KahBang Music Festival Turns Five

Our friends at Maine’s KahBang Festival, which features film and local arts in addition to local and national music, are celebrating their fifth year. This year’s lineup is their biggest yet, featuring Dr. Dog, Earl Sweatshirt, 12th Planet, Paper Diamond, Lights, Lucius, and The Weeks, plus OurStage members/favorites Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, The Bynars, Gentlemen Hall, Mean Creek, Biscuits & Gravy, and Late Cambrian, who first won the opportunity to be at the 2011 edition of KahBang here on OurStage.

The festival will be held, as usual, in Bangor, Maine, and will run from August 8th to the 11th. Check out KahBang.com for more information.

Lights Streams Acoustic Album

Canadian songstress Lights has released a full stream of her new album, Siberia Acoustic.

Posted to the CBC’s official website, Siberia Acoustic is not exactly the new music fans have been pining for, but it’s a worthwhile listening experience nonetheless. Her angelic voice pairs well with the stripped down sound, and it’s a nice departure from the electronica soaked indie pop she’s known for turning out. If you would like to give it a spin, click here.

Lights has reportedly been working on another full album, but until music appears we’re not holding our breath.

Watch Ellie Goulding Live On Jimmy Fallon

After breaking into the US with Lights, Ellie Goulding has been keeping the US in constant anticipation of her next hit. With the Oct. 9 release of Halcyon, and her recent performance of Anything Could Happen on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, I think we may just have it.

Looking remarkably comfortable as she dances around the stage, exchanging smiles with band mates in between husky notes, we’d say Goulding is most certainly within reach of another US hit.

You can watch Goulding performing the track right here.

If you like Ellie Goulding check out OurStage artist Jillian Grutta.

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Download of the Week: Chantel Upshaw

While singer/songwriter Chantel Upshaw is making strides in the Canadian music scene, here on OurStage she is winning awards left and right ” 2 Top 10 placements, a Judging Excellence award and a spot on the “Best of” Charts.  As this week’s Needle in the Haystack artist, you can grab her track “Sandra Dee” for free.

For her first EP, Upshaw worked with producer Bill Bel (Jason Mraz, Justin Nozuka, Tom Chochrane) and was featured as Virgin Radio’s “Best of BC.” Suffice to say, Upshaw has quite a few accomplishments under her belt”from opening for artists such as LIGHTS and Alex Cuba to being selected to appear on stage producer Tom Jackson’s Web site.  Keep an eye out for more from this singer as she continues down the road to stardom.