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OurStage January 2016 Top Ranked Artists

Every month, the OurStage community (that’s you) listens and ranks the songs competing on OurStage.com. 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.


ROCK FINALS
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“Remember Your Strategies” by Silent Party

 

 

 


ROOTS FINALS
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“Wide Open” by Brooks Maguire

 

 

 


ELECTRONIC FINALS
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“Angel” by Rezzonator

 

 

 


URBAN FINALS
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“Bet It All” By TAP TAP

 

 

 


POP FINALS
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“Driven You To Ground” by Phaedrum

 

 

 

Check out all the additional 1st place songs from our genre channels here.

“Yearbook Photo” By Late Cambrian

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AND THE HITS KEEP COMING from the Late Cambrian camp. Camprian? This band does not rest, cranking out catchy singles, often accompanied by nicely produced and off-kilter videos. While Late Cambrian’s catchiness was formerly derived from a more traditional crunchy guitar pop, with their last few tracks, they’ve moved in a more synth-and-rhythm direction, but without sacrificing their trademark hooks and harmonies. The newest is called “Yearbook Photo,” and it’s just super-nice to listen to, don’t you think? Follow @LateCambrian.

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Melanie Edwards Is Down On Valentine’s Day

melanieedwardsValentine’s Day approaches, and each year there is a subversive and satisfying sub-genre of songs protesting the general mood and spirit of the Hallmark-manufactured holiday. On her self-described “anti-Valentine’s theme song” for 2016, singer and songwriter Melanie Edwards ruminates on the wreckage of a long relationship with the simple, possibly unanswerable question, “What Happened?” Is it sad? Yes, it is sad. The simple production and dry, close vocal lend even more intimacy to the heartbreaker. This single, available on iTunes on February 12th, heralds the D.C. artist’s 9th studio album.

Song For David Bowie

bowieThere was not much we could think to add to the conversation when David Bowie passed away on January 10th, so, like many others, we took comfort in the man’s rich catalogue of amazing music. But we want to share this new “Song for David Bowie” by Kat Robichaud, who speaks for hundreds of thousands who, over the years, have reconciled their own sense of un-belonging, of being different, with the help and comfort of the world’s greatest oddball, David Bowie.

Appropriately, this was recorded at Robichaud’s own “Misfit Cabaret” series, which will come to full fruition on March 11-12 at The Great Star Theater in San Francisco. Click here for more info.

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The Return Of Jae Apollo

JaeapolloIt’s been about a year and a half since we heard new music from Jae Apollo, but he’s finally back with a new single. It’s a tour-de-force, eight and a half minute track called “Last Run,” and the Brooklyn rapper is calling it his most personal work to date, helping to explain his recent absence from the scene. There’s a lot to unpack here, but it sounds like some different matters all caught up with him at once, and a bit of pain held him back for a while. The loss of a friend, of a relationship, the struggles of an artist, and clearly conflicting emotions about it are opened up here. The run is the metaphor, and having been dragged down, he’s giving it everything for what feels like it could be a last chance to break free: “I’ll run until my last breath or feel my ankles breaking…somehow I just won’t quit, I been through too much shit.” Follow @JaeApollo on Twitter.

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Darlingside’s “The God Of Loss” Video

darlingsidenyIndie folk outfit Darlingside released their newest album, Birds Say, back in September and premiered the video for the track “The God of Loss” about a month later. Now the beautifully animated clip is up for Video of the Year at the New England Music Awards. Watch the video below and vote here. Our friends in Air Traffic Controller are also up for the same award. We report, you decide.

In other Darlingside news, the band had their song featured as part of last night’s episode of Shameless, the William H. Macy Showtime series, which is up in full here (jump to 46 min mark for the song). And, finally, check out this excellent feature on the band in the November 9th issue of The New Yorker. Yes, we’re catching up on all our Darlingside news.

David Bowie 1947-2016

OurStage December 2015 Top Ranked Artists

Every month, the OurStage community (that’s you) listens and ranks the songs competing on OurStage.com. 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.


POP FINALS
:
“Taking Me Under” by Austin Renfroe

 

 

 


ROOTS FINALS
:
“It’s You I” by Bobby Caputo

 

 

 


ROCK FINALS
:
“Albatross” by Kingsfoil

 

 

 


URBAN FINALS
:
“Bless” By HBK CJ

 

 

 


ELECTRONIC FINALS
:
“Dandelion Fields” by AJ Guitar Works

 

 

 

Check out all the additional 1st place songs from our genre channels here.

Sexy Darth Vader

brittanycampbellWhat can we say about this? It’s the great Brittany Campbell, whose album Heroes we told you about last year, and who has a history of releasing amazing videos, with her newest entry for the song from that album, “Sexy Darth Vader” (featuring Reddaz). Obviously the time is ripe to give this song a new life, and with this clever blast of a video (directed and choreographed by Mathenee Stefan Treco), we have reason to do so.

[Explicit lyrics, FYI.]

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A New Remix From Yonas

yonas twYou probably don’t need me to tell you that Adele‘s new single “Hello” is currently ubiquitous. Open up your window, wait a moment, and you’ll surely hear it on the wind. There’s evidence that “Hello” has become self-aware and fully sentient, and rumor is that the song has secured its own recording contract and may or may not be dating Taylor Swift. Covers of this zeitgeist single are pinging off every corner of the Internet a thing with corners, obviously with mixed results. It’s best left to Yonas, then, to really do something new with this song. Yonas has spent the last couple of years helping redefine the term “remix,” taking popular singles and essentially rewriting the bulk to create a unique track. As with previous efforts, the Bronx MC forgoes samples in favor of a well-crafted full band version, collaborating in this case with the modern rock band Living In Fiction. Yonas riffs on the vibe of the original lyric with some self-reflexive, rapid fire verses of his own. As always, he proves himself one of the best independent rappers in the game. Check out this clip, directed by Mike Squires, and get a free download of the song here. Follow @itsYONAS.

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