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 theshow@kjzz.org.

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.
Jul. 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.
Mar. 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.
Sep. 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.
Jul. 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.
Jun. 24, 2016
Qais Essar is one of eight acts from Arizona playing in this year’s South by Southwest festival in Austin.
Mar. 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.
Sep. 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.
Mar. 27, 2015
Numb Bats are an Arizona three-piece band and its members describe their music as a 1990s revival.
Mar. 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.
Mar. 28, 2014