Can a Local Band Pack Crescent Ballroom? The Prowling Kind Hopes So

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Since the release of their debut album, Tennessee, The Prowling Kind have been looking to prove it is one of the premier indie rock bands on the Phoenix scene. The band already has passed many of the traditional milestones for a Valley band looking to conquer that next step. The group has big shows to their credit, a phenomenal album, and one of the best music videos of 2014 for "Melted Together."

The next mountain to climb will be a headlining set at Crescent Ballroom, on Wednesday, April 23, to be precise.

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How Kongos Owe Their Epic Records Deal to Seether, Shazam, and . . . Terrestrial Radio?

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Kongos: Hitting the big time.
If you'd told the brothers Kongos two years ago that their second album would still be going strong in 2014 and, in fact, gathering strength by the day with no end in sight, they would've called you "lunatic."

But it's true. Lunatic, the Phoenix band's sophomore effort, self-released in 2012 in the United States with major label distribution in their homeland of South Africa, handily cemented Kongos as hitmakers in that part of the world.

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Rapper Samuel Turner Aims to Fuel the Phoenix Suns' Playoff Hopes With "Suns Rise"

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It's rally time for the Phoenix Suns.
The Phoenix Suns need all the help they can get right now. The surprise team of the 2013-2014 season is currently in ninth place in the NBA Western Conference playoff race, and with only seven games left in their season, the team needs something -- anything -- to help propel them towards nabbing a post-season berth.

And one local rapper named Samuel Turner hopes that a little local music love might just be the thing to inspire purple and orange gang.

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No, Yucca Tap Room Is Not Going to Close Anytime Soon

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Seas Will Rise performs at Yucca Tap Room earlier this year.
Hey, didja hear that rumor that's going around about the Yucca Tap Room in Tempe? You know, the one about how it's going to be closing this summer? What about the other one about how the Tempe dive is going to be gonezo a year from now because of construction along Mill Avenue?

We're guessing that you have, considering both rumors (or variations thereof) have been making the rounds lately via Facebook or through old-fashioned face-to-face communication, especially in light of recent news of other Tempe bars closing or moving in the near future.

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KWSS Announces the Lineup for Phochella 2014

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Crash Kings are scheduled to headline Phochella 2014 on April 19 at The Sail Inn.
When Beef Vegan and the other cats from KWSS' The Morning Infidelity take over The Sail Inn for their annaul Phochella fest in mid-April, it will be something of a bittersweet celebration. Besides commemorating the sixth year of Vegan hosting the popular morning radio show and toasting KWSS' fervent fanbase, the event will also fete the venerated Tempe venue, which recently announced its impending closure this summer.

"The Sail Inn has been so good to us over the years, it's definitely a celebration of our relationship with them," Vegan says. "It's going to be sad to see it go and see a staple of Tempe disappear, but [Phochella] is still a celebration of the year we've had and our growth and the friends we've made along the way."

It's also a big celebration of the local music scene, as illustrated by the lineup for the fest that KWSS just released.

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Tempe History Museum Is Seeking Artifacts From the City's Musical Past

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Gin Blossoms back in the day.
Anyone who may have been there on the last night of business of a Tempe venue will tell you it's a lot like the dismantling of the Berlin Wall. Nita's Hideaway, Long Wong's, 6 East, Hollywood Alley -- none of these beloved nightspots went down without a fight. In some cases, the looting started long before last call, with devotees trying to walk out with stools, signage, even large hunks of the bar.

I'd like to think someone somewhere saved a large hunk of Long Wong's graffiti'd bathroom wall or even an unsanitary square inch of 6 East, although you might have to get a Board of Health dispensation to display it somewhere. These would be artifacts I'm sure many nostalgic Tempe music fans would pay to see on display.


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Jared and the Mill Perform Special Hospital Room Show for Fan Hurt in SXSW Accident

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Jared and the Mill play inside an Austin hospital room for fan Mason Endres.
The next time you see the members of Jared and the Mill hanging out around town or before one of their upcoming gigs (like at next weekend's McDowell Mountain Music Festival), be sure to offer a handshake, a kind word, or maybe even a hug.

They definitely deserve it, since the local six-piece indie folk-rock band performed a magnanimous gesture over the weekend for a fan who is going through an extremely painful time in her life.

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Banana Gun Gets Heavier and Darker with Its New Album

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Banana Gun is scheduled to perform tonight at The Sail Inn.
Banana Gun has an odd tale of how the band ended up in Phoenix. As bass player Ross Troost tells it, he and drummer Ian Breslin and guitarist Nick Dehaan were on a West Coast tour nearly a decade ago in their old band, Fat Rabbit, when they swung through the Valley.

"Phoenix was our last stop," Troost says, "We had a sponsorship with a hotel and the general manager let us stay a few weeks, and that turned into, what, like eight or nine years now? So we've been here ever since."

It's a unique tale that goes along with Banana Gun's unique recording style, which it utilized during the creation of the band's two most recent albums, including the latest LP, Love Instinct.


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KONGOS Rock Out for a Nationwide Audience on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

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If KONGOS had not officially "made it" before Wednesday night, they certainly have now. The South African-born, Phoenix-based rock quartet made their national television debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and while their single "Come With Me Now" did not sound quite as buff as it does on Lunatic, their latest record, they still looked and sounded great on late night TV.

The band has already experienced the highest highs the South African music industry has to offer, not to mention the joys of being one of the Valley's more renowned acts, and Jimmy Kimmel Live! is just their first taste of the United States national spotlight.

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Phoenix's KONGOS Perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Tonight

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KONGOS get a taste of the big time, including their own dressing room.
A few hours from now, the rest of the country is gonna get clued into what local music fans have known for years: KONGOS jams out some seriously fantastic rock 'n' roll.

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