Karmin: (Thursday, October 25): Karmin, the pop duo of Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan, met at the Berklee College of Music, and their musical education has gone to good use in covering all sorts of radio-dominating pop music, like Nicki Minaj's "Superbass" and Lil Wayne's "6 Foot 7 Foot." They've done all right with their own tunes, too: Their single "Brokenhearted" made it to number one on the Billboard Hot Dance Club songs chart.

Jerrod Niemann (Friday, October 26): Ask your average crate-digging, vintage Levis-sporting alt-country fan what the genre needs, and he might well respond with something like "more guts" or "to get in touch with its outlaw spirit" or "more pedal-steel." Ask Jerrod Niemann and he'd likely respond "One More Drinking Song."

Niemann's hit has a little more in common with the slick Nashville modern sound than "tear in my beer" classics, but he's got chops, having penned hits for Garth Brooks, Neal McCoy, and the outlaw-minded Jamey Johnson.

Korn (Saturday, October 27): According to our own Benjamin Leatherman, "classic Korn" is gone but the dubstep-leaning wobble-wobble rock outfit in its place is plenty awesome in its own right.

"As much as Davis has brayed about reinventing rock 'n' roll with the hybridization of Korn's nu-metal swagger with the grimly powerful crunch of dubstep, the band's M.O. is crystal clear," Leatherman wrote in his review of Korn's last visit. "The Path of Totality was born from the desire to avoid a path to obscurity."

(You gotta wonder whether Korn frontman Jonathan Davis' J Devil DJ guise will appear at some dark club the same night, spinning nasty, dark IDM for sweaty club kids.)

Sublime with Rome (Thursday, November 1): Sublime with Rome is down to only one original Sublime member, bassist Eric Wilson. Drummer Bud Gaugh left the trio in 2011, after playing with Rome Ramirez and Wilson since 2009.

In an interview with Budz TV, Gaugh said, "In hindsight, I would not have used the name. I didn't want to in the first place. I was talked into it, and I would like to apologize to certain people and the fans for trying to justify or talk them into it as well. The recording was awkward. It felt rushed, felt like I was playing someone else's parts/songs."

But Wilson and Ramirez still are at it, with legendary session drummer Josh Freese sitting at the drum throne. With no lack of Sublime tribute bands out there, you might as well see the one featuring the guy who laid the bass down on those records in the first place.

Old School Jam with Midnight Star, Ready for the World, Timex Social Club, Shannon, Connie, & Stacey Q (Friday, November 2): With soul and R&B artists like Drake, The Weeknd, and Frank Ocean combining slick electronic textures with their grooves, the artists performing at the Old School Jam deserve a little reconsideration. Midnight Star straddled the post-disco world of R&B and Quiet Storm, while Timex Social Club pre-dated the New Jack Swing sound movement of the early '90s, and Stacey Q blended new wave sounds with soul radio.

I'm willing to bet there'll be less hairspray and mousse present, but who knows? Maybe it's time to bust out that old can of Aqua Net you've been saving for a special occasion.

Zendaya (Saturday, November 3): Sixteen-year-old Zendaya Coleman is the latest in a string of young budding Disney pop stars, a new sensation from the same Magic Kingdom that cranked out Miley Cyrus and Raven-Symoné. She hasn't quite blown up yet, but it's just a matter of time. Her current single is a remix of Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend," re-titled, of course, "Girlfriend."

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pp_sheeba
pp_sheeba

lol.. love fairs but they are not what I want to do before I move out of here..... lol..  I prefer the museums and mountains.. People and noises kill me!

novastarz47
novastarz47

The State fair is a filty dirty place to go ...Mesa Art TUTU IS GAY ! AZ going to hell

Cos2mwiz
Cos2mwiz

Well...Adam did six EXTRAORDINARY shows with QUEEN in Europe this summer and proved you monumentally wrong about his "fit" to front them. He'll FAR and away be the most exciting performance you'll see at the fair. 

 
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