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This Week On Homegrown With Mo: VIVA PHX bands MRCH, The Darts, Bogan Via and The Maine

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MRCH Band Photo

In their first year and a half, indie electronic duo MRCH has been recognized by The Guardian as “Band Of The Week” and CMJ as “One To Watch”. They’ve toured the west coast extensively while releasing singles. Their track Highway Drivin’ was played in Showtime series Shameless and ABC’s Guilt, while their single Spin was placed in Pitchfork/Ford In Focus series featuring the front-women of Best Coast and Sleigh Bells. You can see MRCH at The Orpheum at VIVA PHX this weekend and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Soundcloud. Check out their song “Spin” then vote to hear it again on Friday, below:


The Darts

THE DARTS (US) are an all-grrrrl garage-psych-rock supergroup featuring Nicole Laurenne
(The Love Me Nots, Motobunny, Zero Zero), Rikki Styxx (The Two Tens, The Dollyrots, Thee
Outta Sites), Christina Nunez (The Love Me Nots, Casual Encounters, The Madcaps), and
Michelle Balderrama (Brainspoon).
The band formed in early 2016 when, after watching each other’s bands from the sidelines for
years, Nicole and Michelle realized there was no good reason why they shouldn’t just start
writing songs together already. With six songs ready, Rikki and Michelle recorded their tracks in
Los Angeles and then Nicole and Christina tracked their parts in Phoenix. Arizona producer Bob
Hoag (The Format, Dear And The Headlights, The Ataris) then masterfully stirred the mess
together over a piping hot console. The result is two smoking 10” vinyl EPs full of garage riffs,
girl-group harmonies, fuzz bass, farfisa organ, badass drum fills, and all-around lo-fi-turned-hi-fi
Soon after their October 2016 release, the singles “Running Through Your Lies” and
“Revolution” enjoyed instant radio airplay and “Take What I Need” was selected by Sirius/XM’s
Underground Garage channel as “The Coolest Song In The World” and was even tweeted by
author Stephen King. The band then played its first live show in October, 2016, signed with
London’s Dirty Water Records (MFC Chicken, King Salami, Archie and The Bunkers, Muck and
The Mires, The Morlocks), and proceeded to tour the Southern US, to the delight of several
media outlets (CBS Dallas, PBS Houston, more). Shortly thereafter, the Darts signed deals with
licensing companies Media Horse (US) and Wipe Out Music (UK).
The band has released one DIY music video to date and will release two more official videos in

March 2017. The Darts will tour the western US with Weird Omen (France) in March 2017 and

with The Jackets (Switzerland) in September 2017.
The Darts will invade Europe for the first time in May 2017, with appearances in England,
France, and Italy booked by Jostone Traffic (Bellrays, Guitar Wolf, Man or Astroman?, Los
Straitjackets). A full-length record will follow in late summer 2017 on the Dirty Water imprint.
You can catch The Darts at Last Exit Live at VIVA PHX and on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Youtube. Check out their song “Take What I Need” then vote to hear it again on Friday, below.




Bogan Via is Bret Bender and Madeleine Miller. MADLY is the band’s second extended play album and it further develops their unique synth-pop sound.

MADLY was then recorded between 2013 and 2014 over two continents at the Red Bull Studios in Copenhagen and in their hometown of Los Angeles. Mixed in New York, the band co-produced the record with Le Chev (Fisherspooner, Frankie Rose, Lemonade).

Bogan Via has made a quite a mark on the scene, quickly playing packed shows including a European tour and festival appearances at: SXSW, Culture Collide, Folsom Street Fair, Phoenix Pride, Insomnia, San Diego Music Thing, Summer Ends, & Viva Phx. Bogan Via’s ability to win over fans with their unique sound has already earned them opening spots for the likes of: Phantogram, Little Dragon, Halsey, Todd Terje, Ladyhawke, Glass Animals, Twin Shadow, Darwin Deez, Austra, Yacht, Betty Who, and many more, as well as remixes by: Geographer, Miniature Tigers, Database, Micon, & Terminal 11.

For now, Bogan Via’s graceful and danceable indie rock is still under the radar, but they are quickly rising to the surface, bringing their melodies and pulsating beats with them. Over the past few years, Bogan Via’s music has been featured on every blog from EDM to Consequence of Sound. With overwhelming responses to first listens of the record, this is the year that Bogan Via will start to make a splash. You can catch Bogan Via at Crescent Ballroom at VIVA PHX and on Facebook, Twitter, Spotify and Soundcloud. Check out their song “Can’t Go Back” then place your vote to hear it again on Friday, below.


The Maine band photo

The Maine is an American alternative rock band from Tempe, Arizona, formed in 2007. Their first release, the EP Stay Up, Get Down was released in late 2007, followed by a five song EP titled The Way We Talk released on December 11, 2007. The band’s first full-length album, Can’t Stop Won’t Stop was released July 8, 2008. Their holiday release …And a Happy New Year was released in December 2008. The Maine released their second full-length album, Black & White, on July 13, 2010, selling 22,634 copies in its first week. On December 6, 2011, the group’s third album, Pioneer, was released and it peaked at No. 90 on the Billboard 200.[1] Their fourth full-length record Forever Halloween was released on June 4, 2013 reaching No. 39 on the Billboard 200 by selling over 10,000 copies in its first week. The Maine later released a deluxe edition of Forever Halloween on June 17, 2014. Their fifth studio album, American Candy, was released on March 31, 2015. Their sixth studio album, Lovely, Little, Lonely, will be released on April 7, 2017. You can catch The Maine at Comerica Theatre at VIVA PHX and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Spotify and Youtube. Check out “black butterflies & deju vu” below then vote to hear it again on Friday.

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