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by Chris Nunley Staff Writer – Whoever said that you eventually get accustomed to the summers here in Phoenix is a damn fool. There is NO getting used to them! In the four short years that I’ve been in the Valley, they seem to only get worse with each revolution. ApocalypticRead More →

by Carly Schorman Senior Editor Tucson’s Karima Walker recently released a hauntingly beautiful album, Hands in Our Names. Combining elements of drone and folk, Walker crafts layers of sound that can have an eerie effect on the listener, like a half-remembered dream or half-forgotten lover. There is a strong push toward minimalism onRead More →

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by Carly Schorman Senior Editor KONGOS Egomaniac This might sound a bit presumptuous, but I’m always surprised by how much I enjoy the music of Kongos. Comprised of four brothers from “Phoenix by way of London and Johannesburg,” KONGOS blends alt-rock with kwaito for a sound all their own. The band’sRead More →

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by Carly Schorman Senior Editor Asa Martin Idiots & Lunatics Asa Martin out of ABQ recently released Idiots & Lunatics; an album that will have you questioning exactly which side of that line Martin falls on. This is a great album for repeated plays in the car on your commute. TheRead More →

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by Garyn Klasek Contributing Writer It’s often noticeable that many bands evolve in a musical direction, oftentimes losing that initial intensity as they mature and develop a wider range of fans. While The Haymarket Squares have certainly gotten more popular over the years, they definitely don’t let fame go to theirRead More →

Staff writer Chris Nunley talks with Gabi Manning who records music under the name GABI about her dreamy lo-fi debut… – Chris Nunley: Hello. Kindly introduce yourself to our readers. Gabi Manning: Hello friends. My name is Gabi Manning. I write and record my own music. I love juice, KristenRead More →

Song River of YabYum gets metaphysical in her recent interview with Brandon Decker of decker. The band is currently on tour, but they’ll be back in October just in time for the Apache Lake Music Festival. – Song River: Tales are often better told from the spirit and heart. DoRead More →

Bear State “My Baby” The shoegazey bedroom popsters of Bear State are at it again. It was just last July that the Phoenix four-piece shared their new single “Wish You Were Dead” and they’ve returned in August to offer fans another new track. I’m hoping this means there is aRead More →

by Joe Golfen Contributing Writer If you expressed their music as a color, Oliver House would be bright white. Shimmering, clean and thoughtful, the music of the Phoenix trio shines with the restrained intensity mastered by groups like Real Estate, Wild Nothing and Beach Fossils. They kick off their excellentRead More →

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by Frank Ippolito Associate Editor Western Expansion, last year’s record from Jared & the Mill, was/is one of my favorite records, like… ever. Seriously. The width and breath of that performance was in a word, epic, and earned them a spot as the opening act for no other than BarryRead More →

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I think it was something about the name that glazed over Copper & Congress in my mind. Understand, please, that many of our conversations take place in noisy, crowded, music-filled spaces. I must have walked around for at least a little while thinking the band was actually a new bar inRead More →

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by Frank Ippolito Associate Editor The Rifle’s profile reads, “Making music (secretly) in Tucson”, but after listening to Rib to Rib, the secret will soon be out about Nelene DeGuzman and her writing and musicianship. Sparse is how I would describe this record. Lo-fi is another way to characterize thisRead More →