Singles Going Steady Archive

  • Cait Brennan – “Bad At Apologies” Can we just talk about Cait Brennan for a moment? I mean her debut album had me reeling last year, it felt like 1970′s AM Rock comfort food for my soul through every track. Debutante was a showcase for her as an artist, but especially as a songwriter. Flash forward through a decade of anyone else’s life experience, compressed into a rollicking year in her life and she presents her audience with Third. Don’t worry, her second album is coming, after this one, it’s quite a story. That said, Third is a landmark achievement,...

    New Tunes from Cait Brennan, Eclipses For Eyes, Baseline and More

    Cait Brennan – “Bad At Apologies” Can we just talk about Cait Brennan for a moment? I mean her debut album had me reeling last year, it felt like 1970′s AM Rock comfort food for my soul through every track. Debutante was a showcase for her as an artist, but especially as a songwriter. Flash forward through a decade of anyone else’s life experience, compressed into a rollicking year in her life and she presents her audience with Third. Don’t worry, her second album is coming, after this one, it’s quite a story. That said, Third is a landmark achievement,...

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  • It blows my mind that I’ve known The Cherry Bluestorms since the International Pop Overthrow Festival of 2013. I’ve stayed in touch ever since the first time I saw them at the Sail Inn and reviewed their full length record Bad Penny Opera when they returned to Tempe for a set at Long Wong’s during Fairy Bones FBOM at Long Wong’s. How is that for a ton of local music scene history and oft-forgotten lore? They are currently working on completing their third album, which I am eagerly anticipating, because their classicist sense of psychedelic pop and rock drawn from...

    The Cherry Bluestorms are Back!

    It blows my mind that I’ve known The Cherry Bluestorms since the International Pop Overthrow Festival of 2013. I’ve stayed in touch ever since the first time I saw them at the Sail Inn and reviewed their full length record Bad Penny Opera when they returned to Tempe for a set at Long Wong’s during Fairy Bones FBOM at Long Wong’s. How is that for a ton of local music scene history and oft-forgotten lore? They are currently working on completing their third album, which I am eagerly anticipating, because their classicist sense of psychedelic pop and rock drawn from...

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  • No Volcano – “Take My Chances” Last year’s Dead Horse Power was one of my favorite albums of the year, local or otherwise, and I’ve been waiting some time to find out what the next single would be and if it would get the video treatment. Well, the single is “Take My Chances” and the video treatment is courtesy of Troy Farah. “Take My Chances” is literally a feast of guitars, with Jim Andreas and Jeremy Randall running the show on this particular track. It’s also got a killer pop hook and I can see why this become a crowd...

    New Tunes from No Volcano, Andy Warpigs, MRCH and More

    No Volcano – “Take My Chances” Last year’s Dead Horse Power was one of my favorite albums of the year, local or otherwise, and I’ve been waiting some time to find out what the next single would be and if it would get the video treatment. Well, the single is “Take My Chances” and the video treatment is courtesy of Troy Farah. “Take My Chances” is literally a feast of guitars, with Jim Andreas and Jeremy Randall running the show on this particular track. It’s also got a killer pop hook and I can see why this become a crowd...

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  •   Robin Vining – “Someone For Everyone” Robin Vining is one of Phoenix’s most treasured musicians. Whether it’s been in bands like Minibosses, Colorstore, Sweetbleeders or bands he’s toured with like Jimmy Eat World, Vining has been a pillar of the music scene for what seems an eternity. To list the entire roster of bands and recordings he’s made throughout the years would consume this entire column to give you some idea of the work he’s accomplished. This Friday, April 14th, Vining will be releasing his solo album at The Newton with Jon Rauhouse and Brandon Decker on hand. “Someone...

    New Tunes from Robin Vining, Genre, Curiosity Door and More!

      Robin Vining – “Someone For Everyone” Robin Vining is one of Phoenix’s most treasured musicians. Whether it’s been in bands like Minibosses, Colorstore, Sweetbleeders or bands he’s toured with like Jimmy Eat World, Vining has been a pillar of the music scene for what seems an eternity. To list the entire roster of bands and recordings he’s made throughout the years would consume this entire column to give you some idea of the work he’s accomplished. This Friday, April 14th, Vining will be releasing his solo album at The Newton with Jon Rauhouse and Brandon Decker on hand. “Someone...

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  • I have never hidden my affection and adoration for Fairy Bones from the first moment I saw them. Subsequently, I think I’ve written about ever release and moment of their budding career as one of the most compelling rock acts in Phoenix. Today, Fairy Bones is releasing their video for “Banshee”, a truly great single from their full length album debut Dramabot, released earlier this year. For a complete run down on the album you can check out the track by track review found HERE. It is one album released so far this year that I still find myself listening...

    Video Premiere: Fairy Bones “Banshee”

    I have never hidden my affection and adoration for Fairy Bones from the first moment I saw them. Subsequently, I think I’ve written about ever release and moment of their budding career as one of the most compelling rock acts in Phoenix. Today, Fairy Bones is releasing their video for “Banshee”, a truly great single from their full length album debut Dramabot, released earlier this year. For a complete run down on the album you can check out the track by track review found HERE. It is one album released so far this year that I still find myself listening...

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  • I really bit off more than I could chew here. It started with a top twenty, then a top thirty and finally a top forty in classic fashion. This was probably the most arduous task of any of these lists so far for the sheer volume alone. What’s that you say? There could only be forty good songs from local bands last year. No, this was narrowed down from about 125 or so. Again, arduous. Even more difficult was to put them in order. I knew the top ten or so when I started this task, but beyond that it...

    Top 40 Favorite Local Songs of 2014

    I really bit off more than I could chew here. It started with a top twenty, then a top thirty and finally a top forty in classic fashion. This was probably the most arduous task of any of these lists so far for the sheer volume alone. What’s that you say? There could only be forty good songs from local bands last year. No, this was narrowed down from about 125 or so. Again, arduous. Even more difficult was to put them in order. I knew the top ten or so when I started this task, but beyond that it...

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  • So here we are at the holidays and I’ve collected a bunch of holiday music for you to enjoy, some new, some from previous years, but all from some of my favorites. I always have mixed emotions about the holidays, so I will let the music just speak for itself.   A Fairy Christmas by Fairy Bones Captain Squeegee’s front man Danny Torgersen in a fantastic Parody Andy Warpigs in the best Christmas song I’ve heard in years. Cori Rios of The Hourglass Cats channels his inner Elvis for this one. The Hill In Minds bring us this holiday classic...

    Happy Holidays From Some Lovely Locals

    So here we are at the holidays and I’ve collected a bunch of holiday music for you to enjoy, some new, some from previous years, but all from some of my favorites. I always have mixed emotions about the holidays, so I will let the music just speak for itself.   A Fairy Christmas by Fairy Bones Captain Squeegee’s front man Danny Torgersen in a fantastic Parody Andy Warpigs in the best Christmas song I’ve heard in years. Cori Rios of The Hourglass Cats channels his inner Elvis for this one. The Hill In Minds bring us this holiday classic...

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  • You might know Miller James a bit better as J. Miller from Bad Lucy or even as Gram Miller which was the first solo moniker he used amidst the break up of Bad Lucy. Do not be confused by the changing names for the guy with the golden throat that looks the same (I once asked him if he had a brother named Gram after seeing pictures online), he is one and the same. I was saddened by the loss of Bad Lucy, because I thought they really could get somewhere, but I always felt that this was the guy...

    VideosAroundTown: “Honestly” by Miller James

    You might know Miller James a bit better as J. Miller from Bad Lucy or even as Gram Miller which was the first solo moniker he used amidst the break up of Bad Lucy. Do not be confused by the changing names for the guy with the golden throat that looks the same (I once asked him if he had a brother named Gram after seeing pictures online), he is one and the same. I was saddened by the loss of Bad Lucy, because I thought they really could get somewhere, but I always felt that this was the guy...

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  • I have been actually meaning to write this for over a week, but then there was Summer Ends Music Festival and I wanted to hightlight some of the local bands that were going to play and I did and then they didn’t, for the most part. Nevertheless, I’ve had five unique single releases come across my plate as of late that I thought deserved some attention, so enjoy the reviews and the listening opportunities below. EL-”Doomsayer” I’m not sure why more people aren’t talking about EL, other than Hot Rock Supajoint who turned me onto this rock combo. This is...

    SinglesGoingSteady: Five New Diverse Singles!

    I have been actually meaning to write this for over a week, but then there was Summer Ends Music Festival and I wanted to hightlight some of the local bands that were going to play and I did and then they didn’t, for the most part. Nevertheless, I’ve had five unique single releases come across my plate as of late that I thought deserved some attention, so enjoy the reviews and the listening opportunities below. EL-”Doomsayer” I’m not sure why more people aren’t talking about EL, other than Hot Rock Supajoint who turned me onto this rock combo. This is...

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  • Sundressed is a band I have greatly enjoyed watching come into their own in the last couple years. This especially has to do with the growing confidence and songwriting ability of their leader and singer Trevor Hedges. It also seems that with each passing release they become more and more the band I envisioned they would when I first heard them. They also seem to let loose and rock the hell out a lot more as time goes on and that is the side I really like to see, because they do it so well. Don’t get me wrong, Sundressed...

    VideosAroundTown: Sundressed-”Best of/Worst of”

    Sundressed is a band I have greatly enjoyed watching come into their own in the last couple years. This especially has to do with the growing confidence and songwriting ability of their leader and singer Trevor Hedges. It also seems that with each passing release they become more and more the band I envisioned they would when I first heard them. They also seem to let loose and rock the hell out a lot more as time goes on and that is the side I really like to see, because they do it so well. Don’t get me wrong, Sundressed...

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