AEO Concert Series: The Griswolds

It’s #MusicMonday and we can’t wait to tell you all about our visit from some very special guests that we hung out with last month.  The talented Australian quartet, the Griswolds stop in town after their stint at Firefly Music Festival for an exclusive AEO interview, photo shoot and all around good time. Check out their hilarious interview, pictures from the shoot and an amazing acoustic version of their song, “Beware the Dog“. Want more Griswolds action? Check out their website and mark your calendars for their first album launch- Be Impressive, releasing August 25th, or pre-order it now.

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Introducing, the ever so talented and not so serious, The Griswolds.

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From left to right, Lucky (Lachlin) West, Chris Whitehall, Danny Duque-Perez and Tim John

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 The boys are looking good in #AEOStyle. Shop their look at AE.com

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Not normal, but 100% ok in our books. Thanks for hanging out with us at the AEO HQ! We had a blast. 

Check out their acoustic performance recorded at the AEO HQ:

Bonus: Check out a rapid fire interview with these goofy guys here.

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Budweiser Made in America Festival: AEO is the Official Fashion Partner

We are so excited to share with you that we are the official fashion partner of the Budweiser Made in America Festival. The festival will take place coast-to-coast simultaneously during Labor Day weekend at Ben Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia and Grand Park in Los Angeles on Saturday, August 30th and Sunday, August 31st.  Kanye West will headline in both cities, first in Philadelphia along with performances from Pharrell, Rita Ora and Kendrick Lamar, and will then topline the final night in Los Angeles with Iggy Azalea, Imagine Dragons and John Mayer, among countless others. Check out the official music festival posters below for the full line-up for both cities!

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Los Angeles line-up

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 Philadelphia line-up

Watch the Made in America Official Trailer to get pumped up for the festival!

 

Make sure to check back for festival inspired outfits and follow us on InstagramTwitter and Snapchat: officialaeo for live coverage from the events.

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7 things we love…

Welcome to this week’s edition of 7 Things We Love! Get inspired by all the things inspiring US right now, from what we’re reading and eating to what we’re wearing and listening to. Let us know what you think about our picks in the comments—and give us yours, too!

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WHAT WE’RE WEARING:  AEO EMBROIDERED TOTE
The bold geometric design and metallic embellishments make this tote the one we’re grabbing for everything from beach vacays to brunch dates. It’s just roomy enough to hold all our essentials, but designed in a subtly flat silhouette that doesn’t overwhelm you.

WHAT WE’RE DRINKING:  MINT ARNOLD PALMERS
There is just nothing more refreshing in the summer than a big glass of ice cold lemonade. But we’re taking ours to the next level by combining it with green tea, honey and sprigs of mint. The result? The beverage you won’t be able to stop drinking for the rest of the summer.

WHAT WE’RE READING:  IF I STAY BY GAYLE FORMAN
What if you had the opportunity to decide whether you stayed on Earth… or left it behind? 17-year-old cellist, Mia, is in a car accident with her family that, impossibly enough, leaves her this choice. What follows is a beautiful, heartwrenching story about love, loss and the difficult choices we all have to make in our lives. Be sure to read this book before the movie, starring Chloe Grace Moretz, comes out on August 22.

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING:  VERY GOOD GIRLS
We’ve been excited about this movie since we first heard that it was filming. Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen (AKA Mary Kate & Ashley’s sister) star as two girls in NYC who make a pact to lose their virginity during their first summer out of high school… and then both fall for the same guy. We bet we’ll beat you to the concession stand.

WHAT WE’RE DOWNLOADING:  BROKEN AGE
If hand painting, sci-fi/fantasy/adventure and iPad games aren’t your thing, maybe the fact that this one is voiced by Elijah Wood and Jack Black will make you take a second look. The gamer in us is pretty excited to play this one.

WHAT WE’RE LISTENING TO:  FIFTEEN BY GOLDROOM
LA-based Goldroom combines emotive choruses, soulful rhythms and lush electronic ornaments to create a sound that’s somehow a throwback to the 90′s with a totally modern feel. The lyrics of this song, which features Chela, really speak for themselves: “It’s been a long time, wondering why/the summer smells like sin and wonder/Feels like it got inside of a place and time/I dream about when I get a walk in”

WHERE WE’RE GOING:  SAN DIEGO
From the world acclaimed San Diego Zoo to Legoland, there’s a little something for everyone in the balmy paradise that is San Diego. Plus the weather is pretty darn awesome, pretty much all the time. (Okay, okay… and we can’t help but think of Will Ferrell talking about how San Diego’s name came to be in Anchorman.)

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Interview: The Wind and the Wave

Austin, TX is known for live music. In fact, you can’t walk down Sixth Street without being pulled into a bar by the sounds of guitar riffs and kick drums. Trust us, we’ve tried. But that being said, the city is obviously a hotbed for burgeoning talent in the rock and country arena. Enter, The Wind & the Wave – an Austin-based duo that charmed their way into our hearts when they stopped through Pittsburgh on their tour with the Jameston Revival. Get to know more about Patty Lynn and Dwight Baker and listen to a song from their new LP!

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I like your tattoo.

KM:  Oh, thanks. It’s a celtic knot.

Dwight:  Are you Scottish?

KM:  No, I’m a bit Irish.

Dwight:  We played in Ireland.

KM:  That’s so cool, tell me about it!

Patty:  We went on a tour with a band called Stereophonics. They’re huge over there. So we were on their US/Canada tour.

Dwight:  Yeah, we played Ireland, Scotland and mainland Great Britain.

KM:  Tell me about how you found each other and became a band.

Patty:  I was in another band and I was living in Austin. And he came out to see somebody that my band was opening for. And liked what he heard, I guess.

Dwight:  I just thought you were pretty. No, I loved what I heard. She’s got an enchanting voice. It’s magic.

Patty:  And so after that, my band built a relationship with him. He has a really nice studio in Austin. We made a couple records with him. And then through that process, we just became friends. We just enjoyed each other’s company. Definitely more so than I enjoyed the company of my bandmates. It was just kind of a natural thing that happened.

Dwight:  And then she quit her band. And I had a break in my schedule so we started writing together and it became that record very quickly. Then three months after that, we signed to RCA. It was very weird and very quick.

KM:  That is quick. So you’ve been a band for about a year?

Dwight:  Yeah, I think we’re at about 18 months. It’s been fun.

KM:  People usually want to know what any artist’s influences are. But we’re going to make you narrow that down to the one album that truly affected your path in music.

Patty:  Transatlanticism by Death Cab for Cutie just opened my brain. Before that I didn’t really know what I liked in music. Like, I liked whatever my friends liked, or thought I did anyway. And then I heard that record and it’s just in another world.

Dwight:  I’d say that the first record that affected me was Pet Sounds by the Beach Boys. The first one that I went like, “whooooa. I want to sing along with all of this! This is genius!” And I’m like, 6.

KM:  I wanna go back to the topic of touring for a minute. Which place was your favorite to play and why?

Dwight:  I like the Midwest. I like Des Moines and …

Patty:  Like Omaha.

Dwight:  Yeah! There’s something really awesome about the Midwest. Or just out-of-the-way places, Portland’s been great too. When you don’t get a band everytime they come through on tour, like a city doesn’t get every tour, kids are just dying for it.

Patty:  Which is the way it should be all the time. But it’s not. I mean, we’re from Austin and I love Austin. Favorite place to go? Austin. But the people who live there see live music 10 times a day.

Dwight:  We loved European fans too. ‘Cause they just get up on each other’s shoulders and throw a beer in the air.

Patty:  They know how to do it right.

Dwight:  It’s like a working class crowd with Stereophonics and they’re just out for a good time. And it just makes the show more fun. Listening, paying attention but being rowdy too.

Patty:  They’re always in the moment.

Dwight:  American fans these days tend to spend a lot of time on their cell phones.

Patty:  Me included! I’m on my phone all the damn time! But when you go to a show, it’s like, why are you there?

Dwight:  You almost want to give a lecture. Let’s all put our phones on silent like on an airplane and all participate and afterwards, let’s go crazy!

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Pitchfork Packing and Festival Guide

Pitchfork Music Festival is one of Chicago’s best music festivals that the city has to offer. The three day event features musicians with genres from alternative rock to hip hop to jazz and beyond. Check out our list of what to pack, places to explore and who to listen to while in the windy city.

Pack:
Girls:
Keep your festival #AEOStyle city sleek with neutral tones. Add a pop of color to incorporate some extra energy into your outfit.

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Shop the look:
Embroidered Zipper Bag
Don’t Ask Why Strappy Tank
Khaki Boy Bermuda (Similar)
DV by Dolce Vita Clark Bootie
Heart Pendant Necklace

Guys:  Keep your style comfortable and cool for long days at the festival grounds. Tie a button down around your waist for added warmth when the sun goes down. Don’t forget to pack comfortable walking dancing shoes and a duffel bag to carry your festival essentials.

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Canvas Duffel Bag
Canvas Sneakers
Legend Crew T-Shirt
Plaid Button Down Shirt
10″ Classic Length Short

Eat:
Homeslice: Wheel House: 
Pizza, a French Bulldog named Gary, and a fantastic atmosphere to boot. This place rocks.

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Home Slice Wheel House (and Gary the French Bulldog). Photo Credit: @Addie_Perkins

Old Crow Smokehouse:  This country themed bar serves up a mean moonshine with muddled blackberries, lemon sour and topped with a mint sprig. Yeehaw!

Waffles Cafe: bWonuts…a hybrid between a waffle and a doughnut. Need we say more?

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Holy Wonuts! Photo Credit: Thrillist.com

Bobtail Ice Cream:  Homemade creamy goodness with flavors like Cubby Crunch, Peanut Butter Cup and Signature Sunset.

Do: 
John Hancock Observatory:  The best view in town. Treck 1,000 feet above Lake Michigan to enjoy breathtaking views of the city.

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Check out the view! Photo Credit: Fodors.com

Beach Volleyball Bump, set and spike on the shores of Lake Michigan.

Wrigley Field:  Crack open a box of Cracker Jacks, root for the Cubs and celebrate the parks 100th birthday.

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Celebrating 100 Years. Photo Credit: Crownaudio.com

Lincoln Park Zoo:  Enjoy free admission and views of lions, tigers and bears…oh my!

Listen: 
Beck:  This LA born musician is well known for his unique sound which incorporates genres like funk, soul, alternative rock, jazz and psychedelia…to name a few.  We love, Loser and Blue Moon.

Grimes:  This Canadian beauty spits out a synth pop sound so alluring, it will keep you wanting more. We love: Genesis and Go. Ft Blood Diamonds.

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Grimes. Photo Credit: Grimesmusic.com

Real Estate:  This all-american band from New Jersey delivers beachy vibes that meet a hazy indie rock sound. We love: Talking Backwards and Past Lives.

Tune-Yards:  Known for her entertaining stage presence, we can’t get enough of this energetic, world beat, indie pop gal. We love: Water fountain and  Wait for a Minute.

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Tune-Yards photo credit: Thebabybridged.com

 

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Flashback Friday Playlist

This summer, we’ve decided to launch a new music playlist exclusively for our Friday shoppers. We absolutely love a good throwback tune, so much in fact that we’ve decided to create a Flashback Friday playlist! This playlist has everything from TLC to No Doubt to Nirvana and beyond. Check out the full playlist below and be sure to bring your dancing shoes to AEO stores every Friday from here on out.

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4 Non Blondes – What’s Up?
Alanis Morissette – Ironic
Arrested Development – Mr Wendal – 2002 – Remaster
Barenaked Ladies – One Week
Beastie Boys – Intergalactic – 2009 Digital Remaster
Beck – The New Pollution
Better Than Ezra – Good
The Black Crowes – Hard To Handle
Blackstreet – No Diggity (Re-Recorded / Remastered)
Blind Melon – No Rain – 2002 – Remastered
Blink-182 – Dammit
Blink-182 – All The Small Things
Blu Cantrell – Hit ‘Em Up Style (Oops!)
Blues Traveler – Hook
The Breeders – Cannonball
C & C Music Factory – Here We Go, Let’s Rock & Roll
The Cardigans – Lovefool – Radio Edit
Collective Soul – Shine [Radio Edit] (45 Version)
Cornershop – Brimful Of Asha
Cracker – Low
The Cranberries – Linger
Crash Test Dummies – Afternoons & Coffeespoons
Crystal Waters – Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless) – Radio Mix
The Cure – Friday I’m In Love
The Dandy Warhols – We Used To Be Friends
De La Soul – Me, Myself & I
Deee-Lite – Groove Is In The Heart
Deep Blue Something – Breakfast At Tiffany’s
Del The Funky Homosapien – Mistadobalina
DJ Kool – Let Me Clear My Throat – Old School Reunion Remix ’96
EMF – Unbelievable – LP – EMF
Eve 6 – Inside Out
Everclear – Santa Monica
Fastball – The Way
Fatboy Slim – Praise You – Radio Edit
Fountains Of Wayne – Radiation Vibe
Garbage – When I Grow Up
Gin Blossoms – Hey Jealousy
The Goo Goo Dolls – Broadway
Green Day – When I Come Around
Harvey Danger – Flagpole Sitta
Hole – Celebrity Skin
House Of Pain – Jump Around
Ice Cube – Check Yo Self – feat. Das EFX
Jane’s Addiction – Been Caught Stealing
Jill Sobule – Supermodel
Kris Kross – Jump
Kula Shaker – Hush
The La’s – There She Goes
Len – Steal My Sunshine – Remastered Anniversary Edition
Lenny Kravitz – Fly Away
Marky Mark And The Funky Bunch – Good Vibrations
Meat Puppets – Backwater
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones – The Impression That I Get
Montell Jordan – This Is How We Do It
The Muffs – Kids In America
N.W.A. – Express Yourself
New Radicals – You Get What You Give
Nirvana – Love Buzz
Nirvana – The Man Who Sold The World
No Doubt – Just A Girl
OMC – How Bizarre
Pearl Jam – Alive
The Presidents Of The United States Of America – Lump
The Presidents Of The United States Of America – Video Killed The Radio Star
The Proclaimers – I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)
Republica – Ready to Go
Salt-N-Pepa – Shoop
Semisonic – Closing Time
Skee-Lo – I Wish
Smash Mouth – Walkin’ On The Sun
The Smashing Pumpkins – 1979
Sneaker Pimps – 6 Underground – Nellee Hooper Mix
Soundgarden – Black Hole Sun
Spacehog – In The Meantime
Spin Doctors – Two Princes
Spin Doctors – Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong
The Stone Roses – Fools Gold – Remastered
Stone Temple Pilots – Plush
Sugar Ray – Fly
Supergrass – Alright
Talking Heads – This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) – Remastered
TLC – No Scrubs
A Tribe Called Quest – Can I Kick It?
Us3 – Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)
The Verve – Bitter Sweet Symphony – 2004 Digital Remaster
Violent Femmes – Blister In The Sun (Remastered Album Version)
Weezer – Buddy Holly
Will Smith – Miami
Wyclef Jean – Gone Till November
Yellowcard – Ocean Avenue
Red Hot Chili Peppers- Give It Away
Oasis- Wonderwall
Beck- Loser
Oops I Did It Again- Britney Spears
NSync- Bye Bye Bye
What a Girl Wants- Christina Aguilera
Say My Name- Destiny’s Child
Crazytown- Butterfly
Usher- U Remind Me
Brandy and Monica- The Boy Is Mine
Come On Over Baby- Christina Aguilera
Hollaback Girl- Gwen Stefani
Cry Me A River- Justin Timberlake

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