Sail Inn Archive

  • 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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  • Sister Lip refer to themselves as a Jazzy Blues Rock band and across four songs in just under fifteen minutes they live up to that description of musical fusion.  It actually comes off as a crazy blend to be unusual enough to stand out. Turns out the band is four girls from Mesa, who purport to like to rock hard and their jazzy blues persuasion is definitely tempered by a fierce interest in indie rock, at times they even tread in to psychedelia as their songs seem to lose control, only to turn on a dime and recollect themselves with...

    Sister Lip Debut EP

    Sister Lip refer to themselves as a Jazzy Blues Rock band and across four songs in just under fifteen minutes they live up to that description of musical fusion.  It actually comes off as a crazy blend to be unusual enough to stand out. Turns out the band is four girls from Mesa, who purport to like to rock hard and their jazzy blues persuasion is definitely tempered by a fierce interest in indie rock, at times they even tread in to psychedelia as their songs seem to lose control, only to turn on a dime and recollect themselves with...

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  • I’m not sure I’ve ever found such universal praise in a long time for a local album—I end up in lot of discussions with people in the press and the local music community and a lot of times things can get negative or weird or we just have different opinions (yes, I’m known for liking everything, but maybe re-examine who I haven’t written about). So, when I got an early release of Saddles Shell Art, I gave it a listen and was kind of blown away—now for the last month or so, from other people in the press or within...

    Saddles presents Shell Art

    I’m not sure I’ve ever found such universal praise in a long time for a local album—I end up in lot of discussions with people in the press and the local music community and a lot of times things can get negative or weird or we just have different opinions (yes, I’m known for liking everything, but maybe re-examine who I haven’t written about). So, when I got an early release of Saddles Shell Art, I gave it a listen and was kind of blown away—now for the last month or so, from other people in the press or within...

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  • If you have enjoyed the music of Tempe in the last couple of years, and specifically in the last year, the presence, music and art of one Deon Doughty has certainly come to your attention. Aside from being a musician himself, Doughty is a magnificent artist and has been spending a lot of time over the last year documenting the musicians he admires most in brilliant paintings that are literally done on a gold base layer. If you don’t know Deon or ever had the pleasure of encountering him painting a portrait of an artist as they play, you may...

    The Tempe Rockstar Gold Festival

    If you have enjoyed the music of Tempe in the last couple of years, and specifically in the last year, the presence, music and art of one Deon Doughty has certainly come to your attention. Aside from being a musician himself, Doughty is a magnificent artist and has been spending a lot of time over the last year documenting the musicians he admires most in brilliant paintings that are literally done on a gold base layer. If you don’t know Deon or ever had the pleasure of encountering him painting a portrait of an artist as they play, you may...

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  • Cover Artwork by Eric Palmer Music For Your Soul To Roll In The first time I ever heard Banana Gun I was driving down the road jamming to The Morning Infidelity on 106.7 KWSS—“Light On” blew through my speakers and I damn near wrecked my Jeep, I had to pull into a grocery store parking lot to hear the whole thing. My mind was blown, right there and then—it was brilliant, unusual and to boot, it sported a banjo. Somehow, previous to that aural epiphany I had missed out on Banana Gun, I had always been at another show or...

    Banana Gun’s The Elephant In The Room

    Cover Artwork by Eric Palmer Music For Your Soul To Roll In The first time I ever heard Banana Gun I was driving down the road jamming to The Morning Infidelity on 106.7 KWSS—“Light On” blew through my speakers and I damn near wrecked my Jeep, I had to pull into a grocery store parking lot to hear the whole thing. My mind was blown, right there and then—it was brilliant, unusual and to boot, it sported a banjo. Somehow, previous to that aural epiphany I had missed out on Banana Gun, I had always been at another show or...

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  • (Editor’s Note: This article is published here in celebration of Small Leaks Sink Ships return to our scene and the stage as well, after a near year long hiatus. They will be performing on Wednesday, August 8th at the Sail Inn. Please see the flyer below for details.) Small Leaks Sink Ships is one of those amazing bands, who after seeing them live or listening to their recordings, life isn’t quite the same. Their music is an unreal blend of indie rock aesthetic, symphonic progressive leanings and psychosis tempered psychedelia—it’s the musical equivalent of where illicit recreational drug use meets intense...

    Small Leaks Sink Ships-Oak Street Basement EP

    (Editor’s Note: This article is published here in celebration of Small Leaks Sink Ships return to our scene and the stage as well, after a near year long hiatus. They will be performing on Wednesday, August 8th at the Sail Inn. Please see the flyer below for details.) Small Leaks Sink Ships is one of those amazing bands, who after seeing them live or listening to their recordings, life isn’t quite the same. Their music is an unreal blend of indie rock aesthetic, symphonic progressive leanings and psychosis tempered psychedelia—it’s the musical equivalent of where illicit recreational drug use meets intense...

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  • Future Loves Past.  In the timespan of a year they have gone from being a band that made me smirk with the potential I saw in them to a full on revolution of sight, sound and mindblowing kinetic ferocity–they have exceeded the potential I saw by many lengths and no matter how many times I see them live I am moved by them, physically prompted to dance and left in amazement as the hazy daze they create dissipates with the final tones of their set still reverberating in the air. They have a way of controlling the vibe in the...

    Future Loves Past Master Their Past Loves In Debut Release

    Future Loves Past.  In the timespan of a year they have gone from being a band that made me smirk with the potential I saw in them to a full on revolution of sight, sound and mindblowing kinetic ferocity–they have exceeded the potential I saw by many lengths and no matter how many times I see them live I am moved by them, physically prompted to dance and left in amazement as the hazy daze they create dissipates with the final tones of their set still reverberating in the air. They have a way of controlling the vibe in the...

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  • It has never been a secret that Dry River Yacht Club is one of my favorite local bands, not only on record, but live on the stage–I have tried on countless occasions to defy the urgency to dance and it has never once worked, by the end of every set I’ve witnessed I am a sweaty mess and well worn thin from moving non stop for an hour or so. It only makes sense that their new video, brought to us by the fine folks at Music Venue Menu, for “Dead Mother Dearest” captures them live at the Sail Inn...

    Song Of The Day: “Dead Mother Dearest” by Dry River Yacht Club

    It has never been a secret that Dry River Yacht Club is one of my favorite local bands, not only on record, but live on the stage–I have tried on countless occasions to defy the urgency to dance and it has never once worked, by the end of every set I’ve witnessed I am a sweaty mess and well worn thin from moving non stop for an hour or so. It only makes sense that their new video, brought to us by the fine folks at Music Venue Menu, for “Dead Mother Dearest” captures them live at the Sail Inn...

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  • It seems to me the best way to kick of a four day Holiday weekend is with a little “Dynamite & Kerosene” by Mergence to get things rocking. It strikes me, that no matter how many times I hear this song it still sounds fresh and new, it still get’s my heart racing and my mind spinning. The lead off track from one of the best albums of the year Those Vibrant Young People Are Dead, still gets many spins a week from this fan, because so far it just it doesn’t get old. So I’m starting off the second...

    Song Of The Day: “Dynamite & Kerosene” by Mergence

    It seems to me the best way to kick of a four day Holiday weekend is with a little “Dynamite & Kerosene” by Mergence to get things rocking. It strikes me, that no matter how many times I hear this song it still sounds fresh and new, it still get’s my heart racing and my mind spinning. The lead off track from one of the best albums of the year Those Vibrant Young People Are Dead, still gets many spins a week from this fan, because so far it just it doesn’t get old. So I’m starting off the second...

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