I have to admit. This one took me by surprise. Not the award; the EP itself. It totally came out of my left-field and smacked me in the face. And, I wasn’t the only one down here at YabYum that reported this strange phenomena…Read More →

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What album got more airtime at YabYum HQ this year than any other? It was, without a doubt, The Echo Bombs’ April release, Pleb. These ten-tracks of turbo fueled disappointment provided us with some of our favorite singles of the entire year, but the best way to listen is from start to finish and then all over again…Read More →

Uh, let’s get something clear right from the start, I like Fairy Bones, but as I’ve mentioned (in writing) before, their debut album left me wanting. And then, 0% Fun came through swinging like a fucking champ, turning all that potential into a demonstrative example of why artists must hone their craft continually. Stagnation isRead More →

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AJJ is a PHX institution and a YabYum staff favorite so it’s no surprise they’re popping up on our end of the year favorites. Except, this year, the band released a collection of “Lost Works” which seemed like it might just be a random smattering of dusty B-sides and perhaps even, dear gawd, lofi live tracks. But, as tried-and-true AJJ fans, we dismissed our doubts with faith that this folk/punk (not folk-punk) act would not let us down with some commercial stint. No, no, not AJJ…Read More →

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Inez McLain (drums/vocals) and Kenny McLain (guitars/vocals), the father-daughter duo behind The ExBats, definitely hit that dynamo status in 2018 by making the feistiest music in the border states…Read More →

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Okay, so there were a lot of really wonderful live events that happened in the Valley throughout last year, but the surprising standout was definitely CRISPYFEST at The Trunk Space. Sadly, the event was to celebrate the end of Exxxtra Crispy; a local favorite of party rockers everywhere…Read More →

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The exquisitely crafted indie pop of Asian Fred has taken our staff, if not yet the world, by storm. The Tucson band’s debut EP, Super No. 1, was released in September and quickly became a favorite of our editors before spreading like wildfire through our audio team and radio show hosts…Read More →