A little band emerged, as they are wont to do, from the cauldron of musical discontent known as Berklee College Of Music in Boston. They called themselves Sonia, but then regrouped and became Aüva, a now six-piece indie rock outfit who write real groovy and hook-filled pop songs. We’ve chosen their very first video, for the track “Better,” as our Video of the Month. It’s sweet and spacey, and harkens back to a golden age of Boston rock in the late ’80s, before the major labels came calling, when bands like fellow ex-Berklee kids Blake Babies were marrying classic pop sensibilities to clever, weaving, jangly guitar lines and longingly romantic lyrics. The interplay between the male and female lead vocals sends this one over the top, and the beautifully low-budget video wisely focuses on the band members and brings you into the song, rather than distracting from it. The video will be streaming on our homepage at OurStage.com and you can watch it below.
Look, I think we’ve been very clear that New York’s Late Cambrian has been doing damn good things, so let’s get to the point. It’s been about three years since the release of their last full length, Golden Time, and since then, the band has morphed considerably from a catchy guitar rock band to a lean electro pop duo, who have released a series of carefully crafted singles and videos in the interim. Now, finally, Late Cambrian is readying the release of their new LP, Sweet Cambrian High, Vol. I & II. It’s available for pre-order now as part of a PledgeMusic campaign, and will be released on CD, cassette, and limited edition colored vinyl. So, if you like unique, infectious, and clever music – and we know you do – get to it now.
Our very own hometown of Boston is losing one of its great rock and roll bands. Aloud, who you might remember hearing about on these very virtual pages, are moving out to Los Angeles, but they’re leaving us some parting gifts. Firstly, they will of course be touring their way out west. The No Sleep ‘Til LA tour commences April 24th in Manhattan. See the current list of dates below. Secondly, they’ll be releasing a new limited edition, double A-side 7″ single – “Empty House” / “Falling Out Of Love” on the same date, which you can pre-order now, right here.
While we await the new songs, let’s enjoy this one, shall we?
Don’t forget to see the tour dates below. Aloud is the real deal. Catch them if you can.
NO SLEEP TIL LA TOUR:
4/24 • New York City, NY • Berlin
with Gillian, The Come On
4/25 • Pittsburgh, PA • James Street Downstairs
with Park Plan, Zoob
4/26 • Grand Ledge, MI • The Fledge
with Hat Madder, Tidal, Stop Bobby Hatch
4/27 • Chicago, IL • Quenchers
with The Runaway Five, Jesse W. Johnson and Coyote Scream
5/2 • Denver, CO • Mercury Cafe
with Married a Dead Man
5/4 • Albuquerque, NM • Burt’s Tiki Lounge
with Gerunding, Eileen & the In-Betweens, Train Conductor
5/6 • Los Angeles, CA • El Cid
with Jacob the Horse
(additional tour dates TBA)
We love it when good pop music comes together. Colliding on tour right now are two of our longtime favorites, Bronze Radio Return and Air Traffic Controller. Avid OurStagers might recall Bronze Radio Return from their inclusion in our new music web series The Panel, or perhaps from the many other times they won competitions and appeared on our charts. Similarly, Air Traffic Controller earned a spotlight feature on MTV.com and have racked up more than a dozen Top 10 chart placements. Both bands have been blowing up over the past couple of years, garnering well-deserved national attention as they cross the country. If you’re in the northeast United States, you can and SHOULD catch them together right now:
(Bronze Radio Return ONLY, no ATC)
World Cafe Live
It’s a very stripped down indie rock holiday special from Pullman Standard, in the form of a slightly older single, “Happy Holidays To All.” A pretty melody and harmonies over some shimmering acoustics, and of course…the sleigh bells. In these dark times, a simple message of good will might help keep things in perspective. Listen below. We’re revisiting this 2013 song on the occasion of Pullman Standard’s impending new release, Diamond Hearts. You can hear a preview at the Soundcloud link at the bottom. We will have more on that album soon.
It was a drag a few years back, when it seemed as though Admiral Twin, the Tulsa OK indie rock band that had topped our charts many times, had gone dormant. But not long after that, we realized that a new favorite of ours, The House of Jed, whose song “Coming Off Pretty” had nearly topped our Intel Superstars channel, is in fact the solo project of Jarrod Gollihare, songwriter from Admiral Twin. And, furthermore, The House of Jed is even more directly up our alley. The music is adventurous but unpretentious, melodic and modern but with substance. Since that first single, we’ve had several more faves from THOJ, including a super-cool video for “Everybody Lies” and a brand new one, the raison d’post, a killer track called “I Eat Earthquakes Like You For Breakfast.”