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  • The Prowling Kind was one of my favorite debuts of last year, along with the likes of Celebration Guns, Twin Ponies, Northern Hustle and of course Fairy Bones, this was one band that rocked my world in 2013–unlike the other bands listed, I unfortunately never got to write about their album at the time. I blame it on the fact that JAVA Magazine has no August issue and by the time I did get their album it was long past its release, so I’m fixing that now, because I love their debut Tennessee. It’s not like I didn’t know the...

    The Prowling Kind – Tennessee

    The Prowling Kind was one of my favorite debuts of last year, along with the likes of Celebration Guns, Twin Ponies, Northern Hustle and of course Fairy Bones, this was one band that rocked my world in 2013–unlike the other bands listed, I unfortunately never got to write about their album at the time. I blame it on the fact that JAVA Magazine has no August issue and by the time I did get their album it was long past its release, so I’m fixing that now, because I love their debut Tennessee. It’s not like I didn’t know the…

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  • I’ve got to admit that I never thought in a million years that I would recommend an album that was recorded by a fourteen year old singer/songwriter. It never even crossed my mind that I would even be interested in what a girl that age could say or play without thinking they had so much more territory to cross, so much more life to do, so much more to realize and maybe find their course of talent. This was until I heard the debut album by Taylor Upsahl.  I actually didn’t realize her youth until reading the description on CDBaby,...

    Taylor Upsahl’s Precocious Debut Album

    I’ve got to admit that I never thought in a million years that I would recommend an album that was recorded by a fourteen year old singer/songwriter. It never even crossed my mind that I would even be interested in what a girl that age could say or play without thinking they had so much more territory to cross, so much more life to do, so much more to realize and maybe find their course of talent. This was until I heard the debut album by Taylor Upsahl.  I actually didn’t realize her youth until reading the description on CDBaby,…

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  • There are a lot of great things going on this weekend, probably too many in fact and most of them seem to be squeezed into Saturday. Not only is Saturday Record Store Day, a celebration of independent record stores across the globe in which music geeks like myself and nearly everyone I know go on a bender buying up one day exclusive releases to add further fodder to our treasure trove of secret sounds, guilty pleasures and aural indulgences, which should be enough for any day, it also happens to be Phochella! For the last three years Beef Vegan has...

    TMI on KWSS Presents the 3rd Annual Phochella Music Fest!

    There are a lot of great things going on this weekend, probably too many in fact and most of them seem to be squeezed into Saturday. Not only is Saturday Record Store Day, a celebration of independent record stores across the globe in which music geeks like myself and nearly everyone I know go on a bender buying up one day exclusive releases to add further fodder to our treasure trove of secret sounds, guilty pleasures and aural indulgences, which should be enough for any day, it also happens to be Phochella! For the last three years Beef Vegan has…

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  • So, for the last few months I’ve been watching the recently founded and fairly mysterious Moone Records out of the corner of my eye. They seem to be collecting a strange array of bands and sounds that are both fascinating and elegant at once, low-fi yet dreamy with a gauzy pop sensibility. One of their premiere bands is the up and coming Bear State who have released a terrifically hypnotizing six song EP today called Hello Alexander on the aforementioned Moone Records. To highlight the release of the EP they will top off the day by opening for The Naked...

    Bear State Release “Hello Alexander” EP Today!

    So, for the last few months I’ve been watching the recently founded and fairly mysterious Moone Records out of the corner of my eye. They seem to be collecting a strange array of bands and sounds that are both fascinating and elegant at once, low-fi yet dreamy with a gauzy pop sensibility. One of their premiere bands is the up and coming Bear State who have released a terrifically hypnotizing six song EP today called Hello Alexander on the aforementioned Moone Records. To highlight the release of the EP they will top off the day by opening for The Naked…

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  • Last month, somewhat unexpectedly, Future Loves Past released a cassette through Rubber Brother Records showing off their latest recordings with Bob Hoag as a preview of the album to be released later this year as Our Solar System. It’s amazing. I could pretty much end the review there, I mean I don’t really need to say more, except that this excerpt assures me that this will be one of the best albums of the year should it be released in 2014. Today they have released the full version of that EP with some heavy expansion on the binaural sound experiments...

    Future Loves Past – Our Solar System EP

    Last month, somewhat unexpectedly, Future Loves Past released a cassette through Rubber Brother Records showing off their latest recordings with Bob Hoag as a preview of the album to be released later this year as Our Solar System. It’s amazing. I could pretty much end the review there, I mean I don’t really need to say more, except that this excerpt assures me that this will be one of the best albums of the year should it be released in 2014. Today they have released the full version of that EP with some heavy expansion on the binaural sound experiments…

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  • The Hill In Mind has been much on my mind for nearly half a year now. I had heard them once before their amazing set at the Future Love Past release show and liked them, but when Chelsey of Fairy Bones demanded I really listen to them, well, I really listened and heard something brilliant. Now, not a week goes by where I am not compelled to listen to “Spider Shirt.” The eponymously titled EP debut is a pretty amazing four song set produced by none other than Bob Hoag at Flying Blanket. It took only one listen to see...

    The Hill In Mind Debut EP

    The Hill In Mind has been much on my mind for nearly half a year now. I had heard them once before their amazing set at the Future Love Past release show and liked them, but when Chelsey of Fairy Bones demanded I really listen to them, well, I really listened and heard something brilliant. Now, not a week goes by where I am not compelled to listen to “Spider Shirt.” The eponymously titled EP debut is a pretty amazing four song set produced by none other than Bob Hoag at Flying Blanket. It took only one listen to see…

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  • One of my favorite debuts of 2013 was Green Line Operator’s Sixteen Ounce World which kicked the year off in fine fashion, they then proceeded to finish off the year with the four song Monster EP and I hope this indicates that there is a hell of a lot in store from them in 2014. Not unlike The Hill In Mind they evoke all that I love about the initial movement of “Alternative” music.  They have a sound on this EP that is brilliantly consistent and perfect, from “Monster That I Made” to “Fighting Fires” to “Alien Life” to the...

    Green Line Operator – Monster EP

    One of my favorite debuts of 2013 was Green Line Operator’s Sixteen Ounce World which kicked the year off in fine fashion, they then proceeded to finish off the year with the four song Monster EP and I hope this indicates that there is a hell of a lot in store from them in 2014. Not unlike The Hill In Mind they evoke all that I love about the initial movement of “Alternative” music.  They have a sound on this EP that is brilliantly consistent and perfect, from “Monster That I Made” to “Fighting Fires” to “Alien Life” to the…

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  • So it’s no secret that I sorely missed Anthony Fama’s presence on the stage after his departure from Doctor Bones. Now, it’s nearly a year later from that departure and ironically Doctor Bones is no more, but Fama is back. The last couple weeks I’ve been checking out his sets during his Tuesday night residencies at Long Wong’s an I’ve been duly impressed by what he has going on. I’m not honestly sure why I missed the first week, but that trespass was unforgivable, though I don’t think it was until the second week that I figured out I could...

    Anthony Fama & The Redemptions

    So it’s no secret that I sorely missed Anthony Fama’s presence on the stage after his departure from Doctor Bones. Now, it’s nearly a year later from that departure and ironically Doctor Bones is no more, but Fama is back. The last couple weeks I’ve been checking out his sets during his Tuesday night residencies at Long Wong’s an I’ve been duly impressed by what he has going on. I’m not honestly sure why I missed the first week, but that trespass was unforgivable, though I don’t think it was until the second week that I figured out I could…

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  • I’ve told the story many times before, but I think that once a year it bears repeating. Many years ago, when I was coming to terms with my musical illness and my compulsion to write about everything I heard that turned me on, I was just starting to get published outside the realm of my college newspaper, underground  publications and philosophy magazines. When I began writing, I had never intended to become a music journalist of any sort–I was way into politics and social issues, but as time would have it, the two loves of my life became entwined and ...

    The Sixth Annual International Pop Overthrow Phoenix!

    I’ve told the story many times before, but I think that once a year it bears repeating. Many years ago, when I was coming to terms with my musical illness and my compulsion to write about everything I heard that turned me on, I was just starting to get published outside the realm of my college newspaper, underground  publications and philosophy magazines. When I began writing, I had never intended to become a music journalist of any sort–I was way into politics and social issues, but as time would have it, the two loves of my life became entwined and …

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  • Everytime I go to a Ree Boado/Dearspeak release show, it’s something of a magical event and it’s almost always an intimate emotional affair. I also always experience something wonderful and get to hear new music I’ve never heard before. The first solo release she had was the first time I ever heard Ladylike and I’ve been a fan of them ever since. This time around it was celebrating here new EP Out of the Mouth of Caves and it was once again a great evening, this time at the Rhythm Room for a night of storytelling and yes, intimate, emotional...

    ShowsAroundTown: Ree’s Release

    Everytime I go to a Ree Boado/Dearspeak release show, it’s something of a magical event and it’s almost always an intimate emotional affair. I also always experience something wonderful and get to hear new music I’ve never heard before. The first solo release she had was the first time I ever heard Ladylike and I’ve been a fan of them ever since. This time around it was celebrating here new EP Out of the Mouth of Caves and it was once again a great evening, this time at the Rhythm Room for a night of storytelling and yes, intimate, emotional…

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  • I have to say that the Icehouse in Phoenix holds a special place in my heart. It’s a mystical place to see and feel music, that’s the only way I can explain it. It is one of my favorite venues and I honestly wish it would be utilized more. Tonight Wooden Indian is hosting an amazing show at this magical downtown fortress–which is another reason that this is a must see event for me: the first time I ever saw Wooden Indian was at the Icehouse and I was hooked. I saw them there again at their album release, I...

    Icehouse Phoenix Tonight!!!

    I have to say that the Icehouse in Phoenix holds a special place in my heart. It’s a mystical place to see and feel music, that’s the only way I can explain it. It is one of my favorite venues and I honestly wish it would be utilized more. Tonight Wooden Indian is hosting an amazing show at this magical downtown fortress–which is another reason that this is a must see event for me: the first time I ever saw Wooden Indian was at the Icehouse and I was hooked. I saw them there again at their album release, I…

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  • The first time I ever saw The Madera Strand they played and entire set of Police covers for a Cover The Crescent event, since that time I have watched them grow into their own, memorized their first EP and they have subconsciously become one of my favorite bands to catch live. I say subconsciously, because it snuck up on me and I didn’t notice it until one night I was on the fence about a show when I found out The Madera Strand was playing and that clinched it. This month they release the three song EP Dam Failure which...

    The Madera Strand-Dam Failure EP and Release Show!

    The first time I ever saw The Madera Strand they played and entire set of Police covers for a Cover The Crescent event, since that time I have watched them grow into their own, memorized their first EP and they have subconsciously become one of my favorite bands to catch live. I say subconsciously, because it snuck up on me and I didn’t notice it until one night I was on the fence about a show when I found out The Madera Strand was playing and that clinched it. This month they release the three song EP Dam Failure which…

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  • The Prowling Kind was one of my favorite debuts of last year, along with the likes of Celebration Guns, Twin Ponies, Northern Hustle and of course Fairy Bones, this was one band that rocked my world in 2013–unlike the other bands listed, I unfortunately never got to write about their album at the time. I blame it on the fact that JAVA Magazine has no August issue and by the time I did get their album it was long past its release, so I’m fixing that now, because I love their debut Tennessee. It’s not like I didn’t know the...

    The Prowling Kind – Tennessee

    The Prowling Kind was one of my favorite debuts of last year, along with the likes of Celebration Guns, Twin Ponies, Northern Hustle and of course Fairy Bones, this was one band that rocked my world in 2013–unlike the other bands listed, I unfortunately never got to write about their album at the time. I blame it on the fact that JAVA Magazine has no August issue and by the time I did get their album it was long past its release, so I’m fixing that now, because I love their debut Tennessee. It’s not like I didn’t know the...

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  • There are a lot of great things going on this weekend, probably too many in fact and most of them seem to be squeezed into Saturday. Not only is Saturday Record Store Day, a celebration of independent record stores across the globe in which music geeks like myself and nearly everyone I know go on a bender buying up one day exclusive releases to add further fodder to our treasure trove of secret sounds, guilty pleasures and aural indulgences, which should be enough for any day, it also happens to be Phochella! For the last three years Beef Vegan has...

    TMI on KWSS Presents the 3rd Annual Phochella Music Fest!

    There are a lot of great things going on this weekend, probably too many in fact and most of them seem to be squeezed into Saturday. Not only is Saturday Record Store Day, a celebration of independent record stores across the globe in which music geeks like myself and nearly everyone I know go on a bender buying up one day exclusive releases to add further fodder to our treasure trove of secret sounds, guilty pleasures and aural indulgences, which should be enough for any day, it also happens to be Phochella! For the last three years Beef Vegan has...

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  • The Hill In Mind has been much on my mind for nearly half a year now. I had heard them once before their amazing set at the Future Love Past release show and liked them, but when Chelsey of Fairy Bones demanded I really listen to them, well, I really listened and heard something brilliant. Now, not a week goes by where I am not compelled to listen to “Spider Shirt.” The eponymously titled EP debut is a pretty amazing four song set produced by none other than Bob Hoag at Flying Blanket. It took only one listen to see...

    The Hill In Mind Debut EP

    The Hill In Mind has been much on my mind for nearly half a year now. I had heard them once before their amazing set at the Future Love Past release show and liked them, but when Chelsey of Fairy Bones demanded I really listen to them, well, I really listened and heard something brilliant. Now, not a week goes by where I am not compelled to listen to “Spider Shirt.” The eponymously titled EP debut is a pretty amazing four song set produced by none other than Bob Hoag at Flying Blanket. It took only one listen to see...

    Continue Reading...

  • One of my favorite debuts of 2013 was Green Line Operator’s Sixteen Ounce World which kicked the year off in fine fashion, they then proceeded to finish off the year with the four song Monster EP and I hope this indicates that there is a hell of a lot in store from them in 2014. Not unlike The Hill In Mind they evoke all that I love about the initial movement of “Alternative” music.  They have a sound on this EP that is brilliantly consistent and perfect, from “Monster That I Made” to “Fighting Fires” to “Alien Life” to the...

    Green Line Operator – Monster EP

    One of my favorite debuts of 2013 was Green Line Operator’s Sixteen Ounce World which kicked the year off in fine fashion, they then proceeded to finish off the year with the four song Monster EP and I hope this indicates that there is a hell of a lot in store from them in 2014. Not unlike The Hill In Mind they evoke all that I love about the initial movement of “Alternative” music.  They have a sound on this EP that is brilliantly consistent and perfect, from “Monster That I Made” to “Fighting Fires” to “Alien Life” to the...

    Continue Reading...

  • So it’s no secret that I sorely missed Anthony Fama’s presence on the stage after his departure from Doctor Bones. Now, it’s nearly a year later from that departure and ironically Doctor Bones is no more, but Fama is back. The last couple weeks I’ve been checking out his sets during his Tuesday night residencies at Long Wong’s an I’ve been duly impressed by what he has going on. I’m not honestly sure why I missed the first week, but that trespass was unforgivable, though I don’t think it was until the second week that I figured out I could...

    Anthony Fama & The Redemptions

    So it’s no secret that I sorely missed Anthony Fama’s presence on the stage after his departure from Doctor Bones. Now, it’s nearly a year later from that departure and ironically Doctor Bones is no more, but Fama is back. The last couple weeks I’ve been checking out his sets during his Tuesday night residencies at Long Wong’s an I’ve been duly impressed by what he has going on. I’m not honestly sure why I missed the first week, but that trespass was unforgivable, though I don’t think it was until the second week that I figured out I could...

    Continue Reading...

  • I have to say that the Icehouse in Phoenix holds a special place in my heart. It’s a mystical place to see and feel music, that’s the only way I can explain it. It is one of my favorite venues and I honestly wish it would be utilized more. Tonight Wooden Indian is hosting an amazing show at this magical downtown fortress–which is another reason that this is a must see event for me: the first time I ever saw Wooden Indian was at the Icehouse and I was hooked. I saw them there again at their album release, I...

    Icehouse Phoenix Tonight!!!

    I have to say that the Icehouse in Phoenix holds a special place in my heart. It’s a mystical place to see and feel music, that’s the only way I can explain it. It is one of my favorite venues and I honestly wish it would be utilized more. Tonight Wooden Indian is hosting an amazing show at this magical downtown fortress–which is another reason that this is a must see event for me: the first time I ever saw Wooden Indian was at the Icehouse and I was hooked. I saw them there again at their album release, I...

    Continue Reading...

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