Get “Wild” with Vacationer; Go “Crazy” with Scars on 45

It’s raining in New York. It’s cold. I’m wearing a cardigan, and downing a Pumpkin Creme Brulee latte from Dunkin’ Donuts. Autumn can be beautiful, but it’s not today. That’s why I chose these two specific bands for today’s A-Sides post. Vacationer not only has a sunny band name, but their music instantly can brighten ..

“Can’t” Miss Parachute; Amanda Brown “Flies” Away

Celine Dion just joined Twitter. That breaking news has nothing to do with today’s A-Sides session. It’s just sort of a media advisory for fans of the French melody maker who want to tweet her questions as to why she historically hits herself in the chest each time she hits a high note. Having said ..

Watch Eric Hutchinson “Watch Him”

He’s been a VH1 “You Oughta Know” artist, has played just about every late night show on the planet, and has had a bunch of hit songs since the release of his 2007 debut Sounds Like This. The one thing singer/songwriter Eric Hutchinson hasn’t done, however, is perform a song in the basement of a ..

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings: Some Funk and Soul Food for Your Ears

Aretha Franklin is the Queen of Soul, and always will be. Ditto for Michael Jackson and his King of Pop distinction. Sharon Jones made that abundantly clear in a recent “A-Sides” interview. Having said that, there’s still room for another queen in the worldwide music castle. Jones is the self-professed “Queen of Funk.” The lead ..

Alpha Rev Your Engines

In a pop world dominated by weightless lyrics about Popsicle stickin’ “California Gurls,” bed hopping (I’m talking to you Taio Cruz) and endless Justin Bieber fever (say “Baby” one more time), it’s so refreshing that Austin’s Alpha Rev has broken through with their deeply meaningful, heavy yet airy brand of pop rock with indie soul. ..

No contest: Jessica Kirson conquers Rita Rudner

Jessica Kirson: interview By Jon Chattman A lot of things in life make you laugh a little…Fred Berry’s hat comes to mind…Rod Blagojevich’s helmet hair. A very precious few, however, make you chuckle to the point where a little pee comes out and you simply don’t mind it. That’s where Jessica Kirson’s comedy comes ..

Lenka: interview

Lenka: Come inside, “The Show’s” about to start By Jon Chattman There’s got to be something in the water in Australia. For whatever reason, a new star seems to be born from that country each year. Yesterday’s Nicole Kidman is today’s Naomi Watts. OK, that analogy doesn’t exactly make sense but let’s face it, we’ve ..

Scandal’s Patty Smyth: interview

By Jon Chattman Have you thanked VH1 today? The network keeps giving and giving, and what do we do? We take and take. The pop music channel has not only jogged our memories of embarrassing 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, and 00’s fads and personalities with their respective “I Love…” and “Celebreality” shows, but they’ve also helped ..

Michael Colton: thecheappop interview

Colton and Aboud A Brief Chat with 1/2 Modern Humorist and VH1 Legend Michael Colton By Jon Chattman Michael Colton and John Aboud can be seen regularly on VH1’s Best Week Ever and have appeared on countless I Love the… specials for the network. Aside from their appearances on Video Hits One, the Harvard duo ..