Album Review: Control by Milo Greene

Milo Greene - Pub 1 -Hartman_HarrisHailing from Los Angeles, CA, the indie rock pop group Milo Greene have released their sophomore album, Control.  The group succeeds with the change in sound with this album, favoring synthesizers and a dance-vibe, a notable departure from their initial folk rock sound on their debut. Their new sound has been described as taking on a dark pop makeover, and it’s easy to see with a skilled layering of studio synth electronics mingled with the edgy, rock and roll undertone that defines their sound.  The four part harmonies throughout the songs take on a quality reminiscent of catchy ’80s pop that make them fun and fierce, the type of tracks you’d play at your next dance party.… Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance by Belle and Sebastian

Girls-in-Peacetime-Want-to-Dance-552x553Sweet and melodious songs narrating tales of youth and innocence are Belle and Sebastian’s signature. With each record this band has released since its 1996 debut, band leader Stuart Murdoch has patiently and comfortably mastered his craft. Little by little, the band has explored with sonic elements of other musical styles to amplify the stories behind their songs. All of those experiments have ultimately led them to take a slight leap of faith on their ninth LP, Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance.

Coachella 2015: Thoughts and Recommendations

27b67b5aAnother year, another Coachella. The line-up for the 2015 edition of the ever popular, ever famous Indio, California music festival was just released, and it’s a pretty mixed bag. The headliners aren’t quite as shocking or hot as last years reunited Outkast, or Arcade Fire but, there’s still plenty to be excited for. Drake is still one of the biggest MC’s in hip-hop, and for a reason. Jack White’s live show is notoriously awesome. AC/DC might be old but, they’re a band you’ll definitely be bragging about seeing before you, or they, die. That being said, some of the most exciting talent comes under the big names in bold on the roster or musicians.

Top 25 Songs of 2014

TOP25Another year has gone by but not without the great memories and appreciation of the amazing music that was released in 2014. The year started off with the “#Selfie” mania brought on by The Chainsmokers only to be replaced by the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge mania that had every celebrity and next door neighbor pouring buckets of ice water on themselves. 2014 ended with new offerings by veterans Weezer and Foo Fighters, capping off a year that brought on strong new artists in the form of Sam Smith, Hozier, Milky Chance, Vance Joy and others. Our Top 25 songs of the year reflects the high quality of alternative, EDM and indie-rock artists who broke through in 2014. Check out the list!… Continue reading

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