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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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MRCH I Love You But You Don’t Know What You’re Talking About That’s a rather long EP title for a band I would usually describe as terse. They don’t even give us a vowel in their band name and most of their tracks have one word titles. The breathy electropopRead 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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Alrighty, folks, this is where we lay it all on the line and each member of staff gets to name their favorite band/album from the preceding year. Awards’ month is a contentious time for us, but everyone came through in the end with their banner held high for their personalRead More →

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We had to wait more than two years for Good Friends Great Enemies to release the follow-up to their sophomore EP, Random Happenings. It was so totally worth the wait. Cautiously Poptimistic escapes the confines of categorization with its infectious jazz-pop fusion. And, what’s more, the album speaks volumes for what isRead 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 →

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by Mark Anderson Senior Editor Bob Cash Synthetarium You may be cool, but you’ll never be Bob Cash cool. I mean you can’t make this kinda guy up. He’s authentic. He’s unique. And he makes righteous synth music. He was making “space” music in 1985 at the Roger B. Chaffee PlanetariumRead More →

Mr. Miranda and 3KuBeBeats Soul in Da Booth Phoenix’s own Mr. Miranda joined forces with 3KuBeBeats for their sophmore album Soul in Da Booth. And, much like the title implies, this new release brings out the soulful center of hiphop with steady beats and smooth flows. Several of the tracks on Soul in Da BoothRead More →

by Joe Golfen Staff Writer Phantom Party Stellar The infectious surf guitar that kicks off Phantom Party’s debut release tells you everything you need to know about this record, in the best way possible. That jittery riff, drenched in thick reverb and dense atmosphere, makes “Catholic School” totally irresistible, and ifRead More →

by Joe Golfen Contributing Writer If you expressed their music as a color, Oliver House would be bright white. Shimmering, clean and thoughtful, the music of the Phoenix trio shines with the restrained intensity mastered by groups like Real Estate, Wild Nothing and Beach Fossils. They kick off their excellentRead More →

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Captive Cooks Kuatto The blues-fusion five-piece known as Captive Cooks released their debut EP, Kuatto, on May 1st at Last Exit Live. I must say, for a four-track EP, Kuatto packs some serious punch. Maybe that has something to do with half the songs clocking in at over seven minutes. There are someRead More →

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The Woodworks Unhealthy Decisions Release Show: May 16th at Rogue Bar The Woodworks put out one of our favorite albums last year, Safe Mode. So we were more than a little surprised (and delighted) to find out the band already has a new album set for release this month. Despite the speedy turnRead More →