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  • Ten reasons Graham Nash deserves to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame . . . again

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    Ten reasons Graham Nash deserves to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame . . . again

    Down the list of least needy causes, it's just below a man standing next to his Hummer bumming for gas. But any true lover of melodic pop music oughta sign a petition to get Graham Nash inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. What's that, you ...

    by Serene Dominic on June 19, 2008
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    James Fella - Salvaged Tapes (C-Salt/Gilgongo Records)

    Patchwork tapestries glued together from trash, cityscapes made out of discarded glass bottles, and junk mail assembled into fancy wall collages are just some of the scavenger exhibits you may find at your local contemporary art gallery. While it's ...

    by Steve Jansen on June 19, 2008
  • The Brazen Heads - Who's Yer Paddy?
 (self-released)

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    The Brazen Heads - Who's Yer Paddy? (self-released)

    Fans of Irish folk-rock like Flogging Molly will go Paddy-batty for this local release, which blends traditional tunes like "Hag at the Churn" and "One Eyed Reilly" with spirited, fiddle-driven originals like the snarky title track (where guitarist/...

    by Niki D'Andrea on June 19, 2008
  • Girl Named Kyle - Let's Build
 (Invicta Records)

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    Girl Named Kyle - Let's Build (Invicta Records)

    No, the world hasn't been waiting for another folkish band fronted by a precocious, big-voiced singer, and the familiar nature of the strummier material on Let's Build doesn't help separate Girl Named Kyle from the pack. Take the concluding "Epar," ...

    by Michael Roberts on June 19, 2008
  • Frightened Rabbit

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    Frightened Rabbit

    On "I Feel Better," the second track off Frightened Rabbit's breakup diary The Midnight Organ Fight, frontman Scott Hutchison proclaims, "This is the last song I'll write about you." If only. It's these moments of false affirmation and agonizing sel...

    by Kevin Murphy on June 19, 2008
  • Cyndi Lauper

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    Cyndi Lauper

    Cyndi Lauper's crazy hair, outrageous clothes, and Noo Yawk accent pegged her as a patron saint of goofballs, thrift-store queens, and misfits in the 1980s. But underneath her "she's so unuuuuusual!" exterior lurks an understated pop balladeer and u...

    by Annie Zaleski on June 19, 2008
  • Greeley Estates

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    Greeley Estates

    The third album is the one fans generally have to worry about. It's usually the one in which a band has exhausted its supply of genuinely inspired musical ideas and now has to come up with brilliance on the fly. It has to point to some fearless new d...

    by Serene Dominic on June 19, 2008
  • Meet JerkRag, the Valley’s Rock Band band

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    Meet JerkRag, the Valleys Rock Band band

    The members of JerkRag are having something of a shitty night. It's an unseasonably rain-drenched evening in May, and the setup for their third-ever gig has been marred by endless difficulties, including missing equipment and soundboard snafus. T...

    by Benjamin Leatherman on June 19, 2008
  • Noise Boy finds his musical twin in Carillons’ Eric Graf

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    Noise Boy finds his musical twin in Carillons Eric Graf

    On a recent Wednesday afternoon, I stood in the garage of a Paradise Valley home, surrounded by carillons, chromatic bell instruments that had their heyday in the 1700s. The antiquated, Dutch contraptions -- which sound like clinking church bells...

    by Steve Jansen on June 19, 2008
  • Article

    Rockin' Rides: AZ gets music theme park proposal, we get some baaad ideas

    By Niki D'Andrea Why is Disneyland in California? Call me an idiot (as some surely already do), but I'd venture to guess it's because Disney studios were founded in Cali and the entire movie industry (Disney included) thrives in the Golden State. So...

    @ Up on the Sun by Niki D'Andrea on November 21, 2007 @ 3:10 pm
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    Five Songs About ... Thanksgiving

    Compared with other holidays, Thanksgiving hasn't inspired bards overmuch. There are no traditional hymns, no instantly identifiable music associated with the day save possibly various football broadcast bumpers. Nevertheless, here and there we fin...

    @ Up on the Sun by Pamela Mitchell on November 21, 2007 @ 11:41 am
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    Sanctified and Funkdified: Herbie Hancock @ Orpheum Theatre, Friday, November 16

    By Steve Jansen Better than: The guitarist outside the Orpheum strumming the same chord over and over. Herbie Hancock brought the electronic funk and (surprise, surprise) lyrical jazz to Orpheum on Friday night with a lesser-known quartet lineup th...

    @ Up on the Sun by Niki D'Andrea on November 21, 2007 @ 10:03 am
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    A Big Rock Sandwich: Mind's Eye Digital 15th Anniversary Party @ Venue of Scottsdale on November 16

    By Benjamin Leatherman Photos by Luke Holwerda Better Than: Working the dance floor at Myst. This past Friday night, the streets and sidewalks of Old Town Scottsdale were absolutely overflowing (as they usually are on the weekends) with nightcrawle...

    @ Up on the Sun by Niki D'Andrea on November 20, 2007 @ 10:49 am
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    Seven nights of DJs and dancing

    THURSDAY 12 Axis/Radius: Divine Shady Whiteout Party with DJ White Shadow, Demar, & MCB (various) Bar Smith: Peppermint Lounge with DJs Brazilia, & Mara (various) Blooze Bar: DJ El Dedo (rockabilly) Bobby C's: Willy B. (old-school R&B) ...

    on June 12, 2008
  • Zachary James Dodds - One More Life
 (Self-released)

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    Zachary James Dodds - One More Life (Self-released)

    Zachary James Dodds sounds too world-weary to be just 22 years old. On his debut five-song EP, Dodds, who also plays guitar for local folkies the Via Maris, spins vivid tales -- both real and imagined -- that would seem to belie his age. Behind spars...

    by Kevin Murphy on June 12, 2008
  • Portishead - Third
 (Mercury)

    Article

    Portishead - Third (Mercury)

    In 1997, when Portishead's self-titled second album arrived, the group's sound was routinely described as trip-hop. Eleven years later, that term is as dead as Fatty Arbuckle, but Portishead is alive again and more captivatingly obtuse than ever. "I ...

    by Michael Roberts on June 12, 2008
  • Digital Leather - Sorcerer
 (Goner Records)

    Article

    Digital Leather - Sorcerer (Goner Records)

    The dark electro-musings of Tucson artist Shawn Foree (a.k.a. Digital Leather) have never sounded more spastic, insidious, and danceable than on Sorcerer. This 12-track album blends quirky art-pop influences like Devo, Plastic Bertrand, and Tubeway A...

    by Niki D'Andrea on June 12, 2008
  • RZA (as Bobby Digital)

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    RZA (as Bobby Digital)

    Poor RZA. When the studio overlord produces a Wu-Tang Clan masterwork, it lands on RCA or Universal. Yet this chessboard fiend, martial-arts aficionado, and Quentin Tarantino pal can't seem to garner any respect or sales clout as a rapper; Digi Snack...

    by Ray Cummings on June 12, 2008
  • Daughters, and Russian Circles

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    Daughters, and Russian Circles

    Any band that puts out an 11-minute recording and presents it as a full-length album obviously has a sense of humor. Like Slayer's shorty classic Reign in Blood (which is twice as long!) and Napalm Death's Scum before it, Daughters' Canada Songs is a...

    by Saby Reyes-Kulkarni on June 12, 2008
  • Faun Fables

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    Faun Fables

    The only way to experience a group this vast, colorful, and earthbound is to simply just listen. An excessive use of adjectives seems unjust. Faun Fables and its creator, Dawn McCarthy, seamlessly draw from a spiritual and mythological realm to conve...

    by Sam Femino on June 12, 2008
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