10 Phoenix Bands You Need to Hear This Summer: The Complete List

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Top row (from left): City in the Sea, DINERS, Glass Popcorn. Middle row (from left): Tommy Ash Band, Sareena Dominguez, Being Cool Is Lonely. Bottom row (from left): The Sh!t, Marshstepper, YUS, TABS
In last week's issue of New Times, we profiled 10 new(ish) bands we expect to dominate Phoenix iPods and boomboxes this long, hot summer. We'll be focusing more deeply on those artists over the next couple of days on Up on the Sun.

Here's the complete list.

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TABS Remixes Indie Pop and EDM Hits into Ass-Shaking Extravaganzas

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The men behind TABS: Ben Andersen (left) and Eric Hoss.
In last week's issue of New Times, we profiled 10 new(ish) bands we expect to dominate Phoenix iPods and boomboxes this long, hot summer. We'll be focusing more deeply on those artists over the next couple of days on Up on the Sun.

See the entire list: 10 Phoenix Bands You Should Be Listening to This Summer

Eric Hoss and Ben Andersen would prefer it if crowds did more ass-shaking than fist-pumping or head-bobbing at their gigs. To that end, the Arizona EDM duo known as TABS fill their high-energy beatscapes and remixes with effusive grooves and infectious hooks.

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DINERS Make Pop Music About Experiencing Pop Music

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Katelyn Roberts
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In this week's issue of Phoenix New Times, we profiled 10 new(ish) bands we expect to dominate Phoenix iPods and boomboxes this long, hot summer. We'll be focusing more deeply on those artists over the next couple of days on Up on the Sun.

See the entire list: 10 Phoenix Bands You Should Be Listening to This Summer

If songwriter Tyler Broderick had been more into trends, the debut from his band DINERS might have been a scuzzy, hissing, lo-fi bedroom record.

And that might have been great -- but a very different kind of great than Throw Me a Ten, the air-tight pop EP he crafted in Mesa's Audioconfusion studios instead of locked away in his basement. The record's chiming hooks, multi-tracked harmonies, and bouncing beats benefit greatly from the clarity.

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Marshstepper's Swamp Disco Hums Deep in the Desert Underground

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In this week's issue of Phoenix New Times, we profiled 10 new(ish) bands we expect to dominate Phoenix iPods and boomboxes this long, hot summer. We'll be focusing more deeply on those artists over the next couple of days on Up on the Sun.

See the entire list: 10 Phoenix Bands You Should Be Listening to This Summer

They say disco died in 1979, killed off my a mob of anti-disco protesters in Chicago, the snarling intensity of punk rock, and years of over-saturation (Disco Duck anyone?). But 2012 might be the year actually died, as disco icons Donna Summer and Robin Gibb of The Bee Gees shuffled off the mortal coil, long after their influence on popular culture, electronic music, and art rock was widely accepted. Brian Eno called Summer "the sound of the future," and as EDM once again rises from the underground to mainstream popularity, he sounds presciently correct.

The members of Tempe-based visual art/sound collective Marshstepper, call their music "swamp disco," and though decades of subtle influence and eradication of "disco sucks" rockism have validated the term "disco," the fact that three dudes firmly entrenched in the art-punk/DIY/warehouse scene of greater Phoenix tote the term still carries an edge of subversion.

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The Sh!t Takes Hip-Hop to The Twilight Zone

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In this week's issue of Phoenix New Times, we profiled 10 new(ish) bands we expect to dominate Phoenix iPods and boomboxes this long, hot summer. We'll be focusing more deeply on those artists over the next couple of days on Up on the Sun.

See the entire list: 10 Phoenix Bands You Should Be Listening to This Summer

It's been a long road, but The Sh!t are ready to live up to its namesake.

The Sh!t is the collaboration of Ianfluence and Sourpuss, who double-team on both production and rhyming. The two are former members of the local group Shortbus, which they say was a passion project started long before they could hit the bar scene. "When we weren't even old enough to go to Blunt Club, we'd mix beats and freestyle all night long," Ianfluence says.

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Tommy Ash Band Performs 'Spaghetti Rock' for Fans of Rock and Country

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In this week's issue of Phoenix New Times, we profiled 10 new(ish) bands we expect to dominate Phoenix iPods and boomboxes this long, hot summer. We'll be focusing more deeply on those artists over the next couple of days on Up on the Sun.

See the entire list: 10 Phoenix Bands You Should Be Listening to This Summer

See also: Take Cover: Tommy Ash Band Perform a Rip-Roaring Take On Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues"

It's easy to lump contemporary country bands into the pop-country genre. After all -- that's what is currently dominating the airwaves. But what if there was a band that embraced classic country sounds without sounding retro? You know, contemporary country, but with solid roots.

Tommy Ash Band is one such group, and a love story on top of that: Singer Tommy Ash and guitarist Benjamin Blanc-Dumont met while Ash was working in a Western store, got married, and started a band. The French born Blanc-Dumont moved to the States to chase the elusive American dream, and refers to the sound of The Tommy Ash Band as "spaghetti rock."

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Glass Popcorn: Is This High School Rapper "Destroying Hip-Hop?"

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In this week's issue of Phoenix New Times, we profiled 10 new(ish) bands we expect to dominate Phoenix iPods and boomboxes this long, hot summer. We'll be focusing more deeply on those artists over the next couple of days on Up on the Sun.

See the entire list: 10 Phoenix Bands You Should Be Listening to This Summer

Correction: We mistakenly reported that Clams Casino "approved" of Glass Popcorn, when in fact the track "Glass Like Me" is simply a remixed version of "She's Hot," which appeared on a free mixtape from Clams Casino. We regret implying that Casino has approved or endorsed Glass Popcorn, and Neibergall has not stated so in our interviews.

Will Neibergall, a junior at McClintock High in Tempe, talks a lot about brand alignment. Onstage, when he repeatedly chants over club synths, "I go hard in my Ed Hardy," it starts to sound less like a simple diss on the bro-clad and more like a meditation on Madison Avenue masculinity.

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YUS Is Giving You Something to Chill To

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In this week's issue of New Times, we profiled 10 new(ish) bands we expect to dominate Phoenix iPods and boomboxes this long, hot summer. We'll be focusing more deeply on those artists over the next couple days here on Up on the Sun.

See the entire list: 10 Phoenix Bands You Should Be Listening to This Summer

Do-it-yourself chillwave conductor YUS (real name: Youceff Kabal) is one of the Valley artists that you should be paying attention to this summer. We can't stop raving about the slow synth-driven melodies off his debut release, Palms, with its relaxed tones and waning rhythms. Equally interesting is the follow up, Besides, released only two months later.

Lucky for you guys, you don't have to wait very long to catch his act in the flesh.

YUS has a performance scheduled on Saturday, July 28, at the Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix, sharing the stage with downtempo beat-maker oOoOO.

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Being Cool Is Lonely Talks Love, Old-School Electronica, and Andy Rourke of the Smiths' Welcome Intrusion

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Killian Mckeown
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In this week's issue of Phoenix New Times, we profiled 10 new(ish) bands we expect to dominate Phoenix iPods and boomboxes this long, hot summer. We'll be focusing more deeply on those artists over the next couple of days on Up on the Sun.

See the entire list: 10 Phoenix Bands You Should Be Listening to This Summer

In the late '80s, Keith Walker was rocking it (and a sweet orange-toned mullet) with Power of Dreams, an Irish pop rock band that British taste-making magazine NME once named as one of its "stars of tomorrow." Power of Dreams' chiming pop melodies were a far cry from the dark, synth-ridden sex party that was taking place in London's seedy underground, where Depeche Mode and New Order were mastering the delicate concoction of leather and drum machines.

Fast forward a few decades and Walker, now drumming for Tempe indie rockers Sister Cities, is downing a bottle of Jameson with Andy Rourke of The Smiths and William "Fucking" Reed, the hipster DJ king of Phoenix, celebrating a successful guest appearance at Reed's weekly dance night Sticky Fingers. His future girlfriend and musical partner, Tiffe Fermaint, was just seats away. It was the night that sparked a relationship, both musically and romantically (Rourke and Reed excluded from the later).

The pair formed Being Cool Is Lonely, which skillfully combines the sounds of '80s synth pop with sexual shades of nu disco and electronica, with songs like the tingly-in-the-pants, moaning epic "Your Love" and "Find You," a meant-to-be ditty that would be too sweet if it didn't have a healthy dose of "fuck you," too.

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City In The Sea Is Wise Beyond Its Years

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In this week's issue of Phoenix New Times, we profiled ten new(ish) bands we expect to dominate Phoenix iPods and boomboxes this long, hot summer. We'll be focusing more deeply on those artists over the next couple days here on Up on the Sun.

See the entire list: 10 Local Bands You Should Be Listening to This Summer

Metalcore outfit City In The Sea isn't exactly new. The 5-piece has has been around since the summer of 2009, but it seems like only those truly integrated into the local metal scene know much of them.

Which is odd, considering they have shared the stage with such artists as Greeley Estates, Impending Doom, Oh Sleeper, The Word Alive and Miss May I. Maybe it's because vocalist Todd Reitmyer, guitarist/vocalist Jeff Horrocks, guitarist Nick Rossi, bassist Dan Marinaro and drummer Conor White are barely out of high school, and frequent hardcore, gritty spaces like the Nile Underground.


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