Top 20 Music Videos 2016

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Directed by Cory Davis

Sugar Skull Explosion
“I Don’t Want To”

Directed by Plastic Monsters

Confetti Club
“Clutches of Emotion”

Directed by Justin Humbert

“Do It”

Directed by Bryan Preston

The Brothers Comatose
“Black Light Moon”

Directed by Colin Blackshear

Injury Reserve
“All This Money”

Directed by Parker Corey

“Losing My Charm”

Directed by Freddie Paull


Directed by Michael J. Buckius

Fairy Bones
“Notes from Wonderland”

Directed by Brandon McGill and Chelsey Louise

“Speak Now”

Directed by Genre

“Holy Ghost”

Directed by Matty Steinkamp

“Spoils of War”

Directed by Cory Davis

Mega Ran
“Mackerel Sky”

Directed by Luis “ElJayBeats” Perez

Playboy Manbaby
“I’d Like to Meet Your Parents”

Directed by Ryan Riggs & Jordan Pillar

Captain Squeegee
“Dually Noted”

Directed by Freddie Paull

Aesthetically Sound
“In My Feelings”

Directed by Rachael Smith

No Volcano

Directed by Jason Willis

The Haymarket Squares

Directed by Cory Davis

Lando Chill
“Save Me”

Directed by Malcolm Critcher

The Thin Bloods
“Talk Talk Talk”

Directed by Ryan Lee Caldwell


Previous Best Music Video Award Winners:


7 Weird & Wondrous Music Videos

Captain Squeegee
“Dually Noted”



Qais Essar
“Poppy Flowers Bloom in the Springtime of My Love”

Lucky Beaches
“Who Do You Love?”

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Esbie Fonte
“Yesterday’s News”


M3F 2016: McDowell Mountain Music Festival

M3F 2016All photos by Matty Steinkamp
Contributing Photographer

The McDowell Mountain Music Festival (or M3F), invaded Hance Park in Downtown Phoenix this past weekend for three days of music, hula-hooping, craft beer, food trucks, and, of course, more music. National acts like Animal Collective, Beck, Kid Cudi, and the Avett Brothers (my favorite) joined an impressive local list of performers like Fairy Bones, The Haymarket Squares, Coobee Coo, Captain Squeegee, and many others. Matty Steinkamp of Sundawg Media was on hand to commemorate the event through photos.

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Captain Squeegee
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Taylor Upsahl
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Animal Collective
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Luna Aura
M3F 2016 05
Bloc Party
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Porter Robinson Live
M3F 2016 08
Kid Cudi
M3F 2016 06
Gary Clark Jr.
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The Haymarket Squares
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The Avett Brothers


As if his photos weren’t cool enough, Matty is also compiling the M3F AFTER MOVIE – a collaboration with KWSS, TMI Radio Show, and Sundawg Media! Check out the preview below.

Radio Phoenix Podcast: Captain Squeegee

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Danny Torgersen came down to Phoenix Center for the Arts for a new episode of Rise! He brought along a lot of swell tunes to share and filled us in on the Captain Squeegee happenings. The complete playlist can be found below. Listen here…

Complete Playlist:

Captain Squeegee “Seek”

Fairy Bones “Yeah Pretty Yeah”

Bear Ghost “Funkle Phil”

Harrison Fjord “People I Meet”

Twin Ponies “Merciless and Masculine”

Captain Squeegee “The Farce 500-Million”

Steff Koeppen “Celebrate”

Luna Aura “Radio”

House of Stairs “Silence Won’t You Come Back”

Celebration Guns “The Volunteer”

Scattered Melodies “Error”

Recorded live on January 6, 2016.

Best Music Videos of 2015

best music videos of 2015 altBest Music Videos of 2015:

15. Numb Bats
“To Die”

Director: Michelle Blades

14. MRCH
“Highway Drivin'”

Director: Frank Thomas

13. decker.

Director: Matty Steinkamp

12 Giant Sand

Director: Lucy Dyson


Director: Michael J Buckius

10. Captain Squeegee

Director: Matty Steinkamp

9. Gardens & Villa

Director: Austin M. Kearns

8. Katterwaul
“15 Forever”

Director: Krysta Jabczenski

7. Brian Lopez
“Static Noise”

Director: Nadine Roselle

 6. Good Friends Great Enemies
“Who You Are”

Director: Plastic Monsters

5. Lonna Kelley
“No Body No Mind”

Director: Lonna Kelley

4. decker.

Director: Matty Steinkamp

3. Jerusafunk
“El Gitano Borracho”

Director: Plastic Monsters

2. Bogan Via

Director: Young Man

1. Xixa
“Shift and Shadow”

Directors: Martin Daniel Diaz and Paula Catherine Valencia

Best Alien Video:

Sam Means
“We’re Alone”

Director: Too Many Mangoes

Best Band-in-Action Video:

 Fairy Bones

Director: Jeremy Tremp

Best One-Take:

“I Be That”

Director: Jacob Owens

Best Animation:

Captain Squeegee
“The Farce 500 Million”

Director (and Animator): Johnny McHone

Best Live Video

Harrison Fjord
“Approximately 906 Miles”

Director: Freddie Paull

Weirdest Video

Belly Belt
“If You Like to Dance”

Director: Belly Belt

Interview with Danny Torgensen of Captain Squeegee

CGZ_3520-1Song River interviews Danny Torgensen, the trumpet-wielding frontman of Captain Squeegee. The band just returned from New York and will be playing Apache Lake Music Festival this weekend! 

Song River: Since Captain Squeegee’s inception, around 2003, the claim of no original founding members taunts your bio headline. How has the Captain maintained its relative quirkiness of fun, music and memorable performances through the thick and thin of it all?

Danny Torgersen: I think anything named “Captain Squeegee” is destined to spiral into a perpetual state of madness. The fact no one who started the band is in the band, is both perplexing & inspiring to me… it’s like we’re a part of something bigger, a flaming technicolor torch we’ve been handed and we must run with it.

SR: Catching your performances live is to be devoured in cadence chimes. Your energy is c’est magnifique to say the least. Is the center of all the orchestration your favorite place to be Danny?

Danny: Well, I wanna be right there in the eye of the hurricane. In a past life, I conducted orchestras. In a future life I’ll conduct space-trains. As long as I’m working with rad humans like the band I’ll be happy… Nothing feels more important to me right now then recording crazy fucking songs & releasing my spiritual volcano on stage.

SR: As the band continues to gently broaden the boundaries of musical laws, what is it that comes to mind as you’re envisioning the stretching of such?

Danny: We try not to be gentle. We wanna light that shit on fire and summon angels from the ashes. Our next musical agenda is taking the traditional “pop song” and metamorphosing it right in front of your ears. Caterpillar to Cyborg-Butterfly in 4 minutes. Every time.

SR: When bending the laws of what is called ‘rock’, is that a collective action by the band as a whole or is there a ring leader and the pack follows?

Danny: I kinda birth little alien baby-songs, and then the band raises them into full-grown, evolved entities. Some times Austen (Guitar/Keys) is also the mother. All the band members have their own archetypal and astrological characteristics, so that all comes out in their playing and parts, making it more of a communal conclusion.

CGZ_3510-22SR: How long have you been a part of Captain Squeegee yourself Danny, and what have been some of the changes along the way you’ve been instrumental making occur?

Danny: I joined ‘Squeegee’ about 13 years ago. I barely remember being such a young human. I was very much myself in the band instantly… making up horn-lines, adding harmonies, getting rowdy on stage. Assuming a front-man roll was a natural progression. I also hear songs in my head, constantly, with overwhelming volume, so I started showing those songs to the band and we decided to play them… that was sort of the beginning of our departure from “Ska music.”

SR: Recently you worked with, Johnny McHone, to create your animated mayhem music video: “Farce 500 Million.” First, were you all viewers of Robot Chicken or how did you come about approaching Johnny to create and direct your video? If you would chat we us a bit on how the video creation process… what was the bands direct involvement?

Danny: We knew Johnny from high school, Hamilton High School to be exact. He was always drawing cartoons and being a comedic genius way before Robot Chicken. All I had to do was call him up and say “Hey wanna animate/clay-mate this song? It’s about blah, blah, blah…” and then he just sends back the most brilliant shit! A true artist and old friend!!”

SR: Sometimes when I listen to your music and watch your social media it almost feels like Futurama and South Park collided with a b­side burlesque show and threw in a titch of Fantasia-induced LSD ala Disney. Where, what, how and why do you find this collective sound and visualocity?CGZ_3391-15

Danny: Holy shit that was the best review of our band ever… and a meta-wormhole of a question… I mean, all that craziness is just part of our lore & mythology. I love space, psychedelia, bright colors, satire, conspiracies, spicy food, skydiving etc… When we’re being represented it just feels natural to integrate these crazy-ass themes all over the place. I’m never out of ideas when it comes to branding, cuz I know what trips me out, and I want everyone else to trip out with us.

SR: Would you say at times Captain Squeegee is definably poking their finger in the eye of politics, corporations, and the human

Danny: All the time. How can we not? We’re a rambunctious rock-n-roll band… It’s our duty to make fun of the leaders and politicians who think they rule us. It’s also important to honestly speak-out against the total takeover of humanity, happening before our eyes. There’s this terrifying new wave of technocratic brainwash glossing over everything… the internet, pop music, and even our souls. Art, music & satire may be the last way we can penetrate this evil veil of conformity consuming the lethargic minds of the West.

SR: You’re heading to the main stage coming up soon­ Apache Lake Music Festival. What is it you’re looking most forward to this year?

Danny: We’re gonna be so pumped-up after our trip to New York City! We’re leaving as boys, but when we return for ALMF, we’ll be more like mutant-robot-men. We’re especially looking forward to some secret guest artists that will be joining our set… I’d tell you more, but then that killer drone-bug on your shoulder will kill you.

SR: Are there certain bands you yourselves always make plans to hear?

Danny: OF COURSE! We love Harrison Fjord like our talented young brothers… I’m great friends with Brandon Decker… we’re all gay for Jared & The Mill. We love horns, so PAO is a must… There are just too many great locals to name on this bill. It’s like the ultimate Roman Colosseum of AZ bands, but we’re jamming instead of ruthlessly killing each other.

SR: With the amount of energy exuded when you play live, Danny, is their a special tonic you ingest prior to performing?

Danny: I use my Crown Chakra to engage the Pineal CGZ_3449-1Gland inside my brain… I then super-charge my soul with a blast of DMT, the galactic super-juice of the spirit. This makes me SLIGHTLY more inter-dimensional on stage. I’d highly recommend it to others, but it’s extremely dangerous, so please don’t try it without consulting your local monk or guru.

SR: Next album? Talk to us about its progress, producer, elements and will it be an EP or full length? Release approx?

Danny: We’re under strict orders to keep this matter classified for now… I CAN tell you we have a new music video coming out next month, depicting a “Romeo and Juliet” style narrative… but it’s in the future… and Juliet’s an Alien.

Catch “Captain Squeegee” out at the Apache Lake Music Fest 2015 this year with tons of other great bands!!!!

More information on ALMF 2015 can be found here.

Keep up with Captain Squeegee (if you can) here.

Top 20 Videos of 2014

The Prowling Kind
“Melted Together”

Director: Frank Thomas

“That Thang”

Director: Jakob Owens

Prom Body
“My Paradise”

Director: Ryan Glenn

Burning Palms

Director: Rory O’Rear

Captain Squeegee
“The Factory”

Director: Matty Steinkamp

The Thin Bloods
“Peter Was A Virus”

Director: Ryan Lee Caldwell

Samuel L Cool J
“Slip and Slide”

Director: Grant McCord

Playboy Manbaby
“Choppy Chad”

Director: Tyler Huffman

Captain Squeegee

Animation: Johnny McHone

No Volcano

Director: Pete Hinz

Blanche Beach

Director: Herbert Deuce

Luna Aura

Director: Fweshly Dipped

“No Free Meals”

Director: Caleb Gutierrez

Head Over Heart
“You and Me”

Director: Neil Schwartz

Boss Frog
“Two Mouth One Mouth”

Director: Bud Bennett

The Haymarket Squares
“Gateway Drug”

Directors: Dan De Vivo & Francisco Flores

“Wide Range”

Director: Ben Kitnick

“20 Million”

Director: Youceff Kabal & Anne H. Furlong

McDowell Mountain Music Festival Announces Line-Up

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Senior Editor

The 12th Annual McDowell Mountain Music Festival is slated to be held March 27-29, 2015. And, for the third year in a row, MMMF will be holding the party at Margaret T. Hance Park in downtown Phoenix. Last weekend, event organizers released the much-anticipated line-up and this year promises to be one of the best ever.

Widespread Panic, Passion Pit, Thievery Corporation, Phantogram, and Portugal. The Man will be joining the bill. I, for one, can’t wait to see Portugal. The Man. Local support will include The Haymarket Squares, Gus Campbell, Small Leaks Sink Ships, The Senators, Pastries with Teeth, and Captain Squeegee. I can’t wait for the return of Small Leaks Sink Ships to the Valley.

MMMF will be offering fans a taste of what’s to come with a free shows in the months leading up to the grand event. Snake! Snake! Snakes! will perform at the Rogue Bar on Jan. 16 and The Floozies & Manic Focus at Last Exit Live on Feb. 3. There is even a show at Flagstaff’s Snowbowl scheduled for Mar. 14 with The Hourglass Cats. That show sounds rad so rent a room and make it a weekend.

The annual festival is 100 percent non-profit with proceeds going to both the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation and UMOM New Day Center, which provides homeless families and individuals with safe shelter, housing, and supportive services. Since its inception, the MMMF has raise more than one million dollars for its chosen charities.

And, just a couple weeks before the official McDowell Mountain Music Festival, we’ll be live on Radio Phoenix with The Haymarket Squares to talk music and MMMF on March 4th at 8pm so don’t forget to tune in!

Both single-day and three-day tickets are available through the McDowell Mountain Music Festival website here. Get your tickets early! Below, we’ve included some videos from the locals acts slated to perform just to wet your whistle…

The Haymarket Squares
“Buy My Vote”

Captain Squeegee
“The Factory”

Snake! Snake! Snakes!

 Small Leaks Sink Ships
“Pray for Pills”