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Coolest Band on the Block 2019: The Exbats

The first rule of being cool is you can’t care at all about being cool. As soon as you start thinking about it, or making decisions with the direct goal of achieving coolness, you’ve lost. That’s part of what we love about The Exbats. These cats are just making music to have fun and it shows. The daughter-father team of Inez and Kenny McLain from Bisbee recorded at Midtown Island Studios with Matt Rendon and released a compilation of fan favorites earlier this year that was then released on vinyl through Burger Records. How cool is that??

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Best New Band: Stripes

Four teens from Tucson make up the super cool band known simply as Stripes who came out swinging this year with their 4-track debut EP, 520. The EP was recorded at Midtown Island Studios with Matt Rendon which only adds to the coolness factor. Forming out of the ashes of The Frecks, Stripes dropped 520 in May, but they released a brand new single (and music video) just before the end of 2019. Hopefully this means they have a lot more in the works for this year…

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