Label Expired: Record Labels vs. The Internet

It's no secret that the music industry has taken a massive hit since the invention of the internet. More specifically, since the introduction of file-sharing software. Sean Parker helped birth the music industry revolution with the invention of the first file-sharing program, Napster. Industry moguls were quick to respond, suing the sites founders, and ultimately causing the site to be turned into a "paid for" service. It was too late though, as more and more means of file-sharing started emerging, CD sales started to plummet, and the music industry refused to change. 8687

Non-EDM Party Music Playlist For Your Weekend

EDM has grown from an underground, niche portion of the alternative music genre to the dominating choice of format for top-40 mainstream radio. Popular artists from all genres are collaborating with EDM artists ranging from Calvin Harris teaming up with Florence Welch and Rihanna to Hayley Williams and Zedd, and more recently, Coldplay working with Avicii. As fun as these songs are and as much as we're fans of EDM, we're changing things up with this post and just in time for the weekend we have some awesome non-EDM songs that are just as strong to get the party going.

5 Songs To Get You Ready For Summer

Summer is right around the corner and already the anticipation is driving us crazy. As I'm sure many of you have already, we've begun to daydream of sunshine, good times, and a summer romance. While there is still a little bit of time before summer is officially hear, we've already begun to round-up some songs to complete our summer playlist. 8709

Gwen Stefani: Relevant or Old News?

 It's been officially confirmed that Gwen Stefani will be filling in on NBC's The Voice for the 8 months pregnant Christina Aguilera. After surprising Coachella with a performance of "Hollaback Girl" along side Pharell she will be sitting beside him in one of those puffy red chairs. While fans of her pop persona are happy for this TV appearance, we can't help but wonder if this is a last ditch effort to stay relevant. No Doubt reunited in 2012 to release Push And Shove. While it received few negative reviews, the record wasn't the smash hit it could have been. After announcing a

Top 5: Covers We Want From Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire has been touring non-stop since the release of their new award-winning album, Reflektor. Since they started the U.S. leg of their tour, they have been covering a different artist each night of the tour. The thing that makes this unique, is that each artist they cover is from the state that they're playing in that night. They have covered a wide range of artists, from Prince in Minneapolis, to Boyz II Men in Philly, and Chuck Berry in St. Louis: 8615

Haim: Leading Ladies of Indie-Pop

A lot of big names brought down the house at Coachella this year, but a really big surprise came in newcomers Haim. The trio of musical sisters played an early set both weekends, and played to energetic crowds while the sun was still up. These girls managed to hold their own against music heavyweights thanks to a variety of talents: 8592

Top 10 Movie Soundtracks

In a time when movie soundtracks no longer dominate radio waves the way they did in yesteryear, the original motion picture soundtrack from Frozen has stayed in the top 10 on iTunes more or less since it was released. It's hard to say if Disney's newest fairytale marks the opening of a new era. However, we thought this would be a good time to take a look back at some of the best music to ever be placed in the background of films. 8580

25th Anniversary: Doolittle by The Pixies

     "I was trying to write the ultimate pop song. I was basically trying to rip off the Pixies. I admit it."-Kurt Cobain Friday was the 25th anniversary of The Pixies sophomore stunner, "Doolittle," an album that remains as relevant as it was the year I was born. The Pixies influence on modern music is no secret, as the quote from Cobain shows, some of the greatest songwriters of our time took cues from the indie rock sensation. You can clearly hear the influence they had on Nirvana with a song like "Tame," with it's whispered verses over a running rhythm section,

Throwback Thursday: “The College Dropout” Then and Now

Kanye West is one of the greats. He makes a habit of telling us. Despite the braggadocio attitude we can't help but love him. His first album, The College Dropout turned ten earlier this year and it's legacy is still making ripples in every genre of music. The 2004 album covered standard themes of women, clothes, and cars. Yet, West's artistic intelligence worked to reinvent the old stand-by subjects. While his later work is more mature in terms of lyrical topics, there is undeniable genius in Kanye's freshman LP. The blend of beats and rhymes on Dropout were a more perfect marriage than chocolate and

Ten Must-Own Releases on Record Store Day

Teeth grit in anticipation, fans of music everywhere have two major holidays to celebrate this weekend. The most obvious of course being Easter (what did you think I was going to say?), the other being the ever holy Record Store Day. Always held on the third Saturday in April, Record Store Day was founded in 2007, inspired by the spirit of Free Comic Book Day. As such, many artists are supporting their local record stores by scheduling special vinyl and CD releases to mark the occasion. Here are ten coming out April 19th that you shouldn’t miss out on. 8543

Our Top 7 Suggestions for Colbert’s New House Band

Stephen Colbert nearly broke the internet last week when it was announced he would be replacing David Letterman at the Late Show on CBS in 2015. While there has already been rampant speculation about the show few questions have actually been answered. Between now and the premier, there are likely to be exciting revelations. But what's a good late night show without the back up band? With that in mind, here are a few ideas from your friends at B-Sides. 8477

5 Bands That Prove Sometimes More Really Is Better

We all know the saying that less is more and of course that can be very true. However, sometimes more can be just as good, if not better. In the music world, this can very much be the case. We've rounded up five bands that prove to us that some songs just need an ensemble to do them justice and that is exactly what they are doing. 8444

Top 10 Nirvana Covers Of All-Time

On April 10, 2014, the grunge gods, Nirvana, will be inducted by Michael Stipe of R.E.M. into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Rumors are abound that Joan Jett may front the band with surviving members, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic at the ceremony, which will be televised on May 31. With only three three studio albums Kurt Cobain's trio has undoubtedly left a lasting and meaningful impact on every facet of today's music. Since his tragic suicide in 1994 musical artists from every different genre have done their best to pay respect to Cobain's memory. Along with

Why We Love Lana Del Rey

Click click. Refresh. Click click click. Refresh. This is the mindless repetition that fans of singer-songwriter Elizabeth Grant, better known by her stage name Lana Del Rey, have burdened upon themselves since new billboards in Brooklyn promoting the musician's new album Ultraviolence, due perhaps as early as May 1st, emerged this week. Reports that radio stations received copies of "West Coast," confirmed as the first single off Del Rey's second LP, has sparked speculation throughout the blogosphere that the highly anticipated track will either hit iTunes or be leaked shortly. 8405

Wherefore Art Thou, Kurt Cobain?

Since Rock n' Roll woke  America up in the 1950's, music has taken on a role beyond itself. Each decade of popular music helps to document the times, representing the feelings and taste of the mass majority of each generation. With the invention of the internet, the ability to get your voice out there had it's doors blown off. Suddenly, anybody could share their music with anyone across the world with websites like Purevolume, Myspace, and Youtube eventually vastly increasing this output. So much music is available nowadays, it can be difficult to sort through it all, and even more difficult

SPOTLIGHT: The Used Then and Now

If you are in your twenties you may remember The Used as one of your favorite emo/screamo rock bands in high school, a band that you believe ended once you graduated. Yet just last week the band released their seventh full-length studio album Imaginary Enemy on April 1st, 2014. 8353

Co-headlining Concerts We’d love to See Next

Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nails are the latest in a string of band to announce co-headlining tours this summer. Other than those two, Def Leppard and KISS announced they will be performing together as well as Thirty Seconds to Mars, Linkin Park, and AFI. After hearing these huge announcements, we couldn’t help but think about who we would love to see. Here are a few suggestions from us for future concerts. If you have any other ideas feel free to share below.   7.) The Strokes + The White Stripes Pairing these two indie demigods simply makes sense. No two bands have done

Top 10: Outkast Songs That Aren’t Hey Ya!”

On January 8th, 2014, Outkast ended their (almost) seven year hiatus, announcing their plans to headline the 2014 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Amongst the excitement surrounding Outkast coming out of hibernation, internet critics started claiming that "Hey Ya!" was their only "real" hit. Apart from the fact that they produced the first full hip-hop album ever to win the Grammy for Album of the Year in 2004, Outkast had been a staple of hip-hop for almost ten years by the time that song came out. "Hey Ya!" was part of the split album "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below," and didn't

20 Years After The Death of Kurt Cobain, Nirvana Lives On

Once upon a time, in an era far, far away (the 80’s), pop rock enslaved the public consciousness. Catchy guitar riffs and crazy hair defined glam metal with acts Poison, Bon Jovi, and Guns N’ Roses regularly topping the charts. That is, until two kids from Aberdeen, Washington kicked the cheesy solos and ignited the Seattle grunge scene by forming the now iconic band – Nirvana. Now, while it may seem odd to talk about the collaboration between Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic, and later Dave Grohl as ancient history, April 5th, 2014 will mark 20 years since the death of Cobain.

5 Bands To Keep Your Eyes On

Spring has arrived and with it we make room for new and better things. It's time to clean out our old stuff and make it new again; so why not clean out our playlists and make some new ones? Here are a list of five bands to keep your eyes on right now, that may end up being your new favorites for the spring and summer. 8260

Top 5 Bands We’d Love Featured In Season 5 Of The Walking Dead

Sunday night brought the fourth season of The Walking Dead to a close. Without spoiling anything from the season, one of the things that was consistently great was the music. Great music is essential in any television show, and The Walking Dead is never one to disappoint. While fans discuss potential plot points and ideas for where the next season may be headed, here's a list of some musical artists we'd love to see featured in season five of The Walking Dead. 8204

I.C.Y.D.K: Atlas Genius

I'm sure many have heard the repetitive catchy tunes of Atlas Genius. Both "Trojans" and "If So" are upbeat rock tracks that everyone enjoys listening to and that many identify the band with. Upon their release, both songs charted on the Alternative Songs Chart with "Trojans" reaching number 4 and "If So" charting at number 8! 8161

Smashing Pumpkins Announce Two New Albums

That's right, not one but two LPs have been announced for 2015 from Billy Corgan brainchild, The Smashing Pumpkins. Not much info is available yet but we know "Monuments To An Elegy" will be the first released and "Day For Night" the second. According to the Pumpkins' online nexus fans can expect "guitars, guitars, guitars, and more guitars." This should come as no surprise to fans of their eight other studio albums. The usual mix of melancholy lyrics and hard hitting riffs will most likely be the backbone for these new additions to the Pumpkins body of work. Regardless of a revolving

Fall Out Boy: Then and Now

As many already know Fall Out Boy recently released their latest music video “Rat A Tat: Part 9 of 11 of The Young Blood Chronicles.” The band has come a long way and has changed dramatically since the days of their underdog look and lyrics, back when their musical career skyrocketed after releasing “Sugar We’re Goin Down.” 8102

I.C.Y.D.K: Bastille

Now I’m sure many of you have heard Bastille’s “Pompeii” at some time or another. The song has had very big commercial success, that naturally it is featured in the the2014 film Pompeii. 7938

Top 5 St. Patrick’s Day Songs

With St Patrick’s Day coming up this weekend, we here at B-Sides put together a festive playlist to get into the mood of the holiday. It took some scouring around, talking to friends, and some research but it was quite an easy list to put together when thinking of some great party music, St. Patty's style. 7917

I.C.Y.D.K: Avicii

As I’m sure many of you already know, there is not one place you can go without hearing Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” on the radio! Anywhere from the office, to the mall, to even your local diner! It is a huge commercial hit, but it is not the only song to check out by this artist. In case you didn’t know, the Swedish DJ and producer actually released a whole album!  7869

Pharrell Williams: Why He Stays On Top

Pharrell Williams began his musical career back in 1992 when he and his friends Shay Haley, Mike Etheridge, and Chad Hugo formed an R&B group called The Neptunes. The group was discovered at their high school talent show by manager Teddy Riley. Shortly after being signed, the group turned the name into a production company for artists, and produced for groups like Blackstreet and Mase. Williams and The Neptunes gained attention after producing N.O.R.E's "Superthug" in 1998; the hit charted number 26 on the Billboard Hot 100. 7808

Why We Love Dream Pop!

Dream Pop is a music genre that was created back in the 1980s  from England yet the name originated in the United States. According to Allmusic Guide to Electronica, it is a genre of rock that contains “an atmospheric sub-genre of alternative rock that relies on sonic textures as much as melody.” But what makes this genre popular in the indie music world today? Perhaps it is the escape route the music provides for the listener! 7794

Top 4: Successful Young Musicians

As many of us already know recent teen heart-throb Justin Bieber has recently been having his fair share of run-ins with the law including, drag racing in Miami, causing $20,000 worth of damage by throwing eggs at his neighbor's home, and drug possession. And let’s not forget Miley Cyrus the Disney child star that rebelled against her innocent image in her music video for "Wrecking Ball," twerking, and drug possession. Yet today there are some young celebrities that are still famous for their music and not for their criminal activity. B-Sides is providing you with our top 4 musicians that

NEWS: Pussy Riot

The 2014 Winter Olympics have officially begun! And this year the world's most talented athletes will compete in Sochi, Russia. A country that is well-known for its own political battles between its government and its people. Rebellion against the Russian government has been heard and seen in many different forms including its music. Pussy Riot, an 11 piece feminist and activist punk rock group from Moscow, that openly speaks out against Russian president Vladimir Putin and the country's government; had two of its band members arrested back in 2012 after performing their song "Punk Prayer" in the Orthodox Cathedral.

Band Spotlight: Daughter

Originally a solo singer/songwriter was London musician Elena Tonra, who formed her band Daughter back in 2010. The quiet and melodic folk band consists of Tonra, Igor Haefeli (guitarist), and Remi Aguilella (drummer). The three came together at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance. 7543

Artist Spotlight: Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic

Originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma is singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer Ryan Tedder of the band OneRepublic. Although Tedder has gained most  of his recognition as the lead singer of the pop rock band, he has also produced for various big name artists and bands such as Adele, Maroon 5, and Ellie Goulding. But how did Tedder get his start in the music industry? 7453

Three Cover Songs Almost As Good As the Originals

Doing a cover of someone else's song can sometimes be harder than doing an original. There's a challenge of making the song your own without doing it injustice and not making it sound exactly like the original. Some bands manage to pull this off, making us fall in love with the song once again, while others end up sounding like they are singing bad karaoke. 7445


Originally known for its mark in the 1980s is the music genre that has made its way back for a successful revival in the music scene today! Many different bands and artists continue to incorporate the genre into their music everyday. But what exactly is Synthpop? And how did it become a genre that continues to be successful through the decades?  7431

Artist Spotlight: Macklemore

We know him as the man who can find a good deal when thrift shopping, believes in equality when it comes to love, and cannot be held down by anything! But did you know Ben Haggerty, better known as rapper/hip hop artist Macklemore; is the first independently released artist since 1994 to chart number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100? 7323

Ten Songs to Empower You In 2014

Every new years people all over the world make resolutions for the upcoming year. From getting in shape to getting a job, resolutions vary from person to person. Although many are never fulfilled, we like to think music can possibly help give you that extra push. 7242

Top Songs of 2013

As the year 2013 comes to an end, B-Sides is taking a look back at what songs were popular during the year, and who we can expect to reach even greater heights in the new year! 7203

Top Five New Year’s Playlist

From uplifting and motivational, to sad and depressing, New Year's is always filled with emotion. Some people are sad to be leaving behind such a wonderful year, while others cannot wait for a fresh start to try and get it right. Either way, we've collected a list of five of the best indie songs that will fit every emotion. 7190

The Five Best and Worst Christmas Songs

Merry Christmas from B-Sides! Christmas is all about having fun and being cheery but you can't deny some songs just are flat out bad. As soon as they come on the radio it hits you with a flash of annoyance. So for the sake of your family and friends we have rounded up the five best and worst Christmas songs so you don't accidentally play something that everyone hates but are too nice to say something. 7168

Music From Across the Pond In 2013

One of the beauties of internet and technology is that we get to experience foreign culture without leaving the comfort of our home. In the past we’ve always had a love for foreign music and 2013 was no exception. Many of the top songs and albums from this year came from musicians hailing from all over the world including Iceland, England, and Australia. 7157

Jason Lancaster Going Solo

You may recognize Jason Lancaster as being one of the founding members of Mayday Parade. More recently, after unknown reasons for Jason’s leaving Mayday, he went on to form a new band called Go Radio. After being together and touring for several years, a recent fallout took place this past year within the band and they are now no more. 7104

Three Leading Ladies of 2013

2013 brought to the world the attention of many great new talents. Some brought back old styles and some brought their own completely new styles to the world. Out of all of the many musicians we learned to love over this year though a few really stuck out and stole the show. Here are three women who did just that. 7083

Five Songs That Brought the 80’s Back To 2013

As 2013 comes to an end it’s time for us to look back and reflect about what this year was all about. We remember the Harlem Shake, twerking, and the blessing that was a full length album from Lorde. Possibly one of the best things to have happened to us in 2013 though is the uprising of 80’s style music. You can’t deny the catchy tunes with synths and heartthrob lyrics are back. Let us take a look at some of the greatest this year. 7046

ON RADAR: Mary Lambert

Mary Lambert may not be a household name but she deserves the recognition. You may have heard her singing along with Macklemore on their hit song “Same Love”. This lovely lady even helped write the song with them after she caught their attention with the release of her first EP “Letters Don’t Talk”. Based out of Seattle Washington, Mary Lambert is possibly one of the best role models for women today. 7033

Paramore: Five Reasons Why We’re “Still Into You”

Formed in 2004, Paramore has been around gracing the world with their music for almost 10 years now. With four albums under their belt, all certified gold and platinum, this band has shown the world they have what it takes to be musicians and they aren't stopping anytime soon. Although this band has gone through new members, fans are still just as enchanted by their punk rock attitude today as they were when the band first started. 6946

The Ceremonies-Land of Gathering Music Video

The latest video from The Ceremonies takes you on a trip back in time to childhood, or maybe just the 80's. The video switches from old-school home video looking shots of the band to a classic old-time looking cartoon of the band as children. Each shot shows a progression of the band, their childlike selves exploring, while their adult selves make art, until the two finally meet. 6911

Song Spotlight – Best Day Of My Life

It’s happened to all of us. A commercial starts airing and even though you may not even be paying attention, it has a song that is so catchy it just sticks in your head and you can’t shake it off. Some of these songs are annoying and you loathe having ever heard one word, but some are actually good. 6886

The Killers to Release “Direct Hits”

It’s sometimes hard to believe The Killers have been around long enough to release a greatest hits album but looking back on their past success, it’s no surprise. With their first hit single “Mr. Brightside” making a warmed welcome debut, from the start the band has created something special, which will all be encaptured in their newest "Direct Hits" along with the two new tracks, "Shot at the Night" and "Just Another Girl". But will the magic last? 6864

Ten Best Songs About Food

Food is universal, and whether silly or serious, reggae or pop, you can’t deny how catchy songs about food are. And with Thanksgiving only two weeks away, why not get ready with ten of the best songs about food? 6811

ON RADAR: Milo Greene

Milo Greene is a, self-described, cinematic pop band from Los Angeles. With five members, four of which sharing the role of singer and various other instruments, Milo Greene pack a lot into each song, leaving nothing flat. Their harmonizing vocals between male and female voices go together beautifully, creating wistful eloquent songs you can daydream to. 6758

ALBUM REVIEW: Magpie and the Dandelion by The Avett Brothers

Folk bluegrass band The Avett Brothers are back again with yet another amazing album, Magpie and the Dandelion. Produced by the famous and talented Rick Rubin who has been working with them since their hit album I and Love and You, in 2009. Despite much debate on Rick Rubin producing their albums from long-time fans, this album certainly has soul and depth. 6323

TRIBUTE: Elliott Smith

Singer/songwriter Steven Paul "Elliott" Smith, was born on August 6th, 1969 in Omaha, Nebraska. He grew up in Texas and Oregon, but it was in Portland, Oregon where his music first became noticed. Between 1987-1991 Smith attended and graduated from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, with a degree in Philosophy and Legal Theory. While in college he created his band Heatmiser with classmate Neil Gust. After graduation he added drummer Tony Lash and bassist Brandt Peterson. The band began performing in Portland in 1992. Between 1993 and 1996 Heatmiser produced a total of 4 albums, including Dead Air (1993), Cop and

Is the “New” Paul McCartney New Enough?

Paul McCartney. He is the Guinness World Record holder as the most successful musician and composer in pop music history. He is one of Britain’s wealthiest men. He is true pop music “royalty”. But does he still live up to his name today? At age 71, Paul McCartney recently released his much anticipated latest album entitled “New”. While Paul McCartney is not “new” to the music business, touring, or releasing records this album brings a fresh, pumped up sound from this legend, while still remaining true to his roots. After listening to this album, and repeating it several times, I found it

New Albums to Check Out

It seems every week I eagerly await for Tuesday to arrive, not because it means Monday is over, but for the new album releases to finally come out! I’m constantly searching to find new albums to fall in love with and new artists to remember. But with so many bands and new albums, it’s hard to narrow it down to a few when you can’t just buy all of them. Especially when a whole load of amazing bands decide to release ablums at the same time. Lately we've seen work from Kings of Leon, Paul McCartney, and so many more.

THROWBACK: What Happened To Phantom Planet?

For those of us who watched The OC, we remember Phantom Planet's famous "California" hit. But what has become of the band since 2003? Well, the American alternative rock band came together originally in 1994 in Los Angeles, California. They produced a total of three debut albums with Geffen Records, Epic Records, and Fueled By Ramen. The band consisted of Alex Greenwald (vocals, rhythm guitar), Darren Robinson (lead guitar), Sam Farrar (bassist), and Jeff Conrad (drums). 5857

Throwback: What Are The Streets Up To?

Originally from Birmingham, England, the English hip hop/UK Garage project The Streets came together in 1994. The group consisted of frontman Mike Skinner as well as Johnny Drum Machine and Kevin Mark Trail. Together the three have produced a total of 5 studio albums including: Original Pirate Material (2002), A Grand Don't Come For Free (2004), The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living (2006), Everything Is Borrowed (2008), Computers and Blues/Cyberspace and Reds (2011). But some may wonder what happened to The Streets after 2011? Let's go back to the beginning when the group first came onto the music scene!

Throwback: What Are Kaiser Chiefs Up To?

Forming in 1996 in Leeds, England is the indie rock band known as Kaiser Chiefs. The band consists of Ricky Wilson (vocals), Andrew "Whitey" White (guitarist), Simon Rix (bassist), Nick "Peanut" Baines (keyboardist), and Vijay Mistry (drummer). Their original founding band member Nick Hodgson, who was co-songwriter and drummer left Kaiser Chiefs in 2012. The band was mainly based on late 1970s and 1980s new wave and punk rock inspiration, and named themselves after the South American soccer club known as Kaizer Chiefs. They were discovered by manager James Sandom, who learned about them through Sean Adams, the founder of

Throwback: What’s Smash Mouth Doing?

Majority of us know Smash Mouth by their biggest hit "All Star" which released back in 1999. Yet some may wonder what ever happened to Smash Mouth? And are they still a band today? The answer is yes the San Jose natives are still a band to this day. But let's go back to the beginning when Smash Mouth first came onto the  pop rock music scene. The band formed in 1994 when lead singer Steve Harwell chose to switch from performing in a rap group called F.O.S., to creating a rock band with the help of his manager Kevin

OPINION: What’s Punk Rock in 2013?

It is said to have been a music genre that developed in the mid 1970s in the United Kingdom, United States, and Australia. Yet some would say the Punk Rock genre had its first appearance in the 1960s with such artists like Iggy Pop and Patti Smith. It was created in rebellion to the mainstream music scene; and since then punk rock music has been changing, in fact there are so many subgenres in the genre itself like Skate Punk, Psychobilly, and Garage Punk to name just a few. When punk rock originated, its main focus was short aggressive songs

Top 11 One Hit Wonders of the 2000s

Every year, there's that one artist that comes out of nowhere with an incredibly catchy tune that leaps to the top of the charts. The artist then becomes the music darling for millions of fans whose phones are blaring the track as the ringtone and then just when people crave more, the artist disappears into oblivion. Before "Face Down" by Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, there was "Headstrong" by Trapt. Let's run through the Top 11 One Hit Wonders from the 2000s! Songs that everyone loves and will never forget, yet what happened to the artists/bands that created

OPINION: What Happened To Dubstep?

What ever happened to the dubstep craze? When everyone you knew loved this new genre of music and their favorite DJs like Deadmau5 and Skrillex? Well in all actuality, Dubstep originated back in the early 1990s and has always been considered an electronic dance genre that began back in South London, England. It is a mixture of 2-step garage singles infused with dark and experimental remixes. These remixes have less vocals and instead more breakbeat, drum, and bass properties. In 2001, this music began gaining exposure and popularity at a well known London night club called Plastic People, mainly at

REVIEW: Austin City Limits 2012 Day Three

The skies cleared for the last day of ACL 2012 and some of the best acts were saved for last. Alt-J, a British quartet formed back in 2007, performed for the first time at ACL early Sunday to a smaller, but enthusiastic crowd. These guys are blowing up and we predict they'll be back in a few years performing to a huge audience, in a more coveted slot. Manchester Orchestra's Andy Hull and solo artist Kevin Devine formed Bad Books and released their first folk and indie influenced collaboration in 2010. We spoke with them this weekend and fell for the bearded boys and

ACL 2012: Fashion Guide

ACL is two days away and B-Sides is gearing up for the fest, scheduling interviews and planning our show schedule.  Even though it was FREEZING this past weekend, the forecast looks warm, if not a little muggy. Thankfully, we can leave the sweaters behind and pull out our favorite summer weather festival clothes one more time before winter really hits. Whether you've had your outfits picked out for weeks or you’re looking for some last minute shopping, we've compiled a few ACL fashion trends along with a list of local shops where you’ll find the perfect pieces for this weekend. 2343

ALBUM REVIEW: No Doubt- Push and Shove

When I first heard No Doubt was releasing a new album, my first thought was, "Do people still listen to ska?" A whopping 11 years older, the band members are in completely different places in their lives, as are their original fans. Most of the lyrics are dumbed down to a painful, tedious point and I found myself wishing they'd added more depth and detail. In Looking Hot, Gwen Stefani says, "Go ahead and look at me. Cause that's what I want." And continues to repeat, "Cause that's what I want," over and over. We get it Gwen, you want people to

ALBUM REVIEW: Lykke Li, MGMT + More Join Forces on ‘A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac’

I grew up listening to Fleetwood Mac in my dad’s truck and songs like “Rhiannon” and “Landslide” were staples in my childhood repertoire, but I never actively chose to listen to the group on my own. This week’s release of 'Just Tell Me That You Want Me: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac' bridges the gap between our generation and our parents’. We follow artists like Lykke Li and MGMT and can relate to their style while still learning the lyrics and vibe from one of the most talented groups of all time (at least the 70s). 1926

Happy 4th! Today’s Greats in American Music

Whether our parents forced them on us or we discovered them on our own, we’ve all listened to American classics like Elvis, Michael Jackson and Bob Dylan. But what about today’s American greats? Who are the young talents coming up in the ranks to fill our jukeboxes and steal our hearts? Despite an alarming number of Canadian musicians, we’re graced with an ever-growing list of talented American artists. Below are the top five picks from the B-Sides’ team this 4th of July. 1455

Warped Tour Bands for 21+

Warped Tour is a pop-punk, teenage bonanza, attracting kids from far and wide to sweat profusely, dance on top of each other and discover new music. But what about the oldies? The 21+ crowd that still has spunk and might want to mosh occasionally, but needs a break from teen overload? We can appreciate bands like New Found Glory because they’ve been around for years and their albums got us through the tough times, namely all of junior high, but are there any new bands out there for us? Even though we’re old and grey (or in our mid-twenties) we can still

The Top Five Hottest Dads in Rock

  Being a dad is hard enough without worrying about tours, band mates and all the other pesky responsibilities that come with being a rock star. With Father’s Day this Sunday, let’s take a moment to celebrate some of the hottest dads in rock. 1177