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All Time Low Cover Ellie Goulding’s “Love Me Like You Do”

3-11-all-time-low-2All Time Low stopped by the SiriusXM Studios and delivered an excellent performance of Ellie Goulding‘s hit single, “Love Me Like You Do.”

This track is easily becoming one of the top of the year, and All Time Low just gave us all even more of a reason to love it (like we do). Check out the performance below:

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Ben Gibbard (Death Cab For Cutie) Covers Guided By Voices

Death Cab For Cutie

Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard headed over to SiriusXM and recorded a cover of “Tractor Rape Chain,” originally by Guided By Voices. You can view his cover below.


The band will be releasing their latest album, Kintsugi, via Atlantic Records, on March 31st, as well as heading out on tour this spring, with a few dates already sold out.

For more on Death Cab For Cutie, you can can purchase concert tickets here or buy/pre-order a CD here.

Death Cab For Cutie tour 2015

April 10—Quail Run Park—Mesa, Arizona
April 23—Arvest Bank Theatre At The Midland—Kansas City, Missouri
April 27—Fox Theatre—Atlanta, Georgia
April 29—Ryman Auditorium—Nashville, Tennessee
April 30—Chicago Theatre—Chicago, Illinois
May 2—Northrop Auditorium—Minneapolis, Minnesota
May 4—Riverside Theater—Milwaukee, Wisconsin
May 7—Sony Centre For The Performing Arts—Toronto, Ontario
May 8—Metropolis Theatre—Montreal, Quebec
May 9—State Theatre—Portland, Maine
May 12—Iroquois Amphitheater—Louisville, Kentucky
May 13—The Pageant—St. Louis, Missouri
June 8-9—O2 Shepherds Bush Empire—London, England
June 13—Rockefeller—Oslo, Norway
June 14—Bergenfest—Bergen, Norway
June 15—Munchenbryggeriet—Stockholm, Sweden
June 23—Inmusic Festival—Zagreb, Croatia
June 25—Bataclan—Paris, France
July 12—Hollywood Bowl—Hollywood, California
Oct. 3—Paramount Theatre—Seattle, Washington

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Q&A: John & Brittany

Following the successful release of their debut full-length, Start Sinning, Philly-based songwriters John Faye and Brittany Rotondo are flying high, and there’s no telling what’s next from the duo. The album’s title track saw some heavy rotation on Sirius XM’s Little Steven’s Underground Garage, catapulting the pair into everyone’s earbuds. Earlier in August, John & Brittany announced that their new EP, Stories To Be Told, would be out on October 7th. Prior to the EP’s release, the wonderfully quirky and quick-witted duo were kind enough to sit with Planet Stereo for a quick Q&A, which you can check out below!
PS: Thanks so much for doing the interview. How are you?
John: Our pleasure! We’re doing great, excited to get our new EP out there. 

PS: You released your debut full-length in 2013, and it did really well. Were you surprised?
Brittany: John & Brittany were very lucky to have crowd funded over 10K for Start Sinning. We were surprised by the generosity of time, effort, and money from our friends, family, and supporters.

PS: Is there a song you like best from the album?
John: For me, my favorite song from Start Sinning is “Dirty Little Magazine” mainly because it’s such a visceral, primal song. It’s all id!

Brittany: “Hank the Hound Dog” is probably my favorite from the new EP. It’s such a carnival of lyrics and music. It feels like a dagger to the cerebellum! You’ll love it!

PS: Does the sound on the new EP differ from that of the album?
Brittany: Yes. This time around, J&B took the route of painting what was felt from an outside perspective. We’ve evolved so much as a group and separately, that it really shines through with each tune.
John: I think sonically it sounds the way we should sound; we had the same engineer, Steven LaFashia, work with us as on Start Sinning. From a song standpoint it’s very different. I feel there are a lot more colors in the instrumentation. 

PS: Stories To Be Told is coming out in October, but have you started performing any of the songs during live sets? 
Brittany: We do! We’ve played Stories to Be Told, in its entirety with great responses from the crowd already! 
John: This was an instance where the songs were written right before going into the studio so they had not been road tested yet, so in a weird way that adds to the excitement of getting the initial crowd response. 

PS: Was there a theme or concept going in to record the EP?
John: I don’t know that we had a pre-conceived theme going in, but it was interesting how the title came about. We played the EP for Little Steven Van Zandt, who has The Underground Garage on Sirius XM, and he felt that all the songs were like little short stories, and so he suggested that we play off the song title “Story To Be Told” and name the EP Stories To Be Told.
Brittany: What I love most about it is that there was no initial theme, no concept. We skipped the drawing board and did what felt right. Our music is a wave that’s constantly changing with the tide, so we ran with it.

Check out John & Brittany’s music video for “Paper Planes,” which was featured on The Freshmen on MTV-U:

PS: Where do you tend to draw your inspiration?
John: I feel that Brittany is the spark in this band and I just pour the gasoline on. 
Brittany: My inspiration for each song comes from living and lifelessness. It comes from a place that is cynical, romantic, troubled, and always animated. 

PS: Will the EP eventually become a new album, or will it remain a separate entity?
John: It is its own entity. Even though it’s relatively short I think it makes for a good listen. 

PS: Do you mind walking me through the creative process?
Brittany: Each song begins with a memory or lyric burned into my brain, that moment I feel the urge to carve into paper, is what begins and tells each story.

PS: How did you two come to be as a duo?
John: I think we are the two most unlikely people you could find to even be friends, much less be in a musical partnership. We couldn’t possibly be more different as people, but it was the points of commonality that really brought us together. It boils down to our mutual love of the Ramones and the Beatles, pretty much. 
Brittany: Besides playing with our full band, J&B started, on a nightly basis, playing Open Mics around the Philadelphia area, unplugged and acoustic. It’s much easier (in some ways) to travel and work as a duo. 

PS: You’ve said that you fight “tooth and nail” for what you want from each song. How do you think other artists could benefit from adopting that attitude?
Brittany: It’s always been a push pull of creative energy with John and myself, and that fuels the fire for whichever direction the music steers us. The polar opposites excel at what the other could never do alone. 
John: I really do believe that the songs benefit in the end from the way we fight over them, but it can certainly be exhausting for both of us. It’s worth it though!

PS: Any last words?
Brittany: Hail! Hail! PLANET STEREO!
John: Hey! Hey! My! My!
For more on John & Brittany, please click HERE.
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Indie Pop Trio AJR Hit Top 40 Radio, Tour Dates Confirmed







Emerging indie pop trio AJR is on the verge of becoming one of the biggest and brightest new bands of 2014 following the viral success of their hit single “I’m Ready,” an infectious track that has already sold over 100k units while its video has racked up over one million YouTube views. The single has received early support over the last several months from SiriusXM where it is in heavy rotation with over 100+ spins per week on “20 on 20” and “Hits1.” “I’m Ready” has only just impacted atTop 40 radio, with several early adds confirmed nationwide.



AJR will hit the road this summer, performing a handful of radio shows before embarking on a 4-week long tour in support of Lindsey Stirling. See below for details.


05/17            WNCI – Columbus, OH

05/19            WEZB – New Orleans, LA

06/01            WBLI – Long Island, NY

06/03            WPXY – Rochester, NY

06/05            WWHT – Syracuse, NY

06/06            WKSE – Buffalo, NY

06/07            WFLY – Albany, NY

06/08            WSPK – Poughkeepsie, NY

06/15             WJFX – Ft. Wayne, IN

06/22             WNTQ – Syracuse, NY


AJR TOUR DATES (w/ Lindsey Stirling):


06/16              Metropolis – Montreal, QC

06/17              House of Blues – Boston, MA

06/18              Terminal 5 – New York, NY

06/20              Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ

06/21              The Space – Westbury, NJ

06/24              Echostage – Washington, DC

06/26              The Norva – Norfolk, VA

06/27              Fillmore – Charlotte, NC

06/28              Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN

06/30              Track 29 – Chattanooga, TN

07/01              Masquerade Music Park – Atlanta, GA

07/02              Janus Landing – St. Petersburg, FL

07/03              Hard Rock Live – Orlando, FL

07/07              Iron City – Birmingham, AL

07/08              House of Blues – New Orleans, LA

07/10              Bayou Music Center – Houston, TX

07/11               Stubb’s – Austin, TX

07/12               Southside Ballroom – Dallas, TX

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New Beat Fund – Scare Me Instagram Horror Parodies

You may remember NeW bEAT FUNd from the SiriusXM Alt Nation hit “Scare Me” (or maybe my hilarious interview with them when they were on Warped). Now you may come to know them as the band that love Halloween so much, they’ve decided to roll out fourteen Instagram video parodies with scenes of the most “revered horror movies of all time,” which began on the 16th of October.

The band will step into an iconic role a day from such classic thrillers as: Carrie (1976), Child’s Play (1988), Cujo (1983), Frankenstein (1931), Friday the 13th(1980), Night of the Living Dead (1968), Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), Psycho (1960), The Birds (1963), The Blair Witch Project (1999), The Fly (1958), The Grudge (2004), The Ring (2002) and The Shining (1980). NbF will roll out these hilarious 15 second clips, one a day, leading up to Oct. 29, when all the videos will be combined into an alternate full-length video for the track. Meanwhile, the official video for “Scare Me” from their “($) CoiNz” EP, was recently added to MtvU.

Check out the first video!



Right now, the band is on the road with 3OH!3, The Summer Set, and Wallpaper. on the Journeys Noise Tour, which kicked off yesterday at Upstate Concert Hall in Clifton Park, NY and will hit 32 cities before concluding in Los Angeles on Nov. 26. All four bands collaborated on a new track titled, “Turn the Night On,” which exclusively premiered yesterday on AltPress.com.

Prior to this, NbF just wrapped a run supporting blink-182, as well as being featured on several highly-acclaimed festivals (Riot Fest in Chicago and Denver; the KJEE Summer Round Up in Santa Barbara, CA; and the Epicenter Festival in Irvine, CA).

In June, NeW bEAt FUNd re-released its “($) CoiNz” EP.  Fans can get a track for free at newbeatfund.com.

Journeys Noise Tour with 3OH!3, The Summer Set and Wallpaper.
Oct. 16                      Clifton Park, NY                        Upstate Concert Hall
Oct. 17                      Boston, MA                               House of Blues
Oct. 18                      Asbury Park, NJ                       StonePony
Oct.. 20                      Huntington, NY                        Paramount Theater
Oct. 21                      New York, NY                           Irving
Oct. 22                      Philadelphia, PA                    TLA
Oct. 23                      Toronto, ON                              Opera House
Oct. 24                      Silver Springs, MD                  Fillmore
Oct. 27                      Indy, IN                                      Deluxe
Oct. 28                      Cleveland, OH                          House of Blues
Oct. 29                      Detroit, MI                                St Andrews
Oct. 31                      Minneapolis, MN                    Varsity Theatre
Nov. 1                       Des Moines, IA                        Wooly’s
Nov. 2                       Milwaukee, WI                       The Rave
Nov. 3                       Chicago, IL                                 House of Blues
Nov. 5                       Nashville, TN                            Cannary
Nov. 7                       Orlando, FL                               House of Blues
Nov. 8                       Ft Lauderdale, FL                    Revolution
Nov. 10                     Atlanta, GA                               Buckhead theatre
Nov. 11                     New Orleans, LA                     House of Blues
Nov. 12                     Houston, TX                              House of Blues
Nov. 13                     Dallas, TX                                   House of Blues
Nov. 15                     Albuquerque, NM                   Sunshine Theatre
Nov. 16                     Denver, CO                               Summit Music Hall
Nov. 18                     Boise, ID                                     Knitting factory
Nov. 19                     Spokane, WA                           Knitting factory
Nov. 20                     Seattle, WA                              Showbox at the Market
Nov. 21                     Portland, OR                             Wonder Ballroom
Nov. 23                     Reno, NV                                    Knitting Factory
Nov. 24                     San Francisco, CA                   Fillmore
Nov. 25                     San Diego, CA                          House of Blues
Nov. 26                     Los Angeles, CA                       House of Blues

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