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Who To See at FYF Fest 2016- Los Angeles, CA

FYFposterUPDATED-657_zpsbuply86kFYF Fest is an annual two-day music festival held in Los Angeles, started in 2004. FYF Fest, short for the eloquent “Fuck Yeah Fest Fest”, showcases a multitude of music including rock, electronic, and hip-hop mashing them all together at the Los Angeles Sports Arena & Exposition Park. The festival has brought out some heavies for the 2016 lineup this year including Kendrick Lamar, LCD Soundsystem, The Strokes, and Air, but it’s always the lesser known bands on the bill that we like to give exposure to. Below are 10 acts to look for as you wind your way to FYF Fest.… Continue reading

PREVIEW: Imagine Music Fest – Less than a day away!

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In a just a couple of hours, the Atlanta Motor Speedway will be transformed into a submerging water-world rippling with art and bass. Imagine Music Festival 2016 will capture over 25,000 visitors with electronic sound by Adventure Club, Benny Benassi, Excision, Gramatik, Nero, Borgore, Zeds Dead, Steve Angello and many more. There will be pool parties, water slides, 3D water holograms, mermaids and more.… Continue reading

LISTEN: Three Tracks ON-REPEAT – Empire of the Sun, Jimmy Eat World + Tegan and Sara

bsides-logo-cassette-repeatEvery Tuesday on our Instagram story we’re sharing three songs that were listening to the moment! This week is filled with new music from some familiar names- Empire of the Sun, Jimmy Eat World and Tegan and Sara. Empire of the Sun just released ”High and Low” from their forthcoming album, Two Vines, that’s due to be released on October 28th via Astralwerks. Meanwhile, the ninth studio album by Jimmy Eat World will be released this fall and recently released the track, “Get Right” from the new LP. Finally, Canadian sister duo, Tegan and Sara released “Fade Out” from the soundtrack to the indie movie, The Intervention, which stars Natasha Lyonne, Cobie Smulders, Jason Ritter and Alia Shawkat.… Continue reading

B-Sides Top 10: Week Ending 8/21/2016 – Phantogram Stays Atop, Green Day Debuts at #4

top-10.Phantogram stays firmly in the top spot with “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore”, the first track from their forthcoming album, Three. New music in the top 10 includes the latest from Marshmallow – “Alone”, as well as a top 5 debut for “Bang Bang” from Green Day. Check out this week’s Top 10! … Continue reading

ON-RADAR: The Tigerlillies – 123456 EP

The Tigerlilies Publicity PhotoGarage Rock is alive and well in Ohio. The Tigerlillies bring their post-punk anthems of cotton candy with bloody stems and feedback to light on their new EP 123456. The band brings a mash up of The Kinks, The Beach Boys, and The Buzzcocks that is hard to ignore, with hooks that would make any teeny-bopper, producer turn their heads. The Tigerlillies offer a smashing live show; amassing a cult following touring with the likes of Joan Jett, Paul Weller, and Guided by Voices.… Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: ZHU – GenerationWhy

Hot off the press! ZHU has dropped his debut album called GenerationWhy. Who is Zhu? He’s a Chinese-American electronic genius that signed to Mind of a Genius label back in 2014. GenerationWhy is his debut album, and ZHU did not fall short of his expectations. Working with huge names like Kaskade and Skrillex he is definitely in the right crowd.

As intellectually amusing as the GenerationWhy album’s title is the music is ever wittier. When you first drop the needle on the Intro, you feel like you are in some femme fatale nightclub scene where it’s about to go down. The album is very eclectic and reminds you of Daft Punk but with Skrillex attitude. ZHU’s grooves on GenerationWhy are certainly in line with such a picturesque film-noir movie scene.… Continue reading

B-Sides Top 10: Week Ending 8/13/2016 – Phantogram Tops Chart

top-10.Phantogram wrestles the top spot away from twenty one pilots with their track, “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore” as the fboys from Ohio drop to the runner-up position. Phantogram is currently doing festival appearances as Big Grams with Big Boi ahead of the release of Three, which comes out October 7, 2016. A couple of new entries by The 1975 and Colorado-based band 888, while Grouplove and Band of Horses make significant moves up. Check out this week’s Top 10! … Continue reading

WATCH: Green Day Releases “Bang Bang”, Talks Revolution Radio on Facebook Live

13938002_10154439864869521_143336915979974824_oOn the day of the release of their single, “Bang Bang” from their forthcoming album, Revolution Radio, Green Day hosted an impromptu chat and tour of their studio in Oakland, CA on Facebook Live. The stream started off with a view of the lyric video for “Bang Bang” and continued with the band showing the various rooms in the studio they named “Otis”, which contained lots of gear, various guitars, surfboards and a classic jukebox where they played “Wild Youth” by Generation X and “Keep A Knocking’ by Little Richard. … Continue reading

PHOTO REVIEW: Outside Lands 2016 Day Three

major lazer- OSL16Outside Lands 2016 was on the verge of becoming one of the more chillier weekends of the eight-year event but alas the sun made its appearance and warmed up the crowd for the final day of great music. With the sun shining, British duo Oh Wonder provided the perfect soundtrack to lounge on a blanket and enjoying some of the great food. Things picked up as both Jack Garratt and Dr. Teeth & The Electric Mayhem delivered solid sets, especially the former, whose one-man show demonstrates how talented Jack Garratt is.

Third Eye Blind delivered all of the familiar 90s songs from the band’s catalog that included “Jumper,” “Graduate” and “Semi-charmed Life.” Prior to the latter song, the San Francisco band launched into a four song David Bowie medley that consisted of ”Young Americans,” “Heroes,” “Modern Love,” “Ziggy Stardust”) with a 30-person choir (donning fire engine red wigs) and 12-person orchestra on the Lands End Stage in front of a hometown crowd.

In the weekend’s second nod to Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips, Major Lazer got the crowd into a frenzy as Diplo rolled into the crowd in hamster ball-type balloon as they performed a highly energetic set.… Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: DINOSAUR JR. – GIVE A GLIMPSE OF WHAT YER NOT

Dinosaur Jr. – Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not

When people think of the pioneers of alternative and indie rock they tend to focus their energy on Sonic Youth or Radiohead. While debatably they are considered great bands it leaves much to be desired because of the over hype and excessive play. The are many times that you hear a song from a band that’s overplayed, and you become extremely uninterested and possibly bored. If you find yourself in that position, you may need a different band to keep it fresh.

Dinosaur Jr. arrived on the scene around the same time as Sonic Youth. However, they are rarely backlogged when bringing up that era of music. Dinosaur Jr. is an underappreciated band, and it’s about time that they are in the spotlight once again. Their album Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not was their first reunion release since 2012. It’s been four years of waiting for the fans and music community.… Continue reading

PHOTO REVIEW: Outside Lands 2016 Day Two

halsey - OSL16Many attendees we’re hoping for warmer weather on the second day of Outside Lands but the fog never burned off. The skies were overcast throughout the entire day and winds picked up throughout the night but most attendees of Outside Lands we’re prepared.  Nothing was going to stop them from having the time of their lives while their favorite performers took the stage, starting with The Knocks and The Wombats and ending with Zedd and Radiohead.

There were surprise guests during the second day as the rumored collaboration of hip-hop legends Warren G. and E-40 popped up late in the afternoon.  The performance marked the first time that they performed their track “Saturday” together live on stage.  The Knocks got the crowd moving early and brought out guests St. Lucia, who performed the day before and the indie-pop duo, Powers.

Years and Years brought their catchy 90s-tinged electro-pop to the main stage mid-afternoon and the party kept getting better with an impressive set by Los Angeles-based DJ/producer Jauz.  Halsey continues to demonstrate her ability to command an audience as her outstanding set drew an overflowing crowd who danced and sang along to nearly every one of her songs.  Simultaneously, Sufjan Stevens impressed a good-sized crowd with a stage presence reminiscent of Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips.… Continue reading

PHOTO REVIEW: Outside Lands 2016 Day One

lcd soundsystem - OSL16The first day of Outside Lands 2016 was met with great anticipation by music fans who attended the event at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco from all over the country. The typical chilly August weather didn’t stop the crowd from enjoying great music as early performers Marian Hill impressed many at the Twin Peaks stage while Ra Ra Riot got people dancing to both their new material and earlier standbys on the main stage. The crowds started filling up throughout the day with many eager to see headliners, the recently reunited LCD Soundsystem later in the night.

There were other attractions as strong as the music in the Barbary tent, which featured various comedy acts, as well as Gastro Magic, which combined musicians with culinary masters. A highlight of the day at Gastro Magic included Ra Ra Riot performing as their alter-ego cover band, A Humiliating Kick In The Crotch, who performed as a Police cover-band dressed in wigs while cooking demonstrations were going on that even included a fish getting filleted. … Continue reading

WARPED TOUR 2016 INTERVIEW: Pat Kirch of The Maine

 

_DSC0183Although Warped Tour was first established with a lot of punk and rock bands, over the years the main genre affiliated with the tour became more broad. The Maine is one of the bands that could play on the main stage right after a metal core band like Motionless In White. Completely opposite sounds but similar in the support from their fans love for music. Formed in 2007, from Tempe, Arizona, this alternative band now consists of vocalist, John O’Callaghan, lead guitarist, Jared Monaco, bassist, Garrett Nickelsen, drummer, Patrick Kirch, and rhythm guitarist, Kennedy Brock. The Maine doesn’t just play songs on a stage, they put on a show between interacting heavily with the crowd, bringing a fan on stage, and doing everything in their power to make a positive impact.… Continue reading

ON RADAR: DJ Ansolo and Ansel Elgort- “Home Alone”

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There’s a new player in the music game and it’s not his first time in the spotlight. DJ Ansolo and Ansel Elgort have created a smash hit EDM jam. “The EDM is in Our Stars” as Ansel Elgort known for his role in “The Fault in Our Stars” hit the track right out of the park. On July 22nd DJ Ansolo, which “true-mor” has it is Ansel Elgort’s DJ alter persona, released his very first track named “Home Alone.”

This track is by far the best tease. You listen to “Home Alone” and have no other choice but to hit repeat over and over again because that’s all they gave you. DJ Ansolo and Ansel Elgort provides an excellent appetizer with Home Alone leaving you starving for a killer album.… Continue reading

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