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11 Years Gone: Tribute to Elliot Smith

This week marks the 11-year anniversary of the death of American singer-songwriter and musician Elliot Smith.  Having endured a difficult childhood filled with unspeakable traumas, Smith suffered from drug dependence, alcoholism and depression, all topics and themes that influenced his music.  Despite such a rough experience, the artist found a way to contribute to the world of music and live a successful career that spanned twelve years.… Continue reading

Interview: Finch

IMG_2534Finch broke onto the post-hardcore scene with 2002′s “What It Is To Burn,” a pivotal album in the scene, that the band recently celebrated the anniversary of with a tour which saw them playing the fan favorite front to back every night. The band reformed for that tour after having been broken up for a couple years, and on the fuel provided by their reunion anniversary tour, wrote a killer new album, “Back To Oblivion,” their first full length in nearly a decade. B-Sides caught up with the guys at their stop in Boston on Monday, and chatted about the new album, their return to the scene, and more. … Continue reading

LIVE REVIEW: St. Vincent – Miami Beach, FL

FullSizeRender (6) One of the most peculiar, yet fascinating acts of their time is St. Vincent, AKA Annie Clark. St. Vincent has been around for a while, gaining a devoted and passionate following thanks to her wondrous guitar playing and tasteful shift of styles within each release. This talented act is currently promoting her eponymous fourth album, through her Digital Witness Tour, which included an October 6th show at The Fillmore in Miami Beach, FL. Compared to big cities such as New York, we usually don’t usually get as many exciting acts coming down to South Florida, so it was refreshing to have St. Vincent back since their last show here in 2012.… Continue reading

Nice Boys: The Axl Rose Story (part three)

Nice Boys
The Axl Rose Story: Part Three
By Joseph Feeney III
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After what was referred to as the “Hell Tour,” the five members of Guns N’ Roses pledged musical and personal allegiance to each other, as they set off on their journey to the top of the rock world. From June 1985 on, they were going to do anything it took to get there, even while they occasionally sabotaged themselves and burnt bridges along the way.

The band’s lineup was finally solidified. Lead Singer, Axl Rose; Lead Guitar, Slash; Bass, Duff McKagan; Rhythm Guitar, Izzy Stradlin; Drums, Steven Adler. For the remainder of 1985, they played any LA clubs that would have them, including The Troubadour, and The Roxy.

Some members of the band kept a side job for extra cash during this time period. Axl worked as a manager at Tower Records, and was part of a scientific study, smoking endless packs of cigarettes for $8 an hour at UCLA. Izzy? Well, Izzy sold heroin, and somehow Joe Perry and Steven Tyler knew Izzy extremely well before the band started to make a buzz.… Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Stars – No One Is Lost

3a8c0e6fStars just dropped their new album “No One In Lost,” and over here at B-Sides we plugged our headphones in, turned the volume up to a hard seven, and found out if no one is truly lost. The Toronto based band’s seventh full length affair was recorded at Mount Zoomer in Montreal, which sits atop what used to be a gay disco. The disco seems to have managed to creep through the floorboards and into the bands songwriting, with a clearly audible influence lingering throughout “No One Is Lost.
The album gets right into the new found disco appreciation with “From the Night,” cranking out funky guitar and bass licks over high-hat dominated choruses, all lead by alternating vocals from singers Torquil Campbell and Amy Milan. The album dips more and more back into the indie-pop sound as the album presses forward, finding Campbell and Milan each taking the individual spotlight, showcasing Campbell’s unique voice which sounds like a blend of Ben Gibbard and Morrissey. … Continue reading

Top 10 Green Day Tracks of All Time

Recently, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees for 2015 were announced, and among them was the iconic punk band Green Day.  Formed in 1987 by lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong and bassist Mike Dirnt in the California East Bay (and later joined by drummer Tre Cool), these punk idols followed in the footsteps of their predecessors the Clash, the Sex Pistols and the Ramones.… Continue reading

Culture Collide Kicks Off In San Francisco + Los Angeles

culturecollideCulture Collide kicks off this week in San Francisco and Los Angeles, CA with a stellar lineup of up-and coming bands and solid established artists. The festival will take place at various venues throughout each city during its individual runs. The San Francisco two-day event starts today, October 14 and will feature Cloud Nothings, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Beat Connection and others. The Los Angeles event will follow up starting October 16th showcasing a similar lineup but with the addition of M0, Nina Persson, Quantic and other artists. The event will also feature panel discussions by Yelp, Electronic Arts and Bandpage to talk about the evolving relationships between music and technology. Lagunita, Anchor Brewing and other culinary companies and institutions will be on-hand to provide tastings and participate in the panels.… Continue reading

VIDEO: Phantogram Interview At Austin City Limits 2014

Phantogram2014 has been a great year for Phantogram as the duo garnered much-deserved exposure from their latest album, “Voices”. The band from upstate New York released their debut album, “Eyelid Movies” in 2009 on Barsuk Records and garnered much acclaim and a rapidly growing fan base. The buzz caught the attention of many a major label and Phantogram eventually signed with Republic. The band’s standout track, “Mouthful of Diamonds” was a fan favorite amongst many and was used in various commercials. It was this exposure that caught the attention of Outkast rapper, producer, Big Boi, who heard the band on a video that was playing while surfing the internet. The trio formed a friendship and bond that led to Phantogram being featured on three tracks on his solo album, “Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors” in 2012.… Continue reading

VIDEO: Interview With Night Terrors of 1927 At Austin City Limits 2014

Night Terrors of 1927Night Terrors of 1927 came together as fluke of sorts, as the two friends Blake Sennett and Jarrod Gorbel wanted to explore parts of their creativity they hadn’t been able to in their previous projects. Sennett, had worked with Rilo Kiley and The Elected, and Gorbel, The Honorary Title, as well as a solo artist. When the two started writing together, things clicked quickly and organically and they formed Night Terrors of 1927, whose name is inspired by a phrase found in a journal by Gorbel’s grandfather. The band spent most of 2014 touring in support of their EP, Anything To Anyone and putting the finishing touches on their debut album, set to be released in early 2015.… Continue reading

VIDEO: Sean Van Vleet Of Empires At Austin City Limits 2014

Sean Van Vleet- EmpiresChicago-based band, Empires, are a band who nearly won a high-profile contest put on by Rolling Stone yet continue to garner recognition and were even invited to play Lollapalooza. Not bad for runners up. The quartet started making music in 2007 and made a name for themselves with a few EPs under their belt and constant touring. The band had become accustomed to not only recording and producing their own music, but also shot their own music videos and visual artwork for their albums. In 2011, the unsigned band rolled the dice and participated in a contest to win a cover spot on Rolling Stone Magazine. The band didn’t win but their profile continued to increase, so much so, they were invited to perform at Lollapalooza in 2012.… Continue reading

PHOTOS: Gerard Way, The Eeries- Fall 2014 Tour Opening Night In San Francisco, CA

IMG_5368bGerard Way kicked off his North American fall tour in San Francisco, CA Sunday night and it was evident that his fans are just as loyal to him as they were when he was with My Chemical Romance. The crowd was predominantly a mix of teens and twentysomethings, who knew most of the songs throughout the set. Opening the night was Southern California band, The Eeries, who have been garnering attention with their lively alternative rock sound inspired by The Pixies, Oasis, Smashing Pumpkins, most notably heard on their breakthrough track, “Cool Kid”. Although frontman, Isaiah Silva, was suffering from pneumonia, the band was energetic and tight throughout its set. Standouts “Shine On” and “Loser” show the upstart band has lots of potential in the future and there’s much to look forward to when their full-length debut album is released early 2015.… Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Weezer’s Everything Will Be Alright In The End

weezer-608x611Released earlier this week, Weezer’s Everything Will Be Alright In The End takes us back to a simpler time in the band’s history, delivering on what their fans want most: catchy pop punk and rock and roll music that addresses the usual issues, like fights with Dad and girl drama. Having not released a record since 2010, the songs Weezer produced on their ninth album beg their loyal fan base to get cozy and warm up to lyrics and melodies that will make us wonder why they ever went away. … Continue reading

LIVE REVIEW: The Bots- Cambridge, MA

IMG_2348Monday night, the insanely talented and insanely young duo, The Bots owned the stage at The Sinclair in Cambridge, MA. We would have better pictures to prove it to you but, there was a mix-up with the press passes at the box office, so these cell phone pics will have to do! The band wasted no time getting into things, coming out heavy and strong with a song reminiscent of Nirvana and The Pixies; featuring relaxed verses that exploded into loud infectious choruses. This would be the story of the night, as the two brothers Anaiah and Mikaiah Lei who are 17 and 21 respectively, played with the confidence of veterans more than twice their age.

Guitarist and vocalist Mikaiah flaunted his prowess on the guitar, jumping around sporadicallyIMG_2351 with the soul of pure punk rockers, while shredding riffs that would make Jack White and Dan Auerbach drool with envy. His charisma was infectious, as a crowd that was clearly not there to see his band was left with huge smiles on their faces by the time they wrapped up. His younger brother, drummer Anaiah, was less of a showman, remaining focused as he balanced pounding away on live drums with handling drum machines and keys as well. The two commanded the rooms attention, even at the beginning of their set when there was only about twenty people or so standing in front of them.… Continue reading