Paul "PC" Cardone on Being a "One-Man Social Network" for the Local Music Scene

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Jeff Newton
Paul "PC" Cardone: the "Mayor of Tempe" and a go-to guy in local music for more than three decades.
When the Tempe History Museum unveils its long-awaited exhibition delving into the city's storied live music past later this year, don't be surprised if there's little to no mention of Paul "PC" Cardone amongst the many displays doting on the Gin Blossoms, The Refreshments, or other local jangle-pop icons.

By all rights there should be, however, considering that the bassist and badass rock 'n' roll oracle has quietly served as an influential staple and unsung hero of Tempe music for more than 30 years.


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Questions Remain in Tito Torbellino's Death as One Alleged Killer Gunned by Mexican Police

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Mexican police say they shot and killed one of the murderers of Tito Torbellino.

Remember Tomas Tovar Rascon, a.k.a. Tito Torbellino, the Phoenix-born banda singer who was brutally assassinated in a restaurant in Ciudad Obregon, Mexico, in late May?

News came late July that Mexican police shot and killed one of the men responsible for the murder.

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The Digital Melancholy of Electrisad Is Like John Hughes in Mp3 Form

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Electrisad has had a very punctuated emergence as a fixture in the Phoenix scene.

In the space of a few months, the band has opened up for several prominent acts in the national DIY indie scene such as Julie Byrne, Emperor X, and Your Heart Breaks. Saying that isn't meant as an empty "has shared the stage with..." cliche of hyping up a band. It's more about context. Having attended some of those shows with the explicit purpose of seeing the touring headliners above anything else, Electrisad stuck with me less as a defacto local opener and more of a solid band in their own right. A testament to that might be that I remembered their songs without ever seeking out the recorded versions (a scant amount can be found here).

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The Black Moods: "We Want People to be Sad to Our Songs, and Also Have Sex to Our Songs."

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The Black Moods are scheduled to perform Saturday, August 30, at Crescent Ballroom.

Black Moods fans eagerly anticipating the release of the rock band's follow-up to their eclectic self-titled debut album will have to hold their breath a little longer. The Phoenix-based trio is tabling their upcoming album for a short time in an effort to strengthen the material, lengthen the album, and fine-tune the details. The decision came as a request from the band's new management team, Street Smart Marketing, who is working to push the group to the next level in their career.

"In the past year and a half, we've learned a lot about business," Black Moods drummer Danny "Chico" Diaz explains, "and about touring. We decided our goals were to get management, and then get a record label -- we've hit the first goal, and we have management now."

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Check Out One Demented House Party in Fairy Bones' New Music Video

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We're starting to think Fairy Bones throws good parties.

Fairy Bones frontwoman Chelsey Louise Richard said that every song on the band's upcoming album, Dramabot, is going to have a video to go with it, and they are starting out with the album's first single, "Waiting."

The video depicts what is essentially the scariest house party you've ever seen. It was kind of like a cross between a house show, and the turkish bathhouse scene from Batman & Robin.

Okay, maybe not that scary, but it is still a bunch of neon-colored crazies doing something in a house that looks like a cross between partying and cult ritual. With one serious-looking hula-hooper.

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Revolver Records Continues In-Store Recording Sessions with Andrew Jackson Jihad and ROAR

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ROAR recorded a song at Revolver Records as part of the store's Recorded In A Record Store series.

Barn. Abandoned hotel. Log cabin. These are just a few locations outside the recording studio that bands have recorded their music. And now: record store.

Jared Cox and TJ Jordan of Revolver Records are the masterminds behind Recorded in a Record Store, a compilation album of local bands who did just that.

"The two of us own a fair amount of vintage mics and preamps," Cox explains. "We wanted to put our gear to use and record bands and artists that we both like. We both thought the idea of recording a band live inside of a record store was really cool."

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Exclusive: Listen to Travis James' Newest Song and Find Out Why He's Working on a Musical

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Travis James: Phoenix's "Meat Loaf of punk"
"I don't want to talk about music, that's so boring," declares Travis James as he sits inside the Neverland House. And the local musician certainly has every right to call the shots, since the curiously named bungalow and DIY performance space in the Garfield Historic District is sort of his domain at the moment.

James is here along with about dozen others to record the gang vocals for his upcoming album Overdressed and Under Arrest, which drops on August 25. And while the guitarist/vocalist isn't up for sharing his views on music with Up On the Sun at this particular time, he's definitely down to share his music with us.


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Playboy Manbaby and The Thin Bloods Bring It Live This Weekend at Crescent Ballroom

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Devon Christopher Adams
Playboy Manbaby in concert: Best experienced live.
Colson Miller of the Thin Bloods and Robbie Pfeffer of Playboy Manbaby both describe their bands as more of a live experience than something that oughta be listened to at home. That said, it hasn't stopped either band from releasing multiple cassettes this year through Rubber Brother Records.

While the releases may make it appear as though both bands value recorded music, when both admitted that they had yet to record anything with less than two weeks until their upcoming dual release party at Crescent Ballroom on Saturday, August 23...well, that made things appear a little differently.


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Exclusive: Watch a Preview of a Documentary on Phoenix Video Game Rapper Mega-Ran

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Raheem Jarbo, a Phoenix rapper who performs as Random and Mega-Ran

Raheem Jarbo -- a.k.a. Mega-Ran, a.k.a. Random -- has managed to blur the lines between hip-hop and video games by delivering a unique blend of 8-bit and heavy hip-hop beats while managing to display a certain level of vulnerability and intelligence. Now, Random has teamed up with director Mike Cardoza to bring his fans a documentary that sheds light on the road life and career of Random. Mega-Lo-Mania is slated to debut Friday, August 22, at FilmBar as Random attempts to take his career to new heights.

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Phoenix Rapper Trap House Pens Mike Brown Tribute, Needs Extras for Video Shoot Tonight

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Trap House is looking for extras to recreate this photo for a music video.

Local rapper Trap House isn't afraid to tackle current events in his music. Three days ago, he penned a song called "Imagine (Mike Brown Tribute)," and now, the rapper is teaming up with a group of locals to shoot a video for the song.

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