VIDEO: Interview – The Knocks Talk Memes, Soundcloud, Debut Album

the knocksElectronic music producers, The Knocks, have been producing and remixing catchy tunes for nearly five years. The New York City-based duo garnered much recognition from their remixes of songs by Ellie Goulding, Britney Spears, Katy Perry and others while also displaying their talent on original music. The track “Classic” was released late 2014 to positive reviews and online response. Although The Knocks have released material for many years through EPs and individual tracks, they will release their official debut album late 2015.… Continue reading

VIDEO: Interview – Kodaline Talk Weddings, “Friends”

KODALINEKodaline took advantage of an unfortunate incident to follow-up their debut album, In A Perfect World, with the release of this year’s Coming Up For Air. The Irish band broke through with the track, “All I Want” in 2013 and toured for nearly two years in support of their debut until their bassist, Jason Boland, broke his arm late 2014. The members of the band didn’t waste much of the hiatus as they had already started formulating new material and the time allowed them to get into the studio. The result brought about their sophomore release within a matter of months, becoming available in February 2015.… Continue reading

LISTEN: Delta Rae Releases Charleston Protest Song

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In response to the tragic shootings in Charleston, South Carolinalast week, Delta Rae has released a protest song, “All Good People”.   The band posted on their website, “It’s time to push our leaders to act. All good people must raise their voices. We need to protect every member of our community from hate and racism. And we need to stop so much of this violence by limiting access to guns…This is not the country we want to be. These actions do not represent our values.”… Continue reading

Warped Tour 2015 Preview

warped_tour_2015Summer is synonymous with a lot of things; ice cream, the beach, and vacation to name a few. Probably one of the biggest is summer camp, and the music scene’s version of it kicks off this week with the 20th annual outing of the Vans Warped Tour. It’s almost a rite of passage in the scene to either attend or play the festival at some point in your life, as it’s got a little bit of everything, and tends to be the jumpoff point for a lot of bands that end up blowing up. Paramore, Fall Out Boy, Blink-182, hell even Eminem and Katy Perry have been on Warped Tour. We sifted through the bevy of artists this year, and picked… Continue reading

VIDEO: Interview – James Bay Talks Writing “Hold Back The River”, First San Francisco Experience

JAMESBAYSinger-songwriter James Bay grew up in the small town of Hitchin, England with hardly any aspirations of going out to explore the world. His love of music changed that perspective as building a following and becoming successful required him to take his music on the road. Bay’s musical influences are attributed to his up-bringing as he started playing music at age 11 and was surrounded by his parents’ music collection that ranged from Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones and Van Morrison to Motown and Greenwich Village folk. After leaving home, Bay worked hard busking and performing at open mic nights until gaining recognition at his college’s showcase. Securing a record deal happened by chance as a video of one of his performances was spotted by an executive at Republic Records. Bay’s debut album, Chaos and The Calm was released in early 2015 and the song, “Hold Back The River” has become a success.… Continue reading

VIDEO: Interview – Elle King Talks Love Songs, The Donnas, Love Stuff

ellekingElle King is no stranger being in the limelight. The daughter of comedian Rob Schneider and actress London King. Her parents divorced while Elle was quite young, but she still showed an interest in performing. Although she had a few minor acting roles (Deuce Bigalow, The Benchwarmers), King had a passion for music and experienced recognition for the song, “Playing For Keeps,” which was featured as the theme song for VH1′s “Mob Wives Chicago” and chosen for the national TV ad campaign for “Mad Men.” The track was featured on her debut EP, The Elle King EP, which she supported touring with the likes of Ed Sheeran, Train, and Of Monsters and Men. King’s debut album, Love Stuff, was released in early 2015 and has already garnered radio play with the single, “Ex’s and Oh’s”.… Continue reading

VIDEO: Interview – Joywave Talk X Games 2015, Tony Hawk

TH-joywaveJoywave has been on a roll since the release of their debut album, How Do You Feel, Now?. The track, “Somebody New” was the unofficial soundtrack to Summer X Games 2015 in Austin, TX, mainly because of their skate-laden video for the song. The band’s profile has been on the rise with each single, starting with their involvement with Big Data on the song, “Dangerous” in 2014. … Continue reading

B-Sides Top 10: 6/13/2015

top-10The album Blurryface earned Twenty One Pilots their first number one album and the track “Tear In My Heart” is moving strong within our countdown. Lots of familiar names are in the top 10 with Muse high atop with “Dead Inside”, as the veteran Brits released their highly anticipated album, Drones, this past week. Check out the list to see if they’re still on top!… Continue reading

Dave Grohl Breaks Leg During Concert, Finishes Show Anyway

dave grohl-strecherLead singer of Foo Fighters, Dave Grohl suffered a broken leg during the band’s set in Gothenburg, Sweden. The band was in the midst of its second song, “Monkey Wrench” at Ullevi Stadium when Grohl appears to have tripped and fell off the stage. It seemed like the band was done for the night, as the rest of the band informed the crowd they’d come back when the band was at full strength and would do a few covers before leaving the stage. During their cover of “Under Pressure”, Grohl was carried onto the stage on a stretcher with his leg wrapped up and propped on a chair to continue performing. … Continue reading