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Radio Phoenix Broadcast of It’s Not Our Fault: Derrick Bostrom Part Two

Derrick Bostrom is back for Part Two of It’s Not Our Fault with Amy and Tom!! This time it’s all sorts of early PHX punk history and songs along with some great history and music of the Meat Puppets as well. Check out the complete playlist below as well as Part One of Derrick Bostrom on It’s Not Our Fault…

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¡Dale! featuring Quay Dash Brings Out Local Artists, DJs, and Live Performers

On my endless journey of searching Phoenix metro for the truly unsung, I came upon a flyer for the mononymous ¡Dale!. Marketed as an underground QTPOC (Queer Transgendered People Of Color) after-hours party featuring DJs, live performances, and two locally-prolific drag queens, the convincing point for me was the inclusion of headliner Quay Dash: a no-nonsense wordsmith rapper from The Bronx, NYC. ¡Dale! isn’t your run-of-the-mill, mainstream “queer” event. Instead of making it palpable for the lowest common heteronormative denominator, it separates itself by solely and consistently booking queer performers and artists of color. I would later learn from a speech by organizer and DJ La Siento, this would be the last edition of the event in its current form as he announced his move to New York…

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‘Afro-Punk’ Screening, Salon, + Discussion Coming to Filmbar This Weekend

Local performance artist and entertainer Katrina Rainsong teamed up with her sister/BFF, Aliya Mack (aka  Cam Apparently), to bring a special screening event of the documentary, Afro-Punk, to Phoenix’s Filmbar. Under the moniker of Rainsong Productions, this sister-power-team started producing burlesque shows, and even a small circus, in 2017…

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Bassist Ali Dean on Architects’ Latest Album ‘Holy Hell’ [interview]

by Jacob Unterreiner

At its height, music is a monument to emotion.

You can use words to express powerful emotions, but a sentence or two can never capture the scope of a feeling. Language alone, to some degree, is always minimizing the intensity of an emotion. Music, however, can capture how big a feeling feels–it’s a large part of the reason we make it. We say to ourselves, “My feelings are so big, that they deserve more than words, they deserve a song.”

Architects’ new album, Holy Hell, is a monument to a pain too large to simply be talked about. It is a a monument to a pain that needs to be screamed into microphones and battered into drums.

I spoke with bass player, Ali Dean, about the new album and how the band has moved forward after the death of founding member Tom Searle…

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The Long Goodbye and Bittersweet End to The Rogue Bar

by Mitchell Hillman

It’s been just over a year since I’ve written about music in this town.

I’ve been laying low working on perfecting recipes of health and happiness, while churning out a slew of paintings and tending to my own self care. So it had to be something truly special to apply my pen to poetic musings of the vibrant goings on of the Phoenix music scene. This past Saturday was an emotional and boisterous explosion of saying farewell to a venue that was a staple for local bands over the last twelve years, The Rogue Bar. Having been in the thick of it for most of those years, it was the truly special event that made my heart swell, my soul soar and present a time tunnel of memories and friends that sparked a fire in my mind…

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KWSS is Gearing Up for their Second Annual Plus One Show

by Allyson Bills

Spring in Phoenix means catching some rays before the onslaught of 120 degree weather, as well as an abundance of shows throughout the Valley. Adding to the spring fun, local non-profit station KWSS is hosting their second annual “KWSS Radio Spring Fundraiser Plus One Show” on May 3 at Last Exit Live starting at 6 PM…

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