Tyler Bryant and his incredible band The Shakedown have been busy spreading their brand of updated, blues-heavy rock and roll in the couple of years since they appeared as the OurStage spotlight band on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! Now they’re back with a new release that marks a kind of shift in creative direction. Produced by Vance Powell (Jack White, Seasick Steve), the six-song EP The Wayside finds the band expanding further out from traditional blues rock (though fans of Bryant’s and 2nd guitarist Graham Whitford‘s dazzling guitar work should not be disappointed here) into what sounds a lot more like the kind of stoner rock purveyed by Queens Of The Stone Age, et al., while remaining rooted to the ’70s southern rock giants that are clearly close to their hearts. Atmospherics and texture are a primary focus here, and the band is clearly thoughtful about their approach to each song. Every track here has a different vibe, from instrumentation to production style to Bryant’s vocal technique. The singer has found the sweet spot that does not require him to reach for barrel-chested soul belting – he just doesn’t have that kind of voice. Instead, the songs here allow him to explore more subtle turns of phrase and melodic intricacies that will keep your ears glued to this release. When the band delivers their take on the classic “Mojo Workin,” this is most apparent. On a song that could easily, and surely pleasantly enough, be a vehicle for some slick guitar work and big yelping (as it has for a generation of early rock artists), Bryant instead eases back into the music to create a solid and more subtle slab of fuzz rock. Can’t wait to see these guys live again.
The Wayside is now streaming on Spotify: http://republicrec.co/TheWaysideEPSP
Broken Bells recently made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to promote their latest release, After The Disco. Breaking into their hit, “Holding On For Life,” before continuing on to the title track, the duo looked perfectly at home as they put on a surprisingly relaxed performance amidst the blue and red laser show taking place behind them. Check out the videos below, and grab After the Disco when it drops this Tuesday. (more…)
It’s not every day a band’s album is nominated for a Grammy Award. But when it is, you can expect to see that artist…a lot. Since the success of last year’s Modern Vampires of the City, Vampire Weekend have been making the rounds in tours and TV circuits, promoting the album that has since earned them the nomination. Last night, they took to Jimmy Kimmel Live! to perform two of their hits, “Unbelievers” and “Hannah Hunt,” before getting back on the road again this spring. Check out the performances below.
In 2013, Xolie Morra & the Strange Kind were selected from thousands of OurStage artists to appear as the musical guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! They taped the show later in the year and then, this Tuesday night, it all came together, as the band performed their song “Over My Head” on national television. The show will air again this Friday night. Here’s the band’s performance.
Go behind the scenes with the band as they travel to Hollywood, rehearse, visit the Gibson guitars showroom, and hang out backstage at Jimmy Kimmel Live! Watch below.
We are thrilled to say that Xolie Morra & the Strange Kind will appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live! tomorrow night, Tuesday, January 7th. The band won this opportunity in our JKL competition last year. They taped their performance in 2013, and it is finally set to air.
We’ll have the performance and some behind-the-scenes footage for you soon. In the meantime, check out this video of Xolie and co. learning of their win.
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It’s no secret that we here at OurStage are longtime fans of Xolie Morra and her band The Strange Kind. We’ve been following her career and her growth as an artist ever since she used OurStage to win the opportunity to play Lilith back in 2010. In the years in between, she’s been all over OurStage, winning many channel and finals competitions, and consistently bringing engaging and boundary-pushing new material to the table.
That’s why we were so excited when the good folks at Jimmy Kimmel Live! came to us with Xolie and the band as their pick as the winner of “The OurStage Panel: Jimmy Kimmel Live!” competition. As winners, they will appear as the musical guest on an upcoming episode of the hugely popular late night talk show. This hardworking band truly deserves this opportunity and we have no doubt they will shine. Here’s what happened when they got the news – be sure to stay tuned til the end for Grandma Johnson, the world’s oldest Jimmy fan:
We will announce the air date for Xolie Morra and the Strange Kind’s appearance as soon as we have it!
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