Friday, 18 April 2014 17:02

Kinky Love

Hot and heavy are two of the first words that come to mind when describing Kinky Love’s debut EP Promise—and that’s exactly how this Chicago synth pop duo likes it. While a rare Nancy Sinatra song first inspired the band’s name, it soon became synonymous with more than the quick gratification their music provides. “It represents our overt and unnatural writing style,” says singer Xoe Wise of the “collaborative poetry” she creates with keyboardist Dan Zima. The two met through mutual friends in 2013 and set out to bring their distinct backgrounds to the five songs on Promise, which will be self released in April.

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Wednesday, 05 February 2014 20:47

Courage My Love

What is courage? When you’re a young rock ‘n’ roll band—courage is throwing yourself into your music fully and completely. It’s stepping onto a stage and just given’r. It’s touring new places far from home, and opening up, scars and all, to your fans. Courage is saying what you really think. It’s being unafraid of change, of becoming who you really are.

Courage My Love is all of these things.

The Kitchener, Canada band consists of twin sisters Mercedes Arn-Horn (vocals, guitar) and Phoenix Arn-Horn (drums. vocals) with their friend Brandon Lockwood (bass).

Call them a power trio, pop-punk, alternative metal. As you wish. They grew up on it all. But while you are jumping around and banging your head with abandon, don’t miss the message: They have no appetite for destruction. They do not seek to destroy. No, Courage My Love is here to uplift, inspire.

Becoming, the band’s new EP, produced by Chris Perry in Toronto, is eight tracks bled out of Courage My Love during a period of exciting changes. “Our first EP For Now came out when we were 17,” explains Mercedes. “When you’re our age, a lot can happen in two years.” Yes, many good things. Like heavy rotation on MuchMusic/MusiquePlus, more than 3.8 million YouTube views, and being on Alternative Press Magazine’s list of the Top 100 Bands to Know in 2012. “Before we went on tour we’d never been away from home,” says the guitarist. “You meet all these new people, and you learn about yourselves. We’ve all grown a lot. That was the inspiration for Becoming.”

Opening track “Skin and Bones” captures the fear and longing of leaving something behind. “We’re too old to die young,” they sing over thunderous beats, the heart of the matter. Hard- knocking first single “You Don’t Know How” cranks it up, intense and defiant: “Find out I’m strong enough on my own now.” By the time the EP closes with the haunting ballad “Dark Wood, Dark Water,” about finding the one thing that pulls you out of the darkness, Courage My Love’s mission is clear: rock out, be happy, stay true.

For this next generation of musicians, that means truly embracing social media. With their popular DIY podcasts and viral videos, Courage My Love not only connect with fans, they reveal more of their true selves. It’s all part of what they do best. “This whole band is about being yourself,” says Phoenix. “You don’t need to play by the book to be successful. Being a girl isn’t that big of a deal in music anymore. You don’t need to have a certain look. Break the rules, stand apart.”

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Friday, 20 December 2013 16:26

Courage My Love

What is courage? When you’re a young rock ‘n’ roll band—courage is throwing yourself into your music fully and completely. It’s stepping onto a stage and just given’r. It’s touring new places far from home, and opening up, scars and all, to your fans. Courage is saying what you really think. It’s being unafraid of change, of becoming who you really are.

Courage My Love is all of these things.

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Wednesday, 30 October 2013 05:00

Love Crushed Velvet

New York is about excess. Opulence. Skyscrapers. Celebrities on the sidewalk. The wattage of Times Square at night. Grit underground. Subways trains stopping--if you’re fast enough to catch them.

Fashion, parties, ten-hour workdays, do it all again tomorrow.

Love Crushed Velvet is from New York.

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Monday, 16 September 2013 15:15

Farewell, My Love

Farewell, My Love:  Rock n’ Roll should be larger than life. Rock stars are superheroes who take the stage propelled by a pomp and circumstance rivaling the royalty of old. They adopt fantastical personas that enrapture an audience, transporting participants away from their every day struggles and problems into a world of freedom and possibility.

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Wednesday, 03 July 2013 16:21

Crescendo TV

Crescendo TV has just premiered a documentary style short film about Warped Tour, on Alternative Press, which highlights four bands that share a mutual love and understanding of Warped Tour. The nine-minute short film gives the audience an inside and personal look at what Warped Tour is all about, featuring Of Mice and Men, G-Eazy, Miss May I and Memphis May Fire.

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Wednesday, 03 July 2013 16:02

The End of America

The End of America is not some grand political statement. It is a band of friends making music where the road takes them.

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Wednesday, 03 July 2013 15:21

Lit

Lit are about to release their fifth studio album, The View From The Bottom on Megaforce Records, so it’s natural to ask yourself, “Where has the band been?” But the answer to that question is particularly complicated, rife with stories and situations of triumph over tribulation. The answer is all in the new record’s title.

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Wednesday, 03 July 2013 15:07

Damien Escobar

On June 15th, 2013, EMMY Award winning violinist Damien “Dame” Escobar kicked off the summer by gracing the stage at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center, raising $50K to help send underprivileged youth to summer camp. Escobar gives back to his community through his foundation called Violins against Violence, by sitting on the board of directors for the Jamaica, Queens YMCA, and participating in global charity initiatives for UNICEF.

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Monday, 01 July 2013 20:31

Uh Huh Her

When everything breaks down around you, how do you rebuild and start again? How do you inspire trust and regain confidence in something you never fully understood? When you finally have the chance to speak again, what do you say? Before they set out to write their second album NOCTURES out now, these were the questions that faced UH HUH HER’s LEISHA HAILEY and CAMILA GREY. Not by choice, but by necessity.

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