5 Great New Songs by Phoenix Artists

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The Wiley Ones

The Wiley Ones - "What I Am"
This week, in line with their Super Bowl shows, The Wiley Ones will release their video/single "What I Am." It's their first new song to be released in nearly nine months and it continues in their patented brand of acoustic hip-hop grooves. The one nice thing about The Wiley Ones is that they continually present an ever-positive vibe. The refrain here is "What I am is love, your love is what I am," good vibes radiate everywhere throughout the song. If this song is any indication, their upcoming third album will be pretty terrific. On "What I Am," one of the finest elements has to be the jazzy sax throughout the entire thing, courtesy of Phelan Parker. It's a fairly unusual tune for The Wiley Ones even employing a great piano line; I hope this is only a preview of what is to come from their approaching album. You can catch them on Super Bowl Sunday; they will be playing the NFL Tailgate Party at University of Phoenix Stadium.


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Heritage Hump Day: Haggis, "Turpentine"

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Courtesy of Haggis
The early '00s were a rough time for band photos and names. Just look at this picture of Haggis.

Every Wednesday is Heritage Hump Day! That's because every Wednesday from now to the end of the year or before someone really big stops us, Heritage Hump Records (a temporary subsidiary of Onus Records) and New Times will be bringing you a limited edition collector's item of a much beloved Phoenix band that walked the scorched earth of Arizona before the year 2000 A.D. We will honor that band with a commemorative digital single that you, the digital public, will have only seven days to download to your computers and smart phones before this single gets marked up to an exorbitant price as determined by the mp3 collector community. When that happens, a new Heritage Hump subject will be chosen and the free-for-a-limited-time-only cycle begins anew.

This week we turn our attention to the practical rockers and journeyman jokers known as Haggis.

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Some Call Us Heroes Appearance Canceled at Yucca Tap Room

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Chris Caminiti
Some Call Us Heroes

Update: Since this article went to press, the Some Call Us Heroes appearance at Yucca Tap Room has been canceled due to "unforeseen medical circumstances," as described on the band's Facebook page.

A few years ago, five Phoenix musicians from various respected local bands came together and hit the ground running.

It all started with Laconic. When the metalcore act disbanded, Danny Brian (vocals/guitar) and Sanjay Parikh (guitar) couldn't stay away from making music, so they began to put together some demos -- no band, no name, no direction of any kind. Suddenly, drummer Ian Schad (Adavant) joined the duo.

"At first, we just wanted to be a studio band and have fun to get back to the roots of why we began playing music," Brian says.

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Fairy Bones Is All Business About the Music

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Francisco Cordova
Fairy Bones

What is so satisfying about the level of recognition that local synth-punks Fairy Bones get is that the band has gone about its entire career the "right" way. The foursome is equally about business as it is party, they don't kowtow to local promoters, they work with as many local artists as they possibly can, and they make catchy and fun original tunes.

Is there a better recipe for success than that?

With spunky frontwoman Chelsey Louise Richard, recently named one of the 10 best lead singers in town, leading the charge, Fairy Bones has forced its way into the conversation of who are the best bands not only in Phoenix, but who is the next band to join Andrew Jackson Jihad and Kongos the national stage.

It's hard to believe that a band that couldn't find the right show two years ago is preparing to release one of the most anticipated albums of the year. But it was that willingness to play the wrong shows, just to get the Fairy Bones name out there, that helped the band grow.

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10 Best One-Two Punches In Phoenix Music

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Jeff Moses
Mic Cause and Brad B of Drunken Immortals

There is no "I" in band, and there is no me either. No matter how stellar one member of a band may be, they still don't get anywhere without surrounding themselves with equally talented players. That usually means having to mesh two or more big personalities into one cohesive unit.

Sometimes that explodes in the band's face, and sometimes it works out just fine. But other times, two big personalities can mix beautifully together to make for a solid one-two punch of music and performance.

Whether coming at it from the lead role in the band, or as a solid team player, these are the best one-two punches in Phoenix.

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5 New Songs By Phoenix Artists

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The Lonesome Wilderness

The Lonesome Wilderness-"Cigarettes"
I've recently tuned into The Lonesome Wilderness, and I can't get enough of this five-piece. Their debut EP, which will be released this spring, is one of my most highly anticipated releases of 2015. They have a great rock 'n' roll sound with a desert flair; the spirit of the Southwest flows through their veins. "Cigarettes" is the first single from the EP and it's been one of my favorite songs in their live set for some time. The tone and tunings of the guitars (there are three of them) seem to breathe Sonoran dust. The vocals are delivered with a brilliant whiskey rawness, while the rhythm section just ties it up in a nice little rawhide bow. There is also whistling -- pretty amazing whistling, actually -- and I think that's something that's truly missing from a lot of modern music. In fact it was the whistling that first drew my attention to the song and made it stand out in their set. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for The Lonesome Wilderness this year, as they are bound to make a remarkable impact.


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Heritage Hump Day: Death Takes a Holiday - "Chemical Reaction/Satan"

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Paolo Vescia, sleeve courtesy of Onus Records
Death Takes a Holiday's lineup circa 2000: Ray Weaver, Richie Van Syckel, Andy Held, and Pete Hinz.

Admit it, you've already started calling Wednesdays " Heritage Hump Day!" That's because every Wednesday from now to the end of the year or before someone really big stops us, Heritage Hump Records (a temporary subsidiary of Onus Records) and New Times will be bringing you a limited edition collector's item of a much beloved Phoenix band that walked the earth before the year 2000 A.D. We will honor that band with a commemorative digital single that you, the public, will have only seven days to download to your computers and smart phones before this single gets marked up to an exorbitant price as determined by the mp3 collector community. When that happens, a new Heritage Hump subject will be chosen and the free-for-a-limited-time-only cycle begins anew.

This week we're right on the cusp of the year 2000 where Death Takes a Holiday were at the peak of their powers and at the end of their tenure. Montalbano's profile of the group in the February 10, 2000, edition of New Times found the group talking a lot about Satan (they weren't and still aren't Satanists). Also the group, especially bassist Pete Hinz, griped a lot about the homogenization of the record industry and insincerity in the music community, an argument you could still make today with equal vigor.

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How Sunset Voodoo Headlined the Marquee

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Sunset Voodoo

Don't call Sunset Voodoo a reggae band. Not that its members have anything against rocksteady rhythms. It's just that the Tempe trio, who identifies as straightforward rock mixed with psychedelia, just isn't sure how it got the label in the first place. Lucas Roth (bass, backup vocals) says he can't remember the last time his band consistently hit on the upbeat, but Joey Gutos (guitar, lead vocals) does admit that the group's earlier stuff ("Feelin' Up," "Dancin' With Knives") can evoke "some good, groovy dance vibes."

"Some of the best [local] bands right now are reggae. In particular, The Hourglass Cats, Something Like Seduction [from Tucson], and Black Bottom Lighters," Roth says. "We've got respect for the reggae scene, and that's why we play with all of them, but we've come to get a certain image that I never thought that we would."

Roque "Rocky" Yanez (drums, backup vocals) jokes: "We need to hit the metal side now."

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Heritage Hump Day: The Pistoleros, "1000 Miles"

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Today, we revisit the Pistoleros' first post-major-label record.

From now on, when someone asks you what the day in the middle of the week is, no longer need you say, "err, hump day." Now you can say "It's Heritage Hump Day!" That's because every Wednesday from now to the end of the year or before someone really big stops us, Heritage Hump Records (a subsidiary of Onus Records) and New Times will be bringing you a limited edition collector's item of a much beloved Phoenix band that walked the earth before the year 2000 A.D. We will honor that band with a commemorative digital single that you, the public, will have only seven days to download to your computers and smart phones before this single gets marked up to an exorbitant price as determined by the mp3 collector community. When that happens, a new Heritage Hump subject will be chosen and the free-for-a-limited-time-only cycle begins anew.

This week we dig back to the year 2000 and give props to Tempe's favorite sons The Pistoleros. In those heady pre-911 times, all the Zubia brothers Lawrence and Mark were concerned about was not where Bin Laden was determined to strike but where their next major label record deal was coming from. Brian Smith this wrote of the band in his fine Pistoleros profile in the November 16, 2000, edition of New Times:

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Phoenix Rock Lottery - Round One Fantasy Draft Picks

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Susan Jordan Anderson
Our No. 1 pick, Bob Hoag

The Phoenix Rock Lottery is happening on Saturday, January 17, which means we are only days away from draft day. On Saturday morning, 25 of Phoenix's finest musicians will convene at Crescent Ballroom and be randomly placed into a five-piece band. Then they will spend the day writing three original songs and learning one cover to be performed at the Ballroom later that evening.

So with three days to go, it is time for all the prospects to scope out the competition, while at the same time learning about their possible bandmates. With such a wide assortment of talented musicians playing the show, the possibilities for the bands' instrumentation are many.

Now, the Phoenix Rock Lottery will be chosen at random. But, in the spirit of the NFL playoffs and the impending draft, what if bands were chosen fantasy football-style? As in the NFL draft, everyone is tremendously talented, but you've got your first-round picks and seventh-round picks. Naturally, evaluating talent is extremely subjective and a sixth-round pickup can shock the world and win it all, or the number one overall pick can totally bust out. But I am still going to do my best Mel Kiper Jr. impression here with my Phoenix Rock Lottery fantasy round one draft board.

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