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    NSFW: New Yeasayer Video For "Ambling Alp" Is Frighteningly Sexy

    ?If you were wondering if you should make bones about the recent rash of NSFW music videos these days, please don't. Bands and artists alike are stretching the boundaries for what should be included in their music videos -- no bones about it. It seem...

    @ Up on the Sun by Michael Lopez on November 27, 2009 @ 10:33 am
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    Curtains: Nearly Naked Theatre's The Little Dog Laughed

    Owen Virgin and Ian Christiansen navigate the sea of blankets in The Little Dog Laughed. Many of our favorite stories are love stories, or at least have love stories in them -- the thrill of new relationships, the steam of lust, the warm comfort o...

    @ Up on the Sun by Julie Peterson on November 27, 2009 @ 10:33 am
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    Arty Girl: A.ware Screen-o-Rama on Saturday

    OMG, can I borrow that onesie? ? ? Naturally, I like to give a little background to the subjects I blog about. I mean, that's what writers do, yes? So today, I'm writing about the crafting duo, a.ware. And when I punched in some key w...

    @ Up on the Sun by Lilia Menconi on November 27, 2009 @ 10:24 am
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    Real Estate at Modified Arts

    Real Estate's self-titled record snagged one of those coveted Best New Music tags stuck to their debut full-length, an homage to The Shins if depressed and dropping lysergic, with Fruit Bats-style naturalist trimmings. Certainly the press helped, b...

    @ Up on the Sun by Becky Bartkowski on November 26, 2009 @ 3:00 pm
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    Seven Nights of DJs & Dancing

    THURSDAY 11 Bikini Lounge: DJ Shane Kennedy (jazz, blues, country, R&B, rarities) Bomberos: Rani G., dk.strickler, Deon Pearson, & Alkeme (house) Capitol Sports Lounge: DJ Danny Peru (old school) Cherry Lounge & Pit: UK Thursdays (dubstep...

    on March 11, 2010
  • Tim Barry


    Tim Barry

    Plenty of former punk and hardcore icons have traded in their volume, crunch, and at least some of their onstage aggression in recent years for new directions as folk-leaning singer-songwriters. Look at 7 Seconds' Kevin Seconds, Hot Water Music's Chu...

    by Michael Alan Goldberg on March 11, 2010
  • Abe Vigoda


    Abe Vigoda

    To put it into perspective, Abe Vigoda the actor was born before the invention of the electric blender, Band-Aids (probably useful for that early electric blender development), and flash-frozen food technology, not to mention the discovery of penicil...

    by Michael Alan Goldberg on March 11, 2010
  • Keb' Mo'


    Keb' Mo'

    When a guy like Martin Scorsese likes your music enough to release a best-of compilation of your music as part of his Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues series, you have to feel pretty good about yourself. Especially when you consider that some of th...

    by Michael Escoto on March 11, 2010
  • Sevendust



    There's an easy way to distinguish between "alternative metal" and regular, old-timey heavy metal. Critics and rock anatomists will tell you about "time signatures" and "syncopation," but the lyrics offer a more rewarding contrast. For example, inste...

    by Craig Outhier on March 11, 2010
  • Flogging Molly


    Flogging Molly

    Remember those kooky Freedom Rock TV commercials ("Turn it up, man!") from the '80s? It was a great gimmick -- and potentially adaptable to any music genre, be it gangsta rap or Christian pop or Celtic punk. Can't you just envision it gone Irish? "Oi...

    by Craig Outhier on March 11, 2010
  • Obscura



    The DJ duo of Roya and Funkfinger are the best friends any culture vulture could ever want. Together, the pulchritudinous pair puts on the dynamite dance night Obscura every month at vintage dive bar Rips, 3045 North 16th Street, serenading local sce...

    by Benjamin Leatherman on March 11, 2010
  • Antique Scream Is an Ex-Valley Band Finding Success in Seattle


    Antique Scream Is an Ex-Valley Band Finding Success in Seattle

    It's been almost a year since Antique Scream packed their gear, and little else, into their touring van, left Phoenix, and moved to Seattle. Back then, the band -- singer/guitarist Chris Rutledge, bassist Stu Lasswell, and drummer Bill Fees -- had ju...

    by Mike R. Meyer on March 11, 2010
  • Rampage Fest Versus Cizmarch Madness?  Naw, It's All Cool


    Rampage Fest Versus Cizmarch Madness? Naw, It's All Cool

    It's an understatement to say that New Times music editor Martin Cizmar has the ability to piss people off. Everyone from Ted Nugent to Frankie Muniz has had harsh words for Martin. In January, Cizmar wrote a blog post with the rather innocent headli...

    by Jason P. Woodbury on March 11, 2010
  • Xiu Xiu and the Top Anthems of Self-Loathing


    Xiu Xiu and the Top Anthems of Self-Loathing

    Over the past decade, Xiu Xiu has released some pretty bleak tunes. The musical project of San Jose singer/guitarist Jamie Stewart and various collaborators has put out guaranteed party-stoppers like "Support Our Troops OH!"("Did you know you were go...

    by Albert Ching on March 11, 2010
  • Valley Bands Performing at South by Southwest


    Valley Bands Performing at South by Southwest

    Random If Random wanted to be any more the opposite of mainstream rap, he'd probably have to take up the banjo and start playing country music. A middle-school social studies teacher by day, Random writes hip-hop music that is devoid of profanity, m...

    by Martin Cizmar on March 11, 2010
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    Motion City Soundtrack, The Bravery Added To Weezer's Dodge Theatre Show

    ?Weezer's upcoming gig at Dodge Theatre in January keeps getting better and better. The cats at Live Nation sent out an e-mail blast late yesterday trumpeting that Minnesota power-pop band Motion City Soundtrack and NYC's The Bravery will be joini...

    @ Up on the Sun by Benjamin Leatherman on November 25, 2009 @ 3:30 pm
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    Television Noir Invades Adult Swim...Sorta

    Television Noir's Stephen Strange (left) and Mike Red. ? You can catch the Dr. Rev. Stephen Strange and his cohorts doing their bizarre sideshow exploits at any number of locales throughout the PHX: During First Friday on behind MADE art boutique,...

    @ Up on the Sun by Benjamin Leatherman on November 25, 2009 @ 3:00 pm
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    Katy Perry Strips Down for 'MTV Unplugged'

    Katy Perry proves she doesn't need Auto-Tune on her new MTV Unplugged EP and DVD. The 25-year-old singer/songwriter belts it with a small band for the intimate concert and picks up an acoustic guitar, on which she wrote music for her debut album, On...

    @ Up on the Sun by Nicki Escudero on November 25, 2009 @ 2:47 pm
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    Arty Girl: ASU Art Museum Hires Director

    This will be Gordon Knox's view on the way into work come January. ? I can't remember the last time ASU Art Museum had a Director. And, man, am I relieved to hear they have finally filled the position. Gordon Knox will take the helm on January 1...

    @ Up on the Sun by Lilia Menconi on November 25, 2009 @ 12:27 pm
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    Homme Lounge Closing on Friday

    ? After this weekend, no one's gonna be home at Homme Lounge. According to co-owner Jeremy Johnson, the CenPho danceteria/gay bar will be shutting its doors forever as of Saturday morning. "It's a major bummer for sure that's going to...

    @ Up on the Sun by Benjamin Leatherman on November 25, 2009 @ 11:00 am
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