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Featured Artist: Unquiet Nights

There’s nothing like a little UK rock to get your blood pumping midweek. Hailing from Belfast, Ireland and extending their reach as far as London and Rome, Unquiet Nights have been gaining notoriety since their 2011 release, 21st Century Redemption Songs. Taking ’90s influenced rock and roll to the next level with radio friendly riffs and gritty vocals, it’s no surprise that they’ve seen exposure through radio play on BBC and G3 and provided the soundtrack for several television and Internet broadcasts, including ESPN.

If that weren’t enough, the band has also broken into the OurStage Top 40 for Indie Rock with their song, Someone’s Love On Drugs.” The charm of that single was enticement enough to check out the rest of the band’s catalog. 21st Century Redemption Songs may come in at only 35 minutes, but these guys make every second count. Where “Someone’s Love On Drugs” captures a softer side of the band, “We Were The Ones” charges ahead full force with unrestrained vigor, setting the tone for high energy, catchy tunes throughout, and making for an album that is simply bursting with ambition and potential.

Check out “Someone’s Love On Drugs” below.

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Bronze Radio Return: Pro Artist Of The Week

If only American Idol would take a cue from their own background music¦ Recent seasons of the hit game show and now cultural institution have THRICE featured our friends Bronze Radio Return, most recently on last week’s episode. The band have been a song placement machine lately, providing the soundtrack for a recent PGA ad on ESPN, in addition to spots for Nissan, on HBO, and on several prime-time network shows.

But their broadcast near-ubiquity is not the reason we love them so. It is of course because of the music “ a positively ideal blend of classic roots music and modern rock. The key to making this formula work, as Bronze Radio Return does, is authenticity. Their sound and songs possess the burned-in feel of music unburdened by time. As individual musicians and as a functioning unit, they are apparent naturals. All reasons why we have selected them as this week’s OurStage Pro Artist of the Week.

We’ve been fans of the band for a long time, and are lucky to have caught them live several times, including a performance at last year’s South by Southwest festival. And we’ll be there when they rock the Rock Boat cruise at the end of this month. The band expects to release their new LP sometime this year, but meanwhile they have a new single called Further On, available on iTunes. See the video for their song “Shake, Shake, Shake” after the jump, and click here to listen to some more Bronze Radio Return on OurStage.

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Five Entertainment Alternatives For Super Bowl Sunday

If you’re among the many who cringe at the thought of partaking in any Super Bowl Sunday festivities, fear not. Just because you don’t want to paint your face the color of your favorite team, wear your favorite player’s jersey, or spend the day jumping up and down screaming in joy (or anguish) doesn’t mean you can’t have a good time this weekend. In fact, with most people preoccupied by the game, there’s a lot to do with no crowds to deal with, and since you probably have no obligations, might as well take advantage. We’ve put together a list of five entertainment alternatives for those wishing to sit out the “big day” this Sunday. Check them out after the jump. (more…)

Ciph Boogie Knocks Out Opponents In ESPN "Main Event" Competition

We’ve had months of brutal competition, but only one artist could be named the Grand Prize Winner of the ESPN “Main Event” Competition. DIVE, Konsept, Fight The Fear, FlyRydaz and Ciph Boogie competed for the chance to be named the ultimate victor and have their music featured on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights.

Now that the dust has settled, we are proud to announce that Brooklyn native Ciph Boogie defeated his opponents and earned a feature on Friday Night Fights‘ “Images Of The Year,” a segment that recaps the best boxing fights from 2012.

Tune in tonight at 10:00 PM on ESPN2 to see Ciph’s feature!

Get Your Final Votes In For The ESPN "Main Event" Competition

This month, we’ve seen dubstep duo Circuit Assasins take on alt-rockers DIVE in the ESPN “Main Event” Competition, but only one group can have their music featured on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights. The winning act will also compete with past “Main Event” winners to have their song featured on FNF‘s “Images of the Year.” With the competition coming to a close, these guys need your votes now more than ever! Head over to our Facebook page and cast your votes now” voting ends this Tuesday, July 31.

 

Help Choose The Winner Of The ESPN "Main Event" Competition

Battles aren’t just for the boxing ring. This month, OurStage artists Circuit Assassins and DIVE will fight for placement on ESPN. The winning act will be featured on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights, moving one step closer to winning the Grand Prize: an additional feature on FNF‘s “Images of the Year.” So, will it be the dirty dubstep DJs of the Assassins, or the seasoned alt-rock of DIVE? Make sure you vote for your favorite on our Facebook page by July 31. May the best artist win!

 

Circuit Assassins and DIVE Face Off In July Maine Event Competition

Like the hits on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights, the monthly ESPN “Main Event” match-ups just keep on coming. This month, the dirty dubstep-influenced beats of Circuit Assassins are going toe-to-toe with the aggressive, melodic rock of DIVE.  The winning group will have their music featured on Friday Night Fights, and will return next month to compete for a feature on the show’s “Images of the Year.” Head over to our Facebook page to vote for your favorite act before July 31!

Help Decide Who Wins The Latest Round Of The ESPN Main Event Competition

Friday night are for fighting on ESPN, and OurStage needs your help picking the soundtrack. Midnight Spin and Konsept, both heavyweights in their individual genres, are currently battling head-to-head for the opportunity to be featured on an upcoming episode of Friday Night Fights, but they need your votes to win.  Head to the ESPN Main Event Competition to pick favorite today!

We are featuring a different matchup every two weeks, so be sure to check back in and vote for a new act. Each Main Event champ will take part in a final battle in August to decide which song will be featured on FNF’s Images of the Year.

Adrian Boykin And Midnight Spin Square Off In June's Main Event Competition

It seems like only yesterday we were announcing the Grand Prize Winner of the May Main Event match-up, but now it’s time to turn your eyes to June. Adrian Boykin (formerly Konsept) and Midnight Spin are ready for the ring and primed to vie for your votes. Head over to our Facebook page to weigh in on your favorite by June 30. The winning act will score a feature on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights in July, and a shot to duke it out for a feature in FNF‘s Images of the Year in August. Round 1, Fight!

 

Hats Off To Fight The Fear – Winners Of The June ESPN Main Event Matchup

Another exciting month of the ESPN Main Event Competition is now in the rear-view mirror. For those of y’all out of the loop, OurStage artists Fight The Fear and Will Brennan went toe to toe for two weeks in May for a shot at an exclusive feature on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights boxing program.

Now that the dust has settled, we can finally announce a winner! Congratulations to Fight The Fear, whose track The Swing won over fans nationwide. The Connecticut quartet will appear on FNF TONIGHT at 10pm. Be there or be square, people. Check out more from the band on their OurStage profile or in the playlist below.

Also, a big congrats to OurStage artist Daniel Rinaldi, whose vote for FTF scored him a brand new iPod Touch in our Main Event iPod giveaway. Keep your eyes on the OurStage Twitter page for more contests like this in the future!