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OBC 2016

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DATE: Thursday, May 12, 2016
LOCATION: Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas | Boulevard Pool Deck
TICKETS: BUY HERE

 

PANIC! AT THE DISCO

Photo: Shervin Lainez

Photo: Shervin Lainez

Brendon Urie’s mind is continuously swarming with music. The musician and mastermind behind
Panic! at the Disco, didn’t want there to be a gap between his last album, 2013’s
Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die!, and its successor, Death of a Bachelor
(DCD2/Fueled By Ramen).  After finishing touring on Panic!’s last release, Urie found his mind racing, filled with ideas for new songs and took only a few weeks off before heading into the studio again. The musician installeda piano in his living room and wrote there constantly, with his starting point being Frank Sinatra, an artist Urie has admired since childhood. “As I’ve gotten older I’ve gained a deeper appreciation for the people that wrote the songs for him,” Urie says. “And for his use of his voice and the way he had to relate to everything. I wanted springboard off that and take cues from jazz as I wrote the music.”The first song Urie penned was gospel-infused “Hallelujah,” which was released as a single in April.
He wasn’t necessarily writing specifically for an album at the time, but once the songemerged it became clear that it was the beginning of something good. The track arrived easily to Urie and he took that as a cue as he continued writing. “It set the tone for the whole process,” hesays. “I wanted to take a laid-back approach. I realized that you don’t need to spend all of thetime on one song. I used to run into that problem all the time, where I would sit and stew over a song, wanting to make it even better. This time I had more appreciation for what came out.” For Urie, what came out on Death of a Bachelor is a deeply personal statement. It’s both an expression of the person he has become and an inherent internal battle as the musician grapples with growing into himself. The title references Urie’s surprise that his relationship with Panic! at the Disco is by far his longest. In a way, he’s married to the band and its many devoted fans. That commitment, aided by the support of those followers, has pushed him into a
new life and a fresh approach. “It’s a very intimate record,” Urie notes. “It’s me overcoming the past and bringing up this new era and presenting it in that way. It felt like I came into my own this time around.


ATLAS GENIUS

Photo: Frank Maddocks

Photo: Frank Maddocks

For brothers Keith and Michael Jeffery, home holds a certain kind of magic. The coastal Australian city where they grew up is more than the cradle of their youth – it was the soil for their dreams and the birthplace of their success. Australia was where they forged their breakout hit, ”Trojans,” which earned them a gold record and took Atlas Genius from studio project to critically acclaimed international act.

After a few months turned into two years on the road in support of their debut album, When It Was Now – after exploring distant towns in distant countries, pouring their souls out in theaters all over the world – home called. But back in Australia, the blank canvas the brothers faced reflected back two very different people from the ones who had crafted When It Was Now. In the time they had been away, they had created a new normal – built a new community, endured heartbreak, and seen the world.

ANDREW MCMAHON IN THE WILDERNESS

Photo: Tamar Levine

Photo: Tamar Levine

Singer‐songwriter Andrew McMahon has already disproved the adage that American lives have no second acts by embarking his third successful reinvention with his latest project, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness. After forming the pioneering group Something Corporate in high school and releasing two albums, McMahon launched Jack’s Mannequin in 2004. Under the JM moniker, he released three albums which combined have sold nearly two million copies, to date.

After forming the pioneering group Something Corporate in high school and releasing two albums, McMahon launched Jack’s Mannequin in 2004. Under the JM moniker, he released three albums which combined have sold nearly two million copies, to date. Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, which took shape in a rustic Topanga Canyon, CA, shack, debuted at #2 iTunes Alternative Albums chart, #3 on the Independent Album charts and #4 on the Alternative Album charts. The hit single “Cecilia and the Satellite”, written for his newborn daughter, has over 7 million Spotify plays and is Top 5 at Alternative radio, on the road to to Top 5 at AAA radio and climbing the chart at HAC. McMahon has performed at a number of sold‐out summer festivals including Coachella, Bonnaroo, Firefly, and Summerfest with upcoming tours in Australia and Asia this fall.


BØRNS

borns1 OBC 2016Like you, like all of us, Garrett Borns craves most what he cannot have. Anticipation, fantasy, longing—in some ways, these emotions of desire are more powerful than any trophy. But it’s not like we have a choice in the matter; love, as it’s been said, is all chemistry. In fact, it’s mostly a tiny chemical messenger called dopamine that pulls our heartstrings and drives our acts of romance. And so that’s just what the rising maestro BØRNS titled his debut full-length album of majestic, lovelorn anthems.

“Dopamine is released when you are longing for something, the desire of a reward—it’s the fantasy in your mind,” says BØRNS. “The old ‘you want most what you can’t have’ expression. A lot of the songs on the album are about wanting her but not being able to have her: ‘come back to me’ or ‘I wish I had you’ songs.  All the songs are inspired by a chemical connection to a lover, so dopamine is the all-encompassing theme.”

VIDEO: Watch BØRNS’ performance & Interview at X1075 on March 23rd


ANDREW WATT

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“Every once in a while, an artist comes around and knocks you out of your shoes,” says John Varvatos. “That artist has memorable songs with great hooks, a voice that soars, and the musicianship and stage presence of a seasoned veteran—a new and desperately needed rock hero. You have that and more in Andrew Watt. He’s the real deal.”

Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Watt takes musical undertones from the seventies and the nineties and infuses them into a decidedly modern sound that’s both mysterious and magnetic, putting the guitar riff back into the landscape of popular music.  His work in California Breed piqued the interest of John Varvatos Records. Varvatos personally signed Watt in early 2015 as one of the new label’s flagship artists.  The New York native’s kinetic style developed while touring and writing with a plethora of different artists across genres since the age of 16. In 2013, he formed California Breed with Glenn Hughes [Deep Purple] and Jason Bonham [Foreigner and Led Zeppelin], releasing the group’s acclaimed debut and touring alongside Slash and more.

“I never met anyone so excited just to be playing,” says Bonham on working and recording with Watt. “(In studio) he was just on fire, like he was doing this big gig inside his head, running round, soloing, kicking over chairs. I was like, ‘This kid is such a free spirit.’ So cool, he just oozed charisma.”

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