Featured Stories
  • There actually wasn’t much of a debate over my favorite album of the year. I have to admit that when Max Knouse gave me the Hasty Escape album on Halloween within about a week I knew that it was going to be my December feature for JAVA and that it was almost assuredly going to end up as my favorite album of the year. Up until that point, I was sure Emby Alexander had that slot hands down. I listened to this album nearly every day for three months straight, I still listen to it a couple times a week....

    Favorite Local Album of 2014-”The Filthier Things” by Hasty Escape

    There actually wasn’t much of a debate over my favorite album of the year. I have to admit that when Max Knouse gave me the Hasty Escape album on Halloween within about a week I knew that it was going to be my December feature for JAVA and that it was almost assuredly going to end up as my favorite album of the year. Up until that point, I was sure Emby Alexander had that slot hands down. I listened to this album nearly every day for three months straight, I still listen to it a couple times a week….

    Share
  • As with the Favorite EP list this contains all but the my number one favorite album of 2014. This was a little easier than the singles or the EPs, that’s for sure. I knew immediately what albums I spent the most time with, the ones I can name the most tracks off of, the ones I carried with me for weeks or months on end. It was a pretty great year in music, that’s for sure and all of these albums enriched my life, if they haven’t enriched yours yet, get to know them–most of them are embedded below…So without...

    Favorite Local Albums of 2014

    As with the Favorite EP list this contains all but the my number one favorite album of 2014. This was a little easier than the singles or the EPs, that’s for sure. I knew immediately what albums I spent the most time with, the ones I can name the most tracks off of, the ones I carried with me for weeks or months on end. It was a pretty great year in music, that’s for sure and all of these albums enriched my life, if they haven’t enriched yours yet, get to know them–most of them are embedded below…So without…

    Share
  • I really bit off more than I could chew here. It started with a top twenty, then a top thirty and finally a top forty in classic fashion. This was probably the most arduous task of any of these lists so far for the sheer volume alone. What’s that you say? There could only be forty good songs from local bands last year. No, this was narrowed down from about 125 or so. Again, arduous. Even more difficult was to put them in order. I knew the top ten or so when I started this task, but beyond that it...

    Top 40 Favorite Local Songs of 2014

    I really bit off more than I could chew here. It started with a top twenty, then a top thirty and finally a top forty in classic fashion. This was probably the most arduous task of any of these lists so far for the sheer volume alone. What’s that you say? There could only be forty good songs from local bands last year. No, this was narrowed down from about 125 or so. Again, arduous. Even more difficult was to put them in order. I knew the top ten or so when I started this task, but beyond that it…

    Share
  • I have to admit that the choice for my Favorite EP of 2014 was pretty damn easy. I knew it was my favorite after it was the only CD that remained in my player for three months straight. It is also the EP that genuinely made me the happiest out of the fifty or so I spent time with last year. The self-titled debut EP by Lawnchair has to be one of the most delightful surprises of 2014. All six songs on the release are perfect additions to a poolside Summer soundtrack. Not only are all these songs catchy as...

    Favorite EP of 2014 – Lawnchair

    I have to admit that the choice for my Favorite EP of 2014 was pretty damn easy. I knew it was my favorite after it was the only CD that remained in my player for three months straight. It is also the EP that genuinely made me the happiest out of the fifty or so I spent time with last year. The self-titled debut EP by Lawnchair has to be one of the most delightful surprises of 2014. All six songs on the release are perfect additions to a poolside Summer soundtrack. Not only are all these songs catchy as…

    Share
  • I’ve listened to nearly fifty EPs and these were some difficult choices, I must admit. I loved everything I wrote about last year, but one of the qualifiers for this category and the categories that follow is “Could I sing a song from the EP without thinking about it?” the answer to all of the 22 below was yes, or I could at least hum the tune. All but my absolute favorite is found here, but that gets a post all its own, because it deserves it as my favorite above and beyond all else from 2014. So, without further...

    Favorite EPs of 2014

    I’ve listened to nearly fifty EPs and these were some difficult choices, I must admit. I loved everything I wrote about last year, but one of the qualifiers for this category and the categories that follow is “Could I sing a song from the EP without thinking about it?” the answer to all of the 22 below was yes, or I could at least hum the tune. All but my absolute favorite is found here, but that gets a post all its own, because it deserves it as my favorite above and beyond all else from 2014. So, without further…

    Share
  • The first time I encountered decker. they were touring in support of their second release Long As The Night (2010) and looking soon forward to their third. I had never heard them or heard of them before and I’m not sure how they had escaped my radar. It was at the Rogue Bar and I remember standing their transfixed for the entire set, I’m not sure I even moved or blinked the entire time. It was as though their music was literally invoking the spirits of the southwest to accompany them and it felt like a desert wind was blowing...

    “PATSY” by decker. : A Philosphical Treatise

    The first time I encountered decker. they were touring in support of their second release Long As The Night (2010) and looking soon forward to their third. I had never heard them or heard of them before and I’m not sure how they had escaped my radar. It was at the Rogue Bar and I remember standing their transfixed for the entire set, I’m not sure I even moved or blinked the entire time. It was as though their music was literally invoking the spirits of the southwest to accompany them and it felt like a desert wind was blowing…

    Share
  • Yes, I still have plenty of favorites to go through on these pages from last year. Due to bouts of the flu and other such nonsense my schedule on getting these out has been delayed, but all the lists are locked in my head and must be released. I spent too much time thinking about them. This list has a definite order and it’s based purely on how much joy they brought me, how much I loved the song and the production value. Sometimes one of these values would trump the other. I couldn’t decide on ten so I went...

    Favorite Local Music Videos of 2014

    Yes, I still have plenty of favorites to go through on these pages from last year. Due to bouts of the flu and other such nonsense my schedule on getting these out has been delayed, but all the lists are locked in my head and must be released. I spent too much time thinking about them. This list has a definite order and it’s based purely on how much joy they brought me, how much I loved the song and the production value. Sometimes one of these values would trump the other. I couldn’t decide on ten so I went…

    Share
  • Let’s face it, I go to a lot of shows and in 2014, I was actually trying to cut back. Truth is, going to shows is what keeps me writing and I find out about more new bands that way, by talking to musicians than on using any social media platform. It’s in the moment and you’re drinking and smoking and everyone has a new favorite band, then I write them down and check them out. At some point I know I said I was going to cut down on the amount of shows I would see, but I think...

    Favorite Live Shows Of 2014

    Let’s face it, I go to a lot of shows and in 2014, I was actually trying to cut back. Truth is, going to shows is what keeps me writing and I find out about more new bands that way, by talking to musicians than on using any social media platform. It’s in the moment and you’re drinking and smoking and everyone has a new favorite band, then I write them down and check them out. At some point I know I said I was going to cut down on the amount of shows I would see, but I think…

    Share
  • Ah, it’s SuperBowl weekend and this year it’s here in Arizona and I couldn’t give a fuck less. I don’t even know what teams are playing. I suppose I would actually go to the game if someone gave me tickets, because why the hell not, but seriously, I’m not going to watch the game. Hell, Sunday I may just barbeque a bunch of shit and have all the makings, snackwise, of a SuperBowl party, then watch Wes Anderson or Paul Anderson movies all day long. Maybe, I’ll go for a jog and get a Flat White from Starbucks at the...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    Ah, it’s SuperBowl weekend and this year it’s here in Arizona and I couldn’t give a fuck less. I don’t even know what teams are playing. I suppose I would actually go to the game if someone gave me tickets, because why the hell not, but seriously, I’m not going to watch the game. Hell, Sunday I may just barbeque a bunch of shit and have all the makings, snackwise, of a SuperBowl party, then watch Wes Anderson or Paul Anderson movies all day long. Maybe, I’ll go for a jog and get a Flat White from Starbucks at the…

    Share
  • In late 2013 Fairy Bones announced they were working on a full length album expected to be released the following year. I couldn’t have been more thrilled since Fairy Bones were my favorite debut of that year bar none and so their full length debut album became my most highly anticipated record of 2014. Except that it didn’t get released last year, the band wanted to take their time writing and recording it, making it perfect in every way, they even held a magnificently successful crowdfunding campaign to complete the recording and production. I had started to think it was...

    Fairy Bones Unleash Dramabot!

    In late 2013 Fairy Bones announced they were working on a full length album expected to be released the following year. I couldn’t have been more thrilled since Fairy Bones were my favorite debut of that year bar none and so their full length debut album became my most highly anticipated record of 2014. Except that it didn’t get released last year, the band wanted to take their time writing and recording it, making it perfect in every way, they even held a magnificently successful crowdfunding campaign to complete the recording and production. I had started to think it was…

    Share
  • For anyone that knows me, this is probably no surprise. First of all, I live on the East Side, Second, I hate driving and Third, I tend to have tremendous social anxiety. Luckily The Rogue is on the East Side, close to me and I never feel freaked out there. That being said, in all honesty The Rogue must have benefited from the twin closures of Long Wong’s and The Sail Inn, whereas I used to spend my time spreading myself out between those three venues, after June I started living at the Rogue with occasional excursions to Last Exit...

    Favorite Venue of 2014: The Rogue Bar

    For anyone that knows me, this is probably no surprise. First of all, I live on the East Side, Second, I hate driving and Third, I tend to have tremendous social anxiety. Luckily The Rogue is on the East Side, close to me and I never feel freaked out there. That being said, in all honesty The Rogue must have benefited from the twin closures of Long Wong’s and The Sail Inn, whereas I used to spend my time spreading myself out between those three venues, after June I started living at the Rogue with occasional excursions to Last Exit…

    Share
  • Taking a break from the favorites of last year, the amount of new videos coming out have been piling up and I thought they deserved some attention. I think this is going to be a big year for video, even bigger than last year and I imagine this kind of thing will appear more often here. I tend to ignore videos, because I am more about the music, but if it’s a way to get peoples attention and tune into some great local artists, well, then all the better. KONGOS – “I Want To Know” After living with this album...

    VideosAroundTown: Five Very Different Videos of the New Year

    Taking a break from the favorites of last year, the amount of new videos coming out have been piling up and I thought they deserved some attention. I think this is going to be a big year for video, even bigger than last year and I imagine this kind of thing will appear more often here. I tend to ignore videos, because I am more about the music, but if it’s a way to get peoples attention and tune into some great local artists, well, then all the better. KONGOS – “I Want To Know” After living with this album…

    Share
Upcoming Live Shows!
  • Ah, it’s SuperBowl weekend and this year it’s here in Arizona and I couldn’t give a fuck less. I don’t even know what teams are playing. I suppose I would actually go to the game if someone gave me tickets, because why the hell not, but seriously, I’m not going to watch the game. Hell, Sunday I may just barbeque a bunch of shit and have all the makings, snackwise, of a SuperBowl party, then watch Wes Anderson or Paul Anderson movies all day long. Maybe, I’ll go for a jog and get a Flat White from Starbucks at the...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    Ah, it’s SuperBowl weekend and this year it’s here in Arizona and I couldn’t give a fuck less. I don’t even know what teams are playing. I suppose I would actually go to the game if someone gave me tickets, because why the hell not, but seriously, I’m not going to watch the game. Hell, Sunday I may just barbeque a bunch of shit and have all the makings, snackwise, of a SuperBowl party, then watch Wes Anderson or Paul Anderson movies all day long. Maybe, I’ll go for a jog and get a Flat White from Starbucks at the...

    Continue Reading...

  • This weekend is a hell of a thing and it will probably continue like this until Spring. Here we are again with too many decisions smashed into too few days. Granted the weekend now seems to start on Thursdays, but it would be nice if we could make the weekend four days so everyone could have a better chance of catching more bands. There is just a ton of talent, rising stars and seasoned veterans all over the town this Friday and Saturday, so you have some difficult choices. Thursday I will make it easy for you with one nominee...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    This weekend is a hell of a thing and it will probably continue like this until Spring. Here we are again with too many decisions smashed into too few days. Granted the weekend now seems to start on Thursdays, but it would be nice if we could make the weekend four days so everyone could have a better chance of catching more bands. There is just a ton of talent, rising stars and seasoned veterans all over the town this Friday and Saturday, so you have some difficult choices. Thursday I will make it easy for you with one nominee...

    Continue Reading...

  • I don’t often write about bands beyond the state of Arizona, but every now and then one comes for a visit that I can’t resist. In this case, Charles Barth of Saddles made sure that I hear the recordings of Pageantry before they were to play a set at Tempe Tavern this Friday, December 12th. Of other note, nearly any time Barth recommends that I listen to something, I pretty much do so immediately because he has never steered me incorrectly (Celebration Guns and Morning Theft for instance). Pageantry, from Denton, Texas, is another clear case of this. I have...

    Pageantry Takes Time At Tempe Tavern Friday Night

    I don’t often write about bands beyond the state of Arizona, but every now and then one comes for a visit that I can’t resist. In this case, Charles Barth of Saddles made sure that I hear the recordings of Pageantry before they were to play a set at Tempe Tavern this Friday, December 12th. Of other note, nearly any time Barth recommends that I listen to something, I pretty much do so immediately because he has never steered me incorrectly (Celebration Guns and Morning Theft for instance). Pageantry, from Denton, Texas, is another clear case of this. I have...

    Continue Reading...

  • It’s a little difficult to wrap my head around the fact that Banana Gun is celebrating their five year anniversary this week. Granted, I’ve been writing about local music for nearly seven years, but it seemed that when things just got started rolling around here Banana Gun was a part of the new emerging scene. Now, half a decade later, they are one of the top local bands and seasoned veterans at that. Across five years they have released one studio EP (more of a mini-album/short full album), two brilliant full lengths and a live EP–all to critical praise, including...

    Banana Gun Celebrates Five Years With A Show And A New EP!

    It’s a little difficult to wrap my head around the fact that Banana Gun is celebrating their five year anniversary this week. Granted, I’ve been writing about local music for nearly seven years, but it seemed that when things just got started rolling around here Banana Gun was a part of the new emerging scene. Now, half a decade later, they are one of the top local bands and seasoned veterans at that. Across five years they have released one studio EP (more of a mini-album/short full album), two brilliant full lengths and a live EP–all to critical praise, including...

    Continue Reading...

  • Recently I was asked who was my favorite local metal band and I answered without any hesitation, “The Oxford Coma”, which they had never heard of and they thought I was mad. They describe their sound as “Psychedelic Anxiety Grunge Metal” and that really does sum it up nicely. This is the dream child of Billy Tegethoff and it truly slays–I have been a fan of these guys since the start and cover their every move. Why? Because they have a vision, a sound, a live show, a presence that is so compelling and fascinating that I can’t turn away....

    The Oxford Coma – Morphine EP

    Recently I was asked who was my favorite local metal band and I answered without any hesitation, “The Oxford Coma”, which they had never heard of and they thought I was mad. They describe their sound as “Psychedelic Anxiety Grunge Metal” and that really does sum it up nicely. This is the dream child of Billy Tegethoff and it truly slays–I have been a fan of these guys since the start and cover their every move. Why? Because they have a vision, a sound, a live show, a presence that is so compelling and fascinating that I can’t turn away....

    Continue Reading...

  • It seems every year on the week of Thanksgiving the local music scene becomes one endless party. Most fans and local music loyalists have no problem with this and the weekend shows give us all a chance to burn of Thursday’s gluttony. This is year is very much the same, shows every night, madness around every corner. It’s a pretty great time to be in the Phoenix metro area. Music, that’s what I’m thankful for, amazing local music. When & Where: Tuesday, November 25th, 8pm at Crescent Ballroom Reasons To Attend: Hasty Escape has produced on of the finest albums...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…Thanksgiving Edition

    It seems every year on the week of Thanksgiving the local music scene becomes one endless party. Most fans and local music loyalists have no problem with this and the weekend shows give us all a chance to burn of Thursday’s gluttony. This is year is very much the same, shows every night, madness around every corner. It’s a pretty great time to be in the Phoenix metro area. Music, that’s what I’m thankful for, amazing local music. When & Where: Tuesday, November 25th, 8pm at Crescent Ballroom Reasons To Attend: Hasty Escape has produced on of the finest albums...

    Continue Reading...

Latest Headlines
  • Subscribe To SoundsAroundTown.Net
    Subscribe