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A Local Music Segment airing every Monday through Friday at 11pm w/ Mo!
Like one of one the bands we’re featuring this week on ALT AZ 93.3? Vote to hear their song again for the Friday Replay at the bottom of the page.
Music is the beautiful combination of structure and artistic expression. Singer songwriter Ben Anderson writes and performs with balance as his mantra. Anderson’s gift for strong melody, harmony, and lyrical content is consistent, even if his sound ventures into other styles of music. His bluesy, soulful voice is a rich blend of John Mayer, Sam Smith, and Jack Johnson. While his soft vocals caress you, but the music behind the caress delivers a satisfying jolt. Born in Phoenix, AZ, he fell under the seductive spell of songwriting at the age 14 when he picked up his first guitar. After graduating from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, Anderson decided to pursue a career as a singer songwriter. In 2014, Anderson recorded his first EP Roosevelt Row over at Grand Canyon Records with AZ studio legend Jack Miller under the helm. The 4-song EP only features acoustic guitar and Anderson’s vocals. The song’s lyrics are lighter in nature and the music is appreciated for its simplicity. In the summer of 2015, Anderson enlisted Olivier Zahm of Electric Lotus Music to produce his second EP. Having the desire to expand his sound both musically and lyrically, Zahm was the perfect complement. Where the Lights Go?, a fully produced, four song EP was released in 2016 to acclaim by critics and listeners. Anderson performs around the Phoenix area, seen haunting the local popular music venues and clubs. Ben Anderson’s follow-up EP is expected to be released in mid-late 2017. Check out Ben Anderson’s music video for “Clay Pigeon” below and on Facebook and Instagram. If you dig his song, feel free to vote for it for the Friday replay, at the bottom of the page.
The band Poolsyde was born in 2007. Three buddies jamming in a basement, drinking beers and creating whatever kind of music they wanted to. You have James on lead vocals and guitar, Carmen on the bass guitar, and Alan on the drums. The bands name, Poolsyde, embodies everything these dude are about. Over the years, Poolsyde dialed in a sound that represented them and their musical influences. Some of the key bands that shaped the Poolsyde sound are: Sublime, Slightly stoopid, Pepper, Iration, and Jack Johnson. Poolsyde has played throughout the state of Arizona with bands like: Tribal Seeds, Hirie, One Drop, Less Than Jake, While Glove Service, and Brewfish. Currently, they released their first 3 track E.P. titled “Pooligans.” It is available digitally on all major music streaming apps. They are also making plans to record the next 6 songs in the coming months as well as writing new material. If you are ever see Poolsyde on a music event, get off the couch and go check this fun, talented band out. They are definitely worth seeing. You can catch Poolsyde on Facebook and Twitter and don’t forget to check out their song “Rejection” below. If ya love it, vote for it to get a Friday replay at the bottom of the page!
EL WEST symbolizes energy. This platform has developed into dynamic composition, truthful lyrics and a distinctive energetic performance. The music has effortless swell that can turn on you at any moment from a lifting bravado to a faint hum. Inspired by bands such as Broken Social Scene, Radiohead, Muse, and Arctic Monkeys, EL WEST has created its own compelling and original sound. You can catch El West on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Soundcloud. Preview their new song “Cuba Gooding Jr.” then if ya love it, scroll to the bottom to vote for it for the Friday Replay.
Formed in early 2015, Wyves have been hard at work creating their unique brand of Rock & Roll. Within a few months of gigging they had garnered acclaim from Phoenix New Times and Java Magazine, highly circulated publications in Arizona. Corey Gloden on vocals was recently named “Best Male Vocalist” in Phoenix New Times Best of 2016. “Spoils Of War”, the debut album from Wyves, is 11 tracks of Rock & Roll. It is an album that is both modern and classic in quality and conviction with great hooks and well thought out lyrics. “Spoils Of War” was released in February of 2016 to a Sold Out Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix, Arizona. With constant word of mouth and momentum they have landed sets at McDowell Mountain Music Festival 2016 and Apache Lake Music Festival 2015 and 2016. They have shared the stage in previous projects with acts such as: Guns N’ Roses, Aerosmith, Kid Rock, Cheap Trick, Peter Frampton, Rival Sons and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros. Between the four of them there has been a lot of knowledge gained and miles traveled. They are ready to use that for Wyves, the culmination of experience and a driving passion to create this music. This band is truly where they want to be and this is the music they want to share. You can catch Wyves at their 7″ Vinyl release party this Saturday, July 22nd at Crescent Ballroom and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Check out their song “Bitch has got Problems” below and if ya love it, vote for it for the Friday replay at the bottom of the page!
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