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
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.
Erin Birgy has been the creative mastermind behind the music of Mega Bog for around a decade. With the arrival of 2017 came the band's biggest break with their new album Happy Together. We here at B-Sides were fortunate enough to be able to speak with Birgy while she was on the road during the band's current nationwide tour. 15925
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.
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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
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