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Imagine Dragons Release “Next To Me” Single, Announced North American Dates For ‘Evolve’ Tour

Imagine Dragons Release “Next To Me” Single, Announced North American Dates For ‘Evolve’ Tour

Today multi-platinum, GRAMMY® Award-winning band IMAGINE DRAGONS release a brand new single entitled “Next To Me” via KIDinaKORNER / Interscope Records, and also reveal summer dates for their Evolve Tour.  “Next To Me” is available via all participating digital retailers HERE. Listen to “Next To Me” HERE. The Evolve Tour returns June 5 in Hartford, CT and will hit major cities including Boston, Toronto, New York and more (see full listing below).

“Next To Me,” produced by Alex Da Kid, was today’s World Record with Zane Lowe on Beats 1. “Next To Me” is the first new music released from Imagine Dragons since Evolve, the band’s 2017 platinum-selling third album. Evolve, the biggest rock album of 2017, has sold over 1.3 million albums in the US and over 4 billion streams globally.

Produced by Live Nation, Imagine Dragons’ Evolve Tour will feature special guest Grace VanderWaal throughout the North American leg. The 14-year-old singer/songwriter rose to fame on “America’s Got Talent” with her signature ukulele sound and released her first full length album Just the Beginning in late 2017.  Imagine Dragons sold out their initial run of the Evolve Tour in 2017, with support from Grouplove and K.Flay.

Tickets are on sale to the general public starting Saturday, March 3rd at 10am local time at LiveNation.com and via the Live Nation app. Fans can register starting now, Wednesday, February 21st at 12pm ET through Sunday, February 25th at 3pm ET for free access to the Ticketmaster Verified Fan presale HERE, which will allow vetted fans to purchase tickets before the general public starting Tuesday, February 27th at 10am local time through Friday, March 2nd at 10pm local time.

Imagine Dragons has once again partnered with CID Entertainment to offer VIP Packages on tour. All 3 VIP Packages include the option of a premium reserved or General Admission pit ticket with early venue entry for prime concert viewing. ‘Whatever It Takes’ and ‘Believer’ VIP Packages include access to the ‘Evolve’ Pre-Party where fans can interact with Imagine Dragons show sets and memorabilia, including the band’s taiko drum used during their live performances of Radioactive. To view Imagine Dragons VIP Package details, visit CID Entertainment.

Also this summer, HBO Documentary Films will release the Live Nation Productions documentaryBeliever, which follows Imagine Dragons’ frontman Dan Reynolds as he takes on a new mission to explore how the Mormon church treats its LGBTQ members.

“Next To Me”

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018 Hartford, CT XFINITY Theatre
Wednesday, June 6, 2018 Boston, MA Xfinity Center
Friday, June 8, 2018 Bangor, ME Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
Saturday, June 9, 2018 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
Monday, June 11, 2018 Syracuse, NY Lakeview Amphitheater
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 Toronto, ON Budweiser Stage
Saturday, June 16, 2018 Hershey, PA Hersheypark Stadium
Sunday, June 17, 2018 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
Thursday, June 21, 2018 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
Friday, June 22, 2018 Indianapolis, IN Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
Sunday, June 24, 2018 Omaha, NE CenturyLink Center
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 Sioux Falls, SD Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
Wed, June 27, 2018 Milwaukee, WI* Summerfest
Friday, June 29, 2018 Saratoga, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Saturday, June 30, 2018 Camden, NJ* BB&T Pavilion (already announced)
Monday, July 2, 2018 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
Tuesday, July 3, 2018 Virginia Beach, VA Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
Thursday, July 5, 2018 Raleigh, NC Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
Saturday, July 7, 2018 Columbia, SC Colonial Life Arena
Sunday, July 8, 2018 Brandon, MS Brandon Amphitheater
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
Wednesday, July 11, 2018 St. Louis, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Friday, July 13, 2018 Tinley Park, IL Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Saturday, July 14, 2018 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
Monday, July 16, 2018 Denver, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Wednesday, July 18, 2018 Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheater
Saturday, July 21, 2018 Los Angeles, CA The Forum
Tuesday, July 24, 2018 Concord, CA Concord Pavilion
Thursday, July 26, 2018 Bozeman, MT Bobcat Stadium
Monday, July 30, 2018 Wichita, KS^ Intrust Bank Arena
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 Tulsa, OK^ BOK Center
Thursday, August 2, 2018 Austin, TX Austin360 Amphitheater
Saturday, August 4, 2018 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Sunday, August 5, 2018 New Orleans, LA Smoothie King Center
Tuesday, August 7, 2018 Orange Beach, AL The Wharf Amphitheater
Thursday, August 9, 2018 West Palm Beach, FL Coral Sky Amphitheatre
Friday, August 10, 2018 Tampa, FL MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Sat, October 20, 2018 Dallas, TX*+ Toyota Stadium

*Additional date not part of the Evolve Tour

+Grace VanderWaal not supporting

^on sale beginning Friday, March 9

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NOW That’s What I Call Rock! Set For January 22nd Release

NOW That’s What I Call Rock! Set For January 22nd Release

NOW! That's What I Call Rock

NOW! That’s What I Call Rock

NOW That’s What I Call Rock!, the latest installment in the massively popular NOW multi-artist hits anthology series, will be released on Friday, January 22, 2016.

The recent success of rock artists Bring Me the Horizon, Imagine Dragons, Elle King, X Ambassadors, and Florence and the Machine indicates a serious renaissance in rock music.

As 2016 opens with Coldplay’s scheduled performance at the Super Bowl Halftime Show and a spring season filled with sold out, rock-focused concert events, such as the “can’t miss” Rock on the Range and Carolina Rebellion festivals, as well as NYC’s Governors Ball, it’s the perfect time for NOW to debut its first “Rock” edition.

The new NOW Rock! collection offers music fans the opportunity to enjoy a carefully curated and eclectic selection of chart-topping and best-selling hits by Royal Blood, Shinedown, and more. The collection features a variety of acts that span the spectrum and sub-genres of rock music, making it a truly vast listening experience. NOW Rock! offers something for everyone, from alternative to hard rock, and provides a panoramic view of the current rock landscape.

NOW Rock! will also boast NOW’s ever-popular “WHAT’S NEXT” feature, which includes three up and coming artists that represent the future of the genre.

The first NOW That’s What I Call Rock! titled collection to be released in the U.S., NOW Rock! includes 18 top tracks from today’s rock music superstars while introducing three exciting new artists.

1. Bring Me the Horizon – “Throne”
2. Shinedown – “Cut the Cord”
3. Fall Out Boy – “Uma Thurman”
4. Royal Blood – “Little Monster”
5. Seether – “Words as Weapons”
6. Cage the Elephant – “Mess Around”
7. The Struts – “Could Have Been Me”
8. Imagine Dragons – “I Bet My Life”
9. Cold War Kids – “First”
10. Walk the Moon- “Shut Up and Dance”
11. X Ambassadors – “Renegades”
12. Chris Cornell – “Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart”
13. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – “S.O.B.”
14. Elle King – “Ex’s & Oh’s”
15. Florence + The Machine – “Ship to Wreck”
16. BØRNS – “Electric Love”
17. Breaking Benjamin – “Failure”
18. Red Sun Rising – “The Otherside”

19. Failure Anthem – “Paralyzed”
20. Devour the Day – “Lightning In the Sky”
21. Wolf Alice – “Bros”

NOW That’s What I Call Rock! is a joint venture from Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment. This release is part of the multi-platinum NOW That’s What I Call Music! compilation series, the world’s best-selling multi-artist albums with sales topping 250 million worldwide, including more than 97 million in the U.S. alone.

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Budweiser Made In America Festival 2014: Kanye West and Iggy Azalea

Budweiser Made In America Festival 2014: Kanye West and Iggy Azalea


Grammy Award®-winner Kanye West and Billboard chart-topping artist Iggy Azalea have been added to the 2014 Los Angeles “Budweiser Made In America” Music Festival line-up taking place at the Los Angeles Grand Park on August 30 and 31.  Kanye West will now headline both the Philadelphiaand Los Angeles “Budweiser Made In America” Music Festivals.  Kanye West and Iggy Azalea join previously announced Los Angeles headliners Imagine Dragons and John Mayer.

The “Budweiser Made In America” Music Festival also revealed today the daily line-up for the Philadelphia and Los Angeles versions for one of the country’s premier summer festivals. The “Budweiser Made In America” events will benefit United Way of Greater Los Angeles, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey and United Way of Lancaster County. The two-day music festivals created by Budweiser and Live Nation will deliver must-see performances on both coasts with headliners Kanye West, Kings Of Leon, Tiësto and Pharrell in Philadelphia and Kanye West, Imagine Dragons and John Mayer in Los Angeles.  Daily line-ups for both festival locations are listed below.

Single-day tickets for both festivals will go on sale Friday, July 18 at www.livenation.com and through the Live Nation mobile app.  Single-day ticket prices are $89.50 for Philadelphia and $99.50 for Los Angeles.



Kanye West

The National, Steve Aoki

J. Cole, Chromeo, City and Colour

R3HAB, Baauer, Mayer Hawthorne

The Neighbourhood, Holy Ghost, Will Sparks

Destructo, DJ Cassidy, Cherub, Young & Sick, Kaneholler



Kings of Leon

Tiësto, Pharrell Williams

Girl Talk, Spoon, Grimes, AWOLNATION

Gareth Emery, Tommy Trash, Kongos, Danny Brown

YG, Penguin Prison (DJ Set with Live Vocals)

3Lau, Mimosa, Bleachers, Cut Snake, Bixel Boys, Vacationer




Imagine Dragons

Kendrick Lamar, Afrojack, Iggy Azalea

Sublime with Rome, Metric, Capital Cities

Gareth Emery, Schoolboy Q, Borgore


ZZ Ward, Classixx, Ab-Soul, Isaiah Rashad, Jay Rock, Cut Snake, GrandTheft



Kanye West, John Mayer

Juanes, Weezer, Rise Against

Steve Aoki, Chance the Rapper, Cypress Hill

R3HAB, Wolfgang Gartner, 12th Planet

Rita Ora, Nipsey Hussle, Terraplane Sun

Yellow Claw, Will Sparks, Scavenger Hunt, SZA, A Tribe Called Red

Be sure to check in at www.madeinamericafest.com often for the latest updates on both festivals.


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The official lineup for the highly anticipated “Budweiser Made In America Festival” has been revealed. The JAY Z curated two-day music festival that has become a staple of Labor Day Weekend, rolled out the eclectic 2014 lineup with a series of custom, 3D neon posters created by designer, Rizon Parein. New this year, the festival, will be bi-coastal – with artists performing simultaneously in both Philadelphia and Los Angeles on August 30 & 31.

Philadelphia Lineup:
Kanye West, Kings of Leon, Tiësto, The National, Steve Aoki, Pharrell Williams, J. Cole, Girl Talk, Spoon, Chromeo, City and Colour, Grimes, AWOLNATION, R3HAB, Gareth Emery, De La Soul, Baauer, Tommy Trash, Mayer Hawthorne, Kongos, 3LAU, The Neighborhood, Danny Brown, YG, Holy Ghost, Penguin Prison, Destructo, Bleachers, DJ Cassidy, Cherub, Will Sparks, Young & Sick, Vacationer, Cut Snake, Kaneholler

Los Angeles Lineup:
Imagine Dragons, John Mayer, Steve Aoki, Juanes, Afrojack, Kendrick Lamar, Rise Against, Weezer, Sublime w/ Rome, Metric, Capital Cities, Chance the Rapper, Cypress Hill, Gareth Emery, R3HAB, Schoolboy Q, Wolfgang Gartner, Borgore, DVBBS, 12th Planet, YG, Mute Math, Rita Ora, Nipsey Hussle, Dr. Dog, Terraplane Sun, ZZ Ward, Classixx, Hit-Boy, DJ Mustard, Ab-Soul, Isaiah Rashad, Jay Rock, SZA, Yellowclaw, Grits & Biscuits, Will Sparks, Cut Snake, Scavenger Hunt, A Tribe Called Red

“Budweiser Made In America” festivals will benefit United Way of Greater Los Angeles, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey and United Way of Lancaster County. “Budweiser Made In America” will be the first American festival to run simultaneously on both coasts.Performances from both “Budweiser Made In America” sites will be available for fans to view with live-streaming.

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‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Soundtrack Artists And Tracklisting Revealed

‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Soundtrack Artists And Tracklisting Revealed

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Lionsgate and Republic Records today announced a powerful, star-studded lineup for the soundtrack to the motion picture The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, mixing established music icons including seven-time Grammy® winning band Coldplay, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Patti Smith, and Grammy Award winning Christina Aguilera, along with some of the hottest Billboard chart topping newcomers in the music business.

Also top-lining this exceptionally talent-rich collection are The Lumineers, whose self-titled debut album achieved platinum sales status in the US, Canada (3x), UK, Ireland and Australia and Gold in Germany and France, with their hit single “Ho Hey” selling over 4.5 million single downloads in the US. Lorde, whose debut single “Royals” just made her the first female artist to top the Billboard Alternative Songs chart since Tracy Bonham in 1996, will also be featured on the soundtrack.
Multi-platinum alternative rock band Imagine Dragons, whose 6x platinum selling song “Radioactive” was dubbed “the biggest breakout of the year” by Rolling Stone magazine; UK singer / songwriter Ellie Goulding whose recent release Halcyon Days includes platinum singles “Anything Could Happen” and “I Need Your Love;” Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter Sia, whose recent collaborations “Titanium” with David Guetta and “Wild Ones” with Flo Rida were both featured in the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 hits; pop indie duo Phantogram, who have collaborated with Big Boi, graced the cover of Filter Magazine, and who will release their debut album this fall; and platinum-certified Icelandic folk collective Of Monsters and Men, which became an international presence with the ubiquitous single “Little Talks,” contribute tracks as well.
Acclaimed Brooklyn rockers The National, much buzzed about Nashville-based artist Mikky Ekko, the artist The Weeknd, and award-winning singer-songwriter Santigold round out the white-hot The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack, which has already seen its first release, Coldplay’s “Atlas,” debut at #1 on the iTunes Overall Top Songs chart. “Atlas” marks the first-ever motion picture soundtrack contribution written and recorded by Coldplay.
The soundtrack will be available in stores and through all digital retailers on November 19, 2013 just before the film opens worldwide on November 22, 2013. Right now, the album can be pre-ordered via the film’s official online store. Those who pre-order the soundtrack by October 27th will have an opportunity to have their names printed on an exclusive The Hunger Games: Catching Fire poster (while supplies last). All pre-orders unlock an instant download of Coldplay’s “Atlas” as well.
The unveiling of the film’s soundtrack today celebrates the 9-week mark in Lionsgate’s “TickTock” countdown campaign which reveals exciting new developments each week through The Hunger Games Explorer leading to the worldwide release of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Fans are encouraged to engage online to join the countdown excitement leading up to the highly anticipated second film not only by visiting The Hunger Games Explorer but also by using #TickTock9 across all social media this week.
1.     “Atlas” – Coldplay
2.     “Silhouettes” – Of Monsters and Men
3.     “Elastic Heart” – Sia (ft. The Weeknd & Diplo)
4.     “Lean” – The National
5.     “We Remain” – Christina Aguilera
6.     “Devil May Cry” – The Weeknd
7.     “Who We Are” – Imagine Dragons
8.     “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” – Lorde
9.     “Gale Song” – The Lumineers
10.  “Mirror” – Ellie Goulding
11.  “Capital Letter” – Patti Smith
12.  “Shooting Arrows At The Sky” – Santigold
13.  “Place For Us” – Mikky Ekko
14.  “Lights” – Phantogram
15.  “Angel On Fire” – Antony and the Johnsons
The first Hunger Games partnership between Republic Records and Lionsgate yielded the Grammy Award-winning, chart-dominating The Hunger Games: Songs From District 12 And Beyond executive produced by T Bone Burnett.The album hit #1 on the Billboard Top 200 on its release with sales over 175,000, making it the first soundtrack to top the chart since November 2009. It was the best-selling soundtrack of 2012, the fastest selling soundtrack ever at iTunes, and was certified gold by the RIAA shortly after its release. The album earned a Golden Globe Award nomination and three Grammy Award nominations, and its first single, Taylor Swift’s “Safe & Sound” featuring The Civil Wars, won the 2013 Grammy Award for “Best Song Written for Visual Media.”

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Budweiser Made In America Festival 2013: Event To Stream Live This Weekend!

Budweiser Made In America Festival 2013: Event To Stream Live This Weekend!


Watch it live online!

Budweiser in partnership with YouTube, Spotify and Myspace has announced its plan to deliver live webcasts and music streams of the Budweiser Made in America music festival accessed via www.youtube.com/BudMadeInAmericawww.Spotify.com and www.myspace.com/budweisermadeinamerica

Sign up for livestream text alerts via Budweiser’s facebook page to get a reminder when your  favorite artists are set to play!

New to this year’s live stream is Budweiser’s partnership with CrowdSurfing allowing fans to feel closer to the artists and music that they love by utilizing social media to interact with the live performances in real time conversations


This year the Budweiser Made In America Festival will feature a skatepark. Located across from the Freedom Stage, professional skaters will exhibit their tricks amid performances from new and upcoming independent acts.

Acts Include:


2pm – Duo Kie
2:45pm – Brick+Mortar
4pm – Restorations
5:15pm -Balance& Composure
6:30pm – Cloud Nothings


2pm – Yazz the Greatest
2:45pm -The Underachievers
4pm – Diarrhea Planet
5:15pm – The Front Bottoms
6:30pm – Pujol



Rocky Stage
2pm – Walk the Moon
3:15pm – ASAP Rocky
4:45pm – Public Enemy
6:30pm – Imagine Dragons
8:30pm – Phoenix
10:30pm – Beyonce

Liberty Stage:
2:30pm – Haim
4pm – Emile Sande
5:45pm – 2 Chainz
7:30pm – Empire of the Sun
9:30pm – deadmau5

Freedom Stage:
2pm – Redlight
3pm – Mord Fustang
4:30pm – Rudimental
5:45pm – TJR
7pm – Porter Robinson
8:15pm – Wolfgang Gartner


Rocky Stage:
2pm – Fitz & The Tantrums
3pm – Gaslight Anthem
4:30pm – Kendrick Lamar
6pm – Wiz Khalifa
7:30pm – Queens of the Stone Age
9:30pm – Nine Inch Nails

Liberty Stage:
2:30pm – TBA
3:45pm – Solange
5:15pm – Miguel
6:45pm – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
8:30pm – Calvin Harris

Freedom Stage:
2pm – Jesse Rose
3pm – Robert Delong
4:15pm – AlunaGeorge
5:30pm – GTA
6:30pm – Feed Me
7:30pm – Nero

For more information, please visit http://www.madeinamericafest.com/

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OPEN AIR STEREO: Chase Johnson Talks Evolution With New Album ‘Primates’

OPEN AIR STEREO: Chase Johnson Talks Evolution With New Album ‘Primates’


OPEN AIR STEREO first exploded onto the pop culture landscape when they were featured on MTV’s wildly popular series, “Laguna Beach,”  where the band’s charismatic frontman, Chase Johnson became a main character in the series. The band was featured prominently and the series concluded with the band’s sold-out performance at The Roxy in Los Angeles. At the time they were being featured on the TV show, OPEN AIR STEREO signed to Sony Epic Records, and were diligently working on recording their debut album.  Over a year-and-a-half of writing and recording eventually hit a creative blockade, and the sessions stalled. The band split for about three years, unsure of the future and uncertain that the music they had worked so hard to create would ever see the light of day.

Reconvening in 2011 they emerged from the mists of the Hollywood Hills stronger than ever. Together, Chase Johnson (lead vocals), Nick Gross (drums), Scott Pounds (guitars), Evan Smith (bass) are ready to once again leave their mark on the music scene by unleashing their powerful debut album, PRIMATES, via Goomba Music. With a mix of songs written by the band and some co-written collaborations, PRIMATES is an exercise in the tight, economical execution of rock and roll.  It was produced by an array of producers including Gavin Brown, Mike Plotnikoff, and Peter Stengaard; a large part of the writing on the album is with Marti Fredrikson (Daughtry, Aerosmith, Def Leppard). With PRIMATES, the band has filtered their various influences through their own personal experiences to arrive with a fully realized and confident debut album. The album’s title was inspired by mankind’s own evolutionary cousins, giving the band a moment to reflect on their own personal evolution through time, perfecting their craft and going through the growing pains to emerge on the other side as a stronger, leaner, fitter band. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Chase Johnson to discuss his music roots, the early days of Open Air Stereo, the creation of their debut album and much more!

Chase Johnson Cuts Loose!

Chase Johnson Cuts Loose!

I wanted to back to your formative years and learn about how music first came into your life?

My mom and my sister are two brilliant singers. I grew up around people who were singing all the time, so it just became second nature. I was always humming tunes and making my own melodies. I remember driving in the minivan back and forth from pre-school and my mom playing stuff like Enya, The Carpenters and The Beatles. I was humming along. I started singing lyrics at a very young age, almost as soon I started talking and getting sentences out. Those are some of my first musical memories.

Who were some of the influences who shaped you as an artist early on?

Definitely The Beatles. They are my number one influence. I think the first song of their’s I ever heard was “Paperback Writer”. Every since I head that song, The Beatles were it! From melody to they way they carried themselves as rock stars, they had the right attitude and put that into their music. They were just so true and believable. I think that is something we lose a lot these days.

What made you pursue music as a career instead of going a different route?

To be honest, I never wanted to be anything else but a musician. I think it is more about turning into a musician than a rock star. I think when you are younger, you want to be a rock star. Then you realize the rock star thing isn’t as glamorous as it all seems, ya know? I am a family man. I love all of my family, my girlfriend and my friends. I think as I have gotten older, I want to be a musician and an artist. When I was young, I would bring in a little guitar to show-and-tell. I never was the kid standing up there saying I wanted to be a fireman or policeman. I always wanted to do something in music. I guess it was ingrained into my mind, body and soul at a young age.

Open Air Stereo

Open Air Stereo

Take us back to the beginning. How did Open Air Stereo first come together?

I was always playing in and out with different friends in my garage or a friend’s garage. We were very young, like early middle school. I started doing talent shows and stuff. From there, I broke off and met Nick Gross in CGD class, which is cataclysm class. We would try to get kicked out so we could go talk about music. We both knew that each other’s minds were in the same realm. He said “Ya know, I drum and I would really like to be in a band.” I said “I’ve got a band going but we really need a drummer and I sing.” We started jamming out from there and it was all over! There was no turning back and we have been inseparable ever since.

I am sure a lot of people remember the band from your stint on MTV’s “Laguna Beach”. How did you get involved with that project initially?

I have always been friends with the people from the first two seasons of “Laguna Beach”. I grew up with them. When the crew, creators and directors of the show came to the third season, they asked those people, from the previous seasons, who were the younger, hip people. I don’t know how but somehow I made the cut! [laughs] They made me a real member of the show. I just sat down with them early on and being a little lawyer kid, laid down the law, saying “If I am going to be on this thing, you have to feature my band.” Luckily, the agreed. They said “That sounds great. It would be a great dynamic for the show.” I always felt I would rather be shunned doing what I love, than doing stupid high school drama! Luckily, that is how it turned out! [laughs] It caught the attention of a lot of people. It was a really good stepping stone and pathway for us.

As you said, the band got a lot of attention from the show. Then you went in to create what would b a debut album but it never came to fruition and the band went on hiatus. What was it that eventually resurrected Open Air Stereo and got you back in the mix?

Available Now!

Available Now!

To rewind a little bit more, the hiatus came when we got a lot of clout from the show but it was a lot for us to handle at such a young age. We had a huge contract with Epic/Sony. It was getting a lot of praise from some of the wrong people, who were just blowing smoke up our ass. I think we took it the wrong way at a certain point and thought we were rock stars before we were ever musicians. We had to break off and grow separately as people before we could grow as a band. What kicked started the band was late nights in the Hollywood Hills with my boy Nick Gross, the drummer. We were having a few beers and sat down to listen to a few of the songs we had. We were like “We have too much good shit! We are too good as two people together and we need to keep this thing going!” We got back Scott Pounds, our amazing guitarist, and we found our bassist Adam Smith. We have been moving it up the hill ever since.

For people who haven’t heard “Primates” yet, how would you describe it sonically and how does it differ from your early work?

Originally, you could hear a lot of influence from Incubus to a lot of different people. With this record, I feel we are starting to cultivate our own sound. We still have nuances of Incubus, Foo Fighters, Aerosmith, Thirty Seconds To Mars and Muse. It is all over the board really because we are all over the board. I think it is nice to have such diversity. To describe the record, it is alternative pop rock, straightforward. It is fun to jam out to and it is fun for easy listening, as well. There is no screamo or anything like that! [laughs]

The title of the album is “Primates”. How did you guys arrive at that title and what does it mean to you personally?

“Primates” came to be for two reasons really. The first one is the theory of evolution and the theory of growing and evolving as people and as a family. We have really done that! We have been through a lot of ups and downs and I am really proud of us. We have been doing this for a long time and we still love it. We love it more and more each day! We just thought it would be a quirky thing to call it “Primates,” and elude to those animal instincts. A lot of bands with our style of music have a really serious picture on the cover of their record with their faces really big and are trying to look all sexy and hot! [laughs] We didn’t want do that because we aren’t those kinda guys. We wanted to have something cooler. The monkey thing looked cool and sounded cool. Also, our single, “Stuck On You,” has that funny little monkey noise that kinda reminds me of The Talking Heads. That was another reason for the monkey. [laughs]


When you decided to hit the studio to create “Primates,” what were your expectations?

We wanted to make the best record we could make for where we are in our lives right now. I guess that is always the common goal. We didn’t really set any bars or anything, we just wanted to make a solid record that we felt proud of. We accomplished that! We are even more excited for the second album. We already have five songs written for the second album! We really sailed through it. I think the hardest part as an artist is being done with it and having to wait for the labels to put it out!

Awesome! That leads me to my next question. What can you tell us about your songwriting process and how you bring a song to life?

The songwriting process for us is never one solitary thing. Sometimes Nick might bring a beat or I might have a melody. Sometimes I might have a lyric idea for a song and we branch off of that. Sometimes Scott might bring in a guitar riff. We all have basically have studios and we work a lot out of Nick’s studio a lot. A lot of times, we will just sit in the studio and make demos until we find something we love.

Catch Them On Tour!

Catch Them On Tour!

You guys put everything you have into your live show. For those who haven’t seen you yet, what can they expect from Open Air Stereo’s live show?

It is an extremely energetic show. We have been told the music is a little more energetic live and that is always a blessing to hear. We always want to have the show represent the record well but is great that it is even better. This tour has been teaching us a lot and we have been getting a lot stronger.

What is in store for fans in regard to video releases?

We just released the video for “Stuck On You,” which was produced by Anthony Leonardi, who did the Imagine Dragons’ “It’s Time.” He works for Caviar, who were involved with Jerry Bruckheimer for the “Pirates of The Caribbean” movies. It is really exciting to work with him. I we are excited to get it out there!

As a songwriter, where are you turning for inspiration these days?

I think I have always pulled from my life. It just goes without saying, it is hard not to. Lately, I have been writing lyrics from dreams that I have. It has proven interesting and to be quite a challenge. It is teaching me to write down my dreams and it has been a lot of fun!

You mentioned Open Air Stereo’s evolution as a band. How do you feel you have evolved personally as an artist and as a person through the years?

I think I have become a little bit more immune to bullshit. [laughs] I have developed this bullshit filter that I captured on tour. I have learned to push away negativity and focus on the positive. The outcome is so much greater! I write more because of it. I smile a lot more because of it. I think as a person I have achieved a little bit more maturity in songwriting and on stage.

Do you feel there are any misconceptions about yourself or the band stemming from your connection to “Laguna Beach’?

That is a great question. I think there used to be some criticism about us being this TV band. I always tell people “Oh yeah? We are a TV band, huh? If you actually did your research, you would know we were playing ever since we were little kids!” The TV show was just a stepping stone. I always tell them, “If you were in my shoes as a younger kid, with a band and wanted to spread your music all over, you would have been on the show too!” We are a real band. We play real music and most importantly, we love what we do!


What are your plans or goals for Open Air Stereo both short term and long term?

There are always goals. To be bold — we want to take over the world! We want everyone in the world to hear our music. We definitely want to continue touring for the next few years and continue to make records. We want to do it until we drop!

Chase Johnson

Chase Johnson

How about career milestones? Anything that springs to mind for you immediately?

Absolutely, I remember when we first started playing shows, we were playing high school parties and things like that. That lead to playing at the Roxy. Before we were selling out, we would literally play to twenty people, who were our friends and family. I remember being on stage thinking, “Man, what would it be like to have this room packed?” Eventually, that happened and we were playing to thousands of people! It is a headstrong feeling but also very humbling. I feel that if you perform to the crowd, then you are performing with them as well and they are there with you. It is a beautiful feeling and one I wish upon the world.

This is probably one of the most important question I could ask a person in your position, as you have been at it for years and are dedicated to what you do. What is the best advice you can pass along to those looking to make music a career?

You have to really love it, so make sure you really love music because success doesn’t happen overnight. Also, have a great lawyer! [laughs]

Solid advice! Thanks for taking time out to talk with us today, Chase. We have been digging the record and look forward to doing our part to spread the word!

Thank you, Jason, so much! Take care, brother!

For all the latest news and tour dates for OPEN AIR STEREO, visit their official site at www.openairstereo.com. Be sure to connect with them on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook!

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Open Air Stereo Release Video For “Stuck On You”

Open Air Stereo Release Video For “Stuck On You”


OPEN AIR STEREO–Chase Johnson (lead vocals), Nick Gross (drums), Scott Pounds (guitars), Evan Smith (bass)—has just released the video for “Stuck On You,” the first single from their debut album, PRIMATES, which was released May 21 on Goomba Music.  Anthony Leondari is at the director’s helm (who also directed Imagine Dragons “It’s Time”).

You can check it out on the band’s YouTube page or watch it below!

Fans might remember OPEN AIR STEREO from MTV’s series, “Laguna Beach.”  Johnson became a main character in the series, which featured OPEN AIR STEREO prominently.  The series concluded with the band’s sold-out performance at The Roxy in Los Angeles.  Pounds joined the band around that time, and the band marvels to this day over being able to find such a talented guitarist through a Craigslist ad.

At the time they were being featured on the TV show, OPEN AIR STEREO signed to Sony Epic Records, and were diligently working on recording their debut album.  Over a year-and-a-half of writing and recording eventually hit a creative blockade, and the sessions stalled.  The band split for about three years, unsure of the future and uncertain that the music they had worked so hard to create would ever see the light of day.

They reconvened in 2011 and got back to work on PRIMATES.  With a mix of songs written by the band and some co-written collaborations, PRIMATES is an exercise in the tight, economical execution of rock and roll.  It was produced by an array of producers including Gavin Brown, Mike Plotnikoff, and Peter Stengaard; a large part of the writing on the album is with Marti Fredrikson (Daughtry, Aerosmith, Def Leppard).  With PRIMATES, the band has filtered their various influences through their own personal experiences to arrive with a fully realized and confident debut album.

The album’s title was inspired by mankind’s own evolutionary cousins, giving the band a moment to reflect on their own personal evolution through time, perfecting their craft and going through the growing pains to emerge on the other side as a stronger, leaner, fitter band.

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Budweiser Made In America 2013: Awesome Artist Lineup Unveiled!

Budweiser Made In America 2013: Awesome Artist Lineup Unveiled!

Shawn “JAY Z” Carter, Budweiser and United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey and Live Nation announced the line-up of the 2013 “Budweiser Made In America” music festival.  Following last year’s groundbreaking inaugural concert, the two-day festival features some of today’s most diverse live performers.  The blockbuster line-up was unveiled today via an exclusive Spotify playlist, http://spoti.fi/10SBoYP. Complete ticket purchasing and presale information is listed below.

As he did in 2012, JAY Z has curated an explosive roster of talent, which includes headliners Nine Inch Nails, Beyoncé as well as A$ap Rocky, Nero and Haim along with more than 30 others who represent excellence, artistry and the American spirit.  Performers will appear across three stages on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia’s Fairmont Park on Saturday, August 31and Sunday, September 1.

“Last year Pearl Jam, Miike Snow, Gary Clarke Jr., Odd Future, Skrillex and Janelle Monáe killed,” commented JAY Z.  “This year, we have Nine Inch Nails, Beyoncé, Empire of the Sun, Kendrick Lamar and deadmau5.  This festival is all about experiencing great music and performances as a family.  I can’t wait to get back to Benjamin Franklin Parkway, see some stage diving, walk through the crowds, drink a little and rock out again.”

Musical acts confirmed to perform are:
Beyoncé, Nine Inch Nails, Queens Of The Stone Age, deadmau5, Phoenix, Calvin Harris, Empire Of The Sun, Imagine Dragons, Wiz Khalifa, Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Miguel, Public Enemy, Solange, 2 Chainz, The Gaslight Anthem, A$ap Rocky, Walk The Moon, Nero, Feed Me, Porter Robinson, Wolfgang Gartner, Fitz & The Tantrums, Emile Sandé, Haim, Schoolboy Q, AB Soul, GTA, Robert Delong, Redlight, Mord Fustang, Alunageorge, Jay Rock, Jesse Rose and TJR.

“Budweiser has a decades-long history of celebrating great American music,” said Paul Chibe, Vice President of U.S Marketing at Anheuser-Busch.  “A music festival is one of the most powerful ways to bring people together, so we’re thrilled that once again the incomparable JAY Z and United Way have joined us to ensure that Budweiser Made in America brings a world-class line-up of music to Philadelphia this Labor Day Weekend.”

This concert will benefit United Ways in Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey and Lancaster County, PA.  A primary goal of this music festival is to have a positive impact on the communities involved. As a result of this concert, the money invested into these communities will positively impact the education, income and health of the most vulnerable and most needy citizens in these regions.

As a result of last year’s Budweiser Made in America festival, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey is investing more than $350,000 into education and talent development initiatives to enhance cradle-to-career education that ensures all students graduate high school college- or career-ready and equips individuals with the job skills and training they need to secure work that provides a family-sustaining income.

The festival also enabled United Way of Lancaster County to invest an additional $100,000 in programs and services that support learning success across the education continuum.

“The debut of the Budweiser Made In America festival last year was a huge event for music fans from all over the Northeast, ” said Mark Campana Co President of North American Concerts, Live Nation.   “The two-day festival will once again feature an incredible and diverse roster with Beyoncé, Nine Inch Nails, deadmau5 and so much more.   The beautiful location of the Ben Franklin Parkway combined the wonderful spirit of Philadelphia creates a once-in-a-lifetime festival experience that no music fan can miss.”

“Once again, I am thrilled to announce that the Budweiser Made in America Festival has chosen Philadelphia as its home,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter.  “Last year’s event, hosted on the historic and dynamic cultural corridor of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, was a huge success, significantly impacting our local economy.  The City of Philadelphia is excited to welcome back JAY Z and Made in America.”

Described as “veritable music lover’s paradise over Labor Day weekend,” the 2012 “Budweiser Made In America” music festival featured 28 performers including JAY Z, Pearl Jam, D’Angelo, Afrojack, Jill Scott, Run DMC, Odd Future, Skrillex and Passion Pit.  In its debut, the festival received rave reviews, with press such as the Philadelphia Inquirer noting, “There was no arguing with Made in America’s ability to put on a diverse set of musical acts…the fest…worked as a uniquely urban, impressively varied draw for a multiracial millennial generation crowd.”

Spotify is the official digital music sponsor for the Budweiser Made in America Festival and will be presenting exclusive content and producing exclusive on-site activations.

The Budweiser Made In America Festival art features a work from the acclaimed American artist, Richard Prince.  The piece used is called “Untitled (The Velvets).”  It was created in 2007 and is collage and acrylic on canvas.

“Budweiser Made in America” also will be available for consumers around the country to watch via live streaming. Details will be announced at a later date.



Two-day festival passes are available for $150.00 with tickets going on sale to the general public on April 17th at Ticketmaster.com.   The festival will offer a special early bird presale price of $99.50 for all tickets purchased through any presale offer listed below.  Presale tickets are limited and available while supplies last.

American Express and Budweiser Facebook presales begin Wednesday, April 10th.

  • Use any American Express® Card to purchase tickets before the general public Wednesday, April10th at 12 PM ET through Sunday, April14th at 10 PM ET
  • Fans can visit Budweiser’s Facebook page for early access to tickets from Wednesday, April 10th at 1 PM ET through Thursday, April 11th at 1am ET

Budweiser Made In America Facebook presale begins Monday, April 15th.

  • Beginning today, fans can RSVP to the Made in America Facebook presale by clicking here or visitinghttp://bit.ly/MIAFest_RSVP for access to presale tickets beginning Monday, April 15th at 10am EST through Tuesday, April 16th at 10 PM ET.

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Imagine Dragons Go Behind the Scenes of “It’s Time”

Imagine Dragons Go Behind the Scenes of “It’s Time”

Imagine Dragons have just shared a Behind the Scenes video about the making of their epic and cinematic music video, “It’s Time.”  In the clip, the members of the band talk about the inspiration for the video, which was shot on a dry lake bed in Barstow, CA. “I just feel like the song is about being bigger than yourself, ” says lead singer Dan Reynolds, “and I don’t think you can get a place bigger than this place.” It also shows the hard work that went into the band’s first-ever video shoot, which left the band a bit bruised and sunburned but ultimately grateful for their journey so far.

The video recently premiered on MTV when Imagine Dragons were featured as the PUSH Artist of the Week, with exclusive content from the band featured across all television and digital platforms. “It’s Time” is the first single from the band’s latest EP, Continued Silence, available now on iTunes via KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Records. Fans can also check out the new Penguin Prison remix of the track, streaming now on Soundcloud.

For more info, including summer festival appearances and ticket info, visit the band’s official site at imaginedragonsmusic.com.

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