Monthly Archives: December 2013

Backstage Pass: Meteor vs. Dinosaur

The Ourtunez Backstage Pass is a weekly series where we introduce an artist exclusive to Ourtunez. This week, we joined Meteor vs. Dinosaur and discussed their new sound and the ultimate wet dream. You can check him out on the Indie Rock Station on Ourtunez.com

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Before the dawn of time, before the spark of man, there was a vicious battle for global domination. In one corner we had a large race of creatures, some extremely dangerous while others just sat around and ate grass all day, while in the other corner we had huge fuckin’ rocks, falling from the sky, turning red hot, getting ready to rain on everyones parade. Well, we all know who won the battle and thanks to movies like The Land Before Time, we were taught at a young age that know matter how cool your species is, rocks falling from the sky will win. Then came the band Meteor vs. Dinosaur from Seattle, Washington and just like the Meteors that fell so many years ago, they have come to change the way the world turns, but with tantalizing tunes, not global destruction.

Meteor vs. Dinosaur jump around genres, so them trying to define a sound is like trying to explain why all those meteors fell to this planet in the first place. Going from band to band, these three dudes finally became a solid trio in February of last year and have been tweakin around a surf psychedelic sound, but like to dabble around.

“We recently started to jam with our friend who plays keyboards and have been leaning more towards dancier music, so who knows what’s in store for the future,” Gianni Aiello, bass player, told me.

Still new to the scene, Meteor vs. Dinosaur have been rapidly working on writing new material and playing small shows around Seattle. While they’re still waiting for their first full length tour, they see the benefits of what it would be like to get out and show the world what they are made of.

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“We have been creating loads of new songs by just staying at home and practicing, but being able to see the audience’s reaction night after night could be really helpful in deciding which songs we should develop more and which we should throw overboard,” said Aiello.

Every band has those big pipe dreams of opening for their hero’s, those dreams where you wake up stuck to your sheets, with a shit grin on your face. If these guys had that dream, it would involve Aussie psy-rock band Tame Impala and they would play a wicked cover.

“We do a cover that starts out as Pinball Wizard by the Who and then goes straight into Fell in Love with a Girl by the White Stripes. It’s really fun to play and it always catches the audience off guard,” said Aiello.

Here at Ourtunez we give and spread our love for our featured artists just like Santa’s jolly ass, but instead of one day, we like to do everyday. Head on over to Ourtunez to check out Meteor vs. Dinosaur on our Indie Rock and Today’s Alternative stations to get your fix filled. While you’re there, make sure to check out all of our other fantastic indie artists!

Weekend Goodie Bag: Whiskey Six Wants You!

Another year is coming to an end, there’s nothing better then fresh ideas to kick off another turn around the sun, and Whiskey Six is starting the new year with full force. Their launching the “Whiskey Six Social Media Underground” to help bring their fans as close to the main stage, something we at Ourtunez like to pride ourselves in as well. The way the plan works is, you go to their website and sign up for the program, then once you’re in, you’ll be the first to know about good things that are Whiskey Six. On their website, the list of assignments includes:

  • - Helping us “Share” and “Like” our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram postings from our official various Whiskey Six Social media sites.
  • - Putting out the word on upcoming W6 events. (You will get an exclusive “heads up” on events before anyone else)
  • - Helping funnel and direct inquiries about tickets to our from friends and fans towards our ticket sales department.
  • - Sharing our digital flyers through email to other friends and fans whom may not be able to receive notifications of events through standard social media outlets.
  • - Share your creative marketing and design ideas with us, We want to hear what you think too!!

So if you want to be apart of something great, head over and sign up today, and don’t forget to check out Whiskey Six on our Indie Rock Station!

Backstage Pass: New Hollow Christmas Surprise

Happy Holidays everyone! Around this time of year we have a slew of musical renditions of classic christmas songs, some of them can turn out pretty awesome while other ones, not so much. Have you ever heard the this one by Bieber, I think every elf in the North Pole simultaneously self imploded, causing huge delays in the toy shop, which turned into creating the tickle-me-elmo doll as an easy way to mass produce one product for kids all over the world. This one, however, from our pals New Hollow is a great cover of the classic, “Last Christmas.” Enjoy this tune while your family is in town over a glass of eggnog and sugar cookies. Cheers!

Weekend Goodie Bag: Kaleido “Goodbye”

Goodbyes are never fun, especially when they are to a friend who has passed away. What better way to remember a lost friend then to memorialize them into a song. Kaleido recorded “Goodbye” in memory of their friend Freddy, who was one of their original supporters of the band. During the holiday season take a second to appreciate all the loved ones in your life, even if they aren’t your favorite aunt or uncle, because it’s a weird world we live in and each day isn’t like the last.

Ourtunez Backstage Pass: Kenny Spear

The Ourtunez Backstage Pass is a weekly series where we introduce an artist exclusive to Ourtunez. This week, we joined Kenny Spear and discussed his unique style of music and how Detroit is the place to be. You can check him out on the Rap / Hip-Hop Station on Ourtunez.com

Detroit is experiencing a rebirth right now, unlike any other city in the country, from new store fronts opening on every corner to a new generation of young guns moving into the city. Kenny Spear is right on track with his own rejuvenation and his music speaks for the city for all it’s glory and even some of its downfalls, coming to grips with himself in a lawless town.

Starting off at a young age, Spear was a natural when it came to signing and stumbled upon his art hanging out with his cousin one day, “I heard my cousin Tom beat boxing and mimicked him to perfection. I think it was at that point I could do something special,” says Spear.

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Having a rare, unpredictable sound, Spear defines his music as an acoustic mixture of jazz elements with some old school hip-hop soul thrown into the mix. His major influences are a cornucopia of genres and artists ranging from Jack Johnson to Bone Thugz. “I love the simplicity of Jack Johnson, the musical essentials of The Oscar Peterson Trio, the hip-hop harmonies of Bone Thugz, and the lyrical genius of Eminem and Immortal Technique.” says Spears.

Detroit isn’t going to change in an instant, it’s going to take a whole lot of hard work and dedication, but its artists like Spear who’ve stood by the city through all its twist and turns, that are going to help rebuild Detroit. “I really want to be apart of the renewal of Detroit. I plan on staying here and recording. When God tells me to move, I’ll move,” says Spears.

With the holidays right around the corner, what better way to celebrate then seeing some live music? Look no further because Kenny Spear will be playing a live show at the Hamlin Pub in Shelby Township on Hayes Rd. tonight! Before you see him live make sure to check out this Detroit up and comer over at Ourtunez.com on our rap / hip-hop station, “It’s time to resurrect Detroit and it’s going to begin with music, I’m certain of that,” says Spears. Cheers!

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Weekend Goodie Bag: [12/13 – 12/15]

Got some steller shows coming at cha this weekend. We have Darlingside playing a fantastic show in New York on Friday along with Dawn & Hawkes  in Austin. Whiskey Six though has the stand out show of the weekend by far. They are opening up for KORN at the Comerica Theater in Phoenix, so if you are in the area make sure to check them out. On Saturday Taddy Porter is giving back to the less fortunate with a show for Toys for Tots. Just bring one unwrapped gift to the event and you get FREE entry!! Have a wonderful weekend. Cheers!

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Friday 

Whiskey Six – Comerica Theater in Phoenix, AZ @ 7:30 PM

Darlingside - Rockwood Music Hall in New York, NY @ 10:30 PM

Half Light Music - Rockys Pub in Riverview, MI @ 9:00 PM

Dawn & Hawkes - House Concert in Austin, TX @ 6:00 PM

Saturday 

Beth Stalker - Skybox Sports Grill in Highland Twp, MI @ 9:30 PM

Natalie Gelman - Red Soles Winery in Paso Robles, CA @ 12:30 PM

Taddy Porter - Wormy Dog Saloon in Oaklahoma City, OK @ 9 PM

Dawn & Hawkes - Crossroads Saloon in Fredericksburg, TX @ 9 PM

Ourtunez Backstage Pass: King of Clubs

The Ourtunez Backstage Pass is a weekly series where we introduce an artist exclusive to Ourtunez. This week, we joined King of Clubs and discussed how Detroit techno got him started and where Electronic music will be in the next couple of years. You can check him out on the Indie Electronica Station on Ourtunez.com

Over the past couple of years, there’s been a huge rise in dance music, and it’s not slowing down anytime soon. Nowadays, music festivals now are jam packed with DJs and awe-inspiring light shows, taking their die hard fans into the wee hours of the morning. Sean Hoge has been extremely involved in the electronic music movement for years and started producing under the name King of Clubs about three years ago. I had sometime to talk to Sean about how he got started, recording music, and where he sees electronic music in the next couple of years.

Hoge grew up outside the city of Detroit and fell in love with the sounds that crept through the cracks from all the Detroit legends. Techno festivals were his first major influences on his passion for electronic music, and when he turned 18, he moved out to San Francisco and shortly after starting producing music. “The DEMF and Movement summer festivals are a big reason why I fell in love with dance music,” said Hoge.

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Being a solo artists gives you the ultimate gift, complete creative control, and Hoge can see both sides of the spectrum when it comes to recording new material and playing in front of a live audience. When he gets in the right production mindset, Hoge feels immensely rewarded, but nothing beats seeing people move to his music. “Playing out is definitely my favorite part of being an artist because seeing people dance to something I’ve written makes all the time in the studio worth it.”

Electronic music has been around since the late 80’s, but it seems recently there has been influx of it over the last couple of years. Massive tours and festivals are popping up around the globe, artists who have been doing this for years are finally getting their dues and Hoge believes that new listeners will eventually become more sophisticated as they reach out of their comfort zone, “I think the “banger” mentality has been on the decline as people’s music tastes are maturing. Artists that take elements from a variety of genres will make the underground genres more accessible.”

Ourtunez is here to not only help the users discover new music, but the artists as well, as they can find local musicians in their area. With huge sites like Pandora, they could give two shits about the little guy trying to make it big, but here at Ourtunez, we got your back. “Aside from growing my own fan base, Ourtunez is a great platform for me to discover other aspiring artists who I never would have come across on something like Pandora or Soundcloud.”

Weekend Goodie Bag: December 6th – 8th

A little light in the Goodie Bag this week, but we have a couple gems tucked away in there for ya. It looks like Dawn and Hawkes will be playing around their hometown of Austin, Texas this weekend and we have Natalie Gelman making her way to Scranton, Pennsylvania for a special Arts on Adams show for the holiday season. Also check out this track below from one of our newest artists, King of Clubs, coming from San Francisco, he’s got mad fire. Weekend warriors unite!   

 

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FRIDAY 

Beth Stalker - Andiamo’s in Livonia, MI @ 7:30 PM

Drunk Enough to Dance – The Phoenix Cafe in Hazel Park, MI @ 7 PM

Natalie Gelman - Arts on Adams in Scranton, PA @ 6 PM

Dawn & Hawkes - Cactus Cafe in Austin, TX @ 8 PM

SATURDAY

Beth Stalker – London Chop House in Detroit MI @ 7:30 PM

Darlingside – Iron House Music Hall in Northampton, MA @ 10 PM

Modern Chemistry - Paradise Lost in New Brunswick, NJ @ 7 PM

Dawn & Hawkes – Moontower Saloon in Austin, TX @ 8 PM

Ourtunez Backstage Pass: Modern Chemistry

The Ourtunez Backstage Pass is a weekly series where we introduce an artist exclusive to Ourtunez. This week, we joined Modern Chemistry and discussed their up and coming tour and what’s wrong with rock & roll today. You can check them out on the Indie Rock station at Ourtunez.com

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If you gander at Modern Chemistry’s Facebook page their interests include, “beer, music, whiskey, group biking, hanging out in lawn chairs,” so right off the back you know these guys don’t play around. Coming from the East coast, New Brunswick, New Jersey, to be precise, these up and comers are getting ready to hit the road for their first big tour and I had a nice little chat with Joe Zorzi, Vocals and rhythm guitar for the band about the past, present, and the future of Rock & Roll. 

Modern Chemistry came up with their name as a last ditch effort for a flyer for an up and coming gig. Rummaging around, scrambling nights before the show, they landed on Modern Chemistry as a way people interact with each other on a daily basis. “I like to think of it as chemistry between people, as opposed to the science class you have to take in high school. Everyone seemed to like it so we just went with it. Except Jesse, we didn’t even tell him,” Zorzi told me.

For some bands, heading into the studio and knocking out an album is the best way to start their introduction to the world, but for Modern Chemistry, homie don’t play that. They decided to just start playing music at local venues to get their name around and record a couple of songs so they had some street cred behind them. As their name grew, they started playing with other local acts and started hanging with this circle of musicians, playing shows through out the city together. “Then we just played the shit out of New Brunswick and surrounding areas. We’ll be on our first tour this January actually so we’ll let you know how that goes. But yeah, I think playing as many shows as possible is the most important,” Zorzi explained.

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Nowadays you have some artists who pick up a guitar and think they’re going to be the next Jimmy Page or Keith Richards, like some sorta weird hocus pocus, but for the good of all rock gods, Zorzi thinks that bands need to stop looking at the their predecessors,“You’ve got bands still trying to relive the past which I think is basically the worst.” Not only that, he believes that some bands need to stick to their guns, “Then you’ve got bands who are really trying to get into the electronic stuff. And that sometimes works really well, but other times it’s horrible. But somewhere in between there’s some really awesome rock bands out there right now doing cool shit.”

One of the benefits for new bands joining the Ourtunez army is that there music gets to the masses for the awesome price of free. Not only that, but you are also get built into this community of bands just like you, out there grinding day in day out, making music for the passion of it. So if you’re a band that is looking at taking it to the main stage someday, head on over to Ourtunez.com today and sign up to make all of those wonderful dreams come true.