Monthly Archives: October 2013

Halloween Goodie Bag

This weeks Goodie Bag is a bloody bucket of fun from our good pals Kaleido. Every year they produce a little spooky short to get everyone into the holiday spirit. This one involves the band being chased around by a masked murderer in good ole halloween fashion. Cheers!

Ourtunez Backstage Pass: Autumn Wolf

The Ourtunez Backstage Pass is a weekly series where we introduce an artist exclusive to Ourtunez. This week, we joined Autumn Wolf to talk about electronic music and Detroit dive bars. You can find them on the “Indie” station on Ourtunez.com.

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Prowling around the gritty streets of Detroit, Autumn Wolf has taken new approach to the way one can perceive electronic music. In ways not even himself, Alex Kaye mastermind behind Autumn Wolf, can define his own sound. “Actually I kind of want to be the one asking people that question more. Maybe I could get a better understanding of what the hell I’m actually making.” Kaye told me. If there was one genre to put your finger on this style, it would be described as “Indietronica,” which is a blend of electronica and indie rock.

The name comes from Kaye’s deep love of wild animals and inspiration he gets from the changing seasons we experience, especially in Michigan. “Seasonal changes always seem to bring out different emotions and feelings every year they come and go too, definitely inspirational.” And as far as musical influences, his repertoire can go anywhere from glam rock to electronic pop. “Music like Bowie, Pretty Lights, Ratatat, Billy Idol, RJD2, Prince, Hall and Oates come to mind first.”

Inspiration for creative material can come in the weirdest of ways, but at the end of the day some of the best stuff sprouts that way. It’s way cooler to when those crazy concoctions come together to create something rememberable. “It’s even weirder when you kick out a song in a day and you know that it’s the best thing you’ve done.”

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This weekends goodie bag is filled with candy corn, ghosts, and that ass who handed out toothpaste.  We have some spooky shows from around the country for ya, so paint your face, grab a cape, and let the chaos ensue. Halloween only comes around once a year so make this weekend count. 

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Friday October 25 

Dawn and Hawkes - Ol’ Watering Hole, Kerrville, TX @ 10 PM

Natalie Gelman - Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse, Dallas, TX @ 8 PM

Saturday October 26 

Reverse Order – Croc Rock, Allentown, PA @ 5 PM

Dawn and Hawkes – Crossroads Saloon, Fredericksburg, TX @ 8 PM

Natalie Gelman – Notsuch, Houston, TX @ 8 PM

Sunday October 27 

Reverse Order – Webster Hall, New York, NY @ 1 PM

Natalie Gelman – Haygood’s House Concert, San Antonio, TX @ 3 PM

Ourtunez Backstage Pass: Half Light Music

The Ourtunez Backstage Pass is a weekly series where we introduce an artist exclusive to Ourtunez. This week, we joined Half Light Music to talk about their new album coming next month. You can find them on the “Indie Rock” station on Ourtunez.com.

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Natives from parts of the suburbs of Detroit, Half Light Music is a group of likeminded musicians, making moves around the city. HLM began when Cheyenne Goff gathered some friends from a past band called Bliss 66. He soon found the rest of the pieces to the puzzle and they began to make music. “The name comes from the idea that we are only partially illuminated while we try and shine a light of our own.” Goff told me.

Over the last couple of months, HLM has been in the process of recording a new album titled, Creative Differences. Trying to reinvent yourself in someways, but staying true to what you love can be a sticky situation at times. “We all passionately wanted to try something new, and if not “new” exactly, at least different than that which we are comfortable doing.”

One new concept they wanted to and did incorporate on this new album was to do more electronic friendly tunes. They had previously fooled around with some tracks and enjoyed it so much that they wanted to make it part of their new material. “We received such positive reactions from some of the remixes we had done with previous material that we felt it would be cool to basically turn the process inside out; starting with some of these electronically oriented arrangements on the front end adding the more conventional “rock n’ roll” elements after.”

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After days of working in close quarters with each other, this can put tensions in the band at an all time high. “During the course of recording this record the band went through an extreme roller coaster of emotions. Quarrels, gripes and even some fisticuffs on one occasion.” Fortunately everyone made it out alive and the band feels that it is their best work to date.

The name of our game is to take indie artists to the main stage. And There is no better way to achieve that then becoming part of our team, if you’re looking to get into the ears of fellow music heads. “I greatly appreciate what Ourtuenz is doing to promote indie music in such a cool, user friendly, and worldwide format.” You can find Half Light Music on our indie rock station and to hear their new record head to the release party at the Hard Rock Cafe in Detroit on November 10th. Cheers!

WEEKEND GOODIE BAG: [18-20]

This week in our Goodie Bag we have a little somethin somethin for ya. Every week we try and expand your horizons on new live music to get you outta your normal boring-ass life, so this week we have two shows that will make your hair stand on edge and a NEW band so spectacular that they even made us pee a little when they jumped on the S.S. Ourtunez. Ahoy Matey!! 

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Saturday October 19th: East Coast vs. West Coast Brawl

Darlingside – Rockwood Music Hall, New York, NY @ 8:00 PM

That Noise - The Good Hurt, Los Angeles, CA @ 10:00 PM

WELCOME ABOARD KALEIDO !! 

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Ourtunez would like to introduce you germs to Kaleido. These punk warriors have been making madness around the Motor City for quite sometime now and are in no terms slowing down anytime soon. Opening up for Kid Rock in Las Vegas and playing this years inaugural Oakaloosa festival at Fort Wayne, all within the last year, is just the beginning for these animals. Head over to Ourtunez.com and tune into both the indie rock and indie pop stations to get a whiff of the dankness that seeps from their pores. Cheers!

Ourtunez Backstage Pass: Taddy Porters’ “Stay Golden”

This week for our Backstage Pass we threw a wrench into the gears of your dumb fixie, hopefully your american spirits don’t get crushed when you flip over your handlebars. We reviewed the album these southern gents Taddy Porter, “Stay Golden” They announced earlier this week that a grand tour of the Midwest is coming up, so stayed tuned for tour dates to come.

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Oklahoma boys, Taddy Porter, take pride in their hometown. They stay true to their roots, so when coming up with a name for the last album, Stay Golden, they decided to pay homage to the city that has giving them so many good times and memories.

Coming in hot, “Changes,” the first song on the album is a foot-stomping, deep echo chorus bag of havoc. Lead singer, Andrew Brewer, wails “Coming at cha like a freight train, Coming at cha like a hurricane,” literally as if a hurricane has started somewhere in the album, about to unleash itself via your ear buds.

As you make your way through the album, you can tell that these dudes come from an array of musical backgrounds. Venturing through pop, garage rock, blues, and even a little bit of soul, this album has it all. This is especially relevant on songs like “Evil” and “Stay Golden”. On “Evil” you get a crazy concoction of some surfer/blues rock that adds in catchy poppy hooks and “Stay Golden” is a solid rock anthem with a breakdown that will have crowds swaying, chanting “Stay Golden” in unison.

On their last track of Stay Golden, Taddy Porter leave you with romping, organ friendly good time on the song “You Can Count on Me.” This is their most soulful song on the album and showcases their talent as being a band that can blend a spectrum of jubilant genres into one fun filled mix. The only thing missing from Stay Golden is the flecks of sweat Taddy drops on you as you’re rocking out front row at one of their shows. You can bang this album on the Indie Rock station at Ourtunez.com, and find tour dates to come right here on our blog, Facebook, and Twitter.

Weekend Goodie Bag: Extra Tuneage

Reach on in, feel around, and you’ll pull out something a little more exciting this week in our Goodie Bag. You wanted more hours and we listened, so this week we give you 50 MORE streaming hours per month and an added 10 more skips to satisfy those precious ear drums of yours. Just think, with all that extra tuneage you can listen to all your favorite Ourtunez featured artists as you shower, throw keggers, and all the other berserk activities your brain can muster up. Cheers!

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Ourtunez Backstage Pass: That Noise

The Ourtunez Backstage Pass is a weekly series where we introduce an artist exclusive to Ourtunez. This week, we joined That Noise to talk about their rigorous touring schedule and challenges of breaking through as a three piece band. You can find them on the “Indie Rock” station on Ourtunez.com.

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Romping around Los Angeles like a buncha bats outta hell, That Noise have been blasting their way to the top for the past six years. Going through a couple different line ups before settling on a solid crew, Kenny on drums, Jay wailing on guitar and Jawnee taking the lead, these guys are something to look out for.

The name comes from a rather interesting experience. “That Noise has a funny story that I had with a girl when I was a teenager,” lead singer Jawnee told me in an interview. His lady friend and him were knockin’ boots at his parents house, which was under construction at the time, when the name came to him. “We were interrupted by the wind blowing some of the stuff off the planks creating a unique sound that startled my girl friend. Her sudden response was, What’s that noise? Needless to say, the moment stuck with me.”

Creating new music is a two step process for the band. “The bulk of them either starts on an acoustic guitar from em or some strange sound that we morph into a chord change. Then I pass it to Jay and Ken,” Jawnee explained. The song seed then starts to plant it’s roots, verses are sprouted and out comes a song. “Long, anger, and idiocracy, all play a part in motivating us to write lyrics and music.”

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With new bands around every corner, sometimes its hard to standout from the rest, but sticking to your guns day in and day out with a do or die mentality helps keep you above the water. “We do our thing and hope people resonate with it. We hold a certain standard for our songwriting and video productions.” Artistic values also come into play in ever aspect when making a name for yourself. “We enjoy a good challenge, so the current state of music culture inspires us to be more creative and boundary pushing.”

Weekend Goodie Bag: Darlingside

It looks like a bit of a hiatus for most of our featured artists this weekend with them resting up their livers and power stances, so we give you this little bundle of joy. From our buddies Darlingside, this is their video for  “The Ancestor.” It was givin’ the thumps up from the dudes over at Vimeo and it’s easy to see why as you watch this melodic intertwining story of death and new beginnings. Cheers!

Ourtunez Backstage Pass: Otto Vector

The Ourtunez Backstage Pass is a weekly series where we introduce an artist exclusive to Ourtunez. This week, we joined Otto Vector to talk about their rigorous touring schedule and challenges of breaking through as a three piece band. You can find them on the “Indie Alternative” station on Ourtunez.com.

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Boiling over with medallic madness, Detroit-based Otto Vector has a slew of influences in their backyard. From Motown, Techno, and some dirty Rock and Roll, these guys have been making some headway through the Motor City over the last few years. Formed in 2002, Otto Vector consists of four heavy hitting dudes and one bad ass chick.

This technology-pop rock infused group takes making new material to a whole different level. It starts off with Mike Glaser and Andrew Ginseng getting together and messing around their preferred music production software. After they find something that works, they take it to the rest of the band where they work with it until it becomes magic. ” After we have an initial idea, we present it to the band. Then we start jamming it and Renee will finish it off with her lyrics and melody. It’s a pretty streamlined method that has been very effective for us over the years.”

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People from Detroit take pride in their city, even when others might try to knock it down, they just keep getting up. Otto Vector thrives on helping the city rebuild itself, by working around the clock for their next big break. “There is something to be said about a working class hero. A Working class hero is something to be. And f*** yeah it is. That’s what I think of when I think of Detroit.” Vector knows that there is still a long road ahead for the city, but they appear to be steering in the right direction.

Otto Vector can see a new city on the horizon but, one thing holding Detroit back, insensitivity. ” Granted Detroit isn’t 100% ready for all of the burbs to move back in, but it’s getting there. ANd at a staggering rate. The only thing holding it back is constant ignorance of people not believing in what is happening.” If there is one thing that can help bring new folks downtown, it’s music. With bands like Otto Vector, The Erers and The Fever Tongues hustling hard to bring Motown back to where it once stood tall. ” Companies are willing to and are investing in Detroit. All their waiting on is the people to now invest their time in coming down and checking it out.”

Check out Otto Vector over at www.ourtunez.com, you can find them on Today’s Hits station. They just wrapped up a new album, so keep your eyes peeled for that one.