Jeff Gutt Rocks On With “Rival City Heights”

Coming off a successful season on The X Factor, Jeff Gutt decided to return to the band lifestyle, leaving his solo career behind. He is the lead singer of “Rival City Heights” a five member band who are heading on tour with the release of their self-titled album and recent single “Take It Back.”

“Growing up, through high school, throughout all my cover-band bar years, and club years… it was always a band for me,” Gutt told reporter Jada Montemarano. “So to go on to something like the X Factor is a departure of what I’m used to… It was easy to go into a band situation.”

“Rival City Heights,” with its name taking inspiration from 70s band “Rival Sons,” contains a group of seasoned musicians who joined forces when the timing was just right. Gutt admitted he was a fan of guitarist Cyamak for over 10 years. The Detroit local reminisced the times where the two would consistently play the same venues, and he always said, “Someday I am going to steal that dude.” With his current platform, Gutt was able to attain his goal.

The five will head back on tour in the coming months and even had some “rock star” moments already. They were thrown “granny panties” on stage and performed with them for the rest of the night. “I put them on KC’s mic stand so every time he had to sing he had to go right up to them,” said the The X Factor alumn.

The band will ‘take it back’ in the self-titled album and according to the lead singer will continually “strive for the best” in their music. When asked what makes “Rival City Heights” different than everyone else, Gutt told EntScoop that their sound is ever-evolving and authentic.

Check out their website rivalcityheights.com !

 

 

 

V. Rose Christian Music With A Pop Twist

Rocking a small heart “tattoo” on her upper cheek, V. Rose changes the perception of Christian music. The pop singer dropped her new album Young, Dangerous Heart on April 22nd. Entertainment Scoop’s Jada Montemarano had a chance to get the inside scoop on balancing Christian messages and a hip sound with the 27-year-old before the big day.

When you think of Christian music, many usually don’t think of techno or rap, but V. Rose wants to offer something different. “I want to make music that you would hear on the radio out here in LA,” said the pop singer. “Stuff that people can vibe to. You know when I am in the car with my friends, what are we putting on? I want to do music that has that same chill vibe."

"Young Dangerous Heart" definitely has that “chill” vibe. Her songs range from EDM to rap, and even offers collaborations with artists like Flame and Trip Lee. But when you listen to the lyrics, you will notice the Christian meaning.

“People will say, what your music is Christian? I wouldn’t even know that and I think that is a cool misconception,” said V. Rose. She does sing about God and offers religious messages, but wants her songs to be enjoyed by everyone.

The relatable singer has been through abandonment, tragedy and disappointment and uses her past to write powerful songs and ultimately share how God was always there.

But even if you are not Christian, V. Rose leaves her music open for interpretation. She told Jada that she will never hide her religious background but, “No matter what your religion is people will respect the fact that you are being who you are and keeping it real with what you believe.”

V. Rose’s tour started on April 21st in Dallas and she could not wait to get back on the road!

 

 

 

 

 

Fake It Till You Make It: Struggles of Being A Journalist

BOSTON—-On October 9th, 7 years after graduating, graduate of Boston University’s College of Communication class of 2006, Kira Klapper, sat in a former classroom at BU and reflected on her times there in the early 2000’s where technology was ancient and finding a job was difficult. She seemed hesitant to tell eager, upcoming journalists her horror stories, but she continued anyway.

Klapper recalled how she recorded her reels on VHS tapes and had to transfer them to hard drives, but did not save any copies. Unfortunately, her hard drive and laptop were stolen right out of her own apartment after graduation.

“Make sure to back up your reels. People want to see you on tape. They want to know you can perform on camera,” said Klapper. She had nothing to show for herself after four, long years at BU. With all of her television confidence gone, Klapper reluctantly moved back to her mom’s LA home with no hope for the future.

Klapper had to figure out how to reproduce four years of material in order to get a job. She fortunately started a paid internship at an ABC affiliate in San Francisco, where she worked at 3 a.m., printing scripts, running tapes, and getting coffee. Despite these trivial tasks, Klapper used this experience to her advantage. She followed reporters to scenes and would record her own reports off-air after the professionals were done.

“I didn’t sleep for 9 long months,” said Klapper. Finally after finishing and sending her reel, she received her first job in snowy Mankato, Minnesota, stationed in lowly market 199.

Sitting quietly behind her in the front of the classroom, Klapper’s husband cut into the conversation and said, “Her mom would say, ‘At least it is in the ones.’” This was not the market Klapper had envisioned for herself, but she had to start somewhere.

After jobs at different stations, in Santa Barbara and Chico, California, Klapper came full circle and now works as a reporter/substitute anchor in the same ABC affiliate she interned in five years before, and still doesn’t sleep, with her day starting at 4 a.m.

“I am blessed that people let you into their homes to tell them what’s going on in their own community,” said Klapper. All of her struggles and hard work paid off, because she loves reporting, especially inspirational and uplifting stories. Klapper attempts to live a “normal life,” a saying she hates, but going to the gym and eating with friends seem to go at the end of the reel of her busy life.

“Fake it until you make it,” said Klapper reluctantly. She knew she just provided bad advice to a group of journalism students who were always taught to report with precision and accuracy. Klapper then clarified saying that sometimes it is hard to prepare for a report that happens under short notice, but make it work. Klapper faced many difficulties in her career, but she says that she ultimately made it work.

Fenway Frenzy: Heightened Security

It is a warm, sunny day as Boston University senior and Yankee fan Nicholas Picht walks up to the famous green monster. As Picht gets closer to his gate at Fenway Park, he notices something different. He witnesses a long line of people trailing down Lansdowne Street.

 

“There are never lines at Fenway,” said Picht. “The only lines usually are the ones for sausages outside the park.”

Fenway Park has instituted new security measures for the start of the 2015 season. Fenway released a statement saying,

“To comply with Major League Baseball stadium operations practices for the 2015 season, and to enhance security and expedite screenings at the gates, fans will walk through new metal detectors at every gate. Fans will remove cell phones, cameras, and other large metal objects before walking through the metal detectors. Fans do not need to remove smaller objects, such as wallets, coins, keys, jewelry, eyeglasses, shoes, and belts."

According to Picht, there was no real security in the past. He said he remembers getting patted down quickly, and that was it.

These new measures are a part of the Major League Baseball’s initiative for higher security across all stadiums in the league. According to a MLB press release, the league has been working with the Department of Homeland Security standardize all 30 team’s stadiums. Fans should expect screening by hand-held metal detection or walk-trough magnetometers. Bag checks were already a uniform procedure at all ballparks.

In a news release, John McHale Jr., MLB’S Executive Vice President of Administration, said,

"Nothing is more important to us than the safety of our fans. In the last several seasons, our experiences in many markets and at our jewel events have indicated that fans have a high level of understanding of these efforts. We believe this step will pose minimal inconvenience and ultimately will serve the best interests of fans."

“Yankee Stadium has had stricter security for a while, especially in the new stadium,” said Picht. “New York is different, well maybe not since the marathon here, but ever since 9/11 New York security is top notch everywhere.”

Nicholas Neville, a freshman at Boston University, said, “The Sox are my home team. Security never really crossed my mind when going to a game. I figured this was the way all ballparks did it and have done it for years.”

Alyssa Galvin, a junior at Boston University and Red Sox fan, also had the same reaction. She said she never gave security at Fenway much thought before, but noticed it at other venues.

“I went to a game at Gillette last season and waited in line for 45 minutes,” said Galvin.

According to the Department of Homeland Security in “Fiscal Year 2014 Report to Congress,” the National Football League already implemented the Center for Visualization and Data Analytics or CVADA.

The CVADA provides “simulation and screening tools that helped MetLife make on-scene decisions... CVADA-Rutgers also produced a best practices manual for stadium security operations.” According to this report, the CVADA was also planning to work with the MLB, which is now in effect.

“Security is something you have to plan for and there is no reason why baseball stadiums shouldn't be taking the same precautions as other venues,” said Galvin.

When Galvin was waiting in line at Fenway, she said it only took about ten minutes longer than usual, but she already noticed people getting impatient. There were even those who tried to cut the line. According to the “A-Z Guide” on Fenway’s website, the gates do open 90 minutes before the game starts, which gives fans’ time to settle in.

“People will be bothered when their normal routines are disrupted, but everyone will probably be used to it within the year,” Galvin said.

Her advice for fans is to not bring bags because the “no bag” line moves much faster.

Neville said, “Too much preparation is not needed. Just arrive ten minutes earlier than you have in the past.”

He did say the metal detectors were a big change for him, because it felt like airport security.

According to the Department of Homeland Security, the MLB has already worked with them for the “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign that other sports leagues and venues implement as well. Homeland Security has been awarded more than $36 billion dollars in grant funding to “prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from threats or acts of terrorism.”

All three fans go to at least five Red Sox games a season and agreed that these precautions are necessary, especially with the recent events in Boston and across the United States.

“You could have brought a bomb into Fenway and no one would have known,” said Picht. “It is 2015. With the many things that have happened in the world, you need security.”

Click here for a map of the gates at Fenway Park: 

He did admit that it was relaxing to just walk right into Fenway for a game and not have to be bothered, but the new measures do not deter from the fun.

“Let them pat you down, don't bring dumb things, and just go and have fun,” said Picht.

Neville said, “You can never be too careful at large sporting events.”

Fans should also be on the look out for updates by their hometown teams on the new programs that they will implement.

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