I’ll Tell Ya What: Our Favorite Athlete Songs of All Time

By Nick Friedman. So ESPN Magazine‘s “Music Issue” hit my doorstep yesterday morning and I’ll tell ya what, its unreal. Outside of the insipid, dimwitted Ryan Lochte making an appearance on the cover of Nirvana’s Nevermind with his goods protected by a Speedo (remember, that baby was NAKED), each and every other “cover act” was golden.

But after flipping through photos of linebacker Lamar Woodley as Jam Master Jay, quarterback Josh Freeman with immaculate, Michael Jackson-esque jerry curls, and MLB studs Brandon Phillips and Justin Upton rocking red Devo energy dome caps, I got to thinking: which athletes actually succeeded at making music? Obviously – with the exception of the late, great Wayman Tisdale – no athlete has ever really produced a full body of work we’d consider credible. Nevertheless, there have been some classic releases that I will forever enjoy bumping in my dorm room or in the hooptie. So, without further ado, here are my nine favorite athlete songs of all time. Why not ten? There just aren’t ten.

9.) Wayman Tisdale—“Let’s Do It Again”

The reason for holding the only athlete who I consider having a credible body of work at the number nine spot? Because my favorite track of his was just begging to feature Michael McDonald. Instead, Wayman decided to keep it strictly acoustic and left a would-be masterpiece haunting our consciences. Why no Michael McDonald, Wayman? WHY?


Help Decide The Next El Headliner!

OurStage has partnered with Tr3s to bring one talented Latin artist into the limelight, by featuring them on Tr3s’ show Top 20, as well as Tr3s.com’s Music My Güey, Descubre & Download, and Blogamole. That’s a whole lot of exposure, and we can’t wait to help make one artist’s dream that much closer to becoming reality.

But before we can do that, we need your help in deciding who deserves this amazing opportunity. Help us decide by heading over to the Tr3s judging channel by March 23, and make your voice heard.


Y La Bamba

Y La Bamba

Smash crossover folk-pop chart-toppers The Lumineers have taken the music world by surprise, and have been traversing the globe to capitalize on their recent radio successes, with venues in several cities being upgraded to meet the demand. The most recent leg of their tour created some additional buzz with the addition of Portland Oregon’s Y La Bamba as a support act. Unsuspecting audiences have been mesmerized by the six piece band’s blend of atmospheric indie folk and traditional Latin sounds, featuring lyrics in both English and Spanish. Singer-songwriter Luzelena Mendoza slowly pieced her band together while evolving her sound from home recordings to bigger productions, collaborating with The DecemberistsChris Funk and Los LobosSteve Berlin.

Catch the band at Boston’s House of Blues tonight, February 4, and later on March 1 at Seattle’s Showbox at the Market. We’ll keep you updated as dates are added. If you’re not near one of those cities, tide yourself over with this performance from NPR, and stay tuned for an exclusive OurStage session with the band, coming soon. Check out the official video for Michoacán after the jump.


Five Entertainment Alternatives For Super Bowl Sunday

If you’re among the many who cringe at the thought of partaking in any Super Bowl Sunday festivities, fear not. Just because you don’t want to paint your face the color of your favorite team, wear your favorite player’s jersey, or spend the day jumping up and down screaming in joy (or anguish) doesn’t mean you can’t have a good time this weekend. In fact, with most people preoccupied by the game, there’s a lot to do with no crowds to deal with, and since you probably have no obligations, might as well take advantage. We’ve put together a list of five entertainment alternatives for those wishing to sit out the “big day” this Sunday. Check them out after the jump. (more…)

Latin Artists: Enter To Be The Next El Headliner

Latin artists, it’s that time again! OurStage and Tr3s have teamed up to offer one great Latin artist an incredible opportunity for spotlight coverage on Tr3s network’s Top 20Music My GüeyDescubre y Download, and Blogamole. All you have to do is enter your best song into the Tr3s Latin Music Channel by March 23 for a shot at some incredible coverage. Good luck.


Help Decide The Next El Headliner!

OurStage has partnered with Tr3s to help one very talented Latin artist receive mass exposure on Top 20Music My GüeyDescubre y Download, and Blogamole. With the New Year getting into full swing, we can’t think of a better time to help launch a career for one of OurStage’s most talented Latin artists.

But before these rising stars can reap the awesome benefits of being the next El Headliner,  we need your help in deciding who that should be! Help us decide by heading over to the Tr3s judging channel by March 23, and make your voice heard.