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SecretFangirls.com Interview The Shadowboxers

The Shadowboxers are making a splash in music with high praise from artists like Justin Timberlake, Hunter Hayes and Chris Stapleton.  We checked in with the Nashville-by-way-of-Atlanta band ahead of their upcoming shows in NYC next week. You can catch them on February 26th at Bowery Ballroom and February 27th at Rough Trade. Founding members Matt Lipkins (keyboards and vocals), Scott Schwartz (guitar and vocals), and Adam Hoffman (guitar and vocals) met while attending Emory University in Atlanta. The band has become known for their soulful sounds, tight harmonies and songwriting talents.  We can’t wait to see the band in action in NYC next week!

Read our interview with Adam, Scott, and Matt and learn about their influences, pre-show rituals, and what fans can expect from the Shadowboxers in 2016!

How would you describe one of your shows for someone who hasn’t seen you live before?
SCOTT: Tight and energetic. We really focus on putting on a show in every sense of the word. Real playing, real singing, high energy, decent (at best) choreography…we try to create a show that’s captivating and contagious.

You recently shared the stage Hunter Hayes and have gotten support from Justin Timberlake .. what artists would you love to collaborate with?
ADAM: There are so many people we’d love to collaborate with and I might as well shoot for the moon here. Stevie Wonder, Prince, D’Angelo, Prince again, Thundercat, Mark Ronson, Pharrell, Frank Ocean, Kendrick, Tame Impala, Prince one more time. We’ve also talked about how we’d love to induce a Quincy Jones and Phil Collins comeback…simultaneously…as co-producers.

Who would you “fangirl” over if you met? 
MATT: I don’t know if we’d be able to keep our shit together in front of Prince. Everyone would very obviously be trying to play it cool…cause how do you act around someone like him? Yourself?!! No way. Also Vince Vaughn, for very opposite reasons. Everyone in the band would just wanna hang out with that guy immediately. I mean, who doesn’t?

Do you have any pre-concert rituals or superstitions?
MATT: Other than some vocal warm-up’s here and there, a 15-min group meditation, a quick game of Russian Roullette, and a secret handshake before downbeat… and also up for suggestions!

What music did you listen to growing up?
SCOTT: My mom was a big Motown fan, so I listened to a lot of Jackson 5, Temptations, early Stevie Wonder…And from my dad I picked up on Simon and Garfunkel and listened to them religiously through high school.

How would you describe your sound?
ADAM: Trying to steer away from the if “x” met “y” and had a baby with “z” formula, I’d probably say that at it’s core, our sound is soul music. We incorporate elements of R&B and funk and the sound is certainly pop, but to keep it basic, soul music.

What is your favorite song to perform live?
MATT: I think i’m gonna have to go with “Runaway.” To me, it’s the perfect mix of fun and grit. It feels badass, but it also grooves. It’s easy for new audiences to have the chorus down by the second pass, and also, it grows into a really fun outro that gets everyone on stage (and hopefully in the crowd) smiling.

SCOTT: This is really tough, but I’ll go with a new one called Want What I Can’t Have. I say this because it embodies all of the elements I was describing in my earlier answer about our live show. It’s really high energy, has some great moments musically, and gets the audience involved, which gives us an unbeatable feeling onstage.

ADAM: One of our new tunes called Want What I Can’t Have. At pretty much every show, that song reaches such a joyous point energetically with everyone on stage and the audience – it always feels like a special moment.

What song did you have the most fun writing/recording?
SCOTT: In the mid 70s we had this one called Stayin Alive that we ended up giving to the Bee Gees, which was pretty fun. The Kit Kat bar jingle was also a blast to write…few people know that was us. And we’re currently working on a song for Fast & Furious 8 that’s coming along really well.

What is the best concert you’ve been to as a fan?
MATT: I’d have to say Stevie Wonder’s “Songs In the Key of Life” Tour. We were very grateful to see that show twice. And amazingly, they were two very different but equally emotionally impactful shows. I mean talk about catharsis. Everyone (including Stevie!) was crying for “Joy Inside My Tears.” I mean it was palpable; everyone in those rooms knew they were experiencing something special and important.

What can fans expect from The Shadowboxers in 2016?
ADAM: New music released. Whether that’s a single or an EP or a double album, we can’t be sure, but we will put out new stuff this year.

You can catch The Shadowboxers on tour in February! Get your tickets below.

Feb 23rd – The Southern Cafe & Music Hall – Charlottesville, VA – Buy Tickets
Feb 24th – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA – Buy Tickets
Feb 26th – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY – Buy Tickets
Feb 27th – Rough Trade – Brooklyn, NY – Buy Tickets
Feb 28th – The Hamilton – Washington, D.C. – Buy Tickets
Feb 29th – Local 506 – Chapel Hill, NC – Buy Tickets

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Cody Simpson Announces Spring Tour in The US & Europe!

Aussie pop star Cody Simpson just announced the dates for his Spring tour, hitting cities across the US and Europe!  It’s been a minute since he’s toured the US, so we are so excited to see him again this Spring.   It will be his first tour with his new sound, and we can’t wait to see what he has in store.   Tickets go on sale this week – visit CodySimpson.com for more details.  Check all of the dates below and watch his video for “New Problems” now!

Cody Simpson Spring 2015 Tour Dates
April 1st – The Roxy – West Hollywood, CA – Buy Tickets
April 2nd – American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA – Buy Tickets
April 4th – U Street Music Hall – Washington, DC – Buy Tickets
April 5th – World Cafe Live – Philadelphia, PA – Buy Tickets
April 6th – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY – Buy Tickets
April 7th – Opera House – Toronto, ON – Buy Tickets
April 22nd – The Circus – Helsinki, Finland – Buy Tickets
April 24th – Trädgårn – Göteborg, Sweden – Buy Tickets
April 26th – USF Verflet – Berge, Norway – Buy Tickets
April 27th – Folken – Stavanger, Norway – Buy Tickets
April 28th – Train – Arhus, Denmark – Buy Tickets
April 29th – Postbahnhof – Berlin, Germany – Buy Tickets – Soon!
May 1st – Palladium – Warsaw, Poland – Buy Tickets
May 3rd – Gruenspan – Hamburg, Germany – Buy Tickets – Soon!
May 4th – Kantine – Cologne, Germany – Buy Tickets – Soon!
May 6th – Shepherd’s Bush Empire – London, UK – Buy Tickets
May 7th – The Institute – Digbeth, UK – Buy Tickets
May 8th – The Ritz – Manchester, UK – Buy Tickets
May 10th – TivoliVredenburg – Utrecht, Netherlands – Buy Tickets
May 12th – Alhambra – Paris, France – Buy Tickets
May 14th – DYNAMO – Zurich, Switzerland – Buy Tickets
May 15th – Tunnel – Milan, Italy – Buy Tickets
May 17th – Sala Razzmatazz – Barcelona, Spain – Buy Tickets
May 18th – San Miguel – Madrid, Spain – Buy Tickets

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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

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