The Sugar Thieves Archives

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PHOENIX magazine has named a lot of best bands over the years. And then the bands played on (well, some of them). Here’s what a handful of previous Best of the Valley winners are up to now. THE SUGAR THIEVES (2013, 2014) After months of isolation during the pandemic, the local blues folk group exploded with music, releasing two new albums in summer 2020. They continue to play a few times a month around the...

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Storm Large | Photo by Laura Domela   Listen to a Powerhouse Vocalist Storm Large shares her story of hope, love and loss during the pandemic in Make It Home, a documentary concert film recorded at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Part road movie, part intimate concert experience, the online performance is presented by Chandler Center for the Arts and includes a live post-concert Q&A. The musician, actor and author tours with Pink Martini as...

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Photo courtesy andywarpigs.com   Every week, we present a curated list of live music in a wide range of genres all around the Valley. This week, we’ve got American roots music, reggae, rock and a tribute to late Phoenix punk musician Andy Warpigs. The Sugar Thieves Friday, June 25 at the Musical Instrument Museum Following the release of two new albums, Phoenix-based American roots music band The Sugar Thieves will bring their bluesy brand of...

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Not everyone sat around watching Netflix during quarantine. Phoenix-based band The Sugar Thieves sat around plucking instruments and writing songs – so many tunes, in fact, that the group released two new albums of all-original material this summer. “The world needs music,” singer Meridith Moore says, “and they need it now.” The Sugar Thieves’ sound is aptly described as “American roots music” – a blues-infused sonic gumbo of genres including country, folk, gospel, jazz and...

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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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