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  • M.C. Hammer

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    M.C. Hammer

    M.C. Hammer is the Lady Gaga of 20 years ago. Dubious musical talent? Pretty much. Over-the-top fashion statements? You betcha: "Hammer Pants" are still bizarre. Loads of charisma, a knack for playing to the cameras, and first-rate showmanship? Undou...

    by Michael Alan Goldberg on July 1, 2010
  • Secret Cities

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    Secret Cities

    There's something vaguely dark and mysterious about Fargo, North Dakota's ambient, psychedelic, otherworldly-sounding trio Secret Cities. The term "secret city" refers to the towns in the former Soviet Union where weapons were manufactured and/or sto...

    by Sarah Ventre on July 1, 2010
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    M.O.T.O.

    For nearly 30 years, pop-punk rascal Paul Caporino and M.O.T.O. (Masters of the Obvious) have been forging timeless sing-along punk with razor-sharp Buzzcocks- and Hsker D-style riffs and an often-twisted wit that recalls Nick Lowe at his most misc...

    by Jay Bennett on July 1, 2010
  • Kasey Anderson

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    Kasey Anderson

    There's an indefinable, rough-around-the-edges quality that well-seasoned country, folk, and Americana musicians have. You can hear in their voices the life experiences that give the music authenticity and make them believable and relatable. Though t...

    by Sarah Ventre on July 1, 2010
  • Radar Brothers

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    Radar Brothers

    L.A.'s Radar Brothers (formerly Radar Bros. -- a subtle difference, but important) have been doing their thing for a while, putting out six records in the past 14 years, the latest being this year's The Illustrated Garden. Phoenix-based music blog So...

    by Albert Ching on July 1, 2010
  • Jordin Sparks

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    Jordin Sparks

    There was good reason to believe that Jordin Sparks would disappear right around now-ish. Her first album sold 2 million copies, but Battlefield, despite being a significant improvement over its predecessor, hasn't even made it to a tenth of the sale...

    by Dan Gibson on July 1, 2010
  • The Summer Set's Music May Not Be Original -- But It's Pretty Damn Good

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    The Summer Set's Music May Not Be Original -- But It's Pretty Damn Good

    Every once in a while, a band comes along that breaks with so many conventions and pushes so many boundaries that music critics laud them with terms like "revolutionary," "groundbreaking," and "genre-defying." The Summer Set is not one of those bands...

    by Mike R. Meyer on July 1, 2010
  • Leon Russell: The Legendary Sideman Is an Imposing Presence

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    Leon Russell: The Legendary Sideman Is an Imposing Presence

    It's safe to say that they don't make them like Leon Russell anymore. An authority no less than T-Bone Burnett said about Russell, in an April interview with The Onion A.V. Club, "I haven't been intimidated for a really long time, but Leon was scary-...

    by Jason P. Woodbury on July 1, 2010
  • Cheap Trick's "Hello There" and Other Songs Perfect for Rock Band and Guitar Hero

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    Cheap Trick's "Hello There" and Other Songs Perfect for Rock Band and Guitar Hero

    Games like Rock Band and Guitar Hero appeal to that part of us that not-so-secretly wishes we hadn't quit practicing music in fourth grade so we could be selling out arenas instead of selling out our souls to make a little more money for our boss. ...

    by Brian Bardwell on July 1, 2010
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    Curtains: Unnecessary Farce at Desert Foothills in Carefree-ish

    Nathalie Cadieux realizes someone's about to get "kilt" in Unnecessary Farce. ? Some significant changes have taken place at our Valley's "official" community theaters -- the ones that tend to bear the name of the city or community they call home,...

    @ Up on the Sun by Julie Peterson on January 26, 2010 @ 4:59 pm
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    Phoenix (the Band) Show Sold Out

    ? Sorry, Phoenix fans who like to procrastinate--the French band's show on Monday, February 1 is sold out. That means lucky fans with tickets will have to cram in at Marquee Theatre, which also hosts opener Sea Wolf. Expect Phoenix, wh...

    @ Up on the Sun by Nicki Escudero on January 26, 2010 @ 4:40 pm
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    You Asked For It: June Friday

    ? June Friday Beauty of the Birdsong (self-released) GRADE: D+ June Friday's Beauty of the Birdsong is a strange melding of many things '80s, wearing a disguise as a poor attempt to make it seem contemporary. The combination of synthesi...

    @ Up on the Sun by Sarah Ventre on January 26, 2010 @ 12:57 pm
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    Best Buy Will Now Stock Local Music. Is it a Good Plan For Your Band?

    ? If there's ever been such a thing as a two-sided coin, or an ethical conundrum, here it is. It seems that Best Buy stores will be stocking CDs from local bands. And not just ultra-cool, well-selling local bands. Apparently, they're willing to stock...

    @ Up on the Sun by Sarah Ventre on January 26, 2010 @ 11:42 am
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    Anti-Flag's Political Punk Rocked Hard

    ? The economy sucks... Let's party! Yes, these are the sentiments of Pittsburgh punkers Anti-Flag. If you know anything about the band, these sentiments shouldn't surprise you. The band has made a mark with their strong political views and ...

    @ Up on the Sun by Sarah Ventre on January 26, 2010 @ 10:54 am
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    Four Tet: There Is Love in You, in "Nothing Not New"

    Welcome to "Nothing Not New," a yearlong project in which New Times editorial operations manager Jay Bennett, a 40-year-old music fan and musician, will listen only to music released in 2010. Each Monday through Friday, he will listen to one new reco...

    @ Up on the Sun by Jay Bennett on January 26, 2010 @ 10:23 am
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    Sam Means' Santa Isabel Soundtrack on Sale For $1.99 at iTunes

    ? iTunes is selling Sam Means' excellent solo debut, the soundtrack for indie flick The Sinking of Santa Isabel, for only $1.99 through the end of the month. The former Format co-frontman (along with Nate Ruess, who now fronts fun.) did the...

    @ Up on the Sun by Martin Cizmar on January 26, 2010 @ 10:18 am
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    Vitamin String Quartet and Other New Releases

    ? There sure are a lot of greatest-hits albums out today, including ones from Backstreet Boys and Mariah Carey, but what is most exciting in this week's new releases is Vitamin String Quartet's Death Cab for Cutie tribute album, Ghost...

    @ Up on the Sun by Nicki Escudero on January 26, 2010 @ 9:00 am
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    Karen Dreijer Accepts Award, Puts Gaga in Her Place

    ? Karen Dreijer is one half of the Swedish sibling duo The Knife and the sole proprietor behind Fever Ray. She is a very talented musician who is not afraid to stretch the boundaries of what's weird and rather odd. Her acceptance speech last week at ...

    @ Up on the Sun by Michael Lopez on January 25, 2010 @ 7:16 pm
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    Mantooth Group Re-Opening Nile Theatre Basement as The Underground

    Earlier this month, it was Long Wong's. Last week, I wrote about how the old Boston's was being reincarnated into 910 Live. And just today I got news that the property in downtown Mesa that formerly housed the Nile Theatre will become a brand new liv...

    @ Up on the Sun by Benjamin Leatherman on January 25, 2010 @ 7:00 pm
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    The 7 Coolest Entries At This Weekend's Idiotarod Race

    ?As that old maudlin saying goes, it's not the destination but the journey that's important. Just ask the participants in the Idiotarod race from this past Saturday. The ultra-colorful annual event, which is put on by the AZ Cacophony Society and ...

    @ Up on the Sun by Benjamin Leatherman on January 25, 2010 @ 3:00 pm
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