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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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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.

 

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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


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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.   

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Walk The Moon Release Official Video For “Shut Up And Dance”

Ohio four piece Walk The Moon are exploding with youthful energy as they make the rounds on their Shut Up And Tour 2014 which only has a few more dates left.   The band just released the official video for their latest single “Shut Up And Dance” and it’s filled with 80s vibes, sweet dance moves, and even a groovy white suit!

Watch the video for “Shut Up And Dance” below.

Walk The Moon will also be performing at Brooklyn Bowl in New York on November 3rd as part of StubHub’s Next Stage Concert Series to support Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation.

Pre-order Walk The Moon’s new album HERE.

Pick up a copy of “Shut Up And Dance” on iTunes and Amazon now.

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The Vamps Announce Australian Tour with AJR

The Vamps just announced a huge Australian tour next January and they’re bringing NYC indie pop band AJR with them!  The Vamps are fresh off their first headlining UK arena tour, and the band just won three BBC Radio1 Teen Awards – Best British Breakthrough, Best British Group, and Best British Single.

Tickets are on sale now, and we suggest getting them ASAP.  The Vamps just sold out the massive O2 Arena in London,  and AJR’s “I’m Ready” has gone Platinum in Australia.  This is a lineup you don’t want to miss!  Check out all of the tour dates below.

The Vamps & AJR Australian Tour Dates 
Jan 23rd – Hordern Pavilion – Sydney – Buy Tickets
Jan 24th – Festival Hall – Melbourne – Buy Tickets
Jan 26th – Riverstage – Brisbane – Buy Tickets
Jan 28th – Entertainment Centre Theatre – Adelaide – Buy Tickets
Jan 30th – HBF Stadium – Perth – Buy Tickets

Watch The Vamps official video for their latest single, “Hurricane,” below.

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Nick & Knight Live At The Best Buy Theater in NYC

Nick Carter and Jordan Knight brought their duet project, Nick & Knight, to the Best Buy Theater in New York City on Friday night and it was everything we could have imagined and more for two boy band members teaming up for an album and tour.

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During the concert, Jordan kept picking on Nick for being a trooper and powering through the concert even though Nick had almost lost his voice and was having a hard time singing.  That didn’t slow down his dance moves though, which he showcased in their terrific 90s medley mid-concert.  We might be biased but the best part of the concert might have been that cover of Ginuwine’s “Pony” that had the audience screaming with delight – like it was 1996 all over again! Watch their 90s medley below, which on its own is worth the price of admission.

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Nick and Jordan slowed things down a little when they broke out an acoustic guitar and keyboard to sing one of the most heartfelt songs on the album – “Halfway There.”  Making sure to give their larger than life fans the right stuff, Nick and Jordan also covered their boy band hits “I Want It That Way” and “Step By Step.”

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While we’re sad Jordan didn’t sing “Stingy” (Donnie was busy filming his TV show on Friday night), the sold out audience was treated to “Give It To You” and “Larger Than Life” featuring Nick Carter on the electric guitar.

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Watch Nick & Knight sing “Paper” live below.

Catch Nick & Knight when they roll through your town.  You won’t forget it!    Check out the rest of the tour dates HERE.

Pick up a copy of their album on iTunes or Amazon now.

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