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After many understandable rejections of the concept by those wishing to keep their lives private, I found the “yes” in Chelsey Louise, guitarist and lead vocals of Arizona band on the up-and-up, Fairy Bones. Nestled in an east-central Phoenix neighborhood with a nondescript dirt front yard lived the lair of pop-punk late twenty-somethings I was slightly intimidated by. While the delivery of Chelsey Louise was warm, the house was so busy — with my usual OCD Martha Stewart behavior — I didn’t know where to start with photos which captured every personality…Read More →

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by Carly Schorman – Some people think that Reno is the world’s biggest little city , but that’s a lie. It’s Phoenix and anyone who’s lived here long enough can tell you that. And, for more than a decade now, YabYum has been part of the community fabric that makesRead More →

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by Mark Anderson

Persistence is the key.

Just ask about that with Tucson singer-songwriter Adam Townsend whose new album, All My Fires, is essentially a decade in the making. Produced by Grammy-nominated Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Langhorne Slim, Benjamin Booker), with both indie-rock and soul overtones, All My Fires caught my ear immediately and is one my favorite Tuscon albums of 2019.Read More →

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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…Read More →

by Carly Schorman

Zachary Wubbena is the prolific songwriter behind the stoner-rock sounds of Tempe’s Bindi-Eye. His new album, Ultraviolet Idiot, is the latest in a string of dreamy, lofi, prosaic releases to emerge from the artist and just might prove his best work to date…Read More →

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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 →

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by Carly Schorman

Arizonans for Children is a Phoenix-based organization that helps foster children and their families in a multitude of ways from providing cozy visitation space to organizing  classes and workshops. But perhaps their most impressive organizational effort, beyond the facility itself, is the mentorship program offered through Arizonans for Children…Read More →