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 ..

Get Closer to “Further Away” Lissie

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 ..

Capitol Theater Turns Back Time with Jessie’s Girl, Etc.

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 ..