The six members of Take Over and Destroy and Bob Hoag are gathered in the lobby of Flying Blanket Recording, the 1947 house in downtown Mesa that producer Hoag has converted into a studio. All focus is on the middle of the room, where two stacks of comic books lean precariously. They aren't origin ... More >>
It's nearly the end of 2013 and you still have to pay attention to Justin Timberlake. I don't think most people are so bothered by that, but just enough people are that I'd like to apologize to them personally. Don't worry: I know that when you were a 12- to 100-year-old *NSYNC hater back in 2000 t ... More >>
The atmospheric, bluesy local rockers in Mergence may already be known for keeping it weird with communes, nomads and robots with the release of their first album, Those Vibrant Young People Are Dead--but with their upcoming EP they are taking it to an entirely new level. It makes sense, since th ... More >>
Ladies and gentleman, here are our 10 picks for our favorite Phoenix albums of 2012. Enjoy! See also: -13 Phoenix Bands You Need to Hear in 2013 -Jason P. Woodbury's 10 Best Things I Heard in 2012 -Top 10 Reissues and Compilations of 2012 -Top Five 2012 Heavy Releases In Phoenix -That Was 2012 Wr ... More >>
The Unlucky 8s - Leave It Be EPArtist: The Unlucky 8sTitle: Leave It Be EPBasics: Well, looks like it's back to some more old guy garage rock for this week's YAFI. Thankfully, these rock bands with decidedly older members know a goddamn thing or two about recording good music, and The Unlucky 8s ... More >>
Mergence, a Tempe band that "merges" blues, indie, and rock, is gearing up for the release of their debut album Those Young Vibrant Young People are Dead. This album will be available at their CD release party February 4 at the Sail Inn. What Laura Says, Black Carl, Catfish Mustache, and The Dia ... More >>
Maria VassettIt was the day-drinkin'-est Independents Bowl yet. By noon on Sunday, an hour before the 1 p.m. first roll, Let It Roll Bowl's bar was already filled with hipster bowlers knocking back $2.50 PBR tallboys and ordering pitchers of Miller Lite. Maria VassettYou had to feel a little ... More >>
Local uber-producer Bob Hoag is owed a lot of favors in this town. The Atari-turned-knob-twister-turned-Love Me Nots Drummer has had half the bands in town come through his well-regarded Flying Blanket Studio in Mesa (even if the Black Cactus guys want no part of it) and routinely gets out-of-tow ... More >>
Gospel Claws upcoming record, C-L-A-W-S, isn't due until October but the first single, "Summer Nights Lakeside" was made available for download from Magnet Magazine earlier this week."The song is great summer sing-a-long about camping, drinking beer, and drowning," they claim. Another track, "Wa ... More >>
The top act in Phoenix's garage rock scene, The Love Me Nots, has set a September 18 release date for their new record, Upsidedown Insideout, which they recorded at Mesa's Flying Blanket Recordings with the legendary Detroit-based producer Jim Diamond. (You can read my interview with Diamond, don ... More >>
Bob Hoag (left) and his new bandmates in the Love Me Nots.Some news from the Love Me Nots: Drummer Vince Ramirez has left the band. Local uber-producer Bob Hoag will be jumping in behind the kit starting with a July 31 show at Yucca Tap Room. Hoag who runs Flying Blanket Recordings in Mesa, has a lo ... More >>
Local sad bastard releases new album
Although they're no longer together, one-time hot indie AZ rock band Before Braille, which has shared the stage with Jimmy Eat World, will drop one last release for the die-hard fans. The guys released Kill the Messenger, Keep the Message, today. The final Before Braille disc features 20 songs incl ... More >>
J.D. Stooks says it best himself on his MySpace: "I play slow sad bastard music."For all intents and purposes he does, though there's an occasional buoyancy to Stooks new record, Women & Gold that'll appeal to most fans of acoustic folk-rock, even the ones who prefer the more upbeat offering of ... More >>
The Breakup Society recalls teen movie angst
Let the Sunshine Out
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The Breakup Society recalls teen movie angst
Yes, they are
Persistence pays off for Dear and the Headlights
This Could Take Some Getting Used To
These Soft Pipes, Play On./This Albums Cursed!
(Uncle Abbott Records)
Is home recording equipment killing the professional recording studio?
Well, you know, we all want to change careers
Batter the Drag's brand of rock is complicated but addictive
Teens Adam Panic and Scary Kids Scaring Kids are better than your average baby acts -- way better.
Coeds gone wild in Mexico
Letters from the week of March 27, 2003
Bob Hoag may orbit the moon, but he may just launch your band into the stratosphere
Before Braille is after success, but will it endure major stumbling blocks on its way to indie credibility?
Sometimes arty, sometimes poppy, the boys of New California are ready to go the distance
The end is near -- does anyone care for a 'caack-taail'?
A spate of new various-artist releases forces us to ponder the question 'Who Put the Comp?'
Make-ups, breakups and other local band gossip abound
Bob Hoag, Pollen
After a messy split, Sugar High returns, refining its sweet sound with Ice Cream Anti-Social
That's not despair in the air, it's Pollen
Steeltown transplants of Pollen learn to love the desert and stop hating girls