Harper and the Moths Explain "We'll Keep Talkin'"

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It took moving to Seattle and getting his heart stomped on for Harper Lines to get a record full of breakup hits. After the Harper and the Moths (whom we profiled in this week's issue of Phoenix New Times here) frontman said goodbye to the Valley for what he thought was the love of his life, a breakup sidelined him and stranded him in a place far, far away from his former home. So, he turned to what he knew: music.

"(My ex) broke my heart in one of the most fucked-up ways you can possibly imagine," Lines says. "I should have seen the writing on the wall and the field of red flags in front of me, but I was in love."

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Download Future Loves Past's New Single, "Grow Up Tall," From Their Forthcoming Album

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Future Loves Past has been a local favorite since getting together in 2010, but 2013 could be their most important year yet: They've just announced a full-length album (already recorded at Flying Blanket Studios) due out this fall on Common Wall Media.

In the meantime, we've got a song from that album, "Grow Up Tall," available for download here on Up on the Sun.

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Fall Out Boy's "The Phoenix" Shows Band Is Ready for a New Day

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Patrick Stump in a still from the shoot of Fall Out Boy's new video, "The Phoenix"

Well, give Fall Out Boy the award for most appropriately titled new single, "The Phoenix." Four years after they broke hearts around the world by announcing an indefinite hiatus, the pop-rock group is back with a new album, Save Rock and Roll, due for release April 16.

This isn't the group's first nod to the Valley of the Sun -- their live DVD, Live in Phoenix, was filmed here, so perhaps the name of the new single is more than just a reference to the band's resurgence this year.

The song, like their first single, "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark," is anthemic, with pounding drums and strings catapulting it beyond basic pop. "Put on your war paint," singer Patrick Stump announces to start the track, and listeners are led through a passionate performance that shows off the group's fervor to reclaim their spot high on the singles charts.


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Haley Grigaitis of Ruca Explains "B Family"

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Haley Grigaitis of Ruca with her "B Family" of Bonnaroo
Pick up a copy of this week's issue of New Times, and you'll learn all about Haley Grigaitis, frontwoman for the feel-good, reggae-infused local band Ruca. Though she and her band are climbing the music ranks now, having played the TMI Radio Showcase at South by Southwest last week, she had never even written a melody before local producer Jack Howell of WilloDisc Production House approached her to collaborate. Grigaitis had just come back from Bonnaroo, where she bonded with strangers who became her second family, and her very first original track, "B Family," was born.

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Paramore's "Now" Shows Off New Direction for Band

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Paramore doesn't need the Farro brothers to go on. So long, founding brothers Josh and Zac. Frontwoman Hayley Williams is soldiering on, bad haircuts and all.

It looks like the band's big move into maturity might just abandon the sparkly pop that made the band famous. Who cares that it was the poppy "Misery Business" that propelled the band to stardom? Just as Panic! at the Disco never quite recovered after a huge sonic departure that was their sophomore album, Pretty. Odd., Paramore's dark new single and video, "Now," ensures that the band will not achieve the same success it once had. The track is off Paramore's upcoming self-titled album, to be released April 9, and if it's indicative of the rest of the album, a lot of fans are going to run.

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Blaque Panther Disco Release Debut Single, "Pommes Frites"

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Local DJ and jack of all trades William Reed is a busy guy. When we spoke a couple months ago about the end of the weekly Sticky Fingers dance party, he revealed his plans to start Risky Business, a Thursday night dance party at Gypsy Bar, and his plans to focus on Blaque Panther Disco for a bit. The fruits of his efforts are paying off: his nu-disco/house collaboration with Elise Welch got signed to UK label Re: Sound Records and released its first song, "Pommes Frites" earlier this week.


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Tremulants Alum Isaac Hensleigh Forms New Trio, Blanche Beach

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It's been almost a year since local rock group The Tremulants played their last show following the death of frontman Marco Holt who succumbed to non-Hodgkin lymphoma. His passing left the music community grieving and family and friends reeling.

Tremulants bassist Isaac Hensleigh stepped away from music in the subsequent months and helped in settling Holt's final affairs, including his last will and testament. Since that time he's found his creative itch again and has returned with a new band called Blanche Beach. Inspired by Holt and an urge for really loud pop rock music, Hensleigh has teamed up with Nathan Leach and Tristan Jemsek of DIYers Dogbreth to form the new triumvirate which is scheduled to open tonight's FMLY Fest-inspired 4xF music gala taking place off of downtown's infamous Roosevelt Row.

See also:

-The Tremulants' Marco Holt Succumbs to Cancer

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Download Frank Ocean's Django Unchained Outtake

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By now you've probably formed an opinion about Django Unchained, the controversial new Quentin Tarantino film starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, and Leonardo DiCaprio. But don't let that stop you from diving into Karina Longworth's excellent Phoenix New Times cover story this week, which features the writer/director himself talking about the flick in his characteristically loose style.

Like all of Tarantino's films, the musical score is a hodgepodge of styles and sounds. Featuring spaghetti western sounds from Ennio Morricone alongside hip-hop from Rick Ross, high-lonesome country from Brother Dege, and soul from John Legend and James Brown, it's a fantastic listen.

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Quentin Tarantino on His Most Ambitious Film to Date, Django Unchained
Jason P. Woodbury's 10 Best Things I Heard in 2012
Best Mention of Arizona in a Pop Song - 2012: Frank Ocean, "Thinking Bout You"
Frank Ocean and Michael Kiwanuka Craft Two Different "Traditional" Soul Records


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Download: Fayuca's Heavy "The Cycle"

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Local Latin, reggae, and punk peddlers Fayuca have seen their fair share of success as a productive year comes to an end. Now the trio is ready to step up their game with a brand new album that's almost within earshot.

We document the band's 11-year run in this week's issue as the rambunctious group gears up for a gig tonight at Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill in Mesa. In the meantime here's a cut off of their upcoming record, Barrio Slideshow.

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Fayuca Deals in Latin, Punk, and Reggae


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Download: Gospel Claws, "I Want It All"

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There's no way to put it lightly: The men of Gospel Claws have been through the wringer.

Lineup changes. A cancer scare. Most tragically, the suicide of guitarist Mark Erikson. It's been a weird couple of years since the band's last record, 2010's excellent C-L-A-W-S. Given the strife, it's easy to read into the lyrics of the band's brand new effort, Put Your Sunshine Away, released Tuesday, November 20 on Common Wall Media (vinyl copies are available for pre-order from President Gator Records).

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Joel Marquard of Gospel Claws Takes on Testicular Cancer (With His Friends)
R.I.P. Mark Erickson of Colorstore, Roar, and Gospel Claws
President Gator Records Launches This Weekend at Crescent Ballroom


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