Last summer, Yonas proved himself the king of content, as he blanketed our personal airwaves with a regular series of videos that he called #SummerMonDaze. After a short breather, he came back with a meditation on how quickly critics and fans can tend to count you out if they’re not consistently hearing from you. Now we have the video for the track, “All Rise.” It’s an excellent statement on creative presence, the life and death of the artist, and his day in court. The video was directed by Ed Pryor.
“All Rise” is from the forthcoming album About Time, which saw another track, “Legacy,” recently dropped as a single.
Co-singer and songwriter for The Figgs, Pete Donnelly has a brand new LP out called Phases of the Moon, and he’s released a video for the first single, “Dr. Richard.” The black and white clip, directed by Geoffray Barbier, has Donnelly and band performing inside and out, and generally looking cool, intercut with the singer yelling agitatedly into one of the world’s last payphones at the eponymous doctor. The song is short and sweet at 2:50, and is very much in line with the kind of tight pop The Figgs are known for. Check it out:
Every month, the OurStage community (that’s you) listens and ranks the songs competing on OurStage.com. Once those songs get to the Finals stage, five grand prize winners are selected. Those winners get featured on the ‘OurStage on Amazing Radio’ show, broadcast to hundreds of thousands of music fans around the world. Last month’s show is streaming now. Below are the top five that you’ll hear on this month’s show, along with other favorites from the charts.
The secret weapon of “HATELOVE,” the new video from Brooklyn rapper Chris Fields, is the looming twilight that surrounds him as he spits straight to camera in a one shot. As the video progresses, and Fields moves around a city rooftop, both the tone of the song and the visual atmosphere move with him. The sky grows more brilliant and the clouds darken with the setting sun, while dramatic, ascending vocal samples kick in on the second verse, to complete the shifting mood. “HATELOVE” was directed by RizeOptix.
“HATELOVE” is now our Video of the Month, also streaming on our homepage.
If the Rolling Stones had recorded their classic “Dead Flowers” in 1965 instead of 1971, it might go…a little something…like…this. As a chaser to their recent single, “Falling Out Of Love,” Aloud have released a great cover of the Stones song, along with a video. They’ve upped the beat and subtracted the twang of the original, and singer Jen de la Osa has gone in the opposite direction of Mick Jagger’s lazy drawl with a soulful belt. The Stones themselves released an alternate and more driving version of the song a few years ago, but it still retains the country vibe and the loose swing inherent to most early-’70s Stones music. Aloud’s version goes full mod and stomp, as you’ll hear below. (Check out the Stones’ alternate take at the bottom.) Aloud is currently working their way around the Northeast surrounding the debut of All These Small Things, which features some of their music. See dates here.
We recently posted news about Extralife, the new LP from the great Massachusetts indie folk quartet Darlingside, along with the album’s first video (for “Futures”). Now we’ve got the latest tour dates and a new album track to check out. The tour will take the band across the U.S. and back a couple of times and will also include trips to the U.K., Denmark, and Canada. See the full listing below, whilst streaming “Hold Your Head Up High” (not likely to be confused with the similarly-titled ’70s Argent stomper).
March 14 – Sisters, OR – Sisters High School Auditorium
March 15 – Portland, OR – Sisters, OR
March 16 – Seattle, WA – The Tractor Tavern
March 17 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater (Click here to get tickets)
March 22 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair (Click here to get tickets)
March 23 – Portland, ME – H.o.m.e. Portland House of Music & Events
March 24 – Northampton, MA – Academy of Music Theatre
March 25 – South Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
March 28 – Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade NYC – 7 p.m. (Click here to get tickets)
March 28 – Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade NYC – 10 p.m. (Click here to get tickets)
March 30 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
March 31 – Washington, DC – Union Stage
April 16 – Nashville, TN – The Basement
April 17 – Ann Arbor, MI – The Ark
April 19 – Evanston, IL – S.P.A.C.E.
April 20 – Dale, TX – Old Settlers Music Fest
April 22 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West