by Carly Schorman – The Exbats I Got the Hots for Charlie Watts This album landed on my desk just in time for the warming Phoenix weather. I’m ready for shorts and pool parties and lofi garage punk that has a carefree go-fuck-yourself-for-interfering-with-my-fun attitude. The ExBats [from Bisbee!] capture that
by Frank Ippolito Associate Editor – Nick and Niki Kizer are The Nix, a terrific band from Phoenix known for their synth-y, dance-worthy pop. But this is where the piece about music ends. In 2014, their son, Theodore, aka The Lion, was born with a terminal illness. He fought hard. The family
This past year was a big one for the resurrgence of psychedelia right here in the Valley. Several bands have taken to the meandering path of progressive rock and created mind-altering soundscapes that entrance their listeners. We wanted to take a moment to acknowledge some of psychedelic rock albums that
In an era of added effects, electronic layers, and more hooks than content, we try to acknowledge one artist every year that pushes to elevate their songcraft. In 2014, that artist was Justin Moody. When Moody’s most recent album – Bargain for a Bad Man’s Love – came out last September, we expected
From the start of The Filthier Things – the November 2014 release from Hasty Escape – fans of Americana know their in for something special. We’ve been waiting for this album ever since the band released their first single “American Cheese” last summer in anticipation for the album in the works.
The electro pop duo outta Tucson known as Head Over Heart combines the musical efforts of Jordan Prather and Belinda Peters. These two movers and shakers have pushed their band beyond the confines of the Old Pueblo and into earholes everywhere. That might have something to do with Commerical Appeal
Revisiting the innovations of previous decades has always been the right of artist, but only by bringing a modern context to those early influences can one really create something memorable. In 2014, we’ve heard plenty of bands that seek to shape their sound from some retro rehashing, but the real