Archive for October, 2012

  • Peachcake may well have been the first local band that I saw live. It was long before I was writing for JAVA and had the appreciation for local music I have now. I had an ex-girlfriend that absolutely adored them and took me to a couple shows and in their early days, they were something of a kitschy Casio laden joy to behold. I was writing for a magazine called SWITCH that closed down before I ever got to write about them and grabbed their homemade EPs with the promise of getting them some press. When I reconnected with them...

    Peachcake Truly Are Unbelievable Souls

    Peachcake may well have been the first local band that I saw live. It was long before I was writing for JAVA and had the appreciation for local music I have now. I had an ex-girlfriend that absolutely adored them and took me to a couple shows and in their early days, they were something of a kitschy Casio laden joy to behold. I was writing for a magazine called SWITCH that closed down before I ever got to write about them and grabbed their homemade EPs with the promise of getting them some press. When I reconnected with them...

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  • (Editors Note: When this blog was relaunched in August, I had mentioned that I would be inviting guest writers to appear here and invite more voices than just mine. Now,  just past mid-October, we have our first guest writer at soundsaroundtown.net. Devon Christopher Adams is a pretty brilliant photographer and most recently he has started branching out into the written word. Here, without further ado is his take on this years Apache Lake Music Fesitval, an event many of us have still not quite recovered from.) In all honesty, I didn’t want to go. Apache Lake Music Festival felt like...

    Apache Lake Music Festival 2012

    (Editors Note: When this blog was relaunched in August, I had mentioned that I would be inviting guest writers to appear here and invite more voices than just mine. Now,  just past mid-October, we have our first guest writer at soundsaroundtown.net. Devon Christopher Adams is a pretty brilliant photographer and most recently he has started branching out into the written word. Here, without further ado is his take on this years Apache Lake Music Fesitval, an event many of us have still not quite recovered from.) In all honesty, I didn’t want to go. Apache Lake Music Festival felt like...

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  • Several weeks ago this valley lost one of its finest creative  visionaries, a fantastic musician and to many of us, a friend. Tonight the first of many benefit shows for the family of Mark Erickson will be held, featuring six amazing bands at the Yucca Tap Room. The event is free, but donations are welcomed and encouraged. Mark left behind him two beautiful children, Sophie and Jack, and anything that can be spared will be appreciated. Tonight will be a pretty special evening and the lineup will be amazing. Performing will be Spirit Cave (the new exciting project from Ryan Breen...

    A Benefit For The Family of Mark Erickson Tonight

    Several weeks ago this valley lost one of its finest creative  visionaries, a fantastic musician and to many of us, a friend. Tonight the first of many benefit shows for the family of Mark Erickson will be held, featuring six amazing bands at the Yucca Tap Room. The event is free, but donations are welcomed and encouraged. Mark left behind him two beautiful children, Sophie and Jack, and anything that can be spared will be appreciated. Tonight will be a pretty special evening and the lineup will be amazing. Performing will be Spirit Cave (the new exciting project from Ryan Breen...

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  • If this great metro area filled to the brim with amazing music has its own personal Coachella, Apache Lake Music Festival is clearly it. Topping last year, if for no other reason than because they were compelled to add an extra day to the festivities, the lineups are solid all three days. Barring a few bands that are on national and international tours, ALMF presents the best of the best from the Phoenix Metro area in an amazing setting of natural beauty. This weekend will be completely unhinged, from the bands, to the camping, to the parties, it will be...

    Apache Lake: Here We Come!!!

    If this great metro area filled to the brim with amazing music has its own personal Coachella, Apache Lake Music Festival is clearly it. Topping last year, if for no other reason than because they were compelled to add an extra day to the festivities, the lineups are solid all three days. Barring a few bands that are on national and international tours, ALMF presents the best of the best from the Phoenix Metro area in an amazing setting of natural beauty. This weekend will be completely unhinged, from the bands, to the camping, to the parties, it will be...

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  • Throughout the summer, I found myself looking forward to Autumnal events–not for any lack of amazing events during those heated days and sweltering nights, not even in the least. No, it was because as the summer progressed, more and more events began to stack up in store for September, October, November and well into the New Year–critical, amazing, mindblowing events. Events like the Tempe Rockstar Gold Festival this past weekend at Sail Inn, the upcoming Apache Lake Music Festival or Kongos homecoming show. Another one of these events I’ve been looking forward to for months is the album release show...

    Zero Zero’s Live Debut and Album Release

    Throughout the summer, I found myself looking forward to Autumnal events–not for any lack of amazing events during those heated days and sweltering nights, not even in the least. No, it was because as the summer progressed, more and more events began to stack up in store for September, October, November and well into the New Year–critical, amazing, mindblowing events. Events like the Tempe Rockstar Gold Festival this past weekend at Sail Inn, the upcoming Apache Lake Music Festival or Kongos homecoming show. Another one of these events I’ve been looking forward to for months is the album release show...

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