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, ..
<iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”//www.youtube.com/embed/Cr-ahiFDkts” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe> A year-and-a-half ago, <a href=”http://www.bitterrivals.us/” target=”_hplink”>Sleigh Bells</a>’ Derek Miller and Alexis Krauss and I chatted from inside their dressing room at <a href=”http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jon-chattman/asides-interview-sleigh-b_b_1962095.html” 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 ..
<a href=”http://www.badsuns.tumblr.com” target=”_hplink”>Bad Suns</a> isn’t the name of another Stephenie Meyer tween schlock franchise. It’s the moniker Woodland Hills’ natives Christo Bowman, Miles Morris, Gavin Bennett, and Ray Libby use when making some pretty kick-ass music. You’ve probably heard the band’s debut single “Cardiac Arrest” on your favorite alt-rock station since the tail end of ..
I love it when music bloggers say an artist is “on the rise” or “on the cusp” of stardom. Often times, it’s just a way to move their story along. Um, I’ll be damned if I’m not about to do that myself. Courtesy of forces unknown to me, I feel compelled to tell you that ..
In many ways, I’m the ODB to Semi Precious Weapons’ Mariah Carey. I say this, because me and the band go “back like babies and pacifiers.” This is a stretch. I know it. You know it. It’s just a reason to work in a sweet, sweet “Fantasy” lyric from back in the day, and I ..
The Suburbs is probably in my top three favorite albums of all-time. But, I’ve been floored with all of Arcade Fire’s albums. I deeply felt all of the tracks on the dark Neon Bible, and caught on early when Funeral dropped in 2004. Surprisingly, up until this fall, I had never been able to see ..
Late last month, Lissie and her band crammed into a studio within the Music Conservatory of Westchester in White Plains, NY to perform a song and have a brief chat on A-Sides. If those walls could talk, they’d probably say, um, “more please?” Yes. Anyway, more on that later. Let’s discuss Lissie first – in ..
How fitting it was that The Capitol Theatre chose Friday the 13th as the night to unleash its “Turn Back the Cap – 1980s” show. All night long, music from that beloved Jason Voorhees decade flowed like teen blood at Camp Crystal Lake courtesy of killer cover band Jessie’s Girl, who rocked our socks (and ..
For over a decade and a span of six albums, Canadian darlings Tegan and Sara Quin built a loyal fan base with true indie spirit, infectious music matched with brutally honest lyrics, and their respective lovably-biting personalities. This year, however, the wonder twins went in a totally different direction, putting out Heartthrob, an unapologetic pop ..
The second Mumford & Sons broke out into the mainstream, a flock of folk bands took off like a post-salami sandwich burp into a hand dryer. The Lumineers. Of Monsters and Men. The list goes on, and I say this meaning absolutely no ill will toward any of those acts. They’re, of course, stellar in ..