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Never Shout Never Announce 'Christmas' EP, Stream New Song

OS Members Never Shout Never have joined a long-running industry tradition and announced plans to release their own collection of holiday music just in time for reindeer to land on your roof.

Never Shout Never shared with fans their plans to release new EP, titled Christmas, on November 25 of this year. The album will be a collection of holiday songs, including at least one original song. That track, titled “Everything Is Cool,” can be streamed starting today, exclusively on Alternative Press.

So what do NSN bring to the holiday table? For starters, “Everything Is Cool” harkens back to the group’s early days of creating mainly acoustic songs built on easy-to-memorize lyricism. The “cool” in the title refers to the climate, and as the track plays on, frontman Christofer Drew recounts the many things that come to mind when thinking of the holiday season. It’s not likely to be a modern classic, but it’s certainly a refreshing new take on the spirit of the season.

Preorders for the Christmas EP have yet to be announced, but we expect at least a handful of purchase options will be unveiled in the weeks ahead. Follow OurStage on Twitter to ensure you never miss an update.

Never Shout Never Stream 'Sunflower' On Pandora

OS members Never Shout Never have partnered with popular streaming service Pandora to preview their upcoming album, Sunflower.

Set to be released on July 2 through their own label, Never Shout Never’s new album comes less than a year after Indigo made a splash with critics and fans alike. Coupled with the new release comes a slightly new sound, building on the neo-folky foundation that helped launch NSN to fame a few years back, and moving away from Indigo‘s more experimental moments. You can stream the album over on Pandora’s fancy new player.

Never Shout Never are one of dozens of bands participating in Warped Tour this summer. If you like what you hear on Sunflower, be sure to check out their set.

Never Shout Never Debut "Knock Knock"

OS Member Never Shout Never have released another song off their forthcoming album Sunflower, and fans should prepare now to fall in love.

Entitled “Knock Knock,” the latest efforts from the brainchild of Christofer Drew harkens back to the early days of NSN. Drew leads accompanied by an acoustic and light percussion on a tale of love and the open road. It’s the kind of Dylan-inspired pop goodness Drew has been pulling from for years, but it feels fresh as it did the first time we heard it on “Knock Knock.” Click here to experience the song for yourself.

Sunflower hits stores in July. Comment below and let us know your thoughts on the new material.

Never Shout Never Premiere "Malibu"

OS Member Never Shout Never has released a stream of a new song entitled, “Malibu.”

The second song to surface off this summer’s Sunflower, “Malibu” harkens back to an earlier time in the career of Never Shout Never. The simplistic heartfelt lyrics are met with instrumentation inspired by early Dylan and are later made complete with the addition of Christofer Drew‘s signature croon. You can stream the single on Purevolume.

Sunflower is currently scheduled for a July 2 release through Drew’s own label. Will you be picking it up? Comment below and let us know your thoughts.

OS Member Never Shout Never Announces New Album

OS Member Never Shout Never has had a career unlike any other. Starting as a solo project by frontman Christofer Drew, NSN went from Internet obscurity, to major label deal, to independent artist with a label to call his own in less time than it takes many to finish college. Now, the group is prepping to release their second full length independent album, and this morning we learned the title.

According to a tweet sent by Drew recently, the new Never Shout Never album will be titled Sunflower. It will be the first NSN release to hit shelves since November 2012’s Indigo, as well as the first album since Drew famously went sober earlier this year. No material has surfaced at this time, but we expect to hear new music soon.

Never Shout Never Perform "Subliminal Messages" Acoustic

OS Members Never Shout Never have made a career out of constantly pushing themselves to create more and experiment further than the vast majority of artists that could be considered their competition. This morning, the Missouri-based folk act unveiled a video performance of a new song entitled “Subliminal Messages” and once again the members of NSN have given fans a reason to stay on their toes. The song is vast departure from the material found on 2012’s Indigo, and according to frontman Christofer Drew it will appear on the group’s upcoming effort, Sunflower. You can stream the acoustic performance below. (more…)

Christofer Drew (Never Shout Never) Releases New Song "Pray For Peace"

After years of work in Never Shout Never, EATMEWHILEIMHOT!, and a slew of other projects, singer/songwriter Christofer Drew is returning to his roots with his new solo EP, The Light. A new song off the release entitled “Pray For Peace” can be streamed at the end of this post.

Considering Drew’s most recent effort with Never Shout Never (2012’s Indigo), it’s refreshing to know the still-young artist has a continuing interest in a simple sound. That said, “Pray For Peace” is pretty much a slow underhanded pitch in terms of songwriting and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to accept such basic lyricism as anything more than amateur.

I sincerely hope The Light offers something remarkable, but I do not think “Pray For Peace” is that song. See if you agree by listening to the track below. (more…)

Introducing the 'Songs of the Revolution' Recording Session Series on OurStage

In 1776, the world changed forever when two forces”one, the most powerful army in the world, and the other, a roughshod militia with no formal training”faced each other across a quiet meadow in Lexington, MA.

Now, from that same corner of the world, OurStage is firing a new salvo. Songs of the Revolution is the product of our belief that music, when it finds the right ears, can change everything. So, like Paul Revere, we’re bringing a message to the masses, swiftly and furiously arming our citizen warriors with a galvanizing soundtrack.

Your favorite bands touring in the Boston area will record a live session with OurStage producer and Community Manager Skot. One to three songs, one to three takes, live and unplugged. Watch videos of the sessions on YouTube, check out behind the scenes photos, and download the recordings for free.

Listen to and download sessions from Never Shout Never, Tim Blane, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, You Am I, and The Hollow Sound now. Become a fan of Songs of the Revolution here on OurStage to get updates whenever a new session is added right on your OurStage newsfeed, or submit your email to receive updates straight to your inbox.

We bet Paul Revere wished he had an iPod for times like these.

Loyalty to the End: NeverShoutNever Travels Through Time

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OurStage artist NeverShoutNever has gone through some changes lately. Starting as the sole musical conduit for Christofer Drew, NeverShoutNever took its first steps towards stardom by rising through the ranks of MySpace. The band then set off on tours with the likes of Hellogoodbye and channeled their growing Internet stardom into a major label contract. As much as NeverShoutNever seems like a dream-like DIY Cinderella story, when considering the band’s origins as a creative output for one individual, it makes the logistics behind the recently released third album Time Travel even more remarkable. Not only does the band play with new sounds, the album also marks the first project the group created together as a cohesive unit. And they weren’t alone in helping to make it happen. In the process of crafting the album, the band stopped by the up-and-coming Burbank-based production company Loyal Studios to record the music video for “Time Travel”. Check out the video and some exclusive behind-the-scenes pictures below. Also, feel free stop by Loyal Studios’ blog entry on the shooting to get an inside scoop on the process of shooting the video and insight in the growth of NeverShoutNever.

Behind the Mic: Why Bands Need YOUR Help to Stay Healthy

Musicians without health insurance can run into huge problems on the road. When they get sick or injured, many of them simply can’t see a doctor because they can’t afford treatment.

FMC's survey, "Taking the Pulse"

According to a recent study by the Future of Music Coalition, 33 percent of the 1,451 musicians polled said that they did not have health insurance. Eighty-six percent of those people said that the reason they aren’t insured is because they can’t afford it.

Luckily, there are some organizations working to make health care accessible for musicians. The FMC created an online tutorial program called HINT (Health Insurance Navigation Tool) and also offers free consultations over the phone.

Rock for Health founder Kristina Grossman

Another group trying to gain awareness for this problem is Rock For Health, a non-profit organization created by Kristina Grossman, a former Warped Tour employee. Grossman found that when she got strep throat while on Warped Tour with Bayside, she had an incredibly difficult time getting proper medical attention. Grossman claims that doctors took one look at her tattoos and piercings and automatically assumed she was “non-compliant” (i.e., unable to afford a consultation). Grossman was eventually given attention, but only after having her mother, who is a practicing nurse, speak with the doctors.

Free health care for Every Avenue, courtesy of Rock for Health

The experience both infuriated and enlightened Grossman, who took a proactive approach to raising awareness for a problem affecting her friends and co-workers. Rock for Health was born in attempts to educate and advocate for musicians on health care issues. They are always accepting donations, which are used to fund benefit shows, health care fees and research on the effects of singing and touring on musicians’ vocal chords.

RFH also helps to raise money directly for artists’ health insurance by holding auctions for fan prizes. In this way, fans can help sponsor health care for their favorite artists, which have included Every Avenue, Set Your Goals and OurStage artist NeverShoutNever.

Donating to health care organizations such as Rock For Health will help keep your favorite artists healthy, happy and ready to rock. For more information on current health care plans, visit http://rockforhealth.org/mission/.