B-Sides Top 10: Week Ending 4/23/2016 – The Strumbellas Retains Top Spot

top-10Lots of new tracks storm the top 10 as The Strumbellas look on from high atop their perch at the top spot with “Spirits”. Bishop Briggs (formerly Bishop) moves to the runner-up spot while The Lumineers jump up to number three with “Ophelia”, from their latest album Cleopatra. Debuts by Run River North, SWMRS and Betsie Larkin keep the chart interesting. Check out this weeks’s Top 10! … Continue reading

REVIEW: Coachella 2016: Weekend One Review

coachella-groundsThe first weekend of Coachella 2016 is in the books and was chock full of memorable moments. In what has become expected, the surprise guest performances were plentiful. Rihanna, Big Sean and John Newman joined Calvin Harris, Angus Young joined Guns N’ Roses for a couple of songs during the band’s reunion appearance, Kanye West jumped on stage with A$AP Rocky then Kanye joined Jack Ü, who was always joined by Kiesza, Ice Cube brought out Snoop Dogg, Common, his son O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sam Smith performed “Latch” with Disclosure, while Lorde performed “Magnets” and Aluna Francis sang on “White Noise” with the British duo, Skrillex made an appearance during Snails, Brandon Urie of Panic At The Disco joined Halsey, Zedd brought out Kesha as well as Sydney Sierota of Echosmith, Grimes was joined by Janelle Monae, Seal performed a couple of songs with Gallant, while Jaden Smith performed with Lido. Many praised the performance by Sia, whose set showcased live actors performing to her songs as they synced up to the screen visuals on the side of the stage. Aside from the guest appearances, the festival delivered in showcasing some great up and coming talent and emerging acts.… Continue reading

INTERVIEW: The Unique Sound of Andy Clockwise

P1040326Since the release of the EP Dancing World, Australian musician Andy Clockwise has a growing and loyal fan base of which contribute to his unforgettable raucous live shows.  Clockwise records, performs, produces and mixes all his record and has toured with The Black Keys, Julian Casablancas and Warpaint.  B-Sides caught up with Australian artist Andy Clockwise in the midst of a crazy SXSW storm to talk about his unique sound and his life on the West Coast.… Continue reading

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Everything Everything Talk ‘Get To Heaven’

Manchester U.K. band Everything Everything formed in late 2007 and have a strong fanbase throughout Europe and have garnered much critical acclaim. All of their albums have been nominated for the prestigious British Mercury Music Prize, including their latest effort, Get To Heaven, released and nominated in 2015. The album was finally released in the U.S. in March and the band is in the midst of the very first U.S. tour, having supported The Joy Formidable. During the process of writing the album, songwriter and lead singer, Jonathan Higgs watched a lot of television news, read various “hot topics” on the internet, stating, “That’s one of the many things that went into me during that year — this sense of blinding rage about what is happening. I can’t believe the world right now is so incredibly violent, or that there’s a strength of belief in the world in a way that we British, apathetic people can even begin to understand.”… Continue reading

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Aurora – “I’m Very Picky and Obssessed With Policing Myself”

auroraEver since Aurora made her North American debut at the 2014 CMJ Music Marathon, she’s garnered much critical acclaim and made a name for herself as an exciting rising star to watch. Her debut album All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend, was released on March 11th, 2016 via Glassnote Records and showcases the young singer’s strong vocal and musical talents as well as a knack for storytelling in her lyrics. Aurora stated; “It is so much more satisfying to make an album than one song at a time. One song is only a chapter and the album is the book. I’m very excited to release this one, my first, and I’m already starting to plan my second. This album is the first of many, and it’s been a journey making it.”… Continue reading

Coachella 2016: Bands to Watch

eeedf79c67844242959daf74acf45ffc_th-1Another year, another Coachella. The festival is arguably the most famous one, and the must see event of the year for most die hard music fans. In the past few years it has sort of become a place for band reunions as well. Outkast reunited for the first time in years at the festival, and this year they have not one, but two huge reunions. In case you’re just coming out of a coma and somehow missed the news, Guns N’ Roses is currently boasting a roster that includes Axl, Slash and Duff McKagan, and they’re planning on bringing the house down at the Saturday shows this year. Friday night is being closed out by the recently reunited LCD

Strong Do LaB Lineup To Impress at Coachella 2016

Coachella 2015 week 1. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda)

Coachella 2015 week 1. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda)

Coachella is less than a week away and the excitement is building up for not only headliners Guns n’ Roses, LCD Soundsystem and Calvin Harris but the emerging Do LaB stage, also known as “Big Fish”. The stage lineup was released and features a distinct lineup of emerging artists each weekend. The first weekend showcases talents including Big Wild, Canadian indie-electro pop duo HUMANS, Imagined Herbal Flows, Paper Diamond, Brillz, DJ Ghastly, Dena Amy, Stylust Beats, Wave Racer, Lee Foss, plus MartyParty and Ooah (The Glitch Mob) who reunite once again as PANTYRAID. Weekend 2 will feature Dirtybird favorites Sacha Robotti and Ardalan; other artists include Sam Gellaitry, Brisbane electronic duo Cut Snake, STWO, Autograf, “Rebel Bass”  purveyors and English DJ production duo Stanton Warriors, Candle Weather and Manila Killa Hotel Garuda, drum and bass fusion electronic musician and Do LaB festival staple Kraddy and Nico Luminous, NU, and Bedouin, plus surprise special guests. … Continue reading

B-Sides Top 10: Week Ending 4/9/2016 – The Strumbellas Claim Top Spot

top-10The Strumbellas dethrone Miike Snow from their perch for the top spot this week. The Canadian band has been around for years with JUNO Award-winning albums under their belt but now they’re signed with Glassnote Records and focused on upping their game. Emerging artist, Bishop leaps to the third spot and debuts by The Lumineers and Catfish & The Bottlemen keep the chart ever-evolving. Check out this weeks’s Top 10! … Continue reading

Must See Bands On Warped Tour 2016

Warped-TourEvery year since 1995 Vans Warped Tour has traveled all over the country bringing together music lovers in their city for a day of crowd surfing, meet and greets, singing, sweating, and excitement, surrounded by amazing bands. Kevin Lyman is the master mind behind this festival and it has turned into a summer tradition for many rock and pop punk fans. Vans Warped Tour has given the opportunity to many up and coming artists to make their mark in music world. The 2016 Vans Warped Tour is packed with classic pop punk bands like Sum 41, New Found Glory and Good Charlotte. As well as up and coming bands like Waterparks and With Confidence. The countdown begins to this years insane lineup for Warped Tour.… Continue reading

Your Guide to Euphoria Fest 2016: Who To See

Euphoria+Music+Festival,+Phase+2,+Final+LineupAustin’s Euphoria Fest returns for a long weekend of camping and music for its fifth year.  The festival was started to create an event that would allow all attendees to be free to experience the transformative nature of music and to truly live in the moment.  This year’s line up holds true to the festival’s manifesto, with a diverse collection of talent to appeal to a variety of tastes throughout the four day festival.… Continue reading

VIDEO: Midi Matilda Perform “Tidal Wave”, Talk New Music

midi matildaMidi Matilda have been keeping a low profile as of late but have been steadily working on new material. The Oakland-based duo of Styler Kilborn and Logan Grimé are a popular West Coast favorite who’s performed to packed shows, especially in the Bay Area that included a performance at Outside Lands in 2013. A month ago, the band released the song and accompanying video for “Tidal Wave” and just this week, released their newest single, “Talk About It”. … Continue reading

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – The Rubens Talk ‘Hoops’

rubensAustralian band, The Rubens may hail from the small town of Menangle but their sound is big and packed with catchy melodies and interesting lyrics. The five-piece consists of three brothers, Sam Margin, Elliott Margin and Zaac Margin, along with Scott Baldwin and William Zeglis. The band experienced great success in their home country with their platinum-selling debut album and awards for the single, “My Gun”. The Rubens are back in the U.S. with their follow-up album, Hoops which lead singer Sam Margin stated, “We started writing almost straight after the first album came out. We had 15 songs when we went in to record the first album, this time we had almost 40.”… Continue reading

Outside Lands 2016 To Feature Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, Lionel Richie

Screen Shot 2016-04-05 at 10.38.06 AMThe lineup for Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival has been announced and the stellar music lineup includes headliners, Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem and Lionel Richie. The three-day festival will take place August 5-7, 2016 and will also feature, Lana Del Rey, Duran Duran, Halsey, Zedd, Major Lazer, Beach House, Miike Snow, Grimes, Big Grams (Big Boi + Phantogram), Vince Staples and many more. The lineup announcement video features Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem, who will also be performing. Early “Eager Beaver” passes sold out quickly last week and 3-day and single day passes will go on sale Thursday April 7 at 10am/PT. … Continue reading