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.

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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
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“Taking Me Under” by Austin Renfroe

 

 

 


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

 

 

 


ROCK FINALS
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“Albatross” by Kingsfoil

 

 

 


URBAN FINALS
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“Bless” By HBK CJ

 

 

 


ELECTRONIC FINALS
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“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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Ex Norwegian Delivers ‘Pure Gold’

-VZfdxaNFrom New York by way of Miami Beach, the simply excellent pop/rock group Ex Norwegian have dropped their newest LP Pure Gold. The full album stream is currently on YouTube and you can listen to it below. As you’re about to hear, the band is saving ‘alternative’ guitar rock for the new millennium (is this millennium still new?), dressing up, for example, solos reminiscent of Matthew Sweet and garage-y Pixies riffs with sharp indie pop production. On top of it all are super-hooky songs and the irresistible harmonies / alternating lead vocals of Roger Houdaille and Michelle Grand. Follow the band on Twitter @exnorwegian.

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Se’von Drops “Can’t Live My Life” Single And Video

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Check out the new single and video from Georga MC Se’von. It’s got an ornate, piano-pounding beat, creating a lush soundscape for Se’von’s thoughtful lyric. Enhanced by a beautifully shot video, “Can’t Live My Life” is a momentous piece of work by an artist reaching his full potential. Keep up with him on Twitter @SevonMusic.

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New Track And Holiday Shows From The Figgs

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The mighty Figgs, a one-time OurStage Artist of the Week, have released the first new song from their forthcoming full-length album. Listen to “Your Smile Is A Deadly Thing” below:

As if a great new track were not enough, we (up here in the Northeast, at least) have some Figgs gigs to look forward to, starting this weekend. The band traditionally plays a slew of holiday shows, highlighted by unpredictable set lists and this time, no doubt, by more new music. Dates:

12.11.15 New York, NY – Bowery Electric (w/ Doug Gillard)
12.12.15 Albany, NY – The Low Beat (w/ The Charlie Watts Riots)
12.18.15 Pawtucket, RI – The Met (w/The Upper Crust)
12.19.15 Allston, MA – Great Scott (w/The Upper Crust)

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
:
“No” by We Are The Big Bang

 

 

 


ROOTS FINALS
:
“All I Ask” by Jamie Nichole

 

 

 


ROCK FINALS
:
“Honest Answers” by The Shills

 

 

 


URBAN FINALS
:
“Into You” by Ashley Sankey

 

 

 


ELECTRONIC FINALS
:
“Desper” by Everlasting Dream

 

 

 

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