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  • This thing happens every Summer where releases build up and we don’t have an August issue of JAVA Magazine. Ten years ago I welcomed the month off when it would come around, but it was only a few years in that I missed having a twelfth issue and felt like I was trying to catch up with amazing music from the Spring and Summer all Fall, or miss them entirely. So here’s a bit of switch up from the normal Singles Going Steady or Video Round Up, with multi-song releases you have to hear whenever I need to share them....

    Five Must Hear Releases: Young Mothers, Sunn Trio, Golf!, Qais Essar and Joe Vito

    This thing happens every Summer where releases build up and we don’t have an August issue of JAVA Magazine. Ten years ago I welcomed the month off when it would come around, but it was only a few years in that I missed having a twelfth issue and felt like I was trying to catch up with amazing music from the Spring and Summer all Fall, or miss them entirely. So here’s a bit of switch up from the normal Singles Going Steady or Video Round Up, with multi-song releases you have to hear whenever I need to share them....

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  • I’m slamming as many shows into this thing as possible, because lately when I make plans the Universe says, no, no, no, just relax or I’ll make you relax. Either way this starts now and goes all the way to next Tuesday to include a couple of shows I wanted to highlight early on next week. I have a lot of writing to unleash this week that I’ve had stored up for a week or two, so hopefully this deluge will make sense in retrospect. It’s a hell of a week for shows, that’s for sure. When & Where: Tuesday,...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    I’m slamming as many shows into this thing as possible, because lately when I make plans the Universe says, no, no, no, just relax or I’ll make you relax. Either way this starts now and goes all the way to next Tuesday to include a couple of shows I wanted to highlight early on next week. I have a lot of writing to unleash this week that I’ve had stored up for a week or two, so hopefully this deluge will make sense in retrospect. It’s a hell of a week for shows, that’s for sure. When & Where: Tuesday,...

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  • This is the lean, mean, hungry season here in the Valley of the Sun and there’s a lighter load of shows. I’m going flyer only this week which still has a surprising number of new record releases within it. Either way, there’s a lot of worse ways you can spend the dog days than pursuing the love of live local music. Wednesday, July 12th Thursday, July 13th Friday, July 14th Saturday, July 15th

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    This is the lean, mean, hungry season here in the Valley of the Sun and there’s a lighter load of shows. I’m going flyer only this week which still has a surprising number of new record releases within it. Either way, there’s a lot of worse ways you can spend the dog days than pursuing the love of live local music. Wednesday, July 12th Thursday, July 13th Friday, July 14th Saturday, July 15th

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  • Sorry about missing any Tuesday/Wednesday shows this week, I was taking a bit of holiday myself, I mean I didn’t do anything special, just checked out of local music after seeing three nights of amazing music. Last week I got to see Weird Radicals blow my mind, then Soft Deadlines, Ghost Cat Attack, Danielle Durack and Callie Young give killer performances the next night, then Saturday night was completely lit at Paper Foxes’ pool party with The Stakes, Hostile Work Environment, Mr. UU, The Psychedelephants and more…It was amazing, but the more amazing thing is that kind of thing happens...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    Sorry about missing any Tuesday/Wednesday shows this week, I was taking a bit of holiday myself, I mean I didn’t do anything special, just checked out of local music after seeing three nights of amazing music. Last week I got to see Weird Radicals blow my mind, then Soft Deadlines, Ghost Cat Attack, Danielle Durack and Callie Young give killer performances the next night, then Saturday night was completely lit at Paper Foxes’ pool party with The Stakes, Hostile Work Environment, Mr. UU, The Psychedelephants and more…It was amazing, but the more amazing thing is that kind of thing happens...

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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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  • Fairy Bones – “No One Can Suffer Like I Can” Fairy Bones new single has been on heavy rotation every day for nearly a month even though it only came out two weeks ago, but I can bend time. Either way, not a day has gone by that I haven’t listened to this tune repeatedly. Quick on the heels of its release to online music outlets everywhere, Fairy Bones have released a video for “No One Can Suffer Like I Can”, beautifully directed by Jeremy Tremp. If I do a Top Forty local singles this year this will almost assuredly...

    Video Round Up: Fairy Bones, Snailmate, DaDadoh, Jerusafunk and More!

    Fairy Bones – “No One Can Suffer Like I Can” Fairy Bones new single has been on heavy rotation every day for nearly a month even though it only came out two weeks ago, but I can bend time. Either way, not a day has gone by that I haven’t listened to this tune repeatedly. Quick on the heels of its release to online music outlets everywhere, Fairy Bones have released a video for “No One Can Suffer Like I Can”, beautifully directed by Jeremy Tremp. If I do a Top Forty local singles this year this will almost assuredly...

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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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  • Ah yes, we are in the thick of Summer now. The shows thin out a little bit, but folks are still releasing albums and EPs and even a cassette here and there. If you’re a true desert dweller, the heat won’t stop you from heading out to shows once the air becomes tolerable and the radiation from the streets and sidewalk have receded a bit. Plus, amazingly enough, all of these venues feature air conditioning. Shocking! Any check out all these groovy things happening… When & Where: Thursday, June 29th, 7pm at The Listening Room Reasons To Attend: I spent...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    Ah yes, we are in the thick of Summer now. The shows thin out a little bit, but folks are still releasing albums and EPs and even a cassette here and there. If you’re a true desert dweller, the heat won’t stop you from heading out to shows once the air becomes tolerable and the radiation from the streets and sidewalk have receded a bit. Plus, amazingly enough, all of these venues feature air conditioning. Shocking! Any check out all these groovy things happening… When & Where: Thursday, June 29th, 7pm at The Listening Room Reasons To Attend: I spent...

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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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  • Strictly Flyers! Or fliers if you prefer. Either way there’s too much to do, no time to sleep and the impressive combination of migraine and sweltering heat is getting to me. If you have a really cool show that doesn’t have a flyer, make a flyer and let me know. There were a few that sadly did not. I can post them on the fly pretty easily when I’m not yakking your ear off about why yo should attend. Here we go… TUESDAY, JUNE 20TH WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21ST THURSDAY, JUNE 22ND ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ FRIDAY, JUNE 23RD SATURDAY, JUNE 24TH SUNDAY, JUNE...

    What’s Going Ahhhn…

    Strictly Flyers! Or fliers if you prefer. Either way there’s too much to do, no time to sleep and the impressive combination of migraine and sweltering heat is getting to me. If you have a really cool show that doesn’t have a flyer, make a flyer and let me know. There were a few that sadly did not. I can post them on the fly pretty easily when I’m not yakking your ear off about why yo should attend. Here we go… TUESDAY, JUNE 20TH WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21ST THURSDAY, JUNE 22ND ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ FRIDAY, JUNE 23RD SATURDAY, JUNE 24TH SUNDAY, JUNE...

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