Pierce The Veil opened their Made To Destroy tour at the Warfield Theater in San Francisco, CA on Sept. 3, 2016 to a sold out and raucous crowd. The San Diego-based band released their fourth studio album, Misadventures, earlier this year and the setlist mixed in many tracks off the album, kicking off the show with “Dive In” and included “Caraphernalia”, “Floral & Fading” and “Texas Is Forever” amongst others. The audience, who waited for hours before doors opened, was as energetic as the band themselves and the singalongs were strong throughout the roughly hour and a half set. Taking the stage in space suits out of the spaceship stage props, the quartet comprised of Vic and Mike Fuentes, Tony Perry and Jaime Preciado played with precision, were active on-stage switching places and interacting with the crowd. Vocals by lead singer Vic Fuentes were on-point, hitting the appropriate screams as they blended in with the band’s frenetic energy. Check out the pics from the first show of the Made To Destroy tour!… Continue reading
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Outside Lands 2016 was on the verge of becoming one of the more chillier weekends of the eight-year event but alas the sun made its appearance and warmed up the crowd for the final day of great music. With the sun shining, British duo Oh Wonder provided the perfect soundtrack to lounge on a blanket and enjoying some of the great food. Things picked up as both Jack Garratt and Dr. Teeth & The Electric Mayhem delivered solid sets, especially the former, whose one-man show demonstrates how talented Jack Garratt is.
Third Eye Blind delivered all of the familiar 90s songs from the band’s catalog that included “Jumper,” “Graduate” and “Semi-charmed Life.” Prior to the latter song, the San Francisco band launched into a four song David Bowie medley that consisted of ”Young Americans,” “Heroes,” “Modern Love,” “Ziggy Stardust”) with a 30-person choir (donning fire engine red wigs) and 12-person orchestra on the Lands End Stage in front of a hometown crowd.
In the weekend’s second nod to Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips, Major Lazer got the crowd into a frenzy as Diplo rolled into the crowd in hamster ball-type balloon as they performed a highly energetic set.… Continue reading
Many attendees we’re hoping for warmer weather on the second day of Outside Lands but the fog never burned off. The skies were overcast throughout the entire day and winds picked up throughout the night but most attendees of Outside Lands we’re prepared. Nothing was going to stop them from having the time of their lives while their favorite performers took the stage, starting with The Knocks and The Wombats and ending with Zedd and Radiohead.
There were surprise guests during the second day as the rumored collaboration of hip-hop legends Warren G. and E-40 popped up late in the afternoon. The performance marked the first time that they performed their track “Saturday” together live on stage. The Knocks got the crowd moving early and brought out guests St. Lucia, who performed the day before and the indie-pop duo, Powers.
Years and Years brought their catchy 90s-tinged electro-pop to the main stage mid-afternoon and the party kept getting better with an impressive set by Los Angeles-based DJ/producer Jauz. Halsey continues to demonstrate her ability to command an audience as her outstanding set drew an overflowing crowd who danced and sang along to nearly every one of her songs. Simultaneously, Sufjan Stevens impressed a good-sized crowd with a stage presence reminiscent of Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips.… Continue reading
The first day of Outside Lands 2016 was met with great anticipation by music fans who attended the event at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco from all over the country. The typical chilly August weather didn’t stop the crowd from enjoying great music as early performers Marian Hill impressed many at the Twin Peaks stage while Ra Ra Riot got people dancing to both their new material and earlier standbys on the main stage. The crowds started filling up throughout the day with many eager to see headliners, the recently reunited LCD Soundsystem later in the night.
There were other attractions as strong as the music in the Barbary tent, which featured various comedy acts, as well as Gastro Magic, which combined musicians with culinary masters. A highlight of the day at Gastro Magic included Ra Ra Riot performing as their alter-ego cover band, A Humiliating Kick In The Crotch, who performed as a Police cover-band dressed in wigs while cooking demonstrations were going on that even included a fish getting filleted. … Continue reading
Lightning In A Bottle is a unique annual event which combines art, music, self-improvement and an open-mindedness that has grown by leaps and bounds over the years. Set in the beautiful San Antonio Recreation Area in Bradley, California, this year’s sold-out event took place over Memorial Day Weekend by the folks of Do LaB and provided a solid lineup that included familiar festival names such as, Grimes, Chet Faker, Jamie XX, Big Gigantic and numerous others, alongside a concious lineup of illuminating talks, yoga and performers at the Temple of Consciousness. … Continue reading
As with its counterpart in skateboarding, BMX Vert also began the BMX action at X Games Austin 2016. But in direct opposition to Skate Vert, BMX Vert gave us a podium filled with veterans and the old guard of the sport. Returning back to his familiar place on top of the podium was Jamie Bestwick, scoring his 14th X Games gold medal, one year after being dethroned after winning gold for nine straight years. Bestwick commented that he was actually relieved to have not won gold last year, as it took the pressure off of him to continue to win gold every year and allowed him to simply ride the best run that he could. Another sarcastic British rider, Simon Tabron, gave Bestwick a close race for gold but ultimately ended up with the silver medal, the 14th X Games medal of his career. Closing out the podium was the third longstanding veteran in the field, 49 year-old Dennis McCoy. In fact, when rapper G-Eazy came out to present the medals, the riders joked that they all were wondering who he was.
Saturday’s BMX fare began on the Circuit of the America’s start/finish straight with BMX Park. Dennis Enarson, who entered the day with five silver medals but no gold finally rose to the top of the podium with a winning combination of style and flow, giving him a well-deserved X Games gold medal. Australia’s Logan Martin, riding in his first career X Games, pulled through with the silver medal. Kyle Baldock, who entered the competition with four X Games medals—all gold— earned his first career Bronze medal with a spin-tastic run that saw him blasting high off every available surface. … Continue reading
X Games’ final year in Texas was kicked off in its usual manner, starting with Lifeproof Motocross Step Up at the Circuit of the America’s in Austin. The event took place after several days of heavy rain and flooding which led to concerns over dirt conditions. The result of the event was a shocking change of medals with Ronnie Renner failing to medal in the event for the first time since 2002, and Australian Jarryd McNeil winning his first of two gold medals (Step up/Best Whip).
2016 also saw the return of popular Moto event such as Freestyle and MotoX Best Trick, which have been absent for several years. These events brought with them popular athletes such as Taka Higashino, Jackson ‘JACKO’ Strong, and Josh Sheehan. Pairing these with the growing Quarterpipe competition and the Twitter based Best Whip, Moto events were heavily contested in Austin. … Continue reading
Skateboarding’s portion of X Games Austin 2016 kicked off Friday afternoon with the Skate Vert competition. Due to the absence of longtime competitor Andy Macdonald and an injury to defending gold medalist Pierre-Luc Gagnon, the starting field skewed noticeably towards the younger side, providing a breath of fresh air into the showdown. Britain’s Sam Beckett pulled in the gold medal with a high-flying and technical run. Moto Shibata won the silver medal, becoming the first Japanese medalist in X Games skateboarding history with a throwback run filled with many airs made popular back in the early days of vert. 2014 Vert gold medalist Jimmy Wilkins pulled in the bronze medal this time around. All in all, the combined age of Becket (24), Shibata (20), and Wilkins (22), was the youngest ever since the first year of X games Vert in 1995.
Saturday night’s Monster Energy Men’s Skateboard final provided a showdown between some of the weekend’s largest names and the weekend’s worst weather. Right as the final was about to begin, a torrential rainstorm hit the Circuit of the Americas, causing a two-hour rain delay. After the area had been dried, Ryan Decenzo pulled out the narrowest of victories, winning his fifth career X Games medal and his first ever Gold in the Street event. It was quite a worthy victory for Decenzo, whose shirtless form could be seen practicing on the course for days leading up to the final. Decenzo’s run of 87.33 was just enough to win the gold ahead of four-time defending gold medalist Nyjah Huston’s final run of an 87.00. Huston’s usual combination of big air and technical wizardry was on display, but quite unusually he fell on his first two runs. Being the last competitor to ride the stage was then set for Nyjah to steal gold from Decenzo with a perfect run, which he almost pulled off. Ishod Wair delivered his career best X Games performance, finishing barely behind Decenzo and Huston with a run of 86.66 to win his first career medal. Crowd favorite Ryan Sheckler had all the moves to land on the podium, but couldn’t put them all together in a single run, despite the motivational cries of “Marry me, Ryan!” emanating from his fans.… Continue reading
Ellie Goulding is currently on tour in support of her latest album, Delirium, which finds the popular artist showcasing big pop sounds vs. the EDM rhythms that catapulted her to fame. Wrapping up her North American tour at Madison Square Garden in New York City on June 21, Goulding will continue the trek internationally until a one-off at Lollapalooza later this summer. Check out our photos from the recent Miami, FL stop at American Airlines Arena!… Continue reading
Hotline Spring tour featuring The Griswolds and Magic Man left Ft. Lauderdale, Florida fans in ultimate bliss. It was a special night for the two bands as it was the last show of the tour and The Griswolds’ drummer Lachlan West’s birthday. This show was indeed a unique and memorable night as energy levels were high in celebration.… Continue reading
Mura Masa is a moniker for 20 year-old electronic music producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Alex Crossan. Hailing from Guernsey in the U.K., Mura Masa is derived from 16th century Japanese swordsmith Muramasa Sengo. Making music since he was a teenager, Mura Masa has gained a huge online following on the strength of his debut EP Someday Somewhere and the tracks “Firefly” and “What If I Go?”. Mura Masa is currently wrapping up his mini North American tour that included dates in Toronto, New York City, Chicago and a date in Los Angeles this weekend. B-Sides was at the San Francisco debut for Mura Masa, who was in tow with singers who have collaborated with him, Nao and Bonzai.… Continue reading
I am no stranger to music festivals, so as I packed for Euphoria I was excited to relive my camping experience from Wakarusa- one of my favorite memories that past few years. A road trip, camping, and a killer lineup promised me another perfect weekend even though I knew that anything could happen.… Continue reading
Happy 2016!! As has been tradition for the past several years, EDM music fans have rung in the new year at with the SnowGlobe Music Festival in South Lake Tahoe, CA. The annual event features multiple stages of both new and familiar artists performing against the backdrop of the picturesque snow-capped mountains. This year’s incarnation brought an extra level of excitement as the snow season got off to a great start in late 2015 and provided plenty of skiing or snowboarding during the day. The three-day event featured another solid lineup featuring, Jack Ü, Kaskade, Dillion Francis, Chet Faker, G-Eazy, Eric Prydz, Ghostland Observatory, Duke Dumont, Run The Jewels, Claude Von Stroke, Cashmere Cat, Galantis, What So Not, E-40, Cut Copy (DJ Set), Justin Martin, Shiba San, Alison Wonderland, Lane 8, Bob Moses, Jai Wolf, NGHTMRE, Hippie Sabotage, Goldlink, J. Phlip, Kyle Gryffin, Autograf, Post Malone, Justin Jay, Vanic, Big Wild, Slumberjack, Zimmer, Hotel Garuda, Louis the Child and others. Festival attendees were not deterred whatsoever by the cold temperatures as audiences were dancing and singing along to the music and were all outside for the countdown to the new year capped off by fireworks. Check out the photo highlights!… Continue reading
The 1975 have been on a mini-U.S. tour throughout the month of December as they debut a handful of songs from their forthcoming album, I Like It When You Sleep For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It. The album is slated to be released on February 26, 2016 and is the follow-up to their highly successful self-titled debut in 2013. The 1975 have spent the last week of their tour before the holidays on the West Coast that wraps up in Seattle, WA. Performing at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA, B-Sides was on-site to catch The 1975, which featured a setlist consistent with other cities- mostly tracks from their debut sprinkled in with songs from the new album, including the current single, “Love Me”, “The Sound”, “Change of Heart”, “She’s American” and “Somebody Else”. Sporting a new hairstyle, lead singer Matty Healy provided strong vocals and was energetic throughout the set, engaging the audience to put down their phones at one point and urged them to live in the moment. The crowd overwhelming complied and although phones came back out later on throughout the night, it was clear their fans were more than ecstatic the band was back. The 1975 will hit the road for an extensive tour in 2016 in support of the new album.
Check out the photo highlights from The 1975 at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA.… Continue reading