Note: this is not Five for Fighting We at A-Sides are fortunate to have a monthly column with John Ondrasik AKA Five for Fighting. The man sings and writes poignant songs that can lift you up as high as a hot air balloon with Bobcat Gothwait on it. That, by the way, is a random […]

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What if John Ondrasik AKA Five for Fighting agreed to do a monthly Q&A with yours truly? What would it look like? Would the questions delve into his personal and professional life in such a way it’d reveal layers of the singer/songwriter you haven’t read anywhere else? Would his answers be as meaningful and heartfelt […]

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For SJS I’m not ashamed to say it – I was a “Debhead.” Back in the 1980s as my sister was hanging up “pin-ups” of Rob Lowe and Ralph Macchio, I was hanging up my Debbie Gibson Tiger Beat tearsheets on my wall. Gibson made for an eclectic wall mix that also included “The Bash […]

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Decades after its release, people still question if Alanis Morrisette misused the word “Ironic” in her hit song. I still don’t care. Speaking of irony, fellow Canadians Stars dropped an album last fall, their seventh, called No One is Lost, which wreaks of irony. Like their previous efforts, the latest album from the Canucks I’ve […]

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No matter the decade, every girl or boy who had a respective Bat or Bar Mitzvah knows every single line of Kool and the Gang’s “Celebration” verbatim. OK, let’s face it everyone does and they have ever since that song came out. Singer/songwriter/producer J-Idris probably knows it most of anyone on the planet. He’s the […]

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2014 is winding down, but The Belle Brigade will likely feel it, love it, and live it long after the ball drops in Time Square. The folky-rock duo of Barbara Gruska and her younger brother Ethan released their new album Just Because, which plays with a ton more excitement than the passive title suggests, and […]

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Photo/Jeremy Cowart John Ondrasik of Five For Fighting has the unique ability (and sensibility) to move people to tears with his music. His songwriting and melodies can cut through you faster than a Danny Trejo machete and could probably move the The Grinch to tears and I’m talking pre-Cindy Lou Who revelation. In any event, […]

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