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This week on Homegrown with Mo: Ruca, El West, Bear Ghost and Treasurefruit!

Homegrown 2.27.17



A Local Music Segment airing every Monday through Friday at 11pm. Check out who’s featured this week and vote which band/artist gets their song played again on Friday!


Ruca Band Photo

The PHX New Times recently listed Ruca as “One of the Best Things We Saw” at the 2016 McDowell Mountain Music Festival, stating they are “a band that should play at some point during every festival.”
Since the release of her debut album Flow in 2011 (Produced and Recorded by Jack Howell), Ruca has been honing her live chops at Arizona nightclubs and festivals both with a full band and as a solo acoustic artist, crafting a unique sound dubbed ‘Bluesy Reggae Soul’.  2016 saw the release of Ruca’s follow-up full length, “This Garden”, also recorded and produced by Howell.  JAVA Magazine says “This is one of the most feel-good records I’ve heard in a while… Pure listening pleasure for forty-four minutes straight.”
Ruca has played 400+ shows since 2011, including SXSW, Apache Lake Music Festival and the McDowell Mountain Music Festival in 2016. They have toured internationally in Mexico and opened for Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers, Cas Haley, KONGOS and HIRIE. You can catch Ruca at MMMF this Saturday and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube. Preview her song “Get It Back” below then vote to hear it again on Friday.



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 live at The Rebel Lounge March 2nd and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Soundcloud. Preview their song “Half To Death” then vote to hear it again on Friday, below.



“In the last couple years, Bear Ghost have emerged as one of the top bands to catch live in the Valley. Since they released their debut EP, YourParents Are Only Marginally Disappointed in Your Musical Taste! in 2014, they have been blowing minds at venues all over town. I only caught up to them last year, but it appears I was just in time to catch some of the most entertaining live shows around locally. An electrifying set that includes not only their originals, but also covers of classic Queen and a handful of Disney songs (that’s right, Disney songs). These shows sold me on Bear Ghost, while making their new full-length Blasterpiece one of my most anticipated albums of the year.

Bear Ghost is Ryan Abel on guitar and vocals, Andrew Heath on bass and vocals, Myke ButtonZ on drums and Thomas Knight on guitar, keyboard and vocals. Together they have created one of the most unusual indie rock sounds around, not just in Arizona—anywhere. They combine elements of prog rock, indie rock, a little bit of punk, a touch of hip hop, some electronica and mash it all together to produce a consistent sound that is wholly their own. They make music that is decidedly fun. It’s fun to listen to and fun to watch. This energy goes a long way. When they put on a show, they actually put on a show.”

– Mitchell Hillman

You can catch Bear Ghost at MMMF this Friday and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Spotify. Check out their song “Starkiller” off the album Blasterpiece, then to vote to hear it again on Friday, below.






Desert psych rock quartet Treasurefruit released their full-length debut Oct 30, 2015. Recorded on reel-to-reel tape and mixed by hand on a vintage desk, “Poisonous Dwellers of the Desert” offers fresh modern rock informed by elements from Django to Hank to Hendrix.

Fronted by singer/songwriter Anamieke Quinn, Phoenix’s “Desert Noir” pioneers elegantly weave psychedelic rock, western roots and soulful jazz pop into moonlit dreamscapes of the Great Southwest.

Treasurefruit was recently named one of the “Top Ten Female-Fronted Bands in Phoenix” by the Phoenix New Times, and singer/songwriter Quinn was the 2016 recipient of the annual Songbird Award by culture blog Yab Yum Music and Arts. You can see Treasurefruit at MMMF this weekend and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Give their song “Teddy Bear’s Picnic” and listen and vote for it below!


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