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Songbird Award 2019: L. Hotshot

In the past, the Songbird Award has been given to singers whose dulcet voices climb to ethereal heights. You know, like a bird. Then again, what if that bird was not quite a canary on a branch chirping away, but more like a predator hawk soaring toward its prey? Nothing embodies the destructive power of a bird of prey quite like L. Hotshot from Scorpion vs. Tarantula…

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Best Punk Album 2019: ‘Bored Again’ by US Depressed

The trio known as US Depressed dropped their debut, Enjoy Your Poodle, in 2016 and followed it up this past May with the often-dreaded sophomore release. But, for these Valley post-punk-rockers, the sophomore slump was just a thing for other bands… lesser bands. Bored Again pairs misery and misanthropy with a fun and feisty sound that you’ll want to listen to from start to finish. And then all over again…

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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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Spicy Mayo Album Release Show at The Rebel Lounge

On the 20th of October, I felt my writer-senses tingling after months of inactivity behind the keyboard, and later felt the supernatural compulsion to cover the Spicy Mayo album release show featuring Audrey Heartburn, Dadadoh + The POC, along with Dwayne and The Rock Hard Johnsons at The Rebel Lounge. Today would not only mark the first time I would capture Audrey Heartburn and Spicy Mayo behind the lens, but a perfect opportunity for this old dog to show off his new (slightly more sober) tricks while covering a mysterious, headlining local band with familiar faces…

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Radio Phoenix Broadcast of It’s Not Our Fault: Lydia Lunch

On this edition of It’s Not Our Fault w/ Tom and Amy on Radio Phoenix, Tom talks to the fierce, confrontational writer, visual, and spoken word artist and musician Lydia Lunch! Join as they chat about her new book, So Real It Hurts, her show at Valley Bar, and more. Lunch has worked with artsy visionaries including Nick Cave, Karen Finley, Jerry Stahl, and Hubert Selby Jr….

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