REVIEW: Adult Swim Festival 2019 Retains Wackiness, Provides Non-Stop Entertainment

Adult Swim Festival returned this past weekend and the experience was packed with many notable music highlights and entertainment. It was quite an improvement from last years’s parking lot experience, where this year's event was held in Banc of California Stadium, giving attendees a more comfortable atmosphere while retaining the wackiness of exhibits, attractions and music. The alternating main stage made for quick set changes which made for non-stop entertainment. Like a cartoon circus, there was stimulation overload so here are some highlights from B-Sides: HIGH: HEALTH - the LA noise-rock trio KILLED their set. Their frenetic music definitely fits The Adult

LIVE REVIEW: BEATS ANTIQUE – Berkeley, CA 11/01/2019

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It is very fascinating when modern music connects with traditional musical styles that have existed for thousands of years. Beats Antique is an Oakland-based ethnotronica group that blends electronic music with various genres of world music. The group's unique musical style merge live instrumentals with Tribal Fusion dance and performance art that reflect their influences of Middle Eastern belly dance music, hip-hop, afro-beat, and jazz. This combination was on full display when Beats Antique performed at the UC Theatre in Berkeley. During the show, concertgoers socialized as they ate and drank while observing Beats Antique's performance. The mood was generally laid-back

PHOTO REVIEW: Gramatik – Oakland, CA 11/01/2019

Denis Jasarević, also known as Gramatik has just released his brand new album, RE:COIL Pt. II, the artist’s first album release in two years. Fans have been eager for the compilation that features 8 new and original tracks, featuring an all-star collab lineup with Big Gigantic, Anomalie, Waka Flocka Flame, ProbCause, Kotek, Beat Fatigue, Defunk, Luxas, and Chrishira Perrier. Gramatik just kicked off his fall tour in support of the new album and his show at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA was one big dance party. Performing with his guitarist, Andrew Block, Gramatik had an exciting backdrop of visuals

PHOTO REVIEW: Bishop Briggs – San Francisco, CA 11/02/2019

Saturday night saw Bishop Briggs perform in front of a packed enthusiastic crowd at The Warfield in San Francisco. Although she’s been mostly playing various festivals during the last year, this is her first major tour since early 2018. Briggs is currently touring in support of the release of her sophomore studio album, ‘Champion’. The stage setup featured a set of video screens across the stage with the drummer and guitarist/keyboardist on a platform above the screens. After a countdown display on the video screens hit 00:00:00, and intro music started to play as Briggs emerged on

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

PHOTOS: Suwanee Hulaween 2019

Suwanee Hulaween sets the bar high for all arts and music festivals After four days inside a magically eerie forest, it is hard to imagine a better Halloween Festival than Suwanee Hulaween. The enormous Florida swamps decorated by mossy oak trees, beautifully border the Suwannee River creating a naturally spooky setting. Intricately adorned campgrounds and RVs by visitors enhanced the Halloween atmosphere. During the day time, campers were able to swim and canoe in the river, ride around bikes trails and dance around the park. At night, all the costumes came out as the hocus pocus began. The music and arts festival

LIVE REVIEW: Ra Ra Riot – San Francisco, CA 10/30/2019

Ra Ra Riot kicked off their headlining tour earlier this month in support of their recently released fifth studio album, Superbloom. The Superbloom Tour keeps the band on the active touring circuit as they served as support for this summer’s outing with Third Eye Blind and Jimmy Eat World on The Summer Gods Tour. With a mix of throwbacks from their earlier work, the music on Superbloom fit in perfectly as they brought their show to the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. Kicking off the show with the joyful "Absolutely" and the title track from their third

PHOTOS: FINNEAS Headlines San Francisco, CA 10/15/2019

Finneas has been touring with his sister Billie Eilish and performing his own set throughout the year, sometimes opening for her and most recently played his own set at Austin City Limits. That set was a sneak peek of the music on his debut EP 'Blood Harmony,' which was just released on October 4th via OYOY. The singer/songwriter kicked off his sold-out North American headlining tour in San Francisco at August Hall. The energetic crowd came early as they were lined up for hours before doors and they reached a frenzy when the lights went down before Finneas took

PHOTOS: Clairo + beabadoobee- San Francisco, CA 10/14/2019

Clairo was a few songs away from the end of her set during her sold-out show in San Francisco when a magnitude 4.5 earthquake hit the Bay Area around 10:30pm (fortunately there was no damage and no one was hurt). It was the second sold-out show at the Regency Ballroom and not one person noticed the earth shaking because they were too busy jumping and dancing while Clairo was performing "Sofia". Currently on tour in support of her debut album, Immunity, which was released in August, Clairo didn't disappoint. Emerging in her own merch, wearing a "Clairo"

PHOTO REVIEW: Austin City Limits 2019 Weekend One

All puns aside, Austin City Limits 2019 was fire by all accounts- the artists brought the heat, the weather was scorching and music fans took advantage to step up their festival fashion. With temperatures hovering in the low to mid 90s throughout the weekend, festival organizers noted that this would be the hottest ACL Fest in its history but It didn’t prevent anyone from attending. Highly anticipated sets by Billie Eilish, Lizzo, Cardi B and Childish Gambino were overflowing with people and those between the soundboard and stage were tightly packed. Up-and-coming artists like Pink Sweat$, King

LIVE REVIEW: Lacuna Coil & All That Remains – Berkeley, CA 10/02/2019

Lacuna Coil and All That Remains have been inspiring people to headbang for the past couple decades. Lacuna Coil was formed in Milan in 1994 and they've been entertaining metal fans from around the world.  Merging gothic imagery and music, Lacuna Coil is characterized by their mid-tempo songs featuring guitar lines with contrasting vocal harmonies provided by lead vocalists, Cristina Scabbia and Andrea Ferro. Massachusetts-based All That Remains has been highly successful since their formation in 1998, having just released their ninth studio album, Victim of the New Disease last year. Lacuna Coil: Lacuna Coil and All That Remains co-headlined

PHOTOS: dodie – Oakland, CA 10/06/2019

Online phenom, dodie has been capturing the hearts of numerous fans as she's stepped out from behind the phone screen and performing live on her current tour. dodie stepped up her game in Oakland, CA and overwhelming impressed the audience. Supporting her latest EP, Human, which has amassed millions of streams online, the 24 year old from the UK has built an organic and devout fanbase on YouTube a la Troye Sivan, Daniel Howell and others. Highlighted by the tracks, "Would You Be So Kind" and "Sick of Losing Soulmates", dodie had fans singing loudly and dancing throughout

REVIEW: Diving into EDM at Imagine Music Festival 2019

Imagine Music Festival united the best EDM of 2019 The bleachers of the Atlanta Motor Speedway poured and shook as electronic music enthusiasts stepped onto the ocean themed festival throughout four days. This year especially focused on all genres, there was a show and stage for everyone each day. Aiming to keep the lead as one of the best music festivals, IMF 19 surprised and left everyone with sore feet and great times. Upping their game, this year's new festival additions included non-stop events for campers, an additional stage and even a Vegas style pool party. Beginning early in the morning, speakers

LIVE REVIEW: Michigander – Nashville, TN 9/27/2019

Michigander, the solo project formed by frontman and Michigan native Jason Singer, just released his newest EP, Where Do We Go From Here, September 13th via C3 Records. Michigander is bringing his uplifting anthems and solid musicianship to venues during his fall tour that made a stop at the High Watt in Nashville, TN. Joined by Andrews' and Chase Huglin, Michigander put on an intimate set filled with catchy tunes and empowering lyrics. andrews' aka singer and songwriter Michael Cronin is originally from Florida but now based in Nashville. Performing a mellow mix of electronic sounds with strong

PHOTOS: flor + joan – Nashville, TN 9/18/2019

Fresh on the heels of the release of their sophomore album, ley lines, on September 6th, flor hit the road in support of the new release last week with support from Lostboycrow and Little Rock, Arkansas duo joan. Bringing their show to the Exit/In in Nashville, TN, all three artists have a similar aesthetic and their stage presence was strong and lively. The line of fans awaiting to get into the venue early was long and the line was still evident during the first set as fans were still coming in well into 30-45 minutes after doors

LIVE REVIEW: James Arthur – San Francisco, CA 9/17/2019

The last few years have been remarkable for James Arthur, as he has racked up over a billion streams online thanks to his No.1 global hit "Say You Won't Let Go". The British artist is on tour for only a handful of select dates at intimate venues ahead of the release his third album, You on October 18th. The tour marks James’ first headlining run of the U.S., following his last tour as the supporting act for One Republic and Fitz & The Tantrums in 2017. An eager sold-out crowd welcomed the musician at the Independent in

PHOTOS: Barns Courtney – Nashville, TN 9/16/2019

Fresh off the release of his sophomore album, 404, Barns Courtney is back in the States for the North American leg of his current tour. His energetic and engaging shows are a trademark of the singer/songwriter, who stopped by the Mercy Lounge in Nashville, TN Monday night. For a Monday show, the audience was incredibly lively, enthusiastic and welcoming for openers, The Hunna. Led by lead singer Ryan Potter, the English band was a perfect match for Barns Courtney, as they were a lively and fun, tearing through songs like "Bonfire" and "You and I" that got the crowd dancing and

PHOTOS: Tash Sultana – Nashville, TN 9/15/2019

After releasing of their debut album, Flow State, approving audiences and critics alike were eager to see Tash Sultana perform the material live. They performed numerous festivals across Europe and has been playing at huge venues across North America, including dates scheduled at Red Rocks in Colorado and the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, CA. A literal one-person show, the Australian artist has garnered accolades for the live performances to go along with the award nominations for their recorded material including nominations for the prestigious Triple J Australian Album of the Year award and six ARIA's (The Australian Recording

LIVE REVIEW: Phora – San Francisco, CA 09/10/19

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Anaheim native Phora, whose real name is Marco Anthony Archer, continues to set new bars in the hip-hop industry. Ever since he began his career in 2010, he has founded his own record label, "Yours Truly Records", and a clothing brand which is similarly named, "Yours Truly Clothing".  He recently signed with Warner Bros. Records in 2017 when he released his first album, Yours Truly Forever.  Phora released his two more albums, Love Is Hell last year, and Bury Me With Dead Roses on July 26th. Phora's current tour took him to San Francisco where he performed at the renowned Slim's

LIVE REVIEW: K.Flay – Oakland, CA 9/7/2019

Saturday evening at the Fox Theater in Oakland was making plenty of noise with artists like Houses and K.Flay that same night. Chicago/L. A based artist Dexter Tortoriello AKA Houses made everyone feel at home with his lo-fi music and sharing his appreciation for headliner/ 2x Grammy-nominee K.Flay. He delighted the crowd with songs from his EP Drugstore Heaven and even introduced a new track. Houses mentioned that this was his second night of the Solutions Tour with K.Flay and that they're feeling fresh on stage. He wrapped it up with his commercial and autobiographical hit "Fast Talk" just before K.Flay's

PHOTOS: slowthai – San Francisco, CA 9/5/2019

The highly anticipated West Coast show dates for slowthai finally arrived with September. The English rapper has a growing fanbase after having released his debut album, Nothing Great About Britain earlier this year and was promptly nominated for the prestigious Mercury Prize for UK Album of the Year. Awards or not, the audience in San Francisco was prepared for his engaging stage show that accompanied his critically acclaimed work. The sold-out show at the Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco was in a frenzy as soon as the music started and slowthai (born Tyron Frampton) hit the stage. Dressed in a track

Mondo Cozmo Collaborates with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club on “Black Cadillac”

Mondo Cozmo aka Josh Ostrander, has had lots of highs the last couple of years. The singer-songwriter and producer experienced a well-deserved career renaissance with the song, "Shine" that garnered commercial radio airplay, millions of streams and invitations to play endless music festivals such as Lollapalooza, Outside Lands and Boonaroo to name a few. Fast forward to 2019 and a change in record labels, Mondo Cozmo is set to release a new album titled, New Medicine. Mondo Cozmo is giving fans a taste of what the albums sound is all about, with the recently released single, "Black Cadillac." The single has

PHOTOS: Drab Majesty – San Francisco, CA 8/30/2019

With two sold-out shows in San Francisco, the anticipation for the live performances from Drab Majesty was at an all-time high. The first show at the Great American Music Hall made for a perfect setting for the band's music and aesthetics. The duo of Deb Demure and Mona D, who comprise of Drab Majesty, made their appearance on-stage with a bottle of wine and matching outfits. The set was highlighted by songs from their latest album, Modern Mirror, including "Oxytocin", "Ellipsis" and "Out of Sequence" that had many in the crowd dancing. There wasn't any chatter in between

ALBUM REVIEW: Illenium’s Newest Album “Ascend”

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Illenium's popularity increases with every album and EP he has released since he began his career in 2013, having recently won the award for "Best Male Artist" at the 2019 International Dance Music Awards. His previous two albums, Ashes in 2016 and Awake in 2017, have reached #6 and #3 respectively on the US Billboard Top/Dance Electronic Albums chart. At every music festival, it is now common to see fans wearing his signature baseball jerseys and hats. On August 16th, Illenium released his much-anticipated third album, Ascend. In the track, "Take You Down", it has tranquil vocals that accompany light guitar strumming

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

PHOTO REVIEW: Outside Lands 2019 Brings The Heat – Childish Gambino Draws Huge Crowds, twenty one pilots Thrills

The 12th edition of Outside Lands took place over the weekend and it certainly was a celebration at the beautiful Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. With each day bringing its own unique approach towards planning on who to see, the infamous San Francisco fog was not a major factor this year. As expected, the headliners delivered as twenty one pilots showed their growth as performers with their engaging set on Friday, Childish Gambino drew what was reported the largest audience ever in the festival's history and Paul Simon performed a set that reminded people why he's one of music's

PHOTOS: X Games 2019 Music – Incubus, Wu Tang Clan, SWMRS Thrills

Along with the amazing display of skill and excitement displayed by the athletes of skateboard, BMX and moto at X Games 2019, the musical entertainment at The Armory in Minneapolis, MN took each night to another level. It all started Thursday night with Oakland, California band SWMRS, whose young exciting brand of rock had fans dancing and singing along to songs like "Lose It", "Palm Trees", "Miley" and highlights from their latest album, Berkeley's On Fire. Right after the Skateboard Vert competition, Chevy Metal kicked it up a notch with their take on numerous covers ranging from songs

ALBUM REVIEW: Clairo – ‘Immunity’

Clairo has come a long way from producing music videos from the comforts of her bedroom. The Atlanta-born singer-songwriter launched into viral stardom after she released a music video titled "Pretty Girl" in 2017 on YouTube which as of this writing, has garnered over 36 million views. Shortly after the video's release and popularity, Clairo attracted interest from major record labels such as Capitol, RCA, and Columbia. Last year, Clairo had released her debut EP titled Diary 001, which led to positive reviews and gave proof that she was more than a "one-hit fluke". On August 2, 2019, Clairo released

LIVE REVIEW: Kim Petras – San Francisco, CA 07/31/19

German pop singer Kim Petras performed at Mezzanine in San Francisco, CA on July 31, 2019 and the sold out show was buzzing with fans who couldn't wait to see Petras perform.  The atmosphere inside Mezzanine came to life when the fans screamed as Petras arrived on stage with her friend and producer-songwriter, Aaron Joseph.  Throughout the whole show, she wowed the crowd with her lively dance moves and intense vocals as she sang tracks from her debut album, Clarity that was released on June 28, 2019, and her third EP, Turn Off The Light, Vol. 1.  Wearing a white suit

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

PHOTOS: Capitol Hill Block Party 2019 Dominates, Diverse Lineup Impresses

The 23rd edition of the Capitol Hill Block Party(CHBP) dominated two block of E Pike in Seattle amidst great weather, providing a perfect setting for the three day event. The artist lineup for CHBP continues to include buzz worthy artists along with recognizable names who are making noise in the mainstream. 2019 is hands-down the year for Lizzo, who finally cracked the mainstream with her third studio album, Cuz I Love You, released earlier this year. With the crowds overflowing and residents hanging out of apartment windows, she was clearly the main attraction for the weekend and

ALBUM REVIEW: Two Door Cinema Club – “False Alarm”

Two Door Cinema Club has released their fourth studio album, False Alarm, on June 21, 2019. It is the first album from the Northern Irish indie-rock band since the release of their third album, Gameshow, three years ago. On February 11, the band released a teaser video on their social media accounts with the caption, "Album 4 - who's ready?" and they soon released the album's first single, "Talk", on March 18 and their second single, "Satellite", on April 24. Shortly after, the band released two extra singles before the album's release, "Dirty Air" on May 21 and "Once" on June 19. False Alarm

FESTIVAL REVIEW: Phono Del Sol – 06/15/19 – San Francisco, CA

After a one-year hiatus, The Bay Bridged and Noise Pop has brought back Phono Del Sol to the Potrero Del Sol park. San Francisco Magazine has called Phono Del Sol the "Best Music Festival" in San Francisco as it promotes both well-known bands and local music talent at the same time. The festival brought in people from all backgrounds to take in local and emerging artists on a Saturday afternoon. Blues Lawyer The first band to play at Phono Del Sol's Mission Stage was Blues Lawyer, an Oakland-based indie rock band. The band's guitar strumming had constant rhythmic flows as their music is

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

ALBUM REVIEW: AURORA – “A Different Kind of Human (Step 2)”

On June 7, 2019, Norwegian singer-songwriter and producer AURORA released the second chapter of her second studio album titled, A Different Kind of Human (Step 2). It is the sequel to the album's first chapter, Infections of a Different Kind (Step 1), which came out on September 28, 2018. Aurora continues making a name for herself in the electro-pop scene since 2015 when she released her debut EP, Running with the Wolves, which preceded the release of her debut studio album in 2016, All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend. AURORA confirmed the release of A Different Kind of

LIVE REVIEW: Local Natives – Brooklyn, NY 6/6/2019

In the midst of their “Spiral Choir Tour”, Local Natives returned to Brooklyn, New York for two sold out shows at Brooklyn Steel. The Southern California band recently released their latest album, Violet Street back in April, many tracks of which fit seamlessly with the band’s catalog of songs. Anticipation was high right from the start of the night, with opener Middle Kids performing to a crowd that came early to get a good viewing spot and a night that would turn into many sing-alongs and enthusiasm. The Australian band was engaging and were a great fit to open the show

LIVE REVIEW: Marianas Trench – San Francisco, CA 06/03/19

Marianas Trench is one of the few Canadian bands that have achieved mainstream success in both Canada and the United States. Lead vocalist Josh Ramsay created Marianas Trench in 2001 in Vancouver and since then, the pop-punk band has produced five studio albums and attained multiple nominations and awards, especially at the Juno Awards and the MuchMusic Video Awards, Canada's leading music awards ceremonies. Some of their awards include "Group of the Year" at the 2013 Juno Awards and "Your Fave Video" and "Pop Video of the Year" for their respective songs, "Stutter" and "Desperate Measures", at the 2013 MuchMusic

PREVIEW: PHONO DEL SOL 2019

The "Best Music Festival" is back in San Francisco! Noise Pop and The Bay Bridged resurrected the long missed Phono Del Sol after a year hiatus. The free event takes place in San Francisco at Potrero Del Sol Park (2827 Cesar Chavez) on Saturday, June 15th from 12pm-7pm. Phono Del Sol will have ten various genre acts performing from a mix of good local bands (hip-hop SOL Development, folk Boy Scouts, math rock Covet, experimental SPELLING, and raptress Queens D. Light) to recognized out- of- state groups ( New York's electro synth-pop Porches and Seattle's indie rockers Chastity Belt) for the

LIVE REVIEW: Billie Eilish Kicks Off Sold-Out North American Tour in San Francisco, CA 5/29/2019

What seems like a meteoric rise to stardom for Billie Eilish in the last year has actually been many years in the making. The track “Ocean Eyes” was released online in 2014 and became a viral hit, leading to a record deal with Interscope and a handful of EPs that were strategically released to build up her audience. Not only did the singles from the EPs resonate, they received massive attention that led up to an instant chart-topping debut album, When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? that was released in March. Eilish performed a noteworthy set at Coachella

FESTIVAL REVIEW: Shaky Beats 2019 Left Us Shaken

Shaky Beats came and went but still has us 'shook'. Giving great previews of what to expect this 2019 festival season, the stacked electronic music festival over delivered and surprised. Top notch performances yielded a phenomenal non-stop concert over two days. Atlanta flaunts that it doesn’t have to be mid-summer for it to bring the heat. RÜFÜS DU SOL closed the first day with anthems including "You Were Right” which echoed throughout almost every other performance that weekend. On the second night,  bangers from Tiesto’s prodigy- Martin Garrix maxed out the dance-floor overlooking the Midtown skyline. Other memorable headliners included Galantis, San Holo, Big

PHOTO REVIEW: ionnalee – San Francisco, CA 05/09/2019

Swedish electro-pop artist, ionnalee (Jonna Lee) creates a distinctive musical style that showcases her skillful blending of her vocals with various instruments such as the guitar, keyboards, and drums. She released her first album, 10 Pieces, 10 Bruises, in 2007 after Swedish record label Razzia Records signed her. Although she released a five-track EP titled, This War, in 2008 and another album, This Is Jonna Lee, in 2009 with Razzia Records, she later formed her own independent label in 2010 called, "To whom it may concern" (TWIMC), which also led her to create an audiovisual project named, "iamamiwhoami", with Claes Björklund.

ALBUM REVIEW: Vampire Weekend – ‘Father of the Bride’ Uplifts, Heightens Positivity

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For the first time since the release of their third studio album in 2013, "Modern Vampires of the City", Vampire Weekend has released its fourth studio album today. Titled 'Father of the Bride', the album has 18 tracks and involves contributions from other artists such as iLoveMakonnen, Danielle Haim, and Vampire Weekend ex-member Rostam. Some notable tracks from 'Father of the Bride' include "Harmony Hall", "Sunflower", "Flower Moon", and "Unbearably White". To emphasize, the album's tracks discussed various topics that are affecting today's society, ranging from the rise of populist politics to the omnipresence of social media. In "Harmony Hall", the song

REVIEW: Coachella 2019 Showcases Diversity On Global Scale

The first weekend of Coachella 2019 is in the books and certainly didn't disappoint. Headliners Tame Impala, Childish Gambino and Ariana Grande brought their A-game, the up-and-coming acts H.E.R., Billie Eilish, Dermot Kennedy and Men I Trust gave memorable performances on top of surprise guests that included Halsey, Selena Gomez, Cardi B, Tears for Fears and Chilli from TLC amongst others who blew away audiences. This year's lineup certainly expanded the lineup for a broader appeal with international acts, Blackpink, Bad Bunny, J Balvin, HYUKOH and Burna Boy amongst the highlights. The crowds this year reflected the

ALBUM REVIEW: Simple Creatures – ‘Strange Love’ EP

In the midst of a post blink-182 tour depression, Mark Hoppus decided he needed to self medicate with some collaboration. What he had intended to be a project involving multiple friends from bands he had worked with in the past, quickly turned into a new band all in of itself. Alex Gaskarth of All Time Low was the first to come over to jam, and the two knew they had stumbled onto something special. And so gave birth to Simple Creatures. The band released their first single "Drug" a few months ago, and it was the perfect introduction to the tight

ALBUM REVIEW: Billie Eilish – “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”

Seventeen year old wunderkind Billie Eilish wastes no time stomping her foot down on her debut full length "When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?" After a brief vocal track of her declaring she has removed her invisalign, the creeping bass of "bad guy" seeps into your ears with a menacing bounce that will make you wanna get up and dance. This song really sets the tone for the album, a beautiful, bass driven collection of goth-pop songs that feel sometimes like the music we would've gotten from Lorde, or Taylor Swift had they grown up listening

PREVIEW: Outside Lands 2019

A Bay Area favorite music festival Outside Lands returns this year on August 9-11th. Outside Lands is celebrating their eleventh anniversary here in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Back in 2008 when it began, Outside Lands keeps out doing itself every year with their countless of headliners from Radiohead, Tom Petty, Incubus, The Killers, Tenacious D, Metallica, Lorde, etc. Now Outside Lands 2019 will feature many Grammy winners and nominees to perform like Twenty One Pilots, Childish Gambino, Blink 182 The Lumineers, Hozier, Counting Crows, Kacey Musgraves, and the list goes on. Outside Lands is so much more than our love

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

ALBUM REVIEW: Taali – ‘I Am Here’

"We have strong women in the family no question about it" states Taali's grandmother in the recorded track "For Michal"(about her great- great- great grandma's holocaust death) off the debut album I Am Here. A powerful statement that inform listeners what we need to know about Jewish contemporary pop singer Taali. New York native/L.A based songwriter and engineer shows she's an authentic artist as she incorporates her traditional Judaic culture, lineage, and identity into her work. The fifteen-track album itself is a spiritual journey of storytelling through inspiring lyrics. Her opening song "Release" is the right introduction that hooks an audience in

ALBUM REVIEW: The Japanese House – ‘Good at Falling’

Amber Bain - a.k.a. The Japanese House, has been not so quietly making a name for herself over the past 4 years. With an impressive collection of EP's and singles already under her belt, Bain has finally released her debut full length Good at Falling. The album continues to showcase the sound Bain has used the past four years to hone in on, a mix of synth and guitar that blends into a trance like indie pop that's impossible not to get lost in. Bain takes on the bulk of the songwriting weight for the Japanese House, but does get some

LIVE REVIEW: Nora En Pure Impresses During Four-Hour Set in Miami, FL

The South African-born artist, Nora En Pure brought her electronic, tropical, and rhythmic tunes on Saturday night at Miami's downtown notorious Club Space, where many famous DJs come to spin tunes. The sold out show was filled with people dancing to the beat of every song she played, Nora began her set by playing a mix of indie and deep house, the floor was thumping and the vibe was energetic. Popular tracks such as “Come With We”, “True” and fans' all time favorite “Sphinx” were performed, many of these songs have different instrumental elements that give it a unique sound,

INTERVIEW: White Lies -Five Questions About ‘Five’

British synth-rock trio White Lies (Harry McVeigh, Charles Cave, & Jack Lawrence) have been recording and touring for the past decade. They've had their own share of supporting acts and headlining at venues. They have gained much love from all over as fans sing along their older hits to new favorites. Their fifth album Five is out now and B-Sides got the chance to chat with frontman Harry about the new album and the thrill performing it live. Harry you lived in San Francisco for awhile.  Did the new living environment on the West Coast or exposure to American life influence any

VIDEO: Sights & Sounds From Edwardian Ball San Francisco 2019

The annual Edwardian Ball in San Francisco, CA headed into its 19th year just as strong as it was in its earlier years. The theme for the 2019 edition was "The Rose Pedal Garden", featuring a playful, bicycle-powered wonderland set in an enchanted English garden, highlighted by the story of the year, Edward Gorey's classic, The Epiplectic Bicycle. The two night event showcases the most eclectic and interesting art, live music, theatre, fashion, literature, ballroom dancing, DJs, circus spectacular, technology new & old, and the beloved creations of author and illustrator Edward Gorey. The opening night of the two-night

ALBUM REVIEW: Nina Nesbitt Impresses With Debut, ‘The Sun Will Come Up, the Seasons Will Change’

The twenty-four year old Scottish pop singer, Nina Nesbitt, has blossomed since her debut album Peroxide and is proud of her sophomore record The Sun Will Come Up, the Seasons Will Change from her new label Cooking Vinyl. The title is from her last track on the album, which the idea came from walking in London where she lived. Nesbitt explains the philosophical meaning behind the name; "It reminds people everything in life is temporary-- whether good or bad. Just be aware. It'll change." Nesbitt shares her latest creation to the world this month embarking on her next tour. Nesbitt describes her album

PHOTO REVIEW: G-Eazy Returns To New Parish In Oakland, CA

Even though G-Eazy has gained international recognition over the past number of years, he's always brought a special vibe to his native Bay Area shows, whether it be unique setlists or local Bay Area rappers to join him on-stage. The New Parish is a small venue in Oakland, CA known for supporting local acts and the starting venue for G-Eazy when he was a young performer. The venue had been commemorating their 10th anniversary this month with special shows capped off with an intimate show by G-Eazy. The show proceeds were already earmarked for the Nova Phoenix’s

PHOTO REVIEW: Snowglobe 2018 Highlights Outweigh Cold Temperatures

The highly anticipated Snowglobe 2018 proved to be another unique and memorable experience as the annual New Year’s Eve festival rung in the new year. Already set with headliners Above and Beyond, Diplo and Rezz, the late addition of G-Eazy, Goldlink, Tyga, Kaskade and Rae Sremmurd elevated the excitement for the eighth year of Snowglobe that was recently acquired by MTV. The ski and snowboard Big Air stage brought out numerous talented athletes that performed impressive tricks and jumps, interacting with the local Tahoe Fire Dancers and the new Rail Jam. 16830

Top 10 Albums of 2018

It wasn't hard to find good music in 2018 as there were many artists pushing the boundaries in pop, hip-hop and rock. In a year of the "algorithm" artists, many artists sought inspiration from both the classics and the traditional approach to songwriting, to the modern use of technology for collaboration and taking advantage of the advances in technology to create sounds that were never-before heard. New artists made strong debuts in 2018, some of which made our year-end list, demonstrating that once again showed that the full-length format is not only just as strong as it was in the

PHOTO REVIEW: Big Wild Impresses as Co-headliner with Louis The Child in San Francisco 12/6/2018

Electronic producer and artist Big Wild aka Jackson Stell, has been on a rise and with the impending release of his debut album, Superdream (out February 1, 2019), his future is bright. This much was evident as he co-headlined with Louis the Child in San Francisco. The set was demonstrative of his evolution from the hip-hop beats that influenced his early work to the cinematic melodies and deep 80's-wave sound that represent the most recent work as Big Wild. Big Wild staples like "When I Get There", "Empty Room" and "I Just Wanna" were met with a

REVIEW: Suwannee Hulaween Florida’s Top Festival

It is safe to say Suwannee Hulaween is Florida’s top music and art festival. From the mesmerizing art installations to the mind-blowing performances, this festival is definitely one to add to the bucket-list. Suwannee Hulaween 2018 sold out this year due to the amount of hard-work, passion, and love that has been consecutively put forth into this festival that keeps fans returning year after year. 2018 celebrated six years of Hulaween and plans to return next year for their seventh-year celebration area already being carried out. 16687

PHOTO REVIEW: Austin City Limits 2018 Weekend One

The 2018 edition of Austin City Limits was highly anticipated ever since the lineup was announced earlier in the year with much of the buzz on iconic headliners in Paul McCartney and Metallica. The festival also boasted many high quality names including Arctic Monkeys, Odesza, Travis Scott and Justice. An unforeseen injury to Childish Gambino caused him to cancel not only his appearance at ACL but also his remaining tour dates. Festival organizers recovered well by adding French quartet Phoenix and Lil Wayne to the first and second weekends respectively. The first weekend went off without

PHOTO REVIEW: Inaugural Adult Swim Festival

Last weekend Adult Swim hosted its inaugural music/comedy fest, the aptly named, Adult Swim Festival. The two-day festival featured an eclectic mix of music: guttural metal-punk, backpack rap and a healthy dose of hipster faves. On the comedy side of things, there were some pretty noteworthy comedians, with Hannibal Buress being the most familiar stand-up. Presumably, the common theme of the weekend was the nebulous relationships between the artists and the adult-oriented offshoot from Cartoon Network. The majority of the artists have worked on Adult Swim shows or contributed to the Adult Swim’s singles program which has been releasing songs

REVIEW: Imagine Music Festival Closes Out Summer ’18 HOT

The pink-orange hue of the sunset illuminated the sky. Finally feeling cool after an hot day in Georgia, I made my way through the cool pool. The water only reaching my ankles was coated in inflatable swans and colorful beach balls. The dancing mermaids had just entered the pearl like sphere that swayed over the water; the entire scene was a lot to take in. As they flowed inside the inflated ball, lights and lasers casted mystifying silhouettes enchanting anyone passing through. 16464

LIVE REVIEW: Evanescence + Lindsey Stirling Captivate in Mountain View, CA

The pairing of symphonic-rock legends Evanescence and violinist/dancer Lindsey Stirling might seem odd at first, but the two artists recently collaborated for a track on Evanescene’s 2017 album Synthesis and hit it off. When the time to plan a tour for Synthesis came around, frontwoman Amy Lee immediately thought of Stirling saying “she is the very definition of someone outside the box.” The pair are currently on tour throughout the U.S. as the two groups tour the country and alternate sets, one opening one show, the other opening the next. Bringing their lively show to the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain

PHOTO REVIEW: Outside Lands 2018 – Headliners Set Up Perfectly By Emerging Artists, Taste Of The Bay Area Shines

The 2018 edition of the Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival was one for the books on many levels. Suffice to say, the headliners in The Weeknd, Florence and the Machine and Janet Jackson gave solid outstanding performances that lived up to the audience's anticipation for each artist. There weren't the Coachella-staple surprise guest artists on the Lands End stage but each artist brought the flare and excitement that complemented the day's lineup. The Taste of the Bay Area continues to lead other festivals in its showcase of the amazing indigenous culinary, as there were long lines

REVIEW: Electric Forest Only Gets Better

There is so no end to what you can discover at Electric Forest. As one of the most famous music and art festivals, it offers all sorts of things to engage and mesmerize your senses making it hard to stay on track. For eight days, people come together to create a magical atmosphere that revolved around music, art, community, and growth. Providing a magical escape for its 10th year, this mystic festival keeps growing and improving. 16246

REVIEW: Capital Cities & A-Trak at an Oasis in Puerto Rico

Kicking off summer in the sun-filled paradise island of Puerto Rico, Heineken The Oasis brought local and international musical flair to an unforgettable beach party. Amidst the hot, sticky, colorful and bustling city of San Juan, The Oasis greeted hundreds of people ready to dance. Situated on the breezy Caribbean coast, the massive beach venue was perfect to get some good times in. With an indoor stage hosting some of the best local electronic music it was effortless to get some dance moves going. The massive outdoor stage allowed viewers to move about in the sand, splash in the pool or enjoy from

REVIEW: Boston Calling 2018 – Festival Grows from Modest Beginnings

Boston Calling used 2018 to prove it has come quite a long way. From it's modest beginnings as a more indie affair in Government Center, to contender for festival lineup of the year at Harvard's Athletic Complex, this years edition featured plenty of things to boast about. Walking into the festival for anyone who hadn't been since the location moved, it could be a little overwhelming with the amount of things to do. The weekend was one for the books, featuring show stopping sets from the likes of Paramore, Queens of the Stone Age, St. Vincent, and Eminem to name

REVIEW: Lightning In A Bottle 2018 Highlighted By Communal Spirit

The 2018 edition of Lightning in a Bottle took place through the Memorial Day Weekend in Bradley, CA and exceeded all expectations. It was the fifth year for the multi-faceted boutique festival at Lake San Antonio and second year in a row in which festival attendees could enjoy the nourishing vibes of the lake. Highlighted by the multitude of musical offerings, the invited artists were also in awe of the experience of the festival, as performers Sofi Tukker, Nao, Anderson.Paak & The Free Nationals amongst others noted the uniqueness of Lightning in a Bottle during their sets. 16142

ALBUM REVIEW: Courtney Barnett – ‘Tell Me How You Really Feel’

Given the amount of critical acclaim, and hype that has surrounded Courtney Barnett, it can be a little startling to realize her newest release "Tell Me How You Really Feel" is only her sophomore solo album. Her breakthrough 2015 debut album "Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit," dazzled fans and critics alike with her profound penchant for wordy, verbose lyricism, compared to none other than the king lyricist himself Bob Dylan. She followed it up in 2017 with a joint album alongside Kurt Vile, but her newest release see's her back in the driver seat, alone.

ALBUM REVIEW: Franz Ferdinand – ‘Always Ascending’

Since their last release almost five years ago, Franz Ferdinand return with a slightly altered lineup on Always Ascending, released February 9th.<!—more—> Not quite fifteen years since Franz Ferdinand made their international breakthrough with the catchy single “Take Me Out”, the band finds themselves in a much different musical atmosphere trying to catch the attention their debut attracted.  The danceable pop rock of the early 2000s, with its clean and crisp guitars and nerdy aesthetics, has certainly evolved into a more electronic territory as many bands from that era spent the last decade meticulously blending the genres with few enjoyable results.

TOP 11 Albums of 2017

A lot of great music was released in 2017 and made it quite difficult to narrow down the field of a list of the top albums of the year. After much deliberation and discussion, we've gathered a list of the top 11 rather than inundate you with a list of 100 albums to cull through. Ranging from the originality of Kendrick Lamar and SZA to the strong outings by Lorde and The War on Drugs, there's something for everyone in our top 11 albums of 2017. 15864

LIVE REVIEW: Nova Tour ft. R.L. Grime Lands in Nashville

Kittens, Graves, and R.L. Grime stopped off in Nashville as part of their Nova Tour, drawing in a packed house despite it being the night after Halloween.  Lauren “Kittens” Abedini started the night off, increasing the energy as the crowd steadily grew.  The L.A. based DJ got her start mixing in college, but before long she was performing at private parties for stars like Usher and opening for Kid Cudi on tour.  Her set up was very minimalist in terms of lights, but did not take away from her laid –back vibe and slightly soulful set. 15808

ALBUM REVIEW: Wolf Alice – ‘Visions of a Life’

London based rock band Wolf Alice released their romantic and noisy second album Visions of a Life September 29th, displaying growth as a band and a step in the right direction from their 2015 debut, My Love is Cool. <!—more—> My Love is Cool debuted the quartet’s distinct sound as a mixture of pop rock and melodic folk style songwriting, but the band has fine tuned the sound and added a deeper contrast of many styles.  The two years between releases were used wisely by the band, intensive touring, organizing charity gigs for refugees, and also performing at a concert protesting the