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The Friday Five: The Best New Imported Bands

It’s time for another Friday Five!  This week we’re looking at our favorite freshly imported bands, hailing from the UK, Australia and even New Zealand.

1. The Vamps
Shout out to Ciara Bravo for introducing us to The Vamps about a year ago on Twitter!  We clicked on the video for “Can We Dance” and loved their fun sound and video.  They recently had a sold out show at NYC’s Gramercy Theatre, their first US headlining show ever.  Their debut album will be released on April 14th in the UK.  We’re still waiting on a US release date, but we hear The Vamps will be back stateside in May!  Stay tuned for more details.  You can get their single, “Wildheart,” on iTunes now!

2. The Strypes
We just discovered The Strypes last week, when we randomly decided to look them up after seeing them in a BBM ad in Rolling Stone.    The quartet hails from Ireland, and although they are just 16-18 years old, their music sounds way beyond their years.   They remind us of acts like The Hives and The Strokes, and draw their influences from The Yardbirds and early Rolling Stones.  Of course, we realized that we missed their sold out show at NYC’s Bowery Ballroom by a mere 5 days.  We hope they’ll be back soon!   They just booked a performance on The Late Show with David Letterman, and their debut album, “Snapshot,” was just released in the US on March 18th.  Download it now on iTunes or Amazon!

3. 5SOS
As said on last week’s New Girl, “Are you Australian, or from heaven?”  5SOS hails from Australia, and sold out their first US headlining tour in a matter of minutes.  The Stars, Stripes and Maple Syrup Tour kicks off in April! With influences (and friends) like All Time Low, Green Day, and Blink-182, 5SOS are definitely the pop punk band we’ve been looking for since 2008.  We can only hope they strike gold in America! We think that pop punk is more about how you view life and less about your melodies and bass lines. The common thread and bottom line: they don’t take life too seriously and sometimes (read: 82% of the time) it’s totally okay to act like you’re 17 and hear “You should start acting your age” from your friends…to which you should always answer “What’s my age again?”

4. Bastille
This UK rock band have been making a huge splash Stateside. Their fourth single, “Pompeii” has been taking over the radio, spawning covers left and right. With a reissue of their debut album, Bastille are poised to be the big rock group for 2014. The band start a US spring tour in three days, starting in Chicago and ending their run at The Governors Ball in NYC in June. Get all the dates HERE and pick up a copy of “Bad Blood” on iTunes now!

5.  Titanium
Otherwise known as New Zealand’s First Boy Band.  Feeling left out of the fine world of  boy bands, a NZ Radio Station, The Edge, held a competition to form the country’s first.   Contestants went through a “boy band bootcamp,” where they practiced their dance moves, harmonies, and likely saying their band name in unison.  Titanium later broke a record by being the first act in New Zealand to have 3 singles in the Top 40 at the same time – just shows you how deprived they were of the magic of the boy band!  And we’re talking legit boy bands here.  Titanium even hooked up with America’s boy band, Big Time Rush, to write a few songs for their album.  We’re still holding out for a Titanium / Big Time Rush tour in the US!

Bonus:  Flight of the Conchords, because it’s impossible to write about the music of New Zealand without thinking of the country’s “almost award winning 4th most popular folk music duo.”

 

The Friday Five: Albums We’re Looking Forward To in 2014

It’s Friday and that means it’s time for The Friday Five! This week, we’re picking five upcoming albums that we are totally excited to hear. So, let’s get started!!!

1. AJR – Title and Release Date TBD
AJR’s unique sound makes us excited about music again! The indie pop band, comprised of brothers Adam, Jack and Ryan Met, are the true definition of an independent, DIY artist.  We’ve loved every song we’ve heard from them so far (seriously, it’s impossible to pick a favorite), and can’t wait to hear more!  They’re tentatively naming their debut album “Living Room,” as much of the album was written, produced and recorded from their parents’ living room in NYC.  The album should be released sometime this Spring.  Are you ready?

While you wait for the album, make sure to download their EP 6foot1!

2. Hunter Hayes – “Storyline” (due May 6th)
Hunter is another artist who makes us excited about music again. The multi-talented singer not only wrote or co-wrote every track on his self-titled debut, he also played the 30+ instruments used in the recording.  We had the opportunity to attend his “Encore” release concert at Webster Hall last summer, and were blown away by his musicianship.   We’re thrilled to finally be seeing Hunter live again on the “We’re Not Invisible Tour,” and for his new album, “Storyline!”   And have you heard about how you can be a part of Hunter’s attempt to break the world record for most concerts in 24-hours?

You can pre-order “Storyline” now and get an instant download of the tracks “Invisible” and “Wild Card!” 

3. Dan + Shay – “Where It All Began” (due April 1st)
We hadn’t heard of country duo Dan + Shay until they were announced as the opening act on Hunter Hayes’ “We’re Not Invisible Tour,” but it was love at first listen when we heard their single “19 You + Me.”  The duo met last year in Nashville, and started writing together the next day.   If the rest of their album is anywhere near as good as the tracks they’ve released so far, including “What You Do To Me” and “Show You Off,” we may have our new favorite summer album.

You can pre-order their debut album, “Where It All Began,” now and get an instant download of all 3 tracks!

4. Austin Mahone – Title and Release Date TBD
It’s hard to believe that after releasing so many hit singles, we STILL don’t know when Austin’s debut album will be released.  Austin just wrapped up his first headlining tour with MTV, and we’re hoping we’ll have an announcement for a new tour and album before the summer!

Be sure to follow Austin on Twitter for updates and get his latest single, “MMM Yeah” on iTunes!

5. The Vamps – Title TBA  (due April 14th in the UK; US Date TBD)
Unfortunately for now there is no US release date for this album, but we are eagerly awaiting the release date!    We love The Vamps energetic sound and after a very solid set at their headlining show in NYC, we’re looking forward to hearing more!

While we wait for an official US release date, you can pickup their single Wild Heart on iTunes!

The Friday Five: Summer Tours That We Are Super Excited For

1. Hunter Hayes – “We Are Not Invisible Tour” feat. Dan+Shay, and Danielle Bradbery
It’s no secret that we are completely obsessed with Hunter Hayes (and Dan+Shay for that matter) but this tour tops this week’s Friday Five. Even better, Hunter is trying to set a world record for most concerts played in 24 hours AND it’s all in the country music deprived Northeast!! Click HERE for dates and ticket info.

2. Backstreet Boys – “In A World Like This Tour”
This morning, BSB announced they will be touring North America with Avril Lavigne. We are totally hyped on that lineup because who didn’t love “Sk8r Boi” the first time around?!  Click HERE for dates and ticket info and visit BackstreetBoys.com for VIP packages, upgrades, and fan club pre-sales.

3. 5SOS – “Stars Stripes and Maple Syrup Tour” feat. Jackson Guthy
Aussie band 5 Seconds Of Summer announced their highly anticipated North American tour and it sold out in minutes and tickets keep popping up for $300 on StubHub for the shows! They don’t even have an album out yet and already selling out concerts? That’s crazy. For ticket info and all of the dates, click HERE!

4. Bruno Mars – “Moonshine Jungle Tour 2014”
We all love “The Lazy Song” and “When I Was Your Man”, and who DIDN’T love his halftime performance!?? Don’t miss your chance to have Bruno croon his way into your heart forever on his upcoming summer tour! Get all of the dates and ticket info HERE.

5. Goo Goo Dolls Summer Tour feat. Daughtry and The Plain White T’s
In keeping with the 90s-00s nostalgia, the Goo Goo Dolls decided to go on another summer tour! This time they’re bringing Daughtry out with them. (we tried to sing one of their songs but it turns out we kept singing Nickleback….hey! kinda the same thing, right?) Click HERE for all of the dates and for ticket information.

The Friday Five: Our Favorite Songs of the Week

Happy Friday!  Here’s what we’ve been listening to this week.

5.  Demi Lovato – “Trainwreck”
We’re seeing the Neon Lights Tour tonight, and hoping that she’ll bring back this classic from her first album

4. Justin Timberlake – “Murder”/”Poison” Mashup
If you haven’t caught JT’s 20/20 Experience Tour yet, what are you waiting for?  This mashup of “Murder” and Bell Biv Devoe’s “Poison” is a highlight in the nearly 3-hour show.

3.  Austin Mahone – “Till I Find You”
We caught Austin’s Artist to Watch Tour at Hammerstein Ballroom this week, and immediately fell in love with this song.  It sounds like something NSYNC could have released, which is always a good thing!  But Austin (the one man boy band) has yet another winner with this song.  When is his album coming out again?!  We’ve been waiting so long!!

2.  Dan + Shay – “What You Do To Me”
This song was released once pre-orders went live for their debut album, “Where It All Began,” out April 1st.  And we immediately listened to it 5 times in a row.  We love what we’ve heard from Dan + Shay so far, and can’t wait for more!

1.  Austin Mahone – “What About Love”
Yes, Austin gets to be on this list twice because his show at Hammerstein Ballroom was just that good.  We’re still trying to learn the “What About Love” dance.  Maybe Austin can teach us next tour?