PHOTOS: Zeds Dead – San Francisco, CA 1/17/2020

Headlining the first night of Wobbleland, Zeds Dead returned to the San Francisco fresh on the heels of releasing 'We Are Deadbeats, Vol. 4' that came out January 14th. With only Zachary Rapp-Rovan (aka DC and Hooks) performing, the show still captivated the sold-out crowd at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium with lots of visuals, lasers and air cannons to accompany the bangers. Although Rovan hit the stage shortly after 11:30p, the audience was hyped and full of energy as they danced, moshed and headbanged throughout his hour and a half set. There were so many people

PHOTOS: Rex Orange County – San Francisco, CA 1/16/2020

Like all of the shows on his current tour, Rex Orange County performed to a sold-out Masonic in San Francisco Thursday night Jan. 16th. It was the first of two shows in the Bay Area, with the second night at the nearby Fox Theater in Oakland. Although there was an large crowd who showed up early before doors opened to get a good spot, fans continued streaming in right up until show time. With no opener, Rex Orange County had the audience to himself, emerging onto the stage in a black hoodie and jeans to begin the

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – CloZee at SnowGlobe 2019: Talks Moving To The U.S., Upcoming New Music

Over the course of her young career, CloZee has performed on many continents: from Coachella to India, on four US Tours, and everywhere around her native France. Due to her broad range of influences that come from all facets of music that she's encountered throughout her international travels, CloZee (born Chloé Herry) has a growing and loyal fanbase from all over the world. With classical guitar roots, CloZee is able to create a melting pot of instrumentation and cinematic flair from the first-hand influence of flamenco to edIT of The Glitch Mob. Her debut album 'Evasion' was

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – SG Lewis at SnowGlobe 2019: Talks Elton John, Disco Influence

SG Lewis has worked hard to not only become known as a songwriter and DJ but also a well-respected producer amongst his peers. The British artist released a three-part concept album, 'Dusk, Dark, Dawn' over the past year and a half that Lewis describes as a chronicle of the trajectory of a night out through its different moods and genres and serves as a tribute to club and youth culture. Lewis first became interested in music during his teens and played in several bands before he started experimenting with remixing tracks. Influenced by the introspective pop of

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Kendoll at SnowGlobe 2019: Talks Connection to Seattle Seahawks, New Music

Melding the sounds of bassline house and UK groove, Kendoll has been a growing presence in the electronic music scene. The Seattle, Washington native started as a DJ at various venues in the area before relocating to Los Angeles to attend the music production school Icon Collective. After graduating, she's toured all across the U.S., having made an appearance at Life is Beautiful and released the EP 'Rabbit Hole' along with numerous singles. B-Sides caught up with Kendoll at SnowGlobe 2019 to talk about her connection to the Seattle Seahawks, new music and more. Check out the interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpzNprSDDnc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvgyYkFnsC0

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Kah-Lo at SnowGlobe 2019 – Talks Idris Elba, New Music

Since moving from Nigeria to New York, Kah-Lo has built a loyal and growing following ever since her Grammy Award nomination alongside Riton for Best Dance Recording with “Rinse and Repeat.” She's collaborated with the likes of Mr. Eazi, Diplo, Idris Elba, The Knocks, Davido and Michael Brun, and gained a Selena Gomez co-sign. Her debut collaborative album with Riton 'Foreign Ororo' received millions of streams and she is the most streamed female Nigerian artist worldwide. She made an appearance during Idris Elba's set at Coachella to perform on their collaboration, "Ballie" and more recently had been opening for Bea

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – MAX Talks Forthcoming New Album, Plans For A Family

Max Schneider (MAX) is prepping for a new album, having released the single “Checklist” featuring electro-funk duo Chromeo late 2019. The track is the follow-up to “Love Me Less” featuring Quinn XCII. The new material comes after a hiatus that saw the established Youtube star and actor get married and focus on his personal life while working out the new songs. Born in Hell's Kitchen, New York City, the singer, model and actor had success with his 2016 full-length album, 'Hell’s Kitchen Angel' that featured “Lights Down Low.” The song generated half a billion streams globally and

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Lennon Stella Talks Writing Camp, Upcoming Debut Album

Coming from a musical family, twenty year-old Canadian actress/singer/author and fashionista Lennon Stella has already achieved immense success in her career. Gaining attention from her role as Maddie Conrad in the hit TV series 'Nashville' from 2012-2018, Stella was regularly featured singing alongside her real-life sister, Maisy Stella, who also was on the show. Lennon’s success with her songwriting career began during her time on Nashville as one of the writers on nine different songs that were featured in numerous episodes of the series. Prior to landing the acting role, Lennon had already gained national attention when her and Maisy’s cover of Robyn’s “Call your Girlfriend” went viral. Fresh off her first

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Circa Waves Talk Covering The Proclaimers, Fatherhood

Circa Waves recently announced that their fourth studio album 'Sad Happy' will be released on March 13, 2020 via Prolifica Inc /[PIAS]. The album is the band's follow-up to 'What's It Like Over There?' that was just released in April 2019. The album is formed by two diametrically distinctive sides, which will see the 'Happy' side released individually January 10, 2020 before uniting as one complete body of work on March 13, 2020. The band's singer/songwriter Kieran Shudall shared, "We live in a world split into two extreme halves. One moment, you’re filled with the existential crisis

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Blossoms Talk “Jessie’s Girl”, Paul McCartney, ‘Foolish Loving Spaces’

UK band Blossoms will be releasing their third studio full-length, 'Foolish Loving Spaces' on January 31 2020 [Avenue A/Virgin EMI] too much anticipation. The band has already released a couple of songs from the album including "Your Girlfriend" and “The Keeper”. The album is described as a romantic page-turner of light and shade, as the band explains: “The album is a pure celebration of love in all of its splendid and baffling guises, toying with the so-called sins of lust and forbidden infatuation. It’s inspired by a summer spent listening to ‘Stop Making Sense’, ‘The Joshua Tree’ & ‘Screamadelica’." Comprised

Rage Against The Machine, Frank Ocean, Travis Scott To Headline Coachella 2020

As is tradition in the first few days of the new year, the lineup for Coachella has been announced. Headlininers include the previously confirmed Rage Against the Machine along with Travis Scott and Frank Ocean. Taking place over two weekends starting April 10, 2020 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA, other performers include the return of Calvin Harris, Run The Jewels, Flume, Lana Del Rey, Thom Yorke, Danny Elfman, Disclosure, Charli XCX, Brockhampton, FKA Twigs, Lil Uzi Vert, Denzel Curry, Rex Orange County, Mura Masa and more. There will certainly be chatter for the emerging artists who

PHOTO REVIEW: MTV’s SnowGlobe Festival Rings in 2020 Filled With Highlights

MTV's Snowglobe 2019 brought out lots of revelers stoked to ring in the new decade in South Lake Tahoe, CA. Weather is always a major topic for this outdoor winter festival and aside from snowfall toward the very end of the first day, Mother Nature cooperated for the three-day event. With a more compact layout this year, it was easy to walk from the main stage to the smaller indoor stage, The Igloo and other outdoor stage, Sierra was a short distance away. Headlined by Skrillex, Zhu and Louis The Child, there were lots of highly anticipated

Top 15 Albums of the 2010s

As the aughts gave us groundbreaking music with the rise of indie rock, blog-influenced bands and a period of emo bands, the 2010s provided a wealth of new music. The era of 2010-2019 saw the rise of EDM as Calvin Harris, Skrillex, Tiesto and Marshmello became household names, the shift into pop-alternative from artists like Imagine Dragons, Foster The People, twenty one pilots and The 1975 found mainstream success and hip-hop continued to remain strong from the likes of Kanye West, Chance The Rapper and Kendrick Lamar dominated festivals that were previously headlined predominantly by rock acts.

PHOTOS: Matisyahu – Nashville, TN 12/11/2019

Matisyahu has been on the road for much of the year and continues to play to packed shows. His show at the Cannery Ballroom in Nashville, TN was an incredible night of sing-alongs and dancing highlighted by his rich vocals. Performing well-known songs like "Step Out Into The Light", "Sunshine" and "King Without A Crown", Matisyahu and his band had the crowd swaying and dancing throughout the set. Opener Bedouin Soundclash was as equally engaging as the duo from Toronto were upbeat and got the crowd going early on with songs like "Clock Work" and "When We're Gone". Check out

PHOTO REVIEW: Illenium Pulls Out All The Stops – San Francisco, CA 12/14/2019

To say that 2019 was a banner year for Illenium is an understatement. The electronic producer and performer was already playing to sold out large venues but his current album, 'Ascend', lived up to the hype and brought him to another level. Born Nick Miller, Illenium had mainstream success this year with the radio single, "Good Things Fall Apart" that exposed his music and influence to a wide array of music fans and industry peers. He sold out three shows in his hometown of San Francisco, with night two at 20,000 person capacity newly built Chase Center.

PHOTO REVIEW: Billie Eilish Performs at Inaugural Apple Music Awards 12/4/2019

In a surprise public announcement just a day earlier, the inaugural Apple Music Awards took place on Wednesday December 4, 2019. The streaming service had announced the winners of their initial four awards- Artist of the Year: Billie Eilish, Songwriters of the Year Billie Eilish and FINNEAS, Breakthrough Artist of the Year: Lizzo, and Song of the Year: “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X. The event took place at the Steve Jobs Theater in Apple's Cupertino, CA headquarters with a special acoustic performance by Eilish and her brother FINNEAS. Prior to the show, Apple Music global

PHOTO REVIEW: Big Wild Concludes ‘Superdream Tour’ in San Francisco, CA 12/30/2019

Big Wild concluded his 'Superdream Tour' in San Francisco, CA on Saturday November 30th at the Bill Graham Civic Center with an impressive large-scale production. The audience who came to see the producer/performer brought a high level of energy, which Big Wild and his accompanying musicians and singers fed off of throughout the night. Emerging on stage first was guitarist Maddie Rice, who strummed the beginning riffs of "City of Sound", off of Big Wild's debut album 'Superdream'. Big Wild (born Jackson Stell) would shortly run onto the stage and started singing to an overwhelming hyped audience.

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – half alive Talk Holograms, Bunk Beds, Debut Album

What was supposed to be a challenge to half•alive member Josh Taylor to pen 50 songs during a seven-month break from film school turned into a huge viral moment and a record deal for half•alive. Song #11 among the original 50 in the challenge, “still feel.,” broke out in 2018 and continued its momentum in 2019 as a mainstream alternative radio hit. The Long Beach trio of Josh Taylor [vocals], Brett Kramer [drums], and J Tyler Johnson [bass] got together in 2016 and set out a charter to create music as “a small universe for people to get

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – The Regrettes Talk On-Stage Mishap, Writing ‘How Do You Love’

The Regrettes recently released an original song for the upcoming holiday season, “Holiday-ish”(feat.Dylan Minnette). The track was co-written by The Regrettes’ frontwoman Lydia Night and her boyfriend, Dylan, and will also be released as a 7” vinyl available on November 29th in celebration of Record Store Day’s Black Friday special. The L.A. power-pop group, The Regrettes, recently released their highly-anticipated sophomore album, How Do You Love? to overwhelming global acclaim. 'How Do You Love' was recorded in L.A and Nashville and is informed by the socio-political climate wrapped in a layer of love and relationships; "The whole

PHOTOS: Elderbrook Brings Incredible One-Man Show To San Francisco, CA 11/22/2019

British artist Elderbrook energized the packed house at 1015 Folsom in San Francisco, Saturday 11/22. Fresh off a slew of international dates that included festival performances, Elderbrook (real name Alexander Kotz), put on a show filled with subtle visuals that fit with his catalog of catchy tunes. Familiar tunes filled the early part of the set that included, "Difficult To Love", "Talking" and "Good Times" that had the crowd dancing as he alternated between percussion, singing and keyboards. Literally a one-man show, Elderbrook's vocals were strong and at times, he would venture from behind his setup

REVIEW: Adult Swim Festival 2019 Retains Wackiness, Provides Non-Stop Entertainment

Adult Swim Festival returned this past weekend and the experience was packed with many notable music highlights and entertainment. It was quite an improvement from last years’s parking lot experience, where this year's event was held in Banc of California Stadium, giving attendees a more comfortable atmosphere while retaining the wackiness of exhibits, attractions and music. The alternating main stage made for quick set changes which made for non-stop entertainment. Like a cartoon circus, there was stimulation overload so here are some highlights from B-Sides: HIGH: HEALTH - the LA noise-rock trio KILLED their set. Their frenetic music definitely fits The Adult

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Absofacto Talks Early Influence of Japanese Lo-Fi Hip-Hop on “Dissolve”, New Single “Rewind”

Absofacto has released his eagerly awaited new single titled, “Rewind.” The song is the follow-up to his breakthrough hit single, “Dissolve," which has amassed millions of streams worldwide, hit the top 10 on Billboard’s “Alternative Songs” chart and has been featured in more than 2 million fan-created uploads on TikTok. Absofacto is the brainchild of Michigan-born, Los Angeles-based musician Jonathan Visger, who initially started out in the band Mason Proper in 2004 but began creating his distinctive fusion of dream pop, art rock, and inventive electronica as Absofacto in 2008. "Creatively in my mind, making Absofacto

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Ashe Talks Moving On, New Music, Working With Finneas

Singer/songwriter Ashe released her highly anticipated EP, Moral of the Story: Chapter 2 this past August. The collection of songs combined with the release of 'Chapter 1' marks the end of an era full of heartbreak and sadness experienced during the end of her marriage and ultimate divorce. Tracks such as, "In Disguise" and “Not How It’s Supposed To Go”, featured on 'Chapter 2', have resonated with music fans due to the intimate nature in topic and relatability. In speaking of the latter song, Ashe explained, “When you’re in a toxic relationship with someone, you often don’t

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – White Reaper Talk Live Element in ‘You Deserve Love’

From performing at numerous festivals like Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, and the newly added Not So Silent Night, not to mention supporting Spoon and The Struts, White Reaper are living up to their 2017 record The World’s Best American Band. With the recent release of their third studio album and major label debut, You Deserve Love on Elektra Records, White Reaper continues to grow their burgeoning fanbase. Formed in the fertile DIY scene of Louisville, KY, White Reaper cut their teeth playing a number of local and regional shows that landed them a record deal and the release of their eponymous

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Kim Petras Talks Danny Elfman, First Time Performing For Parents

At the start of 2019, Kim Petras sold out her first ever headline shows in New York City, Los Angeles, and Melbourne before headlining Sydney Mardi Gras. The demand to see her perform live would continue in subsequent tours, as her summer Broken Tour sold out during presale prompting many of the performances to move to larger venues. Currently on tour in support of her recently released debut, Clarity, Petras shows no signs of slowing down to satiate her fans. Ahead of Halloween, Petras released Turn Off The Light Vol. 2 on October 1, the sequel to her critically-acclaimed, Halloween-inspired mixtape released last year. The German pop

PHOTO REVIEW: Gramatik – Oakland, CA 11/01/2019

Denis Jasarević, also known as Gramatik has just released his brand new album, RE:COIL Pt. II, the artist’s first album release in two years. Fans have been eager for the compilation that features 8 new and original tracks, featuring an all-star collab lineup with Big Gigantic, Anomalie, Waka Flocka Flame, ProbCause, Kotek, Beat Fatigue, Defunk, Luxas, and Chrishira Perrier. Gramatik just kicked off his fall tour in support of the new album and his show at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA was one big dance party. Performing with his guitarist, Andrew Block, Gramatik had an exciting backdrop of visuals

PHOTO REVIEW: Bishop Briggs – San Francisco, CA 11/02/2019

Saturday night saw Bishop Briggs perform in front of a packed enthusiastic crowd at The Warfield in San Francisco. Although she’s been mostly playing various festivals during the last year, this is her first major tour since early 2018. Briggs is currently touring in support of the release of her sophomore studio album, ‘Champion’. The stage setup featured a set of video screens across the stage with the drummer and guitarist/keyboardist on a platform above the screens. After a countdown display on the video screens hit 00:00:00, and intro music started to play as Briggs emerged on

LIVE REVIEW: Ra Ra Riot – San Francisco, CA 10/30/2019

Ra Ra Riot kicked off their headlining tour earlier this month in support of their recently released fifth studio album, Superbloom. The Superbloom Tour keeps the band on the active touring circuit as they served as support for this summer’s outing with Third Eye Blind and Jimmy Eat World on The Summer Gods Tour. With a mix of throwbacks from their earlier work, the music on Superbloom fit in perfectly as they brought their show to the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. Kicking off the show with the joyful "Absolutely" and the title track from their third

VIDEO: INTERVIEW: MUNA Talk Rawness and Vulnerability of ‘Saves The World, Growing Older

The sophomore album by MUNA titled 'Saves The World' via RCA Records, immediately garnered critical acclaim upon its release in September. Tackling topics of self-love, addiction and the experience of growing older, the album represents the different experiences the three members, Katie Gavin, Naomi McPherson and Josette Maskin went through after the success of their debut album, 'About U'. “I was struggling being on my own,” says Gavin. “I had also made a choice to take time off relationships after a series of failures. I needed to really be with myself.” The lead single, 'Number One Fan' emerged

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Ruel Talks Personal Growth in Latest EP ‘Free Time’, Getting First Tattoo

A lot has changed in the year between EPs for Ruel. Having recently released his newest EP, 'Free Time' that features singles "Painkiller", "Face to Face" and "Real Thing". The budding Australian artist stated, "I went into the writing room with a bit more life experience and a clearer creative direction on how I approached the songs. These songs are the most personal tracks I’ve put out to date and I really feel like I discovered a specific sound for this project.” The material follows the release of Ruel’s debut EP, 'Ready', which earned him Multi-Platinum and Gold status with singles ‘Dazed & Confused’ and ‘Younger’ and ‘Don’t

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Hippie Sabotage at Austin City Limits 2019

Hippie Sabotage is known for their raucous live performances that are unique based on the energy of the audience and environment. The duo made up of brothers Kevin & Jeff Saurer grew up in Sacramento, CA starting off as bedroom producers, inspired by their favorite skate videos making hip-hop instrumentals that would eventually evolve into electronic and now more guitar-based electronic. They achieved millions of streams and have been performing at numerous festivals including Bonnaroo, Coachella, Lollapalooza, Made in America, Burning Man and more recently, Austin City Limits 2019. B-Sides met up with Hippie Sabotage before their set at Austin City

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – K.Flay at Austin City Limits 2019

Two-time Grammy-nominated artist K.Flay returned in 2019 with her third full-length album, 'Solutions', that features standout tracks "Bad Vibes", "Sister" and "Good News". The follow-up to her breakthrough, 'Every Where Is Some Where' features a variety of analog synths along with live bass and guitar, bobbing and weaving between pop, rock, hip-hop, and electronic moods. Taking a positive approach to the lyrical content, K.Flay (aka Kristine Flaherty) took the current socio-political climate and its effect on daily life and envisioned a smile as a symbol of true rebellion. She explained: “When I got home from tour, I

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Superet at Austin City Limits 2019

Superet has had a busy 2019, having toured up and down the West Coast and across the country all the while releasing their debut album "How To Work A Room" in May. Tracks "Comes As Relief" and "YDS2M" were produced and mixed by Dave Fridmann (Tame Impala, MGMT, Spoon) and mastered by multiple Grammy winner, Greg Calbi (Arcade Fire, Tame Impala, The War on Drugs). As lead singer/guitarist, Matt Blitzer, best describes, "When entering the 'room' in which this album exists, we carry with us a few things in common. Tales of heartbreak, isolation, confusion and desire. The age of

PHOTOS: FINNEAS Headlines San Francisco, CA 10/15/2019

Finneas has been touring with his sister Billie Eilish and performing his own set throughout the year, sometimes opening for her and most recently played his own set at Austin City Limits. That set was a sneak peek of the music on his debut EP 'Blood Harmony,' which was just released on October 4th via OYOY. The singer/songwriter kicked off his sold-out North American headlining tour in San Francisco at August Hall. The energetic crowd came early as they were lined up for hours before doors and they reached a frenzy when the lights went down before Finneas took

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Shura at Austin City Limits 2019

Shura didn't have to dig much for inspiration to her latest album, forevher, which was released Secretly Canadian on August 16th. The album was primarily about Shura’s relationship with her girlfriend and their long-distance conception, tracing everything from the initial pull of desire to that first IRL meeting. After numerous video calls, Shura and her partner met on their first date with Shura traveling from London to New York City. “I had travelled to NYC to go on it, so I was a little bit nervous as this was definitely THE most high stakes date I'd ever been

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – BONES UK at Austin City Limits 2019

London-bred band BONES UK released their highly anticipated self-titled debut album on July 12th via Sumerian Records. The duo of singer/guitarist Rosie Bones and guitarist Carmen Vandenberg saw their profile increase when legendary musician Jeff Beck invited them to tour with him and also work on his album 'Loud Hailer'. Growing up in Italy, Carmen began playing violin at age five and took up the guitar after seeing a video of Jimi Hendrix performing at Woodstock. Classically trained in guitar from age six, she later ventured into blues and rock, eventually crossing paths with Rosie after

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Nick Allbrook of Pond Talks Forthcoming Live Album, Climate Change

With their latest album, Tasmania, only six months old, Pond announced that Sessions, an album of live studio performances composed of songs from across their discography will be released Novermber 8, 2019 on Spinning Top/Interscope. The band's Jay Watson had the following to say on the genesis of Sessions: "We wanted to capture how the band has been playing live lately and commit that to tape while we were in the middle of a long tour. As you play the same song for years, or even as a single tour rolls on, the way you play the songs mutates.

PHOTOS: Clairo + beabadoobee- San Francisco, CA 10/14/2019

Clairo was a few songs away from the end of her set during her sold-out show in San Francisco when a magnitude 4.5 earthquake hit the Bay Area around 10:30pm (fortunately there was no damage and no one was hurt). It was the second sold-out show at the Regency Ballroom and not one person noticed the earth shaking because they were too busy jumping and dancing while Clairo was performing "Sofia". Currently on tour in support of her debut album, Immunity, which was released in August, Clairo didn't disappoint. Emerging in her own merch, wearing a "Clairo"

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Hatchie Talks Opening For Kylie Minogue, Mosh Pits, New Music

The debut album by Hatchie, titled Keepsake, was released in June earlier this year and the Brisbane-bred musician otherwise known as Harriette Pilbeam garnered positive critical reviews and has a growing fanbase. Expanding the dream-pop sounds Hatchie created on her EP Sugar & Spice, Hatchie pushes into jagged guitar riffs and woozy rhythms combined with industrial-pop. Hatchie noted that naming the album Keepsake was appropriate since it serves as a document of a particularly kinetic moment in Hatchie's life. "I'm not much of a nostalgic person when it comes to memories, but I do have a tendency

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Kodie Shane Talks Rolling Loud 2019 Oakland, Forthcoming New Music

The debut album by Kodie Shane, Young HeartThrob was released late last year via Epic Records, garnering critical acclaim and helped establish a growing fanbase. Shane's live shows have been getting attention for her energy and engaging stage presence and enabled her to have performed as festivals around the world, from Rolling Loud, Made in America and SXSW to most recently at ComplexOn. The Chicago native who now lives in Atlanta, first attracted attention with 2016’s debut EP Zero Gravity, which features her breakthrough “Sad” [feat. Lil Yachty], as well as “Drip On My Walk.” B-Sides spoke with Kodie Shane

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Rexx Life Raj Talks Rolling Loud Oakland, New Music

Critically acclaimed artist Rexx Life Raj recently performed at Rolling Loud in Oakland, CA ahead of the release of his forthcoming album: Father Figure 3: Somewhere Out There. Garnering praise for the release of “Moonwalk”, which is featured on the new album, the Berkeley, California artist (born Faraji Wright) has worked with many recognizable names such as Kehlani, Russ, G-Eazy, Lecrae, Mozzy and others. Discovering his love for music by way of his church upbringing and the encouragement of his mother, Rexx Life Raj took the influences from the teachings from his father who taught him the beauty

PHOTO REVIEW: Austin City Limits 2019 Weekend One

All puns aside, Austin City Limits 2019 was fire by all accounts- the artists brought the heat, the weather was scorching and music fans took advantage to step up their festival fashion. With temperatures hovering in the low to mid 90s throughout the weekend, festival organizers noted that this would be the hottest ACL Fest in its history but It didn’t prevent anyone from attending. Highly anticipated sets by Billie Eilish, Lizzo, Cardi B and Childish Gambino were overflowing with people and those between the soundboard and stage were tightly packed. Up-and-coming artists like Pink Sweat$, King

PHOTOS: dodie – Oakland, CA 10/06/2019

Online phenom, dodie has been capturing the hearts of numerous fans as she's stepped out from behind the phone screen and performing live on her current tour. dodie stepped up her game in Oakland, CA and overwhelming impressed the audience. Supporting her latest EP, Human, which has amassed millions of streams online, the 24 year old from the UK has built an organic and devout fanbase on YouTube a la Troye Sivan, Daniel Howell and others. Highlighted by the tracks, "Would You Be So Kind" and "Sick of Losing Soulmates", dodie had fans singing loudly and dancing throughout

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – The Shelters Talk ‘Jupiter Sidecar’, Perform “You’re Different” Live

Southern California alt-rock outfit The Shelters have released their second studio album Jupiter Sidecar, out today on Warner Records. Praised by Flaunt for its “modern, guitar heavy sound,” the new album presented an interesting challenge for the band, as it was the first music they wrote in the wake of mentor Tom Petty’s tragic passing. They returned to Petty’s home studio in Malibu – where they’d spent countless hours crafting their 2016 debut – to absorb that history while simultaneously pushing forward and coming into their own. “In many ways, the record really shows we’re a California band,” affirms Chase Simpson

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Hayden James Talks Debut Album, Early Days with Rufus Du Sol, Alison Wonderland

"I grew up DJing," said another rising Australian DJ/producer Hayden James whose been dropping singles and an EP since 2013. Getting attention from Disclosure and Odesza, James toured with them globally and also got to perform at Australia's own Splendour in the Grass. In 2014, his most-streamed single at the time "Something About You" was certified gold in Australia and two years later "Just a Lover" was nominated for Best Dance Release by ARIA. He gained the attention from the likes of pop star Katy Perry producing a number of tracks for her and co-writing the song "Deja

LIVE REVIEW: Michigander – Nashville, TN 9/27/2019

Michigander, the solo project formed by frontman and Michigan native Jason Singer, just released his newest EP, Where Do We Go From Here, September 13th via C3 Records. Michigander is bringing his uplifting anthems and solid musicianship to venues during his fall tour that made a stop at the High Watt in Nashville, TN. Joined by Andrews' and Chase Huglin, Michigander put on an intimate set filled with catchy tunes and empowering lyrics. andrews' aka singer and songwriter Michael Cronin is originally from Florida but now based in Nashville. Performing a mellow mix of electronic sounds with strong

PHOTOS: flor + joan – Nashville, TN 9/18/2019

Fresh on the heels of the release of their sophomore album, ley lines, on September 6th, flor hit the road in support of the new release last week with support from Lostboycrow and Little Rock, Arkansas duo joan. Bringing their show to the Exit/In in Nashville, TN, all three artists have a similar aesthetic and their stage presence was strong and lively. The line of fans awaiting to get into the venue early was long and the line was still evident during the first set as fans were still coming in well into 30-45 minutes after doors

LIVE REVIEW: James Arthur – San Francisco, CA 9/17/2019

The last few years have been remarkable for James Arthur, as he has racked up over a billion streams online thanks to his No.1 global hit "Say You Won't Let Go". The British artist is on tour for only a handful of select dates at intimate venues ahead of the release his third album, You on October 18th. The tour marks James’ first headlining run of the U.S., following his last tour as the supporting act for One Republic and Fitz & The Tantrums in 2017. An eager sold-out crowd welcomed the musician at the Independent in

PHOTOS: Barns Courtney – Nashville, TN 9/16/2019

Fresh off the release of his sophomore album, 404, Barns Courtney is back in the States for the North American leg of his current tour. His energetic and engaging shows are a trademark of the singer/songwriter, who stopped by the Mercy Lounge in Nashville, TN Monday night. For a Monday show, the audience was incredibly lively, enthusiastic and welcoming for openers, The Hunna. Led by lead singer Ryan Potter, the English band was a perfect match for Barns Courtney, as they were a lively and fun, tearing through songs like "Bonfire" and "You and I" that got the crowd dancing and

PHOTOS: Tash Sultana – Nashville, TN 9/15/2019

After releasing of their debut album, Flow State, approving audiences and critics alike were eager to see Tash Sultana perform the material live. They performed numerous festivals across Europe and has been playing at huge venues across North America, including dates scheduled at Red Rocks in Colorado and the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, CA. A literal one-person show, the Australian artist has garnered accolades for the live performances to go along with the award nominations for their recorded material including nominations for the prestigious Triple J Australian Album of the Year award and six ARIA's (The Australian Recording

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Travis Hawley of Night Riots Talks Sailing, Italy Travels, New Album

After a three year span between albums, Night Riots delivered their third studio album, New State Of Mind on Sumerian Records in July. With songs conceived over the past five years to the recent twelve months, the music is a notably more positive and upbeat compared to the clear dark undertones that were plentiful throughout their previous album, Love Gloom. "We worked really hard on this record... It's a new sound and throw back at the same time. All the songs are bops to me," says lead singer Travis Hawley. Tracks like "Tokyo Diamond Eyes" and "Leave

PHOTOS: slowthai – San Francisco, CA 9/5/2019

The highly anticipated West Coast show dates for slowthai finally arrived with September. The English rapper has a growing fanbase after having released his debut album, Nothing Great About Britain earlier this year and was promptly nominated for the prestigious Mercury Prize for UK Album of the Year. Awards or not, the audience in San Francisco was prepared for his engaging stage show that accompanied his critically acclaimed work. The sold-out show at the Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco was in a frenzy as soon as the music started and slowthai (born Tyron Frampton) hit the stage. Dressed in a track

PREVIEW: Aftershock 2019 Enters Eighth Year With Strong Lineup – Tool, System of a Down, Korn To Perform

Most would agree that the end of summer comes close to the festival season. As the leaves turn and Starbucks are rife with pumpkin spice everything, we fans of outdoor music find ourselves wanting. Enter: Aftershock 2019. You may find an offshoot here or there, but you certainly will not find another October three-day festival with a line up as strong as Aftershock. Last year, Aftershock hosted rock legends like Slash (w/Myles Kennedy), At the Drive-In, System of A Down, and Incubus, just to name a few. This year, the festival is three days long and features monster-mega-rock giants like Tool,

PHOTOS: Drab Majesty – San Francisco, CA 8/30/2019

With two sold-out shows in San Francisco, the anticipation for the live performances from Drab Majesty was at an all-time high. The first show at the Great American Music Hall made for a perfect setting for the band's music and aesthetics. The duo of Deb Demure and Mona D, who comprise of Drab Majesty, made their appearance on-stage with a bottle of wine and matching outfits. The set was highlighted by songs from their latest album, Modern Mirror, including "Oxytocin", "Ellipsis" and "Out of Sequence" that had many in the crowd dancing. There wasn't any chatter in between

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Still Woozy at Outside Lands 2019

Still Woozy, born Sven Gamsky, released his debut EP, Lately, in May earlier this year to much critical acclaim for his sunny, psychedelic pop songs that fuse a unique blend of electronic and acoustic elements. The EP features the track, "Lava", that's been a B-Sides favorite. In speaking about the song, Gamsky stated, "I wrote "Lava" after getting in a fight with the person I love. You feel multiple things in these moments, you feel the hurt and frustration of the fight, but you also feel the underlying love like an undercurrent that guides you back to you senses

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Bob Moses at Outside Lands 2019

2019 has been a busy year for Grammy award-winning duo Bob Moses, having been on the road since the release of their sophomore album, Battle Lines late last year. The Vancouver-bred, Los Angeles-based band comprised of Tom Howie and Jimmy Vallance have played milestone festivals this year including Coachella, Governors Ball, Outside Lands, Firefly, Electric Forest and Osheaga. Battle Lines garnered critical acclaim upon its release, which included the single “Back Down” that got significant airplay on commercial radio. In speaking about the album, the duo stated, “This record is about the battles and struggles we

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – SYML at Outside Lands 2019

Following an appearance at Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco and a sold-out headline show at Los Angeles’ historic Troubadour, Seattle artist and producer SYML aka Brian Fennell, released his latest single, “Meant To Stay Hid,” from his self-titled debut album that was released in May. SYML described the song as "a personal song about loss. It’s that tangible and uncomfortable whole-body feeling that someone is gone. It’s the reality that our memory of them will fade and change. But it’s also the beautiful, yet unreasonable, hope that we will be with them again. For whatever dark reason,

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Delacey at Outside Lands 2019

Singer-songwriter Delacey got her start in the music industry as a songwriter that started with “New York City” (cut by The Chainsmokers for 2015’s Bouquet). The experience would lead to opportunities to co-write with the likes of Demi Lovato and Zara Larsson amongst others, but it was her work with Halsey’s #1 hit “Without Me” that would give her the profile needed to breakout on her own. Well-known producer L.A. Reid took notice and signed her to his label, HITCO in late 2018. Originally from Orange County, Delacey started writing songs and playing piano at age seven,

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Alex Lahey at Outside Lands 2019

Garnering critical acclaim for her sophomore LP, The Best of Luck Club, 26-year-old Alex Lahey avoided any type of sophomore jinx and continues to satiate a growing fanbase. The album was primarily written in Nashville, TN where Lahey spent quite a bit of time in the local dive bar scene. The album covers a wide range of emotions and topics including self-doubt, burn out, break-ups and mental health. “When I was writing all the stuff in Nashville I was really inspired by the dive bar scene there and the idea that at these dive bars there’s no pretentious energy,” Lahey

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Wallows at Outside Lands 2019

2019 has been a busy year for the Los Angeles-based trio, Wallows. The band released their debut album, Nothing Happens in March and then proceeded to tour through UK, Europe and the U.S. that included playing Coachella, Lollapalooza, Outside Lands and MoPop. The members of Wallows have been friends since the age of 11 - Braeden Lemasters (vocals, guitar), Dylan Minnette (vocals, guitar) and Cole Preston (drums) and bring a wide range of influences to their music ranging from scores to Spike Jonze movies, the Beatles, bedroom pop and lo-fi hip-hop and ’70s post-punk as

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Brasstracks at Outside Lands 2019

Fresh off their performance at Outside Lands in San Francisco, Brasstracks just released their new single, "Professional" on August 9th. It follows up their live version of songs from their early 2019 EP Before We Go, recorded at the historic Studio B at Capitol Studios in Hollywood, CA. As a performance duo, they combine jazz trumpet, live drums, hip hop and guest vocals to create an audio and live experience. Brasstracks, comprised of Ivan Jackson and Conor Rayne, met while studying jazz at NYC's Manhattan School of Music. With the confidence gained from a growing on-line

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Talkie Perform Acoustic, Talk ‘Everything Matters’

San Francisco Bay Area band, Talkie, released Everything Matters earlier this year, their second full album release in a year, following up 2018's Fundamental Things. It's no coincidence, as both albums were pretty much written and recorded during the same timeframe. The band had numerous songs written prior to Fundamental Things but after they were nearly completed, there was a clearly a difference in their vibe. The band stated, "We started this one at the same time we started the last one because they were supposed to be one. But then when we were looking at

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Potty Mouth Talk ‘Snafu’, L.A. Lifestyle, Perform “I Wanna”

Rock trio, Potty Mouth released their long-awaited sophomore LP SNAFU in March to an eagerly awaiting audience and positive reviews. Six years after the release of the band's acclaimed 2013 debut album Hell Bent, SNAFU was inspired by the band standing firm in not comprising to the traditional standards of the music industry. "Our approach made things take longer, but it gave us more creative freedom," said bassist Ally Einbinder. "To have that flexibility was so helpful, and the amount we grew and learned during the making of this record is the product of a lot of

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Yeek Talks ‘IDK Where’, Genreless Label, Jesse Rutherford Collaboration

Twenty-eight-year-old singer, songwriter, and producer Yeek released his new EP IDK WHERE in May to critical acclaim. The new material has stood out due to Yeek's unique take on music blending elements taken from hip hop, rock and pop and includes features from Jesse Rutherford of The Neighbourhood, fellow Floridian native Dominic Fike and Umi. Yeek, a stage name he's had since middle school growing up in South Florida, was exposed to a wide spectrum of music from his family- his brother showed him hardcore and punk, which would lead Yeek to drum in various punk bands, his

PHOTOS: X Games 2019 Music – Incubus, Wu Tang Clan, SWMRS Thrills

Along with the amazing display of skill and excitement displayed by the athletes of skateboard, BMX and moto at X Games 2019, the musical entertainment at The Armory in Minneapolis, MN took each night to another level. It all started Thursday night with Oakland, California band SWMRS, whose young exciting brand of rock had fans dancing and singing along to songs like "Lose It", "Palm Trees", "Miley" and highlights from their latest album, Berkeley's On Fire. Right after the Skateboard Vert competition, Chevy Metal kicked it up a notch with their take on numerous covers ranging from songs

PHOTOS: X Games 2019 Shines in Minneapolis

It wouldn't be summer without X Games, the premier action sports competition showcasing the best in BMX, moto and skate, combined with amazing musical performances. With headliners Wu-Tang Clan, Diplo and Incubus performing throughout the multi-day event, the best athletes congregated in Minneapolis, MN at US Bank Stadium. The first day of competition kicked off with BMX Vert and two of the best in recent years, veterans Jamie Bestwick and Vince Byron battling for the gold. The youngest in the field at 29, Byron was trailing Bestwick after he laid down an impressive first run to move into the top spot.

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Mini Mansions Talk New Album, Intimate Song Material

Mini Mansions just released their new album, Guy Walks Into A Bar... on July 26, 2019 to much critical acclaim. Upon the release, Michael Shuman of Mini Mansions stated, “We’ve waited years for this day, and we can’t be more excited to release our third LP, Guy Walks Into a Bar... It wasn’t an easy record to make. It tested our interpersonal relationships within the band, as well as my own personal struggles in my past romantic relationship. But those hurdles have helped us to produce, as I see it, our most honest and self-reflective record to date. We

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Scarypoolparty Talks Trent Reznor, American Idol Experience, Forging Ahead

Twenty-four year old Pomona, CA native Alejandro Aranda aka Scarypoolparty received nationwide attention when he auditioned for the seventeenth season of American Idol. His audition overwhelming impressed the judges Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan prompting Richie to say: "This guy is freaking unbelievable" and Bryan adding "I feel like I'm in the presence of greatness". From being homeschooled, working numerous jobs including as a dishwasher while busking, to now selling out shows, Aranda is the epitome of hard work paying off when a great opportunity presented itself. Aranda started playing music at a young age, but didn't

PHOTOS: Capitol Hill Block Party 2019 Dominates, Diverse Lineup Impresses

The 23rd edition of the Capitol Hill Block Party(CHBP) dominated two block of E Pike in Seattle amidst great weather, providing a perfect setting for the three day event. The artist lineup for CHBP continues to include buzz worthy artists along with recognizable names who are making noise in the mainstream. 2019 is hands-down the year for Lizzo, who finally cracked the mainstream with her third studio album, Cuz I Love You, released earlier this year. With the crowds overflowing and residents hanging out of apartment windows, she was clearly the main attraction for the weekend and

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Suzi Wu Talks Damon Albarn, Current EP ‘Error 404’

"Loud and proud" twenty-one year old UK singer Suzi Wu (surname: McDermott) recently signed with Def Jam Records, who garnered the attention from actor/singer Jared Leto after he tweeted about Wu's song "Taken Care Of" stating, "Great song +video. Should have 20mm views, not 20k!! Check it out." Out not with her second EP Error 404, preceded by Teenage Witch, Wu has shown different skills with each piece of work, stating, “I wrote this EP in a time of transition from my previous releases to something more electronic. I was writing poetically about things that are artificial." Her

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Chase Atlantic Talk ‘Phases’; Music “underlies truth and realism”

Formerly known as boy band What About Tonight when 2/3 of the members auditioned for season 4 of Australia's The X Factor, emerged Chase Atlantic. The dark alt-R&B pop trio consisting of brothers Clinton Cave (guitar & saxophone), Mitchel Cave (vocals), and close friend Christian Anthony (vocals & guitar) evolved as grown men finding their sound and breaking that stigma as 'TV boy band'. "We've gone through trial and error. Everything we learned is through experience. We saw the music industry early on. We have to do so much better to reach our goals" says Chase Atlantic. After releasing a

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – The Greeting Committee Talk Recording and Live Interpretation of Debut Album

Missouri 4-piece band The Greeting Committee (singer Addie Sartino, guitarist Brandon Yangmi, bassist Pierce Turcotte, & drummer Austin Fraser) all met as teens in high school. Addie, who spent time taking guitar and voice lessons at Music House School of Music in Kansas City, wanted to form a full band and recruited friend Brandon(who also attended Music House) to help with songwriting. Ironically, both their mothers tried setting them up to date and although it didn't work out that way, what came about was a bandmate relationship. Brandon picked the band's name after seeing Beatles member John Lennon

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Hey Violet Talk Personal Relationships Effect on Songwriting, “Close To Me”

Fresh off a headline mini tour of the U.S., Hey Violet just premiered the video for their new track — “Close My Eyes” on June 21, 2019. Written by Hey Violet with Sean Kennedy, Tim Anderson, and Aron Forbes (the latter two who co-produced), "Close My Eyes" is the second of four new tracks the band is set to release throughout year. “’Close My Eyes’ is essentially about living in a fantasy land, says front-woman Rena Lovelis.  “It’s about the idea of still wanting to be with an ex who has already moved on. There’s definitely a level of

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Amber Bain of The Japanese House Talks Debut Album, Forthcoming New Music

Good At Falling, the debut album by The Japanese House, received rave reviews upon its release on March 1, 2019 via Interscope Records. The highly anticipated album follows up a handful of EPs that featured Bain as a prolific songwriter whose lyrics have resonated with a growing fanbase. Good At Falling is self-described as reflective on Bain's personal life, relationship, and heartache, as she surmised, "how easy falling in love can be and falling from a relationship can be even harder." Bain describes falling in love as "a portal/dimension into a whole other world". The personal

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Flora Cash Talk New Music, Success of “You’re Somebody Else”

As innovation blurs borders and connects individuals everywhere, the world continues to get smallerby way of social media, video chats, and so on and so forth. When two kindred spirits cross paths 4,249 miles away from each other, magic still feels like the best possible explanationhow...Flora Cash emerged at such an intersection. As a testament to the power of the internet bringing societies and people together, such is the story of how Flora Cash not only formed as a musical project but of two people falling in love. Circa 2012, Minneapolis native Cole Randall uploaded his music to Soundcloud, where