Maroon 5 with Neon Trees and Owl City
Adam Levine, Jesse Carmichael, Mickey Madden, and Ryan Dusick all formed a band called Kara's Flowers while attending Brentwood School in Los Angeles. Despite an appearance on Beverly Hills, 90210 and many tour dates, their debut album was such a disappointment that they were dropped from their record contract. Shortly after, Levine and Carmichael went off to Five Towns College in Long Island, where they were exposed to hip-hop and R&B. The duo soon dropped out of college and returned to LA, reuniting with the members of their former band and playing concert dates. While working as a writer's assistant, Levine began writing songs inspired by the failed relationship with his ex-girlfriend. The songs combined Kara's Flowers' pop sounds with the music that he had been exposed to in New York. Despite Octone execs having heard Kara's Flowers' first effort, they agreed to let the band audition again and were blown away by their new sound. Guitarist James Valentine was brought in to take over instrumentation for Levine and their name was changed to Maroon 5 to give them a fresh start.
Upon Songs About Jane's release in 2002, the album received little to no recognition by critics or audiences. But by 2004, people were ecstatic over the album and record sales skyrocketed, eventually going platinum four times in the US. Maroon 5's rise in popularity was partially due to the group's supporting concert dates for John Mayer, who had gone to school with James Valentine. The eventual success of the album was followed by extensive tour dates, which eventually took its toll on drummer Ryan Dusick. He left in 2006 due to injury and was replaced by Matt Flynn of The B-52s. Maroon 5 continued their success in 2007 with the release of It Won't Be Soon Before Long. The album featured a more retro pop sound than the group's previous release, and fans and critics alike responded exuberantly. Maroon 5's latest album, Hands All Over, was released in 2010 and featured more funk and R&B influences.
Unfortunately, Maroon 5 might not get to experiment more with their style, as Adam Levine has hinted that he doesn't want to play music for much longer. If that's true, then fans should check out Maroon 5's tour dates in 2011; and there are dozens upon dozens of them. The band is currently playing concert dates across Asia until the end of May, and after a brief hiatus in June they will return to the US on June 24. After three months of canvassing the United States, Maroon 5 will head to Europe on November 27, where they will begin playing concert dates in Russia and move westward through the continent. 2011 tour dates will end on December 13 in Austria; fans should check Eventful as to not miss a Maroon 5 tour that could be their last.
Neon Trees: Neon Trees is a LDS rock band from Provo, UT, with origins in Temecula, California . Formed initially by neighbors Tyler Glenn (lead vocals/keyboards) and Chris Allen (guitars), the band made its first home in Provo, eventually adding Branden Campbell (bass) and Elaine Bradley (drums/vocals) to the lineup. Although a well known band in Provo, the band didn't receive nationwide exposure until late 2008 when they were chosen as openers for several of The Killers' North American tour dates. Not long after, the band was signed by major record label Mercury Records in early 2009. Additionally, the group was voted Band of the Year in 2009 by City Weekly, a popular Salt Lake City publication. Although they had several prior independent releases, the band released its debut album at Mercury/Def Jam, Habits, on March 16, 2010. with "Animal" as its lead single. The band performed "Animal" during their March 23, 2010 appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and the band will be touring opening for 30 Seconds To Mars and Mutemath throughout the Spring of 2010. There are two music videos for "Animal", a viral video and an official music video. The viral version features the band playing in a desert. The official version features the band "destroying" an art gallery with paint as the patrons slowly morph into animal-headed humans and dance around them.
The band was recently featured on the iPhone/iPod touch application Tap Tap Revenge 3 with their latest single "Animal".
Owl City: It's hard to believe that just a few years ago, Adam Young - the brainchild behind the synthpop project Owl City - was professionally loading trucks in Minnesota. Owl City is characterized by a bold new electronica style that features motivated beats and an ethereal air. The multi-instrumentalist has been lighting up the electronica scene since the release of his first major label album, Ocean Eyes, in 2009. While watching just one man playing music on a machine would get tedious, Owl City has a band joining Young onstage for tour dates that have become more and more popular each month. With the momentum that Owl City has made recently, anticipation for Young's newest album and tour dates has reached a fever pitch. All Things Bright and Beautiful is set to release on June 14, while Owl City has a number of 2011 concert dates set to begin the day before.
Adam Young was born on July 5, 1986, in Owatonna, Minnesota. Living in his parents' basement, the devout Christian had a number of small jobs before he developed a case of insomnia from loading trucks. Looking to occupy the lonely hours, Young began experimenting with different styles of electronic music. Adam began posting the songs he created onto his MySpace page; the tracks soon became hugely popular, prompting the artist to independently record and release the EP, Of June, in 2007 and the full album, Maybe I'm Dreaming, in 2008. The albums were a surprise success, with Of June reaching #20 on the Billboard Electronic Albums chart, and Maybe I'm Dreaming reaching #16.
The popularity of the albums caught the eye of record label Universal Republic, which quickly signed the artist/project. Owl City's major label debut came in 2009 with the release of Ocean Eyes. The album has become a huge commercial success since its release, thanks largely in part to the monumental single, "Fireflies". The album features guest vocals from Chinese electronic artist Yuan, as well as the singing talents of Relient K singer Matthew Thiessen. The album did amazingly on music charts worldwide, but nowhere more so than in the US, reaching #8 on Billboard's 200 and #1 on Billboard's Dance/Electronic, Top Rock, and Alternative Albums charts.
Fans can't wait to see what Adam Young has in store for them on Owl City's newest release, All Things Bright and Beautiful. They also can't wait to see Owl City on its summer tour dates, alongside fellow musicians Unwed Sailor and Matt Kearney. The 2011 concert dates will begin a day before the album's release, June 13, in Nashville. Tour dates will primarily travel through major Eastern U.S. cities, with limited stops in western states like Denver, Oregon, Texas, and California. The last tour date will be on July 30 in Adam Young's native state of Minnesota; St. Paul to be exact. Since the 2011 tour dates don't quite last two months, and the tour is only making stops in larger cities, fans should check for tickets soon to catch Owl City in their area.