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

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – BAYNK Talks New Music, Maintaining Independent

Chemical engineering major turned music producer, Jock Nowell-Usticke aka BAYNK altered his career path from the safe and cerebral environment of engineering to the world of music. Upon graduating with the engineering degree, BAYNK relied on the safety net of his formal education to take a leap into a music career after experimenting and working on music while at school. The New Zealand native gained popularity through his Soundcloud page for his single "Sundae" back in 2016. The track was the harbinger for the burgeoning artist after he wrote songs everyday for the previous 60-70

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – UPSAHL Talks ‘Hindsight 20/20’, Living in L.A.

Nineteen year old Phoenix singer Taylor Upsahl aka UPSAHL has always had music in her blood. Playing guitar and piano at a young age and her father being a traveling musician, UPSAHL was born to follow into those footsteps. Now the Arizona native is living in the music core of L.A. "I'm learning to live alone in the biggest city ever" says UPSAHL. She's been an L.A resident for less than a year, which inspired her hit "Drugs" off her recently released debut EP, Hindsight 20/20. UPSAHL admits, "I wrote 200 songs in a year and 5 favorite songs are

PHOTOS: Better Oblivion Community Center – San Francisco 3/15/2019

Better Oblivion Community Center knocked it out of the park at their sold-out show at San Francisco's August Hall on March 15, 2019. With a setlist of songs from their debut, self-titled album, the tightly packed crowd went from raucous to softly singing along to songs such as "Sleepwalking'", "Didn't Know What I Was In For", "My City", and "Dylan Thomas". Composed of Conor Oberst and Phoebe Bridgers, the duo expertly performed well together, showcasing the obvious on-stage chemistry between the two. The two met in 2016 after Bridgers performed at a show Oberst hosted at Los

30 Artists To See: SXSW 2019

This year as Austin, Texas host their 32nd annual South By Southwest festival honoring its interactive media on film, music, and conferences. B-Sides highlights the rising new artists performing this week at the main event! Whether you're there or not you can still discover new music for 2019! The Bright Light Social Hour First on our list, The Bright Light Social Hour are no strangers from Texas. They're actually Austin natives who have played in other big name festivals like Lollapalooza and ACL. They've become a local favorite with their psychedelic rock sound with a modern 60s/70s flare. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwCsCJKfjYU   Castlecomer This Australian band gets the

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Njomza Talks ‘Vacation’, Early Musical Path Towards R&B

The profile for singer/songwriter Njomza has been raised considerably as of late due to her work co-writing chart-topping songs for Ariana Grande, "Thank You, Next" and "7 Rings", which Njomza has a cameo, but she's been making music for many years now. Born in Germany to Albanian parents and raised in Chicago, Njomza was discovered by the late Mac Miller, who caught one of her uploaded covers, and was the first artist signed to his label Remember Music. Settling in Los Angeles, she cameoed on “Planet God Damn” from Miller’s acclaimed 2016 offering, The Divine Feminine. 2017

LISTEN: 10 Songs To Add To Your St. Patrick’s Day Playlist

March 17th marks the celebrated St. Patrick's Day. The holiday which we wear green to not get pinched, line dance to Celtic music, pick lucky green clovers instead of roses, find a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow guarded by a Leprechaun, and a time where Irish pubs are the most busiest. Let's celebrate this St. Patrick's week with your favorite recognized Irish bands/artists in this playlist to get you in the festive spirit! U2- "Every Breaking Wave" U2's musical career has been spanning for the past four decades! They're the top Irish rock bands still touring strong over

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Aurora Talks ‘Infections of A Different Kind’, New Music

Norwegian singer/songwriter Aurora released her sophomore record, Infections of a Different Kind (Step 1) in 2018 to critical acclaim and an eager fan base that has grown considerably over the course of her career. The album is part of a two-part album that Aurora describes is divided into "steps", the first album as one for "us" and the second album (Step 2), as an album for "the world". The lead single from the album, “Queendom”, is not only notable due to the lyrics representing female empowerment, but also the sonic aspect that showcases Aurora's knack for creating dancy

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

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

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – The Aces Talk ‘Mogul’ Catchphrase, Career Growth

Since the release of their debut record, When My Heart Felt Volcanic, in early 2018 via Red Bull Records, The Aces have garnered critical praise and a fast-growing fanbase. Kicking off 2019 with their highly anticipated first headlining run, the band is in the midst of their "Waiting For You" tour, where nearly all 28 dates have sold out so far, including shows at iconic venues around North America such as The Troubadour in Los Angeles, CA and Lincoln Hall in Chicago, IL, as well as two consecutive nights at Bowery Ballroom in New York City. The four-piece from Orem,

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Mallrat Talks ‘In The Sky’, Live Shows

Australian artist, Mallrat, had a busy 2018 touring and captivating audiences while touring with Maggie Rogers in the US, opening for Post Malone and headlining festivals across Australia. Making a big impression during SXSW last year, The New York Times named her as one of 17 Acts That Stood Out At The Fest. Mallrat, nee Grace Shaw, has grown from her humble beginnings as a tween rapper in the suburbs of Brisbane, Australia and showed growth in her music with her second EP, In The Sky, that is noted for her refreshingly honest observations of day-to-day life, her

PHOTOS: Men I Trust- San Francisco, CA 2/26/19

Men I Trust performed at a sold-out show at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, one of many sold-out shows on their current headlining tour. The crowded room showed up early and quietly sang along to familiar songs such as, "Say, Can You Hear" and "Show Me How". Starting off as a small indie trio from Canada to now touring and selling out shows, the French Canadian dream-pop band (Emma Proulx, Dragos Chiriac, and Jessy Caron) embarked on a musical journey shortly after their college years. Dragos Chiriac and Jessy Caron were already long-time

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Cautious Clay Talks ‘Table of Context’, Collaborations

R&B Brooklyn artist Joshua Karpeh aka Cautious Clay has been creating a buzz on Soundcloud, NPR, and even grabbing interest from other peers in the industry ranging from his work with John Mayer and Hudson Mohawke to his collaboration with AlunaGeorge on her song "Superior Emotion", along with Billie Eilish for remixing her song "Ocean Eyes". Garnering attention in 2017 for the song, "Cold War", Cautious Clay released his highly anticipated debut EP Blood Type in 2018 that was followed up by the single, "Reasons". Karpeh's journey into music wasn't a predictable one even though he started playing

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Zach Sutton & Nathan Stocker of Hippo Campus Talk ‘Bambi’

Hippo Campus approached the making of their sophomore album, Bambi, with the intention of undoing any of the distorted, social-media-fueled perceptions of the band. “Social media promotes this weird non-reality when it comes to artists and bands, where they get put up on a pedestal and treated like some kind of upgraded human,” says guitarist Nathan Stocker. “We’d much rather make community happen with our fans, which is the whole reason we started this in the first place.” The four-piece steered away from their usual collaborative songwriting process, with each band member, Jake Luppen, Nathan Stocker, Zach Sutton

INTERVIEW: In The Valley Below Talks Life After L.A, Parenthood, and Music

L.A band In The Valley Below (Angela Gail & Jeffrey Jacob) have been together for the past eight years. After musically bonding in SXSW, In The Valley Below was born-- releasing EPs and their first full length album The Belt in 2014. The lead single, "Peaches" landed them on late night TV with David Letterman and Conan. They've been busy touring in festivals also performing with other musical acts like White Lies, Cold War Kids, and Sir Sly. The band's sophomore album The Pink Chateau on Bright Antenna Records will be released in April and have an exciting film project to

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,

WATCH: Billie Eilish Releases First Episode of “A Snippet Into Billie’s Mind”

Ahead of the release of her debut album, When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, Billie Eilish has released the first episode of a 3-episode mini-series that give a glimpse into the creation of the primary singles. Produced with YouTube Music and shot in her brother Finneas’ bedroom/home studio, where the pair made the album, Eilish and her brother, Finneas give insight into the single, "bury a friend". Speaking about the series, Billie reveals: “The visual elements in my work have always been super important to me. I’ve connected with so many of you over the

INTERVIEW: White Lies -Five Questions About ‘Five’

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

INTERVIEW: Men I Trust Achieving Success At Their Own Pace

Indie dream-pop Canadian trio Men I Trust (Emma Proulx, Dragos Chiriac, and Jessy Caron) embarked on a musical journey shortly after their college years. Dragos Chiriac and Jessy Caron were already long-time friends, who reconnected during university and formed the group with a sonic direction but with guest singers. It was their invitation to singer Emma Proulx to join them on a few songs that they found a bond via their love for music to round out the band. Since then, Men I Trust has been gaining recognition through their peers (Tyler The Creator invited them to

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

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – KREAM Talk Formation, Tiesto Influence

The Norwegian electronic production duo KREAM had a breakout year in 2018 with the release of their single “Deep End” and subsequent remixes marked by its chart-topping follow-up “Decisions” (feat. Maia Wright). The duo comprised of brothers Daniel and Markus Slettebakken got into music production after spending their early years jet skiing competitively. It was in 2016 when things broke out for KREAM when their track "Taped Up Heart" garnered much attention and charted on Billboard's Hot/Dance Electronic chart. Having completed their recent US tour in support of Lost Kings, highlighted by the release of the track

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Juice Have Fun Experimenting With Sounds, Exceed Expectations

The seven members (Ben Stevens, Kamau Burton, Christian Rose, Dan Moss, Miles Clyatt, Rami El-Abidin, and Michael Ricciardulli) of Juice describe themselves "Boy-band Super Rock Group" and are clearly more than the sterotypical boy-band. The Boston band, who met while going to Boston College, evoke a rhythmic/harmonic blend of of every genre from hip hop, R&B pop, and rock that their growing fanbase has found infectious. “The hardest question for us to answer is always who do we sound like. We have so many influences from so many different places. When it all falls together, we end up

Top 7 Post Break-Up Songs

While many will celebrate with flowers, teddy bears, and box of chocolates with their significant others on Valentine's Day. We dedicate this playlist to those who are single, recently split, or hiding their true romantic feelings. We're counting down our Top 7 Post Break-Up Songs to warm your depressed hearts, erase any bad memories on tinder, and forget about lovey-dovey couples. 7. RITUAL, Tove Styrke "Love Me Back" British electronic trio RITUAL collaborate with Swedish pop singer Tove Styrke in this emotional weight of a song. The two are conflicted about their feelings even after a break-up when they sing "So please

INTERVIEW: Japanese Wallpaper Finds Balance and Comfort In Studio and On-Stage

Australian artist Gab Strum of Japanese Wallpaper will be opening for Lily Allen in his native Australia for a handful of select shows starting February 4, 2019. He recently released his first new material in two and a half years with “Fooling Around”, a track that gives a hint of the direction this rising artist is headed with his first full-length due out in 2019. Born Gab Strum, he was 15 years old and on a tediously long family vacation when he started his journey into creating music. With nothing to do but listen to Tycho and

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

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

INTERVIEW: Broods Open A New Chapter with ‘Don’t Feed The Pop Monster’

New Zealand pop duo BROODS, made up of siblings Georgia and Caleb Nott, have a brand new honest, danceable album called ‘Don’t Feed The Pop Monster’ out on Friday, Feb 1 via Neon Gold Records. The album is laced with their signature dark-pop synth sounds while at the same time sounding like nothing they’ve released before. Coming three years after their sophomore album ‘Conscious,’ ‘Don’t Feed The Pop Monster’ is full of powerful, confident songwriting about topics ranging form mental health to trying to navigate through some of life's most uncertain moments. ‘Don’t Feed The Pop Monster’ dives into all of

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

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Peter Bjorn And John Talk ‘Darker Days’

Ten years after unleashing their hit single “Young Folks,” Peter Bjorn and John returned with their new studio LP Darker Days in late 2018. The album was written almost immediately after the release of 2016’s Breakin’ Point and the band decided to strip away the noise and take it back to a simpler time where it was just the three of them, playing music together and releasing albums every other year. Inspired by some old artwork that was meant for their album Breakin Point, the title Darker Days became the starting point and central theme of the album.

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – morgxn: New Version of “Home” Is “Closer To My Heart”

“B-Sides is where it’s at” says Nashville artist Morgxn (Morgan Carr) as he sits down with us to discuss his debut album Vital, his collaboration with Nick Petricca of Walk The Moon for his hit single “Home", and his involvement with Covenant House which inspired “Home". The pair sang “home” for the first time live at morgxn’s Lollapalooza debut performance earlier this summer and decided to go into the studio to turn it into an official collaboration. The electronic R&B soulful singer morgxn hails from Nashville, the soulful artist grew up surrounded by music, guided by his grandfather,

Weezer Surprises Fans With Release of ‘The Teal Album’

Weezer surprised fans with the release of an all covers album, Weezer (The Teal Album). The album contains their take on predominantly 80s songs, in addition to their massive cover of “Africa” by Toto, ranging from “Take On Me” by a-ha, "Everybody Wants to Rule The Word" by Tears for Fears to the 90s jam "No Scrubs" by TLC and the 60s classic, “Happy Together” by The Turtles. Their interpretation of these classics holds true to their originals and Weezer don't get in the way to making an overt statement. Weezer (The Teal Album) precedes the band’s forthcoming new

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Crush Club at Snowglobe 2018

New York City duo, Crush Club are a new band comprised of experienced musicians and performers TC Milan (vocalist) and producer/multi-instrumenatlist Le Chev. The two had met while working together as members of the pop/electronic outfit Avan Lava, a band they formed in 2009. Although Avan Lava experienced praise and critical acclaim for their live shows that inspired a party-like atmosphere and dancing, TC and Le Chev began to experiment in a new sonic direction that would lead them to form Crush Club in 2016. “Everything has a cycle, whether it’s disco or pop or whatever, so

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – LP Giobbi at Snowglobe 2018

Los Angeles based producer, DJ, and fashion designer LP Giobbi (née Leah Chisholm) has been building up a reputation as a strong and entertaining live performer. The track "Amber Rose," has become an anthem for its combination of lyrics on female empowerment and dance rhythms. Trained in jazz piano at UC Berkeley, LP Giobbi was recruited by the electronic project, LEX, her first exposure to working with synthesizers and fast-tracked her to becoming a pro with various electronic production software tools. Having shared a stage with artists ranging from Gallant (providing support for Billboard’s Next Big Sound showcase) to Madame