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OurStage.com , the premiere digital music destination for unsigned artists, is offering musicians the opportunity of a lifetime to play on the OurStage.com Stage during the 2012 Warped Tour . The festival is known for breaking undiscovered, fresh performers and turning them into music superstars. For the first time, OurStage will sponsor a stage for twenty-two stops of the legendary festival.  Fans will be asked to rank the competing artists in order of their preference and will determine the up-and-coming musical...

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Wednesday, 21 March 2012
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If there’s any song that feels poised for “Pumped Up Kicks”-style ubiquity, that song would be Fun.’s “We Are Young.”  The first single from the band’s new Some Nights album has already topped the Billboard charts, as a Glee cover, months before the album’s release, and has been inescapable thanks to its commercial use in a Chevy Sonic ad.  Not only that but, just like that aforementioned Foster The People track, it is maddeningly catchy. Some Nights as a whole...

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Tuesday, 20 March 2012
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Neil Young and Crazy Horse will release a very special album titled Americana on June 5, 2012. Americana is the first album from Neil Young & Crazy Horse in nearly nine years. Crazy Horse is: Billy Talbot, Ralph Molina, Poncho Sampedro, and Neil Young. As you’ll see from the track-listing, Americana is collection of classic, American folk songs. In their day, some of these may have been referred to as “protest songs,” “murder ballads,” or campfire-type songs passed down with universal,...

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Tuesday, 20 March 2012
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As their eighth annual Green 17 Tour wound to a close, Flogging Molly took the stage at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA and made the room glow not green, but with with some of the most penetrating blue and red house lights you've ever seen. Ground Control Editor At Large Raymond Ahner was there with camera in hand to capture the festivities, and he was left with no shortage of striking images cut! Click here for Ray's Lens-eye view....

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Tuesday, 20 March 2012
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Watching the curve of Tim Fite's artistic growth and development over the last seven years has been pretty interesting. Using his physical releases to mark moments in time (Ain't Ain't Ain't is the singer's third album for ANTI–, but he has also released several free full-length downloads through his web site), the singer started out as a great, underground-identified emcee with a sound, style and delivery (sort of like hill country, folky hip hop over strikingly long samples) all his...

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Monday, 19 March 2012
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Hey Junky,So how's tricks? I was thinkin' 'boutchu da otha day, didja know dat? I was out walkin' down by Broome and Lafayette (on my way ta Chinatown fer a bitta white fer dis high-rollin' guy I know wit' too much money – so his shit's always cut pretty thin) an' I wis thinkin' “Those junkies, they take everything I got, but I don' stand behind most of it.” Mebbe fi' dollar Billy's right – ya hafta care about whatcher...

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Saturday, 17 March 2012
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There are few things in the world which are more salubrious than a rock record that has guitar parts big enough to cause listeners to throw their fists in the air but also beats groovy enough to make them dance too. Lots of bands try to make records like that (not many are successful) but, on Let The People Speak, Grand Duchy (a.k.a. Frank Black and wife Violet Clark's project) has fallen into a perfect state of grace and released...

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Friday, 16 March 2012
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Thanks to a few smooth moves and a prodigious amount of output by all of the performers involved over the last three years (side projects spilled forth after the collective first broke), there's no doubt that Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All's new release, The OF Tape Vol. 2., will have a tremendous number of eyes and ears on it when it hits. OF knows they're being watched and doesn't mind taking a bow for listeners right off the...

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Friday, 16 March 2012
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How does an album which claims to trade in electronic music (an idiom which has historically prided itself on “New! First! Now!” aesthetics) come off sounding totally retro? There's no easy way to explain it, but that's exactly what The Internet has done with Purple Naked Ladies, producer Syd Tha Kyd and Matt Martians' debut album apart from Odd Future. From the moment “Violet Nude Women” opens Purple Naked Ladies, listeners will find themselves immersed in exactly the same kind...

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Thursday, 15 March 2012
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Award-winning activist and musician Tom Morello has joined forces with Occupy Austin to rock SXSW Occupy style. Morello has opened up his official showcase at the festival as an Occupy SXSW show. This event will take place beginning the evening of March 16th, at the Swan Dive (651 Red River Street). The show will continue into the wee hours of March 17th, with Morello's performance beginning at 12:30 AM. Occupy Austin plans to start a flash mob dance party march...

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Wednesday, 14 March 2012