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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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    Busking in the Glow - Tunnel vision

    On a late summer afternoon, harmonious duo Rachel Cox and Patrick Sullivan of Oakley Hall are stationed just outside the subway entrance on the southwest corner of New York City's Union Square. They are busking. As in, both are singing high and hard,...

    by Rob Trucks on September 13, 2007
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    Jake's Take - Rooty-toot-toot tattooed too

    The three most sentimental places in the world are cemeteries, airports, and tattoo parlors. Because the first two are verboten, thanks to the church and Homeland Security, Jake La Botz has been making good on the remaining option with his second ann...

    by Serene Dominic on September 13, 2007
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    Subtle Saturday - Taking some time out

    First Friday is usually a big blowout for us. After stomping the streets to stare at the scene's art, we're ready to hit the bottle, big time. This past weekend, we not only hit the bottle we smashed it into a million effing pieces. So when it came...

    by Lilia Menconi on September 13, 2007
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    Perfectly Flawed - Brandi Carlile gives us The Story

    "Nobody wants to hear perfection, because nobody's perfect," Brandi Carlile declares over the phone as she lies on her lawn in Ravensdale, Washington just outside the Starbucks capital. "It's something I've learned playing live shows, too. People w...

    by Cole Haddon 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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    Balls Out - Once there was a silly old Gnant

    On a recent Friday night, people from all over the world are watching local "Bohemian Geek Soul" artist Jody Gnant kick my ass at bowling. Gnant's been broadcasting her life 24/7, via a UStream channel on the Internet, for the past several weeks (...

    by Niki D'Andrea on September 13, 2007
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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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    Not Quite the PLUG Awards, but...

    Nonetheless, it is an interesting democratic you-pick-the-winner contest, and it's always interesting to see who's voted in for what category. The nominees are listed here; the actual awards ceremony is sometime after the 2/28 deadline at the clubhou...

    @ Up on the Sun on January 19, 2007 @ 8:55 am
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    Like a Car Accident

    Admittedly it's a slow blog day when I have to resort to putting absolutely horrible spectacles up on here, but this is so bad, it's... just fucking bad. No, the band Lordi isn't local (Daggrr from Army of Robots hit me up with this), they're Finnish...

    @ Up on the Sun on January 18, 2007 @ 1:33 pm
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    More Peachiness

    But also, besides the nifty compilation CD I wrote about before, the duo are soliciting short video clips from fans to integrate into their live show. Here's what they're asking for: "We want you to help us develop that show by sending us your inspir...

    @ Up on the Sun on January 17, 2007 @ 1:43 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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