VIDEO: The Walcotts Perform ‘Let The Devil Win’, Talk Album, Formation

the-walcotts-songFormed in 2012, The Walcotts have long-held a reputation as a strong and entertaining live act (with personnel growing as large as nine players on stage). Based in Los Angeles, The Walcotts have opened dates for Steve Winwood, Chris Isaak and Honeyhoney before landing the Chris Stapleton West Coast tour. The band just released the album, Let The Devil Win was recorded at the legendary FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama and Rami Jaffee’s (The Wallflowers/Foo Fighters) private Fonogenic Studios in Los Angeles along with a co-written song with John Alagia–known for his work with Dave Matthews Band and John Mayer. The album showcases a myriad of sounds based in the rootsy terrain of their influences featuring a sound fueled by male-female vocal harmonies with the accompaniment of horns, pedal-steel, fiddle, and piano.… Continue reading

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Bob Moses at Austin City Limits 2016

bob-moses2016 was a breakthrough year for the electronic duo who goes by Bob Moses. Their debut album, Days Gone By, garnered critical acclaim and led to performances at SXSW and the summer festival circuit, with performances at Coachella, Governors Ball, Glastonbury, Lollapalooza and most recently, Austin City Limits. Bob Moses is comprised of Tom Howie and Jimmy Vallance, who grew out of the underground electronic dance scene, playing in abandoned Brooklyn warehouses and as part of the Marcy Hotel collective alongside the likes of Soul Clap, Wolf + Lamb and Nicolas Jaar. The duo owe their moniker to Francis Harris (DJ/producer and co-founder of tastemaker label Scissor & Thread) after “urban planner” Robert Moses. Their name is a testament to the pair’s DNA being very much entrenched in NYC, where they currently reside.… Continue reading

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Jon and Jeremy of The Strumbellas at Austin City Limits 2016

strumbellasThe Strumbellas are no strangers to large crowds at their shows passionately singing along to their music. Since their start in 2009, the fanbase has been loyal and growing ever-so-steadily for the six-piece Canadian band. Their latest album, Hope, spawned the radio-friendly, “Spirits” and “We Don’t Know”, which has finally given the band a bigger American fanbase than they’ve ever had. In their native Canada, the band has won numerous awards including the Ottawa Folk Festival’s Supernova Rising Star Award, CBC Music’s Rising Star award, the Canadian Folk Music Award for Contemporary Album Of The Year and a coveted JUNO award for their sophomore album, We Still Move On Dance Floors. The Strumbellas have been on tour since releasing Hope, having played SXSW, Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits and will wrap up 2016 with two in-demand shows in Toronto, Canada.… Continue reading

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Nothing But Thieves at Austin City Limits 2016

nothing-but-thievesNothing But Thieves kicked off 2016 on a strong note, having just released their debut album as their profile was just starting to grow from radio airplay and opening gigs for acts like Gerard Way, Arcade Fire and Muse. The band’s trajectory continued to rapidly move upward as they toured throughout the U.S., playing Lollapalooza BottleRock and tracks like “Trip Switch”, “Wake Up Call” and “Itch” were played on American radio. In the middle of it all, Nothing But Thieves were invited by Muse to tour with them for select dates of their European tour and are already in the process of writing material for their follow-up album.… Continue reading

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – The Naked And Famous at Austin City Limits 2016

naked-and-famousThe Naked and Famous nearly broke up after the tour cycle of their last album, In Rolling Waves in 2014. Co-founders of the band, Alisa Xayalith and Thom Powers had ended their eight-year relationship and the stress on the business of being a band was in peril. Xayalith and Powers were able to work through the process and ultimately channeled their energies into new material. Their latest album, Simple Forms was released on Oct. 14, 2016, which Xayalith stated in a press release, “There’s pain and passion behind this art.” Powers described the production for the material as “Pop techniques are all about maximum impact. And it’s not like this is an album of bangers but it’s the most immediate thing we’ve ever done.” Now currently on tour, The Naked and Famous are back and appear even stronger and cohesive than ever.… Continue reading

LISTEN: Top 3 Songs ON-REPEAT – Lido, Declan McKenna, Christine and the Queens

bsides-logo-cassette-repeatTunes tunes tunes! Our Tunes for Tuesday on our Instagram story this week we spotlight three songs that have been ON-REPEAT here at B-Sides. There’s been a lot of momentum behind the artist, Lido since his performance at Coachella earlier this year, where he debuted his entire album live. Speaking of, he just dropped his debut album Everything which features some collaborative contributions from Jaden Smith, Halsey, Vic Mensa, Towkio and others. B-Sides has been a supporter of Declan McKenna since the release of his song, “Brazil” and he’s been on a roll since. McKenna has performed at numerous U.S. festivals and getting plays at radio in both the US and UK. Christine and the Queens is Nantes-born Héloïse Letissier. She wrote, composed, arranged… Continue reading

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

img_3480For the 2nd time in LANY’s music history, they played in Florida and performed an epic concert in Fort Lauderdale, FL. They loved it so much that they told the audience they’d come back to show again. The energy was very high, and the crowd was incredibly excited at their entrance.

A majority of the time you’d expect for a band to walk into some randomly obscure sounds or to the drummer kicking it off. That was not the case for LANY as they provided a grand entrance to Whitney Houston singing the National Anthem on a giant screen. It all seemed randomly precise and, was beyond unexpected.… Continue reading

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

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James Alex

Beach Slang just released a new record in September entitled, A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings, the record continued the punk ethos and emotional outpouring they had  come to be known for. For a band to release a record, distribute, market, and tour is a hard thing to do. Blessings need to line up in just the right quantum structure for it to become an idea, let alone a physical thing. It’s even harder when you are the only one left of a trio in the middle of that record release circus. Beach Slang vocalist, James Alex, was caught in the middle of that whirlpool, down a drummer and guitarist, with no choice but to venture on under the moniker of the band, but essentially as a solo act.… Continue reading

REVIEW: iiiPoints is the Music, Arts and Tech Fest of 2016

Last weekend, Miami was able to dodge an immense hurricane just in time to embrace another storm of its own. iiiPoints Festival blew in local and foreign artists to construct a weekend to remember. In the heart of the town’s art district of Wynwood, the grounds welcomed over 25,000 people who attended the fourth annual music, art and technology festival.

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Local Natives at Austin City Limits 2016

local-nativesLocal Natives have released a new album every three years that started with Gorilla Manor in 2010, followed by Hummingbird in 2013. The band released Sunlit Youth in September 2016 to an eager fanbase and brings the band back on the road in support of the new material. “A lot of the excitement in making this new album came from discovering how to make songs in different ways,” Local Natives guitarist Ryan Hahn stated. In order to explore a different approach to songwriting and implement new influences and sounds, the Southern California band recorded and wrote the album all over the world spending time in Nicaragua, Hawaii, Thailand, Malaysia, Ojai and Joshua Tree. … Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Green Day – Revolution Radio

thbnoqp1ylLittle did they know it then, but Green Day would eventually give birth to a new genre of music dubbed “pop-punk”, and with it have spawned snot-nosed, nasal vocal, dye-jobs that pale in comparison to the originals. Green Day have ridden a wave from punk darlings, to multi-platinum success, critical acclaim, street-cred, and eventually the likes of Broadway never really straying to far from the formula of loud guitars, catchy hooks, and skinny ties. Their last project, 2012’s Uno, Dos and Tres were noted missteps without a real narrative. Revolution Radio comes at a time when rock n roll is having a bit of a resurgence, even though it never really went away, and works hard to fit in the band’s canon.… Continue reading

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Corbu at Austin City Limits 2016

corbuThe inspiration and influences of the debut album by Corbu, titled Crayon Soul, was pulled from the band’s collective subconscious and inspired by animated sci-fi like Fantastic Planet, Interstella 5555 and Adventure Time. Main songwriter, Jonathan Graves stated, “When we wrote the story for the album, a whole universe opened up for us. We referenced it constantly while finishing the songs and mixing them…and each piece of artwork we made is a snapshot from the ‘movie’ of Crayon Soul.” The band recently toured with Bloc Party and their first festival shows were well received during Austin City Limits 2016.… Continue reading

LISTEN: Top 3 Tracks ON-REPEAT – Judah and the Lion, MUNA, Kings of Leon 

bsides-logo-cassette-repeatTunes tunes tunes! Our Tunes for Tuesday on our Instagram story this week has three great tracks that have been ON-REPEAT. Judah and the Lion released their sophomore album Folk Hop N’ Roll earlier this year and have been on the road since. Riding on the increased profile from the song “Take It All Back”, the Nashville based band has played numerous sold out shows, SXSW and their first appearance at Bonnaroo. After catching the world’s attention with a string of self-released songs in 2015, MUNA released their debut EP Loudspeaker in mid 2016. The addictive title track is described as “a song about being alive in a world which demands that when we suffer abuse, we silence ourselves…and about essentially refusing… Continue reading

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