By Rebecca Frank. We love passing new music videos around the OurStage office, and now we’re going to be sharing our finds with you. In honor of Halloween, this week’s videos are all about zombies, murder, and everything evil. Enjoy!
Evanescence – “Going Under”
What would you do if you were playing a show, and everyone around you started turning into demons…even your bandmates?!
We love passing new music videos around the OurStage office, and now we’re going to be sharing our finds with you. In honor of Halloween, this week’s videos are all about zombies, murder and everything evil. Enjoy!
Evanescence – “Going Under”
What would you do if you were playing a show, and everyone around you started turning into demons…even your bandmates?! (more…)
Kirsten Price has lent her voice to ad campaigns for Coke, Campbell’s and Clinique; and has been picked up by networks like CBS, Showtime and MTV for their programming. We’ll give it to the big guys; they got it right. Price seems destined for the upper strata of popular music”her melodies are expertly wrought and impeccably produced. With or Without You kicks off with mock-theatric synths, giving way to electric guitar lashes and percolating beats. Think Evanescence’s Going Under, but fronted by a smoky chanteuse. Moving On is gorgeously layered balladry, with Price’s soulful voice spiraling across swells of synths, guitars and drums. If you’d rather dance than mope, skip to the disco perfection of Take Me To the Top. Our favorite, however, is Give That Girl. Price’s feathery vocals are like tendrils that curl around each word, tugging you into the mix. It’s feline, minxy and totally provocative pop. Give that girl a round of applause.
The 2005 documentary Playing for Change began with a folk singer, Lily Holbrook, busking on a corner in Santa Monica. From there the film went on to follow the lives of sixteen street performers across the country in their pursuit of happiness. But it didn’t end there”Playing for Change has since grown into a global multimedia project that captures live performances by musicians anywhere from Kathmandu to Tel Aviv.
Holbrook’s story was just beginning too. In the five years since the film’s debut, the Boston-born singer songwriter has released multiple records, played festivals headlined by Radiohead and caused pedestrian traffic jams with the occasional street concert. Here’s why: As a singer, Holbrook is a tour de force, combining the dreamy bohemia of Stevie Nicks with the tormented rock operatics of Tori Amos. Apocalypse Kiss lets Holbrook’s sugary vocals provide the treacle for a grandiose, turbulent chorus of grinding guitars and thundering drums. If you like the gothic storm and stress of Evanescence, you’ll want to get this track, like yesterday. Cowboys and Indians shows a softer, more organic side of Holbrook. It’s spacious and quiet, with the swell of cello and a simple strummed guitar providing the emotional hook. If her songs have any calling card, it’s their blend of chamber instruments with diaphanous layers of vocals”one providing the melancholia and the other, the relief. From her days busking in subways with just a guitar, she’s come a long way, baby.
You can try, but you’re not going to break Alexx Calise.
With the help of GRAMMY-nominated producer Luigie Gonzalez, Calise’s new album In Avanti serves up dark and powerful electronic rock, reminiscent of Flyleaf and Evanescence.
In Avanti opens with Calise’s crunchy guitar playing, backed by ringing synths and programmed drums on “Anything Goes.” “Break Me” continues the industrial tone of the album, with angsty lyrics that create the perfect anthem for any bitter break-up.
Though ballad “Cry” stops the album’s energetic momentum, it showcases Calise’s vocals against a no-frills background. The song is the only quiet track on the album, which picks right back up with “Get Used to It” and hits a high note with the dancey “My Song.”
With its undeniable radio-readiness, it’s no surprise that Calise’s music has already been featured on One Tree Hill and The Discovery Channel. She is definitely an artist you’ll want to keep on your radar…if you can keep up with her.
If you’d like to pick up In Avanti, you can visit Calise’s official web store here.
The road to a successful career in music is paved with false starts and pitfalls, and oftentimes requires a reinterpretation success at a certain point. Consider the case study of Mark Renk, a Santa Monica musician and songwriter and creative force behind You Are I Am. Starting off as a touring musician, Renk soon made a name for himself as a writer, producer and arranger for acts ranging from Helmet and Daughtry to Gavin Rossdale, Three Days Grace, Evanescence and Kara DioGuardi. It was after a near brush record deal with Columbia that Renk took a step back, recalibrated and formed You Are I Am with drummer Jesper Kristensen, bass player Mik Heimburger, guitarist Thomas Hjorth and guest guitarist iZLER. With Renk manning acoustic guitar and piano, the group churns out emotionally-charged rock melodies that range from swooning psychedelia (Here Comes the Rainbow) to spare piano balladry (Gravity) and crashing, strident rockers (What A Pity). I Am You Are is now signed to CBS Records (yep, they have a music label) so there is a happy ending to this story. And, if you’ve never listened to these guys before, consider this a happy beginning for you.