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Southern Blendnew

Dent May's Mississippi-based, mixed-up pop songs.
Tucson Weekly  |  Annie Holub  |  01-16-2014  |  Music

Going Organicnew

The Cave Singers keep up their natural progression.
Tucson Weekly  |  Annie Holub  |  06-18-2012  |  Profiles & Interviews

Natural Cultivationnew

How Gardens and Villa grew into their lush California-inspired sound.
Tucson Weekly  |  Annie Holub  |  07-06-2011  |  Profiles & Interviews

Suuns: Zeroes QCnew

With drums, bass guitar and minimal electronic effects, Suuns create an energizing monotone universe.
Tucson Weekly  |  Annie Holub  |  11-17-2010  |  Reviews

The Grownup Noise: Shall We? (Self-Released)new

Boston's The Grownup Noise are anything but noisy For them, maturity means a contemplative focus of sound They're a band that revels in the beauty of a simple melody delivered with minimal enhancement for maximum emotional effect—it's grown-up in its precision...
Tucson Weekly  |  Annie Holub  |  08-11-2010  |  Reviews

The Love Language: Librariesnew

Recorded entirely by Stuart McLamb and producer/engineer BJ Burton, 'Libraries' shimmers with the same intricate aura of a Bruegel painting, a symphony or a novel.
Tucson Weekly  |  Annie Holub  |  08-04-2010  |  Reviews

Thieves Like Us: Again and Againnew

The music of Thieves Like Us is saturated with the unmistakable sounds of new wave -- specifically, synth sounds straight out of Joy Division, New Order and The Cure's sound banks.
Tucson Weekly  |  Annie Holub  |  07-30-2010  |  Reviews

Softness and Closenessnew

The ever-calm Silje Nes gets just a little louder on her upcoming album.
Tucson Weekly  |  Annie Holub  |  07-07-2010  |  Profiles & Interviews

Batucaxé: The Blessing of the Beatnew

The Blessing of the Beat, the first CD from local Afro-Brazilian collective Batucaxé, includes songs from Brazilian artists, as well as original songs written with South American and African music in mind.
Tucson Weekly  |  Annie Holub  |  05-25-2010  |  Reviews

Dosh: All About Ambiancenew

Dosh's Tommy is complex but clean, experimental but listenable.
Tucson Weekly  |  Annie Holub  |  04-28-2010  |  Reviews

Through Sixteen Years Quasi Has Endurednew

We could all learn a lesson in staying power from Portland band Quasi. When Sam Coomes and Janet Weiss formed the band 16 years ago, they were married. They aren't anymore, and haven't been for years. Coomes and Weiss have both been members of other, better-known bands that have long since broken up.
Tucson Weekly  |  Annie Holub  |  03-17-2010  |  Profiles & Interviews

Ólöf Arnalds: 'Við og Við' ('One Little Indian')new

Icelandic multi-instrumentalist Ólöf Arnalds' solo debut was originally released in Iceland back in 2007, and is only finding a U.S. home this week. Arnalds' songs invite you to listen closely, sway, hum along and get sucked into her world.
Tucson Weekly  |  Annie Holub  |  01-13-2010  |  Reviews

Lymbyc Systym's Michael and Jared Bell Blend Post-Rock Influencesnew

Lymbyc Systym's songs captivate instead of falling into background noise. On Shutter Release, Michael and Jared Bell blend their Sigur Rós and Explosions in the Sky influences; room-filling drums give way to microbeats, and dramatic guitar hooks give way to quieter and more contemplative synthesized melodies, often within the same song.
Tucson Weekly  |  Annie Holub  |  01-06-2010  |  Reviews

Fanfarlo's Acoustic Alchemynew

The special blend leads to deeply textured and layered songs.
Tucson Weekly  |  Annie Holub  |  12-02-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

Thao Nguyen's Third Record with Her Two Bandmates is Better and Fasternew

It's been almost two years since the release of We Brave Bee Stings and All, and their new record, Know Better Learn Faster, burns even more brightly.
Tucson Weekly  |  Annie Holub  |  11-11-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

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