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    Cap'n Spazz

    I usually find it pretty goddamn annnoying when bands take their names from other band's song titles. This was the case when I first heard about Scary Kids Scaring Kids - especially since the band's name is copped from one of my favorite bands, the C...

    @ Up on the Sun on November 28, 2006 @ 5:47 pm
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    Bzzzz-Worthy

    Just received a missive and a new song from Robin Vining of the Sweetbleeders (and Colorstore) yesterday, asking if I'd let y'all know about the listening party for the band's upcoming new album, Bzzzz. No problem; the Sweetbleeders make some of the ...

    @ Up on the Sun on November 28, 2006 @ 11:50 am
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    PHX Hold Em

    It's been a while since I last checked in with Pokafase, the 'Nix's long-suffering aspirant to establishing PHX hip-hop as a west coast powerhouse. His latest album The Martyr is due out any time, so I grabbed a couple of his tracks (one off of Maste...

    @ Up on the Sun on November 27, 2006 @ 6:21 pm
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    Snow Songs for the Winter

    A few bar nights back I went out with my old friend Yolanda Bejarano, who's not only a swell girl but an incredible musician, and who's been cranking out music since I moved here eleven years ago, in bands like Slugger, the Slowdown, and a mariachi b...

    @ Up on the Sun on November 27, 2006 @ 11:53 am
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    Hellas Cool - Martian chronic

    As a music critic, it's a given that I see a shitload of local bands. I also see a lot of bad local bands, or at least ones that could really use some adjustments. Even talented acts around town bore the hell out of me if I see them a few times and t...

    by Brendan Joel Kelley on April 26, 2007
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    Sonic Terror - Men in the hoods

    Now that extreme metal with an arty edge hardly seems trailblazing anymore, the concept of super-short albums stocked with blink-and-you'll-miss-it bursts of noise is losing its postmodern thrill. Though several acts have worked this angle with fresh...

    by Saby Reyes-Kulkarni on April 26, 2007
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    Getting Over Emo - Fall Out Boy transcends a taboo tag

    There is no better way to dismissively sum up a rock band than by labeling it "emo." This has almost universally worked for the past six or seven years, with few exceptions. But when those few exceptions do occur, music aficionados and pop culture, i...

    by Cole Haddon on April 26, 2007
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    Treasure Mammal - You Wish I Was Channeling Your Spirit (Dreamy Draw Music)

    Popularity, in a Yogi Berra-esque paradox, alienates some music fans. They either don't want to be sheep or they simply want to avoid being trampled by the existing sheep in an eerie frenzy inspired by, let's say, the bouncy sweatball of performing e...

    by Julie Peterson on April 26, 2007
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    Wax Tailor - Hope & Sorrow (Decon Inc)

    A patchwork of film and TV samples, scratches, and elegant baroque instrumentation on Hope & Sorrow follows French turntablist/producer Wax Tailor's 2005 debut, which isn't entirely different from this latest effort. Two years ago, Tailor employed lo...

    by Dominic Umile on April 26, 2007
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    The Detroit Cobras - Tied & True (Bloodshot Records)

    At some point in rock 'n' roll, creativity got confused with originality bands and singers were suspect if their songs weren't self-penned. Performers recording others' songs were often seen as less "genuine" by the terminally hip. That kind of thi...

    by Mark Keresman on April 26, 2007
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    Andrew Hill - Compulsion (Blue Note Records: RVG Edition)

    Compulsion is one of those albums that makes you scratch your head with wonder at how it could ever have gone out of print in the first place. Maybe we can blame the overabundance of jazz albums in the stratosphere, or maybe it's because the late pia...

    by Steve Jansen on April 26, 2007
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    Beach House - Beach House (Carpark Records)

    Airily pretty, vicariously depressing, and just plain emotionally exhausting, the Velvet Underground & Nico tune "Sunday Morning" nailed comedown bummer rock with such precision that most later efforts in that direction have been left wanting. Some 3...

    by Ray Cummings on April 26, 2007
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    Grinderman - Grinderman (Anti-)

    Nick Cave hasn't played electric guitar for years and his primitive, grinding approach to the instrument inspired the name of the band and the thrashing, primal, punky noise it spits out on its debut album. With Bad Seeds Warren Ellis (violin, keyboa...

    by j. poet on April 26, 2007
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    Nickel Creek - Ain't nothin' but a twang

    Perhaps only The New York Times could have written this headline: "Bluegrass That Can Twang and Be Cool Too." Excuse me? Somebody inform the Gray Lady that all bluegrass is cool. Nickel Creek, the subject of the above header, is just different. The t...

    by Steve Byrne on April 26, 2007
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    Air - 78.1 percent nitrogen

    Although the men of Air have never been the most explosive Frenchmen on the planet, there are times on the album Pocket Symphony where they feel more like air with a lowercase "a" than Air, the brains behind the sad yet swanky space-pop classic Moon ...

    by Ed Masley on April 26, 2007
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    Gwen Stefani - Get on board or move out of the way

    At a Gwen Stefani show, you are not a citizen of the world, but the subject of a commanding cultural empress whose red-lipped orders are your new desires. That is because Gwen Stefani publicly exists in and presents as her aesthetic a hugely successf...

    by Kate Carraway on April 26, 2007
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    McDowell Mountain Music Festival - Mixing up the jam

    Of all forms of music, you're most likely to catch two complementary bands on the same bill at a jamband show. In this case, San Francisco four-piece Tea Leaf Green and rural New Jersey sextet Railroad Earth both take the indelible influence of the B...

    by Saby Reyes-Kulkarni on April 26, 2007
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    Field of Dreams - Raving maniacs

    Wanna rave on without having to worry about whether the abandoned warehouse you're dancing at is about to get busted by the cops? Then throw on your club-kid duds and head for Tumbleweed Park, 2250 South McQueen Road in Chandler, where Nightowl Enter...

    by Benjamin Leatherman on April 26, 2007
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    Seven Nights of DJs and Dancing - Who's spinning what, where and when

    Thursday 26 AZ 88: Mr. P-Body (synth pop, electro) Bikini Lounge: Scratchy Rekkid Night with DJ Shane Kennedy (various) Blue Note: DJ Soloman, & Fredj (acid jazz, trip-hop, house) Bobby C's: Willie B (old-school R&B) Bunkhouse: DJ Doom (...

    on April 26, 2007
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    Banned in Tempe

    "Fist Full of Teeth": http://media.newtimes.com/id/170815/ "Penile Drip": http://media.newtimes.com/id/170818/ And, as always, please send MP3's (we post 'em, whether I think they're good or bad), gossip, show announcements, etc to Brendan Joel Ke...

    @ Up on the Sun on November 22, 2006 @ 2:39 pm
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