VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Lindsey Jordan Talks Sister’s Influence, Snail Mail Performs “Pristine”

The solo project of Lindsey Jordan, Snail Mail has garnered much critical acclaim for the debut release of Lush, which was released on June 8th on Matador Records. Picking up the guitar at a young age and classically trained, Jordan started Snail Mail while in high school and frequented local shows within her native Baltimore area, where she formed close friendships within the local music scene, the impetus for her to form a band. Growing up in Baltimore suburb Ellicot City, Jordan began her classical guitar training at age five, and a decade later wrote her first songs

ALBUM REVIEW: KRISTIN KONTROL — X-Communicate

Kristin Kontrol is the latest incarnation of Dee Dee—aka Kristin Welchez—of Dum Dum Girls. Her current identity recalls the decade of excess: the budding goth clubs, synthesizer-heavy songs, and eyeliner that teeters between punk rock and art project. Her voice echoes the best female icons of the ‘80s. Think the silverly sounds of Terri Nunn, the melodic darkness of Siouxsie, and the etherealness high pitches of Kate Bush. Kontrol doesn't stray far from Dee Dee. Dum Dum Girls weren't afraid to thread synth-layers between their actual instruments. X-Communicate’s pacing existed in Dum Dum Girls’ “Coming Down.” 13796

INTERVIEW: Declan McKenna Is Not To Be Ignored

Tackling issues such as the FIFA corruption scandal and speaking out for transgender teens through music is no small feat. Doing so all before the age of 18 is remarkable, but not impossible. Just ask Declan McKenna, the 17-year-old British singer-songwriter who has done both in addition to winning the 2015 Emerging Talent Competition at Glastonbury. B-Sides met up with Declan in between shows at SXSW to check in with him about his first trip to America and his upcoming debut album. 13535

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

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

Outside Lands 2015 Insider: Acts You Don’t Want To Miss

  San Francisco's Outside Lands Festival will return to Golden Gate Park with quite the lineup for its eighth year.  Although the festival will be held August 7-9, tickets sold out in 45 minutes and this year's lineup has had music blogs buzzing for months.  Headliners include Elton John, Mumford & Sons, and The Black Keys in addition to other top acts such as Sam Smith, Kendrick Lamar, Wilco, Axwell & Ingrosso, D'Angelo and The Vangard, and St. Vincent. 11896

VIDEO INTERVIEW: Knox Hamilton Talk Alex Trebek and Band Origins

Hailing from Little Rock, Arkansas, the indie dance rock band known as Knox Hamilton have come a long way with a current tour across the country and their latest single, "Work It Out," getting a fair amount of radio play.  The band initially started out playing weddings but were always creating original music and juggling full-time jobs. The four-man band consisting of Boots Copeland, Bradley Pierce, Cobo Copeland and Drew Buffington, have been on the up-swing with just an EP out and were recently invited to play the second weekend of Austin City Limits 2014. 10285

ON RADAR: Terraplane Sun

Originally from Venice, California is the indie blues rock band known as Terraplane Sun. The band consists of Ben Rothbard (Lead Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica), Cecil Campanaro (Bass, Vocals), John Zambetti (Lead Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals), Lyle Riddle (Drums), and Gabe Feenberg (Keyboard, Lap Steal Guitar, Accordian, Trombone).  The band came together back in 2010 and have recently recorded their new EP Ya Never Know with producer Dave Trumfio who has worked with Wilco and My Morning Jacket. The new EP features their song “Get Me Golden,” which depicts the bands’ sound, in which they themselves describe as “blues indie rock folk dance soul.”

ON RADAR: The Features

Originating back in 1994 the Tennessee indie rock band The Features began their musical journey in middle school. That was where Matt Pelham, Roger Dabbs, Don Sergio, and Parrish Yaw met each other and started the band. They created the band out of boredom and continued it through high school playing at local events, parties, and talent shows. After graduation the band went on to perform in bars and clubs near Nashville and Murfreesboro. Soon enough the band signed with local independent label, Spongebath Records and released their self-titled EP in 1997. The band then brought on member Jason Taylor to

LIVE REVIEW: Grouplove and The Rubens

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

INTERVIEW: The Rubens

Since 2011 they made their way from Menangle, New South Wales to New York City to record and produce their debut album The Rubens. Shortly after the band skyrocketed onto the music scene! From reaching number 3 on the ARIA Charts, to currently touring sold out shows with Grouplove. The Rubens are continuing their musical journey and have no intention of slowing down! B-Sides caught up with the band ahead of their two San Francisco shows. 5279

ON RADAR: Kopecky Family Band

Forming together in 2007 in Nashville, Tennessee by its two original band members Kelsey Kopecky and Gabe Simon, who met while attending Belmont University, is the indie rock band known as the Kopecky Family Band. Together the two went on to meet Steven Holmes (guitarist), Corey Oxendine (bassist), Markus Midkiff (cellist), and  David Krohn (drummer) a few months later. During that year the band produced their debut EP Embraces. In 2010 they followed up with two more EPs, including The Disaster and Of Epic Proportions.  4946

ALBUM REVIEW: Big TV by White Lies

London indie rock band White Lies have just released their latest album Big TV, this past week! The album is another example of how this band continues on delivering their powerful post-punk sound! Not only is their sound so powerful in their strong usage of synthesizer, percussion, and guitar; but also in lead singer Harry McVeigh's haunting and overpowering vocals! Big TV has a heavy influence of new wave and hard rock combined so perfectly into one style. The album pertains mostly about love and loss, in the sense of someone obsessing over a female. 4932

ON RADAR: Cayucas

California indie rock band Cayucas (pronounced ky-yook-us) consists of Zach Yudin (vocals, guitar), twin brother Ben Yudin (bass), Christian Koons (guitar) Banah Winn (keyboard), and Casey Wojtalewicz (drums), the five formed in 2011. The band really began when they signed with record label Secretly Canadian in October of 2012. Singer Zach Yudin, the main driving force behind the music, originally had called the band Oregon Bike Trails when it was his solo project. The band name changed to Cayucas, in which it was named after a small town located in the San Luis Obispo county that has stayed in the surf, jukebox,

LIVE REVIEW: Built to Spill- Denver, CO

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