American Authors Debut Album Is Out Now!

American Authors anticipated debut album, “Oh, What A Life” is available online now!

Grab your copy on iTunes and Amazon and catch the guys on their headlining tour with Wild Cub this spring or with One Republic this summer!

Visit American Authors on Twitter, Facebook, and WeAreAmericanAuthors.com for more.

AJR Announce Spring 2014 Tour Dates!

AJR announced they will be heading out on a few headlining shows across the East Coast & Canada this spring.   Check below for dates & ticket info to see if they’ll be in your town (or anywhere you can reach by car/train/plane/etc)  and get your tickets now!

AJR HEADLINING TOUR DATES:
Saturday, March 15th 2014 : New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
Saturday, March 22nd 2014 : Pittsburgh, PA – Macy’s Prom Event – Mall at Robinson, Main Entrance
Saturday, March 29th 2014 : Boston, MA – Red Room at Cafe 939
Sunday, March 30th 2014 : Montreal, QC Canada – La Sala Rossa
Saturday, April 19th 2014 : Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live
Tuesday, April 22nd 2014:  Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg Bar & Theatre

They will be doing meet & greets at the shows for everyone after the show!

In case you’re new here, here’s what you need to know about AJR:
AJR is a complete DIY project – brothers Adam, Jack & Ryan write and produce all of their own music, and even mix and record songs in their living room.  The NYC-based band got their start busking in parks, and has since opened for acts like Hoodie Allen, Demi Lovato, The Wanted, and most recently The Vamps.  Their mix of the musical styles of the 50s and 60s, with modern influences, gives them a unique sound.  These multi-talented brothers play everything from the ukelele to the melodica on stage, and their energetic live performance is not to be missed.

Make sure you download a copy of the “I’m Ready EP” on iTunes or Amazon before the show!  Stay tuned for more dates.

For more on AJR, check out their website, Twitter & Facebook

Pre-Order Dan+Shay’s Debut Album “Where It All Began”

Country music duo Dan + Shay have only been writing together since last year, but their debut single “19 You + Me” has already made huge strides on the country music charts, peaking as high as #15.

Their debut album, “Where It All Began,” will be released on April 1st.  Pre-order now, and you’ll get an instant download of the tracks “What You Do To Me” and “19 You + Me!”  You can also buy the songs as singles if you’d rather wait for the physical album.

Dan + Shay will be heading out on tour opening for Hunter Hayes and Blake Shelton later this year.   You can purchase the Dan + Shay + You Experience, and get to meet the guys and attend a private acoustic set before the show.   Check out all the details here and view all of their tour dates at DanandShay.com!

Pre-order “Where It All Began” on iTunes now! 

Be sure to follow Dan + Shay on Twitter, Instagram & Facebook for more updates!

Show Me the Meaning of Being a Boy Band

It seems like the term “boy band” is being very loosely thrown around these days. Just because a group of young, good-looking men are in a band together, this does NOT make them a boy band.  If you go by this rule, then we’d have to call The Strokes and Vampire Weekend boy bands.  I think we can universally agree that they are not.

So, what exactly is a “boy band” then?  Let’s consult the dictionary!

Boy band (noun):  a group of young men who perform popular songs together and dance as a group.

Now compare this to the definition of a band:

Band (noun): a group of musicians who play music together.

See the difference?  The biggest being that boy bands DANCE.   We’d also add that they tend to dress in matching/similar outfits, and are known for their harmonies.

Just because a group of young, cute guys are in a band, and in many cases being marketed to younger audiences, it does NOT mean they are a boy band.  Now, here are some examples.

NKOTB – Boy band!

Big Time Rush – Boy band!

Backstreet Boys – Boy band!

Jonas Brothers – NOT a boy band!

The Vamps – NOT a boy band!

Midnight Red – Boy band!

5SOS – NOT a boy band!

AJR – NOT a boy band!

NSYNC – Boy band!

Got it?  In summary, being boys in a band does NOT make you a boy band.  Please choose your words wisely.

And if you’re a group of boys in a band, and you don’t dance OR play instruments?  We’re just not sure what to call you.

For example, The Wanted – Props for trying though!  Dancing is hard.

The Vamps Release Video For “Last Night”

Fresh off their first headlining show in New York, The Vamps premiered their music video for “Last Night”.  These boys sure know how to throw a party and it looks like they had a blast filming it!!   Check it out below.

The Vamps have had a busy couple of weeks in America, with shows & promotional visits across the country, creating a frenzy everywhere they went! 

For more updates, be sure to follow The Vamps on Twitter and Instagram!

Forgotten Boybands Who Should Reunite in 2014

It’s been an amazing couple of years for boyband aficionados such as ourselves.  It all started when NKOTBSB (that’s New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys, duh) announced they would be joining forces for a tour in 2011 (arguably the best tour of our entire lives).  The next year, 98 Degrees reunited!   We still aren’t sure if the t-shirt we got at their Mixtape Festival show has a picture taken in 2002 or 2012.  They’ve aged EXTREMELY well.  And of course 2013 brought us the Package Tour: NKOTB, 98 Degrees, AND Boyz II Men.  What more could a boyband fangirl ask for?  Well then we got the greatest gift of all: NSYNC REUNITING AT THE VMAs (yes, we have to write this in all caps every time we mention it, because OMG!)  We should actually thank Big Time Rush for all of these boyband reunions, because they brought boybands back.  Alright?

While we impatiently wait for that NSYNC reunion tour, which unfortunately doesn’t look possible for this summer as Justin Timberlake will still be out on his 20/20 Experience World Tour, we thought about which OTHER boybands could reunite in 2014 to fill the void…

1.  5ive – They were the original Simon Cowell boyband.  Their first single, “Slam Dunk (Da Funk)” debuted at number 10 in the UK, but had little success in the United States. Their second single, “When The Lights Go Out” was certified Gold in 1998. They made a few bad decisions along the way, like turning down a song called “Bye Bye Bye…”

Who can forget their iconic choreographed dance scene cameo in Disney’s “Smart House”

2.  2ge+her – Okay, so they were created as a joke but they’re still iconic in boyband history. We still find ourselves breaking out into their hit song “U + Me = Us (Calculus)”

3.  BBMak
Remember when they were on Even Stevens?  Pretty sure “Back Here” was also played on every single WB show.

4. O-Town
Apparently, this is already actually happening.  They recently launched a Twitter page and keep hinting at future music.

5. LMNT
We wanted to share the official music video here, because it’s amazing, but someone has managed to faceblock it from the internet.  In summary: the boys bring a boom box to the laundromat and dance around in their muscle tanks.

6. Dream Street
Baby.  JMAC.

7. LFO
Otherwise known as the Lyte Funky Ones, they made it impossible for a generation to say “Abercrombie & Fitch” without thinking of this song.  (or is that just us?)

8. The Original Menudo
with Ricky Martin.  If you’re into these pants, you can buy them now at American Apparel!  In the women’s department.

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9. Boyzone
We’ve actually never heard of them before, but this is an amazing name, so yes.

10.  The Moffatts
This band has FOUR brothers!

11. S Club 7
This isn’t strictly a boyband, but they are still awesome.  Remember their show on ABC Family?

But really, WE JUST WANT AN *NSYNC REUNION!!  Please?

5SOS Premiere Music Video for “She Looks So Perfect”

It’s finally here!  After days of teasing, 5SOS debuted their music video for their single “She Looks So Perfect.”  The video comes just days after the band announced their first North American headlining tour, with opener Jackson Guthy, which quickly sold out in venues across the country.  Were you lucky enough to get tickets?

Check out the video below!

Pre-orders for the 5SOS “She Looks So Perfect” EP start TOMORROW, February 25th, for the USA on iTunes!

Can’t get enough 5SOS?   Be sure to follow the band on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram and check back here for updates!

We are all fangirls at heart.