New Politics Releases Fifth Studio Album ‘An Invitation To An Alternate Reality’

Just two weeks before their North American "3 Dimensional Tour" with The Mowgli's and Plain White T's, Danish alt-punk/rock band New Politics (vocalist/keys David Boyd, bassist/guitarist Søren Hansen, and drummer Louis Vecchio) dropped their highly anticipated fifth album An Invitation to an Alternate Reality (Big Noise Music) the follow-up to their 2017 album Lost In Translation. The album is definitely an early present for the new month as November marks the band's tenth anniversary since they formed in 2009. The record, produced by John Feldmann, which his work comprises of Good Charlotte, The Used, Panic! At The Disco, Blink- 182, All Time Low, and

15 Songs For Your Halloween Soundtrack

Just hours before Hallows Eve where humans and spirits walk the earthly realm for one night. Hallows Eve, Samhain, Dia De Los Muertos, or Halloween has become an internationally celebrated holiday where people dress up in decorative costumes and receive an abundance of candy. It's also a time when every horror flick is screened as a marathon to binge! However, the most thrilling of all are the number of haunted Halloween parties to attend. We have the ultimate Halloween soundtrack to get your party started or Halloween jams to get you in the trick or treating mood! From the Halloween classics

INTERVIEW: Catching Up With NOTD On US Tour With Zedd, & New Single

Swedish duo, Tobias Danielsson and Samuel Brandt better known as NOTD, began their musical journey connecting through Soundcloud, and to their surprise, later realized they were attending the same high-school. Soundcloud became their platform in remixing popular songs such as Ed Sheeran- “Shape of You”, Shawn Mendes- “There's Nothing Holding Me Back”, and Alessia Cara- “Scars to Your Beautiful.” The catchy tunes and melodies they incorporate into each remix created an interest in many Soundcloud users. Aside from being DJ’s and remixing pop songs, Sam and Tobias are instrumentalists, releasing original music, including “I Miss Myself” with HRVY and “Keep You

INTERVIEW: Boy Scouts Talks Tour, Debut Album Release, & Her Golden Retriever

Oakland native, Taylor Vicks who goes under the artist name “Boy Scouts” began her music career as a DIY artist, recording songs on her laptop and using Garageband as her framework, she's released a total of three albums. Taylor’s proper debut album “Free Company” was released on ANTI-Records this year. The tracks are a blend of highs and lows, her simplistic instrumental approach focuses on her unique melancholic voice which puts you at ease, and her heartfelt lyrics create a sense of familiarity and connection within each song. Boy Scouts will be opening for Jay Som on her nationwide tour

PHOTO REVIEW: Outside Lands 2019 Brings The Heat – Childish Gambino Draws Huge Crowds, twenty one pilots Thrills

The 12th edition of Outside Lands took place over the weekend and it certainly was a celebration at the beautiful Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. With each day bringing its own unique approach towards planning on who to see, the infamous San Francisco fog was not a major factor this year. As expected, the headliners delivered as twenty one pilots showed their growth as performers with their engaging set on Friday, Childish Gambino drew what was reported the largest audience ever in the festival's history and Paul Simon performed a set that reminded people why he's one of music's

Outside Lands Playlist 2019

The beloved Bay Area favorite music festival (hosted by Another Planet Entertainment) Outside Lands returns this weekend for its 12th anniversary on August 9-11th. It's been over a decade since it first started in 2008 and has drawn music fans from all over the world to see their favorite artists in the unique setting that is Golden Gate Park. In the past, Pearl Jam, Kings of Leon, Radiohead, Muse, Lana Del Rey, Billie Eilish, Lorde, and others have performed. Now Outside Lands 2019 boasts a solid lineup that includes numerous Grammy-nominated artists and Grammy winners. Besides enjoying the music scene that

INTERVIEW: RVBY MY DEAR Talks Album Waiting, Touring, and Green Day

Australian native/ New York-based artist Gabbi Coenen aka RVBY MY DEAR is proving herself much more than just another indie musician. Coenen who had the music bug bite her by the age of four when she was properly trained in piano. Later, she learned how to play other instruments as music is her passion. She continued on the road following music that she relocated to New York where she studied at a jazz school. By 2012, she formed her project RVBY MY DEAR as a way to express herself through songwriting and performing. Her band was named twice "Artist of

Pride Month Playlist 2019

June marks National Pride Month for the LGBTQ community! We acknowledge out-spoken and open individuals especially musical artists who identify themselves in the group. These artists are coming out and singing about their personal experiences about their sexuality through music. While The Drums and Japanese House are writing about their exes, MNEK is singing about a closeted relationship in "Girlfriend", Morgxn writing about hope within gay oppression, and the queer trio MUNA whose music is a safe haven for those afraid to fully express themselves. They're all becoming a voice to the present and future LGBTQ generation. They're musical role

PREVIEW: PHONO DEL SOL 2019

The "Best Music Festival" is back in San Francisco! Noise Pop and The Bay Bridged resurrected the long missed Phono Del Sol after a year hiatus. The free event takes place in San Francisco at Potrero Del Sol Park (2827 Cesar Chavez) on Saturday, June 15th from 12pm-7pm. Phono Del Sol will have ten various genre acts performing from a mix of good local bands (hip-hop SOL Development, folk Boy Scouts, math rock Covet, experimental SPELLING, and raptress Queens D. Light) to recognized out- of- state groups ( New York's electro synth-pop Porches and Seattle's indie rockers Chastity Belt) for the

BottleRock 2019 Acts You Don’t Want To Miss

BottleRock Napa Valley is back for another festive season!  Initially started back in 2013 as a five-day event, Bottlerock has consistently delivered as a solid three-day event, with this year's edition taking place from May 24th-26th.  The festival boasts a lineup that is headlined by Imagine Dragons, Mumford & Sons and Neil Young, along with One Republic, Elle King, Sir Sly, and Tash Sultana. BottleRock also features a wide array of food, beer and of course, wine, which the Napa Valley is known for. Here's a list of bands that should intrigue your musical curiosity:  Sylvan Esso North Carolina electronic pop

INTERVIEW: Last Dinosaurs’ Sean Caskey speaks sold out shows and Yumeno Garden

After naming their band off a song from a J-rock band The Pillows, Australian indie rock band Last Dinosaurs (vocalist Sean Caskey, guitarist Lachlan Caskey, bassist Michael Sloane, and drummer Dan Koyama) have been receiving global attention from their previous records: In A Million Years, Wellness, and Yumeno Garden. Even getting heavy rotation on Triple J radio leading to performances at big-name festivals also touring with Foals, Foster the People, to Matt & Kim. Now, Last Dinosaurs are headlining their own shows in America. After their soundcheck, frontman Sean Caskey spoke to us about sold out tours, writing in Japan

INTERVIEW: Ten Fé talks new album Future Perfect, Present Tense

British band Ten Fé (Spanish for "Have Faith") may have started as a duo between Leo Duncan and Ben Moorhouse but have grown into a 5-piece group (bassist Ron Shipley, keyboardist Johnny Drain, and drummer Alex Hammond). Now that their busking days are over, Ten Fé are touring in support of their new sophomore album Future Perfect, Present Tense. The album is maturity at its finest with rich melodies and instrumentations that the band spent effort amount of time. The inspiring summer 70s sound makes anyone want to sing these songs during a campfire. Read more into detail what frontman Leo

20 Cool Acts To See At Coachella 2019

As festival season is approaching, the most exciting music festival is celebrating their 20th anniversary---Coachella! The first Coachella festival occurred in 1999 with acts: Beck, Tool, Morrissey, Rage Against The Machines, A Perfect Circle, and so forth. Coachella is the Woodstock of Southern California with it's numerous performances of various genres. Each year, Coachella keeps getting bigger with their attendees and their artists. This year, Coachella is stretching their two weekend festival from Friday April 12-Sunday April 21. Here is our list of twenty performers to catch at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. The 1975 The British quartet The 1975

PREVIEW: Outside Lands 2019

A Bay Area favorite music festival Outside Lands returns this year on August 9-11th. Outside Lands is celebrating their eleventh anniversary here in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Back in 2008 when it began, Outside Lands keeps out doing itself every year with their countless of headliners from Radiohead, Tom Petty, Incubus, The Killers, Tenacious D, Metallica, Lorde, etc. Now Outside Lands 2019 will feature many Grammy winners and nominees to perform like Twenty One Pilots, Childish Gambino, Blink 182 The Lumineers, Hozier, Counting Crows, Kacey Musgraves, and the list goes on. Outside Lands is so much more than our love

PREVIEW: Just Like Heaven 2019 Festival

May the 4th be with you on the new music festival Just Like Heaven! A festival that sounds like The Cure's Robert Smith would be behind of but actually Coachella producers Goldenvoice are running the show. The two day festival Friday May 3rd and Saturday May 4th (sold out) will be held at Queen Mary Park in Long Beach. Without a doubt, the nostalgia will be overflowing throughout the event from headliners: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Phoenix, MGMT, Beach House, and so much more. It's your iPod playlist from high school when cool indie bands ruled MySpace, everyone started

30 Artists To See: SXSW 2019

This year as Austin, Texas host their 32nd annual South By Southwest festival honoring its interactive media on film, music, and conferences. B-Sides highlights the rising new artists performing this week at the main event! Whether you're there or not you can still discover new music for 2019! The Bright Light Social Hour First on our list, The Bright Light Social Hour are no strangers from Texas. They're actually Austin natives who have played in other big name festivals like Lollapalooza and ACL. They've become a local favorite with their psychedelic rock sound with a modern 60s/70s flare. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwCsCJKfjYU   Castlecomer This Australian band gets the

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

On Radar: The Big East – Hungry Ghosts

The Big East has been lovingly referred to as “yacht rock”. I am still trying to come to terms with this moniker, as I don’t really know what it means. Does it mean that only rich people can listen to The Big East? Does it mean I need to buy a pair of loafers and part my hair to the side? Does it mean I need to love in Connecticut? Or… does it mean that I need to cut my balls off like I were a eunuch, cause that’s what I hear when I hear that particular term… If I were

On Radar: Mike Llerena – Absence & the Heart

Mike Llerena

Gainesville, FL has always been a lightning rod for great rock music. The home of The University of Florida provides a cradle for up and coming musicians that served as jump starts for original acts from Tom Petty to Against Me! and everything in between. This is the same place that singer Mike Llerena calls home, and drives his DIY ethos like those that came before. Llerena recently released a 4 song EP entitled Absence & the Heart that culls as much influence from punk as it does folk, much like the city where he is from. The record is four

On Radar: Vaureen – Violence EP

Vaureen, Violence

  Vaureen is a trio from Brooklyn, NY, and they are pretty good. But that’s not the point. The point is that as I sit in my back patio, I notice that the guitars on their three song EP Violence, scrape a little lower, the vocals soar a little higher, and the drums punch a little harder. And then I realize that Vaureen is the band that I want to hear. I miss that 90s sound… the sound of the air covered with a wet blanket, the sound of tangible gravity, when pop met metal and you found yourself humming “Pretend We’re

LISTEN: Top 3 Tracks ON-REPEAT – Sylvan Esso, Mother Mother, Broken Back

Tunes 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. Sylvan Esso performed at a handful of dates in 2016 that included festival appearances, all the while working on their upcoming sophomore release. The duo released the track “Radio” over the summer and now have just released “Kick Jump Twist”. Vancouver-based Mother Mother will be releasing their sixth studio album, No Culture in February 2017, of which, the track “The Drugs” has been released as the first single. Our third

LISTEN: Top 3 Tracks ON-REPEAT- Will Sparks, The Avalanches, Mr. Little Jeans

Tunes tunes tunes! Our Tunes for Tuesday on our Instagram story this week puts the spotlight on new music that’s been ON-REPEAT here at B-Sides. The EDM community in Australia is strong with young talent that includes Will Sparks, who gained significant attention in 2013 with the track, “Bring It Back”. The track “Gorilla” is a collaboration with fellow Aussie Tyron Hapi and English artist, Luciana Caporaso. The Avalanches are another Australian act, who up until 2016, have been outside the public eye since the early 2000s. With only their second album still in the works,

LISTEN: Top 3 Songs ON-REPEAT – Charli XCX, The Shins, CRX

Tunes tunes tunes! Our Tunes for Tuesday on our Instagram story this week puts the spotlight on new music that’s been highly anticipated and have been ON-REPEAT here at B-Sides. 2012 was when we last got new material from The Shins with their album, Port of Morrow. A one-off single, “Dead Alive” was released last week and as lead singer/songwriter James Mercer stated, it’s the band’s “Halloween gift while you wait for the album”, in reference to their forthcoming album slated to be released in 2017. A new, yet-untitled album is also in the works for Charli

LISTEN: Top 3 Songs ON-REPEAT – Drake, Rag N’ Bone Man, BANKS

Tunes tunes tunes! Our Tunes for Tuesday on our Instagram story this week we spotlight three songs that have been ON-REPEAT here at B-Sides. As is the status quo these days, big name artists just drop new music without much forewarning. Drake did just that last week with a handful of new tracks including the very addictive, "Fake Love" and comes from his forthcoming album, More Life. Rag N' Bone Man is the pseudonym for British singer-songwriter Rory Graham, who started working in music as an MC and hip-hop rapper. Transitioning into a singer was natural

ALBUM REVIEW: Thirsty – Albatross

UK’s Thirsty puts out really good music. When you mix former members of the notorious rock band The Quireboys, with renowned Russian lyricist and poet Irina D, and members of Squeeze and Saint Jude, something interesting happens. Thirsty formed in 2014 and released their self-titled debut shortly after to critical fanfare. The band typically writes songs based on the three-minute rule of 50’s rock, and the mantra of less is more, but the band’s cool mixture of rock and blues is cut from the same cloth as the Rolling Stones, Faces, or Lou Reed rather than the 80’s bands where

LISTEN: Top 3 Songs ON-REPEAT – Lido, Declan McKenna, Christine and the Queens

Tunes tunes tunes! Our Tunes for Tuesday on our Instagram story this week we spotlight three songs that have been ON-REPEAT here at B-Sides. There’s been a lot of momentum behind the artist, Lido since his performance at Coachella earlier this year, where he debuted his entire album live. Speaking of, he just dropped his debut album Everything which features some collaborative contributions from Jaden Smith, Halsey, Vic Mensa, Towkio and others. B-Sides has been a supporter of Declan McKenna since the release of his song, “Brazil” and he’s been on a roll since. McKenna has performed at

LISTEN: Top 3 Tracks ON-REPEAT – Judah and the Lion, MUNA, Kings of Leon 

Tunes tunes tunes! Our Tunes for Tuesday on our Instagram story this week has three great tracks that have been ON-REPEAT. Judah and the Lion released their sophomore album Folk Hop N' Roll earlier this year and have been on the road since. Riding on the increased profile from the song "Take It All Back", the Nashville based band has played numerous sold out shows, SXSW and their first appearance at Bonnaroo. After catching the world's attention with a string of self-released songs in 2015, MUNA released their debut EP Loudspeaker in mid 2016. The addictive title track is described

ON RADAR: Almanac Mountain – Cryptoseismology

Almanac Mountain is an extremely remote peak in the forests of Maine. It is also the moniker of a band fronted by one, Chris Cote. The progressive-pop sounds of the band, mirror the loneliness of the mountain itself and is translated on their new record Cryptoseismology. Recorded in the depths of a long New England winter, a cold, knife-like, uncomfortable, and isolated  sound permeates the record and brings a chill to the music. Lush, and vibrant with a monotone reserved for Depeche Mode, the record forces to be listened to with undivided attention to pick up the nuances that give

LISTEN: Three Tracks ON-REPEAT – Billie Eilish, Knox Hamilton, Green Day

A lot of great music has come out recently and we just featured three awesome tracks on our Instagram story! Born and raised in Los Angeles by two actor/musician parents, Billie Eilish grew up surrounded by art. She began singing in the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus when she was 8 years old. Now at the “seasoned” age 13, Billie has begun releasing her own original material, produced and co-written by her older brother Finneas O’Connell (Of The Slightlys). Late 2015, Billie’s song “Ocean Eyes” and entire presence made a very impressive impact within the music world from

ON-RADAR: dINMachine – The Opposite of Unity

diNMachine is a collective of musicians hailing from the musical bio dome of New York City. Driven by composer Michael Schumacher, and a bevy of musicians with world class pedigrees ranging from the Julliard School of Music to the Jazz Conservatory in Vienna, they put aside their classical chops in favor of a trip into electro-pop, and avant-garde dance music. The result is The Opposite of Unity an ambitious and challenging record full of interesting,  but good,  uses of the word dance. 14216

ON-RADAR: vverevvolf, Falcon A!, BullyWest

The San Francisco bay area music scene is thriving with lots of great musical talent that’s as diverse as its population. Three bands who are On-Radar include vverevvolf, BullyWest and Falcon A!. Berkeley-based synthpop duo vverevvolf is comprised of of Kelsey LaRae and Dylan Gallagher, who met in a music class while in college and decided to collaborate when each were impressed with the other’s talent. They described their music as “navigating the huge canvas of pop music and using it as a means to explore shifting identities.” The track “Cruel Games” is bubbling up and

ON-RADAR: Story Untold

In today's generation it's common to find rising stars on social media. YouTube is a main contributor to finding incredible talent floating around.  In this case, YouTube brought Story Untold's lead man, Janick Thibault, into the spotlight. Thibault created his YouTube channel back in 2007, covering hit songs with a rock vibe to them.  Five years later, Thibault created a four-man band known as Amazing and in 2016, Amasic was renamed Story Untold after making the announcement on YouTube in a comical fashion.  Now consisting of Janick Thibault (vocalist and songwriter), Jessy Bergy (lead guitarist), Mehdi Zidani (drummer), Max Cloutier

ON-RADAR: The Grand Undoing – Sparks Rain Down from the Lights of Love

I love music that sets open spaces on fire. David Bowie would do that. He would take something completely original and make it even more original, and then make it just fucking weird, and then would set it on fire. I think what I mean by that is he would take a concept that was avant-garde, and way on the fringes, and make it mainstream….. essentially setting it ablaze. While many would think that an abomination, Bowie was so fucking cool, that avant-garde would gravitate toward him, and not the other way around. Springsteen was like that too, and The

ON RADAR: DJ Ansolo and Ansel Elgort- “Home Alone”

There’s a new player in the music game and it’s not his first time in the spotlight. DJ Ansolo and Ansel Elgort have created a smash hit EDM jam. "The EDM is in Our Stars" as Ansel Elgort known for his role in "The Fault in Our Stars" hit the track right out of the park. On July 22nd DJ Ansolo, which "true-mor" has it is Ansel Elgort’s DJ alter persona, released his very first track named “Home Alone.” This track is by far the best tease. You listen to "Home Alone" and have no other choice but to hit repeat

ON-REPEAT: Alle Farben

German producer and DJ Alle Farben (which translates in German to “all colors”) is genuine and original–right out of Berlin-Kreuzberg. His sound is described to transport the specific characteristics and qualities of Berlin’s nightlife: diverse, colorful, boundless while walking a very thin line between melancholy and euphoria. His latest album, Music Is My Best Friend, was released earlier this year and features the current single, “Please Tell Rosie (feat. YOUNOTUS)” that has over 20 million plays to date.  Alle Farben will perform his first Lollapalooza this weekend followed by select dates in San Francisco and San Diego, California. 14055

ON-RADAR: Chace Releases Debut EP

If you are looking for something fresh that your friends haven't heard of, here's your gem- Destination. Destination is the debut EP by DJ, producer, drummer Chace, a 17 year-old from China, but you'd never know of his young age by listening or watching him perform. Chace grew up in a musical environment with his touring musician father and started learning how to drum at 
2 years old. He took drumming and audio engineering courses in the Shanghai Conservatory of Music for 7 years and worked on acapella covers. Exposure to the music of Tiesto and Swedish House Mafia inspired

ON-REPEAT: Zipper Club – “Going The Distance”

Here at B-Sides, we've been obsessed with the track, "Going The Distance" by Zipper Club. The new Los Angeles-based band is comprised of guitarist and founding member Mason James and multi-instrumentalist, co-writer, and vocalist Lissy Trullie. In speaking of the track, “Going The Distance”, Mason stated: “It’s synth-bred, weird-sounding music that’s different but still melodic and palatable. If it sounds good I don’t care if it’s from the 1920s or the 2016s. As a musician, you take little tidbits of cool sounds you hear and combine them into something completely unique. Music needs to reflect on itself.”

ON-RADAR: Dan Lipton – Breathing In

Dan Lipton’s nomadic wanderings are the heart and soul of his new record Breathing In. The album was recorded in various intimate settings, mostly cabins in the woods, throughout the Eastern US. The singer songwriter has drawn comparisons to Ray Lamontagne but with this new record has branched off that line to come into his own as an artist. Breathing In runs the gamut of emotions from the fun and whimsical, to the downtrodden and sullen. His voice is inviting and warm and sounds at home in front of a fireplace with a blanket and a bottle of wine. 13945

ON-RADAR: Wonky Tonk – Stuff We Leave Behind

Country and Punk Music are natural cousins, however unnatural that sounds. Both come from an underground, rebellious, music of the people. The Clash knew this, as do, Ryan Adams, and Social Distortion. There is a soul in both genre’s that are fueled by angst, sorrow, and attitude. Unfortunately, new-age country is mere pop-music with the occasional banjo, but there are saviors of the old sound including Kacey Musgraves, Chris Stapleton, and Kentucky born Jasmine Poole who goes by the name Wonky Tonk. 13936

ON-RADAR: Kim Killspeed – “Inside”

Kim Killspeed is a quintet hailing from Australia. With one EP, Ultrasound, and some studio demos under their belt, the band is about to break on the strength of their new single “Inside” from their forthcoming record due out late 2016. The easy feeling and vibe of the song pushes Kim Killspeed into new directions of their sound. Production duties from The Tea Party’s Jeff Martin, sets the single on a blues roller coaster shying away from the pop sheen of Ultrasound. Martin also provides backing vocals and has his fingerprints all over the song, from the deep bass and drums

ON RADAR: Told Slant – ‘Going By’ Album Review

  Told Slant comes from the mind of Felix Walworth who lovingly refers to the band’s music as “bedroom punk", I have no idea what that means, but I love it. I also like to think the group comes from a select pedigree of minimalist, melodic, drone-pop straight from beautiful New York City. The new album, Going By comes out of left field and is a very challenging listen, which is why I love music in the first place. This record forces the listener to actually listen. Told Slant is not something to put on in the background while you are washing

ON RADAR: Ships Have Sailed – Whispers EP

Ships Have Sailed are known for their pop savvy earworms unleashed in epic force on 2015’s record Moodswings. The Los Angeles duo has since then taken their songs and won numerous awards including The John Lennon Songwriting Competition, as well as showcased at varied locations including SXSW, Canadian Music Week, and NPR. It is clear that the two major players, Will Carpenter (guitar, vocals), and Dan Hange (bass), know how to write really good tunes, and it is refreshing to hear those songs stripped down to acoustic guitar and bare-bones production on their new 5 song EP Whispers. The EP begins

10 Songs For The Summer of 16

The Summer of 2016 is finally here and we have a list of jams that will trigger some great memories years from now. Our list will be on-going but these ten tracks should get you off to a great start. Notable entries include CHVRCHES ft. Hayley Williams, SWMRS, Big Wild, G Eazy ft. Jeremih and more! 13831

On Radar: The Shelters

The Shelters roared onto the scene in 2015 bringing with them a Southern California sound that has been sorely missed in recent years. The band quickly issued The Shelters EP in October 2015 featuring a signature sound of jangly guitars, pop-hooks, and sneered sass catching the attention of none other than Tom Petty. Petty was so enamored that he worked directly with the band allowing them to use his personal home studio. The result of that experience is chronicled on the band’s raucous self-titled debut, The Shelters. Co-produced by Petty, first single “Rebel Heart” offers the listener a taste of

ON-REPEAT: Junior Boys – “Over It”

Junior Boys are back in 2016 with their first album in almost five years, Big Black Coat, which was released last month and the lead track, “Over It” has been On-Repeat at B-Sides. Approaching Big Black Coat with renewed vigor is what encouraged Jeremy Greenspan and Matt Didemus to experiment with vocal treatments, as the former does on the idiosyncratically auto-tuned “Over It”. "One of the nice things about doing the solo stuff," Greenspan explains, "and in particular the album with Jessy, because it did so well, was that I could stop thinking about Junior Boys as being

ON-REPEAT: Kristin Kontrol – “X-Communicate”

Kristin Welchez who is known as Dee Dee, the leader of internationally acclaimed rock outfit Dum Dum Girls, has been working on a solo project as Kristin Kontrol that is showcases her penchant for synth-pop/new wave. Her first offering has been On-Repeat at B-Sides and is the title track from her forthcoming album, “X-Communicate”, due out on May 27. ”For me as leader of Dum Dum Girls it felt very stoic and serious, and I am serious, but anyone who really knows me knows I'm silly, too; I smile a lot," explains Kristin. "As the years went on,

On-Radar: Run River North

Making their debut in 2011, formally known as Monsters Calling Home, Run River North is a Korean-American alternative/indie band. Consisting of 6 members, Run River North makes music inspired by their parents backgrounds. Traveling around California playing small shows was the beginning of their career. Following the band filming a music video in Honda cars, the car company gave the young band an opportunity to play a gig on Jimmy Kimmel Live, continuing their life in the spotlight. 13235

ON-REPEAT: “Be Apart” by Porches

Porches is the moniker for singer/songwriter and producer Aaron Maine. Maine was previously in the bands, Aaron Maine and the Reilly Brothers, which eventually became Spaceghost Cowboys. Maine started Porches music when Spaceghost Cowboys was on hiatus and as his debut EP Summer of Ten, which was released in 2010, started to be well-received, Maine focused more on Porches. His debut album Pool will be released on February 5, 2016 and was written and recorded almost entirely in his Manhattan apartment, and mixed by Chris Coady (Beach House, Grizzly Bear, Tobias Jesso Jr) in Los Angeles. Maine stated, "there was

On-Radar: A Great Big World

A Great Big World is an American duo group formed by Ian Axel and Chad King who met studying at NYU. These two music business majors decided to work together after King heard Axel sing. Axel was the first under the spotlight when he released a solo album which contained songs all co-written by King. Although they had yet to call themselves A Great Big World, as the world knows them now, they were a great team from the beginning. 13199

ON-REPEAT: Ohlayindigo – “Love You To The Moon”

Tantalizing our earbuds as of late has been the infectious track, "Love You To The Moon" by Ohlayindigo. The Scandinavian-originated, San Francisco-based duo consists of Hanna Ponth (vocals) and Zak Shrapnell (drums), who formed in Liverpool, England. Ponth had attended the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts and developed Ohlayindigo as her alter ego, which “she lives out her eccentric dreams and artistic musings”. "The track explores the themes of endless love, and dedication to someone," explains Shrapnell of the inspiration for "Love You To The Moon". "It describes how sometimes it can be difficult to explain just

On Radar: Chris Walla

It was a little over a year ago that Chris Walla announced his departure from Death Cab for Cutie. The guitarist, often times vocalist, and frequent producer, Walla has released 8 LPs with Death Cab over the course of their 17 year career. 12306

On Radar: EL VY

Early last month Matt Berninger (The National) and Brent Knopf (Menomena, Ramona Falls) announced that they would be teaming up for a new collaborative project under the name EL VY; a project almost ten years in the making. 12254

7 Emerging Hip-Hop Artists You Must Hear

It's safe to say that hip-hop has been very good to us lately and the talent pool is constantly rising.  2015 has been huge with new albums from legendary rappers Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, as well as soon to be legends like Drake and Kendrick Lamar, the industry has been blessed with tons of great material.  With all of this great content in rap, it's easy to get lost in a trend and not be able to branch out and find new talented artists.  That is why we have compiled a list of emerging hip-hop artists you have to

On Radar: Tender Defender

Latterman fans rejoice, Phil Douglas, Mattie Canino, and Pat Schramm have reunited once more as Tender Defender, the spiritual successor to their former band. By the sound of it, the trio are set to pick up right where Latterman left off. 12019

Top 15 Summer Songs: August Edition

Each year, August brings with it that bittersweet realization that summer is coming to a close.  Nostalgia for crazy nights, road trips, and perfect days begins to creep up as you begin to wonder where the past few months have gone.  But don't start mourning just yet!  Plenty of time remains for a few more shenanigans and we've even got you covered with a playlist. 11969

Outside Lands 2015 Insider: Acts You Don’t Want To Miss

  San Francisco's Outside Lands Festival will return to Golden Gate Park with quite the lineup for its eighth year.  Although the festival will be held August 7-9, tickets sold out in 45 minutes and this year's lineup has had music blogs buzzing for months.  Headliners include Elton John, Mumford & Sons, and The Black Keys in addition to other top acts such as Sam Smith, Kendrick Lamar, Wilco, Axwell & Ingrosso, D'Angelo and The Vangard, and St. Vincent. 11896

On-Radar: Halsey

Since the release of her debut EP, Room 93, and the unbelievable popularity of its first single ‘Ghost’, the buzz surrounding Halsey has been uncontainable. Since then she has been selling out tours and shows overseas, she has risen to #1 on both Billboard’s Emerging & Trending artists charts, she is slated to play Lollapalooza this summer among other festivals, and now she is releasing her first full-length LP: Badlands.   11840

On- Radar: Who is Vince Staples?

Over the past few years, the name Vince Staples has been sparking a lot of buzz among the Hip-Hop  industry and blogs.  The California native first emerged onto people's radar when he appeared on "Epar" in 2010, which is featured on  Earl Sweatshirts debut album Earl. The hostile and vulgar lyrics mixed with a solid flow  gave listeners just enough to want to hear more.  Since then the two have simultaneously been rising to stardom on separate paths, but never straying too far apart as the two can be heard on a collaborative track on Earl's new album I Don't Like

Aqua Hair and Doesn’t Care- MIJA

After stumbling early into a venue with the intentions of catching a well known headliner later in the night, my ears nearly fell off from excitement after discovering the allure set by Mija. Dropping tunes by SLANDER & NGHTMRE alongside POINT POINT’s “Life in Grey” and her own IDs, the young DJ and producer proves she can hustle and flow. Native to Arizona and part of the OWSLA label, the whiskey loving gal has been hitting everyone by surprise. 11357

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

Twenty One Pilots Set to Release New Album

Last week Twenty One Pilots released a new single titled Fairly Local along with the official music video. This is the first we've seen so far from the new album Blurryface, set to release May 19th.  The song has a brand new sound we haven't yet heard from the duo, and its instrumentals are reminiscent of Die Antwoord's style of music. If Fairly Local is any indication of what we'll see from Blurryface, it's clear that the album will be straying far from the path Vessel has set them on, which might bode well for them. 11188

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