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  • In at the Chill
  • In at the Chill

    He’s come up with a growing Tucson hip-hop scene and broke through the city’s genre lines. Now, with his debut album, rapper Lando Chill is ready for the big time.
  • New Frontiers: XIXA
  • New Frontiers: XIXA

    XIXA may have started as a cover band called Chicha Dust, but with the release of Bloodline, they are stepping into their own
      XIXA's studio on north Stone Avenue stands in stark contrast to the dirt lots and auto shops that surround it.
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  • Wasted Youth: Gooch Palms
  • Wasted Youth: Gooch Palms

    Getting “shitty” and dropping trou’ with Australia’s Gooch Palms
      Even with such a goofy name, the Gooch Palms are taking their lo-fi, self-described 'shit pop' very seriously.
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  • Living Live: ON AN ON
  • Living Live: ON AN ON

    ON AND ON follow-up album an emotional journey that feels good live
      On one side, there's the easy path, the comfort zone, the formula. The other side is uncertainty, exploration and a bit of fear
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  • Dinky Reunion: Little Dinks
  • Dinky Reunion: Little Dinks

    For nine years, the Little Dinks gave Tucsonans a reason to scratch their heads
      Don't miss the first five minutes of the Little Dinks reunion show, in fact, no matter how terribly they play and sing, you better stay until the end, too.
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  • Resonate Honesty: Cut Copy
  • Resonate Honesty: Cut Copy

    Cut Copy took a new approach to recording, and the process has been invigorating
      In the dozen years since Cut Copy grew from the solo home-recording project of Dan Whitford into a four-man group, the Australian dance-rock band has steadily gained fans around the world, carving out a recognizable niche. But as the band wrapped up a New Year's Eve show in San Francisco, the goal was to strike out in new directions.
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  • Cultivate and Create: Marley B
  • Cultivate and Create: Marley B

    Rapper Marley B explores what it means to Grow on new album
      The single word Marley B chose as the title of his debut solo album carries a host of meanings.
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  • Corridos Migrantes: Vox Urbana
  • Corridos Migrantes: Vox Urbana

    For two years, Vox Urbana’s been working on Cumbia Corridos to tell the stories of immigrants who cross the border
      Once an immigrant crosses the Rio Grande or the massive, unforgiving Sonoran Desert, the smiles and sorrows they carry from their native lands are stripped away.
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  • Slow Growth: Vetiver
  • Slow Growth: Vetiver

    Vetiver’s Andy Cabic prepares to translate from the studio to live performances
      Andy Cabic has been at it for a while. Under the moniker Vetiver, he had his coming out in the freak folk explosion of the early oughts alongside tourmates Joanna Newsom and Devendra Banhart.
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  • Pop Pusher: San Fermin
  • Pop Pusher: San Fermin

    More than the sum of its parts, San Fermin tags radio pop at Ellis Ludwig-Leone’s charge
      They probably wouldn't, but if San Fermin covered Taylor Swift's 1989 it could be pleasing listening.
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  • Fashionable Anthem: We Were Promised Jetpacks
  • Fashionable Anthem: We Were Promised Jetpacks

    Scotland’s We Were Promised Jetpacks have a penchant for crafting your new favorite song
      "We Were Promised Jetpacks" is one of those names that can lure people out just to see what a band sounds like. Listing their ilk might make for a fun drinking game, especially if you rule out ska bands. Everyone knows God Speed You! Black Emperor, e.g., but you might win with Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin.
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  • Intent on Ambiguity: Circuit des Yeux
  • Intent on Ambiguity: Circuit des Yeux

    Circuit des Yeux’s Haley Fohr wants listeners to question what they think they know
      "I just like the way it feels, the resonance," said Haley Fohr, 26, in the perfectly unremarkable voice of a generic millennial. "You can feel your body vibrate when you're singing through your headphones."
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  • Weather the Storm: Saviours
  • Weather the Storm: Saviours

    After a decade of shredding, Oakland’s Saviours prove their place in the metal zeitgeist
      The San Francisco Bay area area has a deep, albeit fading, history of extreme music.
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  • Sausage Fest
  • Sausage Fest

    Exmortus' blend of neoclassical melodicism and brutal thrash doesn't attract many women
  • Even the Score: Los Guapos
  • Even the Score: Los Guapos

    Los Guapos release new seven-song EP that you can think of as a “soundtrack”
      The music of Los Guapos sounds like something built for the big screen. So it comes as no surprise when frontman Justin Valdez reaches for a cinematic description, calling the Latin-rock quintet's new EP "sci-fi Spaghetti Western."
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  • Stranger Than Fiction: Cavanaugh
  • Stranger Than Fiction: Cavanaugh

    Just try to figure out what’s real and what’s just Cavanaugh in Open Mike Eagle and Serengeti’s new project
      Open Mike Eagle and Serengeti are in the middle of a heated argument
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  • Emotion Unveiled: Marriages
  • Emotion Unveiled: Marriages

    Marriages’ Emma Ruth Rundle roots storytelling in reality
      Multi-instrumentalist and composer Emma Ruth Rundle is in a mood. It may change in the span of a heartbeat or two, but it's never far from something like a storm-clouded beach with a single seagull circling, perhaps screaming. There may or may not be a carcass involved. Or a brooding flock of carnal impulses.
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