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by Carly Schorman

Phoenix songwriter/author and world traveler, r.ariel, is off on a whirlwind musical adventure that has taken her across continents and, as one of her avid social media followers, I love being taken around the globe as she brings her art and music to new listeners and new locales.

R.Ariel recently released her new album, Where You Are, earlier this year and her new book, No One Likes Us, on the SAME DAY. Either one of those artistic undertakings seems like it could be inordinately consuming, but R.Ariel seems to exist in a perpetual cycle of creation…Read More →

blood feud family singers 700

by Carly Schorman

I’m rather partial to the Noir Americana of The Blood Feud Family Singers. Maybe it’s because I lean toward pensive and melancholy by my very nature. Or maybe it’s because life’s handed me a shit run of luck once or twice so I’ve definitely had a good look at the underside over other people’s shoes. Or maybe it’s just because The Blood Feud Family Singers features some of the finest songwriting I’ve heard this side of the Rio Grande. Adversary, the new album from the BFFS, is so good you don’t really need to justify the fandom. You just have to hit play…Read More →

golden boots 700

by Mark Anderson – Golden Boots have been a band for 15 years. Think about that. What were you doing 15 years ago? Half of you probably were not playing in the same band as you are now and the other half of you weren’t even double digits yet. Meanwhile,Read More →

rap forever 500

by Mark Anderson – You Can’t Rap Forever, the latest album from local phenom Dadadoh is a punk rawk, hip hop, melodic rock mind-bender and currently presiding as my new favorite release from the Phoenix artist. More radical then Radical (his last release and first full length) and, for thisRead More →

rifle 500

by Mark Anderson – The Tucson band known as The Rifle is a welcome addition to the Arizona music scene and their new album, Anabasis, proves a testament to the emotive power of desert rock. Their new album, Anabasis, is a definite Must Hear. Combining the singing-songwriting talents of Nelene DeGuzman (whichRead More →

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by Carly Schorman Senior Editor – So, I’ve been a Playboy Manbaby fan since the band’s inception or, at least, since their very first show. And, as I’ve stated before, they keep getting better with every single album they put out (which is really saying something considering the band has been consistentlyRead More →

dead horse power 00

by Joe Golfen Staff Writer Following up a great first album is no easy task, with the added weight of expectation and the fear of the dreaded “sophomore slump” hanging in the air. And anyone whose heard Who Saved The Party?, the beloved debut by Phoenix’s No Volcano, has everyRead More →

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by Carly Schorman Senior Editor – We get a lot of electropop sent to us here at YabYum. A LOT. I listen to hundreds of singles every single week, and let me tell you, the reason most of the submissions get turned down is because it sounds too much likeRead More →

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by Senior Staff Blaine Long might be the Arizona musician everyone’s talking about right now. He was recently featured as a contestant on The Voice so Long’s been launched into the national eye, but we haven’t forgotten his desert roots. Last year, Blaine released Can’t Change the Sun: a mellow, earthy, and introspectiveRead More →

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by Carly Schorman Senior Editor – It’s no secret that decker. is a bit of a sweetheart of the YabYum staff. It seems like oh-so-many years ago now that Brandon Decker took the award for Songwriter of the Year and since that time we’ve watched the band/the artist/the collective finely tuneRead More →