We all know the 90s were the greatest musical era of all time, especially for pop music. We had Backstreet Boys, we had *NSYNC, we had Britney, we had 2ge+her, we had it all. So we were thrilled when we heard about a new musical opening in New York that is set in the 90s pop scene. “Pop Nation,” opening in November, “puts you behind the scenes as boy bands and bubblegum divas blast off on a whirlwind ride to the heights of pop royalty.”
The show is described as a “social theatrical experience,” mixing the feel of a musical with a nightclub. We’re not sure exactly what this means, but they had us at “90s boybands” and we’ll definitely be checking this one out. “Pop Nation” features original music by Damon Intrabartolo, choreography by RJ Durell, who has worked with Madonna and Britney, and production design by Kevin Antunes, JT’s go-to.
Previews for this new musical begin November 14th at the Hudson Hotel in New York City. Tickets are available now on the official “Pop Nation” website.
Watch your favorite Backstreet or *NSYNC video to get pumped for the show
Country duo Dan + Shay just announced dates for their first headlining tour to support their debut album, “Where It All Began!” The tour kicks off in October in Minneapolis, and they’ll be making stops across the country including New York City! We get extremely excited when country artists have smaller scale shows in NYC, as it’s unfortunately a rare occurrence! And we might have asked Dan + Shay (and Hunter Hayes) to make sure they included a stop in NY on their next tour (thanks for listening! ;).) We cannot WAIT for this!
We just caught Dan + Shay opening for Hunter Hayes on the We’re Not Invisible Tour, with a short acoustic set pre-show. They were amazing live, and our only complaint was that we didn’t get to hear enough of our favorite songs! Which would be every track on the album. So we’re thrilled that we’ll be seeing them again soon, playing a full set!
Watch the tour announcement below & stay tuned to DanAndShay.com for ticketing and meet & greet info! Tickets go on sale next week.
Dan + Shay Where It All Began Tour Fall 2014
October 2nd – El Rey Theatre – Los Angeles, CA – Buy Tickets
October 9th – Mill City Nights – Minneapolis, MN – Buy Tickets
October 10th – Majestic Theater -Madison, WI – Buy Tickets
October 11th – The Bluebird – Bloomington, IN – Buy Tickets October 12th – The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI – Buy Tickets October 15th – Cannery Ballroom – Nashville, TN – Buy Tickets
October 16th – Workplay Soundstage – Birmingham, AL – Buy Tickets
October 17th – Horseshoe Tunica – Robinsonville, MS – Buy Tickets
October 19th – Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa, OK – Buy Tickets
October 23rd – Highline Ballroom – New York, NY – Buy Tickets
October 24th – The Trocadero Theatre – Philadelphia, PA – Buy Tickets
October 25th – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC – Buy Tickets
October 26th – Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH – Buy Tickets
Make sure you get a copy of “Where It All Began” as the perfect soundtrack to your Memorial Day Weekend & so you can sing along on tour!
Last week, New York based pop trio AJR released their debut EP “6foot1” on iTunes and Amazon MP3. Now that we have had some time with the new songs, we are blown away with how talented these guys are!
Written, recorded, mixed and mastered all by themselves in their parents’ living room, AJR continues to impress us. As if that wasn’t enough, the boys also designed the cover art. And in case you were wondering where the title “6foot1” came from, it’s because Adam, Jack and Ryan are all 6 foot 1. Here is our track-by-track review of the EP!
The opening track, “I’m Ready” is the brothers’ first single and has been climbing the Pop Chart on iTunes (as high as 98!). Sampling the iconic Spongebob “I’m Ready” clip, AJR layered dubstep bass drops and the most catchy chorus we’ve heard all year.
The second track ,”Woody Allen”, has such a fun sound to it! We aren’t quite sure what they mean when they say they feel like Woody Allen but it makes for a great song. Also, the most inventive censoring of a word we’ve ever heard (we’re looking at you Ryan!). This song has so many layers and we can’t stop listening to it! We hear something new every time.
“Growing Old On Bleecker Street” isn’t exactly new to us, but every time we listen to this song, we wish we could live on Bleecker Street. We love the ukelele and the melody of this song. One of our favorite lyrics: “I woke up last night from a dream that we’d grow old on Bleecker Street. Sit by the fire and I’d play my guitar but dreams are only dreams.”
We are obsessed with the horns in “AfterHours.” We can’t wait to hear this song live! It’s super catchy and high energy chorus will have any venue rocking. And are those water glasses we hear in the background? Nice.
The EP closes with “Buy You a Rose,” which showcases Adam, Jack and Ryan’s unique voices and powerful harmonies. Check out their beatboxing in the background (we already knew they had serious skills). The gang vocals on this song are incredible. Just listen to this song and you’ll see why it’s our favorite.
As we’ve mentioned, we are seriously looking forward to what’s in store from AJR next year, including the release of their full length debut album. (PS guys, we are going to need studio versions of “The Green and The Town” and “Married on a Hill” hint hint)
The EP is available now on iTunes and Amazon MP3 for just $2.99! That’s less than your morning latte. Get it now!
Earlier this month, we caught Ariana and the Rose opening for Heffron Drive. The New York-based group has a fun electro-pop sound, and lead singer Ariana DiLorenzo has some serious pipes. Their mash-up of “Wrecking Ball,” “I Knew You Were Trouble,” and “Summertime Sadness” blew us away.
Check out the video for their new single, “Heartbeat.”