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