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Award-winning singer, songwriter, actress, model, philanthropist, high school freshman—GraceVanderWaal contains incredible multitudes. After her star-making turn as the winner of NBC’sAmerica’s Got Talent in 2016, VanderWaal has released a best-selling EP, Perfectly Imperfect,and full-length album, Just The Beginning, much to the delight of her millions-strong fanbaseand critics alike. Now the New York Times-approved “mature songwriter” and “pop natural” isback with new music for 2019, beginning with a new original song titled “Stray.”“When I write a song, I don't really know what they're about until much later, when I'm like ‘Oh,that's what my subconscious was trying to say,’” says VanderWaal of her creative process,which begins with songwriting and extends to musical arrangements and visual treatments.“Stray,” which comes with a music video dreamt up by VanderWaal and brought to life with helpfrom director Blythe Thomas, eventually revealed itself to be about “the exhilarating fear andfreedom of growing up.” The song features VanderWaal’s soulfully raspy vocals atop a moody,searching sound that’s a departure from her signature airy ukulele riffs.Introspection and vulnerability have always been hallmarks of VanderWaal’s songwriting, andas she grows older, the unique process of balancing stardom and adolescence has made itsway into her work. “I’m maturing really fast and working a lot more, and I feel like when this allfirst started happening, I almost started to forget how to be myself,” she says. “You only get oneyou. You get one shot when you're born, so if you forget, what do you do?” For the time being,the Rockland County-raised phenom is handling it all with aplomb. She’s as excited about herupcoming music as she is about her school’s prom, and plans to work at her local movietheater’s concession stand this summer when she’s not headlining another tour, following astring of sold-out headline shows last spring and a summer arena tour opening for ImagineDragons that she did in 2018.All throughout, VanderWaal shares her day-to-day musings with nearly 10 million fans andcounting via social media. In addition to snapshots, videos, and shoutouts, her fan base canalso keep tabs on Little Miracles, the charity she created with the prize money she won onAmerica’s Got Talent. The Little Miracles Foundation’s mission is to put music education backinto marginalized school systems by spotlighting talented students, and providing free musicalinstruments and audio equipment to local school districts and communities.VanderWaal’s ability to impact so many with her art marks an impressive trajectory from just afew years ago, when the young artist was playing her ukulele and performing original songs atopen mic nights where there were “15 to 20 people on a good night.” While America’s GotTalent was the vehicle that launched her into the national spotlight, VanderWaal says that sheonly auditioned on a whim.“Me and my mom literally thought it would be like a bonding kind of thing,” she explains. “Youalways see on TV the crazy lines and stuff, so we were just going to wait in line, take pictures,bring a tent, and stuff like that—and it just turned into something crazy. It just kept going.”VanderWaal’s astronomical rise has led to accolades (Billboard’s Women in Music 2017 RisingStar Award, Teen Choice Next Big Thing Award, and more), television performances, (TheTonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the Macy’s Thanksgiving DayParade), and incredible partnerships with brands like Kate Spade and Fender, who launched a Grace VanderWaal Signature ukulele, making her their youngest ever Signature artist forFender.In addition to putting the finishing touches on more new music to be released later this year,VanderWaal recently finished filming her first movie in New Mexico, which is set to be releasedin early 2020. An adaptation of Jerry Spinelli’s New York Times best-selling young adult novel,Stargirl, VanderWaal will be playing the film’s title role of Stargirl Caraway, a nonconformist,homeschooled teen girl who plays the ukulele. “It’s all pretty surreal,” she says. “It was so fun,one of the best experiences of my life.” Fans hoping to connect with VanderWaal on the bigscreen before then can catch Wonder Park, Paramount’s new animated feature coming outMarch 15—VanderWaal recorded a song titled “Hideaway” that will make an appearance in thefilm.Add to this a full high school curriculum and it’s clear that VanderWaal is booked and busy forthe foreseeable future, but the three-time Billboard 21 Under 21 artist and youngest person everincluded in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list is taking it all in stride. As she puts it: “You can't think abouteverything in the future right now. You just think about tomorrow. Being on stage and being atschool, it's just two different parts of my personality.”
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The holiness of love, the chaos and rapture of surviving against all odds, these are what drive Gang of Youths. With singer Dave Le’aupepe’s lyrics drawn from some of the most miserable life experiences available to humanity, and the band’s music taking cues from rock history’s most ambitious and theatrical preachers, Gang Of Youths drag the beauty out of everything from hell to high heaven.    Debuting in 2013 with smouldering single “‘Evangelists”’, they were met with instant radio play and praise. Only just out of high school, Le’aupepe was already planning to marry his girlfriend, settle down, and leave his dreams of music behind, but the band’s first brush with recognition suggested there could be more to life than the path that had seemed so obviously laid before him.     Le’aupepe’s soon-to-be wife was diagnosed with lung cancer after a melanoma on her ear metastasized. Out of all that trauma and regret, Gang of Youths drew THE POSITIONS which was praised worldwide for its sincerity and nuance, blending the melodrama of rock’s greatest traditions with piercing, hyperliterate lyrics.    Marking the start of their new lives, Gang Of Youths released their highly anticipated sophomore album GO FARTHER IN LIGHTNESS in 2017, a nod towards the optimism and kindness the band have found by surviving their various ordeals, this new record continues the work that has already so indelibly imprinted on fans across the world.  
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As red hair is flailing and double bass pounding, Marlene Perez of the Rhythm Shakers closes out another show in Los Angeles. Ripping wails and howling vocals are rocketed from her torso more reminiscent of Tina Turner and Amy Winehouse than the echo dripped hiccups of the 1950’s rock and roll genre the band exists within. The Rhythm Shakers are a late 50’s rock and roll band except for one major difference; they are very comfortable with living in the present. They have travelled the world fueled by supremely creative vocal lines with masterful backing tracks. Bassist Victor Mendez and Drummer Brook Emelio weave a spider web of rhythm both straight forward and head bobbing yet technical and algorithmic. Kevin O’Leary the guitar player and also front man of The Reckless Ones, embodies the genre while firing creative and precise guitar lines in the middle of the rhythm and vocals.   The band has traveled the world on this eclectic style of rock and roll playing such festivals as Sjock Festival (Belgium), High Rockabilly (Spain), The Rockabilly Rave (U.K.) and Viva Las Vegas (To name a couple). They’ve also worked with billboard pop artists such as Sam Sparro, Moneybrother, Nick Waterhouse while at the same time writing and releasing genre defining albums such as “Flipsville”, “Voodoo” and their latest “Panic”.   The Rhythm Shakers at their core have the look and sound of a late 50’s / early 60’s rock and roll band while at the same time keeping their eyes widely up aimed at the most interesting sounds of 60’s soul, blues and modern music. They’re highly sought after on festivals around the world because they aren’t afraid of making music that seeks to travel to new heights while still respecting the past. One must witness live the high temperature magic that exudes from L.A. clubs and European venues all the same to truly understand that The Rhythm Shakers are at the top of their game.
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The holiness of love, the chaos and rapture of surviving against all odds, these are what drive Gang of Youths. With singer Dave Le’aupepe’s lyrics drawn from some of the most miserable life experiences available to humanity, and the band’s music taking cues from rock history’s most ambitious and theatrical preachers, Gang Of Youths drag the beauty out of everything from hell to high heaven.    Debuting in 2013 with smouldering single “‘Evangelists”’, they were met with instant radio play and praise. Only just out of high school, Le’aupepe was already planning to marry his girlfriend, settle down, and leave his dreams of music behind, but the band’s first brush with recognition suggested there could be more to life than the path that had seemed so obviously laid before him.     Le’aupepe’s soon-to-be wife was diagnosed with lung cancer after a melanoma on her ear metastasized. Out of all that trauma and regret, Gang of Youths drew THE POSITIONS which was praised worldwide for its sincerity and nuance, blending the melodrama of rock’s greatest traditions with piercing, hyperliterate lyrics.    Marking the start of their new lives, Gang Of Youths released their highly anticipated sophomore album GO FARTHER IN LIGHTNESS in 2017, a nod towards the optimism and kindness the band have found by surviving their various ordeals, this new record continues the work that has already so indelibly imprinted on fans across the world.  
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The Revolution is an American rock band formed in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1979 by Prince. The Revolution rose to international fame in the mid 1980s with Purple Rain, the album sold more than 13 million copies in the United States alone. The band was one of the most successful music acts of the 1980s and sold over 16 million albums in the United States alone. The band achieved two number-one Billboard 200 albums (Purple Rain and Around the World in a Day), six top ten singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and won three Grammy Awards. The band officially disbanded in 1986 at the end of the Parade tour. Since the sudden shocking death of their friend and musical mentor last April, the funk-rock- R&B band has remained mostly silent. All five members of the band have traveled through the terrible gamut of emotions since learning of Prince’s passing. Aside from three sold-out shows at the famous Minneapolis venue, First Avenue, the birthplace of Purple Rain, The Revolution has been quietly pondering its next steps. "The concerns were how many dates, what would the fans want, and what do we do as a band to heal?" said Wendy. Soon the answer became crystal clear -- bring everyone together in the spirit of love and music. The Revolution would rise up and tour again in tribute and support of their beloved friend. “We’ve been really quiet, and we did that consciously, because we were grieving and didn’t want to be disrespectful. But the fans wanted the chance to feel the energy so we just want to give it back letting them experience what we were as a band for Prince," adds Wendy. The Grammy® Award winning group is now rehearsing for the tour and are ready to bring back their powerful music and spread a message of hope, love, and unity. “Prince said that music is medicine,” Bobby relates, “People need it, and we need it, and we can make it as authentic as we can. In honor of him, we’ll give it everything we’ve got.”
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Blossoms are - Tom Ogden, Charlie Salt, Josh Dewhurst, Joe Donovan and Myles Kellock – a five-piece band from Stockport, who in a relatively short space of time (forming in late 2013) have become one of the hottest live bands on the circuit, performing at festivals including SXSW, The Great Escape, T in the Park, Latitude, Reading & Leeds as well as two shows in Tokyo. In 2016, Blossoms played at the iconic Glastonbury Festival and reached #1 with their eponymous debut album.
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