Concert Review: MKTO’s American Dream Tour


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Earlier this week, American duo: MKTO was in town for their American Dream Tour. I’ll start by giving a brief background on these boys. The pair consists of two guys named Malcom Kelley and Tony Oller. They met back in 2010 when filming TV series Gigantic. In 2013 they released their debut single titled Thank You and 6 months later, they released their second single titled Classic. While both songs were equally successful, Classic was most definitely the song that pushed them over the top.



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On the evening of July 24th, the streets nearing House of Blues were beginning to get packed as fans (and their parents) scrambled for parking. The show was set to begin at 6:20 with doors opening at 6, and as expected, fans were there long before. At exactly 6:20 pm, the opening act, a band called VerseCity took the stage. VerseCity is an alternative rock band consisting of 5 guys. Coincidentally, the lead singer, Micaiah Walker is a former UH student! We got a chance to chat with him briefly after their set which in which they performed songs: Pressure, You Won’t Stop Us, and more. Immediately after, the lead singer walked over to the merch table to take pictures with fans.


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About 15 minutes later, pop singer Tiffany Houghton took the stage. She had a very girly set with songs to match. Her songs were very empowering to girls all around and had the audience moving the entire time. She performed her own songs as well as covered 5 Seconds of Summer song She Looks So Perfect and MKTO’s Classic. Her enthusiastic and bubbly personality on stage set a very exciting mood and had the fans ready for more.


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Next, without further preamble, pop-rock band Action Item blew the fans away with their edgy songs and swoon worthy members. Their set was energy charged and the band made sure to interact with the fans. At one point the band requested that the fans take one good (and posed) picture because they said they don’t always look their best when caught off guard. Happily, the band obliged and of course the band then said that they needed a picture of the audience too. Immediately after, they proceeded to the merch table to take pictures with fans and promoted their 5 song album.



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At around 8:40, MKTO took the stage. They began their 16 song set with Could Be Me. The fans and the parents were loving it. Malcolm and Tony did not let the fact that they were in Houston slip. Throughout the entire performance, they continuously gauged the audience’s mood by saying “Houston how are you feeling?!” The fans yelled relentlessly and on they went.


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Photo by Sunita Dharani


About halfway through the show they covered an acoustic version of Am I Wrong and slowed things down a bit. While the fans were a little quiet (as quiet as you can be at the concert of your favorite band), Tony took the time to shout out his parents who were happily cheering them on from VIP. Things picked back up with Malcolm having a segment all to himself where he rapped and danced to the fans in delight. Tony then came back out for some time of his own as well.


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Photo by Sunita Dharani


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Photo by Sunita Dharani


As the show started to wrap up the fans were restless, for they still hadn’t performed what everyone was there to hear. After teasing them with a Classic singalong, finally the music started and the boys ended with the hit song. As the lights cut to black, many girls began heading out but to everyone’s surprise, the guys came back out for an encore and performed an acoustic cover of Royals, Get My Way, and ended with Thank You. Finally, with the crowd cheering incessantly, Malcolm and Tony bid Houston adieu. Overall, the show was extremely upbeat and an amazing way to spend a summer night.



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Coog Radio Interviews: Acidic

We caught up with Michael from Acidic during the Warped Tour!



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#BeyGood to Win Tickets for On The Run Tour!

The new trend is to give back to the community and then be rewarded with concert tickets. Beyonce has teamed up with Bread For Life to give back to the city of Houston. Starting today from 12- 2 PM, bring 5 non-perishable food items to the St. John’s United Methodist Church. 2019 Crawford St. Houston, TX 77002.

Every donation qualifies you for pit tickets to see Jay Z and Beyonce this Friday at Minute Maid Park! Good Luck!

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Coog Radio Interviews: TesseracT

Raj, from Kill the Music, had the chance to sit down with Amos Williams of Tesseract when they played a headlining show in April 2014 at the FItzgerlard’s.

Check out the interview below:




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Jason Mraz to Perform Acoustic Show at Cullen Performance Hall

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Another superstar is bringing their tour to University of Houston’s own Cullen Performance Hall. Jason Mraz and Raining Jane will perform an acoustic set on Friday, September 5th at 8 PM. Tickets are already on sale and prices range from $45-$75. UH students can buy $25 tickets at the Athletic/Alumni Center Box Office but tickets are limited. For more information, visit:

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93.7 The Beat’s H-Town Beat Down Recap

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The streets of downtown Houston were packed to say the least as the doors of the BBVA Compass Stadium opened to let in the crowd for the much anticipated: H-Town Beat Down. People of all ages entered the venue excitedly. From teenage girls in flower crowns to adult men, everyone was eager to see what the show was going to consist of.

It all began around 6:55 when Texas established rapper, Paul Wall took the stage. He performed for a total of 10 minutes, but it was enough to get the crowd hyped for what was to come.

To keep the ball rolling, Trae Tha Truth was introduced as he then performed a couple of his hit songs that had the audience vibing with him the whole time.

At around 7:30, Toronto artist: Tory Lanez introduced himself, gave us a bit of his background and then continued to get a gauge of the crowd by asking how many 80’s and 90’s kids there were in attendance. He performed his song “Know What’s Up” and the audience seemed to be feeling him, as their shouts were relentless while he got off the stage.

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Next, 93.7 The Beat host: Devi Dev and Angela Lee introduced the legendary Houston rappers: Slim Thug and Z-Ro. People could not get on their feet fast enough as they started off with well known songs: “Gangsta,” “Associates,” and “Lovin You (On My Mind).” The two artists had undeniable chemistry as they fed off each other’s energy and kept the crowd moving throughout their 15 minute set.

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At around 7:50, Devi Dev again took the stage to introduce Philadelphia rapper, Meek Mill. The rapper immediately threw himself into the thick of things by performing songs: “I’m a Boss,” “Off The Corner,” and “House Party”. To end his set, to the spectators’ exultation he brought out Houston rapper, Kirko Bangz to perform their song “Young & Gettin’ It.” At this point the crowd was completely restless as the anticipation for the next performer to take the stage grew.

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With the sun setting over the Houston skyline the much anticipated J. Cole emerged onto the stage, and in eerie, ominous lighting began with hit song: “Who Dat.” The crowd went wild, screaming his lyrics back word for word. Without hesitation he continued on to perform songs such as “Nobody’s Perfect,” “Work Out,” “Can’t Get Enough,” “Power Trip,” and ended with the meaningful and equally fitting: “Crooked Smile.”

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Cole’s 30 minute set exhausted the fans but as soon as Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar took the stage, all weariness was forgotten. Even Kirko Bangz enjoyed the set while in the audience. He began his 30 minute set with “Swimming Pools” and continued on to perform, “Money Trees,” “Problems,” “Don’t Kill My Vibe,” “Backseat Freestyle” and ended with the highly climatic: “M.A.A.D City.”

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At about 9:30 the audience was taken by surprise when Texas rapper Bun B was presented the 360 Legend Award by 93.7 The Beat. The rapper was caught off guard by the gesture but proceeded to happily accept it as he then said, “If anybody’s gonna get awarded tonight, why not me?” The audience then went wild as the rapper said, “enough of this let’s do some rapping” and proceeded to perform songs known by any Houston native: “Get Throwed” and “Big Pimpin’.”

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When the rapper got off stage the audience simmered down and waited eagerly for the heart throb: Trey Songz. At 9:50 almost every woman in the venue got to her feet and swooned as the singer opened with Invented Sex. His sultry voice had even the males singing his songs: “NaNa,” “2 Reasons,” “Say Ah,” “Neighbors Know My Name,” “Bottoms Up,” and the “Paranoid,” “Show Me” and “Loyal” remixes. His 30 minute set had the crowd exhausted, sweaty, and hoarse from screaming.

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Finally, at 10:35, the last act of the night took the stage. Last but not least, Atlanta rapper: Future took the stage and brought it home by performing “Chosen One,” “Racks,” “I Won,” “Love Me,” “Same Damn Time,” “Sh*t,” and closed with his hit single “Move That Dope.”

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It took minutes for it to hit the crowd that it was actually over as they made their way out of the venue. The First Annual H-Town Beat Down was a definite success as it brought in an extremely diverse crowd to vibe and jam with some of the hottest artists in the game right now.

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Drake Hosts The 1st Annual Houston Appreciation Weekend

As we all know by now, Drake had Houston on fire this past weekend as he kicked off the inaugural Houston Appreciation Weekend. If you decided to stay home away from the chaos, we will fill you in on what you missed out.

Thursday was the kick off of H.A.W. and it started Drake Night at the Astros game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Drake went out there and met with some Astros players as well as the Urban Youth Academy. While showing off his own custom Astros jersey, he took pictures and answered questions with the Urban Youth Academy as well as the press that was there, before the game. During pregame activities, Drake came out to explain his love for Houston and accepting ” Drake Day” which is on June 10th.

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Check out what he had to say about Houston:


On Saturday,  Drake, Kevin Hart, Terrence J and Will Packer hosted the movie premiere of “Think Like A Man Too” at AMC Studio 30. Fans were lined up as early as 8 AM, hoping for a chance to see the stars. Other fans waited outside the theater surrounding the red carpet as all the celebrities walked down and took selfies and signed autographs. After a few interviews, Will Packer, Kevin Hart, Terrence J and Drake introduced the movie and cracked jokes.

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Catch Terrence J, Drake and Kevin Hart walking to their seats to watch the movie with the crowd:




On Sunday, Drake wrapped up H.A.W. with a celebrity charity basketball game featuring Kirko Bangz, Dez Bryant, Dorrough, Mike Jones, and more. Drake sat courtside with James Harden as they watched their friends and colleagues play ball to raise funds for charity.


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If you missed out this year, don’t worry! Drake plans to hold Houston Appreciation Weekend every year!

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Warped Tour 2014


It’s that time of the year when the sun shines, flowers start blooming, and Warped Tour comes to town. This year Warped Tour kicked off in Houston, so it was our duty to set the bar for the rest of the tour, and we we’re successful.


This is the first time Warped tour put up No moshing signs, and as expected, the rules were broken on several occasions.


The festival started off strong with A Lot Like Birds taking the Hard Rock Kevin Stage. A lot Like Birds are a five piece post-hardcore from Sacramento. I first saw the band live at South by So What, so I had an idea of what to expect from them. They did not disappoint, with their stage antics including jumping into the crowd, throwing their guitars so the crowd can play it, and guitarist Michael Franzino doing the worm on stage. While doing all of this, they maintained a spot on performance that was memorable to say the least.

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Straight after, I headed to check out Stray from the Path on the Monster Stage. If your a fan of Rage Against the Machine or any old school Deftones, you would love these guys. They were one of the first bands to play the Monster stage, so it was their job to pump up the crowd, which they did a pretty good job with it. They manage to get a pretty good pit going, especially when they performed their hit “Radio” off their recently release, “Anonymous”.

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Straight after Stray’s performance, punk legends Every Time I Die took the stage and absolutely annihilated it. These guys are no strangers to Warped Tour, being their sixth time on the festival lineup. They kicked things off with their single “Thirst”, which is off their upcoming album “From Parts Unknown”, that’ll be out July 1st. Instantly the crowd was hyped up and were going absolutely nuts. They also played some of their classic hits, such as “The New Black”, which some of you might remember playing on Guitar Hero. They wrapped things up with “No Son of Mine” and guitarist Andy Williams got into the crowd and finished the song with everyone climbing on top of him and trying to grab hold of his guitar.

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In between Stray From the Path and Every Time I Die’s sets, I managed to run to the main stage and caught For Today’s first couple of songs and took some photos.

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A couple of hours later, we returned to the Monster Stage to catch the Color Morale. These heavy hitters have been taking the scene by storm with their album “Know Hope”, and have recently signed to Fearless Records and are expected to put out a new album later in the year. They attracted one of the biggest crowds the Monster stage had seen all day. I only caught the last couple of songs they played but definitely proved that they can hang.

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One of the Texas bred bands I was excited to see was Close Your Eyes. Before they headed out on Warped, they stopped by the Coog Radio studio to hang out on Kill the Music (you can listen to it here). These guys were filming a new music video, so they brought there A game. Vocalist Sam Ryder  was hoping all over the place, and eventually found himself in the middle of the crowd singing. The crowd was singing a long to their hits, such as “Song For the Broken” and “Valleys” as well as some of the newer songs, like “Kings of John Payne”.

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The only band on the Main stage I managed to see was the Story So Far. This is their second year in a row on Warped, so it was natural that they get promoted to the Main Stage. As I was taking pictures behind the barrier, I could hear the whole entire crowd singing a long to every song. One thing that caught my eye during their set was the sign language translator at the side of the stage. They translated all of their lyrics while jamming out to the song.

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By far, the best performance of the day was Beartooth. Beartooth is a hardcore band from Ohio that features ex-Attack Attack! vocalist Caleb Shomo. They just released there first full-length LP “Disgusting” last week, so they we’re ready to performs tons of new music. Throughout the show, they maintained such high energy that was projected on the crowd. The highlight of the set was when they performed the first single they ever released “I Have A Problem”, when guitarist got into the crowd and played the song as they were being crowd surfed.

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The best way to wrap up Warped Tour 2014 was with Volumes. These guys are releasing their new cd “No Sleep” on July 15th, and they decided to perform some new songs off of it. One of the songs featured on the album was the song “Vahle”, which is the first song that features clean singing from vocalist Michael Barr. When performing the song, he was actually able to do a decent job at pulling it off, especially for his first time. Overall, their set was awesome, and had the crowd moving the whole entire time.


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H-Town Beatdown Contest

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Coog Radio has partnered up with Scoremore Shows to give away one pair of tickets to 93.7 The Beat’s Htown Beatdown at BBVA Compass Stadium featuring Trey Songz, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Future, Meek Mill, Z-Ro, Paul Wall, Slim-Thug and Trae tha Truth. To win a pair of tickets to the hottest concert of the summer, check out how to enter below:

  1. Post a video on Instagram explaining why you are the ultimate fan of a Beat Down artist and why you should win. (It doesn’t hurt to wear artist merchandise either!)
  2. You must tag @wescoremore, @937thebeat, and @coogradio in the caption.
  3. Be sure to include the hashtag #HtownBeatDown.
  4. Be sure your account is not on private.
  5. Only one entry per person!

The contest will be begin today (Monday) at 12 PM  and end on Wednesday at 3 PM with the winner being announced on Wednesday at 6 PM. The winner must be able to pick up tickets at the Coog Radio office in the UC North on Thursday.

Good Luck!


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Drake Announces Houston Appreciation Weekend (Schedule and Details)

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It is undeniable that Grammy-award winning musician, Drake, loves Houston, Texas! Often referring to our city in his songs since 2007, Drake has proclaimed Houston as his second home. Back in March, Drake, announced Houston Appreciation Weekend, also known as HAW. He later announced the dates, which will be from Thursday, June 12th to Sunday, June 15th.

We have listed the events and information for all things HAW:

HAW Schedule

Thursday, June 12th

Launch of OVO Pop-Up Shop

The first event of the Houston Appreciation Weekend will be an OVO Pop-Up shop at Premium Goods located at 2416 Times Blvd, Houston, TX 77005. Starting at 12 PM, fans will be able to purchase official OVO merchandise at the store.

Houston Astros Present: Houston Appreciation Night at Minute Maid Park

Drake will be hosting a night at the Minute Maid Park with the Astros! They will be playing the Arizona Diamondbacks at 7:10 PM. Tickets to sit in Drake’s section are $30 and can be bought here using the passcode “drake.” Everyone in this section will receive a Houston Appreciation Weekend shirt.

Habibiz Hookah Pop Up

Drake loves his hookah so much that he brought his good friend from Habibiz for Hookah night. It will be held from 5 – 9 PM at Prospect Park Sports Bar located at 3100 Fountain View Drive, Houston, TX 77057.

HAW Kickoff Party

To end the first day of Houston Appreciation Weekend, Drake will be hosting the Kickoff Party at the 5th Amendment located at 2900 Travis St, Houston, TX 77006.


Friday, June 13th

Drake Concert at Warehouse Live

Drake has often referred to his first show in Houston at Warehouse Live back in 2009. He is coming back to perform on Friday, June 13th. In order to obtain tickets to the event, you must volunteer about 4 hours at any event hosted by the Rock Corps at You must pre- register on the link listed in the event page, show up to volunteer, and then you will get a ticket to see Drake! You must be 16 years old and bring an ID. As of right now, all of the events have filled up. Keep a look out in the next couple of days for a chance to volunteer around the city and get your ticket to see Drake at Warehouse Live.

After Party with Drake, Lil Wayne and More

After the Warehouse Live show, Drake will be headed to The Gatsby with Lil Wayne and Special Guests. The Gatsby is located at 1902 Washington Ave. Buy tickets here.

Saturday, June 14th

HAW Pool Party

During the day, everyone will be recovering from the night before with a mansion pool party! Details of the location and tickets have not been announced yet.

“Think Like A Man Too” Movie Premiere

Kevin Hart was just in Houston serving breakfast at the Breakfast Klub and he is coming back for HAW! In the evening, there will be a movie premiere for Hart’s new movie, “Think Like A Man Too.” There may not be room for everyone, but keep a look out for how to attend.

After Party

Just like the last two nights, the day will end with a party, but this time at Venue! Drake, Kevin Hart, and other special guests will be in the building. Venue is located at 719 Main St #500, Houston, TX 77002. Buy tickets here.

Sunday, June 15th

HAW Basketball Tournament

The last day of HAW will consist of a Celebrity Charity Basketball Game at M.O. Campbell Center from 2 PM- 6PM. Players will include TJ Ford, Jeremy Mincey, Dez Bryant, Mike Jones, Kirko Bangz, Riff Raff, Dorrough, Mr. Rogers and more! Tickets are priced at $10, $25 and $50 and can be purchased at

HAW Wrap Party

The final event of the first annual Houston Appreciation Weekend will take place at Club Paradise with Drake and special guests. Buy tickets here.

Now that you all are caught up with all things HAW, go out and volunteer! See you at Warehouse Live!

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