Michael Escoto

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  • 4 years ago | Music News

    In your face, every other city! It's no secret that music-loving Phoenicians sometimes get the shaft by bands that skip the Valley to play in Tucson, our neighbor to the south. (It always feels like salt in the wound, no?) But no other city can bo...

  • 4 years ago | Music News

    In March 2009, Portland folk-rockers The Decemberists released a rock opera called The Hazards of Love. Inspired by an EP of the same name by English folk singer Anne Briggs, the album tells the story of a woman who falls in love with a shape-shif...

  • 4 years ago | Local Wire

    When the name of your band comes off like a warning, you can be sure no one is going to mistake you for a straightforward pop band. Sure enough, Chandler hardcore band Keep Your Distance makes aggressive music, but songs like "For I Am the Sky" ma...

  • 4 years ago | Local Wire

    The year 1986 was memorable for numerous reasons: There was the Challenger space shuttle explosion, the Iran Contra scandal, Hands Across America, and the return of Halley's Comet, among other things. It was also the year that we saw debut albums ...

  • 4 years ago | Music News

    One of the best moments on The Simpsons was in a 1993 episode in which we learned that Homer, Principal Skinner, Barney, and Apu were in a barbershop quartet called The Be Sharps. The group was so good that they won a Grammy award for best "Barber...

  • 4 years ago | Local Wire

    When you see the name White Denim, it'd be understandable to assume that the band would be some type of hair-metal tribute act. And while White Denim would make an awesome name for a '80s cover band, this act is definitely not stuck in the Reagan ...

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