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 music is good music whether you’re 17 or 71. Chloe Chaidez, for example, is just 19 but the last thing I think about when I listen to her music is her age. I’m struck by the Kitten lead singer’s gravitas as a performer, songwriting skills, and authenticity. Who cares if she’s 19?

Anyway, Kitten dropped their self-titled LP late last month, and it truly puts Chaidez at the forefront of an impending female-rock revolution. Charli XCX is another name you can throw in there. She’s so much more than “Fancy,” but this isn’t a story about her. It’s about Kitten, and boy does this Los Angeles-band purr. The band has been on the rise ever since they released two acclaimed EPs a few years back. It’s fairly easy to see why they stick out from the pack. Kitten mix the best of various ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s genres with a contemporary rock feel. And there’s weight here, too. The lyrics matched with the music make it no wonder they’ve already shared stages with everyone from No Doubt to Paramore. Anyway, enough with all this Kool-Aid I’m drinking. Chaidez filmed an A-Sides session last week, where she performed a pair of songs off the debut record, and sat down for a chat with this guy (pointing to myself and decked out in a Threadless tee of course). Watch all of the videos below (the songs are purposely shown in extreme close-up Wayne’s World style to see the raw emotion of the performances), and catch the band on the road all summer long. Boom!


“Like a Stranger”

“Apples and Cigarettes”



About A-Sides with Jon Chattman:

Jon Chattman’s music series features celebrities and artists (established or not) from all genres performing a track, and discussing what it means to them. This informal series focuses on the artist making art in a low-threatening, extremely informal (sometime humorous) way. No bells, no whistles – just the music performed in a random, low-key setting followed by an unrehearsed chat. In an industry where everything often gets overblown and over manufactured, Jon strives for a refreshing change.

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