Hang with “Cool Kids” Echosmith and Donate to the New Beat Fund

Alt-rock acts Echosmith and New Beat Club have a bunch of things in common with each other: They’re both from the West Coast, each toured the country on the Vans Warped Tour, and both bands have a legitimate beef with each other. Perhaps “legitimate” is a stretch. Let’s use this word instead: “non-existing.” Yep, A-Sides ..

The Rubens Taking Off Like a Bullet ; Terraplane Sun Shines On

In 2000, I shared a Reuben sandwich with wrestling legend Randy “Macho Man” Savage. That story is very true and spectacular, but it has absolutely nothing to do with this post. (Feel free to message me if you want the full story…Cue the sound of crickets.) Anyway, let’s discuss Australian rock quartet The Rubens, who ..

Rockers Placebo Makes New “Friends,” Keeps Old Ones

R.I.P. Lou Reed. R.I.P. NYC Roseland Ballroom. – – – Music bloggers often fall into the trap of labeling artists or jamming them into a genre they have no business being in. In the end, the game of band word association prove pointless and ring false. Readers (and music lovers) are more sophisticated then given ..

Play “Nintendo” with Todd Carey in WP

Sad songs, to quote Elton John, “say so much.” Let’s face it – some of the best songs (that aren’t love songs) often come from a very deep and dark place. Methinks it’s easier to pen tunes about depressing stuff than tunes about bursting with fruit flavor. Let’s focus on the latter. Two songs I’m ..

The Breakout Hit of 2013? Play “Nintendo” with Todd Carey; A-Sides Turns 2!

Sad songs, to quote Elton John, “say so much.” Let’s face it – some of the best songs (that aren’t love songs) often come from a very deep and dark place. Methinks it’s easier to pen tunes about depressing stuff than tunes about bursting with fruit flavor. Let’s focus on the latter. Two songs I’m ..

Terraplane Sun stops by A-Sides

@AsidesMusic the for letting us crash the classroom! Brought back some good memories #asides — Terraplane Sun (@TerraplaneSun) October 22, 2013

“Move Together” with James Bay; Sleepy Kitty Wakes Up That ’90s Sound

The day Ray LaMontagne shaves off his beard will be a dark day in the world of facial hair, and the world in general. I can actually picture vigils set up in some countries with mourners wearing fake beards like they currently do in Boston. Anyway, I only bring it up LaMontagne because an emerging ..

The 1975…’Twas A Good Year; Playing ‘Games’ with The Colourist

When they look back at 2013, The 1975 are going to have a lot of pinching to do. They’ve sold out headline tours in the states and the UK, hit the road with The Neighbourhood, dropped an EP and full-length album, and found pop crossover appeal with their hit single “Chocolate.” On a much smaller ..