Category Archives: On Tour

AJR Play 1st Sold Out Hometown Show At NYC’s Gramercy Theatre

AJR have been killing it lately.  Their latest single, “Weak,” has gotten over 100 million plays on Spotify and is climbing up the charts.   Their first major headlining tour, the “What Everyone’s Thinking” Tour, has had sold out shows across the country.  The tour rolled into Adam, Jack and Ryan’s hometown of NYC over the weekend for a two night stand at the Gramercy Theatre.

AJR have played Gramercy Theatre in the past, but their show on Saturday night was their first ever hometown show that sold out. And it didn’t just sell out – the show sold out so quickly that a second date was added on Sunday.   How successful has the “What Everyone’s Thinking” Tour been?  They were nearly out of their stock of merch, with a few shows left to go!

If you’ve been to an AJR show, you know that things can “get weird,” as Jack told the crowd.  For their first big headlining tour, they brought out all the stops.  They are by far one of the most energetic acts we’ve ever seen on stage.  They honed their skills performing on the streets of NYC, where they learned how to win over a crowd. Jack never stops moving, flailing across the entire stage in a continual dance as he switches from playing the Maschine to the drums to the Melodica to the guitar.   All three brothers took turns playing the drums, even hopping into the crowd at one point.

One of the things we love most about AJR is how true they stay to themselves and to their music.   After playing “Let The Games Begin,” the band told the crowd how the music industry had tried to change them and told them they couldn’t do things.   “You can’t get that sound on the radio.  You can’t record in your living room.”  Even Jack’s hat was met by criticism.  Through it all, they stood by what they believed in.  We saw quite a few fans (including a mini Jack) rocking “the hat” in the crowd.

We love that AJR are confident in their sound and their growing fanbase proves that you don’t have to fit into a certain mold to make good music and connect with people. When they wrote the songs for their latest EP, “What Everyone’s Thinking,” they wanted to make songs that were very honest and the reaction has been unbelievable.

Adam told the crowd more about their songwriting process – the brothers write countless songs together, then let them sit for a few months.  The ones they like that “pass the test of time” get the go ahead, while others get shelved.  One track that has stood the test of time, and that the band still loves to play live is “Infinity.”  They also did a new rendition of fan favorite track “Woody Allen,” turning it into an acoustic song with a heavy kick drum.   Ryan said he was inspired to write the song after watching Woody Allen movies for film class: he wanted to capture that feeling of how he always gets the girl in the end.

They incorporated some of their remixes in the set, turning “I Got No Strings” and “Tiptoe Through The Tulips” into tracks you wanted to dance to.  They also created a “New York” remix on stage, breaking it down piece by piece to show the crowd how they create their unique sound.

AJR closed out their set with their breakout single, “I’m Ready,” which had the entire room dancing and clapping along.   They rolled out a giant banner printed to look like Jack’s Maschine, which he started to play.   The band came back out for one more song, their current hit “Weak.”  We got chills hearing every person in the room singing along.

Last night was so much fun with @ajrbrothers!!! #letthegamesbegin @gramercytheatre #nyc

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It was by far the craziest AJR show we’ve been to!  The enthusiastic crowd knew every word,  loudly singing along from start to finish.  It’s amazing to see how far they’ve come (they’ve been performing together for 12 years!) and to see such an incredible response to their music.  There’s no one else quite like them.  AJR,  you just keep doing you.

Setlist:
I’m Not Famous/Thirsty
The Green and The Town
Call My Dad
I Got No Strings
Come Hang Out
Woody Allen
Tiptoe Through The Tulips
Let The Games Begin
Pitchfork Kids
Infinity
Remix
Turning Out
No Grass Today
I’m Ready
Weak

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Friday Five: Simple Plan Songs From NPNHJB

You will always love the music that you liked when you were 13.  This is one of the most true statements we have ever heard! Simple Plan, as bizarre as it sounds, has had a profound effect on us…well one of us anyway.  They’re the reason we picked up the guitar, the reason we wore those huge khaki shorts with tall tube socks, Vans, and Role Model clothing.  Yeah….we were super fangirls for SP, complete with an email address dedicated to Seb’s eyes!  We won’t get into that now though.  Here is our Friday Five favorite deep cuts from the Canadian band’s debut album “No Pads, No Helmets, Just Balls” which they’re currently playing in full on the 15th Anniversary Tour!

“Meet You There”  – This is one of the  songs on an album full of angsty emo teen songs. No matter where life takes us, we’ll always meet Simple Plan there.

“My Alien” – It seems like every good pop punk band need a song about aliens, space, and/or  girlfriends. SP hit all three targets.  Thy went and got the Astronaut kit so if you can provide the rocket, they’ll be with their beloved 4 leg/2 armed girlfriend again.

“You Don’t Mean Anything” – When your two favorite singers collab on a single, that’s definitely going to be your favorite song! Joel Madden from Good Charlotte lent his vocals to the third track on SP’s debut album and we’re still surprised this was never a single.

“The Worst Day Ever”  – If you thought “I’m Just A Kid” was emo, this song takes the cake for being one of the most emo songs we have ever heard.

“One Day” – The acoustic picking in this song sounds out of place with the rest of the album if you’re not looking at the big picture of early 2000s music. SP really are masters at their craft because if you just heard this song with no context or name attached, chances are you might not realize it’s the same band that wrote “I’m Just A Kid.”  This is still one of our favorite emo deep cuts, hands down!

Grab a copy of NPNHJB on iTunes or Amazon if you lost your copy, broke it from over playing it, or just want a digital copy.

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Jake Miller Announces “Overnight European Tour” 2017

Jake Miller just announced that he’s blessing his European fans with a special European Overnight Tour kicking off in April 2017!  We’re still sad that he had to cancel his US dates but he’s not letting that get him down.   Between studio sessions and tour rehearsals, Jake has found time to write and produce a bunch of brand new tracks from his bedroom that he hopes to debut on tour!

Over Atlantic were announced as the opening act for the European leg of this tour! They’ll be hopping on tour starting April 23rd in Antwerp to get the crowd extra hype.  Tickets and VIP packages go on sale Wednesday March 1st through Jake Miller’s official website.

Jake Miller’s “Overnight European Tour” 2017 ft. Over Atlantic
April 18th – O2 ABC2 – Glasgow, UK – Buy Tickets
April 19th – Gorilla – Manchester, UK – Buy Tickets
April 20th – O2 Academy 2 – Birmingham, UK – Buy Tickets
April 22nd – Electric Ballroom – London, UK – Buy Tickets
April 23rd – Trix – Antwerp, BE – Buy Tickets
April 24th – Stageclub – Hamburg, DE – Buy Tickets
April 26th – Fryhuset – Stockholm, SE – Buy Tickets
April 27th – Parkteatret – Oslo, NO – Buy Tickets
April 29th – Frannz Club – Berlin, DE – Buy Tickets
April 30th – Paradiso Noord – Amsterdam, NL – Buy Tickets
May 1st – Luxor – Cologne, DE – Buy Tickets
May 3rd – Les Etoiles – Paris, FR – Buy Tickets
May 4th – Strom – Munich, DE – Buy Tickets
May 5th – Plaza – Zurich, CH – Buy Tickets
May 7th – Tunnel Club – Milan, IT – Buy Tickets
May 9th – Sala Bikini – Barcelona, ES – Buy Tickets
May 10th – Sala Arena – Madrid, ES – Buy Tickets

Watch the official video for “Overnight” below.

Grab a copy of Jake Miller’s “Overnight EP” on iTunes and Amazon now so you can sing along on tour!

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We The Kings Rock Playstation Theater In NYC

We The Kings are celebrating the 10 year anniversary of their self-titled album with a huge tour with Cute Is What We Aim For.   The special anniversary tour stopped at Playstation Theater in NYC over the weekend to a packed house.  Travis, Coley, Charles, Danny, and Hunter put on one of the most high energy shows we’ve seen in a while, covering the entire stage and making sure every fan felt the love from the front row all the way to the back of the venue. Throughout the show, the band took time to thank the fans for sticking with the band through thick and thin, and acknowledged that without them, the band wouldn’t be celebrating such a milestone in their band history.

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Travis promised to share his favorite memories from the past 10 years on this tour from the making of the first album and he made good on that promise!  Throughout the night, he shared anecdotes about the inspiration for some of the album’s tracks.  “Stay Young” was a fun song that was inspired by a food fight backstage in the Green Room while the band were warming up for a show.

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One of the highlights of their set was their choreographed dance with the entire audience during “I Feel Alive.” Travis encourages the audience to get into the lowest “sorority squat” that they can and then jump up and down like a wacky waving inflatable arm flailing man during the chorus and just feel…well, alive!

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WTK started AND ended the show with their hit “Check Yes Juliet.”  Yes, that’s right.  It’s so good that they played it twice in the same show.   They know what the people want and the crowd went insane both times they played it.

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Lead singer Travis Clark made sure to take a second to soak in the huge crowd and thank all of the fans who have stuck by WTK for the last 10 years by saying “thank you” about 10 languages.

Openers Plaid Brixx and Astro Lasso are two promising newcomers that really came out guns blazing to win over the NYC crowd! We hope to see more from both bands in the near future.

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Cute Is What We Aim For got the crowd on their feet and played all of their throwback hits like “The Curse Of Curves,”  “Practice Makes Perfect,” and “Risque.”  Singer Shaant Hacikyan reflected on his bands own 10 year tour for their debut album that took place late last year and how grateful he was for the opportunity to join another special 10 year tour.

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We The Kings’ Tour is hitting venues across the US, check out all of the upcoming dates here!

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All Time Low Announce New Album “Last Young Renegade” And Summer Tour

All Time Low have laid low for a while but Jack, Alex, Rian, and Zack are ready to hit the high gear for 2017 with a brand new album, “Last Young Renegade” due out June 2nd and a huge Summer Tour with some of the most promising new pop punk acts.  The band also announced they recently signed to Fueled by Ramen – home of Twenty One Pilots, Paramore, and more.  SWMRS and Waterparks have been named as opening acts on All Time Low’s “The Young Renegades Tour” which kicks off June 30th in Houston, TX.

Pre-orders for All Time Low’s new album are available now and every North American pre-order comes with exclusive early access to tickets.  Fan club members will receive an email with an exclusive code for pre-sale tickets as well.  General on sales begin Friday March 3rd at 10AM local time.  Check out the dates below!

“The Young Renegades Tour” Summer 2017 ft. All Time Low, SWMRS, & Waterparks
June 30th – House Of Blues – Houston, TX – Buy Tickets
July 1st – House Of Blues – Dallas, TX – Buy Tickets
July 3rd – The Marquee – Tempe, AZ – Buy Tickets
July 5th – House Of Blues – Anaheim, CA – Buy Tickets
July 7th – The Novo – Los Angles, CA – Buy Tickets
July 8th – Fox Theater – Oakland, CA – Buy Tickets
July 10th – Roseland Theater – Portland, OR – Buy Tickets
July 11th – Showbox SODO – Seattle, WA – Buy Tickets
July 13th – Rockwell @ The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT – Buy Tickets
July 14th – Fillmore Auditorium – Denver, CO – Buy Tickets
July 15th – Uptown Theater – Kansas City, MO – Buy Tickets
July 16th – Palace Theatre – St. Paul, MN – Buy Tickets
July 18th – The Pageant – St. Louis, MO – Buy Tickets
July 20th – Royal Oak Music Theatre – Royal Oak, MI – Buy Tickets
July 21st – Aragon Ballroom – Chicago, IL – Buy Tickets
July 22nd – Eagles Ballroom – Milwaukee, WI – Buy Tickets
July 23rd – Express Live! Outdoor Amphitheatre – Columbus, OH – Buy Tickets
July 25th – Stage AE – Outdoors – Pittsburgh, PA – Buy Tickets
July 26th – Rapids Theatre – Niagara Falls, NY – Buy Tickets
July 28th – House Of Blues – Boston, MA – Buy Tickets
July 29th – The Fillmore – Philadelphia, PA – Buy Tickets
July 31st – Central Park Summer Stage – New York, NY – Buy Tickets
Aug 2nd – Rams Head Live! – Baltimore, MD – Buy Tickets
Aug 3rd – Rams Head Live! – Baltimore, MD – Buy Tickets
Aug 4th – The Ritz – Raleigh, NC – Buy Tickets
Aug 5th – Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA – Buy Tickets
Aug 6th – House Of Blues – Lake Buena Vista, FL – Buy Tickets

Watch the official video for “Dirty Laundry” below!

Pre-order your copy of “Last Young Renegade” on iTunes, Amazon, or through AllTimeLow.com.

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Knuckle Puck Announce “Calendar Days/Indecisive” Vinyl, Release “Indecisive”

Knuckle Puck are starting to tease some new music they have been hard at work on and they just released a brand new song called “Indecisive.”  The new song marks the first new music since their last album “Copacetic” came out in July 2015.   We love the Brand New and Dashboard Confessional influence in the new track but while some fans were worried the band had gone soft, the guys insist they haven’t lost their edge.  The brand new 7″ features two new singles “Calendar Days” and “Indecisive” is out now!

Listen to “Indecisive” below and decide for your self.

Pick up a copy of the “Calendar Days/Indecisive” 7″ on iTunes, Amazon or through the official Knuckle Puck merch store.

Knuckle Puck are also playing a string of small UK Tour dates for June just after their Stateside run with Mayday Parade.  Check out the UK Tour dates below and get your tickets before they sell out!

Knuckle Puck UK Tour ft. Wallflower
June 7th – Old Blue Last – London, UK
June 9th – Fighting Cocks – Kingston, UK
June 10th – Download Festival – Donington, UK
June 11th – Deaf Institute – Manchester, UK
June 12th – Audio – Glaston, UK
June 13th – Exchange – Bristol, UK

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PVRIS Announce UK + European Tour Dates For Spring 2017

PVRIS have been pretty quite for the last few months but after announcing their Summer tour with MUSE, the band revealed some cryptic roman numerals on their Instagram page that drove fans into a frenzy.  Early Monday morning, the band account posted a tour flyer with several UK and European tour dates announcing that tickets go on sale Friday at 10AM GMT.

We can’t wait to hear what Lynn, Brian, and Alex have been cooking up in the studio for their follow up to their hugely successful major label album “White Noise” back in 2014.  Check out the UK and Europe tour dates below and get your tickets when they go on sale Friday Feb 24th.

PVRIS UK + Europe Spring Tour 2017
May 4th – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire – London, UK – Buy Tickets
May 8th – Le Trabeno – Paris, France – Buy Tickets
May 10th – Melkweg – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Buy Tickets
May 11th – Columbia Theater – Berlin, Germany – Buy Tickets

Watch the official video for “You And I” below.

Grab a deluxe copy of “White Noise” on iTunes or Amazon so you can sing along on tour!

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