If you’ve looked at the Billboard Rock Charts lately you may be wondering what’s happening to the state of the genre. With chart-toppers like Grouplove, fun., and M83, it feels like the industry is in need of a good ole rock revival. Enter Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown. The Nashville quartet have made it their mission to perserve all that is holy with rock ‘n’ roll and are converting followers one live performance at a time.
Last week the audience of the East Village haunt Arelene’s Grocery were treated to an electrifying performance by Tyler Bryant (vox, guitar), Graham Whitford (rythymn guitar), Caleb Crosby (drums), and Gabe Anderson (filling in on bass). The band was in town for a few days to attend the premiere of Abraham Lincoln Vampire Slayer (Bryant played guitar on the film’s score), to attend OurStage’s Artist Advisory Board meeting, and to showcase at the New Music Seminar. Check out their performance of “Kick The Habit” live at Arlene’s:
This past Wednesday, executives representing OurStage.com met with with members of the newly formed Artist Advisory Board to discuss the direction of the company and the future of music. Board members included Tyler Bryant, Graham Whitford, and Caleb Crosby of Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown, Mieka Pauley, Jesse Terry, Xolie Morra, and Jonquil Anderson (emcee TAMPPA). During the inaugural meeting, OurStage previewed a slew of artist-centric offerings designed to fortify revenue streams for independent artists.
Later that evening, members of the board represented the online music discovery community during the New Music Seminar (NMS) showcase at Arlene’s Grocery in the East Village. The night kicked off with an acoustic set by Xolie Morra (accompanied by David Nolf), followed by Jesse Terry (recently nominated by NMS as one of the Top 100 “Artists on the Verge”) who was accompanied by drums, rhythm guitar and backing vocals. Mieka Pauley took the stage for an impromptu a ccapella rendition of “Marked Man”, track seven off her forthcoming LP, The Science Of Making Choices. Rounding out the bill was Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown, whose highly anticipated first full length record drops this summer. The showcase closed with a set by NYC hip-hop duo, Metermaids.
Check out the songs by the OurStage Advisory Board and NMS showcasing acts:
NYC is the place to be in June. Why you ask? Because OurStage has assembled a killer lineup to rock our showcase at this year’s New Music Seminar at Arlene’s Grocery. Tyler Bryant and The Shakedown, Metermaids, Jesse Terry, and “New Music Seminar Showcase at Arlene’s Grocery” Competition Grand Prize winner Xolie Morra of The Strange Kind will be taking the stage. Morra beat out over 900 other acts for the chance to play this year’s stage with her track “Over My Head”. Check out more from Xolie in the playlist below, and be sure to swing by our showcase on June 20 at Arlene’s Grocery in NYC.
Participants must be eighteen (18) years of age or older at time of entry and must reside within the forty-eight (48) contiguous United States. Only submission materials that are determined, at the sole discretion of the Sponsors, to be classified as Pop, Rock , Hip-Hop, Alternative Hip-Hop, Rap and R&B as defined on the OurStage FAQ’s will be deemed valid entries.
Nikki Lynette has never been one to play it safe. Despite being told she didn’t fit into a genre, Nikki powered through, creating her own blend electro, hip hop, rock and pop. Slap on some fishnets and leather and mix with Nikki’s energy and excitement, and you’ve got a star in the making. So much so that after entering (and coming in second place) in OurStage and New Music Seminar’s Artist On The Verge Competition, MTV caught a whiff came calling with a licensing deal. Go backstage with Nikki below to hear more about how it all came together.