PREVIEW: Boston Calling Artists To See, New Additions Include Film Festival, New Food Vendors

Memorial Day Weekend in Boston has become synonymous with Boston Calling and the strong lineup of musical artists. This year’s lineup will take place for the second consecutive year at the Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston May 25th-27th and is headlined by Eminem, The Killers, and Jack White along with Queens of the Stone Age, The National, Paramore, Tyler, The Creator, Khalid, Mike D of Beastie Boys, Portugal. The Man, Fleet Foxes, St. Vincent, The Decemberists, Brockhampton, Maggie Rogers, Royal Blood, Manchester Orchestra, Daniel Caesar, Thundercat, Stormzy, Pussy Riot, Julien Baker, and many more. The lineup also features local and

Lightning In A Bottle 2018: Food Lineup Stands Out Above The Rest

The 13th edition of Lightning In A Bottle is going down Memorial Day Weekend, May 23-28, 2018 and features a stellar music lineup that includes Anderson.Paak & The Free Nationals, Sofi Tukker, Zhu, Tune-Yards and numerous others. What makes LiB unique is the numerous lifestyle activities and events that keep with the ethos of “sustainability, harm reduction, cultural respect and unique experiences.” The experiences for festival attendees to explore in between musical performances or in lieu of, include Grand Artique that features a one-of-a-kind town of Frontierville, featuring a fully immersive Trading Post/General Store, hotel, gypsy encampment and

Lightning In A Bottle 2018: Yoga & Movement Adds Respite and Energy

As much as the music is a highlight at Lightning in a Bottle, there are other activities and offerings that are intertwined, in particular the Yoga Movement that’s been known to re-energize attendees after the long days. Yoga, movement, and meditation are staples of the LIB experience each year, as the festival invites many innovators and experienced instructors to lead a full roster of classes. Classes and teachings range from Vinyasa, Kundalini, Ecstatic dance, Kids Yoga, Sound healing, and more. This year’s Yoga Movement is led by Cristi Christensen, Shiva Rea and Sianna Sherman and Masood

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.

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Alison Wonderland At Austin City Limits 2017

Alison Wonderland is the stage name of Alex Sholler, a DJ and producer from Sydney, Australia, who was classically trained as a cellist growing up. She always knew she wanted to work in music at some level, but wasn’t sure how to make that happen. After studying in Europe for the cello, Sholler returned to Sydney and began playing bass in various punk bands. It was after attending a show featuring Swedish group, The Knife that gave Sholler a clear sense of direction to perform and slowly started to write her own electronic music as well as

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Cut Copy at Austin City Limits 2017

While some bands burn fast and quickly fade away, Cut Copy have employed the opposite approach over their now 16-year history. Formed in 2001 by Dan Whitford, the electronic music band now includes Tim Hoey, Ben Browning, and Mitchell Scott. The Australian band just released their first proper studio album in nearly four years, Haiku From Zero, in September via Astralwerks, which was produced by Ben Allen (Deerhunter, Animal Collective, Neon Indian). “When we first started in Australia, there wasn’t really a scene for live electronic music,” recalls Whitford, “You were either someone that would go to

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – The Wild Now at Austin City Limits 2017

A dream-pop duo from Austin, Texas, The Wild Now consists of singer Taylor Baker and producer Drew Walker. The two met each other at a Local Natives show during SXSW 2013, where they bonded over their mutual love of the band. Baker had been performing as a solo artist, but after meeting, Taylor and Drew began to perform songs that Taylor had written, under the name Taylor & the Wild Now. As a soulful folk band, Taylor & the Wild Now became a popular local fixture in the Austin music scene, having released their self-titled EP in

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – ROMES at Austin City Limits 2017

ROMES are an up-and-coming band that describes their sound as “2 cups of raw energy with 1 cup Pop; a pinch of electronics, infused with 2oz of soul; garnished with some RnB.” The Toronto-based band consists childhood friends- Jacob Alexander, Nicolas Amadeus, James Tebbitt, and Andrew Keyes, who met while attending St Gerard’s School, Bray, in Ireland. Originally from Canada, brothers Jacob and Nick moved to Ireland when their parents decided to move "across the pond". The brothers eventually made friends with indigenous Irish students, bassist Andrew Keyes and guitarist James Tebbitt. The friends would experiment with

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – R.LUM.R. at Austin City Limits 2017

R.LUM.R. is the stage name for Reggie Lamar Williams Jr., an R&B-crooning guitar player quickly rising in the music scene. Williams Jr. grew up in Florida, listening to old school R&B in his mother’s house, but exploring anything he could find on his own time. He remembers when "I got into Linkin Park, and everyone else was into rap and basketball. I was fat and couldn't play basketball and I wanted to listen to Linkin Park and only the white kids at my school wanted to do that stuff and it's kind of like that Earl Sweatshirt line:

10 Artists You Need to See at the 2017 Austin City Limits Music Festival

The Austin City Limits Music Festival is going on right now, as well as next weekend, with a fine array of diverse acts for every kind of fan.  And... while B-Sides is there and pumped to see them all, we also have a few that we are more than stoked to see. Below is a list of those 10 artists. Cheers and Raise Your Glass!! Glass Animals Britain's Glass Animals released their debut album in 2014 combining a pop heavy indie rock sound with an electronica underbelly. Their last record How To Be a Human Being was released in 2016. https://youtu.be/8RkJhJcfOnc Live Live formed in the tiny town of York, Pennsylvania,

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

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Sofi Tukker at Outside Lands 2017

If there is a single band that the collective music scene(and their fan base) is holding their breath for a proper album from, it is Sofi Tukker. The indie-dance-pop duo consisting of Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern was founded only a few years ago when the two met as students during their senior year of college at Brown University. Tucker had been a basketball player his whole life but picked up making music while he was recovering from a severe injury that ended his career, and Sophie had accepted a job to teach yoga in Brazil the following year. The

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Dawes at Outside Lands 2017

On Valentine’s Day this year, Dawes premiered their video for “Roll With The Punches,” which features Mandy Moore, from their latest album We're All Gonna Die, that was released in 2016. On the same day, as a surprise gift to fans, Dawes released their streaming-only live album, We’re All Gonna Live. UPDATE: the album was recently officially released for purchase. The band recorded the fifteen-song release during the first four shows on their, “An Evening With Dawes” tour, and contains live versions of audience favorites and new originals including ‘When The Tequila Runs Out,” “Roll With The

PHOTOS: Outside Lands 2017 – Veterans and New-comers Entertain The Masses

The tenth anniversary of the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival in San Francisco took place over the weekend, and represented the diverse music tastes as well as the artists' fans. Veteran acts like headliners Metallica and The Who expressed their approval over the number of younger attendees who weren't even born when the bands were in their prime. As fireworks capped off Metallica's Saturday night set, the famous San Francisco fog rolled in early on Sunday creating a misty but truly memorable two hour set by The Who, where Roger Daltry's vocals were on point and