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Jon Chattman has been a writer and blogger for over 15 years, specializing in film, television and especially music. His online A-Sides Music series, which debuted in August 2011, has garnered praise for its informal setting, its host's interview style, and has been a “must” destination for rising musicians and established artists. Musicians he's interviewed for the series include Billy Corgan, Courtney Love, Perry Farrell, fun, Kimbra, Imagine Dragons, Eric Benet, Blondfire, Air Supply, Feist, Dispatch, Gary Clark, Jr., Sleigh Bells, and Creed Bratton.

Chattman is the author of several notable pop culture and sports-centric books including How the Red Sox Explain New England (Triumph Books, 2013), Superfly: The Jimmy Snuka Story (Triumph, 2012), A Battle Royal in the Sky (Pitch Publishing, 2012), and I Love the Red Sox, I Hate the Yankees (Triumph, 2011). Those books were follow-ups to 2009's Sweet 'Stache, a humor book on notable celebrity mustaches, and 2006's Rock On!, a collection of rock concert memories.

Chattman is currently working on Time Heels, a fan-fueled book highlighting pro wrestling's best bad guys over the past 35 years. It will be published in late 2013. His writing has also appeared in The New York Post, Wizard, Ultimate Marvel Magazine, the Danbury News Times, and TV Guide to name a few. Chattman has also owned and operated thecheappop.com pop culture humor and interview site since 2005.

In addition to his writing experience, Chattman promotes live music and comedy events in and around Westchester County, NY and New York City. He has also had several of his photographs published. He was selected as one of the “Rising Stars – Westchester’s Forty Under Forty” by The Business Council of Westchester in 2011.

Chattman lives in Westchester County with his wife, son, and no dog.

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: SomeKindaWonderful Put Their Thing Down, Flip It, and "Reverse It"; Katy Tiz Comes Up "Big"

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 5:03 PM

Some Kind of Wonderful is one of 80s movie-master John Hughes' underrated films. The movie is fun, romantic, and - more importantly - introduced me to tom-boy beauty cutie Mary Stuart Masterson. On a related note, that film's title was also a Grand Funk Railroad hit that still resonates, but...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Miguelito Keeps It Humble; Ace Reporter's New Lyric Music Video "Arrives"

(2) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 10:17 AM

In a pop world in which teen stars crash and burn, it's so refreshing to watch and listen to Latin Grammy winner Miguelito. The 15 year old has kept his head on straight no matter the success he's found at such a young age. While most kids are...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Love Kitten's Chloe Chaidez "Like a Stranger"

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 10:56 AM

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...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Welcome to Melanie Martinez's "Dollhouse;" "Take a Seat "with Mason Noise

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 4:49 PM

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Photo and videos by Brian Dalthorp, wearepopstudios.com for A-Sides.

It's unavoidable. Most writers, bloggers, or whatever you want to call us are going to start out a story about Melanie Martinez by mentioning right off the...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Nico & Vinz and the Quest for Song of the Summer

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 12:05 PM

Ten years ago, Kevin Lyttle had a smash summer hit with the soca ballad "Turn Me On." I remember that song for oh so many reasons. For starters, it's not every beat that can get this guy (points to self) moving at bars or clubs. I should never dance. Period....

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Get to Know The Vamps (Before Everyone and Their Mother Does)

(0) Comments | Posted July 3, 2014 | 3:00 PM

Earlier this month, I attended my 20th year high school reunion and it was a nostalgic blast. It was great to reconnect with so many people, retrace steps on memory lane together, and to catch up on two decades CliffsNotes style. Personally, I was elated to find out that several...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Ryan Shaw Shows Some "Real Love"; Animal Years Lift Some Spirits

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 11:30 AM

You know it's summer in New York City when rooftop concerts start taking place. That said, I am a bit curious if such gigs take place in the freezing cold months. If they do, it's pretty messed up to have people get frost bite just to hear their favorite tunes....

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman:All Hail Cris Cab

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 11:32 AM

We might as well start calling Pharrell Williams King Midas. He probably won't answer anybody who takes that sentence literally, but I'm simply trying to say everything the musician/producer/ageless-vampire touches lately turns into pure gold. The past year has been insane for the artist, who scored a huge hit and...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: The "Weightlessness" of Matt Andersen; Wise Girl Sings Us to "Sleep"

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 10:46 AM

How ironic is it that singer/songwriter Matt Andersen's new studio album is entitled Weightless. His vocals and lyrics are the antithesis of that. Maybe that's what he was going for. Either way, the bluesy and soulful singer is a talent you simply cannot ignore. It's no wonder Maverick...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Flying High with Birdy

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 11:44 AM

She's soaring. She's flying high. She's about to take flight. Any fowl puns and cliched sentences are justified when referring to singer/songwriter Birdy. The 18-year-old wunderkind is a rising star here in the states, but across the globe, she's a superstar - scoring platinum and gold hits from her native...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: "The Other Side" of Madi Diaz; "Wishing" with Charlie Scopoletti

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 10:20 AM

Last year, Madi Diaz packed up all of her stuff, left Nashville , and drove to Los Angeles. The singer/songwriter arrived five days later but seemed to become a new person along the way to "la la land." With The Beatles' Abbey Road serving as the soundtrack to her trip,...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: "No Cure" for Cerebral Ballzy; Take a "Walk" with Arc & Stones

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 10:58 AM

Ric Flair used to say he's "often imitated never duplicated." That bold statement, which perhaps only "The Nature Boy" could back up, rings so true in any arts medium. For example, for every Lost, there was a bunch of Fast Forwards. Similarly, for every Paranormal Activity, there's been a boatload...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: It's "Free to Love" Singer/Songwriter LP

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 3:52 PM

Listen to mainstream radio, and you'll find it difficult to tell one artist from the other. New hooks are old hooks. Recycled is the new original. Sure, that's not always the case and I can list dozens upon dozens of examples of how those opening sentences are off base, but...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Exclusive Tony Red Carpet Coverage with Gloria Estefan, Zach Braff, Questlove, and More!

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 10:45 AM

The 68th Annual Tony Awards provided many memorable moments from Hugh Jackman hopping his way through an opening number to Lena Hall uttering a joyous "friendship is magic" line with her first Tony in hand to Audra MacDonald's emotional speech for her record-breaking sixth award. Those examples barely scratch the...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Wrabel and Oh Honey Play the Soundtrack to Summer 2014

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 10:46 AM

"Summertime" by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince.

"Umbrella" from Rihanna.

"Whoomp (There It Is)" by a group I refuse to Google.

These are just a few songs that were dubbed "song of the summer" the years in which they were released. Songs of the season...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Tony Awards Spotlight on Rocky's Andy Karl

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 1:04 PM

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It could've gone terribly wrong -- like really badly. It could've buried his career or made him the laughing stock of the Broadway community. Choosing to star as an iconic character in a stage adaptation of a beloved cinematic classic doesn't always pan...

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A-Sides With Jon Chattman: Tony Awards Spotlight on Beautiful's Jarrod Spector

(1) Comments | Posted May 31, 2014 | 1:43 PM

Jarrod Spector a is making quite a name for himself on Broadway by playing music icons. First, he played a record 1,500 performances as Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys, and this year, he's nominated for a Best Featured Actor in a Musical Tony for his role as songwriting...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Some Pure Adulterated Joy with Morning Parade & Lots of "Love" for Matrimony

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 10:19 AM

"Alienation" isn't just a term that best describes what it's like to be a New York Mets fan. It's also the title of one of this year's best tracks by one of alt-rock's best rising acts. Nearly two years ago, Morning Parade burst onto the scene...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Timeflies Will Make You "Swoon"

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 10:35 AM

Kevin Arnold and Paul Pfeiffer. Ace and Gary. Tomax. Xamot perhaps? Throughout pop culture history, there have been some dynamic duos and some, well, rather lackluster ones. Nothing against the G.I.Joe twins, but let's focus on the former. Timeflies are a New York-by-way-of-Boston tandem who are breaking out...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Tony Award Spotlight on Hedwig's Lena Hall

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 3:47 PM

My parents took me and my sister to countless shows as a kid and young adult. They still do. While I don't remember my first time (Barnum with Jim Dale), I do remember just about every show from Sandy Duncan and a pre-Mr. Belvedere Christopher Hewitt in Peter Pan to...

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