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  • Wassup with Valley musicians

    published December 23, 2004

    If you've been waiting for someone to have that Reese's Peanut Butter Cup accident that ends with, "Hey, you got electronica in my rock and rap,"... More >>

  • Dollyrots

    published December 16, 2004

    Before landing a record deal in 1978, the Police dyed their collective locks blond and posed as a punk band for a bubblegum advert. That wasn't... More >>

  • Isis, and These Arms Are Snakes

    published December 16, 2004

    Q: Are we not metal? A: Yeah, sorta. Both bands on this bill are enormous-sounding, but they achieve their audio girth from dissimilar... More >>

  • Touching base with local projects

    published December 9, 2004

    As far as bands with unassailable names go, you don't get any better than Awesome. See how we've bolded the word Awesome right at the top... More >>

  • Radiotakeover Tour

    published December 2, 2004

    Radioabandonment Tour is more like it. Nobody's singing "We Want the Airwaves" anthems anymore, and since Joey Ramone's look-alike Howard Stern... More >>

  • Deke Dickerson

    published November 25, 2004

    If you've ever wondered, "When does retro get old?", you're probably not going to see Deke Dickerson and then eat at the 5 & Diner after the show.... More >>

  • Doubly Bubbly

    published November 18, 2004

    You can kiss the usual questions goodbye when interviewing a band comprising a 17-year-old girl and her dad. Ask about the sex and the drugs and... More >>

  • Keith Emerson, Scorpions, and Tesla

    published November 18, 2004

    How can you pack this much arena rock into one arena? Wait 35 years and you can have Keith Emerson as a supporting act. In his day, rock's key... More >>

  • The Donnas/

    Von Bondies

    published November 11, 2004

    Figures. The minute the Donnas put a cartoon of themselves on an album cover, they stop being one. Gone are the uninterrupted sneers that meant... More >>

  • Massive Stars

    published November 4, 2004

    Log on to the Gloritone Web site and you'll find yourself redirected to www.massivestars.net, home of... More >>

  • Neil Innes

    published November 4, 2004

    When people think of musical satirists, they think of "Weird Al" Yankovic song parodies when they should be thinking of Neil Innes, a guy who... More >>

  • The Last Vegas

    published November 4, 2004

    Gaze upon the cover of the Last Vegas' sensitively titled Get Hip debut, Lick 'Em and Leave 'Em, and you're face to face with four... More >>

  • Home Grown

    published October 28, 2004

    "We are the Sciannas/We drink beer instead of wine/We are the Sciannas/We wear suits and ties." Any band that pens its own theme song is... More >>

  • Mush Records Tour

    published October 14, 2004

    Mush is a Los Angeles indie label specializing in electronica deconstructionists, all with names that sound like overnight FM DJs. Among the acts... More >>

  • The Silos

    published October 14, 2004

    The Silos were alternative-country before alternative-country was cool. Yes, that means the '80s, when country music was just as tarted up and... More >>

  • Country Consorts

    published October 7, 2004

    Isn't science remarkable? You can drop a laser beam on a silver disc and be musically transported back to some circa-1958 VA hall, slow dancing to... More >>

  • Senses Fail

    published October 7, 2004

    Now with their hot-selling Let It Enfold You, the avenging emo-nerds of Senses Fail are gonna put all you mean girls in your place. When... More >>

  • The Melvins

    published October 7, 2004

    They didn't put Aberdeen on the musical map with their 1987 debut -- it took Nirvana to do that. All the same, the Melvins' place in rock... More >>

  • Norah Jones

    published October 7, 2004

    If you've sat alone in a Starbucks, if you've wandered aimlessly in a Borders bookstore, if you've gone shopping anywhere after 9 p.m., you've... More >>

  • Home Grown

    published September 30, 2004

    Inexplicably, La Tarea's nine-song demo finally found its way to this column two seasons after the local shows it was sent in to promote.... More >>

  • Stereotyperider CD release party

    published September 30, 2004

    I hold in my hands the newly mastered Stereotyperider album, Prolonging the Inevitable, on a CD-R, the Sharpie permanent marker ink barely... More >>

  • The Holmes Brothers

    published September 30, 2004

    If you lived in Manhattan during the '80s, it was almost unthinkable that you could go out to a club or bar and not hear the blues. The generous... More >>

  • Side Projectors

    published September 23, 2004

    There's a reason crime and punishment stories work best in an antiquated setting. Bloody jpegs of a crime scene can't match the romance of... More >>

  • Home Grown

    published September 23, 2004

    A punk rock club with its own record label promises great things, and that's just what Rogue Records -- named after the Scottsdale nightspot --... More >>

  • Vote for Change Tour

    published September 23, 2004

    I vote for change -- to this lousy bill! It doesn't bode well for Arizona's image in the national arena that the rest of the country (the... More >>

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