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  • Zach Attack

    published September 28, 2006

    Zach Yoshioka is the Valley's version of Robert Rodriguez or Roger Corman. Since 1999, the self-taught auteur has cranked out 15 different... More >>

  • Goodwill Hunter

    published September 28, 2006

    Everyone needs a pal like Corey Busboom. Besides helping keep countless local thrift stores afloat by dropping more than $100 weekly on vintage... More >>

  • Blur

    published September 28, 2006

    Riddle me this: Which award-winning, NYC-based turntablist has created best-selling dance mixes for MTV and Tommy Boy records, and remixed the... More >>

  • Hell's Belle

    published September 28, 2006

    Cecelia Walker has a hot pair of breasts, literally. As the thumping congas of Santana's "Soul Sacrifice" pump from the Paper Heart's... More >>

  • Fusion Music Festival

    published September 21, 2006

    If you want to see the best and brightest of the Valley's turntablist scene (without having to hit up a dozen different nightclubs), beat feet... More >>

  • Bone Daddy

    published September 14, 2006

    Tiny fragments of fractured machines, antique medical tools, pill bottles, bleached animal bones. These are some of the ingredients composing the... More >>

  • Andy Rourke

    published September 14, 2006

    While he might not be as famous as Morrissey or Johnny Marr, bassist and guitarist Andy Rourke was still a vital part of legendary English rockers... More >>

  • Saturday Nights at Trax

    published September 7, 2006

    When the old Sail Inn closed its doors late last year, Tempe scenesters shed plenty of collective tears as one of their favorite hangouts went... More >>

  • Dylan

    published August 31, 2006

    Long before he became known as the "Sultan of Sickness," the drum 'n' bass devotee known as Dylan began his career spinning records over the... More >>

  • The HorrorPops

    published August 31, 2006

    No doubt about it, The HorrorPops are headed for Hades. Not because the fearsome foursome of Holland-born hipster hellcats committed any mass... More >>

  • DJ Irene

    published August 24, 2006

    Here's a real-life kind of needle exchange for you: A decade ago, superstar lesbian DJ Irene was shooting up meth and living out of her car in... More >>

  • HeadSpace

    published August 17, 2006

    Sunday afternoons are meant to be spent maxing and relaxing, instead of stressing out about returning to your hellish job for another week of... More >>

  • DeVotchKa

    published August 17, 2006

    Pity the poor music journalist charged with the task of describing the enticingly exotic and eccentric music created by DeVotchKa. Over its six... More >>

  • The Arcade Fire

    published August 10, 2006

    Ever since local DJ William Fucking Reed debuted his "motherfucking rock and roll dance party" Shake! last year, Saturday nights at The Rogue... More >>

  • Off on a Bender

    published August 10, 2006

    Corey Busboom's house is a gloriously ginormous mess. Quite frankly, it looks like a thrift store exploded inside the cluttered confines of... More >>

  • Jen Lasher and DJ Icey

    published August 3, 2006

    There's plenty to love about female DJ Jen Lasher. The saucy 24-year-old spinstress siren and fashion plate is not only easy on the eyes, she's... More >>

  • Hi, My Name Is Ryan

    published August 3, 2006

    Ryan Avery staggers through the Trunk Space in downtown Phoenix, sweaty, smelly, and spent. For the past several minutes, the 19-year-old... More >>

  • Batucada

    published July 27, 2006

    The turntable scene here in the PHX seems pretty fucking fickle sometimes, as DJs repeatedly relocate their record-spinning gigs from club to club... More >>

  • Johnette Napolitano

    published July 20, 2006

    Hey, Joey, baby, it's me — Johnette. I know I haven't called in a really long time, but I wanted you to know that in case you never heard... More >>

  • Go International -- Without Leaving Town

    published June 1, 2006

    Your folks will be spending the summer on a Serengeti safari. The roommates are gonna dance 'til dawn in the dapper discotheques of Ibiza. And... More >>

  • Cinco de Drinko

    published May 4, 2006

    ¡Odelay! Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner, so you'd better dust off your sombrero and bust out your rusty knowledge of... More >>

  • The Slackers

    published May 4, 2006

    Search Google with the phrase "ska sucks" and you'll encounter various vitriolic ventings about how the musical style blows. It's not a surprise,... More >>

  • Cinco de Drinko

    published April 27, 2006

    ¡Odelay! Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner, so you'd better dust off your sombrero and bust out your rusty knowledge of... More >>

  • Twisted Sister

    published March 23, 2006

    Lesli Englert, 32, is a study in contrasts. Although this tall and wispy blonde painter from South Dakota exudes friendliness and small-town... More >>

  • Green Daze

    published March 16, 2006

    It's safe to say that St. Patrick's Day is a big-time bash in the Valley. For those of Irish descent, it's a time for taking pride in your... More >>

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