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Nellie Bell’s New “Freaky”

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We just came a cross this cool track, only to discover that it’s a brand new single, officially released today. Currently sitting in the Top 10 in our Pop channel, the song is by Nellie Bell and it’s called “Freaky.” It’s got a bit of that vintage vibe that’s been hot lately, but it’s grounded in quality songwriting with a great performance. The popularity of the song with the OurStage fans has already pushed Nellie Bell into our overall Best of the Best charts for a few weeks now. Check it out, and buy it on iTunes here.

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The Venns: “All Night”

The Venns are a versatile three-piece band out of Studio City, California who can easily veer from indie rock to alternative country to straight up pop. As such, they’ve been making their mark on several of our charts over the past year, and will be on our August episode of OurStage on Amazing Radio with their charting song, “Play It Again.” But they’ve also got a brand new track (part of their ‘Song of the Month’ project) that we wanted to highlight here. It’s called “All Night,” it’s a brilliant ’80s-influenced pop song, and it’s currently competing in our Pop channel.

Kat Robichaud’s Anti-Slut Shaming Video, “The Apple Pie And The Knife”

RDRZXXEBBZVX-800x800Another dazzling new video from Kat Robichaud and the Darling Misfits, “The Apple Pie and The Knife” is from her recent self-titled LP (which we reviewed here). The song and video are both intended to stand against the slut shaming of women, especially by other women, and they hit the mark brilliantly. “You call me a whore because I’m not a man…You want the apple pie, but I’m the knife too sharp to swallow.” It’s so good.

Filmed by the same creative team (and apparently in the same session) that produced Kat’s last video, “Why Do You love Me Now,” this one shares some aesthetics with the earlier video but has a completely different energy. Watch it here:

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Darlingside: New Album and Tour

darlingsideDarlingside is bringing their ethereal indie folk westward for a tour in advance of their new album, which is due September 18th. The album will be titled Birds Say and it’s the band’s second studio effort, following 2012’s Pilot Machines and last year’s split EP (with Heather Maloney) concert LP Live At The Loft, recorded in Portsmouth, NH. After the release, the band will be back on the East Coast for another run that will last through October and will see the band opening for the great Patty Griffin. See the full itinerary here.

The band released a trailer for the new album, featuring enough lovely footage from their recording sessions to mesmerize a studio geek such as myself.

Here’s the full version of the song featured in the trailer, released just yesterday:

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Jordan Corey’s “Focus” Out Today

Jordan Corey has just dropped her new single “Focus” via her Bandcamp page. It’s a complex and subtle pop song, with a heavy electronica influence. It marks a departure from some of the more vintage elements of her previous singles, with a thoroughly modern vibe. The propulsive beats and bass lines bubble underneath soothingly lush synth swells and Corey’s incredibly restrained but compellingly melodic vocal. Layered harmonies cut in and out to complement the synthesizer. Overall, it’s a beautiful relief from some of the aggressively uptempo and overwrought pop currently bombarding the airwaves.

A onetime OurStage ‘Artist of the Week,’ Corey recently played the infamous Electric Daisy Carnival EDM festival. She’s been teasing a video to accompany “Focus,” so we hope to have more from her soon.

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The Immaculate Guitar Pop Of Late Cambrian’s “Objects May Appear”

cambrianIt’s not easy to be a really hooky pop band while also being markedly original. But on their newest LP Golden Time, Late Cambrian have shed their more direct influences in favor of a unique take on the time-tested guitar/bass/drums/harmonies formula. Take for instance the song “Objects May Appear,” which just got the video treatment. Irresistible chord changes come in waves, sweeping over a syncopated beat and lead guitar line, and on top of it all are, yes, incredibly sweet melodies and harmonies. The video is a kind of perfect, zen experience that simply enhances your complete absorption into the song. I’m not saying they’re changing the face of music forever – it’s still guitar pop – but if you can listen to / watch this just once, well, you’re a stronger person than I.

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“On The Wire” With Air Traffic Controller

airtrafficcontrollerExcited to alert you to this stellar new track from Air Traffic Controller, who we keep telling you about. A reliably catchy pop rock band, to be sure. But they’ve just debuted a song called “On The Wire,” which feels like a big artistic leap for the band, if not the mark of a whole new direction. This sonically adventurous song finds frontman Dave Monroe stepping back in favor of Casey Sullivan, whose lead vocal elevates the whole production. And a hell of a production it is, by longtime collaborator Bleu, who also co-wrote. Must-hear:

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Jes Hudak And Corvyx Duet On Nirvana’s “Heart-Shaped Box”

hudakCover versions of songs can be hit and miss. If you’re covering a song, that generally means it’s a song you love, which hopefully means that the original is pretty damn good, which begs the question, why do another version? In most cases, the answer is simply because you felt like it, which is perfectly fine, but fans of the original are probably not going to come away feeling especially rewarded.

Then there are the more rare cases where the covering artist brings something new to the song, leaving the listener with a new appreciation for a previously unrealized dimension of the song. Such is the case with this cover of Nirvana‘s “Heart-Shaped Box,” originally from the In Utero album. It doesn’t hurt that Jes Hudak and Corvyx are two of the most interesting singers out there, who also happen to harmonize beautifully together. And that this video was shot live is all the more impressive. Enjoy.

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Darling Parade’s “Run Away”

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Yes, it’s another summer Popsplosion™ to blast from your car stereo. What can we say, it’s that time of the year. This time, our old friends Darling Parade, on the heels of last year’s acclaimed full-length rocker Battle Scars and Broken Hearts, have gone full-throttle pop with their newest single. “Run Away” features a brilliantly catchy melody over crunchy guitar hooks, and a hint of synth for good measure. Here it is:

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Steph Shaw’s “Meant To Be”

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It was released a month ago, and we’re only now catching up with the new single from Steph Shaw, “Meant To Be.” We are embarrassed. BUT we’re making up for lost time this morning with several consecutive spins of this ornately orchestrated, pulsing pop song. Staccato percolations quickly lock into place with the drums before giving way to flowing strings, all tied together with Shaw’s lilting melody. Check it out below; available now on iTunes.

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