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by Carly Schorman – Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra Laugh to Keep from Crying Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra is more than a band; it’s a social force for good that started right here in Arizona… in case you didn’t glean that from the name. PAO brought down the house at The Van BurenRead More →

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by Carly Schorman – The Exbats I Got the Hots for Charlie Watts This album landed on my desk just in time for the warming Phoenix weather. I’m ready for shorts and pool parties and lofi garage punk that has a carefree go-fuck-yourself-for-interfering-with-my-fun attitude. The ExBats [from Bisbee!] capture thatRead More →

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by Carly Schorman – Andy Warpigs Counter Culture​-​Shock! Andy Warpigs’ 2014 release, Folk-Punk Yourself, pretty much secured his place in the annals of Phoenix underground music forever, but it’s his sophomore full-length that might supplant that debut as the official YabYum favorite. Counter Culture-Shock! has an angst-laden grit much darker than previousRead More →

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by Carly Schorman Senior Editor – Okay, so maybe we have been pretty swamped with singles and haven’t been spending as much time with albums lately. And that sucks. So consider this a shared announcement from your editors: we’re sorry and we’re back on our game. Starting right now with these superRead More →

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by Carly Schorman Senior Editor – Sad Kid Dys​(​FUN​)​ctional As the name of their album implies, Sad Kid wants to put the FUN back in dysfunctional. Sex, drugs, and gas station burritos might not be able to combat the malaise of a generation, but that doesn’t mean that Sad Kid isn’tRead More →

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by Carly Schorman Senior Editor – Howe Gelb The Open Road – Arizona Amp & Alternator Singer-songwriter Howe Gelb is practically synonymous with the Tucson sound: something a little dusty and desolate. Back in February, Gelb released the aptly-titled album, The Open Road – Arizona Amp & Alternator, which offersRead More →

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by Joe Golfen Staff Writer – The Darts The Darts Nicole Laurenne and Christina Nunez are garage rock machines. Having set Phoenix, and the rest of the world, on fire with their beloved The Love Me Nots, they’ve also graced stages as members of Motobunny, Casual Encounters, Zero Zero andRead More →

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by Carly Schorman Senior Editor – Gorky The Gork​.​.​.​And How To Get It! This four-piece out of Northern Arizona has been playing together a whopping 15 years and to celebrate their years of blissful band union, Gorky released, The Gork… And How To Get It!, in January. This monster collection of tracksRead More →

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by Carly Schorman Senior Editor Max Knouse Dinasaur from Jensen If this is an audiobook, it’s the most beautiful audiobook ever. On Dinasaur from Jensen [sic], Max Knouse seems to follow a bit of the Jeff Mangum/Aeroplane Over the Sea approach to record-making by creating an elaborate and elusive narrative that plays out overRead More →

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by Carly Schorman Senior Editor Turqouiz Noiz Sweat Lodge The four-piece formerly known as Sweat Lodge released this stellar LP through Related Records back in November. Now performing under the moniker Turqouiz Noiz, this West Coast act has a gritty garage punk sound that immediately had my full attention from theRead More →

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by Carly Schorman Senior Editor lost valley lost valley Brooklyn’s lost valley proves you can do a little with a lot. On his self-titled debut, you’ll find 11 stripped-down tracks of some of the best bedroom pop I’ve heard in quite some time. “ctl” kicks off the release with somethingRead More →

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by Carly Schorman Senior Editor Quincy Davis Remedy Portland’s Quincy Davis combines smooth style with meaningful lyricism for an album you can really sink down into. Remedy kicks off with “All I Know”, establishing a mellow, kick-back feel that persists throughout the release. “Be Brave” is the first single off the albumRead More →