SXSW Announces Chance The Rapper, Future, Kurt Vile & More

sxsw_2012-300x118SXSW has announced a new batch of performers, including Chance The Rapper, Future, and Kurt Vile. The acts join the likes of Dave Hause and MC Lars, along with OurStage artists Larry g(EE) and Bronze Radio Return. If the current lineup isn’t enticing enough, it seems the festival has plans to announce a few more additions (perhaps more heavyweights?) closer to the festival’s launch.

You can check out a day-by-day schedule of the 2,000 + acts that will perform between March 11-17th right here and check out the latest additions to the lineup below.


The Gaslight Anthem Release Hurricane Sandy Video

There have been plenty of musicians doing their part for Hurricane Sandy lately, but for New Jersey based rockers, The Gaslight Anthem, the tragedy struck a little closer to home. Literally.

Set to the acoustic track, National Anthem, off their latest album, Handwritten, The Gaslight Anthem has released a video chronicling the storm’s destruction of homes, families and the famed Seaside Heights roller coaster.

The band is also selling merch on, to help the relief efforts, and restore New Jersey back to its previous state. You can find more information on that, and get involved right here.

If you like The Gaslight Anthem, check out OurStage artist Bradley Wik.

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The Gaslight Anthem Video For "Here Comes My Man" Starring Elisha Cuthbert

Americana alt-rock band The Gaslight Anthem have premiered a new video for their song “Here Comes My Man” from their latest album, Handwritten, released this past summer by Mercury Recordings. The video stars actress Elisha Cuthbert (The Girl Next Door) daydreaming about finally meeting a man who will treat her right, matching the theme of the song. While she’s off on imaginary dates, the band is playing back at a barn show rigged up with dim lights. Slow-mo shots and good vibes abound. Check it out below:

If you like The Gaslight Anthem, then you might also like OurStage’s own Bradley Wik.

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Record Store Day Announces Black Friday Releases

While Black Friday fanatics will be lining up at the doors of Kohl’s, Sears and various malls at unseemly hours on Friday, Nov. 23, to score the latest in electronics and appliances, music fanatics will be lining up in hopes to snag limited edition vinyl, box sets, CDs, and DVDs.

So get your travel mugs ready, and clear your early morning schedule, because this year is boasting some fantastic releases. Among them are a 7 of The Rolling Stones’ first EP, Nirvana‘s 20th anniversary edition of Incesticide 45RPM edition and releases by Coheed and Cambria, The Gaslight Anthem, and My Morning Jacket.

You can find the full list of releases here.

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SoundTrax: Festival Frenzy

This week’s SoundTrax is hereby dedicated to all the awesome music festivals this summer. Whether you’ve been to every festival this year, or if you’ve missed them all completely, we’re offering a recap of this season’s standouts and giving you a taste of what’s still to come. Enjoy some of your favorite music from Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Firefly, Kahbang, and many more.


Bad Rabbits get things going with their indie pop number, “Neverland,” followed by tracks from Late Cambrian, Passion Pit, and The Dirty Guv’nahs. Later we hear “Be Mine” from The Alabama Shakes, “Lights Please” from J Cole, and “The Zephyr Song” by The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Also in the mix are The Gaslight Anthem, Young The Giant, and many, many more. Enjoy the festivities!

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Q&A with Murder By Death

Traditional country-blues rock is a bit rare in the mainstream Americana world. However, Murder By Death takes this style, blends it with powerful cello lines, deep tenor vocals and indie rock undertones to create their version of nostalgic southern rock. The band already has an impressive collection of full-length releases including a couple of vivid concept albums.

With dark, intense numbers like “Coming Home,” upbeat folk songs like “As Long As There Is Whiskey In The World” and indie rock-influenced tunes like “Foxglove,” MBD has something for every listener. The band is gaining popularity thanks to their recent tour with The Gaslight Anthem and the positive reviews surrounding the release of their latest studio effort Good Morning, Magpie. OurStage caught frontman Adam Turla in the midst of their European tour to ask them about their success, songwriting and touring. His concise answers are only fitting for this passionate, “to-the-point” songwriter.

OS: How do you feel about being called a modern-day Johnny Cash?

AT: Johnny Cash was and is way more famous than I will ever be. So it’s a compliment, but probably not too accurate. We both have low voices though.

OS: Having a cellist as an official band member is somewhat rare in rock music. How do you go about including cello lines as focal points in your songwriting?

AT: Sarah writes her parts to fit the needs of the song. The cello is an amazingly versatile instrument; it can be a rhythm instrument, hold down a bass line or take the lead part. The range of the cello makes this possible. Also, she has been in the band since the first show. So, we have never thought about writing the songs without the cello” it has always been a part of the song from the get-go.

OS: You’ve released several concept albums in the past, yet your latest, Good Morning, Magpie seems to be a departure from such releases. Do you prefer one over the other?

AT: No, we don’t have a preference between writing concept based albums or not. It’s really just whatever strikes us at the time of writing. Most importantly, we try to never write the same record twice, and mixing up our writing style helps us to stay fresh. Good Morning, Magpie is a collection of short stories that can be taken individually, but there are strong themes that tie the record together such as loneliness and impending doom.

OS: The cartoon animations in your video for As Long As There Is Whiskey In The World seem to come out of nowhere, yet fit in at the same time. How did you come up with this concept?

AT: We wanted to set the scene for that video in an imaginary place” give some magic to it. We thought it would be be really fun to have weird animations upset the cabin.

OS: This past fall, you toured with The Gaslight Anthem. How did you meet them and how did you fit in on the tour?

AT: We didn’t know them before the tour began. They asked us to join them and we obliged. It turned out to be a really fun tour, and our bands got along on a personal level quite well.

OS: You’re currently headlining a tour in Europe. What’s it like playing songs with clear American themes and country/rock roots overseas?

AT: Sometimes people really enjoy it, but in a different way than an American does. I think at times it feels like fun escapism for Europeans, or maybe this kind of music speaks to a part of them that they aren’t usually in touch with.

OS: What is the craziest thing that’s happened to you guys on the road?

AT: This last week has been a bit of Hell. We got lost in Czech Republic, the van broke down outside of Paris, and we missed our first show in 10 years of touring. That was rough. It’s not the craziest thing but it certainly is the most recent.

Pick up Good Morning, Magpie from Vagrant Records and catch them on their upcoming tour with MeWithoutYou:

Aug 3 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
Aug 4 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom
August 5 – St Paul, MN @ Station 4
Aug 6 – Iowa City, IA @ Blue Moose Tap House
Aug 7 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Earth House
Aug 8 – Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall
Aug 9 – Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre
Aug 10 – Baltimore, MD @ The Ottobar
Aug 11 – Ashbury Park, NJ @ The Stone Pony
Aug 12 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
Aug 13 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts