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Blondfire Release New Album 'Young Heart'

BondfireLast year around this time, we showcased electro-pop brother-sister duo, Blondfire as our Pro Artist of the Week, and we’ve been watching (and listening to) them closely ever since. So when we heard that they had just dropped their latest album via Tender Tender Rush, and it was mixed by Wally Gagel (Best Coast, Family of the Year), you can only imagine how thrilled we were to share the news with you.

We like to think this music will reach just about everyone, but for fans of MGMT especially, this is about to become your new favorite band. Grab a copy of the new album right here, and and catch the band on tour this winter with The Sounds and Ghost Beach. (more…)

Coachella 2014 Announced: Arcade Fire, OutKast, Muse

CoachellaCoachella has just revealed its 2014 lineup and, as anticipated, it’s packed with goodness, including the reunion of OutKast, who will headline along with Muse and Arcade Fire. Coachella fans will also have a chance to see Ellie Goulding, Queens of the Stone Age, Lorde, MGMT, Neutral Milk Hotel, Lana Del Rey and a ton more during the six day extravaganza. Check out the full lineup below.  (more…)

MGMT Seek Fans To Play Giant Cowbell On Stage

Calling all cowbell enthusiasts! During their upcoming fall tour, MGMT will be enlisting the help of their fan base to ring an enormous cowbell during their track “Your Life Is A Lie.” The band will be searching for the perfect cowbell extraordinaire in Detroit, Louisville, Charlotte, Durham, Richmond, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Wallingford, Atlanta, and Washington DC. Think you’ve got what it takes? Enter to win right here, and check out the band performing “Your Life Is A Lie” (cowbell included) on a recent Letterman below.

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MGMT Debut "Alien Days"

Record Store Day 2013 was by all early accounts a gigantic success, and based on our Twitter feed it seems many of you sought out your local record stores over the weekend to participate. If so, thank you! The music industry needs support and that extends to those of us here at OS.

One of the bigger (and odder) indie releases of RSD13 was MGMT‘s Alien Days cassette. The release, which was limited to a few hundred copies and retailed for $8, featured a new song from the popular outfit that can now be streamed here on OurStage. Click below to enjoy “Alien Days.” (more…)

MGMT Announces Spring Tour

After spending some time on hiatus. MGMT have returned with plans to embark on a Spring tour in the coming months. The outing should keep fans excited for a new release from the group, which is rumored to be scheduled for store arrival sometime this Summer.

Though no details have been released concerning on sale time or who will be supporting the band, those interested in seeing the confirmed tour dates can do so below:

04-26 University Park, PA – Penn State
04-28 Geneseo, NY – SUNY Geneseo
04-30 Portland, ME – State Theatre
05-01 Providence, RI – Lupo’s
05-04 Cleveland, OH – Masonic Auditorium
05-06 Grand Rapids, MI – Hoogenboom Center @ Calvin College
05-08 Winnipeg, Manitoba – Burton Cummings Theatre
05-09 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – The Odean Events Centre (more…)

Blondfire: OurStage Pro Artist Of The Week

This week’s Pro Artist of the Week Blondfire have released a new video for their smashing song “Where The Kids Are.” Directed by Andrew Renzi (who recently had his short film Karaoke! showcase at Sundance and had his feature Franny workshopped at the Sundance Writer’s Lab), the video mimics the smooth transitions of youth via the logic of dreams. How did I get from the car to the party? Well, there was this ladder hanging over my head…

It really is rather beautiful to look at and it compliments the song’s lyrics nicely. And, of course, the song is great.

Fans of MGMT and Metric will find a lot to love in the brother-sister team of Erica and Bruce Driscoll. As Blondfire, they explore sonic territory in the mode of the aforementioned bands, but with a special energy, powerful lyrical imagery, and especially catchy grooves.

In November, Blondfire released the Where The Kids Are EP. They’ll be on tour through March before hitching up with Surfer Blood and Foals through April, May, and June. Check out all tour dates and more info here.

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Soundtrax: Ringing In The New Year

 

Soundtrax: Ringing In The New Year by OurStage on Grooveshark

 

 

 

It’s time to ring in the new year! 2012 has just about come to a close, and though it was a year that brought us everything from the sensational  “Call Me Maybe,” to new Taylor Swift videos, we’re ready to welcome 2013 with a fistful of brand new tunes. Check out this party playlist of must-haves for any New Year’s Eve and get dancing.

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Featured Artist: Gentlemen Hall

If you’re from Boston, you know Gentlemen Hall. But for those not fortunate enough to know these guys, we’re about to change all that. With rave reviews from not only MTV, but The Boston Phoenix and of course OurStage.com, these guys play infectious jams littered with addictive rock, pop and plenty of synth to carry out the dance tunes.

If you like The Killers, MGMT, and a touch of Boston pride, you’ve gotta check out Gentlemen Hall. Listen to “Gravity Will Break Our Bones” below.

D. Hollywood Reps Alt Rockers In February, Wins Ernie Ball Grand Prize

D. is for Dirty… So begins the bio of D. Hollywood, winner of February’s Ernie Ball Alternative Competition.  D. is a Los Angeles-based producer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter who describes his music as intelligent, quirky, radio rock. He’s rocked some of LA’s biggest venues including the Air Conditioned Supper Club and Club Moscow, and worked with acts the likes of J*Davey, Ryan Leslie, Terra Naomi, Chris Pierce, Dane Cook and more. If you’re into Gorillaz, The Bravery, Weezer, Foo Fighters, MGMT or The Cars (and how could you not be?), swing on by D.’s OurStage Profile and check him out. Big congrats to D. Hollywood, enjoy a year un-fettered with costly string purchases.

Discourse & Dischord

The Good

Lana Del Rey’s SNL performance

There’s no arguing that Lana Del Rey has a beautiful voice, but there’s also no arguing that she is gangly as all get-out. The torchy chanteuse made her television debut on Saturday Night Live last weekend, and it turns out she’s quite a polarizing performer. Juliette Lewis initially dissed Del Ray, saying it felt like watching a twelve year old in their bedroom. But the next day Lewis woke up singing a different tune. Decide for yourself if Del Rey is fresh and yummy or wiggity-wack by watching her performance below.

Trent Reznor, Flaming Lips, Radiohead protest Internet legislation

Musicians are up in arms this week over the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA)”two bills making their way through Congress that will allow the government to block access to sites accused of copyright infringement before their court date. The Lonely Island, Nada Surf, MGMT signed this online petition, while Radiohead and Flaming Lips posted anti SOPA and PIPA banners on their Web sites and Twitter profiles. We’ll see if star power can move mountains, or at least Capitol Hill.

The Bad

Jay-Z hasn’t retired the b-word after all

This week numerous media outlets reported that Jay-Z had released a poem announcing he’d given up the word bitch in honor of his daughter, Blue Ivy. Turns out, the whole thing is a crock of bitch (hey, if he’s not retiring it, then neither are we). Jay-Z will still be going H.A.M. when it comes to profanity, which gives us a sneaking suspicion of what Blue Ivy’s first word will be.

Kate Bush stalker breaks in to propose

When Kate Bush sang Let me into your window in her song, Wuthering Heights, little did she know one day a fan would let himself into her window in an ill-fated attempt at a marriage proposal. Police arrested Frank Tufaro after he broke into the reclusive singer’s home with a $4,500 engagement ring. Bush wasn’t home at the time, but we’re guessing her answer would have been no.

The Ugly

Elton John and husband get catty with Madonna

Madonna won the Best Original Song at the Golden Globes on Sunday, much to the dismay of Sir Elton John and his husband, David Furnish. John was nominated for his song, Hello Hello from Gnomeo and Juliet, but lost to Madge’s Masterpiece from W.E. That pissed Furnish right off, and he let everyone know it on his Facebook page. You can read the rant here, and see a screenshot of Elton John’s sourpuss during Madonna’s acceptance speech.

Diddy loses another battle in the vodka wars

Page Six is reporting that P Diddy lost his cool once again when patrons of a pre-Golden Globe party were prohibited from drinking his Ciroc vodka because the event was sponsored by Grey Goose. Not that anyone was asking for Circoc, mind you. Maybe that’s what he was really mad about. Get the rest of the gossip here.

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