Formed in the heart of the deep American Southwest, XIXA are a guitar-slinging six-piece, uniquely attuned to the desert and their Latin roots. Combining gritty guitars, the bumping grind of chicha, and desert blues into a mesmerizing stew. They're also a band whose time had come to define what they call "The New Southwest"-intense, sun-bleached music shot through with an inky gothic horror that scans like the long-lost soundtrack to a cult, macabre B-movie Western.
Their debut record, 2016 "Bloodline," saw them inject heavy fuzz guitars and Latin pulses into sandy rock and roll, a potent mix that took them all over the world for two whole years. For 2019s EP "The Code" they blended psych-rock, cumbia, goth rock, cowboy folk and windswept desert blues into a dark, simmering occult.
Coming in early 2021 is the bands long-awaited sophomore album which finds XIXA delving deeper into their admiration for Peruvian chicha, extracting and refining their core, and giving voice to their most primal instincts. Informed by the bands rich history as songwriters and storytellers, they've carved a wider space for their psychedelic rock to swell, a place where scoundrels and coyotes roam free, and magic runs deep in the earth. It is the ultimate desert trip.
In the simplest terms, decker. (Brandon Decker) is a singer/songwriter based in Sedona, Arizona. A more apt description, however, would be musical mystic. He, himself, describes his sound as psychedelic desert folk, drawing inspiration directly from the vortexes of the red rock mountains and canyons where he resides—an area so widely known for its resounding energy that millions of spiritual travelers flock there every year in an attempt to harness its power. With a handful of self-released recordings to his name that have garnered praise from KEXP, Magnet Magazine and No Depression, decker. signed with revered independent label Royal Potato Family in 2017 to release a 10-song retrospective entitled Into The Red. In 2018, he returned with a full-length collection of new material, Born To Wake Up. Where previous albums have leaned darker in mood and content, his recent work finds him maturing in his artistic viewpoint, offering more optimism and light across a range of songs like 'In Outer Space & DNA,' 'Awake,' and 'Smudge.' Glide Magazine recently wrote, "decker. is one of the country's most criminally underrated songwriters." With the release of Born To Wake Up, that should all be changing.
“a common-man spirit similar to a young Bruce Springsteen” – SF Weekly
“one of the country's most criminally underrated songwriters” – Glide Magazine
"Masterful and filled with energy" - LA Music Blog
Billed by the Phoenix New Times as "the premier live hip-hop band in town," The Stakes have become a staple in Arizona's music scene. The band reflects the diverse colors and experiences of the young and the revolutionary, with a realism and authenticity that brings together their unique brand of hip-hop. Their stories and visions come to life onstage through the collaboration of self-made rappers, university-educated performers, cover artists, and gospel musicians, creating an intoxicating blend of energy that will bring you to your feet.
Red Light Cameras are a show-stopping rock band out of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Lead by powerhouse vocalist, Amanda Machon, this band packs a punch and always has the dance floor moving as fans belt out the lyrics, singing along with one of the best front people you will ever see. The songs are super catchy, the hooks infectious ,and the beats will absolutely have you bouncing. It's all the pop you need with some serious garage rock edge to blow you away.
A two-man bastard child of rock, alt country, blues, Appalachia, and bluegrass.
Midwest roots, Southern Vibes, and West Coast Rambles. The now Arizona-based band, Sci-Fi Country melds traditional '60s inspired garage rock with spaced-out psychedelic riffs, vocal harmonies, and sounds of the Southwest. The trio was formed in 2019 and is best known for their high-energy performance and playful stage interactions. Since the release of their 2020 self-titled EP, the band has toured nationally, been played internationally, and anticipated the release of their first full-length album in the summer of 2022. The FlagLive! describes Sci-Fi Country as, "Three otherworldly cowboys whose music conjures desert, outlaw country, and the unusual phenomena it plays host to: UFO sightings, highways stretching and bending without end, cosmos, psychedelia."
Rivers Run Wild is a Soulful Americana band based in Sedona AZ. Their sound will jettison you back to simpler days and tickle the back of your mind with familiarity. Their sound stretches to the brink of many other musical genres and influences, but no matter what shape it takes, the resounding heart behind their music is palpable. Though they are constantly expanding their recorded repertoire, the magic of their live performances is not to be missed.
Covenhoven is nationally recognized indie artist Joel Van Horne, a multi-instrumental singer-songwriter whose rich harmonies, reedy baritone and commanding falsetto have found a home with critics and fans since 2013.
Through 4 full length albums and 2 EPs Covenhoven has forged a signature style; layered acoustic arrangements that roll with momentum into orchestral peaks, accompanied by lyrics that contrast hard-won wisdom with the inherent hope of the natural world—from Big Sur to his native Colorado.
Covenhoven’s latest album, IV (released in October 2021), is his most collaborative and rock forward to date—taking a producing partner in Ben Wysocki of the Fray, who also performs on the album. IV features over a dozen musicians including Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov, Luke Mossman of Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, and Bluebook’s Julie Davis.
Covenhoven’s live performances capture the spirit of his recordings—whether its conjuring cascading loops in his solo shows or backed by a full band—Covenhoven’s sound fills the breadth of outdoor spaces, auditoriums and club stages.