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  • I’ve been writing about the local scene for over seven years now and I have to say, this is a stunning summer for live music. Many times in past summers the whole thing just kind of implodes once we hit the serious heat of July and August. Not this summer. I’m sure this is helped by the fact that there a bunch of new venues sporting local music like Pho Cao, Valley Bar and The Rebel Lounge. Nevertheless, I am continually impressed by the sheer volume of shows happening very nearly every night of the week. This week is no...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    I’ve been writing about the local scene for over seven years now and I have to say, this is a stunning summer for live music. Many times in past summers the whole thing just kind of implodes once we hit the serious heat of July and August. Not this summer. I’m sure this is helped by the fact that there a bunch of new venues sporting local music like Pho Cao, Valley Bar and The Rebel Lounge. Nevertheless, I am continually impressed by the sheer volume of shows happening very nearly every night of the week. This week is no…

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  • Well holy hell, just look at the rest of the week below. I should have written this yesterday because there were three or four killer shows on Tuesday, but I wasn’t feeling that great and sleep took a priority. Nevertheless, this week is just action packed from here until Sunday, the next week is much the same, it’s all just unreasonably good. Check it out and get some live local music love in your ears soon… When & Where: Wednesday, July 22nd 8pm at The Rebel Lounge Reasons to Attend: This really should be a weekend show, but on a...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    Well holy hell, just look at the rest of the week below. I should have written this yesterday because there were three or four killer shows on Tuesday, but I wasn’t feeling that great and sleep took a priority. Nevertheless, this week is just action packed from here until Sunday, the next week is much the same, it’s all just unreasonably good. Check it out and get some live local music love in your ears soon… When & Where: Wednesday, July 22nd 8pm at The Rebel Lounge Reasons to Attend: This really should be a weekend show, but on a…

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  • So the story goes that I wrote a wonderful version of this article on Tuesday night. I was feeling particularly ambitious that evening and had already written my New Times piece. As I added the last flyer to it, my computer crashed, and upon reboot I discovered that WordPress hadn’t saved a draft after the first five words. I was crestfallen to say the least and it was two in the morning. Wednesday I had an amazing show to catch at Pho Cao and last night I was still resentful toward my laptop. Still there are some great shows I...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    So the story goes that I wrote a wonderful version of this article on Tuesday night. I was feeling particularly ambitious that evening and had already written my New Times piece. As I added the last flyer to it, my computer crashed, and upon reboot I discovered that WordPress hadn’t saved a draft after the first five words. I was crestfallen to say the least and it was two in the morning. Wednesday I had an amazing show to catch at Pho Cao and last night I was still resentful toward my laptop. Still there are some great shows I…

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  • Due to a combination of illness, writers block and a generally terrible time at my day job, I wrote not a damn thing last week. It was a pretty good week and I have a few regrets about not promoting some of the shows, especially the ones I attended. There really is no use in crying over spilt milk, though and I had a fabulous time regardless. This week is jam packed once more and the bonus is that it’s not squeezed into one holiday event! Nope, it’s spread throughout the week in a lovely fashion, though, I’m not going...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    Due to a combination of illness, writers block and a generally terrible time at my day job, I wrote not a damn thing last week. It was a pretty good week and I have a few regrets about not promoting some of the shows, especially the ones I attended. There really is no use in crying over spilt milk, though and I had a fabulous time regardless. This week is jam packed once more and the bonus is that it’s not squeezed into one holiday event! Nope, it’s spread throughout the week in a lovely fashion, though, I’m not going…

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  • Time slips by easily, caught in the hustle and bustle of life and music and shows and all else. It seemed to me that the campaign to get play the documentary off the ground just began, but alas, we are inside the last two days for the Kickstarter campaign for this amazing project. I wanted to spend some time talking about this, but I can’t do it much better than Matty Steinkamp has done on the Kickstarter page itself. I will say this, the importance of getting children interested in music (and all the arts, really) at an early age...

    play – the documentary

    Time slips by easily, caught in the hustle and bustle of life and music and shows and all else. It seemed to me that the campaign to get play the documentary off the ground just began, but alas, we are inside the last two days for the Kickstarter campaign for this amazing project. I wanted to spend some time talking about this, but I can’t do it much better than Matty Steinkamp has done on the Kickstarter page itself. I will say this, the importance of getting children interested in music (and all the arts, really) at an early age…

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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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  • I’ve been writing about the local scene for over seven years now and I have to say, this is a stunning summer for live music. Many times in past summers the whole thing just kind of implodes once we hit the serious heat of July and August. Not this summer. I’m sure this is helped by the fact that there a bunch of new venues sporting local music like Pho Cao, Valley Bar and The Rebel Lounge. Nevertheless, I am continually impressed by the sheer volume of shows happening very nearly every night of the week. This week is no...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    I’ve been writing about the local scene for over seven years now and I have to say, this is a stunning summer for live music. Many times in past summers the whole thing just kind of implodes once we hit the serious heat of July and August. Not this summer. I’m sure this is helped by the fact that there a bunch of new venues sporting local music like Pho Cao, Valley Bar and The Rebel Lounge. Nevertheless, I am continually impressed by the sheer volume of shows happening very nearly every night of the week. This week is no...

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  • Well holy hell, just look at the rest of the week below. I should have written this yesterday because there were three or four killer shows on Tuesday, but I wasn’t feeling that great and sleep took a priority. Nevertheless, this week is just action packed from here until Sunday, the next week is much the same, it’s all just unreasonably good. Check it out and get some live local music love in your ears soon… When & Where: Wednesday, July 22nd 8pm at The Rebel Lounge Reasons to Attend: This really should be a weekend show, but on a...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    Well holy hell, just look at the rest of the week below. I should have written this yesterday because there were three or four killer shows on Tuesday, but I wasn’t feeling that great and sleep took a priority. Nevertheless, this week is just action packed from here until Sunday, the next week is much the same, it’s all just unreasonably good. Check it out and get some live local music love in your ears soon… When & Where: Wednesday, July 22nd 8pm at The Rebel Lounge Reasons to Attend: This really should be a weekend show, but on a...

    Continue Reading...

  • Due to a combination of illness, writers block and a generally terrible time at my day job, I wrote not a damn thing last week. It was a pretty good week and I have a few regrets about not promoting some of the shows, especially the ones I attended. There really is no use in crying over spilt milk, though and I had a fabulous time regardless. This week is jam packed once more and the bonus is that it’s not squeezed into one holiday event! Nope, it’s spread throughout the week in a lovely fashion, though, I’m not going...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    Due to a combination of illness, writers block and a generally terrible time at my day job, I wrote not a damn thing last week. It was a pretty good week and I have a few regrets about not promoting some of the shows, especially the ones I attended. There really is no use in crying over spilt milk, though and I had a fabulous time regardless. This week is jam packed once more and the bonus is that it’s not squeezed into one holiday event! Nope, it’s spread throughout the week in a lovely fashion, though, I’m not going...

    Continue Reading...

  • 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,...

    Continue Reading...

  • 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...

    Continue Reading...

  • 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”...

    Continue Reading...

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