GCH at Samsung Sound Check

So last night pretty much rocked. YAY for new Gym Class Heroes songs! The band’s new album, The Quilt, comes out this summer and is produced by my favorite Fall Out Boy - Patrick Stump. GCH is also one of the main stage headliners of this summer’s Vans Warped Tour. I am hitting up the Milwaukee and Chicago Warped shows - who’s with me?!

I can thank Samsung and U.S. Cellular for letting me have an absolute blast last night. Thanks to them, I got to see one of my favorite bands again in concert FOR FREE and sing my heart out along with Patrick’s backing vocal tracks. Samsung Sound Check is an exclusive music tour with leading musical acts, designed to provide consumers with rare, private concerts and the opportunity to experience the latest in music-centric mobile phones.

Gym Class played about three new songs from their highly anticipated third record, including a song written by guitarist Disashi Lumumba-Kasongo and another entitled Drunk Text Romeo. MC Travis McCoy finished off the band’s set down in the crowd among the fans in the “pit” before heading backstage to prep for the encore. I first saw GCH live on the 2006 Vans Warped Tour in Charleston, SC and have since seen them more times than I can count in Chicago.

Each Samsung Sound Check event features a one-hour high-energy performance by a headline band as well as music by Los Angeles-based DJ, Matthew Sullivan. Other highlights of the night included interactive sampling phone booths that showcased the music capabilities of Samsung phones and gave visitors an opportunity to win a number of prizes, including the featured phone, the Samsung/U.S. Cellular SCH-r610.

The Samsung SCH-r610 is a sleek slider handset with a minimalist design. The slim r610 is equipped with multimedia features including a 1.3-megapixel camera and camcorder, MP3 player and stereo Bluetooth wireless technology. The r610 also features multiple messaging capabilities, easyedge(SM) downloadable content, advanced voice recognition by VoiceSignal and a microSD external memory card slot.

All in all, the night was pretty sweet. Free concerts are simply THE BEST! Wouldn’t you agree??? Look out for Gym Class Heroes on this summer’s 2008 Vans Warped Tour and come find me at the Milwaukee and Chicago tour stops. Pick up the band’s new album, The Quilt, when it comes out this summer. Trust me, it’s going to be GREAT. Anything Patrick Stump produces and plays keyboards on is AMAZING!

By TheDeadHub.com

Tyga Feat. Travis McCoy - Coconut Juice

Gym Class Heroes' Concert Review

GW students and friends sang, danced, and jumped along Saturday night to the hour and a half long set by Gym Class Heroes, this year's Spring Fling headlining act.

The performance included some of the band’s most popular songs such as “Cupid’s Chokehold” and “Clothes Off”, as well as some new material from their upcoming album “The Quilt.”

During their performance of “Clothes Off,” the band asked the crowd to throw their clothing onto the stage for the collection to later be given to charity. Most of the donations were t-shirts, including many of the free lime green “fling it” shirts given to Spring Fling attendees. But lead singer Travis McCoy also happily displayed a black bra that landed among the clothes on stage.

Though lead guitarist Disashi Lumumba-Kasongo, 25, lamented that the band's last visit to Washington "sucked," he explained the importance of a performance like Saturday's.

“I think it’s good to get it out there,” said Lumumba-Kasongo, who attended Cornell University. “It’s good to reconnect with the college audience and let them know that we were in the same position ourselves.”

“I want people to know that if you follow your heart,” he said, “and put in a little bit of work, you’ll be where you want to be.”

For Tiffany Meehan, concerts chair of Program Board, the success of the concert required months of planning. After choosing a band, Meehan gave the name to a booking agent, who then submitted a bid. Once the bid went through, suspense gave way to excitement, an emotion that was tangible the day of the show.

“We’re really excited,” Meehan said before the show. “They showed up on time and we’re just really excited to have a fun band. Gym Class Heroes have a great show.”

Choosing Gym Class Heroes as the main act for Spring Fling was not an easy choice for the Concerts Committee. Meehan said the potential performer had to meet certain criteria including being someone people had already heard of, was well liked, and had been seen on television.

“We were looking at a lot of different Hip Hop bands,” Meehan said, mentioning that Lupe Fiasco and N.E.R.D. were two other acts the concerts committee considered. Both are on tour with Kanye West and unavailable.

But Saturday night, Gym Class Heroes seemed like the only band on attendees' minds. When the band left the stage after its final song, crowd cheers of “GCH, GCH, GCH!” brought the musicians onto the stage for an encore performance. Much to fans' delight, McCoy chose to perform the last song in the middle of the crowd.

By Sholeh Aixa, DailyColonial.com

Gym Class Heroes to Go on Tour with Tyga and Kidz In The Hall

Emerging new artist Tyga is preparing for his highly anticipated debut album, “No Introduction,” set for release on June 10th. Signed to Pete Wentz’s Decaydance Records, through Travis McCoy’s imprint, Bat Squad, the 18 year old phenom was named “one of the best undiscovered rappers in America” by Vibe Magazine. He performed at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards and can currently be seen in Lil Wayne’s new video “Lollipop,” proving that this star is clearly on the rise.

The forthcoming album entitled “No Introduction” features amazing collaborations with Travis McCoy (Gym Class Heroes), Lil Wayne, and Patrick Stump (Fall Out Boy). Tyga’s hip hop roots blended with his collaborators’ pop/rock vibe to make him a stand out in today’s cluttered musical landscape. The first single, “Coconut Juice,” which features a verse by Travis McCoy is already creating a huge amount of buzz online. The recently shot video was directed by Dale “RAGE” Resteghini (Mims, Soulja Boy) and features cameos including Travis, Pete and Lil Wayne.

Tyga will be featured on MTV’s Spring Break 2008 in Panama City, Florida, scheduled to air the week of March 24th on MTV. Joining an all-star line up of performers for this year’s festivities including Lupe Fiasco, Flo Rida, Paramore, and Panic at the Disco, he will be performing two songs, “Woww” and the current single, “Coconut Juice.” Once again confirming Tyga’s mass appeal, Blender Magazine featured “Woww” as a must-have download track in their March issue.

Tyga will also be accompanying Gym Class Heroes on their Spring 2008 Campus Tour. Beginning April 1st, the tour will be making stops at several college universities throughout the nation. Dates and locations can be viewed below.

Tour Dates:

April, 1 2008 08:00 PM - UMass-Lowell
Lowell, MA, -

April, 2 2008 08:00 PM - College of William and Mary
Williamsburg, VA, -

April, 3 2008 08:00 PM - College of Charleston
Charleston, SC, -

April, 4 2008 08:00 PM - Embry Riddle
Daytona Beach, FL, -

April, 5 2008 08:00 PM - George Washington University
Washington, DC, -

April, 11 2008 08:00 PM - University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA, -

April, 12 2008 08:00 PM - Rider University
Lawrenceville, NJ, -

April, 13 2008 08:00 PM - Washington College
Chestertown, MD, -

April, 16 2008 08:00 PM - University of Missouri-St. Louis
St. Louis, MO, -

April, 17 2008 08:00 PM - Wayne State University
Detroit, MI, -

April, 18 2008 08:00 PM - Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH, -

April, 19 2008 08:00 PM - Lock Haven University
Lock Haven, PA, -

April, 20 2008 08:00 PM - Millersville University
Millersville, PA, -

April, 24 2008 06:00 PM - George Mason University
Fairfax, VA, -

April, 24 2008 08:00 PM - Wootton High School
Rockville, MD, -

April, 25 2008 08:00 PM - Niagara University
Buffalo, NY, -

April, 26 2008 06:00 PM - University of Hartford
Hartford, CT, -

May, 1 2008 08:00 PM - Fitchburg State College
Fitchburg, MA, -

May, 2 2008 08:00 PM - Cornell University
Ithaca, NY, -

May, 3 2008 08:00 PM - Manhattan College
Riverdale, NY, -

By Dave, RapNews.net