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Artist: 
Lamont Arthur
Label: 
LAMART MUSIC BMI

Lamont Arthur, one of Southern Arizona's gem artists, has released his first album, "NuJazzFaNuDaze". This wholesome piece revives the classically unedited jazz sound and feel. With an entirely original tracklist, Mr. Arthur has proven to be a bonified jazz producer. Tracks such as "Coolness" and "Easy as That" really showcase his ability to understand and accentuate the unique stylings of early era jazz. Although I am not personally religious, I thought that the pious themes felt authentic and compelling.I think that Mr.

Sounds Like: 
Duke Ellington
Sounds Like: 
Art Tatum
Name: 
Nick Ziolkowski
Date Reviewed: 
03/19/2017
Artist: 
Edward Barrett
Label: 
Unsigned

 We choose to invest in the artists we believe to have the potential to make great music and connect with the world in an unprecedented way.

The Vivid EP is a good indicator that Edward Barrett is quite capable of flight. 

Sounds Like: 
Flume
Sounds Like: 
Dillon Francis
Name: 
Nick Ziolkowski
Date Reviewed: 
02/12/2017
Artist: 
The Expos
Label: 
Self-released

This is Aaron Ponzo's no rules do anything album!!!!!!! This is my personal favorite Expos album and it is absolutely overflowing with unique and memorable content. There are quite a few Arizona references littered throughout as Ponzo is a proud resident of Chandler, AZ. While listening, I never stopped smiling would sincerely reccomend every song included in the release. I straight up think Aaron Ponzo is a genius. The album also features the presence of Colin Bauer, one of KAMP's very own alternative music directors!

Sounds Like: 
absolutely no rules!!! does everything!!
Name: 
Isabelle Tuli
Date Reviewed: 
09/06/2016
Artist: 
Copper and Congress
Label: 
Independent

I first heard Copper and Congress when our very own DJ Mike Heslinga had them do an in-studio (which you can listen to here: http://kamp.arizona.edu/node/4580). I remember sinking into the couch and being melted by the vocalist's soulful voice and the booming basslines. I was curious to see if this feeling would translate on their recorded material, and lemme tell you...this is the real deal. The recording quality, first off, is so clean and crisp sounding (which I thought I'd mention 'cause this is not the case for many local bands, jeje).

Sounds Like: 
Portishead (unplugged)
Sounds Like: 
the newest Thievery Corporation
Name: 
Parisa Eshrati
Date Reviewed: 
01/17/2015
Artist: 
Captain Squeegee
Label: 
80/20 Records

Captain Squeegee is a local ska-rock band from Phoenix that have been keeping up the most skankin-est of tunes. I remember first seeing these guys my junior year of high school at Edgefest, so I was real stoked to see this CD in our mailbox and see that they're still providing ska music to the Phoenix music scene. I had pretty much no expectations going into this album, though, 'cause I haven't seen them or heard them probably since high school. I have to say, I was actually really surprised on how solid this album is.

Sounds Like: 
RX Bandits
Sounds Like: 
Dog Fashion Disco/Polkadot Cadaver
Name: 
Parisa Eshrati
Date Reviewed: 
01/17/2015
Artist: 
Ivan Lives
Label: 
N/A
California-based singer/songwriter Ivan Lives makes laid-back, singable melodies with a raw alternative rhythmic sound.
 
Sounds Like: 
Jason Mraz
Name: 
Jakub Safar
Date Reviewed: 
09/25/2014
Artist: 
Womb Tomb
Label: 
Topaz Records

    Womb Tomb is a three piece Tucson band consisting of Nate Gutierrez (bass), Gilbert Flores (guitar, vocals), and Matt Underwood (drums). They play a fast paced form of punk rock with "hardcore" vocals. Honestly this band is the bee's knees, they've got interesting vocals and catchy hooks and they're basically your neighbors, so give them a spin. Some standout tracks on this album are Cells Eating Cells, You Made Me Realize, Imperfections, and Birthday Candles.

Sounds Like: 
Weed
Sounds Like: 
The Resonars
Name: 
Jakub Safar
Date Reviewed: 
09/02/2014
Artist: 
Sun Bones
Label: 
Self-Released

Sun Bones has become a popular indie rock unit with a small but devoted cult following in the Tucson local scene, and for good reason. Their first release, Sentinel Peak, does not disappoint and has a sound for every ear. They take influences from some of the biggest names in alt: The Black Keys and Local Natives are two that stand out the