local music Archives


Every week, we present a curated list of live music in a wide range of genres all around the Valley. This week, we’re giving you details on three free shows (blues, folk and swing, oh my!), plus local retro rockers and a fast-picking guitarist from Austin.     Notes from Neptune  Friday, July 23 at Chandler Center for the Arts  Notes from Neptune plays it all with a touch of jazzy blues – classic rock, modern pop, Motown and more. This eclectic ensemble reinterprets songs by everybody...


On January 23, three American firefighters were killed in New South Wales, Australia while battling the rampant bushfires that have devastated the country’s landscape and depleted its wildlife. When Phoenix musicians Joey Gutos and Esteban Obregon heard about the firefighter’s fate, they felt compelled to do something. The duo, which founded a music company called RIVIR, immediately jumped into action to plan a benefit show to provide aid to Australia. Gutos and Obregon have been...


Nate Garrett devoted himself to metal after seeing a clip of Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid” on VH1 in middle school. More than two decades later, Divided by Darkness, the second album from his band Spirit Adrift, was awarded an 8.1 rating on Pitchfork (trust us, that’s good). The Phoenix-based guitarist and songwriter spoke with us about the record. You grew up in Oklahoma and lived in Arkansas. How did you find your way to Arizona? I...


Folsky rhythms poured from the doors of the Crescent Ballroom lounge last night as The Sugar Thieves took the stage. It started with some simple strums of the guitar and plucking of the upright bass, then Meridith Moore's voice swooped in and quickly filled the room. Before playing for an admirable two hours – Moore is pregnant, after all! – I spoke with her about the band, Americana music and what the future holds for Tempe's own blues band.

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