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  • My Name Is Jay Bennett, and I’m a Guitarist From Chicago

    published December 24, 2009

    Would the "real" Jay Bennett have been disappointed in me? The late guitarist was, by all accounts, a free-spirited soul who appreciated mischief... More >>

  • Fake Kissing: A Tribute to the Long History of Kiss Tribute Bands

    published November 26, 2009

    With the average ticket to see Kiss costing more than $50, there's definitely a chance your broke ass can't afford to witness the... More >>

  • Great White Dope

    published October 29, 2009

    We can’t describe nerdcore genius MC Chris any better than he did himself in “Ten Year Old,” the first song off his second... More >>

  • The King is Dead. Long Live the King.

    published October 22, 2009

    Remember when fans used to set up camp outside the box office, waiting through the night to buy tickets for rock concerts -- potentially... More >>

  • Eye Ball

    published October 15, 2009

    No other team as second-rate as the Phoenix Suns can possibly have a fan base so eager to see its team take the floor after a longer-than-usual... More >>

  • One Mad Band

    published July 30, 2009

    The origins of the one-man band supposedly date back to the 13th century, when performers, armed with a panpipe in one hand and the drum-like... More >>

  • Kiss My Jackass

    published July 2, 2009

    If you’re Roger Alan Wade, a talented country troubadour from Tennessee with a weak spot for raunchy honky-tonk, is it a blessing or a curse... More >>

  • Bull Durham, AZ Style

    published June 18, 2009

    Unless you’re a professional baseball scout, it’s damn near impossible to look at the newest crop of Arizona Summer League talent and... More >>

  • Off the Beaten Pathos

    published May 21, 2009

    Singer-songwriter Shelley Short comes on like a lo-fi Neko Case – perhaps more intimate and delicate than her fellow Pacific... More >>

  • Fun With Goth

    published April 9, 2009

    Listening to Cuba-born, New York-based musician Voltaire may evoke a night aboard an 18th-century frigate, complete with freely flowing wine... More >>

  • Wonderful World

    published March 26, 2009

    Jimi Hendrix is that rare artist whose songs are nearly impossible to cover and still do them justice. His immeasurable talent and singular... More >>

  • The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

    published March 19, 2009

    In a haunting scene from the 2000 film O Brother, Where Art Thou?, a bluesman serenades a trio of escaped convicts with Skip James’... More >>

  • Brother Act

    published March 19, 2009

    Comedian Charlie Murphy will forever be remembered as the man whose “Charlie Murphy’s True Hollywood Stories” sketch on... More >>

  • Ed Woody

    published March 5, 2009

    In the tradition of Ed Wood comes the latest opus by local filmmaker/artist Larry LoPresti, Dr. Trimrose’s Cannibalistic Sex-Crazed... More >>

  • Chick Flicks for Non-Chick-Flick People

    published February 26, 2009

    Confessions of a Shopaholic? Puh-leeze. New in Town? Yuck. Bride Wars? Excuse us while we vomit. “Chick... More >>

  • Cooking with Gas

    published February 19, 2009

    A celebrity chef is coming to town, but he won’t be at a resort or a highfalutin restaurant opening or a book signing. You’ll find him... More >>

  • The Big Shtick

    published February 12, 2009

    Even though he’s pushing 37 years old, Shaquille O’Neal is still one of the NBA’s most visible players. And though the... More >>

  • Bunny in Heat

    published February 5, 2009

    If you’re looking for a new guilty pleasure, let us suggest Punk Bunny. The misleadingly named, Hollywood-based electro/sexual trio... More >>

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