The Friday Five: Songs Of The Summer

We’re off to the beach for a week and while we’ll never stop fangirling, we won’t be posting.  Here are the songs we’ll be jamming to all week.  Also, it’s Summer y’all!  Go outside and enjoy!

1. Jake Miller – “Rumors”
We’d like to start some rumors with Jake!  There isn’t one song we skip on this surprise EP, and we can probably sing the entire thing by heart already.

2. Austin Mahone – “Dirty Work”
Austin has been busy doing some dirty work for his Mahomies, and it’s worth it!  Y’know this ain’t no 9-5, we’re going sundown to sunrise.  Dirty Work!

3. North of Nine – “Better Off Together”
Jackson Guthy’s voice gets better every time we see North Of Nine live, and his band never fails to bring a grin to our faces during the set.  We’ll ride or die with North Of Nine any day!!

4. Nathan Sykes – “Kiss Me Quick”
Nathan’s voice is what Bruno Mars would call “smoother than a fresh jar of Skippy!”  This song will for sure be on full blast all Summer long.

5. MKTO – “Bad Girls”
We’re suckers for anything with a horn section and MKTO have that covered.  They just dropped an EP with the same name.

Artist to Watch: The Fooo Conspiracy

There’s nothing we love more than boybands … especially when they can dance!   Our latest artist to watch, The Fooo Conspiracy, are not your average boyband.   Band mates Felix, Olly, Omar and Oscar have mastered the art of keeping audiences entertained with their mixture of classic boyband harmonies and choreographed dancing.   But the classically trained dancers actually choreograph their own dance moves and incorporate parkour into their performances!  (We can hear the fangirl screams now!)

The Foo Conspiracy have opened for Justin Bieber and The Vamps, and are currently on the POPNATION! Tour across the US this Summer with After Romeo and The Bomb Digz.    The group is also managed by Johnny Wright, who knows a thing or two about boybands himself:  he’s worked with New Kids on the Block, Justin Timberlake and the Jonas Brothers.

Their latest single, “Run With Us,” will have you dancing along in no time.   Like they sing, the party don’t start till they turn up!  Watch the video below.

If you’re heading to the POPNATION Tour, be sure to catch their high energy set! VIP tickets for the tour are available on the POPNATION! Tour website.  Check out the upcoming dates below.

POPNATION! Tour Ft. The FOOO Conspiracy
July 24th – iPlay America – Freehold, NJ – Buy Tickets
July 25th – The Space – Hamden, CT – Buy Tickets
July 26th – Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY – Buy Tickets
July 30th – Revolution Bar – Amityville, NY – Buy Tickets
Aug 1st – Middle East Downstairs – Boston, MA – Buy Tickets
Aug 2nd – World Café Live Upstairs – Philadelphia, PA – Buy Tickets
Aug 3rd – Mr. Smalls Theater – Pittsburgh, PA – Buy Tickets
Aug 5th – House Of Blues – Cleveland, OH – Buy Tickets
Aug 6th – The Demo – St. Louis, MO – Buy Tickets
Aug 8th – The Garage – Burnsville, MN – Buy Tickets
Aug 12th – Lost Lake Lounge – Denver, CO – Buy Tickets
Aug 15th – The Roxy Theatre – Los Angeles, CA- Buy Tickets
Aug 17th – Voodoo Room – San Diego, CA – Buy Tickets

Be sure to pick up a copy of “Run With Us” on iTunes or Amazon.

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Nathan Sykes Makes US Solo Debut With Sold Out Gramercy Theatre Show

Nathan Sykes made his solo US debut with a sold out show at Gramercy Theatre in New York City last night.  Nathan made a name for himself as the youngest and arguably the strongest vocalist in the British boyband, The Wanted which has since disbanded.  After a few minor set backs like vocal surgery, Nathan is ready to take over the pop world!   He’s armed with a velvety smooth voice and a classic sound that even your parents will love.  And trust us, the man can SING.

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A few hours before the show started, Nathan had tweeted that he was feeling under the weather and he wasn’t sure if he could even make the show.  But he pulled through and sounded incredible!  Nathan still hit every note and gave 110% into his performance.  You never know what to expect from a debut show where the crowd doesn’t know all the songs, but Nathan had the house dancing from start to finish.  In between songs, Nathan announced his debut solo album will be released in January 2016 in the United States.  We can’t wait to hear recorded versions of our favorite songs from last night like “Twist,” “Freedom,” and “Money.”

Nathan Sykes at Gramercy Theatre NYC July 22nd, 2015
Nathan Sykes at Gramercy Theatre NYC July 22nd, 2015

It was a fitting place for Nathan to launch his solo career.  The Wanted played a show at Gramercy Theatre that was “where it all began,” for the band, as Nathan mentioned during the show.  After last night, we’re sure that this is also the start of something new and exciting and we can’t wait to be along for the ride!   We love Nathan’s 60s rat pack style and sound, and the fact that he plays with a full, 8 piece band, including a horn section.  Oh, and did we mention Nathan can DANCE?   It’s always a question mark whether or not a boyband member can go solo, but we just might have another JT.

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Nathan Sykes at NYC’s Gramercy Theatre July 22nd, 2015
Intro
Twist
Freedom
Earned It (cover)
Over And Over Again
Famous
More Than You’ll Ever Know
Money
Kiss Me Quick

Be sure to pick up a copy of “Kiss Me Quick” on iTunes or Amazon.

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Carly Rae Jepsen Releases “Run Away With Me” Video

Carly Rae Jepsen knows how to craft a hit song and make a cute video.  “Run Away With Me” shows off Carly Rae’s fun-loving, adventurous life as she goofs around and plays tourist in Paris, New York and Tokyo!  The video matches the romantic feeling of the song, making you feel like she took you on the best vacation of your life: dancing on NYC subway platforms, taking in Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower, and singing karaoke in true Tokyo fashion.

Carly Rae’s 80’s inspired, synth heavy sound on her new album, “EM.O.TION” is just what we’ve been wanting for this summer!

Watch the video for “Run Away With Me” below.

Preorder your copy of “EM.O.TION” on iTunes or Amazon now.

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Watch Hilary Duff’s “My Kind” Music Video

Hilary Duff is ready to take over your playlists this summer with her brand new song “My Kind.”  The synth heavy, Latin inspired track is perfect for those hot nights you just want to dance in the Summer rain.   The video follows Hilary from a songwriting session to dance rehearsal, which we can only hope is for an upcoming tour!

Watch the video for “My Kind” below.

Pick up a copy of “Breathe In. Breathe Out” on iTunes or Amazon.

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Maddie & Tae Announce “Start Here Tour”

Country darlings Maddie & Tae are going on tour this Fall!  They’re bringing Levi Hummon along to get the party started early.  This is Maddie & Tae’s first major headlining tour, in support of their debut album “Start Here,” out on August 28th.   The duo have had lots of experience on the road this Summer, opening for Dierks Bentley on the Sounds of Summer Tour with Canaan Smith and Kip Moore.  Tickets for the Fall tour go on sale Friday, July 24th at 10 am local venue time.

Check out the dates below!

“Start Here Tour” Ft. Maddie & Tae
Oct 7th – Highline Ballroom – New York, NY – Buy Tickets
Oct 8th – Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA – Buy Tickets
Oct 10th – Asylum – Portland, ME – Buy Tickets
Oct 15th – Cotton Eyed Joe’s – Knoxville, TN – Buy Tickets
Oct 16th – Amos’ Southend – Charlotte, NC – Buy Tickets
Oct 17th – Track 29 – Chattanooga, TN – Buy Tickets
Oct 22nd – Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa, OK – Buy Tickets
Oct 23rd – Banita Creek Hall – Nacogdoches, TX – Buy Tickets
Oct 24th – House Of Blues – Houston, TX – Buy Tickets
Nov 5th – Boondock’s Pub – Springfield, IL – Buy Tickets
Nov 6th – Saint Andrew’s Hall – Detroit, MI – Buy Tickets
Nov 7th – Joe’s Bar – Chicago, IL – Buy Tickets

Pre-order a copy of “Start Here” on iTunes or Amazon.

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Kacey Musgraves Brings Southern Style to The Paramount in Huntington, NY

Country star Kacey Musgraves served up some Southern style at The Paramount Theater in Long Island, NY over the weekend.  She performed tracks from her new album, “Pageant Material,” which was just released last month, along with hits from the Grammy winning “Same Trailer, Different Park.”  We love Kacey’s style – her set was made to look like a sunset over the Texan desert, complete with neon cactus lights.  Her 5 piece band wore their signature light up suit jackets, and played everything from the steel guitar to the upright bass to the banjo.   They joined Kacey at the front of the stage at the end of the evening for “My House,” doing a little do-si-do.

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Throughout the evening, Kacey showed off her vocal range and clever songwriting skills.   Other highlights of her set included a country version of TLC’s “No Scrubs” and a cover of Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart,” which Kacey penned.  She also filled the audience in on the inspiration for some of the tracks on her new album.  When she was 11 a crazy stage mom called her a “dime store cowgirl,” which Kacey ended up turning into a song.  She gave a  shout out to her “momma” who was in attendance.  We’re sure that even though Kacey’s “not Pageant Material” she’s still proud!

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The crowd was singing along to every word, even the newer material.  Kacey took time near the end of the set to individually point out and thank fans in the crowd (by name!)   Some had made her unique gifts, others had been to countless shows, and a young girl had asked Kacey to sign her guitar before the show.

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She closed out the show with an encore that began with a solo acoustic performance of “Cup of Tea” before her hit “Follow Your Arrow.”  Kacey came back out wearing light up boots for a country version of “These Boots Are Made For Walking” which had the whole venue rocking.   She thanked the crowd one final time and wished them safe travels before doing an acapella version of “Happy Trails” with her band.

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Setlist
High Time
Stupid
Blowin’ Smoke
This Town
Biscuits
Good Ol’ Boys Club
Family is Family
The Trailer Song
Pageant Material
Dime Store Cowgirl
Mama’s Broken Heart
No Scrubs
It Is What It Is
Late to the Party
Step Off
Merry Go ‘Round
My House
Cup of Tea
Follow Your Arrow
These Boots Are Made For Walkin’
Happy Trails

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