Album Reviews Archive

  • In late 2013 Fairy Bones announced they were working on a full length album expected to be released the following year. I couldn’t have been more thrilled since Fairy Bones were my favorite debut of that year bar none and so their full length debut album became my most highly anticipated record of 2014. Except that it didn’t get released last year, the band wanted to take their time writing and recording it, making it perfect in every way, they even held a magnificently successful crowdfunding campaign to complete the recording and production. I had started to think it was...

    Fairy Bones Unleash Dramabot!

    In late 2013 Fairy Bones announced they were working on a full length album expected to be released the following year. I couldn’t have been more thrilled since Fairy Bones were my favorite debut of that year bar none and so their full length debut album became my most highly anticipated record of 2014. Except that it didn’t get released last year, the band wanted to take their time writing and recording it, making it perfect in every way, they even held a magnificently successful crowdfunding campaign to complete the recording and production. I had started to think it was...

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  • A couple years ago I was soaked in whiskey at the Yucca Tap Room enjoy a great garage rock show and getting really into it. When I told a friend I was really digging the rock’n'roll vibe of the evening between sets, he smiled and asked me “Have you ever seen Scorpion Vs. Tarantula?”, to which I replied that I had not. “You have never seen anything like them, that’s for sure.” A couple weeks later I got a chance to catch them in the act at The Rogue Bar and much to my pleasure, my friend was right, I...

    The Weird and Wonderful World of Scorpion Vs. Tarantula

    A couple years ago I was soaked in whiskey at the Yucca Tap Room enjoy a great garage rock show and getting really into it. When I told a friend I was really digging the rock’n'roll vibe of the evening between sets, he smiled and asked me “Have you ever seen Scorpion Vs. Tarantula?”, to which I replied that I had not. “You have never seen anything like them, that’s for sure.” A couple weeks later I got a chance to catch them in the act at The Rogue Bar and much to my pleasure, my friend was right, I...

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  • Jonathan Cisneros of Snail Quail turned me on to this band last November and I am very glad he did. Coed Pageant hail from California, but have relocated to Arizona and with the brand new Drag EP in tow. If you like your indie rock blended with folk and intellectually reflective lyricism, this may well be your new favorite band. Recorded in a California living room, the entire EP has a cozy feeling to it and it seems that it belongs more in Flagstaff than anywhere in Cali. The opener “Our Bar” is a reflection of life in California and...

    Coed Pageant – Drag EP

    Jonathan Cisneros of Snail Quail turned me on to this band last November and I am very glad he did. Coed Pageant hail from California, but have relocated to Arizona and with the brand new Drag EP in tow. If you like your indie rock blended with folk and intellectually reflective lyricism, this may well be your new favorite band. Recorded in a California living room, the entire EP has a cozy feeling to it and it seems that it belongs more in Flagstaff than anywhere in Cali. The opener “Our Bar” is a reflection of life in California and...

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  • If you are unfamiliar with Van Adams it’s not a surprise, but you may be familiar with their former identity as Villains, or not. This is the indie electronica duo of Yvette Adams and Ivan Hernandez. As Villains they had a drummer, and now they have a drum machine and a lot more synths going on–somehow, no strength is lost, in fact they’ve gotten stronger and stranger in one fell swoop. I fell in love with this duo at the start of this year and have been hounding them since for a release and it’s finally here. There are many...

    Van Adams Debut EP

    If you are unfamiliar with Van Adams it’s not a surprise, but you may be familiar with their former identity as Villains, or not. This is the indie electronica duo of Yvette Adams and Ivan Hernandez. As Villains they had a drummer, and now they have a drum machine and a lot more synths going on–somehow, no strength is lost, in fact they’ve gotten stronger and stranger in one fell swoop. I fell in love with this duo at the start of this year and have been hounding them since for a release and it’s finally here. There are many...

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  • I don’t often write about bands beyond the state of Arizona, but every now and then one comes for a visit that I can’t resist. In this case, Charles Barth of Saddles made sure that I hear the recordings of Pageantry before they were to play a set at Tempe Tavern this Friday, December 12th. Of other note, nearly any time Barth recommends that I listen to something, I pretty much do so immediately because he has never steered me incorrectly (Celebration Guns and Morning Theft for instance). Pageantry, from Denton, Texas, is another clear case of this. I have...

    Pageantry Takes Time At Tempe Tavern Friday Night

    I don’t often write about bands beyond the state of Arizona, but every now and then one comes for a visit that I can’t resist. In this case, Charles Barth of Saddles made sure that I hear the recordings of Pageantry before they were to play a set at Tempe Tavern this Friday, December 12th. Of other note, nearly any time Barth recommends that I listen to something, I pretty much do so immediately because he has never steered me incorrectly (Celebration Guns and Morning Theft for instance). Pageantry, from Denton, Texas, is another clear case of this. I have...

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  • Recently I was asked who was my favorite local metal band and I answered without any hesitation, “The Oxford Coma”, which they had never heard of and they thought I was mad. They describe their sound as “Psychedelic Anxiety Grunge Metal” and that really does sum it up nicely. This is the dream child of Billy Tegethoff and it truly slays–I have been a fan of these guys since the start and cover their every move. Why? Because they have a vision, a sound, a live show, a presence that is so compelling and fascinating that I can’t turn away....

    The Oxford Coma – Morphine EP

    Recently I was asked who was my favorite local metal band and I answered without any hesitation, “The Oxford Coma”, which they had never heard of and they thought I was mad. They describe their sound as “Psychedelic Anxiety Grunge Metal” and that really does sum it up nicely. This is the dream child of Billy Tegethoff and it truly slays–I have been a fan of these guys since the start and cover their every move. Why? Because they have a vision, a sound, a live show, a presence that is so compelling and fascinating that I can’t turn away....

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  • Watch For Rocks is probably the most underrated band in the valley. First of all, they are composed entirely of geologists, secondly they put out an amazing pop-rock record this summer while everyone was sleeping in their air conditioned capsules. So while you were sleeping, this happened–and by I mean happened I mean they put out one of the most compelling albums of the year. When Watch For Rocks became one of my favorite live bands in town, I thought I was late for the party, but it turned out the party was just getting started. The band itself consists...

    Watch For Rocks – Exploring The Space

    Watch For Rocks is probably the most underrated band in the valley. First of all, they are composed entirely of geologists, secondly they put out an amazing pop-rock record this summer while everyone was sleeping in their air conditioned capsules. So while you were sleeping, this happened–and by I mean happened I mean they put out one of the most compelling albums of the year. When Watch For Rocks became one of my favorite live bands in town, I thought I was late for the party, but it turned out the party was just getting started. The band itself consists...

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  • Rock’n'roll doesn’t readily come to mind when you think about Winnie The Pooh.  If you found yourself pondering Pooh and Christopher Robin and all of the characters created by A.A. Milne that populate the 100 AcreWoods, you wouldn’t quickly think “Yeah, that’s rock’n'roll,” alright. Taking that further, you wouldn’t suspect that Benjamin Hoff’s philosophical take on Pooh in The Tao of Pooh, would fuel the fires of rock, either. It seems like this isn’t really the fodder for inspiring an entire rock album, that somehow it would never have been anything Milne or Hoff would have imagined occurring. Well, this...

    Christopher Robin by Japhy’s Descent

    Rock’n'roll doesn’t readily come to mind when you think about Winnie The Pooh.  If you found yourself pondering Pooh and Christopher Robin and all of the characters created by A.A. Milne that populate the 100 AcreWoods, you wouldn’t quickly think “Yeah, that’s rock’n'roll,” alright. Taking that further, you wouldn’t suspect that Benjamin Hoff’s philosophical take on Pooh in The Tao of Pooh, would fuel the fires of rock, either. It seems like this isn’t really the fodder for inspiring an entire rock album, that somehow it would never have been anything Milne or Hoff would have imagined occurring. Well, this...

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  • The Woolly Bandits from Los Angeles have now become the fifth artist to join 80/20 Records roster and to celebrate they have released a furiously paced six song EP to celebrate this! Joining labelmates Captain Squeegee, Fairy Bones, Zero Zero and Statues of Cats (also from LA) they add another definitive layer of exciting Garage Rock to the growing local label. I recently caught The Woolly Bandits at the Lowview Magazine release party and they happened to let it slip that they had just joined 80/20 Records and I was pretty much beyond excited. They are a great band (it...

    The Woolly Bandits Join 80/20 Records With A New EP!!!

    The Woolly Bandits from Los Angeles have now become the fifth artist to join 80/20 Records roster and to celebrate they have released a furiously paced six song EP to celebrate this! Joining labelmates Captain Squeegee, Fairy Bones, Zero Zero and Statues of Cats (also from LA) they add another definitive layer of exciting Garage Rock to the growing local label. I recently caught The Woolly Bandits at the Lowview Magazine release party and they happened to let it slip that they had just joined 80/20 Records and I was pretty much beyond excited. They are a great band (it...

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  • Every now and then, you have an EP land in your lap and you have to write about it immediately. This has happened to me a lot lately. The most recent variation on this them is the Slow Approaching Nothing EP by Daisy Face. I have heard about this band here and there, but I haven’t caught them live and missed out on their first EP. Everyone told me that I’d love them, that they were total shoegazing stuff I could really dig into and I should check them out. Well, they were right in one of those aspects, I...

    Daisy Face – Slow Approaching Nothing

    Every now and then, you have an EP land in your lap and you have to write about it immediately. This has happened to me a lot lately. The most recent variation on this them is the Slow Approaching Nothing EP by Daisy Face. I have heard about this band here and there, but I haven’t caught them live and missed out on their first EP. Everyone told me that I’d love them, that they were total shoegazing stuff I could really dig into and I should check them out. Well, they were right in one of those aspects, I...

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