Converse has a thing for musical collaborations and mashups. Many of their shoes are based on famous albums and artwork, and they’ve become well-known in recent years for their expanding Rubber Tracks recording project, which in many cases makes creative pairings of artists and producers. So it should come as no surprise that they’re once again geared up for this year’s SXSW, releasing a new collaboration from Frank Ocean, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon, and Diplo. The collaboration comes as part of Converse’s new Three Artists One Song series, and while this is technically four artists, one song, we’re guessing that Simonon and Jones are being counted as one for their time in The Clash. There’s even a few special guests on this one, courtesy of the West Los Angeles Children’s Choir. You can check out the new song, dubbed “Hero,” below. (more…)
The 2014 Sasquatch! music fest, held each year in George, Washington, has announced its 2014 lineup. Unsurprisingly, we see a lot of familiar faces on the bill. Headlining this year is OutKast, The National, Queens of the Stone Age, Frank Ocean, and Foster the People to name a few”and we do mean quite a few. Though the festival has previously taken place over just one weekend, this year’s 100+ performances have been expanded to a massive two weekend event over Memorial Day and July 4th weekends. Check out the full lineup below. (more…)
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.
Christmas came a little early this year for Beyoncé fans. Dropping her self-titled fifth album exclusively through iTunes this morning, Beyoncé says about the surprise 14-track album, “I didn’t want to release my music the way I’ve done it. I am bored with that. I feel like I am able to speak directly to my fans. There’s so much that gets between the music, the artist and the fans. I felt like I didn’t want anybody to give the message when my record is coming out. I just want this to come out when it’s ready and from me to my fans.”
The album features collaborations with husband Jay-Z, Frank Ocean, Drake, and more. View the track list below. As a bonus, you can now see preview video clips of each song, uploaded by Beyoncé to YouTube. And you should, since the singer is calling this a “visual album.”
Though he has been relatively quiet on the press front, Frank Ocean has been steadily making appearances around the world. Now, just a week after admitting he was “ten or eleven” tracks into another album, Ocean has debuted a new song. You can watch Ocean work his way through a track entitled “Pray,” live in London, at the end of this post.
While it would be nice to think the debut of “Pray” means a new studio release is on the way soon, Ocean has given no additional hints. Stay tuned to OS for further updates in the weeks ahead. (more…)
YMCMB member Drake has unveiled plans for the 4th annual OVO Fest in his hometown of Toronto. On August 4th, Frank Ocean and James Blake will be performing. On August 5th, Drake will hit the stage along with various special guests. In years past these “guests” have included the likes of Stevie Wonder, so you know it’s going to be b-i-g.
OVO Fest will be held at Molson Canadian Amphitheater. Tickets go on sale May 21.
Drake’s new album, Nothing Was The Same, is scheduled for release later this year.