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

INTERVIEW: FEMME on Doing it All

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. 13476

INTERVIEW: Marina Kaye Makes Her American Debut

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

Interview: Catching Up with Cardiknox

New indie duo Cardiknox has kicked off 2016 generating more buzz than most.  The Seattle-bred duo of Thomas Dutton and Lonnie Angle are currently on tour with Carly Rae Jepsen and awaiting the upcoming release of their debut studio album, Portrait.  B-Sides met up with them before their Dallas show to discuss life on tour, travel, and what they are looking forward to as they hit the road. 13292

PHOTO REVIEW: Lights All Night 2015 – Dallas, TX

The celebrations to ring in 2016 took place in every city across the globe ranging from lavish elegant parties to firework displays and blowout dance parties. Dallas, TX rung in the new year with its own tw-day major festival, Lights All Night on December 31, 2015 and January 1, 2016, which featured the likes of major artists, Hardwell, Porter Robinson, Kaskade and numerous other talented artists in the realm of electronic dance music. 13079

Your Guide to Lights All Night 2015

Lights All Night is back as Dallas' largest New Years Eve party.  If you thought it would end with 2015, have no fear- Day 2 also boats a lineup worth rallying for.  Here's a quick rundown of the artists you do not want to miss.   Day 1 The festival kicks off at 6 p.m. on New Years Eve and Kill Them With Colour is a perfect way to ease into the night.  Make sure to get to the festival with plenty of time to catch headliner Hardwell on the Mothership at 8:30 p.m.  It is definitely not something to look back on

How to Ring in 2016 in Style

New Years Eve: a wonderful tradition that allows us to close the year while starting a new one partying.  The perfect outfit has become a crucial element in the mix for a good night along with plans, venue, and crew thats down to make the night memorable.  So what to wear thats sexy and fun in the dead of winter? No worries- we got you covered no matter what your plans are coast to coast. Glitter is a nye go-to.  After a weirdly warm winter (not complaining), showing off some sparkle will be a little easier.  However, an embellished top with

Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats Bring Rock ‘n’ Soul to Dallas

It is difficult to confine Denver-based Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats to a single genre. Elements of soul, folk, and southern rock crop up in Missouri- bred Rateliff’s music. Their self-titled debut album dropped in August and after blowing up, the band has been in non-stop touring mode amongst all the buzz for the bluesy tracks that make for easy listening. Southern rock, homegrown honky-tonk, and modernized soul colors their debut release, drawing fans and praise from all over. This year’s “S.O.B” has been christened the “Rolling in the Deep” of 2016 by Paste, the band can count Jimmy Fallon

R.A.C. Electrifies Dallas, TX

R.A.C. took the stage at the Grenada Theater in Dallas as part of the Going Our Own Way Tour.  R.A.C, or Remix Artist Collective, was started by Andre Allen Anjos in 2007 in Portland as a space for artists to collaborate and remix music.  For the past eight years, R.A.C. has succeeded in making a good song even better without straying too far from the style of the original. Anjos has collaborated with many indie-pop favorites including St.Lucia, MNDR and Kele Okereke of Bloc Party, as well as Tegan and Sara.  Over the past several years, R.A.C. has become synonymous for catchy

REVIEW: CRSSD – San Diego, CA Oct. 2015

This past weekend, tons of people flooded San Diego's Waterfront Park to see some of edm's hottest talent.  The festival made its debut just seven months ago, but turned right around and brought yet another incredible lineup including The Flaming Lips and Jamie XX. SNBRN started off the first evening of CRSSD and set the bar high for the rest of the weekend. As soon as people entered the park, it was impossible to escape the sound of people singing along to the DJ’s more popular tracks like “Raindrops” and "Return of the Mack" all the way to the freak out

ACL 2015 Recap: Weekend 1

Day 1 Hit the ground running Friday afternoon to kick off one marathon of a weekend.  After being greeted by the sounds of Cherub and Albert Hammond Jr., the task at hand became trying to snag a spot at Billy Idol among a huge crowd that defied to be defined generationally.  Idol definitely still has it, but so much talent spread on multiple stages vied for attention.  For example, Rey Pila across the way on the Tito's stage connecting with many loyal fans like hometown heroes at a backyard BBQ.  The crowd was so friendly and the music so infectious at

ACL 2015: Who to See at Weekend One

Oh ACL, a festival so great it cannot be confined to just one weekend.  The two-weekend music festival kicks off on Friday with a lineup that is pretty incredible.  An eclectic mix of talent ensures that there will be shows on everyone's list with acts that range from The Strokes to  Deadmau5 and Bassnectar, to Drake.  Thankfully there isn't too much overlap in this weekend's schedule, so bouncing around shows and genres is perfectly doable. The music starts right up on Friday around 11, so feel free to knock around while the festival starts to fill up, but make sure to

ACL 2015 Style Guide: Guys, We Didn’t Forget About You

  Festival fashion isn't just a thing for the ladies anymore.  Men's fashion at shows is now just as important.  With such a wide variety of talent playing at Austin City Limits this year, you can't really go wrong with many different style expressions.  A quirky and bright button- down, tee, or tank is a great way to stand out in a simple way.  This look is a perfect way to show style without looking like you take yourself way too seriously. 12400

Austin City Limits Style Guide: What We’ll Be Wearing

      These days, festivals are all about fashion as much as they are music.  Designers, celebrities, models, and bloggers flock to festivals rocking the latest trends, but now anyone has a good chance of ending up on a best dressed list or street style post.  As festival season comes to a close, fall pieces are hitting the stores making ACL the perfect place to try out some of the latest trends. The heat makes it slightly trickier when trying to decide what to buy, pack, and wear at ACL.  Fall styles are in, but no one wants to run from show to

LIVE REVIEW: Twin Shadow, Dallas, TX

 To describe George Lewis Jr. as talented is very plainly an understatement.  Known on stage as Twin Shadow, the rocker is magnetic but also as mysterious as his stage name.  After a serious tour bus accident which forced him to cancel multiple shows and undergo reconstructive had surgery, he returned to Dallas on Friday to the warm welcome of many loyal fans. 12280

Mad Decent Block Party 2015 Recap: Dub Dallas

Mad Decent Block Party is now its eighth year and has grown to become one of the largest festivals on the circuit. The event bills itself as a block party with a family feel aesthetic and lives up to that statement if your family knows how to party. This year's lineup features an array of names in the EDM space including 4B, Alion Wonderland, Borgore, Bro Safari, Cashmere Cat, Cut Copy, Die Antwoord, Dillon Francis, Sam Feldt and more. With each city/region getting a different lineup, the event has been a go-to party during the summer. Mad Decent Block

The Success of Twenty One Pilots

If you aren't already familiar with Twenty One Pilots, then one watch of their video for their single "Stressed Out" may be enough to turn you into a fan as well as cause some serious envy of their secret handshake skills (#goals).  The band's latest album, Blurryface, topped the Billboard 200 after its release in May and the duo has become regulars at this summer's hottest music festivals. Although the duo has gained a multitude of recent success, they've been at it for years, self-releasing two albums.  Tyler Joseph originally formed the band in 2009 with college friends Nick Thomas and

Top 15 Summer Songs: August Edition

Each year, August brings with it that bittersweet realization that summer is coming to a close.  Nostalgia for crazy nights, road trips, and perfect days begins to creep up as you begin to wonder where the past few months have gone.  But don't start mourning just yet!  Plenty of time remains for a few more shenanigans and we've even got you covered with a playlist. 11969

Outside Lands 2015 Insider: Acts You Don’t Want To Miss

  San Francisco's Outside Lands Festival will return to Golden Gate Park with quite the lineup for its eighth year.  Although the festival will be held August 7-9, tickets sold out in 45 minutes and this year's lineup has had music blogs buzzing for months.  Headliners include Elton John, Mumford & Sons, and The Black Keys in addition to other top acts such as Sam Smith, Kendrick Lamar, Wilco, Axwell & Ingrosso, D'Angelo and The Vangard, and St. Vincent. 11896