Photo: Soul Brother I remember vividly waiting for some kind of epiphany to happen. It didn’t. Life moved on… only with more gray hairs. Yep, turning 30 is a milestone no doubt, but it has a different effect on people. It can be a coming of age (goodbye reckless 20s, hello adulthood) or simply a ..
2014 is winding down, but The Belle Brigade will likely feel it, love it, and live it long after the ball drops in Time Square. The folky-rock duo of Barbara Gruska and her younger brother Ethan released their new album Just Because, which plays with a ton more excitement than the passive title suggests, and ..
I can go weeks, sometimes months, and even a year without talking to my sister. When you’re family, it can be like that. But, it’s easily fixed in many cases once you reconnect, forgive and forget (or not really but move on anyway). With longtime friends the same can be true, and in the case ..
Hedwig Co-Creator Stephen Trask Turns Up the “Midnight Radio” With Exclusive Interview and Performance
My father is a Broadway junkie. He can’t get enough, and it’s been that way for decades. Often times when I go with him to a show, I know he’s “into” it by his use of the word “wow” after nearly every musical number. If it’s a decent show, you won’t hear many “wows.” If ..
The Walk the Moon “Dance Off”: Eli Maiman Talks Hard About Recreating ’80s “Nuggets of Nerdy Goodness”
“Shut Up and Dance,” the new song from alt-rockers Walk the Moon, is one of the best ’80s songs to ever hit mainstream radio. Ironically, it just came out. Off topic, is that the correct use for the word “ironically”? Alanis still gets burned for her use of the word. Anyway, Illinois natives scored two ..
A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Knox Hamilton are the Next Big Thing, and There’s Nothing You Can Do About It
Video killed the radio star decades ago, and as we often find out, premature buzz can kill a hyped film, television show, and/or band. In the case of emerging indie rockers Knox Hamilton you can, to quote Public Enemy, you can “believe the hype.” Coming off a hit alt-rock single (“Work it Out”), the Little ..
My high school biology teacher was kind of a jerk. All year long, he’d constant compare me with my sister. He had taught her three years prior, and remembered her as an A-plus student. She wasn’t, but it didn’t matter. He would always point how different I was simply because I was sort of the ..
To quote Schoolhouse Rock, three is, indeed, a magic number. Well, not when it comes to celebrity deaths but I digress. Today’s A-Sides keeps up with the street cred for one of the best numerals ever with three vastly different artists. First up is Jaymes McFarland, better known by his stage name “Jaymes Young“, who ..
Photo/Jeremy Cowart John Ondrasik of Five For Fighting has the unique ability (and sensibility) to move people to tears with his music. His songwriting and melodies can cut through you faster than a Danny Trejo machete and could probably move the The Grinch to tears and I’m talking pre-Cindy Lou Who revelation. In any event, ..
In 1986, Regina released the pop hit “Baby Love,” but while that sound was catchy (so damn catchy), her career quickly went the way of the dodo because she sounded like a carbon copy of Madonna. It happens far too often: a singer sounds so much like another singer that they end up in the ..