12 Can’t-Miss Artists Performing At McDowell Mountain Music Festival 2017 – BANDSINTOWN

Bear Ghost Track Bear Ghost on Bandsintown

Any band whose mantra is, “Out to groove you, move you, and also to behoove you” is a-ok with us. Phoenix four-piece, Bear Ghost promises just that, and has made a name for themselves in the Valley for their unique blend of hip-hop, punk, rock, and pop sounds. Although new to the industry, this band came in with a bang in 2014 with their debut EP, Your Parents Are Only Marginally Disappointed in Your Musical Taste. With each member holding true to their own charismatic and distinctive personalities, we know this band will bring the heat to whatever stage they play upon next March.

– Source Bandsintown

McDowell Mountain Music Festival 2017 Lineup Announced

FLUME, THE SHINS, CHROMEO, & GROUPLOVE to Headline the 2017 McDowell Mountain Music Festival (M3F)

AZ’s 100 % nonprofit music festival announces eclectic lineup for the 14th annual celebration on March 3-5, 2017 at Hance Park in Downtown, Phoenix.

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Phoenix, Arizona – November 3, 2016 – McDowell Mountain Music Festival is ecstatic to announce the lineup for the 14th annual music Festival on March 3-5, 2017. This year M3F brings top headliners to the Arizona music scene such as Flume, The Shins, Chromeo, and Grouplove. The lineup features numerous national artists such as Gov’t Mule, Turkuaz, and Bob Moses. As a grassroots, Arizona-based festival, M3F doesn’t forget the local talent like Bear Ghost, CooBee Coo and RUCA.

In an effort to remain true to its eclectic roots while evolving, M3F attracts music festival goers who are interested in a diverse variety of genres by bringing unexpected sound pairings to the Valley. “What really sets us apart from other music festivals, is our choice of artist’s year after year,” says Founder John Largay. “Our lineup ranges from national artists like Flume, who is completely reinventing the typical EDM sound, to world-renowned jam bands like Gov’t Mule and Railroad Earth, all the way to local Arizona artists that are on the rise, like seventeen-year-old, musical prodigy Upsahl.” He reminds us that the overall Festival goal started 14 years ago, “to continue to elevate Phoenix, AZ as a music and cultural destination. And to generate revenue for our local economy, including local artists and small businesses which are the oxygen that feeds the heart of the City.”

This year, festival goers will get the chance to see the following national and local acts:
The Shins
Gov’t Mule
DJ Mustard
Emancipator Ensemble
Bob Moses
Railroad Earth
The Record Company
Hayley Kiyoko
Whiskey Myers

Bear Ghost
Ozark Pappy
CooBee Coo
Mr. Mudd & Mr. Gold
Jay Allan & The Uncommon Good
Harrison Fjord

Along with the music, charity is part of the DNA that fuels M3F. From its inception, the Festival has donated over $1,000,000 for local Arizona charities. In the most recent years, M3F has teamed up with two local, family-based nonprofits: Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation and UMOM New Day Center.

Source – MMMF Website

The 16 Best Albums Released by Phoenix Bands So Far in 2016

If you are a fan of great local music and you haven’t heard Bear Ghost’s full-length debut album, Blasterpiece, I’m going to assume that you’ve spent the first half of this year in a cave. First of all, Bear Ghost is probably the most fun band in town to see live or listen to on record. “Fun” is an element that seems to be lost on a lot of indie bands, and it’s damned refreshing to be excited about going to see a band for the sheer sense of joy they will impart in their performance. Luckily, for Bear Ghost, they were able to translate the fun factor into every moment of Blasterpiece, and it’s a lot like their stage show come to life. I feel like I should always keep a spare copy of this album around for those occasions when someone tells me they’ve never heard of them. Their blend of pop, rock, prog rock, punk and even hip-hop defies the senses, and the assimilation of these styles creates something wholly unique that is all their own.

– Mitchell Hellman Phoenix New Times

New Music from Bear Ghost and More

Originally posted on Phoenix New Times – Mitchell Hillman

It was a complete surprise when Bear Ghost dropped a new single this week, so quick on the heels of releasing one of the best local albums of the year. It was even more of a surprise that Mario Yniguez, Dalin Gonzalez, and Matt Storto of Harrison Fjord joined them for guest vocals. Topping the list of surprises is that “Let Us Vote” is an upfront political song that doesn’t pull any punches. Not surprisingly, the new song sounds like it would have fit perfectly on Bear Ghost’s Blasterpiece, musically speaking. It may be less than two minutes long, but it packs a hell of a punch, with a healthy dose of wry commentary on the current political atmosphere. This song takes place in the mind of the political villain, and it’s an interesting vantage to choose for a song. If you weren’t paying attention, this would just be another rousing, danceable indie rock song, but if you want to get inside the song, just check out the lyrics on their Bandcamp page. It explains the tune, and one read of the lyrics will illuminate the impetus behind the song as our villain thinks, “I will leave you ruined. … I’m inevitable / I’ll shove it through your news and lie lie lie.” In short, pay attention, not just to this song, but generally speaking as well. Depending on the outcome of this year’s election, Bear Ghost’s next album could well be full of rallying cries and political anthems. They could even get a concept album out of that.

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Bear Ghost at Viva Phx 2016

30 acts you need to see at Viva PHX 2016 – AZ Central

Bear Ghost at Viva PHX 2016

These Mesa rockers definitely occupy the more eccentric fringe of the new-millennial art-rock spectrum on this awe-inspiring followup to “Your Parents Are Only Marginally Disappointed in Your Musical Taste.” “Introduction to Blasterpiece” opens the set with a demented funk-rock march that sounds like it was written to accompany Tim Burton down the rabbit hole, especially when the vocals kick in with a chant of “Welcome, you are here to witness our demise.” “Necromancin Dancin” filters the rhythms of ska through “A Night at the Opera” with traces of jazz, a quirky falsetto delivery and a twisted chorus hook of “I’m raising the dead / I’m loving the dead.” It’s all very odd, from the mash-up of hip-hop, opera and a riff that grooves like Aerosmith on “Funkle Phil” to the old-timey touches of “Gypsy,” which feels like someone fed the theme-park band a little too much acid. From what Mitchell Hillman wrote in Java magazine, their live shows have featured songs by Queen and Disney soundtrack music, which makes perfect sense considering how often “Blasterpiece” suggests some kind of loopy missing link between the two. (8 p.m. Last Exit Live)

See the whole story featuring Bear Ghost playing at Viva PHX 2016 on AZCentral.com