Maybe it’s because it’s Oscar season, but I can’t help but to picture the great Hell or High Water when I listen to some tunes from the Hartford band Wise Old Moon. So many of their indie roots/folk rock tracks fit right in with that story’s narrative. Or maybe not. Maybe it’s because the band’s […]

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Last last year, A-Sides welcomed back Colony House, the Nashville quartet of Park Cotrell, Scott Mills, and Caleb and Will Chapman, and had them sit down for an interview and perform their hit alt-rock single “You & I” off their then-forthcoming Only the Lonely record. Since then, the band has blown up like Violet Beauregarde. […]

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If you’ve followed Sum 41 over the last few years you know just how close frontman Deryck Whibley came to leaving us. I won’t go into specifics because it’s been so well documented (Google it if you will). Instead, I’d rather focus on the singer and the band’s recent resurgence. Last fall, the band released […]

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It must be rough having to go through your career with the title “American Idol Winner” before your name. Sure, many winners and artists from that show have embraced their AI roots but I’d think, if I had even an ounce of musical talent and played my whole life even before a contest I’d won, […]

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The final A-Sides music session of the year is quite easily one of my favorites. I’ve been a fan of Letters to Cleo before I even heard them. I’d caught their name on a local alt-rock radio station and during one trip to Tower Records one day, I decided to pick up their debut Aurora […]

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Buddy the Elf is a fan of revolving doors, and for a while, so was Jeff Klein. While his project My Jerusalem was making music with a rotating group of musicians, the frontman longed to make it a full-fledged band. This year he made it happen, enlisting band of brothers Grant Van Amburgh on drums, […]

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Keanu Reeves and Dogstar. Google it if that’s a non-sequitur to you. Or don’t bother. The bottomline is pop culture stars who thrive in one area often want to live out another dream. It’s why Johnny Depp went on tour with Alice Cooper and Joe Perry (among others). It’s why Don Johnson performed “Heartbeat.” OK, […]

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Laurie Berkner has been called “the queen of children’s music.” I challenge any parent of a toddler to challenge that proverbial crown. For some 20 years, the best-selling children’s recording artist and preschool TV personality has been a fixture in countless homes across the world, and her live performances have sold out faster than a […]

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“Back and better than ever.” That’s such an annoying term. When you say someone is “back and better than ever” it almost implies that they A) weren’t very good to begin with or B) were just so so and needed to grow. Maybe I’m reading into it too much, but I find myself compelled to […]

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Film sequels aren’t nearly as good as the originals. It’s just a fact. Sure, in those rare cases – Terminator and The Godfather – some exceed their predecessors, but it’s few and far between. Just ask Arthur 2: On the Rocks. Anyway, follow-ups to songs are rare, but when they occur, the same can be […]

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