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The Friday Five: Halloween Music Videos

Happy Halloween, Fangirls!  This week, we’ve been listening to pretty much only Country music but we decided to get into the spirit of Halloween and bring you our favorite Halloween themed music videos.

1. Backstreet Boys – “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)”
BSB really went all out and set the standard for Halloween themed music videos.  Jekyl & Hyde, a Mummy, a werewolf, the Phantom Of The Opera, and Dracula come together for a choreographed dance filled costume ball of epic proportions.  Why are they in costume?  Nobody knows.  And full disclosure, we still know these dance moves and definitely danced along at the BSB tours.

2. Big Time Rush – “Big Night”
The BTR Halloween episode is pretty amazing – we love Kendall as a werewolf, and James the vampire vs the vampire slayer.   Throwback to the BSB video?

3. Kristian Bush – “Trailer Hitch”
Zombies have taken over this country star’s new video and the only way to stop them is by the soothing sound of his guitar!

4. 5SOS – “Don’t Stop”
Doesn’t everyone want to dress up as their favorite super hero on Halloween?   Well, Aussie pop punkers 5SOS just gave you five brand new favorite super heroes. 

5. Patent Pending – “Dance Til We Die”
When we said that the Long Islanders in Patent Pending went all out for videos, we weren’t exaggerating.  The bands video for “Dance Til We Die” is perfect for any Halloween bash.  Gore and zombies take over as the band sings “and the dancing dead are taking over, never gonna make it out!”

 

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Jake Miller To Host “Lion Heart EP” Release Party At Planet Hollywood in NYC

Jake Miller is set to host a release party for his new EP called “Lion Heart” at Planet Hollywood in Times Square on November 4th.  Jake will be hanging out signing and taking selfies with fans to celebrate his new EP from 6-9pm, but you can head to Planet Hollywood at 3pm that day to be one of the first 1,000 fans to purchase a physical copy of the EP.  We suggest getting there early, because the last time Jake had an event at Planet Hollywood, over 5,000 people showed up!  (And Jake still took the time to meet everyone!)

Jake Miller “Lion Heart” EP Release Party
November 4th 6pm to 9pm*
Planet Hollywood in Times Square
1540 Broadway NYC
*EPs available from 3pm
More Info

Listen to Jake Miller’s new song “Ghost” from the “Lion Heart” EP, out November 4th on iTunes and November 24th in stores.

You can pickup a copy of his new single “First Flight Home” now and Check out all of Jake’s upcoming tour dates HERE.  You can also see Jake Miller performing this winter at certain Jingle Ball concerts, as well as the Q102 Philly Jingle Ball Pre-Show.

Be sure to follow Jake Miller and Secret Fangirls on Twitter for the latest on your favorite artists.

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Hunter Hayes Kicks Off The Tattoo (Your Name) Tour in NYC

Hunter Hayes kicked off his Tattoo (Your Name) Tour last night with a wild card show in New York City.  We’d like to think we’re at least partially responsible for this show, since we asked Hunter for a headlining NY show the last time we saw him, but really we have to thank Nash FM and all of the passionate country fans in the city for this one.  

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We love watching Hunter perform because of the passion and energy he has on stage.  You can tell how much he absolutely loves what he’s doing, and how much he appreciates it.  (As he said, “I’m so happy even one person showed up tonight!”  And the Best Buy Theater was packed).  We’re also consistently impressed by his musicianship – his live shows always include extended guitar solos, jam sessions, and multiple instruments. (After all, he can play over 30 of them).  

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In a Wild Card show, anything can happen, and of course the opening night of a tour is always special as it all comes together for the first time. Hunter is great at interacting with the crowd – he stopped to take a few selfies with fans in the front row, and even left the stage during the encore to say hello to the crowd on the floor.  But the biggest surprise of the night came when he read a fan’s poster that said “Hunter, can I sing with you?”  To which he said, “Sure, come on up!”  The lucky fan (“Miss Helen”) joined him onstage for “Everybody’s Got Somebody But Me,” perfect for a singalong.  

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The Tattoo (Your Name) Tour also has an interactive element – after all, YOU are the most important part of the show.  Hunter teamed up with Glow Motion to create custom wristbands for the show.  You’re given one when you enter the venue, and have to activate it using the Hunter Hayes App.  We highly recommend downloading the app BEFORE getting to the venue.  You will need to use the wifi to activate the wristband, and having the app already downloaded will save you a lot of time (and internet use, especially in an arena with 1000s of others also trying to get the app!)  The wristbands glow red when you receive them, and will turn green once activated.   If you’re having trouble activating it, find someone with a green glowing wristband!  You have the option to keep the wrist band after the show, with a $10 donation to the USO, which Hunter is supporting during this tour.

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The wristbands lit up in tune with many of the songs, playing off the lights on stage and changing colors to the beat.  It was fun to see the light show extended through the entire crowd, not just on stage.  Our only advice?  Put your hands up!  You’re at a concert, and it’s a lot cooler when everyone can see you light up like the fireworks flying on the fourth of July.

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The Railers and Dan + Shay will be joining the tour starting October 30th.  Check out all of the Tattoo (Your Name) Tour dates HERE and get to a show near you!  A tour lineup doesn’t get much better than this.

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Hunter Hayes Tattoo (Your Name) Tour Wildcard Set List
Storyline
Wild Card
Storm Warning
Secret Love
Somebody’s Heartbreak / Dream Girl
Still Fallin’
More Than I Should
You Think You Know Somebody
Everbody’s Got Somebody But Me
Faith To Fall Back On / Flashlight
Love Too Much
Invisible
Wanted
A Thing About You
Love Makes Me
Tattoo
Better Than This
I Want Crazy

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Be sure to follow Hunter Hayes & Secret Fangirls for more updates!

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THE HEYDAZE Announce NYC Show at Gramercy Theatre!

NYC’s THE HEYDAZE just announced a headlining show at the Gramercy Theatre in December!  Their first headlining show ever over the summer was an advance sell out, so make sure you get tickets early for this one!  Tickets go on sale this Friday, October 31st at 10AM.

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Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
December 19th at 7pm

 
While THE HEYDAZE are a relatively new band, their catchy melodies and lyrical puns have led to prime opening spots on Jesse McCartney’s In Technicolor Tour over the summer, and they’ll be joining Timeflies’ After Hours Tour this week.   They’re definitely an artist to look out for in 2015, and hey don’t you want to be able to say you were at one of their first headlining shows before they blew up?

Listen to their latest single, “Don Juan,” below and head over to their Facebook page for some free jams.  Stay tuned for the music video, which the band recently filmed in LA.

 

Be sure to follow THE HEYDAZE & Secret Fangirls for more updates!
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AJR’s Infinity Tour Stops At The Gramercy Theatre

AJR’s Infinity Tour had a hometown show in NYC on Sunday night at the Gramercy Theatre.   It’s been a while since their last headlining show in the city, and New York welcomed them back with open arms.  The tour is in support of AJR’s new single and EP, “Infinity.”  Their set included all of the tracks from the new EP, and some older favorites like “The World Is A Marble Heart” and “Livin’ On Love.”

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With their smooth harmonies and a little brotherly banter, AJR kept the crowd engaged and dancing throughout the show.  The band is a lot of fun to watch live, especially during”Pitchfork Kids,” which featured a crazy drum off by Jack and Ryan.

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The guys are especially talented when it comes to creating song mashups — a mix of R. Kelly’s “Ignition,” The Beach Boys’ “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass,” and their own “I’m Ready” was a standout.

The show ended with a double encore, as Adam, Jack and Ryan went into the crowd with opening act Minor Soul for an acoustic singalong to “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers, a throwback to their days spent busking around the city, where they honed their performance skills.

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The show was also streamed on Yahoo! Screen with Live Nation.  If you have a chance to see AJR on tour, go!!!  The Infinity Tour is heading to Boston, Philly and upstate New York next.  Check out all of the dates here and pickup a copy of the Infinity EP on iTunes!

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AJR Infinity Tour Setlist
Woody Allen
Married On A Hill
After Hours
Growing Old On Bleecker Street
Ignition/Wouldn’t It Be Nice/All About That Bass/I’m Ready Mashup
Alice By The Hudson
The World Is A Marble Heart
The Green And The Town
Livin’ on Love
3AM
Infinity
Pitchfork Kids
Ho Hey (unplugged cover)
I’m Ready


Be sure to follow AJR & Secret Fangirls for more updates!

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Dan + Shay’s Where It All Began Tour Hits NYC & Philly

Country duo Dan + Shay just wrapped up their first headlining tour, which included a sold-out show at NYC’s Highline Ballroom.  That’s right – a sold out country show in Chelsea.  We’ve been counting down the days to this show since we first found out about it in May, and they did not disappoint.  We can’t say enough good things about them – not only are they talented musicians and performers, they are also extremely kind and generous to their fans.  Luckily we planned to see them again in Philly the next night, and they were just as amazing the second time around!

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The “Where It All Began” tour is in support of their record breaking debut album of the same name, one of our favorites of the year.  Dan + Shay played every song off the album, and the enthusiastic crowd sang along to every word. (You know when some artists are like “now you sing!” and it’s just incoherent mumbling / crickets?  Yeah, that doesn’t happen at a Dan + Shay concert.)  They also let us know that they’ve been working on new music, and played a more recent track, “Partner In Crime.” They did a special unplugged version of “Can’t Say No,” sitting on the edge of the stage like one big campfire singalong.  

Their set also included covers of Def Leopard’s “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” 5SOS “She Looks So Perfect,” and Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite,” proving that they’re just as comfortable playing rock, pop-punk, even hip-hop, as they are country. We’re sure they would have found success in any genre they chose. (Although we’re sure glad they chose country!) 

Dan + Shay are one of a few artists that really leave it all on the stage, night after night.  Shay Mooney has such an incredible voice and range, and his harmonies with Dan Smyers repeatedly gave us chills. One of the things that struck us the most is that you can feel how much they truly love being on stage and performing.  Their genuine excitement and passion is infectious, spreading through the entire crowd.   You can see how much it means to them to have people singing along to their songs, even to their hit first single “19 You + Me,” it’s still the greatest feeling in the world.  

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Dan + Shay Where It All Began Tour Setlist
Somewhere Only We Know
Nothin’ Like You
Stop, Drop, and Roll
Parking Break
Pour Some Sugar On Me/Meet In The Middle (cover)
Party Girl
What You Do To Me
Partner in Crime
She Looks So Perfect (cover)
Show You Off
Free Fallin’ (cover)
Can’t Say No
Close Your Eyes
First Time Feeling
I Heard Goodbye
Dynamite/Moves Like Jagger (cover)
19 You + Me

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Opening act Cam is definitely one to watch – her fun set got the crowd pumped up, as she sang about everything from Fireball Whisky to real country style ( after all, “Country Ain’t Never Been Pretty!”)  One of our favorite songs was one she described as what she sings to herself in the mirror to pump herself up – “Go Get ‘Em, Cam.”

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The Where It All Began Tour just wrapped up in Ohio, but you can see Dan + Shay with Hunter Hayes on the road once again this fall for the Tattoo (Your Name) Tour.  Check out the dates here!   VIP packages are on sale as well, which include a pre-show acoustic session, Q&A, and meet and greet.   

Be sure to follow Dan + Shay and Secret Fangirls for more updates!

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The Friday Five: TV Show Theme Songs

There are some people who hit the skip button on Netflix when marathoning a TV show as soon as the credits start to appear.  We are not those people.  Isn’t part of the fun of a marathon singing along to the theme song every 46 minutes?   Here are some of our favorite TV show theme songs.

1. “I Don’t Want To Wait” – Paula Cole
Theme to “Dawson’s Creek”
Several of the seasons on DVD have a substitute theme song.  We guess Paula Cole didn’t want to be remembered as “the person who sang the ‘Dawson’s Creek’ theme song.”  Way too late. We’ll still burst into “I Don’t Wanna Wait” when the credits start to roll.  And something just feels off with the new theme song, almost like putting in a new cast member.

2. “California” – Phantom Planet
Theme to “The O.C.”
The greatest TV show of all time also has one of the greatest theme songs of all time.  Music was such an important part of the show -and we were thrilled to find out that Seth Cohen had our same taste in music. Raise your hand if you’re still searching for your own Seth Cohen.  So are we.   When we hear any song from the series, we can immediately picture what scene from “The O.C.” it went along with.

3. -“Hey Sandy” – Polaris
Theme to “The Adventures of Pete & Pete”
Did you know that the band Polaris was specifically formed to create the music and theme song for “Pete & Pete?”   The band recently reunited and are out on tour this Fall. Nickelodeon was on point in the 90s with their programming because this show was SO GOOD!  It was also extremely strange but that’s probably why us 90s kids turned out the way we did.  Can we double dog dare someone to get a Petunia tattoo and make her dance?

4.  “Camp Anawanna” – Cast of “Salute Your Shorts”
Theme song to “Salute Your Shorts”
Another Nickelodeon show that was super bizarre but it made us wish our parents sent us to sleep away summer camp.  “Salute Your Shorts” was only on the air for two seasons but it was the best two seasons of our lives!  Bet you still remember all the words to  this TV show theme song/camp fire sing-along.

5. “Boy Meets World” Theme Song
Theme song to “Boy Meets World”
It’s hard to believe that the song we all associate with the series was only added in the later seasons of the show.  The opening credits went through several versions before landing on this one.  The theme song to the series’ spinoff, “Girl Meets World,” is pretty great, too.  It’s good to know I have friends who will always stand by me.

 

We are all fangirls at heart.

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