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    Killer Kids

    The three-girl, three-boy young'uns (the age range is 17-20) in Eyes Set to Kill are having quite a year. The screamo outfit released a well-received EP earlier in '06 and just recently dropped a DVD with eight songs performed live. Better yet, they'...

    @ Up on the Sun on November 21, 2006 @ 3:22 pm
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    Annals of Mediocrity

    Poorly written, silly-ass press releases are one of the humorous perks of this job; the flipside is when you have to actually listen to the CDs that they come with. Exhibit A: local female-fronted trio Niki Kwik's upcoming EP, No Need to Apologize. H...

    @ Up on the Sun on November 21, 2006 @ 1:38 pm
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    BFH Out...

    Word came to me recently that local lap-guitar troubadour Brodie Hubbard (aka Brodie Foster Hubbard, aka Brodie Fucking Hubbard) is leaving the 'Nix soon to head back to La-La Land. That's a loss for the singer-songwriter set here; as I wrote earlier...

    @ Up on the Sun on November 21, 2006 @ 12:38 pm
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    Hookers and Blow

    I know what you're thinking, but no, this isn't a recap of how I spent the weekend. It's almost the holidays so I had to forego the hookers this time around. Rather, this post is marking a milestone of sorts for Radio Free America, soon to be known a...

    @ Up on the Sun on November 20, 2006 @ 10:46 am
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    Eyes on the Prize - Bid for the big time

    In a time when the opportunity for unsigned musicians to jump-start careers via MySpace seems already to have come and gone, the steadily building success of Tempe's Eyes Set To Kill is both encouraging and confounding. Since posting a profile on...

    by Saby Reyes-Kulkarni on July 5, 2007
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    Covet Thy Neighbor - Fashion and action

    Yes! Finally, Club Candids punked out on the weekend circuit and cruised to Covet Boutique in Scottsdale on Wednesday, June 27, for its in-store party. (Click here for more photos.) The spot was super chi-chi but with a hipster indie vibe. Kids sippe...

    by Lilia Menconi on July 5, 2007
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    Pop for Peace - Becky say no war

    Becky Stark, frontwoman for psych-pop/indie-folk foursome Lavender Diamond, is on a mission for peace. "All of our concerts we open by saying something like, 'Congratulations, everyone, for peace coming to planet Earth . . . let's hear it for peace...

    by Michael Alan Goldberg on July 5, 2007
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    The Kenny Conspiracy - Mister Rogers' Area 51

    The Sopranos blackout, Paul McCartney's bare feet on the cover of Abbey Road, the vast number of sharpshooters hidden in the shadows of Dealey Plaza, and the inexplicable public fascination with Paris Hilton. America wrestles with these enigmas, seek...

    by Henry Cabot Beck on July 5, 2007
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    Haven James - Rusty's Waltz (Self-released)

    Based on the CD Rusty's Waltz, it's hard to tell where Jen Powelson stops and the band Haven James starts, meaning that while there is some additional instrumentation on the disc tiny doses of fiddle, mandolin, cello, and some very Mark Knopfler-es...

    by Henry Cabot Beck on July 5, 2007
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    The Sonic Thrills - Get Up! (Truxton Records)

    A hot, fat bucket of garage, '60s soul, and rock rock rock 'n' roll that tantalizes the jaded tongue with potent drops of the Kinks, the Detroit Cobras, and the Sonics that's right, the Sonics (why yes, it is a strangely similar name). The suavo-se...

    by Matt Neff on July 5, 2007
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    W.O.M.B. - New baby alert

    W.O.M.B. has always been difficult to define. Ever since the Valley band's debut LP, 1999's Warriors of Make Believe, the group has been producing thematically diverse music that ranges from the playful and poppy to the haunting and experimental. Now...

    by Daniel Raven on July 5, 2007
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    Son de la Frontera - Cal (World Village Records)

    Think of the music played by Spain's Son de la Frontera as pure acoustic music that does not rely on any studio gimmicks. The five-piece group from Morn de la Frontera has a sound marked by the presence of the trs (a three-stringed instrument commo...

    by Ernest Barteldes on July 5, 2007
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    Nick Nicholson - Country for country

    There's nothing "alt" about the country music played by Phoenix resident Nick Nicholson. The Tennessee transplant plays straight up, rockin' country, a combination of twang and bang influenced by the likes of Conway Twitty and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Nichols...

    by Niki D'Andrea on July 5, 2007
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    The White Stripes - Icky Thump (Warner Bros./WEA)

    While absorbing the Blueshammer ersatz and pheromone-scented metallurgy of Icky Thump, the White Stripes' sixth record, it's hard not to long for the candy-striped sibs who once sat in that little room, working on something good. Remember them? Way b...

    by Nate Cavalieri on July 5, 2007
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    TrEmUlaNtS - What they love

    Music that bears the most repeated listenings hits you on an abstract, moth-to-a-naked-light bulb level. The attraction may be lyrical ambiguity, sonic submersion, a spirited count-off or just the decibel ring of a voice around the circumference of y...

    by Serene Dominic on July 5, 2007
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    Linkin Park - Minutes to Midnight (Warner Bros./WEA)

    The men of Linkin Park seem awfully insecure. Minutes to Midnight is stuffed with take-us-seriously gestures, including the presence of producer Rick Rubin and liner notes that couldn't be needier if they'd been written by Sally Field. For instance,...

    by Michael Roberts on July 5, 2007
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    Guy Forsyth - Peripatetic picker

    By all accounts, the live shtick of this experienced Austin roots rock veteran is designed to astound and flatten. A qualified, working Joe-type Renaissance man, Guy Forsyth sings, dances, slings an ax, waxes deadly with a harp, and even wields the o...

    by Matt Neff on July 5, 2007
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    Fountains of Wayne - Traffic and Weather (Virgin Records)

    It's been four years since Fountains of Wayne's last studio album, but the wait has been more than worth it, because FOW produces incredibly well-constructed pop. Besides a gift for hummable melodies, the group's bite-size vignettes of middle-class a...

    by Chris Parker on July 5, 2007
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    Strange Noize Tour - Valley of the fun

    Backwards baseball cap-wearing white boys of Phoenix, rejoice! Kottonmouth Kings and Tech N9ne have teamed up for a summer tour and they are coming to town for back-to-back dates and they're bringing their friends. Fans of Kottonmouth Kings will have...

    by Daniel Raven on July 5, 2007
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    Rusted Root - More than the company they keep

    Rusted Root is the type of band you take shit for liking from people who've never seen them simply because of the associations. Though they do frequently appear at jam-band festivals, there's a lot more nuance, synthesis, and creativity here than y...

    by Chris Parker on July 5, 2007
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