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Album Spotlight: ‘Bunker Stories’ by Brian Lopez

When someone as antisocial as myself is beginning to feel the constraints of confinement, I can only imagine how the rest of the world is feeling. I’m missing live music in particular, but thankfully, some artists seem to be finding workarounds to help us bridge this divide. Brian Lopez is one such performer filling the void left with a live recording. But, unlike many others, Lopez manages to encapsulate the warmth of the live music, the sense of camaraderie, the intimacy of a stripped down set, of complete sensory command, that goes along with the in-person experience on his live collection released in April called Bunker Stories…

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Tastemaker’s Ten: Ryan B. Clark

Ryan B. Clark is a novelist, blogger, co-founder of Hookworm Records, and notorious music fan originally from Tucson and currently based out the Phoenix area… with some road stops between there and here. Clark’s love of Arizona music also has made him a tireless scene supporter and you can check out his regular Spotify playlists featuring artists from the area. So, of course, we had to ask him to assemble his Tastemaker’s Ten to share the 10 songs he thinks everyone should hear! And now you can too…

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Spotify Playlist: 2019 Favorites

So in case you don’t know, we hear 1000’s of songs a month. Yup, you read that right. Over 100 submissions a day sometimes. We try to cover the albums and songs that we can, but there are always some that slip through the cracks. So, as we wrap up our 2019 Awards, we put together this mega playlist of not only some of our favorite songs of the past year, but also some of the artists that we didn’t get the chance to cover…

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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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