It was released a month ago, and we’re only now catching up with the new single from Steph Shaw, “Meant To Be.” We are embarrassed. BUT we’re making up for lost time this morning with several consecutive spins of this ornately orchestrated, pulsing pop song. Staccato percolations quickly lock into place with the drums before giving way to flowing strings, all tied together with Shaw’s lilting melody. Check it out below; available now on iTunes.
While they gear up for the US leg of their tour to promote their new LP Talking Is Hard, Walk The Moon has just been announced as part of the stellar lineup for this fall’s Boston Calling festival. Though just a few years ago an indie rock band making its way to the top of the charts here on OurStage, Walk The Moon is currently ruling the airwaves with the hit “Shut Up And Dance.” The success of that single makes them one of the most highly anticipated artists to feature at what looks to be the best bill yet for the young, biannual Boston Calling. The festival will be held on Boston’s City Hall Plaza from September 25-27.
Other big names on the fest this year include Alabama Shakes, Avett Brothers, Of Monsters And Men, Hozier, and two acts championed early and often by our sister sites AmazingTunes.com and AmazingRadio.com: Chvrches and Alt-J.
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Jitta On The Track continues to be one of the most prolific rappers in the game. Chances are pretty solid that he’s tracking a new song right now, whenever you might be reading this. And now you can get some of the most recent Jitta releases for free. Start with his brand new single “1 Million,” released to commemorate a million plays on Soundcloud.
And then by the time you’re done with those, Jitta will probably have like 4 more singles out.
We brought you the first single at the end of March, and now Baeble Music has the premiere of the new album from Boston’s The Shills. Keep Your Hands Busy: Vol. 2 is one of the most musically-inventive/adventurous-yet-still-totally-accessible-and-fun-to-listen-to indie rock albums you’re likely to hear this year. And you can dance to it. Listen to the new single, “Oh, This Devilish Place,” below. Buy it here.
Fresh off a series of stellar remix releases, Bronx NY’s Yonas has just dropped a new original single and video. “Live It Up” is a serious contender for jam of the summer. The song by itself is an infectious and upbeat singalong with a heavy beat. But the video, shot on Venice Beach, completes the vibe and effortlessly takes you to that place in the sun. Watch it below.
“Live It Up” is the first single from Yonas’ new EP, Going Places.
We recently tried to catch you up on all the doings with the fast-rising singer-songwriter Jesse Terry. From his upcoming national and international tours to his performance slot at Bonnaroo this summer, he’s got a lot going on. We should have known that even our catch-all blog post wouldn’t really catch all. Just before this past weekend, Terry unexpectedly released a brand-new EP, The Calm And The Storm, via Noisetrade. The 6-song EP includes a cover of Don McLean‘s classic “Vincent (Starry, Starry Night),” which fits seamlessly with Terry’s collection of pretty, melodic, acoustic-based and lyrically rich songs. Get it now.
Aly Spaltro and band – aka Lady Lamb – performed their new “Billions Of Eyes” plus a few other songs on World Cafe Live. She also spoke with David Dye in an interesting interview, which included an explanation of a reference in “Billions Of Eyes” to her relative who was named a saint. She also talks about songwriting and the recent truncation of her stage name. You can listen to the whole interview with all of the songs here.
It was quite a drag to learn that Boston’s The Wandas – a onetime OurStage Artist of the Week – were going on indefinite hiatus. We’d loved their self-titled LP, and the follow-up was even better. But such is life for indie rock bands and their fans.
Of course, we should have been looking forward to what was inevitably to come from the individual members of the band. Brent Battey has formed a pretty groovy, early-Beach Boys-inspired surf rock band called Le Roxy Pro. Check out this video for “Coral Coralles.”
This past winter, Keith McEachern released a true solo album, having written, performed, and recorded every song on Double Down. He released “My Education” as the first video from the LP, and just today Vanyaland premiered the follow-up video, for the song “Pleasant.” Check out both below:
Every month, the OurStage community (you) listens and ranks the songs competing on OurStage.com. Once those songs get to the Finals stage, five grand prize winners are selected. Those winners get featured on the ‘OurStage on Amazing Radio’ show, broadcast from the UK to hundreds of thousands of music fans, both on terrestrial radio in the UK and online around the world. Last month’s show is streaming now. Below are the top five that you’ll hear on this month’s show, but you can preview them now by clicking here for a playlist.
“Satellite” by Panic Station
“He Can Dance” by Julie Burton & Bobby Caputo
“Erase Her” by Pells Voice
“Push” by Indigo Blak
“Free Minded” by Circuit-400
It’s another ultra-catchy tune from Jarrod Gollihare, aka House of Jed. His “Coming Off Pretty” snuck up on us a couple of years ago when it neared the top of our Intel Superstars chart, and we have yet to be let down by any of his other material. “O Caligula,” the new single, is no exception. The rhythm-driven (Gollihare is primarily a drummer), Omnichord-heavy track is simply unlike anything else you’re likely to hear today. And according to Gollihare, “[I]t’s about attending high school with a psychopathic Roman emperor-to-be…” which is obviously common lyrical subject matter. Check it out on Bandcamp: