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The Weekend Riot Release “25 Minutes” Single

Philly based pop duo The Weekend Riot just released their first single called “25 Minutes.”  The band is definitely one to watch in 2015 – earlier this year, they scored a prime spot opening for MKTO with Tiffany Houghton at TLA in Philadelphia, and just played a shows with Emblem 3 and The Hollywood Ending.  The two friends and bandmates, Johnny Costa (vocals) and Bruce Wiegner (vocals and guitar) write infectious pop tunes with polished harmonies. We think their debut single sounds like Hot Chelle Rae meets MKTO.

Watch the lyric video for “25 Minutes” below and pickup a copy on iTunes now!

The Weekend Riot Tour Dates
December 19th – Cafe 939 – Boston, MA*
December 20th – Santos Party House – New York, NY*
December 21st – The Stanhope House – Stanhope, NJ*
December 27th – iPlay America – Freehold, NJ**
*with Deleasa
**with Christina Grimmie

Check out The Weekend Riot on YouTube – they’ve done covers of everyone from Paramore to Backstreet Boys.

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SecretFangirls.com Interview With Tiffany Houghton!

Nashville based singer-songwriter Tiffany Houghton had a prime spot opening for MKTO on the American Dream Tour this summer, which just wrapped up in Chicago.  We’re sure she gained quite a few new fans during the run!  Her upbeat pop-country sound (we hear a little Shania Twain and Avril Lavigne), fun personality, and awesome onstage energy definitely got the crowd pumped.   Tiffany is the perfect blend of sweet and sassy, just like her new single “The Best.”

We had the chance to sit down with Tiffany before the tour’s sold out NYC stop, and talked about her fans, what’s next for her, and who she’s a total fangirl for.   And of course we had to ask about the inspiration for her song, “Band Boy.”

Watch our interview with Tiffany Houghton below!

Pickup a copy of “The Best” on iTunes now!

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MKTO’s American Dream Tour Hits NYC

We caught the American Dream Tour last week when it hit Irving Plaza in NYC.  It was an awesome lineup already, with Tiffany Houghton and Action Item opening for MKTO.  But we were even more excited when an old favorite, Patent Pending, was added to the New York show!

We unfortunately only got to see the tail end of Patent Pending’s set, but their energetic live show and infectious energy had the entire crowd pumped up.  Check out their latest project, Mario & The Brick Breakers.

Tiffany Houghton was up next!  We discovered Tiffany when she followed us on Twitter one day, and we’re so glad she did!  We instantly fell in love with her pop country sound and fun style.  Her live performance did not disappoint.  Tiffany is a perfect blend of sweet and sassy, just like her new single “The Best.”  Of course our favorite moment of her set came when she sang “Band Boy,” complete with a cover of 5SOS’ “She Looks So Perfect.”  She certainly won over all of the fan girls in the audience (she’s one of us!)  Watch her performance below.

We were majorly impressed with MKTO, especially as Tony Oller has been dealing with laryngitis. (They had to reschedule their Philly stop!)  He still sounded great – if he hadn’t tweeted about it, we would have had no idea!  What a trooper.  Tony and Malcolm did an outstanding cover of Nico & Vinz’s “Am I Wrong.”

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They played most of their debut album, including tracks like “Heartbreak Holiday,” “Forever Until Tomorrow,” “Thank You,” and of course their summer hit “Classic.”

If you can make it to the American Dream Tour, go!!!  There are a few shows left before the tour wraps up in Chicago next week.    MKTO will also be back in NYC for the US Open Arthur Ashe Kids Day on August 23rd with Hunter Hayes & The Vamps!  Get more info HERE!

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Tiffany Houghton Releases “The Best” Single

One of our favorite artists to watch, Tiffany Houghton, is currently on the American Dream Tour with MKTO and Action Item.  She just released her latest single, “The Best.”   And it’s one of the best breakup songs we’ve heard in a while.  We love the play between the upbeat song and the lyrics.  Listen to the track below!

If you’re headed to the American Dream Tour (check out the dates here) make sure you pickup a copy of the single on iTunes so you can sing along!

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Artist to Watch: Tiffany Houghton

We love the pop-country sound of rising singer-songwriter Tiffany Houghton, who was just added to MKTO’s American Dream Tour lineup!  Tiffany has that fresh “early Taylor Swift” sound that we’ve been searching for.  Armed with an acoustic guitar and girl-next-door charm, Tiffany’s catchy, well-crafted songs will have you singing along before the first chorus.  Tiffany moved to Nashville at the age of 17, and has spent time songwriting and honing her craft.  We’re sure you’ll be hearing a lot more from this girl in the future!

Watch the video for her new single, “17 Again,” below, which was inspired by one of our favorite movies,”Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”

Tiffany teamed up with ConcertBlogger.com for a performance of “Band Boy,” which she wrote about her weakness for boys in bands after getting home from a concert one night.  This song is pretty much every fangirl’s anthem.  We especially love the line “fangirls love band boys and band boys love fan girls!”

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Action Item Release “We’ll Be Fine”

New Jersey pop rock band Action Item released a brand new single today and yes, we are hooked on it already!  The upbeat track has an American Authors/Imagine Dragons feel to it.  We will definitely be adding “We’ll Be Fine” to our summer playlist and blasting it poolside this summer!

Listen to “We’ll Be Fine” on Soundcloud now and pickup a copy on iTunes!

You can catch Action Item on tour with MKTO and Tiffany Houghton on the American Dream Tour which kicks off on Friday!

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The Friday Five: New Bands That Rock

In the past, we’ve brought you new bands from across the pond, our favorite boy bands, and even our top favorite country artists. This week, we want to formally introduce you to five bands that rock!  All of these artists have a knack for writing a catchy rock song, with their own unique sound.

1 – Born Cages
We’ve featured this Brooklyn based band before and we’ve been lucky enough to see them play more than a few times. As we near the release of their next single, please enjoy one of our favorite songs from “The Sidelines EP“.

2 – New Hollow
This Ohio trio has worked their way into our playlists ever since the 106.1 BLI Summer Jam a few weekends ago. Catchy, grungy, perfect summer throwback sound – New Hollow has it all! Don’t miss these guys on tour this summer. Watch the official video for their single, “She Ain’t You” below.


3 – Action Item
Hailing from New Jersey, Action Item aren’t technically new, but that doesn’t stop them from rocking their way onto our Friday Five list! These guys are dropping a new single called “We’ll Be Fine” on June 24th and we can’t wait to hear what they’ve been up to. They’ll be on tour with MKTO all summer so be there or be square!


4 – The Strypes
The only band on this list from the UK, The Strypes are definitely ones to watch.  After a chance encounter with their name in an ad in Rolling Stone , we checked out their music and instantly knew these guys were on to something.  We love The Strypes cheeky lyrics on their debut album “Snapshot” and it’s about time the US has another proper British rock invasion!  Watch the official video for “What A Shame” below.

5 – Wild Party
One of the five finalists in this years iHeartRadio and Macy’s Rising Star Competition, Wild Party is definitely on the up and up. Their single “When I Get Older” sounds like Rooney and Phantom Planet – just what we need to blast in our car with the windows down and the sunroof open! Catch Wild Party at a free in-store performance at Macy’s in Northridge, CA on June 21st.

 

Be sure to follow Born Cages, New Hollow, The Strypes, Action Item, Wild Party, and Secret Fangirls on Twitter for the latest on your favorite new artists!