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