Song of the Week 6/11/13

Another Tuesday is upon us and this week’s winner was easy to pick as it has been on replay since I heard it last Tuesday. That day I went to The Maine’s album release party at Tempe Marketplace to see A Rocket To The Moon play and was pleasantly surprised when This Century took the stage before them.

The release party was the opener for The Maine’s current tour. I had never heard of This Century before but people in the crowd certainly had. It was the coolest thing being on the outside and watching a band interact with their excited fans. The Phoenix native band clearly enjoyed themselves and the music sounded great. I was throughly impressed by lead singer Joel Kanitz and his performance. Not only did his voice sound amazing but he looked seasoned as he moved all over the stage and interacted with the fans.

There was one excited fan close to where I was standing who knew every word to every song they played and she was really enjoying the show. She was dancing and singing along excitedly and she didn’t go unnoticed to Kanitz either. Multiple times he saw her excitement and acknowledged her, making eye contact while he sang, pointed out to here and smiled as she sang along with him. She wasn’t standing anywhere close to the front row but at that moment is seemed like those two were the only ones in the room and the smile on that girls face after this happen was indescribable.

I had been enjoying the music already but this made me want to root for This Century and when they played “Everywhere Everything” I was completely hooked. I went home and ordered both their CD’s and I am now lucky enough to say that not only am I a fan of This Century, I also got to see them live. So after these events it made sense to honor This Century with this week’s song of the week. So without further ado this is “Everywhere Everything.” For more information on This Century visit their website and if you get a chance to see them live, I highly recommend it.


Song Of The Week 5/4/13

The winner this week is “I Want Crazy” by Hunter Hayes. For more about the song, check out Push Play & Listens write up.

The winner this week coincides with an exciting announcement he made this morning.

Platinum selling country artist Hunter Hayes is partnering up with CMT on tour to bring his fans the Let’s Be Crazy Tour. The tour will support Hayes’ new album “Hunter Hayes Encore” out on June 18th. Tickets for the tour go on sale June 14 and 21. Those fans who preordered Hayes’ new album or download his new app will be eligible to purchase tickets earlier.

The tour will stop in 21 cities and will feature special guest Ashley Monroe of the Pistol Annies. You can find the list of dates below.

Hunter Hayes’ CMT on Tour: Let’s Be Crazy Tour Dates:

10/10 – Knoxville, Tenn. | Knoxville Civic Auditorium
10/11 – Savannah, Ga. | Johnny Mercer Theatre
10/12 –  Columbia, S.C. | South Carolina State Fair
10/17 – Atlanta, Ga. | Fox Theatre
10/18-19 – Nashville, Tenn. | Ryman Auditorium
10/24 – Muncie, Ind.| Emens Auditorium at Ball State University
10/25 – Chicago | Rosemont Theatre
10/26 – Louisville, Ky. | Louisville Palace Theater
11/1 – Birmingham, Ala. |  BJCC Concert Hall
11/2 – Greensboro, N.C. | War Memorial Auditorium
11/8 – Evansville, Ind. | Aiken Theatre at the Centre
11/9 – Cleveland | State Theatre at Playhouse Square
11/10 –Detroit | Fox Theatre
11/14 – St. Louis | Fox Theatre
11/15 – Sioux City, Iowa | Orpheum Theatre
11/16 – Omaha, Neb. | Orpheum Theater
11/20 – Lafayette, La. | Heymann Performing Arts Center
11/22 – Dallas | Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
11/23 – Tulsa, Okla. | Brady Theater
12/4-5 – Minneapolis | Orpheum Theatre
12/6-7 – Kansas City, Mo. | The Midland by AMC

Song of the Week 5/21/13

With another week comes another song of the week and today we honor a milestone in a band’s career. Last week Huey Lewis and the News’s album “Sports” celebrated it’s 30 year anniversary. The special two disc release features the original track list remastered as well as live performances of all of the songs. “Sports” reached number one on the Billboard charts in 1983 and had a hand in the band’s success in the 1980’s and early 1990’s. The band has continued to make music and tour around the United States. All in all they have achieved 19 top ten singles. For all the latest news check out their website and you can download “Sports 30th Anniversary Edition” on iTunes now.

It was difficult to pick which song from this album should be rewarded song of the week, so I went with the practical choice. After all, it’s been 30 years since the release of “Sports” and it’s evident that “The Heart of Rock & Roll” is indeed still beating. So push play and listen as Huey Lewis tells you about Rock & Roll while The News keeps the beat.

Song of the Week 5/14/13

It’s that time again. I had a hard time picking this week’s song, so I decided I would give the honor to a young singer who has overcome a lot over the past couple of years and is releasing her fourth studio album today. Demi Lovato’s current single “Heart Attack” was released at the end of February and has peaked at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Her album “Demi” drops today so I thought it would be a perfect fit for Song of the Week. So without further ado, push play and listen as Demi Lovato talks about the boy that is making her do something that she never would, fall in love.

Song of the Week 5/7/13

Can you believe it’s Tuesday again. You all know what that means…it’s time to crown a new Song of the Week. This week’s winner is a new group of brothers from Orlando, Florida. Before You Exit is complied of McDonough brothers Connor, Riley and Toby. They have been making music since 2007. You may have seen them in concert, as they have been a supporting acts on numerous tours, such as All Time Low’s Dirty Work Tour in 2011, Allstar Weekend’s All the Way Tour in 2011 and Action Item’s Resolution Tour earlier this year. The band is currently supporting on the North American leg of Olly Murs’ Right Place Right Time Tour. The band will also join Cody Simpson on his Paradise Tour that starts at the end of the month.

Before You Exit’s single “I Like That” is this week’s winner. The song talks about a boy who likes a girl who can’t see her own beauty. The song contains a great beat and guitar riff. The song comes from the band’s EP entitled “I Like That EP” and it is available for download now. The entire EP is filled with wonderfully written songs of all kinds that really show off Riley’s strong lead vocals and the band’s great harmony’s. For all the latest news on the band stay turned to their website.

So sit back, push play and listen as Before You Exit tells you why they “like that.”


Song of the Week 4/30/13

Hello readers it’s time for another Song of the Week. This week I picked a newly released song from a band that has released a lot of good news lately and who is gearing up for a summer tour. This week’s winner goes to “Like Nobody’s Around” by Nickelodeon boy band Big Time Rush.

Big Time Rush is comprised of Logan Henderson (23), James Maslow (22), Carlos Pena Jr (23) and Kendall Schmidt (22). They are stars of the show of the same name that first premiered in 2009 on Nickelodeon. The show will start its fourth season on May 2.

This song gives the old advice of doing what you love to do without worry about what others may think about it or you. It’s a great message in general but and even better message to the younger audience that is targeted for Big Time Rush’s TV show. Don’t let their boyish looks get to you those this quartet can really sing.

The music video below, which is from their show, features only part of the song but showcases a lot of history…boy band history that is. Take a look at it and see how many boy bands you can name.

So push play and listen as Big Time Rush encourages you to do what makes you happy no matter what anybody else thinks about it and takes you through the long history of the boy band. Enjoy!

Big Time Rush have announced their Summer Break Tour with Victoria Justice, which kicks off on June 21. The band released the track list for their upcoming third album, entitled “24/seven,” which will be released on June 11. You can pre-order and purchase “Like Nobody’s Around” now on iTunes.

Song of the Week 4/23/13

It’s Tuesday again and that means another Song of the Week must be crowned. We are going to award this week’s song to a new single that was released today. This week’s winner is “Pretty Brown Eyes” by Australian, teen, pop idol Cody Simpson. For those of you who don’t know Simpson’s story, he was discovered on YouTube. He received a recording contract soon after and released his first single “iYiYi” in May of 2010. He has come quite a way since then. His new single, “Pretty Brown Eyes,” shows off a more mature side to Simpson while still staying true to his beach vibes and Australian roots. The music video for the single, which was released yesterday, shows depicts a fun pool side party, while incorporating animation.   Simpson’s debut album “Paradise” is available on iTunes. You can catch Simpson on his first headline Paradise Tour this summer with special guest Ryan Betty. Tickets go on sale April 27th. So sit back, push play and listen to this week’s song of the week: “Pretty Brown Eyes.”

Song of the Week – 4/18/13 Special

Due to all the tragedy that our country has seen this week, I thought I would try to use a universal language to bring people together. I can’t provide answers but I would like to pass on hope. To all those in Boston, Texas and all over the world who have been struggling this week, my heart is with you. To all those whose hearts are aching and those who feel alone this is for you. Remember that there are people in this world that love you. If we all come together we can do anything. So without further ado, please sit back, push play, and listen in hopes that a song can give you hope.


Song of the Week 4/16/13

This week’s pick pays homage to one of the numerous musical television shows that are popping up all over the place. It’s “Original” off of the NBC show “Smash.”

The song’s theme focuses on what stars do in order to stand out and be “original.” I find the charm of the song to be in the real life examples mentioned in the lyrics. American Idol season 5 runner-up Katharine McPhee’s vocal performance is flawless on top of the catchy beat and piano driven melody of the song.

“Original” is a song written for the show by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. The video above is a scene from “Smash” that showcases rehearsal for the fictions musical, “Hit List,” in which this song is featured.

For those who don’t know “Smash” is the story of the road of preparing a musical for broadway. “Smash” airs Saturdays at 9 p.m. on NBC.

So it’s that time to push play & listen to a catchy pop song that makes a nod at popular culture.


Song of the Week 4/9/13

The very first Song of the Week is awarded to “See You Tonight” by platinum selling country artist Scotty McCreery. The single was released today and is special in many ways. First being the first single off of McCreery’s new album that will be released sometime later this year. This song also marks McCreery’s first contribution to songwriting.

The song showcases a new sound than McCreery’s previous music. McCreery was interviewed on GAC’s live ACM Red Carpet where he talked about the new sound.

“We’re trying to find my sound,” McCreery said. “Frank Rogers, the guy we’re working with right now, he’s done a really good job finding that sound and making it unique. We’re excited for the fans to hear it.”

The song showcases youthful lyrics that relate to McCreery’s live style and love. The song revolves around McCreery’s need to see his girl tonight instead of looking at her pictures. The song shows off a more contemporary side of McCreery.

So push play & listen to this week’s song of the week, “See You Tonight.