Featured Artist: Civil Sound

This isn’t the first time Civil Sound has appeared on OurStage’s radar, and we’re guessing it won’t be the last. After winning the Texas date of our Rock Yourself To Sleep Tour competition, and previously sharing the stage with acts such as South FM and American Idol contestant and OurStage’s own Tim Halperin, these guys have a long line of references all leading to one conclusion. Civil Sound is a solid, driven four piece, and being from the state that boasts everything as bigger and better, these guys definitely fit the bill. We have no doubt they’ll be bursting into the limelight in no time.

Check out their song, “Like You Mean It” below.


Congratulations To "Rock Yourself To Sleep" Winners: Shallow Royale, Culprit, Civil Sound, & This Armistice!

For the past two months, OurStage bands have been battling each other across the U.S. for a chance to open for select dates of the Rock Yourself To Sleep Tour with Dance Gavin DanceA Lot Like Birds, I The Mighty, Hail The Sun, and The Orphan, The Poet. Today we are announcing and congratulating the first batch of winners, which are as follows:

Northwest Winner: Shallow Royale
Founded by the Crow brothers and their friend Bradly Tyner, these guys are a full throttle rock explosion. They recently won our Guitar Player “Take The Lead” Competition for guitarist Chase Crow’s insane shredability. If you’re going to any of the Northwest dates be sure to check these guys out!

West Coast Winner: Culprit
This California band will catch your ear right off the bat, with ambient echoing melodies combined with a post-hardcore intensity. Culprit delivers powerful and unique songs that take you through a chasm of emotive harmonies and rhythms. Catch their live set on the West Coast leg of the tour.

Texas Winner: Civil Sound
Hailing from the great city of Dallas, TX is Civil Sound, a moving alternative pop rock band with songs that we can all relate to. They’ve shared the stage with major acts such as South FM, OurStage’s Bronze Radio Return and American Idol Contestent and OurStage artist Tim Halperin. They will be playing all of the Texas dates of the tour.

Florida Winner: This Armistice
An ambient whirlwind of hard-hitting rhythms, intricate guitar work, and captivating melodies, this post-hardcore outfit comes from Southeast Georgia with a big sound. The Armistice deliver a powerful live performance that will keep you on your toes, so don’t miss them in Florida!

Congratulations to these four lucky and talented acts for rocking their way to the top! The next batch will be announced soon, but in the meantime, check out the winning songs by these four awesome bands:

Soundtrax: So Long, Sweet Summer

Summer’s over and the air is getting colder. This mix will help you say goodbye to the heat while you get ready for one of our favorite seasons: fall. Like the end of any great summer, these songs are a little bit sad, but perfect for relaxing and watching the leaves change. Enjoy!

Watch TheInsider.com's Behind-the-Scenes Footage of the Season 2 OurStage Panel Finale

We were stoked to have Keltie Colleen from The Insider.com join us for the taping of the OurStage Panel finale during SXSW. Keltie was backstage with the bands and the panelists to get exclusive interviews before and after the performances. Click here to check out her pre-performance interviews with Bronze Radio Return, Civil Sound, Eclectic Approach and The Reel and check back tomorrow morning for the premiere of the finale episode!

Pop-Ed: SXSW Redux, The Panel, New Music


We’ve been back from Texas for about a week, and somehow SXSW already feels like old news. All those bands are sooooo last week, man. But seriously, we had a great time, especially filming the Season 2 finale of The OurStage Panel. I want to thank Bronze Radio Return, The Reel, Civil Sound and Grand Prize Winners Eclectic Approach for bringing their A game and being all-around capital dudes. Please check out the finale episode, which premieres on Thursday, March 29th at 7:30 am (EST) and, of course, will be available to watch at any time after that. Let us know if you agree with the panelists.


As I stumbled, sleep deprived, out of The Parish (the awesome club where we shot The Panel), hauling some gear and cursing the yellow sky disc for being so bright, I walked past another bar where the stage was right in the front window. I was able to catch less than forty seconds of a band that featured two women facing each other, singing and playing keys, quite apparently having a blast and taking the whole audience with them. I loved it, but I had to catch a ride, and didn’t have time to figure out who it was. Later, I went to the club’s calendar, only to find simply SXSW. Damn you, calendar. Many sleepless nights and nearly $40,000 in private investigator fees later, I found that it was Brooklyn’s own Lucius, playing the Berklee College of Music showcase. I implore you to listen.

The audio on this next video isn’t so good, but it captures the moment of discovery, as I pass through the lower left of the screen at thirty-two seconds in. I’m the pasty, long-haired white guy in the sunglasses and black t-shirt (settle down, ladies) who doubles back, around :43, only to have to chase my ride by 1:09. Sometimes all it takes is a few quality seconds.

One of the many bonuses of my job is stumbling across great music in the course of an average workday. For instance, I happened to hear Jules Larson’s excellent moody/retro/pop/rock track I Want It All while perusing the OurStage Best of the Best Charts. Not exactly a hidden gem, since she’s had a lot of success in competition son the site and has had some real national exposure, but, hey, it was new to me, and maybe now to you, too. Here’s the faux-noir video:

Here’s a band that sparked some debate around the office a couple of weeks ago. It was agreed that Get Back Loretta is a great little rock band, but some were not so psyched about the name. I dunno, I think it’s fine. It was sadly not obvious to all that the name comes from The Beatles’ Get Back. Sigh. But what’s a name anyway? You know, The Beatles probably sounded like a pretty stupid name before those guys started ruling and dominating popular music for, like, ever. I digress”check out Grown So Cold. Here’s their video for “Mary Sunday.”

Here’s some grooving hip-hop, which I’m into especially because of the line, Disturbed by my own thoughts / my brain patterns couldn’t be followed by John Madden. Listen to This Is My Time by MaG, and check out the live video for “Paper Airplanes.”

Talk to you later, ok.

The OurStage Panel Season 2 Finale Extravaganza

We hope you’ve all enjoyed watching Season 2 of The OurStage Panel. We featured sixteen fantastic artists this season and had a blast with our celebrity guest panelist, Gavin DeGraw!

Now that we have our four winners, we’re headed off to the South By Southwest music festival in Austin, TX for the big finale. On Friday, March 16th, Bronze Radio Return, Civil Sound, The Reel and Eclectic Approach will all take the stage at The Parish during our official SXSW party to perform live in front of our panel. In the end, however, only one of them will take home the grand prize: a performance video filmed in NYC by Emmy Award-winning director Mitchell Stuart, $5,000 in cash, a one-on-one mentorship with industry heavyweights and, ultimately, the chance to emerge onto the national stage.

If you’re going to be at SXSW, we would love for you to be there for the live taping of the finale. You can get all the details and reserve your spot by RSVPing to our Facebook event. We’ll be getting in touch with all “Attending” guests in the next few days to confirm attendance for the guest list. As for the rest of you, stay tuned…we’ll be premiering our finale right here on the ‘net very soon.

PS – Miss an episode? Just want to see more Gavin DeGraw? Catch up on Episodes 1-4 here.