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

LIVE REVIEW: UNCOOL FEST 5; SWMRS- Berkeley, CA 10/26/19

Saturday night in Berkeley, CA saw local band SWMRS present their Uncool Fest 5 at the UC Theatre, featuring: Together Pangea, Ultra Q, B.A.G, Kuromi, and DYGL and it was anything but uncool. This year's Uncool Fest theme was Pixar, which fans remember last year's theme was the wizardry world of Harry Potter. It was exciting to see Pixar theme costumes from the fans to even the bandmates on stage. While most were Toy Story characters ( Woody, Buzz, Rex, Jessie, etc.) it was fresh to see fans dressed up from The Incredibles, Monsters Inc., Ratatouille, Up, Inside Out, 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

LIVE REVIEW: Young the Giant, Fitz and The Tantrums, & Alice Merton – Berkeley, CA 8/15/19

With the recent summer heatwave, it was a hot weather day for the San Francisco Bay Area, which made for a perfect evening at The Greek Theatre in Berkeley, CA when Young the Giant brought the heat on stage. It was an early show starting at 6:30 pm where locals, fans, and Berkeley students all united at one of the most iconic venues. Rising artist Alice Merton recognized for her debut single "No Roots" (Top 40 hit and certified Gold by the RIAA) kicked off the show with her band singing songs from her album Mint. All of her songs

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

LIVE REVIEW: THE DRUMS- San Francisco, CA 7/26/19

The Drums returned to San Francisco with a bang! Last spring, The Drums (singer Jonathan “Jonny” Pierce, bassist Johnny Aries, guitarist Tom Haslow, and drummer Bryan de Leon) supported Alvvays at The Fox Theater in Oakland following the release of their fourth album Abysmal Thoughts. Now out with their fifth record Brutalism, The Drums headlined two shows at the intimate August Hall on Thursday, July 25th and Friday 26th. Friday night packed the sold-out house as loyal fans old and young found their spots early as they eagerly awaited the New York indie surf pop band to walk on stage. The audience was

LIVE REVIEW: Jimmy Eat World & Third Eye Blind- San Francisco, CA 6/15/19

The nostalgia was running strong in San Francisco at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium where Arizona natives Jimmy Eat World and local band Third Eye Blind captured the essence of late 90s/early 00s alternative music in one intimate night. Kicking off the night was New York group Ra Ra Riot, who opened up with "Beta Love", which got the crowd going right from the start. Frontman Wes Miles joked after finishing their song, "Thanks for coming on-time" when they jumped back into their next baroque pop song "Absolutely". Ra Ra Riot proved to be a worthy opener as they showcased

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

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

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: 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

LISTEN: 10 Songs To Add To Your St. Patrick’s Day Playlist

March 17th marks the celebrated St. Patrick's Day. The holiday which we wear green to not get pinched, line dance to Celtic music, pick lucky green clovers instead of roses, find a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow guarded by a Leprechaun, and a time where Irish pubs are the most busiest. Let's celebrate this St. Patrick's week with your favorite recognized Irish bands/artists in this playlist to get you in the festive spirit! U2- "Every Breaking Wave" U2's musical career has been spanning for the past four decades! They're the top Irish rock bands still touring strong over

Top 7 Post Break-Up Songs

While many will celebrate with flowers, teddy bears, and box of chocolates with their significant others on Valentine's Day. We dedicate this playlist to those who are single, recently split, or hiding their true romantic feelings. We're counting down our Top 7 Post Break-Up Songs to warm your depressed hearts, erase any bad memories on tinder, and forget about lovey-dovey couples. 7. RITUAL, Tove Styrke "Love Me Back" British electronic trio RITUAL collaborate with Swedish pop singer Tove Styrke in this emotional weight of a song. The two are conflicted about their feelings even after a break-up when they sing "So please

10 Acts to See at Boston Calling

The countdown is on, and it's T-6 sleeps until Boston Calling. If you haven't noticed, everyone is a buzz about how this year is the first year Boston Calling's lineup has put them in the realm of the must see festivals. The headliners alone should be indicative of that, but you already knew that, so we're gonna recommend 10 of the artists you might not be as familiar with, but should definitely see.        1. The Hotelier - We're starting off with some hometown heroes here, as these boys hail from Western MA. Their last two full lengths have stood out distinctly in

Top 10 Scary-looking Bands (Who Aren’t Scary At All)

Some bands develop their persona with their sound, and others develop it through a style. Both forms of creativity give audiences and fans an opportunity to portray bands/artists as a "character" when they walk on stage. Most of the time, people outside of the rock music scene view these bands and artists as "scary". When in reality they are nothing but creative musical geniuses. 10 of the "scariest bands" may be Slipknot, Mayhem, Marilyn Manson, KISS, Slayer, Black Veil Brides, Motionless In White, Rammstein, Disturbed, and Suicide Silence. 14368

Top 15 Fabulous Red Hot Chili Peppers Classics

There is not much more one can say about The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Their sound is like no other taking snippets of funk, metal, rap, and punk and combining them effortlessly into something that is only described as “Chili-Pepper “like. They have influenced numerous bands to dive deep into their own influences and comb the music for new inspiration. They have been hit with tragedy, but came back with a more melodic and mature sound that still pays homage to the funk. And…they made socks really cool. Their 11th album “The Getaway” was released on June 17th, but we felt

The Top 10 Anthems By The Clash

The Clash’s influence on modern music is well documented and well deserved. The band broke through with the legendary British punk rock movement of the late 70’s with the likes of The Sex Pistols and The Damned. The quartet pooled together a mixed bag of musical styles fusing rockabilly, ska, and reggae with a political slant and deafening attitude to augment an already provocative sound. 13740

Top Holiday Themed Hip-hop/Rap Songs of All Time

With the holidays around the corner, it's starting to get very easy to feel the Christmas spirit.  The smells of nutmeg and gingerbread have taken to the air and the Christmas lights are shining through the night. Music is a huge part of the holiday season and no it's not limited to Christmas carols and the same song sung by ten different people. In the realm of hip-hop, there are a few artists that have spread the holiday cheer and decided to make a song about Christmas. With a  wide variety of people, ranging  from Run-DMC all the way to

The Success of Twenty One Pilots

If you aren't already familiar with Twenty One Pilots, then one watch of their video for their single "Stressed Out" may be enough to turn you into a fan as well as cause some serious envy of their secret handshake skills (#goals).  The band's latest album, Blurryface, topped the Billboard 200 after its release in May and the duo has become regulars at this summer's hottest music festivals. Although the duo has gained a multitude of recent success, they've been at it for years, self-releasing two albums.  Tyler Joseph originally formed the band in 2009 with college friends Nick Thomas and

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

Soundtrack Inspiration: Top 7 Movie Soundtracks

To make a good soundtrack, one that makes its way into open ears and sends chills or plants a smile on faces, involves a high level of emotion. Visually seeing the storyline and pairing the right sound for each one takes some skill and a certain connection with the tale at hand. Once that right pairing is made, there is no way to undo it. In light of the recent movie release of “Paper Towns,” that has an incredibly inspirational soundtrack, a list has been compiled below to join in on the excitement of soundtracks and which ones made an

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

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

The Issue With Tidal

We've finally had time to digest it all. Jay-Z, along with many other music heavyweights - Madonna, Kanye West, Daft Punk, Calvin Harris, etc. - have started their own music streaming  service. Their pitch, gathered from the highly publicized launch video, is that Tidal allows the artists to control the industry. 11270

Artists You Should Be Listening To: 80 Reef

Most music lovers have that one artist who they're aware of, but they get no love or acknowledgement, not even amongst other music lovers. Sometimes it can frustrate a listener, knowing this artist has the ability and talent to make an impact. 80 Reef is that artist for me. 11053

Has SXSW Lost Its Touch?

Recently McDonald's has been in the news and this time it's not concerning their food. The billion dollar corporation asked Ex Cops, an indie band, to perform for free at South by Southwest  (SXSW) this year. SXSW is a music festival held in Austin, TX and started in 1987. The festivals original main goal was to help promote local musicians and make them known throughout the United States. Since then the festival has grown substantially, starting off with only 700 acts in 1987 to over 2,000 today. 11010

LISTEN: Mumford & Sons Release “Believe”

The track, “Believe” was just released by modern folk-rock kings, Mumford & Sons. The release coincides with the recent announcement of their third full length album Wilder Mind slated for release on May 4, 2015. While talking about the album, they revealed that on their first outing since 2012's massive Babel, the band has decided to branch out from their mainly acoustic folk-based music of the past. The band will incorporate electric instruments into their sound on the new album, news that surprised some but, is actually the next logical step for them as artists. 11024

Top Hip-Hop Acts at SXSW 2015

It’s safe to say that there will be hip-hop talent on display at SXSW 2015. The festival is known for highlighting new acts, and that is no different this year. Take a look at the top acts not to miss, in my opinion, with these rising stars: 11000

Kanye West’s Upcoming Album

Kanye West debuted the lead single of his next album, entitled “Wolves,” at his fashion show, subsequently preforming the song on SNL last Saturday night, stealing headlines for the performance. The song will be the lead track on his new album, one in which he said will be a surprise album, recently saying in an interview with The Breakfast Club that release dates are "played out." 10909

Op-Ed: Florence + the Machine: “What Kind of Man”

As we wait for Florence + the Machine to release their upcoming album "How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful" on June 2nd, the band's newest single entitled "What Kind of Man" can paint a very clear picture of the sound that will come from their new record. "What Kind of Man" is a tune that is a slow build, taking a full minute before the audience hears the powerful guitar rift that carries through the rest of the tune. However, the real pull of the song comes from the emotional build up that takes place before the instruments kick in. The

The Curious Case of Drake’s New Album

Drake dropped a brand new 17 track album on Thursday night, titled If You're Reading This, It's Too Late. What's strange about this album release is that Drake had revealed that the follow up to Nothing Was The Same would be Views From the 6. It was also widely believed that Drake would release a mixtape in early 2015, after DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors let it slip to NBA TV a few months ago that Drake had a mixtape planned for January. Now not even a full two weeks into February, we have If You're Reading This. 10885

The Most Overlooked Hip-Hop Release of 2014

Joe Budden. You may know him from his rather infamous appearances on Love & Hip Hop. You may know him as one quarter of the Shady cosigned Slaughterhouse. You may even know him as the artist of the The Fast and the Furious made-famous Pump it Up, a track that bears some resent from Budden. What you should know Joe Budden for is his ability to combine clever lyrics with an open diary storytelling. Some Love Lost is the second installment, following No Love Lost (2013) and preceding All Love Lost (TBA), and it gives fans exactly what they want. Even the casual

57th Annual Grammy Awards: B-Sides Picks

February is here, and with it, the 2015 Grammy Awards. LL Cool J will be licking his lips as host for the fourth consecutive time in a year full of as many familiar faces, as it is new ones. There's a few huge surprises here, the biggest probably being that T-Swift didn't get a Best Album of the Year nod, yet Beck did. Ms.Swift did pick up a nomination for Record of the Year however, a category in which she is surrounded by newcomers Iggy Azalea, Sia, Sam Smith, and Meghan Trainor. Despite the surprises, and sometimes questionable nominations, we

Album Review: Control by Milo Greene

Hailing from Los Angeles, CA, the indie rock pop group Milo Greene have released their sophomore album, Control.  The group succeeds with the change in sound with this album, favoring synthesizers and a dance-vibe, a notable departure from their initial folk rock sound on their debut. Their new sound has been described as taking on a dark pop makeover, and it's easy to see with a skilled layering of studio synth electronics mingled with the edgy, rock and roll undertone that defines their sound.  The four part harmonies throughout the songs take on a quality reminiscent of catchy '80s pop

Coachella 2015: Thoughts and Recommendations

Another year, another Coachella. The line-up for the 2015 edition of the ever popular, ever famous Indio, California music festival was just released, and it's a pretty mixed bag. The headliners aren't quite as shocking or hot as last years reunited Outkast, or Arcade Fire but, there's still plenty to be excited for. Drake is still one of the biggest MC's in hip-hop, and for a reason. Jack White's live show is notoriously awesome. AC/DC might be old but, they're a band you'll definitely be bragging about seeing before you, or they, die. That being said, some of the most

Green Day Inducted Into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The nominees were narrowed down and voted on, and on Tuesday, December 16, it was announced that Green Day had been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  The three rapscallions known as Green Day--Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tre Cool--will be honored alongside fellow rockers Lou Reed and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts in a ceremony on April 18th in Cleveland. 10712

Editors Pick: Best Singles of 2014

Another year, another slew of best of lists. The amount of lists can be a little overwhelming but, they're a great way to find new music you might have missed, or not given the time of day throughout the year. Here's my picks for the songs I just couldn't stop listening to in 2014. 10679

Albums You Need To Own

Taylor Swift released her fifth studio album "1989" last week, and with it, she swiftly(sorry, had to) pulled her entire music catalog from Spotify. Artists are no stranger to demonizing the music streaming app, blaming it for contributing to the decline in album sales in the biz but, not even Spotify or piracy could stop the almighty T-Swift from shattering expectations; selling more than a million copies in her first week. The pop starlet claims that the move is in defense of music, which is a rare commodity that deserves the money it asks listeners to pay for. This got

Nice Boys: The Axl Rose Story (part three)

Nice Boys The Axl Rose Story: Part Three By Joseph Feeney III   After what was referred to as the “Hell Tour,” the five members of Guns N’ Roses pledged musical and personal allegiance to each other, as they set off on their journey to the top of the rock world. From June 1985 on, they were going to do anything it took to get there, even while they occasionally sabotaged themselves and burnt bridges along the way. The band’s lineup was finally solidified. Lead Singer, Axl Rose; Lead Guitar, Slash; Bass, Duff McKagan; Rhythm Guitar, Izzy Stradlin; Drums, Steven Adler. For the remainder of

Top 10 Green Day Tracks of All Time

Recently, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees for 2015 were announced, and among them was the iconic punk band Green Day.  Formed in 1987 by lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong and bassist Mike Dirnt in the California East Bay (and later joined by drummer Tre Cool), these punk idols followed in the footsteps of their predecessors the Clash, the Sex Pistols and the Ramones. 10339

Jungle: The Axl Rose Story (part two)

Jungle On December 19, 1982, W. Axl Rose left Lafayette, Indiana, and all the troubles it had brought him, behind for good. He jumped on a Greyhound bus bound for Los Angeles, California. An interest in and love for music that had begun in his youth, and turned into more of an obsession as he grew up, was leading him towards a future with three options: Success, jail, or death. His journey west would not be without incident. “When I was first coming to Los Angeles, I was about eighteen or nineteen. This guy told me I could crash at his hotel.

U2unes: U2’s New Album Invades iProducts

It's pretty much impossible to not have heard of U2. It's especially impossible if you owned an Apple product, or had iTunes on your computer last week, when Apple and U2 joined forces to put the bands newest album "Songs of Innocence" in everyone's music library; without asking. The band has become somewhat divisive over the past decade, and as it turns out, forcing their way onto people's iPhone's may not have been the best way to win them over. Why would one of the biggest rock bands of all time, who consistently top the highest grossing tours of the

Vinyl Round-Up – 9/5/14

Rejoice audiophiles! B-Sides is here to guide you're superior sense of musical taste.  This week the round-up is populated by underground and lesser-knowns.  We're here to shed light on the vinyl that isn't making the cover of Rolling Stone. Whether you're into rock, rap or something a little more unusual we've got you covered. Check out our recommendations for additions to your collection. 9887

10 Best Foo Fighters Songs

The Foo Fighters recently announced they were releasing a new album in the fall of this year. Few modern rock bands can boast the success of this group. They have had five of their seven albums go platinum and the other two were certified gold. Needless to say, they're pretty great. Before they grace our ears with new genius lit's look back at their best work from yesteryear. 9803

Why Do We Watch Award Shows?

Everyone likes being rewarded for doing a good job at work, but not many occupations provide awards for doing such. They certainly don't hold nationally televised ceremonies where they pick the best of the best. So, why are there award shows for the entertainment industry? What makes us interested in a decision that not only has no impact on us, but that we have no say in deciding upon? This past weekend, the Teen Choice Awards were lambasted by fans, after it was revealed by nominees that the awards were a little less the teen's choice than the voting aspect

The Beastie Boys: An MCA Tribute

Today would have been the fiftieth birthday of rapper Adam Yauch, better known as MCA. We're taking this opportunity to look back at the legendary group he was a part of. The Beastie Boys have left an indelible mark on music as a whole. From every corner of the musical spectrum a piece of their sound can be heard. They've influenced the stylings of artists from every genre including Rage Against The Machine, Incubus, and Sublime as well as newbies like Ke$ha, and Iggy Azalea. 9756

The Sophomore Slump(Or Lack Thereof?)

Kendrick Lamar took hip-hop by the horns with his 2012 mainstream debut "good kid, m.A.A.d city." This fall promises the release of his highly anticipated follow-up, and the question on everyone's mind is whether it will live up to thy hype, or suffer from the cursed sophomore slump. Kendrick's not the first artist to face such high expectations though. Here's a list of some of our favorite sophomore albums: 9699

PREVIEW: Lollapalooza 2014

This coming weekend marks the 23rd year anniversary of Lollapalooza. What started as an annual tour conceptualized by Jane's Addiction vocalist Perry Farrell has evolved into one of the most well known music festivals in America. The tour has featured some of the biggest names in music over the past twenty years, including such acts as The Beastie Boys, Foo Fighters, Rage Against the Machine, and a slew other alternative music juggernauts. This year is no exception, and we here at B-Sides have some recommendations on who's a must see. 9697

Too Tough To Die: The Legacy of the Ramones

As you may have heard, this past weekend the world lost the last original member of punk pioneers, The Ramones. Tommy Ramone's death could inspire a lot of things, (like an investigation into how Ozzy Osbourne and Keith Richards are still kicking and he's not,) but it inspired us here at B-Sides to look back at his band's legacy. A legacy that is constantly credited with not only popularizing punk rock, but basically inventing it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdyEEk5WrrI The Ramones started playing in the mid 70's, a time full of bands who's live shows featured long songs, full of meandering impromptu jam sessions, and

Diary From Firefly Music Festival Pt. 2

After the wildly successful first installment of my diary from a music festival I've returned to finish the story. The people are clamoring to find out what it is really like to go to one of these modern Woodstocks. When we last left off I was still settling in at Firefly. After the end of the second day I was exhausted but excited. There was much more to explore in the dusty landscape. Outkast and Jack Johnson were in my future, after all. My journey wasn't even half way over, and things only got better as time went on. 9588

American Jams: Songs For The 4th of July

Happy Birthday, America! July 4th is just around the corner, which means no work, and plenty of beers, barbecues, and all things 'Murica. While there's plenty of ways to enjoy the long weekend, horseshoes, beer pong, swimming, fireworks, none of them mean anything without a perfect playlist to get wild to. Musicians may not always be keen on lyrically endorsing America, but parties aren't for paying attention anyways. Here's some of our favorite American party jams. Miley Cyrus - Party In The USA - Far from subtle, here's a throwback to when Miley was still associated with Hannah Montana and Mickey

Everything They Touch Turns To Gold

It's not a surprise that most of what celebrities own are worth a lot of money. Expensive watches, fast luxury cars, and billion dollar homes are the norm in the industry, but even the things some celebrities spent little or no money at all on are suddenly worth quite a bit more after a celebrity graces their fingers across them. This was proved once again after a handwritten lyric sheet from rock 'n' roll legend Bob Dylan was sold for $2.045 million dollars at an auction site in New York this past week. 9572

Diary From Firefly Music Festival Pt. 1

500,000 people went to Woodstock in 1969. That sounds horrific. Last weekend I went to Dover Delaware's own Firefly Music Festival, there were fewer than 80 thousand and I felt like I was being punished for all of the freedom I've ever had in my life. Lack of elbow room aside, I believe that music festivals have something for everyone. There's great bands, lots to do, delicious food, and interesting people. There is no one alive that could go to music festival and find themselves bored at any point during the festivities. 9561

Fútbol: Musicians and The World Cup

Soccer (or should I say Fútbol) has always been the biggest sport in the world. Aside from here in America, that is. It is starting to pick up in the States though, and with America on track to progress into Round 2 of the World Cup, we're prepared to see it bigger than ever here. Plenty of famous musicians are huge soccer fans, here's a list of some of our favorites. 9512

6 Of The Best Disney Covers

For most, Disney is a part of growing up. It's one of the first introductions of music and dancing to kids, which many never forget. The tunes we've heard over and over, learning word for word as children become nostalgic. While some may see these songs as being childish, some bands are proving they are not just for children. Recently one of the biggest American rock bands, Pearl Jam, included a rendition of one of the newest Disney films Frozen during one of their concerts, which got us wondering who else has been covering their favorite Disney tunes. 9523

Ed Sheeran: More Than Just A One Hit Wonder

You probably know Ed Sheeran from his hit song "The A Team" released back in 2011 but aside from that, his music might be a little fuzzy. The song which launched his career was featured everywhere from movies to television but unfortunately that's the most many have heard from him. He quickly got categorized as a one hit wonder teen heartthrob, but this English singer has much more to offer to the public and he's not going to go away anytime soon. 9481

Are They Racist?

Justin Beiber hasn't done much in the way of shedding his bad-boy image lately. The pop superstar has been making headlines the past year for making questionable decisions, such as vandalizing his neighbors home, and supposedly driving while under the influence. While it went from 0 to 60 pretty fast, it's not that shocking when stars who have such huge success at such a young age act out in such a manner. Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Bynes, Corey Feldman, the list of troubled teen stars goes on, but things took a turn for the really ugly this past week when videos

Five Songs To Celebrate Memorial Day

I'm sure most of you are aware of Memorial Day as just another holiday you have from work or school but memorial day is so much more than just a day off. It is a time for all of us here in America to reflect on the soldiers who gave their lives up for us and fought bravely beside each other so that we can enjoy days like today in peace. So in honor of them we have gathered a list of five songs for you to not only jam out to, but to reflect on what the day actually

THROWBACK: What Happened to The Cranberries?

Known for their music dominating the rock charts of the 90s with their hits "Zombie,"Linger" and "Ode to My Family," was the Irish punk rock band known as The Cranberries! Dolores O'Riordan (vocals), Noel Hogan (guitar), Mike Hogan (bass) and Fergal Lawler (drums) came together as a band after the split of Hogan and Lawler's band The Cranberry Saw Us. 9198

7 Coolest Concert Gimmicks

You say gimmicks like it's a bad thing! Sometimes concerts are great when they're all music accompanied by the occasional colored lights. But other times they're even better when you add explosions and flashing lasers. The point is that selling tickets is a tough business and you might need a little something extra to get butts in the seats. Below is the best of the best when it comes to crazy stunts pulled off by live performers. 9126

Rant: When The Bands On, Turn Your Phone Off

      Last night as I stood on the balcony of the House of Blues, watching Haim absolutely blow the roof off, I couldn't help but notice the sea of cell phones aimed at the stage. Every moment of the show was covered from numerous angles, by people who never put their electronics away for a second. It was slightly irksome, as the people seemed more interested in filming the band, than actually watching the band. As far as I could tell, they missed the entire experience in the pursuit of the perfect video. I focused on it long enough to

Top 9 Feuds in Music History

Patrick Carney of the Black Keys reignited his rivalry with Justin Beiber in a recent Rolling Stone article. He's joined long a standing tradition of rivalries between musical acts. Since time out of mind there have been beefs between rappers, rockers, and even comedians. Creativity is tricky business and sometimes feelings get hurt. Here's a look at some of the most notable times those feelings got hurt. 8954

Who’s On Top In The Industry?

The music and entertainment industry has created fine lines between men and women. With separate categories for each at music awards and writers everywhere creating their own "top male/female" lists, we treat them almost as different genres. Yes, there are many differences and the separation is great sometimes, we're also curious however, who is on top in this game of chance? 8931

Should Music Be Free?

As I type away, I look at the once empty wall of my room and see various memorabilia littered across. A signed sepia-toned Beats Antique poster from their Thousand Faces Act I tour, stylishly portraying a fantasy land with landmarks named after each track in the album. An Atlanta Falcons flag with a throwback logo, from my first NFL football game. A print of a Banksy classic, bought from the depths of the Amazon. Okay, so that one I bought online, but you get the drift. Still, centered in this cluster of human expression is a single framed drawing. The picture,

Courtney Love: A Staple of Rock Music

Few individuals have had as much of an influence on modern rock as Kurt Cobain's widow.The former lead singer of Hole has left her indelible mark on music without ever producing a number one hit. The rock demi-goddess recently re-entered the national conversation when a note found on her late husband was released to the public. There are accusations in the note that suggest she was an unfit wife who "siphoned his money" among other things. For some music fans this reaffirms animosity toward Love. However she is now claiming to have written the note, which may undo some of the

Top 10: Moms Who Rock

Don't freak out, but this Sunday is Mother's Day. You still have some time to get yo mama something fancy, so don't sweat it! B-Sides knows how hard moms around the world rock, so we decided to pay tribute to moms everywhere by picking our favorite moms who literally rock. Here's our list of the most rockin' moms in rock n' roll: 8831

Top 5: Musicians We’d Like To See At The WHCD

This weekend Joel McHale hosted the 2014 White House Correspondents' Dinner. The room was packed with politicians and celebrities alike, who despite their differences, laughed the night away at the feel good event. It's always interesting to see how these personalities act around each other, so we decided to do what we do best, and compile a list of famous musicians we'd love to see make an appearance at the annual event. 8772

Festivals VS. Concerts: The Pros and Cons

We have all experienced the feeling when festival season rolls around and you are faced with the decision of going to a festival or seeing a couple of concerts. Which do you choose? While the two do have one thing in common, which is to bring music to the public, they are both completely different experiences. 8828

Iggy Azalea: Caught in her Trap

Gun click* What!? What!?... EY! EY! EY!... and 808 kick drums ensue. If you're not familiar with these sounds by now, you will. Whether or not it's a fad, ever since the Harlem Shake trap has arrived into the mainstream public consciousness and it's opened doors for lesser artists everywhere to take the catchy, twerk-inducing beats and grab their slice of fame.  And it only takes one look at popular female rapper Iggy Azalea's most popular videos on YouTube to make clear her piece in all of this. 8814