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Dawn & Hawkes After 'The Voice,' Crowdfunding New Record

dawn and hawkeFresh off a nice run during NBC’s The Voice, Dawn & Hawkes are wasting no time in capitalizing on the popularity they garnered on the show. The indie-folk duo also known as Miranda Dawn and Chris Hawkes just launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund their first full-length record. You could look at it as spending $25 on a very advance copy of what will surely be a great album, or if you’ve got $3,000 burning a hole in your pocket – and I imagine that’s most of you – you can get yourself a private house concert. Don’t worry, there are options in between, too. For now, click here to check out your options, and enjoy their winning version of The Beatles‘ “I’ve Just Seen A Face,” plus a unique performance of their song “Yours and Mine.”

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Dawn & Hawkes Advance On 'The Voice'

dawn hawkesWe could not be more proud of Dawn & Hawkes, the rootsy duo who emerged as one of the top finalists in our Intel Superstars competition in 2013. They have since been making waves as a big fan favorite on NBC’s The Voice. Last night, they advanced through another battle round with a version of Steelers Wheel’s classic “Stuck In The Middle.” They’ve been documenting their network adventure on their Facebook page, and it’s worth checking out.

 

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Kat Robichaud's 'The Voice' Video Hits 1 Million Views

kat robichaud The opening scenes of an audition on The Voice are always tense. Four judges sit with their backs to the singer, each one waiting to discover their next protege. As Kat Robichaud belted out the words to the Kiki Dee Band‘s “I’ve Got The Music In Me,” judge after judge turned their chair around to watch her ferocious performance, before battling it out. In the end Robichaud chose Cee Lo Green to be her partner in crime. You can watch the whole thing unfold below. (more…)

Dawn And Hawkes Perform On 'The Voice'

dawn and hawkeNot that long ago, Austin, TX musicians Dawn and Hawkes were finalists in our Intel Superstars competition. Garnering comparisons to Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris, this real-life couple turned folksy duo recently took to the The Voice to perform their cover of The Beatles‘ “I’ve Just Seen a Face.” Within seconds of their opening lines Adam Levine (Maroon 5) and Shakira had already expressed interest, with Levine saying that it was his “favorite performance [he’s] ever seen on The Voice.” In the end, they chose Levine. You can watch it all unfold below. (more…)

Paramore Perform "Ain't It Fun" On 'The Voice'

Paramore-2013NBC’s The Voice wrapped up last week, but not before inviting Paramore to the stage to belt out a high-energy performance of their hit, “Ain’t It Fun.” Taking the stage with them was Voice runner-up Jacquie Lee who, for the record, held her own against Paramore. Watch out, Hayley Williams, is all I’m saying. 

Paramore will be heading to Australia and New Zealand this January alongside Twenty One Pilots and You Me At Six, before hitting their Parahoy! cruise with Tegan and Sara, New Found Glory, Shiny Toy Guns, mewithoutYou, Bad Rabbits, and Reuben Wu. Check out the video and tour dates below. (more…)

Cassadee Pope Reveals Album Title, Release Date

Former Hey Monday vocalist and The Voice star Cassadee Pope has revealed plans to release her long-awaited solo debut later this year.

Announced via a message spread across social networks earlier today, Pope is planning to release Frame By Frame on October 8 of this year. No tracklist for the album has been confirmed at this point, but the singer did upload two possible covers in hopes of getting advice from fans. You can view both options below.

Though her appearance on The Voice undoubtedly helped her become a quasi-famous singer, the jury is still out on whether or not Pope can stand without her band at her side. Comment below and let us know if you plan on picking up Frame By Frame this fall. (more…)

Maroon 5 Perform New Single "Love Somebody" On 'The Voice'

Celebrity cast member and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine has found something akin to a gold mine with his recurring appearances on The Voice. Not only has the reality singing competition boosted Levine’s overall appeal and demand in pop culture, but it has also offered a platform for he and his bandmates to debut their new singles to the largest audience possible. The past three times this happened the corresponding song went #1 not long after, and after last night I think it’s safe to say single #4 is going to shine just as bright, if not brighter than the rest.

Anyone familiar with Maroon 5’s efforts have grown accustomed to their unique brand of pop rock. “Love Somebody” fits well within the band’s established catalog while still venturing further into the grey area between ballad and full tempo pop hit than ever before. The results are a moving track that simultaneously makes you want to throw your cares to the wind and dance in the streets. Click here to view the performance.

Cassadee Pope Signs With Universal Republic Nashville

Following her stunning win on the most recent season of The Voice, Cassadee Pope has wasted no time in capitalizing on her success, signing with Universal Republic Nashville. I am so excited to be joining the very talented Republic Nashville family. I am so passionate about my music and I couldn’t be more excited to have this amazing team to back me as I embark on this next chapter in my career,” reads Pope’s statement. While fans might be saddened by the impact that Pope’s burgeoning solo career has had on her band Hey Monday, who are currently on hiatus, they needn’t worry about missing the singer herself in 2013. She will reportedly be working on a project that is supposedly a “edgier, less country” version of Taylor Swift.

While you’re waiting for Cassadee’s album, check out OurStage artist Aubrey Wood.

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Casey Desmond Premieres "Bad Habit" Music Video

If you’re not yet familiar with OurStage artist and recent MTV Buzzworthy sensation Casey Desmond, you’ve really got to change that. Luckily, we’re about to fix that. Between her stint on Season 1 of The Voice, writing, performing and re-mixing her own music, and even designing her own costumes, we don’t know how she had time to create one of the funkiest music videos we’ve seen in a while for her song “Bad Habit.” But  boy, are we glad she did. Filled with silhouettes, electro-pop, and plenty of energy, you don’t want to miss this. Check it out after the jump. (more…)

Holiday Album Review: CeeLo Green – "CeeLo's Magic Moment"

It’s that magical time of year when we get to hear all of our favorite Christmas and holiday classics. In honor of this festive occasion, we decided to review one of the most popular and highly anticipated holiday albums that came out this season, CeeLo’s Magic Moment by R&B singer CeeLo Green.

By now you are probably sick of hearing all the same old carols over and over, but if there’s anyone to breathe new life into these standards it’s CeeLo. As you can imagine, he brings a certain element of class and glamour to each track, while also introducing some fitting originals. However, the first half of the 14-track record is about all you need to get into the Christmas spirit. After that, it gets a bit boring.

Though needless to say, CeeLo has captured this “magic moment” the one way he knows best, with nostalgic soulful 70’s style flair mixed with contemporary pop sensibility. His duet with fellow The Voice judge Christina Aguilera on “Baby It’s Cold Outside” is surprisingly reserved and charming, whereas one might have expected the two powerhouse singers to overdo it. Don’t get me wrong; there are plenty of rifs and runs between the two, but they manage to balance them dynamically with the smokey jazz club vibe.

To continue this feeling, CeeLo follows up with a cover of Donny Hathaway‘s “This Christmas.” With smooth basslines, orchestral brass accents, and subtle strokes of clean guitar , the 70’s homage sounds like it was recored in the same era in which it was written. Of course, this must lead into a smooth downtempo version of “The Christmas Song,” which sounds like it easily could have been the work of R. Kelly. Yet, there’s something uniquely comforting about Green’s voice that makes this track an instant standard for holiday radioplay. In fact, many of these renditions are so respectfully executed that I am sure they will be welcomed into the ever-growing repertoire of iconic holiday classics. With the slick production quality and “sexy” R&B/jazz vibe, I can picture this album being the soundtrack to some high-class New York penthouse Christmas party.

There are plenty of fun tracks for the whole family, though. “All I Need Is Love” is an upbeat original featuring none other than the jolly old Muppets themselves. While the song is a bit awkward, upon listening, you can tell it was clearly made for the video, which is fun and hilarious. Believe it or not, however; the track that follows is probably the most interesting and unusual piece on the record. Green teams up with the all-male a capella group Straight No Chaser for a comically theatrical rendition of “You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch,” interspersed with excerpts from the original Dr. Seuss text.

This is about where the album reaches its peak. Some of the songs that follow are more obscure, like “River” and the heavily religious “Mary, Did You Know?,” both of which are beautifully performed, but just a little too solemn. Almost too typically, Green tackles Mariah Carrey‘s “All I Want For Christmas,” without straying too much from the original, making for a pretty blasé listen. Of course, not to be short on cameos, Green throws in one last duet with renowned adult contemporary singer Rod Stewart and the famous Trombone Shorty. Still, the impact is not nearly as lasting as the first half of the album. However, he elegantly closes with possibly the best cover on the record. Green’s version of “Silent Night” is soothing and poignant at first, building in dynamics with a marching rhythm, multiple modulations, and an uplifting orchestral and choral arrangement to finish.

Although there are plenty of Christmas albums that come out every year, CeeLo’s Magic Moment strikes just the right balance of fresh and traditional, without being too cheesy. Whether you like it or not, these songs are here to stay and will likely become a regular addition to annual Christmas shopping playlists.

If you like CeeLo Green, then you might also like Ourstage’s own Jasper Sawyer.

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