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ROCK ARTISTS: Your Opportunity To Win An Endorsement Deal From Ernie Ball Awaits!

OurStage is partnering with the legendary Ernie Ball in 2013 to host three incredible competitions for emerging Rock, Pop and Country artists.

We’ll kick off a competition for each genre, awarding one finalist from each with a year’s supply of Ernie Ball strings and accessories, plus editorial coverage from OurStage.

At the end of the year, one Grand Prize winner will be selected from among the finalists to win anErnie Ball endorsement deal and a Music Man guitar or bass of their choosing for EACH guitarist in the band!

Second: Rock*. Enter your best rock song in the Ernie Ball “Save Your Strings” Competition by August 23rd for a chance to win. OurStage fans will rank the best entries, and Ernie Ball will select a winner. Get to it.

Participants must be thirteen (13) years of age or older at time of entry and must reside within the contiguous United States.

*Only submission materials that are determined, at the sole discretion of the Sponsors, to be classified as Alternative Rock, Folk Rock, Hard Rock, Indie Rock, Metal, Modern Rock, Punk, Rock, and Soft Rock, as defined on the OurStage FAQs, will be deemed valid entries.

Click here to view the competition FAQs.

Click here to view the official rules.

ROCK ARTISTS: Your Opportunity To Win An Endorsement Deal From Ernie Ball Awaits!

OurStage is partnering with the legendary Ernie Ball in 2013 to host three incredible competitions for emerging Rock, Pop and Country artists.

We’ll kick off a competition for each genre, awarding one finalist from each with a year’s supply of Ernie Ball strings and accessories, plus editorial coverage from OurStage.

At the end of the year, one Grand Prize winner will be selected from among the finalists to win anErnie Ball endorsement deal and a Music Man guitar or bass of their choosing for EACH guitarist in the band!

Second: Rock*. Enter your best rock song in the Ernie Ball “Save Your Strings” Competition by August 23rd for a chance to win. OurStage fans will rank the best entries, and Ernie Ball will select a winner. Get to it.

Participants must be thirteen (13) years of age or older at time of entry and must reside within the contiguous United States.

*Only submission materials that are determined, at the sole discretion of the Sponsors, to be classified as Alternative Rock, Folk Rock, Hard Rock, Indie Rock, Metal, Modern Rock, Punk, Rock, and Soft Rock, as defined on the OurStage FAQs, will be deemed valid entries.

Click here to view the competition FAQs.

Click here to view the official rules.

ROCK ARTISTS: Your Opportunity To Win An Endorsement Deal From Ernie Ball Awaits!

OurStage is partnering with the legendary Ernie Ball in 2013 to host three incredible competitions for emerging Rock, Pop and Country artists.

We’ll kick off a competition for each genre, awarding one finalist from each with a year’s supply of Ernie Ball strings and accessories, plus editorial coverage from OurStage.

At the end of the year, one Grand Prize winner will be selected from among the finalists to win anErnie Ball endorsement deal and a Music Man guitar or bass of their choosing for EACH guitarist in the band!

Second: Rock*. Enter your best rock song in the Ernie Ball “Save Your Strings” Competition by August 23rd for a chance to win. OurStage fans will rank the best entries, and Ernie Ball will select a winner. Get to it.

Participants must be thirteen (13) years of age or older at time of entry and must reside within the contiguous United States.

*Only submission materials that are determined, at the sole discretion of the Sponsors, to be classified as Alternative Rock, Folk Rock, Hard Rock, Indie Rock, Metal, Modern Rock, Punk, Rock, and Soft Rock, as defined on the OurStage FAQs, will be deemed valid entries.

Click here to view the competition FAQs.

Click here to view the official rules.

 

Boulevard of Dreams

Hollywood Boulevard is where legends leave their names. All along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, entertainment icons share the same stretch of concrete: Michael Jackson; Diana Ross; Billy Joel. Just a stone’s throw away, an artist by the name of D. Hollywood (the D is for dirty) is plotting his own rise. A multi-instrumentalist, daredevil, and eccentric, Hollywood’s bombastic personality is inextricable from his rakish style of west coast rock. My Name Is Love is made up of lurching, low-throttle guitars, synths, and Hollywood’s wild child lyricism. My name is love and I’m a liar he sneers. Drums and vocals provide the meat of Chutes and Ladders. It’s lo-fi, extra dirty rock delivered in lashes. But Hollywood’s greatest moment comes in On Fire, an impossibly catchy anthem with big, swaggering guitars. I’m going out tonight, gonna set the world on fire, he promises. We believe him.

Two for the Road

Gerald Edward

Gerald Edward doesn’t need much”just a guitar, his voice and a community. The singer-songwriter shuffles between the Jersey Shore and Brooklyn, sharing the stage with a rotating cast of musicians or performing solo. If you have any doubt that the man is a troubadour, take into account the fact that he named his band Inland Traveler. When it came time to record an album, Edward split the record between his full band and just himself. The result is a collection of indie folk dazzlers with a country tilt. Stripped down, clarified melodies like the folksy Promise and the mesmerizing, elegiac Put The Breaks On prove that Edward can deliver with just the bare essentials. But he can also kick up some dust and does so with his band on the stomp-n-thump of Sweet Revenge and the driving rhythm of Sweet Revenge. Pulling double duty works for him”let’s hope he can keep up the grind.

Raising Kane

Not every musician can hack his or her way through the overgrowth of bands here in the US to bask in the spotlight of stardom. Then again, not every musician wants to. When LA native Jimmy Kane decided to pursue his career, he hopped the pond over to London. There are certainly whiffs of anglophilia in Kane’s music”a little Beatles here, a little Oasis there. But there’s also a rootsy, homespun element that shows he was born in the USA. The Road to Jericho is an anthem for nights out at the tavern. Meaty electric guitar solos, stomping drums and acoustic strumming will have you raising your tankard in no time. From the mercurial shimmer of Four Leaf Clover to the ramshackle shuffle of Better Days, Kane combines California breeziness with airborne Brit-pop harmonies to create songs that are a little scruffy, a little loose, but full of beauty. Expatriation never sounded so good.

Piano Pedigree

Ty Mayfield

Ty Mayfield may have had some success behind the kit early in life”if you count a rousing rendition of Genesis’s In The Air Tonight for a high school talent show”but he really found his calling when he dropped the drumsticks and sidled up to the piano. Exhibit A: 19 to 2, a punchy piano melody with an airborne chorus that catapults your spirits. Mayfield’s charismatic crooning and gleeful piano playing are a straight shot of serotonin. From his cheerful professions of love on The One For Me to the high-speed swagger of The Curveball, the singer/pianist delivers mood-enhancing piano pop a la Gavin DeGraw or Ben Folds. For the most part, Mayfield sticks to piano and organ, but he’s not adverse to technology. Do What I Do is the most ambitious of his tracks, a percussive mélange of digital bleeps and blips that tapers into the slow coast of the chorus. Despite his youthful appearance, Mayfield’s a polished performer on the brink of success. You can feel it in the air.

“19-2″ – Ty Mayfield

 

 

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D.V.N.O.

Like the French duo Justice, whose single DVNO seems to serve as the inspiration for their name, D.V.N.O. want you to dance. But unlike Justice, the Floridian band isn’t going to lure you to the floor with big disco-electro beats. They do it the old fashioned way, with guitars, drums, and energy that’s off the Richter. You & I Together is a manic jitterbug of gritty guitars, rock steady drums, and adenoidal vocals (think Steve Bays from Hot Hot Heat). Stylistically, D.V.N.O. walks the line between gutsy dance rock and emotionally charged pop-punk, a combination of Taking Back Sunday, The Strokes, and The Black Kids. On the emo end of the scale you have tracks like the turbulent One Last Time. But with Dance With Me it’s back to what the band does best: frantic, percussive rock with a lot of heart. Lovelorn spazzes, manic dreamers”this one’s for you.

Funk Soul Brothers


The borough of Brooklyn, New York, is a stronghold for indie rock and hip hop, so much so that it’s easy to forget that there are other kinds of bands out there too. Bands whose denim is neither too tight nor too loose, but fits just right. The Plaine Truth hails from the BK, but their blend of rock, soul and funk has the kind of wide appeal that foils any sort of geographic distinction. With the whinny of an organ sounding the charge, Wheels burrows down into a soulful groove. The Plaine Truth like their guitars chunky and their melodies rhythmic, as you’ll hear on tracks like Gone Away and Pocketful of Soul”the latter of which introduces some brightness with backup singer Danielle Harris. On the southern rock-styled Alive, singer/drummer Brian Plaine declares, I’m alive again and I’m ready to be heard. We recommend you give the man what he wants.