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B-Sides Top 10: Week Ending 2/11/2017 – The xx Remain On Top, LP Debuts

top-10The xx are on top again this week, as the band is also adding more shows in various cities where they already have booked sold out to keep up with the demand. The chart is somewhat stable with Marian Hill in the runner-up spot while Marshmello and Bastille make moves up. The lone debut in the top 10 is bestowed upon LP with the addictive “Lost on You”. Check out this week’s Top 10! … Continue reading

FREE TICKET GIVEAWAY: Santa Cruz Music Festival Feb. 18 & 19 Feat. Louis The Child, Troyboi + More

16299596_1320315718039092_2725915601266566707_oIn October of 2015, over two thousand patrons, creators, and musicians took to the streets of downtown Santa Cruz, CA making the third iteration of our event the most successful one yet. This year the organizers of the Santa Cruz Music Festival have planned a full-blown sonic take-over of the historic downtown area, linking together 11+ downtown Santa Cruz venues for a two-day musical marathon. Just like the past three festivals, SCMF has passionately and carefully curated a lineup of more than 200+ bands, internationally known acts as well as hard-hitting local Santa Cruz and Bay Area artists and performers over 15 stages. Enter to win your free passes from B-Sides!… Continue reading

B-Sides Top 10: Week Ending 2/4/2017 – The xx Top Chart

top-10The xx maintain the momentum after releasing their critically acclaimed album, I See You, while Marian Hill leap to the runner up position with “Down”. Debuts by AFI and Oliver Heldens represent the variety in this week’s current trends, while Marshmello and Sylvan Esso make moves up. Check out this week’s Top 10! … Continue reading

LISTEN: New Music ON-REPEAT – Jorja Smith, POWERS, Ginger Snaps

bsides-logo-cassette-repeatTunes tunes tunes! Our Tunes for Tuesday on our Instagram story this week puts the spotlight on great new music that’s been ON-REPEAT here at B-Sides. British talent Jorja Smith, has been performing since a young age, having started writing songs at age 11. Smith has a huge catalog of unreleased tracks as she only recently started releasing material in 2016. The track, “Where Did I Go?” is infectious and a great introduction to Smith, who is currently embarking on her first U.S. tour. Los Angeles-based duo, POWERS, is back with a new track, “Dance” that is to be included in their debut album, Alpha, set to be released in April 2017. POWERS told Billboard, “We wanted to kick the door down with whatever we decided to put out first to roll out this album. First impressions of “Phat Kids” by Ginger Snaps, a track that features The Organised Rhyme Family, lead one to think of old school material from Beck. Whatever the reminders may be, Ginger Snaps is on the right track and we’re looking forward to more material from the Northampton, England artist. Check out all the tunes!… Continue reading

LISTEN: New Music ON-REPEAT – Marian Hill, Cemetery Sun, Major Lazer & Showtek

bsides-logo-cassette-repeatTunes tunes tunes! Our Tunes for Tuesday on our Instagram story this week puts the spotlight on great new music that’s been ON-REPEAT here at B-Sides. Since last year’s release of their debut album, Act One, Marian Hill has garnered a growing fan base and attention. The duo recently teamed up with Lauren Jauregui of Fifth Harmony on the track, “Back To Me” and the first track on the album, “Down”, has gotten the band even more attention with its exposure from the Apple commercial for its new AirPods. Major Lazer and Showtek collaborated on the track “Believer” from the upcoming album from Major Lazer, Music Is The Weapon. The accompanying music video is inspired by and contains imagery of the victims of the continuing Syrian conflict. Sacramento-based band, Cemetery Sun released their debut self-titled EP last year to strong response as they embarked on their first national tour with Finish Ticket and Vinyl Theatre. Check out all the tunes!… Continue reading

TOP 3 Songs ON-REPEAT: The xx, Declan McKenna, The Japanese House

bsides-logo-cassette-repeatTunes tunes tunes! Our Tunes for Tuesday on our Instagram story this week puts the spotlight on great new music that’s been ON-REPEAT here at B-Sides. 2017 kicked off with the return of The xx with the release of their third studio album, I See You. The album has received positive reviews as the band prepares for a year of touring to promote the record that includes dates at Coachella, international Lollapalooza dates and Boston Calling. The track, “Say Something Loving” is an initial standout of the album and a highlight. Declan McKenna burst onto the scene in 2016 with “Brazil” and has recently released the highly addictive “The Kids Don’t Wanna Come Home”. Amber Bain, aka The Japanese House, has released a slew of EPs and with a growing fanbase, the upcoming year has much in-store for the Londoner. Check out all the tunes!… Continue reading

LISTEN: Nine Inch Nails Release ‘ Not The Actual Events’

tr_ar_ntae_fnlwide-1-800x5042xAs circulated in recent weeks, Nine Inch Nails have released an EP of new songs. In a post on their website- founder Trent Reznor declared, “New NIN coming in 2016. Other stuff, too.” Not The Actual Events, harks back to the familiar Nine Inch Nails sound, as Reznor describes, “It’s an unfriendly, fairly impenetrable record that we needed to make. It’s an EP because that ended up being the proper length to tell that story.” Not The Actual Events follows 2013’s Hesitation Marks and their work with scores for Nasa’s Juno short film, the climate change documentary “Before the Flood” (featuring the song “A Minute To Breathe”) and the about-to-be-released Peter Berg film “Patriots Day”.… Continue reading

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Night Moves Perform Live, Talk Prince, Skateboarding, ‘Pennied Days’

night-movesFormed in 2009 in the Twin Cities, Night Moves is composed at its core of John Pelant and Micky Alfano. The two have been friends since high school, their bond solidified when Alfano lent Pelant his copy of George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass, a luminous classic of turn-the-page melancholy that echoes through their latest album, Pennied Days. The band spent three years writing and recording the album after successful tours with Father John Misty, Lord Huron, Django Django, and Polica, in support of their debut album, Colored Emotions. Speaking about Pennied Days, Pelant stated, “A lot of the songs are about trying to find yourself and what your future will look like and who you are – life overall,” Pelant says now — a seemingly simple statement about the most complicated of personal journeys. “Some stuff was really synth-y, doomsday, Flaming Lips-sounding — electronic and dark,” Pelant says, while other songs resembled the folky, laidback material of Colored Emotions. I was spending my days going into my basement, being in the dark while it was sunny outside,” is how Pelant sums up the making of Pennied Days.Continue reading

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Amber Bain of The Japanese House Talks Touring, Songwriting

japanese-houseThe Japanese House is the moniker of 20 year old Amber Bain, who over the past 10-months has been one of the most-promising artists from the U.K. Learning how to play the guitar from her father, who taught her a range of classics from AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and The Beatles, Bain also taught herself to make music on her laptop and recorded her first song “My Little Secret,” about a school crush when she was 12 years old. It was when she and her friend attended a gig for The 1975 that Bain would actually consider a professional career in music. Lead singer, Matty Healy would eventually date Bain’s friend, during which Healy heard Bain’s music. Released in 2015, the debut EP by The Japanese House, Pools To Bathe In would garner critical acclaim, led by the track “Still”. Having released two more EPs, the most recent, Swim Against the Tide, The Japanese House has gone on a worldwide tour supporting The 1975 and played Reading and Leeds Festival and has no signs of slowing down. … Continue reading

B-Sides Top 10: Week Ending 12/10/2016 – K.Flay Takes The Top Spot, Saint Motel Debuts

top-10Don’t even think you know what’s going on in the top 10 this week! Kings of Leon have held down the top spot with “Waste A Moment” for a while now but K.Flay has been making strong moves and takes over the pole position, while Mondo Cozmo and others make their advances. Check out this week’s Top 10! … Continue reading

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Wild Wild Horses Perform ‘Secrets’, Talk Formation

wild-wild-horsesNamed after the Rolling Stones song, Wild Wild Horses is comprised of a group of musicians whose experience working as session musicians, have collectively worked with numerous well-known and respected artists in the past half-a-decade, including Pearl Jam, Adele, Mumford & Sons, Amy Winehouse and Jess Glynne. The four-piece band, who recently toured with Rooney, recently released their debut EP, Ordinary Life, which charted in the Top 50 on iTunes and the music video for “Demon Days” (directed by Once Upon A Time’s Jennifer Morrison) rapidly reached 1 million views on YouTube. Wild Wild Horses comprised of Jack Edwards (vocals, guitar, keys), Billy Adamson (guitar), Jonathan Harvey (bass) and Greg Rogove (drums), recently completed their U.S. tour and will begin working on their debut full-length.… Continue reading

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Frenship Talk Formation, Selling Spandex

frenshipColumbia Records artist, Frenship, was recently named Spotify’s #2 Breakout Artist of 2016, thanks to the overwhelming success of the track “Capsize,” which features Emily Warren on vocals. The Los Angeles-based duo consists of James Sunderland and Brett Hite, who met while both worked in the same retail store in Los Angeles. Although they both had musical aspirations, the two didn’t embark on a music career off the bat, instead would become good friends and bond after work hours during late night parties and social events. The duo realized they could complement each other’s strengths and talents, as they describe their production as a combination of the twosome’s affection for 80s-styled pop. Sunderland grew up in Colorado and came from a family of opera singers, and while he didn’t inherit that opera gene, he did sing in choirs and played the drums as a kid. Hite grew up in Spokane, Washington with a talent for soccer and as a hobby played the drums and guitar. An injury sidelined him from the sport and gave him the time to explore his musical passions, which eventually led to him playing coffee shops and small venues after college as a singer/songwriter. Forming Frenship is described as a natural progression by the duo and it wasn’t long until the track “Capsize” would be streamed more than 60 million times on Spotify to date) along with previously released songs. “Our music in general is really a hybrid of the organic with the electronic,” says James. “Over time, we’ve come to trust our mutual instincts more and more.”… Continue reading

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