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The 10 Best Phoenix Bands Under 21

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Andrew Pedro of Requiem: Requiem has grown up a lot in two years, maturing into a four-piece ska-core tornado rolling in from the Gila River Reservation. A large part of that musical maturation is thanks to their youngest member, Andrew Pedro. The 19-year-old never leaves a show dry, sweating up a storm while playing some of the fastest drums in Phoenix.

Justin "The Hoon" Waldrop of Skull Drug: Skull Drug is one of Phoenix's heaviest punk bands, and that's due in large part to the riffs of Justin "The Hoon" Waldrop. The Hoon, nephew of lead singer Evan Williams, gives the band a metal edge with his guitar solos and mid-set headbanging. At 19 Waldrop has already opened for the likes of The Dead Kennedys; with their killer single, "Sleeping In," he and Skull Drug are destined for big things.

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