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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 Senior Editor Miss Moody You Owe Me What happens when you take the somber yet stellar songwriting of Justin Moody and throw in an ensemble sound? The answer is Miss Moody. Pensive lyricism floats over a fuller sound without sacrificing the minimalism that first enamored us to Moody’sRead More →

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by Carly Schorman Senior Editor – Wolvves Paradox Valley Before you embark on the new Wolvves’ album, the first thing you’re going to want to do is forget everything you think you know about Wolvves. This isn’t the Millennial Party Band of days past. Paradox Valley represents a shift not onlyRead More →

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by Carly Schorman Senior Editor Dogbreth Second Home There is something a little sad that stirs inside me when I notice that Dogbreth’s Bandcamp page is now tagged “Seattle” instead of “Phoenix”, but I know that our dusty desert will always hold a special place in the hearts of theRead More →

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by Carly Schorman Senior Editor RØÅR Impossible Animals Local sweethearts of the music scene, RØÅR, recently released a new LP at the end of April. Impossible Animals reconfirms Roar’s status as one of the bands you should be keeping an eye (or ear) on. “Dream” opens the album. A befitting position forRead More →

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by Lenore LaNova Senior Editor Celebration Guns the me that used to be Celebration Guns, the Phoenix ambient indie pop act, released their much anticipated sophmore effort, the me that used to be, last month on limited edition black virgin vinyl. “The Volunteer” opens the EP with an expansive energy that willRead More →

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Sweetbleeders We Were Never Here The Sweetbleeders have been making music in the Valley for more than 15 years and their November release of We Were Never Here prove they are as relevant as they ever were. This stunning fourteen track album ranks among my favorite to come out of Phoenix thisRead More →

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Huckleberry Problems Huckleberry lands somewhere toward the Americana side of the indie spectrum with their mild-mannered, desert-infused rocknroll. Their much anticipated follow-up to 2013’s Fine Highway dropped in September. Problems offers listeners eight tracks of Huckleberry gold for fans new and old. The album opens with “Trouble is Real” which reveals the band has subduedRead More →

Katterwaul 15 Forever I’ve been hooked on the bluesy garage rock of Tucson’s Katterwaul ever since 2014’s Desert Kats crossed my path. Their freshman release was going to be difficult to top but Katterwaul comes through with high shine on 15 Forever. From the gritty rocknroll of the opening track, “Sacred Thing”,Read More →

Harrison Fjord Puspa in Space I’ve just about had it with these kids and their pun-laden names. Thankfully, the upbeat, jazz-infused pop of Harrison Fjord quelled my initial irritation with their catchy future jams. These newcomers on the local scene just released their debut EP, Puspa in Space, this summer toRead More →

The Wanda Junes Hi Fi Record Album  The Wanda Junes, those alt-country sweethearts from the Old Pueblo that first captured our hearts (and attention) with Live at Tempe Stallion Ranch, are back with a new full-length released through Flagstaff’s Emotional Response Records. The new record, efficiently titled Hi Fi Record Album, features someRead More →