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  • 2006 - Arizona Press Club Awards, published June 16, 2005

    "High Voltage"

2002 Stories by Brendan Joel Kelley

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  • Bowling for Dollars

    published December 26, 2002

    No, sports fans, Santa won't grant your fondest wish and bring you an actual NFL-caliber team in place of the hapless Arizona Cardinals, whose... More >>

  • Kickin' It

    published November 28, 2002

    Hip-hop thespians Wu-Tang Clan might want to put their litigation counsel on retainer; the real monks of Shaolin Temple, from whom Wu-Tang borrows... More >>

  • America's Ogre of Train Bombing

    published November 14, 2002

    In a converted stand-alone garage in the backyard of a midtown Phoenix home, an artist saunters in to his 20-year retrospective exhibition. The... More >>

  • Canadian Smoke

    published October 17, 2002

    Hot Hot Heat, a foppish quartet from the tiny island city of Victoria, British Columbia, finds itself riding the wave of rock 'n' roll resurgence... More >>

  • One of a Kind

    published September 26, 2002

    As a rule in Arizona, club nights — those wittily monikered weekly or monthly dance events (or non-events) — have the staying power and... More >>

  • Scratch Fever

    published September 12, 2002

    On March 7, 2001, Valley virtuosos DJ Radar and Raul Yanez pulled off one of Arizona's few great historical events in music history, the... More >>

  • Standup Citizens

    published August 29, 2002

    The Valley is teeming with unsung comedic talent, like the huckster satirists who staked "Vote Mormon" signs next to Matt Salmon's gubernatorial... More >>

  • Suburban Nightmare

    published August 15, 2002

    Hey, Mom and Dad, is your teenage son exhibiting any of the following behavioral symptoms: showing a sullen and angry demeanor, bottle-bleaching... More >>

  • Evil Empire

    published July 18, 2002

    Ethan, Will and others who were there still talk about the scene that night. Two girls — a stripper and her friend — walked arm in arm... More >>

  • Scaling Denali

    published June 6, 2002

    In the past year, many independent record labels have been battling a phenomenon we like to call "emo-profiling." This sinister cousin of racial... More >>

  • Ugly Casanova

    published May 30, 2002

    Modest Mouse front man Isaac Brock has never been reticent about his psychoses. He'll freely talk of the demons in his head that speak to him, and... More >>

  • A Def Ear

    published May 30, 2002

    Russel Simmons is hip-hop's O.G. mogul — he was running the game before P. Diddy and Master P were outta diapers. Twenty-five years ago,... More >>

  • Rock en Español

    published May 30, 2002

    You would think that in a sprawling megatropolis like the Valley of the Sun, with its high concentration of Chicano residents, some elements of... More >>

  • The Kids Are All Right

    published May 23, 2002

    It's about noon in Lawrence, Kansas, on a recent Monday — the day before the Get Up Kids release their first new album in three years, On... More >>

  • Pedro the Lion

    published May 16, 2002

    David Bazan has always been a soul searcher. As the driving force behind Pedro the Lion, Bazan has made a career of examining the intricacies and... More >>

  • Speed Freaks

    published May 16, 2002

    Phoenix has long held the title of "speed capital of the West," though not for reasons that make any of us proud. Thankfully, some people are... More >>

  • Fellowship of the Ring

    published May 9, 2002

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  • Triple Threat

    published May 2, 2002

    Spring is quickly melting into summer in the Valley, and armchair sports fans are settling in, sticking their sweaty thighs to leather La-Z-Boys... More >>

  • Jersey Devils

    published April 4, 2002

    Just west of Manhattan, across the Hudson River, lies the burg of Jersey City, the second most populous township in New Jersey. It's a city... More >>

  • Breakup Songs

    published February 28, 2002

    This story, like so many in the music press lately, begins in the unlikely creative haven of Omaha, Nebraska. Omaha is home to the incestuous... More >>

  • Gone Hollywood

    published February 14, 2002

    The following is a sad story, in a sense. Not for its protagonist, former Valley resident and much-ballyhooed turntable artist DJ Z-Trip, because... More >>

  • Now It's Overhead

    published January 24, 2002

    It all starts with the butterflies, those giddy whirlwinds in the stomach -- the antithesis of nausea combined with dopey smiles and too many... More >>

  • Nathaniel Merriweather

    published January 17, 2002

    Last we heard from Nathaniel Merriweather, he and partner Chest Rockwell were handing out the syllabus for their Handsome Boy Modeling School back... More >>

  • A Serious Ale-ment

    published January 17, 2002

    Screw the Duff -- when Groundskeeper Willie is lookin' to get his swerve on, he's likely to be sipping one of the arse-kickin' brews featured at... More >>

  • Starting Point

    published January 10, 2002

    Five young men. One band, three years old, with two acclaimed EPs released. This is where it starts.At the end of 1999, Chris Simpson, Jeremy... More >>

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