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  • If you are unfamiliar with Van Adams it’s not a surprise, but you may be familiar with their former identity as Villains, or not. This is the indie electronica duo of Yvette Adams and Ivan Hernandez. As Villains they had a drummer, and now they have a drum machine and a lot more synths going on–somehow, no strength is lost, in fact they’ve gotten stronger and stranger in one fell swoop. I fell in love with this duo at the start of this year and have been hounding them since for a release and it’s finally here. There are many...

    Van Adams Debut EP

    If you are unfamiliar with Van Adams it’s not a surprise, but you may be familiar with their former identity as Villains, or not. This is the indie electronica duo of Yvette Adams and Ivan Hernandez. As Villains they had a drummer, and now they have a drum machine and a lot more synths going on–somehow, no strength is lost, in fact they’ve gotten stronger and stranger in one fell swoop. I fell in love with this duo at the start of this year and have been hounding them since for a release and it’s finally here. There are many…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • You might know Miller James a bit better as J. Miller from Bad Lucy or even as Gram Miller which was the first solo moniker he used amidst the break up of Bad Lucy. Do not be confused by the changing names for the guy with the golden throat that looks the same (I once asked him if he had a brother named Gram after seeing pictures online), he is one and the same. I was saddened by the loss of Bad Lucy, because I thought they really could get somewhere, but I always felt that this was the guy...

    VideosAroundTown: “Honestly” by Miller James

    You might know Miller James a bit better as J. Miller from Bad Lucy or even as Gram Miller which was the first solo moniker he used amidst the break up of Bad Lucy. Do not be confused by the changing names for the guy with the golden throat that looks the same (I once asked him if he had a brother named Gram after seeing pictures online), he is one and the same. I was saddened by the loss of Bad Lucy, because I thought they really could get somewhere, but I always felt that this was the guy…

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  • 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…

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  • 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….

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  • 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…

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  • Watch For Rocks is probably the most underrated band in the valley. First of all, they are composed entirely of geologists, secondly they put out an amazing pop-rock record this summer while everyone was sleeping in their air conditioned capsules. So while you were sleeping, this happened–and by I mean happened I mean they put out one of the most compelling albums of the year. When Watch For Rocks became one of my favorite live bands in town, I thought I was late for the party, but it turned out the party was just getting started. The band itself consists...

    Watch For Rocks – Exploring The Space

    Watch For Rocks is probably the most underrated band in the valley. First of all, they are composed entirely of geologists, secondly they put out an amazing pop-rock record this summer while everyone was sleeping in their air conditioned capsules. So while you were sleeping, this happened–and by I mean happened I mean they put out one of the most compelling albums of the year. When Watch For Rocks became one of my favorite live bands in town, I thought I was late for the party, but it turned out the party was just getting started. The band itself consists…

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  •   When & Where: Thursday, November 13th, 8pm at Last Exit Live Reasons To Attend: This is Manic Monkeys first show at Last Exit Live!!! Seriously, if you love the Monkeys this is your first chance to hear them on the best sound system in town. They play a lot of places where the PA just doesn’t do them justice. Well, justice will be served at this gig! Other Details: The bands on the lineup are… Radar Vs Wolf (Nashville, TN) Manic Monkeys Red Tank! Jeff Gonzales Commentary: I’m not sure I can expound much beyond what I’ve already said,...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

      When & Where: Thursday, November 13th, 8pm at Last Exit Live Reasons To Attend: This is Manic Monkeys first show at Last Exit Live!!! Seriously, if you love the Monkeys this is your first chance to hear them on the best sound system in town. They play a lot of places where the PA just doesn’t do them justice. Well, justice will be served at this gig! Other Details: The bands on the lineup are… Radar Vs Wolf (Nashville, TN) Manic Monkeys Red Tank! Jeff Gonzales Commentary: I’m not sure I can expound much beyond what I’ve already said,…

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  • The weekend starts tonight as far I am concerned and so do the choices for live local music! I’d suggest getting to the West side if you aren’t already there and kicking things off at either Rip’s or The Rhythm Room, both shows are killer. Once again the choices on Saturday get a little rough, but you can spend at least thirteen hours of the day indulging your auditory. The whole weekend is great, so dig in and get some… When & Where: Thursday, November 6th, 9pm at Rips Bar Reasons To Attend: The Love Me Nots have released their...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    The weekend starts tonight as far I am concerned and so do the choices for live local music! I’d suggest getting to the West side if you aren’t already there and kicking things off at either Rip’s or The Rhythm Room, both shows are killer. Once again the choices on Saturday get a little rough, but you can spend at least thirteen hours of the day indulging your auditory. The whole weekend is great, so dig in and get some… When & Where: Thursday, November 6th, 9pm at Rips Bar Reasons To Attend: The Love Me Nots have released their…

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  • It is somewhat ironic that while I sit here writing about the fantastic new video Michael Alexander sent me from his band Emby Alexander, they will be hitting the stage at The Lost Leaf–which is where I saw them last. Curiously enough, it was about that night where I was, according to Alexander, possibly the first one to write about a crazy crowd involved sonic experiment that blew my mind. I may have even coined the term for it, but I’m not sure about that. In early September, I wrote: “They even had an audience experiment we’ll call “The Emby...

    VideosAroundTown: “Emby Echo + Sexting My Friends” by Emby Alexander

    It is somewhat ironic that while I sit here writing about the fantastic new video Michael Alexander sent me from his band Emby Alexander, they will be hitting the stage at The Lost Leaf–which is where I saw them last. Curiously enough, it was about that night where I was, according to Alexander, possibly the first one to write about a crazy crowd involved sonic experiment that blew my mind. I may have even coined the term for it, but I’m not sure about that. In early September, I wrote: “They even had an audience experiment we’ll call “The Emby…

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  • Rock’n'roll doesn’t readily come to mind when you think about Winnie The Pooh.  If you found yourself pondering Pooh and Christopher Robin and all of the characters created by A.A. Milne that populate the 100 AcreWoods, you wouldn’t quickly think “Yeah, that’s rock’n'roll,” alright. Taking that further, you wouldn’t suspect that Benjamin Hoff’s philosophical take on Pooh in The Tao of Pooh, would fuel the fires of rock, either. It seems like this isn’t really the fodder for inspiring an entire rock album, that somehow it would never have been anything Milne or Hoff would have imagined occurring. Well, this...

    Christopher Robin by Japhy’s Descent

    Rock’n’roll doesn’t readily come to mind when you think about Winnie The Pooh.  If you found yourself pondering Pooh and Christopher Robin and all of the characters created by A.A. Milne that populate the 100 AcreWoods, you wouldn’t quickly think “Yeah, that’s rock’n’roll,” alright. Taking that further, you wouldn’t suspect that Benjamin Hoff’s philosophical take on Pooh in The Tao of Pooh, would fuel the fires of rock, either. It seems like this isn’t really the fodder for inspiring an entire rock album, that somehow it would never have been anything Milne or Hoff would have imagined occurring. Well, this…

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • Watch For Rocks is probably the most underrated band in the valley. First of all, they are composed entirely of geologists, secondly they put out an amazing pop-rock record this summer while everyone was sleeping in their air conditioned capsules. So while you were sleeping, this happened–and by I mean happened I mean they put out one of the most compelling albums of the year. When Watch For Rocks became one of my favorite live bands in town, I thought I was late for the party, but it turned out the party was just getting started. The band itself consists...

    Watch For Rocks – Exploring The Space

    Watch For Rocks is probably the most underrated band in the valley. First of all, they are composed entirely of geologists, secondly they put out an amazing pop-rock record this summer while everyone was sleeping in their air conditioned capsules. So while you were sleeping, this happened–and by I mean happened I mean they put out one of the most compelling albums of the year. When Watch For Rocks became one of my favorite live bands in town, I thought I was late for the party, but it turned out the party was just getting started. The band itself consists...

    Continue Reading...

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