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  • Merry Happy

    published November 3, 2011

    With a decent sense of humor and enough rehearsal time, putting together a stand-up comedy routine almost seems do-able. Sketch comedy, on the... More >>

  • Kreayshawn at Marquee Theatre, 11/19/11

    published Nov 20, 2011

    Kreayshawn Marquee Theatre Saturday, November 19, 2011 I love Tempe for the most part. This city has lots of great restaurants and bars, but there are certain elements that drive me crazy. Thanks ... More >>

  • Mr. Meeble at Crescent Ballroom, 11/18/11 (VIDEO)

    published Nov 19, 2011

    Mr. Meeble Crescent Ballroom Friday, November 18, 2011 Last night was Mr. Meeble's homecoming after a two-month European tour that the group planned entirely on its own. The Crescent Ballroom gave M... More >>

  • Club Candids: Barney's Boathouse

    published Nov 16, 2011

    Barney's Boathouse's move from University Drive to Old Town Scottsdale was wise. The bar is no longer walking distance from ASU, but it now attracts a chill Scottsdale clientele. Plus, the bar upgra... More >>

  • A "Black" Bands Primer: In Celebration of Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears

    published Nov 09, 2011

    Okay, seriously. Here us out. This is not a list of bands containing black people (some do, some don't), it's a list of bands with "black" in their band names. I came up with the idea shortly after ... More >>

  • Phantogram at Crescent Ballroom, 11/5/11 (VIDEO)

    published Nov 06, 2011

    Phantogram Crescent Ballroom Saturday, November 5 It's been a good year for Phantogram. This trip-hop duo played a bunch of festivals, including Coachella, where they attracted a crowd of over 10,0... More >>

  • Youth Lagoon at Crescent Ballroom, 11/4/11 (VIDEO)

    Youth Lagoon at Crescent Ballroom, 11/4/11 (VIDEO)

    published Nov 05, 2011

    Youth Lagoon Crescent Ballroom Friday, November 4, 2011 Last night can be summed up in one word: poetic. Phoenix got some long overdue rain, ushering in eagerly awaited hoodie weather, and Youth Lag... More >>

  • Peter Murphy at Marquee Theatre, 11/3/11

    Peter Murphy at Marquee Theatre, 11/3/11

    published Nov 04, 2011

    Peter Murphy and She Wants Revenge Marquee Theatre Thursday, November 3 Peter Murphy is a weird dude. Known as the "Godfather of Goth" for his work fronting Bauhaus, one of the pioneers of the genr... More >>

  • Phantogram's Josh Carter on Sticky Fingers, Coachella, and the "Mouthful of Diamonds" Cocktail

    published Nov 04, 2011

    Phantogram is hitting the road in support of the follow up EP, or "mini-EP" as guitarist Josh Carter likes to call it, to the group's dynamic debut LP, Eyelid Movies. Last year, this trip-hop group p... More >>

  • The All Hallow's Day (Night) Costume Ball

    published Nov 02, 2011

    Halloween weekend showed no signs of slowing down at The All Hallow's Day (Night) Costume Ball at The Crescent Ballroom. Live entertainment included a costume contest (congrats E.T.), Flamenco Por L... More >>

  • Lady Killers

    published October 27, 2011

    Showgirls and drag queens are a match made in heaven. Both tout sequined costumes, melodrama, and scantily clad gals hellbent on... More >>

  • Music Videos Beavis & Butt-Head Should See

    published Oct 26, 2011

    Beavis & Butt-Head makes its triumphant return to MTV on Thursday, October 27 at 10/9c, and quite frankly, we can't wait. This preview of "Holy Cornholio" looks promising, but one thing is missing--m... More >>

  • Bane's Aaron Bedard: "We're Probably Past the Expiration Date of Hardcore Bands . . . We Still Just Love It So Much"

    published Oct 26, 2011

    Bane hasn't issued a full-length album since 2005, but that doesn't keep the band from hitting the road. The latter comes natural, but regarding the former? "We have to be under insane pressure to ge... More >>

  • Scare-athon

    published October 20, 2011

    Watching a horror movie can be a bit like riding a rollercoaster -- however predictable, the twists and turns still make you scream. ... More >>

  • Bane @ Nile Theater

    published October 27, 2011

    Bane's fan base is a bit like Matthew McConaughey's philosophy in Dazed and Confused: They get older; the moshers stay the same age.... More >>

  • Club Candids: Pleasurekraft at Foundry on First

    published Oct 19, 2011

    Pleasurekraft got off to a late start, but Foundry on First was full of colorfully dressed patrons ready to dance and/or check out the Raw Artists exhibition. DJ Micro, Juheun, dropper beats for the ... More >>

  • Chromeo at Marquee Theatre, 10/18/11

    Chromeo at Marquee Theatre, 10/18/11

    published Oct 19, 2011

    Chromeo Marquee Theatre Tuesday, October 18, 2011 Often, weekends leave me plagued by choice. There's always so much going on. Where do I go? What do I see? It's not the sort of thing that normally... More >>

  • Real to Reel

    published October 6, 2011

    A well-made documentary can make the most inane things seem interesting, even if the subject matter is downright tedious. Just look at Scrabble... More >>

  • Authority Zero Is Turning Japanese

    Authority Zero Is Turning Japanese

    published Oct 13, 2011

    I really think so. It's been a busy year for Mesa's leading reggae/punk export, Authority Zero. The band is in the midst of a national tour that includes a date at Marquee Theatre on November 5, whi... More >>

  • Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls at Rhythm Room, 10/10/11 (VIDEO)

    Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls at Rhythm Room, 10/10/11 (VIDEO)

    published Oct 11, 2011

    Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls Rhythm Room Monday, October 10, 2011 A sold-out, super energetic Monday night show is somewhat of a rarity in Phoenix (or, you know, anywhere). British punk/folki... More >>

  • Frank Turner Discusses Touring, London Riots, and Drinking With Grandma

    Frank Turner Discusses Touring, London Riots, and Drinking With Grandma

    published Oct 10, 2011

    Frank Turner has been enjoying unexpected success as a solo folk/punk musician after the demise his hardcore band, Million Dead. Turner has garnered an international fanbase over the past few years... More >>

  • Stiarway to Kevin

    published September 29, 2011

    Kevin Smith’s 1999 religious farce Dogma generated a crapload of controversy, even before it ever hit theatres. A Catholic advocacy... More >>

  • Club Candids at Martini Ranch

    published Oct 05, 2011

    There were plenty of shenanigans at Martini Ranch on Sunday, October 2. Fans of hair metal rocked out to Metalhead while others danced in the packed Shaker Room to the sounds of DJ Dave "Wave." We c... More >>

  • New Found Glory @ Marquee Theatre

    published October 6, 2011

    Mainstream pop punk fizzled out as a commercial prospect when the Hot Topic demographic traded in their Hurley T-shirts and baggy shorts for... More >>

  • Arrested Development's Top Five Musical Moments

    published Oct 03, 2011

    We can't even front. The big news regarding Arrested Development-- creator Mitch Hurwitz's announcement that the series will return for a fourth season and a feature film-- has us giddy with joy her... More >>

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