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  • I have been actually meaning to write this for over a week, but then there was Summer Ends Music Festival and I wanted to hightlight some of the local bands that were going to play and I did and then they didn’t, for the most part. Nevertheless, I’ve had five unique single releases come across my plate as of late that I thought deserved some attention, so enjoy the reviews and the listening opportunities below. EL-”Doomsayer” I’m not sure why more people aren’t talking about EL, other than Hot Rock Supajoint who turned me onto this rock combo. This is...

    SinglesGoingSteady: Five New Diverse Singles!

    I have been actually meaning to write this for over a week, but then there was Summer Ends Music Festival and I wanted to hightlight some of the local bands that were going to play and I did and then they didn’t, for the most part. Nevertheless, I’ve had five unique single releases come across my plate as of late that I thought deserved some attention, so enjoy the reviews and the listening opportunities below. EL-”Doomsayer” I’m not sure why more people aren’t talking about EL, other than Hot Rock Supajoint who turned me onto this rock combo. This is…

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  • Luna Aura makes captivating music that seduces the listener and I have a feeling that she is not of this Earth. I mean you’ve got trippy synths, crazy beats, it’s like techno fused power pop for people raised in space. Then there is, of course, the absolutely magnetic allure of her sultry vocals–it’s positively dreamy and this is the first taste of what’s to come. There is a sense of her adoration throughout her debut for pop, dance music, hip-hop, indie rock and a general love of her immersion within her own soul. The latter, I think, comes across quite...

    Luna Aura’s Debut EP

    Luna Aura makes captivating music that seduces the listener and I have a feeling that she is not of this Earth. I mean you’ve got trippy synths, crazy beats, it’s like techno fused power pop for people raised in space. Then there is, of course, the absolutely magnetic allure of her sultry vocals–it’s positively dreamy and this is the first taste of what’s to come. There is a sense of her adoration throughout her debut for pop, dance music, hip-hop, indie rock and a general love of her immersion within her own soul. The latter, I think, comes across quite…

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  • Sundressed is a band I have greatly enjoyed watching come into their own in the last couple years. This especially has to do with the growing confidence and songwriting ability of their leader and singer Trevor Hedges. It also seems that with each passing release they become more and more the band I envisioned they would when I first heard them. They also seem to let loose and rock the hell out a lot more as time goes on and that is the side I really like to see, because they do it so well. Don’t get me wrong, Sundressed...

    VideosAroundTown: Sundressed-”Best of/Worst of”

    Sundressed is a band I have greatly enjoyed watching come into their own in the last couple years. This especially has to do with the growing confidence and songwriting ability of their leader and singer Trevor Hedges. It also seems that with each passing release they become more and more the band I envisioned they would when I first heard them. They also seem to let loose and rock the hell out a lot more as time goes on and that is the side I really like to see, because they do it so well. Don’t get me wrong, Sundressed…

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  • So, someone asked me recently if I realized that I wrote about Fairy Bones roughly once a week. I thought about it for a moment and said,”Yes, I believe that’s true.” They asked me why to which I replied “Because they make it possible for me to do so. Well, to prove them wrong technically, I’m writing about them twice this week as I mentioned them in “What’s Going Ahhhn…” earlier this week. Yes, they are clearly one of my favorite local bands and I’m excited as hell about their forthcoming full length debut Dramabot coming out early next year...

    Fairy Bones: “Whipping Boy” video and Guilty Pleasures Covers Night!

    So, someone asked me recently if I realized that I wrote about Fairy Bones roughly once a week. I thought about it for a moment and said,”Yes, I believe that’s true.” They asked me why to which I replied “Because they make it possible for me to do so. Well, to prove them wrong technically, I’m writing about them twice this week as I mentioned them in “What’s Going Ahhhn…” earlier this week. Yes, they are clearly one of my favorite local bands and I’m excited as hell about their forthcoming full length debut Dramabot coming out early next year…

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  • One afternoon I was sitting in a Tennessee dive bar sipping on whiskey and writing poetry next to a big burly fellow that looked like he could kill me by just twitching and a country song came on the jukebox–a terrible country song, not good country. It didn’t have grit, wit or wisdom, it was sad and slow and it made my ears ache, when suddenly the man that had been slamming gigantic mugs of beer, slapped the counter loudly, looked at me with a crazy stare and said loudly, “You know what sucks about most country?” he paused to...

    Say Yeah Yeah Yeah! to Carol Pacey & The Honey Shakers

    One afternoon I was sitting in a Tennessee dive bar sipping on whiskey and writing poetry next to a big burly fellow that looked like he could kill me by just twitching and a country song came on the jukebox–a terrible country song, not good country. It didn’t have grit, wit or wisdom, it was sad and slow and it made my ears ache, when suddenly the man that had been slamming gigantic mugs of beer, slapped the counter loudly, looked at me with a crazy stare and said loudly, “You know what sucks about most country?” he paused to…

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  • One can say with confidence that there never was and never has been a band since quite like the Replacements. The might of their eight album catalog is rivaled only by the proportion of their mythology—and both are equally fascinating. With the catalog, though, you get some of the finest music that stumbled out of the doldrums of the 1980s and shook things up for a moment with their loud, fast rules, their drunken behavior, their on stage antics and amidst the shouting and searing guitar, some truly heart wrenching tunes that blew minds while others became anthems of eternal...

    Beautiful Losers – A Primer to the early records of The Replacements

    One can say with confidence that there never was and never has been a band since quite like the Replacements. The might of their eight album catalog is rivaled only by the proportion of their mythology—and both are equally fascinating. With the catalog, though, you get some of the finest music that stumbled out of the doldrums of the 1980s and shook things up for a moment with their loud, fast rules, their drunken behavior, their on stage antics and amidst the shouting and searing guitar, some truly heart wrenching tunes that blew minds while others became anthems of eternal…

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  • This is clearly a big week in music, if for no other reason than the main event that will be consuming Tempe Town Lake for the entirety of the weekend. I hope this becomes an annual event, because this is just the kind of thing that we need to kick off the eight or nine months of paradise we have coming to us. It’s a pretty broad lineup and I’m going for the local acts as much as I am the national ones. Now, if the festival scene is not your bag or you’re broke, never fear, there is a...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    This is clearly a big week in music, if for no other reason than the main event that will be consuming Tempe Town Lake for the entirety of the weekend. I hope this becomes an annual event, because this is just the kind of thing that we need to kick off the eight or nine months of paradise we have coming to us. It’s a pretty broad lineup and I’m going for the local acts as much as I am the national ones. Now, if the festival scene is not your bag or you’re broke, never fear, there is a…

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  • While I already mentioned this in this weeks edition of “What’s Going Ahhhn” I thought it necessary to emphasize the importance of this event, even though it’s already in progress. All the details are listed again below, but there is also info on the after party at the Icehouse after the event is over. Even if this reaches a few people that may not know about this, it’s well worth a Saturday afternoon blog post. The City of Phoenix has spoken and they say The Firehouse Gallery needs to do $7,000 worth electrical work to remain the bright and vibrant...

    Share Fire Fest and After Party at the Icehouse Phoenix

    While I already mentioned this in this weeks edition of “What’s Going Ahhhn” I thought it necessary to emphasize the importance of this event, even though it’s already in progress. All the details are listed again below, but there is also info on the after party at the Icehouse after the event is over. Even if this reaches a few people that may not know about this, it’s well worth a Saturday afternoon blog post. The City of Phoenix has spoken and they say The Firehouse Gallery needs to do $7,000 worth electrical work to remain the bright and vibrant…

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  • Self ascribed “Arizona Bummer Jams”, Merit came to my attention because I heard they were doing a searing cover of The Replacements  “Can’t Hardly Wait” on their last tour and they were and I was glad I got to hear it at the release show for The Riveras new album, where I also got to see them for the first time. They lay heavy reference on Emo influences, but maybe I just always saw that as gut pouring indie rock derived from punk anyway, so I don’t really know what that means. The guitars are goddamn great, crunchy, loud and...

    Merit – The Truth About The Twenties EP

    Self ascribed “Arizona Bummer Jams”, Merit came to my attention because I heard they were doing a searing cover of The Replacements  “Can’t Hardly Wait” on their last tour and they were and I was glad I got to hear it at the release show for The Riveras new album, where I also got to see them for the first time. They lay heavy reference on Emo influences, but maybe I just always saw that as gut pouring indie rock derived from punk anyway, so I don’t really know what that means. The guitars are goddamn great, crunchy, loud and…

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  • There is a lot of cool local live music going down around town this weekend. It’s exciting to me that there seems to be a fair amount of happenings in the Grand Avenue Arts District, which seems to be expanding with more and more businesses welcoming live music. The only sad news for the weekend is that this is one of those weekends where everything is happening on Saturday. The good news is that you can exhaust yourself completely between then and now and rest all day Sunday because nothing is happening then. So live like wild child for the...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    There is a lot of cool local live music going down around town this weekend. It’s exciting to me that there seems to be a fair amount of happenings in the Grand Avenue Arts District, which seems to be expanding with more and more businesses welcoming live music. The only sad news for the weekend is that this is one of those weekends where everything is happening on Saturday. The good news is that you can exhaust yourself completely between then and now and rest all day Sunday because nothing is happening then. So live like wild child for the…

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  • Well, there is no doubt that Sister Lip are quite a force to be reckoned with and last May they finally presented the world with their first studio recorded EP launching it with an amazing two day release show held at the Sail Inn. Thanks For The Mondays (a title that is a sweet send off to the now defunct Long Wong’s where they held a long standing residency on Monday nights). The EP is every bit as impressive as the live shows they crafted and cultivated across that very residency, it also plays out much like their set list...

    Sister Lip – Thanks For The Mondays EP (And Welcome Home!!!)

    Well, there is no doubt that Sister Lip are quite a force to be reckoned with and last May they finally presented the world with their first studio recorded EP launching it with an amazing two day release show held at the Sail Inn. Thanks For The Mondays (a title that is a sweet send off to the now defunct Long Wong’s where they held a long standing residency on Monday nights). The EP is every bit as impressive as the live shows they crafted and cultivated across that very residency, it also plays out much like their set list…

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  • I don’t usually write about bands beyond Arizona in these pages, but if I do, they are usually from LA and usually they have some sort of local connection. In this case Statues Of Cats are from LA and they do have a local connection: they are the only band on the 80/20 Records roster that is not local to AZ. Along with Fairy Bones, Captain Squeegee and Zero Zero, they fill out the four artist roll call at 80/20 and they happen to be coming to town this weekend, which gives me a good opportunity to write about their...

    Statues Of Cats – Memorabilia EP

    I don’t usually write about bands beyond Arizona in these pages, but if I do, they are usually from LA and usually they have some sort of local connection. In this case Statues Of Cats are from LA and they do have a local connection: they are the only band on the 80/20 Records roster that is not local to AZ. Along with Fairy Bones, Captain Squeegee and Zero Zero, they fill out the four artist roll call at 80/20 and they happen to be coming to town this weekend, which gives me a good opportunity to write about their…

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  • Luna Aura makes captivating music that seduces the listener and I have a feeling that she is not of this Earth. I mean you’ve got trippy synths, crazy beats, it’s like techno fused power pop for people raised in space. Then there is, of course, the absolutely magnetic allure of her sultry vocals–it’s positively dreamy and this is the first taste of what’s to come. There is a sense of her adoration throughout her debut for pop, dance music, hip-hop, indie rock and a general love of her immersion within her own soul. The latter, I think, comes across quite...

    Luna Aura’s Debut EP

    Luna Aura makes captivating music that seduces the listener and I have a feeling that she is not of this Earth. I mean you’ve got trippy synths, crazy beats, it’s like techno fused power pop for people raised in space. Then there is, of course, the absolutely magnetic allure of her sultry vocals–it’s positively dreamy and this is the first taste of what’s to come. There is a sense of her adoration throughout her debut for pop, dance music, hip-hop, indie rock and a general love of her immersion within her own soul. The latter, I think, comes across quite...

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  • Sundressed is a band I have greatly enjoyed watching come into their own in the last couple years. This especially has to do with the growing confidence and songwriting ability of their leader and singer Trevor Hedges. It also seems that with each passing release they become more and more the band I envisioned they would when I first heard them. They also seem to let loose and rock the hell out a lot more as time goes on and that is the side I really like to see, because they do it so well. Don’t get me wrong, Sundressed...

    VideosAroundTown: Sundressed-”Best of/Worst of”

    Sundressed is a band I have greatly enjoyed watching come into their own in the last couple years. This especially has to do with the growing confidence and songwriting ability of their leader and singer Trevor Hedges. It also seems that with each passing release they become more and more the band I envisioned they would when I first heard them. They also seem to let loose and rock the hell out a lot more as time goes on and that is the side I really like to see, because they do it so well. Don’t get me wrong, Sundressed...

    Continue Reading...

  • So, someone asked me recently if I realized that I wrote about Fairy Bones roughly once a week. I thought about it for a moment and said,”Yes, I believe that’s true.” They asked me why to which I replied “Because they make it possible for me to do so. Well, to prove them wrong technically, I’m writing about them twice this week as I mentioned them in “What’s Going Ahhhn…” earlier this week. Yes, they are clearly one of my favorite local bands and I’m excited as hell about their forthcoming full length debut Dramabot coming out early next year...

    Fairy Bones: “Whipping Boy” video and Guilty Pleasures Covers Night!

    So, someone asked me recently if I realized that I wrote about Fairy Bones roughly once a week. I thought about it for a moment and said,”Yes, I believe that’s true.” They asked me why to which I replied “Because they make it possible for me to do so. Well, to prove them wrong technically, I’m writing about them twice this week as I mentioned them in “What’s Going Ahhhn…” earlier this week. Yes, they are clearly one of my favorite local bands and I’m excited as hell about their forthcoming full length debut Dramabot coming out early next year...

    Continue Reading...

  • This is clearly a big week in music, if for no other reason than the main event that will be consuming Tempe Town Lake for the entirety of the weekend. I hope this becomes an annual event, because this is just the kind of thing that we need to kick off the eight or nine months of paradise we have coming to us. It’s a pretty broad lineup and I’m going for the local acts as much as I am the national ones. Now, if the festival scene is not your bag or you’re broke, never fear, there is a...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    This is clearly a big week in music, if for no other reason than the main event that will be consuming Tempe Town Lake for the entirety of the weekend. I hope this becomes an annual event, because this is just the kind of thing that we need to kick off the eight or nine months of paradise we have coming to us. It’s a pretty broad lineup and I’m going for the local acts as much as I am the national ones. Now, if the festival scene is not your bag or you’re broke, never fear, there is a...

    Continue Reading...

  • While I already mentioned this in this weeks edition of “What’s Going Ahhhn” I thought it necessary to emphasize the importance of this event, even though it’s already in progress. All the details are listed again below, but there is also info on the after party at the Icehouse after the event is over. Even if this reaches a few people that may not know about this, it’s well worth a Saturday afternoon blog post. The City of Phoenix has spoken and they say The Firehouse Gallery needs to do $7,000 worth electrical work to remain the bright and vibrant...

    Share Fire Fest and After Party at the Icehouse Phoenix

    While I already mentioned this in this weeks edition of “What’s Going Ahhhn” I thought it necessary to emphasize the importance of this event, even though it’s already in progress. All the details are listed again below, but there is also info on the after party at the Icehouse after the event is over. Even if this reaches a few people that may not know about this, it’s well worth a Saturday afternoon blog post. The City of Phoenix has spoken and they say The Firehouse Gallery needs to do $7,000 worth electrical work to remain the bright and vibrant...

    Continue Reading...

  • There is a lot of cool local live music going down around town this weekend. It’s exciting to me that there seems to be a fair amount of happenings in the Grand Avenue Arts District, which seems to be expanding with more and more businesses welcoming live music. The only sad news for the weekend is that this is one of those weekends where everything is happening on Saturday. The good news is that you can exhaust yourself completely between then and now and rest all day Sunday because nothing is happening then. So live like wild child for the...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    There is a lot of cool local live music going down around town this weekend. It’s exciting to me that there seems to be a fair amount of happenings in the Grand Avenue Arts District, which seems to be expanding with more and more businesses welcoming live music. The only sad news for the weekend is that this is one of those weekends where everything is happening on Saturday. The good news is that you can exhaust yourself completely between then and now and rest all day Sunday because nothing is happening then. So live like wild child for the...

    Continue Reading...

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