Here’s a preview of some of the artists who will be featured on the next installment of “OurStage on Amazing Radio,” an online and terrestrial radio show broadcast out of the UK to hundreds of thousands of listeners. Last month’s show is streaming now and features some really great, undiscovered acts. Below are your January Top 5. Listen to a direct playlist of these songs by clicking here.
“Taking Me Under” by Austin Renfroe
One of the winningest artists on OurStage with this fan favorite song. Meticulously constructed pop with a soulful delivery.
“Drunk and Unemployed” by Wes-tone
The #1 track in the Folk channel also took the top of the Roots finals channel. The novel of this song’s title belies an earnest and sad lyric.
“Fake This” by The Upset Victory
Catchy-as-hell modern rock from a great band.
“Why It Wasn’t Me” by KParker
R&B takes top honors again this month. Mellow, grooving, smooth…everything modern R&B should be.
“Wake Up” by Project KF
Another mellow entry, with ambient and chill elements, but riding over a driving rhythm.
The 2015 Grammy Awards happened last night. Established: awards shows are generally silly, and we all hopefully know that going in, so we’re all really there for the spectacle and maybe to root for our favorite music, because a little personal vindication of taste – or tastication (™) – never hurt anyone.
The good part of last night’s telecast was that there was a lot of music packed in, and a lot less yapping by presenters. Acceptance speeches were also subject to the yap-ban, so even the big winners only got a minute or two to say thanks. This is still probably for the best, and most of the winners handled it with aplomb.
Sam Smith was a big winner, taking home four awards. We all joked early and often about the recent revelation that Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne were awarded songwriting credit and royalties for Smith’s smash “Stay With Me” and everyone had a good laugh.
The new album from Kat Robichaud and The Darling Misfits is out today, January 27th. An impressive, ambitious, and confident collection of dramatic rock and pop songs, the eponymous record was funded by fans earned by Robichaud throughout her time as front-woman of The Design and, most famously, during her thrilling run as a contender on The Voice.
There are no shortage of artists today aiming for the grand and theatrical, inspired by Lady Gaga, Dresden Dolls and the like – and surely these are influences on Kat Robichaud as well. But what makes this a special record, and Robichaud a special artist, is her natural edge. We would not hesitate to classify this as a rock and roll record, despite its polished pop production, purely for the non-stop intensity and the sheer force of the singer’s will. More Queen and Foxy Shazam than Gaga, really.
On top of this, the LP is beautifully bizarre. It is funny, clever, defiant, and plainly well-written. Sound collages recur throughout, sometimes to create or enhance a vibe, and occasionally just for a laugh. Yet this is no novelty. Veering between wrenching balladry and dynamic, piano-pounding epics, this is the sound of an artist going for broke, being completely true to herself and discovering her own essence, having tested her limits and finding only those that are self-imposed.
December’s winners (and more) are featured on the OurStage show streaming now on AmazingRadio.com. Listen in to hear music from Adios Mafia, Jesi Jones, Ju’not, Jillian Valentine, Space Walk, The Delta Riot, Sho Skrilla, Summerlyn Powers, Late Cambrian, Annalise Emerick, Yellabird, The Figgs, Kat Robichaud, and Shotty.
While you were mentally blowing off work in anticipation of your vacation, Yahoo Music was premiering the new official lyric video for Kat Robichaud and the Darling Misfits‘ “Somebody Call The Doctor.” The propulsive lead track from her upcoming album (January 27th) hit the web on December 23rd. Sure, it’s not all mistletoe and eggnog, but with all that out of the way, it’s time to focus on how spectacular this song sounds, and how entertaining the Doctor Who-themed video is. We’ll have more about the full-length soon, but until then, please enjoy:
We’re closing the books on 2014, with a batch of quality winners, as ranked by our fan community over the month of December. These artists (and more from the top of our charts) will be featured on our next installment of OurStage on Amazing Radio, an online and terrestrial radio show broadcast out of the UK to hundreds of thousands of listeners. If you haven’t heard the previous show, it’s streaming now. Below are your December Top 5. Listen to a direct playlist of these songs by clicking here.
“It’s Your Love” by Jillian Valentine
A soulful, intimate song that’s still universally accessible.
“How To Be Good” by Jesi Jones
With a thoughtful lyric and a voice as clear as a bell, Jesi Jones rises above the folk fray.
“Dirty Bomb” by Adios Mafia
Great to hear some punk take the top spot in rock. Cross Raw Power-era Stooges with Eagles of Death Metal. NSFW, as punk should be.
“A Little You And Me” by Ju’not
Classic R&B, straight out of 1974, but just as vital-sounding as anything on Top 40 today.
“Strings Of Serenity” by Space Walk
A sweeping, genre-melding mini-epic, incorporating ambient, classical, and Latin.
Our November artist spotlight show is now available for streaming on AmazingRadio.com. Listen in to see who hit the top of the charts and made our picks for the month. If you’re an artist yourself, enter your music in a channel to be considered for next month’s show. If you’re a fan, judge now to help us pick the upcoming featured artists.
It does not seem like that long ago that we were ears deep in Ripely Pine, the debut full-length from friend of OurStage Lady Lamb the Beekeeper. The artist otherwise known as Aly Spaltro joined up with us early on and was soon a favorite around the office, before being selected as the MTV Needle in the Haystack artist back in 2011. Ripely Pine was an impressive debut that firmly established the singer’s gravitas and seemingly endless potential as a songwriter. Today, Spaltro debuted “Billions of Eyes,” the first single from her new record, After, which is due in March 2014. Check out the official lyric video, made up of stills, home movies, and fan-submitted art. See below for the album artwork. (And be sure to check out our exclusive session with Lady Lamb the Beekeeper from a few years ago.)
UPDATE 2: McLagan’s official site has posted a statement: “It is with great sadness and eternal admiration that we report the passing of rock and roll icon Ian McLagan. Ian was a member of the ‘Small Faces’ and ‘Faces’ and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. He died today, December 3, 2014, surrounded by family and friends in his adopted hometown of Austin, TX, due to complications from a stroke suffered the previous day. He was 69 years old. His manager Ken Hushnick says, ‘He was a beloved friend to so many people and a true rock n roll spirit. His persona and gift of song impacted the music across oceans and generations.’ Ian’s bandmate in Small Faces and Faces, Kenney Jones said, ‘I am completely devastated by this shocking news and I know this goes for Ronnie and Rod also.’ Ian’s artistry, generosity and warmth of spirit touched countless other musicians and music fans around the world. His loss will be felt by so many. Ian was scheduled to begin a North American tour today, opening for labelmate Nick Lowe.”
Details are scarce at the moment, but Ian McLagan, the great keyboardist for The Faces and Small Faces, frequent sideman with The Rolling Stones, and solo artist, has been hospitalized in his hometown of Austin TX with a reported head injury. He is said to be in critical condition.
McLagan currently leads the Bump Band, and has just come off the road. His website confirms the news of his hospitalization, saying he was admitted last night and asking fans to keep him in their thoughts and prayers. Ours are certainly with him.
With our new, leaner channel line-up, competition was tight last month, and we’ve got a new slew of winners to announce. These artists will be featured on an upcoming program on Amazing Radio, our terrestrial and online radio station, broadcast out of the UK to hundreds of thousands of music fans. Let us know your faves.
“The Art of Art” by Daily Noise Club
Recalls Bon Scott era ACϟDC with even more riffage.
“Keeps Me Alive” by Sheila Star
Modern production invigorates this piano-pop song with a great melody.
“Wasting My Time” by Erdal Kemahli
A hypnotic groove with some cool chopped up loops.
“Lonely” by Terri-J (feat. Sylver)
Low-key R&B focused on the voice and lyric.
“48 Times Around The Sun” by Tom Riccardi
A simple and touching acoustic-based tribute.