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    Phoenix's Loss

    I received news this morning from my music editor, Niki D'Andrea, that legendary blues drummer Chico Chism passed away yesterday. You can read Niki's farewell column here, a sweet tribute to one of Phoenix's true musical institutions. This is what sh...

    @ Up on the Sun on January 29, 2007 @ 1:31 pm
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    @ Up on the Sun by Benjamin Leatherman on January 29, 2007 @ 11:00 am
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    Attitude Adjusting - Playing "straight to the middle"

    One of Jim Louvau's favorite talking points when making a case for his new band The Attitude is the void to be filled because there are no more new rock stars. And he's right. If you want cocksure swagger and violence, rappers have that segment fully...

    by Serene Dominic on September 20, 2007
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    Worth the Licks - Actress turned musician, Juliette Lewis

    Juliette Lewis, the actress with the off-kilter gaze probably best known for her role as Mallory in Natural Born Killers, experienced a full-blown musical conversion a few years ago and formed a band called the Licks to record some Stooges-style rock...

    by Cole Haddon on September 20, 2007
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    Cartridge Family - Musicians with munitions

    Blues Traveler frontman John Popper made headlines last March when the 40-year-old vocalist and harmonica player demonstrated that mouth harps aren't the only weapons he likes to wield. After popping Popper's SUV for going 111 miles per hour and coll...

    by Benjamin Leatherman on September 20, 2007
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    Not Dead - Riverboat Gamblers frontman Mike Wiebe counts his blessings

    Whatever animates Riverboat Gamblers lead singer Mike Wiebe, the audience is giving him a wide berth lest it prove contagious. Dragging the mic cord like a lifeline, Wiebe climbs on tables, mounts structural supports, and hangs from exposed pipes w...

    by Chris Parker on September 20, 2007
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    Join the Club - Blunt is better

    There must have been something up with the moon last week, because once Thursday rolled around, we started to get super-antsy. No casual neighborhood bar would sate our desires because we were in the mood for vibrating eardrums and dizzying crowds. W...

    by Lilia Menconi on September 20, 2007
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    Anoushka Shankar and Karsh Kale - Breathing Under Water (Manhattan Records/EMI)

    One thing you notice about Breathing Under Water is that Shankar was willing to go beyond the confines of classical Indian music (her previous discs contained material written by her father, legendary sitar player Ravi Shankar, who guests on the disc...

    by Ernest Barteldes on September 20, 2007
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    Zap Mama - Supermoon (Heads Up)

    Cultural music is what you get with Congolese-born Marie Daulne, best known as the founder and frontwoman of Zap Mama. The band's music draws from various influences without sticking to a single genre, surprising the listener at every turn. On "Toma ...

    by Ernest Barteldes on September 20, 2007
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    Kanye West - Graduation (Island Def Jam/Roc-A-Fella)

    Kanye is the most exciting man in rap because he puts out quality, popular albums. Forget the artless 50 Cent and Akon Kanye tries harder, and Graduation, which has 13 bangers and zero skits, reflects the man's tireless work ethic. Having united ba...

    by Ben Westhoff on September 20, 2007
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    Dave Riley and Bob Corritore - Travelin' the Dirt Road (Blue Witch) Various Artists House Rockin' and Blues Shoutin' (Blue Witch)

    Who'd've thunk it? Along with windy Chicago and verdant Mississippi, Arizona is, in fact, a fertile environment for the blues. The proof's in these two discs, with the commonality between them being Bob Corritore, boss harmonica player and owner of P...

    by Mark Keresman on September 20, 2007
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    Phunk Junkeez - Hydro Phonic (Dmaft Records)

    Phunk Junkeez More than just a little reminiscent of the Beastie Boys, the entire genre of white, outlandish pseudo-rap is somewhat of a novelty that has worn itself out, but the six-piece Phunk Junkeez manage to come together into a tight, cohesive ...

    by Sarah Ventre on September 20, 2007
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    Lucky Dragons

    One-man noise ensemble Luke Fischbeck is a computer musician, unlike other sound manipulators working the 0s and 1s. The Los Angeles-based improviser executes his experimental music-meets-performance-art concertos under the Lucky Dragons moniker. In...

    by Steve Jansen on September 20, 2007
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    Midlake

    What was old is new again. The Burt Reynolds 'stache. Polyester. The Pet Rock. Okay, you might not see a revival of the eight-track tape, but you will see a lot of current young bands picking up and incorporating a lot of the wild experimentation hap...

    by Chris Nixon on September 20, 2007
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    Over the Rhine

    When many people use the "Americana" tag, they're usually referring to rock 'n' roll laced with elements of folk and country music, two of its "roots" vectors. But uniquely, distinctive American music encompasses other genres and styles, too blues,...

    by Mark Keresman on September 20, 2007
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    Michael McDonald

    Grammy winner Michael McDonald has been a road warrior since his success with Motown and Motown Two. Three years later, the silver-haired crooner is back in the studio revisiting significant songs from various stages in his life for a forthcoming CD,...

    by Robert Hicks on September 20, 2007
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    Solid Saturdays

    The times are a-changing over at Homme, 138 West Camelback Road. Gone are such old and busted dance nights as StraightNoChaser's "one" and Club Rumorz, making way for new hotness like Solid Saturdays. Promising plenty of "Muzik4FunkyOPENminds," the w...

    by Benjamin Leatherman on September 20, 2007
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    Seven Nights of DJs and Dancing - Who's spinning what, where and when

    Thursday 20 Bikini Lounge: Sophisticated Boom Boom with DJ HFE (rockabilly, surf, jazz, classic country, indie, obscuro) The Blooze: DJ El Dedo (rockabilly) Crown Room: Naughty Thursdays with DJ Gable, & Kevin Dow (mash-ups, dance, rock) Di...

    on September 20, 2007
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    The Horror...

    I've followed the horror-punk trio Calabrese for quite a while now (as you can see here in a June 2004 column I wrote), and I'm always pretty stoked when they drop a new record. The three brothers, Jimmy, Bobby, and Davey (that's in order of their ag...

    @ Up on the Sun on January 26, 2007 @ 11:37 am
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    The Squid Revealed

    You'll have to wait for the 2/8 edition of my column Revolver to hear the complete rundown, but if you're not familiar with the Squid, give yourself a primer with the demo tracks below. Attack of the Giant Squid is at its core a three piece - Patino,...

    @ Up on the Sun on January 25, 2007 @ 2:30 pm
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