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Aaaaand We’re Back

Whew.

Having undergone significant updates and alterations over the past several months, our blog is back online. While you might only notice some minor cosmetic changes at first, we’ve made huge improvements to the underlying system here and throughout all of OurStage.com, and you will start to see more new features and upgrades over the coming months.

We’re also overhauling our entire competition structure to find new and better ways to provide our artist community with career-building opportunities. We look forward to rolling these out, and we welcome your feedback. For fans of new music, there are going to be a lot of new ways to discover the best stuff you’ve never heard, working in tandem with our new parent company, Amazing Media – already the leader in new music discovery in the UK and beyond.

Thanks for your patience throughout these quiet months, and please stay tuned.

OurStage Radio Featured In The Guardian

OurStage UpdatesThe Telegraph, UK’s most widely-circulated news source, has published a list of the world’s best Internet radio stations and have included your favorite and mine, OurStage.com. We are certain this is due to the incredible wealth of talent supplied by so many great undiscovered artists.

“This innovative music service has an archive of songs by more than 125,000 unsigned artists, organised into 40 genres from Alternative to World. Listeners can tune into genre radio stations via the link above, or, if in a Simon Cowell frame of mind, can even judge between acts – the most successful of which get prizes.”

If you’re not already signed up, do it now – it’s easy, and you can connect via Facebook with a simple click. Then, get listening, tune your radio, pick favorites, make playlists, share, and judge channels.

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Billboard's Buzz On Amazing Media And OurStage

medialogoBillboard has just published a piece discussing the exciting latest developments surrounding Amazing Media, OurStage, our investors, and more:

“Former BBC executive Paul Campbell launched a new company in the United Kingdom in 2007, looking for ways to help musicians find a wider audience for their work. He established a website allowing select unsigned acts to upload their music, sell it — and keep the proceeds. Two years later, Campbell founded a radio station using a playlist built exclusively from the offerings on his site. He further developed his audience by adding a few shows carefully curated by a mix of ex-BBC and up-and-coming DJs. The result: Amazing Media, a powerful promotional machine that has become one of the A&R community’s most crucial tools for developing new talent and has helped propel the likes of Chvrches, Daughter and Alt-J to deals with major or independent labels.

Now, five years later, Campbell is launching in the United States. He has raised $9 million in funding with backing from investors including Sting, AOL founder Steve Case, producer Billy Mann, music lawyer John Frankenheimer and former EMI CEO Elio Leoni-Sceti. They’re joining a board to be run by former Shazam chairman John Pearson.

As part of its launch stateside, Amazing Media has acquired Boston-based OurStage.com for an undisclosed sum. OurStage gives fans the opportunity to vote for their favorite unsigned performers on the site — and allows bands to compete for the chance to tour with more established acts.”

Read more at Billboard.com.

Hannah Thomas Launches Kickstarter

Hannah Thomas Described by Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls as having “the soul of old country [but a] die hard rocker with some punk thrown in the mix,” Georgia-based Hannah Thomas isn’t afraid to play around with genres. Having released her latest album over a year ago, Thomas has been busy traveling the country, playing shows, and writing new material” but in order to help that last one come to fruition, she’ll need your help. Thomas has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund her latest album, and is seeking $10,500. Though the album title is still in the works, she hopes to record the album in late spring/early summer for a fall release. You can pledge here and watch her video below. You can also catch Thomas on tour this March and April across the U.S.  (more…)

Yellowcard Part Ways With Drummer

Yellowcard2After nearly 17 years, Longineu Parsons has decided to part ways with Yellowcard. The band announced their drummer’s departure on Thursday, saying, “It has been announced that long-time drummer Longineu ‘LP’ Parsons III has left YELLOWCARD. Longineu has decided to pursue other musical interests. We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.” A replacement has not been announced. Parsons’ exit leaves Sean Mackin as the sole original member. It is unclear what this means for the band’s upcoming tour dates, including their slot on this summer’s Warped Tour.

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Beck Performs On 'The Tonight Show'

beck_hansen_0100Right after his recent North American tour announcement, Beck took to the stage of Jimmy Fallon‘s Tonight Show to perform “Waking Light” and “Say Goodbye,” which appeared as an online exclusive. Both tracks come off Beck’s recent album, Morning Phase, which we’ve raved about in one way or another over the past few months. I wasn’t sure those haunting melodies would necessarily translate well live, but this performance speaks for itself. Catch Beck on tour this spring, and watch both videos below.  (more…)

YONAS Announces Tour Dates

YonasIn just under two weeks, New York based hip-hop artist YONAS, will be hitting the road for a month of non-stop shows across the U.S. Beginning March 27th in Jacksonville, FL, YONAS will hit New York City, Boston, Cleveland, St Louis, and Denver and beyond, before wrapping things up April 26th in Loudonville, NY. Support on the tour will come from The Specktators. Check out the dates below. (more…)

Live Video: Vic And Gab At SXSW 2014

Vic and GabSXSW is in full swing, despite last night’s tragedy, and as we move forward in one of the music industry’s biggest festivals, we’re beginning to see the first of the SXSW coverage popping up online. From performances to reviews, it’s almost enough to make those of us not there feel like we’re in the crowd. For former OurStage Artists of the Week, Vic and Gab, last night went off without a hitch as they performed their single “Let You Down.” Check out the clip right here and catch the duo on tour throughout the Midwest this March and April.

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Beck Announces North American Tour Dates

beckWe’re not sure if you’ve noticed, but we’ve kind of been on a Beck kick lately. With all the incredible music he’s been releasing lately in conjunction with his newest album, Morning Phase, we really can’t help ourselves. Now, just weeks after dropping that album, Beck has announced a small (and we mean small) batch of dates this spring/summer. The tour will hit California, Arizona, Texas, Ohio, Massachusetts, Montreal, Toronto, and Detroit, before ending in New York on July 1st for SummerStage festival. Check out the dates below. (more…)