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.