When they look back at 2013, The 1975 are going to have a lot of pinching to do. They’ve sold out headline tours in the states and the UK, hit the road with The Neighbourhood, dropped an EP and full-length album, and found pop crossover appeal with their hit single “Chocolate.” On a much smaller scale, they […]

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Remember the classic scene in “Wayne’s World” in which Wayne and Garth meet their hero Alice Cooper, and the king of shock-rock-n-roll greets them with a history lesson about the origins of Milwaukee? It’s a hilarious scene, best known for the now-classic line “We are not worthy!” On October 13, many of us in the […]

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I always come back to 1990s alt-rock. Listening to songs from the likes of Letters to Cleo, vintage Pearl Jam, and/or old-school Green Day gives me instant nostalgia to my college years, but it also provides me with many self-high five moments today. In no way am I pining for music to be “as good […]

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Whether it’s to drive their name home even further or simply the effects of coming up empty after agonizing over a catchy or meaningful title, many recording artists name first release after themselves. In the case of Pepper, however, they’ve decided to self-title their sixth studio album. The logic is simple. The Hawaiian reggae, rock band […]

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Photo/Omar Vega Every year since he became the New York Yankees closer, I’ve been rooting against Mariano Rivera. As much as I respected the baseball legend, I always wanted him to blow a save because, well, I’m not a Yankee fan. He was just always too good, and I wanted him to slip up just […]

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As a kid, I used to have a stuffed animal bear with suction cups on its hands. On the buttocks of the teddy, which I stuck on the window in my bedroom, was a button that stated in big bold letters: “Mondays are a bear.” For years, I had no idea what that expression meant, […]

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Hot off the presses, and by presses, I mean the WordPress… 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 […]

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Their current buzzworthy single is named “Best Day of My Life,” but it’s probably the best year American Authors’ have ever had. In 2013, the Brooklyn-based band signed to Island Records, received significant alt-rock airplay with debut single “Believer,” and played Lollapalooza. That’s not all. They’re opening for Airborne Toxic Event, appeared earlier this month on The Tonight […]

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In 1988, dance-pop group Will to Power hit the clubs and the charts with their catchy tracks. One song in particular, “Say It’s Gonna Rain,” had me dancing in my sweet Z Cavariccis. Why do I bring this up? As a terrible segue into another precipitation-metaphor song of course. Adele’s “Set Fire to the Rain” […]

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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 that, today’s […]

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