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At the end of year, in preface to our Annual Awards, the YabYum Editors like to take a moment and play their favorite tracks from all the Arizona bands and artists that left an impression on them. This is that show, the 2016 Awards preview. No guests. No witty banter.Read More →

2016 awards recap

Alrighty gang, this wraps up our 2016 Awards portion of the year. A big thanks to everyone who came out to the Awards Show at the Trunk Space last night. We will now continue to cover all the new shit. More local, national, and international music coverage is on theRead More →

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When Nanami Ozone released Desire, their debut full length album, in May, they pretty much set the soundtrack to our summer. And, by the time autumn rolled around, we were still jamming out to the indie rock collection. We sent out links to this album and played singles from this releaseRead More →

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20 Sundressed “Autopilot” Directed by Cory Davis 19 Sugar Skull Explosion “I Don’t Want To” Directed by Plastic Monsters 18 Confetti Club “Clutches of Emotion” Directed by Justin Humbert 17 Dadadoh “Do It” Directed by Bryan Preston 16 The Brothers Comatose “Black Light Moon” Directed by Colin Blackshear 15 Injury Reserve “All This Money”Read More →

best live band

No one commands a crowd quite like Playboy Manbaby. It helps that the band crafts feisty hits make you want to pump your fist, shake your ass, and scream your head off. So it should be no surprise that the band has sold out venues all across town from The TrunkRead More →

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20 RNA “Delta” The experimental noise act known as RNA released Between The Mountains and Us on Jan. 1st of 2016. The ruckus release included the stellar single “Delta” which mixes a sludgy sound with high energy guitar antics. 19 Aesthetically Sound “In My Feelings” This mellow R&B track from AestheticallyRead More →

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I have to admit, this was one of our most contentious categories this year. Arizona HipHop has been on the up-and-up in recent years and 2016 proved one of the best years for albums of this genre… which just made our job all the more difficult. But, when it cameRead More →

best indie pop

It sure feels like we’ve been following Diners for quite some time. Back in 2012, we gave them the award for Best New Band and, since then, we’ve watched as the band continued to grow their sound (and fanbase) without losing the heartwarming innocence that stands at the core ofRead More →

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Jay Hufman, who performs under the name Gene Tripp, released this seven-track gem back in February of this year. Happy Plaza is soft-spoken but has an underlying ruggedness that makes me think of cowboy antiheroes and stormy desert days. Gene Tripp released the vinyl rendition of Happy Plaza on November 4th atRead More →

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Fairy Bones might have been a point of musical contention amongst the staffers here at YabYum in 2016, but one undeniable fact remains: this band is poised for success. And I know you might be thinking we’re attributing this position to the band’s smart social media methods or their out-of-this-worldRead More →

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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 →