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by Frank Ippolito Staff Writer Travis James & The Acrimonious Assembly of Arsonists Hostility (Big surprise here…) Mr. Travis James is going to hate this – I mean, I’ve already applied for the Witness Relocation Program, and dear gawd I hope it goes through before this is published – butRead More →

by Frank Ippolito Staff Writer Believe it or not, I’ve seen my share of hardcore punk shows. From JFA to The Crucifucks, and in later years, even the Meat Puppets. So, when I saw Pent Up on the super duper oh so secret music list posted by the mighty mightyRead More →

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by Frank Ippolito Staff Writer – First, a story. You know that scene in Lord of the Rings when Frodo wakes up in Lothlórien and Gan-dalph is there, and then Frodo asks, “Why weren’t you at the Prancing Pony?” ‘Member? And Gandalf retorts, “I was delayed.” Well, “I was delayed.”Read More →

by Frank Ippolito Associate Editor – Nick and Niki Kizer are The Nix, a terrific band from Phoenix known for their synth-y, dance-worthy pop. But this is where the piece about music ends. In 2014, their son, Theodore, aka The Lion, was born with a terminal illness. He fought hard. The familyRead More →

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by Frank Ippolito Associate Editor Gork’s new four-track disc, Lonely Crowd, isn’t perfect. What record is? However, it’s surprisingly filled with terrific melodies and thoughtful, stirring lyrics. The music gets downright soulful. A very, very good first effort. But first, the backstory… You know, there have been a lot of musicians whoRead More →

by Frank Ippolito Associate Editor You know, if you know me, I’m the type of person that tries, I mean, really tries hard to find the good in every situation. Like, for instance, last summer the A/C in my car was out – in the summer and it was 1,000,000,000 degreesRead More →

Who loves Indie Dream Pop? This guy. by Frank Ippolito Associate Editor Swirling vocals? Check. Fuzzy, sweeping guitars? Check. Smash bang drums accompanied with interesting bass lines? Check. If you dig Indie Dream Pop, you’re going to love, and I mean, love, Joyriot. Max Encinas, vocals and guitars, has writtenRead More →

by Frank Ippolito Associate Editor One of the best things about writing for the mighty YabYum is that I get to listen music before anyone else. The only thing that makes it better is when I get to listen to music when it’s as wonderful and heartfelt as Shawn Skinner andRead More →

by Frank Ippolito Associate Editor And now, a story. One day in July Mark Matos was hanging out in a thrift store in Tucson. Amidst the crappy, smelly old clothes and novelty items of a bygone era, he spotted an old boom box that he then purchased (good taste toRead More →

by Frank Ippolito Associate Editor You know, I can count on one hand how many of you have listened to avant-garde, folk, harp music. I for one, have not, until I gave Mariah McCammond’s Vaulted Heart Box a virtual spin. And, I gotta tell ya, it’s pretty beautiful stuff. Don’tRead More →

by Frank Ippolito Associate Editor A Life of Color is the debut recording from Bear and Airplanes and wow, what a debut it is – they had me at a mix of jazz, rap, funk and pop. First, the music. It’s stellar. Garrett Bowers is featured on guitars and tuba.Read More →