Crescent Ballroom Archive

  • One thing that has become clear to me over the last year is that I love the local labels that are brewing up some goddamned tasty tunes in this town. In this case, I am clearly referring to the prolific and much beloved cassette collective Rubber Brother Records. I wasn’t even aware of the depths of my affection for them until the November 2013 issue of JAVA Magazine when I inadvertently featured four of their bands in one issue (to my credit, Celebration Guns was added to the roster after the issue was published, but still it would have been...

    Rubber Brother Records Takes The Crescent!

    One thing that has become clear to me over the last year is that I love the local labels that are brewing up some goddamned tasty tunes in this town. In this case, I am clearly referring to the prolific and much beloved cassette collective Rubber Brother Records. I wasn’t even aware of the depths of my affection for them until the November 2013 issue of JAVA Magazine when I inadvertently featured four of their bands in one issue (to my credit, Celebration Guns was added to the roster after the issue was published, but still it would have been...

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  • Well, hell it’s been a damned rocky road to get to 2014. I feel like last year I was trucking along full speed and killing it with unbreakable momentum. The fact that I haven’t posted in over a month proves that I hit a roadblock. I apologize for ducking out for an unplanned hiatus. Hey, I’m only one guy–I don’t have a staff and only occasionally do I have other contributors, mostly this is a one man show. A show I intend to get back on the road. The main problem for me began in October when there was a...

    Out with 2013, In with 2014!!!

    Well, hell it’s been a damned rocky road to get to 2014. I feel like last year I was trucking along full speed and killing it with unbreakable momentum. The fact that I haven’t posted in over a month proves that I hit a roadblock. I apologize for ducking out for an unplanned hiatus. Hey, I’m only one guy–I don’t have a staff and only occasionally do I have other contributors, mostly this is a one man show. A show I intend to get back on the road. The main problem for me began in October when there was a...

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  • Rock’n’roll doesn’t have to be complicated to be great. In fact, sometimes the less complicated it is, the better. I’ve always loved garage rock, mod rock and punk because they can sum up everything necessary in three minutes or less.  I remember Pete Townshend’s reaction to the film Fight Club (paraphrased here) that it “Wasn’t anything that wasn’t expressed in three minutes of ‘My Generation’.”  I’ve always loved short terse songs that blow your mind and totally sum up an urgent need for expression. The Dead Eyes Of London do exactly that in 3:03 with a total of 33 words...

    “You’re My Queen” by The Dead Eyes Of London—Tuesday’s Tune

    Rock’n’roll doesn’t have to be complicated to be great. In fact, sometimes the less complicated it is, the better. I’ve always loved garage rock, mod rock and punk because they can sum up everything necessary in three minutes or less.  I remember Pete Townshend’s reaction to the film Fight Club (paraphrased here) that it “Wasn’t anything that wasn’t expressed in three minutes of ‘My Generation’.”  I’ve always loved short terse songs that blow your mind and totally sum up an urgent need for expression. The Dead Eyes Of London do exactly that in 3:03 with a total of 33 words...

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  • Last April the up and coming band All My Friends announced they were breaking up and calling it quits, this was fresh on the heels of the news that they had completed their second collection of recordings, which caused some confusion to say the least. So, with a sense of propriety and a lack of sobriety, the band held one last party to celebrate the death of All My Friends. Seemingly halfway through the set, they said goodbye and dashed off stage, only to return ten minutes later, in different outfits covered in blood. While the breakup was a ruse,...

    The Thin Bloods and “The Death Of All My Friends”

    Last April the up and coming band All My Friends announced they were breaking up and calling it quits, this was fresh on the heels of the news that they had completed their second collection of recordings, which caused some confusion to say the least. So, with a sense of propriety and a lack of sobriety, the band held one last party to celebrate the death of All My Friends. Seemingly halfway through the set, they said goodbye and dashed off stage, only to return ten minutes later, in different outfits covered in blood. While the breakup was a ruse,...

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  • Sometimes you discover albums by going to shows, by following the bands, by paying your dues and meeting them face to face—there are other times when you find out about an album that will tantalize your ears and no one knows about it. This is what I live for. I have been a fan of The Whisperlights for years now, but when I heard that Ills Riske was putting out an album under the label of There Is Danger, I was thrilled and very nearly overwhelmed. Now, I know about his talent and the musicians he could assemble, but I...

    There Is Danger in Living Dreams

    Sometimes you discover albums by going to shows, by following the bands, by paying your dues and meeting them face to face—there are other times when you find out about an album that will tantalize your ears and no one knows about it. This is what I live for. I have been a fan of The Whisperlights for years now, but when I heard that Ills Riske was putting out an album under the label of There Is Danger, I was thrilled and very nearly overwhelmed. Now, I know about his talent and the musicians he could assemble, but I...

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  • As some of you may or may not know, I became freed of my day job on May 1st–the news of which I greeted with, at worst, ambivalence and at best a fair amount of happiness. Honestly, I’ve been missing out on a lot of killer shows during the week and the opportunity to spend a few weeks checking out what’s happening between Sunday and Friday, kind of thrilled me. This time has not gone wasted, though, I’ve not spent every night at a show–I’ve certainly tried to make the most of it. I would like to say that first...

    Shows Around Town: The First Half of May

    As some of you may or may not know, I became freed of my day job on May 1st–the news of which I greeted with, at worst, ambivalence and at best a fair amount of happiness. Honestly, I’ve been missing out on a lot of killer shows during the week and the opportunity to spend a few weeks checking out what’s happening between Sunday and Friday, kind of thrilled me. This time has not gone wasted, though, I’ve not spent every night at a show–I’ve certainly tried to make the most of it. I would like to say that first...

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  •   When I discovered the first Vial Of Sound EP it was the weirdest and consequently, most alluring, thing I had heard in a long time. Now, months later, after watching their live shows grow continual amazing momentum they will release their second EP this month with an amazing event at Crescent Ballroom on April 13th.  Substance Organique Volatile takes the plan outlined on their debut, which was an exciting drawing board of esoteric ideas, and fleshes out their sound into a three dimensional sonic groove machine. Now the crazy thing is, I can’t even describe why I love these...

    Vial Of Sound- Substance Organique Volatile EP

      When I discovered the first Vial Of Sound EP it was the weirdest and consequently, most alluring, thing I had heard in a long time. Now, months later, after watching their live shows grow continual amazing momentum they will release their second EP this month with an amazing event at Crescent Ballroom on April 13th.  Substance Organique Volatile takes the plan outlined on their debut, which was an exciting drawing board of esoteric ideas, and fleshes out their sound into a three dimensional sonic groove machine. Now the crazy thing is, I can’t even describe why I love these...

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  • Every now and then you run into something that just stops you dead in your tracks—sometimes for many reasons, sometimes because you can’t figure it out and sometimes because you just love it plain and true. The first time I saw The Cold Desert, I was literally stopped cold in my tracks—in a jaw dropping, mind blown sort of way. Never have I witnessed a better combination of pure rock’n’roll, deeply rich Americana and for lack of a better term, gospel. By all rights, that combination should turn me off straight away—but it’s too good, it sounds too amazing and...

    The Cold Desert – Woman & God

    Every now and then you run into something that just stops you dead in your tracks—sometimes for many reasons, sometimes because you can’t figure it out and sometimes because you just love it plain and true. The first time I saw The Cold Desert, I was literally stopped cold in my tracks—in a jaw dropping, mind blown sort of way. Never have I witnessed a better combination of pure rock’n’roll, deeply rich Americana and for lack of a better term, gospel. By all rights, that combination should turn me off straight away—but it’s too good, it sounds too amazing and...

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  • Brandon Decker relocated to Sedona over four years ago to find room for his thoughts, his music and his songwriting. In that time he has toured relentlessly with his ensemble band decker. and issued three releases on his on his own Mescal Porch Records. The most recent release is a seven song EP called Broken Bells, Broken Bones and as with the previous releases of Long Days and Long As The Night it is once again brilliant soul searching music that explores the conflicts of his own mind and heart, between the difference of reality and dreams in a tight...

    decker. Headlines SXSW Benefit Show

    Brandon Decker relocated to Sedona over four years ago to find room for his thoughts, his music and his songwriting. In that time he has toured relentlessly with his ensemble band decker. and issued three releases on his on his own Mescal Porch Records. The most recent release is a seven song EP called Broken Bells, Broken Bones and as with the previous releases of Long Days and Long As The Night it is once again brilliant soul searching music that explores the conflicts of his own mind and heart, between the difference of reality and dreams in a tight...

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  • “Honestly speaking, I’m thinking of drinking again, not like before, but more like a gentleman,” begins the debut, eponymously titled EP from Sundressed. It is a great start to a great EP, that plays like an indie rock confessional romp through a genre bending sextet who describes themselves as “happy sad indie folk rock.” The description of which does not fall short of the mark—as much uplifting pop awareness as, emotional or intellectual consternation, Sundressed puts on a pretty amazing set of songs here. Beyond “That Same Wishing Well,” the follow up track, “Golden Boy” invites female vocal accompaniment that...

    Sundressed In All Their Splendor!

    “Honestly speaking, I’m thinking of drinking again, not like before, but more like a gentleman,” begins the debut, eponymously titled EP from Sundressed. It is a great start to a great EP, that plays like an indie rock confessional romp through a genre bending sextet who describes themselves as “happy sad indie folk rock.” The description of which does not fall short of the mark—as much uplifting pop awareness as, emotional or intellectual consternation, Sundressed puts on a pretty amazing set of songs here. Beyond “That Same Wishing Well,” the follow up track, “Golden Boy” invites female vocal accompaniment that...

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