SIDE BY SIDE Listen to Side By Side’s self-title EP, and you might think they’re a polished, pop-rock band that belongs more on radio than on a stage. Catch them live and you’d never know it was the same group. The Pepe brothers, Joseph and Michael, and singer Joelle Kittrell bring forth more of a raw, intense quality in person that wasn’t captured in the studio. There’s a reason they went so far in a recent Billboard Magazine competition.
— Jeff Hahne