Album of the Year: decker. Slider Staff Favorites: Mark – Calexico Spiritoso Lenore – There is Danger Living Dreams Frank – The Haymarket Squares Righteous Ruckus Mike – Dry River Yacht Club El Tigre Miguel – Playboy Manbaby Obsessive Repulsive   Best EP: Of the Painted Choir Of the Painted ChoirRead More →

Cryptic and tinged with darkness, Slider is a desert gospel masterpiece and our winner for Album of the Year. decker. released the album last February and promptly received a torrent of positive reviews from the local press. So much, in fact, we didn’t even cover Slider. Nay, we covered the coverage of Slider there was soRead More →

Drawing from 60s pop music to create a truly unique style of southwestern indie rock, Of the Painted Choir continued their recording efforts last year with a stellar, self-titled EP. Of the Painted Choir had been on our radar for a while before the band handed over their much-anticipated EPRead More →

Songwriting is not just the composition of compelling lyrics; it is also the about finding the perfect pairing of melody and structure for those words you so painstakingly chose. Jeff Gonzales has shown mastery of maintaining this fine balance and earned our award for Songwriter of the Year. When weRead More →

Some bands rush to record and the music tends not to be fully-ripened. Some wait and then the result isn’t worth it because it leads to an over-produced record. Western Expansion by Jared & the Mill is the perfect blend of the two. Western Expansion is one of the bestRead More →

Some bands start by making the bar rounds. Others write an album’s worth of songs and hit the studio first. And there are those that are out the gate at the sound of the gun and just keep running without looking back. That’s Fairy Bones. Just last week the bandRead More →

Best Band Gone Wild Video:Bogan Via “Kanye”We love the video for “Kanye” by Bogan Via (directed by Freddie Paull) but it does offer a disturbing look at the band’s career should the whole music thing not work out. Best Debut Video:Sara Robinson & the Midnight Special “Down by the Water”SaraRead More →

Every year we’ve chosen to acknowledge our favorite female vocalist of the year. This year we had a split decision. Together, Ann Seletos and Lonna Kelly form the beautiful and haunting vocal combination that helps define Cherie Cherie as a Phoenix band everyone should know. If you haven’t scored yourRead More →

There are those who talk about doing and those who actually do. Robbie Pfeffer and Gage Olesen of Rubber Brother Records are definitely do-ers. Love the music they put out or you hate it (we love it, btw), you have to respect the fact that the label boys have keptRead More →

As a group of folks who spend their days writing about music, we have an extra appreciation for folks who create visual art to accompany music. Today we’d like to share our favorite album covers from 2013…  The Haymarket Squares Righteous Ruckus The retro-styling of Righteous Ruckus suits the sound ofRead More →

Earlier in the year we described North Brother Island as a folk band from the Ozarks playing a show in France in the Baroque period. And we stand by that statement even more since we’ve been able to see them a couple more times since then. Inspired by 20th centuryRead More →