Folk singer Tim Noyes appears on asidesmusic.com with Jon Chattman at the Primary Wave Music Listening Room in NYC.
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 much more than it should. No one likes generalizing a generation or riding a cliche, but here we are. Chloe Chaidez of the Cali-band Kitten is so much wiser, talented and articulate than you were at 18. OK, now I’m done – let’s focus on the music and her band. Kitten are two EPs into their career, and have already opened up for No Doubt, Twin Shadow and Charli XCX and are currently touring with The Joy Formidable. They’re about to hit the road with Paramore, which should – no doubt – propel them even further into the alt-universe. Good. The band, who sound like a 1980s band fronted by a 1990s rocker chick, work their ass off to sound good and it really shows with the respective Sunday School and Cut It Out EPs. Read the interview below with Chaidez and you’ll see why they’re so buzz-worthy. In addition, check out an exclusive performance of “G#” at LA’s Bootleg Bar, which the band blessed specifically for A-Sides. Boom. I’d imagine opening up for so many great artists, it’s forced you guys to raise your game a bit, right? I’d assume you’d be a sponge [...]
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 emerged in the mid-90′s golden era of alt-rock with his unique blend of rock and folk. He just dropped his seventh full-length album entitled Us Alone, and is currently on the road with his band in support of the record which has already been hailed as one of his best. Following a performance in New York City, Hayden and said band stopped by the Music Conservatory of Westchester to film an A-Sides Music session. They performed “Blurry Nights” off Us Alone followed by an oldie but goodie “Don’t Get Down.” Watch the first song below followed by an interview. Click this link for the exclusive performance of “Down.” As old school WCW wrestler Saturn used to say… “You’re welcome!” “Blurry Nights” Hayden Interview Whereas Hayden got his start in the big city of Toronto, singer/songwriter Tim Chaisson was born and raised within the beautiful pint-sized splendor of Prince Edward Island. And some might say he was born into the music biz (I say he was anyway.) Chaisson is a a sixth generation fiddle player, who plays it on stage at every live show. At an A-Sides session at the Conservatory last week, Chaisson came with [...]
Photo/ Blake Wood Having toured the world with pop goddess Lady Gaga for over a year (following their debut “You Love You,”) it would have been so easy for Semi Precious Weapons to just sell out for their next album. With a fan base rich in “Little Monsters” as well as their own disciples, it just seemed logical that the band would try to make a commercial pop record. But, it didn’t play out that way. Like Gaga herself, Justin Tranter, Cole Whittle, Dan Crean, and Stevy Pyne are in it for the art and are making music that’s true to themselves first and foremost. Having said that, the song doesn’t remain the same. Whereas “You Love You” was a glamified (I’m making that a word) rock record in the tradition of AC/DC, their new single “Aviation High,” which you can listen to here, and the new album it’ll appear on (released later this year) have a more AFI feel. Along with the new sound comes a new style for the band – so say goodbye to frontman Tranter’s high-heeled platforms (at least I think) and say hello to glamified (take note Conky) suits and ties. I caught up with Tranter this weekend, and asked him about SPW’s growth since their previous record and tour. As I discovered, Los Angeles clearly worked wonders for their evolution. “The basic way of life out here is so breezy that I found myself writing more about love, its dramas and my awesome friends, [...]