Jan 28, 2014

Goo Goo Dolls joining Super Bowl events plus Spring tour




January 23, 2014 - Burbank, CA - Goo Goo Dolls have announced that they will hit the road in April for a spring acoustic tour, called The Otis Midnight Sessions. The shows will be performed in a "Story Tellers" format that enables the multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated band to dig deep into an extensive song catalog spanning their nearly 30-year history. It also offers a rare opportunity for fans to see them perform in more intimate settings than the Goos normally visit on their many live treks.

The Goos will be joined by Los Angeles favorites Run River NorthThis incredibly talented band has developed a devoted fan base and has already been featured on NPR, public television, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and Last Call with Carson Daly. They will release their self-titled debut album on February 25th.  

The Goos are touring in support of their 10th studio album Magnetic. The album, which debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, features the red-hot single "Come To Me," which is shaping up to be the fastest-growing single in the Goos' history, no small feat for a band that has scored 14 Top 10 radio hits, more than any other artist in the history of the Hot AC format.

In addition, the Goo Goo Dolls will perform at two upcoming Super Bowl-related concerts: The Super Bowl Kickoff Spectacular - a free, ticketed show that also features the band Daughtry and a first-class Macy's Fireworks show. The event, the first to ever be associated with a Super Bowl, will take place on Monday, January 27th, along the Hudson River at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ, and serve as the official launch to the weeklong events. The Goos will also be one of the headliners of VH1's Super Bowl Blitz: Six Nights + Six Concerts, which will find them performing at the St. George Theatre on Staten Island on Friday, January 31st. The concert will air live on VH1 and will be streamed in the VH1 App, made available on-demand in the app and at SuperBowl.VH1.com on February 1st.

While the band is in New York City, they will tape an episode of the third season of public television's critically acclaimed Front and Center, the one-hour music performance series. The Goos' episode will premiere in June on public television. Check local listings or go to googoodolls.com and/or frontandcenter.com for air date and time. 

Goos vocalist/guitarist John Rzeznik will also take part in "A Song Is Born," the 16th Annual Grammy Foundation Legacy Concert, along with Skylar Grey, Kris Kristoferson, Allen Shamblin, J.D. Souther, Joy Williams, Paul Williams, and Dan Wilson at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles on January 23rd. The concert explores the history and evolution of songwriting and celebrates the various contributions of key players behind the music and their impact on the American cultural landscape. Click here for more info.

Goo Goo Dolls have sold over 10 million albums worldwide and are the only artist to have three songs on Billboard's "Top 100 Songs from 1992-2012" including the Number One slot for "Iris." Rzeznik has been honored with the Songwriters Hall of Fame Hal David Starlight Award and they have been inducted into Guitar Center's Historic Hollywood Rock Walk. 

Magnetic was released June 11, 2013, and debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Top Rock Albums chart. The Buffalo trio celebrated its release with a performance on Good Morning America, and they have recently appeared on The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Live with Kelly & Michael, CBS Saturday MorningThe Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and Rachael Ray. They will tour Canada through mid February till the beginning of March.

The Goo Goo Dolls' U.S. tour dates are as follows:

04/07  Syracuse, NY                        The Carrier Theatre @ TheOncenter Complex
04/08  Ridgefield, CT                       The Ridgefield Playhouse
04/09  Albany, NY                            Lewis A. Swyer Theatre @ The Egg
04/12  Niagara Falls, NY                  Seneca Niagara Bear's Den *
04/17  Ponte Vedra Beach, FL        Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
04/18  Biloxi, MS                              Beau Rivage Resort & Casino **
04/19  Nashville, TN                        3rd & Lindsley
04/21  Lexington, KY                       Lyric Theatre & Cultural Art Center
04/22  Chicago, IL                            City Winery
04/23  East Lansing, MI                  Pasant Theater @ The Wharton Center (MSU)
04/25  Middletown, OH                   Finkelman Audiorium - Miami University
04/27  Green Bay, WI                      Meyer Theatre

*No Support
** Full Electric Set

Tegan and Sara in Brooklyn 2-5, tour with Katy Perry Fall '14

Tegan and Sara to Join Katy Perry on Tour This Fall

Performing at Barclays Center as part of Amnesty International's Bringing Human Rights Home Benefit Concert on 2/5 
Collaborate With The Lonely Island on "Everything Is Awesome" for The 
LEGO® Movie Soundtrack

 Have A New Track Featured In The Upcoming Film Endless Love 
Big Tour news coming out of the Tegan and Sara camp. They are confirmed as direct support for the third leg of Katy Perry's North American tour starting September 9th in Vancouver and wrapping up in New Orleans on October 8th. In other big tour related announcements, Tegan and Sara will be a big part of Amnesty International's Bringing Human Rights Home benefit concert at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY on February 5thwith The Flaming Lips, Imagine Dragons, Lauryn Hill, Tegan and Sara, The Fray and more.

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"I Was A Fool" Official Video on YouTube

"I Was a Fool" Official Audio on Soundcloud
Tegan and Sara will be a part of two movies coming out in February. They have teamed up with The Lonely Island to sing the theme-song, "Everything Is Awesome", for the forthcoming The LEGO® Movie, the first-ever, full-length theatrical LEGO® adventure, from Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures, opening in theatersFebruary 7, 2014. Directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller (21 Jump StreetCloudy with a Chance of Meatballs), it stars Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie and Charlie Day, with Liam Neeson and Morgan Freeman.

There is a new song performed by Tegan and Sara in Universal Pictures' upcoming movie Endless Love, a romantic drama starring Alex Pettyfer (Magic Mike) and Gabriella Wilde (The Three Musketeers) and directed by Shana Feste (Country Strong). The film hits theatres February 14th 2014. The previously unreleased track "Don't Find Another Love" is featured on an impressive indie soundtrack, which also features NONONO, The Bird and The Bee featuring Matt Berninger, Guards, Echosmith, and Tanlines.

This past year was a huge one for Canadian born twin sisters Tegan and Sara, with the release of the girls' seventh studio album, Heartthrob - which marked their highest first week charting position of all time. The band scored their first mainstream hit with "Closer"and circled the globe in support of Heartthrob, which included international and domestic headlining stints, a US tour with Fun. performances with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis,Taylor Swift, and Katy Perry as well as multiple festival appearances along the way. They conquered TV - 2013 saw Tegan and Sara everywhere from Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (where they represented HRC), to ELLEN, the MTV Woodie Awards, 90210, and their first career appearance on The TODAY Show. As the year came to a close, the duo's effort was highly championed all-around, named #30 on Rolling Stone's "50 Best Albums of 2013" and #13 on Spin's "Top 50 Albums of 2013."  "Compulsive, sexy, and confident, the once-folky sister duo crafted a Top 40 transformation themselves with no Max Martin handiwork in sight, which makes Heartthrob's success feel downright subversive" raved Spin, who also slotted Heartthrob's first single, "Closer," in the #6 spot for "Songs of the Year."                
After a great run with "Closer," the first Tegan and Sara song to ever chart, let alone break into the top 20, at pop radio,  "I Was A Fool" is the next official single, impacting stations next month.

A full list of upcoming tour dates is below. They'll be cruising in March as part ofParahoy! and join Katy Perry on the latter leg of her tour through September to October. The girls are also confirmed for Big Guava Music Festival in Tampa, FL, Hangout Music Fest, Suburbia Music Festival, and Firefly Festival in Dover, DE this summer. More tour news coming soon. 

Confirmed Tegan & Sara Tour Dates:
02/05          Amnesty International's Bringing Human Rights Home - Brooklyn, NY
02/07          Cleveland Masonic Auditorium - Cleveland, OH
03/07          Parahoy - Berry Islands, Bahamas
03/08          Parahoy - Berry Islands, Bahamas
03/09          Parahoy - Berry Islands, Bahamas
03/10          Parahoy - Berry Islands, Bahamas
03/11          Parahoy - Berry Islands, Bahamas
03/14          Coliseo De Puerto Rico - San Juan, PR
04/05          Club Skirts Dinah Shore - Palm Springs, CA
05/02-04    Big Guava Music Festival - Tampa, FL
05/03-04    Suburbia Music Festival - Plano, TX
05/16/18    Hangout Music Fest - Gulf Shores, AL
06/19-21    Firefly Festival - Dover, DE
09/09          Rogers Arena - Vancouver, BC*
09/12          Moda Center - Portland, OR*
09/13          Tacoma Dome - Tacoma, WA*
09/16          Honda Center - Anaheim, CA*
09/19          STAPLES Center - Los Angeles, CA*
09/22          SAP Center - San Jose, CA*
09/25          Jobing.com Arena - Glendale, AZ*
09/26          MGM Grand Garden Arena - Las Vegas, NV*
09/29          EnergySolutions Arena - Salt lake City, UT*
09/30          Pepsi Center - Denver, CO*
10/02          American Airlines Center - Dallas, TX*
10/05          FedEx Forum - Memphis, TN*
10/06          BOK Center - Tulsa, OK*
10/08          New Orleans Arena - New Orleans, LA*
*Prismatic Tour w/ Katy Perry

Jan 1, 2014

2013's Ten Best Pop Songs

Of course, you know, this is Mama Kath so this list is not tracks you heard on the radio this year.  They were not millions sellers.  They will not be nominated for Grammys, AMAs or have a shot at an MTV moonman.  Nope, this is the truly GREAT pop music that the industry does not want you to know exists.  They want you to keep believing the drek they promote is quality art.  IT'S NOT SO WAKE UP!  Fire up Spotify and lets do this.

10)  "The Best Thing (That Never Happened) We Are The In Crowd.  This band is another that stands to take on Paramore and win.  Fun, dance and in your face.

9)  "Give Me Your Hand" remixes.  This was the only way I could legally get The Ready Set into 2013 releases.  This is an artist that is way under-rated.  Jordan is everything Justin Bieber can only hope to be.  He writes his own music and sings it live.  The guy OWNS a stage and an audience.

8)  "Cool Kids" from Echosmith's debut album "Talking Dreams" is a great pop song.  This is a band with some super potential.  After a full run on Vans Warped Tour this summer, they got to play Nickelodeon/TeenNick's Top10 Countdown for New Year's.  Echosmith is a family act from L.A. that is genuine competition for Paramore and Katy Perry.

7)  "I Still Dream" from Young London's 2013 release "Instincts".  These two do an amazing job taking techno dance out of the studio and performing it live.  I dare anyone who goes to one of their shows to stand still.  Sarah and Matt have perfect synergy and are such a fantastic musical team.

6)  "Get Lucky" Daft Punk were another group that came back in 2013 with killer material.  This song was the product of the full-house collab between the robots, wunderkind Pharell Williams and guitar legend, Nile Rodgers.  There was no way this song couldn't be a great pop track. All the collaborations on this record were genius.

5)  "Savior" and "Geisha Dance" by Ricky Rebel.  Two singles released from his upcoming "Blue" album.  This guy has such a solid grasp on pop music and his creative eye should have him everywhere.  His music videos are beautifully theatrical and his sound engineering is impeccable.  I can't decide between these two tracks.

4)  "Benny and Joon" William Beckett's "Genuine and Counterfeit".  This guy was totally on to it as far as phenomenal pop right out of the gate with The Academy Is...  He found his stride again immediately in his first solo release last year and it just keeps getting better.  Beckett also has a hard, steel grip on social media and is using every bit of it to his advantage including the new Stage-It site.  He is touring starting in February with another favorite, previously mentioned, We Are The In Crowd.

3)  "Girls/Girls/Boys" Panic at The Disco "Too Weird To Live-Too Rare To Die".  This album is brilliant but I wouldn't expect less from Brendon Uri.  I picked this track due to it's balls.  The lyrics play with subject matter that is in the headlines and deals with it fearlessly.  The video is even more fearless.

2)  "Fight or Flight" off Sam Sparro's EP Quantum Physical Vol. 1 is that smooth Sparro I love so much.  But honestly I don't think Sam can do a bad song.  This whole EP is on loop often.  The rest of this EP series is highly anticipated and should just keep giving us more killer Sam.

1)  "My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light 'Em Up)" Fall Out Boy.  This song is so anthemic.  Fall Out Boy came back with a vengence in 2013.  They closed this year by performing at the Victoria's Secret fashion show.  They are far from done smashing the pop-punk world.

2014 has a lot more great pop to look forward to.  Feel free to weigh in with your choices.  Nothing from mainstream though.  People already know who the industry is pushing.  Look behind the curtain, beyond the smoke and mirrors.