Zero Zero Archive

  • 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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  • One of my favorite debut bands of 2013 is, without a doubt, Fairy Bones. One of four bands born from the ashes of Born Loser and The Hangers On, Fairy Bones is a dynamite four piece who released their debut on October 15th. First off, singer Chelsey Louise is a goddamned firecracker on stage and the band supports her histrionics and indulgences with smiles, grins and a furious garage groove.  Until last month, I wasn’t entirely sure how their performance would play out on record, but I had nothing to worry about—the recordings have come out with enough visceral energy,...

    Fairy Bones: Debut EP, Debut Video and a Label Deal!

    One of my favorite debut bands of 2013 is, without a doubt, Fairy Bones. One of four bands born from the ashes of Born Loser and The Hangers On, Fairy Bones is a dynamite four piece who released their debut on October 15th. First off, singer Chelsey Louise is a goddamned firecracker on stage and the band supports her histrionics and indulgences with smiles, grins and a furious garage groove.  Until last month, I wasn’t entirely sure how their performance would play out on record, but I had nothing to worry about—the recordings have come out with enough visceral energy,...

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  • I had actually forgotten for a moment how much I love Midnight Vitals, I know, it’s a terrible thing to say, but it was only for a moment. So when I got an advance copy of their brand new EP last Spring, I immediately had to dig out their Time To Go EP—something I missed out writing on, because I was about a year too late and got to re-immerse myself in their special brand of pure power pop with synthesizer flourishes.  Well, as much as I liked their debut, in listening to equal matches of that and their new...

    Midnight Vitals Return!

    I had actually forgotten for a moment how much I love Midnight Vitals, I know, it’s a terrible thing to say, but it was only for a moment. So when I got an advance copy of their brand new EP last Spring, I immediately had to dig out their Time To Go EP—something I missed out writing on, because I was about a year too late and got to re-immerse myself in their special brand of pure power pop with synthesizer flourishes.  Well, as much as I liked their debut, in listening to equal matches of that and their new...

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  • There have been a lot of great artistic debuts in the Valley of the Sun this year, hell, I could probably do a top ten list right now. Then again, I could do a top ten list of bands that have abandoned the valley or broken up or joined the Federal witness relocation program…so the world of music gives and takes in balance I suppose. One of my favorite debuts of 2013 is, without a doubt, Fairy Bones. One of four bands born from the ashes of Born Loser and The Hangers On  (Sister Lip, Naked Pizza and Head are...

    “Like, Like” by Fairy Bones – Tuesday’s Tune

    There have been a lot of great artistic debuts in the Valley of the Sun this year, hell, I could probably do a top ten list right now. Then again, I could do a top ten list of bands that have abandoned the valley or broken up or joined the Federal witness relocation program…so the world of music gives and takes in balance I suppose. One of my favorite debuts of 2013 is, without a doubt, Fairy Bones. One of four bands born from the ashes of Born Loser and The Hangers On  (Sister Lip, Naked Pizza and Head are...

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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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  • Wow! That’s all I can say… …I can’t believe it’s been two years, today, since I launched soundsaroundtown.net. It’s been a hell of a ride in two years time. Statistically speaking, I’ve posted 165 articles in that time (two were not authored by me), 93 of them were in the last year, which is amazing since I pretty much took off May, June and July. My hope of hopes, is that in some way, this digital volume of local music adoration has contributed to the well being of the bands and the shows and all else featured here. This whole...

    SoundsAroundTown Celebrates Two Years!!!

    Wow! That’s all I can say… …I can’t believe it’s been two years, today, since I launched soundsaroundtown.net. It’s been a hell of a ride in two years time. Statistically speaking, I’ve posted 165 articles in that time (two were not authored by me), 93 of them were in the last year, which is amazing since I pretty much took off May, June and July. My hope of hopes, is that in some way, this digital volume of local music adoration has contributed to the well being of the bands and the shows and all else featured here. This whole...

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  • I”ve been pretty clear about my adoration and affection for Zero Zero since the start. Actually, very nearly since before the start–I fell in love with a demo I heard over a cell phone at The Sail Inn. Granted, it was an easy sell, I’ve loved the Love Me Nots since the beginning and to hear the two founders of that band apply themselves to a completely different sound immediately caught my attention. It’s been well over half a year since I heard that demo of “Drug”, since then they released Mayday, three amazing videos, and continue to introduce new...

    Vote Zero Zero for Hard Rock Rising!!!

    I”ve been pretty clear about my adoration and affection for Zero Zero since the start. Actually, very nearly since before the start–I fell in love with a demo I heard over a cell phone at The Sail Inn. Granted, it was an easy sell, I’ve loved the Love Me Nots since the beginning and to hear the two founders of that band apply themselves to a completely different sound immediately caught my attention. It’s been well over half a year since I heard that demo of “Drug”, since then they released Mayday, three amazing videos, and continue to introduce new...

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  • Many years ago, when I was coming to terms with my musical illness and my compulsion to write about everything I heard that turned me on, I was just starting to get published outside the realm of my college newspaper, underground  publications and philosophy magazines. When I began writing, I had never intended to become a music journalist of any sort–I was way into politics and social issues, but as time would have it, the two loves of my life became entwined and  when my writing started to concern the music I loved there was no stopping it. It also...

    The International Pop Overthrow Phoenix!!!

    Many years ago, when I was coming to terms with my musical illness and my compulsion to write about everything I heard that turned me on, I was just starting to get published outside the realm of my college newspaper, underground  publications and philosophy magazines. When I began writing, I had never intended to become a music journalist of any sort–I was way into politics and social issues, but as time would have it, the two loves of my life became entwined and  when my writing started to concern the music I loved there was no stopping it. It also...

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  • Sometimes you attend a show that you know will be mindblowingly fantastic, for either talent or sound or diversity and sometimes you walk away from that show shaking your head in disbelief, because although you knew it was going to be good, you didn’t think it would be THAT good. So was the case with the six band  spectacular held by Jen Deveroux to celebrate the release of Gospel Claws second full length album Put Your Sunshine Away at Crescent Ballroom this past Friday night. Sadly, I can’t say I was there for the whole thing, I was paying attention...

    Gospel Claws Put Their Sunshine Away At Crescent

    Sometimes you attend a show that you know will be mindblowingly fantastic, for either talent or sound or diversity and sometimes you walk away from that show shaking your head in disbelief, because although you knew it was going to be good, you didn’t think it would be THAT good. So was the case with the six band  spectacular held by Jen Deveroux to celebrate the release of Gospel Claws second full length album Put Your Sunshine Away at Crescent Ballroom this past Friday night. Sadly, I can’t say I was there for the whole thing, I was paying attention...

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  • Every now and then I get something in my mailbox that I honestly can’t make sense of, I can’t wrap my head around it exactly and this is the point where my mind stands at attention and questions itself. I suppose it’s a good example of cognitive dissonance, but whereas most people want to hate things that cause cognitive dissonance, I prefer to figure out what is causing the discord or disguised appreciation (like that grade school crush that comes out in taunting and aggressive weirdness). So it was that I downloaded the debut of Vial of Sounds debut a...

    Vial Of Sound-VOS

    Every now and then I get something in my mailbox that I honestly can’t make sense of, I can’t wrap my head around it exactly and this is the point where my mind stands at attention and questions itself. I suppose it’s a good example of cognitive dissonance, but whereas most people want to hate things that cause cognitive dissonance, I prefer to figure out what is causing the discord or disguised appreciation (like that grade school crush that comes out in taunting and aggressive weirdness). So it was that I downloaded the debut of Vial of Sounds debut a...

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