Author: Laura Gideon

RECAP: Lights All Night 2016

lanbs24Lights All Night marked its seventh year with even more lights, effects, and talent.  For two days, the Dallas Market Hall was transformed into a raver’s paradise with the massive Mothership main stage equipped with state of the art screens and affects, the Satellite stage that was home to a variety of dubstep, trap, and trance, and the Silent Pyramid for anyone craving a nonstop silent disco.

Highlights from the first night included memorable sets from Tchami, Above & Beyond, and Zedd.  Although each drew a slightly different crowd, all three sets included a mix of old favorites and newer material that created vibes of nostalgia among the high energy crowd.  Over at the satellite stage, Kayzo and then 12th… Continue reading

Texas Gets Ready to Ring in 2017 at Lights All Night

p1030764Lights All Night returns to Dallas bigger than ever before, even with adding a sister show in El Paso on New Years Eve.  Now in its seventh year, the festival has become Texas’ largest EDM festival.  Ravers from last year will return to the Dallas Market Hall for the two day festival, but will be pleasantly surprised at the promised overhaul of the venue layout designed to make entering more efficient.  The event will also be broadcasted live this year so that no one has to worry about missing any moments despite a few scheduling conflicts.

Day 1

Start the weekend off with some future bass from Luca Lush on the early side.  Be sure to allow plenty of time after… Continue reading

Day For Night Lights Up Houston

 

unspecified-copy-4Describing Houston’s Day For Night as a music festival just doesn’t cut it. The idea behind the new festival is to showcase artists with a talent for highly visual performances all while exhibiting massive art installations by artists from all over the world.

After hearing about the festival back in September, I watched all of the promo videos and trailers and I still arrived in Houston not really sure what to expect.  So is this a festival?  An art exhibition? I found that Day For Night falls somewhere in the middle of the two labels, all while surpassing any previous expectations.

At the center of the hype was the festival’s Bjork Digital virtual experience, the U.S debut of video and digital… Continue reading

Austin City Limits 2016 15th Anniversary Recap

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Jess Glynne’s voice echoed through Zilker on Friday afternoon, spreading a cheerful attitude mirrored by the crowd and those finding their way to start their weekend.  She wowed with her cover of Prince’s “I Feel For You” just before she closed out her set.  Banks & Steelz were worth getting to the Samsung stage early, while The Front Bottoms teased and tested the crowd’s football knowledge in between songs.  The Strumbellas drew a crowd that may have seemed to be full of stragglers, but everyone easily sang along to “Spirits” even those that may not have known that they knew all the words.

 

Both the crowd and St. Lucia got lost in the music, delivering a performance that would’ve… Continue reading

Getter Keeps it Cool As Frick for the Music City

p1060722Hailing from San Jose, Getter brought his brand of heavy bass to Nashville from the Bay as one of the stops on his Wat the Frick Tour.  The tour promotes his new 7 –track EP of the same name.  Wat the Frick is his third EP with OWSLA and dropped earlier this month on September 2nd.

 

Getter and the Wat the Frick crew stopped in Nashville at the landmark Exit/In.  Along with Nick Colletti, Yulton, and Sneek, Getter brought something a little different to Music City.  Nashville may be known for its music scene, but EDM is vastly underrepresented among the wide variety of indie, alternative, country, and rock acts that can be found at almost all hours of the… Continue reading

Happy 15th! Your Guide to ACL 2016 Weekend One

P1020065Austin City Limits returns to Zilker Park to celebrate its 15th anniversary.  The annual, two weekend festival has come to be known for its eclectic talent and friendly culture that its hometown has come to be known for.  When it comes to navigating the lineup and discovering your new favorites, we’ve got you covered.… Continue reading

INTERVIEW: The Unique Sound of Andy Clockwise

P1040326Since the release of the EP Dancing World, Australian musician Andy Clockwise has a growing and loyal fan base of which contribute to his unforgettable raucous live shows.  Clockwise records, performs, produces and mixes all his record and has toured with The Black Keys, Julian Casablancas and Warpaint.  B-Sides caught up with Australian artist Andy Clockwise in the midst of a crazy SXSW storm to talk about his unique sound and his life on the West Coast.… Continue reading

Your Guide to Euphoria Fest 2016: Who To See

Euphoria+Music+Festival,+Phase+2,+Final+LineupAustin’s Euphoria Fest returns for a long weekend of camping and music for its fifth year.  The festival was started to create an event that would allow all attendees to be free to experience the transformative nature of music and to truly live in the moment.  This year’s line up holds true to the festival’s manifesto, with a diverse collection of talent to appeal to a variety of tastes throughout the four day festival.… Continue reading

INTERVIEW: Declan McKenna Is Not To Be Ignored

P1040340Tackling issues such as the FIFA corruption scandal and speaking out for transgender teens through music is no small feat. Doing so all before the age of 18 is remarkable, but not impossible. Just ask Declan McKenna, the 17-year-old British singer-songwriter who has done both in addition to winning the 2015 Emerging Talent Competition at Glastonbury. B-Sides met up with Declan in between shows at SXSW to check in with him about his first trip to America and his upcoming debut album.… Continue reading

INTERVIEW: POWERS on Writing, Their New EP, and What Makes a Song Great

P1040320What happens when two successful songwriters with affinity for infectious electro-pop team up to perform their own material? The result is LA-based duo POWERS, comprised of Mike Del Rio and Crista Ru. Together Ru and Del Rio have worked with a variety of artists including Selena Gomez, Cheryl Cole, Christina Aguilera, Kylie Minogue, Tim McGraw, The Knocks, and Icona Pop. So what happens when you find yourself in a barn awaiting a freak electrical storm/ possibly a tornado with Mike and Crista discussing songwriting and performing their own material? As Mike puts it, “it’s very South By… strange noises everywhere.” Check out the full interview!… Continue reading

INTERVIEW: Meet the Duo Behind Bob Moses

P1040311Jimmy Vallance and Tom Howie were classmates at their Vancouver high school, but it wasn’t until pursuing separate styles of music that the duo came together to form Bob Moses, the best of a DJ and a rock band. Their Days Gone By debut was released last September and the duo have steadily become a must-see at festivals. Howie and Vallance sat down with B-Sides at SXSW to talk about music, Vancouver, the upcoming festival season and more.… Continue reading

INTERVIEW: FEMME on Doing it All

P1040284 (1)Laura Bettinson is no stranger to the game.  The woman behind FEMME does it all.  She sings, writes, produces, directs, photographs, and styles.  A natural artist and a sharp entrepreneur, she draws inspiration from the girl bands of the 60s, and her videos are what you wish you girls nights were like.  But don’t let the good ole girly, pink pop fool you. There’s no getting around it FEMME is a bonafide badass.  B-Sides met up with her at SXSW to talk Girls, Beats, and Bass over a cup of American joe.… Continue reading

INTERVIEW: Marina Kaye Makes Her American Debut

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Marina Kaye is not your average 18-year-old. The French singer began writing in English at a young age in order to reach a wider audience and was discovered at 16 with her song “Homeless.” Her debut album, Fearless, then went double platinum after its release in Europe. Kaye’s talent has not gone unnoticed by other superstars, working with Sia and violinist Lindsey Stirling on her EP Homeless. Marina made her North American debut this month with shows in Montreal, New York, SXSW, and Los Angeles. In between SXSW shows she discussed the emotions behind her music and what she hopes to bring to America.… Continue reading

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