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B-Sides Top 10: Week Ending 2/11/2017 – The xx Remain On Top, LP Debuts

top-10The xx are on top again this week, as the band is also adding more shows in various cities where they already have booked sold out to keep up with the demand. The chart is somewhat stable with Marian Hill in the runner-up spot while Marshmello and Bastille make moves up. The lone debut in the top 10 is bestowed upon LP with the addictive “Lost on You”. Check out this week’s Top 10! … Continue reading

FREE TICKET GIVEAWAY: Santa Cruz Music Festival Feb. 18 & 19 Feat. Louis The Child, Troyboi + More

16299596_1320315718039092_2725915601266566707_oIn October of 2015, over two thousand patrons, creators, and musicians took to the streets of downtown Santa Cruz, CA making the third iteration of our event the most successful one yet. This year the organizers of the Santa Cruz Music Festival have planned a full-blown sonic take-over of the historic downtown area, linking together 11+ downtown Santa Cruz venues for a two-day musical marathon. Just like the past three festivals, SCMF has passionately and carefully curated a lineup of more than 200+ bands, internationally known acts as well as hard-hitting local Santa Cruz and Bay Area artists and performers over 15 stages. Enter to win your free passes from B-Sides!… Continue reading

B-Sides Top 10: Week Ending 2/4/2017 – The xx Top Chart

top-10The xx maintain the momentum after releasing their critically acclaimed album, I See You, while Marian Hill leap to the runner up position with “Down”. Debuts by AFI and Oliver Heldens represent the variety in this week’s current trends, while Marshmello and Sylvan Esso make moves up. Check out this week’s Top 10! … Continue reading

LISTEN: New Music ON-REPEAT – Jorja Smith, POWERS, Ginger Snaps

bsides-logo-cassette-repeatTunes tunes tunes! Our Tunes for Tuesday on our Instagram story this week puts the spotlight on great new music that’s been ON-REPEAT here at B-Sides. British talent Jorja Smith, has been performing since a young age, having started writing songs at age 11. Smith has a huge catalog of unreleased tracks as she only recently started releasing material in 2016. The track, “Where Did I Go?” is infectious and a great introduction to Smith, who is currently embarking on her first U.S. tour. Los Angeles-based duo, POWERS, is back with a new track, “Dance” that is to be included in their debut album, Alpha, set to be released in April 2017. POWERS told Billboard, “We wanted to kick the door down with whatever we decided to put out first to roll out this album. First impressions of “Phat Kids” by Ginger Snaps, a track that features The Organised Rhyme Family, lead one to think of old school material from Beck. Whatever the reminders may be, Ginger Snaps is on the right track and we’re looking forward to more material from the Northampton, England artist. Check out all the tunes!… Continue reading

LISTEN: New Music ON-REPEAT – Marian Hill, Cemetery Sun, Major Lazer & Showtek

bsides-logo-cassette-repeatTunes tunes tunes! Our Tunes for Tuesday on our Instagram story this week puts the spotlight on great new music that’s been ON-REPEAT here at B-Sides. Since last year’s release of their debut album, Act One, Marian Hill has garnered a growing fan base and attention. The duo recently teamed up with Lauren Jauregui of Fifth Harmony on the track, “Back To Me” and the first track on the album, “Down”, has gotten the band even more attention with its exposure from the Apple commercial for its new AirPods. Major Lazer and Showtek collaborated on the track “Believer” from the upcoming album from Major Lazer, Music Is The Weapon. The accompanying music video is inspired by and contains imagery of the victims of the continuing Syrian conflict. Sacramento-based band, Cemetery Sun released their debut self-titled EP last year to strong response as they embarked on their first national tour with Finish Ticket and Vinyl Theatre. Check out all the tunes!… Continue reading

TOP 3 Songs ON-REPEAT: The xx, Declan McKenna, The Japanese House

bsides-logo-cassette-repeatTunes tunes tunes! Our Tunes for Tuesday on our Instagram story this week puts the spotlight on great new music that’s been ON-REPEAT here at B-Sides. 2017 kicked off with the return of The xx with the release of their third studio album, I See You. The album has received positive reviews as the band prepares for a year of touring to promote the record that includes dates at Coachella, international Lollapalooza dates and Boston Calling. The track, “Say Something Loving” is an initial standout of the album and a highlight. Declan McKenna burst onto the scene in 2016 with “Brazil” and has recently released the highly addictive “The Kids Don’t Wanna Come Home”. Amber Bain, aka The Japanese House, has released a slew of EPs and with a growing fanbase, the upcoming year has much in-store for the Londoner. Check out all the tunes!… Continue reading

Warped Tour Going Back In Time In 2017?


There is no hiding the fact that in the past year, audiences everywhere have witnessed amazing bands from the 90’s and early 2000’s release new content. Long time punk lovers are head over heals for the amount of groups making a come back like Sum 41, Green Day, Good Charlotte, and New Found Glory. Their new albums and singles are just the beginning. Warped Tour’s Instagram page recently announced Warped Rewind At Sea, a four day cruise from New Orleans to Cozumel. The post has exploded with comments from fans eager to hear details as the account posts teasers about the event. Line-ups are what make each event special, the anticipation for announcements drive fans crazy. Luckily the “Warped Rewind” post, as well as the specially… Continue reading

LISTEN: Nine Inch Nails Release ‘ Not The Actual Events’

tr_ar_ntae_fnlwide-1-800x5042xAs circulated in recent weeks, Nine Inch Nails have released an EP of new songs. In a post on their website- founder Trent Reznor declared, “New NIN coming in 2016. Other stuff, too.” Not The Actual Events, harks back to the familiar Nine Inch Nails sound, as Reznor describes, “It’s an unfriendly, fairly impenetrable record that we needed to make. It’s an EP because that ended up being the proper length to tell that story.” Not The Actual Events follows 2013’s Hesitation Marks and their work with scores for Nasa’s Juno short film, the climate change documentary “Before the Flood” (featuring the song “A Minute To Breathe”) and the about-to-be-released Peter Berg film “Patriots Day”.… Continue reading

B-Sides Top 10: Best Hard Rock Albums of 2016

top10-hardrock2016 was a complex year for society. Whether citizens viewed it as a successful year or a time they wish they could erase, Hard Rock enthusiasts had a lot to appreciate about this year. Up and coming bands, and bands who have continued their position in their audience’s hearts, have both released records that strive in perfection. Whether its Green Day who have shown the world they are musical geniuses from day 1 back in ’86, or Knocked Loose who are growing at a rapid rate and beginning their journey of touring over seas. 2016 left no disappointment for hard rock fans, from well-known, to rising bands, here are B-Sides Top 10 Best Hard Rock Albums of the year (in no particular order).… Continue reading

B-Sides Top 10: Week Ending 12/10/2016 – K.Flay Takes The Top Spot, Saint Motel Debuts

top-10Don’t even think you know what’s going on in the top 10 this week! Kings of Leon have held down the top spot with “Waste A Moment” for a while now but K.Flay has been making strong moves and takes over the pole position, while Mondo Cozmo and others make their advances. Check out this week’s Top 10! … Continue reading

INTERVIEW: The Strokes Guitarist Nick Valensi at Home With CRX

crxNick Valensi is the charismatic, high-energy lead guitar player in The Strokes. Valensi recently formed CRX, a creative outlet where he stepped out in front of the stage as the lead vocalist and chief songwriter. The album, entitled New Skin, was produced by the badass, and very prolific, Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age fame, and offers a glimpse into Valensi’s world outside one of the most important rock bands of the 21st century. In short, Valensi just wanted to play music on stage, and needed a vehicle to do so. New Skin is a tremendous record, and Nick Valensi spoke with B-Sides to talk about the project.… Continue reading

B-Sides Top 10: Week Ending 11/19/2016 – Kings of Leon Vaults To Top Spot

top-10Kings of Leon released their latest album, Walls, less than a month ago and the first single “Waste A Moment” vaults to the top spot on our chart. Minimal movement by mainstays The 1975 and Two Door Cinema Club keeps the rest of the chart stable along with debuts by Mondo Cozmo and the collaboration of Chace & Moksi. Check out this week’s Top 10! … Continue reading

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