Bob Hoag Archive

  • And now for something completely different. To say that The Hill In Mind brings adventurous excursions in music to the local scene is an understatement. I have mentioned their charming weirdness before and now upon the release of their second EP Thimble, I will say it again. First of all, it’s clever that they found a word that begins with an acronym for the band name, I don’t dare ask what “BLE” stands for, if anything, but it’s a brilliant use of “THIM”. Secondly, this is not the EP that you would expect to follow up their debut, not in...

    The Hill In Mind – Thimble EP

    And now for something completely different. To say that The Hill In Mind brings adventurous excursions in music to the local scene is an understatement. I have mentioned their charming weirdness before and now upon the release of their second EP Thimble, I will say it again. First of all, it’s clever that they found a word that begins with an acronym for the band name, I don’t dare ask what “BLE” stands for, if anything, but it’s a brilliant use of “THIM”. Secondly, this is not the EP that you would expect to follow up their debut, not in...

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  • The first time I ever saw The Madera Strand they played and entire set of Police covers for a Cover The Crescent event, since that time I have watched them grow into their own, memorized their first EP and they have subconsciously become one of my favorite bands to catch live. I say subconsciously, because it snuck up on me and I didn’t notice it until one night I was on the fence about a show when I found out The Madera Strand was playing and that clinched it. This month they release the three song EP Dam Failure which...

    The Madera Strand-Dam Failure EP and Release Show!

    The first time I ever saw The Madera Strand they played and entire set of Police covers for a Cover The Crescent event, since that time I have watched them grow into their own, memorized their first EP and they have subconsciously become one of my favorite bands to catch live. I say subconsciously, because it snuck up on me and I didn’t notice it until one night I was on the fence about a show when I found out The Madera Strand was playing and that clinched it. This month they release the three song EP Dam Failure which...

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  • In addition to the great EPs and Albums that are starting to flow through the Arizona scene, singles are starting to pop up wildly. Many of them are teasers and previews of albums and EPs soon to be released and I’ve selected four that have been released this month from bands I adore. The range from intentionally lo-fi to expertly produced and their styles are all over the place. Some of the newer singles have gone straight to video and I’ve already covered those (“Mirror, Mirror” by Banana Gun and “Melted Together” by The Prowling Kind), but I realized enough...

    Singles Going Steady

    In addition to the great EPs and Albums that are starting to flow through the Arizona scene, singles are starting to pop up wildly. Many of them are teasers and previews of albums and EPs soon to be released and I’ve selected four that have been released this month from bands I adore. The range from intentionally lo-fi to expertly produced and their styles are all over the place. Some of the newer singles have gone straight to video and I’ve already covered those (“Mirror, Mirror” by Banana Gun and “Melted Together” by The Prowling Kind), but I realized enough...

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  • (Editors Note: When this blog was relaunched in August, I had mentioned that I would be inviting guest writers to appear here and invite more voices than just mine. I present to you now our next guest writer at soundsaroundtown.net. Sara Dalton who took the brave risk of being my intern this semester. She has been an amazing help to me throughout her internship and soundsaroundtown.net has become more widespread and popular than ever, thanks to her help. Here, without further ado is her amazing insight on one of my favorite emerging bands, PALMS.) “We hit the ground running, and...

    PALMS HIT THE GROUND RUNNING!

    (Editors Note: When this blog was relaunched in August, I had mentioned that I would be inviting guest writers to appear here and invite more voices than just mine. I present to you now our next guest writer at soundsaroundtown.net. Sara Dalton who took the brave risk of being my intern this semester. She has been an amazing help to me throughout her internship and soundsaroundtown.net has become more widespread and popular than ever, thanks to her help. Here, without further ado is her amazing insight on one of my favorite emerging bands, PALMS.) “We hit the ground running, and...

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