Major League’s label, No Sleep Records, recently announced plans to give away a limited number of copies of the band’s debut album via social networks. The label told fans they had earned a large number of download credits via the popular indie music service Bandcamp and decided the best way to use them was by offering free downloads of recent releases to supporters. Downloads are going fast, but as of 11AM this morning there are still plenty left for anyone interested in discovering some new music. Click here to stream and download Hard Feelings.
Since we’re on the subject of Bandcamp, now seems as good a time as any to remind you that we’re always looking for opportunities to give our users’ music more exposure. If you have a new album release, music video, or additional piece of media you’re trying to promote you can submit your materials for feature consideration to firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you.
Welcome back to Mixtape Mondays. Starting this week, OurStage will be bringing you this column each and every week! That means more free music for fans, and more opportunities for independent artists to gain notoriety. If you would like to be featured in an upcoming edition of this column, or you know an OurStage artist that you feel deserves a mention, send an email to email@example.com with a link to the profile and the subject “Mixtape Mondays.” We listen to everything, but are not able to reply to every submission. If you want to ensure we received your mixtape, please feel free to tweet us day or night.
This week on Mixtape Mondays we only have two new releases to discuss, but I went ahead and threw in a new single and mixture announcement to spice things up. If you were hoping for something you can play loud while the snow falls, this week is definitely for you. (more…)
French Montana took to DatPiff late last night to release his highly-anticipated mixtape, Mac and Cheese 3. It features guest appearances by J.Cole, Rick Ross, Diddy, Future, Mase, Fat Joe, Wale, Mac Miller, Curren$y, Tyga, Machine Gun Kelly and more. Production comes from Harry Fraud, Young Chop, Rico Love, Boi-1da and more. You can find a download link for Mac and Cheese 3 below.
We have been hyping this mixtape for a few weeks now, and I’ll tell you up front that it more than delivers on the promises of the early leaks. French is playing for keeps these days, and I wouldn’t be surprised if his 2013 label debut, Excuse My French, opened atop of the charts. Consider this mixtape primer for the takeover no one will be able to stop.
If you enjoy French Montana, be sure to check out OS artist Jitta On the Track.
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Welcome to the second installment of OurStage’s latest column, Mixtape Mondays! This feature runs 2-3 times a month and highlights the latest mixtape releases from hip hop artists around the world, as well as those here on OurStage. If you’re an aspiring hip hop superstar, send links to your OurStage account, as well as your latest mixtape to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Mixtape Monday Submission.”
Two weeks have passed since we last spoke and a slew of great new mixtapes have hit the market. We talked about how great the Fall has been for music in my last column, and it seems that streak may continue well into Winter. For this entry of Mixtape Mondays I have two releases to highlight, as well as some big news from an two artists you need to know before 2013 arrives. (more…)
Steady Skies rides the line between the arena and the front porch. They’re musicians who dole out poppy hooks and plucky banjos in equal measure; a rock band that flirts with country. Start your introduction with Remember When, a driving melody pushed along by the deep ripple of bass, bright spears of guitars, and the slight country cadence of singer Tyler McCuen. That song’s mid-tempo musings give way to more apocalyptic imagery on the doleful Church Bells. I hear church bells ringing in the city streets / Crowds of people falling on their knees, McCuen sings over wailing guitars. If thinking about the end of the world is too much of a buzzkill, skip to Waiting For. There, existential anxieties”bursting dams and falling skies”are wrapped up in an ambling, country-spun melody. When in doubt, a spoonful of banjo can help the melancholy go down.
Hello Dollface hails from a small town called Durango, tucked into the southwest corner of Colorado. But they haven’t stayed put, racking up miles playing shows across Colorado, Mexico, and Arizona. Their music has the same vagabond soul ” meandering between blues, jazz, and folk pop and even making its way over to Scandanavia for a tune. Den Svenska Laten translates to The Swedish Song, and, true to its name, is a Baltic waltz sung entirely in Swedish. Violin, soft percussion, and plucked strings are braided with Ashley Edwards‘ husky, silky vocals. Capital Me is more percussive, jazzier fare with reverberating guitars, xylophone, and a strutting bass. But it’s Great Wall that really picks up the pace, galloping along while the violin whinnies and the xylophone twinkles. It’s a sad and hopeful little melody from a band of restless romantics. Check ˜em out.
There’s nothing wrong with being different, Orly Lari sings on Wasteland over a torrent of guitars and drums. And being different, to EarlyRise, means raging against the powers that seek to tear us down. Lari, along with co-conspirator/guitarist Raz Klinghoffer has created a leitmotif of unrest that carries over from one punishing track to the next. On Wasteland the bass gurgles, guitars shriek, drums thrash, and Lari’s climbing vocals offer the only succor from the storm. Every song is a battlefield. From the sinister slouch of Become Mad to the stuttering, crashing Face Me, EarlyRise delivers hard rock that’s as angsty as it is melodic. On the latter, Lari sings, I’m not afraid anymore as I declare war. You may as well surrender.
Though the members of The City Never Sleeps hail from all corners of New York state”Albany, Middletown, and Oneonta”none live in the city to which their name refers. The irony ends there, however. Musically, TCNS is all about earnestness delivered via tight, stylized songs with snap. On Mr. Hide a percussive bass, jutting guitars, and glossy boy-girl harmonies create a taut little rocker buffed to a shine, with a gnarly guitar solo to boot. Return to Sender features an exhaustive revue of guitars that stretch, scribble, grunt, and thrust all over the pop rock melody. But on Crumble At The Fault, the band switches things up, sewing a bit of jazz into the blissed-out ballad. Glistening guitars nip and synths sigh as singer John Glenn admits, Sometimes I feel just fine. We know the feeling, dude.
Hollywood Boulevard is where legends leave their names. All along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, entertainment icons share the same stretch of concrete: Michael Jackson; Diana Ross; Billy Joel. Just a stone’s throw away, an artist by the name of D. Hollywood (the D is for dirty) is plotting his own rise. A multi-instrumentalist, daredevil, and eccentric, Hollywood’s bombastic personality is inextricable from his rakish style of west coast rock. My Name Is Love is made up of lurching, low-throttle guitars, synths, and Hollywood’s wild child lyricism. My name is love and I’m a liar he sneers. Drums and vocals provide the meat of Chutes and Ladders. It’s lo-fi, extra dirty rock delivered in lashes. But Hollywood’s greatest moment comes in On Fire, an impossibly catchy anthem with big, swaggering guitars. I’m going out tonight, gonna set the world on fire, he promises. We believe him.