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Tag Archives: Phoenix New Times

The Audacity of Favors

Kelly-Hogan

Kelly Hogan wraps her pipes around modern classics

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Shearwater

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Stepping into the now with Animal Joy

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Bad Veins – Reel Talk

Bad Veins – Reel Talk

Bad Veins Are Just Another Two-Guys-and-a-Tape-Machine Story

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Frankie Rose Ditches the Lo-Fi Tag With Her Bold Synth-Pop

Frankie Rose Ditches the Lo-Fi Tag With Her Bold Synth-Pop

Two years ago, when Frankie Rose started talking about following her breakthrough debut album with a synth-pop record, friends assumed she was joking. As the drummer for Vivian Girls, Crystal Stilts, and Dum Dum Girls, Rose was at the center of a 1960s girl pop revival even before her first solo outing, so an if-it-ain’t-broke […]

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Heartless Bastards Songwriter Erika Wennerstrom Takes Aim

Heartless Bastards Songwriter Erika Wennerstrom Takes Aim

To clear her mind after a lengthy stretch of touring, songwriter Erika Wennerstrom hit the road again, this time alone, finding both solace and inspiration in the wide-open spaces of West Texas rangeland. What came from Wennerstrom’s peaceful isolation is the Heartless Bastards’ fourth and best album, Arrow, a stout and swaggering rock ‘n’ roll […]

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Gabriel Sullivan and Taraf de Tucson – Going Global

Gabriel Sullivan and Taraf de Tucson – Going Global

When he’s touring in Europe, Gabriel Sullivan keeps an eye out for Gypsies with instruments. “It’s a constant search for that common theme of necessity in the music,” says Sullivan, whose band, Taraf de Tucson, sets Balkan brass and Peruvian cumbia side by side, combining Latin rhythms and exotic melodies into a dazzling, energetic, and […]

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‘We Got Cactus’

“Spring without flowers is just as remorseful/As an autumn denied the colored leaves fall/Long is the winter when there’s no snow/And summer is painful when the wind won’t blow/Welcome to my home, no fear of pneumonia/This is paradise, in Tucson, Arizona. Bloodspasm tore up a series of now-closed Tucson clubs and house parties starting in […]

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