downtown boys

By Meghan Herring Contributing Writer “You guys should’ve came with me to the show I went to last night,” I chuckled. “There was this crazy-cool band that had two saxophone players, and another was this band with just three guys doing, like, a mix of thrash-punk-ska.” “Where did you go?”Read More →

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by Mark Anderson Senior Editor Shee-it, Arizona has some friggin’ awesome punk rock. Must be all the oppressive sunshine (or laws) we live under. Whatever it is, many a’local band channels that raw, exposed nerve into hard-hitting, teeth-gnashing punk music. And we’re all the better for it. Here’s what caught myRead More →

The Linecutters “Yolocaust” This three-piece thrash outfit is making waves before the members are old enough to drink to their successes. The Linecutters just released their first single in anticipation of their forthcoming EP, The Pirates of Suburbia. If “Yolocaust” speaks authentically for what’s to come from The Linecutters, their EPRead More →

Last weekend belonged to the uke-punk stylings of Andy Warpigs who released their first LP Folk Punk Yourself at Lost Leaf in Phoenix. I was one of the few and the fortunate to get my hands on an early copy and haven’t been able to take it out of my CDRead More →

The Rebel Set How to Make a Monster! The latest from the Rebel Set celebrated their album release at the Rogue on January 24th. How to Make a Monster! delivers a powerful punch in a garage-grunge, rockabilly style. No surprises here, it’s sorta what defines The Rebel Set sound. ButRead More →

When we sat down with the staff to discuss our favorites from last year, we noticed an interesting theme running through our list of the best punks acts in town. Every band but one had a strong female presence and we realized punk in the Valley is a boys’ clubRead More →

by Frank Ippolito Growing up in Paradise Valley, I was definitely in the minority in high school, along with my friends, standing outside during lunch under the “smokers’ tree”, dressed in Ramones and Clash T-shirts, blaring the Meat Puppets as loud as we could, drawing stares from the instructors, studentsRead More →

Welcome to YabYum’s Punk Rock Ice Cream Shop! Sound strange? Well let me just say that Punk can come in many a flavor. Here are 5 flavors worth dipping your spoon in… Man Hands Man Hands Man Hands, oh Man Hands, oh how we love Man Hands. Well, not necessarilyRead More →

Fayuca Barrio Sideshow I always liked the idea of Fayuca more than I liked the music: Latin influenced punk-ska-reggae with vocals in both English and Spanish, what’s not to like right? For me, it was their delivery. It just never pulled at me. Thankfully, I can say all that hasRead More →

No Gimmick Era of Cowards It’s certainly easy to tell No Gimmick’s influences: NOFX, Propagandhi, the Descendents. But after 17 years of playing together, it must be said that No Gimmick has done some influencing of their own. Their new EP, Era of Cowards, certainly shines bright in this eraRead More →

In case you have absolutely no idea, there are A LOT of punk bands in the Valley of the Sun. So what makes JJCnV the best? Well, first off, they rock. Dana wields her guitar and shrieks into her mic like a wild banshee; Pete thrashes his bass and let’sRead More →