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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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  • The weekend might as well start on Wednesday night and roll right through to Sunday as there is no lack of anything to do. This is an insane week of top shelf local shows, almost too much to handle and of course most nights will have you picking and choosing your battles for supreme aural majesty. Don’t believe me? Check it out below. Just as a for instance, Friday and Saturday night each have release shows for albums that I’ve been anticipating for two years each–back to back. Let’s get down to it. When & Where: Wednesday, October 14th, 6:30pm...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    The weekend might as well start on Wednesday night and roll right through to Sunday as there is no lack of anything to do. This is an insane week of top shelf local shows, almost too much to handle and of course most nights will have you picking and choosing your battles for supreme aural majesty. Don’t believe me? Check it out below. Just as a for instance, Friday and Saturday night each have release shows for albums that I’ve been anticipating for two years each–back to back. Let’s get down to it. When & Where: Wednesday, October 14th, 6:30pm…

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  • The Woolly Bandits from Los Angeles have now become the fifth artist to join 80/20 Records roster and to celebrate they have released a furiously paced six song EP to celebrate this! Joining labelmates Captain Squeegee, Fairy Bones, Zero Zero and Statues of Cats (also from LA) they add another definitive layer of exciting Garage Rock to the growing local label. I recently caught The Woolly Bandits at the Lowview Magazine release party and they happened to let it slip that they had just joined 80/20 Records and I was pretty much beyond excited. They are a great band (it...

    The Woolly Bandits Join 80/20 Records With A New EP!!!

    The Woolly Bandits from Los Angeles have now become the fifth artist to join 80/20 Records roster and to celebrate they have released a furiously paced six song EP to celebrate this! Joining labelmates Captain Squeegee, Fairy Bones, Zero Zero and Statues of Cats (also from LA) they add another definitive layer of exciting Garage Rock to the growing local label. I recently caught The Woolly Bandits at the Lowview Magazine release party and they happened to let it slip that they had just joined 80/20 Records and I was pretty much beyond excited. They are a great band (it…

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  • Every now and then, you have an EP land in your lap and you have to write about it immediately. This has happened to me a lot lately. The most recent variation on this them is the Slow Approaching Nothing EP by Daisy Face. I have heard about this band here and there, but I haven’t caught them live and missed out on their first EP. Everyone told me that I’d love them, that they were total shoegazing stuff I could really dig into and I should check them out. Well, they were right in one of those aspects, I...

    Daisy Face – Slow Approaching Nothing

    Every now and then, you have an EP land in your lap and you have to write about it immediately. This has happened to me a lot lately. The most recent variation on this them is the Slow Approaching Nothing EP by Daisy Face. I have heard about this band here and there, but I haven’t caught them live and missed out on their first EP. Everyone told me that I’d love them, that they were total shoegazing stuff I could really dig into and I should check them out. Well, they were right in one of those aspects, I…

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  • So I had never actually pondered that B.O.T.S. and Celebration Guns would sound so freaking good together until I got a hold of The Wondergaze Split. Granted, I knew that Celebration Guns sounded good with Twin Ponies because of their split release and countless live shows in which I’ve seen them together, but I never pondered this combination. I should have, I have an ear for sound and usually match make perfect sets in my head of lineups for evenings I’ll probably never see, so it bothers me that this never occurred to me in my mind. These are two...

    B.O.T.S & Celebration Guns Present: The Wondergaze Split

    So I had never actually pondered that B.O.T.S. and Celebration Guns would sound so freaking good together until I got a hold of The Wondergaze Split. Granted, I knew that Celebration Guns sounded good with Twin Ponies because of their split release and countless live shows in which I’ve seen them together, but I never pondered this combination. I should have, I have an ear for sound and usually match make perfect sets in my head of lineups for evenings I’ll probably never see, so it bothers me that this never occurred to me in my mind. These are two…

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  • The weather is here and the time is right for getting the hell out of your housing to enjoy some live, local music. Also, the forecast this weekend says nothing about torrential downpours or cataclysmic disasters, so that’s encouraging. There is a lot going on (of course, that’s going to be solidly expected for the six or seven months) and it’s all over the place, unfortunately, it is all confined to Friday and Saturday night so you really have to choose wisely. That being said, you do have enough options to choose whatever mental/aural space you want to be in,...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    The weather is here and the time is right for getting the hell out of your housing to enjoy some live, local music. Also, the forecast this weekend says nothing about torrential downpours or cataclysmic disasters, so that’s encouraging. There is a lot going on (of course, that’s going to be solidly expected for the six or seven months) and it’s all over the place, unfortunately, it is all confined to Friday and Saturday night so you really have to choose wisely. That being said, you do have enough options to choose whatever mental/aural space you want to be in,…

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  • And now for something completely different. To say that The Hill In Mind brings adventurous excursions in music to the local scene is an understatement. I have mentioned their charming weirdness before and now upon the release of their second EP Thimble, I will say it again. First of all, it’s clever that they found a word that begins with an acronym for the band name, I don’t dare ask what “BLE” stands for, if anything, but it’s a brilliant use of “THIM”. Secondly, this is not the EP that you would expect to follow up their debut, not in...

    The Hill In Mind – Thimble EP

    And now for something completely different. To say that The Hill In Mind brings adventurous excursions in music to the local scene is an understatement. I have mentioned their charming weirdness before and now upon the release of their second EP Thimble, I will say it again. First of all, it’s clever that they found a word that begins with an acronym for the band name, I don’t dare ask what “BLE” stands for, if anything, but it’s a brilliant use of “THIM”. Secondly, this is not the EP that you would expect to follow up their debut, not in…

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  • Sometime last week Eric Palmer told me that the four new songs on the new Future Loves Past EP were mastered and wondered if I was interested in hearing them. That’s not even really a question, I’ve followed these guys since before they were FLP and I’ve even taken a roadtrip to LA to see them in the city where they spend half their time. I was excited to say the very least. So last night I wrote an article eluding to how great the new songs were without giving too much away, as well as detailing their fundraising campaign...

    Future Loves Past – Hold On Tight EP!!!

    Sometime last week Eric Palmer told me that the four new songs on the new Future Loves Past EP were mastered and wondered if I was interested in hearing them. That’s not even really a question, I’ve followed these guys since before they were FLP and I’ve even taken a roadtrip to LA to see them in the city where they spend half their time. I was excited to say the very least. So last night I wrote an article eluding to how great the new songs were without giving too much away, as well as detailing their fundraising campaign…

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  • It’s a funny thing, when I started writing about local music six years ago EPs weren’t really a thing. Everyone was working on their single or their album, usually their album. In the last few years the rise of the EP has exploded, enough that I can fill two pages of JAVA Magazine with six EPs very nearly every month. I love these little postcards to the world from my favorite local bands. It reminds me of collecting CD and vinyl EPs of my favorite artist when I was growing up–which, for the record was a way of life, a...

    ExtendedPlay: Four Fascinating New EPs

    It’s a funny thing, when I started writing about local music six years ago EPs weren’t really a thing. Everyone was working on their single or their album, usually their album. In the last few years the rise of the EP has exploded, enough that I can fill two pages of JAVA Magazine with six EPs very nearly every month. I love these little postcards to the world from my favorite local bands. It reminds me of collecting CD and vinyl EPs of my favorite artist when I was growing up–which, for the record was a way of life, a…

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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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  • The weekend might as well start on Wednesday night and roll right through to Sunday as there is no lack of anything to do. This is an insane week of top shelf local shows, almost too much to handle and of course most nights will have you picking and choosing your battles for supreme aural majesty. Don’t believe me? Check it out below. Just as a for instance, Friday and Saturday night each have release shows for albums that I’ve been anticipating for two years each–back to back. Let’s get down to it. When & Where: Wednesday, October 14th, 6:30pm...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    The weekend might as well start on Wednesday night and roll right through to Sunday as there is no lack of anything to do. This is an insane week of top shelf local shows, almost too much to handle and of course most nights will have you picking and choosing your battles for supreme aural majesty. Don’t believe me? Check it out below. Just as a for instance, Friday and Saturday night each have release shows for albums that I’ve been anticipating for two years each–back to back. Let’s get down to it. When & Where: Wednesday, October 14th, 6:30pm...

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  • The weather is here and the time is right for getting the hell out of your housing to enjoy some live, local music. Also, the forecast this weekend says nothing about torrential downpours or cataclysmic disasters, so that’s encouraging. There is a lot going on (of course, that’s going to be solidly expected for the six or seven months) and it’s all over the place, unfortunately, it is all confined to Friday and Saturday night so you really have to choose wisely. That being said, you do have enough options to choose whatever mental/aural space you want to be in,...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    The weather is here and the time is right for getting the hell out of your housing to enjoy some live, local music. Also, the forecast this weekend says nothing about torrential downpours or cataclysmic disasters, so that’s encouraging. There is a lot going on (of course, that’s going to be solidly expected for the six or seven months) and it’s all over the place, unfortunately, it is all confined to Friday and Saturday night so you really have to choose wisely. That being said, you do have enough options to choose whatever mental/aural space you want to be in,...

    Continue Reading...

  • 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...

    Continue Reading...

  • 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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  • 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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