Pre-Live Tweeting the 86th Annual Academy Awards: The Gravity of Living in the Moment

Video killed the radio star decades ago. Internet killed everything else. Personally, it utterly destroyed living in the moment. Too often, as I watch my favorite television shows or awards shows I’m either “status messaging” on Zuckerbook or “live tweeting” on Twitter as the action unfolds. It’s a wonderful interactive way of experience a show ..

Charli XCX Gets “Real” on Lorde, Life, Biebs, and Being “in Charge”

A few weeks ago, Punxsutawney Phil predicted six more weeks of winter and overexposure for Lorde. OK, that latter statement isn’t true but it certainly feels like it. All the praise – the Rolling Stone cover, the Grammy – is warranted for the talented teenage Kiwi, but it’s time we stop drinking the Kool-Aid for ..

“Landlocked” Fanfarlo Haven’t Used Coke Bottles Yet

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, ..

Sleigh Bells’ Derek Miller on the “Sincere and Absurd”; “Dog” Days with The Sharp Things

<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 ..

Bad Suns Rising; “Dirty Snow” with The Royal Oui

<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 ..

“Falling” for Yuna in NYC

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 ..

Semi Precious Weapons’ “Alive, Alive” in Los Angeles

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 ..

A-Sides “Aside”: A Very AwesomeHoliday with Gabba Gabba, Aye?

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 ..