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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Alice Cooper & Joe Perry Breathe New Life Into Hollywood Vampires

Jon Chattman | Posted 08.31.2015 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Along with founding member Cooper, the crew included Lennon, Morrison, and Keith Moon. It consisted of rockers who lived near the Strip and those passing through town while on tour.

A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Movin' On UP With Pop Evil

Jon Chattman | Posted 08.26.2015 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Mainstream music may be more interested in pop and "that red lip classic thing that you like" these days, but if you look for it - really look for i...

A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Let the "Roxettenaissance" Begin! Per Gessle Discusses a New "Look," Album, and Tour

Jon Chattman | Posted 08.19.2015 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

I remember it like it was yesterday or actually a really long time ago. It was June of 1991 and it was the night before my Biology Regents Exam. My ...

A-Sides With Jon Chattman: Matthew Koma Is 'So FN' Everywhere; Get 'Cornhusker Strong' With Heidi Merrill

Jon Chattman | Posted 08.17.2015 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Pitbull always claims he's "Mr. Worldwide." That may be true in some circles, but if you've followed the career of Matthew Koma thus far, the distinction clearly belongs to him as well.

A-Sides with Jon Chattman: No Smoke -- The Inevitable Stardom of 'The Moth and the Flame' and 'Firekid'

Jon Chattman | Posted 08.12.2015 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Infusing southern rock with bluegrass and a hybrid of genres and gadgets (he uses chiptune -- producing music via old-school video consoles), firekid recorded his debut album with producer and songwriter Sam Hollander (The Fray, Train).

A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Movin' on "Up" With Lights

Jon Chattman | Posted 08.06.2015 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Rick Moranis. Hockey. Heathcare. Youpi. Oh, Canada. You are so underrated and awesome. In many ways -- in the states anyway -- our latest A-Sides guest is just that: underrated, awesome and -- yes -- Canadian.

A-Sides With Jon Chattman: The "Name" Game with Vampire Weekend's Chris Baio; Meet "Poster" Girl Masha

Jon Chattman | Posted 08.04.2015 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

In an A-Sides interview filmed at Primary Wave in New York City earlier this month, Baio explained the process behind his album -- moving to London shaped it, whether he cares if you refer to his work as a "side project," and painted a picture of his upbringing in Bronxville, NY.

A-Sides with Jon Chattman: NY "State" of Matt Pond PA; Howling With Bang Gang

Jon Chattman | Posted 07.30.2015 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Music should not only be heard, it should be felt. With all due respect, I simply can't feel a Rick Astley song but that's neither here nor there. Moving on, Matt Pond PA have been making music for years that often cuts to the bone while still providing a heavy dose of ear candy.

A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Warren Haynes Examines His "Spots of Time" on New Record

Jon Chattman | Posted 07.29.2015 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

For a musician who's spent most of his life improvising on stage and in the studio, it's quite ironic - and gloriously so I might add - that Warren Haynes' latest album was planned for nearly a decade with songs that have sort of a fixed beginning and end.

A-Sides With Jon Chattman: "Don't Wait Up" for Robert DeLong

Jon Chattman | Posted 07.27.2015 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

It's fitting that Robert DeLong's new song is called "Don't Wait Up." Ever since he dropped his debut album Just Movement in 2013, the wunderkind music master has kept so many people out late at night, likely stumbling home the next morning with a well-worth-it, music-soaked throbbing headache.

A-Sides With Jon Chattman: Finding True 'Happiness' With Ben Lee; Remixing the A-Sides Brand

Jon Chattman | Posted 07.22.2015 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

I seriously doubt Ben Lee can time travel nor do I think DeLoreans have Doc Brown capability in real life. Having said that, in many ways, it feels like Australian singer/songwriter Ben Lee went Back to the Future with his latest album.

A-Sides With Jon Chattman: The 'Nice Deep Musk' of Imaginary People; 'Line' Up for Lost Leaders

Jon Chattman | Posted 07.17.2015 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Muse fronted by Elvis? Not quite but listen to the New York five-piece band Imaginary People and you'll hear a glorious contradiction of throwback vocalist Dylan Von Wagner matched with a contemporary blend of synth, guitars, and percussion.

A-Sides With Jon Chattman: Stepping Out With Louis York and Jon Bellion

Jon Chattman | Posted 07.08.2015 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

To take a page from The Beasties Boys, the next two acts featured on A-Sides have mad hits like they were Rod Carew. Sadaharu Oh even. Louis York are the multi-platinum team of songwriters/producers Claude Kelly and Chuck Harmony.

A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Bastille Discuss Touring, a New Album, and... the New Ghostbusters?

Jon Chattman | Posted 07.08.2015 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Bastille are currently touring the states briefly via the Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour before heading abroad to finish up their run. Before you check them out, here's a few things you should know about their stateside shows.

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.