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by Chris Nunley Staff Writer Call me a crotchety old man, but I long for the days of how music was released before the almighty EP. I mean I get it, attention spans aren’t what they used to be thanks to glorious technology. The way music is produced and distributedRead More →

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by Chris Nunley Staff Writer – One of the biggest deterrents I believe that keeps noise music from reaching a wider audience is fear. Fear of the unknown and grounded by chaos: “noise” as a genre follows no rules. Tracing its primordial roots back to the Dada movement of theRead More →

by Chris Nunley Staff Writer – My fellow Phoenicians, today is a great day. Today is the day that we here at YabYum start turning some of the focus on an area of music that often gets overlooked, disregarded, and sometimes even shunned completely. We’re talking about noise music. TheRead More →

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by Rebecca Rudnyk – The lights dim, the cast ascends into the fractured light projected onto the stage, and the audience is almost immediately taken to church — encouraged to make ‘a joyful noise’. And, to some extent, the audience remains enveloped in this ‘holy’ reverence for the duration of theRead More →

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by Chris Nunley Staff Writer “You two have a blessed day and come back and see us,” says the sales clerk at a local music supply store. “Thank god they had the drum head I needed because there’s no other music store in town” says Ariel Monet, the lanky yetRead More →

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by Chris Nunley Staff Writer One of the single most important inventions of the modern music era is the Tascam Portastudio. At the time of its conception, it was intended for musicians to record demo versions of songs that would later be fleshed out in a fancy commercial recording studio.Read More →

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On my endless journey of searching Phoenix metro for the truly unsung, I came upon a flyer for the mononymous ¡Dale!. Marketed as an underground QTPOC (Queer Transgendered People Of Color) after-hours party featuring DJs, live performances, and two locally-prolific drag queens, the convincing point for me was the inclusion of headliner Quay Dash: a no-nonsense wordsmith rapper from The Bronx, NYC. ¡Dale! isn’t your run-of-the-mill, mainstream “queer” event. Instead of making it palpable for the lowest common heteronormative denominator, it separates itself by solely and consistently booking queer performers and artists of color. I would later learn from a speech by organizer and DJ La Siento, this would be the last edition of the event in its current form as he announced his move to New York…Read More →

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by Jacob Unterreiner

In 2003, Daughters played a show at the Mason Jar (before it became the Rebel Lounge). They were opening for Dillinger Escape Plan. Daughters’ drummer Jon Styverson recalls, “I remember the line to get in was wrapping into the street. I don’t know why it was in the street, but it was, and a car came by and hit like 4 people. It was terrible. After the show, I was at the merch table and these four kids came up to me in bandages, with blood all over their shirts–they’re the ones who got hit. They got released from the hospital and came right back to the show.”

This story tells you all you need to know about Daughters; they have fans who get hit by a car before the show starts, go the hospital, and manage to make it back in time to catch the set. It is not a leap to say the music Daughters makes is the soundtrack to brushing off the blunt force trauma of a car accident…Read More →

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by Mark Anderson – To me, it’s obvious why the new MRCH album, Reactions, is being released in October: their brand of otherworldly pop completely encapsulates the season. Reactions is a tremendous step for the band. Not only is it their first full length LP, I feel it best states whatRead More →

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by Mark Anderson Senior Editor Ann Seletos is fuckin’ cool. And not cool in like a “cool” way. You know, that too cool for school, disaffected by everything and everyone around them, smoking cigarettes with reckless abandon kind of way. No, she’s cool in a completely other, cooler way. If youRead More →