Mark Calexico –┬áSpiritoso My staff pick for the year 2013 would have to be Calexico’s Spiritoso. Released 10 years after their seminal album Feast of Wire (my introduction to Calexico, given to me by my cousin Rex), Spirtoso draws from that release as well as their entire catalougue to createRead More →

Cryptic and tinged with darkness, Slider is a desert gospel masterpiece and our winner for Album of the Year. decker. released the album last February and promptly received a torrent of positive reviews from the local press. So much, in fact, we didn’t even cover Slider. Nay, we covered the coverage of Slider there was soRead More →

Drawing from 60s pop music to create a truly unique style of southwestern indie rock, Of the Painted Choir continued their recording efforts last year with a stellar, self-titled EP. Of the Painted Choir had been on our radar for a while before the band handed over their much-anticipated EPRead More →

Songwriting is not just the composition of compelling lyrics; it is also the about finding the perfect pairing of melody and structure for those words you so painstakingly chose. Jeff Gonzales has shown mastery of maintaining this fine balance and earned our award for Songwriter of the Year. When weRead More →

Some bands rush to record and the music tends not to be fully-ripened. Some wait and then the result isn’t worth it because it leads to an over-produced record. Western Expansion by Jared & the Mill is the perfect blend of the two. Western Expansion is one of the bestRead More →

Some bands start by making the bar rounds. Others write an album’s worth of songs and hit the studio first. And there are those that are out the gate at the sound of the gun and just keep running without looking back. That’s Fairy Bones. Just last week the bandRead More →

Best Band Gone Wild Video:Bogan Via “Kanye”We love the video for “Kanye” by Bogan Via (directed by Freddie Paull) but it does offer a disturbing look at the band’s career should the whole music thing not work out. Best Debut Video:Sara Robinson & the Midnight Special “Down by the Water”SaraRead More →

Don’t lead some miserable, boring life that will leave you in thirty years asking, “Why didn’t I attend more live music events?” Don’t be that person. Be the lively, fun-loving, good-time gal we know lives in your heart of hearts. See a show. For more Upcoming AZ Shows, head here!!Read More →

Every year we’ve chosen to acknowledge our favorite female vocalist of the year. This year we had a split decision. Together, Ann Seletos and Lonna Kelly form the beautiful and haunting vocal combination that helps define Cherie Cherie as a Phoenix band everyone should know. If you haven’t scored yourRead More →

There are those who talk about doing and those who actually do. Robbie Pfeffer and Gage Olesen of Rubber Brother Records are definitely do-ers. Love the music they put out or you hate it (we love it, btw), you have to respect the fact that the label boys have keptRead More →