Jack White effectively effed up a whole bunch of “most anticipated in 2014” lists when, in a chat with fans this weekend, he casually announced that he’s almost finished recording a new album. This is why it pays to procrastinate, people — get those lists in late! Since we here at OurStage are huge fans of waiting until the last possible minute to get stuff done, we’d like to take this opportunity to tell you that we’re all anticipating the new Jack White record. So hard.
And, uh, it’s probably time that we tell you about some of the other albums slated for release this year that have us really excited. You can only put these things off for so long. Without further ado, here are 10 more records we’re super pumped to get our ears on in 2014.
1. Against Me!
When Against Me! frontwoman Laura Jane Grace, formerly known as Tom Gabel, announced her transition back in 2012, some fans wondered if a female-fronted iteration of the band would have the same intensity and infectiousness as its predecessor. The answer: Yes, of course. Last year’s acoustic True Trans EP was beautiful, and if the first few singles from the upcoming Transgender Dysphoria Blues are any indication, that record will absolutely rip as well.
Ah, winter. For so many, the subtle oncoming of winter means snowy days, icy windshields, and a whole lot of bundling up. But for all the slight difficulties the season brings, it’s also a time for those little joys like outdoor ice skating, scarves and mittens and of course, a winter playlist. With igloo making days and hot cocoa drinking nights in mind, we’ve compiled a list of some of the season’s greatest reminders. The list includes OurStage artist Ezra Thomas.
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Rhythms Del Mundo: Africa is the latest project from Artists Project Earth, an organization that aims to raise awareness and funds for climate change and disaster relief projects. The vocals of stars including Coldplay, Eminem, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beyoncé, Fleet Foxes, Mumford & Sons, and Bruno Mars, combined with the instrumentation of high profile African musicians like Toumani Diabaté and Rokia Traoré, result in a collaboration of epic proportions. Previous releases from APE include Rhythms Del Mundo: Cuba, Rhythms Del Mundo: Classics and Rhythms Del Mundo: Revival.
Listen to some clips in the player below while you learn more about the project!
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Sitting around a fire after a long day of travelling, roasting the rewards of the hunt over an open flame, singing songs of home, of protest, of past adventures; this is the heart and soul of folk music, which has been shared by people all over the world for centuries. Folk music is the original ethos that embodies all attributes of culture, so it’s no wonder that the genre has stuck around for so long. However, in the last eighty years or so, folk music has taken a back seat to other popular genres. There was, of course, the revolutionary folk revival of the ’50s and ’60s that left us with the soothing poetics of Bob Dylan, The Byrds, and Simon & Garfunkel, but this movement ultimately sank back to the shadows as the 70’s brought on new musical trends. What most people don’t know, however, is that folk music has been silently plotting another massive revival.
That’s right, everyone, folk is back. That’s not to say it was necessarily gone, but it’s on its way to regaining overall respect on popular music charts once again. Of course, folk has always had its own niche in the industry, but it has rarely stepped very far from this realm in recent years. The popular music scene is generally overrun with modern rock, R&B, and pop, but there is strong evidence that folk is creeping its way back into the spotlight. In fact, the song currently sitting at the top of Billboard’s Hot 100 chart is Carly Rae Jepsen‘s ˜Call Me Maybe’, which, to the surprise of many, was actually written as a folk song. This chart has also featured artists like Mumford & Sons, Fleet Foxes, and Of Monsters And Men who all have strong folk rock influences in their music. The appearances of groups like these on popular charts has since introduced a new generation of fans to the rich heritage of folk music styles that originated hundreds of years ago, thus propelling the cause to return folk to its original status in the industry.
If you’re the kind of person who appreciates the great outdoors, or just likes to look at life with a touch of whimsy, then this week’s playlist is just for you. Intern Frankie shares her love for soft, lilting melodies and organic lyrics with these tracks from folk artists across the globe. We can just imagine OurStage artists Prattle On, Rick, Really Old Airplanes and Kory Murphy sitting around a bonfire with the Fleet Foxes and Bowerbirds, playing their instruments under the stars…
Lately, it seems that we are hearing more and more from new and unexpected partnerships between artists of different genres. This is why, through Superlatones, we are creating our very own directory”a musical wish-list, if you will”of artists who have yet to join the collaborative bandwagon.
We think it is safe to say that Bon Iver and Fleet Foxes are two of the greatest bands of our time. With Bon Iver‘s recent GRAMMY win for Best New Artist (despite more than three years of success in the underground folk scene) and Fleet Foxes‘ self-titled album dubbed Billboard’s Critic’s Choice Album of The Year in 2008, one can’t deny the raw talent of these musicians. However, it is inevitable that the efforts of some members of these talented acts may disappear into the sidelines, falling into obscurity save for the few fans who are willing to seek them out. This week, we celebrate these individuals by bringing their solo projects into the limelight.
The Dynamic Duo:
S. Carey and J. Tillman
Let’s face it, much of popular music these days is cookie-cutter stuff”melodies that are easy to sing along to with mediocre lyrical content and little to no emphasis or inclusion of the intricate vocal harmonies which make music so interesting. Layering these harmonies add a really cool, depth to music which allow listeners to discover something new about the music with every listen. But now that the lifespan of a hit song is much shorter, and music tends to be more shallow, much of the importance and depth of vocal harmony has been forgotten.
But there are still bands who “get” harmony. A great example is Grizzly Bear, an indie band whose four members, Chris Bear, Daniel Rossen, Ed Droste and Chris Taylor all contribute unique vocals to their music. Both Droste’s and Rossen’s tenor voices are different, but the way that they come together with the upper-range voices of Bear and Taylor is truly stunning. Grizzly Bear’s phenomenal attention to details in music is so well done, making for a sound unlike anything else. And in live performance by this band succeeds at an even higher level. Grizzly Bear makes these complicated harmonies come together seamlessly, channeling a choir while still being full of life and fun to watch.
Fleet Foxes have unleashed their incredible animated music video for the song The Shrine/An Argument and can be viewed right here on [OS]. The animation for this eight-minute video portrays a variety of creative figures blending into the different landscapes.
The music video was co-animated and directed by Sean Pecknold.
This song comes off of the group’s latest effort, Helplessness Blues, which has received tons of praise from the across the blogosphere. Check out the review and please tell us what you think of the video.
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