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The only thing that competes with Karima Walker’s stunning song construction is her heart-stirring voice. Walker unveiled Hands in Our Names, recorded at Five Thirteen Recording, back in June and the limited edition cassette already sold out. Senior editor Carly Schorman wrote of the album, “Combining elements of drone and folk, WalkerRead More →

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The Arizona supergroup known as Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra has been packing venues on the regular for several years now, but it was only this past November that the band released their debut album, PAO! So, after years of waiting, fans can now take home a piece of the Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra experience. TheRead More →

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The Sedona act decker. is known for continually pushing their sound in new directions with each and every release they put out. The year 2015 brought us Patsy, an introspective folk masterpiece, and the band returned again in 2016 a little rowdier but with the same fervent intensity that first put them onRead More →

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The feisty Phoenix four-piece known as Bear Ghost creates a veritable smorgasbord of sound on their 2016 release, Blasterpiece.  Delivering a high-energy funk, Bear Ghost offers fluidly fuses elements of various genres for a totally unique and unified sound. If you spend some time with Blasterpiece, and really delve into the musical permutationsRead More →

Phantom Party formed back in the Spring of 2015 and the three-piece quickly got to work hashing out their debut EP, but it was only over the past year that the band really started to capture the hearts and minds of music listeners around the Valley of the Sun withRead More →

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The title to Huckleberry’s 2016 EP might be a little clunky, but the four songs it represents are fluid and fabulous. Shasta City, Bad News Ricky came out in March and its breezy Americana sound stayed with us all year. This stellar six-piece out of Tempe has been making rounds on the Valley circuitRead More →

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Impossible Animals by RØÅR is the best dream you never had. Clouds of orchestral pop carry the listener away for a journey of imaginative sights and sounds. Following in the tradition of Animal Collective’s Strawberry Jam or The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the music comes at the listener like aRead More →

red tank

The ruckus energy of Red Tank! really comes through in their 2016 release, BIO/FEEDBACK, which came out last August. The album contains ten tracks of rowdy noise punk that will suck the angst right out of your ear holes. According to their Bandcamp page, Red Tank! crafts “dystopian punk for millennial scum”Read More →

saddles 000

Ask any music writer and they’ll probably tell you that December is the worst month of the year to release an album. This is the time of year when music publications are focused on re-visiting favorite albums of the preceding months for those end-of-the-year lists while fans are caught up in the flurryRead More →

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Arizona’s favorite punkgrass band released their fourth LP, Light it Up, this year just in time for one of the most horrifying election seasons in American history. Coincidence? We think not. The notoriously clever Haymarket Squares are just getting us ready for the grassroots resistance movement that is about to sweep through theRead More →

breaking up

Allow me to be the first to say it’s a little bit ridiculous to give “Best Breakup Album” to a release titled, Breaking Up EP, but whatever. We don’t care. And, in the lives of those around us, it seems like 2016 was a rough year for coupledom. I guess the break-ups ofRead More →

foster family band

Man, this band is good. Sometimes, although not as often as we like, the artistry of an album really takes us aback and leaves us struggling to find the right words to translate that aural experience into something our readers can understand. For me, // by The Foster Family Band wasRead More →