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Crescent Ballroom

308 N. 2nd Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85003 | Central Phoenix | 602-716-2222

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Charlie Levy's stylish venue and nightspot has earned a rarefied aura among both music fans and hipsters alike thanks to its many amenities geared towards concertgoers, as well as a posh atmosphere and a distinctive lineup of nightly shows. The Crescent's main room boasts bleacher-like stadium seating along the back wall, which allows patrons a clear view of whatever nationally known art rock tastemakers, indie-folk troubadours, or Pitchfork favorites happen to be gracing the stage without ever having to jockey for position amidst a typically packed house. Not that there's ever a bad seat to be had, as choice acoustics and a primo sound system ensure that every single note is crystal clear. Meanwhile, the Crescent's urbane bar and lounge out front offers a candlelit milieu where scenesters, bon vivants, and urbanites quaff luxe libations, trade the latest gossip over burritos and tacos, or partake in free performances by local DJs and musicians.


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  • Cuisine(s): Mexican
  • Hours: Monday- Thursday: 11 a.m.- 1 a.m., Friday: 11 a.m.- 2 a.m., Saturday: 5 p.m.- 2 a.m., Sunday: 5 p.m.- 1 a.m.

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    Yuck's Max Bloom faced down new songwriting challenges on his band's second album by concentrating on making Glow & Behold a more cohesive, concise whole. The London band's 2011 self-titled...
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    Get ready to sip and sample cocktails from up-and-coming bartenders in the Phoenix scene this February. That's right, the fifth annual Devour Phoenix Bartending Competition is back at...
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  • Jackalope Ranch: Gift Guides 2013
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    Of all the stars of the '80s punk scene, only one band is still having impact some 35 years after forming: X. Mixing driving punk energy with rockabilly riffs, staccato rhythms, unexpected...
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    All great flamenco is about duende, the spiritual connection between a dancer, the music and the audience. And though it's traditionally enjoyed in a casual, spontaneous setting known as a...
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  • Up on the Sun: Video
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  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
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  • Up on the Sun: This Week
    If you're listening to Christmas music already and you don't live or work inside a Macy's, I believe very strongly that you're doing something wrong. Nevertheless, it is not in the spirit of...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    Few bands merit having the wall of talent that is Phoenix's Haymarket Squares open for them at Crescent Ballroom. But Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band is one that did when they brought their...
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    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...
  • Chow Bella: Hooch
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    By Reyan Ali Pop music has long enjoyed -- and idolized -- partying, but over the last half-decade, songs about partying have grown increasingly hollow and obligated. Bangers like Katy...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
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  • Up on the Sun: This Weekend
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    B 13, O 69, O 23... While we could hardly label bingo as a Halloween tradition, this October Jackalope Ranch is bringing back its favorite game in a way that would certainly scare your...
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    Head to the Plaza Mayor in the heart of Madrid and walk a few steps from the center square down one of the cobblestoned streets. Peek into Tablao Flamenco Arco de Cuchillleros, one of the...
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    OK, so I don't know much about The Zombies. Like, at all. For years, I thought their number one sizzling summer hit "Time of the Season" was actually Marvin Gaye. Give me a pass on that...
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    Wildly psychedelic, stylishly dressed, always uplifting in spirit (so much that some considered them just another wayward Texas cult), The Polyphonic Spree has kept a relatively low profile...
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  • Music: Column
    Charles Bradley, his voice dripping with raw emotion, sings as though his life depends on it. It's a voice that, in essence, gave Bradley a new start in life at 61, when his debut album, No...
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  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
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    Forget Japan: Jann Klose is big in Indonesia. The songwriter and guitarist is something of a cult figure there, and he's still not sure exactly how it happened. "It's a really weird...
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    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 band's larger-than-life Motown-influenced jams...
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  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
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  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
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    The Baptist Generals are coming, but we're not talking Ulysses S. Grant or Robert E. Lee. Rather, July marks the return of a psychedelic folk band from Denton, Texas, last heard from circa...
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    Certain records seem to appear, somehow, at virtually every yard sale: Fleetwood Mac's Rumours, Foreigner 4, Carole King's Tapestry . . . and Psychedelic Furs' Talk Talk Talk. The first...
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    Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker frontman David Lowery is royally pissed. Make that royalty pissed for the lack of compensation he's received for the use of his songs on online webcasts,...
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    Wow . . . Talk about a time trip. As someone who lived through the '80s and now accepts the inevitable hangover of artists such as Peter Murphy, The Cure, Psychedelic Furs, and Morrissey...
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  • Up on the Sun: Q&A
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  • Jackalope Ranch: Events
    Your work week just got a whole lot more exciting, Phoenix. Here's something to do every day before the weekend arrives. Jackalope Ranch Presents Bingo @ Crescent Ballroom Dig up your...
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    Dig up your dauber and get ready for a game of chance. New Times culture blog Jackalope Ranch Presents Bingo in the lounge at Crescent Ballroom on June 17.Arizona's resident hip-storian...
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  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    The Thermals Crescent Ballroom Wednesday, June 12, 2013 If you like The Ramones, you probably would have loved last night's show. I know that's a lofty comparison, but Portland DIY pop...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Didn't think apocalyptic chic could translate into an existential-blend blink-182? Think again. The Thermals swirl your Interpol with Ted Leo before throwing in a dash of humor to balance...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Promises, the latest album from indie rockers The Boxer Rebellion, proves that you can give your fans what they want and still surprise them over the course of an album. How does the...
  • Jackalope Ranch: Events
    Vacations are nice, sure. But when money is tight and work schedules even tighter, it helps to have some in-town entertainment to break up those long days of summer. Here are our top picks...
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    If you find yourself with a Jack and Coke in hand this summer, you're not doing it right. In the wonderful world of cocktails, weird is the way to go. Whether that means you stumble into the...
  • Up on the Sun: Announcements
    The atmospheric, bluesy local rockers in Mergence may already be known for keeping it weird with communes, nomads and robots with the release of their first album, Those Vibrant Young People...
  • Up on the Sun: This Weekend
    June is here (basically.) All across the Valley, people are glancing nervously at the sun, aware that at some point in the next month rising temperatures are going to force them into a kind...
  • Jackalope Ranch: Events
    Dig up your dauber and get ready for a game of chance. Jackalope Ranch is excited to announce our first-ever bingo night at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 17, in the Lounge at Crescent Ballroom....
  • Chow Bella: Fried
    If you can't stand the heat -- get in the kitchen. On Thursday, June 13 at 6 p.m. in the lounge at Crescent Ballroom in downtown Phoenix, Chow Bella presents our third public reading:...
  • Up on the Sun: Q&A
    Girl Talk may be a household name when it comes to mashups, but there are so many more talented DJs out there-- 2manyDJs, DJ Earworm, Jaydiohead, among countless others. Most fans that...
  • Up on the Sun: This Weekend
    Firemen are the real heroes. Or maybe teachers -- I can never remember. In any case, there will be lots of superheroes in town this weekend for Phoenix Comicon. Some of them will even be...
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    It would be overly simplistic to imagine a chasm between the haves and have-nots in today's psych-rock landscape, even between the ones with huge production values and the ones sticking it...
  • Music: Column
    It would be overly simplistic to imagine a chasm between the haves and have-nots in today's psych-rock landscape, even between the ones with huge production values and the ones sticking it...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Over the past decade, "hipster" has re-emerged as the insult du jour — an increasingly vague, increasingly common label placed on elitists and enthusiasts of all stripes. No one's...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Provo, Utah-based Fictionist wants to make your troubles melt away, and the band can do it in any number of ways. Singer Stuart Maxfield channels a slightly less throaty Caleb Followill over...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    Los Dias de la Crescent 2013 was defined by what's local -- the music, the beer, the food, the fans. This year's schedule looked like a tightened-up version of last year's format -- and it...
  • Up on the Sun: This Weekend
    One brand-new way to validate your musical tastes in front of your friends: Tell them that you were a fan of Huey Lewis and the News before he put on a raincoat and murdered Weird Al...
  • Jackalope Ranch: Events
    This week a study revealed that people who smoke weed are skinnier. But that doesn't mean you should hole up and embark on the soon-to-be invented chronic diet. There's a lot to do this...
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    It's been a little more than a year and a half since Crescent Ballroom opened, and about nine months since the downtown Phoenix venue celebrated its first anniversary a little early with the...
  • Music: Column
    Is it an ominous sign when a band's first gig is broken up and shut down? For Sundressed, it clearly was inspiration. When the Phoenix quartet's first performance ended before it began,...
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    Whenever prolific local musicians Andrew Jemsek and Ryan Avery collaborate on some project, the results tend to be fascinating and often unusual. In 2006, they formed chaotic...
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    Everyone is aware you're all hopped up because Neutral Milk Hotel is reuniting for the first time since Jesus fed the 5,000 and because Boards of Canada will have a new album for the first...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    Du Hot Club de BizarreCrescent BallroomMay 8, 2013 Turquoise Jeep looks and sounds like a novelty act at first, but that doesn't quite explain their appeal. What they're really doing with...
  • Up on the Sun: Q&A
    Like certain cosmological phenomena streaking through the infinite heavens above, a chance to see Man of Astro-man? pulling a live gig in Phoenix is a rare occurance. It wasn't always that...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    Built to SpillCrescent BallroomMay 7, 2013 Built to Spill is something of an anomaly. Part grunge, part punk, part indie-rock quirkiness, the band encompasses all these elements without...
  • Up on the Sun: This Week
    One of the bands you can see this week around Phoenix has a famous song called "A Praise Chorus." Another of the bands you can see this week titled the first song of their first album...
  • Up on the Sun: Show Preview
    Crescent Ballroom wasted no time becoming a downtown Phoenix staple putting on shows almost every day of the year, and serving delicious food and drinks in the lounge. The venue expanded...
  • Jackalope Ranch: Events
    At absolutely no point over the next 72 hours or so should you have to ask the question, ¿Dónde está la partido este fin de semana? (or "Where is the party this weekend?" for you...
  • Up on the Sun: This Weekend
    Prince will not be playing anywhere this weekend. He's surprised me before, but I'm willing to make the call now and just be wrong if he shows up at "Rock the Purple," which is not what you...
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    As guitar maestro and frontman for Built to Spill, Doug Martsch has developed an instantly recognizable sound — soaring, layered guitars, pounding rhythm section, quirky lyrics —...
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  • Up on the Sun: This Week
    Normally we showcase five interesting shows in Phoenix each week in this space. This week, Prince is playing four shows. It is, therefore, with the public interest in mind that we condense...
  • Up on the Sun: This Weekend
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  • Music: Show Preview
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  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    I couldn't understand a word Tinariwen were singing Monday night at Crescent Ballroom. I didn't know a single song, and there was no set list to cheat from -- and I couldn't find anyone to...
  • Up on the Sun: This Weekend
    On Saturday, you're going to have to make some very difficult choices. In one corner: the first That Damn Show in a decade, featuring Bad Religion and an impressive cast of local and touring...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Nathan Williams always had a good thing going with Wavves, whose string of buzzy, snotty pop-punk records has thrilled certain members of the blogosphere since 2009. The formula is clear:...
  • Music: Show Preview
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  • Music: Show Preview
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  • Up on the Sun: Show Preview
    Phunk Junkeez and Jimmy Eat World do not have a lot in common. The Phunk Junkeez' major-label video was about "Me N Yer Girl" booty-shaking; Jimmy Eat World's was about two kids who fall in...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    Vial of Sound @ Crescent Ballroom, 4/13/2013 Obviously, I was not at Coachella. But I don't get what the big deal about it is, so I didn't care. Besides, something great happens when a...
  • Up on the Sun: Announcements
    Good news for those who dug last year's locally focused Los Dias De La Crescent event: it's coming back for a second round. Crescent czar Charlie Levy sent out an e-mail blast Thursday...
  • Music: Feature
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  • Music: Show Preview
    In an recent interview with New Times' music blog, Up on the Sun, eccentric bassist Les Claypool confessed: "Primus was never supposed to be on the radio, never supposed to be on MTV, never...
  • Up on the Sun: Announcements
    The surprisingly rural Arizona tour Jimmy Eat World announced on Wednesday left a lot of Phoenix-based fans planning a trip to Wickenburg, but as it turns out, there's one chance left this...
  • Music: Column
    Following the success of last year's Bloom, an album that landed on many year-end lists, you could say that Baltimore's Beach House has outdone itself. Unlike many contemporary...
  • Up on the Sun: Profile
    By Reyan Ali Realistically, a young Thao Nguyen was going to play guitar wherever she could, so why not do it at a laundromat? Growing up in "deathly suburban" northern Virginia, Nguyen was...
  • Up on the Sun: Five Must-See Shows This Week
    It's become a tradition around here. Every week, on Monday -- the worst of all days -- we bring you our Top Five Must-See Shows in Phoenix this week. You know, to help make it all bearable....
  • Up on the Sun: This Weekend
    Hey ya, the weekend is here. So get off the couch and get to some shows, Phoenix. Maybe these shows: Our Top Five Must-See Shows in Phoenix This Weekend. Friday, March 29: Lost Rock...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    Jeff Mangum @ Crescent Ballroom|3/28/13Okay, so it's announced that Jeff Mangum is coming to town and he has two shows the same night. That means I have to choose. Which one? Which one! Will...
  • Music: Column
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  • Music: Show Preview
    Sacramento, California-based hip-hop duo Blackalicious has released three full-length records in the two decades it's been in action: 1999's Nia, 2002's Blazing Arrow, and 2005's The Craft....
  • Music: Show Preview
    Golden, Colorado, features a bar called the Buffalo Rose. Bands are flanked on stage by stuffed standing polar and black bears. The walls are lined with animal heads. About 200 people...
  • Up on the Sun: Profile
    It took three whole years for Stellacutta to finish its self-titled debut album, which finally saw the sweet monitor glow of their Bandcamp page in January. The record is a pristine showcase...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    Billy Bragg @ Crescent Ballroom|3/26/13For his first-ever Phoenix show, Billy Bragg gave his all, of all of his sides -- the young punk firebrand, the activist, the lover, the Woody Guthrie...
  • Up on the Sun: Five Must-See Shows This Week
    It's become a tradition around here. Every week, on Monday -- the worst of all days -- we bring you our Top Five Must-See Shows in Phoenix this week. You know, to help make it all bearable....
  • Calendar: Featured Events
    Once again, it’s a sort of apprenticeship with Woody Guthrie that’s drawn Billy Bragg into a new realm. Thirty years since his debut, the seven-song Life’s a Riot With Spy...
  • Calendar: Featured Events
    Ever since George Clinton promised, "Free your ass and your mind will follow," funk bands have aimed to find the perfect cerebral groove. Orgone, a nine-piece Los Angeles-based...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Once again, it's a sort of apprenticeship with Woody Guthrie that's drawn Billy Bragg into a new realm. Thirty years since his debut, the seven-song Life's a Riot with Spy Vs Spy, Bragg is...
  • Up on the Sun: Folk You!
    Once again, it's a sort of apprenticeship with Woody Guthrie that's drawn Billy Bragg into a new realm. Thirty years since his debut, the seven-song Life's a Riot with Spy Vs Spy, Bragg is...
  • Up on the Sun: This Weekend
    It's the weekend. Oh, yesh. We're pumped to bring your our Top Five Must-See Shows in Phoenix this Weekend. See also: -Eight Must-See Concerts Over St. Patrick's Weekend in Metro...
  • Music: Column
    Locating the root of singer/guitarist Matt Costa's passion for folk music means returning to the scene of a most gruesome injury. At age 18, the Orange County-bred Costa was a skateboarder...
  • Music: Show Preview
    You've got to give mad props to a band that supports its frontman even after the group disintegrates. Such is the case with Chris Wallace, former singer of the now-defunct The White Tie...
  • Music: Show Preview
    With his 12th solo album set for release, it's as good a time as any to revisit the question: Who is Bob Schneider? It's not an easy question to answer, however....
  • Up on the Sun: Carnaval Elctrico
    By now, you know the scoop regarding New Times' Carnaval Eléctrico at Crescent Ballroom: It rained -- a lot -- but performances by pop princes Diners, the soulful Stan Devereaux and the...
  • Up on the Sun: Carnaval Elctrico
    Carnaval Eléctrico ft. Cold War Kids, Hanni El Khatib, Mergence, Stan Devereaux & The Funky Suns, Diners, and More @ Crescent Ballroom|3/8/13It's awesome when everything goes right at a...
  • Up on the Sun: This Weekend
    We're just a little bit biased about the best way to spend your weekend here in Phoenix. New Times' Carnaval Electrico with Cold War Kids, Mergence, Hanni El Khatib, and more, is clearly...
  • Jackalope Ranch: Events
    Hello, weekend. We promise not to waste you. Here's how. Classic Arcade Corner Competition @ Gotham City Comics Downtown Mesa gets its game face on with ThinGAMEajig, a Second Friday...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    Soft Moon @ Crescent Ballroom|3/7/13Funny what stray pills you can uncover in a fit of spring cleaning. This 20 milligram of Adderall. A dented Xanax bar. Where did all these Percocet come...
  • Music: Feature
    Following up last year's New Times Soundcheck, a two-day festival at Club Red in Tempe — which featured performances by The Love Me Nots, Sugar Thieves, 2 Tone Lizard Kings, Jason...
  • Up on the Sun: Carnaval Elctrico
    Following up last year's New Times Soundcheck, a two-day festival at Club Red in Tempe -- which featured performances by The Love Me Nots, Sugar Thieves, 2 Tone Lizard Kings, Jason Devore,...
  • Up on the Sun: Carnaval Elctrico
    Nathan Willett of Cold War Kids says that when it came time to make the band's new record, the forthcoming Dear Miss Lonely Hearts (due April 2), they decided to play less to what the band...
  • Up on the Sun: Carnaval Elctrico
    The most obvious difference in Hanni El Khatib's music these days is a sense of control. The former skate punk -- "playing the world's worst guitar" (but "Guitar Hero is helping out)," he...
  • Up on the Sun: Carnaval Elctrico
    Singer Stan Devereaux has been playing R&B and soul in Arizona since the 1960s, growing up in Tucson before exploring the Phoenix soul scene after college, then departing for Europe, South...
  • Up on the Sun: Upcoming
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  • Up on the Sun: Five Must-See Shows This Week
    First, a "dumb drummer" joke: How do you get a drummer off of your porch? Pay him 10 bucks for the pizza. Now, our Top Five Must-See Shows in Phoenix This Week.Monday, March 4: Kishi Bashi @...
  • Up on the Sun: Carnaval Elctrico
    For someone not even old enough to drink, Sareena Dominguez sure has accomplished a lot: After signing to the River Jones Music label less than a year and half ago, she's played South by...
  • Up on the Sun: This Weekend
    When people ask what kind of music I like, I'm tempted to say, "Good music." I understand the need for musical terminology, but there's really too much good stuff to limit what you listen...
  • Up on the Sun: Carnaval Elctrico
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  • Music: Show Preview
    How do you figure a song called "I Am the Antichrist to You" should turn out? Awfully metal, right? Well, in the hands of Kaoru Ishibashi (who records and tours as Kishi Bashi), the track...
  • Music: Feature
    The love affair began over a fuzzy guitar lick topped with a greasy organ swirl. Keyboardist Nicole Laurenne and guitarist Michael Johnny Walker were in a band rehearsal when the other...
  • Up on the Sun: Carnaval Elctrico
    There comes a time in every music snob's life when they realize pre-judging a band based on the city where it resides and what musical genre it fits into is just as stupid as it sounds. In...
  • Up on the Sun: Five Must-See Shows This Week
    It's only the end of February, but I'm convinced I've already heard one of the best albums of 2013. Destruction Unit's new LP, the six-song mind eraser Void, debuts locally on Monday,...
  • Chow Bella: Weekend Eats
    Looking for something to put in your mouth this weekend? We've got you covered. Check out what's on our plate. See Also: What to Eat with An Oscar Nominated Film: A Dinner and a Movie...
  • Music: Feature
    It takes some bands months of playing shows to find an identity, but Tempe dance-punk act Doctor Bones skipped those awkward on-stage moments "feeling it out." Though the band has honed its...
  • Up on the Sun: Announcements
    It's been a hot minute since Portland-based indie rock stalwarts Modest Mouse put a record out (the band's latest EP, No One's First and You're Next came out in freaking 2009). Songwriter...
  • Up on the Sun: Five Must-See Shows This Week
    The weekend is over, and it's back to the grind. You sit there despondent at your desk, visions of a wild weekend replaying your head, scenes from A Good Day to Die Hard -- which you caught...
  • Up on the Sun: Q&A
    It took local singer-songwriter Dylan Pratt two years to pen his new album, Beg For Fire, but on the cusp of his record release show, he can look back at that time fondly. Tonight, Pratt...
  • Up on the Sun: This Weekend
    Awesome 'ish alert: Drake and Riff Raff are collaborating. Yeah, totally. Along the same lines: It's the weekend, and all sorts of great shows are scheduled for Phoenix. We've gone ahead...
  • Up on the Sun: Q&A
    When Swedish hard rock Norrsken disbanded in 2000, its principles both embarked on their own doom rock journeys: Guitarist Magnus Pelander formed Witchcraft, while vocalist Joakim Nilsson...
  • Music: Feature
    Sir Richard Bishop met John Fahey only once, despite the fact that Fahey's Revenant Records — the blues, jazz, and folk label founded by the guitarist/independent label pioneer —...
  • Music: Show Preview
    PDP is not the newest designer drug or texting acronym. No, it's the hip way to name-drop Poi Dog Pondering, the cross-cultural band that flirted briefly with mainstream success in the 1990s...
  • Up on the Sun: Q&A
    In this week's issue, we speak with guitarist Sir Richard Bishop, whose path from Phoenix and his days in the Sun City Girls has found him at the forefront of guitar experimentation from his...
  • Up on the Sun: Interview
    Nobody ever said being a local band was easy. If they have, they're full of shit. Though Peoria-bred roots-rock quartet The Cold Desert is fairly new to the game, its outlook on being a...
  • Up on the Sun: Interview
    It's hard to break down what OM is not because it is so complex, but because it is so simple. Music journalists are absorbed by terminology and context. We see a band like OM featuring the...
  • Up on the Sun: Five Must-See Shows This Week
    For every up there's a down. It's like reading the awesome news that Elton John plays on the new Queens of the Stone Age record the same day you read Christina Applegate is leaving NBC's Up...
  • Up on the Sun: Interview
    When writing about Things As They Are, the debut LP by Tucson psychedelic outfit Saint Maybe, for my 10 Best Things I Heard in 2012 column, I noted the album's sprawling, wide-open desert...
  • Up on the Sun: Q&A
    Blues Control duo guitarist Russ Waterhouse and pianist Lea Cho travel the spaceways of indie rock on an undulating platform of psychedelia, electronic, jazz, prog, and new age conventions....
  • Jackalope Ranch: Events
    Each week, Jackalope Ranch brings you a free event, workshop, or you-name-it happening in Phoenix. Because sometimes the best things in life really are free. This week's freebie: Chow Bella...
  • Up on the Sun: This Weekend
    It's finally the weekend, and you're ready to cut loose, aren't you? You're ready to toss a few back and really party. Us too. There's a lot of chatter on the message boards re: rumors that...
  • Up on the Sun: Q&A
    New Times' Carnaval Eléctrico at Crescent Ballroom has locked in its lineup: DJ Seduce, Sir Sly, and singer/songwriter Sareena Dominguez will join national headliners Cold War Kids, Hanni El...
  • Music: Column
    Think one-man band: cymbals on the elbows, drum on the back, horns under the arms, and tambourines on the knees creating a cacophony of sound designed to annoy passersby. Now, try to...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Was Tito Puente the first Latin funk pioneer? The bandleader behind many driving albums blending Latin traditions with swinging jazz would have been hard-pressed to say yes — funk...
  • Up on the Sun: Coachella 2013
    Last week we ran a list of Coachella bands headed to Phoenix around the festival's dates. Well, since then the list has grown, including big name acts like Phoenix, The Postal Service, and...
  • Up on the Sun: Interview
    Despite cultivating an audience that includes both folk lovers and metalheads, the gorgeously downcast songwriting of Chelsea Wolfe has been mistakenly typecast: The stark cover of Wolfe's...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    Daniel Johnston @ Crescent Ballroom | 2/3/13An enthusiastic young man in the crowd shouts: "We all love you, Daniel!" Daniel Johnston, the grizzled man onstage, backed by a selection of...
  • Up on the Sun: This Weekend
    The weekend is finally here! You're going to want to spend it checking out live music around Phoenix, right? Allow us to help with the top five must-see shows this weekend.Friday, February...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    Pinback @ Crescent Ballroom|1/31/13After interviewing singer/guitarist Rob Crow and having an at-length discussion of Star Wars, my expectations for Pinback's live show were set pretty...
  • Music: Column
    Despite cultivating an audience that includes both folk lovers and metalheads, the gorgeously downcast songwriting of Chelsea Wolfe has been mistakenly typecast: The stark cover of Wolfe's...
  • Music: Show Preview
    After a five-year break, Pinback is back and better than ever. Not that this San Diego math-rock-meets-subdued-pop band really went anywhere — the group has been consistently touring...
  • Up on the Sun: File Under Pop/Rock
    Editor's note: Last November Daniel Johnston missed a flight and was forced to reschedule his stop at Crescent Ballroom. But time flies, and this weekend, on Sunday, February 3, he's slated...
  • Up on the Sun: Coachella 2013
    As expected, this year's Coachella sold out pretty fast. Scalpers are already selling tickets for upwards of $1,000 for a single pass--for the love of god, please email this person and offer...
  • Jackalope Ranch: Events
    There's nothing like love to justify that half-gallon of ice cream at 11 a.m. or the splurge on the heavily discounted day-after-Valentine's-Day chocolate. Everybody has a few stories of...
  • Up on the Sun: News
    Epileptics beware: the new Black Moth Super Rainbow video for "Hairspray Heart" warns you against seizures. But watching WWE pro wrestler Goldust (Dustin Runnels) perform as "The Pink One"...
  • Up on the Sun: Five Must-See Shows This Week
    Yeah, yeah, yeah...we get it. Mondays suck (we've read Garfield). But it means the start of a new week, which means a bunch of killer shows in and around Phoenix. And here are a few of the...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    The Father Figures @ Crescent Ballroom|1/25/13Not that I had any doubts, but I'm starting to think that there's really no such thing as a bad Father Figures show. This hybrid punk/post punk...
  • Up on the Sun: This Weekend
    Curious about what's going on around town this weekend? Need some suggestions where to rock, dance, or krump in the Valley of the Sun? Don't fret: These are our Five Shows to See This...
  • Music: Column
    The indie-folk movement has become a plague. What started as an innocent return to roots quickly became a fad and, somewhere along the line, the pining for simplicity and an authentic nod to...
  • Music: Column
    It's hard to know where to start with The Residents. The band's press release claims that they neither exist nor play any instruments, and yet they have released more than 60 albums, a...
  • Music: Feature
    The Father Figures started with a 50th birthday party, which is either the least or most punk thing ever. Traditional agitated punk wisdom would suggest that guitarist/vocalist Michael...
  • Music: Show Preview
    In person, Toro Y Moi's Chaz Bundick looks nothing like the mover and shaker of the moment. He wears Windsor eyeglasses and, from certain angles, looks like Harris Trinsky, the bookish...
  • Culture: Art
    Somehow, I missed the whole storytelling movement. I wish I could tell you it's because I was learning how to use my new iPhone, or that I was so distracted by my Twitter account that the...
  • Up on the Sun: Q&A
    San Diego's post rock-meets-subdued pop duo Pinback has kind of been under the radar for the past five years. Rob Crow and Zach Smith took a break from recording new Pinback songs to focus...
  • Up on the Sun: Outtakes
    In this week's issue, we chat with the members of Phoenix art-punk band The Father Figures, discussing the band's phenomenal sophomore album, All About Everything. We ended up with quite a...
  • Up on the Sun: Announcements
    McDowell Mountain Music Festival's 2013 lineup, featuring The Shins, The Roots, Deer Tick, Les Claypool's Duo de Twang, and more, has expanded to include a host of local Phoenix-based acts....
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    Iamwe @ Crescent Ballroom| 1/19/13We're going to need another venue. Iamwe is a rare exception in indie music. Last night, the local rockers packed Crescent Ballroom to release their...
  • Up on the Sun: This Weekend
    Curious about what's going on around town this weekend? Need some suggestions where to rock, dance, or krump in the Valley of the Sun? Don't fret: These are our Five Shows to See This...
  • Up on the Sun: Announcements
    On Tuesday we announced the details of New Times' Carnaval Eléctrico at Crescent Ballroom, the festival which unites garage rocker Hanni El Khatib, psychedelic indie band Mergence, In the...
  • Up on the Sun: Announcements
    Following up last year's New Times Soundcheck, a two-day festival at Club Red in Tempe -- which featured performances by The Love Me Nots, Sugar Thieves, 2 Tone Lizard Kings, Jason Devore,...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Singer-songwriter and folk troubadour Greg Brown is more than just another guy with a guitar and resonant voice. Brown's ability to forge a musical style that melds Appalachia, folk, and...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    Palms, Wiley One, Jared and the Mill, and Sara Robinson and Midnight Special @ Crescent Ballroom|1/9/13South by Southwest, the sort of Mecca of indie music, is kind of a big deal. A good...
  • Up on the Sun: News
    We're only a week and a half into 2013, but Dry River Yacht Club is already having a great year so far. These gypsy rockers were one of the five artists added to the River Jones Music Label...
  • Up on the Sun: Five Must-See Shows This Week
    Yeah, yeah, yeah...we get it. Mondays suck (we've read Garfield). But it means the start of a new week, which means a bunch of killer shows in and around Phoenix. And here are a few of the...
  • Up on the Sun: This Weekend
    Curious about what's going on around town this weekend? Need some suggestions where to rock, dance, or krump in the Valley of the Sun? Don't fret: These are our Five Shows to See This...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Lest you think that "Mill" in Jared and The Mill is an ironic reference to the Valley's '90s alt-rock heyday, tune in to "The Returning Half," in which the mostly rootsy combo cranks up the...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Go ahead and call The Growlers "beach goth." It's not only an apt term that hints at the Orange County band's sound — dark psychedelic rock with a slacker, surfer edge — but when...
  • Up on the Sun: This Weekend
    Curious about what's going on around town this weekend? Need some suggestions where to rock, dance, or krump in the Valley of the Sun? Don't fret: These are our Five Shows to See This...
  • Calendar: Featured Events
    Try not to dance when there’s a Daft Punk song playing. We dare ya. It’s not humanly possible. There’s an involuntarily reflex rooted deep within our DNA that makes us...
  • Up on the Sun: Five Must-See Shows This Week
    Ho-ho-holy crap there are a lot of shows going on this Christmas week. There's plenty of local action going on, so be sure to strap on those sweet new socks your grandma got you and go see...
  • Up on the Sun: This Weekend
    Curious about what's going on around town this weekend? Need some suggestions where to rock, dance, or krump in the Valley of the Sun? Don't fret: These are our Five Shows to See This...
  • Music: Column
    At any point in the next 48 hours or so, the ground might start shaking, flaming objects might zoom from the heavens, or the undead might rise from their dirt naps and turn the populace into...
  • Music: Show Preview
    The snare drum hits that open Sedona-based decker.'s forthcoming new record, Slider, sound like shotguns. It's an appropriately menacing sound for what follows, as singer/songwriter Brandon...
  • Up on the Sun: Five Must-See Shows This Week
    Yeah, yeah, yeah...we get it. Mondays suck (we've read Garfield). But it means the start of a new week, which means a bunch of killer shows in and around Phoenix. And here are a few of the...
  • Up on the Sun: Lists
    Curious about what's going on around town this weekend? Need some suggestions where to rock, dance, or krump in the Valley of the Sun? Don't fret: These are our Five Shows to See This...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Ed Masley is the poet laureate of romantically challenged, over-educated, ne'er-do-wells, channeling the clever knock-kneed misanthropy of Elvis Costello. The Breakup Society frontman formed...
  • Music: Show Preview
    What started in Portland, Oregon, as a 2003 Fat Tuesday party has evolved into the must-see national act. MarchFourth Marching Band's music brings to light the deepest grooves of funk,...
  • Music: Column
    Like any country band worth its salt, Limbeck knows the value of "road songs." The band's sophomore record, Hi, Everything's Great (2003), is a must-have for any cross-country road trip, its...
  • Music: Column
    Justin Townes Earle can tell stories. It's what the Nashville-raised singer-songwriter has done for six years, writing albums that have placed him at the forefront of rusty, soulful...
  • Up on the Sun: Show Preview
    It's peculiarly fitting that these two punk trailblazers should arrive in town on the same night, because they've been inextricably bound together for more than 35 years since the beginnings...
  • Up on the Sun: Q&A
    Alt-country rockers Limbeck may technically be a Southern California band, but the group has number of ties to Arizona. "Comin' From Tucson" is about a long drive home after playing a show...
  • Jackalope Ranch: Events
    Curse those pesky Mayans and the long-count calendar they crafted eons ago. It's got a good chunk of the general populace (well, the ones without a modicum of common sense, at any rate)...
  • Up on the Sun: Announcements
    Taylor Swift is coming to town on Tuesday, May 28, at Jobing.com Arena. And...never has the thought of the pending apocalypse been so appealing. Sure, Swift has her vocal detractors (like...
  • Up on the Sun: Lists
    Yeah, yeah, yeah...we get it. Mondays suck (we've read Garfield). But it means the start of a new week, which means a bunch of killer shows in and around Phoenix. And here are a few of the...
  • Up on the Sun: Outtakes
    Speaking with comedian Gregg Turkington about Phoenix's storied 80's punk scene, yielded plenty of yarns about seeing legendary bands in their prime. However, he also painted a vividly...
  • Jackalope Ranch: Events
    Looking for ways to fill up your weekend? Here are your five best bets for getting out and about in the Valley of the Sun. Neil Hamburger & Tim Heidecker @ Crescent Ballroom We cannot...
  • Music: Column
    Comedian Gregg Turkington was watching when Arizona's equivalent to Walter Cronkite said President Reagan's fake son was being brainwashed into becoming a punk rocker by the evils of...
  • Music: Show Preview
    There are at least three sets of noted Diaz brothers: Nick and Nathan of mixed martial arts fame; Lu and Hugo, known for producing hip-hop and Miami bass records in the 1980s and '90s; and...
  • Up on the Sun: Q&A
    John Darnielle has recorded under the name "The Mountain Goats" since the early '90s, and in that time his records have gone from crude boombox recordings to polished, sprawling efforts. The...
  • Up on the Sun: Announcements
    Did anyone watch David Letterman Monday night? Well, if you didn't, you missed the greatest rock band of all time, Led Zeppelin, interviewed after receiving a Kennedy Center Honor....
  • Jackalope Ranch: Events
    It's that time of year again ... Time to raid your local thrift store or grandmother's closet in search of something completely hideous and wonderful to wear to your annual ugly Christmas...
  • Up on the Sun: Video
    This week's Take Cover session is a little different, as it's the first time we've featured a touring band. Kopecky Family Band drove 16 hours straight from Norman, Oklahoma, to the Musical...
  • Up on the Sun: Five Must-See Shows This Week
    Yeah, yeah, yeah...we get it Mondays suck (we've read Garfield). But it means the start of a new week, which means a bunch of killer shows in and around Phoenix. And here are a few of the...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    World Party @ Crescent Ballroom|12/2/12It was almost with a sigh of relief that Karl Wallinger and World Party began their Crescent Ballroom concert with "Waiting Such A Long Time," as it...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    Gospel Claws, Sleep Money, Vial of Sound, Knesset, Zero Zero, Me Vale Madre @ Crescent Ballroom|11/30/12 Leave it to Crescent Ballroom to have such a fantastic representation of local acts...
  • Up on the Sun: Lists
    Curious about what's going on around town this weekend? Need some suggestions where to rock, dance, or krump in the Valley of the Sun? Don't fret: These are our Five Shows to See This...
  • Music: Column
    John Reis' musical résumé includes at least four defunct bands that people would pay lots of money to see today. One is Hot Snakes, a San Diego-based quartet that blends the...
  • Music: Show Preview
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    Imagine Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" as a political rallying cry instead of a sultry kiss-off, and you have an idea behind The Mynabirds' "Generals." The title track on...
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    Goth-pop pixie oOoOO is a terrific soundtrack for when a club night in Ibiza gets rained out by hellfire. Both 2010's oOoOO EP and this year's Our Love Is Hurting Us are dance music for...
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  • Up on the Sun: Announcements
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  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
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  • Up on the Sun: This Weekend
    Curious about what's going on around town this weekend? Need some suggestions as to how to rock, dance, or krump in the Valley of the Sun? Don't fret: These are our Five Shows to See This...
  • Up on the Sun: Outtakes
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  • Up on the Sun: Take Cover
    See also: Kongos are Huge in South Africa. Is Phoenix Next? See also: The Serene Dominic Show: Kongos Tear it Up Are you stoked for Kongos' album release party tonight? Well, you should be....
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  • Up on the Sun: The Serene Dominic Show
    See also: Kongos Are Huge in South Africa. Is Phoenix Next? In this week's issue of New Times we catch up with the brothers Kongos, a band so huge in South Africa they've graced the pages...
  • Up on the Sun: Five Must-See Shows This Week
    Yeah, yeah, yeah...we get it Mondays suck (we've read Garfield). But it means the start of a new week, which means a bunch of killer shows in and around Phoenix. And here are a few of the...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    Through and Through Gospel Review Crescent Ballroom Saturday, July 14, 2012 See also: Download: Gospel Claws' New Song, "Pale Horse Dry Cleaning" See also: Joel Marquard Fought Cancer and...
  • Up on the Sun: Mp3
    See also: Joel Marquard Fought Cancer and The Indie Community Chips in To Help Him Out In this week's issue, Anthony Sandoval brings us the story of Gospel Claws/Through and Through Gospel...
  • Music: Feature
    You'd be forgiven for thinking Joel Marquard of indie rock band Gospel Claws and his solo roots/Americana project The Through and Through Gospel Review is a morose guy. After all, his...
  • Music: Column
    A truck is on fire in the desert, black smoke billowing in the sky. Two years ago, on tour through the desert west of Phoenix, Shearwater's van came upon a tractor-trailer on fire in...
  • Up on the Sun: Take Cover
    See also: The Swamp Coolers Cover "Secret Agent Man" Local noise/rock duo A Technicolor Yawn shares a noisy aesthetic with Sonic Youth, so it was only natural for them to decide to do an...
  • Up on the Sun: Announcements
    Crescent Ballroom knows the value of big local shows. Remember the line around the block for the Mergence, Black Carl, What Laura Says, Future Loves Past Show? How about when Ladylike...
  • Up on the Sun: Record Heat
    Every Monday morning Up on the Sun features a new comic strip from punk rocker, cartoonist, and full-time dad Brad Dwyer. See the New Times print edition to check out the strip in glorious,...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    La Mala Rodriguez Crescent Ballroom Sunday, July 8, 2012 See also: Spanish Rapper La Mala Rodriguez to Bring Flamenco-Infused Hip-Hop to Crescent Spanish emcee La Mala Rodriguez lived up...
  • Up on the Sun: This Weekend
    Curious about what's going on around town this weekend? Need some suggestions as to how to rock, dance, or krump in the Valley of the Sun? Don't fret: These are our Five Shows to See This...
  • Up on the Sun: Show Preview
    See also: Chilean MC Ana Tijoux to Celebrate Women With Puente Arizona This Weekend As if it weren't bad enough that Spain owns international soccer (or football, as the rest of the world...
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    La Mala Rodriguez may have runway-model looks, but she sounds more likely to break a heel off in your ass than strike a pose for you. The Spanish rapper is renowned in the Latin hip-hop...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
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    In 1973, Jonathan Richman, then the lead singer and songwriter of a group called The Modern Lovers, wrote a letter to rock rag Creem after a record review that cited a lack of...
  • Up on the Sun: Mp3
    I know there's a name for the keyboard sound that sounds like a cross between a dude belching and scat singing, but I can't figure it out. No matter, I guess. The sound effect's hardly the...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    El-P and Killer Mike Crescent Ballroom Monday, June 25 Brooklyn indie-rap linchpin El-P and Atlanta journeyman Killer Mike are kind of on top of the world right now. There's nothing like...
  • Up on the Sun: This Weekend
    Curious what's going on around town this weekend? Need some suggestions as to how to rock, dance, or krump in the Valley of the Sun? Don't fret: These are our Five Shows to See This...
  • Calendar: Featured Events
    One-woman band Becky Lee has a tough time fitting in. The rocker looks the part of a scene queen -- usually decked out in dark tones, a pair of vintage boots, and a chic little bowler -- but...
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    "I'm not particularly that brilliant," El-P says, laughing. "It takes me longer to do something worthy of putting out." The Brooklyn-based rapper, former label head, and indie hip-hop...
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    There's something to be said for going with what you know, but wouldn't you rather watch artists take some risks? If your answer to that one is "yes," attending a Quintron & Miss Pussycat...
  • Up on the Sun: Announcements
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  • Up on the Sun: Q&A
    Brooklyn-based rapper El-P has had a tumultuous last few years. After reaching the Billboard Top 100 in 2007 with I'll Sleep When You're Dead, he lost his friend and musical collaborator...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    YACHT Crescent Ballroom Thursday, June 14, 2012 Summer usually finds us in the concert doldrums. There are some good shows here and there, but mostly we opt for pool parties and air...
  • Music: Show Preview
    A band that shares a name with a fancy boat, sometimes includes a triangle instead of an "A" in the spelling of its names, and uses music to preach a cultish philosophy sounds like something...
  • Up on the Sun: News
    See also: Mr. Meeble's European Adventure See also: Mr. Meeble at Crescent Ballroom For glitch dance duo Mr. Meeble, music and visual effects go hand in hand. The duo's latest music video...
  • Up on the Sun: This Weekend
    Curious what's going on around town this weekend? Need some suggestions as to how to rock, dance, or krump in the Valley of the Sun? Don't fret: These are our Five Shows to See This...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    Destroyer and Sandro Perri Crescent Ballroom Thursday, May 7 See also: Destroyer Got Rejected By Jazz Festivals, Which Is Good for Pop Fans Speaking with Dan Bejar of Canadian indie rock...
  • Up on the Sun: 10 Bands You Need to Hear This Summer
    In this week's issue of New Times, we profiled 10 new(ish) bands we expect to dominate Phoenix iPods and boomboxes this long, hot summer. We'll be focusing more deeply on those artists over...
  • Up on the Sun: Flashback Friday
    Where we're going, we don't need roads; just a synthesizer, eyeliner, and a touch of androgyny. Welcome to Flashback Friday. Local future-pop rockers Super Stereo are marking their...
  • Music: Show Preview
    In an age when Henry Rollins does Acura commercials, what does "selling out" even mean any more? Tempe "futurepop" band Super Stereo knows a thing or two about product placement: Their...
  • Music: Show Preview
    It's a whole two minutes before the airy New Age flutes break the waves of ambient, billowy synth sounds and plucked nylon-string acoustic guitar that opens "Suicide Demo for Kara Walker"...
  • Up on the Sun: Q&A
    If you are excited about Destroyer coming to town -- and we certainly are -- you can thank the world of jazz. When songwriter/vocalist Dan Bejar, who essentially is Destroyer, set out for...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    See also: Santigold Discusses Bjork, MySpace, and The Death of MCA Santigold Crescent Ballroom Monday, June 4, 2012 Better Than: Every show I've been to this year. Seriously. It's hard to...
  • Up on the Sun: This Weekend
    Curious what's going on around town this weekend? Need some suggestions as to how to rock, dance, or krump in the Valley of the Sun? Don't fret: These are our Five Shows to See This...
  • Up on the Sun: Q&A
    There's no such thing as the sophomore slump for Santi White, who has once again charmed audiences with the genre-defying Master of My Make-Believe. The album includes collaborations with...
  • Up on the Sun: Flier of the Week
    If this flyer doesn't put you in a happier mood, we don't know what will. This soothing watercolor painting was taken from the cover of Donavon Frankenreiter's new album Start Livin', which...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    Ladylike, Factories, Gospel Claws, Steff Koeppen and The Articles Crescent Ballroom Friday, May 25, 2012 See also: Ladylike Approaches '70s Pop With Sharp Tools In this week's music...
  • Up on the Sun: Flashback Friday
    Where we're going, we don't need roads; just a synthesizer, eyeliner, and a touch of androgyny. Welcome to Flashback Friday. In case you missed it, Google commemorated the 78th birthday of...
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    Don't worry if you have trouble categorizing what exactly Brooklyn-based artist Reggie Watts does. Is it performance art? Music? Comedy? It's mostly best to just listen. "I can exist in both...
  • Music: Feature
    Free online music service Spotify has plenty of fans (and nearly as many vocal detractors) but let's stick to the facts. According to the music library, Ladylike is a "rock-oriented version...
  • Up on the Sun: Outtakes
    See also: Ladylike Approaches '70s Pop With Sharpened Tools Records don't often sound as effortless as Ladylike's self-titled debut. The Tempe-based power-pop combo subtly incorporates...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    Spiritualized Crescent Ballroom Saturday, May 19 See also: Spiritualized's Jason Pierce on Sweet Heart Sweet Light See also: Spiritualized's Jason Pierce on How Amazing The Liver Is J....
  • Music: Show Preview
    When famed post-hardcore/art-rock spazz combo At the Drive-In broke up in 2001, the lines were clearly drawn. Vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez (the two with afros) took...
  • Music: Feature
    Jason Pierce doesn't really remember where he was while piecing together his band's newest psychedelic wonder, Sweet Heart Sweet Light. The Spiritualized leader knows the album took three...
  • Up on the Sun: This Weekend
    Curious what's going on around town this weekend? Need some suggestions as to how to rock, dance, or krump in the Valley of the Sun? Don't fret: These are our Five Shows to See This...
  • Up on the Sun: DJ Dossier
    Turns out local concert promoter Jeremiah Gratza has more on his plate than just putting on shows, passing out flyers, helping run Crescent Ballroom, and hanging out at hip dance nights....
  • Calendar: Featured Events
    Todd Barry (who you might recognize from Flight of the Conchords or The Wrestler) brings his stand-up set to Crescent, with Dax Jordan. Mon., May 14, 8 p.m., 2012
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    "Fuck It, You Win" has to be one of the greatest, most hate-filled song titles ever penned to an ex who's taken things too far. Add stinging guitars, ripped-from-the-gut vocals, and a...
  • Music: Show Preview
    If you're bored and have access to the Interwebs, go to Amazon and type "string tribute to" in the search field and prepare to be blown away. Did you know there's a string version of James...
  • Up on the Sun: Lists
    Anything you can do I can do better. Of course, that isn't the case if you can actually do it better. Just to be clear, this list isn't about girl power. No doubt, there are dudes who rock...
  • Up on the Sun: This Weekend
    Curious what's going on around town this weekend? Need some suggestions as to how to rock, dance, or krump in the Valley of the Sun? Don't fret: These are our Five Shows to See This...
  • Calendar: Featured Events
    When Denver-based rockers Tennis serve up their breezy brand of pop at Crescent Ballroom, 308 North Second Avenue, their rackets ought to be perfectly strung to serve a serene brand of...
  • Up on the Sun: Q&A
    Alt-country stumblers Deer Tick know how to keep up the pace. Songwriter John McCauley started the band in 2004. Since then, it's morphed from a solo project into a full-fledged rock 'n'...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    Brian Jonestown Massacre Crescent Ballroom Tuesday, May 1, 2012 See also: Tripping with the Brian Jonestown Massacre I have a serious question for diehard Brian Jonestown Massacre fans:...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    I think I'm going to run away with the circus. If they can get out of Phoenix, that is. Last night marked the second time I've seen Marchfourth Marching Band live (And, admittedly, the...
  • Up on the Sun: This Weekend
    Curious what's going on around town this weekend? Need some suggestions as to how to rock, dance, or krump in the Valley of the Sun? Don't fret: These are our Five Shows to See This...
  • Calendar: Featured Events
    If you've ever had a premonition that the band geek you made fun of in high school would somehow end up cooler than you, rest easy, because it probably didn't pan out that way. That is,...
  • Music: Feature
    I'm spending the afternoon with Joel Gion of The Brian Jonestown Massacre in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco. You couldn't ask for it any better: It's like interviewing the...
  • Up on the Sun: Lists
    It's a hard pill to swallow, but music venues in the Valley tend to come and go. Fact. Look no further than the closing of The Compound Grill within the past week or last month's nixing of...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    See also: M. Ward Discusses A Wasteland Companion, and His Arizona Ties to The Meat Puppets and Howe Gelb M. Ward Crescent Ballroom Tuesday, April 17, 2012 Following fIREHOSE's...
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    See also: fIREHOSE's Ed Crawford: "It Was Our Job. We Fuckin' Showed Up Every Day." fIREHOSE Crescent Ballroom Tuesday, April 17, 2012 I entered the Crescent Ballroom with a mix of...
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    There was once a time when the name M. Ward was reserved for only the hushiest kind of record collectors, the kind of dudes who scratched John Fahey and Leo Kottke records off their wish...
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    At an early '90s Cocteau Twins concert in Denver, half-asleep and fully delirious, I drifted in and out of reality as strobe lights pulsed behind my eyelids, Elizabeth Fraser's voice wafted...
  • Up on the Sun: Q&A
    See also: fIREHOSE's Ed Crawford: "It Was Our Job. We F**kin' Showed Up Every Day." M. Ward has slowly and sturdily built himself up as a songwriter and producer over the past decade, with...
  • Up on the Sun: Q&A
    Coachella is a weird beast: In addition to hotly tipped acts like Avicii and Justice, big name standard bearers like Radiohead and The Black Keys, and holy-hell-they're-reuniting bands like...
  • Up on the Sun: Q&A
    It's always a questionable thing when a long-gone band suddenly reappears on the musical landscape. Too often the motive is obvious--money--and the performances laughable. Yet, there are...
  • Up on the Sun: Take Cover
    See also: Fatigo Covers Depeche Mode The Love Me Nots' Nicole Laurenne and Michael Johnny Walker have been married for four years, but if it wasn't for The Doors, they may have never met. ...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    Grupo Fantasma and Fayuca Crescent Ballroom Sunday, April 8 There can't be too many places in the world where you can spend the first half of your day observing a certain notorious...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    See also: A Whirlwind Year Leaves Portugal. The Man's Frontman Stress-free Portugal. The Man Crescent Ballroom Friday, April 6 When a band spends a considerable amount of time on the road,...
  • Up on the Sun: Show Preview
    Not only did Fayuca return from their SxSW tour in one piece - they brought back High Times magazine's 2012 Doobie Award for Best New/Underground Artist. This year marked the publication's...
  • Up on the Sun: This Weekend
    Curious what's going on around town this weekend? Need some suggestions as to how to rock, dance, or krump in the Valley of the Sun? Don't fret: These are our Five Shows to See This...
  • Up on the Sun: Podcast
    See also: Up on the Sun: The Podcast, Episode 3, with Ron Livingston, Isaac Brock, Wanda Jackson, and More "I wanted something with a lot of textures and songs [that] could take you...
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    John Gourley feels good. Tired, but really good. His band, Portugal. The Man, is chilling in El Paso following a rollercoaster ride of TV appearances, festival stops, a tour supporting the...
  • Up on the Sun: Take Cover
    Covering Depeche Mode without a synthesizer can be a bit of a challenge, but Fatigo pulls it off with a piano, a trumpet, and some cool bass effects. "We are going to integrate some of...
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    For those who can't get enough of the urban-cool vibe at Crescent Ballroom, downtown's mid-size live music venue that opened last October in the revamped 1917-era building formerly occupied...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    Polyphonic Spree Crescent Ballroom Thursday, March 29, 2012 At 10 last night, a long red sheet covered the stage of the Crescent Ballroom. The crowd was getting drunk, and when the lights...
  • Music: Column
    Thursday 29 16th Street Bar & Grill: Kickback Thursdays with DJ Cedric Ceballos (hip-hop, classics, neo-soul, reggae, R&B, Top 40, old school) Afterlife: Beat the Scene Thursdays...
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  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
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  • Up on the Sun: Lists
    I was on the fence about seeing Polyphonic Spree, the pysch pop, one-time MTV 2 darlings, this week at Crescent Ballroom, so I sat myself down to watch some videos in preparation. The band...
  • Up on the Sun: Lists
    We were about 20 miles outside of a town called Wikieup, standing off the road, a motionless 1967 Karmann Ghia shaking like a leaf with each passing semi off the road. I get a text:...
  • Up on the Sun: This Weekend
    See also: Tugboat's Phillip Hanna Talks About the Band's Breakup, Final Shows, and What Happens Next After six years, Tempe based weirdo rockers (it's a compliment) Tugboat are calling it...
  • Up on the Sun: Podcast
    Welcome to Up on the Sun: The Podcast's second episode. In this week's installment, we speak with Phoenix-based metal band Landmine Marathon about being handpicked by Metallica to play the...
  • Music: Column
    Making things obvious has just never been Hot Snakes' style. "Hi-Lites," from 2004's Audit in Progress, provides a great example of this MO in action. The song begins with a shivering,...
  • Music: Show Preview
    It's tough to be a fan of the portmanteau. Blending words is an art mastered by few keen wordsmiths, like Liz Lemon on 30 Rock with the word "snart." But for every "snart," there are dozens...
  • Up on the Sun: Show Preview
    Despite their tongue-in-cheek moniker, there's nothing truly controversial about Good Old War. It would be tough to argue the negative sides of singable indie folk, after all. The...
  • Up on the Sun: Interview
    Released last year, Coming of Age is an appropriate title for Knesset's first album, as the band is only now starting to step up locally. Pronounced KA-NESS-ET and named after the...
  • Up on the Sun: Podcast
    Welcome to the first episode of Up on the Sun's new weekly podcast, Up on the Sun: The Podcast. In this week's episode, we speak with Detroit MC and producer Black Milk about his...
  • Jackalope Ranch: Visual Art
    In the six months since the Crescent Ballroom opened, the renowned concert venue has hosted fashion shows, comedy gigs, dance nights, and (of course) plenty of concerts. As for art shows?...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Call it unfair, but former Phoenicians-turned-Washingtonians Hooves have always garnered more attention for their hotel trashing and indie-rock bowling debacles than for their music. Sure,...
  • Music: Show Preview
    It's hard not to read a little into the story behind Tucson, the new album from Howe Gelb's Giant Giant Sand, which tells the story of a "semi-grizzled man with overt boyish naivete" who...
  • Up on the Sun: Q&A
    Memphis rockers Lucero have a timeless quality, a lowdown, from-the-gut, blue-collar rock 'n' roll sound that could have been recorded any time since the late '60s (save for a few flashes of...
  • Up on the Sun: Take Cover
    Country songs don't come much more iconic than Hank Williams' "Your Cheatin' Heart" . It's been covered countless times by musicians of all genres. Some, like Elvis Presley and Ray Charles...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    Fabulous Thunderbirds Crescent Ballroom Friday, March 9, 2012 Last night, Crescent Ballroom officially was broken in. Forget the too-cool-for-school crowd. Once a bunch of ladies exiting...
  • Up on the Sun: Q&A
    Behold, sluts! You can now combine your love of live music with your desire to get the government to cover your floozy behavior.  Just kidding. Sort of. On March 15, those of you who aren't...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    Miniature Tigers Crescent Ballroom Thursday, March 8 See the full Miniature Tigers slideshow here. I'm gonna go ahead and start with the general takeaway feeling from Thursday night's...
  • Music: Column
    Just because a band is from the South and rocks, that doesn't make it a "Southern rock" band. This is a misnomer the Drive-By Truckers have been trying to shed practically since forming 16...
  • Music: Feature
    Do you remember the bad old days of MySpace, when bands had the option of listing influences along with their hometown, record label, members, etc.? Yes, MySpace still exists, but we're...
  • Music: Show Preview
    As the song titles "Tuff Enough" and "Wrap It Up" suggest, you know what you're going to get from a Thunderbirds show: straight-ahead, bluesy rock 'n' roll. Having emerged from the Texas...
  • Up on the Sun: Q&A
    If Miniature Tigers was ever to have an official "day" in Phoenix, it would be today. The band is playing two shows, one at Crescent Ballroom as part of the Modern Art Records Tour...
  • Up on the Sun: Giveaway
    Okay T-Birds fans, you've only got one day left to enter to win a pair of a passes and an exclusive meet-and-greet for tomorrow night's tour stop, when the Texas blues-rock band plays the...
  • Up on the Sun: Q&A
    The life of a gigging band is pretty rough: Tempe-based alt-rockers Vinyl Station play eight gigs a week to make ends meet, populating Valley bars like the Rogue, Rosie McCaffery's, and...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    Toro Y Moi Crescent Ballroom Monday, March 5, 2012 Chillwave/glo-fi/funk/[insert blogger-generated genre here] pioneers Toro Y Moi knows how to get people moving. At last year's South...
  • Music: Column
    Christopher Owens, the songwriter who fronts jangling indie rockers Girls, insists he doesn't have an ax to grind. Sure, the revivalist cult Children of God effectively destroyed his life...
  • Music: Show Preview
    In the unlikely event that Al Stewart can't make his scheduled March 2 concert, Destroyer frontman Dan Bejar could definitely fill in. Maybe he's Stewart's illegitimate love child, because,...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Saul Williams' credentials don't hint at anyone you'd expect to associate with a genre as innocuous as pop music. After all, the outspoken wordplay wizard cut his teeth as the MC offspring...
  • Up on the Sun: Events
    As any DJ-producer hyphenate will tell you, it takes a huge investment of both time and money to get into the beat-crafting game. It also helps to have some primo equipment and a few...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    Cloud Nothings Crescent Ballroom Tuesday, February 28 When I spoke with Dylan Baldi of Cloud Nothings, he said he had never been intimidated by extensive touring, high-profile shows, or...
  • Up on the Sun: Giveaway
    Over the last 30 years, The Fabulous Thunderbirds have been a blues rock institution, at various times featuring folks like Jimmy Vaughan, Duke Robillard, Kid Bangham, Marc Ford (of The...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    Cursive Crescent Ballroom Monday, February 27, 2012 "Whenever I see a band shortly after an album comes out, I hope it's too soon for them to play new songs live," a friend yelled to me...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks Crescent Ballroom Friday, February 24 Okay, Phoenix. First, the good news: According to no less an authority than Stephen Malkmus, godfather of slacker cool,...
  • Music: Column
    Despite the quick rise of his punk outfit Cloud Nothings through the blogosphere and the warm critical reception of the band's latest record, Attack on Memory, 20-year-old singer-songwriter...
  • Music: Feature
    There's no quicker way to alienate listeners than to be so pretentious as to describe a band as an "experience," "lifestyle," or "state of mind." Still, despite the groans the following...
  • Music: Show Preview
    It never fails: Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks release a new album (like they did last spring, issuing Mirror Traffic) and just about everyone says "It's the most like Pavement he's sounded...
  • Music: Show Preview
    Few bands can retain a dedicated following after throwing fans for stylistic loops the way Cursive has. Yet the long running Omaha-via-Los Angeles quartet pulls it off. The genre-defying...
  • Up on the Sun: Take Cover
    Within seconds of watching this video, it's obvious that Boys and Frogs is not performing "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out." Instead, they play a fuzzy version of Kanye West's "All Of...
  • Up on the Sun: Q&A
    Being in a band is tough. Just listen to Cursive's travails in "Art is Hard." Over the last decade, the Omaha-based indie rockers have endured their share of personnel changes: subtracting a...
  • Up on the Sun: Q&A
    Here's kind of a crazy realization: Stephen Malkmus has been performing and recording with The Jicks longer than he played and recorded with Pavement. But following Pavement's reunion (I saw...
  • Up on the Sun: Giveaway
    You guys sure like those Young the Giant guys: Their gig tonight at Crescent Ballroom sold out so quickly they added a second date tomorrow. And it's sold out, too. But we've got a pair of...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
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  • Up on the Sun: Show Preview
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  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
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  • Up on the Sun: Interview
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  • Up on the Sun: Q&A
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  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
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  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
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  • Up on the Sun: Show Preview
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  • Up on the Sun: Q&A
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  • Up on the Sun: Record Heat
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  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
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  • Up on the Sun: Events
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  • Jackalope Ranch: Fashion
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  • Jackalope Ranch: Comedy
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  • Up on the Sun: Q&A
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  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
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  • Up on the Sun: Q&A
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  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
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  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
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  • Up on the Sun: Flier of the Week
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  • Up on the Sun: Video
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  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
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  • Music: Feature
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  • Up on the Sun: This Week's Issue
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  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
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  • Chow Bella: First Taste
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  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
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  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
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  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
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  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
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  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
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  • Up on the Sun: Q&A
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  • Up on the Sun: Interview
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  • Up on the Sun: Q&A
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  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
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  • Up on the Sun: Q&A
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  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
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  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
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  • Up on the Sun: Announcements
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  • Up on the Sun: Concert Review
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  • Up on the Sun: Announcements
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  • Music: Column
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  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
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  • Up on the Sun: Lists
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  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
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  • Up on the Sun: Q&A
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  • Up on the Sun: Q&A
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  • Calendar: Featured Events
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  • Music: Column
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  • Jackalope Ranch: Events
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  • Up on the Sun: News
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  • Up on the Sun: Show Preview
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  • Up on the Sun: News
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  • Up on the Sun: Album Stream
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  • Up on the Sun: Rebuttal
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  • Up on the Sun: News
    After teetering between Valley venues for years, Stateside Presents announced this morning that it finally has a spot to call its own. Downtown's Crescent Ballroom, as we speculated earlier...

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