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Phoenix musician Qais Essar fuses modern musical sensibilities to the tradition of classical Afghan instrumentation to create some truly unique sounds in our Western deserts. In anticipation of the release of his new album, Tavern of Ruin, tomorrow night at the Newton, we’re very excited to  debut his latest music video for theRead More →

Closing the Distance is a new series in which we expose artists with desert roots who have since moved to other locales. Let’s bring this community a little closer together. by Mark Anderson Senior Editor Bryant Eugene Vazquez seems to epitomize the working-class artist archetype. When not writing, performing, andRead More →

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by Carly Schorman Senior Editor KONGOS Egomaniac This might sound a bit presumptuous, but I’m always surprised by how much I enjoy the music of Kongos. Comprised of four brothers from “Phoenix by way of London and Johannesburg,” KONGOS blends alt-rock with kwaito for a sound all their own. The band’sRead More →

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by Carly Schorman Senior Editor Karima Walker “Lullaby” Ever have one of those days where every song sounds the same? That was my day and then I heard “Lullaby” from Tucson’s Karima Walker. The song had a way of soothing my weary soul (and ears). Mellow and meditative, “Lullaby” isRead More →

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by Mark Anderson Senior Editor Ann Seletos is fuckin’ cool. And not cool in like a “cool” way. You know, that too cool for school, disaffected by everything and everyone around them, smoking cigarettes with reckless abandon kind of way. No, she’s cool in a completely other, cooler way. If youRead More →

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by Lenore LaNova Senior Editor Things That Aren’t Words Remember the Details The Tucson five-piece known as Things That Aren’t Words released their 5-track debut in April. Remember the Details achieves that compelling combination of sweet and somber with an enchanting musicality and poetic lyrics. “Your Heart is an Ocean” opens the EP, drawingRead More →

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by Mark Anderson Senior Editor OK so I know this post might seem very random, but the fact is YabYum receives music submissions from all over the world. After multiple emails from bands out of Rimini, Italy, I had to take a moment and check out what was happening inRead More →

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Brent Miles and Jennifer Glenn of The Heartless Bartons came down to the Reading Room at YabYum HQ to play a couple of songs. Check out the video and then head to ThirdSpace tonight to see the band live and in person. More on that event can be found here.Read More →

Song River chats with Yod from the band Fu who recently released their new EP titled, I.  – Song River: First off, I have to ask because no one seems to be sure… pronunciation of “Fu?” Yod: It is pronounced: “PHOO.” SR: Where did the name originate? Yod: It’s aRead More →

The Wanda Junes Hi Fi Record Album  The Wanda Junes, those alt-country sweethearts from the Old Pueblo that first captured our hearts (and attention) with Live at Tempe Stallion Ranch, are back with a new full-length released through Flagstaff’s Emotional Response Records. The new record, efficiently titled Hi Fi Record Album, features someRead More →

by Lenore LaNova Senior Editor I’m always down to explore the innovative undertakings of John Melillo so you can perhaps imagine my excitement when I received early access to the first official Algae & Tentacles’ LP. The self-titled album will be released later this week through Lightning Records which also plays host toRead More →