2016 awards recap

Alrighty gang, this wraps up our 2016 Awards portion of the year. A big thanks to everyone who came out to the Awards Show at the Trunk Space last night. We will now continue to cover all the new shit. More local, national, and international music coverage is on theRead More →

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The Sedona act decker. is known for continually pushing their sound in new directions with each and every release they put out. The year 2015 brought us Patsy, an introspective folk masterpiece, and the band returned again in 2016 a little rowdier but with the same fervent intensity that first put them onRead More →

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The feisty Phoenix four-piece known as Bear Ghost creates a veritable smorgasbord of sound on their 2016 release, Blasterpiece.  Delivering a high-energy funk, Bear Ghost offers fluidly fuses elements of various genres for a totally unique and unified sound. If you spend some time with Blasterpiece, and really delve into the musical permutationsRead More →

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The title to Huckleberry’s 2016 EP might be a little clunky, but the four songs it represents are fluid and fabulous. Shasta City, Bad News Ricky came out in March and its breezy Americana sound stayed with us all year. This stellar six-piece out of Tempe has been making rounds on the Valley circuitRead More →

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Impossible Animals by RØÅR is the best dream you never had. Clouds of orchestral pop carry the listener away for a journey of imaginative sights and sounds. Following in the tradition of Animal Collective’s Strawberry Jam or The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the music comes at the listener like aRead More →

red tank

The ruckus energy of Red Tank! really comes through in their 2016 release, BIO/FEEDBACK, which came out last August. The album contains ten tracks of rowdy noise punk that will suck the angst right out of your ear holes. According to their Bandcamp page, Red Tank! crafts “dystopian punk for millennial scum”Read More →

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Ask any music writer and they’ll probably tell you that December is the worst month of the year to release an album. This is the time of year when music publications are focused on re-visiting favorite albums of the preceding months for those end-of-the-year lists while fans are caught up in the flurryRead More →

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Arizona’s favorite punkgrass band released their fourth LP, Light it Up, this year just in time for one of the most horrifying election seasons in American history. Coincidence? We think not. The notoriously clever Haymarket Squares are just getting us ready for the grassroots resistance movement that is about to sweep through theRead More →

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I don’t even know what to say about the 2016 release from Tucson-based band, Ohioan, except that it is a beautiful and breathtaking album that every desert dweller should have in their personal collection. Empty / Every Mountain was released back in May and contains six tracks of Appalachian-tinged, desert-drone, folkRead More →

breaking up

Allow me to be the first to say it’s a little bit ridiculous to give “Best Breakup Album” to a release titled, Breaking Up EP, but whatever. We don’t care. And, in the lives of those around us, it seems like 2016 was a rough year for coupledom. I guess the break-ups ofRead More →