A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Rocker Frank Turner in a White Plains Classroom

Apologies to Kamoze Ini, but Frank Turner is the real “lyrical gangster.” I’ll wait to continue this post so you can Google “Kamoze Ini.” Okay, let’s begin… The outspoken British singer/songwriter is five albums into his solo career – most recently the stellar Tape Deck Heart, and has a proven track record of pairing catchy ..

Back to the Classroom with Rocker Frank Turner

Apologies to Kamoze Ini, but Frank Turner is the real “lyrical gangster.” I’ll wait to continue this post so you can Google “Kamoze Ini.” Okay, let’s begin… The outspoken British singer/songwriter is five albums into his solo career – most recently the stellar Tape Deck Heart, and has a proven track record of pairing catchy ..

Listen to Courtney Jaye and Bonzie Now; Thank Me Later

Several things in life are obvious. Dick Butkis will never grace the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition cover. The Ropers will never use Facebook, and Dido will never invite me over for breakfast. These are just facts – plain and simple, and with this post, I add another to my growing list of truths: you’re going ..

No ‘Mistaking’ The Secret State or Milo Greene

With over 54 million views on YouTube for their debut song “The Biggest Mistake,” The Secret State are anything but a secret these days. See what I did there? Yes, that success has propelled the band to stardom without even releasing a full-length album yet, and it’s not strictly on the interwebs. “The Biggest Mistake” ..

“Nights” of Hayden, “Beats” with Tim Chaisson, and Jon Patrick Walker Video Premiere

To paraphrase Dave Grohl’s killer Grammy acceptance speech last year, it’s the “human element of making music” that’s most important. The artists featured on A-Sides today take that to heart, and have been producing music without bells and whistles (sorry pretenders of the autotune era) for quite some time. Toronto’s Hayden Desser or simply Hayden ..

“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 ..

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 ..