As I’m sure many of you already know, there is not one place you can go without hearing Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” on the radio! Anywhere from the office, to the mall, to even your local diner! It is a huge commercial hit, but it is not the only song to check out by this artist. In case you didn’t know, the Swedish DJ and producer actually released a whole album! … Continue reading
You may be a regular to music, or any type of festival, but SXSW is a completely different experience. On one side of the street there may be a vender trying to capture your attention with all of the latest fancy gadgets, while on the other side an awesome band is playing great music. Tens of thousands of people gather to the not-so-small anymore city Austin Texas, not just for one weekend but a full week!
Originally from the electronic duo The Tough Alliance, is solo Swedish electropop artist Eric Berglund and his new music project known as ceo. Berglund and childhood friend Henning Furst created The Tough Alliance in 2003 and released a total of three EPs and three full-length albums with the band. Their live performances received much backlash from the media, stating the band glorified violence due to a recent show in Stockholm, in which they swung a baseball bat on stage! … Continue reading
Manchester Englands famous rock heroes Oasis, and Seattle Washington’s grunge band Soundgarden both have albums with 20th anniversaries coming up and to celebrate they are reissuing the albums with extra special content. Oasis’s Definitely Maybe was a turning point in the lives of this young band. Released in 1994, this debut album for the band shot straight to number one in the UK charts, becoming the fastest selling album during it’s time, in the UK. … Continue reading
Originally from Cleveland, Ohio Mark McGuire began his musical career at the young age of 9 when he started playing the guitar. He was in various bands while attending high school one of them known as Emeralds. He promoted his music on CD-Rs and cassettes to his friends, and he released his debut EP Solo Acoustic Vol. 2 (2009), which received positive reviews including that of Al Doyle from Hot Chip. In 2010 the multi-instrumentalist released his debut solo album Living With Yourself. … Continue reading
Pharrell Williams began his musical career back in 1992 when he and his friends Shay Haley, Mike Etheridge, and Chad Hugo formed an R&B group called The Neptunes. The group was discovered at their high school talent show by manager Teddy Riley. Shortly after being signed, the group turned the name into a production company for artists, and produced for groups like Blackstreet and Mase. Williams and The Neptunes gained attention after producing N.O.R.E’s “Superthug” in 1998; the hit charted number 26 on the Billboard Hot 100.… Continue reading
Australian musicians that are heard overseas here in the US are usually few and far between. We know and love Atlas Genius but another band hailing from Australia is making their mark all around the world now as well; Boy & Bear. This folksy band which can only be described as they put it “a combination of drivey indie folk and choral harmonies”(1) is fast becoming a new obsession for many.
Dream Pop is a music genre that was created back in the 1980s from England yet the name originated in the United States. According to Allmusic Guide to Electronica, it is a genre of rock that contains “an atmospheric sub-genre of alternative rock that relies on sonic textures as much as melody.” But what makes this genre popular in the indie music world today? Perhaps it is the escape route the music provides for the listener!… Continue reading
Original member of the popular rock band 3 Doors Down, Todd Harrell, has been indefinitely suspended from the band after a drug related DUI arrest charge. This comes as a sad second act of crime after last summers criminal charges which led to only short suspensions from the band. While we can only assume this decision was made not with light consideration, the band stated on their website that they want to help protect the integrity of the band and to encourage Todd to resolve his problems.… Continue reading
Alt-rock icon Beck is set to release his 12th studio album this week and we here at B-Sides were more than happy when the artist put the album up for streaming a week early. Allegedly the sequel to 2002′s “Sea Change” (often hailed as the masterpiece of Beck’s career), “Morning Phase” shows a peaceful, pastoral side to Beck’s work instead of the introspective brooding that marked “Sea Change”.
The recurring theme throughout “Morning Phase” is new hope or a new dawning (hence the title). Instead of dark tones, Beck gives the meandering tracks a light, airy feel. From the beautiful subtly of acoustic guitar and piano notes on simple tracks like “Heart is a Drum” and “Blue Moon” to the foreboding orchestral pieces that float intricately behind “Wave” and “Phase” (making them the most brooding tracks on the album), Beck explores an inner peace that can only come with time. Regardless of the stark differences in tone from “Sea Change” to “Morning Phase”, Beck shows that even after 12 studio albums, he can still provide his fans with a new perspective.… Continue reading
It isn’t exactly news that Miley Cyrus has been under a transformation leaving her days as a Disney child star to a now 21-year-old pop star pulling off stunts to show the world that she’s a grown woman. Cyrus didn’t hesitate to make news during Saturday night’s Los Angeles show of her Bangerz tour. While performing, “Adore You”, Cyrus called over Katy Perry, who was in the front row, amongst many during the celebrity-filled show, and gave Perry a kiss. The kiss didn’t last long, as Perry quickly recoiled and laughing. Another notable highlight from the concert featured a duet with Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips for “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots”. The video highlights are here:… Continue reading
American pop punk band Paramore recently released the music video to their new track “Ain’t It Fun” this last month! The song is an upbeat pop tune that talks about growing up from a young teenager to a real world independent adult. It mentions the freedoms adult life has to offer, thrown in with sarcasm of how it can also be challanging at times, hence the title “ain’t it fun.” … Continue reading
Elton John, Kanye West and Jack White are amongst the headliners at the 2014 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The lineup was announced via a webcast hosted by Taran Killam and featured The Flaming Lips and Ben Folds. As for the rest of the stellar lineup, artists include: Arctic Monkeys, Lionel Richie, Vampire Weekend, The Avett Brothers, Phoenix, Skrillex, Frank Ocean, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Kaskade, Damon Albarn, Neutral Milk Hotel, Wiz Khalifa and many others. The annual event will take place in Manchester, Tennessee June 12-15, 2014. Tickets go on sale this Friday February 22, 2014 at noon EST. Check out the rest of the lineup!… Continue reading
The Belle Brigade is made up of brother and sister duo, Barbara and Ethan Gruska. Debuting in 2011 with their self-titled album, the two made quite an impression on people from the start. Gaining recognition from works such as the LA Times, SPIN, and appearing on both Jimmy Kimmel and Conan, that’s not a bad way to start out. … Continue reading
For those of you who enjoy heavy metal bands like Led Zeppelin, and would like to take a musical trip back in time with the glitz and glam included, check out local Bay Area ’70s inspired metal band, Glitter Wizard! … Continue reading