10 Artists You Need to See at the 2017 Austin City Limits Music Festival

The Austin City Limits Music Festival is going on right now, as well as next weekend, with a fine array of diverse acts for every kind of fan.  And... while B-Sides is there and pumped to see them all, we also have a few that we are more than stoked to see. Below is a list of those 10 artists. Cheers and Raise Your Glass!! Glass Animals Britain's Glass Animals released their debut album in 2014 combining a pop heavy indie rock sound with an electronica underbelly. Their last record How To Be a Human Being was released in 2016. https://youtu.be/8RkJhJcfOnc Live Live formed in the tiny town of York, Pennsylvania,

ON-RADAR: The Begowatts – Grand Charade

I love good, midwestern rock n roll. Like really love it, almost as much as I love Iron Maiden, Snoop Dogg, or The Sex Pistols. There is just something inherently good about a John Mellencamp song, Ryan Adams lullaby, or Tom Petty (sob) cut. I also found that same Midwestern charm in bands like Husker Du and The Replacements. Just all around great songwriting with no pretensions. 15629

ALBUM REVIEW: The Killers – Wonderful, Wonderful

The Killers burst onto the scene in the early 00s with a fresh sound and approach with a hint to the past. Hot Fuss was a magical ride of 80s inspired pop riffs with a swanky songwriting ability that caused earworms in the brain. Sam’s Town went a little darker, a little deeper, but still with songs that cut to the core. Day and Age and Battle Born came and went, and now here we are still looking, I think, for that next Hot Fuss, which is most likely never going to happen. With a debut album as big as

ON-RADAR: Junkyardfieldtrip

Lord knows that I am a sucker for sappy, heartfelt, acoustic, Americana. There is something about riding down a two-lane, winding, highway somewhere in bum-fuck Ohio that intersects small towns, villages, and lands with single stop lights for miles. Where there are still hardware stores not called Lowe’s or Home Depot, corner stores that sell bins of tootsie rolls and lollipops, and an actual church at the center of the main street. These towns are few and far between anymore, but there are still many that offer that longing of nostalgia that we all feel from time to time. People

ON-RADAR: Lunar Hand – ‘Magic Hour’ EP

Finding really truly unique pop music is becoming increasingly hard to do with many just taking a shock value angle rather than a musical one. Many are going back in time to the 50s and 60s for musical inspiration, but while unique to this time and place, is really just paying homage to things that have already been done. However, even with that slant on earlier forms of rock n roll, there are still bands that can put their spin on things. One such group is Lunar Hand, a trio of Southern California garage rockers that make moving, jumpy, and

ON-RADAR: Rising Appalachia – Alive

Protest music is so punk rock… I mean the sentiment is… the music itself comes from many different backgrounds and strains of solidarity. Rising Appalachia is a duo of sisters, Leah and Chloe Smith, that takes that punk rockiness and funnels it through a deep, southern, Appalachian sound, and augments it with hip-hop and world music beats bringing a new sound to the protest. They have spread that sound all over the US and Europe whether it’s working with Native Americans at Standing Rock, or railing against President Trump, it all comes from a deep well of hope, and a

ALBUM REVIEW: Foster the People – Sacred Hearts Club

As a human of the world, I really love music. All music… it doesn’t matter. If it has a pulse, and breathes life into something, I am hooked. Unfortunately, this has proved harder and harder to accomplish the older I get. Maybe I am turning curmudgeon, but much of the newer music I listened to lately lacks true soul, sounds tinny and limp, and doesn’t kick you in the balls the way I remember. There is nothing like Axl Rose’s growl, Ice Cube’s snarl, or just anything Lemmy or George Clinton related. For me anyway, music in 2017 is full

ON-RADAR: FerrariLover – ‘Seventh Sky’

I have forever been a staunch ally of ambient music. Whether it was my first foray into Brian Eno’s Ambient 1: Music For Airports, his work with David Bowie, the Aphex Twins' Selected Ambient Works 85-92, or even the metal assault, but ambient march of ISIS (the band), all of it painted landscapes of extraterrestrials, vast oceans, cosmic dreams, and lost worlds. Music that opened something else, not fixated within three minute pop songs, but music that moves on past its sound. It always fascinated me. 15246

INTERVIEW: The Modern Bluegrass Revival – A Conversation with Mipso

Mipso are the real deal when it comes to Southern Bluegrass, Folk, and Country music. The quartet of college friends grew up in North Carolina studied the local roots music, and immersed themselves in it... Eventually making records that shied away from conventional modern songwriting, instead focusing on telling stories with a unmistakable, and infectious,  vocal harmonization. The group's third record Coming Down the Mountain, showcases Mipso's growth from string band, to something a bit more contemporary without throwing away the grit. The record is fabulous and so is the band. B-Sides was afforded some time to speak with Mipso guitarist

ON-RADAR: Builder of the House – ‘Ornaments’

Builder of the House are a duo hailing from the indie haven of Portland, OR. Formed in 2011 by Rob Cimitile with partner Eliot Heeschen; both doing heavy lifting in bands prior to coming together. Builder of the House has steadily made a name for themselves through incessant touring leading up to the release their first full length album; Ornaments. The band has fused indie pop with a groove laden folk music that begs listeners to get up and dance. The album tends to flip a switch from Appalachian style barn stompers, to Latin tinged movements disguised behind Cimitile’s fragile

INTERVIEW: B-Boys Discuss Their New Record “Dada”

B-Boys could best be described as a cross between Fugazi and Katy Perry. The Brooklyn based band recently released their first full-length album with the appropriate title, Dada. Dada is a unique mixture of fast riffs, fat drums, and an attitude not found in popular music. That and the album coasts in just around 30 minutes of unrentless energy. B-Sides caught up with chief songwriters Brendon Avalos and Britton Walker to discuss the new record, philosophy of song lyrics, and their economical songwriting style. 15203

ON-RADAR: MesAlfie – Hey Super

It’s hard to ignore MesAlfie’s old world charm when you listen to his newest release Hey Super. The singer/songwriter’s first English album drips with European influence whether it's the lyrics, lush orchestration, or accordion backdrop, he could be heard on pop radio, or a cafe in the center of Rome. MesAlfie has had a previous career in Italy, with his band Aleph, which were popular in the 90s in Italy and around Europe. This time around, he took the moment to slow down at his family home in Italy, recording the album in relative comfort, and it shows. Hey Super

ON-RADAR: The Dolly Spartans – Time Sides With No One

The Dolly Spartans are so much more than a kitschy name. The band is reminiscent of a minor league Strokes, with a pop sensibility encrusted in a rock candy shell. The Minor league thing isn't a negative connotation, they just need a longer incubation before they achieve pop greatness. The band's 2nd EP Time Sides With No one is a great start. 15131

INTERVIEW: Coast Modern and the Sunny Vibe of Los Angeles

Coast Modern

Coast Modern are an eclectic mix of hip-hop, rock, and just about everything you can think of. It’s a modern take on what pop music can and sometimes should be. Their light-hearted and fun style is certainly a byproduct of their hometown of Los Angeles, and they continue to take left turns with each of the  singles the band has released to the public. No two songs from the band sound the same. Their journey continues with their most recent release “Pockets Full of No”. B-Sides sat down to talk with the band about their hometown, major influences, and constantly