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A Sides With Jon Chattman

A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Bastille's Dan Smith on "Eh Ohs," Covers, and the "Awesomeness" and "Weirdness" of Success

Jon Chattman | Posted 10.21.2014 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Most of the time, a song gets stuck inside your head for hours, days courtesy of a catchy chorus or well-written verse. In the case of Bastille, however, their orca-whale-sized hit "Pompeii" produced a mind gloriously filled with repeated "eh ohs."

A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Switchfoot "Come Alive"; DMC Makes Comics

Jon Chattman | Posted 10.17.2014 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

In 1989, my parents took me to see The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. My dad had hyped up the show, noting right off the bat how it started with a ...

A-Sides New York Comic Con Diary: Costumes, Wrestlers, DMC and Busting On Some Ghostbusters

Jon Chattman | Posted 10.14.2014 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

When Comic Con debuted in New York City in 2006 it was hard to fathom it ever competing with the immortal San Diego gathering. For starters, the event...

A-Sides with Jon Chattman: California Love with The Canyon Rays; Boardwalk Empire star John Ellison Conlee Talks Final Season and Dabney Coleman Love

Jon Chattman | Posted 10.09.2014 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Mark Hamill is a Jedi named Luke from Tatooine. Luke Hamel, on the other hand, is a musician from Los Angeles. Let the confusion end. I hear it's all ...

A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Kill Hannah's Mat Devine Unleashes His Inner Wrongchilde

Jon Chattman | Posted 10.07.2014 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

The press release (or pitch rather) for Wrongchilde's debut album Gold Blooded started out by saying it sounds "like a John Hughes soundtrack for Donn...

A-Sides Presents: Songs in the Key Against Cancer - The Sing Away Cancer Challenge

Jon Chattman | Posted 10.07.2014 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Like so many people, I was inspired by the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge this summer. Since today (Oct. 1) marks the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month...

A-Sides Gets Raw: WWE Superstars Kofi Kingston and Big E Discuss Roadtrip Playlists, TV Favs, and the WWE Network

Jon Chattman | Posted 09.29.2014 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

We all have done it. We still do. Back in the day, it was a mix tape. Eventually, it became a CD mix. Now, it's a playlist. Whenever we go on a plane...

A-Sides: Oh Captain, Not Necessarily My Captain - Saying Goodbye (with Respect) to Derek Jeter

Jon Chattman | Posted 09.24.2014 | Sports
Jon Chattman

If you're a Boston Red Sox or New York Mets fan (or another who's been on the receiving end of one of his clutch hits or into-the-stands or leaping-catch play), you've probably been waiting for this day for quite some time: Derek Jeter's last game.

A-Sides Gets Raw: Talking the Ring and the Road with WWE Divas Champion Paige

Jon Chattman | Posted 09.22.2014 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Bra and panties matches are all well and good, but arguably many diehard wrestling fanatics might dismiss gimmick matches like that as simply "eye can...

A-Sides With Jon Chattman:'Last Forever' with Fenech-Soler

Jon Chattman | Posted 09.15.2014 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Time can be a real bitch. Today's buzz band can be tomorrow's bargain bin. It's just the nature of things. Thankfully, the band featured in today's A-Sides will have staying power long after this post I've written about them fades into the black abyss known as the Internet.

A-Sides with Jon Chattman: "All" In on Lucy Scholl; "Crash" into Shayna Leigh

Jon Chattman | Posted 09.08.2014 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

In 1985, Annie Lennox/The Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin teamed up for the ultra-cheesy single "Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves." It was meant to...

A-Sides with Jon Chattman: The "Heart & Soul" of Twin Atlantic

Jon Chattman | Posted 09.04.2014 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

If you have a short attention span when it comes to pop culture news, you probably think Justin Bieber got arrested at Brad Pitt's wedding while simul...

A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Tighten Your Belt with In the Valley Below; Throw a Wild Party

Jon Chattman | Posted 08.27.2014 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

It happens only a few times a year for me: I hear the first few seconds of a new song, fall instantly in love with it, and hope the chorus is as good ...

A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Seeing "Silhouettes" of Colony House; "Delve" Into Unappreciated Songs By, Em, Overappreciated Artists

Jon Chattman | Posted 10.18.2014 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Nashville-based indie rock trio Colony House released their debut album When I Was Younger last month and in many ways, it's already a smash - and b...

A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Jillian Edwards "Daydreams;" "Finally" It's Julian Fleisher

Jon Chattman | Posted 10.14.2014 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Nashville's Jillian Edwards has opened for for a variety of artists from The Civil Wars to Ben Rector. Well, expect her to headline sooner than later....

A-Sides with Jon Chattman: "Overdose" on Little Daylight

Jon Chattman | Posted 10.11.2014 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Hype Machine calls Little Daylight a band "to watch in 2014." This is all I have to say about that: As evidenced by their breakout track "Overdose,...

A-Sides with Jon Chattman:"Breathe" in You Me At Six

Jon Chattman | Posted 10.08.2014 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Josh Franceschi, Max Helyer, Chris Miller, Dan Flint, and Matt Barnes have had quite a run lately all over the globe. Their substantive single "Room to Breathe" is in the top 10 on rock radio, and they sold out Wembley Arena right out of the gate.

A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Volcano Girls Veruca Salt Set to Erupt Again

Jon Chattman | Posted 09.29.2014 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

With apologies to L.L. Cool J, we all know how "comebacks" work. They usually, um, don't. You know the drill - a band breaks-up, disappear for awhil...

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

Jon Chattman | Posted 09.21.2014 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Some Kind of Wonderful is one of 80s movie-master John Hughes' underrated films. A new band who shares a variation on that name and phrase is quickly making me forget about the two.

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

Jon Chattman | Posted 09.20.2014 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

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 h...

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

Jon Chattman | Posted 09.15.2014 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

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

Jon Chattman | Posted 09.07.2014 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

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...

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

Jon Chattman | Posted 09.06.2014 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

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.

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

Jon Chattman | Posted 09.02.2014 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

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 s...

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

Jon Chattman | Posted 08.30.2014 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

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 ...