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Tempe's Numb Bats Deliver Fast, Ecstatic, and Cheeky Post-Punk Surf Rock

It's 2014 and high time you got some new music into your playlist -- seriously. And that's doubly true when it comes local music, of which there's an abundance in metro Phoenix. The Valley's music scene is gifted with burgeoning bands and emerging artists who will be making waves and getting attention this year.

Up on the Sun is highlighting more than a dozen such acts for our series 14 Bands You Need to Hear in 2014. Today, writer Yezmin Villarreal examines Tempe trio Numb Bats.

Isn't music sometimes just about having fun? Although it might be an arguable point among the more cynical circles among us, fun seems the overriding raison d'être within the Tempe music scene and especially with local band Numb Bats.

The post-punk/pop/surf trio, which includes onetime North Dakota members Mo Neuharth and Emily Hobeheidar, will engage even the most austere concertgoer with their distortion-filled cheeky anthems. Plus, they sell T-shirts with their band name spelled out on a doughnut.