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Best Club For Modern Rock
Modified

No booze, no jukebox, no dress code, and no social-climbing clotheshorses. Just music, music, music. And lots of artwork on the walls.

Modified, a tiny performance space in a converted antique shop in the middle of a street with nothing else on it, is one of those great ideas that shouldn't have worked. But in two and a half years Modified has garnered nothing but critical hosannas, largely on the strength of its aggressively no-frills mandate. Patrons sit on benches, or at one of a half-dozen small tables, or cross-legged on the floor. Performers set up no more than a foot away from the nearest audience member. Performer and patron can't help but vibe off each other's energy, lending shows at Modified a rare intimacy. And while local bands still make up the bulk of Modified's roster, several nationally known acts (such as Austin's Knife in the Water) have enjoyed it so much they've come back for repeat performances.

407 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, 85004
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602-462-5516
Readers' Choices

Best Club For Blues/jazz
Rhythm Room
1019 East Indian School
602-265-4842

Best Club For Modern Rock
Cajun House
7117 East Third Avenue, Scottsdale
480-945-5150

Best Club For Rock
Mason Jar
2303 East Indian School
602-956-6271

Best Dance Club
Axis/Radius
7340 East Indian Plaza, Scottsdale
480-970-1112

Best Place To Buy New CDs
Best Buy
several Valley locations

Best Place To Buy Used CDs
Zia Record Exchange
several Valley locations

Best Radio Station -- Country
KMLE-FM 107.9

Best Radio Station -- Hip-Hop
KISS-FM 104.7

Best Radio Station -- Rock
KUPD-FM 97.9

Best Radio Station -- Alternative
KZON-FM 101.5

Best Radio Station -- Blues/Jazz
KYOT-FM 95.5

Best Venue For Local Acts
The Bash on Ash
230 West Fifth Street, Tempe
480-966-8200

Best Venue For National Acts
Celebrity Theatre
440 North 32nd Street
602-267-1600

Readers' Choices

Best Club For Blues/jazz
Rhythm Room
1019 East Indian School
602-265-4842

Best Club For Modern Rock
Cajun House
7117 East Third Avenue, Scottsdale
480-945-5150

Best Club For Rock
Mason Jar
2303 East Indian School
602-956-6271

Best Dance Club
Axis/Radius
7340 East Indian Plaza, Scottsdale
480-970-1112

Best Place To Buy New CDs
Best Buy
several Valley locations

Best Place To Buy Used CDs
Zia Record Exchange
several Valley locations

Best Radio Station -- Country
KMLE-FM 107.9

Best Radio Station -- Hip-Hop
KISS-FM 104.7

Best Radio Station -- Rock
KUPD-FM 97.9

Best Radio Station -- Alternative
KZON-FM 101.5

Best Radio Station -- Blues/Jazz
KYOT-FM 95.5

Best Venue For Local Acts
The Bash on Ash
230 West Fifth Street, Tempe
480-966-8200

Best Venue For National Acts
Celebrity Theatre
440 North 32nd Street
602-267-1600

Best Place To Buy CDs

How is it that the premier CD store in the Valley -- arguably one of the top in the entire nation -- can still be one of Phoenix's best kept secrets? For those lucky enough to have discovered the unique charms of CDGB's, it's been hard to keep a lid on the treasures contained inside, but it's time to let the proverbial cat out of the bag.

Launched in 1994, this fantastic north Phoenix outpost claims the best selection of tunes in town. And while mom-and-pop stores are become increasingly scarce, the independently owned CDGB's has, in fact, expanded its operations over the past year, opening a second shop next to its main outlet. CDGB's Jr. specializes in niche styles like metal and punk, while the old store remains a collector's haven, thanks to an impressive selection of European "specialty" imports -- including tons of Beatles, Stones and Dylan releases -- plus hard-to-find platters from the likes of Tom Waits and Wilco, all priced quite reasonably.

Multiple sections, broken down into various subcategories (like rockabilly, guitar gods and classic rock), make browsing so fun, fast and easy you're bound to spend hours perusing the endless stream of Japanese Genesis long-players or the latest Guided by Voices-related releases. And with the stores' walls lined with a mass of boxed sets -- artists run the gamut from America to the Zombies -- you'll have no trouble finding the multi-disc gift you've been wanting to give to that special music fan.

For those with discerning tastes, it's time to give CDGB's a spin.

Best Place To Buy CDs

How is it that the premier CD store in the Valley -- arguably one of the top in the entire nation -- can still be one of Phoenix's best kept secrets? For those lucky enough to have discovered the unique charms of CDGB's, it's been hard to keep a lid on the treasures contained inside, but it's time to let the proverbial cat out of the bag.

Launched in 1994, this fantastic north Phoenix outpost claims the best selection of tunes in town. And while mom-and-pop stores are become increasingly scarce, the independently owned CDGB's has, in fact, expanded its operations over the past year, opening a second shop next to its main outlet. CDGB's Jr. specializes in niche styles like metal and punk, while the old store remains a collector's haven, thanks to an impressive selection of European "specialty" imports -- including tons of Beatles, Stones and Dylan releases -- plus hard-to-find platters from the likes of Tom Waits and Wilco, all priced quite reasonably.

Multiple sections, broken down into various subcategories (like rockabilly, guitar gods and classic rock), make browsing so fun, fast and easy you're bound to spend hours perusing the endless stream of Japanese Genesis long-players or the latest Guided by Voices-related releases. And with the stores' walls lined with a mass of boxed sets -- artists run the gamut from America to the Zombies -- you'll have no trouble finding the multi-disc gift you've been wanting to give to that special music fan.

For those with discerning tastes, it's time to give CDGB's a spin.

Best Venue For National Acts
Celebrity Theatre

The famed rotating stage at Phoenix's Celebrity Theatre is a simply grand venue that's your best dollar-to-value bet for big-name live acts in the Valley. Nestled snugly in a part of town that is "rich in character" (i.e., near the women's prison), the Celebrity continues to expand its stylistic mandate, booking top-rank performers of all stripes -- gospel, country, neo-metal, Henry Rollins to Kids in the Hall -- into its copious space. The featured performer's long walk from the dressing rooms through the crowd, followed by the ascension to the slowly revolving stage, ranks as one of the best momentum-building tactics we've ever seen at a live gig. Row upon row of cushy, unimpeded seats will make you wonder why you ever stood up through a show without grumbling about it.

440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, 85008-6205
MAP
602-267-0186
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