Sufjan Stevens, Of Montreal, Magic Kids offer strong Fall 2010 releases

Welcome back everyone to yet another issue of “The Music Sounds Better,” The Roundup’s monthly music podcast, but more importantly a new year of music.

Lucky for us, the music fans, we are in for quite an impressive streamline of releases this Fall/Winter 2010.

This month will feature “twee-popsters” Magic Kids, indie veterans Of Montreal and the delightfully entrancing songwriter Sufjan Stevens.

Anarbor rocks Friday Night Lights, plays free concert

The Red Army stormed out of the Central High bleachers Friday, Aug. 27, energized by the varsity football team’s first win of the season.

As BCP/XCP students returned to Brophy for Friday Night Lights chattering about the strong performance of the Broncos, most knew what awaited them: the concert featuring Anarbor and Katastro.

Featuring two Brophy grads, Arizona natives Anarbor recently performed in more than 44 North American cities over the span of two months as part of the Vans Warped Tour.

Warped Tour hits Phoenix, diverse line up brings in crowds

The calm hum of music and insurmountable screams of the cheering crowd could be heard as my friend and I pulled into the Cricket Pavilion parking lot on June 29 to attend the highly renowned Vans Warped Tour.

This year, and in years prior, the famous Warped Tour has been known to serve multiple genres with myriad bands for 15 years.

Some very well known bands and artists performed this year, including 3OH!3, Mike Posner, Motion City Soundtrack, The All American Rejects, Sum 41 and many other just as talented bands.

Nate’s Fingers share a long road with rock and roll

Matt Holmes ’10, Nick Weiss ’10, Matthew Xuereb ’10 and Parker Jones ’12 get together at Brophy events to rock students for the night in their band, Nate’s Fingers.
Holmes described the music as alternative rock with a punk attitude. Weiss called their music “loud and fast,” words that fit a punk bill.
They play at most Brophy functions that call for a live band: Friday night lights, Thursday night lights, Battle of the Bands and the Fine Arts Extravaganza. They have also begun branching out.

Arctic Monkeys make memorable show, synced with Sleep Sun

As the sun went down over Tempe town lake people drizzled into the concert for the indie-rock bands.
They came by foot, car and light rail, getting there hours before the first band even got on stage.
Paired up with Sleepy Sun, the Arctic Monkeys left a rocking impression on the Marquee crowd April 15.

Brophy students get once-in-a-lifetime opportunity at Bon Jovi concert

On Feb. 24 a group of Brophy students had the opportunity to meet and sit down with rock stars Richie Sambora and David Bryan of Bon Jovi.

Sophomore Chase Knox’s ’12 mother works for Forever Young, a charity organization started by former NFL star Steve Young.

A part of the work they do involves giving students the chance to conduct interviews at large scale events like professional sports games and concerts.

The Music Sounds Better

So here I am again with another exciting issue of The Roundup’s premier music podcast, “The Music Sounds Better.”

This time around I’ll be covering the minimalist disco-rock of Germany’s The Whitest Boy Alive, Kanye West’s pick of favorite chill-gazer, Toro Y Moi and the renowned animated stars Gorrilaz.

The Whitest Boy Alive (led by Erlend Øye of Kings of Convenience) have been around for a few years starting as a project that was intended to be a computer-based electronic band.

The Noise

Underground rock has always had its place on the music radar, but there are few bands following the scene that have stood out as much as the Killers.

The Killers have acted as pioneers in this new age of music making.

They originated in Las Vegas in 2002, and since then they have been taking their revival of the post-punk genre to new unique realms that are always surprising.

Flogging Molly, others hold St. Patrick’s Day celebration

This last St. Patrick’s Day, Irish and non-Irish alike rejoiced as Flogging Molly, accompanied by three other bands in a concert denoted the “Green Seventeen,” made its way into town.

Festivity was in the air as concertgoers filed into the concert grounds in Tempe Beach Park.

Of the three supporting bands, the Keltic Cowboys were the first to take the stage, performing a handful of Irish Punk songs including a cover of one of Flogging Molly’s pieces.