artists to receive a year-long sponsorship, made a name for themselves while stationed in Orlando, Florida, before heading west to Los Angeles. It was during their time in LA that the band’s lineup – formed around co-founders Nikki Layne and Doug Mecca – really gelled. They released more music, and earned a number of achievements and chart placements on OurStage, including two #1 rankings.

With the completion of their new LP on the horizon, the band is looking to crowdfund the remaining steps to get the new music out there. Using the Indiegogo platform, they’re offering a number of interesting rewards to supporters, including custom-made jewelry, house parties, a mystery roll of film, a co-hosting gig on their radio show, and – in one of the more unique crowdfunding levels we’ve ever seen – the honor of being immortalized as a star. Check out the fill list below and click on the image for more info: