Archive for the ‘Bands We Like’ Category

Colin Munroe and Wale rehearse “Will I Stay”

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009


Here’s a chance to check out the multi-talented Colin Munroe and the omni-cool Wale in a unique form, at rehearsal!


The Complicated Simplifires

Friday, December 12th, 2008

The Simplifires’ new 12-track creation Why People Make Countries takes you on a sonic journey with the peaks and troughs of any good roller coaster ride, both structurally and perceptually. Using a variety of effects, the Simplifires create a distinct and unique vibe that consists of straightforward beats beneath a blanket of gritty, ambient sounds.
A consistent range of vocal layers strengthen the diversity of these audio techniques. Why People Make Countries is a solid rock and roll record.

The quirky introductions to the title track “Why People Make Countries” and “Bombs” are exemplary of Simplifires’ stylistic technique. They gracefully guide the listener into the band’s world using eerie, melodic undertones. Simplifires keep things interesting at the outset of each song.

The catchy backup vocals on “Last Night’s Party,” and the unique dual interplay of electric guitars drive this congested track into a wild ending. The time changes, vocal cadence, and emergent guitar solos on tracks like “Unsupervised” resonate a sound reminiscent of The Killers.

But familiarity can be exhausting and at times I grew weary of this easily anticipated formulae. In parts of Why People Make Countries, vocalist DaveO’s voice seemed to be drowning beneath the expanse of the album’s extensive vocal layering. However, the lyrical talent and engaging vocals of daveO, together with the heavily distorted guitar licks were enough to bring me back around.

The diversity and energy that emanated from Why People Make Countries would undoubtedly yield an unforgettable live show.

I give this record 3 Frontside Thumbs out of 5.


Fall Out Boy Streaming their new album on Myspace pre-release

Friday, December 12th, 2008


Starting today, Fall Out Boy fans can stream their new album in its entirety for free on The official premiere comes days before the album hits stores on December 16th, 2008.

Dallas Austin Murder’s Atlanta Version 4

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

If you guys haven’t heard already, Dallas Austin recently just released a slew of remixes on his myspace. The “mixtape” includes a remix of Nirvana’s In Bloom, Kanye’s Love Locked down, and of course the big T.I. & Rihanna remix of Live Your Life to name a few. These are just precursors to his upcoming release on Universal Motown, 8 Daezaweekend to be release next year.

Here is the link to download

Free Lady Sovereign Download

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

Grab a free download of the new Lady Sovereign tune “I Got You Dancing” from by clicking here

Ear to the Ground

Monday, December 1st, 2008

Recently Frontside’s good friend and Said The Whale frontman Tyler Bancroft gave us “Frontsiders” a heads up about some hilarious videos rolling through the magical world wide web. Check ‘em out…you won’t be disappointed.

Makin’ Music with John Mayer

See more John Mayer videos at Funny or Die

America still cares about American Idol. (Please note the girl in the middle who literally collapses onto the ground in grief as her friend on the left does the “jaw-drop” for a good 12 seconds)

Teens Wail Over American Idol Finale - Watch more TV Videos

Cat Vs. Mirror (no top 3 list would be complete without a cat video…)

Drop the Lime makes the cover!! XLR8R Best of 2008

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008


Drop the Lime not only makes the list of XLR8R’s best of 2008, but the Cover!! We all new it was a matter of time, but his great production and touring is paying off. With numerous remixes for Moby, boy 8bit, and Middnight Juggernauts to name a few, a new album set to release in 2009 and a mega electronic band being crafted together, this guy is for sure only in the beginning steps of his musical career. Go check out the issue.

Midway State and Thriving Ivory (Toronto)

Friday, November 21st, 2008

Midway State and Thriving Ivory hit Tattoo Rock Parlour last night.  The show was packed and there were plenty of high pitched screams for both bands.  I saw alot of camera phone and video phones up in the crowd, so I would check out youtube to see if it’s been posted.  The energy of the crowd and performances are a must see.

Kinger out

BISON’s James Gnarwell Nomitated For CBC Radio 3 BUCKY Award

Friday, November 14th, 2008

Check it out, Frontside management client BISON b.c.’s yeller is nominated for dropping some science on how to furnish your tour van…..



James Gnarwell has been nominated for a CBC Radio 3 2008 Bucky Video Award in the following category:


           Best Advice From An Artist



Fan voting is currently live at and will continue until polls close at 5:00pm PT on Fri Nov.28. The final awards show will be simulcast to the web and Sirius on CBC Radio 3 Wed Dec. 17, starting at 12:00pm PT/ 3:00pm ET; 

Click the link to check out the nominees and vote:

Watch The Video Here:


Stand By Your Van


Colin Munroe is the Unsung Hereo Trailer & Tour Dates

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

This kid never stops!!! Colin Munroe is set to put out a new mixtape and has released his upcoming tour dates for the rest of the year. His Unsung Hero mixtape includes 14 tracks of artists such as DC’s native Wale, NYC’s up and coming Mickey Factz, and legend Blaqstarr just to name a few. The album was co-produced by Sickamore & The Famous Firm in Dallas Austin’s Atlanta studio. Dallas Austin has produced pop acts such as TLC, Madonna, and P!nk.

Unsung Hero Mixtape Preview

The mixtape is set to be released digitally Dec. 1 through as well as You can get a preview of a track set to release exclusively on next week, so keep a look out for that. The track is Will I Stay, which is Colin’s forthcoming album Don’t Think Less of Me. This version though is actually remixed by Dallas Austin and features Wale.

Here are his upcoming tour dates. Look out for the Dec 9th date where he teams up with Wale, Mark Ronson, Nick Catchdubs & Kid Cudi at Highline Ballroom New York.

12-02 Toronto, ON – Tranzac Club w. Proton
12-03 Los Angeles, CA – Viper Room w. Proton
12-04 New York, NY – Studio @ Webster Hall w. Proton
12-06 Atlanta, GA – Lenny’s w. Proton & Spree Wilson
12-09 New York, NY – Highline Ballroom (supporting Wale, Mark Ronson (DJ Set) & KiD CuDi)
12-12 New London, CT – Hanafins Pub w. Flowers & Kain

You can keep up to date with all of Colin Munroe at his Myspace –