Interview Before You Exit

There’s just something magical about a musical band of brothers, from Hanson to Jonas Brothers to AJR.  Brothers Connor, Toby and Riley McDonough formed Before You Exit in their hometown of Orlando, and have a knack for crafting catchy pop tunes with infectious harmonies.  They’ve opened up for artists like The Vamps and Fifth Harmony, and won the Macy’s and iHeartRadio Rising Star campaign in 2014.   BYE just dropped their new EP, “All The Lights.”

Before You Exit just dropped their new EP, “All The Lights,” and are heading out on tour in support.  The tour kicks off in Philadelphia this weekend, with special guest Christina Grimmie.  We caught up with Connor and talked about their upcoming tour, new music and who they would fangirl over.  Read our interview below and check out Before You Exit at a show near you this Summer! What can fans expect from your upcoming “All The Lights” tour?
Connor McDonough: Fans can definitely expect a high energy and exciting show. We’ve done our best to combine our older music and the new music to put on the best show possible. Can’t wait to get back on the road and see everyone.:)

Do you have any pre-concert rituals?
We always do a little huddle with the whole band and crew. We always make sure we do that and then yell “123, BYE!” before every show.

What artist would you fangirl over if you met?
We would all love to meet John Mayer. He’s definitely been an inspiration for us since we were really young.

What song did you have the most fun writing or recording on the “All The Lights” EP?
That’s hard to say honestly. Every song was different and is unique for its own reason. One of our favorites though was When I’m Gone because of how it came together. The song originally started out as a ballad but after one mistake we ended up singing it over this track we had built and it worked perfectly.

What would be your walk on song if you were a professional athlete?
‘Eye of the Tiger.’ That was our anthem when we were younger and it’s a great hype song.

What artists would you love to collaborate with?
Off the top of our heads we’d love to collab with Maroon 5, the 1975, or John Mayer but the list could go on forever. We have so many people we’d love to work with and hopefully will someday.

What’s your favorite song to perform live?
Of the new music, ‘When I’m Gone’ or ‘Other Kids’. They both have an energy that is so fun and upbeat.

Is there anything you’d like to say to your fans?
We love you all and thanks for reading:) xo

Before You Exit “All The Lights” Tour with Christina Grimmie
May 29 – The Foundry – Philadelphia, PA – Buy Tickets
May 30 – Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA – Buy Tickets
May 31 – Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY – Buy Tickets
June 2 – The Loft – Lansing, MI – Buy Tickets
June 4 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL – Buy Tickets
June 5 – Mod Club – Toronto, ON – Buy Tickets
June 8 – Rock & Roll Hotel – Washington, D.C. – Buy Tickets
June 9 – Vinyl – Atlanta, GA – Buy Tickets
June 10 – The Plaza Live – Orlando, FL – Buy Tickets
June 15 – The Chapel – San Francisco, CA – Buy Tickets
June 17 – Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA – Buy Tickets

Pickup a copy of the “All The Lights” EP on iTunes now so you can sing along on tour!

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Tennis Tuesday: Roland Garros Week 1

After a rainy start, we made it through the 1st round of Roland Garros!  Here’s what you might have missed.

Roland Garros 101
Where to watch:  Tennis Channel and Tennis Channel Plus, NBC
Main draw play runs daily through the finals on Sunday, June 5th.
Social Media: #RG16 @rolandgarros

Murray, Wawrinka Survive Scares
Both Andy Murray and defending champ Stan Wawrinka were pushed to 5 sets in their opening round matches.  Murray’s 37-year-old opponent Radek Stepanek, who made it through qualifying, was impressive but couldn’t cross the finish line.  If Wawrinka had lost, it would have been the 1st time the defending champion lost in the 1st round at Roland Garros.

Matchy matchy #RG16

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Seeds Out In Round 1
Marin Cilic, Fabio Fognini, Kevin Anderson, Phillip Kohlschreiber, and Stevie Johnson all lost their opening round matches.   And while he’s not seeded at this tournament, another disappointing loss from Grigor Dimitrov to Victor Troicki in 5 sets.

Nadal Off To Winning Start
Rafa was impressive in his defeat of Australian Sam Groth 6-1, 6-1, 6-1, in just 80 minutes.  And he just casually hit this tweener winner.

2nd Round Matches To Watch
We’re looking forward to Jack Sock vs Dustin Brown and Borna Coric vs Bernard Tomic.

Raw emotion. #RG16

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#Merica Status Update
Jack Sock, John Isner and Bjorn Frantangelo all advanced to the 2nd round.   Stevie Johnson, Sam Querrey, Taylor Fritz, Brian Baker are all out of singles action.

Roof Coming in 2020
With the US Open debuting its completed roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium this year, Roland Garros will be the only slam without a roof.  Not for much longer!  Tournament directors announced they will have a roof on Court Philippe Chatrier by 2020.  While this is great for rain delays, how about some stadium lights so players don’t have to stop when it gets dark? (while rain is frequent, it does get dark every single night…)

Doubles Action Starts Wednesday
There are lots of doubles matches on the schedule for Wednesday, including reigning US Open champs and hometeam Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut.  Mahut has a chance of reaching the #1 ranking in doubles during Roland Garros.  #ALLEZ  Other pairs to watch include the Bryan Brothers, who just won the title in Rome, and Steve Johnson and Sam Querrey, who just won their 1st title as a team in Geneva.

Shawn Mendes To Release “Better” 6/3

After Shawn Mendes crushed his performance of “Stitches” at the Billboard Music Awards, he dropped some huge news!  He’ll be releasing a new single, “Better”, on June 3rd!  The big surprise came during commercial breaks, and a Shazam of Shawn’s commerical led to a video with the trailer for the song. Watch it below!  #Better63 #FANGIRLING #IsItJune3rd

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DNCE Release “Toothbrush” Video

Your new favorite band, DNCE, just dropped the music video for their new single, “Toothbrush.”  The video features model Ashley Graham almost literally leaving a toothbrush at Joe’s apartment in the steamy new video.  Watch it below!

Pickup a copy of the “SWAAY” EP on iTunes now and catch DNCE on the Revival Tour with Selena Gomez all Summer long!

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The Stolen Announce “I’m So Dead Tour” With Mike Schiavo

If you’re kicking yourself for missing The Stolen on tour earlier this year (or you need to see them again ASAP, we totally get it) you’re in luck!  The band just announced dates for a new headlining tour this Summer.  They’re hitting the road in July with Mike Schiavo, with dates across the country ending with a show in NYC July 28th.   The guys are a lot of fun live, you don’t want to miss out!   Watch our interview to get to know The Stolen and check out the dates below!

The Stolen “I’m So Dead” Tour Summer 2016 
July 3rd – Middle East – Boston, MA – Buy Tickets
July 5th – The Voltage Lounge – Philadelphia, PA – Buy Tickets
July 6th – Amityville Music Hall – Amityville, NY – Buy Tickets
July 7th – The Space – Hamden, CT – Buy Tickets
July 8th – Funk N Waffles – Syracuse, NY – Buy Tickets
July 9th – Harmony House – Rochester, NY – Buy Tickets
July 10th – Evening Star – Niagara Falls, NY – Buy Tickets
July 11th – The Smiling Moose – Pittsburgh, PA – Buy Tickets
July 12th – The Out Post – Kent, OH – Buy Tickets
July 13th – Woodlands Tavern – Columbus, OH – Buy Tickets
July 14th – The Ritz – Detroit, MI – Buy Tickets
July 15th – The Wire – Chicago, IL – Buy Tickets
July 16th – Fubar – St. Louis, MO – Buy Tickets
July 17th – Broomwagon – Lexington, KY – Buy Tickets
July 18th – Rocketown – Nashville, TN – Buy Tickets
July 19th – The Prophet Bar – Dallas, TX – Buy Tickets
July 20th – Walter’s – Houston, TX – Buy Tickets
July 22nd – Will’s Pub – Orlando, FL – Buy Tickets
July 23rd – Under The Couch – Atlanta, GA – Buy Tickets
July 25th – Canal Club – Richmond, VA – Buy Tickets
July 27th – Dingbatz – Clifton, NJ – Buy Tickets
July 28th – Santos Party House – New York, NY – Buy Tickets


Watch The Stolen’s video for “Can’t Get Enough” and pickup a copy of the “I’m So Dead” EP on iTunes so you can singalong this Summer!

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Andy Grammer Announces Tour with Gavin DeGraw

It’s good to be alive right about now because Andy Grammer just announced a huge tour with his friend Gavin DeGraw!  It’s been a minute since Andy’s gone out on a full tour and we are so excited for this!  If you can’t wait until the Fall to see him, Andy is playing the post-game concert for the New York Mets on June 18th.  Get all the info here and check out the tour dates below.

Andy Grammer Summer/Fall 2016 Tour
Aug 12th – The Wharf – Orange Beach, AL – Buy Tickets
Aug 13th – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – Alpharetta, GA – Buy Tickets
Aug 14th-  Tuscaloosa Amphitheater – Tuscaloosa, AL – Buy Tickets
Aug 16th – Charter Amphitheater – Simpsonville, SC – Buy Tickets
Aug 17th – Volvo Cars Stadium – Charleston, SC – Buy Tickets
Aug 19th – Calvert Marine Museum –  Solomons, MD – Buy Tickets
Aug 20th – Merriweather Post Pavilion – Columbia, MD – Buy Tickets
Aug 21st – Bank of NH Pavilion – Gilford, NH – Buy Tickets
Aug 23rd – Tanglewood – Lenox, MA – Buy Tickets
Aug 24th – Marvin Sands PAC – Canadaigua, NY – Buy Tickets
Aug 27th – Ravinia Fest – Highland Park, IL – Buy Tickets
Aug 28th – Bethel Woods – Bethel, NY – Buy Tickets
Aug 31st – Cape Cod Melody Tent – Hayannis, MA – Buy Tickets
Sept 1st – Maine State Pier – Portland, ME – Buy Tickets
Sept 2nd – Jazz Aspen Snowmass – Aspen, CO – Buy Tickets
Sept 3rd – Freeman Foundation – Selbyville, DE – Buy Tickets
Sept 5th – Alaska State Fair – Palmer, AK – Buy Tickets
Sept  6th – Fraze Pavilion – Kettering, OH – Buy Tickets
Sept 7th – Meijer Gardens – Grand Rapids, MI – Buy Tickets
Sept 9th – Kansas State Fair – Hutchinson, KS – Buy Tickets
Sept 11th – Clay County Fair – Spencer, IA – Buy Tickets
Sept 12th – Wente Vinyards – Livermore, CA – Buy Tickets
Sept 13th – Mountain View Winery – Saratoga, CA – Buy Tickets
Sept 15th – Greek Theatre – Los Angeles, CA – Buy Tickets
Sept 17th – Thundervalley Casino – Lincoln, CA – Buy Tickets
Sept 19th – Gallo Center for the Arts – Modesto, CA – Buy Tickets
Sept 20th – Britt Fest – Jacksonville, OR – Buy Tickets
Sept 21st – NW Concert Center – Puyallup, WA – Buy Tickets
Sept 23rd – The Salt Air – Magna, UT – Buy Tickets
Sept 24th – 1st Bank Center – Broomfield, CO – Buy Tickets
Sept 26th – Sumtur Amphitheater – Papillon, NE – Buy Tickets
Sept 27th – Peabody Opera House – St. Louis, MO – Buy Tickets
Sept 30th – Mystic Lake Casino – Prior Lake, MN – Buy Tickets
Oct 1st – Four Winds Casino – New Buffalo, MI – Buy Tickets
Oct 3rd – Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN – Buy Tickets
Oct 4th – WD Packard Music Hall – Warren, OH – Buy Tickets
Oct 5th – Express Live – Columbus, OH – Buy Tickets
Oct 6th – FM Kirby Center – Wilkes-Barre, PA – Buy Tickets
Oct 8th – The Stanely – Utica, NY – Buy Tickets
Oct 9th – Santander PAC – Reading, PA – Buy Tickets
Oct 10th – Providence PAC – Providence, RI – Buy Tickets
Oct 11th – Palace Theater – Albany, NY – Buy Tickets
Oct 13th – Hammerstein Ballroom – New York, NY – Buy Tickets
Oct 15th – Orpheum Theater – Boston, MA – Buy Tickets
Oct 17th – Starland Ballroom – Sayerville, NJ – Buy Tickets
Oct 18th – Mayo PAC – Morristown, NJ – Buy Tickets
Oct 19th – The Fillmore – Philadelphia, PA – Buy Tickets
Oct 23rd – Whitney Hall – Louisville, KY – Buy Tickets
Oct 25th – South Side Ballroom –  Dallas, TX – Buy Tickets
Oct 26th – Revention Music Center – Houston, TX – Buy Tickets
Oct 28th – Arizona State Fair – Phoenix, AZ – Buy Tickets
Oct 29th – Chelsea Theater – Las Vegas, NV – Buy Tickets
Nov 2nd – Shreveport Municipal Auditorium – Shreveport, LA – Buy Tickets
Nov 3rd – ACL Moody Theater – Austin, TX – Buy Tickets
Nov 6th – Hard Rock Live – Orlando, FL – Buy Tickets
Nov 7th – Barbara B. Mann PAH – Ft. Myers, FL – Buy Tickets
Nov 9th – Mizner Park Amphitheater – Boca Raton, FL – Buy Tickets

Grab a copy of Andy Grammer’s album “Magazines or Novels” on iTunes or Amazon.

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Tennis Tuesday: Roland Garros Preview

The second slam of the year is already underway, with qualifying action starting yesterday in Paris.  Here’s our list of everything you need to know!

Roland Garros 101
Where to watch:  Tennis Channel and Tennis Channel Plus
Draws will be revealed on Friday, May 20th
Main draw play starts Sunday, May 22nd daily through the finals on Sunday, June 5th.
Social Media: #RG16 @rolandgarros

Novak Djokovic Aiming for Career Slam 
While it seems like Djokovic has won pretty much everything over the last few years, there is 1 title that has eluded him – the French Open.  He beat Rafa in the Quarterfinals last year, then lost to an inspired Stan Wawrinka in the final.  Could this be the year he completes the career slam in Paris?

#mornings #madrid ☀️😃🌳

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Rafa Going for #10
One man likely standing in Djokovic’s way is Rafael Nadal, the 9 time champion.  While Djokovic currently owns their head-to-head, Rafa has been re-gaining confidence and their last meeting in Madrid was close.

9 finals. 9 titles. 9 days. #RG16

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 #NextGen Americans To Watch
Taylor Fritz is playing in the main draw of Roland Garros for the 1st time, with his ranking high enough for direct entry.   Several Americans advanced through the first round of qualifying, including Frances Tiafoe, Ryan Harrison, and Jared Donaldson.  Tommy Paul, who defeated Fritz in the 2015 Junior Roland Garros final, also advanced on day 1.   Bjorn Frantangelo, winner of the USTA’s French Open wild card challenge, also received direct entry to the main draw.

It’s been a fun couple of years for doubles, with different teams winning each slam.  We’re sure the hometown team of Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut will get tons of support – they’ve already won 3 Masters titles this year.  The Bryan Brothers just won the title in Rome, defeating Jack Sock and Vasek Pospisil in the final.

Semi final #tomorrow #allez Demie finale #demain #vamos @montecarlorolexmastersofficial 🎾

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Vive Le France!
The last time a Frenchman won Roland Garros was Yannick Noah in 1983.  We’d love to see another French player win the title.  One thing is for sure – the French players are always entertaining to watch!  Gael Monfils, Richard Gasquet, Benoit Paire, Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, Gilles Simon & more.  ALLEZ!

Davis cup dinner 🇫🇷🇫🇷 @tsongaofficiel @iamgaelmonfils #guadeloupe #daviscup #teamfrance

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