ALBUM REVIEW: Simple Creatures – ‘Strange Love’ EP

In the midst of a post blink-182 tour depression, Mark Hoppus decided he needed to self medicate with some collaboration. What he had intended to be a project involving multiple friends from bands he had worked with in the past, quickly turned into a new band all in of itself. Alex Gaskarth of All Time Low was the first to come over to jam, and the two knew they had stumbled onto something special. And so gave birth to Simple Creatures. The band released their first single "Drug" a few months ago, and it was the perfect introduction to the tight

ALBUM REVIEW: Billie Eilish – “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”

Seventeen year old wunderkind Billie Eilish wastes no time stomping her foot down on her debut full length "When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?" After a brief vocal track of her declaring she has removed her invisalign, the creeping bass of "bad guy" seeps into your ears with a menacing bounce that will make you wanna get up and dance. This song really sets the tone for the album, a beautiful, bass driven collection of goth-pop songs that feel sometimes like the music we would've gotten from Lorde, or Taylor Swift had they grown up listening

ALBUM REVIEW: The Japanese House – ‘Good at Falling’

Amber Bain - a.k.a. The Japanese House, has been not so quietly making a name for herself over the past 4 years. With an impressive collection of EP's and singles already under her belt, Bain has finally released her debut full length Good at Falling. The album continues to showcase the sound Bain has used the past four years to hone in on, a mix of synth and guitar that blends into a trance like indie pop that's impossible not to get lost in. Bain takes on the bulk of the songwriting weight for the Japanese House, but does get some

REVIEW: Boston Calling 2018 – Festival Grows from Modest Beginnings

Boston Calling used 2018 to prove it has come quite a long way. From it's modest beginnings as a more indie affair in Government Center, to contender for festival lineup of the year at Harvard's Athletic Complex, this years edition featured plenty of things to boast about. Walking into the festival for anyone who hadn't been since the location moved, it could be a little overwhelming with the amount of things to do. The weekend was one for the books, featuring show stopping sets from the likes of Paramore, Queens of the Stone Age, St. Vincent, and Eminem to name

ALBUM REVIEW: Courtney Barnett – ‘Tell Me How You Really Feel’

Given the amount of critical acclaim, and hype that has surrounded Courtney Barnett, it can be a little startling to realize her newest release "Tell Me How You Really Feel" is only her sophomore solo album. Her breakthrough 2015 debut album "Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit," dazzled fans and critics alike with her profound penchant for wordy, verbose lyricism, compared to none other than the king lyricist himself Bob Dylan. She followed it up in 2017 with a joint album alongside Kurt Vile, but her newest release see's her back in the driver seat, alone.

PREVIEW: Coachella 2018 – Beyond Eminem, Beyoncé, The Weeknd

I've come to measure my years not by the arrival of January 1st, but rather by the arrival of the annual Coachella lineup announcement. This year is no different than any other in regards to the amount of disappointment plenty of people feel the need to express, but it is different in regards to the diversity of the lineup, including a list of headliners that for the first time in a while features not only no big time reunions, but also no rock acts. Let's take a look at some of the smaller font talent featured for the multi-weekend event.

Preview – Riot Fest Chicago – 2017

Where the hell did Summer go? That's the question on everyone's mind right now, but hey, it aint all bad! Y'know why? That's right! Riot Fest is around the corner. The lineup is stacked per usual. We could write a book as long as Stephen King's "It" on all the great bands performing this year, but that's why they made a movie! And that's why we'll just give you the highlights, and the performances you do not. Want. To. Miss.         Paramore - If you haven't heard "After Laughter" yet, I'm not sure what you spent your summer listening to. The feel

ALBUM REVIEW: Lana Del Rey – ‘Lust For Life’

Love her or hate her, Lana Del Rey has managed to carve herself out a spot in pop culture that might put the “cult” in pop culture. On her fifth album, “Lust For Life,” she seems to be attempting to reach outside of her circle, but not too far. While her vocals maintain the cool, buzzed lounge singer croon she’s been toting since she debuted on Saturday Night Live, the tracks on this album incorporate more modern tones, with hip-hop driven beats, and guest appearances from the likes of The Weeknd, A$AP Rocky, Stevie Nicks, and more. 15461

ALBUM REVIEW: Royal Blood – ‘How Did We Get so Dark?’

Back in a 2012 interview, Dave Grohl commented on the state of rock n' roll, claiming the current musical climate was not unlike it was in 1991, right before Nirvana broke through. Three years later, the type of band he's talking about would be opening for him on a stadium tour across America. The band I'm talking about is Royal Blood and they're here to remind everyone what rock n' roll is all about. The sophomore slump is a dreaded curse for musicians and fans alike. The stress of following up an incredibly debut with something equally impressive, if not more,

10 Acts to See at Boston Calling

The countdown is on, and it's T-6 sleeps until Boston Calling. If you haven't noticed, everyone is a buzz about how this year is the first year Boston Calling's lineup has put them in the realm of the must see festivals. The headliners alone should be indicative of that, but you already knew that, so we're gonna recommend 10 of the artists you might not be as familiar with, but should definitely see.        1. The Hotelier - We're starting off with some hometown heroes here, as these boys hail from Western MA. Their last two full lengths have stood out distinctly in

ALBUM REVIEW: Paramore “After Laughter”

Paramore waste no time setting the tone on their newest album After Laughter, hopping into their audible Delorean, and punching it to 88 miles per hour, and turning the clock to 1985 with lead single "Hard Times." This album pushes forward on the path the band began to forge on their 2013 self-titled effort, that path being in line with the current pop music trend of throwing it back to music you would've heard on the radio 30 years ago. The thing that sets Paramore apart from the crowd in pursuing that sound is that they do it much better

INTERVIEW: FOXTRAX

You may not have heard of them yet, but in light of their recent "The Cabin EP," FOXTRAX is sure to be popping up on your Spotify "Discover Weekly" playlist in no time. The aptly named EP was recorded over a six month stint while the boys were holed up in a cabin in the woods of North Carolina. They're currently at the beginning of a west coast tour with Barns Courtney, and singer Ben Schneid was gracious enough to answer a few questions for us before taking the stage last Friday evening. 14946

ALBUM REVIEW: COIN – How Will You Know If You Never Try

COIN arrived with their debut self-titled album two years ago, bolstering an infectiously catchy single with "Fingers Crossed." Two years later, and these fellas have really honed in on the sound they had started to craft on that album. "How Will You Know If You Never Try" opens with the pulsing "Don't Cry, 2020," a track that feels akin to Vampire Weekend if they were a little more into synth-pop. The track is filled with upbeat and dancy, retro-influenced jams like this. Lead single "Talk Too Much," has a chorus so big, you'll be singing it by the second time

Riot Fest Chicago 2016: Who to See

Labor Day weekend is over and with it, Riot Fest Denver. But fear not, for in two weeks, Riot Fest Chicago is going down. This year's notable headliners include The Flaming Lips, Morrissey and The Original Misfits alongside Death Cab For Cutie, Rob Zombie, Social Distortion, The Deftones, Jimmy Eat World and let's not forget about the carnival atmosphere. B-Sides will be there to cover the insanely packed lineup the fest is toting this year and we put together a list of the top 5 desirables on the schedule. 14180

INTERVIEW: Todd Lewis Kramer

Over here at B-Sides, we don't like to brag, but we have a tendency to snag interviews with artists on the cusp of blowing up. *cough*Hozier*cough* We have a pretty good feeling about this guy Todd Lewis Kramer, whose debut album Fairground is dropping May 13th. He's released a couple singles, and if they're any indicator of what the album promises to deliver, you're gonna wanna get on the bandwagon now, before it's too full. We were able to get Todd on the phone, and he proved that his music wasn't the only thing charming about him. 13655

Coachella 2016: Bands to Watch

Another year, another Coachella. The festival is arguably the most famous one, and the must see event of the year for most die hard music fans. In the past few years it has sort of become a place for band reunions as well. Outkast reunited for the first time in years at the festival, and this year they have not one, but two huge reunions. In case you're just coming out of a coma and somehow missed the news, Guns N' Roses is currently boasting a roster that includes Axl, Slash and Duff McKagan, and they're planning on bringing the

Festival Preview: Boston Calling 2015

Fall is here, and with it, the 6th semi-annual Boston Calling Music Festival. B-Sides will be there as always, making sure we see as much great music as we do consume Sam Adams Octoberfest beers. This time around the lineup is a little less diverse in terms of scope of sound but, not for a lack of talent. It's hard to miss a performance if you go, as no two artists play at the same time but, we still feel it's good to give you a little preview of what you should make an effort to see while you're there.

Warped Tour 2015 Preview

Summer is synonymous with a lot of things; ice cream, the beach, and vacation to name a few. Probably one of the biggest is summer camp, and the music scene's version of it kicks off this week with the 20th annual outing of the Vans Warped Tour. It's almost a rite of passage in the scene to either attend or play the festival at some point in your life, as it's got a little bit of everything, and tends to be the jumpoff point for a lot of bands that end up blowing up. Paramore, Fall Out Boy, Blink-182, hell

Interview: Alex Winston

Alex Winston might not be a household name in America yet but, she's certainly on her way there. Currently opening for Neon Trees on their North American tour, the 27 year old singer-songwriter is poised to reach a whole bunch of new sets of ears, and with them, new heights. We were able to catch her in her downtime while the tour was in Seattle to ask a few questions about coming up in the scene, and what's to come. B-Sides: So you first started blowing up overseas, how did that feel coming from a small town in Michigan? Alex: Bizarre but,

Boston Calling 2015 Preview

Winter has finally let up in Boston, and with it's exit, we welcome the fifth semiannual Boston Calling music festival. As always, one of, if not the smallest festival in the circuit more than makes up for it's size with a superb and diverse line-up. B-Sides will be on-site to grab the sights and sounds for you but in the meantime, here's our pick of a few must-do's and who to watch while you're there. 11443

Review: Mumford & Sons “Wilder MInd”

The new Mumford & Sons album "Wilder Mind" isn't bad. It's not good but, it's not bad. At best, it's boring. You can certainly hear what the band wanted this album to be; proof that they don't need to rely on the folk craze they rode in on, an attempt at cutting their teeth on the indie rock scene. Unfortunately for Mumford and his sons, this is where they faltered. 11403

Five 10 Year Anniversary Tours We Want for 2015

2005. That was like two years ago, right? A full decade has passed since the year that brought us Tom Cruise jumping on Oprah's couch, 40 Year Old Virgin, Hurricane Katrina, and the incredibly tragic death or Mr.Miyagi, Pat Morita. In the past couple of years, bands have really taken to ten year anniversary tours for fan favorite albums. Taking Back Sunday did it for their debut "Tell All Your Friends", New Found Glory has done it for two separate albums, and the trend keeps growing more and more popular in the scene. The nostalgia overload makes for an

On-Air Profile: Hozier

It's just shy of a year since we interviewed Hozier, the studly Irish crooner, who at the time was selling out his first proper North American tour. When we interviewed him, he was playing the Red Room at Cafe 939, a 200 person capacity venue. Flash forward to now, where he is currently selling out clubs like the Hammerstein Ballroom, and House of Blues across the country. 11102

Album Review: Modest Mouse – Strangers To Ourselves

Modest Mouse return from their eight year record hiatus with the triumphant new "Strangers To Ourselves." The album is sure to be a fan pleaser as it doesn't reinvent the wheel too much in the way of Modest Mouse. Not that they needed to reinvent the wheel anyways, it's been a smooth ride for these guys, yet to really deliver an album fans found disappointing. 11100

57th Annual Grammy Awards: B-Sides Picks

February is here, and with it, the 2015 Grammy Awards. LL Cool J will be licking his lips as host for the fourth consecutive time in a year full of as many familiar faces, as it is new ones. There's a few huge surprises here, the biggest probably being that T-Swift didn't get a Best Album of the Year nod, yet Beck did. Ms.Swift did pick up a nomination for Record of the Year however, a category in which she is surrounded by newcomers Iggy Azalea, Sia, Sam Smith, and Meghan Trainor. Despite the surprises, and sometimes questionable nominations, we

Coachella 2015: Thoughts and Recommendations

Another year, another Coachella. The line-up for the 2015 edition of the ever popular, ever famous Indio, California music festival was just released, and it's a pretty mixed bag. The headliners aren't quite as shocking or hot as last years reunited Outkast, or Arcade Fire but, there's still plenty to be excited for. Drake is still one of the biggest MC's in hip-hop, and for a reason. Jack White's live show is notoriously awesome. AC/DC might be old but, they're a band you'll definitely be bragging about seeing before you, or they, die. That being said, some of the most

Editors Pick: Best Singles of 2014

Another year, another slew of best of lists. The amount of lists can be a little overwhelming but, they're a great way to find new music you might have missed, or not given the time of day throughout the year. Here's my picks for the songs I just couldn't stop listening to in 2014. 10679

LIVE REVIEW: Anberlin- Boston, MA

After an impressive twelve year run, Florida quintet Anberlin have decided to call it quits this year. The split seems to be an amicable one, with the band embarking on a final world tour before they part ways. The tour brought them to Boston this past Wednesday, where they played a packed House of Blues. 10619

Albums You Need To Own

Taylor Swift released her fifth studio album "1989" last week, and with it, she swiftly(sorry, had to) pulled her entire music catalog from Spotify. Artists are no stranger to demonizing the music streaming app, blaming it for contributing to the decline in album sales in the biz but, not even Spotify or piracy could stop the almighty T-Swift from shattering expectations; selling more than a million copies in her first week. The pop starlet claims that the move is in defense of music, which is a rare commodity that deserves the money it asks listeners to pay for. This got

INTERVIEW: Finch

Finch broke onto the post-hardcore scene with 2002's "What It Is To Burn," a pivotal album in the scene, that the band recently celebrated the anniversary of with a tour which saw them playing the fan favorite front to back every night. The band reformed for that tour after having been broken up for a couple years, and on the fuel provided by their reunion anniversary tour, wrote a killer new album, "Back To Oblivion," their first full length in nearly a decade. B-Sides caught up with the guys at their stop in Boston on Monday, and chatted about the

ALBUM REVIEW: Stars – No One Is Lost

Stars just dropped their new album "No One In Lost," and over here at B-Sides we plugged our headphones in, turned the volume up to a hard seven, and found out if no one is truly lost. The Toronto based band's seventh full length affair was recorded at Mount Zoomer in Montreal, which sits atop what used to be a gay disco. The disco seems to have managed to creep through the floorboards and into the bands songwriting, with a clearly audible influence lingering throughout "No One Is Lost." The album gets right into the new found disco appreciation with "From

LIVE REVIEW: The Bots- Cambridge, MA

Monday night, the insanely talented and insanely young duo, The Bots owned the stage at The Sinclair in Cambridge, MA. We would have better pictures to prove it to you but, there was a mix-up with the press passes at the box office, so these cell phone pics will have to do! The band wasted no time getting into things, coming out heavy and strong with a song reminiscent of Nirvana and The Pixies; featuring relaxed verses that exploded into loud infectious choruses. This would be the story of the night, as the two brothers Anaiah and Mikaiah Lei who

REVIEW: “Yellow Flicker Beat” By Lorde

Lorde followed in the steps of her celeb-bestie Taylor Swift when she contributed her cover of Tears For Fears "Everybody Wants To Rule The World," to the last Hunger Games movie soundtrack. History repeats itself, as the teen sensation is contributing a brand new original song, "Yellow Flicker Beat," to the new Hunger Games movie Mockingjay Part One soundtrack. The song is Lorde at her finest, with melancholy vocals over a creepy-catchy beat that slowly builds into a bona fide banger. Don't be surprised to see a trailer for the new movie feature the song, as it's perfectly tailored for

Show Review: My Brightest Diamond

Monday night My Brightest Diamond mastermind Shara Worden marched into Cambridge, MA accompanied by her two bandmates, and a few openers, to bring the awesomely weird to the Sinclair. Opening the night was the New York-based singer Doe Paoro, who was an incredibly fitting show companion. The songstress commanded the crowd throughout her set, showcasing her powerhouse vocals on tracks such as "Hypotheticals," "Born Whole," and an incredible new song she announced would be next full length in 2015. Her band was also incredibly tight, and they set the tone for a night of great music. 10114

Album Review: This Is All Yours by Alt-J

Alt-J spent five years as a band before releasing their debut full length "An Awesome Wave." The album was hailed by many for it's unique sound, even drawing comparisons to the kings of unique, Radiohead. Whilst it was hailed by many in that regard, some major critics such as Pitchfork and Mojo found the album to be a little more on the pretentious side. Perhaps it was having five years to rework songs over and over, or perhaps it had something to do with guitarist/bassist Gwil Sainsbury, who departed the band early this year. Whatever the case, Alt-J just released

U2unes: U2’s New Album Invades iProducts

It's pretty much impossible to not have heard of U2. It's especially impossible if you owned an Apple product, or had iTunes on your computer last week, when Apple and U2 joined forces to put the bands newest album "Songs of Innocence" in everyone's music library; without asking. The band has become somewhat divisive over the past decade, and as it turns out, forcing their way onto people's iPhone's may not have been the best way to win them over. Why would one of the biggest rock bands of all time, who consistently top the highest grossing tours of the

Recap: Boston Calling Fall 2014

The 4th annual Boston Calling Festival came to a close last night, and even though things didn't go as smoothly as possible, it was still one for the books. The festival seems to have found its rhythm, following a pacing similar to the spring edition of the festival B-Sides covered this past May. 9928

What?! Artists Without Number One Albums

Tom Petty and Weird Al, what do they have in common? Not much, aside from the expected parody Al did of a Petty tune many moons ago. However, they both recently scored their first number one albums in the history of their long, successful careers. Shocking isn't it? Well, not as much as you'd think actually. Turns out a lot of huge artists have never had a number one album. Here's a few of the one's that surprised us most here at B-sides: 9794

Why Do We Watch Award Shows?

Everyone likes being rewarded for doing a good job at work, but not many occupations provide awards for doing such. They certainly don't hold nationally televised ceremonies where they pick the best of the best. So, why are there award shows for the entertainment industry? What makes us interested in a decision that not only has no impact on us, but that we have no say in deciding upon? This past weekend, the Teen Choice Awards were lambasted by fans, after it was revealed by nominees that the awards were a little less the teen's choice than the voting aspect

Recap: Lollapalooza 2014

Another year, another Lollapalooza in the bag. This year bore the usual draw of some of the biggest names in music, and left nothing to be desired in the way of a diverse lineup. The weekend was full of incredible performances that we could go on about forever, but instead we'll just give you the highlights. 9725

The Sophomore Slump(Or Lack Thereof?)

Kendrick Lamar took hip-hop by the horns with his 2012 mainstream debut "good kid, m.A.A.d city." This fall promises the release of his highly anticipated follow-up, and the question on everyone's mind is whether it will live up to thy hype, or suffer from the cursed sophomore slump. Kendrick's not the first artist to face such high expectations though. Here's a list of some of our favorite sophomore albums: 9699

PREVIEW: Lollapalooza 2014

This coming weekend marks the 23rd year anniversary of Lollapalooza. What started as an annual tour conceptualized by Jane's Addiction vocalist Perry Farrell has evolved into one of the most well known music festivals in America. The tour has featured some of the biggest names in music over the past twenty years, including such acts as The Beastie Boys, Foo Fighters, Rage Against the Machine, and a slew other alternative music juggernauts. This year is no exception, and we here at B-Sides have some recommendations on who's a must see. 9697

Preview: Pitchfork Music Festival

Pitchfork is well know for reviewing music, but this weekend the famous music site is throwing it's own festival at Union Park in Chicago. The site is known for being pretty harsh in it's rating of artists, so you know they were selective with the artists they picked to play the weekend long gig. Here's a list of the artists you really shouldn't miss. Kendrick Lamar - It's no surprise that Kendrick is closing out the weekend with a headlining slot. Compton's hometown hero quickly went from being relatively unknow, to blowing up nationwide, very quickly. He recently supported Kanye on

Too Tough To Die: The Legacy of the Ramones

As you may have heard, this past weekend the world lost the last original member of punk pioneers, The Ramones. Tommy Ramone's death could inspire a lot of things, (like an investigation into how Ozzy Osbourne and Keith Richards are still kicking and he's not,) but it inspired us here at B-Sides to look back at his band's legacy. A legacy that is constantly credited with not only popularizing punk rock, but basically inventing it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdyEEk5WrrI The Ramones started playing in the mid 70's, a time full of bands who's live shows featured long songs, full of meandering impromptu jam sessions, and

American Jams: Songs For The 4th of July

Happy Birthday, America! July 4th is just around the corner, which means no work, and plenty of beers, barbecues, and all things 'Murica. While there's plenty of ways to enjoy the long weekend, horseshoes, beer pong, swimming, fireworks, none of them mean anything without a perfect playlist to get wild to. Musicians may not always be keen on lyrically endorsing America, but parties aren't for paying attention anyways. Here's some of our favorite American party jams. Miley Cyrus - Party In The USA - Far from subtle, here's a throwback to when Miley was still associated with Hannah Montana and Mickey

Phish Phood for Thought

This past Tuesday, Phish phans were given another scoop of audible Phish Food, with the release of the bands twelfth album "Fuego." While new music is always exciting for fans of any band, Phish is a different breed of artist. Where some bands expand on their sound for years, Phish tends to play it safe, because their fans know as well as they do, it's all about the live experience. Phish are known for their live jam sessions, which sometimes end up leaving the band with a four song setlist played over the course of a couple hours.   The band formed

Fútbol: Musicians and The World Cup

Soccer (or should I say Fútbol) has always been the biggest sport in the world. Aside from here in America, that is. It is starting to pick up in the States though, and with America on track to progress into Round 2 of the World Cup, we're prepared to see it bigger than ever here. Plenty of famous musicians are huge soccer fans, here's a list of some of our favorites. 9512

Profile: Jack White

Jack White is a man who needs no introduction.The man has no shortage of talent, and has become one of the biggest names in rock over the past decade-plus. What isn't influential about Jack White? The man's played with legends such as The Rolling Stones, and Neil Young and was in the documentary "It Might Get Loud" with The Edge, and Jimmy Page. You name it, he's done it. 9483

Warped Tour: 10 Bands You Don’t Wanna Miss

Warped Tour celebrates it's twentieth birthday this year, and the summer rock camp has certainly grown. What started out as a annual tour focused mostly on punk rock influenced music, the tour now boasts an incredibly diverse array of artists. With a roster that constantly features over a hundred bands a day, it can be hard picking which acts are a must-see. Here's ten bands that we can guarantee you'll regret missing out on: 9456

What Took You So Long?: The Black Keys

              The Black Keys formed in 2001, and despite the fact that their music has been used heavily in commercial advertising for the past decade, the band didn't really achieve mainstream success until 2010's "Brothers." Last month they released their latest "Turn Blue" which became the first album the group has released to hit number one on the album charts. Why did it take so long for the world to pick up on The Black Keys, a band who was making bluesy garage rock at the same time as now-genre staples such as The White Stripes, The Strokes, The Hives

Are They Racist?

Justin Beiber hasn't done much in the way of shedding his bad-boy image lately. The pop superstar has been making headlines the past year for making questionable decisions, such as vandalizing his neighbors home, and supposedly driving while under the influence. While it went from 0 to 60 pretty fast, it's not that shocking when stars who have such huge success at such a young age act out in such a manner. Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Bynes, Corey Feldman, the list of troubled teen stars goes on, but things took a turn for the really ugly this past week when videos

Interview: Highasakite

You may not have heard of Highasakite yet, but that's likely to change in the coming year. The Norwegian quartet recently put out their sophomore album Silent Treatment, which leaped over the stereotypical slump, and landed above their debut album, with a fully realized sound of what they had previously produced. The band has yet to reach high levels of success in the US, but they're on track, having just wrapped their second US tour, which included a stop at the SXSW Festival. B-Sides had a chance to catch up with them on their stop in Boston last month, where

REVIEW: Boston Calling- Spring 2014

Memorial Day weekend started off with a bang in Boston this weekend, as the Boston Calling Music Festival kicked off it's third talent-stacked event in only a year's time. The weather forecast threatened to literally rain on everyone's parade, but mother nature was kind enough to spare everyone for most of the weekend. While people did get soaked during The Decemberists' killer set, it didn't slow the fans or the band down, and turned out to be the only performance that literally brought the thunder. (Okay, so there was no thunder, but it did rain a whole lot during their

INTERVIEW: Hozier

Hozier burst onto the music scene last year with his smash Youtube hit, "Take Me To Church." The Irish born blues singer has been going non-stop since the spotlight hit him, playing the South By Southwest Festival before selling out every date on his first proper North American headlining tour. We spoke to the crooner about the tour, his new album, and more last Wednesday when he rolled into the Red Room at Cafe 939 in Boston. 9016

Rant: When The Bands On, Turn Your Phone Off

      Last night as I stood on the balcony of the House of Blues, watching Haim absolutely blow the roof off, I couldn't help but notice the sea of cell phones aimed at the stage. Every moment of the show was covered from numerous angles, by people who never put their electronics away for a second. It was slightly irksome, as the people seemed more interested in filming the band, than actually watching the band. As far as I could tell, they missed the entire experience in the pursuit of the perfect video. I focused on it long enough to

Where Are They Now? Artists Featured in American Pie

Happy Birthday, Jason Biggs! The Orange Is The New Black star turned 36 yesterday, and while he may be longing for his imprisoned fiancé on Netflix nowadays, we all still remember him longing for foreign exchange students, and band geeks in American Pie. To help celebrate his birthday, us band geeks here at B-Sides decided to dig through the killer soundtracks to these films and see what ever happened to some of those bands. 8871

Top 10: Moms Who Rock

Don't freak out, but this Sunday is Mother's Day. You still have some time to get yo mama something fancy, so don't sweat it! B-Sides knows how hard moms around the world rock, so we decided to pay tribute to moms everywhere by picking our favorite moms who literally rock. Here's our list of the most rockin' moms in rock n' roll: 8831

Top 5: Musicians We’d Like To See At The WHCD

This weekend Joel McHale hosted the 2014 White House Correspondents' Dinner. The room was packed with politicians and celebrities alike, who despite their differences, laughed the night away at the feel good event. It's always interesting to see how these personalities act around each other, so we decided to do what we do best, and compile a list of famous musicians we'd love to see make an appearance at the annual event. 8772

Label Expired: Record Labels vs. The Internet

It's no secret that the music industry has taken a massive hit since the invention of the internet. More specifically, since the introduction of file-sharing software. Sean Parker helped birth the music industry revolution with the invention of the first file-sharing program, Napster. Industry moguls were quick to respond, suing the sites founders, and ultimately causing the site to be turned into a "paid for" service. It was too late though, as more and more means of file-sharing started emerging, CD sales started to plummet, and the music industry refused to change. 8687

Top 5: Covers We Want From Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire has been touring non-stop since the release of their new award-winning album, Reflektor. Since they started the U.S. leg of their tour, they have been covering a different artist each night of the tour. The thing that makes this unique, is that each artist they cover is from the state that they're playing in that night. They have covered a wide range of artists, from Prince in Minneapolis, to Boyz II Men in Philly, and Chuck Berry in St. Louis: 8615

Haim: Leading Ladies of Indie-Pop

A lot of big names brought down the house at Coachella this year, but a really big surprise came in newcomers Haim. The trio of musical sisters played an early set both weekends, and played to energetic crowds while the sun was still up. These girls managed to hold their own against music heavyweights thanks to a variety of talents: 8592

25th Anniversary: Doolittle by The Pixies

     "I was trying to write the ultimate pop song. I was basically trying to rip off the Pixies. I admit it."-Kurt Cobain Friday was the 25th anniversary of The Pixies sophomore stunner, "Doolittle," an album that remains as relevant as it was the year I was born. The Pixies influence on modern music is no secret, as the quote from Cobain shows, some of the greatest songwriters of our time took cues from the indie rock sensation. You can clearly hear the influence they had on Nirvana with a song like "Tame," with it's whispered verses over a running rhythm section,

INTERVIEW: Shaun Cooper and Mark O’Connell of Taking Back Sunday

Taking Back Sunday exploded onto the music scene in 2002 with their debut album "Tell All Your Friends." About a year after the release, members John Nolan and Shaun Cooper left the band to start another band, Straylight Run. Taking Back Sunday carried on, but seven years and a few line-up changes later, the two former members reunited with the band, and the classic line-up has been going strong ever since. On March 18th, the band released their second album since reuniting the original band, "Happiness Is." "Happiness Is" does a great job of mixing the Taking Back Sunday

Wherefore Art Thou, Kurt Cobain?

Since Rock n' Roll woke  America up in the 1950's, music has taken on a role beyond itself. Each decade of popular music helps to document the times, representing the feelings and taste of the mass majority of each generation. With the invention of the internet, the ability to get your voice out there had it's doors blown off. Suddenly, anybody could share their music with anyone across the world with websites like Purevolume, Myspace, and Youtube eventually vastly increasing this output. So much music is available nowadays, it can be difficult to sort through it all, and even more difficult

The Staying Power of David Letterman

In case you were living under a rock, last Thursday Mike Mills, formerly of R.E.M., announced David Letterman's plans for retirement via Twitter. Mills was a guest on the show that evening, and his tweet was confirmed once the episode aired, with Letterman announcing it personally during the show. David Letterman entered the world of late night in 1982, with the "Late NIght with David Letterman Show" on NBC. Ten years later he was expected to take Johnny Carson's seat at "The Tonight Show," but NBC decided to give the gig to Jay Leno, and Letterman moved to CBS where

Top 10: Outkast Songs That Aren’t Hey Ya!”

On January 8th, 2014, Outkast ended their (almost) seven year hiatus, announcing their plans to headline the 2014 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Amongst the excitement surrounding Outkast coming out of hibernation, internet critics started claiming that "Hey Ya!" was their only "real" hit. Apart from the fact that they produced the first full hip-hop album ever to win the Grammy for Album of the Year in 2004, Outkast had been a staple of hip-hop for almost ten years by the time that song came out. "Hey Ya!" was part of the split album "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below," and didn't

Top 5 Bands We’d Love Featured In Season 5 Of The Walking Dead

Sunday night brought the fourth season of The Walking Dead to a close. Without spoiling anything from the season, one of the things that was consistently great was the music. Great music is essential in any television show, and The Walking Dead is never one to disappoint. While fans discuss potential plot points and ideas for where the next season may be headed, here's a list of some musical artists we'd love to see featured in season five of The Walking Dead. 8204