ON-RADAR: Kill The Motherboard Announce Debut, Release “We Made It”

Grammy award winning producer Jack Splash has an impressive resume of work, having worked with notable artists such as, Kendrick Lamar, Solange, Alicia Keys,CeeLo Green and more) and has announced a collaboration with emerging singer/songwriter Jon Brown to form Kill The Motherboard. The pair will release their debut album, The Legend Of Picasso Jones, next year via Jack Splash’s own imprint, Fresh Young Minds, and have recently released the first single “We Made It” (ft. Ras & Taj Austin) from the collection. The material from Kill The Motherboard is said to stylistically vary from progressive R&B to

LISTEN: Top 18 Songs For The Summer of `18

With the summer solstice upon us, the summer of 2018 is in high gear and ready for memories to be made. Of course, summers are marked by the care-free attitude of fun with friends, parties, weekend get-aways, vacations and a soundtrack to go along with them. A lot of great music has already been released this year with notable tracks that deserve to be on numerous playlists as part of your summer soundtrack. Here at B-Sides, we’ve picked out 18 tracks(in no particular order) that will enhance those good time summer vibes. 16230

ON RADAR: King Shelter – “Pick Your Poison”

Southern California based band King Shelter release their latest single "Pick Your Poison" in anticipation of their upcoming full length debut '$hame', soon to be released March 30th. King Shelter's regional influence is no secret.  Southern California culture infiltrates their first EP Failure with its surf rock influence and purely American blending of genres.  The tracks on Failure are catchy while balancing distorted and clean guitar tones with inventive riffs that play off each other in a manner that is not too polished, yet not too noisy to become indistinguishable from the rhythm section.  15941

ON-RADAR: The Begowatts – Grand Charade

I love good, midwestern rock n roll. Like really love it, almost as much as I love Iron Maiden, Snoop Dogg, or The Sex Pistols. There is just something inherently good about a John Mellencamp song, Ryan Adams lullaby, or Tom Petty (sob) cut. I also found that same Midwestern charm in bands like Husker Du and The Replacements. Just all around great songwriting with no pretensions. 15629

ON-RADAR: Junkyardfieldtrip

Lord knows that I am a sucker for sappy, heartfelt, acoustic, Americana. There is something about riding down a two-lane, winding, highway somewhere in bum-fuck Ohio that intersects small towns, villages, and lands with single stop lights for miles. Where there are still hardware stores not called Lowe’s or Home Depot, corner stores that sell bins of tootsie rolls and lollipops, and an actual church at the center of the main street. These towns are few and far between anymore, but there are still many that offer that longing of nostalgia that we all feel from time to time. People

ON-RADAR: Lunar Hand – ‘Magic Hour’ EP

Finding really truly unique pop music is becoming increasingly hard to do with many just taking a shock value angle rather than a musical one. Many are going back in time to the 50s and 60s for musical inspiration, but while unique to this time and place, is really just paying homage to things that have already been done. However, even with that slant on earlier forms of rock n roll, there are still bands that can put their spin on things. One such group is Lunar Hand, a trio of Southern California garage rockers that make moving, jumpy, and

ON-RADAR: Rising Appalachia – Alive

Protest music is so punk rock… I mean the sentiment is… the music itself comes from many different backgrounds and strains of solidarity. Rising Appalachia is a duo of sisters, Leah and Chloe Smith, that takes that punk rockiness and funnels it through a deep, southern, Appalachian sound, and augments it with hip-hop and world music beats bringing a new sound to the protest. They have spread that sound all over the US and Europe whether it’s working with Native Americans at Standing Rock, or railing against President Trump, it all comes from a deep well of hope, and a

INTERVIEW: David Nance and the Good Vibes of Negative Boogie

David Nance has dove into the jagged pool of heavy rock and wicked grooves. Powered by roaring instruments and lyrics that are unshackling, an urge for freedom and life is brought up with his enlivening flair. David is a Grand Island, Nebraska native. He has previously spent time living in L.A., but found himself winding up back in the city of Omaha, Nebraska with his wife and beloved dog. He feels that Nebraska is an ideal environment for sending creativity out into the world and watching it grow. Just this past July, David has released his second album, a burning

ON-RADAR: FerrariLover – ‘Seventh Sky’

I have forever been a staunch ally of ambient music. Whether it was my first foray into Brian Eno’s Ambient 1: Music For Airports, his work with David Bowie, the Aphex Twins' Selected Ambient Works 85-92, or even the metal assault, but ambient march of ISIS (the band), all of it painted landscapes of extraterrestrials, vast oceans, cosmic dreams, and lost worlds. Music that opened something else, not fixated within three minute pop songs, but music that moves on past its sound. It always fascinated me. 15246

ON-RADAR: Builder of the House – ‘Ornaments’

Builder of the House are a duo hailing from the indie haven of Portland, OR. Formed in 2011 by Rob Cimitile with partner Eliot Heeschen; both doing heavy lifting in bands prior to coming together. Builder of the House has steadily made a name for themselves through incessant touring leading up to the release their first full length album; Ornaments. The band has fused indie pop with a groove laden folk music that begs listeners to get up and dance. The album tends to flip a switch from Appalachian style barn stompers, to Latin tinged movements disguised behind Cimitile’s fragile

ON-RADAR: MesAlfie – Hey Super

It’s hard to ignore MesAlfie’s old world charm when you listen to his newest release Hey Super. The singer/songwriter’s first English album drips with European influence whether it's the lyrics, lush orchestration, or accordion backdrop, he could be heard on pop radio, or a cafe in the center of Rome. MesAlfie has had a previous career in Italy, with his band Aleph, which were popular in the 90s in Italy and around Europe. This time around, he took the moment to slow down at his family home in Italy, recording the album in relative comfort, and it shows. Hey Super

ON-RADAR: The Dolly Spartans – Time Sides With No One

The Dolly Spartans are so much more than a kitschy name. The band is reminiscent of a minor league Strokes, with a pop sensibility encrusted in a rock candy shell. The Minor league thing isn't a negative connotation, they just need a longer incubation before they achieve pop greatness. The band's 2nd EP Time Sides With No one is a great start. 15131

ON-RADAR: Sami Wolf – See You On The Moon

Sami Wolf

Sami Wolf is unlike anyone else at the moment. She’s a self-declared Jewish-addict-lesbian-rapper, and wants that piece of the market cornered. Her Chicago roots provide a husk around her sometimes-sweet voice on her newest record See You On The Moon. The 7 song EP goes back and forth from intimate-laden pop, to spoken word hip-hop, to tender love ballads but with none fading too far right or left of Sami Wolf’s natural sound. I believe that she would feel as home in a Riot Grrl band as she would in a Crunk palace in the deep south. It’s good, needs