Magic Men

Really Old Airplanes + Cat

There’s something about the music of Really Old Airplanes that reminds one of old nautical towns with their creaking buildings, eccentric townsfolk and a salt-cured way of life. Or maybe that’s just us. But there’s no arguing the fact that the Tacoma band’s music is steeped in a sort of roughshod romance. Armed with an unusual assortment of instruments”ukulele, keyboards, bass, drums, cello and bells”Really Old Airplanes lead you into a world of slightly disheveled, bright-eyed melodies. Perennials wheezes and twinkles with bells and accordion. Singer Kory Mathis delivers a swaying, sing-a-long chorus that could bring a tear to any drunkard’s eye: Shoulder to shoulder, it’s over and we’ve met our end. Pleasantries holds you in thrall with fluid, fluttering strings, horns and croaking keys. Likewise Crown, with its big, swirling constellation of keyboards and harpsichord, casts its own sort of folk magic. Fans of Neutral Milk Hotel, Beirut or Decemberists”you’re gonna wanna get all up on this.

 

 

Amy Kuney To Gain Industry Insight From Vet Rob Stevenson

It’s safe to say Premium Members seriously brought the heat in the August Artist Access Competition. With a mentoring session with A&R icon Rob Stevenson at stake, how could they not? His stellar industry track record includes breaking bands like The Killers, Fall Out Boy, Sum 41 and Saliva as well as helping further the careers of Katy Perry, Decemberists, 30 Seconds to Mars and Beastie Boys. The tracks were epic, the battles hard fought and now that the dust has settled, only one artist remains.

Meet Amy Kuney, an on-the-rise SoCal singer-songwriter fit to take the stadium pop scene by storm. If you’ve got a hankering for big hooks and driving beats with a touch of female folk, Kuney will be happy to oblige. Her track “Gasoline Rainbows” earned her some real talk with Rob Stevenson and we’re pumped to see how he lends his years of experience to her already promising career.

Scope the below playlist for more of her tracks.

Jazz Cats Want Free Strings | Premium Members Chase Their Big Break – Judge Now!

This August, a veritable boatload of OurStage’s finest acts are giving it their all for a chance to win some incredible opportunities.

Ernie Ball Jazz

Artists in the Jazz Channel are exercising their jazz hands for a chance to win a year’s supply of strings and accessories from Ernie Ball. If you fancy yourself a fan of Coltrane, Davis, Armstrong and Ellington, then lend your finely-tuned ear to judging by August 29th.

Artist Access

OurStage Premium Members in the August “Artist Access” Competition are shooting for a sit-down mentoring session with music mogul Rob Stevenson, founder of For The Win! (FTW!). Stevenson is the former President of Virgin Records and Executive Vice President for A&R at Island Def Jam Music Group. His stellar track record includes breaking bands like The Killers, Fall Out Boy, Sum 41 and Saliva as well as helping further the careers of Katy Perry, Decemberists, 30 Seconds to Mars and Beastie Boys. For an aspiring star, becoming so much as a blip on an industry player’s radar can mean big things. Judge in the “Artist Access” Competition by August 31st and help put one lucky act on the map.

Don't Miss Your Chance To Chat With Heavyweight Rob Stevenson

Grabbing face time with a powerhouse music executive is high on the to-do list for many aspiring artists but it’s no easy task to accomplish. The OurStage Artist Access Competition seeks to bridge the gap.  If you want a shot at a mentoring session with industry staple Rob Stevens, then sign up for OurStage Premium Membership today and enter the August Artists Access Competition by August 23rd.

Formerly the President of Virgin Records and Executive Vice President for A&R at Island Def Jam Music Group, Stevenson is currently the founder of For The Win! (FTW!). His stellar industry track record includes breaking bands like The Killers, Fall Out Boy, Sum 41 and Saliva as well as helping further the careers of Katy Perry, Decemberists, 30 Seconds to Mars and Beastie Boys.

Your big time music career could be closer than you think”all you have to do is enter. Fans: If you want to help these rising stars catch the experience of a lifetime, lend your ears to the channel by August 31st. We guarantee they’ll love you for it. Check out the top tracks below.

Premium Members: Your Mentoring Session With Rob Stevenson Awaits

We’re taking things up a notch for OurStage premium members ” offering exclusive career-boosting opportunities to help rising artists take their game to the next level. The Artist Access Competition series has already awarded winners Dusty the Robodrum, All Found Out and Jenna Bryson mentoring sessions with industry legends Bruce Tyler and Don Ienner.  In August, Premium Members will get their chance to meet face-to-face with Rob Stevenson.

Formerly the President of Virgin Records and Executive Vice President for A&R at Island Def Jam Music Group, Stevenson is currently a partner of FTW. His stellar industry track record includes breaking bands like The Killers, Fall Out Boy, Sum 41, and Saliva and furthering the careers of Katy Perry, The Decemberists, 30 Seconds to Mars and Beastie Boys.

Looking for your big break? Sign up for an OurStage Premium Membership today and enter the August Artist Access Competition by August 23 ” you could be steps away from face time with an industry powerhouse!

Discourse & Dischord

The Good

Record Store Day has banner day in sales

Record Store Day began in 2007 to both celebrate and breathe a little life into the independently-owned record stores still in existence. The event takes place the third Saturday of April every year. Artists from all over the world release limited edition material to drum up sales. This year’s participating acts included Foo Fighters, Flaming Lips, Guided By Voices, Franz Ferdinand, Rolling Stones, Radiohead and Decemberists. According to Nielsen SoundScan, independent stores album sales rose 39% last week due to the event. Last year’s Record Store Day resulted in a boost of only 3%. Great news for indie record stores and their tatted and bespectacled clerks in Yo La Tengo t-shirts who get to keep the dream alive a little longer.

Coachella, Coachella, Coachella. Oh”and Coachella.

Much of this week’s music coverage consisted of round-ups of the many artists taking the stage at the Coachella Music Festival. We’ll distill it down to the finer points for you. Cee Lo got pissed when he was forced off the stage after running over the allotted time, making his performance of his hit, F— You, entirely a propos. Kanye West did right by his fans and delivered a galvanizing, 140-minute set that covered all his hits. Arcade Fire delighted Rihanna and thousands more with their performance, which ended with glowing bouncy balls being dropped over the audience while the band sang their hit, Wake Up. Check out the video clip below.

The Bad

TV On The Radio mourn loss of Gerard Smith

TV On The Radio bassist Gerard Smith passed away this week after battling lung cancer. The band canceled five shows and released a statement on their Web site that read, We are very sad to announce the death of our beloved friend and bandmate, Gerard Smith, following a courageous fight against lung cancer. Gerard passed away the morning of April 20th, 2011. We will miss him terribly. R.I.P.

Lil Wayne, Lady Gaga release album covers

We’re just curious as to which one is your favorite: Lady Gaga as half woman, half bike, or Lil Wayne as half kindergartener, half gangsta.

The Ugly

Beyoncé releases Girls (Who Run The World)

Beyoncé released her new single, Girls (Who Run The World), this week and for some the jury’s still out. The track is an ambitious, sprawling jam that samples Major Lazer’s Pon De Floor. We’re not sure if the word hook applies here, but give it a listen down below and decide for yourselves. Oh, and if you want to see two guys seriously displeased with the latest offering from Sasha Fierce, click here. A word to the wise”when you’re recording a show for YouTube, don’t leave to take a phone call from your sister in the middle of it.

The Game detained in Canada

The Game was en route to Nova Scotia from LA for a show at the Halifax Forum when he was detained by customs agents in Canada. The rapper will either be deported or jailed for violating Canada’s immigration entry laws. (Apparently jerks aren’t allowed to enter Canada. Folks!)

Miscellany