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Escondido and that Desert Sex Sound: An Interview with Tyler James and Jessica Maros

Escondido and that Desert Sex Sound: An Interview with Tyler James and Jessica Maros

Within the modern music industry there seems to be a growing appetite for music that’s moved beyond the boundary of a single genre. Audiences want more. They don’t just want to be entertained, that’s as simple as people-watching at a red light. They want to be mesmerized.

And for artists that means experimentation. Finding a voice, a tone, a style that’s more than what it appears.

We at MusicBham were fortunate enough to be given a chance to talk to the crew of Escondido, a band in the process of developing its own unique sound that has been heralded by the Chicago Sun-Times and others as “a band steeped in Southwest fantasia that stands on the strength of its songwriting.”

While so many other prominent artists have chosen to recreate their sound with various musical tech, Escondido opts to stick to basics. There’s something to be said of the power a grounded, simple melody can have on a person. Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash are obvious examples. Jessica Maros and Tyler James are doing their best to walk in those footsteps.

Hear it from them below.

Photography by Mary C. Fehr
Written by Sara Jane Overby
Into by Nathan Diehl

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12 Artists You Must See at Sloss Fest

12 Artists You Must See at Sloss Fest

This year’s Sloss Music and Arts Festival is on track to be just as heavy-hitting as last year’s debut lineup. Sure, Primus won’t be there this year, and that’s a total bummer–but there are plenty of unbeatable bands you may be unfamiliar with, bands whose talent will make this hot July weekend definitely worth the sweat. With two days and four stages (including the exciting addition of the Seasick Records Stage), Sloss Fest 2016 will be a rager. Read through our top picks as you begin to plan your weekend at the Furnaces!


Dr. Dog

Sunday / Blast Stage / 5:45 – 6:45pm

Here’s a bold statement: expect this to be the best performance of the weekend. Dr. Dog offers premium songwriting loosely mirroring The Beatles, with unexpected time changes, psychedelic-inspired weirdness, ingenious melodies and refreshing vocal harmonies that turn bad days into good days. Dr. Dog brings all this to the stage, with a powerful, heartfelt, and insanely talented performance.  Their newest album, The Psychedelic Swamp pays homage to their early experimental years, except with better recording equipment. Every piece of the Dr. Dog puzzle is a work of art, and with each album release, we get to play in their world for forty-five minutes or so. We…

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