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    Brown Box Breakout - DJ AL3 pushes all envelopes

    Albert Lineses III is a student of Socrates and Sun Tzu. He's also a Catholic-turned-Buddhist turntablist and hip-hop and party rock DJ from the south side of Phoenix. Like his penchant for stalwart theories of philosophy and spirituality, his spin-s...

    by Marcos Najera on September 6, 2007
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    Various Artists - Vee-Jay: The Definitive Collection (Shout Factory)

    There were a lot of great independent labels that flourished in the '50s and early '60s, and each owns a place in the stars Chess, Sun, Atlantic, Motown, Stax. It was a movement, a golden age for music geared toward a new teen demographic. Maybe it...

    by Henry Cabot Beck on September 6, 2007
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    Miranda Writes of Wrongs - Like any other kick-ass Texas girl

    Miranda Lambert has sung about dousing exes in kerosene for their no-good ways, and on her sophomore effort, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, the country star takes aim at a few more men who have done her wrong. All twang and laughs, she recently spent some time...

    by Cole Haddon on September 6, 2007
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    The Liars Handshake - Pants on fire

    Drawing on a raw, ragged roots-punk ethos that's served everyone from The Pogues to Against Me!, Tempe's Liars Handshake stokes the same passionate fury. Featuring the core of the old punk outfit Bullet Train to Moscow, the band's led by the gruff, r...

    by Chris Parker on September 6, 2007
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    Cooking with Cannibal Corpse - Fit for a filthy appetite

    Death metal legends Cannibal Corpse released one of their most brutal records to date in last year's Kill (Metal Blade), an album full of songs with tasty titles like "Necrosadistic Warning" and "Submerged in Boiling Flesh." The latter describes a di...

    by Niki D'Andrea on September 6, 2007
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    James Hunter - Van vouches

    Retro rip-off artist or respectful interpreter of classic styles? English vocalist and guitarist James Hunter walks a tightrope between interpreter and impersonator. Complete with brassy choruses, tailored suits, and old-school charm, Hunter's classy...

    by Chris Nixon on September 6, 2007
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    Don't Sweat It - Summer night on Grand Avenue

    As much as we hit up the downtown scene, it wasn't until this past weekend that we finally got around to seeing Andrew Jackson Jihad play live (shameful, eh?) at one of our favorite venues, The Trunk Space, for their CD-release party on Friday, Augus...

    by Lilia Menconi on September 6, 2007
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    John Vanderslice, and The Bowerbirds - Tasty bites

    John Vanderslice is a generally unnoted musical impresario whose versatility, talent, and intelligence make it seemingly impossible for him to achieve the success he truly deserves though stranger things have happened. His impeccably crafted pop fl...

    by Chris Parker on September 6, 2007
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    Duozona - Colors: Duozona Plays Music for Flute and Guitar (Emeritus Recordings)

    Some classical music sounds heavier than rock music, particularly huge orchestral and operatic arrangements like Wagner's Die Walkre and the Symphonic Dances of Rachmaninoff. Explosive compositions like those often bring to mind images of deranged c...

    by Niki D'Andrea on September 6, 2007
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    Kings of Leon - Modern royalty

    We found this blurb on Yahoo!, describing the Kings of Leon's official Web site: "Rock band from Tennessee whose songs teem with primal emotions and rangy rhythms." First off, somebody from the Kings' camp wrote this. Second, somebody in the Kings' c...

    by Cole Haddon on September 6, 2007
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    CSI: Scottsdale - One word: gloves

    For the longest time, we've been hoping the producers behind TV's CSI franchise are eventually gonna create a spin-off of the long-running TV series that takes place in the Valley, where the seedier side of the PHX would get fictionally depicted in s...

    by Benjamin Leatherman on September 6, 2007
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    Seven Nights of DJs and Dancing - Who's spinning what, where and when

    Thursday 6 Big Fish: Chronik Frequency with DJ Lady Killa, DJ Papi Cholo, DJ Dmok, DJ Spawn, & DJ Illogiq (techno, breaks, electro, hip-hop) Bunkhouse: DJ Doom (dance) Club Mardi Gras: DJ Dana (country) Dirty Pretty: Foxy Bitch with D-JR (r...

    on September 6, 2007
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    Miscellany

    Spent the last week or so immersing myself in the 8-piece live hip-hop/jazz project known as Antedote the Neato Project. If you're not familiar, you ought to be (you can read more about it in the 2/1 issue of New Times). These eight musicians kick ou...

    @ Up on the Sun on January 23, 2007 @ 1:37 pm
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    Not Quite the PLUG Awards, but...

    Nonetheless, it is an interesting democratic you-pick-the-winner contest, and it's always interesting to see who's voted in for what category. The nominees are listed here; the actual awards ceremony is sometime after the 2/28 deadline at the clubhou...

    @ Up on the Sun on January 19, 2007 @ 9:55 am
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    Like a Car Accident

    Admittedly it's a slow blog day when I have to resort to putting absolutely horrible spectacles up on here, but this is so bad, it's... just fucking bad. No, the band Lordi isn't local (Daggrr from Army of Robots hit me up with this), they're Finnish...

    @ Up on the Sun on January 18, 2007 @ 2:33 pm
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    More Peachiness

    But also, besides the nifty compilation CD I wrote about before, the duo are soliciting short video clips from fans to integrate into their live show. Here's what they're asking for: "We want you to help us develop that show by sending us your inspir...

    @ Up on the Sun on January 17, 2007 @ 2:43 pm
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    On the D-Low - Senti-metal journey

    This year's "D-Low Memorial Show," with Sacred Reich, Car Bomb, Soulfly, and The Cavalera Conspiracy, certainly boasts one of the most exciting lineups in the history of the event. With brothers (and former Sepultura cornerstones) Max and Igor Cavale...

    by Saby Reyes-Kulkarni on August 30, 2007
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    Childish Ambitions - Rarer than a good mechanic

    To some, Billy Childish will come off as a crank. He's outspoken and has little patience for authority or institutions. It's the reason he was kicked out of St. Martin's School of Art in England when he was 16. You might call him a primitivist for...

    by Chris Parker on August 30, 2007
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    Good as Gold - Stylin' Saturday night

    Lately, we've been tying it on all over this town, and this past weekend, we were partied out. Thank Christ the Gold Lion Boutique held a fashion event called Arte Puro hosted by local designer Leonor Aispuro that mercifully started at 7 p.m., allowi...

    by Lilia Menconi on August 30, 2007
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    Highwire Fiction - In a Crowded Room (Self-released)

    Among the various influences cited by this Phoenix-based band on its MySpace page, the band describes its sound by telling a story of various alt-rock musicians meeting in a dive bar as they drown their sorrows to Pearl Jam. The Seattle band is indee...

    by Ernest Barteldes on August 30, 2007
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