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VIDEO: Martin Stewart of Hardcore Band Terror Interview- Talks Warped Tour, Music Diversity

terror- hardcore- bandHardcore band, Terror, have been making music for over ten years, garnering a loyal fanbase and growing recognition that finally brought them to the Warped Tour 2014. The band’s latest album, “Live By The Code” debuted at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart and have been touring in support of it since the release. Guitarist, Martin Stewart, took a moment during Warped Tour 2014 to speak with B-Sides host, Pete Mar, about the experience so far, the diversity in music and even played a “Finish The Lyric” game and more!… Continue reading

VIDEO: Watsky Interview- Talks Warped Tour 2014, New Album, Plays Finish The Lyric

watsky-feature-540x288Bay Area rapper and slam poet, George Watsky, who goes by Watsky, has been performing since his teen years and won numerous poetry slam competitions. Watsky gained recognition through the release of multiple mixtapes and his profile was elevated when a video of him rapping went viral and scored him a guest spot on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” in 2011. Watsky spoke with B-Sides host, Pete Mar, about his upcoming album, Warped Tour 2014 experience and played “Finish The Lyric” and more!… Continue reading

VIDEO: Courage My Love Interview- Talk Warped, Becoming, Play Finish The Lyric

Courage My LoveCanadian band, Courage My Love, is currently on the road with Warped Tour 2014. The Arn-Horn sisters, Phoenix and Mercedes and bassist Brandon Lockwood have been hard at work, releasing three albums in three years since 2011. The band, who took their name from a quote in the H.G. Wells film, “Things To Come”, joined B-Sides host, Pete Mar, to talk about their feelings about Warped, their current album, “Becoming”, and played a “Finish The Lyric” game. … Continue reading

Weird Al’s Comeback

You might have noticed a large increase in the amount of news coverage over Weird Al Yankovic lately and unless you chose to ignore it completely, you know that he’s been releasing singles everyday off of his new album Mandatory Fun. From spoofing Lorde and Iggy Azalea, to Pharrel Williams and Robin Thicke, Weird Al has certainly covered many of the hottest songs from this past year, creating quite the buzz for his newest album. Is this the ultimate comeback?… Continue reading

Preview: Pitchfork Music Festival

pitchforkPitchfork is well know for reviewing music, but this weekend the famous music site is throwing it’s own festival at Union Park in Chicago. The site is known for being pretty harsh in it’s rating of artists, so you know they were selective with the artists they picked to play the weekend long gig. Here’s a list of the artists you really shouldn’t miss.

101111-music-kendrick-lamar-7Kendrick Lamar – It’s no surprise that Kendrick is closing out the weekend with a headlining slot. Compton’s hometown hero quickly went from being relatively unknow, to blowing up nationwide, very quickly. He recently supported Kanye on his Yeezus tour, where he became a tough act for… Continue reading

ON RADAR: The National Parks

Many bands are known for supporting different causes. From animal rights to helping children, but not many bands actually name their band after a cause. Indie folk band, The National Parks, however did just that. Members Brady Parks, Sydney Macfarlane, and Bae Sorenson are the trio that make up this band that many people are calling something between the Lumineers and Of Monsters and Men. … Continue reading

Too Tough To Die: The Legacy of the Ramones

The-Ramones-wallpaper1As you may have heard, this past weekend the world lost the last original member of punk pioneers, The Ramones. Tommy Ramone’s death could inspire a lot of things, (like an investigation into how Ozzy Osbourne and Keith Richards are still kicking and he’s not,) but it inspired us here at B-Sides to look back at his band’s legacy. A legacy that is constantly credited with not only popularizing punk rock, but basically inventing it.

The Ramones started playing in the mid 70′s, a time full of bands who’s live shows featured long songs, full of meandering impromptu jam sessions, and stuffed with overlong, extravagant solo’s. Though plenty of people were clearly eating it up, there was a new… Continue reading

ON RADAR: Milky Chance

Electronic, indie, folk, and reggae styles are all the rage these days with artists like Avicii, Magic!, and NONONO making these styles popular. One of the latest bands to emerge in this world is German duo Milky Chance. Led by vocalist Clemens Rehbein and musician Philip Dausch, together in 2012 they began playing around and recording a couple of tunes outside of their jazz quartet band and in 2013 they released their debut album Sadnecessary. … Continue reading

Diary From Firefly Music Festival Pt. 2

firefly music festival OutkastAfter the wildly successful first installment of my diary from a music festival I’ve returned to finish the story. The people are clamoring to find out what it is really like to go to one of these modern Woodstocks. When we last left off I was still settling in at Firefly. After the end of the second day I was exhausted but excited. There was much more to explore in the dusty landscape. Outkast and Jack Johnson were in my future, after all. My journey wasn’t even half way over, and things only got better as time went on.… Continue reading

Pink Floyd Announce First New Album In Twenty Years

There is no need to explain who Pink Floyd is. Sure, their prime years were back in the 60′s and 70′s but as members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and having been named as one of the most influential and successful bands of all time, there is no doubt that their name is not unheard of. Which is why the news of a new album, set to be released in October of this year, from this psychedelic rock band comes as an awesome surprise to us all. … Continue reading

VIDEO: Metronomy Interview- Talk World Cup, Guilty Pleasures, New Album

metronomyEnglish band, Metronomy, released their latest album, “Love Letters” in March 2014, which captures the band taking a different direction from their signature synthpop sound. The album was recorded at the Toe Rag Studios in London, where many have gone to capture their work using the studio’s analog-only equipment. The White Stripes had recorded their album, “Elephant” there prior to Jack White building his own studios. The band recently spoke with B-Sides host, Pete Mar, about their latest album, thoughts on the World Cup, their guilty musical pleasures and more. … Continue reading

American Jams: Songs For The 4th of July

482-4th-of-julyHappy Birthday, America! July 4th is just around the corner, which means no work, and plenty of beers, barbecues, and all things ‘Murica. While there’s plenty of ways to enjoy the long weekend, horseshoes, beer pong, swimming, fireworks, none of them mean anything without a perfect playlist to get wild to. Musicians may not always be keen on lyrically endorsing America, but parties aren’t for paying attention anyways. Here’s some of our favorite American party jams.

party-in-the-usa-by-miley-cyrus-piano-sheetMiley CyrusParty In The USA – Far from subtle, here’s a throwback to when Miley was still associated with Hannah Montana and Mickey Mouse, intend of popping Molly and twerkin’ without the proper… Continue reading

Magic! Who Are They?

As like many bands Magic! seemed to pop up out of nowhere, taking over the charts with their catchy hit “Rude”. While they might not be the newest out there, they’re definitely making their mark in the world and quickly becoming one of the hottest bands of the summer. But who exactly is Magic!?… Continue reading

Everything They Touch Turns To Gold

It’s not a surprise that most of what celebrities own are worth a lot of money. Expensive watches, fast luxury cars, and billion dollar homes are the norm in the industry, but even the things some celebrities spent little or no money at all on are suddenly worth quite a bit more after a celebrity graces their fingers across them. This was proved once again after a handwritten lyric sheet from rock ‘n’ roll legend Bob Dylan was sold for $2.045 million dollars at an auction site in New York this past week. … Continue reading