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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: This Is Melissa Etheridge

Jon Chattman | Posted 07.02.2015 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

During this time, my "golden age" of music, I was going to a different show - from Green Day to Stone Temple Pilots to Pearl Jam (of course) - with my best bud Steve and hitting Tower Records to get the next breaking band weekly. It was an amazing time to listen, sing, and mosh.

A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Hump Day Round-Up - July's "5 for Fighting with... Five for Fighting"; Boston Gets Converse'd; Meet "That Brit Guy"

Jon Chattman | Posted 07.01.2015 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

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...

A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Sounds of Summer - "Overload" on Life of Dillon; Ride the Jutaun "River"

Jon Chattman | Posted 06.26.2015 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Last year, Meghan Trainor became a household name with her bootylicious female anthem "All About That Bass." While that song was huge, the singer/songwriter proved she was more than simply a one-hit wonder with her ginormous debut album Title.

A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Get "Friendly" with Bird Dog, Get "Grounded" with The Chordaes, and "Delve" into Summer

Jon Chattman | Posted 06.22.2015 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Yep, Bird Dog have been around for a few years, and have been praise for their unique musicality: think seamlessly mixing rock, country, roots, and blues in a blender with Tom Petty floating on top of the end product like that kid in the cereal bowl in Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.

A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Only "Blue Skies" with Lenka, "Catch" Eddie Gomez's Hot Track

Jon Chattman | Posted 06.19.2015 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

"I'm just a little bit caught in the middle Life is a maze and love is a riddle I don't know where to go I can't do it alone I've tried And I don't kn...

A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Governors Ball Dynamic Duos -- Priory and Angus & Julia Stone; Meet the Fat White Family

Jon Chattman | Posted 06.18.2015 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

The rock-pop Portland duo Priory (Brandon Rush and Kyle Sears) have been on an upward spiral since they dropped their first single "Weekend," which is featured on their appropriately titled Weekend EP.

A-Sides With Jon Chattman: Say "When" With Civil Twilight, "What's Real" with WATERS

Jon Chattman | Posted 06.16.2015 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

At its core, we want music to make us feel. Yeah, there's songs that we listen to that inspire booty shakes and sing-a-longs, but for the most part (m...

A-Sides With Jon Chattman: Unsinkable -- 'Life' With Flagship and 'Fantasy' With Fireships

Jon Chattman | Posted 06.12.2015 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

For a two-member band, Flagship certainly make a lot of noise, and I don't mean that in a toddler (or STOMP) slamming pots and pans kind of way. Drake Margolnick and Michael Finster have a mysterious, sometimes subtly big sound -- churning out dreamy alt-rock tracks with traces of folk and even retro '80s flair. That's a lot of adjectives, but here we are.

A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Debbie Gibson and the Fountain of "Electric Youth;" June Swoon with 5 For Fighting with...Five For Fighting

Jon Chattman | Posted 06.10.2015 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Let's move on. Last month, the singer/songwriter/actress performed her hits ("Out of the Blue," "Foolish Beat," to name a few) with Jessie's Girl at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, and this Debhead snagged an interview.

A-Sides With Jon Chattman: Get 'Ready' for Kodaline; Catch What 'Contagious' Night Riots Have

Jon Chattman | Posted 06.05.2015 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Like Kodaline, Night Riots have had a lot of traction on alternative rock stations and have been buds for quite some time. Formed in high school, the band, formerly known as PK, have been making music that sort of sounds like Gaslight Anthem.

A-Sides With Jon Chattman: Feeling "Sorry" With Meg Myers, Breaking "Bones" With Vinyl Theatre, and "Raising Hell" With Five Knives

Jon Chattman | Posted 06.03.2015 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

It seems any time a female artist sings about the opposite sex in a way many male artists do all the time, they're labeled a "bad girl" or filled with angst. Alanis Morrisette got that when she broke out 20 years ago.

A-Sides With Jon Chattman: Outside the Ring With WWE Grapplers Bo Dallas, Luke Harper, Neville, and Damien Sandow

Jon Chattman | Posted 06.01.2015 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Note to self: when interviewing WWE Superstars about how they spend their time during road trips don't refer to it as "down time." Why? Because these men in tights have little to no downtime.

A-Sides With Jon Chattman: Clearly Not 'Out of Time' -- Stone Temple Pilots' Chester Bennington and Dean DeLeo Discuss the Evolution and Future of the Band

Jon Chattman | Posted 05.28.2015 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Some bands lose or cut ties with lead singers and simply call it quits or find a similar-sounding singer to front the band and coast on a novelty tour each year. Not Stone Temple Pilots.

A-Sides with Jon Chattman: "Chasing Twisters" with Delta Rae, "Chasing the Sun" with Greg Holden, and Chasing Stardom with Mizgin

Jon Chattman | Posted 05.27.2015 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

The first day back after a long weekend can come at you like a hurricane. It can chew out the vacay, spit it out, and leave nothing but disaster in its path. That's why A-Sides is highlighting three heavyweight acts to come out swinging and prevent your work week from the suckage it can be.

A-Sides With Jon Chattman: Standing Out With Lauriana Mae and Erica Glyn

Jon Chattman | Posted 06.01.2015 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Mae gets her originality -- vocally and personally -- from a mixed bag of musical tastes that were tossed her way as a kid by her mother and family. A veteran of the church choir, she honed her skills there while listening to a pair of "Bills": Billy Joel and Billie Holliday.

A-Sides With Jon Chattman: Intentionally Funny Stuff (and Bad Graphics) with Comedian Simeon Goodson

Jon Chattman | Posted 05.19.2015 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Simeon Goodson should be a household name in comedy. He's been performing in various New York City clubs, bars, and anywhere really since 2004, and his effortless delivery matched with his unique laid-back observational humor. It'll come.

A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Now's the 'Time' for Mikky Ekko; 'Never Too Busy' for Some Kenny Lattimore

Jon Chattman | Posted 06.14.2015 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Rihanna. Blood Diamonds. Ryan Tedder. The list of collaborators Mikky Ekko has worked with is astounding, and I say that in a very pound-my-fist-on-a desk-to-emblazon-the-statement kind of way.

A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Full Devil Jacket's Josh Brown Talks of Bones and Rebirth

Jon Chattman | Posted 05.12.2015 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

As they say The Song Remains the Same, and in this case, it's true even 15 years between albums for Full Devil Jacket. Valley of Bones, the long-delayed, very-much-appreciated follow-up to the band's 2000 acclaimed debut album, picks up where the first one left off.

A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Can't "Castaway" Blues Traveler Ever

Jon Chattman | Posted 05.11.2015 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

While alt-rock was king during a five-to-seven year period so was alt-pop-rock. Think Jewel. Think Melissa Etheridge. And think about the band I'm about to feature with a grin the size of Nantucket: Blues Traveler.

A-Sides With Jon Chattman: Counting (on) Stars; May Edition of 5 for Fighting With... Five for Fighting

Jon Chattman | Posted 05.08.2015 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

As Ondrasik has done for several months now, he sat down with me -- in the digital realm anyway -- and answered five silly questions for this column within a column

A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Zoë Kravitz Kills it on Film and Stage

Jon Chattman | Posted 05.07.2015 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Zoë Kravitz has been fortunate to be in many film franchises from X-Men to Divergent and the upcoming Mad Max reboot.

A-Sides With Jon Chattman: Janine and the Mixtape Press Play; Rachel Lynn's 'Flame'

Jon Chattman | Posted 05.05.2015 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

A-Sides is fortunate to interview not just influential, established, [insert adjective here] talent but unique rising artists as well. Perhaps you've never heard of some of them or, if you have, maybe you haven't heard enough of. With that said, here we are.

A-Sides With Jon Chattman: Taking in the "Antithesisness" - Ting Tings Get "Wrong" while The Suffers "Make Some Room"

Jon Chattman | Posted 06.30.2015 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

There have been so many amazing covers in music but perhaps the best of all-time is Charlie Day's coked out cover of The Ting Tings' "That's Not My Name" in the 2011 comedy Horrible Bosses.

A-Sides With Jon Chattman: The Elle King and I

Jon Chattman | Posted 06.22.2015 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Elle King is one of the most buzzed artist in music today, and listen to her for a word or two, and you'll let out a big "no duh."

A-Sides With Jon Chattman: Blitz Kids' "Keep Swinging"; Emily Hearn Set to Erupt

Jon Chattman | Posted 06.20.2015 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Blitz Kids Since the release of their recent Red Bull Records debut The Good Youth, the band have collected more buzz than your large-and-not-quite-in-charge frat brother on a bender.