VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Hardwell Talks Friendship with Tiesto, Debut Album

hardwellProducer and DJ Hardwell has sold out numerous venues, headlined major festivals worldwide and been voted as the world’s #1 DJ. Since the beginning of his career, Hardwell released singles and compilations but never a proper album, until early 2015 when he released the highly anticipated, United We Are. The album release was accompanied with a live set from his ‘United We Are’ show at Amsterdam’s colossal Ziggo Dome. In late 2015, Hardwell broke the Guinness World Record for the “World’s Biggest Guest List” with a free United We Are Foundation launch show in India where all attendees were added to his personal guest list. A winner of 5 IDMA’s at this year’s Winter Music Conference, including Best Electro/Progressive track for “Arcadia” and Best Compilation/Full-Length DJ Mix for Revealed Recordings Volume 5, Hardwell is well-respected by his peers in the industry and has a personal friendship with renowned producer and performer, Tiesto, his mentor and inspiration for performing.… Continue reading

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Against The Current Talk Tinder, Debut Album

againstthecurrentAgainst The Current have grown an immense following on YouTube with 1.2 million subscribers and over 100 million views and all within the span of four years. The trio of Chrissy Costanza, Dan Gow and Will Ferri formed in Poughkeepsie, NY while still in high school and gained recognition when they collaborated with Alex Goot on their cover of “Good Time” originally done by Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen. The group experienced success by releasing covers over the years while gaining new fans across the globe. With a growing yet solid fan base, Against The Current released two EPs independently- Infinity and Gravity. The recognition was hard for record label Fueled By Ramen/Atlantic Records to ignore and the band was signed in early 2015. Now on the cusp of releasing their debut album, Against The Current is poised for a major step in their young career.… Continue reading

Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats Bring Rock ‘n’ Soul to Dallas

P1020585It is difficult to confine Denver-based Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats to a single genre. Elements of soul, folk, and southern rock crop up in Missouri- bred Rateliff’s music. Their self-titled debut album dropped in August and after blowing up, the band has been in non-stop touring mode amongst all the buzz for the bluesy tracks that make for easy listening.

Southern rock, homegrown honky-tonk, and modernized soul colors their debut release, drawing fans and praise from all over. This year’s “S.O.B” has been christened the “Rolling in the Deep” of 2016 by Paste, the band can count Jimmy Fallon as a fan, and Rateliff has received several comparisons to Mumford & Sons as well as Van Morrison… Continue reading

B-Sides Top 10: 11/21/2015 twenty one pilots Hold Off Competition

top-10twenty one pilots keeps its stronghold on the top spot with “Stressed Out”, fending off “Magnets” by Disclosure Ft. Lorde, which stays steady at the runner-up spot. Coldplay blasts onto the chart with “Adventure Of A Lifetime” and Weezer moves up the chart with “Thank God For Girls. Check out how the top 10 shakes out! … Continue reading

R.A.C. Electrifies Dallas, TX

P1020463R.A.C. took the stage at the Grenada Theater in Dallas as part of the Going Our Own Way Tour.  R.A.C, or
Remix Artist Collective, was started by Andre Allen Anjos in 2007 in Portland as a space for artists to collaborate and remix music.  For the past eight years, R.A.C. has succeeded in making a good song even better without straying too far from the style of the original.

Anjos has collaborated with many indie-pop favorites including St.Lucia, MNDR and Kele Okereke of Bloc Party, as well as Tegan and Sara.  Over the past several years, R.A.C. has become synonymous for catchy remixes that stand out against the typical house and dubstep of today without straying from the same chill, easy-listening style.  R.A.C.’s first full album Strangers dropped only last year and upon first listen, it is very clear that it was well worth the wait.  A strong track list that doesn’t try too hard and is just plain good distinguishes R.A.C. from the tons of new DJs flooding the industry.… Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: The Incredible True Story by Logic

logicOn November 13th, 2015, Logic dropped his sophomore album, The Incredible True Story.  After his debut album Under Pressure was very well received, there was a lot of hype for this follow up. After releasing the movie poster like album cover and title, fans got even more excited.  This album had two singles released before the album dropped including, “Like Whoa” and “Young Jesus” featuring Big Lenbo.  Both of these songs have their own distinct sounds and represent the many different talents and sounds that Logic can deliver.  Logic also took the reins of the music video process for this album, directing the clever video that accompanies the single “Young Jesus”.… Continue reading

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Potty Mouth Talk Veruca Salt Influences, Album

potty mouthThe music community out of Western, Massachusetts is rich in its history going back to the influential Thurston Moore and Dinosaur Jr. The latest product from the region is the trio, Potty Mouth comprised of Abby Weems (guitar, lead vocals), Ally Einbinder (bass) and Victoria Mandanas (drums). The band released their debut 12″ vinyl EP, titled Sun Damage, in July 2012, which garnered much attention, followed up by the critically acclaimed full-length, Hell Bent in 2013. With much anticipation for a follow-up, the band recently released a five-song EP under their own imprint, Planet Whatever Records.… Continue reading

Mad Decent Boat Party 2015 not too Decent


I woke up in the neatly folded bed in my giraffe onesie. The silence was what shocked me the most as I slogged around the room trying to figure out how I ended up there the night before. The bowling alley wasn’t even open for others on the ship. After minutes of walking around the desolate room, it became clear that due to lack of sleep (from the non-stop bass),  I had accidentally stumbled across the only peaceful room on the Mad Decent Boat Party.… Continue reading

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Phantoms Talk Acting Origins, Musical Influences

phantomsDark pop duo Phantoms, Kyle Kaplan and Vinnie Pergola, started out working in Hollywood at an early age as child actors, working on various television shows and in commercials. Although they had some success, they grew weary of the acting scene and focused on their passions for making music, that first started out with bands inspired by the populist funk they’d grown up around—Pergola’s father and accomplished rhythm guitarist in numerous outfits and Kaplan’s uncle Rory handled keyboards for Michael Jackson during the Bad era. It wasn’t long until the two discovered electronic music and delved into the likes of Daft Punk and the Ed Banger Records crew, inspiring the duo to form Phantoms. First getting into the DJ scene where they met an unknown DJ Skrillex at the time, it didn’t take long until Phantoms started producing their own music. “We’re constantly striving to instill a sense of class back into dance music” says Pergola. “We want to craft a performance and actually make it a show. It’s more than just track after track and drop after drop. We aim high to take our audience on an elaborate journey into the night”.… Continue reading

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Oscar Scheller Talks Influences, Debut Album

oscar schellerUK artist Oscar Scheller grew up with musician parents and started playing piano at the age of six. The 23-year-old eventually learned about hip-hop and the UK garage scene through his sister and would eventually start making his own music. Known artistically as Oscar, he describes his music as gangsta melancholy and makes heavy use of snippets of sampled breakbeats, broken off from 90’s East Coast rap records. Hailing from North West London, the British singer-songwriter, released the EP Beautiful Words and toured through most of 2015, playing select U.S. dates including CMJ and also embarked on a European tour, where he played festivals in Germany, England, and Netherlands.  … Continue reading

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Yukon Blonde Talk On Blonde, Perform Live

yukon blonde
Yukon Blonde release their third full-length album, On Blonde, this past June and are currently on tour in support of the album. Prior to the release, the band took a couple of years off embarking on other projects, including the solo project by lead singer, Jeff Innes. The album shows the band experimenting with psychedelic, digital and synthetic sounds yet retains their trademark hard-hitting choruses, highlighted by shimmering pop production. “It’s a more dynamic and more visceral album than our previous records,” explains Innes. “We were more ambitious writing On Blonde so it’s sort of ironic that in experimenting we created a more accessible record than ever before.”… Continue reading

EDC Orlando 2015 Flying in with Amazing Acts

11406600_10153290099036877_8911375384918782010_o-720x720The madness that is the Electric Daisy Carnival continues on to Central Florida kicking off at Tinker Field Orlando with best line up yet. Headliners include regulars like Kaskade, Tiesto, Bassnectar, LaidBack Luke, Paul Van Dyke and similar veterans to Insomniac events. The two day event will be hosting several stages and promises to be the biggest EDC Orlando festival yet.… Continue reading