Phoenix Lights 2017

Acts: 
Griz
Acts: 
Above & Beyond
Acts: 
Tiƫsto
Acts: 
Alesso
Acts: 
Zeds Dead
Acts: 
STS9
Acts: 
21 Savage
Acts: 
Vince Staples
Acts: 
Keys N Krates
Concert Date: 
Sat, 04/08/2017
Location: 
Rawhide Western Town and Event Center

Phoenix Lights was quite the event. All of the sets were marvelous, and the production value was so good it was almost gratuitous. Even with the last minute venue change, everything flowed very smoothly. It’s a testament to Relentless Beats’s commitment to Arizona EDM that they were able to make the festival go so well after a monkey-wrench like the venue change. The sets were staggered so that my friends and I were able to see a diverse mix of music, and this definitely came off as a marquee event.

Reviewer: 
Will Fotter
Artist: 
Kobra and the Lotus
Label: 
Napalm Records

Kobra and the Lotus is a female fronted metal band (lead singer Kobra Paige). Their third album, High Priestess, rocked hard - I downloaded it to my iPod. Their EP Words of the Prophet was good too. Now the seven year old band is working on a new album I, Prevail expected to come out later this year. This is the single for that album and "You Don't Know" is definitely a different path for this band. They've progressively gotten softer and softer in terms of music. The vocals have always been clean, Paige never screamed or growled.

Sounds Like: 
Evanescence
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
04/16/2017
Artist: 
Here Lies Man
Label: 
RidingEasy Records

So this is an interesting album. Here Lies Man put out what appears to be their first album "Here Lies Man" on RidingEasy Records and I would say this is a really experimental album. I label this world/jazz because it has a jazz feel - something like a jazz jam session. There are huge indie rock influences though. Between the distorted guitars and the fuzzy male vocals, one could make the argument that this is a jazz influenced garage rock band.

Sounds Like: 
lots of noise. distorted guitars.
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
04/16/2017
Artist: 
Here Lies Man
Label: 
RidingEasy Records

So this is an interesting album. Here Lies Man put out what appears to be their first album "Here Lies Man" on RidingEasy Records and I would say this is a really experimental album. I label this world/jazz because it has a jazz feel - something like a jazz jam session. There are huge indie rock influences though. Between the distorted guitars and the fuzzy male vocals, one could make the argument that this is a jazz influenced garage rock band.

Sounds Like: 
lots of noise. distorted guitars.
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
04/16/2017
Artist: 
Ariel Pink & Weyes Blood
Label: 
Mexican Summer

Being a huge fan of both of these artists, I was excited to hear this collaboration. Weyes Blood has one of my favorite voices in music right now and has worked with Ariel Pink a little bit in the past. Weyes Blood really has a voice reminiscent of artists like Karen Carpenter and others folk artists from the 60s and 70s. In this record her voice even more haunting then normal. This short four track EP is a little more on the folk synth side, a similar sound to some 80s post punk bands. The first track "Tears on Fire" is definitely a standout from the EP with the best hook.

Sounds Like: 
Ariel Pink
Sounds Like: 
Weyes Blood
Name: 
Daniel Clark
Date Reviewed: 
04/16/2017
Artist: 
Conor Oberst
Label: 
Nonesuch Records Inc.

Last year Conor Oberst released the record Ruminations. This was one of my favorite records of 2016 and I think Conor's best record in a while. Conor really went back to the basics with this record. It is a pretty simple record with mainly piano, harmonica and vocals. It really has the feel of a folk record from the 60s. Having just good classic Conor Oberst depressing lyrics. This new record Salutations is pretty much just Ruminations only with a full band and a few extra tracks.

Sounds Like: 
Bright Eyes
Sounds Like: 
Bob Dylan
Name: 
Daniel Clark
Date Reviewed: 
04/16/2017

The Lovely Little Lonely World Tour

Acts: 
Beach Weather
Acts: 
The Mowgli's
Acts: 
The Maine
Concert Date: 
Tue, 04/11/2017
Location: 
191 Toole

The show began with a band called, Beach Weather and they played upbeat and fast songs. They played about five songs and they were all well received by the crowd and it even seemed that quite a few people knew the lyrics to the songs. Beach Weather got the crowd moving and had very likeable personalities. They continued to excite the crowd by mentioning that they had recorded their first EP in a friend's backyard in Phoenix and that their drummer was from Chandler.

Reviewer: 
Danielle Perry
Artist: 
Future Islands
Label: 
4AD

Future Islands put out "The Far Fields" and its amazing. This album has dreamy psychedelic rock vocals, with fuzzy guitars. The whole album makes you want to dance but it is never aggressive about it. It's male vocals, except on track 11 with Debbie Harry but the singer Samuel Herring is very talented and really makes you feel one with the album. One of the really cool things about this album is that it is rpm but also very much indie rock, theres two violins, trumpet, two trombones, cello, viola, flugelhorn, and tuba that make appearances on this album.

Sounds Like: 
Deer Hoof
Sounds Like: 
Message to Bears
Name: 
Alexis Walker
Date Reviewed: 
04/15/2017
Artist: 
Tigers Jaw
Label: 
Black Cement

Finally new music from Tigers Jaw! It seems that they have been of the grid for a while but they are back baby!

Sounds Like: 
Tiger's Jaw Charmer Record
Sounds Like: 
La Dispute
Name: 
Javi Perez
Date Reviewed: 
04/12/2017