OurStage member, former MTV ‘Needle in the Haystack’ winner, and pride of British Columbia Alexandria Maillot just dropped a new single called “Time (On Your Own).” It’s a hypnotic, groove-heavy heavy-groove adorned with sweet and airy harmonies and a single reverbed-out guitar and maybe a baritone guitar riding a riff over the beat. It’s deceptively simple and kind of perfect for mid-summer evenings. She’s got it up on Bandcamp for free or pay-what-you-like download. Get it now.
2013 was a pretty good year for twenty | one | pilots. Fueled By Ramen released the band’s third album, Vessel, at the beginning of the year, they opened for Fall Out Boy on a massive autumn tour that also included Panic! At The Disco, and they were nominated as an ‘Artist To Watch’ by the MTV VMAs for “Holding On To You.” So it’s only fitting that the band would end the year with a bang by releasing their new music video for “Truce.” Check out the video below, and catch them on tour in Australia, New Zealand, and Europe all through January and February, with US spring dates to be announced soon. (more…)
Our latest Artist of the Week is Air Traffic Controller, a Boston-based pop-rock group that takes their name from frontman Dave Munro‘s stint in the US Navy as, well, an air traffic controller. Citing as a musical foundation the formidable trio of Petty, McCartney, and Springsteen, Munro and his band – including his brother Richie Munro, Steve Scott, and Casey Sullivan – expand those classic pop sensibilities into a lush orchestral wave of sound. They are often accompanied live by a string section (Alison Shipton, violin, and Kiara Perico, viola) to better represent their unique and instantly appealing sound.
ATC compliment their expansive sonic prowess with lyrical insight. In our review of their 2012 LP, NORDO, we observed:
Air Traffic Controller relates the narratives of an average life with such exuberant grandiosity that even the most monotonous aspects of a normal day seem worth celebration. As Munro sings, Sometimes you don’t know if it’s real / Or just some kind of magic show / So all you can do / Is pretend it’s all true. For Air Traffic Controller, it’s that type of magical belief in the splendor of every little moment that makes life not just bearable, but meaningful.
Now that album is getting a deluxe re-release for 2014, featuring new songs and remixes, as the band embarks on a quick tour of the UK before returning home to continue work on a follow-up LP. Check out the tour dates after the jump, along with the video for “Hurry Hurry,” an indie pop anthem that will get a UK single release on December 6th and will be heard on MTV’s Scrubbing In on 11/21.
MTV has revealed the nominees for 2013 installment of their annual Video Music Awards. The ceremony will air August 25, with performances planned from a number of stars found on the nominee list. You can view the full rundown of potential winners at the end of this post.
For those of you wondering the point of MTV clinging to the idea they’re still a music channel, take a moment and swing by the Buzzworthy blog. Videos may not be in rotation as much, but MTV is still helping usher in the next generation of new talent. Comment below and let us know who you think will win!
Video of the Year
» Justin Timberlake , Mirrors”
» Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Wanz , Thrift Shop”
» Bruno Mars, Locked Out of Heaven”
» Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell, Blurred Lines”
» Taylor Swift, I Knew You Were Trouble”
Best Hip Hop Video
» Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton, Can’t Hold Us”
» Drake, Started From The Bottom”
» Kendrick Lamar, Swimming Pools”
» A$AP Rocky feat. Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar, F”kin’ Problems”
» J. Cole feat. Miguel, Power Trip” (more…)
The MTVU Woodies took place over the weekend with appearances from essentially every notable face currently dominating pop, rock, and indie college radio charts. I could write at length about the event, as well as the all-day festival that took place during SXSW last week, but we all know the thing that really matters is who ended their night with a trophy to call their own. So, without further ado or filler content, click below to view a complete list of every category and winner from the 2013 MTVU Woodies. (more…)
If you’re among the many who cringe at the thought of partaking in any Super Bowl Sunday festivities, fear not. Just because you don’t want to paint your face the color of your favorite team, wear your favorite player’s jersey, or spend the day jumping up and down screaming in joy (or anguish) doesn’t mean you can’t have a good time this weekend. In fact, with most people preoccupied by the game, there’s a lot to do with no crowds to deal with, and since you probably have no obligations, might as well take advantage. We’ve put together a list of five entertainment alternatives for those wishing to sit out the “big day” this Sunday. Check them out after the jump. (more…)