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Photo Courtesy: Interscope Records

Photo Courtesy: Interscope Records

SELENA GOMEZ’S REVIVAL

Pop star Selena Gomez finally set a date for the follow-up to her 2013 Stars Dance.  The album’s title, Revival, hints at a decided departure from her solo debut and will show a “rebirth” of the singer.

Set to be released on October 9, Gomez told Ryan Seacrest in an interview that “there’s hints of” her highly publicized breakup with Justin Bieber on the record, but for the most part, it’s about her newfound confidence.

“I’m becoming a young woman and I’m comfortable with my sensuality.  It’s just kind of not try-hard.  It’s just perfect.  I think to me that was exactly what I want people to see for the next chapter for me,” she said, later adding, “I’m very confident in this record and you can hear it.  But I’m vulnerable, I’m real, and I think it just shows a different side of me.  I’m really excited and I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders.”

The anticipated album has so far been preceded by the lead single Good for You, which peaked at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100.

Photo Courtesy: Broken Bow Records

Photo Courtesy: Broken Bow Records

JASON ALDEAN BACK IN STUDIO

Although Jason Aldean is still enjoying the success of Old Boots, New Dirt, he is already in the recording studio working on his seventh album.

Recently having married girlfriend Brittany Kerr, the country star says his wife is a much-needed presence in his life.  “She keeps me a little more focused and grounded, which is what I need in my life for sure,” Aldean told People shortly after getting married.

The singer has not shied from trying new things with his music.  He even told Buzzfeed, “No, [‘Burnin’ It Down’] is not Hank Williams Sr. or George Jones, but this also isn’t the ’60s and the ’70s. As great as that music was, you have a new wave of artists that were influenced by a whole different world of music, and country music is gonna evolve just like any kind of music.”

Some critics say country music is going too “pop”, and while Aldean said he definitely thinks some people in the industry are taking that route, he’s not one of them.

“I still wear a cowboy hat,” he said, adding that the criticism of the genre is nothing new.

Currently, Aldean is still on the Burn It Down tour, which is hailed by critics as a “game-changing run” (Billboard).

No release date for the next album, tentative or otherwise, has been shared as of yet.

Photo Courtesy: Warner Bros. Records

Photo Courtesy: Warner Bros. Records

PAPER GODS FOR DURAN DURAN

The English rockers Duran Duran will release Paper Gods on September 11.  The group compiled a strong crew of collaborators to produce the work, including guitarist Nile Rodgers, noted uptown funker Mark Ronson, and Kanye West disciple Mr. Hudson.

“It really goes back to that strange early Duran mix: the hard-edged pop, coexisting with this dark, weird, experimental side,” bassist John Taylor said in a statement.

“That’s something that’s essential to all of us,” keyboardist Nick Rhodes added. “It’s great to be able to lift people’s spirits— and your own— with a strong shot of pure pop, but the world we live in isn’t all just made of that stuff, so it seems natural to me that we have kept one foot in the darker, more Gothic side of life.”

On the record, the band even featured a robust list of artists with the likes of individuals such as John Frusciante, Kiesza, Davide Rossi and actress Lindsay Lohan.  Lohan landed a spoken-word part on the group’s upcoming release and her interlude was inspired by Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

To coincide with the new music, the quartet hit the road since late June and will rock into the winter throughout New York, Colorado, Nevada, California and the UK to name a few.

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Local Vibe

GIRL MEETS BOY

Girl Meets Boy plays songs everyone loves!  The band plays everything from classic pop to 80s, rock to country as a duo or trio.  Their musicality is impressive and their energy infectious.  Catch up with Girl Meets Boy on:

– August 1, 21 & 22: 10 pm at City Tavern in Fort Myers, FL.
– August 5, 19 & 26: 6:30 pm Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grill in Fort Myers Beach, FL.
– August 6, 13, 20, 23, 27 & 30: 6 pm at Naples Beach Hotel in Naples, FL.
– August 14: 6 pm at Cork Soakers Deck and Wine Bar in Cape Coral, FL.

DEB & THE DYNAMICS

Deb and the Dynamics is a soulful blues and R&B band playing everything from Louis Jordan to Janis Joplin and more. The band includes the remarkable chops of Deb Salyer, Dan Keady on the guitar, Michael Baer on the keyboard, the effortless sounds of Newt Cole and Don Hulgas’ saxophone action. Jam with them on:

– August 2, 9 & 16: 1 pm at Doc Ford’s in Fort Myers Beach, FL.
– August 4: 6 pm at Fathom’s at Cape Harbour in Cape Coral, FL.
– August 6 & 13: 7:30 pm at Bert’s Bar & Grill in Matlacha, FL.
– August 7 & 14: 6 pm at Pincher’s Wyndham Hotel in Fort Myers Beach, FL.
– August 15: 7 pm at the Summer Concert Series on Patio de Leon in Fort Myers, FL.

DAVID JOHNSON

David Johnson has that Motown vibe from his hometown, Detroit, Michigan.  A classical soul and R&B music lover, Johnson has enjoyed his time playing with several artists and bands.  He entertains the crowds with the individuality, soulfulness, and sincerity of his tunes.  Blues it up on:

– August 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30: 6 pm at Keylime Bistro in Captiva, FL.
– August 4, 11, 18 & 25: 7:30 pm at Weekend Willie’s in Naples, FL.
– August 5, 12, 19 & 26: 5 pm at Lighthouse Restaurant in Fort Myers, FL.
– August 7, 14, 21 & 28: 7 pm at Parrot Key Caribbean Grille in Fort Myers Beach, FL.