CHVRCHES Livestream “Forever”, Quarantine Style

Without any live shows or festivals to attend due to the current coronavirus emergency, artists have gone to live streaming to entertain fans and raise much needed funds to help healthcare workers and those affected by the pandemic. Friday, CHVRCHES (Lauren Mayberry, Iain Cook & Martin Doherty) hosted a live Zoom performance of their song "Forever" off their third studio album Love Is Dead (2018). Individually in their own studio pulling off the live interpretation of the track in the comforts of their home, the video was produced in real-time as video of all three members were seen

070 Shake Shares Live Clips From New York City Tour Stop

070 Shake has shared three live video clips from her show at Webster Hall in New York City earlier this year. The video clips for "Guilty Conscience", "Rocketship" and "Glitter" highlight not only her incredible stage performance but the energy of the live crowd from the sold out show. The show was part of a rescheduled tour that was orignally slated for the fall of last year and thankfully concluded in early March prior to the recent shutdowns due to the coronavirus situation. 070 Shake dropped her debut album Modus Vivendi (Def Jam) at the beginning of the year with much anticipation.

NEW MUSIC: Hayley Williams Releases “Over Yet”

Hayley Williams of Paramore just dropped her latest single "Over Yet" off her solo debut project Petals for Armor (Atlantic Records). The lyric video captures Williams doing a photoshoot as her new bubbly synth-pop anthem song plays over. Williams tweeted, "had to envision myself as an aerobics instructor (who's actually secretly a robot) in a post-apocalyptic society in order to get these super positive lyrics out." She adds there will be an exercise video to "Over Yet" coming soon. Her lyricism in "Over Yet" is optimistic & hopeful as she sings: "If there's resistance, it makes you stronger,

Women in Music History: Kim Gordon

Whether described as the "Ultimate Feminist Rock Goddess" or "The Godmother of Grunge", Kim Gordon is hands-down a woman who's always believed in herself and her convictions. Gordon was all about the art and more interested in pushing the limits of music and visuals as opposed to commercialism. Along with her longtime partner and ex-husband, Thurston Moore, she was a member of the highly influential band Sonic Youth that was initially born out of the art scene as opposed to the punk rock scene of the late 70s/early 80s. The band was categorized as "avant-rock" that influenced

Women in Music History: Joan Jett

If there was one woman who represents the bad-girl image of rock-n-roll, it has to be Joan Jett. Joining The Runaways at 16 years old, Jett grew up fast, having to learn how to handle herself in an adult world while enduring the sexism of the male-dominated rock scene of the 70s. She took that experience to parlay that into forming her own band, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, which achieved great commercial success. It was during this time that she started to gain respect as a songwriter and musician with songs about female empowerment, sexuality, and

Women In Music History: Debbie Harry

Debbie Harry, who's known as the lead singer and face of the new-wave band Blondie, has been revered as an artist and role model for decades. She was a punk icon during the 70s and 80s for her music, persona, fashion and sexy looks that even captivated Andy Warhol, whose portrait of her is recognized as one of his most iconic work. During the band's heyday, she was seen as a sex symbol in music but Harry combated the sexism, drugs, lawsuits from her own bandmates and would later on, fight ageism by enjoying success later in life. Before

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Possession’ By Joywave Puts Today’s Uncertainty Into Music

The third studio album by Joywave, 'Possession', was released March 13th via Hollywood Records and is a reflection on the thoughts and feelings on the minds of many during these tumultuous times.  Joywave tweeted, "Possession, which is about the struggle for control in our lives. Turns out we don't have any...You can't control the world around you and you don't get to choose your circumstance. Nothing will ever be perfect--- The only part that's up to us is how we choose to deal with this truth."   The New York indie rock band comprised of lead singer/ songwriter Daniel Armbruster, guitarist

ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Sad Happy’ – Circa Waves at Their Finest

Circa Waves released their fourth studio album Sad Happy on March 13, 2020, via Prolifica.  The album is the follow-up to ‘What’s It Like Over There?’ that was just released in April 2019.   The album is divided into two distinctive moods: sad and happy.  Frontman Kieran Shudall shared, “We live in a world split into two extreme halves. One moment, you’re filled with the existential crisis of climate doom, and the next, you’re distracted by another piece of inconsequential content that has you laughing aloud. I find this close proximity of immense sadness and happiness so jarring, bizarre and fascinating. Our

Women In Music History: The Go-Go’s

The term "all-girl band" has been thrown around for decades to describe what was considered a novelty for a band consisting entirely of women. When rock music was becoming popular in the 1950s and 1960s, the band scene was predominantly male and arguably, it wasn't until The Runaways experience success did more women start to form their own groups. One of the most commercially successful and influential all-female rock bands was The Go-Go's. Formed in 1979 out of the punk scene of Los Angeles, the five-piece had huge commercial success, sold millions of records while off-stage they

ALBUM REVIEW: Grouplove – ‘Healer’

Nearly four years since the release of their EP 'Big Mess', Grouplove ( Hannah Hooper, Chris Zucconi, Andrew Wessen, Daniel Gleason, and new drummer Benjamin Homola) have released their fourth studio album Healer under Atlantic Records. The ten-track album is more personal and close to heart for Hooper as well as her life partner/bandmate Zucconi. In the midst of writing/recording Healer, Hooper had an at-risk brain surgery, stating, “It felt like I was having a slow stroke." The band worked on the album in Northern California, as well as El Paso TX. “When we all met in Greece, Christian and I were leaving New York at an all-time

LISTEN: International Women’s Day Playlist 2020

Today March 8th marks International Women's Day, a significant day where we celebrate all women. Although International Women's Day is once a year, every woman should be recognized for her accomplishments, how she empowers and supports other women on a daily basis. We are highlighting women in music who have broken barriers, changed perceptions and fought for equality in a male-dominated industry. This year's International Women's Day Playlist features female artists of all ages from different genres and decades. Rock-n-roll queen Joan Jett has been an aspiring role model for younger female singers for generations. Jett

Free Tix For Beach Slang 3/29

Enter below for your chance to win free tickets to see Beach Slang at Cornerstone in Berkeley on Sunday, Mar. 29, 2020! Contest Date Range To Enter Before Deadline: Monday, Mar 23, 2020, 9:00 am- Friday, Mar 27, 2020, 9:00 am PT Contest Rules: By entering this form you agree to attend the show, follow us on our socials @bsidestv, send us pics/vids, and that you’re at least eighteen (18) years or older with a valid ID. Any out of state and outside of the Bay Area entries will not be considered! If you already won a B-Sides contest, you’re not eligible until after

ON RADAR: beabadoobee

Signed with the same label (Dirty Hit) as The 1975, the nineteen-year-old British singer/songwriter Beabadoobee (Beatrice Kristi Laus) has impressed music fans & critics with a nostalgic 90s-influenced sound. She's garnered millions of streams, toured with Clairo, and was nominated for Rising Star at the 2020 Brit Awards. Beabadoobee released her latest EP, Space Cadet in 2019 and plans to drop her debut album this year followed by a headline tour. Influenced heavily by the self-released cassette style of Daniel Johnson and quirky anti-folk outfit Moldy Peaches, her sound reflects the things she loves. Her single, “She Plays Bass” harkens back

ON RADAR: Younger Hunger

Long Beach trio Younger Hunger (Tony Davia, Lucas Connor, and Becket Edwards) formed in 2014, taking their inspirations from bands like The Smiths, MGMT and The Teenagers. With millions of views on TikTok, Younger Hunger are a "force of chaos and destruction" (according to their FB page). Younger Hunger released their single "Second Best" late last year and it's starting to garner much attention on streaming platforms. Davia adds about the song, "it's about unrequited love and overcoming feelings of inadequacy." This synthy indie-pop gem strikes hard with their punchy hooks, melodic guitar, and ambient electronics

Noise Pop Festival 2020 Preview: 15 Acts To Catch

Noise Pop Music & Arts Festival is back with its week-long event (Monday Feb. 24- Sunday Mar. 1) of introducing the San Francisco Bay Area countless talented artists. Every night is filled with numerous live performances at various Bay Area venues, with this year's lineup featuring over 170 artists. This year's lineup is features many established artists including Raphael Saadiq, Best Coast, a DJ set from Washed Out and Maya Jane Coles and also numerous emerging local and national acts. Check out our list of acts to check out while you're roaming about Noise Pop Fest 2020! Injury Reserve Phoenix rap trio

Free Tix For Sasha Sloan 3/30

Enter below for your chance to win free tickets to see Sasha Sloan at The Fillmore in San Francisco on Monday, March. 30, 2020! Contest Date Range To Enter Before Deadline: Monday, March 23, 2020, 9:00 am- Friday, March 27, 2020, 9:00 am PT Contest Rules: By entering this form you agree to attend the show, follow us on our socials @bsidestv, send us pics/vids, and that you’re at least eighteen (18) years or older with a valid ID. Any out of state and outside of the Bay Area entries will not be considered! If you already won a B-Sides contest, you’re not eligible

ON RADAR: Easy Life

UK alt-R&B five-piece (Murray Matravers, Oliver Cassidy, Sam Hewitt, Lewis Alexander, and Jordan Birtles), Easy Life merges a huge palette of musical styles ranging from Chance The Rapper and Arctic Monkeys to vintage Dilla. Matravers formed the band on a whim in late 2017 with Hewitt after bonding over classic hip-hop as kids in the Midlands. “Easy Life is a form of escapism,” says Murray. “Living is proving to be increasingly difficult with all the pressures that modern life brings, and easy life rejects this materialistic philosophy; easy life is a hedonistic vision. When we coined the name there was

ON RADAR: Audrey Mika

Nineteen-year-old R&B singer/songwriter Audrey Mika began her singing career on YouTube (like many others) by covering Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish and others with her toy microphone. Her covers attracted a diehard audience and impressively amassed nearly 60 million views and 1.2 million YouTube subscribers in under a year’s time.  Now the Bay Area native, who's now based in Los Angeles, is signed to RCA Records and recently released her EP '5 A.M.' on February 10th. Her rapid success in a year is just the beginning as she stated, “Shut the blinds, get under the covers, and fall into the music,”

Free Tix For Whethan 3/27

Enter below for your chance to win free tickets to see Whethan at The Warfield in San Francisco on Friday, March. 27, 2020! Contest Date Range To Enter Before Deadline: Friday, March 20, 2020, 9:00 am- Thursday, March 26, 2020, 9:00 am PT Contest Rules: By entering this form you agree to attend the show, follow us on our socials @bsidestv, send us pics/vids, and that you’re at least eighteen (18) years or older with a valid ID. Any out of state and outside of the Bay Area entries will not be considered! If you already won a B-Sides contest, you’re not eligible until

Free Tix for Killswitch Engage 3/26

Enter below for your chance to win free tickets to see Killswitch Engage at The Warfield in San Francisco on Thursday, March. 26, 2020! Contest Date Range To Enter Before Deadline: Thursday, Feb 19, 2020, 9:00 am- Tuesday, March 25, 2020, 9:00 am PT Contest Rules: By entering this form you agree to attend the show, follow us on our socials @bsidestv, send us pics/vids, and that you’re at least eighteen (18) years or older with a valid ID. Any out of state and outside of the Bay Area entries will not be considered! If you already won a B-Sides contest, you’re not eligible

ON RADAR: Almost Monday

Formed in 2015, San Diego alt-pop trio Almost Monday (guitarist Cole Clisby, singer Dawson Daugherty, and bassist Luke Fabry) self-booked themselves to local shows and honed their live shows as their fan-base grew. Now, Almost Monday is signed with Hollywood Records and collaborated with Mark Needham, an engineer/mixer/producer known for his work with The Killers and Imagine Dragons. Their sound is very nu-disco with surf rock tones, which coincidentally is how Daughtry and Fabry met Clisby--- by surfing! In speaking about their live shows, Almost Monday stated- "We want for our music in general: to give everybody that feeling of

Top 15 Songs of 2010s

The close of the 2010s gives us a chance to reflect on the incredible music that was released over the past ten years. Technology played a huge role in not only the exposure of new music but enabled more control than ever for the artists. Streaming technology matured to enable sites like bandcamp, soundcloud and others reach a global audience of both artists and listeners while social media exploded during the decade to allow artists direct access to fans and control their own narrative. The influence of technology allowed for artists from numerous genres to bubble up

Top 15 Songs of 2019

2019 gave us some amazing music over the course of the year, as the genre lines continued to blur. The type of music from an artist like Billie Eilish and Dominic Fike ranged from alternative to pop to hip-hop and resonated with huge audiences. Hip-hop continued to remain strong and lots of amazing songs bubbled to the surface from support of listeners discovering and sharing new music via streaming sites. Rather than the most popular songs, we here at B-Sides put together what we consider our top 15 favorites that really stood out in the last year

Top 15 Albums of 2019

Even in the current age of streaming music that facilitates the singles-based model, the album concept continued to thrive in 2019. Numerous artists have been keen on presenting a full body of work whether it be via a common theme amongst the songs or just a cohesive sound that ties the batch of songs together. This was overwhelmingly evident in new music from veterans like Vampire Weekend and Lana Del Rey. On the flip-side, there were strong debuts in `19 by Billie Eilish, Clairo and King Princess, who showed an incredible future ahead of them. Our

PREVIEW: SnowGlobe 2019 Bringing On The ‘Roaring 20s II’ New Year’s Eve

MTV's SnowGlobe is one of the world's most unique festivals that's been taking place every New Year's Eve in Lake Tahoe, CA since 2011.  With the spectacular backdrop of the gorgeous snow-capped mountains and ski/snowboard culture combined with talented electronic musicians, SnowGlobe has attracted music fans from all over the world to ring in the New Year.  This year's event takes place December 29-31, 2019 and the lineup features the return of the legendary Skrillex along with Louis The Child, Griz, Zhu, Whethan, SG Lewis and so many others.  Click the contest page for your chance to win passes to

New Politics Releases Fifth Studio Album ‘An Invitation To An Alternate Reality’

Just two weeks before their North American "3 Dimensional Tour" with The Mowgli's and Plain White T's, Danish alt-punk/rock band New Politics (vocalist/keys David Boyd, bassist/guitarist Søren Hansen, and drummer Louis Vecchio) dropped their highly anticipated fifth album An Invitation to an Alternate Reality (Big Noise Music) the follow-up to their 2017 album Lost In Translation. The album is definitely an early present for the new month as November marks the band's tenth anniversary since they formed in 2009. The record, produced by John Feldmann, which his work comprises of Good Charlotte, The Used, Panic! At The Disco, Blink- 182, All Time Low, and

LIVE REVIEW: UNCOOL FEST 5; SWMRS- Berkeley, CA 10/26/19

Saturday night in Berkeley, CA saw local band SWMRS present their Uncool Fest 5 at the UC Theatre, featuring: Together Pangea, Ultra Q, B.A.G, Kuromi, and DYGL and it was anything but uncool. This year's Uncool Fest theme was Pixar, which fans remember last year's theme was the wizardry world of Harry Potter. It was exciting to see Pixar theme costumes from the fans to even the bandmates on stage. While most were Toy Story characters ( Woody, Buzz, Rex, Jessie, etc.) it was fresh to see fans dressed up from The Incredibles, Monsters Inc., Ratatouille, Up, Inside Out, and

15 Songs For Your Halloween Soundtrack

Just hours before Hallows Eve where humans and spirits walk the earthly realm for one night. Hallows Eve, Samhain, Dia De Los Muertos, or Halloween has become an internationally celebrated holiday where people dress up in decorative costumes and receive an abundance of candy. It's also a time when every horror flick is screened as a marathon to binge! However, the most thrilling of all are the number of haunted Halloween parties to attend. We have the ultimate Halloween soundtrack to get your party started or Halloween jams to get you in the trick or treating mood! From the Halloween classics

LIVE REVIEW: K.Flay – Oakland, CA 9/7/2019

Saturday evening at the Fox Theater in Oakland was making plenty of noise with artists like Houses and K.Flay that same night. Chicago/L. A based artist Dexter Tortoriello AKA Houses made everyone feel at home with his lo-fi music and sharing his appreciation for headliner/ 2x Grammy-nominee K.Flay. He delighted the crowd with songs from his EP Drugstore Heaven and even introduced a new track. Houses mentioned that this was his second night of the Solutions Tour with K.Flay and that they're feeling fresh on stage. He wrapped it up with his commercial and autobiographical hit "Fast Talk" just before K.Flay's

LIVE REVIEW: Young the Giant, Fitz and The Tantrums, & Alice Merton – Berkeley, CA 8/15/19

With the recent summer heatwave, it was a hot weather day for the San Francisco Bay Area, which made for a perfect evening at The Greek Theatre in Berkeley, CA when Young the Giant brought the heat on stage. It was an early show starting at 6:30 pm where locals, fans, and Berkeley students all united at one of the most iconic venues. Rising artist Alice Merton recognized for her debut single "No Roots" (Top 40 hit and certified Gold by the RIAA) kicked off the show with her band singing songs from her album Mint. All of her songs

PHOTO REVIEW: Outside Lands 2019 Brings The Heat – Childish Gambino Draws Huge Crowds, twenty one pilots Thrills

The 12th edition of Outside Lands took place over the weekend and it certainly was a celebration at the beautiful Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. With each day bringing its own unique approach towards planning on who to see, the infamous San Francisco fog was not a major factor this year. As expected, the headliners delivered as twenty one pilots showed their growth as performers with their engaging set on Friday, Childish Gambino drew what was reported the largest audience ever in the festival's history and Paul Simon performed a set that reminded people why he's one of music's

Outside Lands Playlist 2019

The beloved Bay Area favorite music festival (hosted by Another Planet Entertainment) Outside Lands returns this weekend for its 12th anniversary on August 9-11th. It's been over a decade since it first started in 2008 and has drawn music fans from all over the world to see their favorite artists in the unique setting that is Golden Gate Park. In the past, Pearl Jam, Kings of Leon, Radiohead, Muse, Lana Del Rey, Billie Eilish, Lorde, and others have performed. Now Outside Lands 2019 boasts a solid lineup that includes numerous Grammy-nominated artists and Grammy winners. Besides enjoying the music scene that

LIVE REVIEW: THE DRUMS- San Francisco, CA 7/26/19

The Drums returned to San Francisco with a bang! Last spring, The Drums (singer Jonathan “Jonny” Pierce, bassist Johnny Aries, guitarist Tom Haslow, and drummer Bryan de Leon) supported Alvvays at The Fox Theater in Oakland following the release of their fourth album Abysmal Thoughts. Now out with their fifth record Brutalism, The Drums headlined two shows at the intimate August Hall on Thursday, July 25th and Friday 26th. Friday night packed the sold-out house as loyal fans old and young found their spots early as they eagerly awaited the New York indie surf pop band to walk on stage. The audience was

INTERVIEW: RVBY MY DEAR Talks Album Waiting, Touring, and Green Day

Australian native/ New York-based artist Gabbi Coenen aka RVBY MY DEAR is proving herself much more than just another indie musician. Coenen who had the music bug bite her by the age of four when she was properly trained in piano. Later, she learned how to play other instruments as music is her passion. She continued on the road following music that she relocated to New York where she studied at a jazz school. By 2012, she formed her project RVBY MY DEAR as a way to express herself through songwriting and performing. Her band was named twice "Artist of

LIVE REVIEW: Jimmy Eat World & Third Eye Blind- San Francisco, CA 6/15/19

The nostalgia was running strong in San Francisco at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium where Arizona natives Jimmy Eat World and local band Third Eye Blind captured the essence of late 90s/early 00s alternative music in one intimate night. Kicking off the night was New York group Ra Ra Riot, who opened up with "Beta Love", which got the crowd going right from the start. Frontman Wes Miles joked after finishing their song, "Thanks for coming on-time" when they jumped back into their next baroque pop song "Absolutely". Ra Ra Riot proved to be a worthy opener as they showcased

Pride Month Playlist 2019

June marks National Pride Month for the LGBTQ community! We acknowledge out-spoken and open individuals especially musical artists who identify themselves in the group. These artists are coming out and singing about their personal experiences about their sexuality through music. While The Drums and Japanese House are writing about their exes, MNEK is singing about a closeted relationship in "Girlfriend", Morgxn writing about hope within gay oppression, and the queer trio MUNA whose music is a safe haven for those afraid to fully express themselves. They're all becoming a voice to the present and future LGBTQ generation. They're musical role

PREVIEW: PHONO DEL SOL 2019

The "Best Music Festival" is back in San Francisco! Noise Pop and The Bay Bridged resurrected the long missed Phono Del Sol after a year hiatus. The free event takes place in San Francisco at Potrero Del Sol Park (2827 Cesar Chavez) on Saturday, June 15th from 12pm-7pm. Phono Del Sol will have ten various genre acts performing from a mix of good local bands (hip-hop SOL Development, folk Boy Scouts, math rock Covet, experimental SPELLING, and raptress Queens D. Light) to recognized out- of- state groups ( New York's electro synth-pop Porches and Seattle's indie rockers Chastity Belt) for the

BottleRock 2019 Acts You Don’t Want To Miss

BottleRock Napa Valley is back for another festive season!  Initially started back in 2013 as a five-day event, Bottlerock has consistently delivered as a solid three-day event, with this year's edition taking place from May 24th-26th.  The festival boasts a lineup that is headlined by Imagine Dragons, Mumford & Sons and Neil Young, along with One Republic, Elle King, Sir Sly, and Tash Sultana. BottleRock also features a wide array of food, beer and of course, wine, which the Napa Valley is known for. Here's a list of bands that should intrigue your musical curiosity:  Sylvan Esso North Carolina electronic pop

INTERVIEW: Last Dinosaurs’ Sean Caskey speaks sold out shows and Yumeno Garden

After naming their band off a song from a J-rock band The Pillows, Australian indie rock band Last Dinosaurs (vocalist Sean Caskey, guitarist Lachlan Caskey, bassist Michael Sloane, and drummer Dan Koyama) have been receiving global attention from their previous records: In A Million Years, Wellness, and Yumeno Garden. Even getting heavy rotation on Triple J radio leading to performances at big-name festivals also touring with Foals, Foster the People, to Matt & Kim. Now, Last Dinosaurs are headlining their own shows in America. After their soundcheck, frontman Sean Caskey spoke to us about sold out tours, writing in Japan

INTERVIEW: Ten Fé talks new album Future Perfect, Present Tense

British band Ten Fé (Spanish for "Have Faith") may have started as a duo between Leo Duncan and Ben Moorhouse but have grown into a 5-piece group (bassist Ron Shipley, keyboardist Johnny Drain, and drummer Alex Hammond). Now that their busking days are over, Ten Fé are touring in support of their new sophomore album Future Perfect, Present Tense. The album is maturity at its finest with rich melodies and instrumentations that the band spent effort amount of time. The inspiring summer 70s sound makes anyone want to sing these songs during a campfire. Read more into detail what frontman Leo

20 Cool Acts To See At Coachella 2019

As festival season is approaching, the most exciting music festival is celebrating their 20th anniversary---Coachella! The first Coachella festival occurred in 1999 with acts: Beck, Tool, Morrissey, Rage Against The Machines, A Perfect Circle, and so forth. Coachella is the Woodstock of Southern California with it's numerous performances of various genres. Each year, Coachella keeps getting bigger with their attendees and their artists. This year, Coachella is stretching their two weekend festival from Friday April 12-Sunday April 21. Here is our list of twenty performers to catch at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. The 1975 The British quartet The 1975

PREVIEW: Outside Lands 2019

A Bay Area favorite music festival Outside Lands returns this year on August 9-11th. Outside Lands is celebrating their eleventh anniversary here in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Back in 2008 when it began, Outside Lands keeps out doing itself every year with their countless of headliners from Radiohead, Tom Petty, Incubus, The Killers, Tenacious D, Metallica, Lorde, etc. Now Outside Lands 2019 will feature many Grammy winners and nominees to perform like Twenty One Pilots, Childish Gambino, Blink 182 The Lumineers, Hozier, Counting Crows, Kacey Musgraves, and the list goes on. Outside Lands is so much more than our love

PREVIEW: Just Like Heaven 2019 Festival

May the 4th be with you on the new music festival Just Like Heaven! A festival that sounds like The Cure's Robert Smith would be behind of but actually Coachella producers Goldenvoice are running the show. The two day festival Friday May 3rd and Saturday May 4th (sold out) will be held at Queen Mary Park in Long Beach. Without a doubt, the nostalgia will be overflowing throughout the event from headliners: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Phoenix, MGMT, Beach House, and so much more. It's your iPod playlist from high school when cool indie bands ruled MySpace, everyone started

ALBUM REVIEW: Taali – ‘I Am Here’

"We have strong women in the family no question about it" states Taali's grandmother in the recorded track "For Michal"(about her great- great- great grandma's holocaust death) off the debut album I Am Here. A powerful statement that inform listeners what we need to know about Jewish contemporary pop singer Taali. New York native/L.A based songwriter and engineer shows she's an authentic artist as she incorporates her traditional Judaic culture, lineage, and identity into her work. The fifteen-track album itself is a spiritual journey of storytelling through inspiring lyrics. Her opening song "Release" is the right introduction that hooks an audience in

30 Artists To See: SXSW 2019

This year as Austin, Texas host their 32nd annual South By Southwest festival honoring its interactive media on film, music, and conferences. B-Sides highlights the rising new artists performing this week at the main event! Whether you're there or not you can still discover new music for 2019! The Bright Light Social Hour First on our list, The Bright Light Social Hour are no strangers from Texas. They're actually Austin natives who have played in other big name festivals like Lollapalooza and ACL. They've become a local favorite with their psychedelic rock sound with a modern 60s/70s flare. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwCsCJKfjYU   Castlecomer This Australian band gets the

LISTEN: 10 Songs To Add To Your St. Patrick’s Day Playlist

March 17th marks the celebrated St. Patrick's Day. The holiday which we wear green to not get pinched, line dance to Celtic music, pick lucky green clovers instead of roses, find a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow guarded by a Leprechaun, and a time where Irish pubs are the most busiest. Let's celebrate this St. Patrick's week with your favorite recognized Irish bands/artists in this playlist to get you in the festive spirit! U2- "Every Breaking Wave" U2's musical career has been spanning for the past four decades! They're the top Irish rock bands still touring strong over

PHOTOS: Men I Trust- San Francisco, CA 2/26/19

Men I Trust performed at a sold-out show at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, one of many sold-out shows on their current headlining tour. The crowded room showed up early and quietly sang along to familiar songs such as, "Say, Can You Hear" and "Show Me How". Starting off as a small indie trio from Canada to now touring and selling out shows, the French Canadian dream-pop band (Emma Proulx, Dragos Chiriac, and Jessy Caron) embarked on a musical journey shortly after their college years. Dragos Chiriac and Jessy Caron were already long-time

INTERVIEW: In The Valley Below Talks Life After L.A, Parenthood, and Music

L.A band In The Valley Below (Angela Gail & Jeffrey Jacob) have been together for the past eight years. After musically bonding in SXSW, In The Valley Below was born-- releasing EPs and their first full length album The Belt in 2014. The lead single, "Peaches" landed them on late night TV with David Letterman and Conan. They've been busy touring in festivals also performing with other musical acts like White Lies, Cold War Kids, and Sir Sly. The band's sophomore album The Pink Chateau on Bright Antenna Records will be released in April and have an exciting film project to

INTERVIEW: White Lies -Five Questions About ‘Five’

British synth-rock trio White Lies (Harry McVeigh, Charles Cave, & Jack Lawrence) have been recording and touring for the past decade. They've had their own share of supporting acts and headlining at venues. They have gained much love from all over as fans sing along their older hits to new favorites. Their fifth album Five is out now and B-Sides got the chance to chat with frontman Harry about the new album and the thrill performing it live. Harry you lived in San Francisco for awhile.  Did the new living environment on the West Coast or exposure to American life influence any

INTERVIEW: Men I Trust Achieving Success At Their Own Pace

Indie dream-pop Canadian trio Men I Trust (Emma Proulx, Dragos Chiriac, and Jessy Caron) embarked on a musical journey shortly after their college years. Dragos Chiriac and Jessy Caron were already long-time friends, who reconnected during university and formed the group with a sonic direction but with guest singers. It was their invitation to singer Emma Proulx to join them on a few songs that they found a bond via their love for music to round out the band. Since then, Men I Trust has been gaining recognition through their peers (Tyler The Creator invited them to

Top 7 Post Break-Up Songs

While many will celebrate with flowers, teddy bears, and box of chocolates with their significant others on Valentine's Day. We dedicate this playlist to those who are single, recently split, or hiding their true romantic feelings. We're counting down our Top 7 Post Break-Up Songs to warm your depressed hearts, erase any bad memories on tinder, and forget about lovey-dovey couples. 7. RITUAL, Tove Styrke "Love Me Back" British electronic trio RITUAL collaborate with Swedish pop singer Tove Styrke in this emotional weight of a song. The two are conflicted about their feelings even after a break-up when they sing "So please

INTERVIEW: Japanese Wallpaper Finds Balance and Comfort In Studio and On-Stage

Australian artist Gab Strum of Japanese Wallpaper will be opening for Lily Allen in his native Australia for a handful of select shows starting February 4, 2019. He recently released his first new material in two and a half years with “Fooling Around”, a track that gives a hint of the direction this rising artist is headed with his first full-length due out in 2019. Born Gab Strum, he was 15 years old and on a tediously long family vacation when he started his journey into creating music. With nothing to do but listen to Tycho and

ALBUM REVIEW: Nina Nesbitt Impresses With Debut, ‘The Sun Will Come Up, the Seasons Will Change’

The twenty-four year old Scottish pop singer, Nina Nesbitt, has blossomed since her debut album Peroxide and is proud of her sophomore record The Sun Will Come Up, the Seasons Will Change from her new label Cooking Vinyl. The title is from her last track on the album, which the idea came from walking in London where she lived. Nesbitt explains the philosophical meaning behind the name; "It reminds people everything in life is temporary-- whether good or bad. Just be aware. It'll change." Nesbitt shares her latest creation to the world this month embarking on her next tour. Nesbitt describes her album

PHOTOS: RÜFÜS DU SOL- San Francisco, CA 11/6/18

Electronic trio RÜFÜS DU SOL formerly RÜFÜS (keyboardist Jon George, vocalist/guitarist Tyrone Lindqvist, and drummer James Hunt) has impressed audiences worldwide with their fusion of live and club elements of dance music. The Australian band came to San Francisco on November 6, 2018 to play a sold-out show at the Bill Graham Civic Center and blew away the audience. Touring in support of their latest album, Solace , RÜFÜS DU SOL had a massive light stage setup filled with LEDs and a large screen behind the band that projected visuals that were both engaging yet not overwhelming. Performing familiar

PHOTOS: Billie Eilish – Oakland, CA 10/20/18

After a set of strong releases throughout 2018, Billie Eilish is on the verge of a breakout once her debut album is released early 2019. The seventeen-year-old Los Angeles native has released a series of bonafide hits in the last year and a half from "you should see me in a crown" to the more recent "when the party's over". Performing in the Bay Area for the third time in a year, Eilish played the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA, the first night of her sold-out '1 by 1' tour. The raucous crowd filled with her peers

PHOTOS: Bob Moses- Oakland, CA 9/22/18

Bob Moses has steadily become a must-see at festivals (SXSW, Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, & Coachella) as well as their own headlining shows. The Canadian duo recently released their second studio album, Battle Lines a week ago on September 14th and are touring in support of the new material, stopping by the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA September 22, 2018. With minimal banter, the band played a lot of the newer material, with lead single "Back Down" inspiring the crowd to dance and bob their heads in unison to the catchy beats of the song. The

PHOTOS: Hayley Kiyoko – San Francisco, CA 4/24/18

Singer and actress Hayley Kiyoko is a jack of all trades, having started early on supporting Justin Bieber in her former band The Stunners to now as a solo artist herself. During her musical career, she's released three EPs (A Belle to Remember, This Side of Paradise, & Citrine) and her debut album Expectations, which charted Top 20 album in the U.S. The album has resonated with both critics and fans alike, and Kiyoko shined on stage in San Francisco to a sold out crowd at The Fillmore, showcasing much of the newer material including, "Curious," "Feelings," "SLEEPOVER," where she opens

PHOTOS: Spoon- San Francisco, CA 1/17/18

In their 25th year as a band, Spoon has gotten better over time, perhaps credit it to having been through nearly every scenario both good and bad when it comes to performing live. The Austin-based band released their ninth studio album, Hot Thoughts in March 2017, and now that fans are familiar with the material, it made for an engaging and fun live show for the band. From start to finish, frontman Britt Daniels led the audience down a path through the band's catalog of material right from the start with the newer "Do I Have To Talk