Last week The OurStage Panel premiered, featuring some of the most buzzed about artists on OurStage. While only one could be chosen by our panel of industry experts (congrats, Britni Elise!) The OurStage Panel is far from over. This week’s webisode puts the music of four new hopefuls to the test.
- Austin Renfroe: This Atlanta native brings both soulful song-crafting and the energy of a concert artist to the page and stage with pop songs reminiscent of Gavin Degraw.
- Sarah Cripps: The Canadian songstress has been playing since the age of nine, and has shared the stage with famous countrymen like The Barenaked Ladies, Johnny Reid, Doc Walker and Jason McCoy. Cripps delivers polished folk-county marked by steel guitar and the singer’s silken vocals.
- August Rising: A combination of Lifehouse, Goo Goo Dolls, and Maroon 5, the 4 piece band is consistent with their refreshing hooks and their music is honest and simple yet emotionally fed.
- Acalasia: This DIY rock band’s latest EP is an eclectic blend of sounds, ranging from guitar-driven rock to more traditional pop songs.
Watch webisode 2 now to see who the panelists crown worthy of moving on to The OurStage Panel finale, and be sure to follow @OurStagePanel on Twitter and weigh in on your favorite using the #ourstagepanel hashtag.
Sarah Cripps is just entering her twenties, but she’s already got more than a decade of experience under her belt. The Canadian songstress has been playing since the age of nine, and has shared the stage with famous countrymen like The Barenaked Ladies, Johnny Reid, Doc Walker and Jason McCoy. Cripps delivers polished folk-county marked by steel guitar and the singer’s silken vocals. Practice is a lazy love song with a coy proposition. Just think how good we’ll get if we practice, Cripps sings. Just Sing is another flawless country ballad, just acoustic guitars and Cripps’ easy vibrato. If slow dancing’s not your style, skip to Getaway Car, a bluesy caveat where electric guitars lash out and the tambourine shakes like a rattlesnake. Cripps is already a pro, and she’s just getting started. Then again, practice makes perfect.
“Getaway Car” – Sarah Cripps
We know the feeling. You start seeing all those ads for “Back to School” supplies. The first few leaves start turning yellow. You’re not drenched with sweat all the time. Yes, it’s official. The summer will soon start winding down, but don’t let that stop you from getting in one last awesome summer playlist! We’ve made it easy for you. Check out the OurStage Facebook page to download our hand-picked mix for free, or listen to it on 8tracks along with the past Editor Picks playlists. The best of OurStage is right at your fingertips, so what are you waiting for? Put on these tunes and keep the fall at bay for just a little bit longer.
Sleeperstar “We Go Tonight” – Just listen to that intro and try not to feel awesome. When the tension builds up through an insistent lead vocal line and ringing snare explodes into epic guitar riff, you’ll know what we mean.
Sarah Cripps “Getaway Car” – This tune’s bluesy guitar riffs and swaggering drum beat will make you want to take another swig of whiskey before your second round on that mechanical bull.
David Berkeley “Parachute” – Berkeley builds his clever wordplay around the perfect metaphor for a damaged relationship. Also, just try to resist the “ba ba bas.” Yep, you can’t.
Talain Rayne “Dear Sister, Your Brother” – Recipe for a sweet ode to childhood friends: two parts male-female harmonies, 1 part ukelele, and a pinch of shakers.
Adriana Sky “I’ll Find You” – Adriana Sky’s muscular guitar riffs and impassioned vocals will make you want to puff out your chest and pretend to belt into your hairbrush. Go ahead, we’re not watching.
Lost In Society “Not Afraid” – Punk’s not dead! Lost In Society are keeping it alive with their gravelly vocals and crunching power chords. All you need now is a mosh pit.
Old Wives’ Tale “Bliss” – The warbly synth and jangly guitar hook create an alternate reality where disco is somehow way cooler than it actually was.
The Niceguys “Things Ain’t The Same” – Over a slinky guitar line and a smooth bass groove, The Niceguys drop tight nostalgic rhymes about a past fling that now just isn’t the same.