9 Phoenix Frontmen and Frontwomen Who Will Make You Love Them

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Melissa Fossum
Pop music has a proud tradition of socially awkward lead singers -- the Brian Wilsons, the shoegazers, the Rivers Cuomos. They are not what this list is about.

This is about the other kind of frontman and frontwoman -- the one who gets inside your head or maybe right up in your face.


Garnet - Dry River Yacht Club


Dry River Yacht Club puts on a tremendous live performance. The eight-piece lineup is unbelievably entertaining, but what really brings it all together is the theatrical performance and operatic singing of lead singer Garnet.

Her delivery of the band's fantastical lyrics is obviously the crux of Garnet's appeal as a frontwoman. But it's much more than just singing the words as if she's on Broadway. Garnet really sets the vibe of her bands shows with attitude and attire, always bringing the crowd with her on her excursions into her colorful world.

For DRYC's release of its album El Tigre, the singer took the stage in a diamond tiara and the dress of a fairy tale princess. For Apache Lake Music Fest, it was a black dress and top hat that brought in a witchy vibe. Garnet is the total package as a frontwoman -- performing to the highest of standards and creating a unique setting where the crowd can enjoy it.


Ray Reeves - Ray Reeves and the Masters of the Economy


Ray Reeves is hands down the most enthusiastic frontman in Phoenix.

Reeves can proficiently play just about any instrument you hand him, but nothing beats catching him and the rest of the Masters of the Economy performing, usually with members of other bands in tow and Ray at the front being the tornado of strange that he is.

The three-piece-suit-wearing, multi-instrumentalist madman is at his best in front of the mic, guitar in hand, yelling out his lyrics, though his famed police-siren electric drum solo is also a sight to behold.

His over-the-top brand of country (not Western!) music is indescribable by mere mortals. He took the Sun City Girls' cover of The Fugs' 1965 tune "CIA Man" and turned it into a seven-minute mind-bending psychedelic experience, ranting about the evils the "Cocaine Importation Agency."

After a period of time living in the Verde Valley, Reeves is back in Phoenix and acting as eccentric as ever while entertaining local crowds.

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Nicholas Gonzalez
Nicholas Gonzalez

Michael. Ride the light rail to downtown. Crescent and last exit live. Tempe is a college town. (Sucks, if you're over 27).

Michael Clavijo
Michael Clavijo

Who is Jenny Legree? I lived in 2 of the best live music towns- New Orleans & Austin, Tx. I'm in Tempe now and am trying to get a feel for the live music scene. It seems this place is run by DJ's.

Daniel DeVivo
Daniel DeVivo

Scorpion vs Tarantula are must see for their front woman!!!

Raymond Smith
Raymond Smith

How Jenny Legree did not make this list is beyond me.

Timbo Slice
Timbo Slice

Property 6 Bay Bay Perez & Ladiebug Haviland

Danny Torgersen
Danny Torgersen

Wait, so people LIKE when I rant about extra-terrestrials?!

bradleyamick
bradleyamick

no halocene? the female fronted band in phoenix that opened for blink-182 & jimmy eat world @ tempe beach park? and flogging molly? and warped tour? and did SXSW, CMJ, and Summerfest all in the same year and becoming a national touring band on their own and all because o their fans? if that aint love, i don't know what is

laurenmislove
laurenmislove

Hey Jeff, the video you used for Naked Pizza actually shows singer Leah Mislove fronting the band, after that guitarist Jamison McQueen...you should probably credit the people you choose to include in your article.

G Paul Hudak
G Paul Hudak

Could have just said "singer" instead of going the awkward "frontman/woman" route

Vinny DiGioacchino
Vinny DiGioacchino

Excuse me! I don't see Tony Noyes [League of Forgotten Saints] in this list! RIGGED! I want a recount!

Marnie Harris Pardue
Marnie Harris Pardue

Mindy Harris band. She has been around since the 90s playing around town her last band "Twig" was awesome! Her first band was Lemon krayola. If you are from Phoenix you knew this band. Mindy Harris ( Nilson) is shit! Google it! Her voice is one of a kind and the music she wrights amazing!

Rebecca Garcia
Rebecca Garcia

Angie Gomez sings 6 days a week, plus her radio schedule...... kick ass personality and lovely person!!!! Big fan base....

Jenni Lewis
Jenni Lewis

Daylon Greer with Elvis Before Noon!

Timothy Leary
Timothy Leary

Douglas Patton from Fathers Day, HotRock SupaJoint, Naomi Newman, Captain Dave from Ichi Sound, abe from Treasure MammaL, Cassidy Hilgers from Sister Lip, Cecilia Olea from The Echo Bombs

Jason Kay
Jason Kay

Niki White from Whiskey Kiss, and Tommy Ash, 2 of my favorites!

John Pena
John Pena

Lost in atlantis/halocene/semester review?

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