Album Review: Kaki King – "Glow"

For fans of Kaki King, if you are like me, then you probably miss hearing her lyric-less ambient acoustic guitar playing. Understandably so, since this is originally how the songwriter-singer”because her vocals really are secondary to her songwriting”got her start and why so many people were drawn to her in the first place. Over the years, she has gradually incorporated a few more instruments and some soft singing into her music here and there, which was actually quite a nice for a change. But on her last album, Junior, King almost left the whole solo instrumental guitarist act behind, introducing a full rock band sound and an unmistakably Tegan And Sara influenced full singing voice. Many fans, while welcoming the new style, still felt a bit like something was missing. If you are one of those fans, then slip on your mittens, warm woolen hat, and scarf because the original Kaki King we know and love is back with an autumnal instrumental album called Glow. (more…)

Latin Artists: Compete To Become El Headliner This October

Latin artists, get ready for your close-up! Once again OurStage and Tr3s are offering up some massive exposure.  When you submit your best Latin tune to the “Tr3s Latin Music Channel” Competition, the OurStage community of fans will decide which artist scores editorial coverage from Top 20, Music My Güey, Descubre y Download, and Blogamole”plus, of course, the bragging rights that come with the title of “El Headliner.”

Enter your best song into the “Tr3s Latin Music Channel” Competition by October 23 for the opportunity to get your music out to thousands of new fans. What are you standing around for? The spotlight awaits.

Austin Renfroe Rocks Out With Fresh Ernie Ball Strings

The road ahead is looking bright for Nashville singer-songwriter Austin Renfroe. He’s turning heads across the board with the attention of hundreds of thousands of online fans, critical acclaim, Sirius XM’s “Breaks The Band” title and a spot as a The OurStage Panel finalist. He also managed to grab the attention of our friends at Ernie Ball, which landed him the Ernie Ball Pop Grand Prize in October for his track “Honesty”. As a result, Renfroe got the hook up from Ernie Ball with a year’s supply of shiny new strings for his axe, so we just had to catch up with him to see how he likes ’em. Check out the pics below!

Austin Renfroe Takes Ernie Ball Pop Grand Prize

These days it seems that there’s not much standing in the way of Nashville song-crafter Austin Renfroe. He’s sold hundreds of thousands of digital downloads, garnered critical acclaim and won Sirius XM’s Breaks The Band with his single “Taking Me Under.” Recently crowned a finalist on Episode 2 of The OurStage Panel, it’s clear that he’s got the talent to make some big waves” precisely the attributes that stand out to Ernie Ball.

Renfroe entered his synth-rock dance track “Honesty” in the Ernie Ball Pop Channel this October and watched it climb all the way to the Top 10. Ernie Ball loved Renfroe’s jams so much, they decided to hook him up with the October grand prize”a year’s supply of strings and accessories. Now that’s a prize like that is sure to give his career a boost. Stay hip to the OurStage blog to find out more about the win.

Want The Chance To Open For The Legendary 99.5 WZPL Holiday Party This Winter?

Somehow it’s already the last day of October, and the holiday season is quickly creeping up on us. While this can mean lots of stress (See: Cooking for a small army, Coming up with the perfect gift), we have an incredible opportunity to make this year your best yet! We’re giving you the chance to open up the legendary 99.5 WZPL Holiday Party, their annual Christmas show, this year. All you have to do is enter your song into the “99.5 WZPL Holiday Concert Opening Performance” Competition, and you could be performing alongside artists like The Fray.

Sound like something that will bring you lots of holiday cheer? We thought so! Hurry up though, because the deadline to enter your song is November 7th. You don’t want to miss the opportunity to rock Christmas in Indianapolis!

Help Discover The Next Pop Star On OurStage!

This month, Ernie Ball is giving OurStage’s talented pop artists the opportunity to win cool prizes by sponsoring the Pop Channel.  Amazing submissions are pouring in each day so we need your help to determine who will come out on top.  After all, a year’s supply of Ernie Ball strings and accessories is on the line. Head on over to the Pop Channel and let your voice be heard”judging ends October 29, 2011.

Check out a small sampling of these fabulous pop artists in the player below: