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2012 Stories by Christina Caldwell

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  • Snow Plight

    published July 26, 2012

    Come July, Phoenicians forget about the kindness and good will and the holiday spirit, swapping those cheery things for uncomfortable amounts... More >>

  • Canned Dreams

    published July 26, 2012

    Let’s be honest. Bud Light Lime is the stereotypical drink of choice for Nickelback and Lifehouse fans everywhere -- not that... More >>

  • Oak Creek Music Festival @ Sedona's Martini Bar

    published July 19, 2012

    Looking for their place in Sedona culture somewhere between the vortexes and sweat lodges, the spiritual city's musicians find a way to nestle... More >>

  • Witch Raft

    published July 19, 2012

    In these dog days of summer, any interaction with the outside world is just a foggy, sweaty blur that will break your spirit if you can’t... More >>

  • Shot At Love

    published July 19, 2012

    We're onto you, you bunch of bars hosting ladies' nights. When you say "ladies get in free!" and "bottomless margaritas!" you really mean:... More >>

  • Text Clues

    published July 12, 2012

    Anyone can sense the coming of an M. Night Shyamalan twist from a mile away. Oh, that strict, strange, old-timey cult is actually living on a... More >>

  • Cassiopeia @ Yucca Tap Room

    published July 5, 2012

    Putting a song over 10 minutes long on your debut full-length is masturbatory. Putting three songs that nearly hit the 10-minute mark on... More >>

  • Quirk It Out

    published June 28, 2012

    It's the family pool party, and you're drunk. Then, your uncle strips down to his tighty-whities, and quickly you’re both uncomfortable... More >>

  • Teen Beat

    published June 14, 2012

    During your teenage years, everything is so lame. You can’t drink. You’re under constant parental supervision. Your acne flares up... More >>

  • Super Stereo @ Crescent Ballroom

    published June 7, 2012

    In an age when Henry Rollins does Acura commercials, what does "selling out" even mean any more? Tempe "futurepop" band Super Stereo knows a... More >>

  • Roam Alone

    published June 7, 2012

    The performers of Cirque du Soleil aren’t shy. In fact, with their gravity-defying stunts, the costume-clad actors aim to make you trip... More >>

  • Latino Studies

    published May 31, 2012

    Living so close to Mexico, it’s easy to see the Latino influence on day-to-day life here in Arizona -- from street names to fashion. And... More >>

  • A Guy Thing

    published May 24, 2012

    In a culture where female nudity is revered as art and male nudity is a punch line, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that dudes can be... More >>

  • Roll Out

    published May 17, 2012

    They told you it couldn’t be done. Back in the '90s, when your hair was spiky and your clothing preferences included all-too baggy shirts... More >>

  • Field Tripp @ Long Wong's at the Firehouse

    published May 10, 2012

    Countless rock docs and tell-alls have confirmed it: Lead singers/songwriters are dictators. Call it an ego thing, but there's no denying that... More >>

  • Spicy Girls

    published May 10, 2012

    No boys allowed. That’s the mantra of every girl fort ever built. Vigilant in the fight against cooties, girls deem boys simultaneously... More >>

  • Wonder Women

    published May 3, 2012

    Traditional social constructs would lead you to believe that if a piece of art is any good, then a man probably made it. That is, unless the... More >>

  • Horse Power

    published May 3, 2012

    It’s safe to say that most people rarely think about horse racing, until the Kentucky Derby rolls around. Just like St. Patrick’s... More >>

  • Film Industry

    published May 3, 2012

    Nowadays everyone is a photographer. Cell phone cameras have flooded our Facebook feeds with countless pointless images of our friends trying... More >>

  • Talk the Talk

    published April 26, 2012

    There’s no quicker way to have your grandmother fear for your eternal soul than to tell her you’ve rejected her religion. Let alone... More >>

  • Black Carl @ Tempe Beach Park

    published April 19, 2012

    In a rather controversial concert review last December, New Times contributor Nicole Smith wrote of the indie sailor-pop band Tennis'... More >>

  • Loud and Proud

    published April 19, 2012

    Although Phoenix doesn't exactly top the list of gay-friendly 'hoods, there's nothing can keep fabulous down. And since 1981, the... More >>

  • McDowell Mountain Music Festival @ The Compound Grill

    published April 12, 2012

    Mountain music can, and should, be utterly terrifying to outsiders — at least in its traditional sense. Just imagine toothless... More >>

  • Love Blossoms

    published April 12, 2012

    Nothing is more cliché than a flower. Musicians compare women to them, poets describe their beauty in detail, and cartoons of little... More >>

  • Future Loves Past @ The Rogue Bar

    published April 5, 2012

    It's common for a song lyric to mean one thing to the audience and a very different thing to the performer. Not sure what Led Zeppelin is... More >>

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