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ON RADAR: The Color and Sound

Those who enjoy music with a loud voice should check out the Boston indie rock band known as The Color and The Sound. These group of friends formed the band back in early 2013. Shortly after coming together as a band they released their EP Spring Tour based on each of their individual musical tastes. Their music incorporates folk, punk, emo, hard rock, and pop, each song different from the other. … Continue reading

Austin City Limits Festival 2014 Lineup Announced

acl2014Top-0422The Austin City Limits music festival in Austin Texas is one of the biggest music festivals in the city and 6 months before the festival even begins we are already getting prepared. Reading up and training for the two weekends of music madness taking place on October 3-5 and 10-12 is one thing but what we have all been waiting for is the lineup announcement.… Continue reading

Top 10 Movie Soundtracks

Cameraman on LakeIn a time when movie soundtracks no longer dominate radio waves the way they did in yesteryear, the original motion picture soundtrack from Frozen has stayed in the top 10 on iTunes more or less since it was released. It’s hard to say if Disney’s newest fairytale marks the opening of a new era. However, we thought this would be a good time to take a look back at some of the best music to ever be placed in the background of films.… Continue reading

25th Anniversary: Doolittle by The Pixies

pixiesdoolittlecd     “I was trying to write the ultimate pop song. I was basically trying to rip off the Pixies. I admit it.“-Kurt Cobain

Friday was the 25th anniversary of The Pixies sophomore stunner, “Doolittle,” an album that remains as relevant as it was the year I was born. The Pixies influence on modern music is no secret, as the quote from Cobain shows, some of the greatest songwriters of our time took cues from the indie rock sensation.
You can clearly hear the influence they had on Nirvana with a song like “Tame,” with it’s whispered verses over a running rhythm section, exploding into an aggressive chorus of screaming vocals over thrashing instruments. Johnny Greenwood of the musical juggernauts Radiohead… Continue reading

ON RADAR: Marmozets

Originally from Bingley, West Yorkshire in England, is the five-piece math rock band known as Marmozets. Becca Macintyre (vocals), Sam Macintyre (vocals, guitar), Jack Bottomley (guitar), Will Bottomley (vocals, bass), and Josh Macintyre began the band back in 2011, and also released their debut EP Passive Aggressive, before officially signing to record label Roadrunner Records in 2013. At the young ages of 18, Marmozets has already performed with many big-name bands including: Funeral For A Friend, The Used, and Gallows. The band has also performed at many popular concerts such as Reeding and Leeds, Y Not Festival, and Slam Dunk Festival. Their singles Born Young and Free and Move Shake Hide, have both received critically acclaimed reviews from BBC Radio 1. Marmozets’… Continue reading

WATCH: B-Sides On-Air Show Highlights 4/19/14 Dan Croll, Skaters

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B-Sides On-Air is broadcast on KBCW-44/cable 12 in the San Francisco Bay Area every Saturday night after SNL at 1a. We know it may be a time when either making out or passing out. So, make sure to DVR us every week and check out some highlights from the show here! This past weekend, our good friend, Dan Croll, took time to talk about his debut album, “Sweet Disarray”, the San Francisco Giants and his penchant for 90s pop. New York City band, Skaters, performed their addictive song, “Deadbolt” and spoke about their origins, skate tricks and more. Arctic Monkeys took over the top spot on our top 10 countdown; check out the list and the vids on this page on the right side! … Continue reading

5 Classic Rock Tours Of Summer 2014

aerosmithprimerasesinfotogrficaAt some point during spring it hits us; summer is almost here. Whether you are ready for it or not, it’s time to start planning out our summer concert going. While summer is often filled with festivals and most bands are touring during this time, we want to take a look at some of our favorite classic rock bands to find out when we can experience the magic live in concert.… Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: “The College Dropout” Then and Now

College Dropout CoverKanye West is one of the greats. He makes a habit of telling us. Despite the braggadocio attitude we can’t help but love him. His first album, The College Dropout turned ten earlier this year and it’s legacy is still making ripples in every genre of music.

The 2004 album covered standard themes of women, clothes, and cars. Yet, West’s artistic intelligence worked to reinvent the old stand-by subjects.

While his later work is more mature in terms of lyrical topics, there is undeniable genius in Kanye’s freshman LP. The blend of beats and rhymes on Dropout were a more perfect marriage than chocolate and peanut butter in a Reese’s. The collaborations on the record didn’t hurt it either. Jay-Z, Jaime Foxx… Continue reading

Ten Must-Own Releases on Record Store Day

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Teeth grit in anticipation, fans of music everywhere have two major holidays to celebrate this weekend. The most obvious of course being Easter (what did you think I was going to say?), the other being the ever holy Record Store Day. Always held on the third Saturday in April, Record Store Day was founded in 2007, inspired by the spirit of Free Comic Book Day. As such, many artists are supporting their local record stores by scheduling special vinyl and CD releases to mark the occasion. Here are ten coming out April 19th that you shouldn’t miss out on.… Continue reading

ON RADAR: Cashmere Cat

Starting his musical career back in 2003, Magnus August Hoiberg better known as his DJ/producer name Cashmere Cat, has recently released his 5th EP Wedding Bells this past February. Cashmere Cat gained popularity in the electronic music world back in 2012, after  remixing edits for big name artists such as Lana Del Rey, 2 Chainz, and Jeremih.… Continue reading

INTERVIEW: Shaun Cooper and Mark O’Connell of Taking Back Sunday

TBS-Happiness-Is-social Taking Back Sunday exploded onto the music scene in 2002 with their debut album “Tell All Your Friends.” About a year after the release, members John Nolan and Shaun Cooper left the band to start another band, Straylight Run. Taking Back Sunday carried on, but seven years and a few line-up changes later, the two former members reunited with the band, and the classic line-up has been going strong ever since. On March 18th, the band released their second album since reuniting the original band, “Happiness Is.”
“Happiness Is” does a great job of mixing the Taking Back Sunday you know and love, with a new twist of something you haven’t heard from them before. While the lyrical poetry of Adam Lazzara remains comfortably familiar, the music surrounding it is certainly a departure from the bands previous effort. B-Sides spoke with drummer Mark O’Connell, and bassist Shaun Cooper when Taking Back Sunday rolled into Boston on their co-headlining tour with The Used this past Saturday.… Continue reading

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Lindsey Stirling

lindsey-stirling-650-430In this day and age bands are plentiful in a variety of genres; one genre that doesn’t get represented as much though is classical music. People in this day and age associate this timeless art as being old, outdated, and not really relevant. One young lady however is changing this mindset. Lindsey Stirling is one of the most talented violinists today but she’s not playing the usual Pierre Rode.… Continue reading

Our Top 7 Suggestions for Colbert’s New House Band

Stephen Colbert David LEttermanStephen Colbert nearly broke the internet last week when it was announced he would be replacing David Letterman at the Late Show on CBS in 2015. While there has already been rampant speculation about the show few questions have actually been answered. Between now and the premier, there are likely to be exciting revelations. But what’s a good late night show without the back up band? With that in mind, here are a few ideas from your friends at B-Sides.… Continue reading