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City Rivals


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"Reverb Nation Crowd Reviews "Back Down Baby""

“This song really excites me and put me in a wonderfull mood. Its awesome rock and dance music. This could easily become my favorite artist and song! I enjoyed the vocals in this song the most. The vocals are so unusual for todays music and interesting that I adore them! Its a strong voice that can hit low notes as well as highnotes. The writing is very inteligent and creative! I could tell alot of work was put into this song. I want to see this artist become very popular and be all over the radio! The background music fits along perfectly! I absoulty loved it! I will deffinatly reccomend this to all of my friends who love this type of music.” - Reverb Nation

"Featured Artist Amped Alternative"

This weeks New Music Monday band is City Rivals! Fresh out of Chicago, Illinois, City Rivals is one hell of a dynamic duo. Two friends,Benjamin Radigan and Kevin Martinez formed the band in 2011 and even though they're still new to the music scene they've certainly started to make their mark with a unique and creative approach to music. My favorite song is Back Down Baby, it's fresh and fun, you're sure to love it. Check out City Rivals if you like Taking Back Sunday, Go Radio or You Me At Six. - Amped Alternative

"Punk Nation featured band"

Longtime friends Benjamin Radigan & Kevin Martinez came together to form City Rivals in 2011. Since then, the band has set out on their mission to create unique and passionate music. One step in that process was the release of 2012's "Clues, Lies and Lyrics" EP (mastered by Tom Baker) and if you haven't heard it yet, you're missing out. City Rivals hit the studio again last year, and we're anxious to see what comes next. Check out our interview with the band below!
Oh, and did we mention that these guys were kind enough to give all of our readers a free download of three of their songs?? Download them here, and fall in love - There's no other way to do it. -

"AP&R Up and Coming Band"

This Chicago rock duo started in vocalist Ben Radigan’s apartment in 2010. “[Our music is] something you can relate to,” he says. “It has the nostalgia of old pop/rock with a twist of grit and soul.” And while the vocalist knows City Rivals are still a new band—“We feel the best is yet to come,” he says—he’s plenty happy with what they’ve accomplished so far. “The point we’ve gotten to now is incredible,” Radigan says. “We can mostly attribute this to our outstanding family and friends spreading the word.” - Alternative Press

"Reverb Nation Crowd Reviews "Northern Lights"

“This song just makes you put on a smile. The melody so beautiful and so artful it may make your soul cry. i love the singers voice, he really owns those words well. the lyrics are amazing and his voice is just so soothing to listen to. this song is ideal to listen to when you think of that special someone. The guitar strumming is beautiful and the piano adds a lot of different colors to the sound. I love how the song gradually builds up to something even more grand. the nice little sound effects are nice and compliments the band. The collaboration is there and the harmony is present. the chorus is amazing an the lyrics just lifts up your soul and makes you think of wonderful things and emotions like your dreams and your loved ones. The down time is actually really nice. Its a quiet song with a big voice. I like the levels and dynamics they play, Not too much, and not too little. I expect to hear some great news from this band and honestly I would like to hear more tunes like these.” - Reverb Nation


Single: Northern Lights

EP: Clues, Lies, and Lyrics



City Rivals is an alternative rock/pop rock band from Chicago, Illinois formed in the late summer of 2011 by longtime friends and songwriters Benjamin Radigan & Kevin Martinez. The two set out not only to create a unique sound, but to craft a captivating and passionate brand of music. Their dynamic sound and creative melodies are evident throughout their debut EP “Clues, Lies & Lyrics.”

Produced and engineered at The Chicago Sound Lab, mixed by Kyle Homme (Lit, Sugarcult, Finch) and mastered by multiple Grammy winning Hollywood mastering engineer Tom Baker (30 Seconds to Mars, New Found Glory, Papa Roach) “Clues, Lies & Lyrics” is an album everyone should hear at least once.

All music written & arranged by Benjamin Radigan & Kevin Martinez.