Paramore Announce 2013 Tour Dates

On the heels of releasing “Now,” the first single from their upcoming album out April 9, Paramore have announced a short string of North American tour dates in April and May. Tickets will be available starting Friday, February 1. Check out the tour dates and video announcement below the jump.

Check out OurStage act Porcelain if you’re a Paramore fan.

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Exclusive Q And A: Anberlin Talk Change, Songwriting, And Smashing With The Pumpkins

Anberlin have been perfecting their personal style of driving, melodic modern rock for about ten years now, but they’ve never made an album like this. Vital, the band’s most recent release, melds their signature sound with hints of electronic music, pushing the band in a vibrant new direction. They just wrapped up a tour with The Smashing Pumpkins and a fall headlining tour with Morning Parade. Needless to say, it’s definitely not a bad time to be Anberlin. We caught up with drummer Nathan Young to chat about the nuances of the band’s sound, the songwriting process on the new record, and what it’s like to open for Corgan and company.

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Exclusive Q and A: Departures Talk Time, Age, and T-Swift

A recipe for Departures: take equal parts ’90s emo and melodic hardcore, swirl, and let age for several years. Then sip lightly; you might burn your tongue. Brooding guitars, ragged vocals, and pounding drums jostle for space within the UK band’s darkly emotive songs of loss, aging, and mistakes. Last month, the band signed with the fast-growing No Sleep Records and their debut full-length Teenage Haze is out today. We caught up with guitarist Daniel Nash to chat about growing up in a band, touring in continental Europe, and their eclectic listening tastes.

OS: What’s the meaning behind the title Teenage Haze?  Does the album art have anything to do with the title as well?

Teenage Haze is a phrase taken from the song “The Home Stretch.” The song is about going back to your home town and experiencing that weird nostalgia, rose-tinted (or not) memories of growing up. There’s a lot of it in the album so we thought it fit pretty well. (more…)

Exclusive Q and A: Yeasayer Stop And Smell The 'Fragrant World'

OurStage Exclusive InterviewsIndie blogosphere darlings Yeasayer have bucked the boom and bust trend of internet hype once already. Following up their buzzworthy 2007 debut All Hour Cymbals with the grand experimental pop of 2010’s Odd Blood, the Brooklyn-based band proved that it’s possible to avoid the dreaded sophomore slump that too often accompanies massive amounts of online exposure. Now, more than two years later, Yeasayer are back with Fragrant World, their third full length and most ambitious record to date. We caught up with bassist Ira Tuton to talk album art, film scoring, and the process of writing and recording Fragrant World.

OS: During the writing and recording process, you guys reportedly had enough material to do two separate albums: one of three-minute pop songs, and the other of more experimental tunes. Which type of album did Fragrant World ultimately end up becoming?

IT: I’m gonna go with the poppy one, just because we’re dealing with hooks, refrains, verses, and choruses. I think we used a lot of the ideas involved with making an experimental record and translated those aesthetics into the format of pop songs. We just honed down our focus and both types of music kind of bled into each other.

OS: Is there any chance we’ll ever get to hear some of those sidelined tracks?

IT: Yes, totally. I’d also love to explore some longform compositions in the future. It’s something we haven’t really done. There are a lot of things we haven’t done, so we have the opportunity to move in many different directions in the future. There are certain things that didn’t make the record that are going to come out in the next year. Right now, though, the whole focus is on the album first.  There’s so much thought in terms of that, because it’s not just the release, but it’s also dealing with our live show, making sure the arrangements are where we want them to be, and perfecting the visual aspect of our live show. A lot of things are more pressing matters on our end at this moment.

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M83 Wants YOU

Electronic band M83 is teaming up with Converse to find artistic fans to promote their recent double album release, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming. The French group, founded by Anthony Gonzalez, is asking followers to paint, draw, or photograph original art for a chance to be featured on original M83 posters. The only rules or guidelines M83 designates for the contest are to use the album and its songs as your inspiration, we want your original artwork. Drawings, paintings, and photography.

In conjunction with the contest, Converse will be launching an M83 inspired limited edition Chuck Taylor All Star sneaker. Up to three winners of the contest will be awarded a pair of these custom high-tops, along with the chance to sell their art at M83’s Central Park SummerStage show in NYC on August 8, as reported by Consequence of Sound.

M83 now joins the company of many bands to inspire some sporty musical footwear, including Animal Collective, Beastie Boys, Gorillaz, Matt & Kim, and Bon Iver. The M83 exclusive Chucks can be ordered at Converse.com.

Now here’s your daily dose of M83 in the form of a little Bill Clinton saxaphone:

Friday, June 29th, 2012