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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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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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Cam’s “Burning House” Tour Hits Highline Ballroom in NYC

We saw Cam for the first time in 2014 when she opened for Dan + Shay on their first headlining tour at Highline Ballroom in NYC.  Her set was so much fun (one of our favorite openers ever!) and we knew we’d be hearing much more from her in the future.  Since that show, Cam signed with Sony, released her debut album “Untamed,” and had her first #1 single, “Burning House.”    Cam came full circle last week when she came back to Highline Ballroom on her first headlining tour, the “Burning House” Tour.

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Cam played every track from “Untamed” during her set.  The enthusiastic crowd sang along from start to finish.  We love that Cam took the time to introduce every track, telling the crowd anecdotes and the inspiration for writing each song.  She has a knack for storytelling, evident in both her songwriting and her on stage banter.  Every story was heartfelt or hilarious, or a little bit of both.  She reminded us of another blonde country star: Dolly Parton!

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Cam had one of the coolest sets we had ever seen, turning the stage into a beautiful house in the woods complete with forest creatures and flashing stars.  It got even cooler when a blacklight made it seem to glow in the dark about halfway through the set.

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Cam played some new material during the show, including the head-banging “Man Hunt,” which showed that Cam can totally rock.   She closed her set with the hilarious “Fireball Whiskey,” which Cam had actually pitched to the company.   She said they declined since the track “does not promote responsible drinking.”

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The night ended with Cam’s breakout single, “Burning House,” which turned into a very loud singalong.  The “Burning House” Tour runs through December.  Click here for tour dates!  Don’t miss your chance to see this rising star.

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Setlist:
My Mistake
Want It All
Hungover on Heartache
Half Broke Heart
Mayday
Sweet Dreams (cover)
Old Men, Young Women (cover)
No One Gets to Heaven
Untamed
Runaway Train
Cold in California
Country Ain’t Never Been Pretty
Man Hunt
Village
Fireball Whiskey
Encore:
Burning House

5SOS Sell Out Madison Square Garden on “Sounds Live, Feels Live” World Tour

We can officially say “5SOS sold out MSG!!!”  That’s a feat of epic proportions, especially for a band that hasn’t been around that long.  It’s hard to believe that just two short years ago the guys were headlining the nearby Best Buy Theater, which holds about 2,000 people.  Luke, Ashton, Calum, and Michael played every song we could have asked for on this tour and you could hear the entire arena singing every word!

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The band played their new single, “Girls Talk Boys,” for the first time live at MSG.  The track had just dropped the day of the show, but fans already knew all of the words and kept singing like they had been all night.  The performance of the funky song saw lead singer Luke Hemmings jump on the piano for a bit – cue the swoons.

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Drummer Ashton took the time to remind the crowd to always follow their dreams, saying he went from playing in his garage to playing in the legendary Madison Square Garden.  He also said the crowd was the loudest he’d ever heard, despite having played many other shows.

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Before going into the first verse of “Jet Black Heart” solo, Michael soaked up the applause from the crowd.  Just when you thought he was going to keep going, the crowd just got louder and louder.  It was one of the most energetic crowds we’ve ever seen at MSG (or anywhere for that matter!)  We’re so proud of how far 5SOS have come so far and can’t wait for what’s next!

Setlist:
Carry On
Hey Everybody
Money
Voodoo Doll
Don’t Stop
Disconnected
Long Way Home
Outer Space
Waste The Night
Vapor
Amnesia
Castaway
Jet Black Heart
End Up Here
Good Girls
Girls Talk Boys
Permanent Vacation
What I Like About You
She Looks So Perfect (Encore)

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The “Sounds Live, Feels Live” Tour will be hitting venues across North America all Summer long!  Check out the dates here and get your tickets now!  Make sure to pickup a copy of “Girls Talk Boys” on iTunes now so you can singalong!

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Cole Swindell Celebrates “You Should Be Here” Album Release in NYC

NYC went country last night with Cole Swindell celebrating the release of his sophomore album, “You Should Be Here,” at the Gramercy Theatre.  If you’re a fan of Cole’s, of country music, or just having a good time, you should have been there.  His set was packed with hits from start to finish, including tracks from the new album and his record-breaking debut.  It was one of the most fun shows we’ve been to in a while, where we could singalong from start to finish.  The sold out crowd was ready to party, and knew all of the new songs despite the album only having been out for 2 days.

Cole got his start in Nashville as a songwriter, cutting tracks for Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett, Florida Georgia Line and more before signing his own record deal with Warner Brothers.  He played his versions of “Get Me Some Of That” and “This Is How We Roll,” leading into his first #1 as an artist, “Chillin’ It.”

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Cole told the crowd he grew up on 90s country music, which made him fall in love with the genre.  He covered Kenny Chensey’s “Don’t Happen Twice,” which was the first song he’d ever played for an audience back in college.  He had a full circle moment getting to sing that song with Kenny on stage last year.  Cole thanked the fans throughout the show, saying that they’re the reason he is where he is and “the reason I do all of this.”  Country artists are some of the most grateful and generous artists we’ve seen and it’s because of the close connection they have with their fans.

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Highlights of his set included “Flatliner,” which Cole recorded with Dierks Bentley, and his new single “Middle of a Memory.”  Cole’s performance of the title track from the album, “You Should Be Here,” was an emotional moment.

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Cole ended the night with a 3-song encore that included a bonus track from the new album, “Hoppin’,” which you can get on iTunes.  He took the crowd to church with “No Can Left Behind,” which he said was already one of his favorites to play live.  It’s a JAM.  The track has an old-school country sound and feel, a welcome throwback in the set. Cole closed out the show with his hit “Ain’t Worth The Whiskey,” which was one loud singalong from start to finish.  He let the crowd take it home as he held up an American flag sourced from the front row.


Setlist

Down Home Boys
Hey Y’all
Brought To You By Beer
Up
Hope You Get Lonely Tonight
Middle of A Memory
Get Me Some Of That (Thomas Rhett)
This Is How We Roll (FGL & Luke Bryan)
Chillin’ It
Real Good Man (Tim McGraw)
Don’t Happen Twice (Kenny Chesney)
Broke Down
Stars
Let Me See Ya Girl
Flatliner
You Should Be Here
(Encore)
Hoppin’
No Can Left Behind
Ain’t Worth The Whiskey

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We The Kings’ “From Here To Mars” Tour Lands At Gramercy Theatre in NYC

We The Kings’ “From Here To Mars” Tour landed at Gramercy Theatre in NYC last night in front of a sold out crowd.  It was a show that left us wondering how we had never seen WTK live before – it was our first and most definitely not last time we’ll be seeing them on tour!  (Hint: WTK are playing the Vans Warped Tour all Summer long!) The band put on a high energy set, including material from all of their albums.  They set the tone for the night from the first song, “Skyway Avenue,” from their 2007 debut.

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Early in the set lead singer Travis Clark referred to the audience as “not fans, not friends, but family.”  It was a perfect way to describe the atmosphere at the show.  It was one of the loudest crowds we’ve ever heard and we loved hearing everyone sing along all night long.

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Travis taught the crowd some dance moves before going into “I Feel Alive.”  He wanted the last thought everyone had before going to bed after the show to be “did we really just do that?”   The Gramercy crowd gets an A+ for fully committing to the moves.

WTK ended the night with their biggest hit, “Check Yes Juliet.”  The crowd sang along so loudly and passionately that it was one of those moments at a show where you realize just how much the music and the band means to the fans.

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We The Kings Setlist
Skyway Avenue
She Takes Me High
Any Other Way
We’ll Be A Dream
Find You There
I Feel Alive
Love Again
Secret Valentine
Just Keep Breathing
Jenny’s Song
Runaway
Sad Song (with Elena Coats)
The Story of Tonight
I’m Yours (Cover)
Say You Like Me
Check Yes Juliet

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Opening act AJR got the crowd pumped with their energetic set.  They premiered a new song, “I’m Not Famous,” which they impressively wrote and recorded just a week ago before heading out on tour.  And the track is already out on iTunes now!  “Let The Games Begin” turned the crowd into one big, bouncing dance party.  It was just as awesome live as we hoped it would be!   We love seeing AJR perform because of how much fun they are having on stage – it’s impossible not to join in.

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AJR Setlist
Woody Allen
I’m Not Famous
Cover
Let The Games Begin
Pitchfork Kids
I’m Ready

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Check out all of the upcoming “From Here To Mars” Tour dates HERE!  If you can get out to a show, don’t miss this!

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Nick Carter’s “All American” Tour Hits NYC

Nick Carter’s “All American” Tour hit the Playstation Theatre in NYC over the weekend.  We expected Nick to give 300% on tour, as he does with everything he does, but he was even better than we expected.  The show was divided into three parts with a distinct style – rock star Nick played guitar to start off the night, he broke it down for a more acoustic set wearing a fedora, and ended the night showing off his dance moves.  The show gave Nick a chance to show off his range from boyband pop to rock and back again.

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Nick managed to find the perfect balance between his solo material and Backstreet Boys songs.  He also threw in “One More Time,” from his project with Jordan Knight of NKOTB. While some solo artists refuse to even acknowledge the group or band they came from, Nick fully embraced his boyband heritage.  He understands that while the crowd is definitely there to support and hear Nick’s new music, odds are they are BSB fans as well.  This made for an insanely fun, high energy show as he surprised us with a mix of songs from all of his solo projects and a mix of Backstreet songs.  We all got to party like we were “19 in 99!”

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Brian Littrell made a surprise appearance on stage, eliciting lots of 1999 level screaming from the audience.  He joined Nick for “I Want It That Way” and “Show Me The Meaning Of Being Lonely.” Honestly, the show could have ended right there, but the night was just getting started.  Brian also let it slip that the guys already have six songs recorded for the next Backstreet Boys album! They’re set to put the finishing touches on it very, very soon.

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Nick got to show off his moves from “Dancing With The Stars,” breaking out into a salsa number after “The Call.”  He ended the night with a series of songs that showed of his lighter side – and Nick is clearly not afraid of make fun of himself or have a good time with his fans.  He’s no stranger to being in front of large crowds but that’s really where Nick Carter shines – on a stage with his fans singing along with him!

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Setlist
Blow Your Mind
I’m Taking Off
Horoscope
All American
As Long As You Love Me
One More Time
Just Want You To Know
I Want It That Way
Show Me The Meaning Of Being Lonely
Madeleine
I Will Wait
Help Me
Second Wind
Wonderwall (cover)
Burning Up
Swet
Larger Than Life
The Call
Falling Down
Tijuana
19 in 99
Get Over Me
Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)

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Check out all of Nick’s upcoming tour dates here!

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