Every once in a while, we like to share some of our favorites among recent uploads to OurStage. This month, we’ve got music from should-be country star John Thibodeaux, who had to put his career on hold in 2015 to serve in Afghanistan, but is back with a album produced by Grammy winner Robb Tripp, Moments Like This (get it here). There’s also a new track from our old friends Xolie Morra & the Strange Kind, from a forthcoming album. Xolie’s voice is golden. Finally, another familiar voice: Jimmy Lyback, aka July Fighter, who have been at or near the top of our charts for the last year or so. Listen below:
This week saw the release of the UK singer-songwriter’s new EP, his second, Another Midnight, which you can get now on iTunes. It’s a five-song set of sparsely orchestrated and arranged songs, which spotlights the young artist’s rich tenor voice and lyrical prowess. Included is one live track, “Tomorrow,” and the ambient style of that recording captures Gorman as a commanding performer, his voice and finger-picked acoustic guitar reverberating and filling the room. Get the new EP here, and see a live performance of the track “Ache No More” below.
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.
That’s right, the new video for Air Traffic Controller‘s “After Party” features Spiderman battling the villainous Donald Trump (who is also portrayed as a villain in the video), along with several other former presidents.
A la Point Break, a group of ne’er do wells stage several heists, donning presidential masks to break up and loot children’s birthday parties. They are continually thwarted by a very young web slinger.
As champions of new music discovery, we often feature neophyte artists in this slot; artists just starting their careers, making new, intense, and immediate music of all kinds. Artists with serious longevity are harder to come by. Bands that stay together for a long time often lose that spark, even when the material remains good.
Then there’s The Figgs, who just celebrated their 25th year together (they formed as teens in Saratoga Springs, NY), and who are still making vibrant, creative, and constantly evolving pop music that transcends time and age, putting many a young, hyped-up indie band to shame.
Having recently released The Figgs Anthology: 1000 People Grinning, the band can look back at a career that includes 12 studio albums, two live albums, several EPs and singles, and a slew of side projects (members have played with Soul Asylum, NRBQ, and Tommy Stinson, and the group has had a long-running stint as Graham Parker‘s backing band). Remarkably, the last few records the band has released have been their best. Where other bands become complacent in time, The Figgs have become a lean, confident, powerful unit, taking creative risks to achieve frequent moments of pop perfection. Their sound is clean and simple, but not unadorned. The lyrics are entertaining, insightful, funny, ironic, self-referential. They are indeed known as a pop band, because the songs are most often quick and to the point, but few bands playing live today rock as hard. Most importantly, they know the groove intimately – feeling it is obviously priority one for The Figgs. And that is timeless.
They are not a new band, but you might not know them. So we invite you to discover The Figgs.
We know a lot of you out there are gamers of varying degrees. And a lot more since we ran the Superstars Game Trailer competition last year with our frequent partner, Intel. Well, we just wanted to announce that our friends at Slimstown Studios have announced their newest game, Dragonbites: Smokin’ Bunnies. The game, coming soon for smartphones and tablets, features an eclectic cast of characters, lewd & crude humor, enemies that fire back, and the ability to choose any type of bunny-based projectile for any shot. Check out the trailer after the jump and go to iTunes for download.