Arizona's monthly music and arts magazine
May 2012
WARNING: THE FOLLOWING MUSIC HAS BEEN CONSTRUCTED AND COLLAGED OUT OF SAMPLED AND REGURGITATED POP MUSIC. LISTEN AT THE RISK OF YOUR OWN MORAL DECLINE...more.
The Haymarket Squares may be the most punk rock local band that I have ever heard. Yet, their album Dancing in the Streets does not contain a single second of guitar distortion. This “punkgrass for the people” band uses choruses filled with harmony, a variety of strings (yep a mandolin is one of those instruments,) stand-up bass, a kazoo, whistling, drums, and a variety of angry, awe-inspiring lyrics to capture the essence of punk rock...more.
by Mark Anderson
by Jofrin Pezzati
I have a hard time admitting my undying love for ska. Fayuca makes me proud of my weird penchant for skanking poorly for an hour or until puking (which ever comes first)...more.
by Carly Schorman
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The April 26th release of Anna Vivette’s Coloratura brought quite a crowd to the SMoCA Lounge… or the Red Room as I like to call it. There were an unusual amount of button-downs and fancy shoes for a record release, more of what I’d expect to see at a gallery opening...more.
by Carly Schorman
When I wrote about Factories' first EP last year, all I heard was sadness. The band, however, was simply laying foundation with those tunes, as evidenced by their new album, Together. Adding six new tracks to the self-titled EP's songs, Factories use their significant talents to touch on the perils of early-21st century living...more.
by Mike McQuillian
From the beginning of Ghost Ship Sailors, I was struck by the power behind this album. It is dark and pained and pleasantly unexpected.The album has a rough-around-the-edges, dirty rocknroll sound that was left behind several years ago but has found relevance in today's scene...more.
When I feel that stirring for Ye Olde England, I opt for the Bangers and Mash Pasty. The homemade pork and sage sausage makes my Jewish ancestors turn in their graves while my taste buds soar. Sorry Grandma. I got halfway through my meal before I even realized there was gravy...more.
After years of exhaustive efforts, the award winning production company Aoineko Studios will soon release Kitaru. A fantasy world conceived by Aoineko owner Ben Steele, the pre-production of Kitaru’s story, film, and video game has taken over five years...more.
Phoenix punk rock outfit No Gimmick recently celebrated their 15th anniversary. No Gimmick is the type of punk rock that could easily hold its weight on a label like Epitaph or Fat Wreck Chords. I recently had the somewhat torn pleasure of listening to their 2010 release Loss for Words...more.
Did that really just happen? And wait, hold on, next month is YabYum's Three Year Anniversary so that issue is sure to be more jam-packed than this one?! Just a reminder that there is only one YabYum and we're all a part of it. Don't forget, "Rules and models destroy genius and art." - William Hazlitt