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New Year's Resolutions for the Phoenix Music Scene in 2015

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8) We will stop complaining about Nate Ruess leaving and stop hating Fun. simply out of spite. "How dare the former singer of a popular local band move to New York City and become wildly successful with a new band!" That's what people sound like when they complain about Fun. You're allowed to say that you think the Format was better than Fun., that's your opinion. Just don't pretend like you never belted out "We Are Young" when you were drunk and it came on the radio.

7) We will finally go see Roger Clyne at one of the casino shows he plays. It's tough to find a weekend when Roger Clyne isn't playing one of the Valley's casinos, so 2015 just might be the year we listen to the billboards lining the highways and go see the Peacemakers play a set. If nothing else, at least you know you'll get "Banditos," right?

6) We will hope the Nile Theater get a liquor license. The Nile Theater in Mesa gets quality shows and has a very unique space. We're not saying it needs to be able to serve alcohol to be taken seriously as a venue, but the trek to Mesa from Phoenix would be a lot sweeter if there were a beer at the end of it.

5) We will attend more concerts on Friday/Saturday nights at the Trunk Space so maybe they'll save the experimental art forms for during the week. The Trunk Space is one of our favorite small venues in Phoenix. Unfortunately, you're not always guaranteed to get a concert when you go on a weekend night. Nothing against experimental art, but we'd rather have live music on a Friday or Saturday night. This year, we'll hope to sway the schedule by showing up to more concerts on the weekends so they keep getting booked in the prime slots.

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Josh Chesler
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