By Melissa Fossum
By Lauren Wise
By New Times
By Amanda Savage
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By New Times
And to think we almost lost them. Well, not really. A rumor floating around town suggested that their August 4 gig at The Rhythm Room gig would be their last in Arizona. The Rhythm Room's website stated "Final Arizona show" below the band's name on the venue's calendar, leading some to speculate that the band was blowing town, perhaps heading to Europe to capitalize on Walker's cult following there. The group clarifies: This will be its final Arizona show before they venture off to Barraza's native Mexico to visit her family, eat street tacos, drink beer, and enjoy a beach vacation that will perhaps further influence their sound.
Un-Google-able band names are no rare thing for up-and-coming indie acts, and Sister Cities are no exception. Searching "sister cities" reveals cheesy photo-ops of sister city programs across the country, displaying people from different cultures enjoying jolly belly laughs together, shaking hands and forgetting that they come from completely different worlds. Coincidentally, ironically, or a combination of the two, Phoenix is sister cities with both a town in Ireland and a city in Mexico. If you were so inclined, you could call it fate — but Sister Cities' success has more to do with hard work, constant gigging, and humbleness almost to a fault.
What make this "Indie Rock", what qualifies something as that these days? It seems that label is handed out pretty liberally...I'm interested to know what the writers, or the New Times editorial staff, uses as criteria. Is it how a band self-identifies? Is there a list with boxes to check off? Curious.
I've seen them a few times and they're ahead of the local-band curve. This band will reinvigorate the Phoenix local scene. GO TO A SHOW.