Event Announcement: A-Sides Turns 2 with American Authors and MORE!

Jon Chattman and his A-Sides Music brand (asidesmusic.com) are holding its second anniversary concert at Garcia’s within The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester NY on Saturday, Oct. 26. The event, which presents indie, pop and alt-rock as featured on Chattman’s popular A-Sides music sessions, will feature buzzed band American Authors – fresh off their appearance ..

Diamond Youth Loves “Orange” while Longreef “Likes the Ladies”

About four years ago (I forget in my old age), I was contacted by a music publicist to come out and see a young singer/songwriter perform at a small club in New York City and interview her afterwards. I couldn’t make it that night for whatever reason, and two years later I’d kick myself… hard. ..

The Queen of Soul: J. Hud as Aretha?

After her display at President Obama’s 2009 inauguration, one can only wonder what kind of party hat music legend Aretha Franklin is sporting today. Whatever it is, I’m sure it’ll be in a league of its own – just like the Queen of Soul herself. Anyway, Franklin turns 71 today, and two days from now ..

ZZ Ward is Clearly Catchy ‘Fire’

A praised debut album. Sold-out shows. Sexy hats. Yep, 2012 was the year of ZZ Ward and clearly she’s making 2013 her bitch as well. The sultry bluesy singer/songwriter – not the love child between classic rockers ZZ Top and character actor Fred Ward (it’s not possible anyway) – got more mileage than a cheap ..

“Origins” of Ionia And Releasing Your Inner Spirit Animal

In my late teens, I frequented the North Avenue bars by Iona College in New Rochelle, NY. Those watering holes usually served us Coors Light, Black Haus shots, and whatever our young hearts desired even though we were all under 21 by a few years. But those once-hot spots have long closed down, and have ..

Big Willy Style? Here’s…Willy Moon!

Three men approach a White Plains, NY studio within the Music Conservatory of Westchester where I regularly shoot my A-Sides sessions in. They standout instantly. One is dressed down in jeans and has his cellphone glued to his hand. Next to him is a much taller guy with slicked back hair, stylish gray slacks, and ..

Imagine Dragons Discuss Their Success; Slay New York

Imagine Dragon’s Dan Reynolds at the Feb. 23 sold-out show at Roseland in NYC. Photo/Jon Chattman Lou Diamond Phillips is an icon in this business who unjustly hasn’t had a role he could sink his teeth into for years. That is, until now. In their music video for “Radioactive,” Imagine Dragons utilize the “La Bamba” ..

Drew Holcomb’s Family Affair and Getting to “Know” Ariana and the Rose

In high school, Valentine’s Day served as a constant reminder that I wasn’t getting any. I’m sure there were many people in that boat and by “boat” I clearly don’t mean an actual boat. I don’t own a boat. Anyway, that “holiday” is sort of a weak occasion. As a matter of fact, even when ..

Matt Hires’ Lives “Forever”

Steve Winwood’s 1986 song “Higher Love” was a smash hit, played over and over again the year the New York Mets won the World Series for their second (and, it feels like, final) time. Whereas the song struck gold, the music video was a disaster of epic proportions thanks to the former Traffic band member’s ..