LIVE REVIEW: Nova Tour ft. R.L. Grime Lands in Nashville

Kittens, Graves, and R.L. Grime stopped off in Nashville as part of their Nova Tour, drawing in a packed house despite it being the night after Halloween.  Lauren “Kittens” Abedini started the night off, increasing the energy as the crowd steadily grew.  The L.A. based DJ got her start mixing in college, but before long she was performing at private parties for stars like Usher and opening for Kid Cudi on tour.  Her set up was very minimalist in terms of lights, but did not take away from her laid –back vibe and slightly soulful set. 15808

R.L. Grime’s Nova Tour Takes Off

Since the debut of “Grapes” in 2012, R.L. Grime has quickly ascended the ranks as one of trap music’s most in demand producers.  It’s almost impossible not to hear his track “Mercy” dropped somewhere in a set, and good luck keeping track of how many times it pops up in sets over the course of a festival weekend. 2017 has been a big year for R.L. Grime.  After closing out 2016 with the release of “Waiting” in collaboration with Skrillex and What So Not, Grime returned with “Reims” in May.  In June, the producer released his own zine on his site

RECAP: Lights All Night 2016

Lights 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

Texas Gets Ready to Ring in 2017 at Lights All Night

Lights 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

Day For Night Lights Up Houston

  Describing 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

Austin City Limits 2016 15th Anniversary Recap

DAY 1 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

Getter Keeps it Cool As Frick for the Music City

Hailing 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

Happy 15th! Your Guide to ACL 2016 Weekend One

Austin 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. 14245

REVIEW: Euphoria 2016 Recap

I am no stranger to music festivals, so as I packed for Euphoria I was excited to relive my camping experience from Wakarusa- one of my favorite memories that past few years.  A road trip, camping, and a killer lineup promised me another perfect weekend even though I knew that anything could happen. 13620

INTERVIEW: The Unique Sound of Andy Clockwise

Since 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. 13606

Your Guide to Euphoria Fest 2016: Who To See

Austin’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. 13563

INTERVIEW: Declan McKenna Is Not To Be Ignored

Tackling 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. 13535

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

What 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.”

INTERVIEW: Meet the Duo Behind Bob Moses

Jimmy 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. 13490