Singles Going Steady Archive

  • The Real Fits – “Roadblock” You can’t accuse The Real Fits of resting on their laurels, that’s for sure. Even in the depths of Arizona Summer, when most musicians hit the Dog Day slump for a month or two, this band just keeps churning out single after single. They’re also playing a fair amount of shows–hell, I just caught them last week for a set at Lost Leaf that sounded damn near magical. They just released “Roadblock” this week and it’s a slow burner that begins with nearly a minute of mesmerizing instrumentation, lulling you at first before the guitar...

    New Tunes from The Real Fits, Dominick Provenzano, dent and More!

    The Real Fits – “Roadblock” You can’t accuse The Real Fits of resting on their laurels, that’s for sure. Even in the depths of Arizona Summer, when most musicians hit the Dog Day slump for a month or two, this band just keeps churning out single after single. They’re also playing a fair amount of shows–hell, I just caught them last week for a set at Lost Leaf that sounded damn near magical. They just released “Roadblock” this week and it’s a slow burner that begins with nearly a minute of mesmerizing instrumentation, lulling you at first before the guitar...

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  • Paper Foxes are clearly in the pursuit of greatness, at least that’s how it seems to me. There’s a certain pay off to following a band from their inception. When Paper Foxes started they seemed like a spin off of Fairy Bones, featuring two of the latter bands members, but there was no way to balance that with the vision that CJ Jacobson had for the band. Soon he and founding member Patro Gaston recruited Uche Ujania (Mr. UU)  and Jahlani Ujania for a stunning rhythm section. Most recently, they added the last piece of the puzzle to the lineup when Martin...

    Paper Foxes premiere “What Are You Afraid Of?”

    Paper Foxes are clearly in the pursuit of greatness, at least that’s how it seems to me. There’s a certain pay off to following a band from their inception. When Paper Foxes started they seemed like a spin off of Fairy Bones, featuring two of the latter bands members, but there was no way to balance that with the vision that CJ Jacobson had for the band. Soon he and founding member Patro Gaston recruited Uche Ujania (Mr. UU)  and Jahlani Ujania for a stunning rhythm section. Most recently, they added the last piece of the puzzle to the lineup when Martin...

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  • The Stakes – “Unified/House Party” Last week at some point I wrote a 2000 word love letter about The Stakes new masterpiece Prophecy, it’s going to show up in next month’s JAVA Magazine. When I write something like that, I prepare by listening to the album a dozen times and then write the article while listening to it again. Sometimes after these articles, I don’t want to hear the album for a while. Prophecy was the first album I wanted to listen to the next morning. In fact, “Unified” pounded through my skull until I was awake. The entire album...

    New Tunes from The Stakes, Mill’s End, Westbrook and More!

    The Stakes – “Unified/House Party” Last week at some point I wrote a 2000 word love letter about The Stakes new masterpiece Prophecy, it’s going to show up in next month’s JAVA Magazine. When I write something like that, I prepare by listening to the album a dozen times and then write the article while listening to it again. Sometimes after these articles, I don’t want to hear the album for a while. Prophecy was the first album I wanted to listen to the next morning. In fact, “Unified” pounded through my skull until I was awake. The entire album...

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  • When I first heard “Clay Pigeon” a few months ago, I sat in silence as the last chords still hung in the air and simply said “Holy Fuck!” The song wasn’t even finished yet. Was this Ben Anderson? The same Ben Anderson who had put out the soft spoken and lovely Where The Lights Go? EP last year? The singer songwriter I had met a year prior at the behest of my girlfriend and a host of other musicians about town? Instant two word review, “Holy Fuck!” It’s all I could say as I shook my head in disbelief staring...

    Ben Anderson presents “Clay Pigeon”

    When I first heard “Clay Pigeon” a few months ago, I sat in silence as the last chords still hung in the air and simply said “Holy Fuck!” The song wasn’t even finished yet. Was this Ben Anderson? The same Ben Anderson who had put out the soft spoken and lovely Where The Lights Go? EP last year? The singer songwriter I had met a year prior at the behest of my girlfriend and a host of other musicians about town? Instant two word review, “Holy Fuck!” It’s all I could say as I shook my head in disbelief staring...

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  • The Sink or Swim seem to be on ever ascending arc since they appeared on the scene early last year. In 2016 they put out two flawless EPs, which find people still debating over which was better. This year they’ve been working hard on new recordings with newest member Derek Rossman joining the original core trio of Nate Zeune, Louis Resnick and Niel Erlich. “Arizona” was the first of two single leading up to a brand new EP, a slightly different mid-tempo number which was no less hook heavy than the upbeat fare they’ve offered so far in their catalog....

    The Sink or Swim present “Dopamine”

    The Sink or Swim seem to be on ever ascending arc since they appeared on the scene early last year. In 2016 they put out two flawless EPs, which find people still debating over which was better. This year they’ve been working hard on new recordings with newest member Derek Rossman joining the original core trio of Nate Zeune, Louis Resnick and Niel Erlich. “Arizona” was the first of two single leading up to a brand new EP, a slightly different mid-tempo number which was no less hook heavy than the upbeat fare they’ve offered so far in their catalog....

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  • decker. – “Matchstick Man” Last year I celebrated my birthday with the vinyl release of decker.’s Snake River Blues and this year, I’ll be celebrating with the bands career spanning compilation Into The Red. In anticipation of that release, decker. has released their brand new single “Matchstick Man.” Ultimately, it is a protest song, but one that reminds us that the fate of the nation is in the people’s hands, not the elite we allow to rule. Musically speaking it picks up approximately where Snake River Blues left off, leaving the Americana further behind in the rearview, while embracing rock’n'roll...

    New Tunes from decker., Fairy Bones, The Woodworks and More

    decker. – “Matchstick Man” Last year I celebrated my birthday with the vinyl release of decker.’s Snake River Blues and this year, I’ll be celebrating with the bands career spanning compilation Into The Red. In anticipation of that release, decker. has released their brand new single “Matchstick Man.” Ultimately, it is a protest song, but one that reminds us that the fate of the nation is in the people’s hands, not the elite we allow to rule. Musically speaking it picks up approximately where Snake River Blues left off, leaving the Americana further behind in the rearview, while embracing rock’n'roll...

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  • Weird Radicals – “John Lennon (Headbangin’)” I feel like if the Elephant 6 Collective was still in active existence Weird Radicals would be immediately brought into that roster of garage pop monsters. Last year this band was on fire with one delicious single after another which they eventually compiled into the strictly digital Strictly Business EP. They will be releasing their completely new Flight Of Fancy EP at the end of this month and “John Lennon (Headbangin’)” is the first taste of this wonderful new record. Though they’ve assembled a pretty impressive live band, their studio work is still the...

    New Tunes from Weird Radicals, Lane Change, Zero Degrees North and More

    Weird Radicals – “John Lennon (Headbangin’)” I feel like if the Elephant 6 Collective was still in active existence Weird Radicals would be immediately brought into that roster of garage pop monsters. Last year this band was on fire with one delicious single after another which they eventually compiled into the strictly digital Strictly Business EP. They will be releasing their completely new Flight Of Fancy EP at the end of this month and “John Lennon (Headbangin’)” is the first taste of this wonderful new record. Though they’ve assembled a pretty impressive live band, their studio work is still the...

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  •   Small Leaks Sink Ships – “Dancing Devil” It’s hard to believe that it’s been over two years since Small Leaks Sink Ships released their last album, the stunning Face Yourself, and Remove Your Sandals. The band is my favorite crew of Phoenix music scene ex-pats and though relocated to the Great Northwest, they still keep close ties to home. “Dancing Devil” is the first new recording to see the light of day since the one off single release with Futuristic, “Love (A Poem)” and it’s classic SLSS, if there is such a thing. It’s got a crazy beginning that...

    New Tunes From Small Leaks Sink Ships, The Technicolors, Jane Joyce and More!

      Small Leaks Sink Ships – “Dancing Devil” It’s hard to believe that it’s been over two years since Small Leaks Sink Ships released their last album, the stunning Face Yourself, and Remove Your Sandals. The band is my favorite crew of Phoenix music scene ex-pats and though relocated to the Great Northwest, they still keep close ties to home. “Dancing Devil” is the first new recording to see the light of day since the one off single release with Futuristic, “Love (A Poem)” and it’s classic SLSS, if there is such a thing. It’s got a crazy beginning that...

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  • El West – “Rose Letter A” El West arrested the senses with their debut EP last year and made one of the impressive debuts in the scene. “Rose Letter A” is their first song released this year as the harbinger of the next record to come and it’s nice to hear this crew playing around with their sound a bit. It’s a bit of a mid tempo rocker that relies far more on the ringing guitar work of Thomas Brenneman and less on the operatic vocals of Bryant Powell, add the flawless rhythm section of Ricky Powell and Marty Welker...

    New Tunes from El West, Nanami Ozone, The Sunpunchers and More!

    El West – “Rose Letter A” El West arrested the senses with their debut EP last year and made one of the impressive debuts in the scene. “Rose Letter A” is their first song released this year as the harbinger of the next record to come and it’s nice to hear this crew playing around with their sound a bit. It’s a bit of a mid tempo rocker that relies far more on the ringing guitar work of Thomas Brenneman and less on the operatic vocals of Bryant Powell, add the flawless rhythm section of Ricky Powell and Marty Welker...

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  • This here video round up is the result of getting a lot of cool new videos for songs I’ve already written about in one form or another, as well as a couple brand new videos for brand new songs. Also, it seems that everone and their mother are releasing new videos this Thursday, so I wanted to get this out before that new deluge began. Enjoy. The Sink or Swim – “Arizona” As 2017 progresses and we start to slither our way into the warmer months of the year, “Arizona” by The Sink or Swim feels more anthemic with each...

    Video Round Up: The Sink or Swim, Steff and the Articles, Weslynn and More!

    This here video round up is the result of getting a lot of cool new videos for songs I’ve already written about in one form or another, as well as a couple brand new videos for brand new songs. Also, it seems that everone and their mother are releasing new videos this Thursday, so I wanted to get this out before that new deluge began. Enjoy. The Sink or Swim – “Arizona” As 2017 progresses and we start to slither our way into the warmer months of the year, “Arizona” by The Sink or Swim feels more anthemic with each...

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