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Heffron Drive Happy Mistakes Tour Dates!

We finally have the name of Heffron Drive‘s debut album – “Happy Mistakes!”  The album will be released later this fall on Tolbooth Records.   The guys  (Kendall Schmidt of Big Time Rush and guitarist Dustin Belt) are also going on tour later this summer in support of the album.  Check out the first round of dates below!

Heffron Drive Happy Mistakes Tour Dates

August 30th – Variety Playhouse – Atlanta, GA – Buy Tickets
September 1st – iPlay America – Freehold, NJ – Buy Tickets
September 3rd – Irving Plaza – New York, NY – Buy Tickets
September 4th – 9:30 Club – Washington, D.C. – Buy Tickets
September 5th – Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA – Buy Tickets
September 6th – Madison Theatre – Rockville Centre, NY – Buy Tickets
September 7th – TLA – Philadelphia, PA – Buy Tickets
September 27th – Desert Breeze Park – Las Vegas, NV

Tickets go on sale this Friday, August 1st.  Check with the venue and the Heffron Drive Facebook for pre-sale info!  There will also be VIP packages available, which include access to a sound check party with a Q&A session, and a photo with the band.  Stay tuned for more tour dates!

Be sure to follow Heffron Drive & Secret Fangirls on Twitter for more updates!

Heffron Drive Announce Concert in Mexico On October 4th!

That’s right!!  Heffron Drive are taking their live show down to Mexico in October.   Kendall Schmidt, Dustin Belt and bandmates will be playing at El Plaza Condesa on October 4th.  Tickets go on sale this Friday, July 25th on Ticketmaster!

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Watch Heffron Drive perform  their debut single “Parallel”  live at the New Jersey State Fair below.

Pick up a copy of “Parallel” on iTunes now and keep requesting the song at your local radio stations!

Don’t forget to follow Heffron Drive’s Kendall Schmidt and Dustin Belt on Twitter.  Follow Secret Fangirls on Twitter for the latest on your favorite artists!

Heffron Drive Releases Orchestral Version of “Parallel”

In case you were out watching fireworks in person and not on TV, you might have missed Heffron Drive’s performance at A Capitol Fourth, from Washington DC.  Bandmates Kendall Schmidt and Dustin Belt performed their new single “Parallel” with The National Symphony Orchestra, in a special orchestral arrangement.  Watch their performance below!

We love the full sound of this arrangement of the song.  Love it too?  You can download the orchestral version of “Parallel” on iTunes now!

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Heffron Drive will be playing with AJR at the KRZ Summer Mingle in Scranton, PA this Sunday, July 13th!  Get tickets & more info here.

Be sure to follow Heffron Drive & Secret Fangirls on Twitter for more updates!

Heffron Drive Perform at the New Jersey State Fair

Our favorite summer activity is outdoor concerts, so we were extra thrilled when Heffron Drive announced they would be having a concert at the State Fair!   What better way to spend a summer night than riding a ferris wheel, having a major fat party (funnel cake and fried pickles anyone?), and seeing one of your favorite bands?   It really doesn’t get much better than that.

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Heffron Drive is made up of bandmates and best friends Kendall Schmidt and Dustin Belt, who formed the group back in 2008 before Kendall joined one of our favorite boy bands, Big Time Rush.  Not wanting to breakup the group, Kendall recruited Dustin to play guitar for BTR on tour while they worked on both projects.   Heffron Drive has a completely different sound, and we love seeing both boy band Kendall and guitar wielding Kendall.

Their set included more recent material like “Art of Moving On,” the funky “Feels So Good” and the rocking “One Track Mind,” as well as pre-Big Time Rush tracks like “Quiet Please.”

While we miss Big Time Rush, we love seeing how passionate Kendall is on stage.  But don’t worry, BTR isn’t over!  Kendall said during the show that Big Time Rush is very much still a band, and he misses them, too.

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Heffron Drive also performed solid covers of “Wake Me Up” and “Ain’t It Fun,” which Kendall said he wished he had written.  But our favorite moment was when Kendall asked if there were any *NSYNC fans in the house (us, obviously), as he intro’d his cover of Justin Timberlake’s “Not a Bad Thing,” which he said reminded him of a song *NSYNC would have written.  We couldn’t agree more!  Watch our video below.

Setlist: (not in order)
Art of Moving On
Wake Me Up (Avicii cover)
Better Get To Movin’
One Track Mind
Time Wasting
Ain’t It Fun (Paramore cover)
Feels So Good
Not A Bad Thing (Justin Timberlake cover)
Memories & Melodies
Quiet Please
Parallel

Visit our Tumblr & Youtube pages for more photos & videos from the show!

Heffron Drive have a couple of upcoming dates on the East Coast this summer, check them out if they’ll be near you!  Pickup a copy of their single “Parallel” on iTunes now so you can sing along!

Heffron Drive Summer 2014 Shows
July 4th – A Capitol Fourth – More Info
July 13th – KRZ Summer Mingle – Scranton, PA – Buy Tickets *includes meet & greet!

Be sure to follow Heffron Drive, Dustin Belt, Tolbooth Records & Secret Fangirls on Twitter for more updates!

Heffron Drive Debuts New Single, “Parallel”

Heffron Drive premiered their first official single, “Parallel,” at SXSW and now it’s officially available on iTunes! Click HERE to purchase the single.

Check out Heffron Drive’s SXSW performance of “Parallel” below:

Heffron Drive also covered Savage Garden’s “Truly Madly Deeply,” and can we just say we’d be totally cool with Heffron Drive taking on more of a 90s alt-rock sound.  The song really showcases his beautiful voice, which we miss hearing as part of Big Time Rush!

“Parallel” is officially available on iTunes now!

Be sure to follow Kendall and Dustin on Twitter for more updates on Heffron Drive!

Kendall Schmidt Releasing A New Single In March

Rejoice!!  Kendall Schmidt of Big Time Rush and Heffron Drive is releasing a new single in March!
We aren’t sure if this is by himself or with Dustin Belt as Heffron Drive, but we are super stoked to hear what he’s been up to in the studio for the past few months. If it’s anything like the new music we heard on the Heffron Drive Winter Tour, then the future of pop-rock is in good hands.

Feature photo from Twitter.

Why We’re Excited For 2014

If you’re a secret fangirl, 2013 was an incredible year for music.  Could we ever have guessed that this would finally be the year that Justin Timberlake returned to music?  That 98 Degrees would release an album and tour with New Kids on the Block and Boyz II Men?   THAT *NSYNC WOULD REUNITE AT THE VMAS?!    No.  But all of these things happened and more.  We’re hoping that this momentum rolls into 2014 in the form of an *NSYNC reunion tour (just once?!? please?)

Meanwhile, here are some of our sure bets of what music we are excited for in 2014.

Olivia Somerlyn
Olivia Somerlyn is the ultimate Secret Fangirl.   More on that later, but 2013 was a breakthrough for Olivia, as she scored opening slots on the Summer Break Tour with Victoria Justice and Big Time Rush, for the Jonas Brothers, and for Jessie J in the UK.  Olivia is currently working on her debut album, to be released in 2014. Keep an eye out for big this from Olivia in the coming year!  Follow Olivia Somerlyn Twitter, and don’t forget about the #12DaysOfLivGifts on her Official Facebook.

AJR
It’s no secret that we are major fans of AJR.  In the short time since we were introduced to them, we’ve seen them get bigger and bigger.  (Like, the “I’m Ready” video is a serious case of life imitating art).  With a new EP, ‘6foot1,’ being released at the end of this year, an album coming out in the Spring of 2014, and early support from the likes of Sia, Demi Lovato and The Wanted, AJR are the act to watch in 2014. Keep up with AJR every step of the way on Twitter and Facebook.

Midnight Red
We are from the generation where boy bands were defined as “a group of young men who sing and DANCE.”   Aside from Big Time Rush, the generation today is deprived of this wonderfulness.   We will always have NKOTB, Backstreet, and (ONE DAY AGAIN) *NSYNC, but it’s nice to see another proper boy band in the mix today! Don’t forget to follow Midnight Red on Twitter.

Lance Bass
LANCE BASS IS RELEASING A SINGLE IN 2014.  WORDS CANNOT EXPRESS OUR EXCITEMENT FOR THE POSSIBLE TOUR! There really is nothing else to say about this. Get the latest updates from Lance on Twitter.

Hilary Duff
We love Hilary Duff.  The girl is good at everything, manages to stay sweet and humble, and live a normal life with her husband and adorable kid.   After focusing in recent years on her book series and being a mom to baby Luca, we were beyond stoked to hear that Hilary has returned to the studio to work on her fourth album. Follow Hilary on Twitter and get the latest on her new music first!

Ashley Tisdale
Unlike Hilary, we aren’t exactly sure what Ashley Tisdale has been doing the last couple of years, but we are equally thrilled for her comeback to music!  She just released her first single, “You’re Always Here,” with more to come in 2014. Don’t forget to follow Ashley Tisdale on Twitter and “like” her on Facebook .

The Ceremonies
Another trio of brothers, by way of Los Angeles instead of New York.  They have messy hair and wear tight pants, with an early 2000s NY Strokes-vibe – definitely those boys your Mama warned you to stay away from!  Matthew, Mark, and Michael Cook are making waves in the underground scene with their self-titled EP. Expect to hear a lot more from The Ceremonies in 2014. Stay up to date with The Ceremonies on Facebook and Twitter.

Austin Mahone
Austin’s debut album is FINALLY dropping in 2014 (we hope).  We were sad when his MTV Artist to Watch Tour was postponed in October (glad you’re feeling better Austin!!) and we literally cannot wait until his tour kicks off in March!  We have loved each single he’s released more than the last, and are so excited to see what’s in store for him next year.  His recent string of Jingle Ball performances have proved Austin has the talent to go to the next level, with top notch choreography and awesome stage presence.   We are (not so secret) MAHOMIES! Become an official Mahomie and follow Austin on Twitter.

American Authors
You know that song in the Walter Mitty commercial that’s been stuck in your head for 2 days? It’s not a new Imagine Dragons song (don’t worry…we thought it was too!) “The Best Day Of My Life” is by a new band from Brooklyn, NY called American Authors. Recently signed to Island Records, these guys are capturing hearts of fangirls and music junkies alike. Their debut album is due out in 2014, but grab your copy of their self-titled EP on iTunes HERE. American Authors will be playing Sacramento’s own 107.9 The END’s Jingle Ball 2013 with Emblem 3, Panic At The Disco, and Fall Out Boy on 12/21. Get your tickets HERE and don’t forget to follow @aauthorsmusic on twitter for the latest updates from the guys!

Born Cages
If you ever wanted The Strokes to have a musical love child with The Darkness then…REJOICE! Your dreams have come true!! Born Cages are exactly that – complete with insane guitar riffs and gravity defying hair. Hailing from Brooklyn (what’s in the water out there and how can we get some?!) Born Cages recently released The Sidelines – EP in June and we can’t believe it took us this long to find them! Big choruses, church bells, synths and guitar riffs that would make any 80s hair band proud, The Sidelines EP makes us want to get up and dance!! Pick up your copy on iTunes and follow Born Cages on Twitter and “Like” them on Facebook. Next time they roll through your town, check them out. You won’t regret it. I promise.

The Vamps
The British are invading quicker than you’d believe! The Vamps first won our hearts with their song “Can We Dance” and they’re at it again with a new single and a new video for “Wild Heart”.  They have already opened for Selena Gomez and now they’re gearing up for a string of opening dates on Taylor Swift’s RED Tour at The O2 Arena in February. We are expecting a debut album from The Vamps in 2014, making them just another reason we are stoked for the new year!  Follow The Vamps on Twitter and “like” them on Facebook.

Heffron Drive
As much as we love Big Time Rush, we also love Kendall Schmidt’s other band, Heffron Drive, formed with friend and guitarist Dustin Belt.  While the band has a different vibe and sound than BTR (sadly no dancing), we love anything that keeps Kendall up on stage!  (And okay, the electric guitar is maybe even better than the hip rolling) We’re looking forward to everything that the new year holds for Heffron Drive! Follow Kendall and Dustin on Twitter, and don’t forget to “Like” them on Facebook.

 

What are you hoping to see in 2014? (Besides that *NSYNC reunion tour…NEVER GIVE UP HOPE!)

Ariana and the Rose – “Heartbeat”

Earlier this month, we caught Ariana and the Rose opening for Heffron Drive.   The New York-based group has a fun electro-pop sound, and lead singer Ariana DiLorenzo has some serious pipes.   Their mash-up of “Wrecking Ball,” “I Knew You Were Trouble,” and “Summertime Sadness” blew us away.

Check out the video for their new single, “Heartbeat.

Follow Ariana on Twitter
Check them out on Tour with Heffron Drive

Heffron Drive Winter Tour

As the Heffron Drive Winter Tour is winding down, let’s remember what a blast this tour has been!

From hearing old favorites like ‘Time Wasting’ to witnessing epic rap battles between Dustin Belt and a lucky fan, to having our brains melted with the HD music, it’s easy to say that we would go to another Heffron Drive tour.

Best friends, Dustin Belt and Kendall Schmidt, from the boy band Big Time Rush *swoon* are taking the pop rock spectrum by storm.  Kendall may not have been dancing like he does in BTR (extremely well we might add), but it was clear he felt very comfortable wielding a guitar most of the night.   Our favorite song was “Feels So Good,” what the boys called a “funky 70s jam,” but what we call a Justin Timberlake throwback.

There are still a few dates left for you lucky West Coasters – check out HDWinterTour.com for all the details.  Don’t miss your chance to see HD in an intimate setting.   Get there early to see openers Ariana & the Rose and Eric Dash!

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Make sure you “Like” Heffron Drive on Facebook too!