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Gatecreeper drop “Unexpected” album

By ELI JACE > Billowing from the world’s number one COVID hotspot, Arizona’s Gatecreeper have surprise-released a new album. Surprise! At midnight last night, An Unexpected Reality, appeared available for purchase and download. Only hours before, singer Chase “Hellahammer” Mason started the tease.   I can’t wait to punish everyone for at least a full week...

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Russian Circles Sneak Attack the Nile

By ELI JACE > The drummer for Russian Circles has the right foot of an antagonized brutish wildebeest. It took over half of their set last Monday for me to realize and confirm that, David Turncrantz, their drummer was only using one single foot pedal for the bass drum. He was machine-gunning, I thought for...

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The Rolling Stones in the Desert Again

By ELI JACE > The Rolling Stones in the desert again. Growing up my house had a constant shuffle of rock and roll classics playing. My father, mother and I all have our Venn diagram of favorites. My dad and I love Pink Floyd, John Mellencamp, Neil Young. My mother not so much. My mom...

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REVIEW: Celebrating David Bowie

 By ELI JACE > When planet earth lost its Starman David Bowie in 2016 the landscape went dark. The man was gone. But, for the rest of us, thankfully, his music remains locked in digital space and in our heads. Celebrating David Bowie, the touring tribute, features some of Bowie’s closest collaborators and friends. The...

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Spirit Adrift Record Release

By ELI JACE > In October slog – metal act, Spirit Adrift, let loose their new LP. They held an album release show for Curse of Conception, their second full-length offering at Phoenix’s Yucca Tap Room. The group is the brainchild of singer/guitarist Nate Garrett who wrote and recorded the debut, Chained to Oblivion, all on his lonesome....

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Went to See At The Drive-In & All I Got Was This Bruised Rib

It started with maracas. An afro outlined in white light. Then a train-chugging drum roll along the tom-toms to start off “Arcarsenal,” the first track off the seventeen-year-old album, Relationship of Command. “I must’ve read a thousand faces!” At The Drive-In singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala screamed. When the rumbling breaks, the opening verse brings all the...

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Live Review: Wire at Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix

Wire’s tour in support of their new album, Silver/Lead, struck first in Phoenix, Arizona on March 28 at the Crescent Ballroom just days before its release. Though the excitement in the room was palpable, it was a little unnerving to see such a sparse crowd for punk rock’s most influential outlier. Since their debut, and...

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Live Review: R. Carlos Nakai Quartet at Mesa Arts Center

“Get your arthritis out,” R. Carlos Nakai said, shaking out his arms, before his Quartet took the stage of the Piper Repertory Theater at the Mesa Arts Center last Sunday. “Some of this you can move to.” The R. Carlos Nakai Quartet played songs off their latest album, What Lies Beyond, released on Canyon Records...

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Code Orange live review

by ELI JACE > The streets above ground were calm and quiet in downtown Mesa last Sunday night. Down below, though, beneath the pavement and piping, in the Nile Theater’s underground basement venue, the guttural rumble of GATECREEPER shook the upper level. The crowd was packed, pushed wall to wall by the mosh-pit void that...

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GATECREEPER Bring Harsh Conditions on Debut Album

The Arizona sun can be an oppressive force, an unforgivable presence. “I do think people from Arizona, I think maybe our brains are a little fried,” Chase H. Mason of GATECREEPER said during his sit-down interview with IMP. As a member of the new Arizona metal group that can be good for at least one...

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Exclusive: GATECREEPER

by ELI JACE > So I met with Chase H. Mason – vox and growler for GATECREEPER – a few blocks from the Nile Theater in Mesa, Arizona where the group’s upcoming tour will end at the one-day fest, Within These Walls. It’s early September and in about a month on October 7, the metal...

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Numb Bats Play through the Heatwave on “Bees & Trees”

The music of Numb Bats is a little like surf rock, one could say, if the waves that were being surfed upon were made of grease and glue. It’s punk rock dumped in a Gatorade cooler of molasses. Numb Bats is a three-piece all-girl group from Phoenix, Arizona where the sun shines harshly seven days...

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