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McDowell Mountain Music Festival Announce 2017 Lineup News 

McDowell Mountain Music Festival Announce 2017 Lineup

The Shins, who were on the bill in 2013, will return to the stage of Margaret T. Hance Park in downtown Phoenix for the 14th annual McDowell Mountain Music Festival. Also on the bill will be Chromeo, Flume and Grouplove. Arizona’s only 100 percent non-profit music festival brings an eclectic assortment of artists to Phoenix Friday, March 3-Sunday, March 5. Other artists this year include Gov’t Mule, Lettuce, DJ Mustard, Emancipator Ensemble, Bob Moses, Railroad Earth, the Record Company, SunSquabi, Hayley Kiyoko, Turkuaz, Whiskey Myers and Treezus. Arizona music is well…

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McDowell Mountain Music Festival Announces 2017 Dates Alternative Electronica Features Folk Hardcore Indie Metal News Pop Pop Punk Post-hardcore Rock Singer/Songwriter 

McDowell Mountain Music Festival Announces 2017 Dates

McDowell Mountain Music Festival, Arizona’s only 100% non-profit festival, has officially announced their 2017 dates! While the festival lineup has yet to be announced, many festival goers purchase their tickets well in advance to ensure admission. Past lineups include Kid Cudi, Beck, The Avett Brothers, Porter Robinson, Luna Aura, and more. Stay tuned to their website for announcements and more information and check out the video after the jump to get a taste of what you can expect at this event.

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INTERVIEW: VanLadyLove Alternative Electronica Features Indie Interviews Pop Pop Punk Rock 


Given their irresistibly intergalactic hybrid of rock and electronic music, it wouldn’t be a surprise to find out VanLadyLove actually arrived on earth from a different planet… However, it turns out the trio—Travis Van Hoff (Lead Vocals, Keys, Guitar), Steele Saldutti (Bass, Ableton), and Jordan Clark (Keys, Guitar)—call Utah home. Since their 2012 formation, a string of undeniable songs has fueled the group’s rapid rise from local prominence to national buzz. Along the way, they scored an impressive total of six high-profile placements on TLC in addition to a cameo…

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McDowell Mountain Music Festival App, Schedules And More Alternative Electronica Folk Hardcore Indie Metal News Pop Pop Punk Post-hardcore Rock Singer/Songwriter 

McDowell Mountain Music Festival App, Schedules And More

There really is an app for everything! If you are planning on going to McDowell Mountain Music Festival, things just got a bit easier for you. The festival has created an app that will have the set times, menus for VIP and so much more.  

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INTERVIEW: Nick Hexum of 311 Alternative Features Indie Interviews Pop Punk Post-hardcore Rock Singer/Songwriter 

INTERVIEW: Nick Hexum of 311

311, a band that is known for mixing rock, rap, reggae and funk into their own unique sound, was formed in 1990 in Omaha, Nebraska by singer/guitarist Nick Hexum, singer S.A. Martinez, guitarist Tim Mahoney, drummer Chad Sexton and bassist P-Nut. After years of touring, 311 have developed a reputation as one of the most entertaining & dynamic live bands in the U.S. In celebration of 25 years as a band, in June 2015, 311 released the 311 ARCHIVE box set – featuring 4 CD’s (81 tracks of B-sides, bonus tracks, pre-production…

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INTERVIEW – Up the Chain Alternative Features Folk Interviews Rock Singer/Songwriter 

INTERVIEW – Up the Chain

Up the Chain was once the long-time solo project of lead singer/songwriter Reed Kendall. As a newly formed trio, completed by Noah Skaroff on bass and Kirby Sybert on drums, the guys will be releasing their first full-length, The Prison Break, on March 11. Up the crafts crisp, quirky rock songs that have them being  to Delta Rae, Brandi Carlile, Ryan Adams, Beck and more and earning fans in Baeble, Diffuser, Earmilk, and Culture Collide. They wrote the majority of the new album and filmed the official video for “Sidecar” while on the road. The visual is a…

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INTERVIEW: RyMo of Slightly Stoopid Alternative Electronica Features Interviews Pop Pop Punk Rock 

INTERVIEW: RyMo of Slightly Stoopid

Most bands don’t survive for more than 10 years. Band members grow up, start families or lineups change. Slightly Stoopid, is not one of those bands. Formed in 1994, Slightly Stoopid released their 8th studio album in 2015 and are still touring around the globe. They started out as a smaller band, but finalized their lineup with a new drummer, percussionist, trumpet/keyboard and saxaphone. Slightly Stoopid’s drummer Ryan Moran, aka RyMo, took time out of his day to chat with me about emotional music, divas and grassroots. 

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McDowell Mountain Music Festival Finalizes Lineup, Supports Local Charities Alternative Electronica Features Folk Indie Pop Singer/Songwriter 

McDowell Mountain Music Festival Finalizes Lineup, Supports Local Charities

Earlier this month, the team with McDowell Mountain Music Festival, Arizona’s 100% non-profit music festival, finalized its lineup. The array of musicians will attract a variety of festival goers and leave everyone with a new favorite. This year’s lineup includes Beck, Kid Cudi, Porter Robinson, Bloc Party and The Avett Brothers. Local acts include The Haymarket Squares, Luna Aura, Captain Squeegee and Fairy Bones, just to name a few.

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INTERVIEW: Rett Smith Alternative Features Folk Interviews Rock 


Rett Smith, a sultry, Bluesy-Rock guitar player from West Texas has burst into the music scene, aiming to take it by storm. His debut album was produced by 9-time Grammy winner, Joe Nicolo, who has produced albums by The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and The Fugees. Rett took some time to chat with me and talk about his future plans, music festival dreams and being a dog parent.    

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INTERVIEW: Brandon Decker of decker. Features Folk Indie Interviews Pop Rock 

INTERVIEW: Brandon Decker of decker.

Sincerity is a hard thing to find in the music industry. Everyone is always moving, writing and going. Brandon Decker, the singing-songwriting troubadour of Sedona’s music scene, just came off of his national tour with his band decker. His music can be described as a soulful mix of rockabilly and folk, created by a rotating lineup of musicians, creating a unique show every time. He recently premiered a video for the title song “Patsy” off of his new album, which was debuted exclusively by Yahoo! Music. Brandon sat down with me…

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