Boston hip-hop artist Kyle Bent this week dropped the official video for the single he released earlier this summer, “Just A Little Bit.” Directed by Christian O’Keefe, the clip is visually impressive, but matches the track’s chilled-out vibe. Check it out below, and follow @iamkylebent.
A little band emerged, as they are wont to do, from the cauldron of musical discontent known as Berklee College Of Music in Boston. They called themselves Sonia, but then regrouped and became Aüva, a now six-piece indie rock outfit who write real groovy and hook-filled pop songs. We’ve chosen their very first video, for the track “Better,” as our Video of the Month. It’s sweet and spacey, and harkens back to a golden age of Boston rock in the late ’80s, before the major labels came calling, when bands like fellow ex-Berklee kids Blake Babies were marrying classic pop sensibilities to clever, weaving, jangly guitar lines and longingly romantic lyrics. The interplay between the male and female lead vocals sends this one over the top, and the beautifully low-budget video wisely focuses on the band members and brings you into the song, rather than distracting from it. The video will be streaming on our homepage at OurStage.com and you can watch it below.
Boston hip-hop artist JugState has released his latest single, “Ambition.” It’s a quick track, at 2:12, built to feature Jug’s flow and a deep groove. Lyrically, it’s both aggressive and tongue-in-cheek, and the call-and-response of the verse is particularly great (Smile for the camera (cheese!)). “Ambition” is produced by Session for GRP.
Finding a spot on our Top 40 in its first month of competition, “We Could Rebuild It” is the debut single by The American Indie. The Boston trio has been honing their sound over the past couple of years (going through a couple of name changes in the process), and are readying an EP for release as they begin to make waves with their live shows in the Northeast. Marked by heavily syncopated electronic rhythms, earnest lyrics, intertwined guitar lines, and atmospheric synths, “We Could Rebuild It” is a confident debut from a promising indie rock band.
Our very own hometown of Boston is losing one of its great rock and roll bands. Aloud, who you might remember hearing about on these very virtual pages, are moving out to Los Angeles, but they’re leaving us some parting gifts. Firstly, they will of course be touring their way out west. The No Sleep ‘Til LA tour commences April 24th in Manhattan. See the current list of dates below. Secondly, they’ll be releasing a new limited edition, double A-side 7″ single – “Empty House” / “Falling Out Of Love” on the same date, which you can pre-order now, right here.
While we await the new songs, let’s enjoy this one, shall we?
Don’t forget to see the tour dates below. Aloud is the real deal. Catch them if you can.
NO SLEEP TIL LA TOUR:
4/24 • New York City, NY • Berlin
with Gillian, The Come On
4/25 • Pittsburgh, PA • James Street Downstairs
with Park Plan, Zoob
4/26 • Grand Ledge, MI • The Fledge
with Hat Madder, Tidal, Stop Bobby Hatch
4/27 • Chicago, IL • Quenchers
with The Runaway Five, Jesse W. Johnson and Coyote Scream
5/2 • Denver, CO • Mercury Cafe
with Married a Dead Man
5/4 • Albuquerque, NM • Burt’s Tiki Lounge
with Gerunding, Eileen & the In-Betweens, Train Conductor
5/6 • Los Angeles, CA • El Cid
with Jacob the Horse
(additional tour dates TBA)
We all start from the bottom. Climbing to the top depends on drive, talent, time, and, yes, some luck. But when Taylor Swift‘s 1989 World Tour rolled through our hometown of Boston last week, we were struck by two other artists who shared the stage with the superstar singer. Both HAIM, the band of sisters who are opening a string of dates on the tour, and Swift’s surprise guests Walk The Moon were once struggling artists who got started here on OurStage. HAIM first joined us in 2009, in time to seek a slot in our Lilith Fair competition that year. Walk The Moon is currently riding the success of their hit “Shut Up And Dance” (which they performed with Swift in Boston). We first heard them in 2009, when they were on that year’s July editorial playlist, and then spotlighted them here in 2011, before they blew up. We’re very glad to have had the opportunity to help promote them and serve as a platform for these artists to share their music and find new fans.