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Konshens Teases New Album

konshensDC hip-hop artist Konshens has posted a teaser video for his upcoming album From The Hotel Room, due in July 2014. The album is the follow-up to last year’s The Progression. The video is brief but packs some serious energy into 15 seconds.

Stream Eli "Paperboy" Reed's New Album 'Nights Like This'

eli reedVintage soul devotee Eli “Paperboy” Reed has taken a turn for the pop on his new album Nights Like This, out next week on Warner Bros. Read his interview on RollingStone.com, at the bottom of which you can stream the new LP. No, it doesn’t abandon his Redding-inspired vocal stylings, but rather couches them in some updated, pop-oriented production and arrangements. Europe, you can catch Reed on tour starting tonight in Dublin.

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The Jellybricks Release New Album, 'Youngstown Tune-Up'

The Jellybricks In today’s ADD, minute-to-minute music world, there are not many bands that can withstand the test of time. But Harrisburg, PA rock ‘n rollers, The Jellybricks are just getting started. Making reliable and delicious power pop since 1996, the band is now celebrating their sixth release, Youngstown Tune-Up. The album brings out that old time rock ‘n roll feel you love, with just a hint of indie edge, making for yet another stand out release in their catalog. You can grab a copy on iTunes, Amazon, or Google Play, and keep an eye out on streaming services like Spotify and Last.fm. For now, check out “About The Weekend,” off the new album below. (more…)

Beyoncé Drops Surprise "Visual" Album, Uploads Preview Video Clips

BEYONCEChristmas came a little early this year for Beyoncé fans. Dropping her self-titled fifth album exclusively through iTunes this morning, Beyoncé says about the surprise 14-track album, “I didn’t want to release my music the way I’ve done it. I am bored with that. I feel like I am able to speak directly to my fans. There’s so much that gets between the music, the artist and the fans. I felt like I didn’t want anybody to give the message when my record is coming out. I just want this to come out when it’s ready and from me to my fans.”

The album features collaborations with husband Jay-Z, Frank Ocean, Drake, and more. View the track list below. As a bonus, you can now see preview video clips of each song, uploaded by Beyoncé to YouTube. And you should, since the singer is calling this a “visual album.”

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Jake Miller Streams 'Us Against Them' In Full

A decade ago there really wasn’t a ‘pop underground.’ Indie groups used pop elements in songs, sure, but it wasn’t until the rise of social media and YouTube that underground pop acts began emerging from the grey of anonymity. Now anyone with Garageband and a hook can put original compositions together to rival what’s on radio, and as a result a whole new scene has come into existence. Part pop, part club, and all types of fun, artists in this arena make feel-good music without any concern for whether or not Top 40 will spin their singles. They focus on building relationships through their online presence, and in turn develop dedicated followings who support their tour efforts. Jake Miller is a prime example of this type of talent, and this morning his new full length album appeared online ahead of its scheduled release date.

For the last few years, Jake Miller has been the talk of many a Twitter feed and college message board. His music is inspired by the place where hip-hop and pop collide, and on Us Against Them he delivers the most realized version of his unique sound to date. The 12-track offering debuted on Pandora today ahead of its scheduled November 5th digital release, and those who want to hear the future of pop music would be wise to click here and discover what Miller has to say.

From the pop vibes of “Me and You” to the lighthearted cockiness of “Number One Rule,” Jake Miller has put together a collection of potential hits with Us Against Them that should help push him to the next level of fame. We discovered his music over the summer and are nothing short of amazed by what this young artist has already achieved in the short time he’s been on our radar. The sky is the limit, and at the rate he’s going Jake Miller will be amongst the clouds in no time at all.

U2 Debut New Song, Plan To Finish Album Before End Of Year

After a quiet three years, iconic rock band U2 have debuted a brand new song as part of the promotional push for an upcoming film about Nelson Mandela.

Released as the musical accompaniment to a new trailer for Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, the new U2 song is as yet unnamed. The song is only available through the extended film preview, which you can stream on NME, but will later appear as part of the film’s official soundtrack. No release date has been set for that collection.

This song is apparently only the tip of the iceberg as far as new material goes. U2 bassist Adam Clayton recently revealed that the band are aiming to finish a new album by the end of November. No word yet on a release or potential single, but it seems safe to assume a new album could hit shelves sometime in 2014. Will it be followed by a tour? Only time will tell.

Taking Back Sunday Debut New Material Live

Long Island natives Taking Back Sunday have spent the better part of the last two years riding a wave of nostalgia thanks to their debut, Tell All Your Friends, crossing the decade mark. Fans know that the band took a few months off during winter 2012 to record in Michigan, but their recent live appearances have been so focused on yesteryear that the idea of hearing something new from the band had become the furthest thing from anyone’s mind. Now it seems the guys in TBS are finally ready to step back into the present, and last night they debuted one of their brand new tracks to a rambunctious live crowd.

Rumored to be titled everything from “Anywhere You Want To Go” to “Beat Up Car,” the latest material from Taking Back Sunday is most certainly built on the same structural concepts that helped propel them into the spotlight all the way back at the dawn of the new millennium. The band’s emo-tinged alternative rock sound pulses below vocalist Adam Lazzara‘s signature wails about heartache and separation, all of which mixes into a smooth rock concoction that slowly builds to a dual-vocal bridge that harkens back to the band’s Where You Want To Be days. It may not be reinventing the wheel by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s sure to please fans news and old. You can stream a fan-shot video of the performance below.

Taking Back Sunday have been debuting new material off-and-on over the last month, which leads us to believe they will soon be announcing a release date for their Hopeless Records debut. Follow Ourstage on Twitter so you never miss another update. (more…)

Danny Brown Releases 'Old' Album Trailer

Detroit native Danny Brown has released a trailer for his highly-anticipated debut album, Old.

Brown has already built himself a rep. He’s a troublemaker with a fondness for drugs and a heart of gold, building a fun-loving brand in the world of hip-hop. But in the trailer for Old, there are essentially no lighthearted moments. Brown showcases his Detroit neighborhood, including the homes of friends and neighbors, and the dilapidated buildings that are littered throughout the once thriving city. It’s simple and powerful, and sets up Old as an effort produced by a more mature Danny Brown than what fans heard on XXX. You can view the clip below.

Old arrives in stores September 30, which is just in time for Brown’s fall co-headlining tour with Action Bronson. Click here to view the full tour itinerary. (more…)

The Weeknd Streams 'Kiss Land'

After months of anticipation, Canadian crooner The Weeknd has released a stream of his new album Kiss Land a full weak ahead of its scheduled street date.

It does not feel like two years have passed since The Weeknd was the talk of the mixtape market, but it is indeed the truth. After signing with a major label, the Weekend reissued his breakout mixtapes as a single offering (Trilogy), then receded to the studio where he remained largely quiet until rumors of a new album began to blossom early this year. Once the word got out, so did new music, and this morning the entire sensual listening experience that is Kiss Land can be enjoyed by music fans around the globe. Head over to NPR to stream the album.

It’s hard to tell exactly what the future might hold for The Weeknd, but one thing that we know for sure is that he has plans to tour the globe in the months ahead. While we wait for dates to surface online, comment below and let us know your thoughts on Kiss Land. The album hits stores September 10.

Yellabird Release And Stream 'Little Brother' EP

In a world bursting with bands vying for even a minute of your attention, sometimes all it takes to stand out is an update of a classic sound. There is nothing quite like that live, raw sound that made ’70s rock so timeless, and somewhere in New England right now there is an up and coming band aiming to make the same impact that those landmark records – from Zeppelin‘s Houses of the Holy to Queen‘s Night at the Opera to Bowie‘s Aladdin Sane - still deliver today. Mix in some Queens of the Stone Age, maybe a little White Stripes, and you might get something like the new EP from Yellabird.

Yellabird have been on our radar since the release of their debut EP in the fall of 2012. A duo with a flair for creativity and love of all things rock, the band boasts a sound that feels brand new, but is undeniably rooted in the greatest moments of classic rock. Their new EP, Little Brother, finds the group sharpening their edge while pushing themselves into a slightly more alternative realm, and we honestly cannot stop spinning it here at OurStage HQ. You can experience the record for yourself on Bandcamp.

Yellabird have expressed a desire to tour in the months ahead, but at the moment no plans have been announced. The Boston-area band have some dates slated in their hometown in the next couple of months. Comment below and let us know your thoughts on Little Brother.