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Local Band Q & A With Call Me James

IN THE August 20 ISSUE

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by Sarah Peterson


Visalia’s Call Me James includes lead vocalist/guitarist Brendon Reese, bassist/vocalist Joaquin Ruiz, and drummer Chris Ramirez. They kicked off 2016 with a bang at Barmageddon in Tulare, and on July 21, released their self-titled debut, the digital EP Call Me James. Kings River Life caught up with Reese to get the scoop on how it all began.

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by Sarah Peterson


The summer is just heating up for Visalia’s country/rock maestro Brandon Pasion and his band (including drummer Pete Buotte, bassist Lenny Sciacca, guitarist Dwayne Janzen, and Travis Brooks on Dobro guitar, banjo, keys, and backup vocals) with the release of their debut EP All I Ever Want.

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Local Band Profile: The Crxssing

IN THE March 19 ISSUE

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Kings River Life caught up with Fresno rock band The Crxssing (including lead vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Tad Kent, bassist/backup vocalist Damon Paraguas, and drummer/backup vocalist Jesus Acevedo) to talk all things music, ahead of the release of their full-length album True North later this year.

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The South Valley’s Ryan Dean and the Bricktops with vocalist/guitarist Ryan Dean, guitarist John Bell, bassist Mario Teixeira, and drummer Matt Hopson, are kicking off the New Year with their first Fresno show tonight (January 16) at Audie’s Olympic. Kings River Life caught up with Ryan Dean on the eve of the Audiepalooza 2016 All Star Western to discuss the band’s origins and their bright future ahead.

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Your Hero Is A Villain No More

IN THE March 7 ISSUE

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Shakespeare would have said “parting is such sweet sorrow,” but for the members of Fresno metal band Your Hero is a Villain, that is not the case.
They plan to keep in touch.

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You could say that music is in his blood.
“I’ve always been around music,” says Geoff Thurman, lead vocalist and guitarist of Fresno’s The Geoff Thurman Band. “My father had a deep bass voice and my sisters were singers and piano students as children. I started singing when I was five years old.”

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by Sarah Peterson



Who knew that meeting at a Limp Bizkit audition ten years ago would lead to the eventual formation of Fresno new wave/pop band Brother Luke and the Comrades?

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Spotlight Theory: A Local Band Profile

IN THE August 16 ISSUE

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by Sarah Peterson



If you search the term “spotlight theory” online, you’ll find that not only is it the name of Fresno’s alternative rock duo, but that it’s an actual theory as well.

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Anchor City, a Band of Four

IN THE July 19 ISSUE

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When a love of music is born in childhood, it has the tendency to stick around. And the members of Fresno’s alternative band Anchor City know a thing or two about this.

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“Yeah, but what kind of music do you play?” Blake Jones has been fielding that question for quite a while.
So much so, in fact, that the songwriter-vocalist-guitarist of Fresno’s Blake Jones and the Trike Shop penned a song with that particular question as its title.

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by Sarah Peterson



Like a magician conjuring from the dark depths of a top hat, so too came the name of Fresno metal band, Spirit Descending, but instead of a white rabbit or a levitating deck of cards, the hands of Fate pulled out the evolution of a sound five years in the making.

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Guy Beard may be the front-man for Guy Beard and the Lunch Wagon Romeos, but there actually is no Guy Beard. “He’s more of an archetype,” says Ron Morse, lead vocalist for Fresno’s rockabilly band of four. “He’s the invisible fifth member of the band.” But it’s the group’s four corporeal members (drummer John Shafer, Scats on the Sly bassist Martin Hansen, keyboardist-guitarist-vocalist Leland Vanderpoel, and Morse, who also plays guitar) who make up the real heart and soul of the Lunch Wagon Romeos. “We’ve been jamming together as the Romeos for about two years now,” Morse says. “Our first gig was my 50th birthday party, and about a week later, we played Tokyo Garden.”

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Highway 41 At Rogue Festival 2014

IN THE February 15 ISSUE

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by Sayre Miller



She travels on cruise ships and scenic trains, jamming all hours of the day. He’s hauled his guitar around the world on his back, entertaining locals and fellow travelers. She’s lain awake in a converted monastery in Spain, constructing a song in her head about jet lag and moonlight. Together they are Highway 41, the local folk band.

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by Sarah Peterson



If you’ve ever been to Fresno’s Rogue Festival or attended Jazz @ the Library, you might be familiar with the jazzy swing sound of Fresno band Scats on the Sly.
This four-member band of cool cats, comprised of vocalist Mallory Moad, bassist Martin Hansen, guitarist Mike Newton and violinist Sue Beevers, has been making music together for almost eight years.

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