OS @ Warped Series: This Week On Warped Tour — Week 2

Colossal heat, tornadoes“this week serves as proof that NOTHING stops Warped Tour. After a much needed break, the OurStage.com Stage was back in action at the Darien, Scranton, Mansfield, and Camden stops of the tour, which included performances from regional winners Stateside, Jonas Sees In Color, The Organ Beats, and Mirk, Grand Prize Winner Larry g(EE), and national acts Junior Doctor, Patent Pending, Avion Roe and more.

Check out the week’s best Warped Tour moments, on and off the OurStage.com Stage, in our exclusive recap below. Make sure to check out ourstage.com/warped for the full Warped Tour scoop.


Patent Pending rocks big crowds in Burgettstown, PA

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Phone Calls From Home crowd surf, bust out the water guns for Mansfield fans


Vote For Your Favorite Act In The ESPN Main Event Competition

Much to the chagrin of Elton John, ESPN prefers Friday nights for fighting, and we’re helping the network define the soundtrack. As we speak, OurStage artists FlyRydaz and The Organ Beats are duking it out for a chance to be crowned “Main Event” champ and have their tracks featured on ESPN’s legendary Friday Night Fights. Head to the ESPN Main Event Competition and vote for your favorite by March 30. We’ll be featuring a different matchup every two weeks, so be sure to check back in and vote for your new favorite. Each Main Event champ will take part in a final vote in August to decide which song will be featured on FNF’s “Images of the Year.”

This Week On The OurStage Panel: PunchFunkLove, The Organ Beats, Alanna Clarke And The Reel

We’re halfway through Season 2 of The OurStage Panel, with Bronze Radio Return and Civil Sound heading to the SXSW Season Finale, and two more coveted spots are still left on the bill. This week, The Panel, consisting of Gavin DeGraw (Platinum Recording Artist), Bruce Tyler (Executive Producer/Ent. Consultant/Former Executive Vice President Sony Music), Lee Dannay (Vice President of A&R, Warner/Chappell Music), Sharon Dastur (Program Director Z100, New York, NY) and Scott Igoe (Music Producer for Jimmy Kimmel Live!), weighs in on PunchFunkLove, The Organ Beats, Alanna Clarke and The Reel. Head to the video below to find out who will get a chance to move on.

Straight Shooters

The Organ Beats

Some people might think that Noelle LeBlanc was crazy to walk away from her frontwoman duties for breakout Boston band Damone, just as things were starting to take off. But after hearing her new band, The Organ Beats, it’s hard to hold a grudge. Comprised of LeBlanc on guitar/vocals, her brother Danny on drums and Mikey Colorouis on bass, The Organ Beats doles out 3-minute servings of sexy power pop that gives you an instant sugar rush. Before the high can even begin to wear off, the band is on to the next track. As far as influences go, think Weezer meets The Bangles. Happy Birthday / Come On Home blasts off with chugging guitars, rock steady drums, and effervescent rock vocals that reach for the rafters. Time To Go is like Hazy Shade of Winter for the millennial generation. There’s nothing complicated going on here, but that doesn’t mean anyone could do it. What you get with The Organ Beats is something special: veteran rockers who know how to deliver a couple of well-placed hooks and then beat it.

Editor 2010 Picks: Heavy Rotation Playlist

In 2010 hundreds of thousands of artists entered our monthly competitions, and millions of music lovers ranked their favorite tracks, positioning the Top 100 songs across thirty or more music charts every month. As a proud connoisseur of independent music, I’ve always made it a point to turn my family and friends on to new talents that “I” discover. With a talent pool as rich as the OurStage music charts, there is a never ending reservoir to tap into.

The “Lilith Local Talent Search” brought droves of female artists, “Your Next Record with Keith Urban” brought the country, Drake’s “Thank Me Later” Competition represented hip hop and promotions with Bon Jovi, John Mayer, Train and the Goo Goo Dolls rallied legions of pop and rock artists. While there were many winners who earned career-enhancing opportunities, editorial coverage and cash money, the front-runners only scratched the surface of artists whose talent need to be heard.

Press “Play” to hear songs that have been in heavy rotation throughout 2010 then continue reading to find out why these artists made this list.


Editor at Large and Director of Community & Content for OurStage.com

Heavy Rotation Artists:
Dirty Fuzz. Why? Cuz these UK rockers kick-it old school. Think Muddy Waters meet Zepplin.
The Story of Sound. Why? Hailing from Orange City, Florida, the quintet released their impressive debut EP earlier this year. Check out the killer breakdown in “The Razing”.
Transmit Now. Why? Provocative lyrics and you can dance to it.
Hotspur. Why? The cool kids at OurStage having been digging this DC based band for awhile, but this year the band won the New Music Seminar’s “Artist on The Verge” award and the industry took notice.
Sleeperstar. Why? Their epic Pop song “Disengage” ranked within OurStage’s Top 10 throughout 2010, and helped secure their opening slot for John Mayer.
Go Periscope. Why? Eighties inspired music for fist pumping at the disco. What’s not to love?
SOFIA. Why? Winners of the October’s 5k Grand Prize. ‘Nough said.
Dujeous. Why? Soul-fueled hip hop with guest vocals by the Sharon Jones!
IYEOKA. Why? Power-house vocals, infectious beats and uplifting lyrics raise the roof on “Millionaire”.
Tierra Heart. Why? Granddaughter of legendary jazz musician Julius Hemphill, this California natives gives Beyoncé a run for her money.
Chris Akinyemi. Why? Digging the R&B vibe this newcomer embraces on his debut EP, released this past summer.
Shane Gambles. Why? Country crooner Shane Gambles wets our taste for lovesick melodies on “Turn My Way”.
Katie Cole. Why? Cole’s  radio-ready “Lost Inside A Moment” feels like the pop crossover for an already established country star.
Ashlee Hewitt. Why? Love Taylor Swift but want to hear a song that isn’t overexposed? “About A Boy” will be music to your ears.
Grant Craig. Why? Enshrouded in mystery (read: one song uploaded to an otherwise empty profile on OurStage), Craig’s “Good To Be Alive” is reminiscent of Pete Yorn and catchy as hell.
Chris Pureka. Why? Because Pureka’s latest release How I Learned To See In The Dark is one of my favorite albums of the year. The internationally touring indie songstress has recently garnered press from Billboard and The New York Times.
Lindsay Mac. Why? Mac strums the cello like a guitar and is evocative of PJ Harvey, Morphine and Liz Phair.
Lady Lamb the Beekeeper. Why? Wide eyed, low-fi and wonderously quirky, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper (aka Aly Spaltro) has won the hearts of tastemakers including the Brooklyn Vegan.
The Organ Beats. Why? Noelle LeBlanc was signed to a major and toured internationally with her band Damone but traded it in when she found her life at a crossroads and her brother available to get behind the drum kit.
Pomplamoose. Why? Before their quirky covers of hits like “Single Ladies” went viral on YouTube, and before becoming the duo in the holiday Hyundai commercial, they were on OurStage and we were blogging about them.
Shayna Zaid And The Catch. Why? Because they are another OurStage artist currently licensed to a national ad campaign that we can’t get enough of.
Who’s on your heavy rotation list for 2010? Share your picks in the “Comments”.