ALBUM REVIEW: Seeds by TV on the Radio

261e8685Several things have changed for art rock outfit TV on The Radio since their last release of 2011′s Nine Types of Light. The passing of bassist Gerard Smith seems to have particularly inspired the group to come together once again, this time with a different perspective. Seeds, which came out earlier this week, is their fifth record, and it offers some of their strongest material yet.… Continue reading

VIDEO INTERVIEW: Milky Chance Talk Formation, Influences

milkychanceThe track “Stolen Dance” by German duo Milky Chance dominated the indie rock/alternative charts for most of the summer of 2014. The song was released late 2013 and escalated rapidly, garnering larger audiences for the band as they toured Europe and gained them spots at numerous festivals. Comprised of singer/songwriter Clemens Rehbein and DJ Philipp Dausch, Milky Chance met while attending high school and formed in 2013. It didn’t take long for the pair to gel as they released their debut album, “Sadnecessary” shortly thereafter.… Continue reading

VIDEO INTERVIEW: Little Daylight Talk Duets, Celebrity Phone Hacking

littledaylightThe trio of Little Daylight from Brooklyn, NY, gained attention with their remixes of tracks by artists such as, Bastille, The Neighbourhood, Passion Pit, and Freelance Whales. All the while, the band drew inspiration towards creating original material and releasing the track “Overdose” in 2013. The track garnered much attention on the internet and got the band a spot to perform at SXSW and an ensuing record deal with Capitol Records. The band consisting of Nikki Taylor, Matt Lewkowicz, and Eric Zeiler honed their live performance opening for artists like Bastille and Charli XCX. The debut album by Little Daylight, “Hello Memory” was produced and written entirely by the band and features a duet with Atlas Genius frontman Keith Jeffery on the track, “No One Else But You”.… Continue reading

VIDEO: Band Aid 30 Release Updated ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’

band-aid-30The video for the remake of “Do They Know It’s Christmas” by Band Aid 30 has been released. The song features current UK artists highlighted by Chris Martin of Coldplay, One Direction, Bono, Sam Smith, Seal, Sinead O’Connor, Dan Smith of Bastille, Olly Murs and others. The non-profit project was organized by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure, who created the original version in 1984, to raise funds to aid in the global fight against Ebola. The recording process and video took place over the weekend in a span of 36 hours. Lyrics of the song were modified from the original to highlight the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. … Continue reading

VIDEO: Davey Havok and Jade Puget of AFI Form XTRMST, Release “Conformist”

xtrmstThe first video from XTRMST, the straight edge hardcore band made up of Davey Havok and guitarist Jade Puget of AFI has been released. The band has been in the making since 2012 and represents the straight edge lifestyle Havok and Puget have been a part of for most of their lives. The track, “Conformist” is featured on the band’s self-titled debut album set to be released on November 17, 2014. Noted Havok, “Jade and I have been talking about starting a straight edge hardcore band for years. We started writing and recording in early 2012 and chose the name XTRMST because it expresses the messages represented on the record. The straight edge movement is not one of moderation. It’s based in undeniable objective truths.”… Continue reading

Album Review: Sonic Highways by Foo Fighters

The Foo Fighters’ new album, set to release tomorrow, November 11, is aptly named Sonic Highways as it was recorded in eight different legendary studios across the country.  The project has such huge importance for the band, they even released a documentary series on HBO with the same name, filming the making of the project, which front man Dave Grohl refers to as “a love letter to the history of American music.”… Continue reading

VIDEO INTERVIEW: The Eeries Talk Origins, Movies, MySpace Videos

eeries1aThe Eeries have burst onto the scene taking the tools of the internet to share their music, which led to immediate exposure on the traditional means of local radio. The Los Angeles-based band accomplished this while still an unsigned band and only having been together for less than a year. The Eeries anonymously uploaded their track, “Cool Kid” onto the web without any photos, bio or information other than the band name. … Continue reading

VIDEO INTERVIEW: LOLAWOLF Talk Making Of “Calm Down”, Ethan Hawke

lolawolfBrooklyn-based trio, LOLAWOLF, has been On-Radar since releasing their five-song debut EP earlier this year. The band consisting of lead singer, Zoe Kravitz and James Levy and Jimmy Giannopoulos of Reputante formed casually through their friendship and passion for making music and experimenting with various sounds. Working at their own pace, the inspired collaboration created a collection of catchy melodies highlighted by clean and minimalist electronic elements, inspired by the music the band describes as their take on the music they grew up with. The band was recently invited to support Lily Allen and Miley Cyrus during their recent tours where they showcased tracks from their debut album, “Calm Down”, released on October 21, 2014.

B-Sides On-Air recently caught… Continue reading

PHOTOS: Julian Casablancas And The Voidz – San Francisco, CA

Julian Casablancas at the Regency BallroomJulian Casablancas and the Voidz are currently on tour in support of the debut album, “Tyranny” that was released in October. Casablancas noted, “Tyranny has come in many forms throughout history. Now, the good of business is put above anything else, as corporations have become the new ruling body. Most decisions seem to be made like ones of a medieval king: whatever makes profit while ignoring and repressing the truth about whatever suffering it may cause (like pop music, for that matter).” The band kicked off their tour during the album’s release date and will continue through the end of November. … Continue reading

Albums You Need To Own

streaming4f-1-webTaylor Swift released her fifth studio album “1989” last week, and with it, she swiftly(sorry, had to) pulled her entire music catalog from Spotify. Artists are no stranger to demonizing the music streaming app, blaming it for contributing to the decline in album sales in the biz but, not even Spotify or piracy could stop the almighty T-Swift from shattering expectations; selling more than a million copies in her first week. The pop starlet claims that the move is in defense of music, which is a rare commodity that deserves the money it asks listeners to pay for. This got us over at B-sides thinking, while maybe not all albums are worth every penny, there are certainly some essentials for your collection; so we picked five you’d be a fool not to have. … Continue reading

VIDEO INTERVIEW: Fenech-Soler Talk “Rituals”, Hip-Hop

fenech-solerThe band Fenech-Soler has only recently become more familiar with American audiences, since the release of their second studio album, “Rituals”. Their self-titled debut was released in Europe in 2011 but garnered the band many festival appearances and landed them a major label deal with Warner Bros. The band, consisting of brothers Ross and Ben Duffy, along with Daniel Fenech-Soler(the band’s namesake) and Andrew Lindsay, have been making in-roads in the U.S. with their single, “Last Forever” and their energetic live shows.… Continue reading

VIDEO INTERVIEW: The Drums Talk “Encyclopedia”, Hiatus

thedrumsFor many fans, it’s been a long three years since The Drums released their album, “Portamento” in 2011. The Brooklyn-based duo, however, decided it would be wise to take the time away from the non-stop cycle of writing an album and touring since gaining recognition in 2010 by Pitchfork, NME and getting named one of the 15 music acts for the BBC Sound of 2010. Back with a new album, “Encyclopedia,” founding members and childhood friends, Jonny Pierce and Jacob Graham found the songwriting process easier without the pressure and stress the previous works had due to expectations.

The Drums recently spoke with B-Sides host, Pete Mar, about the time away from the band, the making of “Encyclopedia” and more… Continue reading

VIDEO INTERVIEW: Cathedrals Talk Origins, Treasure Island Music Festival

cathedralsSan Francisco-based duo, Cathedrals, have been gaining recognition with their track, “Harlem”, which just recently surpassed one million plays on Spotify. The duo of lead singer, Brodie Jenkins and guitarist/producer Johnny Hwin pursued their musical passions as both went to Stanford University unaware of each other. It wasn’t until years later that a friend brought the two together that Cathedrals was born.… Continue reading