One of our all-time favorite singer-songwriters on OurStage, Jesse Terry has been busy since last we checked in. First and foremost, he’s on tour right now in the UK and will hit some major markets before wrapping up in Scotland on July 17th. Then he’s back in the US, touring mostly northeast-midwest. But he’ll be back overseas again in the fall, this time including Ireland. And then, best we can tell, he will simply continue touring forever. Wow, click through below and look at all those dates. Obviously, we strongly recommend catching him when you can.
Meanwhile, Terry’s been taking advantage of the Noisetrade platform, where you can get new releases just by providing your email address. His newest release is Joyful Noise, an EP with recent touring partner Abbie Gardner of Red Molly. Listen to them singing the Roy Orbison classic “Blue Bayou” together below.
In the great tradition of fuzzed out riffage from the UK comes Birmingham’s The Rimes. Though officially out next month, you can get a preview of the quartet’s new single “Avalanche” (b/w the excellent “Need Your Love”), which describes, both lyrically and musically, the decidedly violent smashing together of two persons – commonly referred to as “love.”
The Telegraph, UK’s most widely-circulated news source, has published a list of the world’s best Internet radio stations and have included your favorite and mine, OurStage.com. We are certain this is due to the incredible wealth of talent supplied by so many great undiscovered artists.
“This innovative music service has an archive of songs by more than 125,000 unsigned artists, organised into 40 genres from Alternative to World. Listeners can tune into genre radio stations via the link above, or, if in a Simon Cowell frame of mind, can even judge between acts – the most successful of which get prizes.”
If you’re not already signed up, do it now – it’s easy, and you can connect via Facebook with a simple click. Then, get listening, tune your radio, pick favorites, make playlists, share, and judge channels.
Last month Anberlin fans everywhere were hit with the bombshell news that following a final album and tour, the band would break up. Though the news came as a bit of a shock, the band has so far stayed true to their word, having just recently announced their last run of UK dates in Glasgow, Manchester, and London this August. U.S. fans can catch the band live on this year’s Vans Warped Tour.
Although album details are still preliminary, the band has announced a re-signing to former label, Tooth & Nail Records, and seem to already be working on the new album. Check out their final UK dates below. (more…)
Kicking off their Fall touring efforts, Paramore’s stretch of UK and Ireland dates will run throughout the month of September. Not every date has been confirmed, but we do have a handful of dates and venues available now. No on sale dates have been announced.
Paramore will see the entire world in the months ahead, so keep checking back for updates. (more…)
There’s nothing like a little UK rock to get your blood pumping midweek. Hailing from Belfast, Ireland and extending their reach as far as London and Rome, Unquiet Nights have been gaining notoriety since their 2011 release, 21st Century Redemption Songs. Taking ’90s influenced rock and roll to the next level with radio friendly riffs and gritty vocals, it’s no surprise that they’ve seen exposure through radio play on BBC and G3 and provided the soundtrack for several television and Internet broadcasts, including ESPN.
If that weren’t enough, the band has also broken into the OurStage Top 40 for Indie Rock with their song, “Someone’s Love On Drugs.” The charm of that single was enticement enough to check out the rest of the band’s catalog. 21st Century Redemption Songs may come in at only 35 minutes, but these guys make every second count. Where “Someone’s Love On Drugs” captures a softer side of the band, “We Were The Ones” charges ahead full force with unrestrained vigor, setting the tone for high energy, catchy tunes throughout, and making for an album that is simply bursting with ambition and potential.
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Susan Boyle seems like a sweet woman. Preternaturally talented with an agreeable disposition, Boyle is one of the more pleasant creations of the reality television machine. But if reports from the UK this week are to be believed, living next to the “I Dreamed A Dream” singer sounds like a nightmare.
Boyle’s neighbors have filed a noise complaint with local authorities, stating that living next to the multi-platinum singer is “unbearable.” Allegedly, Boyle has a penchant for singing at all hours of the day, belting out some of her signature tracks like “Unchained Melody” and “I Dreamed A Dream” over and over, for hours on end.
“It is so loud, you can’t hear the telly,” says Teresa Miller in The Sun. Miller is one of the neighbors that shares a wall with Boyle’s flat and who, most likely, possesses an extremely pronounced English accent. “You wouldn’t get Bono from U2 standing in his house singing his songs at the top of his voice. Maybe she’s practising for her next track or the next time she’s going to see Simon Cowell, but it’s unbelievable.”
Boyle and her neighbors have apparently had a long standing row, with Boyle becoming more of nuisance since achieving her fame in 2009. Friends of Boyle have come to the singer’s defense, saying that it is Miller and the neighbors that are really the troublemakers. “They are the ones causing all the trouble,” one anonymous source told the The Daily Mail. “Susan doesn’t even do her practice in that house. She has her piano in what she calls her posh house on the other side of town and does all her practice there. So it is very unlikely she would disturb these neighbours with her singing.” Neighborly drama and posh houses? How droll.
Dance music is to the world music scene as soccer”or football, depending on your preference ”is to world sports. Both have global followers and feature spectacular, grand annual exhibitions (soccer has Champions League and Europa Cup among others and Dance music has Ibiza Rocks and Ultra Music Festival). And, let’s face it, Americans aren’t the best at either. We can’t win ’em all, guys.
The other parallel between soccer and dance? A lot of countries would lay claim to being the best at either. While trying to pick a definitive winner in either subject would result in a lot of bickering and hurt feelings, we’ll avoid making any definitive statements. And since we’re a music site, we’ll refrain from talking about sports for the time being. That said, there are a few obvious front runners on the dance scene. We want to give a nod to OurStage’s international community and see what different countries have to offer. So, let’s take a look at who might be best at getting the world to dance, and check out what the OurStagers can bring to the table.
Two words. French. House. Parisians have worked in years past to give us sexy, groovy music. Daft Punk, Busy P, SebastiAn, Justice, and everyone at Ed Banger Records, Fred Falke and Alan Braxe. The list goes on and on. France’s own David Guetta is on top of the world right now, producing mega hits for the Black Eyed Peas. OurStage’s Marty Lake borrows somewhat from the electro heritage of his home country his with the heavy beats, housey rave ups and the guitar sounding synth lines that make up his track “Let’s Have Some Wolves” which you can check out below.
Over here at The Beat Generation, we’re unabashed fans of dubstep. We’ve covered it a few times in the past and made our love known for England’s dirtiest musical exports like Benga and Skream. They also don’t slack when it comes to beautiful, slick dance pop”acts like Katy B and La Roux coming to mind. The Beat Generation also featured an OurStage Brit when Dan Gravelle graced the column. Temple Scene is another act killing it with their own sound. The band crafts deft synthpop with a definite rock edge. You can check out their song “What’s Done is Done” below.
What country has seven of the Top 20 DJs and the Number 1 ranked DJ (Armin Van Buuren) from DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs of 2010? The Netherlands (obviously). The tiny country may have the highest amount of rump shaking per capita of any nation in the world. However, after the rave, after the after party and after the hangover after the after party, you need something a little gentler to come down to. That’s where Indojin come in. The 26-year-old Rotterdam-based producer claims R&B and world music as influences of equal measure on his sound. His song “Just Pop It” is currently charting in the Electronica Channel and you check out the beat heavy, melodic “Serene” below.
Spain gets an obvious nod for being the dance party epicenter of the universe thanks to Ibiza. Israel needs to have some recognition for their contributions to electronic music in the past and their slowly rising profile in today’s scene thanks to bands like Infected Mushroom and Teflon Tel Aviv. Germany nearly made the cut thanks to current heavyweights like ATB and Paul Van Dyk, and because they gave us Kraftwerk. Finally, Australia was this close to getting on the list with their ascendant rising electro-rock cadre of bands like Cut Copy, Miami Horror and Bag Raiders. However, will.i.am once stated that it was a trip to Australia that led to his discovery of electro and influenced the Peas sound so much. Australia, you get points off for that.
The MTV SKINS THEME SONG COMPETITION launched in October, offering artists across the country a chance to have their song featured on the upcoming US adaptation of the smash UK teen drama SKINS. Daniel Chavez, also known by his moniker 3D Friends, came to OurStage with the hopes of getting his music out to some new audiences. The Austin, Texas-based songwriter considers his music a contribution to the Chillwave movement, comparing himself to artists such as Neon Indian and Bradford Cox.
Chavez entered his song Lina Magic in the MTV SKINS THEME SONG COMPETITION which caught the attention of the music supervisors for the show. Chavez will have his song featured as the theme song when the show debuts to national audiences in January of 2011. As a result of entering the competition on OurStage, his music will be broadcast weekly to millions of viewers nationwide. Stay tuned to MTV when Chavez’s winning song Lina Magic debuts on SKINS in January 2011. To hear the winning song now, or listen to more music from 3D Friends, head to Chavez’s OurStage profile HERE.
Fans, it’s that time of the month again. The MTV Score SKINS Music Project Competition is entering the home stretch in order to give the top ranked artists in the channel a shot at getting their original song featured on the upcoming season of MTV SKINS. In case you hadn’t heard, SKINS is a smash teen drama”following a group of teens as their lives are caught up in the world of love, sex and drugs”that originally made big waves in the UK. MTV is bringing the show across the pond with a fresh cast of characters, and are looking for great original music to accompany the show. This is your chance to help break your favorite up-and-coming artist to the masses by helping them get their song broadcast to millions of viewers across the US. All you need to do is JUDGE! Head to the channel now and vote for your favorite OurStage artist. You might just find some great new music along the way.