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Vinyl Round-Up: August 22, 2014

 

Vinyl RecordVinyl is really in right now. We at B-Sides have decided to compile the best records every week. We’re here to give a selection of the albums we think your should be listening to. Of course, we mean through the medium they are meant to be listened to. Check out our eclectic mix of old and new music you should discover and/or rediscover. You’re welcome.… Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Get Hurt by The Gaslight Anthem

 

The-Gaslight-Anthem-Get-HurtThe Gaslight Anthem have come a long way since their last “punk” album “American Slang” (2010). The former-punk outfit have consistently been moving away from their old sound and embracing a more modern rock sound. The last album “Handwritten” (2012) showed a more mellow side to the band’s sound, a sound they continue to explore and grow in on their new album “Get Hurt”.

Some fans and critics have openly knocked the new album for its “in-cohesive sound” and calling the album an experiment “gone awry” for the band. However, regardless of the critiques on sound, there has to be something said for the album as it carries a strong theme of love, loneliness, regret and second chances… Continue reading

B-Sides On-Air: Weekend Highlights 8/16/14 – From Outside Lands 2014: Jack Antonoff- Bleachers, Vance Joy, Boys Noize

b-sides-collageB-Sides On-Air is broadcast on KBCW-44/cable 12 in the San Francisco Bay Area every Saturday night after SNL at 1a. We know it may be a time when either a) you’re out or b) passed out! So, make sure to DVR us every week and check out some highlights from the show here! This past weekend a handful of artists, who were performing at Outside Lands 2014 at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, joined us for a chat with B-Sides host, Pete Mar. Jack Antonoff of Bleachers spoke about his new album and meeting James Hetfield, lead singer of Metallica, when both were at the festival two years ago. Up-and-coming artist, Vance Joy, whose song “Riptide” is all over the place, talked about one of his favorite bands growing up, Blink-182, along with one of his favorite things, gardening. EDM artist, Boys Noize spoke about his collaboration with Chilly Gonzales on their upcoming album, “Octave Minds”, drumming influences and more! The aforementioned Vance Joy is number one on our countdown again, check out the rest of the top 10 on the right hand side of the page!… Continue reading

What?! Artists Without Number One Albums

tom-petty-hypnotic-eyeTom Petty and Weird Al, what do they have in common? Not much, aside from the expected parody Al did of a Petty tune many moons ago. However, they both recently scored their first number one albums in the history of their long, successful careers. Shocking isn’t it? Well, not as much as you’d think actually. Turns out a lot of huge artists have never had a number one album. Here’s a few of the one’s that surprised us most here at B-sides:… Continue reading

Music Festivals: A Dying Art?

Festival CrowdMusic festivals are like mini-meccas for music lovers of a certain temperament. A weekend-long party filled with great music, interesting characters, and excitement at every turn are these modern day Woodstocks. But it’s not all multicolored flowers and cheap drugs, there’s an ugly side to these bastions of the hippy lifestyle. Lollapalooza, Coachella, and Bonnaroo aren’t only filled with cheering crowds. B-sides is here it answer the question, music festival: friend, or foe?… Continue reading

10 Best Foo Fighters Songs

Dave GhrolThe Foo Fighters recently announced they were releasing a new album in the fall of this year. Few modern rock bands can boast the success of this group. They have had five of their seven albums go platinum and the other two were certified gold. Needless to say, they’re pretty great. Before they grace our ears with new genius lit’s look back at their best work from yesteryear.… Continue reading

Why Do We Watch Award Shows?

140102111126-01-awards-0102-story-topEveryone likes being rewarded for doing a good job at work, but not many occupations provide awards for doing such. They certainly don’t hold nationally televised ceremonies where they pick the best of the best. So, why are there award shows for the entertainment industry? What makes us interested in a decision that not only has no impact on us, but that we have no say in deciding upon? This past weekend, the Teen Choice Awards were lambasted by fans, after it was revealed by nominees that the awards were a little less the teen’s choice than the voting aspect of the show implied.… Continue reading

Outside Lands 2014 Review + Photos

IMG_3481There were many standouts at the sold-out Outside Lands 2014 at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco this past weekend. This year’s lineup was led by headliners Kanye West, The Killers and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, who were surrounded by strong talent including Arctic Monkeys, Disclosure, Death Cab for Cutie, Macklemore and more. Kanye West drew mixed reviews as “Yeezy” performed a similar set to previous outings this year. West alternated performing in a mask covering his entire face and without as he started with “Black Skinhead” and powered through setlist staples, “Stronger” and “Heartless”. During “Blood on the Leaves”, West stopped mid-song a few times to encourage the crowd to form a few circle pits. The Killers performed a hit-heavy set as the Las Vegas band opened with “Mr. Brightside” and performed a couple of covers, acknowledging San Francisco by performing “Bad Moon on the Rise” by Bay Area band, Credence Clearwater Revival and “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding. … Continue reading

9 Chicks That Rock

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It’s a man’s world, but these ladies are out to prove that it wouldn’t be nothing without a woman or girl.  Female rock stars don’t always get the attention they deserve, but B-Sides is here to change that. So, let’s give it up for girl power. Below are the gals that really know how to wail. Feel free to let us know which chicks you think rock in the comments.… Continue reading

The Beastie Boys: An MCA Tribute

BEastie BoysToday would have been the fiftieth birthday of rapper Adam Yauch, better known as MCA. We’re taking this opportunity to look back at the legendary group he was a part of. The Beastie Boys have left an indelible mark on music as a whole. From every corner of the musical spectrum a piece of their sound can be heard. They’ve influenced the stylings of artists from every genre including Rage Against The Machine, Incubus, and Sublime as well as newbies like Ke$ha, and Iggy Azalea.… Continue reading

The Sophomore Slump(Or Lack Thereof?)

1194669-Kendrick-Lamar-617x409-2Kendrick Lamar took hip-hop by the horns with his 2012 mainstream debut “good kid, m.A.A.d city.” This fall promises the release of his highly anticipated follow-up, and the question on everyone’s mind is whether it will live up to thy hype, or suffer from the cursed sophomore slump. Kendrick’s not the first artist to face such high expectations though. Here’s a list of some of our favorite sophomore albums: … Continue reading

VIDEO: Joywave Interview – Talk New Album, Big Data

joywaveMany music fans were introduced to Joywave through their involvement with the catchy track, “Dangerous” by Big Data. The common bond between the two bands is Joywave lead singer, songwriter, Daniel Armbruster, who also performed vocals on “Dangerous”. The band formed in Rochester, NY and released its first mixtape, “77777″ in 2011 and followed up with the EP “Koda Vista” in 2012 and the mixtape titled, “88888″ in 2013. The band has been hard at work to complete their debut album, “How Do You Feel?” with much anticipation from audiences since the release of the catchy tune, “Tongues”.… Continue reading

VIDEO: Gareth Emery Interview – Talks Cross-Country Roadtrip, New Album “Drive”

gareth emeryEDM Producer and DJ, Gareth Emery recently drove cross-country after moving from Manchester, England to the United States. What resulted was inspiration for his latest album, “Drive”. Emery has been making music for many years and as of late, has been releasing material on his own record label quite successfully. Emery spoke with B-Sides host, Pete Mar, about his experience driving cross-country, how it inspired his album and more.… Continue reading

PREVIEW: Lollapalooza 2014

Lollapalooza-608x405This coming weekend marks the 23rd year anniversary of Lollapalooza. What started as an annual tour conceptualized by Jane’s Addiction vocalist Perry Farrell has evolved into one of the most well known music festivals in America. The tour has featured some of the biggest names in music over the past twenty years, including such acts as The Beastie Boys, Foo Fighters, Rage Against the Machine, and a slew other alternative music juggernauts. This year is no exception, and we here at B-Sides have some recommendations on who’s a must see.… Continue reading