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