ON-RADAR: kennedi Releases Confessional Track – “apology”

Emerging artist kennedi released her latest single "apology" this past Friday via Platoon. The dreamy track follows up last year's release "better" and contains very intimate, confessional lyrics of the guilt felt about a former relationship. As kennedi stated- “After being with somebody for a long time, it’s all you know. The first time I had an emotional connection and hooked up with somebody else, I felt guilty. I was looking in the mirrors that are actually hung on my ceiling and saw the reflection of myself and this person who wasn’t her. I didn’t

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Marc E. Bassy On Solo Career: “Feels Like a Rock-n-Roll Circus With Family

Marc E. Bassy dropped the deluxe version of 'PMD', his second full-length studio album that was released past fall via his own record label, New Gold Medal. 'PMD Deluxe' contains four bonus tracks including a collaboration with Tory Lanez "Right Now", "Deal With It", and two tracks "Here With U" and "Free Will (Glory)", which Bassy describes as deeply personal. The Oakland native, who now lives in Los Angeles, made waves with his critically acclaimed 2016 debut EP 'Groovy People'. Among a tracklisting of notable songs such as “Morning” and “Dirty Water,” it vaulted “You & Me”

Women in Music History: Kim Gordon

Whether described as the "Ultimate Feminist Rock Goddess" or "The Godmother of Grunge", Kim Gordon is hands-down a woman who's always believed in herself and her convictions. Gordon was all about the art and more interested in pushing the limits of music and visuals as opposed to commercialism. Along with her longtime partner and ex-husband, Thurston Moore, she was a member of the highly influential band Sonic Youth that was initially born out of the art scene as opposed to the punk rock scene of the late 70s/early 80s. The band was categorized as "avant-rock" that influenced

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Saint Motel Talk Trilogy of EPs, Structured Process to Writing

Elektra recording group Saint Motel debuted their brand new track “A Good Song Never Dies” recently with the launch of PlayStation’s MLB The Show 20. The track is the first new music from the second of the three-EP set 'The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack', with part I having been released late last year and is highlighted by the hit single, “Van Horn.” In speaking of the three-part set, frontman A/J Jackson referred to the material as structured as a three-act movie structure where, "Part one is hope and optimism, getting to know the characters in the world. Part

Women in Music History: Joan Jett

If there was one woman who represents the bad-girl image of rock-n-roll, it has to be Joan Jett. Joining The Runaways at 16 years old, Jett grew up fast, having to learn how to handle herself in an adult world while enduring the sexism of the male-dominated rock scene of the 70s. She took that experience to parlay that into forming her own band, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, which achieved great commercial success. It was during this time that she started to gain respect as a songwriter and musician with songs about female empowerment, sexuality, and

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Tatiana Hazel Finds Self-Empowerment in DIY Approach To Music

Born and raised in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago and a daughter to Mexican-born parents, Tatiana Hazel has grown into a standout gem within a growing pool of Midwest born musicians and creatives. Hazel first began her experimentation with music at the age of 13, where she taught herself guitar by watching YouTube videos, eventually uploading her own videos which would resonate with the viewing audience. Aside from the guitar, Hazel also taught herself how to play the piano, ukulele, bass and drums. After attending Columbia College Chicago for one year to study music business, she

ON RADAR: Fast Times – Steeped In Nostalgia With Modern Touches

Andrew St. James of Fast Times has grown up with music around him all his life, literally. The San Francisco native was born to tour caterers for The Rolling Stones’. St. James developed an early interest in baroque classical music, touring internationally in choirs and by age 11 was singing for the San Francisco Opera. Following the death of his biological father, St. James, then 16, recorded a solo album with a handheld recorder while hitchhiking the Pacific Northwest. The recordings found their way to veteran Bay Area producer Jim Greer (Foster The People, Galactic, Geographer), who in

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Echosmith Kept Focus on ‘Lonely Generation’ During Life Changes

Just over six years after the release of their debut album, 'Talking Dreams', Echosmith released the follow-up 'Lonely Generation' this past January. The album captures the band in the midst of the growing pains and happy moments that come with growing up. The band of siblings from Los Angeles, (lead singer Sydney Sierota, bassist Noah Sierota, and drummer Graham Sierota) didn't sit still during the time between albums. Touring non-stop for nearly 2.5 years on the strength of their breakout single, "Cool Kids", they sold out numerous headline shows, toured with the likes of twenty one pilots

Women In Music History: Debbie Harry

Debbie Harry, who's known as the lead singer and face of the new-wave band Blondie, has been revered as an artist and role model for decades. She was a punk icon during the 70s and 80s for her music, persona, fashion and sexy looks that even captivated Andy Warhol, whose portrait of her is recognized as one of his most iconic work. During the band's heyday, she was seen as a sex symbol in music but Harry combated the sexism, drugs, lawsuits from her own bandmates and would later on, fight ageism by enjoying success later in life. Before

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Possession’ By Joywave Puts Today’s Uncertainty Into Music

The third studio album by Joywave, 'Possession', was released March 13th via Hollywood Records and is a reflection on the thoughts and feelings on the minds of many during these tumultuous times.  Joywave tweeted, "Possession, which is about the struggle for control in our lives. Turns out we don't have any...You can't control the world around you and you don't get to choose your circumstance. Nothing will ever be perfect--- The only part that's up to us is how we choose to deal with this truth."   The New York indie rock band comprised of lead singer/ songwriter Daniel Armbruster, guitarist

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Sad Happy’ – Circa Waves at Their Finest

Circa Waves released their fourth studio album Sad Happy on March 13, 2020, via Prolifica.  The album is the follow-up to ‘What’s It Like Over There?’ that was just released in April 2019.   The album is divided into two distinctive moods: sad and happy.  Frontman Kieran Shudall shared, “We live in a world split into two extreme halves. One moment, you’re filled with the existential crisis of climate doom, and the next, you’re distracted by another piece of inconsequential content that has you laughing aloud. I find this close proximity of immense sadness and happiness so jarring, bizarre and fascinating. Our

Women In Music History: The Go-Go’s

The term "all-girl band" has been thrown around for decades to describe what was considered a novelty for a band consisting entirely of women. When rock music was becoming popular in the 1950s and 1960s, the band scene was predominantly male and arguably, it wasn't until The Runaways experience success did more women start to form their own groups. One of the most commercially successful and influential all-female rock bands was The Go-Go's. Formed in 1979 out of the punk scene of Los Angeles, the five-piece had huge commercial success, sold millions of records while off-stage they

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – EVAN GIIA Melds Opera Training With Electronic Music

EVAN GIIA is not the typical electronic artist and performer. Classically trained as an opera singer since she was a child, the New England native graduated from the Berklee College of Music where she earned a degree in music business management while honing her singing skills. It wasn't long until she gained the attention of ODESZA's Foreign Family Collective, who signed her to their label and where she released three songs, highlighted by the single "Westworld" that's garnered millions of streams online. Now signed to Astralwerks(Capitol), GIIA has released two singles under her new label including the

ALBUM REVIEW: Grouplove – ‘Healer’

Nearly four years since the release of their EP 'Big Mess', Grouplove ( Hannah Hooper, Chris Zucconi, Andrew Wessen, Daniel Gleason, and new drummer Benjamin Homola) have released their fourth studio album Healer under Atlantic Records. The ten-track album is more personal and close to heart for Hooper as well as her life partner/bandmate Zucconi. In the midst of writing/recording Healer, Hooper had an at-risk brain surgery, stating, “It felt like I was having a slow stroke." The band worked on the album in Northern California, as well as El Paso TX. “When we all met in Greece, Christian and I were leaving New York at an all-time

PHOTOS: Keane Return Without Skipping a Beat – Oakland, CA 3/9/2020

It’s been far too long since Keane has toured North America, seven years to be exact. The English rock band had been on hiatus as various members were dealing with substance abuse and relationship difficulties and even ventured off with their own solo projects. Keane's frontman, Tom Chaplin, released two successful solo albums over that time and toured the States as recently as 2017. He would eventually find new inspiration with his bandmates as Tim Rice-Oxley (vocals/keyboardist) had written an album’s worth of incredibly personal songs fueled by humor as well as pain that would eventually become

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Nasaya Inspired by deadmau5 and Jimi Hendrix, Fuses Guitar + Electronic Sounds

Nasaya(born Théo Hoarau) is a French DJ/producer and guitarist originally from Reunion Island that's located off the coast of Madagascar. Taking his stage name is from his grandmother's maiden name, Nasaya first started playing the guitar at age 12. "I got my first electric guitar on Christmas", he stated, "I always liked guitar, classic rock like Jimi Hendrix, AC/DC, Pink Floyd, & Rage Against The Machine and here I am!" Nasaya started off teaching himself the guitar as a teenager, uploading YouTube videos of his guitar playing that would eventually inspire him to study guitar techniques and

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Iyla Too Shy to be Disney Kid, Channels Her Inner Feelings Into Music

Twenty-six-year old singer/songwriter Iyla (Isabelle Blue) released her second EP, 'Other Ways To Vent' in February to much anticipation and has garnered much critical acclaim. Her new project is at times dark, yet powerful and soulful R&B with artistic visuals in her storytelling. Iyla stated- “As someone who is inherently introverted and reserved, music is the way that I connect, and in creating this EP I felt the freedom to be more emotionally expressive.  These seven songs consist of me venting about everything from joy and self-love to heartache and anxiety.  'Other Ways To Vent' documents my journey over

LISTEN: International Women’s Day Playlist 2020

Today March 8th marks International Women's Day, a significant day where we celebrate all women. Although International Women's Day is once a year, every woman should be recognized for her accomplishments, how she empowers and supports other women on a daily basis. We are highlighting women in music who have broken barriers, changed perceptions and fought for equality in a male-dominated industry. This year's International Women's Day Playlist features female artists of all ages from different genres and decades. Rock-n-roll queen Joan Jett has been an aspiring role model for younger female singers for generations. Jett

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Tender Still Make Music In Their Bedroom, Talk Upcoming New Music

British electro-duo Tender (James Cullen and Dan Cobb) have been creating bedroom music since 2015, having released two albums since- 'Modern Addiction' (2017) and 'Fear of Falling Asleep' (2019) under Partisan Records. Their music has been featured in notable soundtracks including 'How To Get Away With Murder' and the single "Nadir", which had already resonated with music fans upon its release, gave the band a higher profile when it was featured in the hit Netflix film 'To All The Boys I Loved Before'. Facetiously described on their Twitter as "Electronic Funeral Love Songs", it doesn't phase the band

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Eliza & The Delusionals Music Direction From Coldplay, Catfish & The Bottlemen

Hailing from Australia's Gold Coast, Eliza & the Delusionals have been gaining recognition as of late from their single, "Just Exist". The song has garnered millions of streams and continues to grow while the band tours the U.S. and ahead of the their upcoming appearance at SXSW and Bottlerock Music Festival. The song will be featured on the band's upcoming EP, 'A State of Living in an Objective Reality' that comes out March 20th, a collection of songs that finds the band finding a balance between creativity and good mental health. Frontwoman Eliza Klatt stated, "Through most of

ON RADAR: beabadoobee

Signed with the same label (Dirty Hit) as The 1975, the nineteen-year-old British singer/songwriter Beabadoobee (Beatrice Kristi Laus) has impressed music fans & critics with a nostalgic 90s-influenced sound. She's garnered millions of streams, toured with Clairo, and was nominated for Rising Star at the 2020 Brit Awards. Beabadoobee released her latest EP, Space Cadet in 2019 and plans to drop her debut album this year followed by a headline tour. Influenced heavily by the self-released cassette style of Daniel Johnson and quirky anti-folk outfit Moldy Peaches, her sound reflects the things she loves. Her single, “She Plays Bass” harkens back

ON RADAR: Younger Hunger

Long Beach trio Younger Hunger (Tony Davia, Lucas Connor, and Becket Edwards) formed in 2014, taking their inspirations from bands like The Smiths, MGMT and The Teenagers. With millions of views on TikTok, Younger Hunger are a "force of chaos and destruction" (according to their FB page). Younger Hunger released their single "Second Best" late last year and it's starting to garner much attention on streaming platforms. Davia adds about the song, "it's about unrequited love and overcoming feelings of inadequacy." This synthy indie-pop gem strikes hard with their punchy hooks, melodic guitar, and ambient electronics

Noise Pop Festival 2020 Preview: 15 Acts To Catch

Noise Pop Music & Arts Festival is back with its week-long event (Monday Feb. 24- Sunday Mar. 1) of introducing the San Francisco Bay Area countless talented artists. Every night is filled with numerous live performances at various Bay Area venues, with this year's lineup featuring over 170 artists. This year's lineup is features many established artists including Raphael Saadiq, Best Coast, a DJ set from Washed Out and Maya Jane Coles and also numerous emerging local and national acts. Check out our list of acts to check out while you're roaming about Noise Pop Fest 2020! Injury Reserve Phoenix rap trio

LIVE REVIEW: 070 Shake – Austin, TX 02/22/2020

When 070 Shake postponed her North American tour this past fall, there was much disappointment but a silver lining could be found. Her debut album 'Modus Vivendi' was set to be released January 17, 2020 and so, who knows how much of it was to be performed live and what type of show she would have put on. Fast forward to February 2020, and the album is out, fans are familiar with the material and nearly every date has sold out since the start of tour(which would've sold out regardless). Saturday night's show at The Parish in

ON RADAR: Easy Life

UK alt-R&B five-piece (Murray Matravers, Oliver Cassidy, Sam Hewitt, Lewis Alexander, and Jordan Birtles), Easy Life merges a huge palette of musical styles ranging from Chance The Rapper and Arctic Monkeys to vintage Dilla. Matravers formed the band on a whim in late 2017 with Hewitt after bonding over classic hip-hop as kids in the Midlands. “Easy Life is a form of escapism,” says Murray. “Living is proving to be increasingly difficult with all the pressures that modern life brings, and easy life rejects this materialistic philosophy; easy life is a hedonistic vision. When we coined the name there was

ON RADAR: Audrey Mika

Nineteen-year-old R&B singer/songwriter Audrey Mika began her singing career on YouTube (like many others) by covering Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish and others with her toy microphone. Her covers attracted a diehard audience and impressively amassed nearly 60 million views and 1.2 million YouTube subscribers in under a year’s time.  Now the Bay Area native, who's now based in Los Angeles, is signed to RCA Records and recently released her EP '5 A.M.' on February 10th. Her rapid success in a year is just the beginning as she stated, “Shut the blinds, get under the covers, and fall into the music,”

PHOTO REVIEW: Tones and I – San Francisco, CA 2/15/2020

Tones and I made her San Francisco debut at ‘Popscene’ night at the Rickshaw Stop Saturday night. The sold out show was packed with an audience filled with fans of all ages, as families with children were scattered amongst twenty-somethings and older fans. Kicking off her set with “Can’t Be Happy All The Time”, Tones and I (born Toni Watson) took her position at her keyboard, dressed in an outdoor vest and ball-cap that adorned her EP title, ‘The Kids Are Coming’. Following up “Never Seen The Rain”, fans roared with approval, singing along to the

ON RADAR: Almost Monday

Formed in 2015, San Diego alt-pop trio Almost Monday (guitarist Cole Clisby, singer Dawson Daugherty, and bassist Luke Fabry) self-booked themselves to local shows and honed their live shows as their fan-base grew. Now, Almost Monday is signed with Hollywood Records and collaborated with Mark Needham, an engineer/mixer/producer known for his work with The Killers and Imagine Dragons. Their sound is very nu-disco with surf rock tones, which coincidentally is how Daughtry and Fabry met Clisby--- by surfing! In speaking about their live shows, Almost Monday stated- "We want for our music in general: to give everybody that feeling of

ON-RADAR: Ben Wylen Explores Self-Discovery in “People Say”

Singer/songwriter Ben Wylen released his debut single and title track, "People Say", off his forthcoming album due Nov 6th, 2020. The song explores one's journey for a meaningful life, as Wylen states, “Most of my family and friends work jobs they don't enjoy. They kill themselves day in and day out and they never give themselves a chance to find out who they really are and who they want to be. "People Say" is about the struggle of self-discovery. We don't have much time on this earth, so we ought to make the most of the time we do have.

PHOTO REVIEW: Jauz – San Francisco, CA 2/1/2020

Making his triumphant return to San Francisco, Jauz put on an electrifying show at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium Feb. 1st. The Bay Area native is currently on tour in support of his latest EP, 'Dangerous Waters' with perhaps his largest scale production, thus far. Performing atop a signature shark fin, Jauz (aka Sam Vogel) was a silhouette expertly manipulating his sounds as the visuals behind him flashed while an epic laser light show would beam over the crowd. At one point, amidst a moment of darkness, the shark fin disappeared and Jauz emerged high above where

PHOTOS: Higher Power – San Jose, CA 1/28/2020

With a raucous performance, Higher Power commanded the stage during their Bay Area debut at The Ritz in San Jose, CA last night. The British hardcore band is currently on their first ever US headline tour in support of their major label debut, '27 Miles Underwater' that was released via Roadrunner Records 1/24. Kicking off the set with "Shedding Skin" from the album, lead singer Jimmy Wizard was energetic, jumping around the stage as audience followed in unison. After a brief greeting and introduction of themselves to the audience, the band led into "Can't Relate" from their

PHOTOS: Edwardian Ball 2020

The twentieth anniversary of the Edwardian Ball was night to remember as the annual tribute to the late, great author and illustrator Edward Gorey took place over the course of two days in San Francisco. Billed as night of elegance and celebration of art, music, theatre and fashion, there was also the annual re-imagining of "The Lost Lions". The event has grown over the past twenty years from its days as an underground club party, as the event was packed on both nights by a crowd that spanned attendees of all ages who dressed in Gorey-inspired outfits that ranged

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Waterparks Talk Honesty in ‘Fandom’, Managing Success

The third full-length and Hopeless Records debut album, 'Fandom' by Waterparks was released this past October to much anticipation. The material was created after the band had already spent time on what was supposed to be the album, but not satisfied with the material, songwriter and lead singer Awsten Knight took to Twitter to announce he deleted all the files of the new music. With a new message and wealth of inspiration, Knight stated- "We talked about music culture and fandom culture, how those things affect me, where I am mentally, and even a little bit about

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Benee Talks ‘Stella & Steve’, First Performance

19-year-old New Zealand artist Benee (aka Stella Bennett) plunged into the music scene by uploading covers on Soundcloud before releasing her official EPs 'Fire on Marzz' and 'Stella & Steve'. Bennett was a water polo player throughout her schooling but found a passion & talent for music. It was this realization after 2 weeks of attending university that motivated Benee to drop out and pursue her passions for a music career. Her official debut single "Soaked" garnered her critical acclaim and an immediate fanbase, while "Glitter" built upon that success and became associated with millions of TikTok videos

PHOTOS: King Princess – Oakland, CA 1/21/2020

At what she described as her largest show on the tour, King Princess performed to a jubilant packed house at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA last night. The cheers were nearly deafening as King Princess(aka Mikaela Straus) and her band took the stage as Straus took a moment to greet her fans before getting situated at the piano for the opener "Isabel's Moment". Straus had the crowd swaying and singing as she followed up with "Tough on Myself" and "Prophet", both from her debut album, 'Cheap Queen'. There was plenty of adoration for King Princess throughout

PHOTOS: Zeds Dead – San Francisco, CA 1/17/2020

Headlining the first night of Wobbleland, Zeds Dead returned to the San Francisco fresh on the heels of releasing 'We Are Deadbeats, Vol. 4' that came out January 14th. With only Zachary Rapp-Rovan (aka DC and Hooks) performing, the show still captivated the sold-out crowd at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium with lots of visuals, lasers and air cannons to accompany the bangers. Although Rovan hit the stage shortly after 11:30p, the audience was hyped and full of energy as they danced, moshed and headbanged throughout his hour and a half set. There were so many people

PHOTOS: Rex Orange County – San Francisco, CA 1/16/2020

Like all of the shows on his current tour, Rex Orange County performed to a sold-out Masonic in San Francisco Thursday night Jan. 16th. It was the first of two shows in the Bay Area, with the second night at the nearby Fox Theater in Oakland. Although there was an large crowd who showed up early before doors opened to get a good spot, fans continued streaming in right up until show time. With no opener, Rex Orange County had the audience to himself, emerging onto the stage in a black hoodie and jeans to begin the

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – CloZee at SnowGlobe 2019: Talks Moving To The U.S., Upcoming New Music

Over the course of her young career, CloZee has performed on many continents: from Coachella to India, on four US Tours, and everywhere around her native France. Due to her broad range of influences that come from all facets of music that she's encountered throughout her international travels, CloZee (born Chloé Herry) has a growing and loyal fanbase from all over the world. With classical guitar roots, CloZee is able to create a melting pot of instrumentation and cinematic flair from the first-hand influence of flamenco to edIT of The Glitch Mob. Her debut album 'Evasion' was

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – SG Lewis at SnowGlobe 2019: Talks Elton John, Disco Influence

SG Lewis has worked hard to not only become known as a songwriter and DJ but also a well-respected producer amongst his peers. The British artist released a three-part concept album, 'Dusk, Dark, Dawn' over the past year and a half that Lewis describes as a chronicle of the trajectory of a night out through its different moods and genres and serves as a tribute to club and youth culture. Lewis first became interested in music during his teens and played in several bands before he started experimenting with remixing tracks. Influenced by the introspective pop of

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Kendoll at SnowGlobe 2019: Talks Connection to Seattle Seahawks, New Music

Melding the sounds of bassline house and UK groove, Kendoll has been a growing presence in the electronic music scene. The Seattle, Washington native started as a DJ at various venues in the area before relocating to Los Angeles to attend the music production school Icon Collective. After graduating, she's toured all across the U.S., having made an appearance at Life is Beautiful and released the EP 'Rabbit Hole' along with numerous singles. B-Sides caught up with Kendoll at SnowGlobe 2019 to talk about her connection to the Seattle Seahawks, new music and more. Check out the interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpzNprSDDnc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvgyYkFnsC0

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Kah-Lo at SnowGlobe 2019 – Talks Idris Elba, New Music

Since moving from Nigeria to New York, Kah-Lo has built a loyal and growing following ever since her Grammy Award nomination alongside Riton for Best Dance Recording with “Rinse and Repeat.” She's collaborated with the likes of Mr. Eazi, Diplo, Idris Elba, The Knocks, Davido and Michael Brun, and gained a Selena Gomez co-sign. Her debut collaborative album with Riton 'Foreign Ororo' received millions of streams and she is the most streamed female Nigerian artist worldwide. She made an appearance during Idris Elba's set at Coachella to perform on their collaboration, "Ballie" and more recently had been opening for Bea

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – MAX Talks Forthcoming New Album, Plans For A Family

Max Schneider (MAX) is prepping for a new album, having released the single “Checklist” featuring electro-funk duo Chromeo late 2019. The track is the follow-up to “Love Me Less” featuring Quinn XCII. The new material comes after a hiatus that saw the established Youtube star and actor get married and focus on his personal life while working out the new songs. Born in Hell's Kitchen, New York City, the singer, model and actor had success with his 2016 full-length album, 'Hell’s Kitchen Angel' that featured “Lights Down Low.” The song generated half a billion streams globally and

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Lennon Stella Talks Writing Camp, Upcoming Debut Album

Coming from a musical family, twenty year-old Canadian actress/singer/author and fashionista Lennon Stella has already achieved immense success in her career. Gaining attention from her role as Maddie Conrad in the hit TV series 'Nashville' from 2012-2018, Stella was regularly featured singing alongside her real-life sister, Maisy Stella, who also was on the show. Lennon’s success with her songwriting career began during her time on Nashville as one of the writers on nine different songs that were featured in numerous episodes of the series. Prior to landing the acting role, Lennon had already gained national attention when her and Maisy’s cover of Robyn’s “Call your Girlfriend” went viral. Fresh off her first

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Circa Waves Talk Covering The Proclaimers, Fatherhood

Circa Waves recently announced that their fourth studio album 'Sad Happy' will be released on March 13, 2020 via Prolifica Inc /[PIAS]. The album is the band's follow-up to 'What's It Like Over There?' that was just released in April 2019. The album is formed by two diametrically distinctive sides, which will see the 'Happy' side released individually January 10, 2020 before uniting as one complete body of work on March 13, 2020. The band's singer/songwriter Kieran Shudall shared, "We live in a world split into two extreme halves. One moment, you’re filled with the existential crisis

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Blossoms Talk “Jessie’s Girl”, Paul McCartney, ‘Foolish Loving Spaces’

UK band Blossoms will be releasing their third studio full-length, 'Foolish Loving Spaces' on January 31 2020 [Avenue A/Virgin EMI] too much anticipation. The band has already released a couple of songs from the album including "Your Girlfriend" and “The Keeper”. The album is described as a romantic page-turner of light and shade, as the band explains: “The album is a pure celebration of love in all of its splendid and baffling guises, toying with the so-called sins of lust and forbidden infatuation. It’s inspired by a summer spent listening to ‘Stop Making Sense’, ‘The Joshua Tree’ & ‘Screamadelica’." Comprised

Rage Against The Machine, Frank Ocean, Travis Scott To Headline Coachella 2020

As is tradition in the first few days of the new year, the lineup for Coachella has been announced. Headliners include the previously confirmed Rage Against the Machine along with Travis Scott and Frank Ocean. Taking place over the new rescheduled weekends starting October 9-11 and Oct 23-25, 2020 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA, other performers include the return of Calvin Harris, Run The Jewels, Flume, Lana Del Rey, Thom Yorke, Danny Elfman, Disclosure, Charli XCX, Brockhampton, FKA Twigs, Lil Uzi Vert, Denzel Curry, Rex Orange County, Mura Masa and more. There will certainly be chatter for the

PHOTO REVIEW: MTV’s SnowGlobe Festival Rings in 2020 Filled With Highlights

MTV's Snowglobe 2019 brought out lots of revelers stoked to ring in the new decade in South Lake Tahoe, CA. Weather is always a major topic for this outdoor winter festival and aside from snowfall toward the very end of the first day, Mother Nature cooperated for the three-day event. With a more compact layout this year, it was easy to walk from the main stage to the smaller indoor stage, The Igloo and other outdoor stage, Sierra was a short distance away. Headlined by Skrillex, Zhu and Louis The Child, there were lots of highly anticipated

Top 15 Albums of the 2010s

As the aughts gave us groundbreaking music with the rise of indie rock, blog-influenced bands and a period of emo bands, the 2010s provided a wealth of new music. The era of 2010-2019 saw the rise of EDM as Calvin Harris, Skrillex, Tiesto and Marshmello became household names, the shift into pop-alternative from artists like Imagine Dragons, Foster The People, twenty one pilots and The 1975 found mainstream success and hip-hop continued to remain strong from the likes of Kanye West, Chance The Rapper and Kendrick Lamar dominated festivals that were previously headlined predominantly by rock acts.

Top 15 Songs of 2010s

The close of the 2010s gives us a chance to reflect on the incredible music that was released over the past ten years. Technology played a huge role in not only the exposure of new music but enabled more control than ever for the artists. Streaming technology matured to enable sites like bandcamp, soundcloud and others reach a global audience of both artists and listeners while social media exploded during the decade to allow artists direct access to fans and control their own narrative. The influence of technology allowed for artists from numerous genres to bubble up

Top 15 Songs of 2019

2019 gave us some amazing music over the course of the year, as the genre lines continued to blur. The type of music from an artist like Billie Eilish and Dominic Fike ranged from alternative to pop to hip-hop and resonated with huge audiences. Hip-hop continued to remain strong and lots of amazing songs bubbled to the surface from support of listeners discovering and sharing new music via streaming sites. Rather than the most popular songs, we here at B-Sides put together what we consider our top 15 favorites that really stood out in the last year

Top 15 Albums of 2019

Even in the current age of streaming music that facilitates the singles-based model, the album concept continued to thrive in 2019. Numerous artists have been keen on presenting a full body of work whether it be via a common theme amongst the songs or just a cohesive sound that ties the batch of songs together. This was overwhelmingly evident in new music from veterans like Vampire Weekend and Lana Del Rey. On the flip-side, there were strong debuts in `19 by Billie Eilish, Clairo and King Princess, who showed an incredible future ahead of them. Our

PHOTOS: Matisyahu – Nashville, TN 12/11/2019

Matisyahu has been on the road for much of the year and continues to play to packed shows. His show at the Cannery Ballroom in Nashville, TN was an incredible night of sing-alongs and dancing highlighted by his rich vocals. Performing well-known songs like "Step Out Into The Light", "Sunshine" and "King Without A Crown", Matisyahu and his band had the crowd swaying and dancing throughout the set. Opener Bedouin Soundclash was as equally engaging as the duo from Toronto were upbeat and got the crowd going early on with songs like "Clock Work" and "When We're Gone". Check out

PHOTO REVIEW: Illenium Pulls Out All The Stops – San Francisco, CA 12/14/2019

To say that 2019 was a banner year for Illenium is an understatement. The electronic producer and performer was already playing to sold out large venues but his current album, 'Ascend', lived up to the hype and brought him to another level. Born Nick Miller, Illenium had mainstream success this year with the radio single, "Good Things Fall Apart" that exposed his music and influence to a wide array of music fans and industry peers. He sold out three shows in his hometown of San Francisco, with night two at 20,000 person capacity newly built Chase Center.

LIVE REVIEW: Audien – San Francisco, CA 12/06/2019

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Audien is taking the progressive house and trance scene by storm with his lively melodies and captivating sonic sounds. His music career began when he was a teenager creating songs from Armin Van Buuren's A State of Trance podcasts. Since he got signed at the age of 17 by Ferry Corsten's record label, Flashover Recordings, Audien released four EPs and performed at festivals such as Tomorrowland and Lollapalooza. Audien released his first ever LP titled ESCAPISM on November 8th and his current tour bears the same name. One of his tour stops was San Francisco on December 6th at The Warfield. As

PHOTO REVIEW: Billie Eilish Performs at Inaugural Apple Music Awards 12/4/2019

In a surprise public announcement just a day earlier, the inaugural Apple Music Awards took place on Wednesday December 4, 2019. The streaming service had announced the winners of their initial four awards- Artist of the Year: Billie Eilish, Songwriters of the Year Billie Eilish and FINNEAS, Breakthrough Artist of the Year: Lizzo, and Song of the Year: “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X. The event took place at the Steve Jobs Theater in Apple's Cupertino, CA headquarters with a special acoustic performance by Eilish and her brother FINNEAS. Prior to the show, Apple Music global

The best Miami Art Week parties this 2019

It's Art Basel week in South Florida Staged annually in Basel, Switzerland; Miami Beach, Florida; and Hong Kong, the premier international art fair, Art Basel, will be taking over South Florida all week long. Selling the works of established and emerging artists, thousands of art enthusiasts will flock to explore the newest trends in art, fashion and music.  South beach and downtown Miami will transform into an art mecca as every gallery, museum, venue, restaurant, and bar hosts their own unique art themed event. With hundreds of events ranging from luxurious art shows to warehouse raves, we've put together our favorite

PHOTO REVIEW: Big Wild Concludes ‘Superdream Tour’ in San Francisco, CA 12/30/2019

Big Wild concluded his 'Superdream Tour' in San Francisco, CA on Saturday November 30th at the Bill Graham Civic Center with an impressive large-scale production. The audience who came to see the producer/performer brought a high level of energy, which Big Wild and his accompanying musicians and singers fed off of throughout the night. Emerging on stage first was guitarist Maddie Rice, who strummed the beginning riffs of "City of Sound", off of Big Wild's debut album 'Superdream'. Big Wild (born Jackson Stell) would shortly run onto the stage and started singing to an overwhelming hyped audience.

PREVIEW: SnowGlobe 2019 Bringing On The ‘Roaring 20s II’ New Year’s Eve

MTV's SnowGlobe is one of the world's most unique festivals that's been taking place every New Year's Eve in Lake Tahoe, CA since 2011.  With the spectacular backdrop of the gorgeous snow-capped mountains and ski/snowboard culture combined with talented electronic musicians, SnowGlobe has attracted music fans from all over the world to ring in the New Year.  This year's event takes place December 29-31, 2019 and the lineup features the return of the legendary Skrillex along with Louis The Child, Griz, Zhu, Whethan, SG Lewis and so many others.  Click the contest page for your chance to win passes to

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – half alive Talk Holograms, Bunk Beds, Debut Album

What was supposed to be a challenge to half•alive member Josh Taylor to pen 50 songs during a seven-month break from film school turned into a huge viral moment and a record deal for half•alive. Song #11 among the original 50 in the challenge, “still feel.,” broke out in 2018 and continued its momentum in 2019 as a mainstream alternative radio hit. The Long Beach trio of Josh Taylor [vocals], Brett Kramer [drums], and J Tyler Johnson [bass] got together in 2016 and set out a charter to create music as “a small universe for people to get

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – The Regrettes Talk On-Stage Mishap, Writing ‘How Do You Love’

The Regrettes recently released an original song for the upcoming holiday season, “Holiday-ish”(feat.Dylan Minnette). The track was co-written by The Regrettes’ frontwoman Lydia Night and her boyfriend, Dylan, and will also be released as a 7” vinyl available on November 29th in celebration of Record Store Day’s Black Friday special. The L.A. power-pop group, The Regrettes, recently released their highly-anticipated sophomore album, How Do You Love? to overwhelming global acclaim. 'How Do You Love' was recorded in L.A and Nashville and is informed by the socio-political climate wrapped in a layer of love and relationships; "The whole

PHOTOS: Elderbrook Brings Incredible One-Man Show To San Francisco, CA 11/22/2019

British artist Elderbrook energized the packed house at 1015 Folsom in San Francisco, Saturday 11/22. Fresh off a slew of international dates that included festival performances, Elderbrook (real name Alexander Kotz), put on a show filled with subtle visuals that fit with his catalog of catchy tunes. Familiar tunes filled the early part of the set that included, "Difficult To Love", "Talking" and "Good Times" that had the crowd dancing as he alternated between percussion, singing and keyboards. Literally a one-man show, Elderbrook's vocals were strong and at times, he would venture from behind his setup

REVIEW: Adult Swim Festival 2019 Retains Wackiness, Provides Non-Stop Entertainment

Adult Swim Festival returned this past weekend and the experience was packed with many notable music highlights and entertainment. It was quite an improvement from last years’s parking lot experience, where this year's event was held in Banc of California Stadium, giving attendees a more comfortable atmosphere while retaining the wackiness of exhibits, attractions and music. The alternating main stage made for quick set changes which made for non-stop entertainment. Like a cartoon circus, there was stimulation overload so here are some highlights from B-Sides: HIGH: HEALTH - the LA noise-rock trio KILLED their set. Their frenetic music definitely fits The Adult

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Absofacto Talks Early Influence of Japanese Lo-Fi Hip-Hop on “Dissolve”, New Single “Rewind”

Absofacto has released his eagerly awaited new single titled, “Rewind.” The song is the follow-up to his breakthrough hit single, “Dissolve," which has amassed millions of streams worldwide, hit the top 10 on Billboard’s “Alternative Songs” chart and has been featured in more than 2 million fan-created uploads on TikTok. Absofacto is the brainchild of Michigan-born, Los Angeles-based musician Jonathan Visger, who initially started out in the band Mason Proper in 2004 but began creating his distinctive fusion of dream pop, art rock, and inventive electronica as Absofacto in 2008. "Creatively in my mind, making Absofacto

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Ashe Talks Moving On, New Music, Working With Finneas

Singer/songwriter Ashe released her highly anticipated EP, Moral of the Story: Chapter 2 this past August. The collection of songs combined with the release of 'Chapter 1' marks the end of an era full of heartbreak and sadness experienced during the end of her marriage and ultimate divorce. Tracks such as, "In Disguise" and “Not How It’s Supposed To Go”, featured on 'Chapter 2', have resonated with music fans due to the intimate nature in topic and relatability. In speaking of the latter song, Ashe explained, “When you’re in a toxic relationship with someone, you often don’t

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – White Reaper Talk Live Element in ‘You Deserve Love’

From performing at numerous festivals like Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, and the newly added Not So Silent Night, not to mention supporting Spoon and The Struts, White Reaper are living up to their 2017 record The World’s Best American Band. With the recent release of their third studio album and major label debut, You Deserve Love on Elektra Records, White Reaper continues to grow their burgeoning fanbase. Formed in the fertile DIY scene of Louisville, KY, White Reaper cut their teeth playing a number of local and regional shows that landed them a record deal and the release of their eponymous

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Kim Petras Talks Danny Elfman, First Time Performing For Parents

At the start of 2019, Kim Petras sold out her first ever headline shows in New York City, Los Angeles, and Melbourne before headlining Sydney Mardi Gras. The demand to see her perform live would continue in subsequent tours, as her summer Broken Tour sold out during presale prompting many of the performances to move to larger venues. Currently on tour in support of her recently released debut, Clarity, Petras shows no signs of slowing down to satiate her fans. Ahead of Halloween, Petras released Turn Off The Light Vol. 2 on October 1, the sequel to her critically-acclaimed, Halloween-inspired mixtape released last year. The German pop

LIVE REVIEW: BEATS ANTIQUE – Berkeley, CA 11/01/2019

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It is very fascinating when modern music connects with traditional musical styles that have existed for thousands of years. Beats Antique is an Oakland-based ethnotronica group that blends electronic music with various genres of world music. The group's unique musical style merge live instrumentals with Tribal Fusion dance and performance art that reflect their influences of Middle Eastern belly dance music, hip-hop, afro-beat, and jazz. This combination was on full display when Beats Antique performed at the UC Theatre in Berkeley. During the show, concertgoers socialized as they ate and drank while observing Beats Antique's performance. The mood was generally laid-back

PHOTO REVIEW: Gramatik – Oakland, CA 11/01/2019

Denis Jasarević, also known as Gramatik has just released his brand new album, RE:COIL Pt. II, the artist’s first album release in two years. Fans have been eager for the compilation that features 8 new and original tracks, featuring an all-star collab lineup with Big Gigantic, Anomalie, Waka Flocka Flame, ProbCause, Kotek, Beat Fatigue, Defunk, Luxas, and Chrishira Perrier. Gramatik just kicked off his fall tour in support of the new album and his show at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA was one big dance party. Performing with his guitarist, Andrew Block, Gramatik had an exciting backdrop of visuals

PHOTO REVIEW: Bishop Briggs – San Francisco, CA 11/02/2019

Saturday night saw Bishop Briggs perform in front of a packed enthusiastic crowd at The Warfield in San Francisco. Although she’s been mostly playing various festivals during the last year, this is her first major tour since early 2018. Briggs is currently touring in support of the release of her sophomore studio album, ‘Champion’. The stage setup featured a set of video screens across the stage with the drummer and guitarist/keyboardist on a platform above the screens. After a countdown display on the video screens hit 00:00:00, and intro music started to play as Briggs emerged on

New Politics Releases Fifth Studio Album ‘An Invitation To An Alternate Reality’

Just two weeks before their North American "3 Dimensional Tour" with The Mowgli's and Plain White T's, Danish alt-punk/rock band New Politics (vocalist/keys David Boyd, bassist/guitarist Søren Hansen, and drummer Louis Vecchio) dropped their highly anticipated fifth album An Invitation to an Alternate Reality (Big Noise Music) the follow-up to their 2017 album Lost In Translation. The album is definitely an early present for the new month as November marks the band's tenth anniversary since they formed in 2009. The record, produced by John Feldmann, which his work comprises of Good Charlotte, The Used, Panic! At The Disco, Blink- 182, All Time Low, and

LIVE REVIEW: UNCOOL FEST 5; SWMRS- Berkeley, CA 10/26/19

Saturday night in Berkeley, CA saw local band SWMRS present their Uncool Fest 5 at the UC Theatre, featuring: Together Pangea, Ultra Q, B.A.G, Kuromi, and DYGL and it was anything but uncool. This year's Uncool Fest theme was Pixar, which fans remember last year's theme was the wizardry world of Harry Potter. It was exciting to see Pixar theme costumes from the fans to even the bandmates on stage. While most were Toy Story characters ( Woody, Buzz, Rex, Jessie, etc.) it was fresh to see fans dressed up from The Incredibles, Monsters Inc., Ratatouille, Up, Inside Out, and

PHOTOS: Suwanee Hulaween 2019

Suwanee Hulaween sets the bar high for all arts and music festivals After four days inside a magically eerie forest, it is hard to imagine a better Halloween Festival than Suwanee Hulaween. The enormous Florida swamps decorated by mossy oak trees, beautifully border the Suwannee River creating a naturally spooky setting. Intricately adorned campgrounds and RVs by visitors enhanced the Halloween atmosphere. During the day time, campers were able to swim and canoe in the river, ride around bikes trails and dance around the park. At night, all the costumes came out as the hocus pocus began. The music and arts festival

LIVE REVIEW: Ra Ra Riot – San Francisco, CA 10/30/2019

Ra Ra Riot kicked off their headlining tour earlier this month in support of their recently released fifth studio album, Superbloom. The Superbloom Tour keeps the band on the active touring circuit as they served as support for this summer’s outing with Third Eye Blind and Jimmy Eat World on The Summer Gods Tour. With a mix of throwbacks from their earlier work, the music on Superbloom fit in perfectly as they brought their show to the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. Kicking off the show with the joyful "Absolutely" and the title track from their third

15 Songs For Your Halloween Soundtrack

Just hours before Hallows Eve where humans and spirits walk the earthly realm for one night. Hallows Eve, Samhain, Dia De Los Muertos, or Halloween has become an internationally celebrated holiday where people dress up in decorative costumes and receive an abundance of candy. It's also a time when every horror flick is screened as a marathon to binge! However, the most thrilling of all are the number of haunted Halloween parties to attend. We have the ultimate Halloween soundtrack to get your party started or Halloween jams to get you in the trick or treating mood! From the Halloween classics

VIDEO: INTERVIEW: MUNA Talk Rawness and Vulnerability of ‘Saves The World, Growing Older

The sophomore album by MUNA titled 'Saves The World' via RCA Records, immediately garnered critical acclaim upon its release in September. Tackling topics of self-love, addiction and the experience of growing older, the album represents the different experiences the three members, Katie Gavin, Naomi McPherson and Josette Maskin went through after the success of their debut album, 'About U'. “I was struggling being on my own,” says Gavin. “I had also made a choice to take time off relationships after a series of failures. I needed to really be with myself.” The lead single, 'Number One Fan' emerged