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2013 Stories by Melissa Fossum

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  • Buggin' Out

    published April 25, 2013

    News flash: You probably eat bugs a few times a week without realizing it. It sounds kinda gross, we know, but the cochineal bug has been used... More >>

  • Louder Than Words

    published November 14, 2013

    It seems text messaging dumbs us down, but games like Words With Friends expand our appreciation for the English language -- thank you, triple... More >>

  • Ice Dream

    published December 26, 2013

    Snow days sound pretty awesome, and not just because work and school are closed for the day. It’s a foreign concept to us desert... More >>

  • Hot Tea of the Month

    published December 5, 2013

    The holidays are bound to be stressful, so in hopes of maintaining sanity, it's best to make time for yourself. The Ritz-Carlton is a great... More >>

  • Escape Plan

    published December 19, 2013

    It may be the most wonderful time of the year, but your Christmas probably has a few constants: watching bratty nieces and nephews throw fits... More >>

  • Making Spirits Bright

    published December 12, 2013

    Christmas is full of traditions that are borderline cliché: A Christmas Story marathons, feeble attempts to make eggnog bearable with... More >>

  • 5 Places to See Snow in Metro Phoenix

    published Dec 18, 2013

    A white Christmas in Phoenix is a near impossibility. Frolicking in packing peanuts or throwing ice cubes at your buddies doesn't count. Even though we can wear flip-flops throughout all 12 days of C... More >>


    Justin Timberlake - US Airways Center - 12/2/2013 (PHOTOS)

    published Dec 03, 2013

    Justin Timberlake US Airways Center Monday, December 2, 2013 (View the full slideshow.) Pop megastar Justin Timberlake made his eagerly awaited return to Phoenix Monday night and quickly proved why t... More >>

  • For The Birds

    published November 28, 2013

    Thanksgiving isn’t easy for vegetarians and vegans. Between cursing your relatives for putting chicken stock in everything and having... More >>

  • Naked Truth

    published November 7, 2013

    Nude photography all too often borders on pornography. Pictures of pretty girls in suggestive poses are all the rage (thanks, DeviantArt), but... More >>

  • Hell Yeah

    published November 7, 2013

    Repo! The Genetic Opera is on a fast track to becoming a horror classic. The movie is only five years old, but it has gained a cult following,... More >>


    Cut Copy - Marquee Theatre, Tempe - 11/6/13

    published Nov 07, 2013

    Cut Copy Marquee Theatre Wednesday, November 6, 2013 Australian synth-pop/new wave rockers Cut Copy made its long awaited return to Marquee Theatre last night in support of the band's forth full-leng... More >>

  • Farm Fresh

    published October 24, 2013

    Truth be told, we’re getting a little burnt out on pumpkin this and pumpkin that. Do we really need pumpkin spice Jell-O, pasta, or... More >>

  • Killer Scene

    published October 24, 2013

    Psycho remains a horror classic -- and no, we do not mean the 1998 Gus Van Sant version, which is just horrible. Alfred... More >>


    Alkaline Trio, New Found Glory, H2O - Marquee Theatre - 10/28/2013

    published Oct 29, 2013

    Alkaline Trio, New Found Glory, and H2O Marquee Theatre Monday, October 28, 2013 Last night's line up was a dream come true for pop punk fans. New Found Glory and Alkaline Trio last embarked on a U.... More >>

  • True Colors

    published October 17, 2013

    The Phoenix Pride Festival is a blast, both for the LGBTQ community and its straight allies. Downtown Phoenix turns into a joyous display of... More >>


    Alabama Shakes at the Arizona State Fair (PHOTOS)

    published Oct 25, 2013

    Last night's Alabama Shakes concert was like being teleported back in time. Brittany Howard sings with a soulful ferocity that is only matched by someone like Janis Joplin or Mama Cass. Her guitar hoo... More >>


    Phantogram - Crescent Ballroom - 10/23/13 (Photos and Video)

    published Oct 24, 2013

    Phantogram Crescent Ballroom Wednesday, October 23, 2013 New York trip hop group Phantogram played its third show in Phoenix last night. The band put on a fantastic show almost two full years ago at... More >>

  • Head Start

    published October 3, 2013

    Zombies get a bad wrap. Sure they’re undead, but they do have some redeeming qualities. After all, they only want you for your brains,... More >>


    Video From John Williams' Phoenix Symphony Rehearsal

    published Sep 30, 2013

    John Williams performed with the Phoenix Symphony last Saturday for a once in a lifetime event. All of the proceeds benefited the Phoenix Symphony's community outreach programs, and as of Saturday mor... More >>


    Vampire Weekend at Comerica Theatre, 9/27/13

    published Sep 28, 2013

    Vampire Weekend Comerica Theatre Friday, September 27, 2013 Last night's show was just about everything a Friday night show should be: Vampire Weekend was on point and performed a great selection o... More >>

  • Art Punk

    published September 19, 2013

    Southern California in the 1980s was a crazy time and place for the region's hardcord punk milieu. In his book on the topic, We Got Power!... More >>

  • No Age's Dean Spunt: There's Things That Aren't Perfect, And They Can Be Really Beautiful

    published Sep 20, 2013

    No Age returns to Phoenix tomorrow night in support of the band's third full length album, An Object (fourth if you count compilation album Weirdo Rippers.) The band is all about reinvention, whether ... More >>

  • 10 Things I Learned at Riot Fest Chicago

    published Sep 18, 2013

    My flight landed in Phoenix late Monday night, and I'm still adjusting. It hasn't fully sunk in yet that I just saw The Replacements and The Pixies back to back. The Broadways reunion really happened.... More >>

  • Get Lucky

    published September 12, 2013

    Most superstitions are pretty silly. Clumsy people are bound to break mirrors and thousands of people keep black cats as pets, yet some folks... More >>

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