Tunes tunes tunes! Our Tunes for Tuesday on our Instagram story this week puts the spotlight on great new music that’s been ON-REPEAT here at B-Sides. 2017 kicked off with the return of The xx with the release of their third studio album, I See You. The album has received positive reviews as the band prepares for a year of touring to promote the record that includes dates at Coachella, international Lollapalooza dates and Boston Calling. The track, “Say Something Loving” is an initial standout of the album and a highlight. Declan McKenna burst onto the scene in 2016 with “Brazil” and has recently released the highly addictive “The Kids Don’t Wanna Come Home”. Amber Bain, aka The Japanese House, has released a slew of EPs and with a growing fanbase, the upcoming year has much in-store for the Londoner. Check out all the tunes!… Continue reading
There is no hiding the fact that in the past year, audiences everywhere have witnessed amazing bands from the 90’s and early 2000’s release new content. Long time punk lovers are head over heals for the amount of groups making a come back like Sum 41, Green Day, Good Charlotte, and New Found Glory. Their new albums and singles are just the beginning. Warped Tour’s Instagram page recently announced Warped Rewind At Sea, a four day cruise from New Orleans to Cozumel. The post has exploded with comments from fans eager to hear details as the account posts teasers about the event. Line-ups are what make each event special, the anticipation for announcements drive fans crazy. Luckily the “Warped Rewind” post, as well as the specially… Continue reading
Lots of quality new music was released in 2016 from new albums by Frank Ocean, Radiohead, The 1975 and Green Day, to new artists in Bishop Briggs, Gallant, Aurora and Sofi Tukker. As we take a look at the year gone by, here’s our list of the top 20 songs of 2016… Continue reading
Lights All Night marked its seventh year with even more lights, effects, and talent. For two days, the Dallas Market Hall was transformed into a raver’s paradise with the massive Mothership main stage equipped with state of the art screens and affects, the Satellite stage that was home to a variety of dubstep, trap, and trance, and the Silent Pyramid for anyone craving a nonstop silent disco.
Highlights from the first night included memorable sets from Tchami, Above & Beyond, and Zedd. Although each drew a slightly different crowd, all three sets included a mix of old favorites and newer material that created vibes of nostalgia among the high energy crowd. Over at the satellite stage, Kayzo and then 12th… Continue reading
Lights All Night returns to Dallas bigger than ever before, even with adding a sister show in El Paso on New Years Eve. Now in its seventh year, the festival has become Texas’ largest EDM festival. Ravers from last year will return to the Dallas Market Hall for the two day festival, but will be pleasantly surprised at the promised overhaul of the venue layout designed to make entering more efficient. The event will also be broadcasted live this year so that no one has to worry about missing any moments despite a few scheduling conflicts.
Start the weekend off with some future bass from Luca Lush on the early side. Be sure to allow plenty of time after… Continue reading
Describing Houston’s Day For Night as a music festival just doesn’t cut it. The idea behind the new festival is to showcase artists with a talent for highly visual performances all while exhibiting massive art installations by artists from all over the world.
After hearing about the festival back in September, I watched all of the promo videos and trailers and I still arrived in Houston not really sure what to expect. So is this a festival? An art exhibition? I found that Day For Night falls somewhere in the middle of the two labels, all while surpassing any previous expectations.
At the center of the hype was the festival’s Bjork Digital virtual experience, the U.S debut of video and digital… Continue reading
As circulated in recent weeks, Nine Inch Nails have released an EP of new songs. In a post on their website- founder Trent Reznor declared, “New NIN coming in 2016. Other stuff, too.” Not The Actual Events, harks back to the familiar Nine Inch Nails sound, as Reznor describes, “It’s an unfriendly, fairly impenetrable record that we needed to make. It’s an EP because that ended up being the proper length to tell that story.” Not The Actual Events follows 2013’s Hesitation Marks and their work with scores for Nasa’s Juno short film, the climate change documentary “Before the Flood” (featuring the song “A Minute To Breathe”) and the about-to-be-released Peter Berg film “Patriots Day”.… Continue reading
Formed in 2009 in the Twin Cities, Night Moves is composed at its core of John Pelant and Micky Alfano. The two have been friends since high school, their bond solidified when Alfano lent Pelant his copy of George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass, a luminous classic of turn-the-page melancholy that echoes through their latest album, Pennied Days. The band spent three years writing and recording the album after successful tours with Father John Misty, Lord Huron, Django Django, and Polica, in support of their debut album, Colored Emotions. Speaking about Pennied Days, Pelant stated, “A lot of the songs are about trying to find yourself and what your future will look like and who you are – life overall,” Pelant says now — a seemingly simple statement about the most complicated of personal journeys. “Some stuff was really synth-y, doomsday, Flaming Lips-sounding — electronic and dark,” Pelant says, while other songs resembled the folky, laidback material of Colored Emotions. I was spending my days going into my basement, being in the dark while it was sunny outside,” is how Pelant sums up the making of Pennied Days. … Continue reading
The Japanese House is the moniker of 20 year old Amber Bain, who over the past 10-months has been one of the most-promising artists from the U.K. Learning how to play the guitar from her father, who taught her a range of classics from AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and The Beatles, Bain also taught herself to make music on her laptop and recorded her first song “My Little Secret,” about a school crush when she was 12 years old. It was when she and her friend attended a gig for The 1975 that Bain would actually consider a professional career in music. Lead singer, Matty Healy would eventually date Bain’s friend, during which Healy heard Bain’s music. Released in 2015, the debut EP by The Japanese House, Pools To Bathe In would garner critical acclaim, led by the track “Still”. Having released two more EPs, the most recent, Swim Against the Tide, The Japanese House has gone on a worldwide tour supporting The 1975 and played Reading and Leeds Festival and has no signs of slowing down. … Continue reading
2016 was a complex year for society. Whether citizens viewed it as a successful year or a time they wish they could erase, Hard Rock enthusiasts had a lot to appreciate about this year. Up and coming bands, and bands who have continued their position in their audience’s hearts, have both released records that strive in perfection. Whether its Green Day who have shown the world they are musical geniuses from day 1 back in ’86, or Knocked Loose who are growing at a rapid rate and beginning their journey of touring over seas. 2016 left no disappointment for hard rock fans, from well-known, to rising bands, here are B-Sides Top 10 Best Hard Rock Albums of the year (in no particular order).… Continue reading
Don’t even think you know what’s going on in the top 10 this week! Kings of Leon have held down the top spot with “Waste A Moment” for a while now but K.Flay has been making strong moves and takes over the pole position, while Mondo Cozmo and others make their advances. Check out this week’s Top 10! … Continue reading
Named after the Rolling Stones song, Wild Wild Horses is comprised of a group of musicians whose experience working as session musicians, have collectively worked with numerous well-known and respected artists in the past half-a-decade, including Pearl Jam, Adele, Mumford & Sons, Amy Winehouse and Jess Glynne. The four-piece band, who recently toured with Rooney, recently released their debut EP, Ordinary Life, which charted in the Top 50 on iTunes and the music video for “Demon Days” (directed by Once Upon A Time’s Jennifer Morrison) rapidly reached 1 million views on YouTube. Wild Wild Horses comprised of Jack Edwards (vocals, guitar, keys), Billy Adamson (guitar), Jonathan Harvey (bass) and Greg Rogove (drums), recently completed their U.S. tour and will begin working on their debut full-length.… Continue reading
Columbia Records artist, Frenship, was recently named Spotify’s #2 Breakout Artist of 2016, thanks to the overwhelming success of the track “Capsize,” which features Emily Warren on vocals. The Los Angeles-based duo consists of James Sunderland and Brett Hite, who met while both worked in the same retail store in Los Angeles. Although they both had musical aspirations, the two didn’t embark on a music career off the bat, instead would become good friends and bond after work hours during late night parties and social events. The duo realized they could complement each other’s strengths and talents, as they describe their production as a combination of the twosome’s affection for 80s-styled pop. Sunderland grew up in Colorado and came from a family of opera singers, and while he didn’t inherit that opera gene, he did sing in choirs and played the drums as a kid. Hite grew up in Spokane, Washington with a talent for soccer and as a hobby played the drums and guitar. An injury sidelined him from the sport and gave him the time to explore his musical passions, which eventually led to him playing coffee shops and small venues after college as a singer/songwriter. Forming Frenship is described as a natural progression by the duo and it wasn’t long until the track “Capsize” would be streamed more than 60 million times on Spotify to date) along with previously released songs. “Our music in general is really a hybrid of the organic with the electronic,” says James. “Over time, we’ve come to trust our mutual instincts more and more.”… Continue reading
Nick Valensi is the charismatic, high-energy lead guitar player in The Strokes. Valensi recently formed CRX, a creative outlet where he stepped out in front of the stage as the lead vocalist and chief songwriter. The album, entitled New Skin, was produced by the badass, and very prolific, Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age fame, and offers a glimpse into Valensi’s world outside one of the most important rock bands of the 21st century. In short, Valensi just wanted to play music on stage, and needed a vehicle to do so. New Skin is a tremendous record, and Nick Valensi spoke with B-Sides to talk about the project.… Continue reading
Tunes tunes tunes! Our Tunes for Tuesday on our Instagram story this week puts the spotlight on great new music that’s been ON-REPEAT here at B-Sides. Sylvan Esso performed at a handful of dates in 2016 that included festival appearances, all the while working on their upcoming sophomore release. The duo released the track “Radio” over the summer and now have just released “Kick Jump Twist”. Vancouver-based Mother Mother will be releasing their sixth studio album, No Culture in February 2017, of which, the track “The Drugs” has been released as the first single. Our third artist in our spotlight is the French artist, Broken Back, the stage name for Jérôme Fagnet. Fagnet was on the path towards a bright future, having co-founded two start-ups while finishing his studies. However, a displaced vertebra forced him to immobilization, during which he utilized his spare time creating music and produced an EP that would go on to receive strong online reviews and millions of streams for the track “Halcyon Birds”. “Better Run” is off the recently released self-titled debut album, demonstrating that Broken Back is an act to keep On-Radar. Check out all the tunes!… Continue reading