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Interview: SKATERS on Tour Now

SKATERS formed in New York City back in 2012 and have been taking on the country with songs from their first EP Schemers and their debut album Manhattan, which was released in February of this year.  Having been on the road for most of this year and continuing that tour into the fall with an upcoming show in San Francisco on September 27, these guys know how to have a good time.  Here’s a little preview of the sense of humor you can expect from leader singer Michael Cummings at a show near you.… Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Crush Songs by Karen O

 

karenoBack in 2006 and 2007, at the center of the hype-storm for the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s grammy success, Karen O wrote and recorded the material on her current 2014 album release “Crush Songs”. The album offers a wistful retrospective as O looks back on where she was emotionally during that time. “When I was 27, I crushed a lot,” she says of her new solo album, “I wasn’t sure I’d ever fall in love again. These songs were written and recorded in private around this time. They are the soundtrack to what was an ever-continuing love crusade.”

 

Karen O has now graciously chosen to share these private songs with the rest of the world in a… Continue reading

Vinyl Round-Up – 9/5/14

Rejoice audiophiles! B-Sides is here to guide you’re superior sense of musical taste.  This week the round-up is populated by underground and lesser-knowns.  We’re here to shed light on the vinyl that isn’t making the cover of Rolling Stone. Whether you’re into rock, rap or something a little more unusual we’ve got you covered. Check out our recommendations for additions to your collection.… Continue reading

Vinyl Round-Up: August 29, 2014

Because The InternetAs a culture, we are craving authenticity more everyday. The masses are clamoring for more things to be more genuine. Vinyl records provide that. The textural experience of old school albums puts the listener into intimate contact with the music. Our enjoyment of the sounds emanating from the grooves is a loving bond with the fabric of our music taste. Not to mention, they’re pretty cool to show off to your friends. Here’s a list of the 33′s that should add to your collection post haste. … Continue reading

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