Archive for August, 2012

  • On March 24th Tugboat played their final show at the Rogue, putting a close on six years of amazing music and great live shows.  The show that night was amazing and Tugboat has never been better and, not to be undone completely in their final move, they released their last record, the eponymously titled mini-album Tugboat. The release of this eight track EP is the epitome of a band ending their time together on a high note, as it is the best thing they’ve ever released. In honesty, their previous recordings wowed me, in the way that it would wow...

    Tugboat’s Final Voyage!

    On March 24th Tugboat played their final show at the Rogue, putting a close on six years of amazing music and great live shows.  The show that night was amazing and Tugboat has never been better and, not to be undone completely in their final move, they released their last record, the eponymously titled mini-album Tugboat. The release of this eight track EP is the epitome of a band ending their time together on a high note, as it is the best thing they’ve ever released. In honesty, their previous recordings wowed me, in the way that it would wow...

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  • It was a rum soaked night when I first witnessed Playboy Manbaby immediately upon walking in to Long Wong’s and I stood there stunned, mouth agape for a good half hour not sure if I could believe what I was seeing. I was with a friend who doesn’t get out to the music scene very often and he was stunned as well and kept prodding me with questions like, “Who the hell was that? Can you find out who that was? Have you ever seen those guys? Will you find out who they were?” That was the night I met...

    Playboy Manbaby Lets Loose!!!

    It was a rum soaked night when I first witnessed Playboy Manbaby immediately upon walking in to Long Wong’s and I stood there stunned, mouth agape for a good half hour not sure if I could believe what I was seeing. I was with a friend who doesn’t get out to the music scene very often and he was stunned as well and kept prodding me with questions like, “Who the hell was that? Can you find out who that was? Have you ever seen those guys? Will you find out who they were?” That was the night I met...

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  • It made me happy to wake up today with “Thing” playing in my mind, I wasn’t even quite sure who it was until my thoughts came into focus and I got to shake some of that dreamy stardust off my shoulder. I hadn’t listened to them for a while and perhaps it is because Michelle Blades’ hiatus from Phoenix had been on my mind, but nevertheless, I awoke with North Dakota’s music on my mind. North Dakota makes my ears smile, plain and simple. Maybe because they recall the Grrrrl Power songs of my youth or the way women used to...

    Reminder: Love North Dakota

    It made me happy to wake up today with “Thing” playing in my mind, I wasn’t even quite sure who it was until my thoughts came into focus and I got to shake some of that dreamy stardust off my shoulder. I hadn’t listened to them for a while and perhaps it is because Michelle Blades’ hiatus from Phoenix had been on my mind, but nevertheless, I awoke with North Dakota’s music on my mind. North Dakota makes my ears smile, plain and simple. Maybe because they recall the Grrrrl Power songs of my youth or the way women used to...

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  • Preface:  I first heard Fatigo three years ago, it was at a release show for the magnificent When In AZ… compilation that really served as the catalyst for the current scene we have in front of us today. That night I talked with Mike Montoya and we made a “fun pact” to hang all night–additionally, I pressed him for information on when they would release their third album. Apparently our conversation that night made all the difference in the world, according to a conversation I had with Montoya this past weekend at Los Dias De La Crescent.  At that point...

    In Celebration of Fatigo’s Return To Phoenix

    Preface:  I first heard Fatigo three years ago, it was at a release show for the magnificent When In AZ… compilation that really served as the catalyst for the current scene we have in front of us today. That night I talked with Mike Montoya and we made a “fun pact” to hang all night–additionally, I pressed him for information on when they would release their third album. Apparently our conversation that night made all the difference in the world, according to a conversation I had with Montoya this past weekend at Los Dias De La Crescent.  At that point...

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  • Throughout the last few years in the Tempe music scene, many, many bands have come and gone or broken up or become different bands, but amidst all the change and growth Japhy’s Descent have remained, they have persevered to become a staple and have now emerged as a rock’n’roll force to be reckoned with. This isn’t hyperbole either, I’ve known people who would walk out of Japhy’s shows years ago who now I see at the front of the stage, raving and drooling. I thought they were crazy when they told me during the release of their EP that they...

    Japhy’s Descent: Moon Noon Rising

    Throughout the last few years in the Tempe music scene, many, many bands have come and gone or broken up or become different bands, but amidst all the change and growth Japhy’s Descent have remained, they have persevered to become a staple and have now emerged as a rock’n’roll force to be reckoned with. This isn’t hyperbole either, I’ve known people who would walk out of Japhy’s shows years ago who now I see at the front of the stage, raving and drooling. I thought they were crazy when they told me during the release of their EP that they...

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  • Cover Artwork by Eric Palmer Music For Your Soul To Roll In The first time I ever heard Banana Gun I was driving down the road jamming to The Morning Infidelity on 106.7 KWSS—“Light On” blew through my speakers and I damn near wrecked my Jeep, I had to pull into a grocery store parking lot to hear the whole thing. My mind was blown, right there and then—it was brilliant, unusual and to boot, it sported a banjo. Somehow, previous to that aural epiphany I had missed out on Banana Gun, I had always been at another show or...

    Banana Gun’s The Elephant In The Room

    Cover Artwork by Eric Palmer Music For Your Soul To Roll In The first time I ever heard Banana Gun I was driving down the road jamming to The Morning Infidelity on 106.7 KWSS—“Light On” blew through my speakers and I damn near wrecked my Jeep, I had to pull into a grocery store parking lot to hear the whole thing. My mind was blown, right there and then—it was brilliant, unusual and to boot, it sported a banjo. Somehow, previous to that aural epiphany I had missed out on Banana Gun, I had always been at another show or...

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  • (Editor’s Note: This article is published here in celebration of Small Leaks Sink Ships return to our scene and the stage as well, after a near year long hiatus. They will be performing on Wednesday, August 8th at the Sail Inn. Please see the flyer below for details.) Small Leaks Sink Ships is one of those amazing bands, who after seeing them live or listening to their recordings, life isn’t quite the same. Their music is an unreal blend of indie rock aesthetic, symphonic progressive leanings and psychosis tempered psychedelia—it’s the musical equivalent of where illicit recreational drug use meets intense...

    Small Leaks Sink Ships-Oak Street Basement EP

    (Editor’s Note: This article is published here in celebration of Small Leaks Sink Ships return to our scene and the stage as well, after a near year long hiatus. They will be performing on Wednesday, August 8th at the Sail Inn. Please see the flyer below for details.) Small Leaks Sink Ships is one of those amazing bands, who after seeing them live or listening to their recordings, life isn’t quite the same. Their music is an unreal blend of indie rock aesthetic, symphonic progressive leanings and psychosis tempered psychedelia—it’s the musical equivalent of where illicit recreational drug use meets intense...

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  •  Colorstore is the reason I do what I do. It was just over four years ago that then music editor, William Reed suggested that after a year of writing for JAVA, I should turn my talents and attention to the local music scene. Honestly, I was less than thrilled—I had written about the local beat in three different cities, and for my first year with JAVA I had a chance to let loose and write about whatever I wanted. I sent an email to the band with all the generic questions you can ask a band without hearing the...

    Colorstore Re-Ignites With Afire…

     Colorstore is the reason I do what I do. It was just over four years ago that then music editor, William Reed suggested that after a year of writing for JAVA, I should turn my talents and attention to the local music scene. Honestly, I was less than thrilled—I had written about the local beat in three different cities, and for my first year with JAVA I had a chance to let loose and write about whatever I wanted. I sent an email to the band with all the generic questions you can ask a band without hearing the...

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  • I’ve been writing a lot about Zero Zero lately, but honestly, I can’t help myself. I’m not sure if it is because they combine everything I love about electro-pop, while maintaining a subliminal garage rock vibe or if it’s because two members of The Love Me Nots and one member of The Dead Eyes Of London (both true rock’n’roll outfits if there ever were) have sparked off into completely different directions. Last week for EchoCloud.TV  I chose their demo of “Drug” as the song of the week and before that I featured them, based on that demo alone in the...

    Zero Zero Literally “Tear It Up”

    I’ve been writing a lot about Zero Zero lately, but honestly, I can’t help myself. I’m not sure if it is because they combine everything I love about electro-pop, while maintaining a subliminal garage rock vibe or if it’s because two members of The Love Me Nots and one member of The Dead Eyes Of London (both true rock’n’roll outfits if there ever were) have sparked off into completely different directions. Last week for EchoCloud.TV  I chose their demo of “Drug” as the song of the week and before that I featured them, based on that demo alone in the...

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  •   A Letter From The Editor: I have to admit, it was a conscious decision to take a break from soundsaroundtown.net for a few months. I know I didn’t announce anything, didn’t make a big deal out of it, but I needed a break. Truth be told, I haven’t stopped my promotion and constant perusal of local music one iota during this time—I’ve just been doing it in different ways and through different avenues. For one thing, I’ve been having a great time writing for JAVA Magazine, as I have all along, but I’ve also been writing heavily for what...

    Welcome Back To SoundsAroundTown.Net!

      A Letter From The Editor: I have to admit, it was a conscious decision to take a break from soundsaroundtown.net for a few months. I know I didn’t announce anything, didn’t make a big deal out of it, but I needed a break. Truth be told, I haven’t stopped my promotion and constant perusal of local music one iota during this time—I’ve just been doing it in different ways and through different avenues. For one thing, I’ve been having a great time writing for JAVA Magazine, as I have all along, but I’ve also been writing heavily for what...

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