The Oscars may not have been as music-packed as January’s Grammy Awards, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t room for a couple stand-out performances, and even a little award action for 30 Seconds To Mars frontman Jared Leto.
Just months after receiving a Golden Globe for best supporting actor, 30 Seconds To Mars frontman Jared Leto won an Oscar under the same category for his role in Dallas Buyers Club. In his acceptance speech, Leto not only thanked his mother, but “all the dreamers out there,” mentioning Ukraine and Venezuela, as he said “we are here and as you struggle to make your dreams happen, to live the impossible, we’re thinking of you tonight.”
Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig performed a beautiful rendition of their track, “The Moon Song” from Her. The track was up against “Happy” from Despicable Me 2, “Ordinary Love” from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, “Let It Go” from Frozen, and “Alone Yet Not Alone” from the film of the same name.
There are a lot of reasons I have a burning desire to move to Nashville, not the least of which is the legendary music scene. In addition to the old school music business, and the attendant wealth of singer-songwriters, the city also boasts a history of cutting edge bands. Take for instance Satellites and Sirens. Citing influences like Jimmy Eat World, and 30 Seconds To Mars, these Nashville natives have perfected their craft well enough to earn themselves not only a sea of loyal fans, but a spot on the Rock Boat back in 2012, alongside acts such as NEEDTOBREATHE, and Bronze Radio Return.
But making music isn’t easy, and it definitely isn’t cheap, which is why the band has launched a 30-day Kickstarter to help fund their third full-length, One Noise. With a March 2014 release date, the band is offering some pretty cool prizes to help incentivize fans. Aside from the usual rewards of digital downloads, CDs, posters, etc., some of the more creative rewards include a phone call from the band, custom artwork on a guitar pedal, a Fender Telecaster, an in-home acoustic concert, or being flown out to be in the band’s next music video. You can check out their Kickstarter video below, and pledge here. The band is also currently giving away a copy of their last album, Frequency, which we highly recommend picking up. You can grab that here. (more…)
Sunday night’s 71st annual Golden Globe awards saw quite a few winners from the music world, including Jared Leto, U2 and Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. Leto, well-known to music fans for his work in 30 Seconds To Mars, took home the award for Supporting Actor in Dallas Buyers Club, while Ebert received the Best Original Score award for his work with J.C. Chandor‘s All Is Lost, starring Robert Redford.
In one of the more moving speeches of the evening, U2’s Bono honored the late Nelson Mandela when awarded the Best Original Song trophy for their track “Ordinary Love” from Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.
In the band’s acceptance speech, Bono said, “This really is personal, very very personal. This man turned our life upside down, right side up. A man who refused to hate but he thought love would do a better job. We wrote a love song because its kind of what’s extraordinary about the film. It’s a dysfunctional love story.”
You can view the full list of winners below.
By Rebecca Frank. We love passing new music videos around the OurStage office, and now we’re going to be sharing our finds with you. In honor of Halloween, this week’s videos are all about zombies, murder, and everything evil. Enjoy!
Evanescence – “Going Under”
What would you do if you were playing a show, and everyone around you started turning into demons…even your bandmates?!
Rock favorites 30 Seconds To Mars have built a reputation on recording larger-than-life rock anthems meant to be sung by throngs of people in arena or big, outdoor festival settings. During an appearance on BBC Radio 1, however, the trio took a turn for the subtler.
Joining the ranks of the rock bands who came before them, 30 Seconds To Mars let their love of Top 40 show by debuting a stirring cover of Rihanna‘s hit ballad, “Stay.” Frontman Jared Leto belted the sultry lines of loneliness and fleeting passion while accompanied by only piano and light drum work, and we’d be lying if we said it didn’t make us shed a tear or two. You can view a video of the performance below. (more…)
The video for the latest single to surface off May’s Love Lust Faith + Dream finds the band pushing further their cinematic visuals. The clip opens with a young man describing the death of his father, and how listening to 30STM made him feel better during dark times. It sounds bleak, but in context is quite uplifting. From there, the footage moves to a montage of 30STM performances from around the globe, each seemingly bigger than the last. You can view the video below.
30 Seconds to Mars may not be atop the rock charts stateside, but it’s clear from watching this clip that their reign over music is going quite well globally. If you like what you hear in the video, please make sure you support 30STM whenever time and finances allow. (more…)