As 2012 draws to a close, we couldn't be more optimistic about the state of music in the Valley of the Sun. With new bands emerging from various scenes and subgenres, it can be hard to keep up with the latest in Phoenix music.
What follows are our picks for 13 acts that will make an impact on the S ... More >>
As 2012 draws to a close, we'll be looking forward to the 2013 and spotlighting 13 Phoenix bands that will be making a mark on the Southwest throughout the new year. This blog entry from Jason P. Woodbury turns up the retro soul sound of Samuel L and The Cool Jay's.
Joel Marquard already plays in o ... More >>
Ladies and gentleman, here are our 10 picks for our favorite Phoenix albums of 2012. Enjoy!
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2012 isn't even over yet, and we're already feeling sort of nostalgic for it.
We saw a lot of great shows this year, so narrowing it down to the most mind-blowing 20 wasn't easy, but it was a lot of fun.
Enjoy, our Top 20 Phoenix Concerts of 2012.
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In this week's issue, Anthony Sandoval brings us the story of Gospel Claws/Through and Through Gospel Review songwriter Joel Marquard's battle with testicular cancer.
We're happy to report that he beat it, and ... More >>
What do Eminem, Snoop Dogg, LL Cool J, Alicia Keys, Britney Spears, 50 Cent, and Beyoncé have in common?
The all make cameos in this week's cover story, "Fast Cars and Rap Stars: How a Sugar Daddy's Empire Crumbled on Everyone Involved," by Ray Sterns, telling the strange tale of Scottsdale's Coy ... More >>
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If history has shown us anything in the local music and arts scene, it's that the community has a fierce love of its own champions.
That love will be on full display on Saturday, July 14, when local bands co ... More >>
Ladylike, Factories, Gospel Claws, Steff Koeppen and The Articles
Friday, May 25, 2012
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In this week's music feature the men of Ladylike, the Tempe-based pop combo that packed Crescent Ballroom last night, discussed the diffe ... More >>
Andrew Jackson JihadWelcome to another installment of Up on the Sun's 2011 Review. Over the next week, we'll be counting down our favorite songs, shows, national and local releases of 2011. Enjoy!
Okay. I'm done. Spent. No more lists.
The reissues list was hard. The show list was hard. The ... More >>
Through & Through Gospel Review This week's issue bring you the story of Joel Marquard's Through & Through Gospel Review, which finds the songwriter stepping away from the indie rock sound of his band Gospel Claws to explore gospel music. Marquard speaks about belief, his family ties to g ... More >>
LadylikeIn Arizona, we don't really get seasons. Phoenix weather is a wide swing between Satan's sweltering nether-regions and a slight chill. The only real way to indicate the passing of the seasons is with local music, wherein Phoenix's best release a cornucopia (sorry) of music come autumn (or ... More >>
Don't call it a solo album -- that's what Joel Marquard of Gospel Claws says about The Through and Through Gospel Review, a new record of 12 traditional style gospel songs he recorded mostly alone, save for a few contributions from members of Where Dead Voices Gather, Dear and the Headlights, and ... More >>
www.myspace.com/gospelclawsGospel ClawsOn their Twitter page, local rock band Gospel Claws describes their music as "grainy and rough yet still deeply soulful." That's a pretty fitting description; the songs on Gospel Claws' 2010 debut LP, C-L-A-W-S, embody this aesthetic, as songs like "Summer ... More >>
Dear and the Headlights, a band we once deemed "the most important band in Arizona," officially announced its breakup yesterday, via the band's MySpace and Facebook. "As I'm sure many of you have possibly assumed at this point since there has been absolutely no update as to what we are doing, De ... More >>
Gospel Claws: They'll drown you if you want them to.Local indie rock outfit Gospel Claws' first album is causing quite a stir.It's not hard to see why the band has caught the ear of everyone up to and including National Public Radio's All Songs Considered with songs like their first single, "Summ ... More >>
Welcome to The Grand Tour, a regular feature where PHXmusic.com takes you inside practice spaces, tour vans and seedy apartments occupied by Phoenix-area bands. This week we give you a look inside the glamorous rehearsal space of Gospel Claws.Smells Like: Cigar smoke. The boys were puffing away ... More >>