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2012 Highlights: Favorite Features

Emby Alexander, Citizen espresso bar, D'Aundra Wallace

Emby Alexander at Citizen Espresso, photo by D’Aundra Wallace

At The Spec, we strive to cover the many elements of the music industry in creative ways. Throughout 2012, the site has featured numerous local and touring bands, and other individuals who play a role in the scene.

Check out The Spec’s favorite features from the year, including Q & As, video interviews with local bands and venue owners and tour coverage of Black Carl and RACES, and more…

Interview with Joey Lemble, a Professional Merch Guy

Have you thought to yourself how crazy it would be to hop on with a tour and go from “…Phantom Planet to Sigur Rós to Brian Wilson to Ice Cube“? I know a guy who has lived it…


Captured: Q & A with Photographer Patrice Jackson 

In an age when digital photography seems to rule everything around us, Patrice Jackson has chosen to shoot primarily with film. Her hobby-turned-profession has afforded her traveling opportunities and encounters with some of her favorite musicians…


Trunk Space Celebrates Eight Years in Phoenix

In its eight years of existence, the Trunk Space has grown into something that not even co-owners Stephanie Carrico and JRC expected. It is an intimate, all-ages venue that accommodates artists in all forms and carries a charm equal to that of its supporters…


Boys & Frogs Disbands, Emby Alexander Forms

There’s something intriguing about Michael B. Alexander. His body language speaks through gestures and though he sometimes gets tongue-tied, the words that always get loose reveal his imagination. And if you never get to see this to believe it, you’ll hear it in his music…


Photo Diary: Black Carl’s Alaskan Tour

In July, Arizona band Black Carl embarked on an Alaskan tour. The Spec equipped each musician with a disposable camera to document the journey and featured the best photos from each member’s camera…

JOHN KRAUSE | MATTHEW NOAKES  | CHAD LEONARD | IAN WOODWARD | EMMA PEW


The SPECifics: The Senators of Americana

If you know who The Senators are, you’re in on a big secret and it’s something worth sharing…


SPECTATOUR: On the Road with Races

The Spec spent time with Races as the band journeyed through Arizona for two shows. The five-part series includes one-on-one interviews, show footage and a behind-the-scenes look at life on the road…

PART 1 | PART 2 | PART 3 | PART 4  | PART 5

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