Abby Payne Releases ‘The Gunfighter Meets His Match’


photo by Elizabeth Leitzell

New York’s Abby Payne has released her long-awaited new album The Gunfighter Meets His Match. Chock full of bouncing melodies, lush harmonies, subversive arrangements, and organic instrumentation complimented by electronic ambiance, it’s an unexpectedly refreshing singer-songwriter album. In fact it reminds us a bit of Mieka Pauley‘s subtly complex recent output.

The Gunfighter Meets His Match is a loose concept album, where Payne builds a character to represent her own struggles as an artist. She’s also adapting the story as a musical, which is due to premiere on August 25-26 at the Dorothy B. Williams Theater in SoHo as a part of HERE Arts Summer Sublet Series.

Though the album was released at the end of May, it’s only now become available on iTunes.

More like this:
Mieka Pauley Studies ‘The Science of Making Choices’
Steph Shaw’s “Meant To Be”
Jesse Terry Releases A Surprise EP – Free Download


More CMJ Recommendations

CMJ-NYC-2014Having trouble get in to see, say, Foster the People‘s CMJ set? Why bother when there’s so many great, lesser-known artists showcasing? Here are some friends of OurStage who you should see instead. See also yesterday’s recommendations.

Chris Ayer –> Folky, catchy delightfulness.

FRI, OCTOBER 24, 2:15 PM > 2:45 P

Darlingside –> And another excellent Americana-steeped act.

WED, OCTOBER 22, 8:00 PM > 8:45 PM

Mieka Pauley –> A truly great songwriter and performer with a strong and spectacular voice. One of our all-time faves.

FRI, OCTOBER 24, 1:30 PM > 2:00 PM

Mirk –> 7-piece hip-hop band with a hell of a live show.

WED, OCTOBER 22, 9:00 PM

Shonen Knife –> Not an OurStage artist, but a stalwart Japanese punk band who influenced so many others, and who performed an exclusive session for us a couple of years ago.

WED, OCTOBER 22, 10:00 PM > 10:50 PM

The Field Effect –> Popping and rocking, tight as hell, and catchy as catchy can catch.

FRI, OCTOBER 24, 6:00 PM > 6:45 PM

SAT, OCTOBER 25, 7:30 PM

Have fun.

OurStage's Staff Favorites From 2012

2012 was a big and busy year for music. From Carly Rae Jepsen‘s infectious singles to Chris Brown‘s horribly offensive behavior, so much has happened that we decided to look back and reflect on some of our favorite releases and events by various artists this year, including those on OurStage.

Mikel, OurStage Community
No Gods
Sharks take the best of classic British working-class punk and wrap it up in a shiny package topped off with jagged guitars, shiny harmonies, and hooks for days.  No Gods is a fists-in-the-air call for self-reliance that never takes itself too seriously.  Bloody brill’.

Jeremy SquiresIn The Dark
OurStage artist Jeremy Squires’ 2012 release In The Dark is folk at its most lonesome and plaintive.  Acoustic guitars intertwine with Squires’ delicate and twangy vocals.  Harmonica lines whisper and echo in the background.  This stuff is beautiful.

Mike G, OurStage Accounting
Mumford & SonsBabel

Murder By DeathBitter Drink, Bitter Moon

Royal ThunderCVI

Greg, OurStage Community
When Frank Carter, the original iconic frontman for UK punk hardcore band Gallows, decided to leave in the summer of 2011, fans feared it was the end of the band all together. At that same time, Canadian post-hardcore rockstars Alexisonfire were just calling it quits all together. Before anyone could react, AOF vocalist and guitarist Wade MacNiel was already scheduled to take the place of Frank Carter in Gallows. Their first full-length self-titled album since the lineup change came out a few months ago exceeding all expectations and solidifying MacNiel as the new face for the band. Looks like “death is birth” after all.

Many of us here at OurStage happen to be musicians ourselves, but without bias, I have to say one of my favorite releases of 2012 was
Mountainosaurus, the debut album by our account manager Martin’s band Yellabird. If you like The White Stripes or The Black Keys, then you haven’t heard nothin’ yet because this duo leaves those guys in the dust. The riffs and rhythms will leave you drooling for more. Can’t wait to see what our buddy “Mahty” has in store for 2013.

Martin, OurStage Account Management

Meshuggah – “Marrow” – Koloss

King Orchid – “Plaguin’ Me” – For Battle

Baroness – “Green Theme” – Yellow & Green

Tame Impala – “Elephant” – Lonerism

Heartless Bastards – “Got To Have Rock And Roll” – Arrow

Delta Spirit – “Empty House” – Delta Spirit

Angela, OurStage Editorial



It seems that every album Anberlin makes they pour their heart, soul, and tons of talent into. That being said, it’s been a long time coming for an album that hits as hard as 2007’s Cities. This year’s release,


went above and beyond with fast paced, aggressive hooks, and addictive anthems that I still find myself listening to on heavy rotation.

The Glass Child – “Who Am I” and “Letdown”

Last year we were introduced to OurStage artist,The Glass Child ‘s debut EP,

This Is How Ghosts Are Made

. This year, we saw the release of two incredible singles, Who Am I and Letdown. Showcasing her unbelievable vocal range within these telltale anthems of self discovery, the woman behind the talent, Charlotte Eriksson proves once more why she’s at the top of my radar; and why she should be at the top of yours.

Andrew, OurStage A/V
I don’t know if it counts, but for me, a real gem of 2012 was Delta Rae‘s music video for “Bottom of the River.” Now, the video actually came out in October of 2011, but I didn’t discover it until this year when we interviewed them. That video was one I felt compelled to share.

Mieka Pauley‘s emotionally charged Songs Of The Revolution performance of “Wreck” was a standout.

Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown‘s bluesy rock were a welcome contribution amidst all the pop sounds.

The Tower And The Fool Perform New Song

New England folk rockers The Tower And The Fool have gone through a few lineup changes since their formation a few years ago. They originally started as an acoustic duo-fronted band, but have now downsized to a more electric 4-piece with Alex Correia as the one remaining frontman. Click here to check out their new song called “Let It Ride” from their live performance at Great Scott in Allston, MA last week.

Correia used to be the frontman for Boston post-hardcore band Therefore I Am before they broke up in 2010. The band will be coming together again for the first time in 2 years for two “end of the world” reunion shows tomorrow night and Saturday night at The Sinclair in Cambridge, MA. The first show is sold out, but tickets are still available for the second one. Click here to buy them online.

If you like The Tower And The Fool, then check out OurStage artist Mieka Pauley.

More Like This:

Therefore I Am To Play End Of The World Reunion Show
Acoustic Basement To Tour In February 2013

OurStage Presents: Mieka Pauley Live & Unplugged Online!

#FreeTicketFriday may be done for the year, but that doesn’t mean Friday is going to become just another day of the week! Tomorrow at 4pm Eastern Ourstage will be kicking off a brand new web series of live and unplugged performances with a one-of-a-kind appearance from Mieka Pauley! Mieka will be performing a solo acoustic set, telling the stories behind the music, and answering questions from fans all over the world.

In order to participated in this one time only event with Mieka, please use the following link:

Once you click the link above you’ll be redirected to the official event page which allows for RSVP and registration in advance of the performance. Please let us know if you’ll be joining the festivities, and use the social sharing tools to tell your friends about the show!

OurStage Originals: Mieka Pauley

Introducing OurStage Originals, a series of features created to introduce you to some of the great artists on We begin with a longtime friend of OurStage, someone whom we are big fans of, singer and songwriter Mieka Pauley. Mieka has been kicking ass across the country for a few years now, and just released her most fully-realized album to date, The Science Of Making Choices. Watch this to hear some music and learn a bit about Mieka’s background, her approach to her music, and how OurStage has impacted her career.

More like this: