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1996 Stories by David Holthouse

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  • A Force of One

    published December 19, 1996

    Inertia chain-smokes when he spins. He buys Marlboro reds, the sharpest of coffin nails, and furiously drives them into his lungs whenever he's... More >>

  • Nice Kitty

    published December 19, 1996

    Trunk Federation front man Jim Andreas says he should have known the deal his band got on its tour van--an '88 Ford Econoline--was a little too... More >>

  • Electric Black-Ballroom

    published December 12, 1996

    In an unprecedented action that runs counter to some available evidence, the state's top liquor regulator has ordered a Tempe nightclub to close,... More >>

  • Smashed Pumpkins

    published December 12, 1996

    Smashing Pumpkins America West Arena December 7, 1996 Billy Corgan's legs were slack in his shiny silver pants as he smiled... More >>

  • Poppin' Off

    published December 5, 1996

    Two band names have crumpled the brows of daily newspaper editors more than any others this decade. One is the Butthole Surfers. The other, Cherry... More >>

  • S.O.D. Story

    published December 5, 1996

    Curious, this half-page ad for upcoming shows at the downtown Manhattan venue Irving Plaza that ran in the club section of last week's Village... More >>

  • Going to the Doggs

    published November 28, 1996

    I had a personal audience with Snoop Doggy Dogg scheduled once, but he canceled it at the last second because he and his entourage had just taken... More >>

  • Shango-La

    published November 21, 1996

    Charlie Hunter calls his music "antacid jazz," a jab at the legion of critics who've tagged his new-school stylings "acid," which in critic speak... More >>

  • Regarding Henry

    published November 21, 1996

    Henry Rollins Electric Ballroom November 16, 1996 Damn. I wanted to rip into Henry Rollins so bad I could taste a bloody scrap... More >>

  • Shaking and Stirring

    published November 14, 1996

    Various artists Shots in the Dark (Delphonic Sound) Oranj Symphonette Oranj Symphonette Plays Mancini ... More >>

  • What's the Best High There Is?

    published November 14, 1996

    High on the Vibe Saturday, November 9 Sixth Avenue and Jackson I am god. At least, that's what Sunshine told me and 1,427 of... More >>

  • Turf Wars

    published November 7, 1996

    Same day, October 19. Fireworks pop over Sun Devil Stadium and 74,947 fans cheer as Arizona State University kicks off to the University of... More >>

  • Here's Another Letter to the Big 5 Click (et al.):

    published October 31, 1996

    Strange, how it feels, thinking you would-be Tony Montanas may be gunning for me. Strange, and not much fun. What I notice most is the thirst. It... More >>

  • Here's a Letter to the Big 5 Click:

    published October 24, 1996

    Dear fools-- I caught your wack excuse for a live set at the local hip-hop talent showcase last Friday (10/18) at Electric Ballroom. Your... More >>

  • Boys From Brazil

    published October 24, 1996

    Playing inside at monstrous volume, a bass line from the Wu-Tang Clan hard-core rap track "Protect Your Neck" vibrates the black wreath nailed to... More >>

  • Stage Fright

    published October 17, 1996

    The mood was surly in a dressing room inhabited by the Deftones, the ninth of ten bands scheduled to play at the 1996 U-Fest, an annual rock... More >>

  • Fire Bugs

    published October 17, 1996

    Angel hates hippies. "They smell bad and their music sucks." She also doesn't care for yuppies ("hair-gel assholes"), ravers ("Mickey Mouse... More >>

  • Tremors

    published October 10, 1996

    Valley rave promoters and other denizens of the local dance-culture underground are breathing a tentative sigh of relief after a recent online... More >>

  • Blasphemous Rumors

    published October 3, 1996

    Rumor(s): The Gin Blossoms have broken up; the Gin Blossoms have decided to release one more album and then break up; the Gin Blossoms will never... More >>

  • Bottled Anger

    published September 26, 1996

    Tom Morello, 31: a leftist radical with a seven-digit savings balance. A Harvard graduate (1986, with honors) who plays guitar for a... More >>

  • Ride On

    published September 26, 1996

    Bruce Hamblin, 1950-1996 The common wisdom among members of the Valley's rockabilly, blues, roots and country music scenes last week was... More >>

  • Young and Arrestless

    published September 19, 1996

    Tim Coomer woke up September 11, picked up his morning newspaper, and thought he'd scored a miracle. A short article headlined "Write-in... More >>

  • Worst of Phoenix--The Music Scene

    published September 19, 1996

    WORST REVIEW OF A LOCAL BAND PRINTED OUTSIDE THE VALLEY Review of Fizzy, Fuzzy, Big and Buzzy June issue of Grid The... More >>

  • Freaks in the Desert

    published September 12, 1996

    I woke up and winced into the sun. Strange sounds were all around me. Vroom, vroom. "Kill Barney!" "Kill Barney!" "Kill Barney!" Whump!... More >>

  • One Man, One Name, Five Pianos

    published September 5, 1996

    Let us probe the magic, the mystery that is Ariel. The name means "Lion of God" in both Russian and Hebrew. And Ariel the pop piano man... More >>

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