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1019 E. Indian School Road Phoenix, AZ 85014 | Central Phoenix | 602-265-4842

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Jumping and jiving every night of the week, the Rhythm Room has long served as the Valley's best joint to catch performances from blues, jazz, and roots musicians. Since opening its doors in 1992, owner (and Valley blues guru) Bob Corritore has booked plenty of legends from those down-home genres over the years, including such venerated names as Pinetop Perkins, Sanford Clark, and the late Chico Chism. Rock acts are also a popular draw , including a wealth of local and touring indie acts that have been featured in recent years. Behind the bar (and behind the scenes) you'll find bartenders, who can not only pour you a stiff one, but also leave you in stitches with tales of customers both famous or otherwise.


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    With one of the catchiest songs of the summertime, "Anna Sun" has launched Walk the Moon to the top spot on millions of playlists. Between a series of stops at music festivals, the...
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    About the worst thing that can occur when a band leader decides to undertake a solo tour is unthinkingly defaulting into the dreaded singer-songwriter mode. Let's see: acoustic guitar,...
  • Up on the Sun: Interview
    By Reyan Ali Finding a young, lesser-known band in the pages of Rolling Stone is not a noteworthy event. However, seeing a review of Ceremony's new record, Zoo, in the magazine recently...
  • Up on the Sun: Podcast
    "Loud" is the most common description of A Place to Bury Strangers, the New York-based trio of Robi Gonzalez (drums), Oliver Ackermann (guitar/vocals), and Dion Lunadon (bass guitar). But...
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  • Up on the Sun: Show Preview
    Dead Winter Carpenters are another group of virtuoso musicians toiling in bluegrass obscurity. But it shouldn't--and won't always--be that way? Though it would be easy to write this band...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    JEFF the Brotherhood, North Dakota, Wooden Indian Rhythm Room Thursday, May 17 The three bands on stage at Rhythm Room didn't sound very much alike -- and that's a good thing. It was a...
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    Suckers is one of those Brooklyn bands that claims an isolated sound yet, in reality, sounds a lot like other Brooklyn bands (e.g., MGMT, CocoRosie) that make similar claims. Says vocalist...
  • 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
    Rosie Thomas is an upbeat, cheery gal who walks "with a skip in her step," though one would be hard-pressed to believe it given the often sullen and dark mood found on her albums. Some of...
  • 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...
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    Pin a label on Rosie Thomas at your peril. Her pop-laced folk albums were breathy outliers on Sub Pop's roster during the mid-'00s, both timeless and charmingly out of step with current...
  • 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
    Frankie Rose and Chandails Rhythm Room Monday, April 16 To all aspiring indie rock mavens: no matter how many blog accolades you acquire (even, yes, the three-pronged hydra of "Best New...
  • Up on the Sun: This Weekend
    If there's ever been a weekend you don't have to scramble for musical options, this is it. You've got a quadruple threat: Country Thunder in Florence, McDowell Mountain Music Fest in...
  • Up on the Sun: Interview
    Two years ago, when Frankie Rose started talking about following her breakthrough debut album with a synth-pop record, friends assumed she was joking. As the drummer for Vivian Girls,...
  • 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...
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    Kristine Flaherty is a white suburbanite female who holds two undergraduate degrees from Stanford. She's also K. Flay, an acclaimed up-and-coming hip-hop star. Given that her background is...
  • Up on the Sun: Q&A
    See also: Pontiak Makes an Album About Driving from Phoenix to Texas The last time we blogged about the brothers Pontiak --Van, Lain, and Jennings Carney -- we discussed their EP,...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    Cults Rhythm Room Monday, March 19, 2012 Better Than: Sweating buckets or inhaling copious amounts of secondhand smoke at previous Cults shows. Being "Internet famous" can come as a...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    See also: Paul Collins and Peter Case on the First Time They Heard the Ramones and The State of Power Pop Peter Case and Paul Collins Rhythm Room Tuesday, March 13 "I'm playing on the...
  • Up on the Sun: Q&A
    See also: Peter Case of The Nerves/Plimsouls, on the Blues, Powerpop and a Fixed Up Heart Maybe the name "The Nerves" doesn't immediately strike a bell, but chances are "Hanging on the...
  • Up on the Sun: Club Candids
    As enchanting and entertaining as Grimes' performance was at the Rhythm Room on Monday night, the real action was taking place outside of the CenPho music venue. While the Canadian indie...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    Grimes and Born Gold Rhythm Room Monday, February 27 Montreal-based Claire Boucher, known as Grimes, not only has a stirringly sweet voice that she layers like K-pop frosting but also a...
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    There's nothing dingy about Canadian songwriter Claire Boucher. In fact, the 23-year-old singer/producer who performs under the moniker Grimes has a deliberate untidiness about her that...
  • Up on the Sun: Q&A
    Roderick James Byers -- known to two-tone fanatics as Roddy Radiation -- has got ska credentials locked down. Not only did he play guitar in the seminal rude boy band The Specials, but he...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    Digital Leather, Acid Dawgz, Weird Ladies, and Scorpion vs. Tarantula Rhythm Room Thursday, February 16, 2012 Last night's show at the Rhythm Room was in desperate need of clarity. For...
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    If David Bowie and Ian Curtis were to have an illegitimate love-child, he might sound a little like Shawn Foree, the Yuma native better known as Digital Leather. He earned a degree in...
  • Up on the Sun: Show Preview
    I wasn't being hyperbolic when I called St Ranger the most promising young band in Phoenix in my list of personal favorite records from last year. The indie pop band's newest five-track LP,...
  • Up on the Sun: Mp3
    When we last checked in with Shawn Foree, the man behind synth punk band Digital Leather, he was touring in support of his Fat Possum LP Warm Brother. He's been busy since then, releasing a...
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    We were sitting at the bar, my friend and I, talking about shows we've seen. Great shows. Tom Waits! M.I.A.! Prince! And, then, the less than great. And then, the most troubling of all, that...
  • Up on the Sun: News
    Phoenix music historian Johnny "D" Dixon has a way with words. He recently updated his Mostly Vinyl Facebook page (the official site of his Sunday evening anything-goes program on KWSS...
  • Up on the Sun: Q&A
    Though best known for her folk-pop ditty "Brand New Key," (also known as "the roller skate song in Boogie Nights") Melanie Safka hasn't stopped making music over a four decade span. Her...
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    While the lasting image from the Coen brothers' 2000 film O Brother, Where Art Thou? may be a mustachioed, overall-clad, hicked-up George Clooney lip-synching "Man of Constant Sorrow," the...
  • Up on the Sun: Q&A
    The music of Brandon Decker, who records as decker. has proven to be a pleasant surprise. Primarily based in Sedona, an area known more for snoozy New Age, smooth jazz, and coffeehouse folk,...
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    Oh, to be the highway patrolman who pulls over this band's Econoline! "What's with all the sinister masks, fellas? You're not one of those 99 percenters, are ya?" He'd most certainly demand...
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    People — maybe not the kind you want to associate with, but people nonetheless — will pay good money to be peed and shit upon, because, for them, it's all about the way...
  • Up on the Sun: What Are You Listening To?
    David HilkerHilker is the CEO of Fervor Records.  When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now? KWSS, of course. What's...
  • Up on the Sun: News
    Local electro pop band Peachcake may be just one of the most social media savvy bands in the Phoenix area. The group crafted a cool Facebook "Like" drive, where you can enter to win a...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    While M83 was bringing "epic" sounds to Crescent Ballroom, a very different kind of epic was going down across town at The Rhythm Room. The Bo-Keys, seven pieces lead by Scott Bomar and...
  • Up on the Sun: What Are You Listening To?
    Christopher Danowski Danowski is the co-conspirator of Theater in My Basement, which is working on a new series of performance/video/installations on the nine muses and planning for the next...
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    Given the recent success of Mumford & Sons, the Felice Brothers might be in for a big-league boost this year--or at least, they would be if they didn't diverge from old-timey orthodoxy on...
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    In 2010, former Sleater-Kinney guitarist and NPR blogger Carrie Brownstein announced she was starting a new band. A MySpace page went up. No music, only a cryptic message: "What is the sound...
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    In 2010, former Sleater-Kinney guitarist and NPR blogger Carrie Brownstein announced she was starting a new band. A MySpace page went up. No music, only a cryptic message: "What is the sound...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    As much as my inner-feminist resents a show called "Boobapalooza," last night's Rhythm Room breast cancer benefit was rather respectful. Uh, in its own way. I guess if you consider...
  • Up on the Sun: Q&A
    It's been a good year for Memphis instrumental soul. Not only did original groover Booker T. release a great album (The Road From Memphis), but The Bo-Keys, featuring Stax, Hi Records, and...
  • Up on the Sun: Q&A
    Released back in May, Celebration, Florida, by New York band The Felice Brothers, is a confusing record. Take the first track, "Fire at the Pageant," with its chorus of screaming children,...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    Frank Turner and The Sleeping Souls Rhythm Room Monday, October 10, 2011 A sold-out, super energetic Monday night show is somewhat of a rarity in Phoenix (or, you know, anywhere). British...
  • Up on the Sun: Lists
    There's something about LOUDNESS that's deeply appealing to fans of rock 'n' roll, especially when it comes to a live performance. The visceral shock, the days of tinnitus... it all coheres...
  • Up on the Sun: Mp3
    It's been almost a month since Kinch made its latest record, The Incandenza, available to stream online. On Thursday, October 13, they'll be celebrating the official album release with a...
  • Up on the Sun: Tumblr of the Week
    Wacky local duo Andrew Jackson Jihad has a whole lot of awesomeness to offer on their Tumblr. AJJ is currently on tour with Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls and Into It. Over It.The...
  • Up on the Sun: Q&A
    Frank Turner has been enjoying unexpected success as a solo folk/punk musician after the demise his hardcore band, Million Dead. Turner has garnered an international fanbase over the past...
  • Up on the Sun: Giveaway
    There's no getting around it. No matter how awesome DJ Star Slinger may have been before getting shouted out by Donald Glover, AKA Childish Gambino, AKA Troy on one of TV's best shows,...
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    Love connections turned musical duos, like The White Stripes and Matt & Kim, often attract attention, but the unique chemistry sometimes steals the spotlight from the music itself. And,...
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    Love connections turned musical duos, like The White Stripes and Matt & Kim, often attract attention, but the unique chemistry sometimes steals the spotlight from the music itself. And,...
  • Up on the Sun: Q&A
    Indie's Viva Voce, the husband-wife duo of Anita and Kevin Robinson, never had to fall back on "being cute." Music lead them to each other, not vice versa. They've toured extensively over...
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    Taken at face value, Colour Revolt look like prototypical Southern rockers. Yet this Mississippi group has a subversive streak that is miles wide. Colour Revolt's emotionally conflicted...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    "Wait...you know it's The Weekend, right? Not The Weeknd." I had a couple people let me know, just to be sure. See, The Weeknd -- the project name of Canadian soul singer Abel Tesfaye --...
  • Up on the Sun: Album Stream
    Brian Coughlin chimed in on three tracks from local artists in last week's installment of Sound Off with Jason Woodbury. Now you can hear what he and local indie rockers, Kinch, have to...
  • Up on the Sun: Q&A
    Well, he's done it. Sean Bonnette, one half of Valley mainstays Andrew Jackson Jihad, lover of hip-hop, passionate defender of all things Phoenix, has moved away. But don't get up in...
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    The Rhythm Room opened in 1991, and this week the juke joint celebrates 20 years of operation by bringing in both the blues artists that have defined the place as well the local indie music...
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    In Crazy Heart, Jeff Bridges plays a past-his-prime country singer named Bad Blake, who ekes out a living by playing bowling alleys and saloons throughout the American Southwest. So...
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    Ever tried online dating? I have, and though it can be a remarkably rewarding endeavor, there's a lot of chaff to sift through. Ultimately, any online peruser ends up developing an eye for...
  • Up on the Sun: What Are You Listening To?
    Matty Steinkamp Steinkamp is the president and founder of Sundawg Records and Sundawg Media. He invites you to Gumptionfest in Sedona Friday, September 16 through Sunday, September 18....
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    When Jimi Hendrix reinvented the guitar instrumental as we know it with "Third Stone from the Sun," he took time out to make a PSA warning that stated: "You'll never hear surf music again."...
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    Over the past 40 years, the term "supergroup" has taken a beating. Acts such as The Traveling Wilburys and The Highwaymen defined the term: a group of established music legends teaming up...
  • Up on the Sun: Flier of the Week
    This Sunday just got so much more exciting! The Rhythm Room is hosting Zog's Tiki Lounge Party 5 so you can make Labor Day weekend plans that are way better than looking like a lobster...
  • Up on the Sun: Video
    It's weird the way "viral videos" work. Though local ska band Liam and The Ladies' version of La Roux's "Bulletproof" has been online for the better part of the year, last week saw it start...
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    Mondays are quite the bitch. Not only are there four gruelingly tortuous workdays ahead of you, but there’s nothing but summer reruns on the tube, to boot. Since you’re probably...
  • Up on the Sun: Lists
    What do you call a beautiful woman on a bassist's arm? A tattoo. Bassists get picked on, even more than drummers. You've heard the insults: "failed guitarist," "ugly," and "forgettable."...
  • Up on the Sun: Tumblr of the Week
    It really sucks when your favorite actor or actress tries to be a musician and falls flat on his or her face. Scarlett Johansson gave it a try, and she sucked. Jack Black turned out to be...
  • Up on the Sun: Giveaway
    Want to see indie rockers The Globes, El Ten Eleven, and Sister Crayon for free on Tuesday, August 23, at The Rhythm Room? Up on the Sun has two tickets to give away to one lucky reader....
  • Up on the Sun: Weird
    Oh, dear god. What have I done?Last week I wrote about my discovery of 37-year-old Chandler "scene" creep Bryan Lightningrod. I mean, "97-year-old vampire from Cairo" Bryan Lightningrod....
  • Up on the Sun: Weird
    You should know that this post is totally NSFW. Prepare for a serious case of the willies. Before I get started, here's a little backstory behind all the weird you are about to stumble...
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    The contemporary music world is fractured to such a degree that each new band seems to beg for its own new, narrowly defined subgenre. Figuring out what to label everything is futile work,...
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    Twenty-two years ago, Keith Walker was kind of a big deal. Not that he'd ever tell you that. In 1989, British rock tabloid NME hailed a young band from Dublin called Power of Dreams as...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    Kurt Vile and the Violators The Rhythm Room July 31, 2011 I spent the day in Flagstaff on Saturday, and shortly after having lunch at Mountain Oasis International Restaurant, a woman...
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    As we chat, Kurt Vile is getting ready to play the Pitchfork Festival, and he's totally cool with it. His voice exudes a sinewy, rural-and-cold-steel-Philadelphia toughness as he proclaims,...
  • Up on the Sun: Last Night
    Those Darlins The Rhythm Room Wednesday, July 27 Better Than: a "Snaggle Tooth Mama" Ah, the South. Damn I miss it. Geographically speaking, the southern states have produced some...
  • Up on the Sun: Interview
    Thom Travisano loves the blues, and like one of those proverbial Blues Brothers, he's on a mission from God to document the music he loves.Okay, okay -- Travisano never actually claimed to...
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    On the surface, old-school country and punk rock seem polar opposites, given the different instrumentation and the noise level and all. But they actually have plenty in common. After all, in...
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    It's tempting to think of Peter Case as a rock 'n' roller who went soft, abandoning the power pop/mod sounds of his '70s and '80s bands The Nerves (who wrote the Blondie hit "Hanging on the...
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    The Black Lips are at a crossroads. After 2009's 200 Million Thousand, the murky, messy bummer of a record that stalled their career, the longtime Atlanta psych-garage band suddenly appeared...
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    On the surface, John Vanderslice seems like just another in a long line of melancholy singer-songwriters. Frankly, even if a slew of mopey indie-folk songs were his only contribution to the...
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    Ska punk's come a long way since its beginnings in the late '70s with bands like The Specials and Madness. While those bands helped pioneer the 2 Tone music genre by combining elements of...
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    Michelle Shocked's sophomore album, Short Sharp Shocked (1988), was a best-selling rebuke of the walkin'-on-sunshine Valium binge that ruled pop music in the late 1980s. Filled with...
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    It's fitting that the first song on The Black Angels' recently released album, Phosphene Dreams, is titled "Bad Vibrations." The album is chock-full of them. That isn't to say that the...
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    Going to a Peachcake show was sort of like attending a child's birthday party. You'd find grown men in animal costumes, stuffed animals, balloons, and even the occasional game of Duck,...
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    You have to figure with the pedigree Knoxville, Tennessee's Royal Bangs has going for them — their first albums were on Black Key Patrick Carney's Audio Eagle Records; their new one,...
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    Joe Purdy's not one for big statements and volume, at least not right off the bat. He's not a showy performer, he hasn't shaped an eccentric stage presence, and he doesn't project needy ego....
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    Remember the good old days when every rock band at a certain level had some decadently elaborate backstory with regard to their recording process? You know, the abandoned French castle where...
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    Brendan James seems like an awfully pleasant guy with a nice voice, but how did the super-softest of soft rock become acceptable to listen to without scorn from friends and family? Reviews...
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    Sharon Van Etten's 2010 release, Epic, was a welcome change from her first self-released album, which had some great songs but suffered from being a starkly acoustic album from a...
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    Rocky Votolato's music has a hushed, strummy ambiance and bittersweet, minor key melodies that recall Elliott Smith — albeit with more backbeat and a hint of country. Votolato grew up...
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    Hype can be a double-edged sword in the music industry. If you don't have enough of it, your music, no matter how good it is, will go unheard before fading away into obscurity. Too much...
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    Chances are, if you worked at a record store during the '90s (remember those places you used to be able to sell your used CDs for actual cash money?) you probably had a discussion with a...
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    Can one man exist in the realm of buzz bands his entire career? Well, why the hell not? It's easier than it seems — simply lead one band to the top of Buzz Band Mountain, ditch that...
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    There's something to be said for consistency — at least that's what you take away from Scott H. Biram's song "Still Drunk, Still Crazy, Still Blue," off his 2009 record Something's...
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    A band named Tennis has to be a bunch of Ivy League 20-somethings with penchants for deck shoes and cable-knit sweaters, right? No, bands full of those guys usually feature names inspired by...
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    Blues music is a uniquely American tradition, but like any art form, it doesn't stay static. Over the past century, the blues have grown, morphed, and branched in big and unexpected ways....
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    Despite what national news or teen dramas might suggest, Los Angeles and Phoenix aren't so different. Sure, L.A. has an ocean, but it also has massive shopping centers, myriad freeways, and...
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    The Handsome Family are nothing if not persistent. There are not many bands that have gone through as much weird stuff, yet made so many awesome albums with so many weird albums covers. This...
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    The Asylum Street Spankers epitomize cheeky, hokey, pun-filled humor. The octet layers stringed instruments with intricate harmonies to create a backwoods sound. Then, it adds showmanship...
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    You've heard of post-punk, post-hardcore, post-grunge, and, perhaps, postpartum industrial pop-folk. But are you familiar with the rock subgenre known, simply and asininely, as "post-rock"?...
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    The classic blues pattern is not technically complicated. The devil is in the details, the nuance. Beginning guitar players often start out with a blues scale, a watered-down version of the...
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    Christmas in the desert isn't like it is in other places. There's no snow, it doesn't get that cold, and novelties like warm fires and cups of hot cocoa serve no practical purpose the way...
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    They don't come more original than Sweet Pie. The 67-year-old is, as far as anyone can tell, the world's only nudist boogie-woogie pianist. The eccentric self-taught musician, born Paul...
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    Funny how things work out. When a violent dustup with a choirgirl in Arkansas ended Joseph Williams Perkins' budding career as a guitarist, it started him down his path as a pianist. Better...
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    Not quite the Dropkick Murphy-style fiddle jockeys their name vaguely depicts, Reckless Kelly has been making twangy alt-country roots-rock since they formed in Bend, Oregon, in the...
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    Though Melanie Safka may have fallen under the mainstream radar some time ago, she and her distinctive vocal style have remained a part of the collective consciousness. She's best known for...
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    The Thermals are an indie rock band from Portland, Oregon. But who isn't an indie band from Portland these days? The novelty-tinged charm that used to go with repping the Rose City has...
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    So much for the Southern California sun. The rain has been pouring for days, clogging the freeways and prompting tornado warnings. But here at Best Coast singer Bethany Cosentino's home in...
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    Spanish electronic rockers Delorean have to be feeling pretty good about their name right now. With the recent re-release of Robert Zemeckis' brilliant Back to the Future trilogy, the...
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    The decision regarding how to present songs in recorded form can be a tricky one for some bands. That's especially true for acts like Margot & the Nuclear So and So's, a Indiana chamber-pop...
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    Eric Sean Nally has a big voice — like, Freddie-Mercury-on-poppers big. He also has a mild theatrical streak, having been known to eat smoldering cigarettes on stage, and sing while...
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    Affixing a tidy genre label to most music these days isn't a daunting task. In fact, it's almost like bands want to fit into a certain genre, for marketing ease, lest their eager fans be...
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    Crave critical consensus? Just take a look at the reviews for The Brutalist Bricks, the sixth and latest album from Washington, D.C.-based gentleman-punkers Ted Leo and the Pharmacists. Ted...
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    Sweden is a peculiar country — the furniture comes disassembled and the fish taste like gummy bears — but its people have put out some good music. For a nation with a population...
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    Even if you enjoy the music of Kings of Leon — and with the older stuff, that's acceptable, but I'm warning you that now is the time to jump off the bandwagon — those shitting...
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    Not to be confused with Wolf Parade, AIDS Wolf, Wolfmother, Patrick Wolf, Wolf Eyes, Peanut Butter Wolf, Steppenwolf, Howlin' Wolf, and the approximately 13,947 other "wolf" bands, Sea Wolf...
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    You got to give it up for local boys done good. Former downtown poster boys Miniature Tigers may have shuffled off to New York, but that hasn't stopped them or their label, Modern Art...
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    Guitar Shorty is in his 70s, yet the bluesman can still rock a mean blues guitar better than most youngsters. Shorty has been in the music industry for five decades, breaking into the...
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    Yeasayer frontman Chris Keating's tongue-in-cheek claim that the band's sophomore release, Odd Blood, was designed to "sonically challenge Rihanna in the clubs" might be overly ambitious,...
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    When he emerged in 2002 with his debut LP Deadringer, Philadelphia-based RJD2 (born Ramble John Krohn) was pegged as the next DJ Shadow for his beat-making and crate-digging prowess; his...
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    Born in Texas and raised in Seattle, where he still resides, 32-year-old singer-songwriter Rocky Votolato has traveled a compelling career path over the past 13 years. It started in earnest...
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    One of the saltiest, sliest, most macho hombres ever to slap a bass guitar, Mike Watt truly is a breed unto himself. Raised in the hardscrabble port town of San Pedro, California, Watt...
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    In the late '90s, Lawrence, Kansas' The Appleseed Cast played the kind of rock that would earn a band a spot on Emo Diaries compilations, the long-running and long-suffering series curated...
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    Listening to the first track from Matt Hires' debut full-length, Take Us to the Start, it's impossible to deny that the Floridian singer-songwriter dabbles in the melodramatic, quavering...
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    It's not uncommon for formerly wicked musicians to foreswear their evil ways and turn to the Heavenly Father for inspiration. Dylan did it, as did MC Hammer, former Korn member Brian "Head"...
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    You can call him Raconteur Number Two, but Brendan Benson, the other songwriter in Jack White's first side project, has been pumping out tuneful, classic power-pop on his own since 1996's...
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    Singer-guitarist Annie Clark — better known by her nom de indie rock St. Vincent — returns to town on yet another tour behind her acclaimed second album, 2009's Actor. We caught...
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    Few of us get creamed by a speeding 18-wheeler and live to tell about it. Even fewer of us take that near-death experience and use it to fuel our signature brand of devilish lo-fi...
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    While it's practically impossible for a white dude with an acoustic guitar and harmonica to achieve anything genuinely surprising, it's nearly as difficult for such an artist to achieve...
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    The morning after playing a party for his high-school graduation, Josh "Reverend" Peyton woke up with severe pain in his hands. Doctors thought that Peyton, who had been playing guitar for...
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    The first things you notice about the Japanese new wave band Polysics are their glaring similarities to Devo — the most obvious of which are the band's orange jumpsuits and their...
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    Let's face it, we're in a new decade, and while some of the previous decade's fads and styles will continue to trickle into 2010 and beyond, some of them need to respectfully wither away....
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    Mikel Lander has a certain contempt for female vocalists, particularly attractive ones who front all-male bands. Hayley Williams? Feh. Gwen Stefani? Ditto. "I've seen plenty of bands with...
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    I'd wager Wayne "The Train" Hancock drools when he looks at the calendar and discovers it's a leap year, meaning he can tour 366 days instead of the usual 365. Okay, that's an exaggeration,...
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    Country-noir singer Jesse Sykes looks like Lara Flynn Boyle and sounds like a cross between Marianne Faithful and Adam Sandler's Operaman. Her smoky, strained, eerily spectral voice is...
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    Back in the '90s, Alabama-bred Auguste Arthur Bondy went by the name Scott Bondy, and he fronted a hard-charging alt-rock trio called Verbena. They sounded so much like Nirvana that Dave...
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