College News music contest winners, powered by Sonicbids

We announce the winners for our mag cycle, Vera Black, Dr. Pants and Dave and Ethan

WRITTEN BY: Editorial Staff
College News music contest winners, powered by Sonicbids

The latest cycle of Collegenews.com music contest, powered by Sonicbids, has come to a close and we’ve hand-picked three winners. We’d like to give a genuine thank-you to all of the artists that submitted their music and encourage them to enter our next contest.

And the winners are:

Vera Black
Dr. Pants
Dave and Ethan

Congrats! These artists particularly impressed us with their vocals, instrumentation and overall sound.
Read on for more information about the winners:

Vera Black

Australian Vera Black has voice powerful enough to evoke memories of Janis Joplin, Annie Lennox and Grace Slick. This is an apt comparison, considering that Black refers to her sound as Soul/Rock/Modern Woodstock. Her clever lyrics, catchy melodies and unstoppable hooks give a fresh spin on familiar genres. Songs like “The Fool,” “Feeling Cold” and “Must Be Something” are at one fresh and yet familiar.

In 2010, Black, formerly known as Amanda Baker, won the 2010 Show Me The Music songwriting competition, and has since toured the U.S. and Canada. Black made the move to the U.S. in June 2011, and with this relocation, it seems to us that the U.S. is about to witness Vera Black really blossom and make it big.

Check out the video for “The Fool” below.


Dr. Pants

Dr. Pants describe their style as NERD POWER GROOVE ROCK. As they say,  if Weezer and Beck had a baby with Phish, it would be Dr. Pants. Also evident is the influence of bands like REM and They Might Be giants, especially with lyrics like “I kill galactic herds with my careless words.” In June, the quartet -- consisting of David Broyles (Vocals, Mastermind, Guitar), Kenneth Murray (Vocals, Guitar, Arguments), Aaron Vasquez (Vocals, Helpful Hints, Bass) and Dustin Ragland (Philosophy, Drums) -- released an EP “The Trip, Side 1: Illusion & Truth.” The group’s fun and catchy songs are just as quirky as they and their influences are.

Check out the video below for an acoustic performance of “If I Were John Cusack,” featuring such lyrics as “If I were John Cusack, I’d stay away from action films, because I would know the truth about how his ample genius is best served.”


Dave and Ethan

As their bio details,

Best friends Dave Ahdoot and Ethan Fixell created an internet phenomenon by challenging pairs of women to double date them, and documenting the hilarious results for YouTubers everywhere. Hundreds of thousands of views -- and 200 dates -- later, their crash-course education has made them into bona fide dating experts who have mastered the arts of profiling prospective daters, planning and budgeting the perfect evening, selecting the appropriate attire, avoiding awkward conversation, and of course, scoring a kiss at the end of the night.

Dave and Ethan have been featured on “The Colbert Report” and ComedyCentral.com, as well as appearing alongside Jim Gaffigan, Todd Barry and the Upright Citizens Brigade on various comedy stages. The are now making appearances at schools all over the U.S., spreading their dating gospel and singing their hilarious original songs like “Maybe.”

Check out their video of their performance of “Maybe” at Keene State below!

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