Why You Should Listen: Pent Up

pent up 01by Frank Ippolito
Staff Writer

Believe it or not, I’ve seen my share of hardcore punk shows. From JFA to The Crucifucks, and in later years, even the Meat Puppets. So, when I saw Pent Up on the super duper oh so secret music list posted by the mighty mighty YabYum, I immediately snatched it up to see what the kids are listening and playing these days.

And you know what? I’m very pleasantly angered. In a good way.

In Jail takes me back, and then, pushes me forward. Back, in that, the boys of Pent Up – Seth, Micah, Tim, and Alex – have this Circle Jerks quality without aping the sound to sound like them.

And forward because it is stupid easy to roll out of bed, throw three chords together, shout at the top of your lungs (Seth does that very well by the way), and throw together meaningless lyrics, and call it a recording session. This 7-track record goes from opener “Throw Me In” to closer “Free” in a little over 9 minutes – well played gentlemen, well played.

Why you should listen: Because I believe every word and note the band plays. Maybe you will, too.

What you should listen for: Listen for the track, “Feed”. They may fucking hate this, but the lead guitar line is a punk homage to the lead from Nirvana’s “Heart Shape Box” and I loved it. It’s a compliment, guys, trust me.

What they sound like: A jackhammer relentlessly pounding against a steel wall, inside an echo chamber. Magic.

Perfect listening for: When really want to beat the shit out of a politician, not naming names. Or boxing. (I’ll be using it for the latter.)

My favorite part: That hardcore punk is alive and well and hopefully there’s more from Pent up, as well as the other bands on Tempe’s Blacksmith’s Blood Inc. label.

Check out In Jail by Pent Up below.

Grammy Winning La Santa Cecilia Takes Center Stage At Tempe Center for the Arts

la santa cecilia 03by Nicole Royse
Arts Editor

La Santa Cecilia’s new album is a unique contemporary blend of traditional Mexican and Latin American music titled Amar y Vivir.

Ditching the traditional recording studio, they decided to pay tribute to their musical heroes by recording the entire album over a 5 day period live on the streets, in the bars, and at the parks of Mexico City.

Amar y Vivir is a brilliant 12-song album that truly captures the essence of Mexico, important musical collaborations, as well as its band members and their love for music. The band states that, “The visual album is an exploration of the bands roots and counts with the collaboration of the iconic Mexican singer Eugenia Leon, Chilean star Mon Laferte and the legendary Mariachi America amongst others.”

Kicking off the release of their new album is a brief tour this coming May including stops in California, Texas, New Mexico, and Mexico. They will make their first stop however in Arizona at the beautiful Tempe Center for the Arts on Friday, April 14 at 7:30 PM.

la santa cecilia 01Featuring vocalist La Marisoul, accordionist/ requinto player Jose “Pepe” Carlos, bassist Alex Bendaña and percussionist Miguel “Oso” Ramirez and named after the patron saint of music, La Santa Cecilia seamlessly blend their Mexican and Latin influences with American Culture, creating a sound all their own and highlighting their tremendous pride and respect for Mexico and its culture.

Making powerful songs that are diverse, engaging, and vibrant showcasing captivating musical arrangements and commanding lyrics, this band understands the power and influence of music, not shying away from difficult topics such as immigration, migrant workers, environmental consciousness, and anti-violence. A beautiful example of this is their poignant rendition of “Strawberry Fields Forever”.

Their last album Buenaventura, showcased the band’s “gratitude for making music, traveling and performing throughout the world, and living a life filled with love and music” and went on to be nominated for a Latin Grammy in the Best Pop/Rock Album category. They also won a Grammy in 2014 in the “Best Latin Urban, Rock or Alternative” category for their full-length studio album Treinta Días.

Promising to be an unforgettable show, don’t miss an incredible evening with the talented band La Santa Cecilia this Friday, April 14 at Tempe Center for the Arts! Get your tickets here and check out a sneak peak of what to expect from La Santa Cecilia’s latest album Amar y Vivir and the creative process behind it with this recently released trailer below.


Tempe Center for the Arts is Located at 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe 85251. All images are courtesy and copyright of La Santa Cecilia.

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6th Street Market In Tempe Is Sunday Funday

6th street market 00by Nicole Royse
Arts Editor

The 6th Street Market celebrates community featuring over 30 local artisans, live music, and food. It takes place every Sunday from 10 AM until 4 PM through May 2017!

Downtown Tempe Authority (DTA) is continuing to answer the communities’ request for more local music and arts and have been busy activating downtown Tempe since this past October.

DTA is an exciting “non-profit organization that works in partnership with the City of Tempe to increase the value of Downtown Tempe through enhanced management, safety, marketing and promotional services on behalf of DTA members and other downtown stakeholders.”


6th street market 01Located in the popular 6th Street Park in downtown Tempe, the market is around the base of City Hall with free parking available at City Hall Garage, just east of the plaza.

Come and enjoy a variety of local shopping including: art, jewelry, leather goods, soaps, paintings, prints, along with many shops, bars and eateries. By showcasing these wonderful local artisans and businesses the DTA hopes to encourage a thriving and diverse community of artists and makers in Downtown Tempe and the surrounding areas.

6th street market 03With a fantastic and diverse selection of vendors, visitors have so much to explore including: Be You Jewelry, Iconic Cocktail, The Painted Ladies, GeNiA’s Art, Ahimsa Essential Oils, Noe Artisan Bags, Leetie Lovendale, Poof! Itza Gift, My Photo World AZ, Be Earrisistible, Black Lotus Wood Studio, Manipulations in Wire, Drinks and Crafts, Unique Wood Cutting Boards, Smoketree Woodshop, Aster Earth, Shared Intentions, Good to the Grain, and Daisy G’s Soaps.

6th street market 02Kick back and listen to live music provided by a fun variety of local musicians as you shop or have a leisurely Sunday brunch with delicious food and drinks from Caffio Espresso Bar and Hot Bamboo, the exclusive event vendors. Partake in a wonderful donation based community yoga session offered from 10:00 till 11:00 AM on the City Hall Deck (don’t forget your mat!) hosted by Yoga to the People.

Revel in the spectacular spring weather with a laid back Sunday in downtown Tempe at the weekly 6th Street Market.


For more details visit downtowntempe.com or 6th Street Market on Instagram for the latest updates and artisan spotlights.

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All images courtesy and copyright of Downtown Tempe Authority and 6th Street Market