Chris Pureka’s ‘Back In The Ring’

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It’s not as though Chris Pureka has been sitting around baking bread or indulging in a lost weekend. In fact, as we once noted, she’s been something of a road warrior over the past few years. So it’s a surprise to realize that she hasn’t released an album since 2010’s How I Learned To See In The Dark. It’s cause for celebration, then, that she’s just released her sixth album, entitled Back In The Ring. You can call it a comeback, if you like; as the title track’s lyrics reveal, Pureka seems to be emerging from some dark place, determined and at the top of her game. NPR has the single here. And below is one of our favorite older tracks, “Wrecking Ball.”

Of course, she’s also just embarked on a packed US tour to support the new LP, so be sure to check out her latest tour dates. Buy Back In The Ring on iTunes.

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“Californian Sun” by Little Lapin

“Californian Sun” by Little Lapin

little lapinOne of our favorite recent discoveries here on OurStage is Little Lapin, whose song “Go!Stop!Go!” we featured on February’s ‘OurStage on Amazing Radio‘ show. The UK singer-songwriter has a classic, airy sound sometimes belied by the slightest of dark edges. To wit, her lovely new single “Californian Sun.” It’s the debut from her upcoming album Holding Out For The Kicks (preorder here), which follows the acclaimed Remember The Highs. I love this stuff, you should too.


Nikki Lynette, “Praying To A God I Don’t Believe In”

nikki lynetteNikki Lynette does not shy away from the hard questions. From her substantial body of work to her Twitter feed to her occasional newspaper opinion columns, you’ll find the Chicago artist challenging conventional wisdom and taking on the trolls who can’t handle it. Her newest track, “Praying To A God I Don’t Believe In” (below), does not deviate from the theme, and she expresses the profound sense of doubt experienced to some degree by everyone but the most unquestioningly faithful. Lynette doesn’t waffle much in gray areas, though. As the title indicates, she comes down pretty definitively on the side of disbelief.

And all the king’s horses and all the king’s men / couldn’t put my faith back downloadtogether again / Now that’s dark / But I don’t see no light / And if there’s wrong I don’t see no right.

But of course there’s doubt in the doubt, because in the end, she’s still praying. No atheists in foxholes, as they say. Talking about this dichotomy, and the tension within her own doubt, she wrote, “For me, the idea of God I was raised with is something that is ‘#GoneButNot’ but it’s something I never spoke about until now.” The hashtag #GoneButNot is related to a larger project that this song is a part of.

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Diamond Days, “People Change” [VIDEO]

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Liverpool’s Diamond Days deliver tight, guitar-heavy modern rock that has earned them a place on our recent Best of the Best charts. Today they dropped the video for “People Change,” the new single featuring the impeccable high harmonies of Fake The Attack‘s Ashlyn Marshall, who also appears in the video. The band is set to release a new EP this year and we’ll bring you more on that when we’ve got it.

 

H2-O Drops ‘idothisforthelove (1000 Words)’

H2-O PhotoPaterson, New Jersey’s own H2-O (aka Lemonte Williams) is back with a brand new project, released today, entitled idothisforthelove (1000 Words). The artist we once favorably compared to Nas worked with a number of high profile producers, including Flawless Tracks (Wale, Dr. Dre) and Stompboxx (Bubba Sparxxx), to create his most fully realized work yet. The album was preceded by the killer singles “Let Me Do That” and “Still Vivid” (both released around early autumn last year), and now we’ve got a preview of the excellent video for “Let Me Do That.” You can also watch the video for the utterly wrenching “Still Vivid,” released in January, after the jump.

idothisforthelove (1000 Words) is streaming here and available on iTunes now.

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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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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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