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    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 >>

  • We Got Beethoven

    published April 10, 2014

    Ludwig van Beethoven’s work is pretty dramatic. Just think of the emotional response triggered by arrangements like “Moonlight... More >>

  • Who's The Ross?

    published April 3, 2014

    Dave Ross is a busy guy. You may remember him as a co-host of the now-defunct Holy Fuck comedy show, or by his current project on Nerdist:... More >>

  • Cowtown's 13th Annual PHXAM Skateboarding Competition in Photos

    published Apr 08, 2014

    The PHXAM skate competition was larger than you'd imagine. The Phoenix skateboarding showcase took over Desert West Skateboard Plaza on April 5 and 6, giving skateboarders from all over the world an ... More >>


    21 Awesome People at the 2014 Phoenix Pride Festival

    published Apr 08, 2014

    The annual Phoenix Pride parade and festival is fun for people of all sexual orientations. The massive festival took over Steele Indian School Park over the weekend and provided plenty of entertainme... More >>


    Sleigh Bells' Alexis Krauss: "Everytime We Get Onstage, I See It As a Fight We Have to Win"

    published Apr 08, 2014

    Sleigh Bells is long overdue for a Phoenix show. It's been more than three years since the noise pop duo rocked a sold-out show at the now-defunct Clubhouse with a wall of Marshall amps and lots of sc... More >>

  • Pilobolus Talk

    published March 27, 2014

    Pilobolus is hard to define. Yes, there are synchronized movements to music, but also the execution is mind blowing. Named after a quickly... More >>

  • Paperless Trail

    published March 6, 2014

    When discussing Mexican travels, the first places to come to mind are usually border towns and touristy vacation beach spots. But Mexico is a... More >>

  • The 10 Best Looks from Phoenix Fashion Week's Spring Show at Arizona Center

    published Mar 31, 2014

    Phoenix Fashion Week paired four local shops and one label with five stylists for its Spring Into Fashion showcase. The Arizona Center courtyard was full of fashionistas eager to catch a glimpse at s... More >>

  • Seasonably Cool

    published March 20, 2014

    The Japanese Friendship Garden is one of the most relaxing hidden gems in the city -- short of a few visible skyscrapers, it’s easy to... More >>

  • Game On

    published March 20, 2014

    What if real life emulated a video game? The extra lives and quests to beat up bad guys sound fun, but anyone who has played Kinect for more... More >>

  • Feline Groovy

    published January 30, 2014

    The Cat in the Hat may be an enduring children’s story, but the plot has mixed messages. The cat is a total jerk, shows up uninvited,... More >>

  • Legen-Wait-For-It-Dary

    published March 13, 2014

    Labyrinth always steals the spotlight for 1980s fantasy epics. Neverending Story also has its merits, but it doesn’t have Tim Curry... More >>

  • Just Add Water

    published March 6, 2014

    If you’re fond of time travel, tea parties, and imaginary 19th century-style technology, look no further than the Wild Wild West... More >>

  • Dave Hause - Rhythm Room - 3/4/14

    published Mar 05, 2014

    Dave Hause Rhythm Room Tuesday, March 4, 2014 "Don't tell the Internet, but there is no Loved Ones." Sorry, Dave, the secret's out. Dave Hause, frontman of melodic punk band The Loved Ones, perfo... More >>

  • Trottin' Scoundrels

    published February 13, 2014

    You’d be hard pressed to find many people who don't like horses. Little girls beg to own a pony, and some adult men get into the... More >>

  • Date Line

    published February 13, 2014

    Valentine’s Day blows for everyone. If you’re single, it feels like the whole world is plotting against you, and if you’re in... More >>


    The Lawrence Arms - Pub Rock - 2/14/14

    published Feb 15, 2014

    The Lawrence Arms Pub Rock 2/14/14 It's safe to say that I had a better Valentine's Day than the majority of the Valley. Unlike most of you, I didn't have to deal with either setting sky-high expe... More >>

  • Welcome to Good Burgers

    published February 6, 2014

    Welcome Diner quickly won over the hearts of folks searching for comfort food in downtown Phoenix. It has a little something for everyone: Meat... More >>

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