Hi, Phoenix. I'm the New Music Editor. Let's Meet.

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Jamie Glawe
I'm the guy on the left. It was Halloween, OK?
There's a new music editor running Up on the Sun. My name is David Accomazzo. Nice to meet you, Phoenix.

I've spent my life in the mountains of Colorado, and nine days ago, I sold most of my worldly possessions, packed the rest in a U-Haul, and started the 13-hour drive to the Arizona desert. And to answer the No. 1 question I've gotten since I arrived: No, I haven't been here for the summer yet.

I'm excited by what I see so far; the music scene in this city seems vibrant and diverse, teeming with enthusiasm and talent. My next step is immersion. I will be spending most every night of the next month attending shows, meeting bands, and getting to know the city before summer arrives. What I've seen so far encourages me that the music scene in this city is deep and rich.

New Times is a storied newspaper with a history of unabashed and bold investigative journalism. My goals are to continue the publication's tradition of irreverent, deep, and alternative coverage of local music and to shine light on the scene's unexplored corners, and to maintain the history of excellence online and in the printed product. And for that, our team of music writers and I need your help. Did you see a cool new band last night? Let us know. E-mail me -- david.accomazzo at newtimes dot com (spelled out to foil the spammers out there). Did you hear a rumor about something that affects your favorite venue? Let me know.

Bands, please get in touch! Continue to send me your albums; let me know about the crazy conceptual collaboration that you're working on. If you're doing something unique and making positive contributions to the scene, I'd like to hear about it. We need everyone's help -- musicians, promoters, bookers, and fans alike -- to build the most exciting and relevant music coverage we can.

Me, I've spent the last four and a half years covering arts and entertainment at an alt-weekly in Boulder, Colorado, in addition to writing the occasional investigative news story or news feature. I've interviewed musicians (famous ones, flavors of the month, washed-up ones, local ones), Congressmen, homeless poets, avant-garde singers, sex columnists and more. I'm a rock 'n' roll guy to the core, but I listen to old-school funk when I'm getting ready to hit the town and jazz when I want to relax. I'm an orphaned rock musician myself, and I'm looking forward to getting to know you, Phoenix. Let's jam.


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21 comments
FRONTERA
FRONTERA

You all be seeing me at country thunder , with plenty of coooors...

ving
ving

I don't care about you. Fuck you.

_kwhip_
_kwhip_ moderator

Welcome to Phoenix! Can't wait to see what you do with the section.

jsoberanes
jsoberanes

Come see Pet Shop Boys with me!!

liz494
liz494

Our warmest of welcomes!


Liz & The Gang from Radio Free Phoenix!

Jarrod Compton
Jarrod Compton

Tried to email but said the address was invalid. Hey man! I heard thus band a while back at long wongs before it closed they were called Kid Dynamite and The Blast. The band features a guitar player in his early twenties who can shred like a beast. The drummer I think is in his 60s. (65-66) they also hsve a killer bass player who is also in his early twenties. They play with an old school stylee based on guitar solos and imaginitive lyrics. Here is their youtube and bandcamp page. They are releasing their first album ever sometime this year. Www.youtube.com/kdandblast Www.kiddynamiteandtheblast.bandcamp.com Their next show is this saturday 4/12 at club red

Ry Gavin
Ry Gavin

You moved here from CO? I wouldn't ask you if you've been through an Arizona summer, I'd ask you of you have any idea where smaller national (rock) acts can play in the valley? Like being music director on the Titanic

Mike Woodling
Mike Woodling

Oh wow. To be able to write like a giddy 18-year old again...

Michael Pistrui
Michael Pistrui

welcome to PHX there is a lot of great music and music history here

Mark Hernandez
Mark Hernandez

Hey David welcome to Phoenix..come check out Psyphen May 10th at Marquee Theater in Tempe ..it's going to be a great show the headliner is Hed Pe and Soil on the ticket to ..

Niamh Borrel
Niamh Borrel

Welcome to Phoenix. Check out Vex ! You won't regret it.

Scott Sandry
Scott Sandry

You moved to Phoenix to write about music that has been losing music venue after music venue.... hmmmm

stay_straight
stay_straight

Love the lack of heavy metal pieces, there's already an improvement

Dfactor
Dfactor

Cool! Welcome to PHX! You're right on time - Rock and roll is still alive! Stay tuned for Action Jets!

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