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Adrianna Velazquez

Adrianna is a 20-year-old college student attending Wayne State University majoring in Public Relations and minoring in Journalism. With a passion for music and photography she spends most of her time at concerts photographing and interviewing musicians. She also enjoys baseball and coffee, lots of it!

Eminem Signs Michigan Rapper Astray to Shady Music Publishing

Eminem helped a hometown native turn his dreams into a reality this past week.

Astray, a rapper/producer/singer-songwriter from Saginaw, Michigan recently inked a publishing deal with Em’s very own Shady Music Publishing last week.

According to Mlive.com, Em and his team will be working with Astray to craft his songs while he also inked a deal with Universal Music Group who Eminem and Paul Rosenberg partnered with in 2007.

Rosenberg took to Twitter to welcome Astray to Shady Music Publishing where he tweeted, “Pleased to welcome our new writer @ASTRAY_or_SHAWN to Shady Music Publishing with UMP.  Keep an eye out for him!”

Astray shared his excitement on Facebook as well and clarified that he is not signed to Shady Records, but rather Shady Music Publishing as a writer.

“I am very excited to be working with these two titans in the music industry and can’t wait to show you what we do from here!!” Astray announced on Facebook. “JUST TO CLEAR THINGS UP. IM SIGNED TO SHADY MUSIC PUBLISHING / UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING. NOT SHADY RECORDS,” he added on Twitter.

Before signing to Shady Music Publishing/Universal Music Group, Astray established a track record that includes creating music for Maybach Music Group, Jon Connor, MTV and Atlantic Records. Additionally, he landed an internship with Eminem’s studio 54 Sound.

You can check out some of the emcee’s work here.

Fifth Harmony Announce Summer Leg Reflection Tour

Harmonizers get ready, the girls are back!

Fifth Harmony spent the early part of 2015 out on the road and it seems that these fierce, hair-flipping girls aren’t done yet.

The girls recently hosted an exclusive pool party to announce that they’ll be hitting the road yet again as a continuation of their Reflection Tour. They hosted a fun Q&A with fans as they revealed tour secrets and teased a possible addition to their already pumped up setlist.

This time they’ll be hitting the road with Debby Ryan & The Never Ending, “Somebody” singer Natalie La Rose and MTV Artist to Watch, Bea Miller along with pop/reggae quartet Common Kings who will be joining the tour for one week.

A fan pre-sale for the summer Reflection Tour will be available Monday, Apr. 27 and on-sale general public tickets will go live Friday, Apr. 31 at 10 a.m. local time.

For more information regarding tickets and tour dates click here.

The Summer Reflection Tour Dates
7/15/2015 – Louisville, KY @ Palace Theatre
7/17/2015 – Lakewood, OH @ Lakewood Civic Auditorium
7/18/2015 – Cincinnati, OH @ PNC Pavilion @ Riverbend Music Center
7/20/2015 – Atlanta, GA @ Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
7/21/2015 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
7/23/2015 – St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House
7/24/2015 – Rogers, AR @ Walmart Amphitheatre**
7/26/2015 – Birmingham, AL @ Concert Hall
7/28/2015 – Jacksonville, FL @ Florida Theater
7/29/2015 – Miami Beach, FL @ The Fillmore Miami Beach
7/30/2015 – Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall*
7/31/2015 – Orlando, FL @ Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts*
8/2/2015 – San Antonio, TX @ Tobin Center*
8/3/2015 – Houston, TX @ Bayou City Event Center
8/4/2015 – Midland, TX @ Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center**
8/5/2015 – Dallas, TX @ Verizon Theater*
8/7/2015 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
8/9/2015 – San Jose, CA @ Event Center Arena
8/11/2015 – Santa Rosa, CA @ Wells Fargo Center for the Arts*
8/12/2015 – Bakersfield, CA @ Rabobank Theater
8/13/2015 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Pearl Concert Theater
8/18/2015 – Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre*
8/20/2015 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater
8/21/2015 – Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theatre*
8/23/2015 – Buffalo, NY @ Shea’s Performing Arts Center
8/24/2015 – Albany, NY @ Palace Theatre
8/26/2015 – Washington, DC @ Warner Theatre
8/29/2015 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre

J. Cole Receives College Degree After Performance At Alma Mater

J. Cole who graduated a summa cum laude in 2007 from St. John’s University in Queens, New York left something behind on his way out.

The acclaimed singer returned to his alma mater where he performed something sort of a homecoming show and this time, left with something he never received the first time around.

Cole who owed a fine for an outstanding library book never received a physical degree following graduation.

“If you have any outstanding fee, that translates to money,” the rapper said. “There’s a price associated with it. I never paid. That’s why I don’t have my degree.”

That all changed following his performance when Cole was surprised on stage by former provost and his former professor Dr. Julia Upton who presented him with the piece of paper — that represented a deal of time spent at the university, time he reflects on his latest album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive.

Cole joked that they let him slide for a fine that was more than five years past due and noted that he would be sending it off to one special woman in particular: his mom, a central focus of his latest album in which he reminisces attending college in New York City while his mom was back home on Forest Hills Drive facing foreclosure on tracks like “Apparently.”

Four Year Strong Release New Song From Forthcoming Album

New England punk-rockers Four Year Strong are gearing up for an exciting summer with the release of their highly anticipated forthcoming self-titled album. The record is set to release on June 2 via Pure Noise Records and will feature the first release tracked from the album, “We All Float Down Here.”

The album produced by Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou (Every Time I Die, Code Orange Kids, High On Fire) at Godcity Studio in Salem, MA will feature eleven heavy/pop songs. The quartet will hit the road in support of the album alongside The Story So Far and Terror and Souvenirs. Tour kicks off April 24 in Syracuse, New York and wraps up on June 13 in San Francisco, California.

The album is currently available for pre-order and can be ordered here. For tour dates and ticket information click here.

Stream “We All Float Down Here” below.

 

Four Year Strong Tour Dates:
Apr 24 – Syracuse, NY – Saint Claire Theater
Apr 25 – Indianapolis, IN – The Emerson Theater
Apr 26 – Memphis, TN – Hi-Tone Cafe
Apr 28 – El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls
May 1 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory (w/The Story So Far, Terror, Souvenirs)
May 2 – Ventura, CA – Ventura Theatre (w/The Story So Far, Terror, Souvenirs)
May 3 – San Diego, CA – SOMA (w/The Story So Far, Terror, Souvenirs)
May 5 – Mesa, AZ – Nile Theatre (w/The Story So Far, Terror, Souvenirs)
May 6 – Albuquerque, NM – The Works (w/The Story So Far, Terror, Souvenirs)
May 8 – St. Louis, MO – The Ready Room (w/The Story So Far, Terror, Souvenirs)
May 9 – Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s (w/The Story So Far, Terror, Souvenirs)
May 10 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater (w/The Story So Far, Terror, Souvenirs)
May 12 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall Ballroom (w/The Story So Far, Terror, Souvenirs)
May 13 – Chicago, IL – Concord Music Hall (w/The Story So Far, Terror, Souvenirs)
May 14 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall (w/The Story So Far, Terror, Souvenirs)
May 15 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre and Ballroom (Spring Fling)
May 16 – Asbury Park, NJ – Asbury Park Oceanfront (Skate & Surf Festival)
May 17 – Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar (w/The Story So Far, Terror, Souvenirs)
May 19 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom (w/The Story So Far, Terror, Souvenirs)
May 20 – Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Music Hall (w/The Story So Far, Terror, Souvenirs)
May 21 – New York, NY – Webster Hall (w/The Story So Far, Terror, Souvenirs)
May 22 – Boston, MA – House of Blues (w/The Story So Far, Terror, Souvenirs)
May 23 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory (w/The Story So Far, Terror, Souvenirs)
May 24 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club (w/The Story So Far, Terror, Souvenirs)
May 25 – Virginia Beach, VA – Peabody’s (w/The Story So Far, Terror, Souvenirs)
May 26 – Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theater (w/The Story So Far, Terror, Souvenirs)
May 28 – Tampa, FL – Orpheum Theatre (w/The Story So Far, Terror, Souvenirs)
May 29 – Vero Beach, FL – Polish American Social Club (w/The Story So Far, Terror, Souvenirs)
May 30 – Orlando, FL – The Plaza Live (w/The Story So Far, Terror, Souvenirs)
May 31 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade (w/The Story So Far, Terror, Souvenirs)
June 2 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar (w/The Story So Far, Terror, Souvenirs)
June 3 – Austin, TX – The Mohawk (w/The Story So Far, Terror, Souvenirs)
June 4 – Dallas, TX – The Door (w/The Story So Far, Terror, Souvenirs)
June 5 – Oklahoma City, OK – Farmers Market (w/The Story So Far, Terror, Souvenirs)
June 6 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall (w/The Story So Far, Terror, Souvenirs)
June 8 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex (w/The Story So Far, Terror, Souvenirs)
June 10 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox (w/The Story So Far, Terror, Souvenirs)
June 11 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre (w/The Story So Far, Terror, Souvenirs)
June 12 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades (w/The Story So Far, Terror, Souvenirs)
June 13 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore (w/The Story So Far, Terror, Souvenirs)

Summer Set Music and Camping Festival Returns To Northern Wisconsin

Summer Set Music and Camping Festival returns for a fourth year this summer. The event will take place at Somerset Amphitheater in Northern Wisconsin.

Most noted for its perfect blend of hip-hop, indie and electronic dance music producers and acclaimed DJs. This year’s event will feature more than 70 artists across five stages.

Noteworthy acts performing include DEADMAU5, Bassnectar, R&B sensation The Weeknd and Big Gigantic who returns for a fourth year. Summer Set Music Festival will showcase a wide variety of artists across multiple genres with other acts including Action Bronson, Earl Sweatshirt, Rae Sremmurd, G-Eazy and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony among others.

The festival will take place August 14th, 15th and 16th with general admission and VIP tickets on sale now as well as camping. Summer Set Music and Camping Festival suits crowds 18+.

For a full line up and ticket information click here.

Drake Announces Surprise Six-City Tour With Future

Drake recently announced that he will be embarking on a string of tour dates and will be joined by Future on the Jungle Tour.

The news comes shortly after making headlines earlier this month for a stunning performance at Coachella where iconic songstress Madonna joined him on stage during a fitting performance of his song, “Madonna.” The singer approached Drake, tipping his head back and giving him a few unexpected smooches.

The surprise tour is set to kick off on May 24 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas and will only make five stops before wrapping up on June 5 with a headlining performance at the Governor’s Ball in New York.

Jungle Tour Dates
May 24 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
May 27 – Detroit, MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills
May 29 – Chicago, IL – United Center / All State Arena
May 31 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
June 2 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
June 5 – New York, NY – Governors Ball Music Festival

For more information regarding tickets and tour dates click here.

Seattle Band My Goodness Have A "Sweet Tooth" For Touring, Announce U.S. Tour Dates

Seattle rockers, My Goodness recently premiered the official music video for their latest track, “Sweet Tooth,” a song about indecisiveness and insecurities of new a relationship. The song is featured on the band’s latest album, Shiver + Shake available on Amazon and iTunes.

The song is the beginning of a new era for My Goodness who recently added a third member, Cody Votolato on bass alongside existing members Andy Lum on drums and singer/guitarist Joel Schneider.

“”Sweet Tooth” is one of the first songs we wrote as a three-piece band,” said Schneider. “I think the addition of bass in the songwriting process really sets it apart from some of the other songs on Shiver + Shake. There is a dynamic level to the song that was tough for us to achieve before as a duo. The bass line really carries the song throughout the verses which allows the guitar line to be more reserved until the pre-chorus kicks in.”

The trio are gearing up for an exciting spring/summer with the recent announcement of U.S. tour dates and “Sweet Tooth” is just the beginning for the journey that lies ahead. The tour kicks off on April 30 in Denver, Colorado and runs through June 6 where the tour wraps up in Los Angeles, California.

For more information regarding tour dates and tickets for the upcoming tour click here. In the meantime, check out the official video for “Sweet Tooth” below.

 

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Tim McGraw Defends Sandy Hook Benefit Concert Amidst Gun Rights Controversy

Tim McGraw is facing much criticism from gun rights advocates who labeled him as a hypocrite for his participation in a Connecticut concert this summer benefiting the Sandy Hook community.

McGraw who was confirmed to play the concert on April 13 said in statement: “Out of this tragedy a group was formed that made a promise to honor the lives lost and turn it into a moment of transformation.” He added, “Sandy Hook Promise teaches that we can do something to protect our children from gun violence. I want to be a part of that promise – as a father and as a friend.”

Since the announcement, gun rights advocates have labeled him as a hypocrite and took to social media to criticize his involvement.

McGraw replied to the comments in defense of his participation, noting that his participation isn’t a political statement on the issue of gun control, but rather a tribute to a community that is recovering from a tragedy.

“Let me be clear regarding the concert for Sandy Hook given much of the erroneous reporting thus far,” McGraw told the Washington Post. “As a gun owner, I support gun ownership, I also believe that with gun ownership comes the responsibility of education and safety – most certainly when it relates to what we value most, our children. I can’t imagine anyone who disagrees with that.”

McGraw became inspired to play the fundraiser for Sandy Hook Promise, an organization dedicated to protecting children from gun violence. Inspiration to play the event came from his fiddle player, Dean Brown whose close friend, Mark Barden lost his 7-year-old son Daniel during the tragic shooting on Dec. 14 in 2012 when a gunman killed 20 first graders and six educators and then turned the gun on himself at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

In light of the controversy surrounding McGraw’s performance, opening act Billy Currington has decided to step aside from the controversy and has since dropped out of the Sandy Hook benefit concert. The news came when he took to Facebook with a message that read:

“I’ve never been one to take on controversial issues – I’m a singer. I do feel strongly about honoring and supporting the Sandy Hook community and will be making a donation to a local organization. I appreciate people’s freedom and passion for whatever cause they want to support, however, I am choosing to step aside from this fundraiser and will focus instead on the rest of the tour dates as I look forward to being on the road with Tim and Chase and having a blast with all of the fans.”

Lady Antebellum Tour Bus Catches Fire

According to multiple reports and social media posts from Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum, the band’s tour bus caught fire on enroute to Arlington for this weekend’s Academy of Country Music Awards when a tire blew and caught fire.

Hillary took to Twitter to share news with fans and ensured everyone on board the bus during the catastrophe were safe and sound.

“Hey guys, we had a crazy morning on the way to Dallas today. Our bus tire caught on fire and we had to evacuate very quickly,” Scott posted on Instagram and Twitter.

“EVERYONE IS SAFE AND SOUND. It was me, my husband, our tour manager, and driver. Thanking God for our safety and the safety of all of those who helped put this fire out and keep us safe. Love you all!!!! ~hillary”

No one was hurt but local authorities said the mess would take hours to clean up.

AC/DC Coachella Appearance, First Concert In Six Years

Aussie hard rockers, AC/DC headlined Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival Friday night with two new members.

During the two-hour long set, AC/DC performed 20 songs and was their first concert in six years.

The set list covered most of the band’s memorable songs with a career-spanning list of fan favorites (“The Jack”) among new songs from their latest album, Rock or Bust. Accommodating their long yet remarkable set was stage props such as a batter of cannons during their closing song, “For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)” that added to their already stellar performance.

During their performance of “Let There Be Rock,” Angus Young was escorted out to the middle of the crowd where he played guitar on top of a hydraulic lift showcasing his signature moves during a guitar solo.

Since their last tour, the band lost two members. Guitarist Malcolm Young retired with dementia and was replaced by his nephew Stevie Young. Former drummer Chris Slade replaced Phil Rudd who is dealing with legal disputes in New Zealand. Remaining members include bassist Cliff Williams, lead singer Brian Johnson and lead guitarist Angus Young.