Mother’s Day Song

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers around the world. In honor of all that you do for your children, Push Play & Listen has turned to music (of course) to show you the appreciation that you deserve. So without further ado, I’ll let the Backstreet Boys take it away. Push play, listen and have a wonderful Mother’s Day with your family.


R5: Keeping It All In The Family Video

Last month I did a piece about newly signed Hollywood Records band R5. The video below shows more footage from their concert at Celebrity Theater in Phoenix on March 17. You can check out the initial blog post here.

R5: Keeping It All In The Family

When it comes to the saying a family who works together, stays together, it seems R5 took it literally.

R5, a band composed of the Lynch siblings, Riker (21), Rydel (19), – the sole girl in the group – Rocky (18), Ross (17) and best friend Ellington Ratliff (19), is a newly signed to Hollywood Records.

Idolator, described their sound well when they wrote, “If you combined the Jonas Brothers with One Direction, with maybe a touch of Hot Chelle Rae (and then added a girl), you’d probably come up with something a little bit like hooky L.A.-based pop-rock band R5.”

Their story starts in 2007 when Riker, then only 16, wanted to move from their home in Littleton, Colo. to California to be an actor.

Their parents Mark and Stormie Lynch then decided to move the whole family, which also includes the youngest boy Ryland (15) to L.A so the family could remain together. Soon after the move, the five children got involved in entertainment.

In late 2009, they met Ratliff, a drummer who rounded out their band, which features Rocky and Ross on guitar, Riker on bass and Rydel on keyboard.

Some may recognize Ross from the Disney Channel series “Austin & Ally,” where he plays overnight internet singing sensation Austin Moon. Riker may also be recognized for his roll on “Glee” as Jeff, a member of the Dalton Academy Warblers.

It was Ross’ role on “Austin & Ally” that led to the bands increased popularity and eventually their recording contract, which came in April of 2012.

The band is currently on their Loud Tour to support their EP “Loud,” which was released in February.

Their tour made a stop at the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix on March 17. It was here that the Lynch’s importance of family was most evident. It was not just the four eldest Lynch siblings involved in the band.

Youngest brother, Ryland, is the band’s manager. He was running around the venue setting up equipment, selling merchandise and helping organize the VIP Experience, a ticket upgrade fans can buy which includes a Q&A and photo with the band. Mark Lynch also organized the VIP Experience, sold merchandise and oversaw the whole operation, while Stormie Lynch is the band’s stylists.

When it comes down to it, it’s all about the music and it was evident that the R5 fanbase, appropriately called the R5 Family, enjoyed the show. Their set contained some of the band’s old songs, all of the songs from the band’s new EP and songs from “Austin & Ally.” It also included a mashup of “Thrift Shop” and “Work Out” by Rocky and Ratliff, as well as Rydel’s stunning performance of “Pour Some Sugar on Me.” The show surely wasn’t short on dance moves or sibling banter either. The band’s encore took a while to get started due to some technical problems but the problem did eventually get fixed.

It is apparent that even though the band is new to the recording industry, they are not short on confidence. They all looked comfortable on stage and interacted with the fans.

Each member brings something to the table. Rydel, the mother of the group, keeps the boys in line and serves as a fashion icon for the fans – judging by the numerous tutu’s in the audience. Rocky brings his songwriting ability, Ratliff brings the charisma and the jokes, while Riker brings the leadership and helps with the songwriting. Ross brings the confidence needed in a frontman. This combined with their musical talents and chemistry is what makes the band work.

On top of this, they showed kindness to their dedicated fans. Before the show, they greeted and took pictures with the fans who showed up early and were waiting outside. During the Q&A, a 10-year-old girl asked Ross if she could play his guitar. He immediately helped her put in on and the whole band cheered when she played the cords to their single “Loud,” even stopping to make sure they got a picture of her.

The band also stayed after the concert to sign autographs and talk with audience members who stayed and left fans smiling as they left the venue.

The Loud Tour continues through the middle of May. Tickets and VIP upgrades are available on the band’s website. You can also purchase R5’s EP “Loud” on iTunes.

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10 Most Anticipated Albums of 2013

With a new year, comes new music and 2013 has started off with some big music news such as the announcement of a new David Bowie album and Justin Timberlake’s return to his music career. From the likes of those two announcements alone, 2013 is likely to be a good year for music. However it’s more than just Timberlake and Bowie releasing new music, it’s only January and there is already a slew of artists announcing new albums.

10) The Wanted: “Third Strike” – March

The British/Irish boy band behind the smash hit “Glad You Came” will return this year with their first full length album here in the States and third elsewhere in world. The release date was originally set for December of 2012, but the band announced late last year that they pushed it back to March, stating they didn’t want to rush the process. The album will contain the band’s current single “I Found You.” Last April, the band put out “The Wanted EP” as their debut release in the U.S. and Canada. The EP debuted at number 7 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. Recently, American Top 40 named their song “Glad You Came” the number 1 song of 2012. 

While The Wanted haven’t released an exact release date for the album, they say it will be released in March of this year. Until then you can purchase the band’s current single “I Found You” on iTunes.

*Note: The Parental Advisory is due to a fighting scene. There is no blood or gore involved.

9) Backstreet Boys: “Untitled 7th Studio Album” – TBA

This past summer on “Good Morning America,” the Backstreet Boys announced  that Kevin Richardson, who left the band in 2006, was rejoining the band. On top of that, they would also be releasing an album this year on. It has been four years since the Backstreet Boy’s last release “This Is Us,” and 8 years since Kevin’s last album with the group.

8) Vampire Weekend: “Untitled 3rd Studio Album” – May 7

This album is the follow up to the 2010 Grammy nominated “Cobra.” In interviews, the band has called their new album “dark” and “organic.”  Coachella released this years line up on Jan. 24 and Vampire Weekend will hit the stage on Sunday April, 14.

7) Lady Antebellum: “Untitled 4th Studio Album” – Spring

On Jan. 22, “Entertainment Weekly” premiered Lady Antebellum’s new single “Downtown,” from their new album due sometime this spring. The track shows off the band’s fun side as Hillary Scott reminisces about the times her and her partner used to go downtown on Saturday nights and questions why he doesn’t take her anymore. It contains fun, playful lyrics such as, “I got a dress that’ll show a little uh uh/ but you ain’t getting uh uh if you don’t come pick me up.” Lady Antebellum will perform the song for the first time on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” Jan. 28 and again on “The View” on Feb. 6. The track will be available for download on Feb. 5.

6) New Kids On The Block: “10” – April 2

The New Kids On The Block made multiple announcements Jan. 22 on “The View.” They finished their album “10,” which will hit shelves April 2, their new single will be available to purchase on Jan. 28 and this summer they will hit the road for The Package Tour, with opening acts 98 Degrees and Boys II Men. Their single “Remix (I Like The) premiere Thursday night on “On Air With Ryan Seacrest.” So many of their fans flocked to the page that it caused the site to crash. If that’s any indication their new album may fly off the shelves in April.

5) Brad Paisley: “Wheelhouse” – April 9

Paisley announced the title and release date of  his upcoming 9th studio album Jan. 9 on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” The album entitled “Wheelhouse” marks the first album Paisley has solely produced and he did so in his own home. “Wheelhouse” will include Paisley’s current single “Southern Comfort Zone,” which peaked at number 10 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. While on Kimmel’s show, Paisley explained the album is all about stepping out of his comfort zone and try many new things with the record. 

4) A Rocket To The Moon: “Wild & Free” – March 26

A Rocket To The Moon’s fan base has been waiting for new music since the band’s 2009 debut album “On Your Side.” The band released a new single, “Whole Lotta You,” last summer. The single displayed the band’s new sound, which strayed away from the pop rock sound of their debut album and added a laid back, southern twang element. The band then released a 4 track EP entitled “That Old Feeling,” in August, which contain 3 more songs with the similar laid back style. The band’s lead singer Nick Santino did an interview with “Pure Volume” where he discusses the new sound and the new album, stating the sound just evolved on its own. The band continued to add more hype to their new album when they released another single “Ever Enough” in November,  which shows a softer side to the group and a song that Santino said was the deepest he had ever written.

3) Tim McGraw: “Two Lanes of Freedom” – Feb. 5

“Two Lanes of Freedom” will mark McGraw’s first album with Big Machine Records. McGraw left his previous label, Curb Records, this summer. The accelerated deluxe version of the album is avaliable for preorder on iTunes. It shows the album’s 15 song track list, including a song entitled “Highway Don’t Care,” which features fellow country super stars Taylor Swift and Keith Urban. On Jan. 26 Billboard premiered the album’s title track and talked with McGraw about the album. McGraw’s current single “One Of Those Nights” currently sits at number 9 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.

2) David Bowie: “The Next Day” – March 12

Earlier this month David Bowie released a new single, “Where Are We Now” and announced his new album “The Next Day,” which is scheduled for release in March. It’s been a decade since Bowie has put out new music. The two year process of making the album was kept heavily under wraps leaving many people in awe when news of a new album for the once very prominent rock star. “The Guardian” released a feature piece about the making of Bowie’s new album and how he managed to keep it a secret. The deluxe version of the album is available for preorder on iTunes and showcases the 17 song track list.

1) Justin Timberlake: “The 20/20 Experience” – March 19

Justin Timberlake started off the new year by teasing his fans with a countdown clock and a video explaining that he was ready to release new music. On Jan. 14 Timberlake released a single, “Suit and Tie,” for the first time since the release of his sophomore album in 2006. The single featuring Jay Z sold 314,000 copies in its first week. The latest news reveals that rapper T.I. will make an appearance on the album. Timberlake has recently been filming a video for his new single and the “L.A. Times” describes it as Timberlake cruising around L.A. The sound of the new single seems to fall not far from where Timberlake left off on his sophomore album but time will tell whether new material will display a different side to the singer.

For The Love Of Music

Hello Readers,

Welcome to Push Play & Listen, a blog dedicated to music and the artists. My name is Shelby Madson and I am currently studying Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. I have been a huge music fan since I learned the lyrics to “Stay (I Miss You)” by Lisa Lobe at the age of 2. I spent the next 18 years expanding my music tastes and gaining a new appreciation for artists who put themselves into their music. This blog will highlight music news, review the latest albums and present newly signed and inspiring artists. I hope to share new music with you and I hope that you all share new music with me too. Feel free to email me or comment anytime with blog ideas, new music that you have found, a new cover artist you found on YouTube or a new album you just can’t stop listening to. At the end of the day it is all about the love of music and sharing your passion with other people.I hope you enjoy this blog and it creates a community of people who can’t live without the music.

Best Wishes,

Shelby Madson