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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 entertainment 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 including fun, Alice Cooper, Echosmith, American Authors, Bastille, Billy Corgan, Mikky Ekko, Courtney Love, Perry Farrell, Imagine Dragons, Air Supply, Feist, Dispatch, Gary Clark, Jr., Sleigh Bells, Joe Perry, and Alice Cooper.

Chattman has authored the following pop culture and sports-centric books: Time Heels (Pitch Publishing, 2014), 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, (Adams Media) and 2006's Rock On!.

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. In 2012, he created Pop Goes the Culture, a zany Westchester-based variety and awards show honoring all walks of pop life from The Magic Gardens Gary Gnu to Andrew W.K.

Chattman was selected as one of the “Rising Stars – Westchester’s Forty Under Forty” by The Business Council of Westchester in 2011.

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: My Morning Jacket's Carl Broemel Goes it Alone; Gabe Dixon Goes for the "Gold"

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2016 | 2:22 PM


All videos by Alye Bea Carlevero

Approximately 38 seconds into meeting Carl Broemel at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY (more on that later), he offers me a cup of coffee which he brewed himself. How can you turn down a morning cup of coffee with the guitarist of My Morning Jacket? The coolness of it all wasn't lost on me. Speaking of cool, Broemel is just that but a humble, down-to-earth cool, which only raises the cool factor even more. How many times can I write "cool" in a post? Stay tuned.

If Broemel were to write a memoir titled How I Spent My Summer, it'd be an interesting tale. The musician is simultaneously wearing three hats this season, notably touring as part of Ray LaMontagne's backing band. By the way, he's joined by fellow Jacketeers Tom Blankenship, Patrick Hallahan and Bo Koster, who are continuing a connection that began with Jim James producing LaMontagne's recent Ouroboros album. The aforementioned interview took place mere hours before they played a sold-out show at the "Cap."

On top of touring in support of his bearded friend, Broemel himself is playing a series of solo shows in support of his new solo album 4th of July , which drops Aug. 19 via his Stocks in Asia label, and will end the summer playing the Lockn' Festival with My Morning Jacket. Fall dates are also on the horizon.

But, let's get back to that solo gig, which I wrongly sandwiched in the paragraph above. It's been six years since his last solo album and it seems to be as delicious as a My Morning Coffee (Neko Case and Laura Veirs are among those who appear) so during that A-Sides chat, we talked about that, a bit about LaMontagne, and naturally, MMJ. Watch on.

Like Broemel, Gabe Dixon knows a bit about working with some mighty amazing talent, having played side gigs as a keyboardist and background vocalist for the likes of Paul McCartney, Allison Krauss, and O.A.R. But, this singer/songwriter belongs at the front of the stage.

Dixon recently released his sophomore solo album, Turns To Gold, and there's no mistaking his artistry. Paste Magazine calls his work "heart-wrenchingly honest," and have a listen and you'll get that right off the bat. At the Music Conservatory of Westchester, Dixon, whose songs have regularly received placement in film and on television, performed a pair of tracks and sat down for an interview. Take in the richness of his voice. As good as he sounds is as bad as I look in this video. I blame my children for the "roll out of bed" look. Apologies. Just focus on Dixon, which you will anyway.

"Holding Her Freedom"

"Crave"

Interview

A-Sides' "Delve Into Twelve" Countdown
Each week A-Sides unleashes its top 12 tracks of the week AKA the "Delve Into Twelve" based on the following contributing factors: songs I'm playing out that particular week (no matter when they were released -- think overlooked songs, unreleased tracks and old favorites), songs various publicists are trying to get me to listen to that I did and dug a bunch, song posts and trends I've noticed on my friends' Facebook walls and, most importantly: what my toddler is currently enjoying thoroughly with an assist from my infant.

About A-Sides with Jon Chattman - thisisasides.com :
Jon Chattman's music/entertainment series typically 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. Artists featured on the series include Imagine Dragons, Melissa Etheridge, Yoko Ono, Elle King, Joe Perry, Alice Cooper, fun, Bleachers, Charli XCX, Marina and the Diamonds, and...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: All in the Familia! Mets' Closer Honored in NYC

(0) Comments | Posted June 21, 2016 | 11:15 AM

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The New York Mets' 2016 season, so far, has been erratic. It started off a bit like that last year so, as a fan, something tells me the ship will stay afloat. After all, no one really thought...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman:The Wind and The Wave Let 'Happiness' Run; Back to 'Business Time' for Flight of the Conchords

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2016 | 11:07 AM

Sooner or later everyone dies on Grey's Anatomy. The series, which I watched in its first few seasons - back when it was funnier, and before people died (other than patients) - has killed off more cast members than ER and Chicago Hope combined. I don't know if that latter...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Gotta 'Hear' Josiah & The Bonnevilles; Rachael Sage Gets 'Choreographic'

(0) Comments | Posted June 7, 2016 | 11:01 AM

The retro-cool feel of Josiah & The Bonnevilles' music brings as much joy to your ears as those countless Nicolas Cage memes do for your eyes. Led by young Josiah Leming, the music off the band's Cold Blood off Vagrant Records is a throwback to Americana tracks of...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Convincing 'Reason' to Listen to Selah Sue; A Day at the Lost Beach

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2016 | 10:39 AM

Five years ago, Belgian singer/songwriter Selah Sue broke out throughout Europe like a fake virus outbreak in a stale popcorn movie. Her debut went multi-platinum there, and one can expect the electro-soul artist to have similar results here in the states. Tomorrow, she'll drop her second LP entitled Reason, and it's an eclectic mix of strong beats, subtly, and power. Watch her video for "Alone" above, which recently debuted on VICE's Noisey, and get ready to watch the next big thing. That term, by the way, I don't use as loosely as most. There's quality here. Authenticity.

Before we get to our interview with her, let's just go over a few things. First off, the album is produced by wunderkinds including Rhye's Robin Hannibal (Little Dragon, The Internet, Kendrick Lamar), and and Troy Taylor (Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin). Childish Gambino co-wrote the track "Together" and drops bombs on it. Keep an eye out for Selah Sue, and listen to the interview (it's audio and my video editing skills are equal only to a fourth grader) and an advanced stream of the album below!

The Los Angeles-based band Lost Beach formed like five minutes ago. OK, not exactly but they're so fresh I hear even the Tropicana lady doing squat thrusts.I have no clue what that means, but my point is this new band is providing music as cool as a summer breeze but with a dark edge. Inspired by Townes Van Zandt, the band - Jonny Perdue (singer/guitar), Steve Stout (lead guitar), Zacc West (bass), Davey Allen (keys), and Davey Latter (drums)- will slowly spread their flavor song by song until releasing their self-produced debut LP later this year. Hear the band's first song, "Weighted Sky," right here before anyone else!

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About A-Sides with Jon Chattman - thisisasides.com :
Jon Chattman's music/entertainment series typically 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. Artists featured on the series include Imagine Dragons, Melissa Etheridge, Yoko Ono, Joe Perry, Alice Cooper, fun, Bleachers, Charli XCX, Marina and the Diamonds, and...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Sibs Jocelyn & Chris Arndt Set to Break Out; Easy to Buy into Cellars

(0) Comments | Posted May 31, 2016 | 12:53 PM

You love them. You hate them. Sometimes those feelings can turn on a dime. I have no idea what that expression means by the way. I've used it a ton of times, but seriously who turns on a dime? Anyway, my point is having a sibling or siblings can be...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Embrace the "Fresh" Sounds of Chris Stylez and the Bones of J.R. Jones

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2016 | 11:53 AM

"Fresh." It was a word we all used to death in the 1980s, and it's time for us to bring it back. Too many things from that decade have been branded as "cheesy" or "over-the-top" but that word resonates and should've never gone out of style. I've said it once...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Blue Healer Cures All; The New Regime "Rises" Up

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2016 | 10:38 AM

The term "stripped down" can take on so many forms. On social media, it's - well - we know what it is. In music, it's a term brought to life arguably by MTV's Unplugged series. Let's focus on that latter rather than trying to keep up with those pesky Kardashians...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: The Melvins Cover the 'Basses'; Kato and the Ellis Alice Aery Debut

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2016 | 11:32 AM

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Ask most alt-rock/punk bands from the 1990s or anytime really, and they'll likely tell you how much The Melvins inspired them. Notably, it's been well documented how much Kurt Cobain valued their work and friendship. There's reason...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Won't "Forget" Against the Current; Win Tickets to Half Moon Run in NYC!

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2016 | 2:07 PM

Who wouldn't want to be Fueled by Ramen? I'm, of course, referring to the record label and not the noodles. Speaking of the latter, it's delicious but the sodium is a killer. Anyway, the label is front and center here. Eat that stuff at your own peril.

Fueled by...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Let Larkin Poe Rock You Like a Hurricane

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2016 | 12:22 PM

I feel it every time I have to watch a new music video debut on my phone versus my big screen. I feel it every time an iconic musician passes away. I feel it each time something newsworthy happens in the world of music. What do I feel? The need...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Prince was the King of Everything

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2016 | 3:00 PM

Dearly beloved
We are gathered here today
To get through this thing called life

I keep coming back to it. It's the all-star jam at the end of the 2004 Hall of Fame Induction Cermony. The Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" is being played and Tom Petty's...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman; Lasting Love for Prince; Get in Love with Marco With Love

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2016 | 1:06 PM

Prince has left such a void. If his songs were available on Spotify, I'd make a playlist and share it right here, right now. I'd then play it every day until my final days. But, his songs aren't available much on the Interwebs -YouTube seems to be the best bet - so instead I'll just list my Top 20 songs (in order - and very hard to keep to that number I might add) by the legend. Feel his absence, but appreciate his legacy. He did more in his 57 years than most do in 57 lifetimes.

Read on and weigh in.

20. "She's Always In My Hair"
19. "Sometimes it Snows in April"
18. "1999"
17. "U Got The Look"
16. "Nothing Compares to You"
15. "Darling Nikki"
14. "Alphabet Street"
13. "Delirious"
12. "Thieves in the Temple"
11. "Gett Off"
10. "Raspberry Beret"
9. "7"
8. "I Wanna Be Your Lover"
7. "Let's Go Crazy"
6. "Sign 'o' the Times"
5. "I Would Die For You"
4. "Kiss"
3. "Purple Rain"
2. "When Doves Cry"
1. "Little Red Corvette"

Marco With Love
We move ON from remembering Prince (in this post anyway) to do that little thing that A-Sides does: sessions with artists discussing and performing their craft. Brooklyn's Marco With Love come off as sort of a Tom Petty for the 2010s. I hate comparison usually. Each artist is different, but it's not like I'm saying this band sounds like the second coming of Lou Bega, ya know? Anyway, the band led by Marco Argiro - raising the bar for that first name since Rubio dropped too many balls to even count - just dropped a new album Smothered & Covered , and it's retro-super cool. The album, which mixes originals and covers, is a follow-up to EPs Tidal Wave and Promised Land, which both dropped last year. Utterly original with a huge slice of throwback, check this band out yesterday.

"Big Black Dog"

To watch Marco With Love's exclusive performance of "Love" and to watch their A-Sides interview, click here. Videos/Alye Carlevaro

A-Sides' "Delve Into Twelve" Countdown
Each week A-Sides unleashes its top 12 tracks of the week AKA the "Delve Into Twelve" based on the following contributing factors: songs I'm playing out that particular week (no matter when they were released -- think overlooked songs, unreleased tracks and old favorites), songs various publicists are trying to get me to listen to that I did and dug a bunch, song posts and trends I've noticed on my friends' Facebook walls and, most importantly: what my toddler is currently enjoying thoroughly with an assist from my infant.

About A-Sides with Jon Chattman:
Jon Chattman's music/entertainment series typically 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. Artists featured on the series include Imagine Dragons, Melissa Etheridge, Yoko Ono, Joe Perry, Alice Cooper, fun, Bleachers, Charli XCX, Marina and the Diamonds, and...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Let Cash Cash and Jacquie Lee "Take You Home"

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2016 | 10:58 AM

Bill Murray's cameo in Zombieland. The endless appeal of "Wrecking Ball" by Miley Cyrus. The out-of-left-field release of 10 Cloverfield Lane. Me hearing "The Bad Touch" by the Bloodhound Gang this morning. Some things can be wonderfully unexpected. Take Cash Cash's newest collaboration. The hitmakers (seriously "Take Me Home" featuring...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Candlebox's Kevin Martin Discusses the Band's Sense of Urgency

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2016 | 10:38 AM

"I wish there was a way to know you were in the good old days before you actually left them."
- Andy Bernard, The Office

That quote gets me every time. It rings true in so many ways. Personally, I feel it whenever I think back to 1990s alt-rock. The music served as the soundtrack to my high school and college years, and still gets considerable airplay in my car to this day via playlists and Lithium on SiriusXM. Candlebox were one of those influential bands who had me at their very first "You." That standout first single's follow-up "Far Behind" is, for me, the best song of that golden era of rock. The Seattle band, who never relied on plaid or cut-off jean shorts, went quadruple platinum with their self-titled debut in 1993, and continue to rock today. Speaking of which, you can catch them on tour in support of their recently released - and long-awaited- sixth album Disappearing in Airports. The musicality and energy captured in the decade of grunge and Blossom still remains. I caught up with lead singer Kevin Martin last month to discuss the past, present and future of Candlebox.

How long did it take you to put these songs together for the new album. Are they all brand spankin' news or did you pull any out of the vault?
A couple of the songs were written in the studio on the spot. We had about five ideas in the various working positions from a year or so before that we were able to rebuild and work into the albums overall feel. We had four that were entirely written out. The record came together really quickly. We did 12 songs in four days: two days to do guitar overdubs and six days for vocals. So, the record feels urgent and excited, just the way we wanted it to.

I got that. Listening to the first singles "Vexatious" and "I've Got a Gun," you really capture your signature sound but expand on it. Can you tell me the approach you guys had going into the studio?
The approach in the studio was very simple we didn't overthink anything. We focused on allowing the songs to open themselves up to us, to develop in front of us and as soon as that happened with each track, we would run with it. No real struggle which I think gives the album that honesty that people expect from Candlebox.

This seems like such a cliche to ask, but it's been a bit for you guys to have a new album out. How excited are you guys to perform the new stuff live?
It's refreshing to play these new songs live. We would love to play the entire album right now but we have to wait till the release of April 22 of course, don't want the audience to be looking at us like we're from outer space or something.

For more with Kevin Martin, click here.

A-Sides' "Delve Into Twelve" Countdown
Each week A-Sides unleashes its top 12 tracks of the week AKA the "Delve Into Twelve" based on the following contributing factors: songs I'm playing out that particular week (no matter when they were released -- think overlooked songs, unreleased tracks and old favorites), songs various publicists are trying to get me to listen to that I did and dug a bunch, song posts and trends I've noticed on my friends' Facebook walls and, most importantly: what my toddler is currently enjoying thoroughly with an assist from my infant.

About A-Sides with Jon Chattman:
Jon Chattman's music/entertainment series typically 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. Artists featured on the series include Imagine Dragons, Melissa Etheridge, Yoko Ono, Joe Perry, Alice Cooper, fun, Bleachers, Charli XCX, Marina and the Diamonds, and...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Take Your Winterpills, and Do a Victory Dance

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2016 | 11:10 AM

So much music out there is empty calories. Sometimes that's quite alright. I mean who doesn't like a nice hook you can dance to and blast out your car window, right? But, more times than not, I want some substance to go along with it. Winterpills are one...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Pig in the City - Peppa Shines in NYC

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2016 | 10:58 AM

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My son watches a lot of television shows that make my head spin and my eyes roll. One show, however, always makes me smile in the morning as I sip my first of way-too-many morning coffees. It's Peppa...

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A-Sides With Jon Chattman: In Good 'Spirits' with The Strumbellas

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2016 | 2:09 PM

When you're a writer, or any creative artist really, trying to rise above going from paycheck to paycheck, there's arguably always this sense of "maybe I should quit and do something that'll make me more money." But, reality soonafter sets in. You can't change the person you are. You can't...

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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: A Case of the "Mondays" (on Thursday) with The Summer Set; Three Dead Ships Come Sailing In

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2016 | 1:00 PM

Some seven years or so ago, The Summer Set found huge - bucket-list worthy success. They sold out world tours, got considering airplay and TV spots, and even performed at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. But all the awesomeness took its toll on the band, and they almost broke up....

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A-Sides Presents: Singer/Songwriter Throwdown With Father John Misty and Ray LaMontagne's Respective Beards

(0) Comments | Posted March 30, 2016 | 4:18 PM

Here are the results of last night's real slubberknocker between Father John Misty's beard taking on Ray LaMontagne's facial broom. Here's a transcript of the color commentary, which was provided by Peter Gallagher's eyebrows and Michael Stipe's Grizzly Adams fuzz.

PGE: It's pandemonium at the Staples Center as we're just about ready for our main event.

MSB: I tell you this has been an epic battle in the making ever since Father John Misty and his beard left Fleet Foxes back in 2008, and almost instantly, trash talked Ray LaMontagne for his erratic follicle behavior.

PGE: This battle has turned ugly. After years of ignoring his open challenges, LaMontagne's beard AKA "Wild Horses" finally accepted the challenge from Misty's beard AKA "Sally Hatchet" following an altercation at the December 19, 2015 Eight Nights of Chaka Khan Pay-Per-View. This epic battle, months, no years, in the making is now finally happening though it feels a bit like David vs. Goliath in that Wild Horses has looked more destined for the lightweight division versus the main stage

MSB: It surely isn't hobo chic like mine that's for sure.

[Music Begins to Play]

PGE: That's true. I long for the days of a clean-shaven Michael Stipe. Now I'm stuck with a walking bird's nest of a man. Well, Misty beard's music has started to play so the champ is here!

MSB: That's the trademark "Strange Encounter" playing of course. Look at Father Misty's eyes, he really seems determined for his fuzzy counterpart Hatchett to retain the gold tonight.

PGE: That's right, and look at what great shape his beard's in tonight. Father John told me in an off-camera interview that he hasn't shaved since Valentine's Day 2012 in preparation for this showdown. And just for background for those of you who are new to us - as Misty makes his way into the ring - these hair vs. hair matches are rather unorthodox. Through the mastery of science and Industrial Lights and Magic, Misty and LaMontagne's beards are actually able to physically come off the faces of their masters, and engage in a fight. The respective follicles are controlled by the minds of the musicians.

MSB: It's sort of like Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots but with beards and without children involved. Petey Eyes I tell you I get chills every time the beards come off the face. It's always a no holds barred match with the two opponents going at it in a very exciting, if not disturbing way.

PGE: And here we go.... Hatchett is off and ready to go. Oh, it looks like Father John Misty is grabbing the mic. "We've been discussing this for a few years now, Ray. Get out here and fight my beard like a man."

[Music Begins to Play]

PGE: And here comes Ray! He's being escorted to the ring once again by his manager Meg White to the tune of, well, "Meg White."

MSB: You know, "Everybody Hurts," and I have a feeling today is the day Wild Horses really feels the wrath of Father John Misty's weird beard. Horses has lost its girth, and comes off like a Family Ties Michael Gross' beard that couldn't even handle a clean-shaven Alex P. Keaton.

PGE: It does look a little weaker than usual. Ray and company have now entered the ring, and Horses has launched off his face. He gives a kiss to his owner and Meg, and we're about ready to begin.

[Bell rings]

Follow the action right here.

About A-Sides with Jon Chattman:
Jon Chattman's music/entertainment series typically 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. Artists featured on the series include Imagine Dragons, Melissa Etheridge, Yoko Ono, Joe Perry, Alice Cooper, fun, Bleachers, Charli XCX, Marina and the Diamonds, and...

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