We’ve collected some of November's local music offerings that make the scene shine. Check 'em out.
As part of Phoenix New Times' fall music preview, we highlighted Veronica Everheart's upcoming full-length, It's Lighter in the Morning. The album, due out in December, finds the young singer-songwriter delving into themes of "heartbreak and self doubt." We got our first taste of Everheart's emotional journey with "Through the Nite." Over jangly alt rock guitars and slightly off-kilter harmonies, Everheart firmly wears her heart on sleeve for a genuinely earnest ballad. It's also a truly epic slice of '90s weirdness — not bad for someone born circa 2000.
Treasure MammaL — "Chillionaire"
Janelle Loes — "Leverage"
Speaking of our fall music preview, singer-songwriter Janelle Loes also made an appearance. Next February will see the release of her sophomore album, Stranger, recorded alongside Grammy-nominated producer Andy Thompson. Loes released the title track in October, and this month she returns with "Leverage." The song, "inspired by dark crime dramas" like Dexter and The Following, sees Loes take on a slightly darker, more mysterious tinge to her otherwise lush pop stylings. It's a promising next step for a dynamic young talent.
Jack Dillinger and the Bandits — "Strange Dreams"
Jack Escobar is an interesting character. By day, he's a public defender for the Gila River Indian Community. But by night, he's the frontman of Jack Dillinger and the Bandits. This month, the group released a new five-song EP, Get Away Clean, a rollicking cross-section of their '60s-tinged garage rock. Case in point: "Strange Dreams," a surf-inspired jam comprised of equal parts croon-worthy vocals and off-center poetry (referencing an "improvised explosive device" and a cracked-open chest). Maybe lawyers are actually cool after all.
The Stakes — "Hard Times"
The Stakes describe themselves as "Phoenix's source for live hip-hop, jazz, and soul." That certainly describes their new five song EP, Now or Never, a sampler platter of dense grooves, lyrical showmanship, and boundless heart and emotion. But give an extra spin or two to EP standout "Hard Times." Here, the group's multi-faceted approach shines bright as they spin together a horn-heavy shot of neo-soul marked by extra crisp harmonies and sturdy bars from Lord Kash and ZeeDubb. Call this what you will, but it’s music that seeps into your bones.