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  • In 2009 I had been covering local music for over a year and was discovering a few gems here and there. In the pages of JAVA Magazine I had covered Colorstore, The Love Me Nots, Greenwich, and a couple other locals, but the scene was different back then. In my interviews I’d ask what other local bands the artists like and their recommendations were few and far between. All of that seemed to change in September 2009 when the first When In AZ… compilation was released. Maybe it was the idea of 55 local artists covering one another or maybe...

    Looking Back on When In AZ, Vol. 1

    In 2009 I had been covering local music for over a year and was discovering a few gems here and there. In the pages of JAVA Magazine I had covered Colorstore, The Love Me Nots, Greenwich, and a couple other locals, but the scene was different back then. In my interviews I’d ask what other local bands the artists like and their recommendations were few and far between. All of that seemed to change in September 2009 when the first When In AZ… compilation was released. Maybe it was the idea of 55 local artists covering one another or maybe...

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  • Sorry this is a little late in the week, finishing up moving around town this week. There were some great shows earlier this week, but don’t be sad if you missed them because this weekend (and I’m including Thursday in the weekend) is through the roof fantastic. There are super tough decisions to be made ever night left in this week, so good luck with that. So here we go with a hell of a weekend to be had by all! When & Where: Thursday, September 28th, 8pm at The Rhythm Room Reasons To Attend: Lee Perreira is on fire...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    Sorry this is a little late in the week, finishing up moving around town this week. There were some great shows earlier this week, but don’t be sad if you missed them because this weekend (and I’m including Thursday in the weekend) is through the roof fantastic. There are super tough decisions to be made ever night left in this week, so good luck with that. So here we go with a hell of a weekend to be had by all! When & Where: Thursday, September 28th, 8pm at The Rhythm Room Reasons To Attend: Lee Perreira is on fire...

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  • As always, August ends with a bang, rather than a whimper. This is an absolute killer week in local music and though the Summer stayed pretty busy, the coming months will have dozens of fantastic shows a week instead of only a dozen. It’s a subtle reminder of just how good we have it here when it comes to our ridiculously vibrant music scene. This will also be the week where I start attending more shows than ever before out of sheer necessity. This is EP and album release season and these lineups are freaking stacked with the best and...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    As always, August ends with a bang, rather than a whimper. This is an absolute killer week in local music and though the Summer stayed pretty busy, the coming months will have dozens of fantastic shows a week instead of only a dozen. It’s a subtle reminder of just how good we have it here when it comes to our ridiculously vibrant music scene. This will also be the week where I start attending more shows than ever before out of sheer necessity. This is EP and album release season and these lineups are freaking stacked with the best and...

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  • There are only a few days left to make all your dreams come true! Well, maybe not your dreams, but my dream and a lot of other peoples’ dreams that want to hear a new full length Field Tripp album that is actually recorded in the studio! I honestly consider Dan Tripp to be one of the finest songwriters that I know and I know a lot of songwriters. The man has literally more albums on his hard drive at home that he’s recorded than most artists release in a lifetime. But that won’t do this time. No, we need...

    Please Help Field Tripp Record Their Album!!!

    There are only a few days left to make all your dreams come true! Well, maybe not your dreams, but my dream and a lot of other peoples’ dreams that want to hear a new full length Field Tripp album that is actually recorded in the studio! I honestly consider Dan Tripp to be one of the finest songwriters that I know and I know a lot of songwriters. The man has literally more albums on his hard drive at home that he’s recorded than most artists release in a lifetime. But that won’t do this time. No, we need...

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  • This is a pretty sensational week for live local music including a few festivals in Mesa of all places. As always, Friday and Saturday are pretty overwhelming, so make you decisions carefully. With the beautiful weather arriving a bit early, there is no reason to stay in, get out there and frolic, have a good time and stay safe! Check this roster out, it all starts Thursday night! When & Where: Thursday, February 11th, 7pm at Valley Bar Reasons To Attend: If you were a fan of Ladylike or Loveblisters you need to be at Valley Bar on Thursday night....

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    This is a pretty sensational week for live local music including a few festivals in Mesa of all places. As always, Friday and Saturday are pretty overwhelming, so make you decisions carefully. With the beautiful weather arriving a bit early, there is no reason to stay in, get out there and frolic, have a good time and stay safe! Check this roster out, it all starts Thursday night! When & Where: Thursday, February 11th, 7pm at Valley Bar Reasons To Attend: If you were a fan of Ladylike or Loveblisters you need to be at Valley Bar on Thursday night....

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  • Well, if this first full week of January is any indication, this is going to be a hell of a year for local music. The choices are excruciating and every venue seems to be jam packed with amazing lineups. This weekend is damn near impossible. It appears that now that the holidays are over, the gloves are off and everyone will be throwing down to make some wonderful sounds. So without further ado, let’s kick out the jams for motherfucking 2016! Here are sixteen  shows to kick it off right… When & Where: Tuesday, January 5th, 7pm at Crescent Ballroom...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    Well, if this first full week of January is any indication, this is going to be a hell of a year for local music. The choices are excruciating and every venue seems to be jam packed with amazing lineups. This weekend is damn near impossible. It appears that now that the holidays are over, the gloves are off and everyone will be throwing down to make some wonderful sounds. So without further ado, let’s kick out the jams for motherfucking 2016! Here are sixteen  shows to kick it off right… When & Where: Tuesday, January 5th, 7pm at Crescent Ballroom...

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  • This week has great shows from beginning to end, but Saturday is just fucking ridiculous. I mean seriously there are ten shows of value that night and though I haven’t spotlighted all of them, I’m pretty sure you could end up at any venue and have your mind blown. The rest of the days the choices are easy and if the weather was better I’d bounce from place to place like a madman. But it’s cold and I drive an open Jeep Wrangler and I’m going to end up picking one place and stay there. Still, this is pretty rough...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    This week has great shows from beginning to end, but Saturday is just fucking ridiculous. I mean seriously there are ten shows of value that night and though I haven’t spotlighted all of them, I’m pretty sure you could end up at any venue and have your mind blown. The rest of the days the choices are easy and if the weather was better I’d bounce from place to place like a madman. But it’s cold and I drive an open Jeep Wrangler and I’m going to end up picking one place and stay there. Still, this is pretty rough...

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  • There are a lot of great shows going down to kick off the start of December right. Seriously, there is something fantastic every night this week. It appears that this is going to be a magnificent month for local music, because next week is even more insane. Check out the low down on the hoedown below. When & Where: Tuesday, December 1st, 8pm at Crescent Ballroom Reasons To Attend: The Riveras are playing shows again! This is like the second one in the span of a month and that’s exciting. They will be joined by Ana Log and Some Magical...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    There are a lot of great shows going down to kick off the start of December right. Seriously, there is something fantastic every night this week. It appears that this is going to be a magnificent month for local music, because next week is even more insane. Check out the low down on the hoedown below. When & Where: Tuesday, December 1st, 8pm at Crescent Ballroom Reasons To Attend: The Riveras are playing shows again! This is like the second one in the span of a month and that’s exciting. They will be joined by Ana Log and Some Magical...

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  • There are four event that are considering themselves festivals this weekend and I have included all four below. Unfortunately, I didn’t get this out earlier, but my best advice is to head to Bisbee right now, leave work if you have to and don’t look back. Anyway, here are the festivals and their lineups for this weekend. When & Where: Friday, November 13th-Sunday, November 14th, Bisbee, AZ Reasons to Attend: This has already kicked off, but it’s the best of the best. I have included the lineups below with the official images from the event site. Seriously, it’s amazing. Other...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…Festival Guide

    There are four event that are considering themselves festivals this weekend and I have included all four below. Unfortunately, I didn’t get this out earlier, but my best advice is to head to Bisbee right now, leave work if you have to and don’t look back. Anyway, here are the festivals and their lineups for this weekend. When & Where: Friday, November 13th-Sunday, November 14th, Bisbee, AZ Reasons to Attend: This has already kicked off, but it’s the best of the best. I have included the lineups below with the official images from the event site. Seriously, it’s amazing. Other...

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  • Clearly, there is a lot going on in town this weekend. Yes, there is the towering four day Summer Ends Music Festival at Tempe Town Lake. This year they don’t have any local acts so that is not my concern here (well, okay, Jimmy Eat World is technically local, but they don’t have a local stage this year). This means that’s it the start of “Festival Season” here, so to speak. That said, there is a lot of local live music happening in town this week as well, I combed the calendar and the venue websites and I came up...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    Clearly, there is a lot going on in town this weekend. Yes, there is the towering four day Summer Ends Music Festival at Tempe Town Lake. This year they don’t have any local acts so that is not my concern here (well, okay, Jimmy Eat World is technically local, but they don’t have a local stage this year). This means that’s it the start of “Festival Season” here, so to speak. That said, there is a lot of local live music happening in town this week as well, I combed the calendar and the venue websites and I came up...

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