The Dear Hunter, a.k.a. Casey Crescenzo, stopped by our studios a while back and performed some incredible songs in an exclusive session, which we videoed and posted online (scroll down to select his session). We were floored by what he could do with just a guitar and his voice, and when we got to hear the same songs at a show with a full band… well, let’s just say we can’t recommend it enough.
Lucky for all of us that The Dear Hunter is on tour for the next couple of months, with dates ranging far and wide. See the tour routing below, and be sure to check out some of the exclusive OurStage session, which comes complete with free audio downloads.
Jesse Terry, the hardest working singer/songwriter in singer/songwriter-dom, seems to live on the road. In an uncertain music business where we fret about and debate the best way to reach the most fans with the least amount of effort, he’s out there constantly, a man with a guitar, selling his fantastic songs the old fashioned way – one town at a time. Terry is currently in the middle of a stretch of East Coast dates that take up the month of July, so look for a town near you in the list below. www.jesseterrymusic.com
The HAIM hype has inevitably settled a bit, but as CoS points out, they’ve been a band for seven years now and are very likely immune to the ups and downs at this point. The three sisters (who joined OurStage back when they were just getting going) are celebrating this milestone with a new version of their album track “My Song 5,” this one featuring ASAP Ferg. Check out the song on HAIMtheblog. Word is that a new album is imminent, but details are yet to be revealed.
Jonas Sees In Color, who earned themselves a spot on the OurStage.com stage at Warped Tour in 2012, are back on the road, hitting some East Coast cities, with more to come in the days ahead. Check out their brand new video for “Slim Jim” and keep your eyes peeled for dates near you.
Seven years after their last album, 2007’s Excellent Italian Greyhound, Chicago’s Shellac will release their sixth studio album, Dude Incredible, on September 16th via Touch and Go. The band – Steve Albini, Bob Weston, and Todd Trainer – are famously ultra-informal about touring, recording, performing, and, well, being a band, as illustrated by their official Touch and Go bio: “While there is no specific coordination between Shellac’s record releases and touring schedules, you can expect the band to tour at its usual sporadic and relaxed pace…Shellac will have a new LP anytime between now and the future.” And they remain beloved, especially in the indie rock community, for their integrity and minimalist approach to music making. Watch them in action at 2009’s All Tomorrow’s Parties festival, performing what looks to be the new album’s first track. (h/t CoS)
03. You Came In Me
04. Riding Bikes
05. All The Surveyors
06. The People’s Microphone
Please also watch this video of Albini on the joys of speaking faux-Italian, below.
It’s July the 1st, and for us, that means summer is in full swing. We’ve been so busy that the season has snuck up on us, and here we are without an album of the summer to call our own yet. Well, contender number one has just dropped. It’s called Penny the Dreadful and it’s by our old friends Those Mockingbirds. New Jersey’s finest have been building a formidable set of songs for this, their debut LP, and it is worth the wait. It’s rock and roll that revels in the guitars, drawing inspiration as much from current modern rock as from the great melodic guitar slashers from the ’90s, including Stone Temple Pilots (with better lyrics) and the often overlooked Hum. Get it on iTunes now – it could be your go-to summer rocker. thosemockingbirds.com
The Telegraph, UK’s most widely-circulated news source, has published a list of the world’s best Internet radio stations and have included your favorite and mine, OurStage.com. We are certain this is due to the incredible wealth of talent supplied by so many great undiscovered artists.
“This innovative music service has an archive of songs by more than 125,000 unsigned artists, organised into 40 genres from Alternative to World. Listeners can tune into genre radio stations via the link above, or, if in a Simon Cowell frame of mind, can even judge between acts – the most successful of which get prizes.”
If you’re not already signed up, do it now – it’s easy, and you can connect via Facebook with a simple click. Then, get listening, tune your radio, pick favorites, make playlists, share, and judge channels.
Bon Iver‘s new track seems to be drawing new fans and seeing others return to the faithful fold. The song, “Heavenly Father,” was inspired by and will be featured in the new film by Zach Braff, Wish I Was Here. The soundtrack also features the work of The Shins, among other indie rock heroes, who were famously featured in Braff’s directorial debut feature, Garden State.
You can hear the new track over at NPR.
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The eclectic Ayla Nereo is featured on the newest track by electronic maestro The Polish Ambassador, along with rapper Mr. Lif. The song, entitled “Let The Rhythm Just,” is the second collaboration between the three artists, and it appears on The Polish Ambassador’s Pushing Through The Pavement.