Archive for December, 2012

  • This morning on KWSS 106.7 The Morning Infidelity played their top twenty for 2012 based on spins, requests and feedback throughout the year. SoundsAroundTown loved the list so much that we thought we would share what our favorite morning radio show picked as the best and brightest sounds of 2012. You can click on the band names below to lead you to each ones Facebook profile, then you can like them, love them, do what you want with them. Thanks so much to KWSS 106.7 and the crew at TMI for rocking local–2012 would not have been the same without...

    TMI’s Top Twenty for 2012

    This morning on KWSS 106.7 The Morning Infidelity played their top twenty for 2012 based on spins, requests and feedback throughout the year. SoundsAroundTown loved the list so much that we thought we would share what our favorite morning radio show picked as the best and brightest sounds of 2012. You can click on the band names below to lead you to each ones Facebook profile, then you can like them, love them, do what you want with them. Thanks so much to KWSS 106.7 and the crew at TMI for rocking local–2012 would not have been the same without...

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  • Clearly, I write about a lot of music–a lot of local music of all genres, categories and styles, but when it comes down to it, my soul completely belongs to rock’n'roll. There is no way around it, while I enjoy so many varieties of music, so many genres and sub-genres, what really moves me more than anything else is pure rock’n'roll. This is, in a sense, my religion. I make no bones about it and I’m constantly seeking it out, constantly looking throughout the local scene for authentic rock. It seems that while there is a lot of great music...

    Rocking In The New Year!

    Clearly, I write about a lot of music–a lot of local music of all genres, categories and styles, but when it comes down to it, my soul completely belongs to rock’n'roll. There is no way around it, while I enjoy so many varieties of music, so many genres and sub-genres, what really moves me more than anything else is pure rock’n'roll. This is, in a sense, my religion. I make no bones about it and I’m constantly seeking it out, constantly looking throughout the local scene for authentic rock. It seems that while there is a lot of great music...

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  • Editor’s Note: Having found myself left at the end of the year with four albums I wanted to review, I decided to let the bands, fans, friends and readers decide who received the final full album review of 2012 in JAVA Magazine.  After a week-long poll was conducted through soundsaroundtown.net, The Technicolors took the election by storm which has led to the article that follows. The January 2013 issue will feature the runner up, who fought long and hard and was winning early in the race, be sure to read about The Oxford Coma next month. For me, there is...

    The Technicolors: Take Your Sweet Time to Listen Up To Listener, Again!

    Editor’s Note: Having found myself left at the end of the year with four albums I wanted to review, I decided to let the bands, fans, friends and readers decide who received the final full album review of 2012 in JAVA Magazine.  After a week-long poll was conducted through soundsaroundtown.net, The Technicolors took the election by storm which has led to the article that follows. The January 2013 issue will feature the runner up, who fought long and hard and was winning early in the race, be sure to read about The Oxford Coma next month. For me, there is...

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  • For the entire time I’ve known them, I  have wondered (in much the same way I spend nights staring up at the stars) what the debut album would from Future Loves Past would hold in store for its loyal listeners. This past Spring musical architect and late night home studio whiz Eric Palmer began sending me tracks that he had just completed at 4am and I was stunned—this raised the ante even  more, but I had no idea what it could all be possibly be leading toward. Then some weeks ago, bassist Sean Wintrow made it clear when he sent...

    Future Loves Past present Our Solar System

    For the entire time I’ve known them, I  have wondered (in much the same way I spend nights staring up at the stars) what the debut album would from Future Loves Past would hold in store for its loyal listeners. This past Spring musical architect and late night home studio whiz Eric Palmer began sending me tracks that he had just completed at 4am and I was stunned—this raised the ante even  more, but I had no idea what it could all be possibly be leading toward. Then some weeks ago, bassist Sean Wintrow made it clear when he sent...

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  • If you have any plans that involve not being in Phoenix this Friday, cancel them. No, seriously, cancel  them right now. If you happen to be working your 9-5 on Friday, don’t come back from lunch. If you work Friday night, plan on calling off–that’s right just call in sick, or call in dead, whichever you prefer. This Friday, January 28th, a monumental event will occur on 5th Street between Roosevelt & Garfield in everyone’s favorite art district of Phoenix. From 1pm until the afterparty ends, the first ever PHX FMLY FEST will rock downtown with over 60 bands, art,...

    PHX FMLY FEST This Friday!

    If you have any plans that involve not being in Phoenix this Friday, cancel them. No, seriously, cancel  them right now. If you happen to be working your 9-5 on Friday, don’t come back from lunch. If you work Friday night, plan on calling off–that’s right just call in sick, or call in dead, whichever you prefer. This Friday, January 28th, a monumental event will occur on 5th Street between Roosevelt & Garfield in everyone’s favorite art district of Phoenix. From 1pm until the afterparty ends, the first ever PHX FMLY FEST will rock downtown with over 60 bands, art,...

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  • One of  my  favorite new  groups of  2012 that have “hit the ground  the running” and  emerged  as a band  I try to catch every time they play is  PALMS. There are other groups that debuted this year that I knew couldn’t disappoint, like supergroup Zero Zero (who play with PALMS quite often!), but PALMS was an unexpected surprise at how great they were from the onset and how quickly they garnered my favor. Today, as a special Christmas present for all their fans, PALMS has released their new single “Dirty Little Knees” and today only, you can download it...

    PALMS “Dirty Little Knees” Free Download Only On Christmas Day!

    One of  my  favorite new  groups of  2012 that have “hit the ground  the running” and  emerged  as a band  I try to catch every time they play is  PALMS. There are other groups that debuted this year that I knew couldn’t disappoint, like supergroup Zero Zero (who play with PALMS quite often!), but PALMS was an unexpected surprise at how great they were from the onset and how quickly they garnered my favor. Today, as a special Christmas present for all their fans, PALMS has released their new single “Dirty Little Knees” and today only, you can download it...

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  • With it being Christmas Eve and all, I thought it would be great to share with you the amazing slew of Christmas songs that have rolled into my inbox over the last few weeks. Local artists have really done a great job this year of promoting the holiday spirit and the submissions for Christmas songs were still rolling in as late as yesterday. Here is a nice little collection of tunes to keep your ears warm and your heart merry. Songs are posted in the order I received them to avoid any confusion in their placement. Being Cool Is Lonely-”Happy...

    Seasons Beatings! Christmas: AZ Indie Style

    With it being Christmas Eve and all, I thought it would be great to share with you the amazing slew of Christmas songs that have rolled into my inbox over the last few weeks. Local artists have really done a great job this year of promoting the holiday spirit and the submissions for Christmas songs were still rolling in as late as yesterday. Here is a nice little collection of tunes to keep your ears warm and your heart merry. Songs are posted in the order I received them to avoid any confusion in their placement. Being Cool Is Lonely-”Happy...

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  • Mergence is one of my favorite bands. Period. Not one of my favorite local bands, but one of my favorite bands beyond the scope of Arizona music.  A week does not pass where I go without listening to their music. I also can’t recall a time since I heard their debut album Those Vibrant Young People Are Dead and saw them live for the first time (this was the same evening), that more than 72 hours would pass without a guitar riff or lyrical passage of theirs passing through my mind. While it was the seriously infectious, radio ready “Dynamite...

    MERGENCE: Live At The Crescent Ballroom

    Mergence is one of my favorite bands. Period. Not one of my favorite local bands, but one of my favorite bands beyond the scope of Arizona music.  A week does not pass where I go without listening to their music. I also can’t recall a time since I heard their debut album Those Vibrant Young People Are Dead and saw them live for the first time (this was the same evening), that more than 72 hours would pass without a guitar riff or lyrical passage of theirs passing through my mind. While it was the seriously infectious, radio ready “Dynamite...

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  • Bison Island (formerly The Dellinger Feist) has slightly retooled, rearranged their lineup a bit and released their debut EP last May at a celebratory show at the Yucca Tap Room. Self-described as “Psychedelic Dance Pop” that description pretty much says it all about their five song release and their live show. Bison Island consists of Brian Dellinger, Brian Boyer, Chelsea Dellinger (that’s 3/5 of Kirkwood Dellinger’s original lineup), Ira Deaton and newly added Brianna Wolfgang. Smack in the middle of the EP is the 106.7 KWSS Homegrown Hit “Different Days” which is one of the best tracks Dellinger has ever...

    Bison Island Emerges From Hibernation?

    Bison Island (formerly The Dellinger Feist) has slightly retooled, rearranged their lineup a bit and released their debut EP last May at a celebratory show at the Yucca Tap Room. Self-described as “Psychedelic Dance Pop” that description pretty much says it all about their five song release and their live show. Bison Island consists of Brian Dellinger, Brian Boyer, Chelsea Dellinger (that’s 3/5 of Kirkwood Dellinger’s original lineup), Ira Deaton and newly added Brianna Wolfgang. Smack in the middle of the EP is the 106.7 KWSS Homegrown Hit “Different Days” which is one of the best tracks Dellinger has ever...

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  • “Honestly speaking, I’m thinking of drinking again, not like before, but more like a gentleman,” begins the debut, eponymously titled EP from Sundressed. It is a great start to a great EP, that plays like an indie rock confessional romp through a genre bending sextet who describes themselves as “happy sad indie folk rock.” The description of which does not fall short of the mark—as much uplifting pop awareness as, emotional or intellectual consternation, Sundressed puts on a pretty amazing set of songs here. Beyond “That Same Wishing Well,” the follow up track, “Golden Boy” invites female vocal accompaniment that...

    Sundressed In All Their Splendor!

    “Honestly speaking, I’m thinking of drinking again, not like before, but more like a gentleman,” begins the debut, eponymously titled EP from Sundressed. It is a great start to a great EP, that plays like an indie rock confessional romp through a genre bending sextet who describes themselves as “happy sad indie folk rock.” The description of which does not fall short of the mark—as much uplifting pop awareness as, emotional or intellectual consternation, Sundressed puts on a pretty amazing set of songs here. Beyond “That Same Wishing Well,” the follow up track, “Golden Boy” invites female vocal accompaniment that...

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