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MTV Artist to Watch: The Vamps at Highline Ballroom in NYC!

British band The Vamps (yes band, NOT a boy band) played to a sold out crowd at NYC’s Highline Ballroom on Sunday.  The show was part of the MTV Artist to Watch Series, which has recently featured artists such as Austin Mahone and Hunter Hayes.   We were thrilled to have the chance to see them again!   This wasn’t their first time playing in NYC:  Back in February, they played the Gramercy Theatre with AJR.  Since then, The Vamps released their debut album “Meet The Vamps,” which has been as high as #2 on the charts in the UK, and have been all over the world in support of their album.

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The quartet, Bradley Simpson (lead vocals, guitar), James McVey (lead guitar), Connor Ball (bass) and Tristan Evans (drums) really mesh well together considering they found each other via social media about 3 years ago!  Each member has their own unique style and musical taste (James for example is a fan of country stars like Dan + Shay), yet the music The Vamps create is pure, catchy pop rock at its best.  The band’s musicianship, harmonies, and talent show that  this group is more than just another band creating a frenzy among teenage girls.

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Their high energy performance had the crowd dancing from start to finish!  The Vamps’ set featured all of their singles, including the latest “Somebody To You,” and the first song the band ever wrote together, “She Was The One.”  The crowd was singing along to every word, which is impressive for a band whose album hasn’t even been released in the US yet!    They have a great stage presence, interacting with each other and also with the lucky fans in the front row!

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The Vamps also performed solid covers of The Killers’ “Mr. Brightside,” Simon and Garfunkel’s “Cecilia,” and a fun, rock version of Jason Derulo’s “Trumpet.”   When the crowd started chanting “take it off,” Tristan turned it into a jam session showcasing all of their musical talents, as Brad told the audience “let’s make some music together!”   If you haven’t met The Vamps yet, get ready:  they are most definitely the Artist to Watch in 2014!

Setlist:
Wild Heart
Last Night
Somebody To You
She Was The One
Mr. Brightside (cover)
Girls on TV
Trumpets (cover)
Can We Dance
Cecilia (cover)

Watch our video of The Vamps performing “Somebody To You” and check out our Youtube & Tumblr for more photos & video from the show!

 

If you’re in NYC, you can meet The Vamps and catch an acoustic set at Planet Hollywood tonight!  If not, be sure to tune into their livestream at 6PM today…they’ll be making a big announcement you don’t want to miss! 

The Vamps will be touring the US with Austin Mahone all summer long!  Check out the dates here and get a copy of “Wild Heart” on iTunes!

Be sure to follow The Vamps & The Secret Fangirls on Twitter for more updates!

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!

 

Artist to Watch: New Hollow

We’ve been loving the resurgence of all things 90s, and Ohio-based pop rock band New Hollow clearly got the memo! These guys are bulldozing their way into the hearts of  America with their grunge rock throwback sound.

We caught New Hollow’s set at the 106.1 BLI Summer Jam last weekend at Jones Beach and they won us over immediately with their cover of “Rebel, Rebel”.  Their single, “She Ain’t You” harkens back to the alt-rock grunge days. They had us singing along by the end of the song and we’ve caught ourselves on more than one occasion humming it around the Secret Fangirls office! Hopefully they’ll come back and play in New York soon.

The band, made up of high school friends Evan West (19), Mookie Clouse (19), and Chad Blashford (18), recently signed with Epic Records – home to Karmin, Fifth Harmony, and The Fray!
New Hollow have been in the studio writing with Blues Traveler – how cool is that!?  We can’t wait for their album to come out!

Watch the official video for New Hollow’s “She Ain’t You” below!

Pick up a copy of “She Ain’t You” on iTunes and Amazon now.

Catch New Hollow live this summer!
June 6th – Shops at Mercato – Naples, FL – Details Here 
June 17th – TBD – Cupertino, CA – iTunes Showcase
June 26th – Canton Palace Theater – Canton, OH – Buy Tickets 
August 9th – Starlight Theater – Kansas City, MO – Buy Tickets
August 16th – Fraze Pavillion – Kettering, OH – Buy Tickets
August 29th – Fashion Meets Music Festival – Columbus, OH – Buy Tickets
October 16th – TBD – Cincinnati, OH – Coming Soon

Be sure to follow New Hollow and Secret Fangirls on Twitter for the latest on your favorite artists!

The Vamps Headlining Show in NYC June 15th!

Just in!  The Vamps are coming back to America, with a headlining show at NYC’s Highline Ballroom on June 15th!

Update:  New tickets were released June 3rd – use the access code CANWEDANCE or WILDHEART & get tickets here!

Tickets go on sale this Thursday, May 15th at 12pm!

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The show is part of the MTV Artist to Watch series, and is The Vamps second headlining show in NYC.  They played back in February with AJR at Gramercy Theater!

Not in NYC?  You can catch The Vamps on tour this summer with Austin Mahone!  Check out the dates here.

Be sure to follow The Vamps & Secret Fangirls on Twitter for more updates!

Artist to Watch: The Strypes

You never know where you’ll find you new favorite band: it could be on YouTube, from a commercial you looked up on Shazam, busking in a park, opening for your favorite artist.   In this case, it was reading an ad for BBM in Rolling Stone that led us to The Strypes.

Ross Farrelly, Josh McClorey, Pete O’Hanlon and Evan Walsh make up the quartet, hailing from Cavan, Ireland.  Their debut album, Snapshot, was released last month in the US.  It’s hard to believe they are only 16-18 years old, as they have a sound way beyond their years, drawing influences from The Yardbirds, The Rolling Stones and The Animals.   They also remind us of more contemporary acts like The Vines and Arctic Monkeys.

They just wrapped up a US tour, which included a sold out stop at NYC’s Bowery Ballroom, a performance on The Late Show with David Letterman, and a rave review from Rolling Stone.  We unfortunately missed seeing them this time around, so we’re hoping they’ll be back stateside soon!

The Strypes will be performing all over Europe through the Spring and Summer, check out the dates below!

The Strypes Summer 2014 European Tour Dates
April 10 – Belfast, Ireland – Limelight – Buy Tickets
April 11 – Dublin, Ireland – Academy – Buy Tickets
April 12 – Dublin, Ireland – Academy – Buy Tickets
April 14 – Berlin, Germany – Postbahnhof – Buy Tickets
April 15 –  Hamburg, Germany – Uebel & Gefaehrlich – Buy Tickets
April 16 – Cologne, Germany – Gebaude. 9 – Buy Tickets
April 17 – Crans-Montana, Switerzland – Caprices Festival – Buy Tickets
April 19 –  Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg (Old Hall) – Buy Tickets
April 20 – Schijndel, Netherlands – Paaspop Festival – Buy Tickets
April 22 – Brussels, Belgium – Botanique – SOLD OUT
April 23 – Tourcoing, France – Le Grand Mix – Buy Tickets
April 24 – Bourges, France – Festival Printemps de Bourges – Buy Tickets
April 26 – Bologna, Italy – Covo – Buy Tickets
April 27 – Lyon, France – Marche Gare – Buy Tickets
April 29 – Nantes, France – Stereolux Club – Buy Tickets
April 30 – Paris, France – Gaite Lyrique – Buy Tickets
May 02 – Murcia City, Spain – Estrella Levante SOS 4.8 – Buy Tickets
June 11 – Bergen, Norway – Bergenfest – Buy Tickets
June 13 – 15 – Newport, Isle of Wight – Isle of Wight Festival – Buy Tickets
June 27 – 29 – Bundoran, Ireland – Sea Sessions Festival – Buy Tickets
July 04 – Werchter, Belgium – Rock Werchter Festival – Buy Tickets
July 04 – 06 – Sopron, Hungary – Volt Festival – Buy Tickets
July 27 – Niigata, Japan – Fuji Rock – Buy Tickets
August 16 – 17 – Chelmsford, England – V-Festival – Buy Tickets
August 28 – Bingley, England – Bingley Music Live – Buy Tickets

Be sure to follow The Strypes on Twitter and Facebook for more updates!

MTV Artist To Watch Tour Kicks Off Today!

Austin Mahone’s MTV Artist To Watch Tour featuring Midnight Red kicks off today, February 24th!  The tour, originally scheduled for October 2013, was postponed after Austin fell ill and had to reschedule.  We’re glad Austin’s feeling better & are so excited for this tour!  Even more so after watching his amazing Jingle Ball performances.

Get your tickets before it’s too late!!  We have a feeling that Austin’s next tour will be in much bigger venues.

MTV Artist to Watch Tour with Austin Mahone and Midnight Red
2/24 – Miami, FL – Jackie Gleason Theatre
2/25 – St Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live
2/26 – Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
2/27 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
3/2 – Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Theatre
3/4 – Silver Springs, MD – Fillmore
3/5 – New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
3/6 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
3/7 – Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre
3/9 – Pittsburg, PA – Stage AE

Click HERE for Ticket information.

Want to meet Midnight Red at the show?   The boys announced via Twitter that they will be having a post-concert Meet & Greet for anyone who can show a receipt of their download of their single “Hell Yeah” on their phone.   A $1.29 meet and greet?

For more on Austin Mahone: Visit his website, Twitter, and Facebook

For more on Midnight Red: Visit their website, Twitter, and Facebook