The summer is officially in our rear view. It’s October now, and the fall is about to show itself well beyond the release of pumpkin spice lattes. While the weather begins to cool and leaves fall to the ground, I can take some solace in really good music that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Today’s A-Sides is a fine example of that with three artists you should look out for – one, you’ve arguably heard of before. The Vancouver-based pop group Hedley recently released their new song “Kiss You Inside Out,” and it’s already netted over 1.4 million views on YouTube. It’s also been in the Hot AC Top 40. While the band is still kinda, sorta making their mark in the states (they scored a hit with “Perfect” as well), they’re already ginormous in their native Canada, releasing four straight double-platinum albums and even performed during the closing ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics. Late last month, half of the band (Jake Hoggard and Dave Rosin but not Chris Crippin and Tommy Mac) performed “Kiss You Inside Out” and discussed how it came about. Watch below, and see the duo perform “Invincible” exclusively on asidesmusic.com. “Kiss You Inside Out” “Invincible” The NYC-based rock/fusion group TAUK tried to make it in the biz with a lead singer, and jam-rockin’ tunes but they’ve found better results without a front man. Strictly instrumental now, the band has garnered attention with their “Pull Factors” EP and standout sets at various [...]
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When it comes to “American Idol” alumni, Kimberely Locke doesn’t really get the credit she deserves. Sure, she hasn’t sold as many records as Kelly Clarkson, Chris Daughtry, or Carrie Underwood, but she’s light years away from William Hung territory. Come to think of it – her success places her way toward the top of the Fox juggernaut’s finalist history, but somehow, she flies under the radar. Let’s take a look see: The singer, who placed third behind Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken during season 2 of the show, has four #1 singles on the dance charts and seven Tip 10 singles on the Adult Contemporary Charts. She also became the first Idol finalist to have a #1 sales single with an original song with “8th World Wonder” a decade ago (sorry wrestling fans, that song had little to do with Andre The Giant). The Tennessee native also has three #1 Christmas songs in three straight years – the first artist ever to accomplish that (sorry Mel Torme). Locke’s successes don’t stop there. Following a memorable stint on VH1′s Celebrity Fit Club, she became a spokesperson for Jenny Craig and has kept all the weight off. She recently launched her own online series, Cooking with Kimberley, which helps people eat in moderation like she does. But, let’s get back to the music. Locke has her own company (I Am Entertainment) and recently dropped the EP “Four For The Floor” and a remix album. Last week, she filmed an A-Sides at [...]
Photo/Collin Stark February 3, 1959 will forever be the day “the music died.” We all know the tragic story – we’ve heard about it for decades: Following a performance in Iowa, emerging stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson were killed along with their pilot when their plane crashed shortly after take off. But, so much surrounds the death of these stars that often times it overshadows the lives they lived. To ensure the legacy lives on for one of those stars, the Buddy Holly Foundation was established in So much attention surrounds the death of those stars, and one Foundation has made it their mission to ensure the legacy of one of those musical icons lives on. To ensure this, the Buddy Holly Foundation, among countless other things, recently sent several replicas of the Lubbock, TX native’s guitars to notable guitarists who helped shape the industry. One of them went to acclaimed singer/songwriter and Eurythmics founder Dave Stewart. Imagine this: you’re Stewart and you receive a guitar one day out of the blue honoring one of your biggest musical heroes. Quite an honor indeed. “It was completely out of the blue. I was taken aback,” the music icon said in an interview yesterday. Almost immediately, Stewart went to Amoeba Records in Hollywood, and picked up some vinyl recordings of Holly. That wasn’t it. He recorded his own version of “Raining in My Heart” (each guitar sent out was named after a Holly song), and [...]
“Wake Me Up When September Ends” – Green Day September doesn’t know what it wants to be. On one hand, it’s a pretty kick ass month with beautiful weather that feels like a wonderful extension of summer (in New York anyway). On the other, it’s a turd of a month synonymous with the end of summer with a back- to-school buzz kill. True, there are many people who prefer fall weather and the start of autumn (I don’t, but do love that it’s pumpkin spice latte season again), but for the most part, it’s a “Debbie Downer” of a month. But, music can lift you up when you’re feeling down any time, any place, and any where. Beach balls and sunbathing may be gone for this year, I’ve got three bands – all different and completely amazeballs in their own way – who will get you passed the sunny season that just went in your rear view.