Brian Smith

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  • 9 months ago | Best of Phoenix

    Once upon a time, there was a city. It was not the largest city, or the smallest. It was not the richest or the poorest. But this city had a reputation, nonetheless. It was known throughout the land as dry and inhospitable -- heated to unimaginabl...

  • 14 years ago | Music News

    It's always the ones who fail in their chosen field of expertise that are the most fascinating. Always. Poverty-wrecked pulp novelist David Goodis counting nickels for booze and sewing couturier labels into cheap suits at the peak of his form is f...

  • 14 years ago | Music News

    If 2001 was a maddening, schizophrenic year for America, that goes double for the music that bubbled to the surface in the last 12 months. For most of the year, bland frivolity and mindless chest-thumping ruled the airwaves. Then, as the World Tra...

  • 14 years ago | Music News

    The dreaded word in "local scene" is, of course, the operative one: "local." In this context, local generally suggests unending mediocrity, the kind of excessive conventionality perpetrated by so many sad-sack groups too busy churning out morbid t...

  • 14 years ago | Music News

    When Stevie Nicks returned to her Phoenix home at the tail end of 1994, just a year after quitting what was once the biggest band in rock 'n' roll, she figured that her career was all but over. There was lots of wreckage in her wake. Earlier that ...

  • 14 years ago | Music News

    By definition, a Richmond Slut would be a resident of a San Francisco neighborhood who compromises principles for personal gain. In context of the indie rock 'n' roll scene, the name suggests the unblushing ability to laud oneself. Yet, at no time...