Deftones Finish Writing New Album

Just shy of two years past the release of Diamond Eyes, Deftones have announced that they’ve finished writing their next album and will begin recording it on July 9. The band has also confirmed that they’re sticking with producer Nick Raskulinecz for the album. Receiving generally positive reviews across the board, Diamond Eyes was the band’s first record since the 2008 accident that left bassist Chi Cheng in a coma. For that album, Deftones recruited former Quicksand bassist Sergio Vega to play tour dates and record, and he’s been working with them since. Though it hasn’t been explicitly confirmed, it would appear that Vega will be recording the new record with the rest of the Deftones crew, with vocalist Chino stating that Vega “has been working very well” in the band during an interview with Chilean publication La Tercera.

Photo and scoop courtesy of NME.

Superlatones: The Exchange Student

Lately, it seems that we are hearing more and more from new and unexpected partnerships between artists of different genres. This is why, through “Superlatones,” we are creating our very own directory”a musical wish-list, if you will”of artists who have yet to join the collaborative bandwagon.

It has long been said that music is a universal pleasure”an idea we can all appreciate and understand regardless of creed or country. Here at OurStage, we like to keep this philosophy alive by welcoming artists from all over the world, because there is no better way to grow and mature in sound than to share your passion with fellow musicians. This week, “Superlatones” celebrates this thought by bringing you a dynamic duo all the way from the UK to share a little inspiration from across the pond.

The Dynamic Duo:
Dry the River
and James Vincent McMorrow

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Exclusive Q and A: Justin Moore Talks about Life as one of Country Music's Young Guns

OurStage Exclusive InterviewsJustin Moore has been called one of the latest outlaw country artists. I was relieved, in a way, when I read Moore doesn’t think of himself that way. I don’t either.

Maybe the moniker came about because he is one of country music’s up-and-coming young guns”pun intended due to Moore’s hit song Guns.” So is his buddy Josh Thompson. And Kiefer Thompson, of Thompson Square. Scotty McCreery is another. The list goes on.

I formed my impression of Moore after talking to him a few times in the past eighteen months. I found him to be straightforward, honest, down-to-earth and incredibly humble. Let’s put it this way”mama would let her babies grow up to be cowboys if they were half as genuine as Moore.

But rather than tell you about Moore, we’ll let him tell you about himself in this exclusive Q&A.

OS: So you have been on tour with Blake Shelton on the Well Lit & Amplified Tour. What is that like?

JS: It has been a blast! Miranda [Lambert, Shelton’s wife] and I are good friends. We’ve toured together a lot in the past couple of years. Blake is as down to earth as they come.

OS: What’s the biggest difference in your show these days?

JM: This tour is different than any other tour [we’ve done]. For one thing, we have got production and I never had that before this tour. We have a tractor trailer pulling gear. That all makes a huge difference. The lighting, the staging. It takes so much pressure off me as an artist. People are not only looking at you, they see the cools staging.

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Soundcheck: Hip Hop Speaks Out On Trayvon Martin Murder

In the five weeks since the tragic killing of seventeen-year-old Florida teen Trayvon Martin, the hip hop community is stepping up to call for justice and action.

Tons of hip hop heavyweights”including David Banner, E-40, Frank Ocean, Big Boi, Diddy and countless others”have spoken out on the tragedy.  Many of them have created viral videos in which they don hoodies to support the slain adolescent, who was killed at the hands of a neighborhood watch volunteer that said the teen, looked suspicious.

On February 26, George Zimmerman (a twenty-eight-year-old neighborhood watch volunteer) called the police after he noticed Trayvon entering a market (to buy Skittles and Iced Tea for his younger brother). After ignoring police instructions to remain in his vehicle, Zimmerman allegedly accosted the unarmed teenager and shot him to death. When police arrived on the scene, Zimmerman claimed he acted in self- defense, and has therefore avoided an arrest since the incident.

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Weird Al Sues Sony Music for $5 Million

In case after case, the major record labels have sued everyone from college students to Napster, ostensibly on behalf of their artists. Unfortunately, it seems these gardian angels of the music industry may be less vigilant when it comes to their own accounting. According to Billboard, Weird Al Yankovic is suing Sony Music through his company, Ear Booker Enterprises, for $5,000,000. Yankovic is accusing Sony of acting improperly as the company took duplicate recoupments of his music – resulting in lower royalty payments. In addition, it is alleged the company has fallen short on their licensing contract with Yankovic – merely paying straight royalties for download sales instead of the 50% of revenues Yankovic’s licensing deal entitles him to. Most notably, Yankovic is accusing Sony Music of  hypocritically refusing to share any money it received from lawsuit settlements from sites such as Napster, Kazaa and Grokster. Further, the lawsuit states that Yankovic is entitled to a portion of deal Sony made with YouTube – providing the website with “White and Nerdy” and other “official” Weird Al content.

Billboard reports Sony Music has yet to respond publicly to the allegations.