The boys who gave us “MMMBop” grew to be men years ago, and in all that time have rarely slowed their creative process. To date, Hanson have released eight studios albums, and just this morning the lead single for their ninth made its way online.
“Get The Girl Back” sets up the return of Hanson with a soulful rock jam about love. The harmonies have never been more precise, and the music will have you tapping along long before the chorus even hits. Kat Denning and NIkki Reed guest in the video, which was directed by Adam Neustadter, and the band showcases their electric live performance. Click here to view the video.
Anthem hits stores June 20, which is just under a month before the start of their next tour. You can view all the dates below:
July 18 ” Buenos Aires, AR (Vorterix)
July 20 ” Rio De Janeiro, BR (Citibank Hall)
July 21 ” Sao Paulo, BR (Credicard Hall)
August 31 ” Boston, MA (House of Blues)
September 1 ” Long Island, NY (Paramount)
September 4 ” Richmond, VA (The National)
September 8 ” Atlanta, GA (Variety Playhouse)
September 9 ” Birmingham, AL (Workplay Theatre)
September 10 ” Nashville, TN (Wildhorse Saloon)
September 11 ” Memphis, TN (Minglewood Hall)
September 12 ” New Orleans, LA (House of Blues)
September 15 ” Austin, TX (Antones)
September 16 ” Dallas, TX (House of Blues)
September 17 ” Albuquerque, NM (Kimo Theater)
September 18 ” Denver, CO (Bluebird)
September 20 ” Salt Lake City, UT (The Depot)
September 21 ” Las Vegas, NV (Fremont Country Club)
September 22 ” Tucson, AZ (Rialto)
September 24 ” San Diego, CA (House of Blues) (more…)
OurStage band Delta Rae have come a long way since opening for Hanson as the winners of the “Shout It Out with HANSON” Competition in 2010. Not that Delta Rae were unskilled amateurs back then “ Isaac Hanson said that his band should have been opening for them instead “ but since nabbing that gig, Delta Rae signed a major label deal with Sire Records, were booked to play at this year’s Democratic National Convention, and were featured in the Rolling Stone “Women Who Rock” Competition. Not bad for just two years. We recently caught up with the band to talk about their recent activity, their inventive music videos, and how opening up for Hanson boosted their burgeoning career.
With January coming to an end and Valentine’s day just around the corner, it is no wonder that we’ve found our music tastes taking a turn for the romantic. Soft ballads and sweet voices take center stage, and no one knows how to send the ladies hearts’ a-flutter better than the men making the music. Therefore, ladies, please enjoy this installment of Superlatones, featuring two of the most alluring voices on today’s radio. Fellows, take note.
The Dynamic Duo:
Matt Nathanson and Derren Raser
Sonny and Cher. Britney and Justin. Meg and Jack White. Nothing lasts forever. Well, almost. There’s one inseparable pair that’s likely to survive until the end of time: sunny summer weather and pop music. What would these dog days be without the perfect soundtrack? Possibly, over and done with. Hello, autumn!
“California Gurls” by Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg ruled both the airwaves and the charts last Memorial Day to Labor Day, refusing to go down until the temperature did. This year’s girl of summer: Adele, thanks to her No. 1 hit “Rolling in the Deep.” But even if Adele isn’t quite your thing (nor Lady Gaga, nor Perry, who’s once again making heat waves in 2011), ’tis the season for musical memories that will last a lifetime”or at least until next year when beach weather once again rolls around.
What are the biggest summer of ’11 pop trends? Keep reading…
Sisters are doing it for themselves”again. Last year’s Top 10 list in Billboard magazine’s Songs of the Summer 1985-2010 featured only three female artists, and each one, Katy Perry, Rihanna and Hayley Williams, had a boy on the side (Snoop Dogg, Eminem and B.o.B., respectively). Though so many of pop’s leading ladies recently had been standing by their men or whatever last-minute remix cohort could get them a shot at No. 1, this season, the most successful ones are going it alone. Rihanna and Beyoncé may be struggling with their latest pair of solo efforts, but Lady Gaga already has had three Top 10 solo hits from the Born This Way album, including the summer-anthem contender “The Edge of Glory,” and Adele didn’t need any guest rappers to keep “Rolling in the Deep” at No. 1 for seven weeks (as of Billboard’s Hot 100 dated July 2).
Meanwhile, Nicki Minaj, who apparently has never met an artist with whom she wouldn’t collaborate, finally has scored a Top 10 single of her own with “Your Love.” And after enlisting Kanye West to help lift “E.T.” all the way to the top, Perry is carrying the weight of “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.),” hit No. 5 from the Teenage Dream album, all on her slender shoulders. Deborah Gibson, Corey Feldman, Kenny G, Hanson, Rebecca Black and two guys from Glee all pop up in the video, but the song itself is a one-woman show.
It takes two (or three or four) to make a hit go right. The women on top may be spending the summer alone (at least on record), but they are pretty much the only ones. Last year, more than half of Billboard’s top summer songs paired singers with rappers. This year, if two’s company, three and four is, too. Pitbull is getting by with a little help from three friends (Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer) on his current hit, “Give Me Everything.” The duo LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” has Lauren Bennett and GoonRock on the guest list. Jennifer Lopez had Pitbull and Katy Perry had Kanye West on their respective spring holdovers, “On the Floor” and the already mentioned “E.T.”, while the Black Eyed Peas have each other on “Just Can’t Get Enough.”
If you want to be a boy of summer, learn how to rap. Bruno Mars might get by on hit after hit by swinging sweetly (which he does once again on “Lazy Song,” his latest Top 5 single), but Chris Brown, one of contemporary R&B’s strongest male singers, spent all of his recent Top 10 comeback single, “Look at Me Now,” rapping alongside Busta Rhymes and Lil Wayne. And even before he performed with Ludacris on the CMT Awards, Jason Aldean already had a hit with “Dirt Road Anthem,” on which he performed the rap himself. Now the remix featuring Ludacris doing the rap is in danger of becoming the first country-rap collaboration to top Billboard’s Hot 100. Maybe Coldplay’s “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall” would have had more staying power if Chris Martin had broken into a rap. It’s not too late for the currently ubiquitous Lil Wayne to give a brother a helping hand.
Groove is in the heart (and all over the charts). So you think you can dance? Then you’re in luck. Nearly every song in the Top 20 of the Hot 100 works just as well under the strobe lights as on the radio. The aformentioned LMFAO has a huge international hit with “Party Rock Anthem,” a track whose video features shuffling, a dance that originated in, of all places, Melbourne, Australia. Meanwhile, after escorting Jennifer Lopez into the Top 10 with “On the Floor,” rapper Pitbull, still on the floor, has gone even higher with “Give Me Everything.” This time his dance partners are Afrojack, Nayer and Ne-Yo, an artist previously best known for silky soul singing, but if you can’t beat ‘em, get down with ‘em.
Teenage dreams are still coming true. Last year when “California Gurls” was topping the charts, who would have guessed that Perry still would be putting out the hits from Teenage Dream one year later? As party rock anthems go, “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” is my pick for the summer of 2011, but musical hangovers can be just as brutal as alcohol-related ones. Will we remember “Last Friday Night” in the morning? Definitely. But come autumn, “Last Friday Night” already might be a distant non-memory, Perry will be on to the sixth hit single from Teenage Dream (Peacock?), and we’ll probably all still be “Rolling in the Deep.”
I hope you snagged February’s Editor Picks off Facebook while you had the chance, because now its March which means this month’s hot list is coming in like a lion (get it, in like a lion, out like a lamb? Whatever). We’ve handpicked a batch of artists and songs that will get you stoked for spring, basketball’s March Madness, whatever tickles you about this month. Read on, check out the March Editor Picks below and be sure to head over to the OurStage Facebook page, “like” us and download for free now!
Hip Rose “Emily Brum” – Peaches meets “Mean Girls”. Irresistible low-fi bitchiness.
Lady Daisey “Soul Strut” – Lady Daisey keeps the vibe vintage and the soul sweet.
Bryan Titus “A Little More” – Whiskey soaked vocals, dirty guitar licks and sexy lyrics. We’ll forgive the obvious commitment issues…
Ready Set Go “Already Gone” – Looking for a cure for the Bieber Fever? This talented sibling group of teens and tweens will cure what ails you.
Kamali “Gone” – Fiance and Business undergraduate by day, aspiring R&B artist defined with sweet vocal textures by night.
We Set Sail “Stole Your Heart” – Seems like tastemakers are all a buzz with electro pop love. All are sure to be enamored by these chirps, compositional soaring and boy/ girl harmonies.
Mirk & the New Familiars “Love and Music” – Critically acclaimed Albany-based pop-soul band, fronted by Joshua “Mirk” Mirsky, who produced Ciara’s remix for “Never-Ever” featuring Yung Jeezy from her Fantasy Ride album.
FERA “Dark, Dirty, Dusky Hallway” – Canadian twins raised on everything from The Beatles to HANSON, from Patty Griffin to Bryan Adams.
Oh My! “21” – If The Kooks were from Sweden, and on OurStage, they’d be Oh My!
Darlingside “Good Man” – We’re not really sure if its rock, country, pop or folk, but we don’t really care.
Miss out on previous Editor Picks? Don’t worry, we planned for you slackers. You can stream all previous months on 8tracks.com.
The Intel Superstars Competition gave artists nationwide the opportunity to compete for prize packages that included laptops powered by Intel® Coreâ„¢ processor technology, music creation software and equipment from Cakewalk. The top finalists in each of the Superstars channels”which included rock, pop, singer-songwriter, urban, Latin and country”recently received their prize packages, and we caught up with them to hear about the experience. The competition clearly helped each artist in different ways. For some, the prize helped form a foundation for building a home studio or added on to an existing setup, and for others it offered the opportunity to get their music out to a broader audience. Winning artists Anthony Rankin, ARENBE and Nick Drum of Brave Chandeliers weigh in on their experiences below.
Anthony Rankin discovered OurStage and the Intel Superstars Competition via friend and fellow OurStage artist Brooke Annibale”who won an opening slot for HANSON in the Shout it Out with HANSON Competition on OurStage this past summer. He came in at the Number 4 spot in the Superstars Singer-Songwriter Competition with his song Quicksand. Just the idea that fans and music listeners of all persuasions voted for this¦ It was humbling to think that people felt one of my songs was in the upper echelon of that many talented indie artists, recalls Rankin. I received the PC and software the day after Thanksgiving, and started using it within an hour to work on some new material. I’m writing all the time, and the new equipment seamlessly integrated into my home studio and mobile rig, giving me a more powerful machine to track demos and start work on a new album. Beyond the inspiring new laptop and software, OurStage has brought me mass exposure through their network of listeners; it’s hard to argue a farther reaching or more obvious positive result than that.
ARENBE, who placed third in the Superstars Urban Competition, found success in the form of more fans not to mention the ability to record their vocal tracks at home. We have never got around to purchasing equipment. We’ve been going to a couple studios in Houston locally working on various projects, but now we can record at home on our own time. We’ve been looking to build a home setup just for the convenience of recording vocals, and it feels great to have won the PC and software. Now we can work on mastering the engineering side of things. We really appreciate what OurStage is doing for artists looking to breakout in the industry. Just the opportunity to compete with other artists out there and come out in good standing lets us know we deserve to be here. It helps us continue to push in pursuing our dream.
Portland Alt-Pop Rockers Brave Chandeliers, who placed second in the Superstars Rock Channel, recalled the benefits of winning the prize”for their careers and themselves. “We have used the success in our promotional materials, demonstrating that we have commercial viability and it helped us get our music in front of new listeners by being rated that highly during the competition. It also gave us a big boost of self-esteem (added bonus for extra credit)!”
Brave Chandeliers: “We love OurStage! Thanks to the many many fans who took time out of there busy days to vote incessantly for us”.
ARENBE: “We would first like to thank OurStage and Intel for the opportunity. There are not many Web sites or companies offering cash and various other prizes just by entering your music; especially not nationally. We’d also like to thank all of the fans and other artists as well in their contribution in the judging process, and getting us in the position we were placed in. Thank you again!”
Anthony Rankin: “Thank you, thank you, thank you to my longtime supporters, but also to the people who found my music for the first time through this competition, as well as the staff at OurStage, not just for hosting the contest but for being kind and communicative throughout. You seriously rock.”
The Nashville, Tennessee trio released both an EP and a full-length in less than a year. The self-titled full-length dropped back in March, showing that the band can be both laid-back and upbeat, soothing and energizing. Programmed drum beats and piano parts are woven tightly into every track, along with swirling, layered vocals that are refreshingly free of autotune. “One Way Love” is a standout track, with bright, spacey instrumentation backing vocalist Landon Austin’s breathy, “It’s such a beautiful sight when you keep me running/You let me look, but you’re just a one way love.”
In addition to winning the coveted opening spot in our Shout it Out with HANSON Competition, Colorfire has also shared the stage with Rooney, The Undeserving and This Is the Good Fight. They were also selected by Coldplay for a feature on the band’s official Web site, where their video for “One Way Love” was displayed to thousands of fans.
As their name suggests, Paper or Plastic are all about recycling. Their newest album Don’t Be Like That shows how this Portland, Oregon group can take the best aspects of old school rock, jazz and soul and transplant them into today’s pop atmosphere.
Crafting sunny pop tunes with saxophone solos and bouncy piano chords, Don’t Be Like That is a quirky and endearing album. Vocalist David Pollock’s soulful croon and honest lyrics add the icing on the cake, perfectly complimenting the instrumentation of each song. Paper or Plastic may cite Elvis Costello and Frank Sinatra as influences, but this indie rock record gracefully places the band among acts like Hanson, Jack’s Mannequin and The Cab.
Paper or Plastic saw success from the get-go, opening for The Tubes and Bowling for Soup while they were still teenagers. They’ve also been rated one of the “Top 10 Up-and-Coming Bands” in the Northwest and were twice named finalists in the International Songwriting Competition.
Check out some new and old tunes below and pick up Don’t Be Like That for free on Paper or Plastic’s Bandcamp page!