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3 days ago | Concert Review
Sam Smith told the audience at Gila River Arena last night that it was one of the best crowds he's had in America during this, his first international tour. The crowd of screaming fans was certainly loud enough to merit consideration. For th...
4 days ago | Concerts
When we first got word of the Arzona Hip Hop Festival last year, we gawked. Organizer JustUs Samuel's vision for a massive showcase featuring almost 100 hip-hop performers from around the state of Arizona was, in a word, ambitious. But after...
6 days ago | Concert Review
The Foo Fighters might be the most fun band in rock. Friday night at Ak-Chin Pavilion, Dave Grohl and the rest of the Foos played almost two-and-a-half hours of relentless rock ’n’ roll, and Grohl had a smile on his face the whole time. Not ...
7 days ago | Summer Ends Music Festival
For the second straight year, Saturday at Tempe’s Summer Ends Music Festival encountered an unexpected issue. At least this time they didn’t force everyone up the street into the Marquee Theatre. About two songs into Rebelution’s 7 p.m. set, the m...
11 days ago | Hip-Hop
As we detailed in our cover story on the Phoenix rapper earlier this year, the hip-hop world is Futuristic's for the taking. 2014 and 2015 have seen huge moves forward for Futuristic (including, sadly, a physical move from Phoenix to Los Angeles),...
26 days ago | Film and TV
The man with the golden voice (though fragile) will sing the next title song for the franchise that once starred a villain with a golden fetish. Or something like that. Sam Smith, the British singer fresh off a batch of Grammy wins, will sing the ...