Monday, August 15, 2011

New Brag Book Post!

Check this out! Our friend Jordan Tolmie had the opportunity to meet Pat Monahan from Train when she was in Pittsburgh!

"I got to meet Pat Monahan, from Train, when I stopped in Pittsburgh PA on August 6th. My family and I literally ran into him and another guy from the band in the streets as they were walking back to their hotel that afternoon. and later that night was a baseball game with a free Train concert when they came on the field with fireworks."

We Own The Night Tour Episode #3

Taylor Swift Speak Now Tour- Every Girl's Dream

BY: Lauren Miller

On August 3rd I had the opportunity to go to Taylor Swift's latest tour the Speak Now tour. Now I'm not the biggest fan of Taylor Swift, but I respect her for what she does and the music that she creates that speaks to so many people. So when she decided to come to town I knew I needed to see her live. I wanted to see all the hype for myself- live and in person.

One word comes to mind when I think back to my show in August and that word is girly. The physical aspects of Taylor's show were just completely unbelieveable and so intricate. They all were straight out of a fairytale story book. With every set and costume change it was like Taylor was giving us the physical representation that she imagines when writing every song. There was confetti snow for Back to December,  there was a beautiful wedding scene for Speak Now, there was a rickedy shack for Mean, there was a magical looking tree for her acoustic set, and there was a floating balcony for Love Story. You can see from some of my pictures just how magical and beautiful the show was.

Now for the reason why people go to concerts- to hear music. Taylor exceeded my expectations in this aspect. I never really thought she was that good of a live singer. Sure she does a heck of a lot better than I would ever do, but she's still never struck me as the best singer ever. But she definitely proved me wrong. Her voice live was just the same as her voice on her albums.

There's only one thing I could think of that I would change about this tour. Everything was pretty much perfect, but I would have liked to have heard some of her older songs too. I know that this was the Speak Now tour and that she was touring to support new album, but it would have been cool to hear a few more of her first and second album songs. While she did play Our Song from the first and Love Story from her second as someone who had never seen her before I would have loved to have heard maybe a medley of a few old songs.

There's still a few dates left on the North American leg of Taylor's Speak Now tour. If it rolls into your town and you love fairy tale endings and pretty dresses definitely hit up this girl's tour and see why everyone falls musically in love with this girl.


BY: Lauren Miller

Yeah, that's right I said part 3. I officially saw the New Kids on the Block & Backstreet Boys tour three times this summer. I went into the first show not knowing anything about the NKTOB (except that Donnie Wahlberg is a hottie) and let's be honest I was always much more of an N'SYNC fan. But I went into the first show because my girl Ashlyne Huff was opening for them. I ended up loving the show so much that I had to see it in DC and Hershey as well.

The Hershey show was one of those bitter sweet moments. It definitely felt like the ending of my summer I was so sad when the show started because I just did not want this pop music experience of a lifetime to be over.

I know you've all read my praise for the NKOTBSB tour twice before so we'll make the review part of this blog simple and say these boys are amazing life. Their show has an unmatched energy and they have a way with connecting and making the whole crowd fall in love with their respective bands all over again.

The two things you haven't read a review of are Midnight Red and Matthew Morrison- the new openers for the second half of the tour.

Midnight Red was up first and let me tell you these guys were cute. I actually saw one of the guys walking around outside before the show and I thought he was an out of place band boy from one of the shows I usually go to (actually I was hoping he was Donnie Wahlberg’s son or something). These boy seriously looked like Allstar Weekend or something and then they broke into choreographed boy band music. It was like heaven. But heaven only lasted for so long. The guys only got to play a 2 or 3 song set. And apparently they did a meet and greet, but I didn’t find out about it until after the fact or else I totally would have met these guys!
Next up was Matthew Morrison, you may know him as Mr.Schuester. I wasn’t sure what to expect from Matthew’s set. I don’t really watch Glee and honestly I didn’t even know he did music. His set was a little corny. It was a little too show tuney for me. I know that boy band music is essentially corny and lame in its own right, but this was just a little too much for me to handle. It’s not like Matthew was bad because he certainly had a voice, his set just wasn’t for me. Maybe for a Glee fan this set would have been awesome, but for me it fell a little flat.
Of course the main act New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys did not disappoint. I think in this case third time was definitely the charm. I had the perfect seat. It was right behind the VIP seats right near the end of the cat walk. The best part was when Donnie came out during tonight and danced and walked right in front of me and I got to hold his hand twice! The second best part was when the Backstreet Boys came out from the sides and Brian and Howie both walked right near where my seats were.
This was also the show where I finally got to see the end of the show. For the past two shows I would go out and see Ashlyne at her Meet and Greet, but at this show I finally got to hear and see Don’t Turn Out the Lights live and in person as well as the encore.
If my instinct is correct I believe these boys will be touring together sometime in the future (if you check the tweets between the New Kids and the Backstreet Boys it seems as though something is in the works). If so not only should you expect more pictures and videos from future shows, but you should also check out a show. You won’t be disappointed and your money will be well spent!

New Tour Alert!

Pop Punk's Not Dead's new tour line up just came out and wow! This is going to be an awesome tour! Check it out: New Found Glory, Set Your Goals, The Wonder Years, Man Overboard and This Time Next Year.

Check out the dates below:
Oct. 6 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst

Oct. 7 – Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues

Oct. 8 – Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee

Oct. 10 – Dallas, TX @ Trees

Oct. 11 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s

Oct. 12 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s

Oct. 14 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

Oct. 15 – Orlando, FL @ House of Blues

Oct. 16 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution

Oct. 17 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live

Oct. 19 – Charleston, SC @ The Music Farm

Oct. 20 – Charlotte, NC @ Amos’ Southend Music Hall

Oct. 21 – Richmond, VA @ The National

Oct. 22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory

Oct. 23 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live

Oct. 25 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom

Oct. 26 – Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon

Oct. 27 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues

Oct. 28 – New York @ Best Buy Theatre Times Square

Oct. 29 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom

Oct. 31 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Zoo

Nov. 1 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues Cleveland

Nov. 3 – Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre

Nov. 4 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues

Nov. 5 – St. Paul, MN @ Station 4

Nov. 6 – Iowa City, IA @ The Blue Moose @ Tap House

Nov. 8 – St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant

Nov. 9 – Kansas City, MO @ Midland Theatre

Nov. 10 – Denver, CO @ Odgen Theatre

Nov. 11 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Grand @ The Complex

Nov. 13 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox @ The Market

Nov. 14 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom

Nov. 16 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom

Nov. 17 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues

Nov. 18 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues

Nov. 19 – Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Cafe

Nov. 20 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues San Diego

Wanna Be In A Music Video?

Drive A is looking for people to help them shoot their new video for The World in Shamble this week.

Check out all the info below & if you go make sure to share any awesome stories you have!

WHO: YOU (Ages 16-25)
WHAT: Drive A music video shoot "The World In Shambles"

WHERE: Location TO BE ANNOUNCED (In the Greater LA Area)
WHEN: Thursday 8/18/11 from afternoon to evening

WHY: Because Drive A needs your rock star worthiness to grace the screen with us!

1. Email by TUESDAY 8/16/11.

2. You will receive a release paper to sign via email upon RSVP & the location of the shoot.

*NOTE: Shirts with brand names can not be allowed on camera. Please NO CLOTHING WITH BRAND NAMES SHOWING.

New Band To Check Out: No Outlet

BY: Liza Boodhansingh

No Outlet is a rock/alternative band from Philadelphia, PA.
John Rodden – Guitar/Vocals
Alex Lerman – Drums/Backup Vocals
Some of their influences include:  Jimmy eat World, Blink 182, Weezer, Rise Against and Motion City Soundtrack.
You can check them out on:

Round Two With Floral Terrace

At Warped Tour this summer Liza Boodhansingh had the opportunity to interview Floral Terrace for us again! Woo! Check out the interview below and leave lots of comments and love!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Selena Gomez- We Own The Night Tour Diary

Straight from the Teen Choice Awards. Notice Justin Bieber in the background looking ever so dapper.

Wonders of the Younger Tour

Check it out the Plain White T's, The Summer Set, The Downtown Fiction and Allison Park are touring together this summer! Check out dates below and of course expect coverage from the October 28th date!

09/25 Minneapolis, MN Fine Line Music
09/26 Omaha, NE Slowdown
09/27 Iowa City, IA The Blue Moose Tap House
09/29 Denver, CO Bluebird Theatre
09/30 Salt Lake City, UT Lifetime Activities Center
10/01 Boise, ID Knitting Factory
10/02 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory
10/06 San Juan Capistrano, CA Coach House
10/07 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre
10/08 Scottsdale, AZ The Canyon
10/11 Houston, TX House of Blues
10/12 Dallas, TX House of Blues
10/14 St. Charles, MO Lindenwood University
10/15 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
10/16 Covington, KY Madison Theatre
10/17 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
10/24 Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock Cafe
10/28 York, PA Penn State University at York
10/29 Pontiac, MI Eagle Theatre
10/30 Chicago, IL House of Blues
11/01 Blacksburg, VA Virginia Tech University

Monday, August 8, 2011

Selena Gomez and the Scene- Love You Like A Love Song @ Teen Choice Awards 2011

BY: Lauren Miller

Crappy quality, I know, but it's the video I found that recorded Selena's full performance including the amazingly cute moment when Justin dances to the song!

Demi Lovato Acuvue Inspire Award

BY: Lauren Miller

Last night Demi Lovato received what might have been the best award of the night at the Teen Choice Awards. Sure Taylor Swift got the ultimate Teen Award, but Demi got the inspire awards for inspiring teens everywhere to believe in themselves and believe that Love Is Louder.

Check out the video below of Ms.Lovato accepting her award. Congrats to Demi!

Check Out Katelyn Tarver's BIG Announcement

Sunday, August 7, 2011

I Love Selena Gomez Like A Love Song, Baby

BY: Lauren Miller

I really wanted to do one wrap up review of the Teen Choice Awards, but maybe it's time I do a mid award show rant. Since it looks like my entire time line is full of people hating on her, I have to defend my girl Selena.

#1 Winning Awards

Ok, I get how huge that would have been for Allstar Weekend to win choice love song. Amazing. I would have been so proud to see a band I've been following for over a year win a national, televised award. It would have been huge. But, obviously they weren't going to win. And I mean isn't it a big honor to have been nominated in the first place?

#2 Her Performance

So, Selena isn't the best vocalist ever. She certainly isn't giving Adele a run for her money. BUT Selena literally just started this singing thing, professionally anyway. In the last year that she's been serious about it with Selena Gomez and the Scene she has gotten SO much better.

Regardless of whether she's a good singer Selena is one of the sweetest girls in the business. Everyone always gives her such a hard time for being a fame whore, for being untalented, for being a slut; someone on my timeline said it best the girl can't even sneeze without getting hate. And it's seriously so true!

How would you feel if every time you attempted to do something, or showed up somewhere, or a picture of you showed up in a magazine people talked smack about you? I'd feel pretty crappy about myself. I'd be feeling even more crappy about myself if I was the one talking crap about her.

Rant over, for now. Are there any artists out there that you think don't get the love they deserve? Show them some love here!

Delena at the Teen Choice Awards 2011

It makes me so happy to see these two BFFS together just like old times. Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez. Teen Choice Awards 2011.

And it makes me happy to see Demi so happy. That girl deserves all the success in the world.

What are some of your favorite moments from the Teen Choice Awards tonight?

Saturday, August 6, 2011

I Survived!

Warped Tour at Columbia, Maryland in Review
BY: Lauren Miller

This summer I attended my first ever Vans Warped Tour show. I had no idea what to expect from the infamous all day music festival -except for sunburn, which I got!

I was kind of bummed that I was starting my Warped attending with this year because I honestly only knew like three bands on the tour, and from what I previewed of the other bands I wasn't so sure the line up was for me. I took some advice from some friends and just went with it. I'm glad I did for several reasons.

All the chaos started at the drive down. The line of cars for the exit was like a mile long. Luckily I conquered that exit; I don't know if I could have contained my excitement that long. When I pulled into the parking lot I had never seen that many half naked teenagers in once place at one time in my life.

Commentary Break: Why even bother wearing clothes?

Sometimes I wonder if girls think. And further if parents think since 95% of these girls were under 18.

I understand that it's hot out. I understand girls want to look hot out. But seriously considering most of the people attending Warped are drunk or stoned males I personally wanted to cover up just a little bit so as not to get molested. Maybe that's just me.

Furthermore what's with these girls crowd surfing in string bikinis? Don't girls have ANY respect for their bodies/selves any more?

End Commentary Break

The whole day was just a swarm of so much activity to soak in. If you're a fan of people watching, Warped provides for some of the most interesting characters out there. But this blog is about music, not people watching, so moving on.

I think the biggest thing I really got out of Warped is how awesome music is. How dumb is that statement? But really, it was so cool to see so many different kinds of music (sure most of it was screamo, but there was also some alternative & pop in there) playing in one place. All the bands and crew and support and everyone on this tour really gained some huge respect from me. I mean I saw a guy showering with a "solar shower" aka a plastic bag with a tube outside and that was his shower for the day. To take a shower like that is some extreme dedication to one's art.

I also really took away that other genres are just as cool as my favorites. Don't get me wrong, I'm not going to go out to a screamo fest tomorrow, but it was really eye opening to watch D.R.U.G.S.'s set. The way that they draw, keep, and entertain a crowd is just fantastic. The only other band that filled almost the entire ampitheater with fans was Simple Plan. As artists I have a new respect and idolization for these bands of other genres.

Overall, if you haven't been to Warped I highly recomend it for any lover of music. For $40 you get a sea of music and interesting people. There are dozens of opportunities to meet the bands and rub elbows with band members in the crowds. Even if you think the line up isn't for you I venture to say that it is smart to go for even half a day just to look around and feel the experience. But take my advice and lather on the suncreen. Almost two weeks later and I am STILL peeling from my Warped sun burn.

Did you attend Warped Tour this year? Let us know what your favorite moment was or your favorite performance you saw.

Nickelodeon's World Wide Day of Play

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Interview With D.R.U.G.S.

So for my interview with Aaron from D.R.U.G.S. my flip decided to die. So this interview comes in two parts.Hence the two videos. :)

Make sure to check out D.R.U.G.S. on the rest of the Warped Tour, seriously these guys have some of the most energy/the craziest crowd ever. I highly recommend them.

Interview By: Lauren Miller

Interview With Tony of The Exposed

Check out this interview with Tony from the Pop/Punk British Band The Exposed. If you like a real, classic punk band this is your band to watch!

Interview By: Lauren Miller

Interview with Ricky James of Cold Forty Three

Check out this interview with Ricky at the Columbia, MD Warped Tour Date.Be ready for a good time with this one!

Interview By: Lauren Miller

Exclusive Interview with Jordan Witzigreuter

BY: Lauren Miller

I think I've been trying to upload this video since the second my Warped date (Columbia,MD) was over. But for some odd reason YouTube did not want to upload this video for some odd reason. I thought I was going to have to transcribe the interview, but luckily Facebook allowed J Witz's awesomeness to be seen live in video form.

Check out our 2nd interview with Jordan below and make sure to check out the rest of our Warped Tour (and other) interviews on our interview page.

Learn to Fly- Action Item Band

Have you seen Action Item's new video for their song Learn to Fly? If not check it out below. The song was produced by the one and only Nick Jonas, so we know it HAS to be good!

What do you think of Action Item? Are they keepers or a one hit wonder?

Taylor Swift- Our Song @ Verizon Center Washington, DC 8/3/11

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Exclusive Interview with Nate from Westland

Interview By: Lauren Miller
Camera Work & Editing By: Genevieve Bowles (@gwizpromotions)

Check out this interview from the Columbia Warped Tour Date. It's with Nate from the band Westland. We were his first ever interview. Big milestone there.

Vans Warped Tour 2011 Oceanport, NJ

Photos By: Liza Boodhansingh

Monday, August 1, 2011