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$AP Rocky feat. Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar, F”kin’ Problems”
» J. Cole feat. Miguel, Power Trip” (more…)
The MTVU Woodies took place over the weekend with appearances from essentially every notable face currently dominating pop, rock, and indie college radio charts. I could write at length about the event, as well as the all-day festival that took place during SXSW last week, but we all know the thing that really matters is who ended their night with a trophy to call their own. So, without further ado or filler content, click below to view a complete list of every category and winner from the 2013 MTVU Woodies. (more…)
If you’re among the many who cringe at the thought of partaking in any Super Bowl Sunday festivities, fear not. Just because you don’t want to paint your face the color of your favorite team, wear your favorite player’s jersey, or spend the day jumping up and down screaming in joy (or anguish) doesn’t mean you can’t have a good time this weekend. In fact, with most people preoccupied by the game, there’s a lot to do with no crowds to deal with, and since you probably have no obligations, might as well take advantage. We’ve put together a list of five entertainment alternatives for those wishing to sit out the “big day” this Sunday. Check them out after the jump. (more…)
If you’ve ever wondered what Ke$ha is up to when she’s not feeling like a sabertooth tiger and living hard just like [she] should, you’re about to find out. With the premiere of her new documentary series, Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life to MTV this April, fans will get an inside look at the singer’s antics as she records Warrior, travels the world, and attempts to find love as her fame rises. You know, the kind of things we all struggle with.
You might have heard my voice on the radio, seen me onstage or in a music video, but that’s only a part of the story, Ke$ha said in a statement. With this documentary series I’m revealing a more complete picture of what my life is really like. It’s not all glamorous, but it’s all real.
You can check out the promo trailer below.
If you like Ke$ha check out OurStage artist Casey Desmond.
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Australia’s Gold Fields are in for quite a year. After being named one of 2013’s bands to watch by MTV alongside up-and-coming heavyweights like Macklemore, the band is ready to take their insanely catchy blend of synthpop and indie rock to the international masses. They’ve already toured the states with the likes of St. Lucia and Diamond Rings, and are gearing up for another US jaunt this February. We caught up with frontman Mark Fuller to chat about the triple recording of the band’s upcoming album Black Sun, their remix process, and the effect of their massive burgeoning buzz.
OS: You guys just wrapped up a US tour with St. Lucia a little while ago. What was that like?
Mark Fuller: It was awesome. We were already fans of St. Lucia before we heard we were doing the tour and how it actually happened was that they asked us to support them. It was a pretty short tour, I think it only was six or eight shows, but getting to watch them every night was awesome. And when you tour with great bands like that you learn a lot, especially from their live shows; theirs is very tight, and they’re almost perfect live. Even though they’re a young band like us, they’ve got their live thing down pat. Touring with a band like that lets you learn a lot, but at the same time it’s fun because we love their music. The shows themselves were in front of crowds that reminded us of crowds that we play in front of back home, and they were probably bigger. The show in New York was amazing. It was to a packed ballroom; Bowery Ballroom maybe? It was just packed and awesome. One of our favorite shows.
OS: You’ve been named a band to watch in 2013 by multiple big sources: MTV, MySpace, and more. What’s your relationship like with that buzz? Do you try to ignore it? Embrace it?
MF: We don’t really feel it at all. I know that reading stuff like that “ like MTV coming out and calling us a band to watch for the year “ is really weird for us, because MTV to us is like this massive American thing. It seems almost like it’s not real for something like that to happen, for them to talk about our band. Obviously we’re thankful that they’ve done that, and we feel very lucky that they’ve come across us and are thankful they’ve included us. At the same time, anything like that isn’t going to change what we’re doing. Since we’ve started, we’ve always tried to do what’s best for us and make sure we’re having fun and get other people to enjoy it as well. Any sort of things like that “ the buzz “ you have to take it in your stride, but it doesn’t change anything really. We’re still doing exactly what we were going to do all along.
If you’re not yet familiar with OurStage artist and recent MTV Buzzworthy sensation Casey Desmond, you’ve really got to change that. Luckily, we’re about to fix that. Between her stint on Season 1 of The Voice, writing, performing and re-mixing her own music, and even designing her own costumes, we don’t know how she had time to create one of the funkiest music videos we’ve seen in a while for her song “Bad Habit.” But boy, are we glad she did. Filled with silhouettes, electro-pop, and plenty of energy, you don’t want to miss this. Check it out after the jump. (more…)
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.