Tighten Your Belt with In the Valley Below; Throw a Wild Party

It happens only a few times a year for me: I hear the first few seconds of a new song, fall instantly in love with it, and hope the chorus is as good as the first verse. Often times, a so-so chorus can destroy the makings of a perfect song. I couldn’t fight that feeling ..

Jillian Edwards “Daydreams”; “Finally…” It’s Julian Fleisher

Nashville’s Jillian Edwards has opened for for a variety of artists from The Civil Wars to Ben Rector. Well, expect her to headline sooner than later. The singer/songwriter, who’s originally from Dallas, has been melting ears and hearts (not literally – that would be frightening) since 2009 when she dropped her Galaxies & Such EP. ..

“Overdose” on Little Daylight

Hype Machine calls Little Daylight a band “to watch in 2014.” This is all I have to say about that: As evidenced by their breakout track “Overdose,” the band is delivering the goods – rock-synth-pop polished goodness (and I mean that as a compliment) that subtly hit you like a 2X4 at the hands of ..

You Me at Six — “Breathe” Them in Folks

You Me at Six are a five-piece rock band from the UK who are coming on with as much conviction as a patented Aaron Paul “bitch.” Unlike the Lambada, which had a lot of buzz a few decades back (but went from the “forbidden dance” to the “who cares dance” within a flash), there is ..

A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Volcano Girls Veruca Salt Set to Erupt Again

With apologies to L.L. Cool J, we all know how “comebacks” work. They usually, um, don’t. You know the drill – a band breaks-up, disappear for awhile, and tour in support of a new album that fails to capture that old magic. Veruca Salt don’t fit that mold, and although they just released their first ..

Love Kitten’s Chloe Chaidez “Like a Stranger”

There are so many teen stars these days in essentially every genre it seems like a gimmick to mention it in any story about any of them. If I’d write a piece on Lorde, I’d naturally talk about how she’s dominating music and she isn’t even a high school graduate yet. But, why bother? Good ..

Welcome to Melanie Martinez’s “Dollhouse;” “Take a Seat “with Mason Noise

Photo and videos by Brian Dalthorp, wearepopstudios.com for A-Sides. It’s unavoidable. Most writers, bloggers, or whatever you want to call us are going to start out a story about Melanie Martinez by mentioning right off the bat that she competed on the third season of NBC’s The Voice. Actually,, any talent who from that singing ..