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Exclusive Q and A: Man Overboard Talk Philly Pride and Punk Longevity

OurStage Exclusive InterviewsIt wouldn’t be hyperbolic to call New Jersey pop punk act Man Overboard a touring machine. Their schedule for 2012 has so far included dates in the United Kingdom, United States, continental Europe, Russia, and Ukraine. As if that weren’t enough, this summer they played every single date on notoriously brutal The Vans Warped Tour. We caught up with guitarist Justin Collier at their Mansfield, MA Warped Tour stop to talk stage dives, Russian punk shows, and why little girls love New Found Glory.

OS: You guys played a killer set earlier today, even though you had a pretty early time slot.

JC: I think that a lot of bands get really bummed out when they first come on the tour and find out they have to play either really early or really late. They think that if they play first, then nobody’s going to be there, and if they play last, then everybody’s going to be gone already. Even though some kids at our signing today told us that they missed our set because they didn’t get there until 1 p.m, I think a lot of kids do get there early.  Some of the people who arrive early and don’t have anyone to watch will think, “Oh yeah, I’ve heard of that band.  I’ll check them out.” And that’s half the battle of Warped Tour.  That’s what you’re here for”to get new fans.

OS: But by now, you guys have become a fairly established act on the tour, and it doesn’t seem like you need to try incredibly hard to get a lot of people out to see you.  There were a certainly a lot of people out there this morning.

JC: It’s different in different places, you know? When you play somewhere like Boston and there are 20,000 people out there, it’s a little easier than when you play Kansas and there are only 5,000 people for all of the bands on the tour. Being from a city like Boston or Philly, where I’m from, there are always good shows. There would be bands that I’d see in Philly and I’d think, “Wow, they’re huge,” but I’d see them somewhere else and realize that they weren’t as big as they seemed.

OS: Being from a place with very intense scene loyalty, like the Philly or Jersey area, how do you feel when you tour abroad? You guys have toured in some very distant places recently, like Russia and Ukraine. What effect do those experiences have on the feeling of musical place you get from your hometowns?

JC: It makes me really appreciate being from the city of Philadelphia. I think that I didn’t before, but now I do, because there are things like R5 Productions and other really great companies, people, and collectives that do shows and events and all kinds of cool stuff. I have a very high standard of how punk shows should be run, but then we would go somewhere like Russia and, not to their discredit, they just haven’t been bred the same way that Phildelphians and Bostonians have been bred to run punk shows. I’m used to some pretty cool shit, but other places are just different and you have to get used to it. It’s always an adventure going somewhere else anyway.

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Search For The Coldest Finalists Prepare To Battle In NYC

After months of intense judging and voting, the Coors Light® “Search For The Coldest” Competition has reached its final round, with just eight talented MCs preparing to go head“to“head in a randomly selected freestyle battle live in New York City on July 26.

Winners from the New Orleans, New York, National Video, and National Wildcard Channels will face the regional winners from Baltimore, Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Charlotte. Check out the final eight below! When the dust settles onstage, a panel of music industry experts will judge the final performance and officially crown the nation’s coldest MC. Who will be victorious? Stay tuned to find out!

New Orleans

DL.

New York

Chris Akinyemi

National Video

Tarik Trotter

National Wildcard

The Lyrical Maze

Baltimore

KOVE

Atlanta

LS Lane

Philadelphia

Aquil

Charlotte

Felony Fame

 

Semi-Finalists Fire Off Rhymes In Search For The Coldest

Everybody knows that Philadelphia is the “City of Brotherly Love,” delicious cheesesteaks, and the Eagles, but is it home to the coldest MC in the nation? With only 16 semi-finalists left in the running, the Coors Light® “Search For The Coldest” Competition” is ready to find out.  Philly semi-finalists Mike Milan and Aquil recently squared off onstage alongside Ice Cube, DJ Drama, and Wale, as they battled for rhyme-spitting dominance and the right to be crowned the nation’s best undiscovered MC.  Watch highlights from the performance below, and be on the lookout for more videos of semi-finalist action from Atlanta and Charlotte.

Search For The Coldest Semi Finalists Hit The Stage With Ice Cube In Baltimore

The Coors Light® “Search For The Coldest” Competition is entering the home stretch. Months of fierce competition have narrowed down the pack to 16 of the nation’s coldest semi-finalists who are ready to battle it out for the Grand Prize. Recently, Baltimore semi-finalists Harmony Muzik and KOVE took their game onstage alongside Ice Cube and special guest Wale to prove they’ve got the stuff to be crowned coldest. Check out the recap video of their performance below, and stay tuned for more vids fresh from Atlanta, Philadelphia, and Charlotte.

Search For The Coldest Semi-Finalists Announced – Vote Now For Your Favorite And Win Killer Prizes

The Coors Light® Search For the Coldest Competition is about to kick things up a notch. Are you ready? The many have been whittled down to the few”it’s time to meet the round four Semi-Finalists.

The following eight Semi-Finalists from the New Orleans, New York, National Video, and National Wildcard channels will continue to battle it out for your votes online at searchforthecoldest.com until July 10.

New Orleans

Boy Sykes

DL.

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Party Patrol

DaCav5

Prepare to sweat your weaves out, people. Coming straight outta the city of brotherly love is DaCav5, an electro-pop band armed with its own party rock anthems. Like LMFAO, DaCav5 specializes in crazed, pitch-bent beats that burrow down into your brain and command your body to move. Dirty Style has a whiff of Party Rock Anthem, kicking off with a big, fat, bassy beat. Add defiant mantras like I don’t care what people say, Ima party anyway, with a sexy female refrain and you’ve got yourself a hit. David Guetta, eat your heart out. Party Started does exactly what it proposes to do. The track gets underway with orchestral pulses and edgy vocal stylings. Bitch get back, you know the kid got swag. The kid definitely has swag. Make that all five kids. Now if you’ll excuse us, we have some partying to do.

 

Let The Search For The Coldest Begin…

For the second year in a row, OurStage and Coors Light are teaming up to find the coldest MC in the game. Think you have what it takes? Then the Coors Light® “Search for the Coldest” Competition is for you.

All solo hip hop artists (that are at least twenty-one years old) are encouraged to enter their best original track into the Coors Light® “Search for the Coldest Competition Channels (New Orleans, New York, National Wildcard, Video, Atlanta, Baltimore, Charlotte or Philadelphia). Eight semi-finalists will be chosen by the OurStage fans and the competition judges to perform in New York City at a finale hosted by Ice Cube, with one Grand Prize Winner going home with their song featured on Coors Light® “Search For The Coldest” mixtape, as well as a track produced by DJ Drama, and $10,000 worth of studio time. If you want a shot at this awesome opportunity, enter your best original track by May 15, 2012.

 

Brotherly Rage

Automatic Fire hails from Philadelphia, but don’t expect them to dole out brotherly love willy-nilly. As a matter of fact, the four-piece rock band is more inclined to rip you a new one. On the sexy and stylish Cuts Both Ways singer Walt Lafty roars I tried to meet you half way but you shoved it back in my face over a crescendo of guitars and the low glug of bass. The World is no less forgiving. A blistering caveat, the track hones its metal edge on spooky guitar effects. Lafty can loosen a delicious croon from his pipes, but more often he uses them to belt out his ire. On Whipping Boy he sneers, I’m not your Gandhi, here to save the land / I’m more like Pilate, watch me wash you from my hands. And you probably can guess what happens to the title characters of the hair-metalish rocker, Snitches. Yup, stitches. With instruments that cut gashes and lyrics that pour in the salt, Automatic Fire may sting like a bitch, but the pain is worth the pleasure.

Get Lyrical: Joanna Burns' "Philadelphia"

Joanna Burns is pulling a Frank Sinatra on all of us. Like the iconic swing artist, Burns is a native of New Jersey. (Hazlet, New Jersey to be exact, which she notes is also the same town that gave us Jersey Shore’s Sammi Sweetheart. Lucky girl.) But much like Frankie, the songstress isn’t singing about the Garden State from which she hails. While Ol’ Blue Eyes planned to make a brand new start of it in NYC, she looked West, to the city of brotherly love, for inspiration.

Burns wrote the lyrics to Philadelphia as she sat in her high school music theory class. She had applied to the musical theater program at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and was waiting anxiously to hear their response. She makes her impatience clear in the song’s opening lines: I’ve been waiting for an answer/But I’m getting tired/I’ve been waiting for a green light/That says I can start the next four years of my life. If she seems more preoccupied than most high school seniors, she had good reason”a confident Burns had decided to put all of her cheesesteaks in one basket and only applied to the U of the Arts.

During that waiting period, thoughts of Philly consumed her life. Of course, since I was harping and dwelling on hearing from them, everything around started to seem like a sign,” she says. “˜Oh look! A Philadelphia Flyers bumper sticker! That’s a sign. I’m getting in!’ She notes that her obsession is funny in retrospect, but it definitely explains the song’s chorus, where Burns croons, Philadelphia’s everywhere/It’s in my face and draws me near/The city of big brotherly love watching down on me

Burns delivers lines like, Don’t you pity me, don’t humor me/I know where I’ll end up now, with all the confidence of a high school senior ready to take on the world, but despite her bravado the singer wasn’t accepted to her dream school. Of course, it’s not all bad. Everything happens for a reason, she says. I don’t know that I would have written half the songs I did if I went away to college that year.

Give Philadelphia a listen below, and be sure to check out Burns’ upcoming album The Green Year.

Have an interesting story behind your lyrics? Let us know at pr@ourstage.com!

Rock 'n' Roll Call: Find Vienna

With charming melodies over electronic pop rock, Philadelphia’s Find Vienna have garnered the attention and earned the adoration of music lovers from coast to coast.

Led by vocalist Patrick Mencel, Find Vienna have been dubbed “Philly’s Buzz Band” and have racked up numerous local music awards, including Best Band, Best Lead Singer, Best Drummer and Best EP for their release In Your Favorite Colors.

The EP, which was released in November of ’09, has seven tracks of beautifully-crafted pop numbers, placing FV somewhere between Coldplay and Death Cab for Cutie. Mencel’s vocals are soft and ambient against the more industrial sounding instrumentation, complete with driving drums, melodic picking, piano chords and the faint sounds of tambourines and acoustic guitars.

In addition to touring the country, Find Vienna have also shared the stage with The Script, The Ataris, Mae, Parachute and more. While they’ve been actively considering signing to a label, they’ve had their music placed in MTV shows like The Real World, True Life and The City!

With big choruses, dynamic instrumentation and pristine production, each track on the record is radio-ready. The group has been working on new music, and will hopefully be putting out a new album in 2011.

Be sure to check out some of the tracks from In Your Favorite Colors below! You can also purchase the whole album on iTunes.