Switchfoot “Come Alive”; DMC Makes Comics

In 1989, my parents took me to see The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. My dad had hyped up the show, noting right off the bat how it started with a chandelier falling from the ceiling. The show didn’t disappoint but I had a huge obstacle standing in the way of my theatrical experience. ..

Kill Hannah’s Mat Devine Unleashes His Inner Wrongchilde

The press release (or pitch rather) for Wrongchilde’s debut album Gold Blooded started out by saying it sounds “like a John Hughes soundtrack for Donnie Darko.” Well, you had me at John Hughes. The spot-on (and awesome) opening lines for the solo debut by Killing Hannah front man Mat Devine (he opted to go as ..

Vance Joy…to the World

All summer long, and well into the fall so far, everybody seems to be drinking the Vance Joy Kool-Aide. Rightfully so. The Melbourne-based singer/songwriter, whose real name is James Keogh, creates magic with his music – subtle melodies with deeply-felt lyrics. That being said, he spawned a huge alt-rock hit with “Riptide” this summer off ..

“Last Forever” with Fenech-Soler

Time can be a real bitch. Today’s buzz band can be tomorrow’s bargain bin. Today’s top blog post can be tomorrow’s forgotten blog post. It’s just the nature of things. Thankfully, the band featured in today’s A-Sides will have staying power long after this post I’ve written about them fades into the black abyss known ..

“All” In on Lucy Scholl; “Crash” into Shayna Leigh

In 1985, Annie Lennox/The Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin teamed up for the ultra-cheesy single “Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves.” It was meant to be an anthem for all women, and probably was, but look back now, and you’ll laugh. OK, perhaps only if you watch the music video that accompanied it. In any event, ..

The “Heart & Soul” of Twin Atlantic

If you have a short attention span when it comes to pop culture news, you probably think Justin Bieber got arrested at Brad Pitt’s wedding while simultaneously posting naked pictures of Jennifer Lawrence on the Internet. If you’re alt-rock and music knowledge and taste last longer, however, you know Twin Atlantic is gaining more and ..