Tiny Desert Concerts

KJZZ has been taking a listen to local bands across the Valley for our Tiny Desert Concert series. If you’re in a local band and want to play a Tiny Desert Concert, send us a note at [email protected]

Taylor Upsahl is no stranger to the Phoenix music scene. She was born into a musical family, played on stages across the Valley from a young age, and now she’s been signed to the record label Arista.
Aug. 29, 2019
Glowy, dreamy, post-punk band, MRCH (“march”), has tickled the airwaves beyond Arizona. You might have heard them on shows like “The Vampire Diaries” and “13 Reasons Why.” Even The Guardian in the U.K. has clued into the pop pair’s sparkly sound.
July 31, 2019
The Technicolors recently took a year off from touring after nearly seven straight years on the road. Brennan Smiley, the guitarist and lead singer of the Phoenix-based band, said they were feeling burnt out and needed downtime to figure out their identity.
June 25, 2019
Moonlight Magic is a lounge exotica band that sounds like they stepped off the stage of a 1960s tropical bar, and they look the part too.
May 22, 2019
For singer-songwriter Bella Canzano, singing was a part of her life from her very first baby coo.
May 1, 2019
Arizona has its fair share of folk and bluegrass bands, but none can hold a candle to the spicy flare of The Haymarket Squares.
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April 4, 2019
The idea of the itinerant bard is often romanticized in film and fiction, moving from town to town and singing for their supper. That’s the life singer-songwriter Savannah King chose when she gave up a rooted existence for one on the open road.
March 11, 2019
Loud, expressive and multi-layered, local indie-punk band, Sundressed, is used to laying it all bare when they take the stage. So when lead singer and songwriter, Trevor Hedges, was asked to perform acoustically, the performance had a new level of rawness.
Feb. 21, 2019
Loud, raw, and full of layered emotion, the Phoenix-based, indie-rock band reveals a deeper side to their explosive live performances. It’s time now for a Tiny Desert Concert.
Jan. 30, 2019
It’s time now for a Tiny Desert Concert. It’s a series where we bring local Arizona bands and musicians into the KJZZ studios to play a couple of songs and talk about their music. Today, we hear from The Sugar Thieves.
Dec. 6, 2018
Blending a traditional classical music with a large helping of the newly created songs, Driftwood Quintet pushes the boundaries of what classical music can be by mixing Mozart with modern compositions.
Nov. 15, 2018
Tiny Desert Concerts is a series in which we bring local bands and musicians into the KJZZ studios to play a couple songs and talk about the music. This month we hear from koleżanka — a four-musician band fronted by Kristina Moore.
Oct. 22, 2018
Formed five years ago, The Stakes take elements of jazz, R&B, hip-hop and sometimes classic rock in their music. And it all culminates in a dynamic live show that is both rehearsed and improvisational.
July 26, 2018
Calexico is one of the most notable bands to come from Arizona. For many, its music — which is sometimes called “desert noir” — is synonymous with the Southwest.
May 31, 2018
Tiny Desert Concerts is a series in which we bring local bands and musicians into the KJZZ studios to play a couple songs and talk about the music. This month, we hear from singer-songwriter Max Knouse, a veteran of other bands, now releasing his first solo album, “Dinasaur from Jensen.”
May 15, 2018
A Tiny Desert Concert is when we bring local bands into the KJZZ studios to play a couple songs for us and talk a bit about the music. This month we did things a little differently, and for the first time our tiny desert concert was actually in the desert. Phoenix singer-songwriter Justin Moody performed in a wash in South Mountain’s Box Canyon.
March 16, 2018
Welcome to the Tiny Desert Concert. This is when we bring local Arizona bands into the KJZZ studios to play a couple songs for us and talk a bit about the music. For this month, we hear from Flamenco Por La Vida.
Feb. 13, 2018
Comprised of two guitarists, a bassist and a drummer, Nanami Ozone's soul is in garage rock, but their sound is a mash of beachy chords that would fit well at any summer party. The band’s members say the ease of their sound comes partially from their friendship, which you can hear in their writing.
Jan. 5, 2018
Self-described as up-tempo but down-hearted, the heart and soul of The Blood Feud Family Singers is the poetic lyrics that pluck at your emotions, and the bluesy-folk tunes take a walk down the dusty road of love and heartbreak.
Dec. 14, 2017
The SunPunchers is known for creating a blend of warm, open Americana music, with gorgeous vocal harmonies, full guitar sounds, and a delicate pedal steel. The Show's host Steve Goldstein spoke with the band’s frontwoman Betsy Ganz.
Oct. 19, 2017
Las Chollas Peligrosas is less than a year old, but already has a strong following. The group is known for blending different styles of Latin music, as well as American roots styles like blues and folk, and singing songs in both English and Spanish.
Sept. 15, 2017
House of Stairs is known for creating a beautiful, layered sound filled with looped vocal harmonies and tight improvisation. The band’s members come out of a jazz tradition in many ways, though House of Stairs' sound borrows from many places, and doesn’t quite fit neatly under the jazz umbrella.
July 28, 2017
TinyDesert Concerts are when we bring local bands into the KJZZ studios to play a couple songs for us and talk a bit about the music. Valley-based band Cheap Hotels came to play for us, and The Show's host Lauren Gilger spoke with one of the band's frontpeople, Ian Wilson.
May 19, 2017
North Brother Island’s name comes from the tiny island in New York’s East River that was the site of a horrific shipwreck in the early 1900s, in which more than 1,000 people died. It’s lesser-known stories like this one that inspire its members to to craft their songs.
Oct. 10, 2016
Though Walker is just one person, she uses a guitar, two tape decks, and a number of audio effects to process and layer her sounds which include field recordings she’s made of natural and ambient sounds.
Aug. 23, 2016
Language Barrier's music is somewhat poppy, with tinges of sadness and thoughtful lyrics.
June 24, 2016
Qais Essar is one of eight acts from Arizona playing in this year’s South by Southwest festival in Austin.
March 15, 2016
Foreign Language has a unique sound that can be tough to pin down. It’s soft but rich, and ethereal but substantive.
Dec. 18, 2015
The Rebel Set is a local band that features driving drums, chunky guitar and the unmistakable sound of the farfisa organ.
Nov. 20, 2015
Tyler Broderick of the indie pop band Diners performed a Tiny Desert Concert in the studio.
Oct. 16, 2015
Phoenix punk band Man Hands performed a Tiny Desert Concert in the studio.
Sept. 8, 2015
The Senators are not just a group of people who hang out in capitol buildings – it’s also the name of a Valley band.
March 27, 2015
Numb Bats are an Arizona three-piece band and its members describe their music as a 1990s revival.
March 6, 2015
The Arizona band decker. is something of a mixed bag.
Feb. 20, 2015
The Pistoleros have been a fixture of the Valley music scene for over 20 years and is probably best known for its role in Tempe's jangle pop scene of the 1990s. Now the band is releasing its first album in 10 years, "Shine."
Jan. 16, 2015
American Longspurs’s music fits into lots of different categories and incorporates elements of bluegrass, modern country and other Americana sounds.
Oct. 3, 2014
Strange Lot is a three-piece psychedelic band with a hint of garage rock based in Phoenix.
Aug. 29, 2014
Sister Lip's music is hard to categorize. The band joined us in studio to talk about their new album, "Thanks for the Mondays."
May 16, 2014
The band Of the Painted Choir has a new single out and will be releasing a new record this summer.
March 28, 2014