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The Sink or Swim “Dopamine” Who couldn’t use a little more dopamine these days? The Sink or Swim write a sort of love letter to that beloved neurotransmitter with a slinky rhythm and a vocal approach that brings me back to those grunge days of youth. The track is dynamic and, forRead More →

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  Point Nine “Gotham City” Ryan Klein aka “Point9” divides his time between PHX and LAX but his latest single is aimed at a bigger metropolis, i.e. Gotham City. Alright, so this song might not really be just about Batman. Point Nine addresses the daily grind aspiring artists face onRead More →

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Upsahl “Can You Hear Me Now” This new single from PHX songwriter [Taylor] Upsahl is like that first cherry limeade of summer: refreshingly bubbly and bright as the noon sun. Once you are afloat on Upsahl’s buoyant pop sound, the weight of the lyrics can begin to take hold, butRead More →

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Jesse Konrad “Cruise Ctrl” Tucson’s Jesse Henderson, who records under than moniker Jesse Konrad, undertook this new musical effort following the breakup of his last band, Fischer Kings. Dropping the surname for the middle one, Jesse Konrad follows the indie-folk of the artist’s previous project, but on his single, “Cruise Ctrl”,Read More →

Aunt B “Oh Lord” Aunt B officially came together as a band last summer, but the concept had been stewing for a few years between Shane and Megan Baskerville, the married duo that sits at the heart of the 8-piece. All that stewing paid off, however. Shortly after filling their roster,Read More →

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Tameca Jones “Hot and Bothered” The soulful, sultry vocal stylings of Tameca Jones will awaken the disco queen that lives inside every one of us. The Austin-based songbird released “Hot and Bothered” from her debut EP, Naked, which came out earlier this year. Jones’s voice smolders then soars while the stellarRead More →

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 Kyle Morton “Survivalist Fantasy” Perhaps you’ve encountered the music of Kyle Morton before through the work of the Portland post-pop act, Typhoon? If not, don’t worry. This single from Morton’s debut solo album will secure your future fandom as Morton emerges as a singer-songwriter in his own right. A dark andRead More →

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Canyon City “Fireworks” This dreamy number from Nashville-based indie/folk musician/producer Paul Johnson, who performs under the name Canyon City, will enter your ears and soothe your soul with its gentle musicality and thoughtful lyricism. Intricate guitar work gives “Fireworks” a lavish, melodic sound despite the minimal approach. The single comes to usRead More →

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by Mark Anderson Senior Editor Ah, the blanket definition of the term “world music.” I must start this article with some block text copy from Wikipedia that I find fascinating and hilarious so, if you’re not into that, go ahead and skip right down to the bands. Still with me?Read More →

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by Carly Schorman Senior Editor FEMNY “Duck Jesus” I’m not sure what a “glam jock” sound is, but if FEMNY is a good representation of that genre, I’ll take it. I’m more inclined to say they put a lounge-spin on indie dreampop, but that’s me. This PHX act is justRead More →

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The Handsome Family “Gold” I love love love The Handsome Family so I’ve been counting down the days until their new album comes out next month. Unseen, the 10th studio release from the married duo, drops on September 16th, but The Handsome Family shared this little ditty to tide fans over untilRead More →

Closing the Distance is a new series in which we expose artists with desert roots who have since moved to other locales. Let’s bring this community a little closer together. by Mark Anderson Senior Editor Bryant Eugene Vazquez seems to epitomize the working-class artist archetype. When not writing, performing, andRead More →