Soundtrax: Old Fashioned Punk-Rock

Soundtrax: Old Fashioned Punk-Rock by OurStage on Grooveshark

There’s nothing like a little old fashioned punk-rock to really get the blood flowing, am I right? It inspires raw emotion, feelings of pure chaos and undeniable passion. It harkens to the days when CBGB’s was an iconic rock club and not a high-end retailer. When the Chelsea Hotel housed artists of all kinds from Bob Dylan to Charles Bukowski, Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, and of course Sid Vicious.

I’ll tell you one thing. The Buzzcocks got it right when they sang “And although this may sound strange, my future and my past are presently disarranged” (a song coincidentally is on this playlist). Because right now, we’re taking you back to the ’70s, with a little dose of the ’80s, and present day for good measure. Rock on.

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Green Day '¡Dos!' Album Stream

For the past few months, and to be honest, their entire career, Green Day has dominated the spotlight. With Billie Joe Armstrong‘s iHeartRadio festival freak out, and the stream of ¡Uno!, it’s no surprise that ¡Dos! has been the talk of tabloids. After several song releases, Green Day have released a full stream of ¡Dos! via Rolling Stone.  The album won’t be out until Nov. 13, but you can stream it right now, right here.

If you like Green Day, check out OurStage artist Lugosi.

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Congratulations To "Rock Yourself To Sleep" Winners The Origin Animate and All As One!

It’s time to announce the next winners of our “Rock Yourself To Sleep” Competition!

Hailing from Akron, OH, our East winners are The Origin Animate. Their debut record Wonder & Wither was mastered by Kris Crummett of Interlace Audio who also happened to work with this tour’s headlining bands Dance Gavin Dance and A Lot Like birds. Needless to say, they are a perfect fit for this tour as they take the stage for all of the Eastern dates.

Our South winners are All As One from  Kingsport, TN. After only being a band for a year, these guys have already come a long way. Since their first show at the 2011 Vans Warped Tour, they’ve gone on to perform among some of the scene’s biggest acts including A Skylit Drive, Transit, Iwrestledabearonce, and more. They will be taking their big and brutal sound with them on all of the Southern dates of this tour.

So congratulations to both of these talented bands for making it onto the the Rock Yourself To Sleep Tour, opening for Dance Gavin Dance, A Lot Like Birds, I The Mighty, Hail The Sun, and The Orphan, The Poet. Check out their winning tracks below!

Green Day Release New Song, Cancel Remaining 2012 Tour Dates

Green Day have released an oddly appropriate new song from their upcoming ¡Dos! record just as they announce the cancellation of their remaining 2012 tour dates and the postponement of their 2013 tour dates. “Stop When The Red Lights Flash” combines a grimy guitar riff with tight vocal harmonies and Billie Joe Armstrong’s repeated shouts of “I’ll make you surrender.” Aptly enough, the band has been forced to capitulate to their frontman’s recent bout of substance abuse which resulted in a now“infamous onstage rant at the iHeartRadio Music Festival. Armstrong’s extended period in rehab has forced the band to cancel the entirety of their 2012 tour, which was due to start on September 26 and conclude on December 10. As the timeline for Armstrong’s recovery is uncertain, the band has also postponed their 2013 tour dates scheduled for January and February. But it’s not all bad news for Green Day fans. ¡Dos! will still be coming out on November 13, and the release date for ¡Tré!, the third album of their 2012 trilogy, has been moved up to December 11 “ a month before its originally scheduled due date of January 15, 2013. Listen to the new song below.

Green Day fans, check out OurStage punk band Lost In Society!


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Refused Announce End Of Reunion

That’s right folks. It was fun while it lasted, but the gentlemen in Refused have decided to call it quits again. I guess they just wanted one last taste of the punk rock lifestyle before returning to whatever adult life they live now. According to Pitchfork, the band’s final show will be in their homeland of Umeí¥, Sweden on December 15. Part of the announcement on their facebook page:

“And now it is coming to a close. It’s been kind to us. And that old punkrock golem ‘The shape of punk to come’ has done good. The hatchet is buried, 1998 is not such a terrible memory for us anymore. We’re going home. And we’re doing it in style.”

You can read the rest of the message here. Hopefully some of you got to see Refused this year. Looks like this may be the final goodbye… unless perhaps they decide to give it another go in 2025!

If you like Refused, then you might also like OurStage’s own Throw The Goat.

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My Chemical Romance Unleash 'Conventional Weapons'

My Chemical Romance are known for being chameleons of the modern rock scene. In the early 200’s, the band went from playing dingy clubs in New Jersey to donning military jackets in Pink Floyd-esque stadium shows known as The Black Parade. But before the release of their latest album, 2010’s Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys, MCR had recorded a very different batch of material, one that harkened back to the early days, and their aggressive punk rock roots.

The band will be releasing two of these tracks, collectively called Conventional Weapons, each month for five months. Listen to the first two songs, “Boy Division” and “Tomorrow’s Money,” below and pre-order the 7″ vinyls of all the songs here.

Fan of My Chemical Romance? Check out theatrical OurStage rock artists Avion Roe.

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Punk Isn't Dead. It's Just… Different.

Once upon a time, people used to listen to this thing they called ˜punk rock’, and they would put safety pins in their noses, get funny haircuts, and advocate anarchy in the streets. Nihilistic rebels and apathetic outcasts lurked in the back alleys and dark basements of a few select cities for the better part of the ˜70s, all the while building an empire before anyone even knew it was happening. However, after a brief detour through new wave, post-punk alterations, this sudden uprise seemed to fade away as rapidly as it began. But where did punk rock go? Where are the mohawks, the plaid pants, and the wayward misfits of the golden years we all used to know and love? Have they been lost into the dark abyss of what used to be, never to be seen again?

Yes. Well, mostly, anyway. However tragic it may be that the traditional Punks and Skunks are no longer bombarding the music scene with stripped-down, chugging guitar breaks and monotone shouting, the punk rock nucleus still lives on. Despite what the old-school anarchy stalwarts may claim, punk is by no means dead. It’s alive and kicking, with more teenage angst bursting at the seams than ever before. It just looks a little different and, of course, depends on how you choose see it.

So where is it, you ask? It’s blowing up all over the mainstream rock scene. Bands like Four Year Strong, A Day To Remember, and Rise Against, who have all made appearances on the Billboard charts, are leading the way for the contemporary punk movement. Granted, these groups aren’t ˜punk’ in the traditional sense, but they’re the product of years of development and evolution as punk rock has absorbed different trends and influences over the years. (more…)

GuacaMusic: Latente

Do you tend to judge people by their appearance? Ever fell for someone because of how she/he looked?

If so, we have the perfect song for you. Play Corazón de Plastico by Colombian band Latente and you will know what we mean. Punk and alternative rock fans are sure to think of Latente as an amazing discovery on OurStage.

Originally from Medellin, Colombia, the guys from Latente got together in 2005 to pursue their dream. Six years later, Latente has one CD and an EP called L.A Rock

So what is it about this band that we love so much? There is no simple answer. We could say that we really dig the way they do punk, but then we also love the originality of their lyrics and the playfulness of their titles. Overall, we think Latente is a combination of good music, and hard-to-resist lyrical themes.


Aimless Again Vs. Blink-182

Anyone who is currently in their twentiess has, at least at one point in time, listened to Blink-182. The band’s combination of pop hooks, punk aesthetic, and general goofy humor endeared them to countless teenagers worldwide at the turn of the last decade. Whether you want to admit it or not, they were a big deal. And considering the amount of buzz their reunion tour and upcoming comeback album have generated, they still are. So with that in mind, our latest edition of Vs. brings you Aimless Again, a talented young group of musicians bringing their own take on pop punk to a new generation of kids.

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Hailing from Long Island, Aimless Again use the same fusion of punk aggression and pop sensibility that helped Blink-182 achieve so much success. Their song “Flabbergast” is a perfect example of this balance. This song has all the elements of a great Blink song: punchy bass lines, fast and aggressive drumming, crunchy lead guitar lines and catchy vocals. They use the classic alternative rock dynamic of ‘soft, loud, soft’ to great effect here. Thunderous and energetic to start, the noise gets turned down for the verses to let the vocals take the spotlight. But once the chorus kicks in, the amps get turned to eleven and the drums pound away faster than ever.


Sarcasmo y Energía


Venezuela’s Arena hypes their music as having sarcasm and energy in each song. And they’re not kidding. The alt-rock band’s musicology consists of simple, confident melodies with chugging guitars, roiling drums and girl-boy vocal tradeoffs. No Hay Lugar Para Mi (No Place For Me) is a restless, jumpy rocker about bucking the system. Arena describes Volver A Nacer (Reborn) as encapsulating the whole concept of their sound”it’s a mad scramble of thrusting guitars, rumbling bass lines and thrashing drums. Part metal, part punk, all adrenaline. The Venezuelan version of youth gone wild, Parapapás sounds a rebel yell, warning kids not to let others force their ideologies on them. But Arena doesn’t draw a line in the sand between us and them. ˜Olvidado (Forgotten) is a ballad about the nation’s veterans, sung with vigor and feeling. It’s a far cry from the sarcasm of other songs, but sometimes earnestness can be just as punk.

“Volver A Nacer” – Arena