Tour Diary: Hollis Brown

Tour Diaries are an on-going guest column series from Bandsintown artists currently on tour. This entry is from NYC rock group Hollis Brown, whose new single Wait For Me Virginia” comes out today. 

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We rode into Louisville, Kentucky to play The Zanzabar on a beautiful day in early August. We just joined a tour with Rich Robinson from The Black Crowes, but had a day off and were lucky enough to snag an opening slot for The Baseball Project. Two members of R.E.M are in the band so we were stoked to get a chance to meet our rock star idols!

We had an early call at the radio station 91.9 WFPK in Louisville, where we got to sing a few songs and do an interview live on the air (that’s us playing live). We arrived way early at the venue, and just loitered around for awhile, picking up some Taco Bell and drinking some beer. The weather was super hot and we weren’t sure where we would be staying that night so we set ourselves up for a day of lounging. The Baseball Project arrived and we helped load in and figure out specs for the gig. Sharing drums, bass, guitar amps. Real friendly and down to earth guys, very approachable and cool.  

We were then escorted to our backstage area and we couldn’t believe it, it was pin-ball and arcade mania! All these vintage, working arcades that surrounded two couches and a small kitchen. It was incredible to see Mike Mills playing arcades wearing Star Wars slip ons. That’s a moment I will remember forever. We hung, talked a lot about music while drinking our homemade moonshine from the gig before with Rich in Whitesburg, Kentucky. Then it was time to play. We were the opening act but the crowd was really a music crowd and they took in everything we were doing. It felt great!

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As The Baseball Project took the stage (above) I noticed Jim James from My Morning Jacket in the crowd and went to introduce myself. Such a sweet and nice guy, he invited me to an after party down the road, one of his friends was a DJ there, so me, Dillon and Adam got to hang with him and Patrick from MMJ until closing time. Then it was time to go back to The Zanzabar to meet up with the rest of the band and figure out where we would sleep. Long story short, right next to arcade mania on the floor of the green room. 

That’s life on the road! What a night. 

Want to see Hollis Brown on tour? Track them on Bandsintown to get concert alerts and go to their website to see their upcoming dates. And check out their new single, “Wait For Me Virginia”, available on iTunes.

Tour Diary: Rixton

Tour Diaries are an on-going guest column series from Bandsintown artists currently on tour. This entry is from pop/R&B group Manchester, England’s Rixton, in which they recall some memorable tour dates.

From major festivals to hometown shows, gig life can be a wild ride. One night you may be second guessing yourself until your crowd fills out, the next you may get a jolt of confidence from seeing family members in the front row. In these cases, Rixton’s been on both sides of the coin. Read more below from the boys’ perspective on their tour highlights thus far.

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Charley Bagnall - Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals
We’ve started our first bunch of tour dates in the UK including a few festivals, one of which was Wireless festival. Now, for me this was a huge, huge deal as Wireless has been a dream for a long time. It has always been a perfect mix of urban and pop rock, which I’m a huge fan of, so to have that opportunity to play was crazy. We arrive and go to our dressing room, and we set up and head towards the stage. As we’re waiting to play, the tent is empty! So we’re a bit worried and a little bit disheartened. But then as we step out, the tent becomes packed, people are running in and the place becomes full! The next thing we know, we’re playing our set and people are loving it! We get to the last song, which is the single—“Me and My Broken Heart” and the place erupts. People are singing every word. This, for me, is just unreal. Every day it grows and grows—being on tour and interacting and seeing the people sing your song back is the best feeling ever. You can’t beat it! 

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Jake Roche - Lead Singer, Rhythm Guitar
Being able to travel the world and play live music and have people sing your songs back to you should never be classified as a job. I don’t see it as that. And if it is, then I genuinely have the best job on earth. Kicking off the tour in my hometown of Manchester was nuts, seeing my family out there all jumping and singing along. But the most exciting bit for me is the five minutes before the show that no one sees. When the dressing room door closes and it’s just me and the boys—the four idiots that started this crazy journey. And we can hear the fans chanting ‘Rixton' waiting for us to come on stage. That feeling is just indescribable. You genuinely feel invincible. It's a feeling I want to have for the rest of my life. 

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Lewi Morgan - Drums, Backing Vocals
My favourite moment of the UK tour was the Manchester show, as it’s the first time I have had all my family at a show! It was a crazy hot and sweaty show and the crowd was incredibly responsive!

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Danny Wilkin - Bass, Keyboards, Backing Vocals 
My highlight from tour was in Manchester, walking on stage in front of our families. The show was amazing, the crowd was welcoming and our parents, brothers, and sisters had the chance to see how much we had grown as a band. Jake got his niece up on stage to say hello to the fans, which was a beautiful moment for him. Favourite gig so far!

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Want to see Rixton on tour? Track them on Bandsintown to get concert alerts and go to their website to see their upcoming dates. And check out their new single, “Wait On Me”, available on iTunes.

Bandsintown Featured Among First Android Wear Smartwatch Apps

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We are excited to share that Bandsintown is featured on Google Play this week, where developers are noted for their work in writing apps that run on Android Wear, the smart wearable platform designed specifically for the smartwatch market! Bandsintown is among the first to have implemented the Android Wear SDK, which allows developers to build “glanceable” notifications with a fully customizable user interface. When you install Bandsintown on your smartphone, Android Wear will automatically push concert notifications to your always-on smartwatch, where you can swipe to view more information like show dates and venue location. From there, you can indicate if you’re “Going” or “Interested,” to easily share with your friends.

Several companies are already offering devices based on Android Wear including LG, Motorola, and Samsung, with more coming out this summer. Can’t wait? You can pick up the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live now by visiting Google Play to purchase.

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