"The Voice": Battling Boredom

It’s no secret that this season of The Voice is full of amazing talent. We’ve been blown away time and time again by the likes of Jesse Campbell, Juliet Simms, Katrina Parker and Jamar Rodgers, just to name a few. However, Monday night’s episode was a Voice rarity: a show so dull, it barely got us to look up from our computers.

From pitchiness to bad song choices to generally lackluster performances, Monday’s episode may go down as the worst in The Voice‘s short history. It seemed as even the coaches were stunned with how their teams performed, with words like “generic,” “let down,” “missed notes” and “pitch things” being thrown around right and left.

There was one battle that stood out from the rest, though, because of the odd match-up and energetic performances. Country duo The LiNE and Moses Stone, the show’s first-ever MC, were both out of their element on the Rolling Stones classic “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.” Though The LiNE may have out-sung Moses”who admitted that he isn’t the strongest vocalist”the rapper put on an entertaining and versatile performance that led coach Christina Aguilera to crown him the winner. By the way, we loved her little speech on what it means to be “the voice.” Check it out after the battle in the player below, and tune in next Monday for the first round of live shows!

Aretha Franklin, Clive Davis Reuniting on New Album

After 70 years, Aretha Franklin is still going strong. At her birthday party at the Helmsley Park Lane Hotel in New York, the singer announced that she would be reuniting with former mentor Clive Davis to work on a new album. Davis, who is the Chief Creative Officer for Sony Music Entertainment, previously worked with Franklin during his reign at Arista Records. The pair released several hit records during that time, including “Jump To It,” “Who’s Zoomin’ Who,” and “I Knew You Were Waiting For Me.”

Watch TheInsider.com's Behind-the-Scenes Footage of the Season 2 OurStage Panel Finale

We were stoked to have Keltie Colleen from The Insider.com join us for the taping of the OurStage Panel finale during SXSW. Keltie was backstage with the bands and the panelists to get exclusive interviews before and after the performances. Click here to check out her pre-performance interviews with Bronze Radio Return, Civil Sound, Eclectic Approach and The Reel and check back tomorrow morning for the premiere of the finale episode!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Superlatones: Best Hidden Talent

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.

As musicians, we come to understand music in a myriad of different ways. Depending on what instrument we play or value most, we tend to tune in to specific parts of a song: a drum solo, a complicated guitar riff, a fun bass line. This week, we feature artists known for their catchy tunes and great production quality; but instead of analyzing the composition of their songs, we are focusing on a different aspect of their music that the rest of the world seems to take for granted: their voice.

The Dynamic Duo:
Foster the People
and Gotye


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Exclusive Q and A: Kevin Costner and Modern West Saddle up for a Tour

OurStage Exclusive InterviewsKevin Costner just feels right about making music with his band Modern West. You could say that comfort came easily because he has played guitar and piano since childhood. Or you may say his dozens of acting roles in such human interest dramas as Dances with Wolves and Wyatt Earp allowed him to reflect sonically. Even Costner seems unable to pinpoint the exact reason his music career”which we’ll call it, though he might not”seems such a natural fit. What we can trace are the roots of his music, that began in earnest when he met future band mate John Coinman in a Los Angeles acting workshop. The two began to perform and write together. Then they teamed with friend Blair Forward, and formed their own band The Roving Boys. The band was working its way to success, when Costner’s acting career skyrocketed. The Roving Boys was shelved until a 2005 reunion restarted the band’s creative engine.  Now a six piece band”with members Teddy Morgan, Larry Cobb and Park Chisholm”and called Modern West, the band has begun a tour behind its latest release From Where I Stand (now available in Europe; a US release may soon be announced).Costner took time out of his schedule to chat a bit about his latest album, the band’s original songs and just why his music career worries his children.
OS: Why did you decide to record this new record?

KC: Making the record came from my desire to play live wherever I want hanging out. I didn’t see it translating into a tour. I found myself at golf tournaments and charity events, and I would be more comfortable onstage [performing] than standing out there signing autographs. I wanted to be part of the party instead of a prop. I have always loved performing and I love performing original music. There was no end game. This was not the idea, to tour. It was not the idea to make a record. Things unfold and I bent with the wind.

OS: And now you have this major record deal.

KC: I do not have a major record deal. I have to be very, very clear. There is no machine behind me, behind us. That has been the heart burn for the guys in the band. We could play 200 or 300 nights [a year], and that would change the lives of everyone in the band. I don’t want to do that. So one satisfaction has led to others’ dissatisfaction.

OS: So it seems everyone in the band writes?

KC: I write a lot of lyrics and occasionally I do a melody line. It all depends on how I’m feeling. More [of my] songs get tossed than are kept. Most often one of the guys [in the band] writes a song based on something I say. I might say “Hey, that is catchy,” and they’ll say “those first four lines are what you said.” Then we flesh the song out. That’s how our band operates.

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