Kiven, Y LUV (e.p. release show)

Tyler Demorest, Danny Schnair, and Matt Cohen, known collectively as Kiven, hail from the smog-swept city of Los Angeles. While their musical influences have undoubtedly come from a wide array of musical and artistic spectrums, this trifecta ultimately blends together to create the band's unique and personal sound. The band released their first EP, Two In The Same, in 2010 while still studying in school, and then followed with STEP in the spring of 2012, featuring their hard-hitting single, "Release." Shortly after their sold out CD Release Show at the Bootleg Theatre in Silverlake, Kiven has continued to pack venues in the Los Angeles area on a nightly basis. Following the initial momentum and direction of sound from STEP (their previous EP), the recently released EP, "1840" continues to progress forward both sonically and emotively, reflecting Kiven's musical and personal growth. The tracks off of 1840 build in a more organic sense and with a naturally touching pull on the listener with pocket drums, grooving bass lines, hard hitting guitars, soaring vocals and lush harmonies. With the excitement of their new single, "Hope & Smoke", which reached #11 on Hype Machine and was featured on Indie Shuffle and Red Bull Soundstage, Kiven made their East Coast debut in New York for CMJ 2012 as an official artist – playing a handful of showcases including The Deli Mag, Audio Perv and a handful of other buzz-worthy CMJ bills. Shortly after, Entertainment Weekly went on to name Kiven as the #2 "Great Indie Discovery" from CMJ 2012.

Debut full-length out Spring 2013.

L.A.'s Y LUV may be fairly new to the music scene but they're already well on their way to earning spots on iPods and party playlists with recent songs like the electro-rock anthem "Keep It Rollin'." Young but hardworking, the quintet's latest single is a nice expansion on their sound from the previous EP "How Chill Can You Let Go." Similarly to their first single, "All Night," which featured a sparse intro with a heavy bass line that built up to soaring chorus, "Keep It Rollin'" initially keeps listeners in suspense only to lead into an eclectic burst of intricate guitar lines and synthesized beats designed for fist-pumping. However, if you could do with less electro components, "Earthquakes" is also a recommended track in which strong vocals and bright guitar riffs

"On its self-titled new EP, the group offers taut, bristling rock in the vein of a number of recent Angeleno favorites" –David Greenwald, Pop and Hiss Blog.

"The controlled chaos that is Wardell's vocals is astounding and not over-bearing throughout the remainder of the album." Meg Strouse, OC Weekly

"The brothers Wardell have a lot going for them: Sibling harmonies, crisp guitar work that blurs the line between Americana and indie-rock and a band name that's sure to get a chuckle." Kevin Bronson, Buzz Bands LA.

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