by Dan Gibson
Just guess how many bands from Tucson are on Paste Magazine's list of "10 Arizona Bands You Should Listen to Now." One, Run Boy Run.
It's not that the bands on Adam Vitcavage's list aren't worth listening to (I really like Roar and Gospel Claws, for example), but why would you ask a writer from Atlanta to act as an expert on a state all the way across the country? [Update: Turns out Vitcavage went to ASU and moved to Atlanta less than a year ago. Still, should have been more Tucson stuff, regardless.] Certainly, the title of the post doesn't pretend to be exclusive, that these are the best bands in Arizona, but wouldn't it be a better service to the reader to have someone who has seen these bands live, who can say something more intelligent about our state's musical scene than that the "vast amount of bands coming from the state are migrating towards Phoenix and the suburban sprawl it produced in the Valley of the Sun"?
I get that this sort of thing is content filler for a music site like Paste, but come on, it would be worth the effort to try a little bit harder over there.