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  • I have to say that this summer is no disappointment in shows happening every day of the week. This has been a tremendous June and looking ahead to July and August it appears that this is going to keep on trucking. This is actually odd behavior for the local scene, because usually bands start to cool their jets around this time of year as we start to hibernate in our air conditioned boxes. This does not appear to be the case this year and this week it all starts tonight. When & Where: Wednesday, June 24th, 8pm at Pho Cao,...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    I have to say that this summer is no disappointment in shows happening every day of the week. This has been a tremendous June and looking ahead to July and August it appears that this is going to keep on trucking. This is actually odd behavior for the local scene, because usually bands start to cool their jets around this time of year as we start to hibernate in our air conditioned boxes. This does not appear to be the case this year and this week it all starts tonight. When & Where: Wednesday, June 24th, 8pm at Pho Cao,…

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  • Well, this week is just fucking crazy packed with live local music from beginning to end. Seriously, there are multiple shows every night of this week. You know it’s a good week when you have four choices on a freaking Wednesday. Enough of my yacking, let’s get to it! This kicks off tonight! When & Where: Tuesday, June 16th, 8pm at Valley Bar, Phoenix Reasons To Attend: Fever The Ghost is cool. Genre is cool. Valley Bar is freaking ridiculously cool. The show is free. Enough said. Other Details: FEVER THE GHOST at Valley Bar – FREE SHOW GENRE http://tinyurl.com/nobwjzv...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    Well, this week is just fucking crazy packed with live local music from beginning to end. Seriously, there are multiple shows every night of this week. You know it’s a good week when you have four choices on a freaking Wednesday. Enough of my yacking, let’s get to it! This kicks off tonight! When & Where: Tuesday, June 16th, 8pm at Valley Bar, Phoenix Reasons To Attend: Fever The Ghost is cool. Genre is cool. Valley Bar is freaking ridiculously cool. The show is free. Enough said. Other Details: FEVER THE GHOST at Valley Bar – FREE SHOW GENRE http://tinyurl.com/nobwjzv…

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  • So there is a lot of great stuff happening this week, but I’ve tried to make it easy for you. I can’t find a damn thing happening Thursday, but the rest of the week is booked pretty solid and it starts tonight! Also, if you think this week is great (not to make this week jealous or anything), next weekend starts on Tuesday and rockets through the entire way to Fathers Day! Anyway, here is what’s going on for the rest of the week that you may want to check out. I’ve decided to combine “Reasons To Attend” and “Commentary”...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    So there is a lot of great stuff happening this week, but I’ve tried to make it easy for you. I can’t find a damn thing happening Thursday, but the rest of the week is booked pretty solid and it starts tonight! Also, if you think this week is great (not to make this week jealous or anything), next weekend starts on Tuesday and rockets through the entire way to Fathers Day! Anyway, here is what’s going on for the rest of the week that you may want to check out. I’ve decided to combine “Reasons To Attend” and “Commentary”…

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  • It’s probably old news by now, but Leonardo DiCapricorn is no more. Luckily, they did not disband before playing a final show (which was amazing) and leaving us with a parting gift in the form of the Friends, Anemones EP.  It happens to be a perfect send off to an all too short lived band that lit up the scene with their intrinsic mania for less than two years. It starts with “B-Day Song” which is an insane rant about both confusion and birthdays. “Bummer Daze” is pretty much the star of the show and easily the perfect AZ single...

    Farewell to Leonardo DiCapricorn

    It’s probably old news by now, but Leonardo DiCapricorn is no more. Luckily, they did not disband before playing a final show (which was amazing) and leaving us with a parting gift in the form of the Friends, Anemones EP.  It happens to be a perfect send off to an all too short lived band that lit up the scene with their intrinsic mania for less than two years. It starts with “B-Day Song” which is an insane rant about both confusion and birthdays. “Bummer Daze” is pretty much the star of the show and easily the perfect AZ single…

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  • I have never hidden my affection and adoration for Fairy Bones from the first moment I saw them. Subsequently, I think I’ve written about ever release and moment of their budding career as one of the most compelling rock acts in Phoenix. Today, Fairy Bones is releasing their video for “Banshee”, a truly great single from their full length album debut Dramabot, released earlier this year. For a complete run down on the album you can check out the track by track review found HERE. It is one album released so far this year that I still find myself listening...

    Video Premiere: Fairy Bones “Banshee”

    I have never hidden my affection and adoration for Fairy Bones from the first moment I saw them. Subsequently, I think I’ve written about ever release and moment of their budding career as one of the most compelling rock acts in Phoenix. Today, Fairy Bones is releasing their video for “Banshee”, a truly great single from their full length album debut Dramabot, released earlier this year. For a complete run down on the album you can check out the track by track review found HERE. It is one album released so far this year that I still find myself listening…

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  • So a lot of people have noticed that there has been nothing going on with SoundsAroundTown for the last three months. I spent the first two months of the year summarizing the great music of 2014 and then took a hiatus. It wasn’t something I really meant to do, it just sort of happened. First of all, I have a nifty column called “Right Hear, Right Now” over at the Phoenix New Times music blog Up On the Sun, that comes out a few times a month and features five new songs from local artists. You can find the entire...

    …And we’re back…

    So a lot of people have noticed that there has been nothing going on with SoundsAroundTown for the last three months. I spent the first two months of the year summarizing the great music of 2014 and then took a hiatus. It wasn’t something I really meant to do, it just sort of happened. First of all, I have a nifty column called “Right Hear, Right Now” over at the Phoenix New Times music blog Up On the Sun, that comes out a few times a month and features five new songs from local artists. You can find the entire…

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  • 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….

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • I have to say that this summer is no disappointment in shows happening every day of the week. This has been a tremendous June and looking ahead to July and August it appears that this is going to keep on trucking. This is actually odd behavior for the local scene, because usually bands start to cool their jets around this time of year as we start to hibernate in our air conditioned boxes. This does not appear to be the case this year and this week it all starts tonight. When & Where: Wednesday, June 24th, 8pm at Pho Cao,...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    I have to say that this summer is no disappointment in shows happening every day of the week. This has been a tremendous June and looking ahead to July and August it appears that this is going to keep on trucking. This is actually odd behavior for the local scene, because usually bands start to cool their jets around this time of year as we start to hibernate in our air conditioned boxes. This does not appear to be the case this year and this week it all starts tonight. When & Where: Wednesday, June 24th, 8pm at Pho Cao,...

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  • Well, this week is just fucking crazy packed with live local music from beginning to end. Seriously, there are multiple shows every night of this week. You know it’s a good week when you have four choices on a freaking Wednesday. Enough of my yacking, let’s get to it! This kicks off tonight! When & Where: Tuesday, June 16th, 8pm at Valley Bar, Phoenix Reasons To Attend: Fever The Ghost is cool. Genre is cool. Valley Bar is freaking ridiculously cool. The show is free. Enough said. Other Details: FEVER THE GHOST at Valley Bar – FREE SHOW GENRE http://tinyurl.com/nobwjzv...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    Well, this week is just fucking crazy packed with live local music from beginning to end. Seriously, there are multiple shows every night of this week. You know it’s a good week when you have four choices on a freaking Wednesday. Enough of my yacking, let’s get to it! This kicks off tonight! When & Where: Tuesday, June 16th, 8pm at Valley Bar, Phoenix Reasons To Attend: Fever The Ghost is cool. Genre is cool. Valley Bar is freaking ridiculously cool. The show is free. Enough said. Other Details: FEVER THE GHOST at Valley Bar – FREE SHOW GENRE http://tinyurl.com/nobwjzv...

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  • So there is a lot of great stuff happening this week, but I’ve tried to make it easy for you. I can’t find a damn thing happening Thursday, but the rest of the week is booked pretty solid and it starts tonight! Also, if you think this week is great (not to make this week jealous or anything), next weekend starts on Tuesday and rockets through the entire way to Fathers Day! Anyway, here is what’s going on for the rest of the week that you may want to check out. I’ve decided to combine “Reasons To Attend” and “Commentary”...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    So there is a lot of great stuff happening this week, but I’ve tried to make it easy for you. I can’t find a damn thing happening Thursday, but the rest of the week is booked pretty solid and it starts tonight! Also, if you think this week is great (not to make this week jealous or anything), next weekend starts on Tuesday and rockets through the entire way to Fathers Day! Anyway, here is what’s going on for the rest of the week that you may want to check out. I’ve decided to combine “Reasons To Attend” and “Commentary”...

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  • 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...

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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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