Archive for March, 2013

  • Ryan Breen is best known for being the mad genius behind local luminaries Back Ted N-Ted, who once upon a time left Phoenix for New York City. Returning slightly disenchanted with the record business, he has returned to Arizona, placing his former outfit on hiatus and this is nothing but our gain. Breen has now founded a new band called Spirit Cave with Mike Bell from The Lymbyc System, Lawrence Hearn and featuring Mike Hissong and Catherinee Veriolli of 513 Analog, as well as guest vocals by Trisha Ditsworth. ∞8EP is the first in a series of EPs to be...

    All About Spirit Cave

    Ryan Breen is best known for being the mad genius behind local luminaries Back Ted N-Ted, who once upon a time left Phoenix for New York City. Returning slightly disenchanted with the record business, he has returned to Arizona, placing his former outfit on hiatus and this is nothing but our gain. Breen has now founded a new band called Spirit Cave with Mike Bell from The Lymbyc System, Lawrence Hearn and featuring Mike Hissong and Catherinee Veriolli of 513 Analog, as well as guest vocals by Trisha Ditsworth. ∞8EP is the first in a series of EPs to be...

    Continue Reading...

  • Quick on the heels of the release of their magnificent album The Elephant In The Room early last summer, Banana Gun has released an  EP of their live efforts since that time. With the combination of live tracks that include both originals and covers, as well as one sacred studio track that previews a bit of love from the next full length album, this is one hell of a package. Throughout all six performances on this modest EP, Banana Gun shows that they are an amazing band filled with infinite possibilities and a definite stylistic sound, they are defining themselves,...

    The Live EP from Banana Gun

    Quick on the heels of the release of their magnificent album The Elephant In The Room early last summer, Banana Gun has released an  EP of their live efforts since that time. With the combination of live tracks that include both originals and covers, as well as one sacred studio track that previews a bit of love from the next full length album, this is one hell of a package. Throughout all six performances on this modest EP, Banana Gun shows that they are an amazing band filled with infinite possibilities and a definite stylistic sound, they are defining themselves,...

    Continue Reading...

  • Just when you think things couldn’t get better for the Arizona music scene you turn the corner and something new pops right up at you. In this case it’s a bit of history coming back on many levels. The popular Tempe music venue Last Exit, which was open from 2003-2009, is reopening courtesy of its original owner Brannon Kleinlein in a new downtown Phoenix location.  The former Tempe location featured the best in local acts along with many national touring acts such as Zac Brown Band, Gin Blossoms, Candlebox, Dramarama, The Format, Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers, Cross Canadian Ragweed,...

    Last Exit Live: IT’S ALIVE!!!

    Just when you think things couldn’t get better for the Arizona music scene you turn the corner and something new pops right up at you. In this case it’s a bit of history coming back on many levels. The popular Tempe music venue Last Exit, which was open from 2003-2009, is reopening courtesy of its original owner Brannon Kleinlein in a new downtown Phoenix location.  The former Tempe location featured the best in local acts along with many national touring acts such as Zac Brown Band, Gin Blossoms, Candlebox, Dramarama, The Format, Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers, Cross Canadian Ragweed,...

    Continue Reading...

  • Ladies and gentlemen, we have a very special presentation today. Though it has been a year since this footage was documented, I have waited with eager anticipation for this twelve minutes of film to be released. My former intern and Sounds Around Town partner in crime Sara Dalton has been instrumental in a number of things concerning this blog over the last year for which I can never thank her enough. One of the things we talked about early on was editing the footage and making a short film from her time with Future Loves Past on the road and...

    SXSW Is Over, But The Memories Will Always Remain…

    Ladies and gentlemen, we have a very special presentation today. Though it has been a year since this footage was documented, I have waited with eager anticipation for this twelve minutes of film to be released. My former intern and Sounds Around Town partner in crime Sara Dalton has been instrumental in a number of things concerning this blog over the last year for which I can never thank her enough. One of the things we talked about early on was editing the footage and making a short film from her time with Future Loves Past on the road and...

    Continue Reading...

  • This week on SoundsAroundTown.Net, I will be spotlighting what is, probably one of the most important events to occur in downtown Phoenix. While the McDowel Mountain Music Festival has carried with it a fair amount of clout throughout the years for garnering amazing acts and combining  them with local brilliance, I’m not sure it’s ever been done this well before. Both keen ears and eyes created this schedule of wonder and though there are a few other things going on this weekend, they all lay in the shadow of this amazing festival. The lineup is below and it speaks for...

    McDowell Mountain Music Festival 2013

    This week on SoundsAroundTown.Net, I will be spotlighting what is, probably one of the most important events to occur in downtown Phoenix. While the McDowel Mountain Music Festival has carried with it a fair amount of clout throughout the years for garnering amazing acts and combining  them with local brilliance, I’m not sure it’s ever been done this well before. Both keen ears and eyes created this schedule of wonder and though there are a few other things going on this weekend, they all lay in the shadow of this amazing festival. The lineup is below and it speaks for...

    Continue Reading...

  • Russian Arms and Optics pretty much had me at their name alone. I had no idea what I was going to hear when they sent me their tracks, but I loved the band name, it stuck in my head, so much so that when I met Liz last fall, I immediately remembered it to her smiling surprise. This past January 25th, they released their new EP Dark Matter at the Icehouse Tavern and it is three blistering songs of indie rock, with a dance punk sensibility, a touch of alternative metal and amazing female vocals that tie it all together,...

    Russian Arms and Optics-Dark Matter EP

    Russian Arms and Optics pretty much had me at their name alone. I had no idea what I was going to hear when they sent me their tracks, but I loved the band name, it stuck in my head, so much so that when I met Liz last fall, I immediately remembered it to her smiling surprise. This past January 25th, they released their new EP Dark Matter at the Icehouse Tavern and it is three blistering songs of indie rock, with a dance punk sensibility, a touch of alternative metal and amazing female vocals that tie it all together,...

    Continue Reading...

  • While many of the bands we know and love, as well as many of our friends are in Austin celebrating SXSW, there are still a lot of opportunities to see some great live music–especially from bands you may not be entirely familiar with. Turns out you can send over twenty bands out from Phoenix and we still have a ton more to catch in the act of performing their hearts out. Amazingly enough, this weekend is packed from beginning to end. Friday, March  15, 2013 The Sail Inn-Tempe: International Pop Overthrow The first night of the International Pop Overthrow is...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    While many of the bands we know and love, as well as many of our friends are in Austin celebrating SXSW, there are still a lot of opportunities to see some great live music–especially from bands you may not be entirely familiar with. Turns out you can send over twenty bands out from Phoenix and we still have a ton more to catch in the act of performing their hearts out. Amazingly enough, this weekend is packed from beginning to end. Friday, March  15, 2013 The Sail Inn-Tempe: International Pop Overthrow The first night of the International Pop Overthrow is...

    Continue Reading...

  • Many years ago, when I was coming to terms with my musical illness and my compulsion to write about everything I heard that turned me on, I was just starting to get published outside the realm of my college newspaper, underground  publications and philosophy magazines. When I began writing, I had never intended to become a music journalist of any sort–I was way into politics and social issues, but as time would have it, the two loves of my life became entwined and  when my writing started to concern the music I loved there was no stopping it. It also...

    The International Pop Overthrow Phoenix!!!

    Many years ago, when I was coming to terms with my musical illness and my compulsion to write about everything I heard that turned me on, I was just starting to get published outside the realm of my college newspaper, underground  publications and philosophy magazines. When I began writing, I had never intended to become a music journalist of any sort–I was way into politics and social issues, but as time would have it, the two loves of my life became entwined and  when my writing started to concern the music I loved there was no stopping it. It also...

    Continue Reading...

  • Every now and then you run into something that just stops you dead in your tracks—sometimes for many reasons, sometimes because you can’t figure it out and sometimes because you just love it plain and true. The first time I saw The Cold Desert, I was literally stopped cold in my tracks—in a jaw dropping, mind blown sort of way. Never have I witnessed a better combination of pure rock’n’roll, deeply rich Americana and for lack of a better term, gospel. By all rights, that combination should turn me off straight away—but it’s too good, it sounds too amazing and...

    The Cold Desert – Woman & God

    Every now and then you run into something that just stops you dead in your tracks—sometimes for many reasons, sometimes because you can’t figure it out and sometimes because you just love it plain and true. The first time I saw The Cold Desert, I was literally stopped cold in my tracks—in a jaw dropping, mind blown sort of way. Never have I witnessed a better combination of pure rock’n’roll, deeply rich Americana and for lack of a better term, gospel. By all rights, that combination should turn me off straight away—but it’s too good, it sounds too amazing and...

    Continue Reading...

  • I spend most of my time writing about music trapped between a few worlds, these worlds are as follows: A) Indie Rock-Essentially, an alternative rock option in which the presentation is decidedly experimental, possibly lo-fi, perhaps slightly neurotic, but all in all, seems to reflect a quirky outsiders look–yeah, the term is kind of meaningless, but it covers a lot of territory; B) Power Pop-A term originally coined by Pete Townshend in a 1967 interview to describe the music of The Who, this usually refers to hook heavy, brilliant music that recalls the music of the British Invasion that was...

    Sasquanaut-The Missing Link EP

    I spend most of my time writing about music trapped between a few worlds, these worlds are as follows: A) Indie Rock-Essentially, an alternative rock option in which the presentation is decidedly experimental, possibly lo-fi, perhaps slightly neurotic, but all in all, seems to reflect a quirky outsiders look–yeah, the term is kind of meaningless, but it covers a lot of territory; B) Power Pop-A term originally coined by Pete Townshend in a 1967 interview to describe the music of The Who, this usually refers to hook heavy, brilliant music that recalls the music of the British Invasion that was...

    Continue Reading...