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  • What's Selling: Stinkweeds Record Exchange

    published Jun 24, 2008

    By Benjamin Leatherman Here's a rundown of the top 10 best-sellers at Stinkweeds Record Exchange, 12 West Camelback Road, for the week of June 16 to 22. 1. Fleet Foxes, Self-titled (Sub Pop) 2. Wo... More >>

  • The Ska's the Limit

    published June 19, 2008

    It’s kinda ironic that SoCal’s Mad Caddies entitled their latest album Keep It Going, since the ska-punk sextet is doing just... More >>

  • It Came From YouTube: Classic concerts at Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum

    published Jun 18, 2008

    By Benjamin Leatherman The Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum, site of rock 'n' roll history. Long before either the U.S. Airways Center or Dodge Theatre were even a twinkle in some architect’s e... More >>

  • Energy Thursdays

    published June 19, 2008

    Back in 2004, DJ guru Rod Carrillo was all over the Valley's airwaves and club scene, broadcasting his style of trance and progressive house on... More >>

  • Meet JerkRag, the Valley’s Rock Band band

    published June 19, 2008

    The members of JerkRag are having something of a shitty night. It's an unseasonably rain-drenched evening in May, and the setup for... More >>

  • What's Selling: East Side Records

    published Jun 17, 2008

    By Benjamin Leatherman What are the Top 10 best-selling albums at East Side Records, 217 West University Drive in Tempe? Here’s a list, yo. 1. Dystopia, Self-titled (Life is Abuse) 2. King Khan... More >>

  • It Came From YouTube: Spooky Z Tha GraveDigguh pimps his upcoming show

    published Jun 11, 2008

    By Benjamin Leatherman Juggalos (a.k.a. the rabid fans of demented horror-core rap duo Insane Clown Posse) tend to scare the shit out of most people. Maybe it’s because they’re connected with vio... More >>

  • Lee Burridge

    published June 12, 2008

    British beat-juggler Lee Burridge is sort of a freak. Sure, turntablists are known to be an eccentric lot, but it's a safe bet your average... More >>

  • What’s Selling: Zia Record Exchange in Tempe

    published Jun 10, 2008

    By Benjamin Leatherman Here’s a rundown of the top 10 best-selling albums at Zia Record Exchange, 105 West University Drive in Tempe, for the week of June 2-8. 1. Weezer, Weezer (Red Album) (Gef... More >>

  • The Biggest Dick in Phoenix: Richard Cheese at Celebrity Theatre on Saturday, June 7

    published Jun 08, 2008

    By Benjamin Leatherman Better than: Hanging out with the dicks in Scottsdale. Back in mid-1996, Zach de la Rocha and the rest of Rage Against the Machine ruled the alt-rock world, with stations like... More >>

  • Who’s performing at tonight’s First Friday art walk

    published Jun 06, 2008

    By Benjamin Leatherman The horror rockers of Calabrese The monthly First Friday extravaganza in downtown Phoenix always proves to be a massively chaotic mess of sound and art, with dozens of musici... More >>

  • Summer Guide: Quick change from selling things other than your clothes

    published June 5, 2008

    Hipster fashion isn't the only thing you can hawk in exchange for some serious scrilla in these cash-strapped times. Everything from the books and... More >>

  • Summer Guide: Stay at one of the Valley’s luxest resorts for a fraction of the scratch

    published June 5, 2008

    As unconscionably evil as the summertime sun gets in our desert domain — reigning over our asses from May to September like a Third World... More >>

  • Summer Guide: Eat, drink and be happy

    published June 5, 2008

    It's said that vice is virtually recession-proof. Meaning no matter how poor one gets (believe us, we're getting there), there's always enough... More >>

  • 1... 2... 3... 4!!!

    published June 5, 2008

    Mark LaRue is a double-duty DJ. When the 32-year-old isn't spinning rump-shaking Nickelback or Wyclef jams for the exotic dancers of Bourbon... More >>

  • Wiener's Circle

    published May 29, 2008

    Pop quiz, hot shot: How many hot dogs do you think you could eat in 12 minutes? Four? Maybe five if you pushed it? You’re gonna have to wolf... More >>

  • Discotropolis

    published May 29, 2008

    The beatmeisters of United Groove might be dusting off plenty of '70s kitsch for their retro dance party Discotropolis, but chances are,... More >>

  • Massive Attack

    published May 22, 2008

    Besides skin-searing temperatures and sky-high electric bills, here’s another sign we’re hip-deep into summertime: the annual assault of... More >>

  • 24 Hour Party Person

    published May 22, 2008

    John Huntington is a party monster, and then some. Check it: The tattooed thirtysomething “promoter/ DJ/producer/consultant/... More >>

  • Red Monkey

    published May 22, 2008

    For most P-Town peeps, the Memorial Day weekend means maxing and relaxing, with absolutely no thought of working until they clock in on Tuesday... More >>

  • The Joy of Six

    published May 15, 2008

    Your sixth birthday fiesta might have been the shiznit way back in the day – especially with pony rides, clowns, and a moon jump – but... More >>

  • Blunt Club's Six-Year Anniversary Party

    published May 15, 2008

    Your sixth birthday fiesta might have been the shiznit way back in the day — especially with pony rides, clowns, and a moon jump — but... More >>

  • J.D. Samson

    published May 8, 2008

    The over-the-top androgynous appearance of J.D. Samson often leads to confusion about what, exactly, is the gender of the cross-dressing... More >>

  • Relentless stickering and guerrilla marketing have made Digital Summer one of the Valley’s hottest bands

    published May 8, 2008

    It's a warm night in March, and the city of Scottsdale is under siege. Under cover of darkness, a fanatical force more than a dozen strong moves... More >>

  • Skank You Very Much

    published May 1, 2008

    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 >>

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