DATE: Thursday, May 12, 2016
LOCATION: Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas | Boulevard Pool Deck
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PANIC! AT THE DISCO
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
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.
Like 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
“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.”