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The Friday Five: CMJ Artists To Watch

CMJ Music Marathon is a week long festival that literally takes over any and every music venue in NYC.  It’s an entire week filled with seminars on the music industry, concerts, and new emerging artists playing pop up shows all around the 5 boroughs.   It’s worth checking out a showcase or two, and we suggest staying to catch all of the artists – you never know, you might just find your new favorite band!  One of us worked the festival last year and it was one of the most fun experiences we’ve ever had!  Here are our top five picks for bands to catch at this year’s CMJ Music Marathon.

1. Born Cages
Coming back for round two at CMJ, Born Cages are ready to hit the ground running with their latest single “Rolling Down The Hill”.  The band are playing a few shows for CMJ this year so be sure to catch them this year.

2. We Are Stations
Playing their first CMJ festival this year, We Are Stations aren’t afraid to give it their all.  Armed with a Foo Fighters sound and positive songs that can turn that frown upside down, this is a show you don’t want to miss at CMJ this year.  When we spoke with the band over the summer, they teased each other as well as a possible EP!

3. The Ugly Club
If you like Walk The Moon, there’s a chance you might like The Ugly Club.  Despite their name, the band is actually really easy on the eyes but that’s just an added bonus.   Spot one of their stickers around the five boroughs and tweet a picture of it- there could be a surprise in store for you!

4. The Rare Occasions
Continuing the grunge trend in 2014, The Rare Occasions are here and they’re going to take over your playlists one song at a time. The bands latest single is huge and we will definitely have this in heavy rotation in the fangirl offices!

5. Bailen
Bailen (previously The Bailen Brothers), is made up of twin brothers, their sister, and a family friend and honorary Bailen.   They first caught our attention when they opened for CMJ alumni AJR earlier this year.   If you like infectious melodies and harmonizing siblings, Bailen is definitely worth checking out.  

The Friday Five: 5 Songs Currently On Repeat

Whether we hit “replay” on our AppleTV to rewatch Sam Hunt’s live performance videos, or someone catches us humming 5SOS’s new single, we all have those songs that we can’t stop listening to.   This week’s Friday Five is a short playlist of the songs we just can’t seem to get enough of!

1. Jake Miller – First Flight Home
On the heels of his new single “First Flight Home”, Jake Miller announced that he would be playing at Miami’s Y100 Jingle Ball 2014 – something he says has been on his bucket list for a long time! Watch the official video for “First Flight Home” below.

2. Sam Hunt – Break Up In A Small Town
Sam Hunt is being billed as a “soon to be superstar”, and when we caught him opening for Kip Moore on the CMT “Up In Smoke Tour” we fully agreed.  Sam is set to play Emporium on Long Island in November and he’s one artist we will gladly go to “almost the Hamptons” for because he’s THAT good!

3. 5 Seconds Of Summer – Good Girls
Jingle Ball is the perfect exposure for the Australian pop punk band to potential fans that might not realize they actually do like guitar driven music!  5SOS are scheduled to perform at a bunch of annual jingle ball festivities around the United States in anticipation of their huge summer 2015 headlining tour!

4. North Of Nine – We Ride
Jackson Guthy’s new band North Of Nine hit the ground running with a single and a video for “We Ride”.  While the band aren’t touring just yet, they’re looking to the future and something big could be on the horizon for them.

5. Born Cages – Rolling Down The Hill
Local indie band, Born Cages are a fangirl favorite and not just because of their sleek sound, churning out catchy song after catchy song. Their latest single “Rolling Down The Hill” is getting added to a bunch of radio stations and it’s definitely a fun song during live shows!  Born Cages are slated to play two showcases at CMJ in New York this October.

 

Be sure to follow Jake Miller, Sam Hunt, 5SOS, North Of Nine, Born Cages, and Secret Fangirls on Twitter!

Born Cages Release “Rolling Down The Hill” And Announce US Tour Dates

Born Cages just released their latest single “Rolling Down The Hill” and just when we thought the live version was good…the studio version blows it out of the water!  And if a new song isn’t enough, the band announced a string of US  Tour dates.   Listen to the studio version by firing up your Spotify account!  Or watch a live performance of “Rolling Down The Hill” below.

Be sure to catch Born Cages live this September in a city near you!

Born Cages Tour Dates
Aug 23rd – Brooklyn Bazaar – Brooklyn, NY – Free!
Sept 5th – Milkboy – Philadelphia, PA – Buy Tickets
Sept 9th – Knitting Factory – Brooklyn, NY  – Buy Tickets
Sept 11th – Heirloom Art Theater – Danbury, CT – Buy Tickets
Sept 13th – Anchors Up – Haverhill, MA – Buy Tickets
Sept 14th -Radiant – Nutley, NJ – Buy Tickets
Sept 17th – Waiting Room – Buffalo, NY – Buy Tickets
Sept 18th – Paychecks – Detroit, MI – Buy Tickets
Sept 19th – Double Happiness – Columbus, OH  – Buy Tickets
Sept 20th – Northside Tavern – Cincinnati, OH- Buy Tickets
Sept 21st  – Cobra Lounge – Chicago, IL – Buy Tickets
Sept 23rd – Smiling Moose – Pittsburgh, PA – Buy Tickets
Sept 24th – Brewhaus – Rochester, NY – Buy Tickets
Sept 25th – Crocodile Rock Cafe  – Allentown, PA  – Buy Tickets

Pick up a copy of “Rolling Down The Hill” on iTunes now!

Follow Born Cages and Secret Fangirls on Twitter for the latest updates.

The Friday Five: New Bands That Rock

In the past, we’ve brought you new bands from across the pond, our favorite boy bands, and even our top favorite country artists. This week, we want to formally introduce you to five bands that rock!  All of these artists have a knack for writing a catchy rock song, with their own unique sound.

1 – Born Cages
We’ve featured this Brooklyn based band before and we’ve been lucky enough to see them play more than a few times. As we near the release of their next single, please enjoy one of our favorite songs from “The Sidelines EP“.

2 – New Hollow
This Ohio trio has worked their way into our playlists ever since the 106.1 BLI Summer Jam a few weekends ago. Catchy, grungy, perfect summer throwback sound – New Hollow has it all! Don’t miss these guys on tour this summer. Watch the official video for their single, “She Ain’t You” below.


3 – Action Item
Hailing from New Jersey, Action Item aren’t technically new, but that doesn’t stop them from rocking their way onto our Friday Five list! These guys are dropping a new single called “We’ll Be Fine” on June 24th and we can’t wait to hear what they’ve been up to. They’ll be on tour with MKTO all summer so be there or be square!


4 – The Strypes
The only band on this list from the UK, The Strypes are definitely ones to watch.  After a chance encounter with their name in an ad in Rolling Stone , we checked out their music and instantly knew these guys were on to something.  We love The Strypes cheeky lyrics on their debut album “Snapshot” and it’s about time the US has another proper British rock invasion!  Watch the official video for “What A Shame” below.

5 – Wild Party
One of the five finalists in this years iHeartRadio and Macy’s Rising Star Competition, Wild Party is definitely on the up and up. Their single “When I Get Older” sounds like Rooney and Phantom Planet – just what we need to blast in our car with the windows down and the sunroof open! Catch Wild Party at a free in-store performance at Macy’s in Northridge, CA on June 21st.

 

Be sure to follow Born Cages, New Hollow, The Strypes, Action Item, Wild Party, and Secret Fangirls on Twitter for the latest on your favorite new artists!

 

SecretFangirls.com Interview With Born Cages!

One of our favorite local NYC bands to burst onto the scene in recent months, Born Cages, are gearing up to release a debut full length with Razor&Tie/Washington Square Music later this year.  Since October, we’ve been lucky enough to watch their audiences grow from about 15 people to close to 200 people! Comprised of lead singer/guitarist Vlad Holiday, keyboardist Amanda Carl, bassist Pete Malleo, and drummer Dave Tantao, Born Cages capture pure energy and emotion on “The Sidelines EP” with some pretty insane guitar solos and infectious melodies. 

In anticipation of the band’s new album, rumored to be out this fall (fingers crossed), Holiday graciously took the time to answer some of our burning questions! 

SecretFangirls.com: There are rumors of a fall release for a Born Cages full length album. Is there any truth to them?
Vlad Holiday: We’re working our way to the album. We’re gonna be doing some more touring before we release it, but we’re definitely hoping to have it out this year.

 

SF: Is there a song on the album or that you’ve written that you are itching to release?
VH: There’s a couple that come to mind. Actually I haven’t told anyone this yet, but we’re going to release a new track from the album very soon, so keep an ear out for that! It’s definitely one that I’ve been itching to put out.
 

SF: What song means the most to you that you’ve written?  Will it make it on the album?
VH: That’s tough to say…but I wrote a song about a fan that was going through some very dark times. It ended up being one of my favorite songs I’ve ever written, and will definitely be on the album. A couple months ago we toured in his area and sang the song live for him for the first time – it was kind of a surreal feeling.
 
SF: Is there a specific inspiration or vibe that has to be present to write?
VH: There definitely needs to be inspiration. I can try to edit a song or part at almost any time, but I can’t force myself to write a song from nothing when I’m not inspired.
 
SF: Do you guys have any pre show rituals?
VH: I like to warm up my voice before every show. Actually it suffers a bit when I don’t. I sing along backstage to this weird playlist I have on my iPhone, and typically all the other bands stare at me like I’m doing voodoo.

 

SF: What would be your “must-haves” on a tour rider?
VH: Wifi and alcohol are nice.
 
SF: What is your favorite song to perform live?
VH: I love playing the songs people know. We’ve been fortunate enough to start having people singing along every now and then, and one of the biggest validation for creating a song or performing a song is for the audience to relate and to join in on the experience.
 
SF: Who would be on your dream tour lineup?  
VH: Let’s say The Vaccines, Metric, Haerts, and us. I’m gonna leave the obvious arena bands off this list.
 
SF: What musician would you totally “fan girl” over if you met?
VH: I totally didn’t fan girl when I met Metric’s drummer Joules and told him that my band covered his. So, I wouldn’t know… Oh, and I’ve always said I need to shake Paul McCartney’s hand before I die. Scr3w the h8ers
 
SF: What was the first concert you went to?
VH: Queens Of The Stone Age when Songs For The Deaf came out.
 
SF: Who are your biggest musical influences?
VH: That’s classified information, lady. Well the truth is, my biggest musical inspirations come from different corners for different reasons. I love blues guitar music, but not in love with some of the songwriting or vocals in that field. I love ambient and moody songs like Lykke Li’s for example, but when I’m in a certain mood I’ll need some M.I.A. to pretend to dance to. I love U2 for their lyrics and grandeur but sometimes I need something that rocks a bit harder. I love The Beatles, but… well they’re just all around great. I’ve got too many musical influences to even narrow it down to a list of 10 without it feeling like it’s taken out of context. The best way to know who inspires someone to write is to listen to what they write.

Watch the video for Born Cages’ latest single, “Don’t Look Back” now!

You can catch Born Cages live on tour this June!
June 7th – MilkBoy – Philadelphia, PA  – Buy Tickets
June 8th – Marlin Room at Webster Hall – New York, NY – Buy Tickets
June 9th – Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 – New York, NY – Suggested donation $5 (or a sweet high five!)
June 30th – Pianos – New York, NY – Buy Tickets
July 3rd – Glasslands – Brooklyn, NY – Buy Tickets

Pick up a copy of “The Sidelines EP” on iTunes or Amazon so you can sing along at the show!

Be sure to follow Born Cages and SecretFangirls.com on Twitter for the latest on all of your favorite artists!

Header Photo:  Nicole Mago

Artist Spotlight: Born Cages

We first discovered Born Cages after an opening slot at The Studio at Webster Hall back in December of 2013. They quickly won us over with plenty of  on stage energy and a sound that could be the lovechild from a whirlwind romance of The Strokes and The Darkness.

“The Sidelines EP”, the bands debut effort, has been getting a lot of buzz, featuring songs like “Caiti” and “Perfect Harmony“.  Born Cages recently released a video for the new single, “Don’t Look Back” to high praises from around  the industry. Lead singer/guitarist Vlad Holiday shreds his way through every song with ferocity that is only matched by his onstage energy and charisma. The band always connects with the crowd, making sure we’re all singing along and having the most fun!

Watch the video for “Don’t Look Back” below!

Fresh off a slew of dates in the Southeast, including Austin’s SXSW Festival, Born Cages are finally back home in NY. Their Tuesday night show packed Bowery Electric full of familiar faces as well as many new fans. It was definitely a warm “welcome home” for the band, who hope to release their first full length album soon!

If you haven’t already, pick up a copy of “The Sidelines EP” on iTunes and Amazon, or catch Born Cages live at Santo’s Party House in NYC this Thursday, May 8th.  Doors are at 7PM for this all ages show. Buy tickets HERE!

Be sure to visit BornCages.com and don’t forget to follow Born Cages and Secret Fangirls on Twitter!

Header photo: Nicole Mago

Why We’re Excited For 2014

If you’re a secret fangirl, 2013 was an incredible year for music.  Could we ever have guessed that this would finally be the year that Justin Timberlake returned to music?  That 98 Degrees would release an album and tour with New Kids on the Block and Boyz II Men?   THAT *NSYNC WOULD REUNITE AT THE VMAS?!    No.  But all of these things happened and more.  We’re hoping that this momentum rolls into 2014 in the form of an *NSYNC reunion tour (just once?!? please?)

Meanwhile, here are some of our sure bets of what music we are excited for in 2014.

Olivia Somerlyn
Olivia Somerlyn is the ultimate Secret Fangirl.   More on that later, but 2013 was a breakthrough for Olivia, as she scored opening slots on the Summer Break Tour with Victoria Justice and Big Time Rush, for the Jonas Brothers, and for Jessie J in the UK.  Olivia is currently working on her debut album, to be released in 2014. Keep an eye out for big this from Olivia in the coming year!  Follow Olivia Somerlyn Twitter, and don’t forget about the #12DaysOfLivGifts on her Official Facebook.

AJR
It’s no secret that we are major fans of AJR.  In the short time since we were introduced to them, we’ve seen them get bigger and bigger.  (Like, the “I’m Ready” video is a serious case of life imitating art).  With a new EP, ‘6foot1,’ being released at the end of this year, an album coming out in the Spring of 2014, and early support from the likes of Sia, Demi Lovato and The Wanted, AJR are the act to watch in 2014. Keep up with AJR every step of the way on Twitter and Facebook.

Midnight Red
We are from the generation where boy bands were defined as “a group of young men who sing and DANCE.”   Aside from Big Time Rush, the generation today is deprived of this wonderfulness.   We will always have NKOTB, Backstreet, and (ONE DAY AGAIN) *NSYNC, but it’s nice to see another proper boy band in the mix today! Don’t forget to follow Midnight Red on Twitter.

Lance Bass
LANCE BASS IS RELEASING A SINGLE IN 2014.  WORDS CANNOT EXPRESS OUR EXCITEMENT FOR THE POSSIBLE TOUR! There really is nothing else to say about this. Get the latest updates from Lance on Twitter.

Hilary Duff
We love Hilary Duff.  The girl is good at everything, manages to stay sweet and humble, and live a normal life with her husband and adorable kid.   After focusing in recent years on her book series and being a mom to baby Luca, we were beyond stoked to hear that Hilary has returned to the studio to work on her fourth album. Follow Hilary on Twitter and get the latest on her new music first!

Ashley Tisdale
Unlike Hilary, we aren’t exactly sure what Ashley Tisdale has been doing the last couple of years, but we are equally thrilled for her comeback to music!  She just released her first single, “You’re Always Here,” with more to come in 2014. Don’t forget to follow Ashley Tisdale on Twitter and “like” her on Facebook .

The Ceremonies
Another trio of brothers, by way of Los Angeles instead of New York.  They have messy hair and wear tight pants, with an early 2000s NY Strokes-vibe – definitely those boys your Mama warned you to stay away from!  Matthew, Mark, and Michael Cook are making waves in the underground scene with their self-titled EP. Expect to hear a lot more from The Ceremonies in 2014. Stay up to date with The Ceremonies on Facebook and Twitter.

Austin Mahone
Austin’s debut album is FINALLY dropping in 2014 (we hope).  We were sad when his MTV Artist to Watch Tour was postponed in October (glad you’re feeling better Austin!!) and we literally cannot wait until his tour kicks off in March!  We have loved each single he’s released more than the last, and are so excited to see what’s in store for him next year.  His recent string of Jingle Ball performances have proved Austin has the talent to go to the next level, with top notch choreography and awesome stage presence.   We are (not so secret) MAHOMIES! Become an official Mahomie and follow Austin on Twitter.

American Authors
You know that song in the Walter Mitty commercial that’s been stuck in your head for 2 days? It’s not a new Imagine Dragons song (don’t worry…we thought it was too!) “The Best Day Of My Life” is by a new band from Brooklyn, NY called American Authors. Recently signed to Island Records, these guys are capturing hearts of fangirls and music junkies alike. Their debut album is due out in 2014, but grab your copy of their self-titled EP on iTunes HERE. American Authors will be playing Sacramento’s own 107.9 The END’s Jingle Ball 2013 with Emblem 3, Panic At The Disco, and Fall Out Boy on 12/21. Get your tickets HERE and don’t forget to follow @aauthorsmusic on twitter for the latest updates from the guys!

Born Cages
If you ever wanted The Strokes to have a musical love child with The Darkness then…REJOICE! Your dreams have come true!! Born Cages are exactly that – complete with insane guitar riffs and gravity defying hair. Hailing from Brooklyn (what’s in the water out there and how can we get some?!) Born Cages recently released The Sidelines – EP in June and we can’t believe it took us this long to find them! Big choruses, church bells, synths and guitar riffs that would make any 80s hair band proud, The Sidelines EP makes us want to get up and dance!! Pick up your copy on iTunes and follow Born Cages on Twitter and “Like” them on Facebook. Next time they roll through your town, check them out. You won’t regret it. I promise.

The Vamps
The British are invading quicker than you’d believe! The Vamps first won our hearts with their song “Can We Dance” and they’re at it again with a new single and a new video for “Wild Heart”.  They have already opened for Selena Gomez and now they’re gearing up for a string of opening dates on Taylor Swift’s RED Tour at The O2 Arena in February. We are expecting a debut album from The Vamps in 2014, making them just another reason we are stoked for the new year!  Follow The Vamps on Twitter and “like” them on Facebook.

Heffron Drive
As much as we love Big Time Rush, we also love Kendall Schmidt’s other band, Heffron Drive, formed with friend and guitarist Dustin Belt.  While the band has a different vibe and sound than BTR (sadly no dancing), we love anything that keeps Kendall up on stage!  (And okay, the electric guitar is maybe even better than the hip rolling) We’re looking forward to everything that the new year holds for Heffron Drive! Follow Kendall and Dustin on Twitter, and don’t forget to “Like” them on Facebook.

 

What are you hoping to see in 2014? (Besides that *NSYNC reunion tour…NEVER GIVE UP HOPE!)