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The 10 Best Phoenix Bands Under 21

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The Linecutters: The Linecutters have only played four shows in their short career, but they know the way to Carnegie Hall and this list--practice. These three 16-year-olds are green as they come, but The Linecutters have managed to impress even the crustiest punks since their debut. When co-frontman and guitarist Marce Festa is able to match the natural stage presence of bass player Jett Smith good thing are ahead, so long as their homework is turned in.

Stewart Stephens: Stewart Stephens is a twangy 21-year-old playing country music with folk, blues, and punk influences--or maybe that's just the way Stewart presents himself. He only turned 21 in August, but watching him in a dusty Phoenix backyard this summer felt like being transported back in time. Stephens has the raspy voice of a man far older than himself, accentuated well by his washboard-playing bandmate, Garyn Klasek.

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