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

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

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"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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: 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

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,

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

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: 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

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

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

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

PHOTO REVIEW: Alvvays – The Mohawk, Austin

Outdoor performances during the fall are nothing to complain about. Breezy air and pink sunsets are a perfect match to any evening, but when tossed in with the angelic voice of lead vocalist, Molly Rankin, and the candy dream tunes of her band Alvvays —talk about satisfaction. It has been three years since the Canadian indie pop band brought us their self-titled debut album, but only a month since the release of Antisocialites, which is without a doubt, no runner-up. Fans just can’t get enough of those summery nostalgic instrumentals blended with their dark and romantic lyrics. Despite the title of

PHOTO REVIEW: Wolf Alice – Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco, CA 7/24/2017

It’s only been two years since Wolf Alice released their debut album My Love Is Cool but it’s felt like longer, as the band had been touring non-stop in support of the material. Along the way, the band garnered numerous accolades, award nominations and an immense and loyal fanbase. The London-based band finally has new music to share, having released two singles from their forth-coming sophomore album, Visions Of A Life, which will be released on September 29 via Dirty Hit Records/RCA Records. "Yuk Foo" and “Don’t Delete the Kisses” are a taste of what’s to come

LIVE REVIEW: Nicole Atkins – 3rd and Lindsley – Nashville, TN 7/23/2017

"Walkin', spend a lot of time walkin' /  That's what people do, getting over you.", Nicole Atkins softly sings commencing her set in celebration of her fourth album, Goodnight Rhonda Lee, released July 21.  It's obvious the illustrator turned singer-songwriter is comfortable and excited to be on stage sharing her latest compositions, drenched in soulful, 1960s pop. 15443

LIVE REVIEW: The Speedbumps – The Basement – Nashville, TN 7/18/2017

Exploring Nashville's extensive list of musical offerings on any warm, muggy summer evening is bound to be fruitful, even on a Tuesday.  This night, Ohio based rock/folk band The Speedbumps are performing at the notorious venue, The Basement. The Speedbumps just released their third full-length album When The Darkness Comes on July 14, which features the lead single, "Love Is War." 15359

LIVE REVIEW: Coast Modern – Boston, MA 4/12/2017

Is there anything better than seeing your favorite band live? How about leaving a show with a NEW favorite band? Coast Modern is the type of band that can stop someone in their tracks, with their indie, pop, and reggae vibes, and make them wonder "who is that?" This American duo got together in 2013 but do to the mainstream scene in their hometown of LA, they did not make a name for themselves until 2015. Coast Modern recently made their way across the country to Boston, MA and were beyond entertaining. They opened up and definitely got

LIVE REVIEW: Rooney – Ft. Lauderdale, FL Oct. 18, 2016

On Tuesday, October 18th Rooney played in South Florida at the Culture Room in Fort Lauderdale, FL. It's not the first time that Robert Coppola Schwartzman of Rooney has visited the Sunshine State or the venue in a small strip mall around the mile from the beach. Being near the beach was highly appropriate for the tour of the newest album Washed Away. 14422

LIVE REVIEW: LANY – Ft. Lauderdale, FL Oct. 14, 2016

For the 2nd time in LANY’s music history, they played in Florida and performed an epic concert in Fort Lauderdale, FL. They loved it so much that they told the audience they'd come back to show again. The energy was very high, and the crowd was incredibly excited at their entrance. A majority of the time you’d expect for a band to walk into some randomly obscure sounds or to the drummer kicking it off. That was not the case for LANY as they provided a grand entrance to Whitney Houston singing the National Anthem on a giant screen. It all

LIVE REVIEW: Beach Slang – Orlando, FL October 14, 2016 

Beach Slang just released a new record in September entitled, A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings, the record continued the punk ethos and emotional outpouring they had  come to be known for. For a band to release a record, distribute, market, and tour is a hard thing to do. Blessings need to line up in just the right quantum structure for it to become an idea, let alone a physical thing. It’s even harder when you are the only one left of a trio in the middle of that record release circus. Beach Slang vocalist, James Alex, was caught in

Getter Keeps it Cool As Frick for the Music City

Hailing from San Jose, Getter brought his brand of heavy bass to Nashville from the Bay as one of the stops on his Wat the Frick Tour.  The tour promotes his new 7 –track EP of the same name.  Wat the Frick is his third EP with OWSLA and dropped earlier this month on September 2nd.   Getter and the Wat the Frick crew stopped in Nashville at the landmark Exit/In.  Along with Nick Colletti, Yulton, and Sneek, Getter brought something a little different to Music City.  Nashville may be known for its music scene, but EDM is vastly underrepresented among the

LIVE REVIEW: Bloc Party in Nashville 5/23/2016

Nashville’s Cannery Ballroom had a specific type of crowd on May 23rd. They wanted to dance. Maybe they were struggling against the Monday lull or remembered Bloc Party from electroclash club nights in the early 2000s. Either way, they weren't sitting still. Openers the Vaccines satiated their need. Two girls told security, “We came all the way from Atlanta just to see the Vaccines. We don't even know who this other band is.” The Vaccines' energetic performance warranted their devotion. Frontman Justin Young’s rubbery expressions, punk rock eyes, and convulsive dance moves are mesmerizing, perfectly suited to the Vaccines' musical concoction

PHOTO REVIEW: STRFKR Brings Energetic Concert to South Florida

It’s been three years since STRFKR released the album Miracle Mile but that hasn’t kept the band away from hitting the road to connect with their fans. The trio has played a series of short tour runs lately, and even released the single, "Never Ever”, which fans hope will signal even more new material in the near future. The band is currently on tour with electronic producer Com Truise and darkwave band, Fake Drugs. An enthusiastic crowd greeted Com Truise as he opened the show with his brand of unique and captivating electronic jams. The energy levels were very high

Live Review: Kevin Gates, Young The Greatness Impress in Denver

Kevin Gates is currently on the road in support of his latest album Islah, recently making a stop in Denver, Colorado along with a couple great up and coming acts including Young Greatness and BWA ( Bread Winners Association) affiliate OG Boobie Black.  The sold out show had a line three blocks down the road and when doors finally opened at 8 PM it took nearly the entire hour before the show to check everybody’s ID’s and check for contraband. 13263

Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats Bring Rock ‘n’ Soul to Dallas

It is difficult to confine Denver-based Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats to a single genre. Elements of soul, folk, and southern rock crop up in Missouri- bred Rateliff’s music. Their self-titled debut album dropped in August and after blowing up, the band has been in non-stop touring mode amongst all the buzz for the bluesy tracks that make for easy listening. Southern rock, homegrown honky-tonk, and modernized soul colors their debut release, drawing fans and praise from all over. This year’s “S.O.B” has been christened the “Rolling in the Deep” of 2016 by Paste, the band can count Jimmy Fallon

R.A.C. Electrifies Dallas, TX

R.A.C. took the stage at the Grenada Theater in Dallas as part of the Going Our Own Way Tour.  R.A.C, or Remix Artist Collective, was started by Andre Allen Anjos in 2007 in Portland as a space for artists to collaborate and remix music.  For the past eight years, R.A.C. has succeeded in making a good song even better without straying too far from the style of the original. Anjos has collaborated with many indie-pop favorites including St.Lucia, MNDR and Kele Okereke of Bloc Party, as well as Tegan and Sara.  Over the past several years, R.A.C. has become synonymous for catchy

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

LIVE REVIEW: Lil Dicky with Alex Wiley- Boulder, CO

Earlier this month we introduced Lil Dicky as an on the radar artist and now we got to cover his sold out show in Boulder, Colorado. Dicky decided to bring Alex Wiley along for the tour, a very talented emcee from Chicago. The show was on October 15, 2015  at the Fox Theater and it had no openers, leaving just Wiley and Lil Dicky with a Showtime of 9:00 PM.  The Fox theater is a rather small venue so it was packed pretty well, but the line for the door never got too bad.   Alex Wiley started the night off

LIVE REVIEW: 2015 Funk Volume Tour- Denver, CO

"On three and  we're all doing a flip off of the balcony into the crowd! One, Two, Three!"  That was the scene in the height of Hopsin's set for the 2015 Funk Volume Tour in Denver. As the countdown ended and the artists flung their bodies through the air and into what they hoped was a safety net of fans, the crowd surged with anticipation as they hit the arms of the crowd and made their way back to the stage. Over the past couple of years, Funk Volume has grown to be one of the biggest labels in the independent

LIVE REVIEW: Twin Shadow, Dallas, TX

 To describe George Lewis Jr. as talented is very plainly an understatement.  Known on stage as Twin Shadow, the rocker is magnetic but also as mysterious as his stage name.  After a serious tour bus accident which forced him to cancel multiple shows and undergo reconstructive had surgery, he returned to Dallas on Friday to the warm welcome of many loyal fans. 12280

Seven Lions Summer of the Occult Tour RECAP

Seven Lions has been on tour this summer bringing his best. The Californian producer best known for his singles 'Worlds Apart' and 'Don't Leave', has been going at it on his Summer of the Occult Tour. Like in performances and tours before, he’s been showcasing his beautifully dark originals with a new edge that don't compare to past years. 12260

INTERVIEW: The Vaccines – Portland, OR

Starting with a friendly exchange in greetings and a happy day-after birthday greetting to Freddie, Justin Young and Freddie Cowan of the Vaccines sit back to tell their stories of adventures in Portland, heartbreak, and inspiration. Portland, Oregon: the next up and coming thriving city of the Pacific Northwest. Summer has been one for music, brew fests and staying cool. Starting with their interview it helped to feel even more involved in the music when they went on stage. The Vaccines came onto the stage at Wonder Ballroom with a bang, and with being a bit smaller of a venue,

LIVE REVIEW: Slightly Stoopid – Red Rocks, Colorado

Summer in Colorado is filled with numerous reggae acts coming through but this year's lineup is topped off with the two biggest shows,  Reggae on The Rocks on August 22nd and Slightly Stoopid on August 1st.  While the Reggae on the Rocks lineup has some really big names on it like Sublime with Rome and Pepper, this past weekend's Everything is Awesome Tour featuring Slightly Stoopid with Stick Figure and The dirty Heads definitely gave it some competition in terms of star power. 11938

LIVE REVIEW: Anberlin- Boston, MA

After an impressive twelve year run, Florida quintet Anberlin have decided to call it quits this year. The split seems to be an amicable one, with the band embarking on a final world tour before they part ways. The tour brought them to Boston this past Wednesday, where they played a packed House of Blues. 10619

LIVE REVIEW: St. Vincent – Miami Beach, FL

One of the most peculiar, yet fascinating acts of their time is St. Vincent, AKA Annie Clark. St. Vincent has been around for a while, gaining a devoted and passionate following thanks to her wondrous guitar playing and tasteful shift of styles within each release. This talented act is currently promoting her eponymous fourth album, through her Digital Witness Tour, which included an October 6th show at The Fillmore in Miami Beach, FL. Compared to big cities such as New York, we usually don't usually get as many exciting acts coming down to South Florida, so it was refreshing to have St.

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

LIVE REVIEW: The Bots- Cambridge, MA

Monday night, the insanely talented and insanely young duo, The Bots owned the stage at The Sinclair in Cambridge, MA. We would have better pictures to prove it to you but, there was a mix-up with the press passes at the box office, so these cell phone pics will have to do! The band wasted no time getting into things, coming out heavy and strong with a song reminiscent of Nirvana and The Pixies; featuring relaxed verses that exploded into loud infectious choruses. This would be the story of the night, as the two brothers Anaiah and Mikaiah Lei who

Show Review: My Brightest Diamond

Monday night My Brightest Diamond mastermind Shara Worden marched into Cambridge, MA accompanied by her two bandmates, and a few openers, to bring the awesomely weird to the Sinclair. Opening the night was the New York-based singer Doe Paoro, who was an incredibly fitting show companion. The songstress commanded the crowd throughout her set, showcasing her powerhouse vocals on tracks such as "Hypotheticals," "Born Whole," and an incredible new song she announced would be next full length in 2015. Her band was also incredibly tight, and they set the tone for a night of great music. 10114

LIVE REVIEW: Bronze Radio Return

It was a fully packed house on the night of October 2nd at the little Brick and Mortar venue in the Mission District of San Francisco. Everyone was excited to see singer/songwriter Graham Colton and folk revival band Bronze Radio Return. Colton's performance was a good opening for the young band, with his witty talk and upbeat jams that warmed up the audience. Shortly after his performance, Bronze Radio Return made their way to the stage and immediately came out with a bang! The crowd was instantly enthralled by their loud and lively performances. 5755

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

LIVE REVIEW: Stars with Trails and Ways, San Francisco, CA

It was a busy night of all different ages, ranging from young to old at Slim's in San Francisco on Wednesday September 18th. Many were eager and excited to see the Montreal band Stars perform, but before Stars made their appearance to the audience, local Bay Area Oakland band Trails and Ways performed their own kick ass show for the small rowdy venue. Each song the band performed as well as the overall vibe they presented, was that of a beachy indie rock vibe. When hearing them, one could not help but categorize them as the next Vampire Weekend. The

LIVE REVIEW: Grouplove and The Rubens

It was a lively packed house at The Independent in San Francisco on Saturday night for the sold out Grouplove show!  The Rubens opened up for the well-known LA band and as they made their way to the stage everyone eagerly crowded around to see the young Australian band. Modest yet excited to perform, The Rubens went into full swing as soon as they reached for their instruments and mics! Lead singer Sam Margin honestly announced to the crowd after performing a song, that  if we as the audience liked them then we should go purchase their music, if we

LIVE REVIEW: Queens of the Stone Age in Morrison, CO

Queens of the Stone Age were just named one of Rolling Stone's Best Live Bands of 2013 and it's not hard to see why - Queens of the Stone Age never fail to prove their lasting power in this industry with their dynamic live shows and evolving discography. After gypsy-rockers Gogol Bordello roused the crowd into a frenzy with their eclectic set, Queens of the Stone Age electrified the Red Rocks Amphitheater with the opening notes to “Keep Your Eyes Peeled”, the first song off their new album ...Like Clockwork. Frontman, Josh Homme's voice resonated out over the crowd inciting screams and fan

LIVE REVIEW: Total Control, San Francisco CA

Rocking straight out of Melbourne, Aussie garage rock band Total Control created a packed house, mosh pit infused show this past weekend at The Eagle Tavern in San Francisco. For those of you who missed the show, this might be the last time Total Control will be playing in a small and intimate environment. Bringing in such a large following, we can expect the band will perform at larger concert venues in the city with future American tours. Total Control came together in 2008, with its band members coming from a mix of other bands, such as lead singer Daniel

LIVE REVIEW: Nico Vega in Morrison, CO

Los Angeles act, Nico Vega, has been bouncing around the music scene for quite a while now but with an opening spot for Imagine Dragons and their new EP "Fury Oh Fury", they are now taking their energetic live shows to a whole new level. "This is one of the biggest tours we've ever played. Thank you so much for watching us and for listening to us play." gushed front woman Aja Volkman before launching into a whirlwind set that had a little something for everyone, including dancy-pop tracks ("Gravity"), heart-warming ballads ("Wooden Dolls") and powerhouse rock songs ("Fury Oh Fury").

LIVE REVIEW: Family of the Year in Denver CO

There is not much better than a cold beer and a warm venue on a cold Denver night. B-Sides came out to see Los Angeles band, Family of the Year, in Denver, CO after having heard so much about their dynamic live shows and falling madly in love with their single, "Hero." 3176

LIVE REVIEW: A Day to Remember, Denver CO

There are few bands who can put on a show quite like the lineup of A Day to Remember's "Right Back At It Again" tour. For those of you who weren't able to catch this tour, you missed out on some of the best bands currently representing the past, present and future of hardcore music. Up-and-comers Issues started off the night with a bang. Playing through their debut EP Black Diamonds, including debut singles "King of Amarillo" and "Princeton Ave", the band warmed up the crowd for the sure insanity that was to come. These boys represent the future

LIVE REVIEW: Night Verses in Denver, CO

With a lineup that has most alternative rock fans drooling in anticipation, Letilive, HRVRD, Night Verses, Conditions and Rescuer all held their own for the night in Denver Colorado, delivering dynamic performances that would certainly put most other tours in 2013 to shame. However, we here at B-Sides were here to see one band in particular and that band is Night Verses. Night Verses was born when former The Sleeping vocalist Douglas Robinson joined instrumentalists Nick DePirro, Reilly Herrera and Aric Improta out in Los Angeles after Robinson heard the band play at a local venue. Formerly an instrumental band, Robinson's

LIVE REVIEW: Shakey Graves in Austin, TX

Alejandro Rose-Garcia, known as Shakey Graves, is my favorite Austin act of the year and possibly my favorite local performer ever. NPR just named him one of, “10 Artists You Should Have Known in 2012,” and they couldn't have made a better selection. Aside from breaking hearts with his music, he played “The Swede” on Friday Night Lights a few years back as the heart throb life guard who lured little Julie Taylor away from Matt Saracen. As much as I was obsessed with the Julie/Matt love fest, I can't blame the girl for falling for his big ol' brown eyes and

LIVE REVIEW: Motionless in White in Denver CO

2012 has been a big year for goth-metalcore band Motionless in White. After becoming one of the “Must-See” bands on this year’s impressive Warped Tour line-up, Motionless debuted their new sound on their second full-length album Infamous. MIW is now on the Infamous tour, their first full-headlining tour across the nation, and one thing is for sure - there is nothing “motionless” about this band. Support bands Crown the Empire, Upon this Dawning, Stick to Your Guns and Chelsea Grin riled the crowd each in their own right but nothing matches the devotion and intense energy evoked by the black-clad crowd

LIVE REVIEW: Anberlin in Denver 10/16

Anberlin recently released their 6th studio album Vital to glowing reviews and embarked on one of their most prestigious tours to date, opening for the Smashing Pumpkins.  We here at B-Sides got to see the band perform in Denver the day their new album was released and if there is one band that seems to get better with every performance, its Anberlin. The first track off their new album “Self-Starter” started the set with a storm of sound and energy that have marked Anberlin as one of the most dynamic live bands on the scene - and despite the lackluster response from the

LIVE REVIEW: Marilyn Manson in Denver, CO 10/2

As a fan, you often wonder where your $60+ for a ticket to a big show goes. The band just stands there and plays – you need $60 for that? This isn’t the case at a Marilyn Manson show. You have no doubt that 100% of that ticket price goes towards giving you, the fan, one of the most memorable nights of your life. The theme music to “Suspiria” faded and the curtain fell. A masked Manson strutted out onstage, instantly commanding the attention of the hoard of black-clad, heavily made-up fans who roared their adulation. He launched the set with

LIVE REVIEW: Built to Spill- Denver, CO

Sister Crayon opened the show with a moody vibe that matched their equally moody electronic sound. Enigmatic front-woman Terra Lopez bobbed and weaved in between the low lights, her haunting vocals resonated over the crowd. Songs like “(in)Reverse”  showed off the “techie” side of Sister Crayon’s sound but unless you are a techie-music nerd, you probably won’t appreciate half of what’s going on onstage during a their show. Where they really shine is during songs like “Thief Boxer, Asleep”, which has an authentic human element when Terra Lopez abandons the technology and sings out in an almost-opera soprano voice. She lowered the