Northern Hustle Archive

  • 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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  • If there is one mid-week show that you have to see this week it’s this one. The lineup is fantastic, there promises to be lots of free goodies and all the artists will be playing new material. So the story goes, in May of 2013 Christian Lee Hutson, Northern Hustle and Dylan Pratt played their first show together at Fort Wanderlust creating a triumphant threesome of love and the world’s largest entirely male family. I caught this family some months later at a Habanero Collective house party. I had never heard of Christian Lee Hutson and I was blown away,...

    This Is Family: Pratt-Hustle-Hutson at Crescent Ballroom

    If there is one mid-week show that you have to see this week it’s this one. The lineup is fantastic, there promises to be lots of free goodies and all the artists will be playing new material. So the story goes, in May of 2013 Christian Lee Hutson, Northern Hustle and Dylan Pratt played their first show together at Fort Wanderlust creating a triumphant threesome of love and the world’s largest entirely male family. I caught this family some months later at a Habanero Collective house party. I had never heard of Christian Lee Hutson and I was blown away,...

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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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  • There are several artists of note that have  debuted this year in and around Phoenix that truly strike a chord with me, ones that excite me viscerally—they are across nearly every genre I can think of and I am thankful that I either discovered them out of the blue or that the fine folks that know me felt it urgent to bring them to my attention. One of these bands in Northern Hustle.  One day I had never heard them, the next day, which I think was a Tuesday, I received four different emails about them, one from the band...

    Northern Hustle-“Forgether” Track-By-Track!

    There are several artists of note that have  debuted this year in and around Phoenix that truly strike a chord with me, ones that excite me viscerally—they are across nearly every genre I can think of and I am thankful that I either discovered them out of the blue or that the fine folks that know me felt it urgent to bring them to my attention. One of these bands in Northern Hustle.  One day I had never heard them, the next day, which I think was a Tuesday, I received four different emails about them, one from the band...

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  • Over the last two years six young men performing music deeply steeped in Americana roots and traditional folk music have made an enormous impact in Arizona music. In the last year alone it’s been difficult to go to any venue without seeing a flyer for Jared & The Mill or, in fact seeing them play. These years of continually playing together have primed Jared & The Mill for a thoroughly engaging album featuring originally composed songs that combine their inspirations of Folk Music, Bluegrass, Americana, and good old Rock ‘n’ Roll. They also seem to have a broad appeal to...

    Jared & The Mill – Western Expansion

    Over the last two years six young men performing music deeply steeped in Americana roots and traditional folk music have made an enormous impact in Arizona music. In the last year alone it’s been difficult to go to any venue without seeing a flyer for Jared & The Mill or, in fact seeing them play. These years of continually playing together have primed Jared & The Mill for a thoroughly engaging album featuring originally composed songs that combine their inspirations of Folk Music, Bluegrass, Americana, and good old Rock ‘n’ Roll. They also seem to have a broad appeal to...

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  • A Postcard From Lushfest Evening One!

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  • It seemed that Northern Hustle appeared out of nowhere, one day I had never heard of them, the next everyone seemed to be talking about them, they were playing shows everywhere, they were getting radio airplay in the UK and they crushed their Kickstarter campaign to fund their album in a mere three days! On September 6th Northern Hustle released their debut Forgether for all the world to enjoy. As interesting in construction as it is compelling in sound, Forgether is sure to be found near the top of a lot of end of year lists. The amazing thing is...

    Northern Hustle – Forgether

    It seemed that Northern Hustle appeared out of nowhere, one day I had never heard of them, the next everyone seemed to be talking about them, they were playing shows everywhere, they were getting radio airplay in the UK and they crushed their Kickstarter campaign to fund their album in a mere three days! On September 6th Northern Hustle released their debut Forgether for all the world to enjoy. As interesting in construction as it is compelling in sound, Forgether is sure to be found near the top of a lot of end of year lists. The amazing thing is...

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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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