Weekend Goodiebag: Dawn & Hawkes

Sometimes in life, between all the non sense noise and bass heavy music, you need to turn the tempo down a bit and relax. Dawn & Hawkes are a southern duo hailing from Austin, Texas and blend the line between traditional folk music and pop. Both ambiguous songwriters from the south, they joined forces to multiply their talents, and take over the world with acoustic guitars strapped to their backs. Below is a video for their song, “Yours and Mine,” off their EP Golden Heart which can be found on our Indie-Folk station. Filled with soulful songs and heart warming melodies, our Indie-Folk station can help warm your soul on the coldest of winter days. So the next time your ears are in need of a litte R & R, head on over to Ourtunez.com and check out our pals Dawn & Hawkes. Cheers!

 

Backstage Pass: Dan Tillery

The Ourtunez Backstage Pass is a weekly series where we introduce an artist exclusive to Ourtunez. This week, we joined Dan Tillery and discussed transcending genres and the current state of music. You can check him out on our Soft Folk & Reggae Station on Ourtunez.com

Being able to transcend through multiple genres is no easy task, being able to take tidbits from all walks of life and making them blend into one. Luckily, Dan Tillery has been able to mastermind this process, ranging from reggae to blues to even ska, has made this Detroiter a jack of all trades.

I imagine a little bit of everything I have ever heard shines through from time time to time. Most of my Music, especially live is Improvisation. I find a funky little rhythm and just GO,” Said Tillery

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Tillery has been making music since the age of 20 and is in no way stopping now, following his dreams, turning his passion into his true profession. His biggest influence is California innovators, Sublime, who over the course of the 90’s infused reggae and rock into mega stardom and had every wondering teenager from then on in a perma-haze.

I can say Sublime/Bradley Nowell is my Biggest Influence and I have at one point covered every one of his songs,” said Tillery.

When it comes down to writing new material, Tillery writes what comes to him naturally, following the flow through his fingertips till it makes sense. His best work is created through passion, letting his subconscious run wild, like a wild gazelle, sprinting through an open field. Another reason why his work just comes so naturally is due to his live improvisations, generating a bulk of his catalog.

To me imperfection is perfection. When I let my self be most free is when I am having the most fun and I believe that is when I create my best work,” said Tillery.

In the digital age these days, trying to recreate that down to earth, edgy, raw sound can be a tough to recreate. Something that was as simples as plugging a guitar into an old dirty amp can nowadays only be found at gritty dive bars, where the beer flows like wine. Like anything in life though, what’s cool one day just ain’t the same the next.

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I just hope people will always remember how powerful and wonderful music really is. Music should be just fine Forever,” said Tillery.

At Ourtunez, we help take the passionate ones to the next level, helping them get their love to the ears of millions. While some huge corporations just view bands as a number, we take our time to give each and everyone of our featured artists the love and attention they deserve.

Do what makes you happy and do It as often as possible and with such passion it can not be ignored. Dream Big. Be Authentic.”

Weekend Goodie bag: Darlingside “Woodstock” Cover

This precious little masterpiece here is a genuine cover of a song that helped move a generation, talking about one of the greatest moments in music history. Originally written and performed by Joni Mitchell, the song is her perspective on the famous 1969 music festival, Woodstock. Unable to attend the event, Mitchell wrote the song after hearing all the tales from her boyfriend at the time, Graham Nash, and what she saw on television, which was being blasted around the world. Now a days music festivals are a dime a dozen and in some regard, they lost their true meaning, a weekend where thousands gather to embrace each other and try a find a way to change the future. While most of the population under the age of 13 probably has no idea what I’m talking about, it’s a good sign that bands today are guiding the younger generation in ways to understand the true meaning of music and it’s initial roots. Cheers Darlingside, thanks for reminding us what’s right with the world.

Backstage Pass: Humons

The Ourtunez Backstage Pass is a weekly series where we introduce an artist exclusive to Ourtunez. This week, we joined Humons and discussed Detroit techno and the future of music. You can check him out on our Indie Rock or Indie Electronica Station on Ourtunez.com

How would you define Electrofusion? It kinda sounds like some new-age, psychedelic work out, but you’d be wrong because it truly is the only way to describe Alan Sedghi mastermind, Humons. Hailing from the nitty-gritty city of Detroit, Sedghi has been engrossed with music from a young age and has been dabbling around with all types of genres from then on.

Ever since then I’ve been expanding the genres I listen to, and so the kind of music I have been writing has been continually evolving,” said Sedghi.

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Besides defining himself as electrofusion, which is a healthy blend of genres ranging from half acoustic to half electronic, his influences can also be found at both end of the spectrums, enjoying the likes of aussie rockers Tame Impala to infamous british DJ Bonobo.

As far as genre goes….Ambient, Indie, Electronic & Funk all find their way into the music at various points in the album,” said Sedghi.

Taking the time to enrich his own sound, Sedghi has been frequenting more electronic shows around Detroit, taking advantage of the iconic history the city has with techno music. Getting a chance to attend Movement this past summer, Sedghi accounts it as a very memorable experience, having the opportunity to take in the rich sound that surrounds the city.

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If any of us had a crystal ball, we would love to see what they youth of america will be jamming to on their iPhones in 2020. Will disco make it’s huge return? How about the keytar, will it make a comeback? Meh probably not, but hey stranger things have happened, Justin bieber is a thing. One fact is for certain is that streaming radio will be ever more prevalent in our day to day activities, be it an educational tool for some while others will use it to discover new music. That’s our job here at Ourtunez, find the crème de la crème, and deliver straight to your dome.

More streaming. More music festivals. Other than that, I have no idea. Its the biggest unknown for me” 

Backstage Pass: Drunk Enough to Dance

The Ourtunez Backstage Pass is a weekly series where we introduce an artist exclusive to Ourtunez. This week, we joined Drunk Enough to Dance and discussed the workings of a new band and their first album. You can check him out on the Indie Alternative Station on Ourtunez.com

Starting a band can be a rough process; First you have to find the elite group of musicians that can stick together, have the creative process, oh and probably not ripping off each others heads would help. Drunk Enough to Dance is new, but they are aren’t going anywhere, anytime fast.

Forming less than eight months ago, DETD have already finished a first EP already that their keyboardist has been masterminding himself for the past couple of years. It’s a concept album so think about albums like Dark Side of the Moon and Tommy, it tells a weird, strange story from start to finish.

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“As I mentioned before our first EP is a concept album which means it flows from beginning to end. It consists of five main tracks that are linked by what we call “in-betweens.”

When it comes to defining their sound, they told me it changes from song to song, to keep it interesting. Even more interesting is that one of their favorite covers to play is “Ignition” by R. Kelley. As well as being R. Kelley fans, if they had to name their major influence, it would be a band called The Deer Hunter, a progressive rock band from Rhode Island.

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” We love changing up our sound. There are hints of pop-punk, jazz, pop-rock, and more. We like to try and make music that can be deemed beautiful.”

Taking small steps at the fore front helps a band grow, not only to their fans, but gives them time to make and record music they truly love. When that is achieved, taking your band to small bars and shows on the local circuit is the best way to build a solid fan base.

” To us, we need to gain a solid local following because it’s those awesome kids who will spread your band through word of mouth. If you can get the locals on track with you, it’s going to look very promising from there. ”

At the end of the day though, you need to get your music to the people, shove it down their throats, until they puke. Here at Ourtunez, let us make help you puke, till the point where they kinda weirdly enjoy it. If you’re a new band, looking to make your music available to the people, head to Ourtunez.com and sign up today. Doggie bag not included.

 

 

Weekend Goodie Bag: The Erers live at Smalls

1510947_698728720146888_1671899661_nThis weekends goodie bag contains a show that will send shivers up and down your spine, make you reconsider your whole existence on this planet, and probably keep you up all night, tossing and turning in your sleep while you keep asking yourself, “Is this real life?” Yes, yes this is real life, you just got Erer’d. The cure for it isn’t anywhere on Web MD, the only way to survive now is more and Ourtunez can give you your junkie fix. It’s extremely simple, go see The Erers tomorrow night at Smalls in Hamtramck, MI, rage face, then constantly stream their album off of Ourtunez on our Indie Rock station. Side effects may include: Headache, insomnia, hysteria, sore throat, hair loss, amnesia, colored urine, hallucinations, loss of bowel control, and if you have an erection that lasts more then three hours, well then, thats not really our problem, kinda strange, and you should probably go see a professional.

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!