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    Awake and Alert - Yes, they are

    The debut album of Tempe-based Awake and Alert, Devil in a Lambskin Suit (Five One, Inc.), is one of the most welcome surprises in the indie pop scene this year. The band's sound is a mix of classically inspired rock with touches of soul and musical ...

    by Ernest Barteldes on September 13, 2007
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    The Dorsets - Meet them

    Put them in suits and give them bowl haircuts, because from the sweet harmonies to the charismatic melodies, this Phoenix quartet channels the British Invasion circa 1965. In April, they released their 11-track debut, We Can Do No Wrong, which recall...

    by Chris Parker on September 13, 2007
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    John Jorgenson - Keep your hands on the guitar while the clarinet is in motion

    Hats off to any musician who ventures out of his/her comfort zone and doesn't stick (or bury) him/herself in a particular niche. But venturing isn't without its pitfalls: Your fans might be disoriented by a new direction, while other listeners might ...

    by Mark Keresman on September 13, 2007
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    Peter Bjorn and John - Our kingdm fr cmm

    Swedish imports (as if the name wasn't a giveaway) PB&J have been making music together for eight years, but it took their third and latest release, Writer's Block, to strike a chord in America. The album represents a change of pace for the trio, as ...

    by Chris Parker on September 13, 2007
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    London West Records & Friends - Kick on your Friday shoes

    Friendship has some effin' sweet benefits when you're pals with London West Records owner Matty Spangler. The 28-year-old DJ frequently books his turntablist buds to blast out house and trance tracks at the Ballroom (adjacent to Myst, 7340 East Shoem...

    by Benjamin Leatherman on September 13, 2007
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    Seven Nights of DJs and Dancing - Who's spinning what, where and when

    Thursday 13 Andersons: S.W.A.G. Thursdays with DJ Essence, DJ Astonish, & Bryce Breeze (hip-hop, reggae, R&B) Bikini Lounge: Sophisticated Boom Boom with DJ HFE (rockabilly, surf, jazz, classic country, indie, obscuro, R&B) The Blooze: DJ El ...

    on September 13, 2007
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    Don't Mind If I Do

    I'm driving down Hatcher toward Seventh Street in Sunnyslope on a Thursday night when I see two hot girls walking and . . . Wait, they are checking me out! Surely, the minivan must be doing its magic. I'm staring and almost miss the green arrow tha...

    by C.M. Redding on September 13, 2007
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    Heavy Trash - Going Way Out with Heavy Trash (Yep Roc)

    There are several ways to play rockabilly nowadays: the gentlemanly way (Robert Gordon, Sleepy LaBeef), the roots-conscious 1955 hepcat way (High Noon, Big Sandy & the Fly-Rite Boys), glam-revival (Stray Cats, Polecats), and the mondo-demento lunacy/...

    by Mark Keresman on September 13, 2007
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    Various Artists - We All Love Ella: Celebrating the First Lady of Song (Verve)

    Here's an all-star tribute to the jazzy queen of the American songbook, Ella Fitzgerald. Check these creds: produced by legendary A&R Recording studios founder Phil Ramone; arrangements by Billy Childs (formerly of Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard's band) a...

    by Niki D'Andrea on September 13, 2007
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    Philanthropy vs. Marketing

    Just received a CD and e-mails from the local band Smokescreen, and I'm torn between two opinions about its marketing strategy. I like the band; it sounds like lush late-'90s alt-rock in the vein of Radiohead or the Pumpkins, but not too clone-esque....

    @ Up on the Sun on February 1, 2007 @ 2:23 pm
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    Flying Feathers?

    If you're not familiar with the antipathy betwixt Senor Lemons and the denizens of AZPunk.com, you can relive the brawl here, here, and here. Much of it centers around the varying and vitriolic viewpoints AZPunkers have of former New Times cover girl...

    @ Up on the Sun on January 31, 2007 @ 11:55 am
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    Autumn's End Drummer Fighting for His Life

    Drummer Joey Kamka from local metal purveyors Autumn's End was hit on his motorcycle on Saturday, January 27 by a drunk driver, according to reports I'm getting. This is what the band is reporting: On January 27, 2007 at 3:00am Autumn's End's drumme...

    @ Up on the Sun on January 30, 2007 @ 3:30 pm
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    Feedback Blowback

    Still, it's a shame that the show isn't on the real tube; FVM covered a grip of dope bands, with live performances and interviews, from the hardcore, punk, metal, and emo scenes. As Darin "SpyderDog" Roberge told me when the show was launching, ""Bas...

    @ Up on the Sun on January 30, 2007 @ 12:50 pm
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    Phoenix's Loss

    I received news this morning from my music editor, Niki D'Andrea, that legendary blues drummer Chico Chism passed away yesterday. You can read Niki's farewell column here, a sweet tribute to one of Phoenix's true musical institutions. This is what sh...

    @ Up on the Sun on January 29, 2007 @ 1:31 pm
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    @ Up on the Sun by Benjamin Leatherman on January 29, 2007 @ 11:00 am
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    The Horror...

    I've followed the horror-punk trio Calabrese for quite a while now (as you can see here in a June 2004 column I wrote), and I'm always pretty stoked when they drop a new record. The three brothers, Jimmy, Bobby, and Davey (that's in order of their ag...

    @ Up on the Sun on January 26, 2007 @ 11:37 am
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    Brown Box Breakout - DJ AL3 pushes all envelopes

    Albert Lineses III is a student of Socrates and Sun Tzu. He's also a Catholic-turned-Buddhist turntablist and hip-hop and party rock DJ from the south side of Phoenix. Like his penchant for stalwart theories of philosophy and spirituality, his spin-s...

    by Marcos Najera on September 6, 2007
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    The Liars Handshake - Pants on fire

    Drawing on a raw, ragged roots-punk ethos that's served everyone from The Pogues to Against Me!, Tempe's Liars Handshake stokes the same passionate fury. Featuring the core of the old punk outfit Bullet Train to Moscow, the band's led by the gruff, r...

    by Chris Parker on September 6, 2007
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    Miranda Writes of Wrongs - Like any other kick-ass Texas girl

    Miranda Lambert has sung about dousing exes in kerosene for their no-good ways, and on her sophomore effort, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, the country star takes aim at a few more men who have done her wrong. All twang and laughs, she recently spent some time...

    by Cole Haddon on September 6, 2007
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    James Hunter - Van vouches

    Retro rip-off artist or respectful interpreter of classic styles? English vocalist and guitarist James Hunter walks a tightrope between interpreter and impersonator. Complete with brassy choruses, tailored suits, and old-school charm, Hunter's classy...

    by Chris Nixon on September 6, 2007
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