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730 N. Mill Ave. Tempe, AZ 85281 | Tempe | 480-829-0707

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Located just north of Tempe Town Lake near the southwest corner of Mill Avenue and Washington Street, the Marquee Theatre is an institution in the Valley's live music scene. With a capacity of roughly 1,000, it's just big enough that it is required to separate the underagers from the drinkers, which is great for parents attending a show with their kids or groups of young adults who fall on either side of the legal drinking age. At the same time, the theater is intimate enough so that pretty much any location in the house offers a great view of the stage. A large bar in the concourse area is usually pretty busy, but a smaller bar on the concert floor adjacent to the stage ensures that you can have a drink without missing a note. The sound system is top-notch, which is a good thing considering the blockbuster acts that Marquee regularly hosts. Such prominent national acts as A Perfect Circle, Sonic Youth, Social Distortion, and the Black Keys have performed there, as well as a number of up-and-coming Valley bands who get a chance to shine on the big stage during frequent local showcases.


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    Though it seems most of the indie bands of the '80s disappeared for a while (perhaps waiting for Coachella to offer them a stack of cash to reunite), plenty of rock acts — especially...
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    Just like the rave scene way back in the ‘90s, today's brand of dubstep may very well be a flash in the pan. With fiercely devoted adherents who pride themselves on being contrarian...
  • Up on the Sun: Q&A
    British rock band The Cult have a new album out today, Choice of Weapon. It's good -- a remarkably heavy record without a trace of "heft for the sake of heft." The songs sound exactly like...
  • Up on the Sun: Q&A
    Punk and hardcore bands aren't usually known for lineup stability, but Hermosa Beach, California, rockers Pennywise had a pretty solid run for their first 20 years of existence. Beyond the...
  • Up on the Sun: Lists
    Florida punk-rockers Against Me! have always made honesty a policy, discussing scene politics, social politics, and issues of justice and hypocrisy with an insight and power. But who saw...
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    Analog obsessives and audiophiles may bemoan the inevitable digitalization of music on the grounds that MP3s lack the sound quality of vinyl, but there's been no greater victim of the...
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    "Hiatus" is a tricky word. More often than not, when a band tosses the term out there, it's shorthand for "we're breaking up, guys." Dustin Kensrue of influential post-hardcore,...
  • Up on the Sun: Q&A
    Max Bemis of Say Anything is one hell of a frontman. He's been through a lot emotionally, and his lyrics certainly prove it. But over the years, and over the course of releasing several...
  • 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...
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    Anytime a huge band takes a hiatus, bands of a similar stripe get an opportunity to move in quickly and make Huge Band's audience its own before Huge Band returns. It happened in the '80s,...
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    Born from 1980s Manchester at the height of the Factory Records era, storied art rockers James have nothing if they don't have integrity. Feeling that the Tony Wilson-run company was too...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    Steel Pulse Marquee Theatre Wednesday, April 11 When a band has been around 37 years, it knows how to do things right. From tight musicianship to a dynamic stage show -- plus a deep catalog...
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    Reggae certainly has changed since Steel Pulse began in the mid-1970s. Back then, roots reggae ruled the roost. Dancehall, lovers rock, and reggaton were distant visions; dub was spacing...
  • Up on the Sun: Announcements
    When I photographed M83 a few months ago, I was expecting to hear a bunch of cinematic instrumental music. I thought M83 worked better as background music than a live show. I couldn't have...
  • Up on the Sun: Video
    Local band A Life of Science, who has adopted a more electronic pop sound as of late, is really taking their multimedia approach to their band seriously. Their new video for the track,...
  • Up on the Sun: Announcements
    When The Ting Tings announced months ago that they were coming to the Valley, the concert was originally supposed to take place at the Clubhouse Music Venue in Tempe. Then the tragic...
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    See also: Breaking News: Clubhouse Music Venue Closes Down Love 'em or hate 'em, Apple commercials have power -- just ask The Ting Tings. The British duo has a 2008 iPod commercial to thank...
  • Up on the Sun: Video
    Andrew WK put on a fantastic show, most fun I've had at a show in a long time. Marquee was depressingly empty though. --Hailey Paquette (@hpaq) What a drag. We're sad to report that our...
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    A helpful hint for anyone scheduled to interview Andrew W.K.: Don't rely on trying to take notes. He's going to start talking right away and go largely nonstop for the length of the...
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    Jugg-Fest 2012 is almost upon us. But what does that mean? Has the Gathering of the Juggalos come to Arizona? Will thousands of Insane Clown Posse faithful descend upon our fair valley with...
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    Despite the genre's radical roots, there's something about modern reggae that makes it difficult for fans of classic reggae to fully embrace. Perhaps because it's so easy to denigrate modern...
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    You know, if Bob Larson, the Scottsdale-based exorcist who tried to draw the devil out of Mayhem's bassist last August, were into expelling demons from every metal band that visited Arizona,...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    Social Distortion Marquee Theatre Friday, February 3, 2012 Phoenix loves Social Distortion, and the band loves Phoenix, including not one but two stops on their most recent tour. Last night...
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    The punk-goes-acoustic thing is fun, but let's be honest: When you listen to a Chuck Regan solo folk LP, you're secretly crossing your fingers that he'll make a new Hot Water Music album....
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    They Might Be Giants Marquee Theatre Sunday, January 29, 2012 How many F-bombs can you drop in a PG-13 movie? Is it one? Two? However many, last night's They Might Be Giants show...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    Citizen CopeMarquee Theatre Friday, January 27, 2012 I've been to more exciting Citizen Cope shows over the past few years, but last night's solo acoustic gig was still a tight show for...
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    Given the strict observance of "punk rock rules" that define the genre now, it's hard to believe that the original CBGB bands had more in common with hippies than anyone you might see on...
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    Dismiss them as twee or cute if you want, but nearly 30 years into their career, the duo of John Fansburg and John Linnell — better known as They Might Be Giants — can't be...
  • Up on the Sun: Q&A
    Glendale metal band Cold Blooded Theory was fresh off of a show at the Nile Theater Saturday night when they announced that they would be joining Devil Driver and fellow Arizonans Job for a...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    O.A.R. Marquee Theatre Wednesday, January 25 2012 O.A.R. kicked off their most recent tour with Tempe -- and the buzzing crowd and multiple encores indicated that they picked a good place...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    Anthrax Marquee Theatre Tuesday, January 24 Everyone knows Anthrax played the Big Four in Indio, California, last year, of course. And as much as I hate to admit this out loud or on paper,...
  • Up on the Sun: Q&A
    Blues rock band/solo artist Citizen Cope has been on the road for years. With a new album entitled One Lovely Day in the works, Tempe is bound to be blessed with both the oldies but goodies...
  • Up on the Sun: Q&A
    30 years is a long time. You might think that after 30 years in a career as unique and unpredictable as They Might Be Giants, (college rockers to children's rockers) principals John Linnell...
  • Up on the Sun: Q&A
    Starting a revolution of your own is a difficult task, but jam band O.A.R. (Of a Revolution) makes it look pretty easy. Of course, it's harder than it seems. I spoke with drummer Chris...
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    "2011 was the best year of my life," says Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian, mere weeks before the second leg of Anthrax's latest tour kicks off. "It feels like 30 years of hard work has finally...
  • Up on the Sun: Lists
    In the midst our daily humdrum of going to work, eating, and sleeping, it can be very easy to overlook one of the most important things in life: Partying. Luckily we have someone like Andrew...
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    NOFX frontman "Fat" Mike Burkett has quite the reputation.  In 2010, while performing at Austin's South by Southwest Festival, Mike took the stage as "Cokie the Clown": sad-face paint,...
  • Up on the Sun: Q&A
    NOFX has been a mainstay of punk rock for almost 30 years. The band has gained notoriety for its antics and activism, recently getting banned from Emo's in Austin because frontman "Fat...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    CakeMarquee TheatreSaturday, December 10, 2011Cake can be great for a lot of things, including eating, smashing, and celebrating. Thanks to John McCrea and the gang, last night's Cake show...
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    Most people remember Cake for the band's quirky, funky novelty hits: "Never There," "Short Skirt/Long Jacket," "The Distance," the profane take on Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" (Gaynor...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    Kreayshawn Marquee Theatre Saturday, November 19, 2011 I love Tempe for the most part. This city has lots of great restaurants and bars, but there are certain elements that drive me...
  • Up on the Sun: Q&A
    Whether you love the progressive instrumentals or hate the screeching screams, The Devil Wears Prada is stepping up its game on as many levels as possible. Count 'em off: An ongoing...
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    Had it not been for the murkiness of Jack and Meg White's relationship during the debutante days of The White Stripes, we might not be enjoying the tremendous guy/girl duo resurgence that...
  • Up on the Sun: Announcements
    In college, everything is better if it's free. And no matter how many times Mastercard convinces you that the slice of pizza and Frisbee offered at their just-off-campus booth are free,...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    I had the craziest dream last night. Normally when people say that, their dream is actually pretty boring, but I swear to you, this all happened.  I'm the kind of girl who would...
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    Just two weeks after the rest of us have put away the candy and the costumes, perpetual Halloweeners and veteran shock-rockers GWAR will return to Tempe's Marquee Theater, to, yet again,...
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    It never hurts to have sex appeal on your side, and The Sounds have the act down pat. The band's new wave energy is sassy and sexy. It also helps to have Maja Ivarsson, the "Hottest Woman of...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    Odd Future hates me. Okay, so not me specifically (at least I don't think), but what I do: write about music. The group's relationship with the media has been complicated. They wound of up...
  • Up on the Sun: Over the Weekend
    As we reported a few weeks ago, Authority Zero is getting ready to head across the pond for a tour of Japan. "Japan has come about from a combination of two things: one, the four records we...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    Peter Murphy and She Wants Revenge Marquee Theatre Thursday, November 3 Peter Murphy is a weird dude. Known as the "Godfather of Goth" for his work fronting Bauhaus, one of the pioneers...
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    A year ago, Odd Future were the hottest shit in the rap game. They were crude, smart, and original. Fans and critics caught on, excited by the obnoxious rhymes and lyrical violence. But now...
  • Up on the Sun: Sound Off
    Welcome to the latest installment of our weekly feature, Sound Off, in which Jason P. Woodbury is joined by a different guest each week to listen to and discuss three tracks from local...
  • Up on the Sun: Q&A
    The six musicians of Hollywood Undead blend an eclectic mix of musical tastes -- old school hip hop, heavy metal and classic rock, to name a few. The band wears masks, updated this year...
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    Bands can seem like celebrity couples sometimes: Most don't stay together very long. That's not so for Seattle band Minus the Bear, who are celebrating their 10th anniversary. In honor of...
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    It's a good thing there aren't many residences near Big Surf Waterpark in Tempe. It's creeping toward midnight on a Friday night in October, and the Sound Wave Music Festival is in full...
  • Up on the Sun: Q&A
    Electronica superstar Skrillex owes a certain debt to John Dadzie. In this week's issue of the New Times, I explored the "poster boy of dubstep" and his meteoric rise to fame over the...
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    Be it the gluttonous stylings of Junior Senior, or Aqua's dreadful “Barbie Girl,” Denmark has exported enough bubblegum pop to give the entire western world a cavity. It’s...
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    Straight out of the halls of Valhalla, Swedish metal band Opeth has spent the past 20 years perfecting its sound and transcending the guttural growls of death metal. The quintet has left...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    Chromeo Marquee Theatre Tuesday, October 18, 2011 Often, weekends leave me plagued by choice. There's always so much going on. Where do I go? What do I see? It's not the sort of thing...
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    If you were to look at Chromeo's online diary, you'd find it's less about collected, coherent thoughts than it is about posting random photos of The Bee Gees, Seinfield's puffy shirt, and...
  • Up on the Sun: Announcements
    I really think so. It's been a busy year for Mesa's leading reggae/punk export, Authority Zero. The band is in the midst of a national tour that includes a date at Marquee Theatre on...
  • Up on the Sun: The Serene Dominic Show
    Because the normal channels of communication weren't enough for you voracious non-readers, New Times and Up on the Sun have agreed to jumpstart and update the old school Serene Dominic...
  • Up on the Sun: Q&A
    If you're a Static-X enthusiast, then you'll probably like Pighammer, the new album from Wayne Static. Actually, when Wayne Static founded Static-X, his original vision was the concept of...
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    Mainstream pop punk fizzled out as a commercial prospect when the Hot Topic demographic traded in their Hurley T-shirts and baggy shorts for guyliner and skinny jeans. But no one passed the...
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    As far as American cities go, Kansas City isn't at the top of the list when it comes to violence, tunes, and scandal. But that wasn't always the case, with the city's music and organized...
  • Up on the Sun: Q&A
    Thrice has been a staple in the alternative rock world for more than a decade. But even to those paying close attention, the band's extensive catalog is hard to keep up with. Their eighth...
  • Up on the Sun: Q&A
    With the exception of a few heartbreaks, New Found Glory has continued to write music for the past 14 years with minimal obstacles. And since the band's songs largely deal with matters of...
  • Up on the Sun: News
    After four weeks of competitive gigging, the dust has settled on X103.9's Fall Frenzy Showdown. What started back in August culminated in last night's seven-way battle for a slot on this...
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    Will "Intrinzik" Glass made 32-years-old without knowing who his biological parents were, and had accepted the fact that he probably never would. The local hip-hop artist lead a happy...
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    When bands choose an opening act to warm up their minions, they're thinking only about getting some rookies onstage to basically test the electricity in the building while they quietly snort...
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    Consider this: Just as you were shaking your Labor Day weekend hangover, Hank Williams III was busy releasing not one but four new albums and kicking off a 24-date tour. The outlandish...
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    Like a deranged used car salesman in an ill-fitting suit, Del the Funky Homosapien is setting ticket prices so low on his tour that he's practically giving them away! Actually, he is giving...
  • Up on the Sun: Q&A
    Editor's note: We barely knew what we were getting into when we sent Serene Dominic to interview BroLoaf -- but we damn sure ended up with more of it than could fit in our paper. So, for...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    Hanson Marquee Theatre Tuesday, September 13 Hanson is way past "MMMBop." The band of brothers has come a long way since their 1997 debut album Middle of Nowhere. The Hanson boys are all...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    Down Marquee Theatre Sunday, September 11 You have to feel bad for opening acts. Upon arriving at the Down concert last night, Ponykiller had just ended its set and In Solitude was in full...
  • Up on the Sun: Interview
    Hanson has been a household name since 1997 when they made it big with their unforgettable song "MMMBop." You know, the one you could never get out of your head every time you heard it. But...
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    Philip Anselmo joined Pantera after they put out three poof-metal LPs; his debut with them, Power Metal, introduced a new edge to the band (see "P*S*T*88," a.k.a. "Pussy Tight"). After that,...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    Cold War KidsMarquee TheatreTuesday, September 6, 2011 Quality over quantity. That's what it's all about for Cold War Kids. Attendance at the band's show at the Marquee last night...
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    Once awash in blogosphere love, Cold War Kids have experienced a shift in buzz. The band's third album, Mine Is Yours, was supposed to launch them into the big time, breaking them through...
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    Just a few weeks ago, Beef Vegan of KWSS 106.7's The Morning Infidelity asked New Times music editor Jason Woodbury when the Black Bottom Lighters should expect a write-up in our humble...
  • Up on the Sun: News
    Kyuss Lives!, which features most of the members of seminal '90s stoner rock band Kyuss (but not Josh Homme, who's apparently too busy being in Queens of the Stone Age and Them Crooked...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    Cut Copy Marquee Theatre Friday, August 12 It's about time Cut Copy played in Phoenix. Sure, it would have been great to see them on the In Ghost Colours tour, but last night was a good...
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    For dance-driven electro acts, there's no grander feat than managing to stay "big in Brooklyn" while inching toward the mainstream. Melbourne-bred quartet Cut Copy has got the trick down,...
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    Hailing from Perth, Australia, founding members of Pendulum — Rob Swire Gareth McGrillen, and Paul "El Hornet" Harding — come from musically diverse backgrounds in electronic,...
  • Up on the Sun: Q&A
    If you've got a subscription to Guitar World, you no doubt know who Mr. Big is. Comprised of some of the biggest names in the shred lexicon -- guitarist Paul Gilbert, bassist Billy Sheehan,...
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    They've played Europe and many major American cities twice over, and now Odd Future will finally perform in Arizona at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe on Tuesday, November 8, 2011.The Los...
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    Rockabilly trio Tiger Army hasn't released a new record since Music from Regions Beyond in 2007, and they played all of two shows in 2010. So why are they touring now? Well, frontman Nick 13...
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    There's hardly a subject that escapes Ben Folds' wit. From style faux pas ("For Those of Y'all Who Wear Fannie Packs") to apathetic scenesters ("Battle of Who Could Care Less"), Folds...
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    When a reverend has an epiphany, it's usually important. And when a music fan has an epiphany that turns them into a rockin' "reverend," it's even more vital. Legend has it that in the early...
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    Third-wave ska peaked sometime in the late 1990s, when bands like The Toasters, Save Ferris, and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones achieved mainstream recognition. Times change and people move on,...
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    The year 1986 was memorable for numerous reasons: There was the Challenger space shuttle explosion, the Iran Contra scandal, Hands Across America, and the return of Halley's Comet, among...
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    Most people don't think of the bass player as being integral to any band, especially when the band is named after the singer. When Otep, the namesake nu-metal group of vocalist Otep Shamaya,...
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    A little more than three years ago, The Format shocked the Valley with the announcement of their breakup. The duo of Nate Ruess and Sam Means seemed poised to put Arizona music in the...
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    Nothing puts people in a good mood quite like reggae music does, particularly in the summertime. There's just something about those bass lines and those steel drums that can instantly turn...
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    If Matt and Kim had never made it as a musical duo, they probably could've found success as therapists. The indie-punk band is sickeningly sweet and happy, putting just as much emphasis on...
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    "Gather around, ugly children, and uncle Mushroomhead will tell you a story." But these are no ordinary stories. The tales told on Cleveland industrial/metal outfit Mushroomhead's latest...
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    People who thought Matisyahu was unusual for being an American Hasidic Jewish reggae artist will really be thrown for a loop when they hear the music of Asaf Borger, a.k.a. Borgore. This...
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    Following a decade of relative obscurity operating in the poppier corner of the indiesphere, of Montreal enjoyed a mid-Aughts breakout with the albums Satanic Panic in the Attic and The...
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    There's no "secret formula" for success in any music genre, but finding an audience as a prog rock band seems especially tricky. Prog rock's biggest success stories range from the legendary...
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    The idea that a power pop supergroup comprising mostly Canadians unheard of by many people would be wildly successful and one of the most popular indie acts around probably seems absurd. But...
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    Trendy dance music genres tend to come and go (anyone remember B'More?), but electro-house seems to have stood the test of time, particularly in the clubs and danceterias of the Valley. One...
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    Take a walk on a warm, sunny day through any college apartment complex near Arizona State University that houses Caucasian stoners (read: every college apartment complex near Arizona State...
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    No other band on Earth presents music to their fans quite like Umphrey's McGee. The progressive jam band recently announced its second annual UM Bowl in Chicago. The event is a one-of-a-kind...
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    Hardcore punk bands started using the double kick drum breakdown nearly 20 years ago. It became one of the defining characteristics of the metalcore movement, which draws elements from death...
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    In October 2007, Girl Talk performed as part of a liquor-company-sponsored event in Tempe Marketplace's parking lot. Though Night Ripper had been out for more than a year, much of the...
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    What can we make of Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister these days? The 65-year-old frontman of semi-legendary punk/metal outfit Motörhead is still the same bird-flipping rock 'n' roller who changed...
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    DeVotchKa is Russian for "girl." Not sure what that has to do with anything, but I like when foreign words are so much longer than their English counterpart. DeVotchKa is also the name of a...
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    When life gives you lemons, they say, make lemonade. But sometimes life throws you a double-fudge chocolate cake. That's sorta what happened to heavy-rock outfit Unwritten Law. In 2002, just...
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    Believe it or not, music made by Omaha rap/reggae/surf rockers 311 has been blaring from skate shops and pizza delivery vehicles for 20 years now. With a new album due for summer release,...
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    Valentine's Day is the one day out of the whole year when you have the opportunity to show your special lady just how much you care. Technically, there is your anniversary — it's very...
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    Plain White T's have come a long way since their first studio album was released 11 years ago. Ten albums further, to start with. The T's — whom, yes, you know from That Song, which...
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    It's a cliché, but there's a reason people say that being in a band is a lot like being in a relationship. In fact, a lot of times, being bandmates can be even more straining than...
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    Feeling good must make Keller Williams feel good. There's never a dull moment in the guy's catalog, which now includes merry versions of Marcy Playground's "Sex and Candy" and Kris...
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    Don't be alarmed if you hear the sound of irritated groaning emanating from the campuses of Arizona State University and other local institutions of higher learning this week, as it's merely...
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    The Valley has been ringing in the New Year with a plethora of post-hardcore bands sweeping through the area. The latest to hit town is Escape the Fate. The Las Vegas group is kicking off...
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    Since forming in 1997 in Ocala, Florida, this self-identified Christian metalcore band has undergone a full personnel enema. First, guitarist Luke Morton — the guy who came up with the...
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    It's hard to know what to make of Social Distortion's over-30-year-cling to their signature sound. Take their new single, "Machine Gun Blues," from their forthcoming album, Hard Times and...
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    Last year was a big one for Greeley Estates, the best-known post-hardcore act to come out of our state. Almost exactly a year ago, the Greeley Estates released No Rain, No Rainbow, the...
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    Alter Bridge is essentially Creed without Scott Stapp, and if that doesn't warrant use of the phrase "addition by subtraction," nothing does. Following Creed's breakup in 2003, guitarist...
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    If the New Year's Eve block parties in Tempe and Scottsdale strike you as — waaaaait for it — "lamestream" alternatives to true ring-out-the-old revelry, why not try a little...
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    Infected Mushroom, an Israeli-based psy-trance group fronted by Amit Duvdevani and Erez Eisen, are nothing if not prolific. Since forming in 1996, they've dropped seven albums, appeared on...
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    Usually, band's origin stories are pretty similar to one another. You know the drill: The members, outcasts at school, rebelled against their parents and wound up in a forceful, angst-y...
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    As most people get all warm and fuzzy during the holiday season, others flip their shit. There are just so many times when the stress of shopping for stupid gifts and coordinating stupid...
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    When a band has to make up a genre name to describe its music, it's easy to suspect said band lacks focus. Not so with Tempe-based band The VeraGroove, as their self-coined "desert reggae...
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    Dark Star Orchestra is one of the best-known Grateful Dead tribute bands in the country. But when you play other people's music every night, finding ways to keep things interesting becomes a...
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    For years, I was a pretty big fan of the ska-punk — a genre that aimed to marry punk's energy to ska's rocksteady vibe — until, at one point in my late teens, I decided that I...
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    Most of the audience that discovered the screamo-metalcore act Atreyu in 2003 (via MySpace, of course) has gone on to college, where their musical tastes have likely matured into more...
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    I was going to get an "I Hate Social Distortion" tattoo, but I didn't, for a couple of reasons. First, just about every tattoo artist loves the band, and I didn't want hepatitis C. Second, I...
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    When you think about that special brand of reggae rock popularized by frat boys in the '90s, bands from Hawaii are not the first to come to mind. Still, Pepper, probably the most famous trio...
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    I am not going to lie to you: I don't really like Bad Religion. In fact, I am an atheist, so I don't like any religion. I do like the band Bad Religion's logo, though. If you haven't seen...
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    A Perfect Circle doesn't have a new record to support, but that hasn't stopped the supergroup (featuring Tool's Maynard James Keenan and guitarist Billy Howerdel) from selling out all 15 of...
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    When a band has a quick and steep rise to success — and doesn't come from a town with much indie cred (read: New York or L.A.) — it appears to easily let go of its hometown as an...
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    Remember MySpace? It was this ugly website where kids went to reveal too much about themselves, sometimes in musical form, occasionally in a way that sprouted into a career. Harmony Tour...
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    It's always been easy to mistake Gov't Mule for a travel-size version of the Allman Brothers Band. Formed in 1994 by ABB regulars Warren Haynes and Allen Woody, Gov't Mule featured some of...
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    Built to Spill have been performing for 18 years and have seven studio albums to their credit, the last five on a major label, Warner Bros. They've received all sorts of critical plaudits,...
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    Let's begin with the costuming: Multi-colored ribbons hang like bunched-up fringe on a deconstructed jacket, with feather embellishments and mismatched swatches patched on. If as a...
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    Paul Oakenfold is getting long in the tooth. Although the 47-year-old British-born trance superstar isn't ready for AARP membership just yet, he's been bringing forth the beats since the...
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    Tech N9ne and E-40 are two of the most successful independent artists in hip-hop, so it seems like a no-brainer for them to tour together. Tech N9ne founded his own label, Strange Music, in...
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    For some, the very concept of a tribute band flies in the face of traditional American values. It could be viewed as the easy way out: Rather than doing the hard work yourself and writing...
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    If Justin Timberlake and Robin Thicke had a less talented baby that grew up, went to Duke University, and joined a frat, the result would be Mike Posner. His music sounds as if it came from...
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    Welsh imports Bullet for My Valentine aim for metal's sweet spot: shred-tastic enough for headbangers and poppy enough to please the girlfriends with power ballads. They deliver plenty of...
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    Irony is dead — at least in the world of alternative metal. The organizers of the Family Values Tour shot it through the eyeball when they booked these Texas-based Christian rockers to...
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