VIDEO: INTERVIEW – UPSAHL Talks ‘Hindsight 20/20’, Living in L.A.

Nineteen year old Phoenix singer Taylor Upsahl aka UPSAHL has always had music in her blood. Playing guitar and piano at a young age and her father being a traveling musician, UPSAHL was born to follow into those footsteps. Now the Arizona native is living in the music core of L.A. "I'm learning to live alone in the biggest city ever" says UPSAHL. She's been an L.A resident for less than a year, which inspired her hit "Drugs" off her recently released debut EP, Hindsight 20/20. UPSAHL admits, "I wrote 200 songs in a year and 5 favorite songs are

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Njomza Talks ‘Vacation’, Early Musical Path Towards R&B

The profile for singer/songwriter Njomza has been raised considerably as of late due to her work co-writing chart-topping songs for Ariana Grande, "Thank You, Next" and "7 Rings", which Njomza has a cameo, but she's been making music for many years now. Born in Germany to Albanian parents and raised in Chicago, Njomza was discovered by the late Mac Miller, who caught one of her uploaded covers, and was the first artist signed to his label Remember Music. Settling in Los Angeles, she cameoed on “Planet God Damn” from Miller’s acclaimed 2016 offering, The Divine Feminine. 2017

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Aurora Talks ‘Infections of A Different Kind’, New Music

Norwegian singer/songwriter Aurora released her sophomore record, Infections of a Different Kind (Step 1) in 2018 to critical acclaim and an eager fan base that has grown considerably over the course of her career. The album is part of a two-part album that Aurora describes is divided into "steps", the first album as one for "us" and the second album (Step 2), as an album for "the world". The lead single from the album, “Queendom”, is not only notable due to the lyrics representing female empowerment, but also the sonic aspect that showcases Aurora's knack for creating dancy

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – The Aces Talk ‘Mogul’ Catchphrase, Career Growth

Since the release of their debut record, When My Heart Felt Volcanic, in early 2018 via Red Bull Records, The Aces have garnered critical praise and a fast-growing fanbase. Kicking off 2019 with their highly anticipated first headlining run, the band is in the midst of their "Waiting For You" tour, where nearly all 28 dates have sold out so far, including shows at iconic venues around North America such as The Troubadour in Los Angeles, CA and Lincoln Hall in Chicago, IL, as well as two consecutive nights at Bowery Ballroom in New York City. The four-piece from Orem,

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Mallrat Talks ‘In The Sky’, Live Shows

Australian artist, Mallrat, had a busy 2018 touring and captivating audiences while touring with Maggie Rogers in the US, opening for Post Malone and headlining festivals across Australia. Making a big impression during SXSW last year, The New York Times named her as one of 17 Acts That Stood Out At The Fest. Mallrat, nee Grace Shaw, has grown from her humble beginnings as a tween rapper in the suburbs of Brisbane, Australia and showed growth in her music with her second EP, In The Sky, that is noted for her refreshingly honest observations of day-to-day life, her

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Cautious Clay Talks ‘Table of Context’, Collaborations

R&B Brooklyn artist Joshua Karpeh aka Cautious Clay has been creating a buzz on Soundcloud, NPR, and even grabbing interest from other peers in the industry ranging from his work with John Mayer and Hudson Mohawke to his collaboration with AlunaGeorge on her song "Superior Emotion", along with Billie Eilish for remixing her song "Ocean Eyes". Garnering attention in 2017 for the song, "Cold War", Cautious Clay released his highly anticipated debut EP Blood Type in 2018 that was followed up by the single, "Reasons". Karpeh's journey into music wasn't a predictable one even though he started playing

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Zach Sutton & Nathan Stocker of Hippo Campus Talk ‘Bambi’

Hippo Campus approached the making of their sophomore album, Bambi, with the intention of undoing any of the distorted, social-media-fueled perceptions of the band. “Social media promotes this weird non-reality when it comes to artists and bands, where they get put up on a pedestal and treated like some kind of upgraded human,” says guitarist Nathan Stocker. “We’d much rather make community happen with our fans, which is the whole reason we started this in the first place.” The four-piece steered away from their usual collaborative songwriting process, with each band member, Jake Luppen, Nathan Stocker, Zach Sutton

WATCH: Billie Eilish Releases First Episode of “A Snippet Into Billie’s Mind”

Ahead of the release of her debut album, When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, Billie Eilish has released the first episode of a 3-episode mini-series that give a glimpse into the creation of the primary singles. Produced with YouTube Music and shot in her brother Finneas’ bedroom/home studio, where the pair made the album, Eilish and her brother, Finneas give insight into the single, "bury a friend". Speaking about the series, Billie reveals: “The visual elements in my work have always been super important to me. I’ve connected with so many of you over the

VIDEO: Sights & Sounds From Edwardian Ball San Francisco 2019

The annual Edwardian Ball in San Francisco, CA headed into its 19th year just as strong as it was in its earlier years. The theme for the 2019 edition was "The Rose Pedal Garden", featuring a playful, bicycle-powered wonderland set in an enchanted English garden, highlighted by the story of the year, Edward Gorey's classic, The Epiplectic Bicycle. The two night event showcases the most eclectic and interesting art, live music, theatre, fashion, literature, ballroom dancing, DJs, circus spectacular, technology new & old, and the beloved creations of author and illustrator Edward Gorey. The opening night of the two-night

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – KREAM Talk Formation, Tiesto Influence

The Norwegian electronic production duo KREAM had a breakout year in 2018 with the release of their single “Deep End” and subsequent remixes marked by its chart-topping follow-up “Decisions” (feat. Maia Wright). The duo comprised of brothers Daniel and Markus Slettebakken got into music production after spending their early years jet skiing competitively. It was in 2016 when things broke out for KREAM when their track "Taped Up Heart" garnered much attention and charted on Billboard's Hot/Dance Electronic chart. Having completed their recent US tour in support of Lost Kings, highlighted by the release of the track

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Juice Have Fun Experimenting With Sounds, Exceed Expectations

The seven members (Ben Stevens, Kamau Burton, Christian Rose, Dan Moss, Miles Clyatt, Rami El-Abidin, and Michael Ricciardulli) of Juice describe themselves "Boy-band Super Rock Group" and are clearly more than the sterotypical boy-band. The Boston band, who met while going to Boston College, evoke a rhythmic/harmonic blend of of every genre from hip hop, R&B pop, and rock that their growing fanbase has found infectious. “The hardest question for us to answer is always who do we sound like. We have so many influences from so many different places. When it all falls together, we end up

PHOTO REVIEW: G-Eazy Returns To New Parish In Oakland, CA

Even though G-Eazy has gained international recognition over the past number of years, he's always brought a special vibe to his native Bay Area shows, whether it be unique setlists or local Bay Area rappers to join him on-stage. The New Parish is a small venue in Oakland, CA known for supporting local acts and the starting venue for G-Eazy when he was a young performer. The venue had been commemorating their 10th anniversary this month with special shows capped off with an intimate show by G-Eazy. The show proceeds were already earmarked for the Nova Phoenix’s

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Peter Bjorn And John Talk ‘Darker Days’

Ten years after unleashing their hit single “Young Folks,” Peter Bjorn and John returned with their new studio LP Darker Days in late 2018. The album was written almost immediately after the release of 2016’s Breakin’ Point and the band decided to strip away the noise and take it back to a simpler time where it was just the three of them, playing music together and releasing albums every other year. Inspired by some old artwork that was meant for their album Breakin Point, the title Darker Days became the starting point and central theme of the album.

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – morgxn: New Version of “Home” Is “Closer To My Heart”

“B-Sides is where it’s at” says Nashville artist Morgxn (Morgan Carr) as he sits down with us to discuss his debut album Vital, his collaboration with Nick Petricca of Walk The Moon for his hit single “Home", and his involvement with Covenant House which inspired “Home". The pair sang “home” for the first time live at morgxn’s Lollapalooza debut performance earlier this summer and decided to go into the studio to turn it into an official collaboration. The electronic R&B soulful singer morgxn hails from Nashville, the soulful artist grew up surrounded by music, guided by his grandfather,

Weezer Surprises Fans With Release of ‘The Teal Album’

Weezer surprised fans with the release of an all covers album, Weezer (The Teal Album). The album contains their take on predominantly 80s songs, in addition to their massive cover of “Africa” by Toto, ranging from “Take On Me” by a-ha, "Everybody Wants to Rule The Word" by Tears for Fears to the 90s jam "No Scrubs" by TLC and the 60s classic, “Happy Together” by The Turtles. Their interpretation of these classics holds true to their originals and Weezer don't get in the way to making an overt statement. Weezer (The Teal Album) precedes the band’s forthcoming new

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Crush Club at Snowglobe 2018

New York City duo, Crush Club are a new band comprised of experienced musicians and performers TC Milan (vocalist) and producer/multi-instrumenatlist Le Chev. The two had met while working together as members of the pop/electronic outfit Avan Lava, a band they formed in 2009. Although Avan Lava experienced praise and critical acclaim for their live shows that inspired a party-like atmosphere and dancing, TC and Le Chev began to experiment in a new sonic direction that would lead them to form Crush Club in 2016. “Everything has a cycle, whether it’s disco or pop or whatever, so

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – LP Giobbi at Snowglobe 2018

Los Angeles based producer, DJ, and fashion designer LP Giobbi (née Leah Chisholm) has been building up a reputation as a strong and entertaining live performer. The track "Amber Rose," has become an anthem for its combination of lyrics on female empowerment and dance rhythms. Trained in jazz piano at UC Berkeley, LP Giobbi was recruited by the electronic project, LEX, her first exposure to working with synthesizers and fast-tracked her to becoming a pro with various electronic production software tools. Having shared a stage with artists ranging from Gallant (providing support for Billboard’s Next Big Sound showcase) to Madame

PHOTO REVIEW: Snowglobe 2018 Highlights Outweigh Cold Temperatures

The highly anticipated Snowglobe 2018 proved to be another unique and memorable experience as the annual New Year’s Eve festival rung in the new year. Already set with headliners Above and Beyond, Diplo and Rezz, the late addition of G-Eazy, Goldlink, Tyga, Kaskade and Rae Sremmurd elevated the excitement for the eighth year of Snowglobe that was recently acquired by MTV. The ski and snowboard Big Air stage brought out numerous talented athletes that performed impressive tricks and jumps, interacting with the local Tahoe Fire Dancers and the new Rail Jam. 16830

Childish Gambino, Tame Impala, Ariana Grande To Headline Coachella 2019

With the new year only two days old, the lineup for Coachella 2019 was announced in the late evening on the West Coast. Headlining this year's event are Childish Gambino, Tame Impala and Ariana Grande. The second and third line artists on the festival poster are equally strong that includes The 1975, Billie Eilish, Diplo, Weezer, Janelle Monae, Bassnectar, Bad Bunny, Zedd and others. The Coachella Twitter account, which had been dormant since November, came alive with a series tweets about smaller acts, who will also perform, including Southern California act, Cola Boyy, HYUKOH from South Korea

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – CYN Talks American Songbook Influence, Early Origins

When Katy Perry launched her label, Unsub Records, one of the first artists she signed was up-and-coming artist, CYN. The singer/songwriter made her SXSW debut earlier in 2018, having also played Bonnaroo and toured with BØRNS, Sigrid, Years and Years and Ms. Perry herself during her tour dates in Mexico. CYN (née Cynthia Nabozny) grew up in Michigan, outside of Detroit as an avid fan of her eventual boss, as well as a wide range of artists including Jewel, Carol King, Alicia Keys and big band of the early American songbook. She went to college in Chicago, where

Top 10 Albums of 2018

It wasn't hard to find good music in 2018 as there were many artists pushing the boundaries in pop, hip-hop and rock. In a year of the "algorithm" artists, many artists sought inspiration from both the classics and the traditional approach to songwriting, to the modern use of technology for collaboration and taking advantage of the advances in technology to create sounds that were never-before heard. New artists made strong debuts in 2018, some of which made our year-end list, demonstrating that once again showed that the full-length format is not only just as strong as it was in the

Top 18 Songs of 2018

As the genre lines continued to blur in 2018, lots of great music was released by fresh new faces and the familiar with new tunes. It was a banner year for newer artists like Billie Eilish and Greta Van Fleet and a solid start for Snail Mail and The Aces. Odesza started 2018 off with a bang that saw them play numerous festivals, sold out arenas and a coveted placement in that famous cell phone ad over the summer. The return of The 1975 and twenty one pilots stirred up their rabid fanbases as they geared up for their new

G-Eazy, Kaskade, Tyga + More Added to SnowGlobe 2018

As if the lineup for SnowGlobe 2018 was already one to remember, it was just announced that additional performers have been added including- G-Eazy, Goldlink, Kaskade, Rae Sremmurd, Tyga and Ashe. The annual three-day fest takes place New Year's Eve weekend, December 29-31 in South Lake Tahoe, California and welcomes more than 20,000 fans each day with a mix of musical performances, live action sports and interactive art exhibitions. The 2018 lineup also includes Above & Beyond, Diplo, Eric Prydz, Rezz and RL Grime headlining among more than 40 artists performing across three stages. SnowGlobe will also feature all-new art

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – ABIR Talks ‘Mint’, Musical Career Path

Up and coming singer/songwriter ABIR released her debut EP, Mint, on October 19, 2018 to much anticipation led by the track "Young & Rude", which has already achieved over a million streams online. The Morocco-born vocalist came to the U.S. at six, growing up in Arlington, VA with a passion for music that started at a very young age, having participated in numerous competitions and talent shows since the fourth grade. Focused on a career in music, ABIR began writing her own songs in high school and would spend time trying to book gigs and build industry

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Years and Years Talk ‘Palo Santo’ Fantasy World, Live Shows

The sophomore album by Years and Years, Palo Santo, was released on July 6, 2018 to much critical acclaim. The album title is the creation of the band's singer Olly Alexander, describing a world where he could be his "freest self, not tied to a gender or sexuality." The album's accompanying short-film of the same title, was directed by Fred Rowson and stars Alexander, Judi Dench and cult Thai actor Vithaya Pansringarm amongst others. The film, released simultaneously with the album, depicts Palo Santo as a city on a distant planet, where human beings are a

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Claire George Talks Life Influences on ‘Bodies of Water’ EP

Singer/songwriter, Claire George released her debut EP Bodies of Water, November 16, 2018 via Cascine to positive critical reviews. It was a couple of years ago that the former lead singer for San Francisco band Heartwatch had stepped away from the band to embark on a solo project. Having left the Bay Area in 2016 for a quieter setting outside Seattle, near where she grew up, George was going through some stressful life experiences, stating- “At the same time my band split, I went through a break-up and a series of family traumas, quit my job, and left

ON-RADAR: Kill The Motherboard Announce Debut, Release “We Made It”

Grammy award winning producer Jack Splash has an impressive resume of work, having worked with notable artists such as, Kendrick Lamar, Solange, Alicia Keys,CeeLo Green and more) and has announced a collaboration with emerging singer/songwriter Jon Brown to form Kill The Motherboard. The pair will release their debut album, The Legend Of Picasso Jones, next year via Jack Splash’s own imprint, Fresh Young Minds, and have recently released the first single “We Made It” (ft. Ras & Taj Austin) from the collection. The material from Kill The Motherboard is said to stylistically vary from progressive R&B to

PHOTO REVIEW: Big Wild Impresses as Co-headliner with Louis The Child in San Francisco 12/6/2018

Electronic producer and artist Big Wild aka Jackson Stell, has been on a rise and with the impending release of his debut album, Superdream (out February 1, 2019), his future is bright. This much was evident as he co-headlined with Louis the Child in San Francisco. The set was demonstrative of his evolution from the hip-hop beats that influenced his early work to the cinematic melodies and deep 80's-wave sound that represent the most recent work as Big Wild. Big Wild staples like "When I Get There", "Empty Room" and "I Just Wanna" were met with a

Ashlee Simpson + Evan Ross Announce Select North American Tour Dates

Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross released their self-titled debut EP in October and recently released an acoustic video of their song “I Do”. The duo, who are also married, star in their own docu-series, Ashlee + Evan, which takes viewers behind-the-scenes on their relationship, making music and raising a family. The series was inspired by the couple's desire to document making music together and gives insight in making the EP, which was produced by Verdine White of Earth, Wind & Fire. Early next year, the pair will take their live show on the road, performing in select

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Crooked Colours Talk New Album, Touring

Indie-electronic trio, Crooked Colours, arrived with a bang in 2013 with their debut EP In Your Bones, which featured the breakout singles "Come Down," "Capricious" and "Another Way," and helped them establish a growing international fan base. Comprised of Phil Slabber, Leon Debaughn and Liam Merret-Park, the band from Perth, Australia would go on to gain heavy airplay in the Australian market while playing at Parklife, Wonderland, St Jerome’s Laneway and Groovin The Moo Festivals. The band was asked to support RÜFÜS DU SOL on their sold out ‘Atlas’ album tour in 2013 and also toured with familiar names

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Hudson Taylor: “We’re Still Buskers”, Talk New Music

Irish duo, Hudson Taylor, released their latest album Bear Creek to Dame Street earlier this year to much anticipation. A mix of new studio and live recordings, the brothers Harry and Alfie Hudson Taylor put together a collection of songs to satiate their fanbase while they finalize their next full-length album. The siblings honed their craft busking on the streets of their hometown of Dublin as well as cities all over Europe. Their hard work would eventually pay off, as their debut album, Playing to Strangers, spawned multiple singles including, "Chasing Rubies," "Battles" and "Weapons". The

INTERVIEW – Future Generations Talk ‘Landscape’, Band’s Growth

When Future Generations debuted with their eponymous album in 2016, the band was received with great enthusiasm. Standout tracks like "Stars," "Coast" and "Rain" were fan favorites during the band's live sets and provided a solid foundation for what lay ahead. The Brooklyn-based band that started out as a trio, expanded to a five-piece as Devon Sheridan (bass), and Dylan Wells (percussion), who had worked with the band, were official members joining Eddie Gore(vocals/songwriter, Mike Sansevere (synthesizer, guitar, percussion) and Eric Grossman (guitar). Now, with the release of their sophomore album, Landscape on September 14, 2018 via Frenchkiss Records, the

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Nina Nesbitt Readies Release Of Debut Album

Scottish singer-songwriter Nina Nesbitt has spent much of 2018 touring North America, sharpening up her live shows and showcasing some choice material from her first proper U.S. debut, The Sun Will Come Up, The Seasons Will Change, due to be released February 1, 2019 via Cooking Vinyl. The album's title track was released earlier this year, in which Nesbitt explained, “This song is the light at the end of the tunnel where you remind yourself that nothing in life in permanent whether it’s good or bad. It’s almost like a self-help song that hopefully people can listen to in times

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – The Vaccines Talk Socio-Political Responsibilities, ‘Combat Sports’

Early this week, The Vaccines released the new single “All My Friends Are Falling In Love,” out now on Columbia Records. The single, written by The Vaccines frontman Justin Hayward-Young with collaborator Cole MGN (worked on Christine & the Queens’ latest record) is the band's first new material since releasing their fourth studio album, Combat Sports earlier this year. The critically acclaimed album was hailed for the band's return to their brand of "Vaccines rock and roll" and powerpop, led by the singles "I Can't Quit" and "Your Love is My Favourite Band". “We rediscovered who we

Top 5 Songs of the Week: ON-REPEAT – The Beaches, Smino + More

Lots of great music to spotlight this week in our Top 5 that's been "On-Repeat". Canadian band, The Beaches have had a great 2018, having won the 2018 Juno Award for Breakthrough Group and been on tour quite extensively to support their debut album, Late Show. While on the road, the band got inspired by a previous trip to Berlin. The result was the track, "Fascination" that was just released this past week. Panda Bear announced that he'll be releasing his sixth studio album, Buoys, February 8, 2019. The producer/DJ satiates fans with a new

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Sabrina Claudio Talks Immediacy of ‘No Rain, No Flowers’

Since the independent release of her debut EP Confidently Lost in 2016 on Soundcloud, Sabrina Claudio garnered much critical acclaim for both her vocals and lyrical content. The EP amassed over 3 million cumulative plays in just under six months, ultimately leading to a record deal with Atlantic Records. The Miami born and LA raised singer/songwriter would follow it up with a 12-song collection, About Time that shot to the top of R&B charts and enable a feature on the soundtrack for the movie, Fifty Shades Freed, with an original song called “Cross Your Mind.” Her latest

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Barns Courtney Talks ’99’, Writing New Music

In just a few years, Barns Courtney has already surpassed a quarter of a billion cumulative streams globally, including more than 115 million streams in the U.S. The singer/songwriter released his debut album, The Attractions Of Youth, in late 2017 to positive reviews, led by the strength of the songs “Fire” and “Glitter & Gold,” which got great exposure on commercial radio with the former used in the movie, Burnt that stars Bradley Cooper, who helped get the song featured during the end credits and soundtrack. Courtney has been touring non-stop on the strength of his debut, having played numerous

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – grandson Talks Early Music Exploration, Socio-political Themes

grandson has been making waves this year with his politically charged music and highly entertaining and informative live shows. His debut EP, A Modern Tragedy, Vol. 1, was released on June 15, 2018, which features the radio hit, "blood//water", that's also racked up over 22 million streams. grandson, born Jordan Benjamin in New Jersey and raised in Toronto, Canada, started off in music playing guitar and piano with an affinity for classic rock but once exposed to hip-hop and other genres, would eventually migrate towards freestyle rap. It wasn't until he moved to Los Angeles that he

Top 5 Songs Of The Week “On-Repeat”

Easy to sample and easy to get hooked on, we've got this week's Top 5 tracks that we have On-Repeat. The new one from Marina Diamandis is finally out, as the popular vocalist comes back with another collaboration with Clean Bandit and this time adds Luis Fonsi for the track "Baby". The track is on the upcoming "Deluxe" edition of What is Love? by Clean Bandit that comes out November 30, 2018. King Princess may be currently on tour in Australia but the singer/songwriter from New York is still working material for a debut album. In the

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Starcrawler Talk Formation, Energetic Live Shows

Starcrawler has enjoyed many accomplishments in 2018, a year that started with the release of their self-titled debut album and saw thee band experience much acclaim as they hit the road in support of the material. Tour dates that included numerous European festivals, SXSW, CalJam and opening for The Distillers, helped expose the band to new audiences and spread their brand of exciting music with their engaging stage presence. The band has only been around for just a few years, having formed in 2015 when lead vocalist Arrow de Wilde first met Austin Smith (drums) with the idea

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – ISLAND Talk Early Formation, Honing Live Performances

London band, ISLAND released their debut album, Feels Like Air via Frenchkiss Records, earlier this year on April 6, 2018 to strong critical acclaim and embarked on their first North American tour shortly thereafter. The four-piece formed as teenagers with frontman Rollo Doherty, who started with an acoustic bedroom project but would also play with friends guitarist Jack Raeder, bassist James Wolfe and drummer Toby Richards. The friends enjoyed experimenting with various sounds as Doherty explains, “Back then it was properly folky." "But we also wanted to sound like Grizzly Bear and Kings of Leon,” laughs Raeder.

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – A R I Z O N A at Austin City Limits 2018

Since the release of their debut album, Gallery, A R I Z O N A has been growing in popularity, accumulated more than half a billion streams worldwide and continue to evolve in their music. 2018 was a busy year for the trio from the East Coast, as they played numerous festivals including Lollapalooza, Bunbury, Bonnaroo and most recently Austin City Limits, as well as serving as the special guest support slot on Panic! At The Disco’s nationwide arena tour, which saw sold-out performances at Madison Square Garden in New York City and Staples Center in Los Angeles. The alt/electronic trio

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Yungblud at Austin City Limits 2018

UK artist Yungblud has been steadily making an positive impression on music fans with his unique take on alt-pop equally inspired by punk, hip-hop, and UK garage. The 20-year-old Northern England native is up-front on the topics that he writes about that provides his perspective on everything from gentrification to disenfranchisement to addiction, which has produced catchy protest songs that reveal the personal toll of political tensions. Having released his first full-length, 21st Century Liability, the artist born Dominic Harrison stated, “I want my music to always have a message, but I don’t want to preach to anybody.

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Hailey Knox at Austin City Limits 2018

Hailey Knox continues to evolve and mature as an artist as demonstrated on her forthcoming collection of songs on Hardwired Mixtape. The forthcoming material to be released on November 16 via S-Curve Records will contain new music, studio versions of live show fan favorites, and short B-side brainstorming snippets and is described as the chronicles of her journey as a "certified social media crossover". A native of upstate New York, Knox first picked up guitar at age seven and learned to play from her dad (an amateur guitarist who also sparked her interest in singer/songwriters like Ingrid Michaelson).

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Gang of Youths at Austin City Limits 2018

As with its American counterpart, MTV Australia started production on all-new episodes of the Grammy and Emmy award-winning series MTV Unplugged, with the first feature artist, Gang Of Youths. Filmed in front of a live audience at Melbourne's Cobblestone Pavilion at Meat Market, the band performed stripped-back versions of songs from their latest album, Go Farther in Lightness that was released in 2017. The performance made quite an impression and the recording, MTV Unplugged Live in Melbourne, will be released on October 26, 2018. The longevity of the material speaks volumes to the band's artistry, as they've

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Jungle at Austin City Limits 2018

UK band Jungle kicked off early 2018 performing at Coachella and a short run of tour dates to play some of their new material and have been on a roll since. The band released their sophomore album, For Ever on September 14th via XL Recordings, which features lead tracks, "Heavy California" and "Cherry", both of which have already garnered millions of online streams. The band's founders Josh “J” Lloyd-Watson and Tom “T” McFarland describe the mix of sounds on the album as "a post-apocalyptic radio station playing break up songs.” J and T spent much time in

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Elle King at Austin City Limits 2018

Over the past few years, Elle King experienced numerous highs and lows after the release of her debut album, Love Stuff in 2015. The album was a breakthrough for King, as the track "Exes and Oh's" hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Rock Songs Chart, and topped the AAA, Hot AC, and Alternative Radio charts and earned her two Grammy nominations, achieving double platinum sales. Though King’s hard work was paying off professionally, personally, she was falling apart. “I was struggling with mental health issues and exhaustion and literally felt like I was losing my mind,” she

PHOTO REVIEW: Austin City Limits 2018 Weekend One

The 2018 edition of Austin City Limits was highly anticipated ever since the lineup was announced earlier in the year with much of the buzz on iconic headliners in Paul McCartney and Metallica. The festival also boasted many high quality names including Arctic Monkeys, Odesza, Travis Scott and Justice. An unforeseen injury to Childish Gambino caused him to cancel not only his appearance at ACL but also his remaining tour dates. Festival organizers recovered well by adding French quartet Phoenix and Lil Wayne to the first and second weekends respectively. The first weekend went off without

PHOTO REVIEW: Inaugural Adult Swim Festival

Last weekend Adult Swim hosted its inaugural music/comedy fest, the aptly named, Adult Swim Festival. The two-day festival featured an eclectic mix of music: guttural metal-punk, backpack rap and a healthy dose of hipster faves. On the comedy side of things, there were some pretty noteworthy comedians, with Hannibal Buress being the most familiar stand-up. Presumably, the common theme of the weekend was the nebulous relationships between the artists and the adult-oriented offshoot from Cartoon Network. The majority of the artists have worked on Adult Swim shows or contributed to the Adult Swim’s singles program which has been releasing songs

9 Acts You Can’t Miss at Austin City Limits 2018

Paul McCarney, Metallica, Childish Gambino and Arctic Monkeys are among some of the biggest names headlining Austin City Limits this year. While we’re sure you’ll be in the crowd dancing along to those massive acts, here are some other artists that you definitely shouldn’t miss:  Ravyn Lenae (Friday) Bishop Briggs (Friday) Natalie Prass (Friday) Japanese Breakfast (Saturday) Verite (Saturday) Sharon Van Etten (Saturday) Mt. Joy (Sunday) Amber Mark (Sunday) A R I Z

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Tom Walker Talks Debut Album, Arctic Monkeys Influence

The track "Leave A Light On" has become an international breakthrough hit for Tom Walker, as it achieved 2x Platinum in Italy & Switzerland, Platinum in France, Netherlands, Belgium, Austria and gold in Germany and Canada. Born in Scotland and raised in Manchester, Walker became obsessed with his father’s record collection at a young age, finding inspiration in Ray Charles, The Police, and Bob Marley, to name a few. By 2016, the troubadour uncovered his own sound through layering rap-style production, electronic shine, and traditional acoustic power fueled by dynamic powerhouse pipes. As songs such as “Fly Away

PHOTOS: Greta Van Fleet – San Francisco, CA 9/19/2018

Greta Van Fleet has garnered much attention over the past year for their traditional classic rock sound and electric stage presence. Although they've been a band since 2012, the four young musicians - twin brothers Josh (vocals) and Jake Kiszka (guitar), both 22, younger brother Sam (bass/keys, 19), and longtime family friend Danny Wagner (drums, 19) embarked on music full-time as a professional band starting in 2017. Word of mouth spread like wildfire online and in-person as the group would encounter sold-out concerts in North America and Europe, glowing press, accolades from a slew of fellow artists from

PHOTOS: The Vamps + HRVY – San Francisco, CA 9/18/2018

The Vamps have had a busy 2018, having sold-out their headlining UK and European arena tour earlier this year and released their new album Night & Day (Day Edition) that includes the single, “Just My Type”. The British four-piece are currently on tour in the U.S. in support of the new album with guests HRVY and New Hope Club. Fellow U.K. artist, HRVY, has a huge following on social media (4 million and growing) and has nearly 70 million combined video views. His musical endeavors started at age 13 by uploading covers of Justin Timberlake and Trey Songz song

PREVIEW: TOKiMONSTA On ‘Dune’ Tour w/Zhu In Support of Lune Rouge Remixed

TOKiMONSTA released her Lune Rouge Remixed LP (reworks done by Sofi Tukker, Felix Cartal, Kingdom, DâM FunK and more) earlier this year to critical acclaim and just performed back to back with Skrillex at Burning Man. The producer/DJ is now on tour trekking across North America in support of Zhu on his Dune tour. Having recently collaborated with him on the track "Light It Up" off his new album Ringos Desert Pt. 1, TOKiMONSTA puts on a "can't-miss" set. 16508

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Jade Bird Talks Early Influences, Forthcoming Debut Album

U.K. artist Jade Bird has been seemingly parked in the U.S. for the last year or so, having spent time recording her debut EP, Something American and touring heavily throughout the country. Her latest single, "Lottery", was released at the beginning for 2018, which saw Bird's profile continue to rise with critical acclaim, perform at SXSW and Bonnaroo and has a growing fanbase. Born in Hexham, U.K., Jade’s early life was spent in South Wales, Germany and Chesterfield, as both parents were in the army. When her parents split up, she would be predominantly be raised by

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Knox Hamilton Talk ‘Beach Boy’ EP, Upcoming New Material

Knox Hamilton released their EP Beach Boy recently, as a follow-up to their well-received debut full-length record, The Heights. The Arkansas trio, comprised of brothers Boots (vocals) and Cobo (drums) Copeland, Brad Pierce (keys) and Drew Buffington (bass), the band toured extensively throughout the last year in support of the album, including a co-headlining tour with Fenech-Soler. The band, which broke through with "Work It Out" in 2014 and the track "Washed up Together" garnered millions of streams in 2016, praise from artists such as Katy Perry and The Beach Boys. The EP, Beach Boy serves as

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Bad Bad Hats Talk ‘Lightning Round’, Perform Live

Minneapolis-based Bad Bad Hats released their sophomore album, Lightning Round, August 3, 2018 on Afternoon Records to much anticipation. The band used a different process to record the songs live together at the encouragement of their producer and longtime collaborator Brett Bullion (who also produced their debut album Psychic Reader). Lead single “Write It On Your Heart” has gotten much attention for its reliability for its topic of an end of a relationship, where the instigator for ending the relationship wants to leave for someone else, but they want the other's blessing too. “I haven't always stood

B-Sides Top 10: Week Ending 9/16/2018 – twenty pilots On Top, ODESZA Debuts

With less than a month to go, the anticipation for the new album by twenty one pilots continues to grow. Trench, is scheduled to be released on October 5, 2018 via Fueled by Ramen, features "Levitate", which maintains the top spot on our chart. A few notable debuts from Donna Missal, Dillon Francis and ODESZA help shift things around, as the latter come out with the recorded version of "Loyal", a track that the duo had only performed during their live shows. "Jupiter" by Donna Missal is the newest single from her debut album, This Time, which

LIVE REVIEW: Evanescence + Lindsey Stirling Captivate in Mountain View, CA

The pairing of symphonic-rock legends Evanescence and violinist/dancer Lindsey Stirling might seem odd at first, but the two artists recently collaborated for a track on Evanescene’s 2017 album Synthesis and hit it off. When the time to plan a tour for Synthesis came around, frontwoman Amy Lee immediately thought of Stirling saying “she is the very definition of someone outside the box.” The pair are currently on tour throughout the U.S. as the two groups tour the country and alternate sets, one opening one show, the other opening the next. Bringing their lively show to the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Lindsey Jordan Talks Sister’s Influence, Snail Mail Performs “Pristine”

The solo project of Lindsey Jordan, Snail Mail has garnered much critical acclaim for the debut release of Lush, which was released on June 8th on Matador Records. Picking up the guitar at a young age and classically trained, Jordan started Snail Mail while in high school and frequented local shows within her native Baltimore area, where she formed close friendships within the local music scene, the impetus for her to form a band. Growing up in Baltimore suburb Ellicot City, Jordan began her classical guitar training at age five, and a decade later wrote her first songs

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Donna Missal Talks Gaining Confidence, Debut Album

Singer/songwriter, Donna Missal first electrified the blogosphere with her debut single "Keep Lying" that has now made it to mainstream radio airplay. The track was initially released online in 2015 and had a strong positive reaction, which would eventually lead her to work with Macklemore on the single "Over It," featured on his recently released album, Gemini. Missal grew up in a household with access to a home studio, as her father had previously worked in the industry before settling down with the family. Recording songs was nothing new for Missal, as she and her siblings would

B-Sides Top 10: Week Ending 8/26/2018 – Billie Eilish Leads Chart, Knox Hamilton Debuts

As summer winds down, lots of tracks on our top 10 could easily be the soundtrack to those memorable moments for the Summer of 18. Billie Eilish leads the way with "You Should See Me In A Crown" tops the chart with twenty one pilots in the runner up spot with "Levitate. The track at #5, "Underwater" is a preview of the new album by Rüfüs Du Sol, Solace that comes out on October 12, 2018. The collaboration of Zhu and Majid Jordan also makes moves up as fans continue to share and stream the track "Coming

PHOTOS: Alison Wonderland – San Francisco, CA 8/25/2018

Over just the past 3 years, the profile of Alison Wonderland has grown exponentially. From her humble beginnings in electronic music after transitioning from playing the cello in orchestras and even playing bass in indie bands, Wonderland put in the focus and effort that would pay off in 2015 that served as a foundation. That year, she performed her very first Coachella, released her debut album Run, which hit #1 on the US Electronic Billboard charts and numerous other festival appearances including EDC Las Vegas and Lollapalooza. The success of Run would lead to higher profile performances

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Pale Waves at Outside Lands 2018, Talk Debut Album

Pale Waves has been on a roll in 2018, having started the year with the release of their EP, All the Things I Never Said, and have been on tour for the majority of 2018. The band consisting of Heather Baron-Gracie (vocals, guitar), Hugo Silvani (guitar), Charlie Wood (bass) and Ciara Doran (drums) formed in 2014 and are building off of last year's run of sold out UK and European headline dates and a highly coveted support spot for The 1975 on their US and European arena tour. This year alone, the Manchester-based quartet has played high profile

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Hobo Johnson at Outside Lands 2018

Hobo Johnson made a huge impression online earlier this 2018 with a recording of his performance of "Peach Scone" with his band The Lovemakers, for submission into the NPR Tiny Desk Contest. The live video accumulated over 14.6 million views on Facebook and YouTube, growing his follower count from 10,000 total to well over one million followers in a short period of time. Their fervent new fans boosted the band's album, The Rise of Hobo Johnson(2017) to #8 on the iTunes Hip-Hop chart and #11 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart. Born in San Jose, CA as Frank Lopes,

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Whethan at Outside Lands 2018

DJ and producer Whethan is the brainchild of the 19-year-old producer and DJ Ethan Snoreck. He started off the year with a lot of attention due to his clever marketing in bringing on the year's early viral sensation, Mason Ramsey (Yodeling Walmart Boy) on stage at Coachella 2018. The artist has already achieved numerous high-profile chart-topping collaborations, including one with Dua Lipa (“High”) from the “Fifty Shades Freed” soundtrack, as well as “love gang” (ft. Charli XCX), “Savage” (ft. Flux Pavilion & MAX), “Be Like You” (ft. Broods) and “Good Nights” (ft. Mascolo), along with his latest release,

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Freya Ridings at Outside Lands 2018

Singer/songwriter Freya Ridings has seen her profile grow exponentially in 2018, as her breakout single “Lost Without You” has garnered over 25 million streams thanks to the song's use in the British reality TV show, Love Island. The London-based artist just finished recording her debut album that slated for release in Spring 2019, but has released a handful of singles thus-far, including the aforementioned “Lost Without You,” “Blackout,” and her impressive cover of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ classic “Maps.” Ridings has already performed at high-profile festivals, including Lollapalooza, Outside Lands and will be at Austin City Limits later

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Mikky Ekko at Outside Lands 2018

Mikky Ekko made a strong impression from his collaboration with Rihanna on the track "Stay" in 2012 but took time to find the right songs and sound for his debut album, Time that was released in 2015. During the time, Ekko was very cautious in using every opportunity to climb up the ladder, stating, "A lot of people expected me to hit the road with Rih or do more collaborations with other pop people. But just because you can, doesn't mean you should...and I spent a lot of time trying to balance who I should be vs. who

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Pond Talk Recording New Material, Hip-Hop Influence

Just last month, Pond released new music with the track, "Burnt Out Star," out now via Interscope Records, their first new material since the acclaimed album The Weather that came out out last year. The Weather was the band's seventh studio album and garnered immense critical praise and was produced by Kevin Parker of Tame Impala. The band has been on tour off and on since the release of the album, having played numerous festivals including Coachella, Primavera and End of The Road in 2017 and this year's Bonnaroo and Shaky Knees in the U.S. The band

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – The Academic Talk Early Gigs, ‘Tales From The Backseat’

The Academic have been on the rise since the release of their full-length debut album Tales from the Backseat (out now on Downtown Records), where the record instantly shot to #1 in their native Ireland week of release and earned critical acclaim. Standout tracks "Different" and "Bear Claws" have garnered millions of streams and views of the accompanying videos, with the latter going viral after the band discovered a way to "hack" Facebook's natural livestream time delay to create an audio and visual loop pedal for the song. The band has had lots of experience playing live shows

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Alma Talks Friendship With Charli XCX, Finnish Origins

Finnish pop singer/songwriter Alma has experienced great international success, having garnered over 170 million combined Spotify plays, and topped iTunes charts around the world. She landed on the prestigious BBC Music Sound of 2018, received the award for “Best Finnish Act” at the MTV EMA awards, and earned “Best Newcomer” and “Best Export” at Finland’s answer to the GRAMMYs the EMMAs. Her recent mixtape EP, Heavy Rules features Alma's penchant for strong vocals amidst catchy melodies, along with guests MØ, Tove Styrke and Kiiara. Of the EP, Alma mentioned- “I feel so blessed and grateful that for

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – SOFI TUKKER Talk ‘Treehouse’, Recent Success

"Manifesto" is spoken word pop meets house track from Animal Talk, a new artist collective helmed by SOFI TUKKER and also the name of their new label imprint that strives to build a supportive community of creatives. The opportunity to create a new label of their own was spawned from the duo's early days when in 2013, the pair met Benjamin Ruttner from the Knocks who invited them to move to New York and work out of his Chinatown studio. "That was all the encouragement we needed to put everything on the line and dare to really believe

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – The Kooks Return With ‘Let’s Go Sunshine’

The Kooks have been making their presence known in 2018 ahead of the release of their forthcoming album Let’s Go Sunshine, which will be available on August 31 via Lonely Cat/AWAL Recordings. The band has already released four tracks off the album, including “No Pressure,” “All The Time,” “Fractured and Dazed", “Four Leaf Clover" and more recently, “Chicken Bone”. Let’s Go Sunshine is the fifth studio album from the band that follows up the 2014 release, Listen, which saw the band experiment with their sound, where there were elements of jazz, gospel and R&B. In describing the process for the forthcoming

PHOTOS: Clairo – San Francisco, CA 8/20/2018

Following the release of her now critically acclaimed and highly streamed debut EP diary 001, 19-year-old Clairo embarked on a North American headlining tour that included appearances at Mo Pop Festival in Detroit and Lollapalooza Festival in Chicago. The performances follow up her appearances opening up for Dua Lipa during select North American tour dates earlier in the year. Since releasing her debut song “Pretty Girl” last summer, Clairo captured the attention of many music fans as the official music video for “4EVER,” also from her debut EP, amassed more than 1 million plays in less than a

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Frenship Talk New Material, Handling Success

Los Angeles-based duo Frenship had only been making music together for a short time before breaking through with the track "Capsize", off of their EP Truce in 2016. The track garnered over half a billion streams, garnered mainstream radio airplay and achieved multiple gold and platinum certifications around the world. They played numerous festivals including Lollapalooza, Outside Lands and Life Is Beautiful, along with an opening slot for British indie band Bastille on their European and U.S. treks last year. The band came back in 2018 with a handful of new tracks including "Mi Amore", “GOODMORNING, Goodbye”