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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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Blondfire’s “True Confessions” Video

Blondfire-True-Confessions-EP-cover-art-426x426We’ve got the smashing new video from the rocking L.A. pop band Blondfire. “True Confessions,” the title track from a forthcoming EP, is given a nice, complimentary black and white treatment, focused mainly on the band performing the song. It also features frontwoman Erica Driscoll, who directed the video, in some more intimate shots – which were captured on the singer’s iPad at her home. It’s a great, high energy should-be hit song and video, check it out. The True Confessions EP is due March 11th.

 

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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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November’s 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
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“No” by We Are The Big Bang

 

 

 


ROOTS FINALS
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“All I Ask” by Jamie Nichole

 

 

 


ROCK FINALS
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“Honest Answers” by The Shills

 

 

 


URBAN FINALS
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“Into You” by Ashley Sankey

 

 

 


ELECTRONIC FINALS
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“Desper” by Everlasting Dream

 

 

 

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

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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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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Top Artists For August 2015

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
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“Falling For Your Everything” by The Chance

 

 

 


ROOTS FINALS
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“A Love Quite Like Yours” by Derren Raser

 

 

 


ROCK FINALS
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“Creatures” by Soapbox Army

 

 

 


URBAN FINALS
:
“What’s Good” by Axcess ft. Maskerade

 

 

 


ELECTRONIC FINALS
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“Dance With Me In The Starlight” by Mark Barnes

 

 

 

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

New Track From Nikki Lynette: “Move The World”

nikki lynette
The amazing, multi-talented Nikki Lynette has just released a new track via Soundcloud. It’s called “Move The World,” and it’s a deeply-textured, R&B-flavored song that leaves enough room to showcase Lynette’s emotive lead vocal over a multi-layered groove. Every new release from Nikki Lynette is an artistic leap. It’s kind of amazing to see. Listen here:

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