B-Sides Top 10: Week Ending 2/11/2017 – The xx Remain On Top, LP Debuts

top-10The xx are on top again this week, as the band is also adding more shows in various cities where they already have booked sold out to keep up with the demand. The chart is somewhat stable with Marian Hill in the runner-up spot while Marshmello and Bastille make moves up. The lone debut in the top 10 is bestowed upon LP with the addictive “Lost on You”. Check out this week’s Top 10! … Continue reading

FREE TICKET GIVEAWAY: Santa Cruz Music Festival Feb. 18 & 19 Feat. Louis The Child, Troyboi + More

16299596_1320315718039092_2725915601266566707_oIn October of 2015, over two thousand patrons, creators, and musicians took to the streets of downtown Santa Cruz, CA making the third iteration of our event the most successful one yet. This year the organizers of the Santa Cruz Music Festival have planned a full-blown sonic take-over of the historic downtown area, linking together 11+ downtown Santa Cruz venues for a two-day musical marathon. Just like the past three festivals, SCMF has passionately and carefully curated a lineup of more than 200+ bands, internationally known acts as well as hard-hitting local Santa Cruz and Bay Area artists and performers over 15 stages. Enter to win your free passes from B-Sides!… Continue reading

B-Sides Top 10: Week Ending 2/4/2017 – The xx Top Chart

top-10The xx maintain the momentum after releasing their critically acclaimed album, I See You, while Marian Hill leap to the runner up position with “Down”. Debuts by AFI and Oliver Heldens represent the variety in this week’s current trends, while Marshmello and Sylvan Esso make moves up. Check out this week’s Top 10! … Continue reading

Miss Ohio

On Radar: Miss Ohio – White Hot

Miss Ohio Best Of CoverMiss Ohio finds itself in esteemed company. Some have compared them to the alt-country of Wilco without the artiness. They can jangle like Pavement, without the quirkiness, and the band have been straddling this Jersey grit / Americana line for 10+ years. The band now has a “best of” record entitled White Hot – The Best of Miss Ohio which is good enough to be in the same breath as those two bands above, but never received their fair chance. White Hot – The Best of Miss Ohio is exactly what it says. 12 really great examples of songwriting that rarely finds a down point. The album is raw enough to kink the muscles in… Continue reading

LISTEN: New Music ON-REPEAT – Jorja Smith, POWERS, Ginger Snaps

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. British talent Jorja Smith, has been performing since a young age, having started writing songs at age 11. Smith has a huge catalog of unreleased tracks as she only recently started releasing material in 2016. The track, “Where Did I Go?” is infectious and a great introduction to Smith, who is currently embarking on her first U.S. tour. Los Angeles-based duo, POWERS, is back with a new track, “Dance” that is to be included in their debut album, Alpha, set to be released in April 2017. POWERS told Billboard, “We wanted to kick the door down with whatever we decided to put out first to roll out this album. First impressions of “Phat Kids” by Ginger Snaps, a track that features The Organised Rhyme Family, lead one to think of old school material from Beck. Whatever the reminders may be, Ginger Snaps is on the right track and we’re looking forward to more material from the Northampton, England artist. Check out all the tunes!… Continue reading

LISTEN: New Music ON-REPEAT – Marian Hill, Cemetery Sun, Major Lazer & Showtek

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. Since last year’s release of their debut album, Act One, Marian Hill has garnered a growing fan base and attention. The duo recently teamed up with Lauren Jauregui of Fifth Harmony on the track, “Back To Me” and the first track on the album, “Down”, has gotten the band even more attention with its exposure from the Apple commercial for its new AirPods. Major Lazer and Showtek collaborated on the track “Believer” from the upcoming album from Major Lazer, Music Is The Weapon. The accompanying music video is inspired by and contains imagery of the victims of the continuing Syrian conflict. Sacramento-based band, Cemetery Sun released their debut self-titled EP last year to strong response as they embarked on their first national tour with Finish Ticket and Vinyl Theatre. Check out all the tunes!… Continue reading

TOP 3 Songs ON-REPEAT: The xx, Declan McKenna, The Japanese House

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. 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

Warped Tour Going Back In Time In 2017?

 

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

RECAP: Lights All Night 2016

lanbs24Lights 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

Texas Gets Ready to Ring in 2017 at Lights All Night

p1030764Lights 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.

Day 1

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

Day For Night Lights Up Houston

 

unspecified-copy-4Describing 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

LISTEN: Nine Inch Nails Release ‘ Not The Actual Events’

tr_ar_ntae_fnlwide-1-800x5042xAs 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

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Night Moves Perform Live, Talk Prince, Skateboarding, ‘Pennied Days’

night-movesFormed 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

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