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Photos: Eduardo Cruz (except where noted) One of the things I get to do in my job is go to fests. I go to a lot of fests. Usually at least 8 to 10 in a year. Punk fests, death fests, doom fests you name it. This August, I found

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Photos: Wayne Ballard Desert Dweller Fest’s introductory year was a helluva of a weekend. The first day was stuffed to bursting with youth crew glory, old school fury, brutal chuggery and even a scaled back, emotive set from Runaround. Day two was a different monster entirely, with some of Arizona’s heaviest

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Throughout the year, Arizona’s heavy music output remains top tier, a choice assemblage of artists pushing hardcore, metal and all related sub-genres into refreshing, harsher territories. It can be said, with relative lack of argument, that all music scenes deserve their due, but there are those that are special, that

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We all have events we look forward to. Birthdays, anniversaries and holidays are all temporal cushions that ease the annoyance of our day-by-day tedium. For those fortunate enough to not be tied to Christmas’s hypocritical thrall, Halloween usually is the holiday to enjoy. For the last five years, that weekend

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Tucson’s Get A Grip has exploded into the southwest punk scene since their inception three years ago. Playing old school punk with threads of crossover, hardcore and skate punk, their relentless pace and energetic, violent live sets has set them in a league only few their age call home. Following

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Vast shifts aren’t something we notice immediately, or ever, honestly. The earth spins and continents move, but we’re only aware because we’re told. In culture, rarely are these great changes felt or witnessed, only whispered with reverence by those who took care to witness it or mourned by the blind

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