Indie Rock Archive

  •   (Editor’s Note: This past weekend Phoenix lost an amazing artist in the death of Mark Erickson. His band, Colorstore, was the first local band in Phoenix that I wrote about in the pages of JAVA magazine. If it wasn’t for Erickson hand delivering BONEfish: The Legend of Mahogany Cass to my door one Saturday afternoon in February 2008, I would not have known about the amazing music scene I have watched develop over the last four years. The moment Erickson handed that album to me, though I didn’t know it at the time, he changed my life forever. I...

    In Memory Of Mark Erickson: This Album Wants To Sleep With You Tonight

      (Editor’s Note: This past weekend Phoenix lost an amazing artist in the death of Mark Erickson. His band, Colorstore, was the first local band in Phoenix that I wrote about in the pages of JAVA magazine. If it wasn’t for Erickson hand delivering BONEfish: The Legend of Mahogany Cass to my door one Saturday afternoon in February 2008, I would not have known about the amazing music scene I have watched develop over the last four years. The moment Erickson handed that album to me, though I didn’t know it at the time, he changed my life forever. I...

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  • On March 24th Tugboat played their final show at the Rogue, putting a close on six years of amazing music and great live shows.  The show that night was amazing and Tugboat has never been better and, not to be undone completely in their final move, they released their last record, the eponymously titled mini-album Tugboat. The release of this eight track EP is the epitome of a band ending their time together on a high note, as it is the best thing they’ve ever released. In honesty, their previous recordings wowed me, in the way that it would wow...

    Tugboat’s Final Voyage!

    On March 24th Tugboat played their final show at the Rogue, putting a close on six years of amazing music and great live shows.  The show that night was amazing and Tugboat has never been better and, not to be undone completely in their final move, they released their last record, the eponymously titled mini-album Tugboat. The release of this eight track EP is the epitome of a band ending their time together on a high note, as it is the best thing they’ve ever released. In honesty, their previous recordings wowed me, in the way that it would wow...

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  •  Colorstore is the reason I do what I do. It was just over four years ago that then music editor, William Reed suggested that after a year of writing for JAVA, I should turn my talents and attention to the local music scene. Honestly, I was less than thrilled—I had written about the local beat in three different cities, and for my first year with JAVA I had a chance to let loose and write about whatever I wanted. I sent an email to the band with all the generic questions you can ask a band without hearing the...

    Colorstore Re-Ignites With Afire…

     Colorstore is the reason I do what I do. It was just over four years ago that then music editor, William Reed suggested that after a year of writing for JAVA, I should turn my talents and attention to the local music scene. Honestly, I was less than thrilled—I had written about the local beat in three different cities, and for my first year with JAVA I had a chance to let loose and write about whatever I wanted. I sent an email to the band with all the generic questions you can ask a band without hearing the...

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  • Photo By Andrea Calo Ladylike releases Ladylike: An Aural Odyssey In American Music Everyone that knows me, knows I like Ladylike, knows that Ladylike is one of my top five favorite bands in the Phoenix scene, knows that I will preach their gospel to anyone that will listen no matter where I go, knows that I truly enjoy everything they are about from their entire catalog of originals to their carefully selected covers in their live show. Though since their inception they’ve only had a three song EP and a recent two song single to help me prove my point,...

    Ladylike’s Debut Album Astounds

    Photo By Andrea Calo Ladylike releases Ladylike: An Aural Odyssey In American Music Everyone that knows me, knows I like Ladylike, knows that Ladylike is one of my top five favorite bands in the Phoenix scene, knows that I will preach their gospel to anyone that will listen no matter where I go, knows that I truly enjoy everything they are about from their entire catalog of originals to their carefully selected covers in their live show. Though since their inception they’ve only had a three song EP and a recent two song single to help me prove my point,...

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  • It seems lately that on any given Friday or Saturday night, you want to be at three different venues at the same time–the local music is that good and there are enough venues coming around to supporting it that the choices are getting more and more difficult to make. Friday, May 6th was one of those nights–there were amazing shows everywhere that night, but I hedged my bets and wagered on the one I thought was most apt to blow my mind and from what I understand in the aftermath, I made the right decision. My decision process usually works...

    Sun Ghost Release Show-Yucca Tap Room 05/06/2011

    It seems lately that on any given Friday or Saturday night, you want to be at three different venues at the same time–the local music is that good and there are enough venues coming around to supporting it that the choices are getting more and more difficult to make. Friday, May 6th was one of those nights–there were amazing shows everywhere that night, but I hedged my bets and wagered on the one I thought was most apt to blow my mind and from what I understand in the aftermath, I made the right decision. My decision process usually works...

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  • Sun Ghost, Ladylike, Small Leaks Sink Ships, Dearspeak-May 6th

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  • Greetings, This is a very primitive start to soundsaroundtown.net, in the coming weeks this blog will quickly fill with expanded articles from what I write in JAVA Magazine, reviews of recent live shows, posters of upcoming gigs that are utterly fantastic and with a little help from some bands, some videos and audio tracks for everyone to enjoy. Be sure to check back frequently as this site will grow quickly and be in a state of constant transformation over the weeks to come. I hope you enjoy it! Cheers, Mitchell L. Hillman May 1, 2011

    Welcome To SoundsAroundTown.Net…

    Greetings, This is a very primitive start to soundsaroundtown.net, in the coming weeks this blog will quickly fill with expanded articles from what I write in JAVA Magazine, reviews of recent live shows, posters of upcoming gigs that are utterly fantastic and with a little help from some bands, some videos and audio tracks for everyone to enjoy. Be sure to check back frequently as this site will grow quickly and be in a state of constant transformation over the weeks to come. I hope you enjoy it! Cheers, Mitchell L. Hillman May 1, 2011

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