ALBUM REVIEW: Sucker by Charli XCX

Charli-XCX-Sucker-new-final-album-cover“You said you wanna bang? Well, FUCK YOU, SUCKER!”

Those are the first words you hear on Charli XCX‘s new record, Sucker. It is quite appropriate, setting the tone, making sure you don’t dare underestimate her or forget her name. The new wave and post-punk influenced tunes are modernized through her brash and provocative charm. This follow up to 2013’s well-received True Romance has the star putting herself out there for a larger audience. Known for her collaborating with Icona Pop and Iggy Azalea, Sucker gives the singer a chance to give herself an even bigger name.… Continue reading

Green Day Inducted Into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The nominees were narrowed down and voted on, and on Tuesday, December 16, it was announced that Green Day had been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  The three rapscallions known as Green Day–Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tre Cool–will be honored alongside fellow rockers Lou Reed and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts in a ceremony on April 18th in Cleveland.

Album Review: Angels and Airwaves “The Dream Walker”

The latest from alternative/pop punk band Angels and Airwaves is titled The Dream Walker, taking on an ethereal persona to convey a style that departs from what they’ve been known for in the past. As a whole, the album does successfully sound like its title, with mystic, synth elements and an almost Sting-like personality that utilizes the strange and alien proponents of an electronic system to create an otherworldly array of songs.… Continue reading

VIDEO INTERVIEW: Circa Waves Talk Formation, Growing Fanbase

circawavesLiverpool band, Circa Waves is one of our favorite bands On-Radar at B-Sides On-Air. Lead singer, Kieran Shudall, had been in other bands but it wasn’t until he met the other members of Circa Waves did things start to click. Meeting at the Liverpool Sound City festival, the band members formed a quick bond and have created catchy garage rock that has resonated with a growing fan base that helped the band get signed to Virgin Records. The quartet released their EP “Young Chasers” in June 2014 and plans for a full-length are slated to be released in early 2015.… Continue reading

VIDEO INTERVIEW: Run The Jewels Talk Critical Acclaim, Lebron James

runthejewelsRun The Jewels has garnered much critical acclaim after releasing their self-titled debut album in 2013. The duo comprised of rappers Killer Mike and El-P, each experienced recognition for their individual works early in their career. Killer Mike was featured with Outkast on their album “Stankonia” released in 2000 as well as “The Whole World” that was on their greatest hits LP, “Big Boi and Dre Present…Outkast”. El-P got involved in hip-hop at an early age, forming the group Company Flow and eventually starting his own record label, Definitive Jux. As his individual work was received with critical acclaim, El-P also contributed towards the works of Aesop Rock, Del tha Funkee Homosapien, Atmosphere and other independent hip-hop artists of note. The pair collaborated to produce Killer Mike’s album, “R.A.P. Music” in 2012 and eventually spawned the idea for the two to perform together as Run The Jewels. Their second album, “Run The Jewels 2” was released in late October 2014 to widespread critical acclaim, with many publications calling it one of the best albums of the year.… Continue reading

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