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    Masked Intruder - Yucca Tap Room, Tempe - 8/12/13

    published Aug 13, 2013

    Like most superheroes and supervillians, it's hard not to take a guess at the true identities of Wisconsin's pop punk gem, Masked Intruder. After getting a close look at all four members, I can confi... More >>

  • Fetish Heat 2013's 16 Best and Weirdest Looks (NSFW)

    published Aug 12, 2013

    Horns and Halos' fetish events are always pretty entertaining, if simply for the sake of people-watching. This year was no exception, as the steampunk-inspired Fetish Heat took over the Venue of Sco... More >>


    Keith Morris Responds to Greg Ginn's Black Flag Lawsuit: "We've Done Nothing Wrong"

    published Aug 09, 2013

    Earlier this week, Black Flag cofounder Greg Ginn filed suit against Henry Rollins and the members of FLAG for using the Black Flag trademark. It's a sticky situation to say the least--you can sift th... More >>

  • Royal Duties

    published August 1, 2013

    Drag queens aren’t that different from pageant girls. They’re beautiful and glamorous, and at the end of the day, they think the... More >>


    Masked Intruder: Crime and Love Songs Go Together Like Chocolate and Peanut Butter

    published Aug 08, 2013

    Of all the gimmicky bands out there, Masked Intruder's premise is pretty rad. This group of masked thugs hails from the oh-so-rough neighborhood of Madison, Wisconsin, and commits unforgivable crimes... More >>

  • Love Is A Battlefield

    published August 1, 2013

    Finding out about a significant other’s past relationships is no fun task -- but imagine battling all of your sweetheart’s exes to... More >>

  • Masked Intruder @ Yucca Tap Room

    published August 8, 2013

    Madison, Wisconsin's pop punk quartet Masked Intruder has been stealing hearts and VCRs across the country this year, and for good reason: The... More >>

  • Lady Gaga's New Song "Burqa" Is Weird and Awesome

    published Aug 06, 2013

    A new Lady Gaga song leaked Monday night called "Burqa," though some blogs suggest it may actually be called "Aura." (Hypeable did some sleuthing, leading us to believe that it is, in fact, called "Bu... More >>


    Five Songs in Honor of Shark Week: You're Going to Need a Bigger Boombox

    published Aug 06, 2013

    Between the season premiere of Breaking Bad and the debut of Netflix's Orange Is the New Black, there already are plenty of reasons to stay glued to the television, but Discovery Channel did everyone ... More >>

  • Margaret Cho Is Coming to Phoenix

    published Aug 02, 2013

    Outspoken comedian Margaret Cho returns to the Valley on Tuesday, December 3, as part of her "Mother" tour, which doesn't entirely focus on the Korean woman who loves to scream Cho's birth name, Mora... More >>

  • All In The Family

    published July 25, 2013

    TBS sitcom Sullivan and Son works because it is based on the life of stand up comic Steve Byrne. Like his character on the show, Byrne... More >>

  • Hot Diggity Dog

    published July 11, 2013

    Watching Kanye West continue to boast about his opulent lifestyle makes some of us wish that the events which transpire in Trading Places could... More >>

  • Going The Distance

    published July 25, 2013

    Walking 101 miles outside in the middle of the summer is borderline insane, but HERO does it every year for good reason. Equality walkers trek... More >>

  • Fitz and the Tantrums @ Crescent Ballroom

    published August 1, 2013

    Forming a six-member band without a guitarist is preposterous, but Fitz and the Tantrums make it work. Six is just the right number for the... More >>


    Rancid - Marquee Theatre, Tempe - 7/24/13

    published Jul 25, 2013

    Rancid Marquee Theatre Wednesday, July 24, 2013 Seeing a 21-year-old punk band is always kind of a crapshoot. Bands like Social Distortion continue to sell out shows year after year, while groups lik... More >>

  • Running Water

    published July 18, 2013

    Getting up early to run a 5K is probably the last thing on average people’s minds in the middle of July. Granted, 3.1 miles isn’t... More >>


    Glassjaw - Rocky Point Cantina - 7/23/13 (VIDEO)

    published Jul 24, 2013

    Glassjaw Rocky Point Cantina, Tempe Tuesday, July 23, 2013 Before Glassjaw took the stage, the atmosphere at Rocky Point Cantina was tense, punctuated by fans shouting things like "where the fuck ha... More >>

  • Rancid @ Marquee Theatre

    published July 18, 2013

    Rancid is the perfect starter punk band. The group has the punk image down pat — just look at frontman Tim Armstrong's liberty spikes and... More >>


    Black Flag - Club Red, Tempe - 7/11/13

    published Jul 12, 2013

    Black Flag Club Red Thursday, July 11, 2013 The idea of Black Flag coming to town works in principle. Seeing the remnants of an iconic punk band that hasn't performed in Phoenix in decades sounds go... More >>

  • Ink Escape

    published July 4, 2013

    Most people commemorate road trips with photos, kitschy T-shirts, and good stories, but how about a tattoo? Day trips are one of the best ways... More >>

  • Water Works

    published July 4, 2013

    Fourth of July is all about tradition, whether you’re stuffing your face with barbeque or dressing up in your finest red, white, and blue... More >>

  • In The Ring

    published June 27, 2013

    The old cliché about running away to join the circus has some appeal. You don’t have to deal with carnies, which makes it a more... More >>


    Happy 4th of July -- Avoid These Five Overplayed Patriotic Songs

    published Jul 04, 2013

    What better way to celebrate the nation's birthday than taking a day off. Or, as Homer Simpson would agree, "Celebrate your country's independence by blowing up a small part of it" (we mean fireworks... More >>

  • RAW Kaleidoscope Showcases Art, Fashion, and Zombies in Downtown Phoenix (VIDEO)

    published Jul 01, 2013

    The RAW Kaleidoscope Showcase had a little something for everyone, showing off the talents of local artists in various media. Both floors of Monarch Theatre were full of art displays, fashion, music,... More >>


    10 Songs Beaming with Gay Pride, in Honor of the DOMA Repeal

    published Jun 28, 2013

    Section three of the Defense of Marriage Act was ruled unconstitutional Wednesday, marking a huge step forward for marriage equality. Thursday is the 44th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, giving t... More >>

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