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. Headlininers include the previously confirmed Rage Against the Machine along with Travis Scott and Frank Ocean. Taking place over two weekends starting April 10, 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 emerging artists who

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

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Ruel Talks Personal Growth in Latest EP ‘Free Time’, Getting First Tattoo

A lot has changed in the year between EPs for Ruel. Having recently released his newest EP, 'Free Time' that features singles "Painkiller", "Face to Face" and "Real Thing". The budding Australian artist stated, "I went into the writing room with a bit more life experience and a clearer creative direction on how I approached the songs. These songs are the most personal tracks I’ve put out to date and I really feel like I discovered a specific sound for this project.” The material follows the release of Ruel’s debut EP, 'Ready', which earned him Multi-Platinum and Gold status with singles ‘Dazed & Confused’ and ‘Younger’ and ‘Don’t

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Hippie Sabotage at Austin City Limits 2019

Hippie Sabotage is known for their raucous live performances that are unique based on the energy of the audience and environment. The duo made up of brothers Kevin & Jeff Saurer grew up in Sacramento, CA starting off as bedroom producers, inspired by their favorite skate videos making hip-hop instrumentals that would eventually evolve into electronic and now more guitar-based electronic. They achieved millions of streams and have been performing at numerous festivals including Bonnaroo, Coachella, Lollapalooza, Made in America, Burning Man and more recently, Austin City Limits 2019. B-Sides met up with Hippie Sabotage before their set at Austin City

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – K.Flay at Austin City Limits 2019

Two-time Grammy-nominated artist K.Flay returned in 2019 with her third full-length album, 'Solutions', that features standout tracks "Bad Vibes", "Sister" and "Good News". The follow-up to her breakthrough, 'Every Where Is Some Where' features a variety of analog synths along with live bass and guitar, bobbing and weaving between pop, rock, hip-hop, and electronic moods. Taking a positive approach to the lyrical content, K.Flay (aka Kristine Flaherty) took the current socio-political climate and its effect on daily life and envisioned a smile as a symbol of true rebellion. She explained: “When I got home from tour, I

Artists to catch at Suwanee Hulaween 2019

We're jamming out all weekend at the beautiful and spooky Suwanee Hulaween forest The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park has opened its mystical forest for a musically fantastic four-day weekend. Once again, the Lake Oak campground known for its ancient, mossy trees will set the most beautiful setting for the String Cheese Incident’s yearly Halloween bash. Enhanced by magnificent art installations and wondrous activities, the forest of Hulaween will be the perfect hallow's eve festival camping experience- even more now that camp fires are permitted. The enormous costume party revolves around world famous artists ranging from across jam-bands, rap, bluegrass, rock,

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Superet at Austin City Limits 2019

Superet has had a busy 2019, having toured up and down the West Coast and across the country all the while releasing their debut album "How To Work A Room" in May. Tracks "Comes As Relief" and "YDS2M" were produced and mixed by Dave Fridmann (Tame Impala, MGMT, Spoon) and mastered by multiple Grammy winner, Greg Calbi (Arcade Fire, Tame Impala, The War on Drugs). As lead singer/guitarist, Matt Blitzer, best describes, "When entering the 'room' in which this album exists, we carry with us a few things in common. Tales of heartbreak, isolation, confusion and desire. The age of

PHOTOS: FINNEAS Headlines San Francisco, CA 10/15/2019

Finneas has been touring with his sister Billie Eilish and performing his own set throughout the year, sometimes opening for her and most recently played his own set at Austin City Limits. That set was a sneak peek of the music on his debut EP 'Blood Harmony,' which was just released on October 4th via OYOY. The singer/songwriter kicked off his sold-out North American headlining tour in San Francisco at August Hall. The energetic crowd came early as they were lined up for hours before doors and they reached a frenzy when the lights went down before Finneas took

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Shura at Austin City Limits 2019

Shura didn't have to dig much for inspiration to her latest album, forevher, which was released Secretly Canadian on August 16th. The album was primarily about Shura’s relationship with her girlfriend and their long-distance conception, tracing everything from the initial pull of desire to that first IRL meeting. After numerous video calls, Shura and her partner met on their first date with Shura traveling from London to New York City. “I had travelled to NYC to go on it, so I was a little bit nervous as this was definitely THE most high stakes date I'd ever been

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – BONES UK at Austin City Limits 2019

London-bred band BONES UK released their highly anticipated self-titled debut album on July 12th via Sumerian Records. The duo of singer/guitarist Rosie Bones and guitarist Carmen Vandenberg saw their profile increase when legendary musician Jeff Beck invited them to tour with him and also work on his album 'Loud Hailer'. Growing up in Italy, Carmen began playing violin at age five and took up the guitar after seeing a video of Jimi Hendrix performing at Woodstock. Classically trained in guitar from age six, she later ventured into blues and rock, eventually crossing paths with Rosie after

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Nick Allbrook of Pond Talks Forthcoming Live Album, Climate Change

With their latest album, Tasmania, only six months old, Pond announced that Sessions, an album of live studio performances composed of songs from across their discography will be released Novermber 8, 2019 on Spinning Top/Interscope. The band's Jay Watson had the following to say on the genesis of Sessions: "We wanted to capture how the band has been playing live lately and commit that to tape while we were in the middle of a long tour. As you play the same song for years, or even as a single tour rolls on, the way you play the songs mutates.

PHOTOS: Clairo + beabadoobee- San Francisco, CA 10/14/2019

Clairo was a few songs away from the end of her set during her sold-out show in San Francisco when a magnitude 4.5 earthquake hit the Bay Area around 10:30pm (fortunately there was no damage and no one was hurt). It was the second sold-out show at the Regency Ballroom and not one person noticed the earth shaking because they were too busy jumping and dancing while Clairo was performing "Sofia". Currently on tour in support of her debut album, Immunity, which was released in August, Clairo didn't disappoint. Emerging in her own merch, wearing a "Clairo"

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Hatchie Talks Opening For Kylie Minogue, Mosh Pits, New Music

The debut album by Hatchie, titled Keepsake, was released in June earlier this year and the Brisbane-bred musician otherwise known as Harriette Pilbeam garnered positive critical reviews and has a growing fanbase. Expanding the dream-pop sounds Hatchie created on her EP Sugar & Spice, Hatchie pushes into jagged guitar riffs and woozy rhythms combined with industrial-pop. Hatchie noted that naming the album Keepsake was appropriate since it serves as a document of a particularly kinetic moment in Hatchie's life. "I'm not much of a nostalgic person when it comes to memories, but I do have a tendency

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Kodie Shane Talks Rolling Loud 2019 Oakland, Forthcoming New Music

The debut album by Kodie Shane, Young HeartThrob was released late last year via Epic Records, garnering critical acclaim and helped establish a growing fanbase. Shane's live shows have been getting attention for her energy and engaging stage presence and enabled her to have performed as festivals around the world, from Rolling Loud, Made in America and SXSW to most recently at ComplexOn. The Chicago native who now lives in Atlanta, first attracted attention with 2016’s debut EP Zero Gravity, which features her breakthrough “Sad” [feat. Lil Yachty], as well as “Drip On My Walk.” B-Sides spoke with Kodie Shane

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Rexx Life Raj Talks Rolling Loud Oakland, New Music

Critically acclaimed artist Rexx Life Raj recently performed at Rolling Loud in Oakland, CA ahead of the release of his forthcoming album: Father Figure 3: Somewhere Out There. Garnering praise for the release of “Moonwalk”, which is featured on the new album, the Berkeley, California artist (born Faraji Wright) has worked with many recognizable names such as Kehlani, Russ, G-Eazy, Lecrae, Mozzy and others. Discovering his love for music by way of his church upbringing and the encouragement of his mother, Rexx Life Raj took the influences from the teachings from his father who taught him the beauty

PHOTO REVIEW: Austin City Limits 2019 Weekend One

All puns aside, Austin City Limits 2019 was fire by all accounts- the artists brought the heat, the weather was scorching and music fans took advantage to step up their festival fashion. With temperatures hovering in the low to mid 90s throughout the weekend, festival organizers noted that this would be the hottest ACL Fest in its history but It didn’t prevent anyone from attending. Highly anticipated sets by Billie Eilish, Lizzo, Cardi B and Childish Gambino were overflowing with people and those between the soundboard and stage were tightly packed. Up-and-coming artists like Pink Sweat$, King

LIVE REVIEW: Lacuna Coil & All That Remains – Berkeley, CA 10/02/2019

Lacuna Coil and All That Remains have been inspiring people to headbang for the past couple decades. Lacuna Coil was formed in Milan in 1994 and they've been entertaining metal fans from around the world.  Merging gothic imagery and music, Lacuna Coil is characterized by their mid-tempo songs featuring guitar lines with contrasting vocal harmonies provided by lead vocalists, Cristina Scabbia and Andrea Ferro. Massachusetts-based All That Remains has been highly successful since their formation in 1998, having just released their ninth studio album, Victim of the New Disease last year. Lacuna Coil: Lacuna Coil and All That Remains co-headlined

PHOTOS: dodie – Oakland, CA 10/06/2019

Online phenom, dodie has been capturing the hearts of numerous fans as she's stepped out from behind the phone screen and performing live on her current tour. dodie stepped up her game in Oakland, CA and overwhelming impressed the audience. Supporting her latest EP, Human, which has amassed millions of streams online, the 24 year old from the UK has built an organic and devout fanbase on YouTube a la Troye Sivan, Daniel Howell and others. Highlighted by the tracks, "Would You Be So Kind" and "Sick of Losing Soulmates", dodie had fans singing loudly and dancing throughout

REVIEW: Diving into EDM at Imagine Music Festival 2019

Imagine Music Festival united the best EDM of 2019 The bleachers of the Atlanta Motor Speedway poured and shook as electronic music enthusiasts stepped onto the ocean themed festival throughout four days. This year especially focused on all genres, there was a show and stage for everyone each day. Aiming to keep the lead as one of the best music festivals, IMF 19 surprised and left everyone with sore feet and great times. Upping their game, this year's new festival additions included non-stop events for campers, an additional stage and even a Vegas style pool party. Beginning early in the morning, speakers

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – The Shelters Talk ‘Jupiter Sidecar’, Perform “You’re Different” Live

Southern California alt-rock outfit The Shelters have released their second studio album Jupiter Sidecar, out today on Warner Records. Praised by Flaunt for its “modern, guitar heavy sound,” the new album presented an interesting challenge for the band, as it was the first music they wrote in the wake of mentor Tom Petty’s tragic passing. They returned to Petty’s home studio in Malibu – where they’d spent countless hours crafting their 2016 debut – to absorb that history while simultaneously pushing forward and coming into their own. “In many ways, the record really shows we’re a California band,” affirms Chase Simpson

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Hayden James Talks Debut Album, Early Days with Rufus Du Sol, Alison Wonderland

"I grew up DJing," said another rising Australian DJ/producer Hayden James whose been dropping singles and an EP since 2013. Getting attention from Disclosure and Odesza, James toured with them globally and also got to perform at Australia's own Splendour in the Grass. In 2014, his most-streamed single at the time "Something About You" was certified gold in Australia and two years later "Just a Lover" was nominated for Best Dance Release by ARIA. He gained the attention from the likes of pop star Katy Perry producing a number of tracks for her and co-writing the song "Deja

LIVE REVIEW: Michigander – Nashville, TN 9/27/2019

Michigander, the solo project formed by frontman and Michigan native Jason Singer, just released his newest EP, Where Do We Go From Here, September 13th via C3 Records. Michigander is bringing his uplifting anthems and solid musicianship to venues during his fall tour that made a stop at the High Watt in Nashville, TN. Joined by Andrews' and Chase Huglin, Michigander put on an intimate set filled with catchy tunes and empowering lyrics. andrews' aka singer and songwriter Michael Cronin is originally from Florida but now based in Nashville. Performing a mellow mix of electronic sounds with strong

INTERVIEW: Catching Up With NOTD On US Tour With Zedd, & New Single

Swedish duo, Tobias Danielsson and Samuel Brandt better known as NOTD, began their musical journey connecting through Soundcloud, and to their surprise, later realized they were attending the same high-school. Soundcloud became their platform in remixing popular songs such as Ed Sheeran- “Shape of You”, Shawn Mendes- “There's Nothing Holding Me Back”, and Alessia Cara- “Scars to Your Beautiful.” The catchy tunes and melodies they incorporate into each remix created an interest in many Soundcloud users. Aside from being DJ’s and remixing pop songs, Sam and Tobias are instrumentalists, releasing original music, including “I Miss Myself” with HRVY and “Keep You

PHOTOS: flor + joan – Nashville, TN 9/18/2019

Fresh on the heels of the release of their sophomore album, ley lines, on September 6th, flor hit the road in support of the new release last week with support from Lostboycrow and Little Rock, Arkansas duo joan. Bringing their show to the Exit/In in Nashville, TN, all three artists have a similar aesthetic and their stage presence was strong and lively. The line of fans awaiting to get into the venue early was long and the line was still evident during the first set as fans were still coming in well into 30-45 minutes after doors

LIVE REVIEW: James Arthur – San Francisco, CA 9/17/2019

The last few years have been remarkable for James Arthur, as he has racked up over a billion streams online thanks to his No.1 global hit "Say You Won't Let Go". The British artist is on tour for only a handful of select dates at intimate venues ahead of the release his third album, You on October 18th. The tour marks James’ first headlining run of the U.S., following his last tour as the supporting act for One Republic and Fitz & The Tantrums in 2017. An eager sold-out crowd welcomed the musician at the Independent in

PHOTOS: Barns Courtney – Nashville, TN 9/16/2019

Fresh off the release of his sophomore album, 404, Barns Courtney is back in the States for the North American leg of his current tour. His energetic and engaging shows are a trademark of the singer/songwriter, who stopped by the Mercy Lounge in Nashville, TN Monday night. For a Monday show, the audience was incredibly lively, enthusiastic and welcoming for openers, The Hunna. Led by lead singer Ryan Potter, the English band was a perfect match for Barns Courtney, as they were a lively and fun, tearing through songs like "Bonfire" and "You and I" that got the crowd dancing and

PHOTOS: Tash Sultana – Nashville, TN 9/15/2019

After releasing of their debut album, Flow State, approving audiences and critics alike were eager to see Tash Sultana perform the material live. They performed numerous festivals across Europe and has been playing at huge venues across North America, including dates scheduled at Red Rocks in Colorado and the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, CA. A literal one-person show, the Australian artist has garnered accolades for the live performances to go along with the award nominations for their recorded material including nominations for the prestigious Triple J Australian Album of the Year award and six ARIA's (The Australian Recording

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Travis Hawley of Night Riots Talks Sailing, Italy Travels, New Album

After a three year span between albums, Night Riots delivered their third studio album, New State Of Mind on Sumerian Records in July. With songs conceived over the past five years to the recent twelve months, the music is a notably more positive and upbeat compared to the clear dark undertones that were plentiful throughout their previous album, Love Gloom. "We worked really hard on this record... It's a new sound and throw back at the same time. All the songs are bops to me," says lead singer Travis Hawley. Tracks like "Tokyo Diamond Eyes" and "Leave

LIVE REVIEW: Phora – San Francisco, CA 09/10/19

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Anaheim native Phora, whose real name is Marco Anthony Archer, continues to set new bars in the hip-hop industry. Ever since he began his career in 2010, he has founded his own record label, "Yours Truly Records", and a clothing brand which is similarly named, "Yours Truly Clothing".  He recently signed with Warner Bros. Records in 2017 when he released his first album, Yours Truly Forever.  Phora released his two more albums, Love Is Hell last year, and Bury Me With Dead Roses on July 26th. Phora's current tour took him to San Francisco where he performed at the renowned Slim's

INTERVIEW: Boy Scouts Talks Tour, Debut Album Release, & Her Golden Retriever

Oakland native, Taylor Vicks who goes under the artist name “Boy Scouts” began her music career as a DIY artist, recording songs on her laptop and using Garageband as her framework, she's released a total of three albums. Taylor’s proper debut album “Free Company” was released on ANTI-Records this year. The tracks are a blend of highs and lows, her simplistic instrumental approach focuses on her unique melancholic voice which puts you at ease, and her heartfelt lyrics create a sense of familiarity and connection within each song. Boy Scouts will be opening for Jay Som on her nationwide tour

Imagine Music Festival’s diverse lineup

What sets Imagine Music Festival apart from any other music festivals, is its aquatic experience and theme. Located in the Atlanta Motor Speedway, this four day camping event features art workshops, dancers, cirque acts, and a daytime pool party for imaginers to dive into in between performances. Not to mention the variety of different electronic sub genres that the festival will be providing, creating a space for all types of EDM music lovers to enjoy. In addition below are a few artists to look out for: Louis the Child The Chicago based producer and DJ duo, Robby Hauldren and Freddy Kennet are rising to

LIVE REVIEW: K.Flay – Oakland, CA 9/7/2019

Saturday evening at the Fox Theater in Oakland was making plenty of noise with artists like Houses and K.Flay that same night. Chicago/L. A based artist Dexter Tortoriello AKA Houses made everyone feel at home with his lo-fi music and sharing his appreciation for headliner/ 2x Grammy-nominee K.Flay. He delighted the crowd with songs from his EP Drugstore Heaven and even introduced a new track. Houses mentioned that this was his second night of the Solutions Tour with K.Flay and that they're feeling fresh on stage. He wrapped it up with his commercial and autobiographical hit "Fast Talk" just before K.Flay's

PHOTOS: slowthai – San Francisco, CA 9/5/2019

The highly anticipated West Coast show dates for slowthai finally arrived with September. The English rapper has a growing fanbase after having released his debut album, Nothing Great About Britain earlier this year and was promptly nominated for the prestigious Mercury Prize for UK Album of the Year. Awards or not, the audience in San Francisco was prepared for his engaging stage show that accompanied his critically acclaimed work. The sold-out show at the Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco was in a frenzy as soon as the music started and slowthai (born Tyron Frampton) hit the stage. Dressed in a track

Mondo Cozmo Collaborates with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club on “Black Cadillac”

Mondo Cozmo aka Josh Ostrander, has had lots of highs the last couple of years. The singer-songwriter and producer experienced a well-deserved career renaissance with the song, "Shine" that garnered commercial radio airplay, millions of streams and invitations to play endless music festivals such as Lollapalooza, Outside Lands and Boonaroo to name a few. Fast forward to 2019 and a change in record labels, Mondo Cozmo is set to release a new album titled, New Medicine. Mondo Cozmo is giving fans a taste of what the albums sound is all about, with the recently released single, "Black Cadillac." The single has