Locals-Only Holiday Shopping: The Vintage Edition

What’s better than holiday shopping locally? How about shopping local and upcycling?? Arizona is the home to some seriously style-savvy thrifters and we’ve found some true gems for all you vintage vixens out there!

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Red Plaid Wrap Around Skirt from Ochre and Bone.

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All That Shimmer Black Sequin Top from Sweet Persimmons.

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Vintage Harwood Steiger midi skirt (Southwestern midcentury novelty print) from Itinerant Vintage.

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Vintage Pink Leather Cropped Motorcycle Jacket from Idlized.

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Remade Aztec Fringe Crop from Cresent Caravan.

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Vintage MidCentury Babydoll Dress from Color Theory Shop.

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Vintage 50s Dress Lipstick Red Velvet Holiday Party Dress with Ruby Rhinestones from Vintage Vixen.

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1950s Paisley Print Holiday Dress from Luxie Vintage.

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1960’s Red Trench Pea Coat from Squirrel Friend Vintage.

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Vintage 90’s Grunge/Boho Dress from ReDone by Shari.

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Fall Foliage Secretary Dress from Southwest Vintage.

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Vintage Checkered Short Sleeve Blouse from Superstition Vintage.

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Vintage Mid Century Pleated Secretary Dress from The Thrift Monster.

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1950s Cowboy Novelty Print Dress from Antique Sugar.

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Vintage 1960s Wood Box Purse from Paper Luna Vintage.

Locals-Only Holiday Shopping

Finding the perfect present for the people in your life shouldn’t be a soul-crushing, ethics-compromising, consumer-driven fiasco. Try directing those holiday funds back to the local economy by supporting Arizona Artisans!

For the home…

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Biohazard Wall Clock (available in customizable colors) from ALL 15 Designs.

For your Sweater Party…

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Upcycled Fried Egg Sweater from Color Theory Shop.

For the Holiday Traditionalist…

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Commemorate the greatest holiday movie ever with this Leg Lamp Print by Rob Osborne.

For the music festival frequenter…

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Long Feather Earrings from Julianne Rae.

For friends in other areas…

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Dessert Sauce Sampler (including Arizona-grown strawberry, blackberry, and desert orange sauce) from Arizona Marmalade Shop.

For the satanist…

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We’re joking about that satanist bit, but this Ouija Planchette Necklace from Torture Couture rocks.

For stocking stuffers…

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Hibiscus Lip Balm from Aelith Naturals.

For everyday of the week…

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These Triangle Pendant Necklaces from All The Tiny Pieces come in an array of colors.

Spotlight on the Valley: Whiskey Kiss

whiskey coverRockabilly group Whiskey Kiss set to release debut album – and more than a few surprises

By Matt Marn
Staff Writer

It starts with a slow, sultry tempo, with a woman’s voice singing, “I gotta stay low, ain’t nowhere to run… If he looks at me, I’m already done… I gotta stay low… he’s a dangerous one.”

And with that, the tempo picks up, and never seems to let go. But then, Whiskey Kiss is like that.

With a taste for classic rockabilly but with a new twist, Phoenix rockabilly group Whiskey Kiss is set to release their long-awaited debut album, Dangerous One. And for their release party – November 29 at the Blooze Bar in Phoenix – they have more than a few surprises in store.

While it began as a few music lovers getting together to follow their passion, Whiskey Kiss has grown into something else entirely, thanks in large part to phenomenal support from their fans.

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Led by husband and wife duo Niki and Nick White, Whiskey Kiss is gaining major attention, and with good reason. Niki’s powerful voice and stage presence, paired with Nick’s musical skill, gets the crowd cheering right away. And alongside the duo, the recently announced official updates to the Whiskey Kiss roster: Bruce Legge on trumpet, Wesley Hinshaw (of The Quakes) on drums, and new addition Tommy Collins – known for many top rockabilly bands on the upright bass – not to mention perhaps the biggest surprise: Nick moving from upright bass to lead guitarist. All this onstage together, and you have a mix that will keep the crowd cheering all night.

As far as a Whiskey Kiss live show is concerned, the group loves to put on a high-energy performance each and every time they take the stage.

“We practice as much as possible, always making sure we are putting together the best show we can for the crowd,” Nick said. “As far as unwinding and celebrating after the show, well… I think that one is in our name.”

Niki said while the set list varies from show to show, Whiskey Kiss always aims to open with a bang, and end with one as well.

“Our crowd has always been amazing,” she said. “Sometimes people dance (there are killer swing dancers who come out to our shows), and sometimes people just watch, but the rockabilly scene is very tight-knit. We have great support almost everywhere we go.”

Whiskey Kiss draws influences from a variety of rockabilly and other music legends, from Wanda Jackson and Johnny Burnett to Jack White and Amy Winehouse. While this is their debut album, Whiskey Kiss has plenty of experience onstage, including two years performing at Viva Las Vegas, the largest rockabilly festival anywhere.

Whiskey Kiss also plans to continue touring after the album release. In addition to many festival gigs on the horizon, the group also is planning a Southwest tour traveling through Texas, New Mexico, and California – and even a trip through Europe very soon.

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“We are very excited about Europe,” Niki said. “Rockabilly is very big there, and Whiskey Kiss even has a lot of European support already. We’re just excited to spread the music more, for more people to hear it.”

The members of Whiskey Kiss don’t claim to be purely traditional rockabilly – in fact, they are anything but. They blend traditional roots music with swing, pop, and rock to make their music a force all their own. But then again, Niki, pointed out, rockabilly itself is a mix of a lot of different styles to start with.

“We’re very different – we are so far out, they are nice to call it rockabilly,” Niki said with a laugh. “Right from the start, we have had support from a lot of great people. We are grateful for all the love and support. We’re very different, we know. We’re not trying to fake it, we are just being us.”

And if their upcoming album is any hint, staying true to themselves is working out just fine. With a great cast of performers featured on the tracks, including local harmonica player “Tumbleweed,” and Randy Keith on the piano and organ, Dangerous One is an album sure to wow all the group’s fans.

“I think we wanted the album to sound like us,” Nick said. “We are obviously inspired by roots music and music from the past, but we have our own sound and style. We wanted our songwriting to come through, as well as get the rockabilly, country, and roots rock ‘n roll sound.”

Niki said a lot of rockabilly purists feel very strongly about what rockabilly is – and what it isn’t.

“We don’t try to conform to the rules, and we don’t want to pretend to be something we’re not,” she said. “We play our music and write our songs by what inspires us – which often happens to be the classic rockabilly music we love. We then put our own spin on it, which ends up sounding quite different a lot of the time. Our fans seem to dig it, and we have received positive responses just about everywhere we play. As long as people dig it, we’re going to keep doing what we’re doing.”

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The album was recorded at Electric Lotus Studios, a local recording studio known for producing great albums from a lot of local rockabilly and Americana bands, Niki said.

“We did everything in very fast spurts,” she said of the recording sessions. “It was a lot of fun in the studio. Olivier Zahm was a real producer, with constructive suggestions and feedback. I think people are going to be surprised by the new album.”

A lot of the inspiration for the songs comes from Niki, but a team effort forms it into the songs the crowd cheers for.

“My husband is very patient with me,” Niki said of Nick. “I’ll have a melody, and he’ll put music to it and fill it. The music comes from all kinds of inspiration – I have even gotten an idea from a dream.”

Nick also had a great time during the recording sessions – both on tape, and off the clock.

“The best part of recording was when you were singing alone in there, and I just got to sit back with some whiskey and hear you sing,” he said to Niki with a smile.

The group has a lot of onstage experience already in the books, so it was more fun than intimidating heading into the studio to put together the album.

“Every song but one on the album, we have played live,” Nick said. “With live stress, we’ve got to figure it out. We have worked out the kinks live, and we know what everyone likes.”

In fact, live shows helped them decide the single from the album. When they played “Dangerous One” live to test it out for the album, everyone seemed to love it, asking if it was on their already-released EP.

“People thought it was so great, some asked who the song was a cover of,” Nick said. “We said, ‘Nope, that one is ours!’”

See Whiskey Kiss in action, not to mention grab their brand-new debut album, Dangerous One, at the album release party Saturday, November 29 at the Blooze Bar in Phoenix. For more info and to hear Whiskey Kiss, check out their website.

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Burning Palms Return Victorious from Phantom Vision Tour

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Burning Palms left their Tucson digs to tackle one monster of a tour. Forty-three shows in 39 days in 36 cities in 25 states. That’s some serious music-making, folks.  While Burning Palms missed the “Open Skies and Sonoran Dogs” away from their home turf, they had adventures on the road that took them as far as New York and Seattle on the Phantom Vision Tour.

A broken down van in Minneapolis threatened the tour but fans and friends came out in force to help get the van replaced overnight. But the group still owes money on that baby so they’re trying to raise funds online through the sale of music, merch, and palm readings, obviously.

Burning Palms made a few well-planned stops amid the chaos of tour including a few notorious Wiccan and Alistair Crowly-related sites. In Houston, they made a twilight visit to James Turrel’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace. They finished tour (as they do every tour) with a meal at Welcome Diner in Downtown Phoenix.

We asked Burning Palms to take some pictures of their adventures on tour so we could share them with all you. If you missed the official tour, you can still catch them back on their desert stomping grounds. Burning Palms will be playing at Che’s Lounge in Tucson on Dec. 6th and at Third Space in Phoenix with Man Hands, Shovel, and DJ Amy Love on Dec. 13th.

Before that, however, Burning Palms will be joining us live on Radio Phoenix this Friday, Nov. 28 for the YabYum Music & Arts Hour (7-8pm)!

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MAN-CAT Release CLASSIC ROCK at The Trunk Space

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Senior Editor

I had been waiting for this day for two and half years, and then suddenly, it was here: MAN-CAT was set to release a new album. Their first full-length album. I couldn’t be more excited.

I got to the Trunk Space rather early. Not too early, but I’m glad I got there when I did. Supporters of the Association for Artistic Integrity (AAI) had gathered in force and were yelling at passersby that MAN-CAT was a sham. The custom made Anti-MAN-CAT Uniform t-shirts being given to the first 20 protesters certainly brought out the numbers. Way to buy your voice, AAI.

As the PRO TEENS were still setting up, Ryan Avery was manning the door. The Trunk Space was packed with fans of all ages and press which made for a lively bunch indeed. The stage was crowded with old TVs, all displaying static. After a few hellos, I wound my way back to the merch counter.

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Protesters outside the Trunk Space

OMG. I found what looked remarkably like bona fide in-store WalMart signs advertising rollback prices on all MAN-CAT merchandise. I mean rock bottom prices here people. Including FREE stickers, posters, even candles were all crammed into a provided box along with my newly purchased hoodie and copy of CLASSIC ROCK. I quickly tucked them away inside my vehicle so as to have proper use of both hands later, you never know what might happen at a MAN-CAT show.

Shortly thereafter, the PRO TEENS started. The band’s dreamy-pop-surf sounds fell in well with the audience and it didn’t take long for the crowd to start dancing, well, you know, swaying. The PRO TEENS went well beyond the small breadth of recorded material they have available online and are quickly becoming one of my favorite acts of the Valley.

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During the PRO TEENS set a projector was set up and displayed an odd array of fast-paced film clips of internet browsing that lasted the rest of the night. It was more than just benign surfing though. This was a person creating something: a blog maybe, or maybe an empire with all the coding and images that flew across the wall of the Trunk Space. I thought it might be another MAN-CAT artpiece. Maybe a screen-captured record of some recent internet hijinks, but when I asked one of the band members about the projector he said he was didn’t know what it was. Weird.

It seemed like no time at all before Boss Frog began to play after PRO TEENS. It could be because a couple of the band members are the same and they didn’t have to tear down as much gear, but before I knew it the “midnight circus cowboy” sounds of Boss Frog had the place hoppin’. As with the PRO TEENS, Boss Frog sounded better than ever and seemed to be even extra funky that night.

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Boss Frog

When Treasure Mammal began setting up with only one drummer I thought to myself, one can’t possibly have the same effect as the two drummer combo of Jef Wright and Jef Wrong I’ve become accustomed to seeing, right?  Wrong. Jef Wright held his own the whole set and the T. MammaL dancers led the crowd into a fevered frenzy. The performance of “Bromance” seemed extra special that night as most of the crowd could sing right along with this now-classic, Phoenix-bred anthem. But the real highlight, for me, came during the closing song “Amber” when I took part in creating the human dance tunnel that led straight out of The Trunk Space and into the world at large. I held hands with a stranger and danced down on Grand Avenue. It was a Treasure Mammal Experience.

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Treasure Mammal performing “Bromance”

While everyone was finishing cooling off outside, a slick looking business person emerged outta’ nowhere exclaiming, “We did it! We did it everyone!” MAN-CAT had been stopped (gasp!). We were then all invited inside to learn that this was Jeffrey Denning, a representative of the Association for Artistic Integrity informing us the “deviant, pop culture terrorist faction” MAN-CAT had been beaten thanks to all our fine help and that now we would be watching a 25 minute video on “The Evils of Sampled Music.”

After a couple minutes, the video monitors started to flicker out as MAN-CAT took control of the signal. They entered from the rear, walking through the seated crowd. Apparently it’s harder to kill a MAN-CAT than one might think. We were then informed we would be hearing their new album CLASSIC ROCK in it’s entirety. And it was pretty awesome.

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The audience being educated

I’m not sure what happened to the crowd though. It may have taken a little too long for the show to get underway but the crowd was nowhere near the size it had just been by the time MAN-CAT really got going. And quite honestly, after three bands with live drummers, the drum-looped beats of CLASSIC ROCK banging through the P.A. just didn’t bang enough. These need to be beat-heavy, club-ready tracks in order to have the same chest-thumping feel of drums and they just didn’t hold up. I guess I wasn’t surprised to see folks trail off.

Music creation is only one aspect of the MAN-CAT collective. I cannot wait to see what other sorts of “projects” emerge from the minds of MAN-CAT in 2015. I was more than curious as to how the new album sounded independently of a live setting and sure enough, the drums are thick and present. I’ve listened to CLASSIC ROCK a half-dozen times now and I think it’s great. It’s satiated the lust for new MAN-CAT music, at least, for a little while. I can only hope it’s not another four years before it happens again! Check out CLASSIC ROCK here.

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YabYum Seven: Lori Fenn

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1. Who are you and what do you do?

I’m Lori Fenn and I’m an artist, I paint bright geometric acrylic paintings and layer in candy like resin.

2. How did you get your start?

lori 02I grew up making things from food to clothes to art and teepees. I really became interested in painting when i was 15… I would hide out in my room and paint everything…flowers, animals, portraits, Wonder Woman….just trying to find my style. Within the last 5 years i have definitely progressed more and have found my way to interpret what inspires me.

3. What inspires you?

My paintings to me are more about color than anything else. That’s what speaks to me. Everything else falls into place after that. I’m greatly inspired by nature in both color and form…dreams both lucid and deep help me create concepts and meditation creates the quiet space to let it all come to the surface.

4. What do you like about AZ?

I love to hike so the fact that i can walk in any direction and climb a mountain is convenient. It is a good place to work and travel from. The desert definitely has a quiet magic to it that isn’t easily found in other places.

lori 035. Where can we see you(r) work?

I’m in the process of creating on a new print series of digital work. When I’m not working in the studio, I’m causing trouble and going on adventures with my partner, Pete Deise, who is a sculptor. My website is where all of my work both past and present is kept up to date.

6. What would you like to accomplish before you die?

I would love to see this world in its entirety…my top places to see would be Iceland, Norway and Myanmar. I’m working on creating a life that allows me and my family to enjoy our home base and then venture out to explore the rest of this life, then bring that inspiration back and create from it.

7. What is your mantra?

NOW…both in being mentally present and reflecting in my actions. I’m not always able or willing to follow that word but it runs through my mind daily.

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Radio Phoenix Podcast with Trevor Hedges of Sundressed

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Trevor Hedges from the band Sundressed joined us at the Radio Phoenix studios to talk bands and life. The complete playlist can be found below.

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Playlist:

Merit “The Truth About the Twenties”

Instructions “Tony”

Sundressed “Hold Your Head Up High”

Saddles “Holes in Our Throats”

Luke Oliver “The UnOriginal (Saddles Cover)”

Diners “Old Souvenirs”

Them Savages “Pretty Little Thief”

Troubled Minds “Pride”

Sundressed “Best Of/Worst Of”

Ezer “Still Voice”

Dogbreth “Close With You”

Dear and the Headlights “Run in the Front”