Having recently been sidelined for Rolling Stones dates for medical reasons, Bobby Keys, longtime saxophone player with the Rolling Stones, has died. His death has been confirmed by Michael Webb, keyboardist for Bobby Keys and the Suffering Bastards (via Nashville Scene).
Keys is nothing short of a legend when it comes to rock and roll sidemen. He was a close friend of all the Stones, and especially Keith Richards. In addition to being a member of the touring band for decades, Bobby Keys played on most of their classic records, and his horn is an integral part of some of the Stones’ biggest hits.
RIP Bobby Keys.
Just a quite site update from OurStage HQ. We’ve got a lot of new things cooking behind the scenes that will launch us into the OurStage of the future.
We’ve already started thinking up some new ways to help artists in their careers. One of those things is the opportunity to receive international exposure on Amazing Radio – the acclaimed online and terrestrial radio station that discovered Alt J, Daughter, Chvrches, Bastille, London Grammar, Haim, and…perhaps you. We will be serving up all of our Grand Prize winners, as well as more favorites pulled from the top of the OurStage charts, to a listening audience of hundreds of thousands of new music lovers across the globe.
To that end, and in an effort to freshen up our music channels on OurStage, we’re making changes to our channel lineup, reducing the overall number based on audience response, adding some new ones, and focusing on the most vital genres to optimize the connection between music fans and artists. Check out the new lineup and enter the channel that best suits your music now, and you may be featured on Amazing Radio.
The channels are still evolving, and if one of your favorites has disappeared, please let us know. If there is enough demand, we may add it again.
One of the tough parts of having the blog under maintenance for a while was seeing a bunch of OurStage artists doing dope shit and releasing awesome music and not being able to share it here. While we missed the release of the official video for “Bipolar” from Jitta on the Track a couple of weeks ago, at least we’re back ahead of the album’s release date. Jitta, who not that long ago won our competition to open for Drake on the Club Paradise tour, will drop Bipolar on November 5th, and we’ll have artwork and the track list from him in the days ahead. Without further ado, check the video below.
Having trouble get in to see, say, Foster the People‘s CMJ set? Why bother when there’s so many great, lesser-known artists showcasing? Here are some friends of OurStage who you should see instead. See also yesterday’s recommendations.
Chris Ayer –> Folky, catchy delightfulness.
FRI, OCTOBER 24, 2:15 PM > 2:45 P
Darlingside –> And another excellent Americana-steeped act.
WED, OCTOBER 22, 8:00 PM > 8:45 PM
Mieka Pauley –> A truly great songwriter and performer with a strong and spectacular voice. One of our all-time faves.
FRI, OCTOBER 24, 1:30 PM > 2:00 PM
Mirk –> 7-piece hip-hop band with a hell of a live show.
WED, OCTOBER 22, 9:00 PM
Shonen Knife –> Not an OurStage artist, but a stalwart Japanese punk band who influenced so many others, and who performed an exclusive session for us a couple of years ago.
WED, OCTOBER 22, 10:00 PM > 10:50 PM
The Field Effect –> Popping and rocking, tight as hell, and catchy as catchy can catch.
ROCKWOOD STAGE 1
FRI, OCTOBER 24, 6:00 PM > 6:45 PM
SAT, OCTOBER 25, 7:30 PM
CMJ Music Marathon is upon us. Let’s talk about it, shall we? The long-running music conference and showcasepalooza takes place in New York City and its boroughs, October 21-25. It’s not easy to span the city in time to catch all the acts performing, but damn it if it isn’t fun to try.
This year will see the return of the Outlaw Roadshow, put on by Counting Crows‘ Adam Duritz in conjunction with the Ryan’s Smashing Life blog. The traveling showcase – no badges required! – has been a popular feature of the big fests from Austin to NY and features some of the best underground music in the country. If you hit this one, you’ll catch sets from our friends Mean Creek and Air Traffic Controller, as well as Hallelujah The Hills, Christian McNeil & Sea Monsters, Corin Ashley (occasionally of The Pills), and many more.
Here are a few more to check out:
We’ll have some more recommendations to come, no doubt.
Having undergone significant updates and alterations over the past several months, our blog is back online. While you might only notice some minor cosmetic changes at first, we’ve made huge improvements to the underlying system here and throughout all of OurStage.com, and you will start to see more new features and upgrades over the coming months.
We’re also overhauling our entire competition structure to find new and better ways to provide our artist community with career-building opportunities. We look forward to rolling these out, and we welcome your feedback. For fans of new music, there are going to be a lot of new ways to discover the best stuff you’ve never heard, working in tandem with our new parent company, Amazing Media – already the leader in new music discovery in the UK and beyond.
Thanks for your patience throughout these quiet months, and please stay tuned.
A few years ago, we got really into a young singer named Skyler Stonestreet, who was running the table in several of our monthly channels and ended up winning the opportunity to track a song, “Out to Sea,” at L.A.’s Sanctum Sound Studios.
Stonestreet has now joined forces with another great talent, Kat Ostenberg, to form SIREN. The duo signed to Warner Bros. this summer and debuted their single “I Think I Like You.”
Today, they dropped “Kanye,” a tremendously infectious single produced by The Chainsmokers, whose own track “#SELFIE” became a big smash earlier this year. “Kanye” is actually released as The Chainsmokers feat. SIREN.
If you like your sweet indie pop with a lot more hip-hop, you are going to love this shit.
Nikki Lynette is awesome. She’s a crazy talented artist, but also startlingly honest and often hilarious. We highly recommend following her on Facebook and Twitter, as her content there is all killer, no filler (or filter). It was from those sources that we learned of her appearance in a new national commercial for Kmart.
If you’re like us, when you first hear the concept, “rapping lunchladies in a commercial for Kmart,” you imagine the cringe-worthy worst. Instead, it’s incredibly well-done and very funny. Never doubt a creative team savvy enough to include Nikki Lynette.
In addition, Lynette is a very good writer of prose and frequently contributes to Chicago Now, as she did with this piece discussing the new commercial. Very worth the read, and typically insightful, as she connects this opportunity to the options now available to artists:
So what I will do is remind my fellow indie artists that it’s a new day in the entertainment industry. More and more opportunities are available for us now so we don’t have to be so limited. Just change your perspective. From where I’m sitting, things are looking pretty good to me.
Her new album, Respect My Disrespect, is due in the coming months.
#TTTATC is a “go.” Our former Artist Of The Week Air Traffic Controller is capping off this summer by hitting the road with The Tragic Thrills. The two bands will spend their August crossing the U.S. and spreading their message of melodicism and excellence. ATC are promoting their new single, “The House.” Watch the trailer below, and see tour dates below that.
Tour Dates with The Tragic Thrills:
Sat 02 Seattle, WA – Barboza’s (21+)
Mon 04 Reno, NV – Singer Social Club (21+)
Wed 06 San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill (AA)
Thu 07 Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg HiFi (21+)
Fri 08 Phoenix, AZ – Electric Ballroom (AA)
Sat 09 Las Vegas, NV – Container Park (AA)
Sun 10 Salt Lake City, UT – Loading Dock (AA)
Mon 11 Denver, CO – Lost Lake (21+)
Wed 13 El Paso, TX – Lowbrow Palace (18+)
Thu 14 Austin, TX – Holy Mountain (AA)
Fri 15 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live Studio (AA)
Sat 16 Dallas, TX – Prophet Bar (AA)
Sun 17 Little Rock, AR – Rev Room (AA)
Tue 19 St. Louis, MO – The Demo (AA)
Wed 20 Chicago, IL – Schubas Tavern (AA)
Thu 21 Pittsburgh, PA – Hard Rock Cafe (AA)
Fri 22 Arlington, VA – IOTA Club (21+)
Sat 23 New York – Mercury Lounge (21+)
Sun 24 Philadelphia, PA – Ortlieb’s Lounge (21+)
Tue 26 Boston, MA – Great Scott (18+)