North of Nine recently made their New York debut with an intimate showcase at Piano’s. The band played tracks off of their new EP, “Alive,” along with a solid cover of “Mr. Brightside” by The Killers. Highlights of the set included the band’s current single, “Can It Be You?” and a jazzy, piano driven track, “Alive,” that will hopefully make it to the album. We love North of Nine’s sound – pop rock that’s a little bit funky, infused with soulful keyboards. “Alive” is a perfect way to describe their energetic performance.
Lead singer Jackson Guthy was a solo artist before forming the band with friends from LA: Michael O’Grady (guitar), Edison Lo (bass), Nolan Frank (keyboards), and Rob Ketchum (drums). Each member of the band brings their own unique style. If you’re a fan of Jackson’s solo material (“Pretty Lady” was our JAM a couple of summers ago), you’ll love the rock-infused North of Nine.
Pickup a copy of the “Alive” EP on iTunes now and watch the video for “Can It Be You?” below. The single recently went to radio, and we’d love to see them charting north of #9 on the charts! The band, who is managed by Randy Jackson, made their debut at SXSW this year. They are definitely an artist to watch in 2015, and we can’t wait to hear more from this talented band.
South By South West (SXSW) is about to descend upon Austin, TX next weekend bringing musicians and industry tech heavy hitters to the city. Every year, SXSW is known to feature the best artists on the edge of breaking it big and also getting smaller artists some BIG exposure. SXSW Music runs from March 17th – March 22nd. Check out our Friday Five acts to check out at SXSW 2015! Visit SXSW.com for schedule info.
1. Born Cages
Indie rock outfit, Born Cages are currently playing their way to SXSW but once they get to Austin, Born Cages are set to play a showcase or two. Pre-order the debut album “I’m Glad I’m Not Me” on iTunes or BornCages.com for exclusive pre-order bundles! You can also get “Rolling Down The Hill” for free on iTunes until March 17th.
2. North Of Nine
We’ve loved Jackson Guthy ever since we jammed to “Pretty Lady” on several stops of the Big Time Rush Tour. We love his new band, North of Nine, just as much. If you’re into fun pop-rock, this is the band to check out. They just released their debut EP, “Alive,” earlier this week! Watch the video for “Can It Be You?” below.
Pretty sure we don’t need to explain why you need to see Sam Hunt. Just throw on a clean t-shirt and a shot of cologne, and go.
4. Catfish and the Bottlemen
The British indie rockers just wrapped up a sold out tour across the US, and are about to embark on another sold out tour across the UK. We’re betting their SXSW showcase will be a hot ticket, too!
5. Wild Party
We’re suckers for clever pop songs, and Wild Party craft some seriously catchy tunes. They just wrapped a tour with band of the moment Catfish and the Bottlemen, and are about to join Meg Myers on a Spring tour. Pickup a copy of their debut album “Phantom Pop” on iTunes now!
Born Cages just announced that their hotly anticipated debut album “I’m Glad I’m Not Me” will be released on June 2nd, 2015! Rejoice further because pre-orders for the album are available on iTunes now, with 4 songs available for instant download. The album cover features art work from Matthew Cooper who has credits ranging from Franz Ferdinand and Arctic Monkeys, to Paul McCartney and The Kills.
The album features hits from “The Sidelines EP,” and new fan favorites the band have been test driving in their live shows. Check out the official track listing below!
Born Cages “I’m Glad I’m Not Me” Track Listing
1. Rolling Down The Hill
2. Bigger Than Me
3. Don’t Look Back
4. Moving On
5. I Just Want The Truth, Baby
6. Give Me A Smile
9. Dirty Money
12. Finding Beauty In A Broken World
Pre-order bundles are also available on BornCages.com with extras like physical copies of the album, t-shirts, and even a crew neck sweatshirt!
Don’t forget that Born Cages are playing their way to SXSW this year, as well as a full summer run on this years Warped Tour! Check out their upcoming tour dates with Dreamers HERE.
Jackson Guthy and his band North Of Nine just announced the release of their debut EP, “Alive,” on March 10th. We’ve had their new single “Can It Be You?” on repeat and can’t wait to hear more!
The band are also playing a string of shows this Spring, including a show at SXSW. Check out the dates below!
North of Nine Tour Dates
March 5th – Mrs. Fish – Los Angeles, CA – Buy Tickets
March 11th – The Satellite – Los Angeles, CA – Buy Tickets
March 21st – SXSW @ Chuggin’ Monkey- Austin, TX – Buy Tickets
March 28th – Live @ The Vineyard – Napa Valley, CA – Buy Tickets
June 12th – Taste of Ft. Collins – Fort Collins, CO – Buy Tickets
Pick up a copy of North Of Nine’s debut single “Can It Be You?” on iTunes or Amazon now.
Festival season is fast approaching. We’re sure you’ve noticed the array of fringe-y accessories as well as denim cut offs and floral print everything hitting stores. NYC pop rock group Born Cages just announced a March tour leading up to SXSW in Austin this year with DREAMERS and The Kickback. Sounds like a dream tour lineup to us. Check out all of the tour dates below!
Heffron Drive premiered their first official single, “Parallel,” at SXSW and now it’s officially available on iTunes! Click HERE to purchase the single.
Check out Heffron Drive’s SXSW performance of “Parallel” below:
Heffron Drive also covered Savage Garden’s “Truly Madly Deeply,” and can we just say we’d be totally cool with Heffron Drive taking on more of a 90s alt-rock sound. The song really showcases his beautiful voice, which we miss hearing as part of Big Time Rush!
Heffron Drive announced the title of their first official single and gave us a peak at the art for it!
Here is what Kendall had to say about the song in his Instagram post:
” “PARALLEL” Im very proud to announce this! Make sure you download it on #March25th This song is about timing, chance, and the stars possibly aligning to create true love. Hopefully this is the first in a long line of new music! Thank you all for supporting @dbeltwrites and I! #HeffronDrive #KendallNewSingle #HD #SXSW”
The song will be available for download on March 25th and if you have a badge for South By Southwest (SXSW) catch the exclusive Heffron Drive set at the Creekside Hilton Garden Inn on March 15th at 8PM. Click HERE for all the details.
If you don’t have a SXSW badge, you can be one of the first 100 fans to hear the new single before it even hits radios and have a Meet&Greet with Kendall Schmidt and Dustin Belt! Get your tickets HERE.