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When Your “Kid A Mnesia Scarry Edition” Vinyl Finally Arrives

By ELI JACE > For nine months it was lost at sea. Stuck on a box pile in a shipping container somewhere off-dock in Europe was my copy of Radiohead’s Kid A Mnesia — “the Scarry Edition.” Probably on top of identical packages. All trapped in transit in some perfect storm of backlogged pandemic loot colliding...

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Bathing In The Spotify Stream

By ELI JACE > How I learned to stop worrying and trust streaming music. A few weeks back I was gifted a spot on a friend’s Premium Family Spotify Plan. Streaming music wasn’t something I seriously considered until recently when I finally started using a Bluetooth speaker. Having this account has opened the overhead roof...

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Thursday’s Mighty Return to the Nile Theater

By ELI JACE > In 2002 Thursday played the Nile Underground in Mesa, Arizona. It’s a cave of a basement, underneath the main Nile Theater venue. Then, the band’s second album Full Collapse had just been released on Victory. The video for the single, “Understanding In A Car Crash,” made MTV. The secret was out....

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Chino Moreno Revives †††

By ELI JACE > The witch is in the house. One month before Deftones are set to start their twice-canceled tour with Gojira, frontman Chino Moreno revives †††. The project (Crosses) have released two new songs, “Initiation” and “Protection.” They share the same cinematically dark mood of previous tracks, but float a little higher. Moreno...

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Bob Dylan And His Band Start Second Leg of Tour in Phoenix

By ELI JACE > “Nice to be back in Phoenix,” Bob Dylan told the crowd at the Arizona Federal Theater. It was March 3, opening night of the second leg of the Rough and Rowdy Ways World Wide Tour 2021-2024. The first leg went through the Midwest and east coast last fall. Everyone on this...

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Slip Inside the MAC As You Pass By

Slip Inside the MAC As You Pass By By ELI JACE > Arizona’s Mesa Arts Center triumphed in its first art show since the pandemic this past September. Opening night of the Fall 2021 showcase was a vaunted affair with live music, local vendors, artisans, a film showcase, and people out enjoying the night. The...

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Joe Cardamone mirrors pandemic life with Quarentina

By ELI JACE > Joe Cardamone mirrors pandemic life with Quarentina We all thought, at most, a couple of weeks. The lockdowns felt so temporary, a long weekend, some time off from normalcy. Nearly two years later and the pandemic created a vortex by which we all slipped into. Quarentina by Joe Cardamone is a...

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Liars Return With 10th Album, “The Apple Drop”

By ELI JACE > Liars’ leader Angus Andrew, has finessed his junkyard studio for their tenth album, The Apple Drop. He stands stilt-high at the foot of the stage, the lone founding member of the slapdashing oozerock band. Released in May by Mute Records, The Apple Drop is Liars’ third album since original members, drummer...

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Bandcamp Holds Second Juneteenth Fundraiser Next Friday

By ELI JACE > Next Friday, June 18th, Bandcamp is set to lend a helping hand, as they often do. For their second annual Juneteenth fundraiser, when you purchase any music through the site, every cent will be donated to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, which helps to promote racial justice through litigation, advocacy, and...

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New Video From Deniz Cuylan Moves with Static Ease

By ELI JACE > Allow the new video for “Object of Desire” by Deniz Cuylan to freeze you in place. Time stands still. The only wind is the force putting the hair on your body at attention. Guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Cuylan put out the video last week as the second single for his beautiful new...

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Vermont band, Clever Girls, craft endearing “Constellations”

By ELI JACE > Clever Girls find their lane and stomp the gas pedal on their second album, Constellations.  This fourpiece, out of Burlington, VT, have crafted an endearing set of songs. Led by lead vocalist and songwriter, Diane Jean, Clever Girls explore life’s misgivings through expert songcraft. Winfield Holt on guitar, Tobias Sullivan on bass,...

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Top 10 Albums of the Last 4 Years

By ELI JACE > Best of the Last Four Years (2017-2020) As America completes another step in the transfer of power from one presidential administration to the next, another chunk of history concludes. The last four years have been tumultuous beyond true comprehension, but musicians, as always, grind through, finding creativity where it lands. At...

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