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    The Quakes - Quiff Rock! (Orrexx)

    We have a little piece of music history living here in Phoenix in the form of Paul Roman, vocalist and guitarist of seminal psychobilly band The Quakes. Formed in 1986 in Buffalo, New York, The Quakes were one of the first American psychobilly bands ...

    by Niki D'Andrea on September 13, 2007
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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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    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 @ 10:37 am
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    The Squid Revealed

    You'll have to wait for the 2/8 edition of my column Revolver to hear the complete rundown, but if you're not familiar with the Squid, give yourself a primer with the demo tracks below. Attack of the Giant Squid is at its core a three piece - Patino,...

    @ Up on the Sun on January 25, 2007 @ 1:30 pm
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    Mo' Blunted

    I've said it many times before, but I'm compelled to continue preaching that the Blunt Club is the best club night ever in town for real underground hip-hop. DumperFoo and his homeys keep proving it, week after week. Rather than dropping some names e...

    @ Up on the Sun on January 24, 2007 @ 10:12 am
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    Miscellany

    Spent the last week or so immersing myself in the 8-piece live hip-hop/jazz project known as Antedote the Neato Project. If you're not familiar, you ought to be (you can read more about it in the 2/1 issue of New Times). These eight musicians kick ou...

    @ Up on the Sun on January 23, 2007 @ 12:37 pm
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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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    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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    Cooking with Cannibal Corpse - Fit for a filthy appetite

    Death metal legends Cannibal Corpse released one of their most brutal records to date in last year's Kill (Metal Blade), an album full of songs with tasty titles like "Necrosadistic Warning" and "Submerged in Boiling Flesh." The latter describes a di...

    by Niki D'Andrea on September 6, 2007
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    Don't Sweat It - Summer night on Grand Avenue

    As much as we hit up the downtown scene, it wasn't until this past weekend that we finally got around to seeing Andrew Jackson Jihad play live (shameful, eh?) at one of our favorite venues, The Trunk Space, for their CD-release party on Friday, Augus...

    by Lilia Menconi on September 6, 2007
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    Duozona - Colors: Duozona Plays Music for Flute and Guitar (Emeritus Recordings)

    Some classical music sounds heavier than rock music, particularly huge orchestral and operatic arrangements like Wagner's Die Walkre and the Symphonic Dances of Rachmaninoff. Explosive compositions like those often bring to mind images of deranged c...

    by Niki D'Andrea on September 6, 2007
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    Various Artists - Vee-Jay: The Definitive Collection (Shout Factory)

    There were a lot of great independent labels that flourished in the '50s and early '60s, and each owns a place in the stars Chess, Sun, Atlantic, Motown, Stax. It was a movement, a golden age for music geared toward a new teen demographic. Maybe it...

    by Henry Cabot Beck 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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    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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