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by Joe Golfen – Used to be, rock bands put out a record at least once a year. The Beatles, The Stones, everybody. Even with the all the advances in recording technology, most modern bands don’t hold themselves to that grueling pace. But Phoenix rockers No Volcano have pushed outRead More →

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by Joe Golfen – When performing with Phoenix punk rockers The Combat Medic, Gil Rodriguez’s songs are quick blasts of energy, steeped in classic rock and roll but delivered with snarling punk energy. His solo effort, released under the name Ghost in The Willow, finds Rodriguez stripping things back andRead More →

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by Joe Golfen Staff Writer – The only bio description on Milo Surf’s Bandcamp is a simple phrase: “I can’t surf.” That funny bit of winking self-deprecation is actually the perfect introduction to Milo Surf, a project by Gilbert songwriter Joshua Capati [of Phantom Party fame]. The music is allRead More →

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by Joe Golfen Staff Writer – The Gone EP by Luau is a nighttime record. The shimmering guitars float by like streetlamps out a car window, the insistent bass and drums conjuring up the speed and dread that can take hold in a dark city, and lead singer Evan Hallock’s painedRead More →

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by Joe Golfen Staff Writer The debut EP from Sydney trio Crystal Cities is a dreamy affair, even if some of those dreams turn pretty dark. The great lead single, “Who’s Gonna Save Us Now”, is one of those troubled dreams, built on dark synths and minor key guitar lines. ButRead More →

by Joe Golfen Staff Writer Though it’s held in a park in the middle of downtown Phoenix, which is built atop a tunnel that runs above a freeway, the McDowell Mountain Music Festival really does feel like it’s own peaceful world. A better world really. It’s a place where earlyRead More →

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by Joe Golfen Staff Writer – The Darts The Darts Nicole Laurenne and Christina Nunez are garage rock machines. Having set Phoenix, and the rest of the world, on fire with their beloved The Love Me Nots, they’ve also graced stages as members of Motobunny, Casual Encounters, Zero Zero andRead More →

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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 Joe Golfen Staff Writer History Machine History Machine “Dime” gets things started with a fake out, a jangling take on an old-school rock-n-roll ballad with a gentle melody, the sweetness undercut by the dark minor chords of a chorus that asks “When did we forget how to talk?” TheRead More →

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On our seventh birthday the YabYum staff mobbed down to Radio Phoenix at the Phoenix Center for the Arts to play some of our favorite tracks and talk some serious shop while, at the same time, goofing off and eating cookies provided by Small Fry Pie. Good times. Check out theRead More →

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by Joe Golfen Staff Writer Huckleberry Shasta City, Bad News Ricky For their latest ep, Tempe’s Huckleberry lives up to their moniker with a gorgeous record that’s sweet, a little bitter and evocative of long country road trips. The six-piece kicks off their four-song album with “Shasta,” a warm, breezyRead 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 →