UFEST: Radio Rock Band Devour the Day's Joey Walser Talks Tacos and the Pressure for Perfection

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Daniel Mandell
Devour the Day rose from the ashes of Egypt Central.

Devour the Day might sound like a morbid name for a band; but that's because the members were going through some pretty dark times. The group was born out of another band's demise, and the uncertainty that followed.

When American rock band Egypt Central disintegrated in 2012, bassist Joey Walser and drummer Blake Allison decided to form Devour the Day and share guitar and vocal duties. In just two short years, the hard rock duo (touring lineup also consists of guitarist David Hoffman and drummer Ronnie Farris) has toured with Sevendust, Theory of a Dead Man, In This Moment, Sick Puppies and other well-known bands -- they've even shared the stage with Aerosmith. In 2013, their debut album Time & Pressure was released, and then was re-released in 2014 as a remixed and remastered format.


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25 Must-See Phoenix Concerts in April

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Lorde is scheduled to perform on Thursday, April 17, at Comerica Theatre.

The month of April is packed wall-to-wall with concerts. Check that, it's packed wall-to-wall with great concerts. Some of the bigger hitmakers and tastemakers in pop and indie rock -- Lorde, Bastille, Lana Del Ray, Grouplove, Phantogram, Chvrches ... just to name a few -- will all perform around the Valley either before, between, or after their sets at this year's Coachella.

And it's not just Indio-bound bands and musicians who will be stepping onto local stages, as this month's concert offerings also includes many legendary and groundbreaking artists, such as George Clinton, Dick Dale, and Loretta Lynn.

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Broken Bells a Wholesome Collaboration

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Broken Bells: James Mercer (left) and Danger Mouse.
When it was announced in 2009 that James Mercer from The Shins and producer Brian "Danger Mouse" Burton were going to collaborate under the moniker Broken Bells, it seemed like another interesting experiment in a year glutton with odd collaborations (Monsters of Folk, anyone?).

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The War on Drugs Turns Alienation and Isolation Into Eloquent and Eerie Indie Rock

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Adam Granduciel of The War on Drugs.
Philadelphia's The War on Drugs began as the home-studio project of Adam Granduciel - an unrepentant tinkerer and gearhead whose deeply layered songs put a new spin on classic rock.

After the breakthrough success of the expertly crafted Slave Ambient, Granduciel's project became more of a live band, a move that guided the next studio project. For his part, Granduciel turned the years of touring and self-reflection on making music for a living into a batch of more personal, sharply focused songs.

It's both aspects that make Lost In The Dream an early contender for album of the year. Led by the pulsating "Red Eyes" and the swirling, haunting "Eyes to the Wind," the album has garnered rave reviews, including a Best New Music tag from Pitchfork.

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Detroit's Forgotten Protopunks Death Are Back From the Grave

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Death is scheduled to perform on Saturday, April 5, at the Pressroom.

The world never cared about Death. Until now. In the early 1970s, before even the long-revered "godfathers and godmothers of punk" were trailblazing the genre, the Detroit trio was doing it first (and quite well, for that matter).

But nobody outside of sibling band members David, Dannis, and Bobby Hackney, their family, a few neighbors, a couple of recording engineers, and one skeptical record company executive even knew the band existed. For a long time.

Ponder that for a moment.


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Boyfrndz's Scott Martin: "We Want to Create Our Own Niche"

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Boyfrndz is scheduled to perform Sunday, March 30, at Last Exit Live.
Pushing any kind of artistic endeavor through to the finish line is a process destined to involve evolution. Practically no book, drawing, film, album, Play-Doh sculpture, or whatever comes through looking exactly the way its creator originally envisioned it. If Scott Martin wasn't already aware of this reality, he experienced it firsthand as his band, Boyfrndz, came together in 2011.

Initially, Martin imagined the outfit as "a weirdo punk-type band" — think aggressive instrumentals and melodic vocals -- inspired by the likes of underground stalwarts Fugazi and the chaotic Tera Melos side project Bygones.

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Flogging Molly's Green 17 Tour: A Field Guide to Tonight's Event

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Dave King (right) and Bridget Regan of Flogging Molly at Tempe Beach Park in 2013.
You can bet your bottom bodhran that both Facebook and Twitter are going to be filled with people gushing about Flogging Molly's performance tonight at Tempe Beach Park. That's because the Irish-inspired rock band tends to put on quite the memorable show to say the least, which is all the more reason to check them out tonight.

And here's another: In all likelihood, it's going to be their last St. Patrick's Day gig here in the Valley, at least for a while. Maybe forever.

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Iration's Micah Pueschel on Legal Weed and How America Needs to Be More Forward-Thinking

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Iration is scheduled to perform on Saturday, March 15, at Tempe Beach Park.
It's difficult not to like something called "sunshine reggae" -- even for those who aren't the biggest fans of Marley dreads, Nag Champa and barefoot romps.

Iration embodies the description of sunshine reggae perfectly, a mix of dub, reggae and rock, and the band's live shows pulse with an undeniable Hawaiian/California positive energy. Easily understood, since members Micah Pueschel (guitar, vocals), Adam Taylor (bass), Cayson Peterson (keyboards), Joseph Dickens (drums) and Joseph King (dub controls, live sound) all hail from Hawaii but no live in breezy San Diego.

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THUMPERS Turn Teenage Nostalgia into Joyous Deeply Layered Indie Pop

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THUMPERS: Marcus Pepperell and John Hamson Jr.
When childhood friends Marcus Pepperell and John Hamson Jr. formed THUMPERS, they were in need of a musical escape.

One dumped, the other fired from his previous band, the London-based duo started putting together songs in pieces, working toward a deeply layered indie-pop that fits somewhere between the Polyphonic Spree and Animal Collective, with reviewers leaning to descriptions like exuberant, majestic and candy-colored.

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Mavis Staples Boasts a Half Decade of Musical Gold

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Mavis Staples is scheduled to perform on Wednesday, March 12, at the Musical Instrument Museum.
Mavis Staples can be found in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's traveling "Women Who Rock" exhibit, currently on display at the Musical Instrument Museum. However, the soul icon, who ironically won a 2012 Grammy Award in the Americana category, easily could fit in several of the loosely genre-demarcated sections of the exhibit. A look at her career leaves her repeatedly stuck between music worlds.

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