Triple Play with Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, BLUSH, and Mark Stewart

“And Now for Something Completely Different…” That line is of course a Monty Python reference but it really applies to this particular edition of “A-Sides,” which finds three completely different artists sharing their craft in a typical laid back setting. First up are Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, a Brooklyn-based nine-piece whose funk, rock ..

Triple Trouble! Hollis Brown, The Spring Standards, and The High Strung

Apologies to Wayne Campbell, but perhaps there’s a lot more going on in Delaware than he first thought. The Spring Standards, a trio of musicians (James Cleare, Heather Robb, and James Smith) who hail from the Blue Hen State or close to it anyway, have magically swept us away with their smooth folkish, rurally sound ..

A Silent Film Continues Leaving Their Mark

Jean Dujardin and The Artist danced their way to an Oscar a few months ago, but it could be a different “silent film” that could actually have more staying power. The Oxford-based band known as A Silent Film (hence the cornball intro) are on the verge of releasing Sand & Snow, the follow-up to their ..

Our Lady Peace Throws a Curve, Discusses the Late Chris Benoit

Some bands refuse to play some of their songs live. Radiohead immediately comes to mind, because for the most part, they rarely perform their mega-hit “Creep” on tour. The reasoning varies from band to band, but in the case of Thom Yorke and company I’m pretty sure they nixed that song from any set because ..

Obie Trice Toasts Bottoms Up

To quote the classic rock “sexy time” song by Foreigner, it’s been feeling a lot like “the first time” for Obie Trice lately, and I mean that strictly in terms of his music. The hip-hop artist’s third album, Bottoms Up marks the first time in which he’s released a title on his own independent label ..

Candlebox Is Never “Far Behind”

For the better part of the 1990s, plaid shirts and Seattle grunge rock were king. I’m not saying Biggie Smalls and Jewel weren’t top stars of the decade, but for me, I was all about that lethal combination. Back in the “pogs” decade, my late best friend Stephen and I would mosh in the pit ..

Foxy Shazam “Likes It”; Hey Rim Jeon Plays It

It seems the music industry — charts and award shows anyway — are too focused these days on Adele, her majesty’s clones, auto-tuned hip hoppers and tween artists that appeal to the Twilight generation. Frankly, it all kind of sucks. I mean Adele is unquestionably amazing, but what ever happened to good old fashioned rock ..