PREVIEW: Aftershock 2019 Enters Eighth Year With Strong Lineup – Tool, System of a Down, Korn To Perform

Most would agree that the end of summer comes close to the festival season. As the leaves turn and Starbucks are rife with pumpkin spice everything, we fans of outdoor music find ourselves wanting. Enter: Aftershock 2019. You may find an offshoot here or there, but you certainly will not find another October three-day festival with a line up as strong as Aftershock. Last year, Aftershock hosted rock legends like Slash (w/Myles Kennedy), At the Drive-In, System of A Down, and Incubus, just to name a few. This year, the festival is three days long and features monster-mega-rock giants like Tool,

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

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Still Woozy at Outside Lands 2019

Still Woozy, born Sven Gamsky, released his debut EP, Lately, in May earlier this year to much critical acclaim for his sunny, psychedelic pop songs that fuse a unique blend of electronic and acoustic elements. The EP features the track, "Lava", that's been a B-Sides favorite. In speaking about the song, Gamsky stated, "I wrote "Lava" after getting in a fight with the person I love. You feel multiple things in these moments, you feel the hurt and frustration of the fight, but you also feel the underlying love like an undercurrent that guides you back to you senses

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Bob Moses at Outside Lands 2019

2019 has been a busy year for Grammy award-winning duo Bob Moses, having been on the road since the release of their sophomore album, Battle Lines late last year. The Vancouver-bred, Los Angeles-based band comprised of Tom Howie and Jimmy Vallance have played milestone festivals this year including Coachella, Governors Ball, Outside Lands, Firefly, Electric Forest and Osheaga. Battle Lines garnered critical acclaim upon its release, which included the single “Back Down” that got significant airplay on commercial radio. In speaking about the album, the duo stated, “This record is about the battles and struggles we

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – SYML at Outside Lands 2019

Following an appearance at Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco and a sold-out headline show at Los Angeles’ historic Troubadour, Seattle artist and producer SYML aka Brian Fennell, released his latest single, “Meant To Stay Hid,” from his self-titled debut album that was released in May. SYML described the song as "a personal song about loss. It’s that tangible and uncomfortable whole-body feeling that someone is gone. It’s the reality that our memory of them will fade and change. But it’s also the beautiful, yet unreasonable, hope that we will be with them again. For whatever dark reason,

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Delacey at Outside Lands 2019

Singer-songwriter Delacey got her start in the music industry as a songwriter that started with “New York City” (cut by The Chainsmokers for 2015’s Bouquet). The experience would lead to opportunities to co-write with the likes of Demi Lovato and Zara Larsson amongst others, but it was her work with Halsey’s #1 hit “Without Me” that would give her the profile needed to breakout on her own. Well-known producer L.A. Reid took notice and signed her to his label, HITCO in late 2018. Originally from Orange County, Delacey started writing songs and playing piano at age seven,

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Alex Lahey at Outside Lands 2019

Garnering critical acclaim for her sophomore LP, The Best of Luck Club, 26-year-old Alex Lahey avoided any type of sophomore jinx and continues to satiate a growing fanbase. The album was primarily written in Nashville, TN where Lahey spent quite a bit of time in the local dive bar scene. The album covers a wide range of emotions and topics including self-doubt, burn out, break-ups and mental health. “When I was writing all the stuff in Nashville I was really inspired by the dive bar scene there and the idea that at these dive bars there’s no pretentious energy,” Lahey

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Wallows at Outside Lands 2019

2019 has been a busy year for the Los Angeles-based trio, Wallows. The band released their debut album, Nothing Happens in March and then proceeded to tour through UK, Europe and the U.S. that included playing Coachella, Lollapalooza, Outside Lands and MoPop. The members of Wallows have been friends since the age of 11 - Braeden Lemasters (vocals, guitar), Dylan Minnette (vocals, guitar) and Cole Preston (drums) and bring a wide range of influences to their music ranging from scores to Spike Jonze movies, the Beatles, bedroom pop and lo-fi hip-hop and ’70s post-punk as

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Brasstracks at Outside Lands 2019

Fresh off their performance at Outside Lands in San Francisco, Brasstracks just released their new single, "Professional" on August 9th. It follows up their live version of songs from their early 2019 EP Before We Go, recorded at the historic Studio B at Capitol Studios in Hollywood, CA. As a performance duo, they combine jazz trumpet, live drums, hip hop and guest vocals to create an audio and live experience. Brasstracks, comprised of Ivan Jackson and Conor Rayne, met while studying jazz at NYC's Manhattan School of Music. With the confidence gained from a growing on-line

Imagine Music Festival makes a splash with top level EDM line up and great surprises for 2019

This September 19th, Imagine Music Festival is cannon balling into Atlanta's Motor Speedway with four days of unbeatable Electronic Music. Promised to be the most immersive year yet, the staggering list of highly talented artists is enough to get us there. Transformational workshops, amusement rides, and circus acts will return along with new experiences including a brand new stage- TechYes / Guerrilla 360. An array or new experiences await anyone brave enough to face the ATL heat. Most noticeable is the curated Sunday Night take over in the Amazonia stage featuring the psychedelic sounds of Tipper and friends. A brand new techno stage further

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

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Talkie Perform Acoustic, Talk ‘Everything Matters’

San Francisco Bay Area band, Talkie, released Everything Matters earlier this year, their second full album release in a year, following up 2018's Fundamental Things. It's no coincidence, as both albums were pretty much written and recorded during the same timeframe. The band had numerous songs written prior to Fundamental Things but after they were nearly completed, there was a clearly a difference in their vibe. The band stated, "We started this one at the same time we started the last one because they were supposed to be one. But then when we were looking at

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Potty Mouth Talk ‘Snafu’, L.A. Lifestyle, Perform “I Wanna”

Rock trio, Potty Mouth released their long-awaited sophomore LP SNAFU in March to an eagerly awaiting audience and positive reviews. Six years after the release of the band's acclaimed 2013 debut album Hell Bent, SNAFU was inspired by the band standing firm in not comprising to the traditional standards of the music industry. "Our approach made things take longer, but it gave us more creative freedom," said bassist Ally Einbinder. "To have that flexibility was so helpful, and the amount we grew and learned during the making of this record is the product of a lot of

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Yeek Talks ‘IDK Where’, Genreless Label, Jesse Rutherford Collaboration

Twenty-eight-year-old singer, songwriter, and producer Yeek released his new EP IDK WHERE in May to critical acclaim. The new material has stood out due to Yeek's unique take on music blending elements taken from hip hop, rock and pop and includes features from Jesse Rutherford of The Neighbourhood, fellow Floridian native Dominic Fike and Umi. Yeek, a stage name he's had since middle school growing up in South Florida, was exposed to a wide spectrum of music from his family- his brother showed him hardcore and punk, which would lead Yeek to drum in various punk bands, his

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

Outside Lands Playlist 2019

The beloved Bay Area favorite music festival (hosted by Another Planet Entertainment) Outside Lands returns this weekend for its 12th anniversary on August 9-11th. It's been over a decade since it first started in 2008 and has drawn music fans from all over the world to see their favorite artists in the unique setting that is Golden Gate Park. In the past, Pearl Jam, Kings of Leon, Radiohead, Muse, Lana Del Rey, Billie Eilish, Lorde, and others have performed. Now Outside Lands 2019 boasts a solid lineup that includes numerous Grammy-nominated artists and Grammy winners. Besides enjoying the music scene that

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

PHOTOS: X Games 2019 Shines in Minneapolis

It wouldn't be summer without X Games, the premier action sports competition showcasing the best in BMX, moto and skate, combined with amazing musical performances. With headliners Wu-Tang Clan, Diplo and Incubus performing throughout the multi-day event, the best athletes congregated in Minneapolis, MN at US Bank Stadium. The first day of competition kicked off with BMX Vert and two of the best in recent years, veterans Jamie Bestwick and Vince Byron battling for the gold. The youngest in the field at 29, Byron was trailing Bestwick after he laid down an impressive first run to move into the top spot.

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

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Mini Mansions Talk New Album, Intimate Song Material

Mini Mansions just released their new album, Guy Walks Into A Bar... on July 26, 2019 to much critical acclaim. Upon the release, Michael Shuman of Mini Mansions stated, “We’ve waited years for this day, and we can’t be more excited to release our third LP, Guy Walks Into a Bar... It wasn’t an easy record to make. It tested our interpersonal relationships within the band, as well as my own personal struggles in my past romantic relationship. But those hurdles have helped us to produce, as I see it, our most honest and self-reflective record to date. We

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Scarypoolparty Talks Trent Reznor, American Idol Experience, Forging Ahead

Twenty-four year old Pomona, CA native Alejandro Aranda aka Scarypoolparty received nationwide attention when he auditioned for the seventeenth season of American Idol. His audition overwhelming impressed the judges Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan prompting Richie to say: "This guy is freaking unbelievable" and Bryan adding "I feel like I'm in the presence of greatness". From being homeschooled, working numerous jobs including as a dishwasher while busking, to now selling out shows, Aranda is the epitome of hard work paying off when a great opportunity presented itself. Aranda started playing music at a young age, but didn't

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

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Suzi Wu Talks Damon Albarn, Current EP ‘Error 404’

"Loud and proud" twenty-one year old UK singer Suzi Wu (surname: McDermott) recently signed with Def Jam Records, who garnered the attention from actor/singer Jared Leto after he tweeted about Wu's song "Taken Care Of" stating, "Great song +video. Should have 20mm views, not 20k!! Check it out." Out not with her second EP Error 404, preceded by Teenage Witch, Wu has shown different skills with each piece of work, stating, “I wrote this EP in a time of transition from my previous releases to something more electronic. I was writing poetically about things that are artificial." Her

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Chase Atlantic Talk ‘Phases’; Music “underlies truth and realism”

Formerly known as boy band What About Tonight when 2/3 of the members auditioned for season 4 of Australia's The X Factor, emerged Chase Atlantic. The dark alt-R&B pop trio consisting of brothers Clinton Cave (guitar & saxophone), Mitchel Cave (vocals), and close friend Christian Anthony (vocals & guitar) evolved as grown men finding their sound and breaking that stigma as 'TV boy band'. "We've gone through trial and error. Everything we learned is through experience. We saw the music industry early on. We have to do so much better to reach our goals" says Chase Atlantic. After releasing a

INTERVIEW: RVBY MY DEAR Talks Album Waiting, Touring, and Green Day

Australian native/ New York-based artist Gabbi Coenen aka RVBY MY DEAR is proving herself much more than just another indie musician. Coenen who had the music bug bite her by the age of four when she was properly trained in piano. Later, she learned how to play other instruments as music is her passion. She continued on the road following music that she relocated to New York where she studied at a jazz school. By 2012, she formed her project RVBY MY DEAR as a way to express herself through songwriting and performing. Her band was named twice "Artist of

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – The Greeting Committee Talk Recording and Live Interpretation of Debut Album

Missouri 4-piece band The Greeting Committee (singer Addie Sartino, guitarist Brandon Yangmi, bassist Pierce Turcotte, & drummer Austin Fraser) all met as teens in high school. Addie, who spent time taking guitar and voice lessons at Music House School of Music in Kansas City, wanted to form a full band and recruited friend Brandon(who also attended Music House) to help with songwriting. Ironically, both their mothers tried setting them up to date and although it didn't work out that way, what came about was a bandmate relationship. Brandon picked the band's name after seeing Beatles member John Lennon

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Hey Violet Talk Personal Relationships Effect on Songwriting, “Close To Me”

Fresh off a headline mini tour of the U.S., Hey Violet just premiered the video for their new track — “Close My Eyes” on June 21, 2019. Written by Hey Violet with Sean Kennedy, Tim Anderson, and Aron Forbes (the latter two who co-produced), "Close My Eyes" is the second of four new tracks the band is set to release throughout year. “’Close My Eyes’ is essentially about living in a fantasy land, says front-woman Rena Lovelis.  “It’s about the idea of still wanting to be with an ex who has already moved on. There’s definitely a level of

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

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Amber Bain of The Japanese House Talks Debut Album, Forthcoming New Music

Good At Falling, the debut album by The Japanese House, received rave reviews upon its release on March 1, 2019 via Interscope Records. The highly anticipated album follows up a handful of EPs that featured Bain as a prolific songwriter whose lyrics have resonated with a growing fanbase. Good At Falling is self-described as reflective on Bain's personal life, relationship, and heartache, as she surmised, "how easy falling in love can be and falling from a relationship can be even harder." Bain describes falling in love as "a portal/dimension into a whole other world". The personal

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

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Flora Cash Talk New Music, Success of “You’re Somebody Else”

As innovation blurs borders and connects individuals everywhere, the world continues to get smallerby way of social media, video chats, and so on and so forth. When two kindred spirits cross paths 4,249 miles away from each other, magic still feels like the best possible explanationhow...Flora Cash emerged at such an intersection. As a testament to the power of the internet bringing societies and people together, such is the story of how Flora Cash not only formed as a musical project but of two people falling in love. Circa 2012, Minneapolis native Cole Randall uploaded his music to Soundcloud, where

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Léon Talks ‘Live From The Village’, New Material

Swedish singer and songwriter Léon (aka Lotta Lindgren) was born into a musical family with her father being a composer and her mother a cellist. It's no wonder that Léon would follow pursuit in the same musical direction. Before becoming a solo artist, Léon was in a high school hip-hop soul group. With influences including Amy Winehouse, Lauryn Hill, Beyonce, Etta James, & Stevie Wonder, Léon made a strong impression with her debut single, “Tired of Talking,” which garnered critical acclaim, millions of streams and an immediate growing fanbase. Releasing her self-titled debut album in 2018, Léon built

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

Pride Month Playlist 2019

June marks National Pride Month for the LGBTQ community! We acknowledge out-spoken and open individuals especially musical artists who identify themselves in the group. These artists are coming out and singing about their personal experiences about their sexuality through music. While The Drums and Japanese House are writing about their exes, MNEK is singing about a closeted relationship in "Girlfriend", Morgxn writing about hope within gay oppression, and the queer trio MUNA whose music is a safe haven for those afraid to fully express themselves. They're all becoming a voice to the present and future LGBTQ generation. They're musical role

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Olivia O’Brien Talks Debut Album, Live Performances

Nineteen year old Napa Valley native Olivia O'Brien first released her song "i hate u, i love u" on Soundcloud in 2017 when she got the attention from rapper gnash. From there, O'Brien has made a name for herself, collaborating with G-Eazy & Jesse Rutherford of The Neighbourhood to performing at Outside Lands last year. The Los Angeles-based singer recently released her debut album Was It Even Real? at a record release (4/26) show in San Francisco, stating to the crowd, "San Francisco is my favorite city in America if not the world. It's the best day to spend my

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Big Wild at Shaky Beats 2019

Big Wild's debut album Superdream, was released on February 1, 2019 and has amassed over 9 million streams online and features the producer on vocals, accomapnied by vocalists Rationale (London, UK) and iDA HAWK (Brooklyn, US). Big Wild has garnered considerable buzz and cultivated an impressive fan base from his work with Hundred Waters and TroyBoi, as well as remixes with CHVRCHES, GRiZ, Sylvan Esso, ZHU and more. A full EP of Superdream Remixes is set for release on June 14th, which will feature versions of tracks "City of Sound," "Purple Sand (My Home)" and "Heaven," with mixes

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

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – HONNE Talk Work With Chris Martin, RM of BTS

U.K.-based electro-soul duo, HONNE, successfully released their sophomore album, Love Me/Love Me Not, last yearthat features contributions from a diverse cast of collaborators, ranging from Tom Misch, Anna of the North, Nana Rogues (who produced Drake’s ‘Passionfruit’) and Georgia. The band's name (“Honne” meaning your true feelings, those you keep to yourself), the name of their early record label (“Tatemae”, which reflects what you display in public), plus the fact that this dichotomy between an online persona and actual reality is described as starker since when they first started making music. “Those two sides have been rooted in

INTERVIEW: GG Magree at Shaky Beats 2019

As a rising star in Australia's electronic music industry, GG Magree has been entertaining audiences as a multi-talented Trap/Bass DJ. In 2016, Magree made her vocal debut on "Frontlines", a track she collaborated on with NGHTMRE and Zeds Dead. The Sydney-born producer has sold out shows, performed at festivals such as Tomorrowland and Hard Festival, established brand partnerships, and produced original releases. Outside of music, Magree is also the founder of her own streetwear brand called YEAH PUSSY. B-Sides TV reporter Mariana Alzate caught up with GG Magree at the Shaky Beats Music Festival in Atlanta where she discussed about

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

LIVE REVIEW: Disclosure Delivers a Different DJ Set in Miami, FL 5/17/2019

Miami’s notorious nightclub, Space, is known to bring in the best DJs from around the world to perform an eclectic array of techno, lasting from dusk to dawn. Disclosure was one of those DJ’s on the list that fans were buzzing about. The entire venue was packed, with no room to move as the night began with resident DJ Ms. Mada, whose set got the crowd moving and swaying to the beats of her deep techno grooves. Next up was Disclosure which consists of brothers Howard and Guy Lawrence, who both began setting up, with much anticipation the entire crowd was

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – J.S. Ondara Talks ‘Tales of America’, American Pop Culture

Twenty-six year old musician J.S Ondara has his own American tale of coming to the United States six years ago. Originally from Nairobi, Kenya to now living in cold Minnesota after being selected from a green card lottery, Ondara shares his life story and the American Dream he envisioned. Ondara discovered American music at a young age through pirated songs, gravitating towards Radiohead, Nirvana, Death Cab For Cutie and American alt-rock. It wasn't until he mistakenly identified the song "Knocking on Heaven's Door"(an original by Bob Dylan) as a Guns N' Roses original that he became infatuated

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Sasha Sloan Talks Anxiety, Plans For New Music

Singer/songwriter Sasha Sloan began establishing herself as one to watch last fall when she wrote and appeared on "This Town" with Kygo, King Henry's "I'll Be There," and on "Falls" with ODESZA. At a young age, Sloan has always been musically inclined playing piano and even buying chord books of Queen. After moving to L.A at nineteen, her musical growth expanded from writing songs for Charli XCX, Camila Cabello, and Dua Lipa to even touring with CHVRCHES, Joywave, and playing at Outside Lands. "I didn't know writing for people was a job" says Sloan. Aside from penning lyrics

BottleRock 2019 Acts You Don’t Want To Miss

BottleRock Napa Valley is back for another festive season!  Initially started back in 2013 as a five-day event, Bottlerock has consistently delivered as a solid three-day event, with this year's edition taking place from May 24th-26th.  The festival boasts a lineup that is headlined by Imagine Dragons, Mumford & Sons and Neil Young, along with One Republic, Elle King, Sir Sly, and Tash Sultana. BottleRock also features a wide array of food, beer and of course, wine, which the Napa Valley is known for. Here's a list of bands that should intrigue your musical curiosity:  Sylvan Esso North Carolina electronic pop

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.

INTERVIEW: Last Dinosaurs’ Sean Caskey speaks sold out shows and Yumeno Garden

After naming their band off a song from a J-rock band The Pillows, Australian indie rock band Last Dinosaurs (vocalist Sean Caskey, guitarist Lachlan Caskey, bassist Michael Sloane, and drummer Dan Koyama) have been receiving global attention from their previous records: In A Million Years, Wellness, and Yumeno Garden. Even getting heavy rotation on Triple J radio leading to performances at big-name festivals also touring with Foals, Foster the People, to Matt & Kim. Now, Last Dinosaurs are headlining their own shows in America. After their soundcheck, frontman Sean Caskey spoke to us about sold out tours, writing in Japan

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Methyl Ethel Talk ‘Triage’, Jake Webb’s Discovery of The Cure

Methyl Ethel released their latest studio album, Triage, on February 15, 2019 via 4AD, the third album in a triptych started with Oh Inhuman Spectacle (2015) and continued with Everything Is Forgotten (2017), which was named Best Independent Album by AIR, the Australian Independent Record Labels Association. After touring and promoting their album, Everything Is Forgotten, Jake Webb of Methyl Ethel returned to Western Australia and got to work on the material for the album, stating, "I got obsessed with a lot of theory, essentially trying to discover how songs work." Methyl Ethel is the musical project of Webb, but

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Broods Talk ‘Don’t Feed The Pop Monster’, Working with Dan The Automator

The third studio album by Broods, Don’t Feed The Pop Monster, was released on February 1, 2019, to much anticipation after three years since their last release. The LP produced previously released tracks “Falling Apart,” “Hospitalized,” “Everything Goes (Wow),” and lead single “Peach.” The brother and sister duo consisting of Caleb & Georgia Nott, took a different tact when approaching the songwriting process for the album, having traveled numerous countries and cities including, Nicaragua, Sweden, New Zealand, Nashville and San Francisco. They worked with Joel Little who produced for fellow New Zealand artist, Lorde, along with Swedish

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – SG Lewis Talks Miami Music Week `19, Early Start in Music, ‘Dusk, Dark, Dawn’

British producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist SG Lewis recently released his collaborative single with Clairo ‘Throwaway’ via Casablanca/Republic Records to much anticipation. The track follows ‘Blue’ as the second to come from ‘Dawn’, the third and final installment of his hugely ambitious three-part concept album Dusk, Dark, Dawn, out later this year. SG Lewis stated that Dusk, Dark,Dawn chronicles the trajectory of a night out through its different moods and genres and serves as a tribute to club and youth culture. While Dusk (released earlier in 2018) blended disco, smooth electro and funk and Dark explored distinctly heavier yet still

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Nitti Gritti Talks Miami Music Week `19, New Music

Electronic producer and performer, Nitti Gritti, made quite the impression last year as producer of Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull’s “Move To Miami”, accumulating over 60 million streams to date. Nitti Gritti gained notoriety with his remixes of tracks like San Holo's "Lights" and Kanye's "All of the Lights," remix which has been played by dozens of industry heavyweights such as Diplo, Jauz, NGHTMRE, Mija, Ookay, Tiesto and others. In short time, Nitti Gritti has seen major success with a number of releases including "Too Much”, "Famous," along with his recent remix of Bazzi’s “Mine”. Nitti Gritti took a

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Don Diablo at Miami Music Week `19

Don Diablo is one of dance music’s perennially pioneering forces. The talented Dutchman was recently named the “#1 most-played producer” on 1001 Tracklists and is called “Future House’s Founding Father” by EDM.com. Diablo regularly averages upwards of 8.5 million monthly listeners on Spotify, making him one of the platform’s “Top 300 Most-Listened to Artists” with over half-a-billion streams to date. The DJ/producer has garnered the respect from the likes of Gucci Mane, Diplo, Emeli Sandé, Calum Scott, Ansel Elgort, Kelis, Alex Clare, Dragonette, A R I Z O N A and Tiësto, who have collaborated with Don,

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Dillon Nathaniel Talks Miami Music Week`19

In just a few short years, Dillon Nathaniel graduated from the Icon Collective, a respected music production school in Los Angeles, and wound up gaining the attention of notable electronic producers A-Trak, Destructo, Chris Lake, Richy Ahmed, DJ Snake, Gorgon City, Kyle Watson and Tchami. Signing to Big Beat Records, his music gained traction from mainstream audiences with exposure from BBC Radio 1, Rinse FM and Sirius XM. The former audio engineer and gear junkie found his footing in music at an early age as a vocalist and guitar player. His father hoped to impress upon him

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

K.Flay Announces ‘Solutions’ Album Release And Upcoming Tour Dates

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Two-time Grammy Award nominated artist K.Flay has announced the release date of her much-anticipated third studio album, 'Solutions'. Currently available for pre-order, 'Solutions' is set to be released on July 12 and the album's notable tracks include 'I Like Myself (Most Of The Time)', 'Bad Vibes', and 'This Baby Don't Cry'. K.Flay stated she chose 'Solutions' as the name of the album because the solution to almost every problem is to "stay connected to the people she loves, taking care of herself the way she wants her friends to take care of themselves, and doing things she knows that

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

INTERVIEW: Ten Fé talks new album Future Perfect, Present Tense

British band Ten Fé (Spanish for "Have Faith") may have started as a duo between Leo Duncan and Ben Moorhouse but have grown into a 5-piece group (bassist Ron Shipley, keyboardist Johnny Drain, and drummer Alex Hammond). Now that their busking days are over, Ten Fé are touring in support of their new sophomore album Future Perfect, Present Tense. The album is maturity at its finest with rich melodies and instrumentations that the band spent effort amount of time. The inspiring summer 70s sound makes anyone want to sing these songs during a campfire. Read more into detail what frontman Leo

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

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Dexter Tortoriello of Houses Talks ‘Drugstore Heaven’, Rave Music

LA-based songwriter/producer Dexter Tortoriello AKA Houses has been getting much attention recently from the band's current single “Fast Talk” that's resonated on commercial radio. The track is one of four featured on the band's latest EP, Drugstore Heaven, their first new material in nearly five years and was shaped by Tortoriello’s exploration of rave and drum-and-bass artists from the late ’90s. Though the new EP is Houses’ first release since the A Quiet Darkness LP, the past few years have been busy for Tortoriello with work as Dawn Golden (his producer project via Mad Decent), co-production/writing for Lil

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Adia Victoria Talks ‘Silences’, Meeting The Strokes

Nashville-based singer/songwriter Adia Victoria is currently on tour in support of her second full-length studio album, Silences, released on February 22, 2019 via Canvasback Music. The follow-up to her critically-acclaimed debut, Beyond The Bloodhounds was recorded with Aaron Dessner (The National) at his studio in upstate New York and covers topics of mental illness, drug addiction, sexism, and all the elements that consume the day-to-day lives of women attempting to make a world of their own. Victoria had to learn how to adjust to her new and more public life that her music brought to her and the

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

20 Cool Acts To See At Coachella 2019

As festival season is approaching, the most exciting music festival is celebrating their 20th anniversary---Coachella! The first Coachella festival occurred in 1999 with acts: Beck, Tool, Morrissey, Rage Against The Machines, A Perfect Circle, and so forth. Coachella is the Woodstock of Southern California with it's numerous performances of various genres. Each year, Coachella keeps getting bigger with their attendees and their artists. This year, Coachella is stretching their two weekend festival from Friday April 12-Sunday April 21. Here is our list of twenty performers to catch at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. The 1975 The British quartet The 1975

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

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – mxmtoon Talks Debut EP ‘Plum Blossom’, Postponing College

Eighteen year old Bay Area singer and songwriter, Maia aka mxmtoon, has garnered a loyal and growing fanbase from making YouTube vlogs and tutorials along with sharing her music on SoundCloud. She began playing the ukulele in middle school as part of the new music curriculum and ever since they've been inseparable. Her debut EP Plum Blossom was recently released and hits home many universal themes for high schoolers, and high school grads, such as falling in love and crushes. Plum Blossom is a mix of sad and romantic songs that mxmtoon shared is a therapeutic diary

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – MNEK Talks ‘Language’, Collaborations, Choregraphy

UK singer/songwriter MNEK, who stands at 6'3", has come a long way in his music and writing career. The talented performer started writing poems at eight years old and posting them to MySpace during his teens to make connections, in which he would eventually sign his first publishing deal at age 14. The Grammy nominated record producer has written songs for many recognized artists including, Beyonce, Madonna, Dua Lipa, Christina Aguilara, MØ, and so many more. Realizing now is the right time to tell his own story via music, MNEK released his debut album, Language, in late 2018, which

PHOTOS: Chelsea Cutler – San Francisco, CA 3/22/2019

Chelsea Cutler has made a name for herself as one of music's fastest-growing stars over the past couple years. Cutler launched her songwriting career when she signed her first contract with Sony Music and released her first original songs, "Wake Up" and "Anything For You" while she was a history major at Amherst College. Cutler gained more success as she released "Your Shirt" in 2017, which accumulated over 30 million Spotify streams and stood out as the lead single on her debut EP, Snow in October. Since then, she has been featured on Refinery29's "Next Generation Music Superstars"

Miami Music Week 2019 Guide

It's the last week of March and if you're anyone who knows EDM, you're probably in Miami. Some refer to it as the most magical time of the year, other refer to it as Miami Music Week. Sunday to Sunday, thousands of artists, producers, record labels, and promoters come together for the musical paradise that takes over Miami. It’s conferences, networking events, top notch productions and full out parties. Last year there were about 1200 artists, in 85 venues, with over 300 events. It is pool parties, yacht parties, warehouse raves, rooftop sessions, marathon sets, and many other surprises that

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