LISTEN: Top 3 Tracks ON-REPEAT – Sylvan Esso, Mother Mother, Broken Back

bsides-logo-cassette-repeatTunes 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

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – The Kickback Talk Formation, Perform “Fanger”

screen-shot-2016-11-21-at-10-22-14-amChicago-based band The Kickback formed when founder Billy Yost had moved from his home state of South Dakota in pursuit of his goals of meeting like-minded musicians. Through a series of Craiglist ads and lineups, the band settled in and built a strong local following. Their debut album, Sorry All Over the Place was produced by Jim Eno of Spoon and garnered strong reviews, as their engaging live shows entertain the band’s growing fanbase. The video for the lead single, “Fanger” is a stop-motion visual that used over 2,500 photographs that was created by local Chicago animators David Wall and Lauren Travers of CineMiniature Pictures. The band recently completed their headlining tour in support of their debut LP and will be headed out for a handful of shows late December with alternative rock veterans, Bush.… Continue reading

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Lemaitre Talk ‘Afterglow’, Collaborations

screen-shot-2016-11-21-at-10-21-44-amLemaitre has been on a roll since their Coachella debut this year, having racked up millions of Spotify streams, garnered a growing fanbase and just released their new EP, Afterglow. Afterglow features guests The Knocks, STANAJ, and Phoebe Ryan (she’s on the new Chainsmokers single, “All We Know”). The lead single “We Got U” ft. The Knocks is featured in the FIFA 17 game + soundtrack. The Norwegian-bred, LA-based electronic duo consists of members Ketil Jansen and Ulrik Denizou Lund and formed in 2010, having met as schoolmates. Their self-released 2012 EP “Relativity 2” shot to #1 on the iTunes Electronica charts in the US & Canada and charted in the Top-10 in 12 countries including the UK, Australia and France. … Continue reading

B-Sides Top 10: Week Ending 11/19/2016 – Kings of Leon Vaults To Top Spot

top-10Kings of Leon released their latest album, Walls, less than a month ago and the first single “Waste A Moment” vaults to the top spot on our chart. Minimal movement by mainstays The 1975 and Two Door Cinema Club keeps the rest of the chart stable along with debuts by Mondo Cozmo and the collaboration of Chace & Moksi. Check out this week’s Top 10! … Continue reading

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Matoma Talks Hakuna Matoma Evolution

matomaNorwegian producer/DJ Matoma released his debut album Hakuna Matoma in late 2015, but new tracks continued to be added to it through 2016 via its online version. The music of Matoma is has a strong foundation in the tropical house sound but with hip-hop sensibilities and influences, as evident with his remix of “Old Thing Back” by The Notorious BIG ft. Ja Rule. Subsequent tracks released garnered numerous plays on various streaming sites and the release of his debut album, which would become an evolving and “living” album, as Matoma would add new tracks to its online version.… Continue reading

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Bishop Briggs Talks Success, Growing Up In Japan, Hong Kong

bishop-briggs2016 has been a banner year for Bishop Briggs, breaking through with the success of her first two lead singles, “River” and “Wild Horses”. Catching the singing bug at a young age while attending karaoke bars as a youth in Japan, Bishop Briggs was born to Scottish parents, raised in Japan and Hong Kong and attended college in Hollywood while honing her craft as a singer and songwriter. It would be a steady process of establishing her on-stage presence in the meantime, as she performed non-stop at small bars in town until getting discovered by a former A&R manager, George Robertson. After touring non-stop for most of 2016 that’s included numerous festival appearances, Bishop Briggs has already started off her career on a strong note and has yet to release a full album to fully showcase her immense talent.… Continue reading

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Chase Lawrence of COIN Talks Turning 25, “Talks Too Much”

chase-lawrence-coinNashville-based band, COIN, broke through last year with B-Sides favorite, “Run”. The infectious track introduced the band to a growing and loyal fanbase to their self-described pop songs with rock instrumentation. Their wide-ranging influences of punk, new-wave and rock from artists such as, The Cure, Psychedelic Furs and The Ramones amongst others, can be clearly heard in their music. After touring in support of their self-titled album, the band took a break to work on the follow-up. Eager to get new music out to their fans, COIN released “Talk Too Much” ahead of the album, which is in the final stages of completion. “Talk Too Much” has already garnered more radio play and support than “Run” and momentum is still going strong.… Continue reading

LISTEN: Top 3 Tracks ON-REPEAT- Will Sparks, The Avalanches, Mr. Little Jeans

bsides-logo-cassette-repeatTunes tunes tunes! Our Tunes for Tuesday on our Instagram story this week puts the spotlight on new music that’s been ON-REPEAT here at B-Sides. The EDM community in Australia is strong with young talent that includes Will Sparks, who gained significant attention in 2013 with the track, “Bring It Back”. The track “Gorilla” is a collaboration with fellow Aussie Tyron Hapi and English artist, Luciana Caporaso. The Avalanches are another Australian act, who up until 2016, have been outside the public eye since the early 2000s. With only their second album still in the works, the track “Frankie Sinatra” was released in June 2016 and immediately got the attention of many. Mr. Little Jeans is the stage name of Norwegian singer-songwriter, Monica Birkenes who’s now based in Los Angeles. After gaining notable attention with her cover of “The Suburbs” by Arcade Fire, Mr. Little Jeans has been heard in various commercials, television and movie productions. “Stitches” is in our spotlight and is a track off the album Pocketknife. Check out all the tunes!… Continue reading

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Astrid S Talks ‘Pop Idol’, Keane, Songwriting

astrid-sNorwegian singer/songwriter Astrid S has been gaining notable attention in 2016 with the track “2AM” as well as her collaboration with fellow-Norwegian act Matoma on the track “Running Out”. The 20-year old got into music at an early age, starting with the piano at 6 years old, picked up the guitar as a young teenager and singing and writing songs. Appearances on Norway’s ‘Pop Idol’ showcased her talents and although she came in fifth place, the experience led to greater opportunities. She’s worked with numerous high profile producers, won her first MTV EMA award as Best Norwegian Act, got two out of four awards at P3 Gull, and was nominated for Best Song (“2AM”) at the Norwegian Grammy Awards. Astrid S is… Continue reading

INTERVIEW: Josh Lemay of Citizen Zero Talks Detroit, Recording ‘State of Mind’


Citizen Zero

It’s hard to find a good path for unapologetic, straight up, rock n’ roll. Citizen Zero just happen to be a beacon of light  in a landscape flooded with everything but badass rock.  B-Sides spoke with Citizen Zero lead singer Josh LeMay and had a very poignant discussion on everything from the decline of the “rock god”, lack of integrity in the media, Detroit legend Bob Seger and more.… Continue reading

LISTEN: Top 3 Songs ON-REPEAT – Charli XCX, The Shins, CRX

bsides-logo-cassette-repeatTunes tunes tunes! Our Tunes for Tuesday on our Instagram story this week puts the spotlight on new music that’s been highly anticipated and have been ON-REPEAT here at B-Sides. 2012 was when we last got new material from The Shins with their album, Port of Morrow. A one-off single, “Dead Alive” was released last week and as lead singer/songwriter James Mercer stated, it’s the band’s “Halloween gift while you wait for the album”, in reference to their forthcoming album slated to be released in 2017. A new, yet-untitled album is also in the works for Charli XCX, who just released the track, “After the Afterparty”, which features Lil Yachty. While The Strokes are working on their next album, guitarist Nick Valensi has branched out with a new band, CRX, who just released their debut album, New Skin. Check out the track “Ways to Fake It” and the other songs we have on repeat!… Continue reading

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