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The Upper Strata set to release new album with versatile, profound new sound by Matt Marn Contributing Writer Performing duo (and recent Arizona residents) The Upper Strata has undergone many style and identity changes over the past several years, both as performers and in their offstage lives. But while their toneRead More →

Local group The Upper Strata releases new album, new sound for their new chapter By Matt Marn Staff Writer For years, Jonathan Sanchez and Regula Sanchez-Schmid of The Upper Strata have been devoted to not only the music they play, but the stories the music tells. And their newest release,Read More →

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Four Chambers Press launches new community publication at Welcome Diner October 3 By Matt Marn Staff Writer Four Chambers Press is ready to launch their latest collection of works, assembled from an open call to writers in the community. “Welcome Home: Poetry and Prose for Welcome Hospitality” will serve asRead More →

Jeremiah Craig’s campfire storytelling spins tall tales in Lost Keys in Lounge Strange By Matt Marn Staff Writer As singer/songwriter Jeremiah Craig grew up, singing around the campfire went hand-in-hand with the tall tales that always take shape in the blaze and under the stars. And, once he picked up theRead More →

The Phoenician Four Jazztet brings a new twist to classic jazz. by Matt Marn Staff Writer The Phoenician Four Jazztet can trace its origins to a different creature than the stylings you can see them showing off around the city today. But then again, adaptation and improvisation was how jazzRead More →

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Rockabilly group Whiskey Kiss set to release debut album – and more than a few surprises By Matt Marn Staff Writer It starts with a slow, sultry tempo, with a woman’s voice singing, “I gotta stay low, ain’t nowhere to run… If he looks at me, I’m already done… IRead More →

By Matt Marn Staff Writer You may have seen it in storefronts around Phoenix, or at a booth off Roosevelt and Fifth Street one First Friday. You may have come across pages and pages of stories, prose, and artwork from hundreds of contributors. Some contributors are experienced writers. Some areRead More →

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By Matt Marn Staff Writer Every song is different. Ask Tucson group Sun Bones, and they will tell you all four members had a big role in writing different parts of the songs on their debut album, Sentinel Peak. “It’s really different from song to song, from person to person,”Read More →

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By Matt Marn Staff Writer Kevin Loyd – vocalist, guitarist and banjo extraordinaire for Phoenix rock group Banana Gun, firmly believes songwriting can happen in a variety of different ways. But if you ask Loyd and the rest of the Banana Gun crew, there is only one way for themRead More →

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By Matt Marn Staff Writer For Phoenix guitarist and songwriter Ryne Norman, every new opportunity is a chance for something great. Every new fan, each potential collaboration with another local artist means so much to him, he gives everything he has to each new venture – and to every wordRead More →