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2012 Stories by Christina Caldwell

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  • Time Signature

    published March 29, 2012

    It’s human nature to look back and idealize what once was. And -- nostalgia be damned -- it's too easy to boil down decades to cultural... More >>

  • Good Old War @ Crescent Ballroom

    published March 22, 2012

    It's tough to be a fan of the portmanteau. Blending words is an art mastered by few keen wordsmiths, like Liz Lemon on 30 Rock with the... More >>

  • Seeing is Believing

    published March 22, 2012

    When it comes down to it, true beauty is about two things – form and function. Tell that to an artist and they might scoff at the idea... More >>

  • Buff 'n' Stuff

    published March 15, 2012

    Fashion experts may tell you that the casual blazer-and-jeans look is going out of style, but apparently bow ties, bare chests and denim will... More >>

  • Creatures of Habit

    published March 8, 2012

    Nuns make perfect athletes. No, really. When you spend your day living sin-free, there’s little room slothful moments in front of the TV,... More >>

  • Darkness Dear Boy

    published March 1, 2012

    Three-chord alternative isn't new, especially in Tempe. In the '90s, bands like The Refreshments and Gin Blossoms rode the style all the way to... More >>

  • Candy Crop

    published March 1, 2012

    The recipe for caramel is mindbogglingly simple, but even the easiest recipes can get botched. The candy can be burned, scorched and ruined if... More >>

  • Boys and Frogs Aren't Afraid of the Close-Ups

    published February 23, 2012

    There's no quicker way to alienate listeners than to be so pretentious as to describe a band as an "experience," "lifestyle," or "state of... More >>

  • Gender Bowl

    published February 23, 2012

    Drag queens are some of the most confident people you’ll ever meet. As they saunter about, lip syncing to Gloria Estefan’s... More >>

  • Rebelution @ Marquee Theatre

    published February 16, 2012

    Despite the genre's radical roots, there's something about modern reggae that makes it difficult for fans of classic reggae to fully embrace.... More >>

  • Horse Power

    published February 16, 2012

    If a tourist were to walk through downtown Scottsdale without previous conceptions, she might think something along the lines of, “Wow.... More >>

  • Revival Styles

    published February 9, 2012

    Portraying avid ren fair attendees as basement-dwelling Dungeons and Dragons aficionados who relish the opportunity to use their year-round... More >>

  • Factories @ The Sail Inn

    published February 2, 2012

    A little editing sure goes a long way. Not long ago, the members of Phoenix-based dance-rockers Factories used to be in a band called... More >>

  • Hips Don't Lie

    published February 2, 2012

    When you watch Columbian singer Shakira swing her hips on stage, you’d think she was the greatest thing to happen to belly dancing since... More >>

  • Queen Bees and Wannabees

    published January 26, 2012

    When Miss Wisconsin, Laura Kaeppeler, became Miss America on January 15, girl made some amateur mistakes. Mainly, she wore regular mascara... More >>

  • Handsome Furs @ Crescent Ballroom

    published January 12, 2012

    Until last June, it was difficult for Montreal's Dan Boeckner to separate his two musical projects. The collaboration with wife Alexei Perry... More >>

  • Creative Commons

    published January 12, 2012

    If, while counting down to midnight at the New Year's Eve blowout of your chain restaurant of choice, you couldn't help thinking that hundreds of... More >>

  • Movie Madness

    published January 12, 2012

    Just because you look like the bastard son of Nicolas Cage doesn’t mean you have to suffer a life of strangers calling out “Hey,... More >>

  • Built to Thrill

    published January 5, 2012

    You can call Phoenix a land without culture, but beyond the strip malls and chain stores, our town is actually packed with history. As Phoenix... More >>

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