Archive for November, 2012

  • While they are fresh off of a massive tour of the US and Canada, with Strip Tantrum and Drainbow, Dogbreth has also recently released their second EP Get Out, the power pop follow up to last year’s full length Chookie. On this short and sweet four song EP they evoke a homespun Weezer sound with quick and heavy guitars—think if Rivers Cuomo had stuck to the Pinkerton era sound and stayed there. That is to say, it’s pretty brilliant and every bit as catchy. Dogbreth has a consistent sound which will haunt you because they’ve got a knack with hooks...

    Dogbreth Get’s Out!

    While they are fresh off of a massive tour of the US and Canada, with Strip Tantrum and Drainbow, Dogbreth has also recently released their second EP Get Out, the power pop follow up to last year’s full length Chookie. On this short and sweet four song EP they evoke a homespun Weezer sound with quick and heavy guitars—think if Rivers Cuomo had stuck to the Pinkerton era sound and stayed there. That is to say, it’s pretty brilliant and every bit as catchy. Dogbreth has a consistent sound which will haunt you because they’ve got a knack with hooks...

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  • This weekend begins the last month of what has been a glorious year in local music. Like the previous years before it that have built up to now, fans will be rushing to catch every show they can amidst the holiday season and bands will be pushing like crazy to leave lasting impressions with a lineup of amazing gigs and album release shows scattered liberally throughout the month from beginning  to end. So while we say farewell to November and  hello to December, we have a handful of brilliant, important shows to choose from, each packed with their own power and...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    This weekend begins the last month of what has been a glorious year in local music. Like the previous years before it that have built up to now, fans will be rushing to catch every show they can amidst the holiday season and bands will be pushing like crazy to leave lasting impressions with a lineup of amazing gigs and album release shows scattered liberally throughout the month from beginning  to end. So while we say farewell to November and  hello to December, we have a handful of brilliant, important shows to choose from, each packed with their own power and...

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  • Every now and then I get something in my mailbox that I honestly can’t make sense of, I can’t wrap my head around it exactly and this is the point where my mind stands at attention and questions itself. I suppose it’s a good example of cognitive dissonance, but whereas most people want to hate things that cause cognitive dissonance, I prefer to figure out what is causing the discord or disguised appreciation (like that grade school crush that comes out in taunting and aggressive weirdness). So it was that I downloaded the debut of Vial of Sounds debut a...

    Vial Of Sound-VOS

    Every now and then I get something in my mailbox that I honestly can’t make sense of, I can’t wrap my head around it exactly and this is the point where my mind stands at attention and questions itself. I suppose it’s a good example of cognitive dissonance, but whereas most people want to hate things that cause cognitive dissonance, I prefer to figure out what is causing the discord or disguised appreciation (like that grade school crush that comes out in taunting and aggressive weirdness). So it was that I downloaded the debut of Vial of Sounds debut a...

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  • Anyone who has been paying attention to the local music scene for the last six years or so has almost certainly encountered the brilliant garage rock of the Love Me Nots at one time or another. Recently the band announced it has decided to take a hiatus, the good news is that the founding core members of the band, alluring chanteuse Nicole Laurenne and guitarist extraordinaire Michael Johnny Walker are far from resting on their laurels in any capacity. Instead, they’ve created a side project that is something of a stylistic turn from their mainstay, in the form of an...

    Zero Zero – MAYDAY

    Anyone who has been paying attention to the local music scene for the last six years or so has almost certainly encountered the brilliant garage rock of the Love Me Nots at one time or another. Recently the band announced it has decided to take a hiatus, the good news is that the founding core members of the band, alluring chanteuse Nicole Laurenne and guitarist extraordinaire Michael Johnny Walker are far from resting on their laurels in any capacity. Instead, they’ve created a side project that is something of a stylistic turn from their mainstay, in the form of an...

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  •   So, for the last week as I’ve been writing about the bands that are taking over Crescent Ballroom this evening, I’ve been wracking my brain about what to write about Mergence. For the other two bands it was easy, I  had not yet posted the directors cut of my KONGOS article from JAVA Magazine and The Technicolors conveniently re-released Listener this week. The latter also won my amazingly popular online poll for their own feature in next months JAVA, so the writing was pretty quick and easy for those two–but what the hell was I going to write about...

    Mergence Releases Live Album!!!

      So, for the last week as I’ve been writing about the bands that are taking over Crescent Ballroom this evening, I’ve been wracking my brain about what to write about Mergence. For the other two bands it was easy, I  had not yet posted the directors cut of my KONGOS article from JAVA Magazine and The Technicolors conveniently re-released Listener this week. The latter also won my amazingly popular online poll for their own feature in next months JAVA, so the writing was pretty quick and easy for those two–but what the hell was I going to write about...

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  • …The Technicolors – Listener (Deluxe Edition)… I can’t deny this has been exciting to watch. For the last week I’ve watched the survey and the votes rolling in on my blog and on the Facebook event I posted every day. A week before starting this voting process, I had posted the idea in some choice places, indicating I had four albums I was listening to and inviting more–oddly, at the time no one mentioned additions to the poll that I hadn’t written about already.  Once the voting began, suddenly there were great suggestions for additional albums by the likes of iamwe, Wizards of...

    And The Winner Is…

    …The Technicolors – Listener (Deluxe Edition)… I can’t deny this has been exciting to watch. For the last week I’ve watched the survey and the votes rolling in on my blog and on the Facebook event I posted every day. A week before starting this voting process, I had posted the idea in some choice places, indicating I had four albums I was listening to and inviting more–oddly, at the time no one mentioned additions to the poll that I hadn’t written about already.  Once the voting began, suddenly there were great suggestions for additional albums by the likes of iamwe, Wizards of...

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  • It seems that most people I know rapidly agree that Kongos are one of the best bands we are currently blessed to possess. Friends and acquaintances, both from within and without the music scene, have quickly latched on to their sound, are impressed by the unusual mix of alternative rock with African influences and seem to play their music regularly, even daily, once they get a taste. Not since Mergence’s debut album have I seen so much positive response from listeners, many of who have had no idea that local music could be this good (though I preach this gospel...

    KONGOS Unleash A Lunatic Upon The Masses

    It seems that most people I know rapidly agree that Kongos are one of the best bands we are currently blessed to possess. Friends and acquaintances, both from within and without the music scene, have quickly latched on to their sound, are impressed by the unusual mix of alternative rock with African influences and seem to play their music regularly, even daily, once they get a taste. Not since Mergence’s debut album have I seen so much positive response from listeners, many of who have had no idea that local music could be this good (though I preach this gospel...

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  •   2012 has been an amazing year to have the privilege to write about the music in Arizona. I wasn’t sure if anything would top 2011, but it has–many fold. This year has been a non-stop rollercoaster ride of amazing albums, brilliant EPs, some of the best shows I’ve ever seen, so many new talent has emerged, while a few favorites bid farewell–it’s been a hell of a ride. That being said, I have covered 11 albums in depth, track by track this  year and though it is only the beginning of November, I’m preparing December’s JAVA Magazine music content  now....

    2012 JAVA Feature Finale-Your Vote Counts!

      2012 has been an amazing year to have the privilege to write about the music in Arizona. I wasn’t sure if anything would top 2011, but it has–many fold. This year has been a non-stop rollercoaster ride of amazing albums, brilliant EPs, some of the best shows I’ve ever seen, so many new talent has emerged, while a few favorites bid farewell–it’s been a hell of a ride. That being said, I have covered 11 albums in depth, track by track this  year and though it is only the beginning of November, I’m preparing December’s JAVA Magazine music content  now....

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  • Every now and then I tell someone that I’m looking for new bands to listen to and every now and then someone actually remembers this and sends me an avalanche of audio joy. In this case it was Robbie Pfeffer of Playboy Manbaby who sent me a literal cavalcade of brilliance. Honestly, I can’t wait to see Rough Tough Dynamite live—keeping time with DEVO, making time with Television and simply employing all the influences they have picked up by listening to all the right late punk and new wave albums out there. Rough Tough Dynamite is a stunning and refreshing...

    Rough Tough Dynamite and the End of The World

    Every now and then I tell someone that I’m looking for new bands to listen to and every now and then someone actually remembers this and sends me an avalanche of audio joy. In this case it was Robbie Pfeffer of Playboy Manbaby who sent me a literal cavalcade of brilliance. Honestly, I can’t wait to see Rough Tough Dynamite live—keeping time with DEVO, making time with Television and simply employing all the influences they have picked up by listening to all the right late punk and new wave albums out there. Rough Tough Dynamite is a stunning and refreshing...

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