It’s officially summer, which means it’s time to roll down the windows and crank up the tunes. For this month’s Editor Picks, we’ve got an eclectic mix of singer-songwriters, indie rock bands and rappers that’s sure to please, no matter what you’re into. Check out our track descriptions below, then head over to the OurStage Facebook page to download the mix for free, or check out 8tracks to listen to it along with our past Editor Picks playlists.
The Local Strangers “All Along” — Sleepy acoustic guitar and soft vocals make this the perfect song to listen to as you nap in the hammock or relax by the ocean.
Goodnight Argent “Battlegrounds” — Haunting piano chords with an industrial touch give this track a One Republic-esque vibe.
Xavier & Ophelia “I’m Alright” — A swinging beat, hand claps and smooth vocals adorn this indie pop gem.
The Energy Commission “There Goes My” — We love the quirky quality of this song and the sultry vocals from frontwoman Danielle Cales.
The Midnight Show “All The Water” — Fan of The Hush Sound? You’ll love The Midnight Show. ‘Nuff said.
The Love Me Nots “The End of the Line” — What would summer be without Friday night yard parties? Add this track to your next party playlist!
The Design “Burn” — We can’t get enough of Kat’s powerful, raspy vocals. Look out, Melissa Etheridge!
Jitta On The Track “Cassette Tape” — No summer would be complete without a feel-good hip-hop track. Our man Jitta goes hard over this low-key beat.
In 2010 hundreds of thousands of artists entered our monthly competitions, and millions of music lovers ranked their favorite tracks, positioning the Top 100 songs across thirty or more music charts every month. As a proud connoisseur of independent music, I’ve always made it a point to turn my family and friends on to new talents that “I” discover. With a talent pool as rich as the OurStage music charts, there is a never ending reservoir to tap into.
The “Lilith Local Talent Search” brought droves of female artists, “Your Next Record with Keith Urban” brought the country, Drake’s “Thank Me Later” Competition represented hip hop and promotions with Bon Jovi, John Mayer, Train and the Goo Goo Dolls rallied legions of pop and rock artists. While there were many winners who earned career-enhancing opportunities, editorial coverage and cash money, the front-runners only scratched the surface of artists whose talent need to be heard.
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Editor at Large and Director of Community & Content for OurStage.com