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2014 Stories by Melissa Fossum

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  • Fine China

    published September 11, 2014

    Choreographed dance requires years of training, discipline, and skill. Not only is dance physically demanding, it also requires close... More >>

  • Yolo Polo

    published September 4, 2014

    You don’t need to be a huge fan or an expert to enjoy polo. The people-watching opportunities are endless, thanks to fancy outfits and a... More >>


    7 Seconds Shows How Punk Bands Can Age Gracefully

    published Aug 12, 2014

    7 Seconds recently released its first album in nearly a decade, and the band is back with a vengeance. The new album Leave a Light on harkens back to the band's signature '80s hardcore punk sound a... More >>


    The Hold Steady - Crescent Ballroom - 8/4/14

    published Aug 05, 2014

    Wow, what a show. The Hold Steady made a long overdue appearance at Crescent Ballroom last night on the Teeth Dreams tour, but mostly stuck to older material. The music was far from perfect, but that... More >>


    Anwar Newton on His San Diego Comic-Con Shroom Freakout

    published Aug 01, 2014

    San Diego Comic-Con is an exhausting, chaotic mess. Going to panels and rubbing elbows with folks dressed up like Doctor Who and Game of Thrones characters sounds fun, but in reality, you spend most ... More >>

  • Shakin' All Over

    published July 24, 2014

    Admit it, you watch Dancing With the Stars every now and then. We do, too. 1. Because there’s nothing wrong with guilty pleasures. 2.... More >>

  • Oh, Yes

    published July 10, 2014

    Even though we still have a few months left of 110 degree heat, we're sorry to say that summer peaked last weekend. It’s true. Fourth of... More >>


    BroLoaf's 5th Annual Patriotic Meltdown - Yucca Tap Room - 7/4/2014

    published Jul 07, 2014

    BroLoaf's 5th Annual Patriotic Meltdown Yucca Tap Room Friday, July 4, 2014 Most Tempe residents flocked to Tempe Beach Park to watch fireworks on Fourth of July, which is a shame, because they mis... More >>


    I Called in Sick to Follow Menzingers on Tour

    published Jun 24, 2014

    Against all odds, Pennsylvania punk outfit the Menzingers gets better with every tour. The band gained quite the following with its fantastic 2012 album, On the Impossible Past. If Past serves as an... More >>

  • Get Your Goat

    published May 15, 2014

    As Danny DeVito in It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia will vouch, trolls operating toll bridges are usually bad news. While typical trolls... More >>

  • Green Is Good

    published April 17, 2014

    The wide-open, flat, dead desert regions that surround Phoenix are no sight for sore eyes. The landscape looks like a brush fire waiting to... More >>

  • Sunny & Share

    published May 22, 2014

    We’ve been dreading it, but it’s finally happened. After a beautiful winter and spring, we had our first 100-degree day, and from... More >>

  • Crash Corsage

    published May 22, 2014

    Teens: Sorry to break it to you, but prom is totally lame. It’s not like the movies. Your crush probably won’t ask you to dance,... More >>

  • String Art

    published May 15, 2014

    Serendipity is nice, whether you think of the John Cusack movie, the kick ass restaurant in Las Vegas and New York City, or the true meaning of... More >>

  • Sharon Needles on RuPaul's Drag Race: "They Took Away Our Booze and Terrorized us"

    published May 20, 2014

    The spooky, fashionable drag queen Sharon Needles has been busy since she won season four of RuPaul's Drag Race. She's kept up with her mantra of "when in doubt, freak them out," releasing a record f... More >>


    Against Me!'s Atom Willard on Laura Jane Grace's Gender Transition: "It's My Journey as Well"

    published May 20, 2014

    In 2012, Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace took the world by storm when she publicly revealed herself to be transgender. Though had we been paying attention, we would have noticed the not-so-subtle cue... More >>


    Against Me! and Laura Jane Grace's Latest Album Is Brave, Vital

    published May 15, 2014

    Against Me!'s latest album, Transgender Dysphoria Blues, may be one of the most important records of the decade. We're deep in a cultural war for gay and women's rights, but we've barely scratched t... More >>

  • Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace Makes a Brave, Vital New Album

    published May 15, 2014

    Against Me!'s latest album, Transgender Dysphoria Blues, may be one of the most important records of the decade. We're deep in a... More >>


    Chuck Ragan and the Camaraderie - Crescent Ballroom - 5/9/14

    published May 09, 2014

    Chuck Ragan and the Camaraderie Crescent Ballroom Thursday, May 8, 2014 Chuck Ragan's reputation precedes him. The Hot Water Music singer has now released four albums rooted in acoustic folk, and ... More >>

  • We Are Scientists @ Rhythm Room

    published May 8, 2014

    We Are Scientists crafts great songs, tunes that are sincere and catchy slices of indie rock. But the Berkeley trio's primary appeal (besides... More >>

  • It's a Chalk-Off

    published April 17, 2014

    3D chalk art is pretty impressive. Not only are these floor installations you've seen passed around on Facebook worthy of being displayed in a... More >>

  • Fit Bit

    published April 24, 2014

    Let’s face it, you’re not as fit as you’d like to be. That’s okay, because the majority of the population is in the... More >>

  • Manchester Orchestra @ Marquee Theatre

    published May 1, 2014

    Even after four albums, each drastically different from the others, Manchester Orchestra is a band headed in the right direction. The Atlanta... More >>

  • VagFest 5: Those Women About to Rock, We Salute You

    published May 1, 2014

    Gone (hopefully) are the days when underground rockers like Kathleen Hanna, Exene Cervenka, Kim Deal, and Kim Gordon needed to prove themselves... More >>

  • 15 Things I Learned at Coachella

    published Apr 21, 2014

    2014 was a year of Coachella firsts for me -- it was my first time camping and not going as a member of the press. It was a series of highs and lows all bundled up into one fun, yet exhausting week... More >>

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