March 27th, 2012
01:41 PM ET

CNN Music: From 'freak out' to FUN. to a No. 1

FUN. debuted their first album, "Aim & Ignite," in 2009, but for singer Nate Ruess it was actually a new beginning.

Before there was FUN. there was The Format, a band which Ruess co-founded. But when the fruitful success of The Format went sour, he panicked.

“In music, you feel like you only get really one chance to do it, especially in my position because I felt like the band was doing really  well,” Ruess recently told CNN. “So just to uproot and start over? I was freaking out.”

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Matt & Kim bring 'Sidewalks' tour to The Masquerade
June 28th, 2011
01:53 PM ET

Soundcheck: Seven years in, Matt & Kim still have that feeling

When Brooklyn based duo Matt & Kim arrived in Philadelphia as part of their “Sidewalks” tour in early June, the temps were so sweltering that drummer Kim Schifino says she almost threw up on stage.

Good thing their next stop brought them to Atlanta on a thick, humid day, where the heat from outside was felt even more in the grungy confines of The Masquerade, where the two were set to play.

But the sticky weather actually hit the perfect note for the band, consisting of Kim and singer/keyboardist Matt Johnson, since they love nothing more than to throw a “sweaty dance party.”

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