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

Jon Chattman | Posted 04.22.2017 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

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 200...

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

Jon Chattman | Posted 04.21.2017 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

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 hea...

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

Jon Chattman | Posted 04.14.2017 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

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...

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

Jon Chattman | Posted 04.12.2017 | New York
Jon Chattman

Photo/ Joe del Tufo 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...

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

Jon Chattman | Posted 04.05.2017 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

The Strumbellas' breakthrough track is already massive on alt-rock radio, and their lyrics strike me like a Negan bat blow. When I hear lines like "I got guns in my head and they won't go... Spirits in my head and they wont" and especially the line "I'll be a dreamer 'til the day I die," I identify, get inspired, and feel free.

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

Jon Chattman | Posted 03.31.2017 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Here are the results of last night's real slubberknocker between Father John Misty's beard taking on Ray LaMontagne's facial broom.

CeeLo Green Weighs in on New Track, Gnarls Barkley Reunion, and Social Media

Jon Chattman | Posted 03.30.2017 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

The Goodie Mob/Gnarls Barkley star just premiered the official music video for "Working Class Heroes (Work)" off his recent solo effort Heart Blanche.

A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Make "Bad Decisions" with Denver's Top Flite Empire; Go "Crazy" for Sabryna

Jon Chattman | Posted 03.23.2017 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Is Taco Tuesday a thing? I guess it is and even if it isn't, Tuesdays suck. Let's face it next to Monday, it's the second crappiest day of the week. N...

A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Open "Season" for St. Louis Rapper J.R.; Max Frost Heats Up with New EP, Tour

Jon Chattman | Posted 03.16.2017 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

In 2000, Nelly arguably put the St. Louis hip-hop scene on the map with "Country Grammar." Some 16 years later, Cards country rapper J.R. has taken th...

A-Sides with Jon Chattman: A Chat with "Cult" Classic Ian Astbury; Can I Get an "Amen?" Yeasayer Return with New LP

Jon Chattman | Posted 03.17.2017 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

My introduction to The Cult, like so many, came via the classic 1985 hit "She Sells Sanctuary." The song had a resounding effect on me - and it's a t...

A-Sides with Jon Chattman: PuppyMonkeyBaby, Star Wars, ZhuZhu Pets and Scouring the NYC Toy Fair for Cool Stuff

Jon Chattman | Posted 03.16.2017 | New York
Jon Chattman

On the last day of New York City's 113th North American International Toy Fair - the Western Hemisphere's largest and most important toy show - Februa...

A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Matisyahu Reflects on 10 Years of 'Youth,' Home, and the Road

Jon Chattman | Posted 03.09.2017 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Hasidic Jew makes it as a reggae star. It could've been a gimmick. It could've been a joke. It could've been an interesting episode of The Fresh Princ...

A-Sides with Jon Chattman: A Guide to Recognizing Fairground Saints; The Heirs Inherit Stardom

Jon Chattman | Posted 03.08.2017 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Three-part harmonies are as refreshing as a lemonade stand in July. Kids still do that, right? Anyway, it's a rarity amongst bands (or done well anyw...

A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Amazing Grace - Rising Star Just "Owns" It

Jon Chattman | Posted 03.02.2017 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

When Lorde unleashed mega-fantastic "Royals" a few years back, every blogger/writer in the world immediately pointed out how wise beyond her years the...

A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Predicting this Year's Oscars is like Predicting Tomorrow's East Coast Weather

Jon Chattman | Posted 02.24.2017 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

When the final out of the World Series is made, it marks the unofficial beginning of the "hot stove" season. The term, of course, applies to media spe...

A-Sides with Jon Chattman: The Virginmarys Premiere Music Videos; Debunk the 'Punk is Dead' Myth

Jon Chattman | Posted 02.11.2017 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Punk music isn't dead - its legacy and spirit anyway. Neither is rock and roll. Tell yourself this. Look for it. Mainstream radio isn't playing it, se...

A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Filter's Richard Patrick's Opens His "Crazy Eyes"; Matt Sucich Sees "Mirages"

Jon Chattman | Posted 02.19.2017 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

For my generation, 1990s alt-rock was a golden era of music. It was an era in which rock music actually landed into the mainstream and could be heard ...

A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Yoko Ono Discusses New Album, Bowie, and the Message of "Love & Understanding"

Jon Chattman | Posted 02.17.2017 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Photo/Scott Rudd (containing image by Karl Lagerfeld) How do you even try to come up with a worthy opening sentence about Yoko Ono? Well, you don't. ...

A-Sides with Jon Chattman: The Return of "5 For Fighting...," Cover-on-Demand with Matt Sucich, and Banta Video Premiere

Jon Chattman | Posted 02.11.2017 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

It's been several months since A-Sides ran its signature series (not necessarily signature by the way) with John Ondrasik AKA Five for Fighting. Betw...

A-Sides with Jon Chattman: The Mighty Tor - Miller Breaks Out with "Carter and Cash"

Jon Chattman | Posted 02.08.2017 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Now, I walked this line right next to you With every step, the closer that we'll get Caught, in a fever that's so pure and true We'll paint the town, ...

A-Sides 'Cover On Demand' -- Filter's Richard Patrick Channels Oz and Bowie; Vancouver Artist Seeks Toronto Chick

Jon Chattman | Posted 02.03.2017 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Welcome to a new addition to thisisasides.com "Cover-on-Demand." This segment asks artists to perform a song stuck in their head on the fly -- whether it's a line, a verse, or the whole darn song.

A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Skylar Grey Shoots a "Cannonball"; Free Pizza for Everyone

Jon Chattman | Posted 01.27.2017 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

For years, Skylar Grey has been the go-to artist to collaborate with. Everyone from Eminem to Diddy to Moby. The singer/songwriter is also as in-dema...

A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Peppa Pig (and Her Muddy Puddles) Take the Show on the Road

Jon Chattman | Posted 01.25.2017 | Arts
Jon Chattman

© ABD Ltd/Ent. One UK Ltd 2003 Most parents of a toddler or preschooler know how excruciating some of their kids' choices in television shows can be...

A-Sides with Jon Chattman: #OscarsNotWhite - Hypothetical Nominations That Should've Happened Since 2000

Jon Chattman | Posted 01.21.2017 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

The #OscarsSoWhite hashtag is on-point. The voters dropped the ball last year when they failed to give a nomination to anyone of color in major categories. Ditto for this year, and years before this and last year.

A-Sides With Jon Chattman: R&B Star Monica Puts Us on 'Red' Alert

Jon Chattman | Posted 01.19.2017 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Only a handful of artists -- especially in the R&B genre -- have had a lengthy, always-relevant career in the biz. Monica clearly is one of them.