PHOTO REVIEW: Outside Lands 2016 Day One

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

PHOTO REVIEW: Lightning In A Bottle 2016

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. 13872

PHOTO RECAP: X Games 2016 – BMX Competitions

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

PHOTO RECAP: X Games 2016 – Moto-X Competitions

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

PHOTO RECAP: X Games 2016 Skate Competitions

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

PHOTOS: Ellie Goulding – Miami, FL June 3, 2016

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! 13828

PHOTO REVIEW: Mura Masa Impresses In San Francisco Debut May 13, 2016

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

REVIEW: Euphoria 2016 Recap

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. 13620

PHOTOS: SnowGlobe 2015 – South Lake Tahoe, CA

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,

PHOTOS: The 1975 – Oakland, CA Dec. 17, 2015

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

PHOTOS: Big Grams at Treasure Island Music Festival 2015

The much-talked-about and highly anticipated collaboration of the duo of Phantogram and Big Boi of Outkast has finally come to fruition. Their self-titled EP was released on September 25, 2015 with lead single, "Lights On" creating quite the buzz. Big Boi discovered Phantogram when their song "Mouthful of Diamonds" was playing in a pop-up ad and wound up digging the song. After many online exchanges and talks, they finally met in person when both were at Outside Lands Music Festival 2011 in San Francisco. Big Boi was so impressed by Phantogram, he featured them on three

Photo Review: Twenty One Pilots – Portland, OR

I may not love anything in the world the way that Twenty One Pilots fans love this band. They are dedicated and fervent, but also extremely polite which caught me off guard especially when you compare them to similar followings. The band came through Portland, OR on Tuesday, October 20, 2015, in support of their newest album, Blurryface (which dropped in May). Along for the ride were special guests, Echosmith. 12755

REVIEW: CRSSD – San Diego, CA Oct. 2015

This past weekend, tons of people flooded San Diego's Waterfront Park to see some of edm's hottest talent.  The festival made its debut just seven months ago, but turned right around and brought yet another incredible lineup including The Flaming Lips and Jamie XX. SNBRN started off the first evening of CRSSD and set the bar high for the rest of the weekend. As soon as people entered the park, it was impossible to escape the sound of people singing along to the DJ’s more popular tracks like “Raindrops” and "Return of the Mack" all the way to the freak out

PHOTOS: Wolf Alice – San Francisco Oct. 15, 2015

2015 has been a breakout year for London-based band, Wolf Alice. The band kicked off the year blowing away audiences at SXSW 2015 in the lead up to the release of their debut, My Love Is Cool. A rigorous tour schedule that included numerous festival stops at Glastonbury, Lollapalooza in Berlin, Outside Lands, Austin City Limits and others helped catapult the band's profile amongst critics and fans alike while simultaneously, the track "Bros" got strong airplay at US alternative rock radio. It was just announced that My Love Is Coolis nominated for this year's prestigious Mercury Prize, an annual music

Photo Review: MusicFest NW 2015

This past weekend marked the 15th iteration of the MusicFest NW festival in Portland, OR. It is the festival’s second year returning to the Tom McCall Waterfront Park. MFNW could not have asked for a better weekend: perfect weather, great music, welcoming atmosphere. 12116

PHOTOS: X Games Austin 2015 Day Three + Four

With days three and four of X Games Austin 2015 came a weekend of heat in the mid 90’s and high humidity, as well as amazing spectacles of action sports. Curren Caples won the gold in Skateboard Park while Scott Speed took gold in Rally Car on the other side of the circuit. Saturday was action packed with BMX dirt and big air, as well as MotoX Speed and Style. Kyle Baldock was able to 3-peat, winning gold for the third time in a row in BMX Dirt. Colton Satterfield landed the first ever double flair

PHOTOS: X Games 2015 Day One + Two

X Games Austin 2015 got its start this weekend on the front steps of the state capital in Downtown Austin, TX with Moto X Step up, which saw Ronnie Renner once again taking gold, climbing 35 feet off the lip of the takeoff. On Friday X Games was in full swing at the Circuit of the Americas for Skate and BMX vert where Jamie Bestwick was dethroned as the king of the vert ramp, and PLG took back the crown in skate. Daniel Sandoval returned in BMX Park and went from Bronze last year, to gold. Friday ended with skateboard

PHOTOS: Julian Casablancas And The Voidz – San Francisco, CA

Julian Casablancas and the Voidz are currently on tour in support of the debut album, “Tyranny” that was released in October. Casablancas noted, “Tyranny has come in many forms throughout history. Now, the good of business is put above anything else, as corporations have become the new ruling body. Most decisions seem to be made like ones of a medieval king: whatever makes profit while ignoring and repressing the truth about whatever suffering it may cause (like pop music, for that matter).” The band kicked off their tour during the album’s release date and will continue through the end

PHOTOS: Gerard Way, The Eeries- Fall 2014 Tour Opening Night In San Francisco, CA

Gerard Way kicked off his North American fall tour in San Francisco, CA Sunday night and it was evident that his fans are just as loyal to him as they were when he was with My Chemical Romance. The crowd was predominantly a mix of teens and twentysomethings, who knew most of the songs throughout the set. Opening the night was Southern California band, The Eeries, who have been garnering attention with their lively alternative rock sound inspired by The Pixies, Oasis, Smashing Pumpkins, most notably heard on their breakthrough track, “Cool Kid”. Although frontman, Isaiah Silva, was suffering from

PHOTO HIGHLIGHTS: Austin City Limits 2014 Weekend One Day Three

The third and final day of the first weekend installment of Austin City Limits 2014 brought the heat back to Zilker Park. Temperatures were warmest out of the three days of the festival With headliners Pearl Jam decidedly drawing an older crowd than Calvin Harris, the lineup was just as strong as the previous days. Eddie Vedder was in fine form, as the seminal grunge rock band ran through a nearly 30-song set starting with “Long Road” and ran through a mix of alternative rock radio staples “Corduroy”, “Evenflow” as well as their cover of the John Lennon track, "Imagine",

PHOTO REVIEW: Austin City Limits 2014 Weekend One Day Two

The second day of the Austin City Limits 2014 weekend one was quite perfect as the weather was warm but not too hot, even throughout the evening and also musically. Estimated figures have counted approximately 75,000 people during Eminem’s nearly two-hour headlining set that had an array of both older and younger fans alike mouthing the words to nearly every song. The set was packed with nostalgia for many who were in their formidable teen years when Marshall Mathers broke out in the late 90s. The singsongs were nearly non-stop throughout “White America”, "Kill You" and “The

PHOTO REVIEW: Austin City Limits 2014 Day One

Zilker Park in Austin, TX transformed into a musical wonderland as the first weekend of Austin City Limits 2014 commenced on Friday October 3, 2014. Headliners Outkast and Beck led the first day's lineup that included standouts, Sam Smith, Foster The People, CHVRCHES, St. Vincent and others. After a rough start at their first appearance at Coachella earlier this year, the legendary artists put on a polished set showcasing their immense catalog of work highlighted by "Bombs Over Baghdad", "So Fresh So Clean" and the venerable "Ms. Jackson". The weather was closer to fall temperatures as it

PHOTOS: X Games Austin Day Three + Four

X Games 2014 as in full force over the weekend in Austin, TX with a huge turnout to see the best in BMX, Skate, Moto and RallyCross. With a musical lineup that included headliner Kanye West on Saturday and Flaming Lips on Sunday, attendees were entertained in a numerous variety of ways. The popular Skateboard Street was won handily by Nyjah Huston, who took gold in the event with a score of 95.00, the best ever in the competition. Silver and bronze was a closer race with Luan Oliveira and Alec Majerus winning medals, respectively. Unfortunately,

PHOTOS: X Games Austin Day Two- Big Air, BMX Street, Enduro X

The second day of competitions at X Games 2014 in Austin, TX showcased exciting events in Enduro X, Big Air and the Moto X Best Whip and Step Up Finals. Tom Schaar excited the crowd with his gold medal win in the Skateboard Big Air Final to become the youngest gold medal winner in the competition at age 14. Schaar won over Big Air veteran Bob Burnquist and was punctuated with a 720 over the gap and a 900 on the quarter-pipe. The BMX Street Finals started off the day with the seventh gold medal win by

PHOTOS: X Games Austin Day One- Skateboard, BMX Vert

The Summer X Games 2014 began its inaugural run in Austin, TX with world class athletes in the disciplines of skateboard, BMX, motocross and rally car. The event's first day was ushered in by the vert competitions in downtown Austin in front of the state capital and numerous events at the Circuit of Americas. Thursday's competitions kicked off with the BMX Vert and Skateboard Vert with the latter showcasing veterans Bucky Lasek, Pierre-Luc Gagnon, Andy McDonald dueling it out with the likes of the younger Mitchie Brusco, 17, Jimmy Wilkins, 20 and Tom Schaar, 14. Wilkins would

PHOTOS: SXSW 2014 Highlights

Another year of  SXSW wrapped this weekend, showing locals and tourists why Austin is Live Music Capital of the World. From secret DJ sets to main venues packed to capacity, there was something for every pair of ears in the city. There was free food and booze as far the eye can see; celebrities scattered within the thousands of music fans throughout every crowd; bright visuals and loud sound that impressed all who saw and heard; late nights followed with booze-filled brunches and snacks from food trailers in between. And when the party goes on for 10 straight days, it's

PHOTOS: Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013

Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 took place over the weekend at Auditorium Shores in Austin, TX with many standouts from the solid lineup.  Headliners M.I.A., MGMT and Slayer brought in huge crowds that capped each day's worth of a diverse list of bands from Glass Candy and Big Freedia to The Descendents and Cromags.  The comedy lineup was just as strong with performances from Sarah Silverman, Craig Robinson, Rob Delaney and others.  The event also featured numerous athletes from the skate and BMX realm, quite noteworthy as XGames will be heading to Austin in 2014.  Check out the photo highlights!

PHOTOS: Treasure Island Music Festival 2013

  The 2013 installment of the Treasure Island Music Festival showcased many up-and-coming artists alongside headliners Atoms for Peace and Beck.  As has been the case in previous years, the weather fluctuations dictated the crowd response.  Warmer temperatures marked the first day with enthusiastic crowds for Disclosure and Major Lazer.  However, as night began to fall, so did temperatures and the crowds started to dissipate.  So much so, that the audience for Atoms for Peace began to dwindle mid-set and the supergroup was left performing their encore to a few thousand people.  Thom Yorke commented on the weather throughout the set,

PHOTOS: Austin City Limits Music Festival 2013 – Day Three

Day three of the first weekend of the Austin City Limits Music Festival was just as energetic as the first two days. Highlighted by headliners, Atoms of Peace and Lionel Richie, music fans got a strong lineup of younger bands MS MR, Grouplove, Foxygen and Tame Impala. Festival stalwarts, Phoenix, Franz Ferdinand and The National drew strong crowds, especially Phoenix, whose audience swelled early through the French band's set. The band also experienced a power outage, similar to what occurred with Muse on Friday. The outage occurred in the midst of a rousing revival of "Entertainment" towards the end of

PHOTO HIGHLIGHTS: Austin City Limits 2013- Day Two

The second day of the Austin City Limits Music Festival was highlighted by the diverse sounds and weather that had the crowd fanning themselves during the day and bundling up at night. Headliners, The Cure gave a solid performance as lead singer, Robert Smith was animated and vocally strong. Not one for a lot of stage banter, Smith and co. let the music speak for itself, performing twenty six songs to a crowd that had skewed older but was also filled with some of Kendrick Lamar's audience. Lamar, the only rapper at the festival, had performed before the goth-rock headliners to

PHOTO HIGHLIGHTS: Austin City Limits 2013- Day One

Austin City Limits Music Festival 2013 has begun and the lineup of the first day performers did not disappoint. Vampire Weekend, Arctic Monkeys and Queens of the Stone Age turned in raucous performances that built up the energy of the night leading into headliners Depeche Mode and Muse. The latter exceeded the 10pm end time that was listed and continued performing until the sound cut off due to a broken generator. The band left the stage and a disappointed crowd started to slowly disperse until bassist Chris Wolstenholme returned to the stage to start "Knights of Cydonia",

PHOTOS: Wolfgang Gartner- Hounds of Hell Tour: Oakland, CA

Wolfgang Gartner and Tommy Trash have teamed up for a fall North American Tour that kicked off at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, CA. B-Sides got a glimpse of the performance at the tour's second stop at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA. The event was competing with the larger 2 day event, Beyond Wonderland, at nearby Mountain View, CA but regardless the duo brought in a very full and energtic crowd that was packed with strong mixes and showcased each at their finest. Gartner's set was puncuated by his widely known track, "Illmerica". Check

PHOTOS: Riot Fest Denver: Day 2

Still covered in the dust and grime from the day before, fans converged on the second day of Riot Fest Denver like a swarm. Band after band delivered stellar performances, not to outdone by the lineup from Day 1. New Beat Fund, Kongos and Peelander-Z got the party started with some funky beats and rousing crowd participation. Denver boys Breathe Carolina really kicked up some dust with their electric set. Public Enemy always brings the riot, delivering a unforgettable performance. The rain clouds rolled in around 6pm right before Bad Religion was set to take the stage. In concern for crowd safety,

PHOTOS: Riot Fest Denver: Day 1

This is the first time Riot Fest has hit the Mile High City and from what we saw yesterday, we can only hope that Riot Fest will continue to find a 2nd home in Denver, Colorado. Crowds drifted in as things got off to a slow start on Day #1, which is a shame for anyone who missed the first few bands. Bosnian Rainbows and Touche Amore started off the day with a bang, both delivering show-stopping performances as the day had barely even started. The Dismemberment Plan and Minus the Bear kept the afternoon rolling as the crowds started pouring in

PHOTOS: Station To Station- St. Paul

Since the beginning of September, a traveling art and music event called Station to Station has been traveling across the United States. The event was organized by artist Doug Aitken, in which an imagined train will travel to a total of nine stops, starting in New York and ending in the Bay Area. The ideology behind the event is to connect famous names and underground artists of food, music, literature, and film together at different train stations; and the train itself is considered a moving kinetic sculpture. 5375

PHOTOS: Highlights From Station To Station- NY, PA, CHI

The Station to Station public art project on rails kicked off in Brooklyn, NY earlier this month and recently stopped at the Twin Cities, Minnesota. The exhibit is slated to hit nine cities throughout the country as it makes its way through the country from New York City and completing its tour in San Francisco at the end of September. Various musical performers ranging from Beck and Thurston Moore to Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Cat Power and Savages were signed up take part in the tour, with some during many dates. Alongside the music, artwork from leading

PHOTOS: Boston Calling Music Festival: Day Two

Passion Pit headlined the second day of the Boston Calling Music festival during a gorgeous warm day in downtown Boston. The East Coast-based band capped off a day that featured many electronic acts including, Major Lazer, Flume and Wolfgang Gartner. The crowds were livelier than the previous day and were just as captivated by amazing sets by Solange and Kendrick Lamar. Check out the pics from a most successful weekend! 5239

PHOTOS: Boston Calling Music Festival: Day 1

Vampire Weekend headlined Day One of the second edition of the Boston Calling Music Festival. Despite the increased presence of Boston PD, no problems occurred as music fans enjoyed the great weather and music ranging from Airborne Toxic Event, Gaslight Anthem, Deer Tick and more. Check out the pics! 5199

Photo Highlights From Outside Lands 2013: Day Two

It was "game on" for Day Two of the Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival in San Francisco, CA as both the musical artists and their fans elevated the excitement and vibe to new highs. Headliner, Nine Inch Nails provided a stunning visual performance for crowd that included a set filled with tracks from their trademark album, The Downward Spiral and the latest single, "Came Back Haunted". Check out photo highlights from the second day of San Francisco's Premier Festival at Golden Gate Park! 4848

Photo Highlights From Outside Lands 2013: Day One

Sir Paul McCartney headlined the first day of the sixth annual Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival in San Francisco, CA. In a two-hour set, the former Beatle played a catalog chock full of songs from his tenure in the legendary band as well as his own work with his band, Wings. Check out the photo highlights of his set along with fan favorites, Yeasayer, Band of Horses and more! 4843

Photo Highlights From Summer XGames 2013: Moto X

Taka Higashino turned in a stellar performance during the Moto X Freestyle event during the Summer XGames in Los Angeles and won gold. Adam Jones was just as impressive but fell a bit short to take silver and Nate Adams(who won gold for Speed & Style) won bronze. Ronnie Renner took the gold for the always-entertaining Step-up competition. Check out the photo highlights! 4823

Photo Highlights From Summer XGames 2013:BMX Street

During the last Summer XGames in Los Angeles, CA, expectations were high for another gold win by BMX star, Garrett Reynolds. Reynolds gave a solid performance for silver having been outdone by Chad Kerley, who took gold. Jeremiah Smith captured the bronze during the event. Check out the photo highlights! 4817

Photos From Pinkpop 2013

While Bonnaroo was going down in Tennessee over Father's Day weekend, the world's oldest music festival, Pinkpop, was throwing its annual party in Landgraaf, Netherlands. Starting a year after Woodstock, the festival has not only gone on all these years, but grew from a single day festival in a small park to a huge three-day experience. This year's lineup featured Green Day, Kings of Leon and The Killers headlining, with Phoenix, Jimmy Eat World, Paramore, Queens of the Stone Age and more performing. 3575