Category Archives: Show Review

Alex Aiono Brings “Feels Like Tour” to NYC

Alex Aiono slayed his sold out “Feel Like Tour” stop at Highline Ballroom in NYC!   With his good friend and collaborator Trinidad Cardona kicking the show off, the duo brought the house down and made sure the crowd had the night of their lives.


Alex sang and danced his way through his high energy set with a huge smile on his face the entire time!   The energetic crowd was singing along to every word.  The show was one nonstop dance party from start to finish, and Alex did an awesome job keeping the crowd involved.   He even brought up a special fan and serenaded her on his acoustic guitar halfway through the set.


Alex got his start by posting his now iconic mashups of songs on YouTube.  He included his Drake/Nicky Jam “One Dance/Hasta el Ananecer” mashup as part of the set, and it was 🔥🔥🔥.   We love that Alex has the moves, the vocals, and producing skills.  He is the total package.


We’ve been hearing “Does It Feels Like Falling” absolutely everywhere lately, and judging by the reaction that Alex got during his sold out show, you’ll be seeing and hearing much more from him soon!  We can’t wait to see him on his next tour, and we can see him selling out even bigger venues around the country.


Pick up a copy of “Does It Feel Like Falling” featuring Trinidad Cardona on iTunes now!


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Jack & Jack, Why Don’t We, & Alex Aiono & More Headline Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day at the US Open

The 2017 US Open started with a bang on Saturday at the annual Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day Celebration.  AAKD is a celebration of music and tennis, in honor of the late tennis legend Arthur Ashe.  Proceeds from the event benefit the USTA Foundation and the National Junior Tennis & Learning Network (NJTL).  We love coming to this event every year because they have a knack for booking the hottest up and coming artists in music before they hit it big!  (Shawn Mendes, Justin Bieber, Backstreet Boys, Demi Lovato, Britney Spears are just a few of AAKD’s past performers!)


This year’s Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day also served as the official launch of Net Generation, the USTA’s new program to help inspire the next generation of tennis players.  Net Generation provides a fun, kid-friendly format to help younger players get into the game.  The next generation of American players including Frances Tiafoe, Claire Liu, Cici Bellis, & Jarden Donaldson, helped show off just how easy it can be!


Saving Forever, made up of 3 brothers from Chicago, got the stadium show started by rocking the house with their new single “Million Ways.”  Their high-energy performance featured dozens of dancers on court on Arthur Ashe Stadium getting down to their blend of perfect pop-rock sounds that just make you wanna dance!  Watch our interview with Saving Forever here!


New Hope Club, fresh off their Summer tour with Sabrina Carpenter, played their new single “Start Over” along with their hit “Fixed.”   The guys were thrilled to be playing their first ever stadium show!


What makes AAKD so fun is that it’s all about music AND tennis!   This year featured tennis icons Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Venus Williams & 2016 US Open Champion Angelique Kerber.  The players competed in a skills competition to see how many targets they could hit on the forehand and backhand side, with each target hit raising money for their individual charity.  One lucky participant from the NJTL also got to join the players on court and he had SKILLS – he hit almost as many targets as Roger Federer!


Sofia Carson, who co-hosted the event with Alex Aiono, took to the stage to perform her brand new single “Ins and Outs” for the first time.  Sofia’s powerful voice carried throughout the stadium and brought down the house!


One fun fact we learned this week is that pop duo Jack & Jack used to play doubles together in high school!  We’re sure they had a major fangirl moment when they realized they would get to perform on court on the legendary Arthur Ashe Stadium!  We love that their performance took place on opposite sides of the net, as if they were playing a match.  We wish we could have seen them put their tennis skills to the test!  Watch our interview with Jack & Jack here!


The screaming and excitement in the stadium for boyband Why Don’t We started the moment the boys hit the red carpet before the show even started.  It hit an all-time high during their performance of “Something Different” and “Taking You.”  Fans throughout the 23,000 capacity stadium were loudly singing along to every word and cheering as loud as possible.   We imagine this was what it was like at AAKD in 1998 when the Backstreet Boys performed!


As we said, AAKD always have a knack for booking future stars.  Judging by the crowd’s reaction, look out for much more from Why Don’t We soon!  We wouldn’t be surprised to see them headlining their own stadium tour one day.  The boys took the time to answer fan questions and assured that they are hard at work on their upcoming album!  Watch our interview with Why Don’t We here!


Co-host Alex Aiono brought down the house to wrap up the show.  He gave everyone a sneak peak at his brand new single, “Falling,” which is coming out on September 15th!   The multi-talented Alex played the guitar during “Falling” before launching  into his hit single “Hot 2 Touch,”  getting everyone in the stadium to dance along.  As his co-host Sofia pointed out, Alex had actually performed on the grounds on the festival stage back in 2012!  We loved seeing Alex graduate to the main stage!   Watch our interview with Alex Aiono here!

This year’s AAKD was a blast from start to finish, with one of the strongest lineups we’ve ever seen.  We’re already counting down to AAKD 2018!   But for now, we’ll enjoy being at the US Open for the next two weeks.


Make sure to check out our interviews from Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day with Alex Aiono, Jack & Jack, Why Don’t We, Saving Forever & Spencer Sutherland!  Head over to Secret Fangirls on YouTube to watch them all!


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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.

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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The Vamps and Citizen Four Perform at Sold Out Gramercy Theatre In NYC

It’s hard to believe it’s been 3 years since The Vamps’ first headlining show (ever!) in NYC, at Gramercy Theatre back in February 2014.  James, Connor, Tristan and Brad have come a long way since then, selling out arenas like the O2 in London and dropping 2 albums along the way.  It’s been a while since the boys have had a headlining show in NYC, and we were thrilled to see them back at the Gramercy Theatre last night!

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The Vamps certainly know how to put on a high energy show – it’s impossible not to sing and dance along!  The enthusiastic crowd knew and sang along to every word, including their brand new single “All Night.”  Their set included songs from both albums, from “Can We Dance” to “Wake Up,”   and they brought out a special guest during “Somebody To You!”  Sabrina Carpenter, who is opening for The Vamps in Europe, joined the guys to sing Demi Lovato’s part.

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Brad told the crowd since he’s been in America for a while now, he’d caught on to some slang.  “Get ready because tonight is going to be ‘lit’ and you’re all going to get ‘turnt up.'”  (Imagine this with a British accent).  The band does an excellent job of getting the crowd involved, calling out fans in the audience and encouraging them to sing along.  Brad even jumped off stage near the end of the show to get closer to the fans!

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At the end of the night when the band left the stage, instead of the usual “encore” chants, the crowd broke out into an a cappella version of “All Night.”   Their singing morphed into The Vamps coming back on to play the song themselves.  It was a perfect ending that left everyone wanting more!

If you didn’t make it to the show last night, not to worry:  Brad promised that they would be back “very soon” and are going on tour in North America this Summer!   Stay tuned for the announcement coming soon!

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Our new favorite boyband, Citizen Four, kicked the night off in style with their sweet harmonies and smooth dance moves.  We’ve been singing their single “Testify” ever since.  The best way to describe it is 🔥🔥🔥.  Conner, Carson, Austin, and Josh are so much fun to watch live!  They had the crowd rocking and we’re sure they gained quite a few new fans after that performance!

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The Vamps Setlist:
Rest Your Love
Cheater
Can We Dance
Last Night
Wild Heart
Cecilia
Stay
Stolen Monents
Somebody To Love (with Sabrina Carpenter)
Wake Up
All Night

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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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Cam’s “Burning House” Tour Hits Highline Ballroom in NYC

We saw Cam for the first time in 2014 when she opened for Dan + Shay on their first headlining tour at Highline Ballroom in NYC.  Her set was so much fun (one of our favorite openers ever!) and we knew we’d be hearing much more from her in the future.  Since that show, Cam signed with Sony, released her debut album “Untamed,” and had her first #1 single, “Burning House.”    Cam came full circle last week when she came back to Highline Ballroom on her first headlining tour, the “Burning House” Tour.

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Cam played every track from “Untamed” during her set.  The enthusiastic crowd sang along from start to finish.  We love that Cam took the time to introduce every track, telling the crowd anecdotes and the inspiration for writing each song.  She has a knack for storytelling, evident in both her songwriting and her on stage banter.  Every story was heartfelt or hilarious, or a little bit of both.  She reminded us of another blonde country star: Dolly Parton!

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Cam had one of the coolest sets we had ever seen, turning the stage into a beautiful house in the woods complete with forest creatures and flashing stars.  It got even cooler when a blacklight made it seem to glow in the dark about halfway through the set.

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Cam played some new material during the show, including the head-banging “Man Hunt,” which showed that Cam can totally rock.   She closed her set with the hilarious “Fireball Whiskey,” which Cam had actually pitched to the company.   She said they declined since the track “does not promote responsible drinking.”

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The night ended with Cam’s breakout single, “Burning House,” which turned into a very loud singalong.  The “Burning House” Tour runs through December.  Click here for tour dates!  Don’t miss your chance to see this rising star.

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Setlist:
My Mistake
Want It All
Hungover on Heartache
Half Broke Heart
Mayday
Sweet Dreams (cover)
Old Men, Young Women (cover)
No One Gets to Heaven
Untamed
Runaway Train
Cold in California
Country Ain’t Never Been Pretty
Man Hunt
Village
Fireball Whiskey
Encore:
Burning House

Jake Miller Performs Sold Out Show at Highline Ballroom in NYC

Jake Miller celebrated the release of his “Overnight” EP with a sold out show at Highline Ballroom in NYC last night. The show, which sold out in 20 minutes, was packed with fans of all ages, many of whom waited for hours out in the cold to claim a spot in front of the stage.  (so worth it).

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Jake’s set included all of the tracks from his new EP, as well as fan favorites from 2015’s “Rumors” EP (one of the greatest EPs ever released) and his debut album. The energetic crowd sang and rapped along to every word, never missing a beat!

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Jake showed off his many talents throughout the night, switching from singing to rapping.  He brought out the acoustic guitar for “Selfish Girls” and hopped on the piano for “Could’ve Been Me.”  Jake even pulled one lucky young fan from the crowd to sing and dance along to “Dazed and Confused” with him on stage.

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As usual, it was hard not to fangirl cry when Jake performed “Millions,” his touching tribute to his fans. The crowd was prepared with signs thanking Jake for “touching a million lives.”

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During the show, Jake dropped some huge news – he’s going back out on a headlining tour in 2017! He told the New York crowd he would be back at the Playstation Theatre in Times Square, where he played last Summer.  You know we’ll be there!  Stay tuned for the official tour announcement.

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Setlist
Good Thing
First Flight Home
Rumors
Collide
Hollywood
Parade
Yellow Lights
Like Me
Selfish Girls
Tell Me You Love It
A Million Lives
Superhuman
Ghost
Could’ve Been Me
Candyman (cover)
Astronaut
Lion Heart
Dazed and Conused
Overnight
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