Charli XCX Gets “Real” on Lorde, Life, Biebs, and Being “in Charge”

A few weeks ago, Punxsutawney Phil predicted six more weeks of winter and overexposure for Lorde. OK, that latter statement isn’t true but it certainly feels like it. All the praise – the Rolling Stone cover, the Grammy – is warranted for the talented teenage Kiwi, but it’s time we stop drinking the Kool-Aid for ..

“Landlocked” Fanfarlo Haven’t Used Coke Bottles Yet

Committing to email interviews with talent can be a tricky thing. Often times, wit and/or humor – attempts at it anyway – can get lost in translation and you run the risk of a piece coming off lamer than the last 20 minutes of <em>Machete Kills!</em> Thankfully, that wasn’t the case with Fanfarlo’s Simon Balthazar, ..

Sleigh Bells’ Derek Miller on the “Sincere and Absurd”; “Dog” Days with The Sharp Things

<iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”//” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe> A year-and-a-half ago, <a href=”” target=”_hplink”>Sleigh Bells</a>’ Derek Miller and Alexis Krauss and I chatted from inside their dressing room at <a href=”” target=”_hplink”>The Capitol Theatre </a>in Port Chester and discussed everything from touring to their then-new record <em>Reign of Terror</em>. A common theme that arose during the interview ..

“The Office’s” Creed Bratton Performs and Talks Series Finale!

When I was in my very early teens, I played with G.I. Joe action figures like most kids my age did. But, I took it to a very different level – think Sid from Toy Story. Instead of a typical battles of good guys taking on bad guys in shoot outs, I’d pit them against ..

Another Story Saying Kitten’s Chloe Chaidez Is Wise Beyond Her Years?

The thing that sucks about writing about a band whose lead singer is a teenager is that you have to point out just that: he or she is a teenager. That statement leads one to write about how the singer may be young but are wise well beyond their years with music that resonates so ..

“Nights” of Hayden, “Beats” with Tim Chaisson, and Jon Patrick Walker Video Premiere

To paraphrase Dave Grohl’s killer Grammy acceptance speech last year, it’s the “human element of making music” that’s most important. The artists featured on A-Sides today take that to heart, and have been producing music without bells and whistles (sorry pretenders of the autotune era) for quite some time. Toronto’s Hayden Desser or simply Hayden ..