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SecretFangirls.com Interview Trinidad Cardona

Trinidad Cardona is Island Records’ latest artist who’s about to take over your playlists!  He caught the attention of fans around the world with his viral track, “Jennifer.”  And you might have heard him featured on Alex Aiono’s smash hit “Does It Feel Like Falling” which is EVERYWHERE in the best way possible!  With his smooth R&B vocals and his super high energy shows, Trinidad is on the up and up to be the next big star.  Trinidad’s new single “Even If” is out now so get ready to get lost in the track’s throwback R&B sound.

We caught up with Trinidad at the Island Life showcase in NYC and chatted about his musical inspirations, dream tour lineup, and who he would fangirl over if he met!  Watch our interview below and get to know Trinidad!

Grab a copy of “Even If” on iTunes or Amazon now.

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SecretFangirls.com Interview The Strypes

We have been long awaiting The Strypes return to America, since we last saw them in NYC in 2014 (!)  Finally all of our “come to America!” tweets paid off, and The Strypes made their triumphant return to tour across the US this Spring, including a stop at Mercury Lounge in NYC.  They are one of our favorite artists to see live – Ross, Pete, Evan, and Josh play a loud, fast, and energetic set that has the entire club singing and dancing along.   The Strypes are also incredibly talented musicians.

We caught up with the band before their show and got the inside scoop on “The Surprisingly Dull Adventures of The Strypes,” found out what’s on their tour rider, and what’s been the best part of their American tour.  Watch our interview and get to know more about The Strypes!

Pick up a copy of “Spitting Image” on iTunes or Amazon now!

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Alex Aiono Brings “Feels Like Tour” to NYC

Alex Aiono slayed his sold out “Feel Like Tour” stop at Highline Ballroom in NYC!   With his good friend and collaborator Trinidad Cardona kicking the show off, the duo brought the house down and made sure the crowd had the night of their lives.


Alex sang and danced his way through his high energy set with a huge smile on his face the entire time!   The energetic crowd was singing along to every word.  The show was one nonstop dance party from start to finish, and Alex did an awesome job keeping the crowd involved.   He even brought up a special fan and serenaded her on his acoustic guitar halfway through the set.


Alex got his start by posting his now iconic mashups of songs on YouTube.  He included his Drake/Nicky Jam “One Dance/Hasta el Ananecer” mashup as part of the set, and it was 🔥🔥🔥.   We love that Alex has the moves, the vocals, and producing skills.  He is the total package.


We’ve been hearing “Does It Feels Like Falling” absolutely everywhere lately, and judging by the reaction that Alex got during his sold out show, you’ll be seeing and hearing much more from him soon!  We can’t wait to see him on his next tour, and we can see him selling out even bigger venues around the country.


Pick up a copy of “Does It Feel Like Falling” featuring Trinidad Cardona on iTunes now!


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Jon Bellion Announces “DREWAPOLOOZA!” Benefit Show in NYC

Jon Bellion has been teasing his hometown for a show announcement for months and he finally shared what his beautiful mind has been up to. He’s bringing his “Human Condition Tour” back home by throwing a huge benefit show in honor of his best friend. The show will see Jon once again take over NYC’s Terminal 5 on December 21st with all proceeds going to the Reeves Foundation for spinal cord injury research.  The cause has a special place in Jon’s heart after his best friend Drew suffered a life threatening diving accident earlier this year while touring leaving Drew with a broken spine, two collapsed lungs from water intake, and fighting against paralysis from the neck down.  “DREWAPALOOZA” will help raise funds for both the Reeves Foundation and Drew’s recovery.

Tickets for this special benefit show go on sale Wednesday, Sept. 13th at 12noon local time.

Jon Bellion – DREWAPALOOZA! Benefit Show
Terminal 5 – New York, NY
December 21st, 2017
Buy Tickets

Read the heartfelt note from Jon below regarding the show.

Be sure to grab a copy of Jon’s album “The Human Condition” on iTunes or Amazon!

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THE HEYDAZE Release “New Religion”

It’s been a second since our friends in THE HEYDAZE released new music but it’s always worth the wait!  Jesse, Alexander, Andrew, and Tyler just released a brand new single called “New Religion” which is an upbeat continuation of their new sound.  The song describes how the right person can make break through the routine and make life exciting!

You can see THE HEYDAZE on tour this Summer!  Check out all of their upcoming dates HERE, including stops in NYC and DC/VA and sets at HangOut Fest, Bottlerock, and Sloss Music & Arts Festival.

Listen to “New Religion” below and make sure you know all the words when you catch them on tour!

Grab a copy of “New Religion” on iTunes or Amazon now.

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AJR Play 1st Sold Out Hometown Show At NYC’s Gramercy Theatre

AJR have been killing it lately.  Their latest single, “Weak,” has gotten over 100 million plays on Spotify and is climbing up the charts.   Their first major headlining tour, the “What Everyone’s Thinking” Tour, has had sold out shows across the country.  The tour rolled into Adam, Jack and Ryan’s hometown of NYC over the weekend for a two night stand at the Gramercy Theatre.

AJR have played Gramercy Theatre in the past, but their show on Saturday night was their first ever hometown show that sold out. And it didn’t just sell out – the show sold out so quickly that a second date was added on Sunday.   How successful has the “What Everyone’s Thinking” Tour been?  They were nearly out of their stock of merch, with a few shows left to go!

If you’ve been to an AJR show, you know that things can “get weird,” as Jack told the crowd.  For their first big headlining tour, they brought out all the stops.  They are by far one of the most energetic acts we’ve ever seen on stage.  They honed their skills performing on the streets of NYC, where they learned how to win over a crowd. Jack never stops moving, flailing across the entire stage in a continual dance as he switches from playing the Maschine to the drums to the Melodica to the guitar.   All three brothers took turns playing the drums, even hopping into the crowd at one point.

One of the things we love most about AJR is how true they stay to themselves and to their music.   After playing “Let The Games Begin,” the band told the crowd how the music industry had tried to change them and told them they couldn’t do things.   “You can’t get that sound on the radio.  You can’t record in your living room.”  Even Jack’s hat was met by criticism.  Through it all, they stood by what they believed in.  We saw quite a few fans (including a mini Jack) rocking “the hat” in the crowd.

We love that AJR are confident in their sound and their growing fanbase proves that you don’t have to fit into a certain mold to make good music and connect with people. When they wrote the songs for their latest EP, “What Everyone’s Thinking,” they wanted to make songs that were very honest and the reaction has been unbelievable.

Adam told the crowd more about their songwriting process – the brothers write countless songs together, then let them sit for a few months.  The ones they like that “pass the test of time” get the go ahead, while others get shelved.  One track that has stood the test of time, and that the band still loves to play live is “Infinity.”  They also did a new rendition of fan favorite track “Woody Allen,” turning it into an acoustic song with a heavy kick drum.   Ryan said he was inspired to write the song after watching Woody Allen movies for film class: he wanted to capture that feeling of how he always gets the girl in the end.

They incorporated some of their remixes in the set, turning “I Got No Strings” and “Tiptoe Through The Tulips” into tracks you wanted to dance to.  They also created a “New York” remix on stage, breaking it down piece by piece to show the crowd how they create their unique sound.

AJR closed out their set with their breakout single, “I’m Ready,” which had the entire room dancing and clapping along.   They rolled out a giant banner printed to look like Jack’s Maschine, which he started to play.   The band came back out for one more song, their current hit “Weak.”  We got chills hearing every person in the room singing along.

It was by far the craziest AJR show we’ve been to!  The enthusiastic crowd knew every word,  loudly singing along from start to finish.  It’s amazing to see how far they’ve come (they’ve been performing together for 12 years!) and to see such an incredible response to their music.  There’s no one else quite like them.  AJR,  you just keep doing you.

Setlist:
I’m Not Famous/Thirsty
The Green and The Town
Call My Dad
I Got No Strings
Come Hang Out
Woody Allen
Tiptoe Through The Tulips
Let The Games Begin
Pitchfork Kids
Infinity
Remix
Turning Out
No Grass Today
I’m Ready
Weak

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The Vamps and Citizen Four Perform at Sold Out Gramercy Theatre In NYC

It’s hard to believe it’s been 3 years since The Vamps’ first headlining show (ever!) in NYC, at Gramercy Theatre back in February 2014.  James, Connor, Tristan and Brad have come a long way since then, selling out arenas like the O2 in London and dropping 2 albums along the way.  It’s been a while since the boys have had a headlining show in NYC, and we were thrilled to see them back at the Gramercy Theatre last night!

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The Vamps certainly know how to put on a high energy show – it’s impossible not to sing and dance along!  The enthusiastic crowd knew and sang along to every word, including their brand new single “All Night.”  Their set included songs from both albums, from “Can We Dance” to “Wake Up,”   and they brought out a special guest during “Somebody To You!”  Sabrina Carpenter, who is opening for The Vamps in Europe, joined the guys to sing Demi Lovato’s part.

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Brad told the crowd since he’s been in America for a while now, he’d caught on to some slang.  “Get ready because tonight is going to be ‘lit’ and you’re all going to get ‘turnt up.'”  (Imagine this with a British accent).  The band does an excellent job of getting the crowd involved, calling out fans in the audience and encouraging them to sing along.  Brad even jumped off stage near the end of the show to get closer to the fans!

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At the end of the night when the band left the stage, instead of the usual “encore” chants, the crowd broke out into an a cappella version of “All Night.”   Their singing morphed into The Vamps coming back on to play the song themselves.  It was a perfect ending that left everyone wanting more!

If you didn’t make it to the show last night, not to worry:  Brad promised that they would be back “very soon” and are going on tour in North America this Summer!   Stay tuned for the announcement coming soon!

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Our new favorite boyband, Citizen Four, kicked the night off in style with their sweet harmonies and smooth dance moves.  We’ve been singing their single “Testify” ever since.  The best way to describe it is 🔥🔥🔥.  Conner, Carson, Austin, and Josh are so much fun to watch live!  They had the crowd rocking and we’re sure they gained quite a few new fans after that performance!

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The Vamps Setlist:
Rest Your Love
Cheater
Can We Dance
Last Night
Wild Heart
Cecilia
Stay
Stolen Monents
Somebody To Love (with Sabrina Carpenter)
Wake Up
All Night

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