New York’s Abby Payne has released her long-awaited new album The Gunfighter Meets His Match. Chock full of bouncing melodies, lush harmonies, subversive arrangements, and organic instrumentation complimented by electronic ambiance, it’s an unexpectedly refreshing singer-songwriter album. In fact it reminds us a bit of Mieka Pauley‘s subtly complex recent output.
The Gunfighter Meets His Match is a loose concept album, where Payne builds a character to represent her own struggles as an artist. She’s also adapting the story as a musical, which is due to premiere on August 25-26 at the Dorothy B. Williams Theater in SoHo as a part of HERE Arts Summer Sublet Series.
Though the album was released at the end of May, it’s only now become available on iTunes.
Jesse Terry, the hardest working singer/songwriter in singer/songwriter-dom, seems to live on the road. In an uncertain music business where we fret about and debate the best way to reach the most fans with the least amount of effort, he’s out there constantly, a man with a guitar, selling his fantastic songs the old fashioned way – one town at a time. Terry is currently in the middle of a stretch of East Coast dates that take up the month of July, so look for a town near you in the list below. www.jesseterrymusic.com
We’re suckers for simple, beautiful melodies and songs. That’s why when we read that New England native, Annalise Emerick – a favorite from our recent Intel Superstars Competition – had announced a string of late-winter tour dates around Georgia and Tennessee, we couldn’t help but feel a sting of pain that we in New England lost such a talent to the Nashville area. Running from February 21st to March 27th, Emerick has scheduled five dates, including the A-Town Get Down Festival. Emerick is also working on her next album, and giving away a free copy to whoever can correctly guess the cover song she’s adding. Check out the tour dates, and stream “Time of Day” below. (more…)
After several years of crafting his punk-influenced solo acoustic songs to perfection, Evan Weiss finally took his Into It. Over It. project on the road with a full band this fall. The result was a raw, fully-imagined version of the electric songs off of PROPER, his last full-length album. We caught up with Evan to chat about his experience playing his songs with a full band, writing about the people around him, and his 52 Weeks project of writing a song a week for a year.
OS: What was the experience like to finally play your songs with a full band in front of an audience for the first time?
Evan Weiss: It was something else. The very first show was in Cleveland. The room had to be 780 degrees. It was rough. The stage lights kept cutting out. It seemed like everything was going wrong, but it didn’t matter. Everyone was just so happy that it was happening. After the first show, all of the jitters and technical problems were gone and the rest of the tour went off without a hitch. There was something really special about that first one though.
OS: In the mini“documentary for the full band tour announcement, all of the other band members have jobs. How did you make the tour work around their other commitments?
EW: They were all able to take off two weeks. None of them had really used any of their vacation time. Tour became their vacation. Going on a two week trip wasn’t a burden. They all had a blast. I think going back to work afterwards was kinda tough for all of them. (more…)
Earlier this year, singer-songwriter Brian Marquis, former guitarist and vocalist for Therefore I Am, came up with a plan for an acoustic stage at the 2012 Vans Warped Tour. With the approval of the tour’s founder and manager Kevin Lyman, Marquis went on to produce, manage, and perform on the stage all summer. He called it the Acoustic Basement, and despite being thrown into a loud boisterous punk rock festival, the stage was a huge success, attracting more and more fans and artists every day.
Now, before returning to next year’s Warped Tour, the Acoustic Basement will be taking flight on it’s own tour in February 2013. Artists performing on the tour will include Brian Marquis, Koji, A Loss For Words, Geoff Rickly (Thursday), and Vinnie Caruana (I Am The Avalanche).
More info and dates soon to follow.
In the meantime,click here to learn more about the Acoustic Basement and what it takes to run a stage on the toughest tour in America.
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Bathing suit? Check. Suntan lotion? Check. Sunglasses and an iPod filled with your favorite artists? Check, check. If you’re wondering what we’re preparing you for, it’s the “Rock Boat Lucky 13 Competition” grand prize for fans!
This February, The Rock Boat will set sail for Great Stirrup Cay, packed with some major talent from the likes of Sister Hazel, NEEDTOBREATHE, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers and OurStage’s own, Bronze Radio Return. And that’s just the start.
By simply judging your favorite artist in the Rock Boat Lucky 13 Competition by Dec. 14, you’ll be entered to win a five-day cruise for you and a friend aboard the Rock Boat, headed from beautiful Miami to sunny Great Stirrup Cay.
So what are you waiting for? Get judging, and don’t forget those summer items. You just may need them.
OurStage artist Delta Rae will be heading out on a co-headlining tour with ZZ Ward this winter, featuring support from Martin Harley. After capturing audiences on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno and Conan, and making appearances in Rolling Stone and on VH1, they’re ready to hit the road and show fans where they really excel: live. Check out all their tour dates after the jump.
All you City And Colour fans out there, get ready for Dallas Green’s next installment of folksy sorrow through soulful singing. According to the Canadian singer-songwriter’s Instagram, recording for the new album is finally done “right before the final #alexisonfire tour!” For those of you who don’t know, Green’s former post-hardcore band Alexisonfire, who broke up last year, are about to embark on a long overdue farewell tour starting on December 2nd in London, UK. While it is sad to see them go, the world has a lot to look forward to with City And Colour’s newest release.
If you like City And Colour, then you might also like OurStage’s own Justin Branam.
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Listen up, fans! This is your chance to make one talented female singer-songwriter extremely happy, incredibly lucky and not to mention, well equipped. We need your vote to help determine who will take home the Grand Prize title and win a year’s supply of guitar strings and accessories. Head over to the Singer-Songwriter (female) channel right now to cast your vote, and make your voice heard!
Ok, first of all, who knew that the Occupy movement had its own record label? For a faction that boasts its lack of hierarchical leadership, it must be pretty tough to coordinate the distinct delegation of responsibilities that owning a record label entails. All indistinct leadership structures notwithstanding, Occupation Records has managed to officially release a new track from canonical graphic novel author Alan Moore in support of Occupy and Anonymous, the decentralized hacktivist group. Moore’s track coincides with the commemoration of Guy Fawkes’ Day, the November 5 anniversary of would-be British assassin Guy Fawkes’ attempt to blow up the House of Lords in 1605. Fawkes’ anti-establishment scheming was immortalized for contemporary audiences in Moore’s V For Vendetta and its subsequent film adaptation, whose final scene will be reenacted by hundreds of protesters around the world today. The book’s vigilante anti-hero V and his fight against a fascist, dystopian British government spiritually echo the struggle of the Occupy movement against the entrenched forces of capitalism in the modern-day West. At least, that’s how Moore sees it.
“The Decline of English Murder,” Moore’s collaboration with Joe Brown, can be heard over at NME. While the verbose and kind of creepy tune might only make it onto playlists of dedicated Anonymous and Occupy members, it’s worth a listen. Remember, remember the fifth of November, people.
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