foster family band

Man, this band is good. Sometimes, although not as often as we like, the artistry of an album really takes us aback and leaves us struggling to find the right words to translate that aural experience into something our readers can understand. For me, // by The Foster Family Band wasRead More →

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Snake! Snake! Snakes! came into being back in 2010, and since then, the band has undergone several transformations in sound since the orchestral indie rock of their s/t debut. And, this year alone, Snake! Snake! Snakes! released both an LP in April and an EP in December. When you listenRead More →

no volcano

It was just last year that No Volcano first came on the scene and took home our Dark Horse Award for their debut album, Who Saved the Party?. And, this year, they returned with another full length release. It seems like No Volcano was setting us up for disappointment. They released theRead More →

sugar skull explosion

The father-daughter musical duo that makes up Sugar Skull Explosion had everyone talking in 2016. From their rambunctious onstage energy to their infectious lyrics, Sugar Skull Explosion is more than a gimmick. It’s a rowdy force that proves that parenting and punk can go hand-in-hand. The band released a 7-trackRead More →

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When it comes to output, there are few artists that can compete with I.Am.Hologram. Richard Nihil, the man behind the moniker, put out six – SIX!! – releases in 2016. And while that fact alone might have you scoffing and thinking he’s the Danielle Steele of local music, constantly churningRead More →

things that

Wait, who are these guys? The five-piece band known as Things That Aren’t Words has us wondering just what other secrets Tucson is keeping tucked away. In all fairness, the band seems to play a lot of shows (in Tucson) and gets solid airtime from KXCI (in Tucson) so, asRead More →

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Joshua Hill performs under the moniker The Hill in Mind, sometimes with a band and sometimes without. On his 2016 release, Hill Never Sing Again, the singer-songwriter dove deep to create an intimate acoustic experience. Hill’s classical training shines through in both the guitar work and vocals. Each song forms a complete and compellingRead More →

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As some of you may know, we like to kick off our annual awards by recognizing a member of the arts community that has gone above and beyond when it comes to supporting said community. And, although we had a few recommendations for the recipient of our Spirit Award thisRead More →

2016 awards recap

Another year has gone by and it seems like we heard more music this year than ever before. So, perhaps it goes without saying, 2016 was one of the most difficult years when it came time to buckle down and pick favorites. Nevertheless, after uncounted hours spent spinning albums forRead More →

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Well there you have it folks, our 2015 Awards are done! Now that this month has flown by and we find ourselves eleven twelfths closer to the end of the year, it’s time to begin our regularly scheduled programming. We’re going for gold this year with new content and features soRead More →

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First and foremost, there were a number of tremendous musical works to emerge from Arizona during the previous year. But, in the end, we knew that the latest release from Sweetbleeders was hands down the best album we heard in 2015. From start to finish, We Were Never Here stands out with itsRead 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 →