ON-RADAR: kennedi Releases Confessional Track – “apology”

Emerging artist kennedi released her latest single "apology" this past Friday via Platoon. The dreamy track follows up last year's release "better" and contains very intimate, confessional lyrics of the guilt felt about a former relationship. As kennedi stated- “After being with somebody for a long time, it’s all you know. The first time I had an emotional connection and hooked up with somebody else, I felt guilty. I was looking in the mirrors that are actually hung on my ceiling and saw the reflection of myself and this person who wasn’t her. I didn’t

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Marc E. Bassy On Solo Career: “Feels Like a Rock-n-Roll Circus With Family

Marc E. Bassy dropped the deluxe version of 'PMD', his second full-length studio album that was released past fall via his own record label, New Gold Medal. 'PMD Deluxe' contains four bonus tracks including a collaboration with Tory Lanez "Right Now", "Deal With It", and two tracks "Here With U" and "Free Will (Glory)", which Bassy describes as deeply personal. The Oakland native, who now lives in Los Angeles, made waves with his critically acclaimed 2016 debut EP 'Groovy People'. Among a tracklisting of notable songs such as “Morning” and “Dirty Water,” it vaulted “You & Me”

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Saint Motel Talk Trilogy of EPs, Structured Process to Writing

Elektra recording group Saint Motel debuted their brand new track “A Good Song Never Dies” recently with the launch of PlayStation’s MLB The Show 20. The track is the first new music from the second of the three-EP set 'The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack', with part I having been released late last year and is highlighted by the hit single, “Van Horn.” In speaking of the three-part set, frontman A/J Jackson referred to the material as structured as a three-act movie structure where, "Part one is hope and optimism, getting to know the characters in the world. Part

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Tatiana Hazel Finds Self-Empowerment in DIY Approach To Music

Born and raised in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago and a daughter to Mexican-born parents, Tatiana Hazel has grown into a standout gem within a growing pool of Midwest born musicians and creatives. Hazel first began her experimentation with music at the age of 13, where she taught herself guitar by watching YouTube videos, eventually uploading her own videos which would resonate with the viewing audience. Aside from the guitar, Hazel also taught herself how to play the piano, ukulele, bass and drums. After attending Columbia College Chicago for one year to study music business, she

ON RADAR: Fast Times – Steeped In Nostalgia With Modern Touches

Andrew St. James of Fast Times has grown up with music around him all his life, literally. The San Francisco native was born to tour caterers for The Rolling Stones’. St. James developed an early interest in baroque classical music, touring internationally in choirs and by age 11 was singing for the San Francisco Opera. Following the death of his biological father, St. James, then 16, recorded a solo album with a handheld recorder while hitchhiking the Pacific Northwest. The recordings found their way to veteran Bay Area producer Jim Greer (Foster The People, Galactic, Geographer), who in

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Echosmith Kept Focus on ‘Lonely Generation’ During Life Changes

Just over six years after the release of their debut album, 'Talking Dreams', Echosmith released the follow-up 'Lonely Generation' this past January. The album captures the band in the midst of the growing pains and happy moments that come with growing up. The band of siblings from Los Angeles, (lead singer Sydney Sierota, bassist Noah Sierota, and drummer Graham Sierota) didn't sit still during the time between albums. Touring non-stop for nearly 2.5 years on the strength of their breakout single, "Cool Kids", they sold out numerous headline shows, toured with the likes of twenty one pilots

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – EVAN GIIA Melds Opera Training With Electronic Music

EVAN GIIA is not the typical electronic artist and performer. Classically trained as an opera singer since she was a child, the New England native graduated from the Berklee College of Music where she earned a degree in music business management while honing her singing skills. It wasn't long until she gained the attention of ODESZA's Foreign Family Collective, who signed her to their label and where she released three songs, highlighted by the single "Westworld" that's garnered millions of streams online. Now signed to Astralwerks(Capitol), GIIA has released two singles under her new label including the

PHOTOS: Keane Return Without Skipping a Beat – Oakland, CA 3/9/2020

It’s been far too long since Keane has toured North America, seven years to be exact. The English rock band had been on hiatus as various members were dealing with substance abuse and relationship difficulties and even ventured off with their own solo projects. Keane's frontman, Tom Chaplin, released two successful solo albums over that time and toured the States as recently as 2017. He would eventually find new inspiration with his bandmates as Tim Rice-Oxley (vocals/keyboardist) had written an album’s worth of incredibly personal songs fueled by humor as well as pain that would eventually become

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Nasaya Inspired by deadmau5 and Jimi Hendrix, Fuses Guitar + Electronic Sounds

Nasaya(born Théo Hoarau) is a French DJ/producer and guitarist originally from Reunion Island that's located off the coast of Madagascar. Taking his stage name is from his grandmother's maiden name, Nasaya first started playing the guitar at age 12. "I got my first electric guitar on Christmas", he stated, "I always liked guitar, classic rock like Jimi Hendrix, AC/DC, Pink Floyd, & Rage Against The Machine and here I am!" Nasaya started off teaching himself the guitar as a teenager, uploading YouTube videos of his guitar playing that would eventually inspire him to study guitar techniques and

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Iyla Too Shy to be Disney Kid, Channels Her Inner Feelings Into Music

Twenty-six-year old singer/songwriter Iyla (Isabelle Blue) released her second EP, 'Other Ways To Vent' in February to much anticipation and has garnered much critical acclaim. Her new project is at times dark, yet powerful and soulful R&B with artistic visuals in her storytelling. Iyla stated- “As someone who is inherently introverted and reserved, music is the way that I connect, and in creating this EP I felt the freedom to be more emotionally expressive.  These seven songs consist of me venting about everything from joy and self-love to heartache and anxiety.  'Other Ways To Vent' documents my journey over

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Tender Still Make Music In Their Bedroom, Talk Upcoming New Music

British electro-duo Tender (James Cullen and Dan Cobb) have been creating bedroom music since 2015, having released two albums since- 'Modern Addiction' (2017) and 'Fear of Falling Asleep' (2019) under Partisan Records. Their music has been featured in notable soundtracks including 'How To Get Away With Murder' and the single "Nadir", which had already resonated with music fans upon its release, gave the band a higher profile when it was featured in the hit Netflix film 'To All The Boys I Loved Before'. Facetiously described on their Twitter as "Electronic Funeral Love Songs", it doesn't phase the band

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Eliza & The Delusionals Music Direction From Coldplay, Catfish & The Bottlemen

Hailing from Australia's Gold Coast, Eliza & the Delusionals have been gaining recognition as of late from their single, "Just Exist". The song has garnered millions of streams and continues to grow while the band tours the U.S. and ahead of the their upcoming appearance at SXSW and Bottlerock Music Festival. The song will be featured on the band's upcoming EP, 'A State of Living in an Objective Reality' that comes out March 20th, a collection of songs that finds the band finding a balance between creativity and good mental health. Frontwoman Eliza Klatt stated, "Through most of

LIVE REVIEW: 070 Shake – Austin, TX 02/22/2020

When 070 Shake postponed her North American tour this past fall, there was much disappointment but a silver lining could be found. Her debut album 'Modus Vivendi' was set to be released January 17, 2020 and so, who knows how much of it was to be performed live and what type of show she would have put on. Fast forward to February 2020, and the album is out, fans are familiar with the material and nearly every date has sold out since the start of tour(which would've sold out regardless). Saturday night's show at The Parish in

PHOTO REVIEW: Tones and I – San Francisco, CA 2/15/2020

Tones and I made her San Francisco debut at ‘Popscene’ night at the Rickshaw Stop Saturday night. The sold out show was packed with an audience filled with fans of all ages, as families with children were scattered amongst twenty-somethings and older fans. Kicking off her set with “Can’t Be Happy All The Time”, Tones and I (born Toni Watson) took her position at her keyboard, dressed in an outdoor vest and ball-cap that adorned her EP title, ‘The Kids Are Coming’. Following up “Never Seen The Rain”, fans roared with approval, singing along to the

ON-RADAR: Ben Wylen Explores Self-Discovery in “People Say”

Singer/songwriter Ben Wylen released his debut single and title track, "People Say", off his forthcoming album due Nov 6th, 2020. The song explores one's journey for a meaningful life, as Wylen states, “Most of my family and friends work jobs they don't enjoy. They kill themselves day in and day out and they never give themselves a chance to find out who they really are and who they want to be. "People Say" is about the struggle of self-discovery. We don't have much time on this earth, so we ought to make the most of the time we do have.

PHOTO REVIEW: Jauz – San Francisco, CA 2/1/2020

Making his triumphant return to San Francisco, Jauz put on an electrifying show at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium Feb. 1st. The Bay Area native is currently on tour in support of his latest EP, 'Dangerous Waters' with perhaps his largest scale production, thus far. Performing atop a signature shark fin, Jauz (aka Sam Vogel) was a silhouette expertly manipulating his sounds as the visuals behind him flashed while an epic laser light show would beam over the crowd. At one point, amidst a moment of darkness, the shark fin disappeared and Jauz emerged high above where

PHOTOS: Higher Power – San Jose, CA 1/28/2020

With a raucous performance, Higher Power commanded the stage during their Bay Area debut at The Ritz in San Jose, CA last night. The British hardcore band is currently on their first ever US headline tour in support of their major label debut, '27 Miles Underwater' that was released via Roadrunner Records 1/24. Kicking off the set with "Shedding Skin" from the album, lead singer Jimmy Wizard was energetic, jumping around the stage as audience followed in unison. After a brief greeting and introduction of themselves to the audience, the band led into "Can't Relate" from their

PHOTOS: Edwardian Ball 2020

The twentieth anniversary of the Edwardian Ball was night to remember as the annual tribute to the late, great author and illustrator Edward Gorey took place over the course of two days in San Francisco. Billed as night of elegance and celebration of art, music, theatre and fashion, there was also the annual re-imagining of "The Lost Lions". The event has grown over the past twenty years from its days as an underground club party, as the event was packed on both nights by a crowd that spanned attendees of all ages who dressed in Gorey-inspired outfits that ranged

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Waterparks Talk Honesty in ‘Fandom’, Managing Success

The third full-length and Hopeless Records debut album, 'Fandom' by Waterparks was released this past October to much anticipation. The material was created after the band had already spent time on what was supposed to be the album, but not satisfied with the material, songwriter and lead singer Awsten Knight took to Twitter to announce he deleted all the files of the new music. With a new message and wealth of inspiration, Knight stated- "We talked about music culture and fandom culture, how those things affect me, where I am mentally, and even a little bit about

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Benee Talks ‘Stella & Steve’, First Performance

19-year-old New Zealand artist Benee (aka Stella Bennett) plunged into the music scene by uploading covers on Soundcloud before releasing her official EPs 'Fire on Marzz' and 'Stella & Steve'. Bennett was a water polo player throughout her schooling but found a passion & talent for music. It was this realization after 2 weeks of attending university that motivated Benee to drop out and pursue her passions for a music career. Her official debut single "Soaked" garnered her critical acclaim and an immediate fanbase, while "Glitter" built upon that success and became associated with millions of TikTok videos

PHOTOS: King Princess – Oakland, CA 1/21/2020

At what she described as her largest show on the tour, King Princess performed to a jubilant packed house at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA last night. The cheers were nearly deafening as King Princess(aka Mikaela Straus) and her band took the stage as Straus took a moment to greet her fans before getting situated at the piano for the opener "Isabel's Moment". Straus had the crowd swaying and singing as she followed up with "Tough on Myself" and "Prophet", both from her debut album, 'Cheap Queen'. There was plenty of adoration for King Princess throughout

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. Headliners include the previously confirmed Rage Against the Machine along with Travis Scott and Frank Ocean. Taking place over the new rescheduled weekends starting October 9-11 and Oct 23-25, 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

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