The Friday Five: #Merica Playlist

Happy 4th of July!  To help celebrate America’s birthday, here are our picks for a perfect #MERICA playlist!

1. Canaan Smith – “American Muscle”
Literally though, this song just screams #Merica!

2. Dierks Bentley – “Sounds Of Summer”
It’s the dust in the air and the freedom everywhere

3. Thomas Rhett – “All American Middle Class White Boy”
Because this is what #Merica was built on.

4. A Thousand Horses – “Southernality”
“Red, White, Blue, and FREE”

5. Miley Cyrus – “Party In The U.S.A”
Sorry Miley, this song will be on every #Merica playlist until the end of time!

Austin Mahone Premieres “Dirty Work”

REJOICE!!! Austin Mahone finally released new music for us just in time for the long holiday weekend!  The One Man Boyband’s new single, “Dirty Work” is filled to the brim with funky rhythms, a squealing horn section, and the smooth vocals we’ve come to love from Austin.  The track is so much fun – it’s soon to be Number 1 on your Summer playlist!

Listen to “Dirty Work” below and be sure to pick up a copy on iTunes or Amazon!

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Heffron Drive’s “Happy Mistakes Unplugged Tour” Swings Into NYC

Heffron Drive kicked off their Summer mini-tour last night in front of a sold out crowd at NYC’s Webster Hall.  The tour is in support of the “Happy Mistakes Unplugged” album that bandmates Kendall Schmidt and Dustin Belt released earlier this year.   They played the full album from start to finish on acoustic guitars, bringing their full band along for the show.  The enthusiastic crowd sang along to every word.   You could tell it was an album they had lived with for a while.  Kendall and Dustin were appreciative of their support, thanking them for being there and that they could tell the crowd appreciated the band coming out as well.  It was a love fest all around.

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When it comes to crowd interaction, artists either have it or they don’t.  Heffron Drive completely nailed it, responding to whatever the crowd shouted out without missing a beat, having small conversations with fans near the stage, and taking time to introduce each song.  It made the show seem even more personal and intimate.

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Highlights of the set included a stripped down performance of “Could Be Home,” which Kendall performed solo.  He said he wanted to have at least one track on the album that had “one vocal, one guitar, one take.”   More up-tempto tracks like “Had To Be Panama” and “Nicotine” had the whole place rocking, acoustic or not.  The album features a duet with Kendall’s Big Time Rush bandmate Logan Henderson, who sadly wasn’t available for the show to sing his part.  But no worries – the crowd filled in for his parts on “Passing Time” just fine!

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Setlist
Happy Mistakes
Parallel
Division of the Heart
Had to Be Panama
Nicotine
Art of Moving On
Passing Time
Could Be Home
Everything Has Changed

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Check out the rest of Heffron Drive’s tour dates HERE and pickup a copy of “Happy Mistakes Unplugged” on iTunes now!  Watch their video of “Division of the Heart” below.

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The Struts Announce US Tour

The Struts are ready to take over America this fall!  This UK rock ‘n’ roll band have been creating quite a buzz around themselves, while bringing the glam back to rock and roll!

The band will be hitting the road, framing this run of dates with two huge festivals – Made In America in Philly, and Voodoo Festival down in New Orleans.  Check out the string of dates below.

The Struts US Tour
Sept 5th – Made In America Fest – Philadelphia, PA – Buy Tickets
Sept 13th – Freedom Hill Amphitheatre – Sterling Heights,  MI – Buy Tickets
Sept 15th – Schuba’s – Chicago, IL – Buy Tickets
Oct 19th – The Earl – Atlanta, GA – Buy Tickets
Oct 21st – DC9 – Washington, D.C. – Buy Tickets
Oct 23rd – Ortlieb’s Lounge – Philadelphia, PA – Buy Tickets
Oct 24th – Mercury Lounge – New York, NY – Buy Tickets
Oct 26th – Iron Works – Buffalo, NY – Buy Tickets
Oct 29th – Duck Room – St. Louis, MI – Buy Tickets
Oct 31st – Voodoo Festival – New Orleans, LA – Buy Tickets

Pick up a copy of The Struts debut album “Everybody Wants” on iTunes or Amazon.

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Hanson Announce Roots And Rock’N’Roll Tour

Hanson are going on tour again but this time, it’s going to be a little different.  The band of brothers will be playing two shows in each city, on the same ticket.   On night 1, the band will only play cover songs and rock out.  On night 2, Hanson will play their own iconic hits and celebrate the release of their new beer, “Mmmhops Pale Ale” with their most dedicated fans.  Tickets will only be sold as a 2-night package and pre-sales are available now on Hanson.net.  General on sales begin July 10th for this once in a lifetime tour!   Check out the tour dates below.

Hanson Roots And Rock’N’Roll Tour
Oct 7th & 8th – House Of Blues – Chicago, IL – Buy Tickets
Oct 10th & 11th – Phoenix Concert Theatre – Toronto, ON – Buy Tickets
Oct 13th & 14th – House Of Blues – Cleveland, OH – Buy Tickets
Oct 16th & 17th – Irving Plaza – New York, NY – Buy Tickets
Oct 19th & 20th – Center Stage – Atlanta, GA – Buy Tickets
Oct 22nd & 23rd – House Of Blues – New Orleans, LA – Buy Tickets
Oct 24 & 25th – House Of Blues – Dallas, TX – Buy Tickets
Oct 29th & 30th – Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR – Buy Tickets
Nov 1st & 2nd – The Fonda Theatre – Los Angeles, CA – Buy Tickets
Nov 3rd 7 4th – The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA – Buy Tickets

Watch the video for “MMMBop!”

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