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    Chilly Phase - Airing the laundry

    Who goes clubbing on a Sunday, anyway? Leave it to the techno kids they love to party so much, Saturday nights just aren't enough. On Sunday, December 10, the Phase 54 regulars popped in to celebrate the club's 2 Year Anniversary Party with "Aural ...

    by Lilia Menconi on December 14, 2006
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    A.G. - Get Dirty Radio (Look Records)

    A chichi San Francisco condo is about the last place in the world you'd expect to find the Patterson projects-raised Andre the Giant (a.k.a. A.G.), an MC whose sense of rootedness in New York's South Bronx makes him seem as staunchly parochial as the...

    by Rachel Swan on December 14, 2006
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    Rage Against the MP3s - The expensive stripper speaks out

    On a chilly Friday night at the band's rehearsal space on the northeast side of Phoenix, the members of local five-piece band e(v)olocity are looking at the photo on the back of their self-titled CD. The shot depicts the guys standing in a line, wear...

    by Niki D'Andrea on December 14, 2006
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    Willie Nelson - Songbird (Lost Highway)

    This doesn't sound like a Willie Nelson record, and it doesn't sound like a Ryan Adams record (though he produced it). We don't know what it sounds like, to be honest, save for some show-offy mash-up that does less to pump up Shotgun Willie than shoo...

    by Robert Wilonsky on December 14, 2006
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    Razer - Packing socks

    Local hard-rock band Razer has quite the pedigree the five-piece was founded by guitarist Paul Sullivan, bassist Chris Catero, and drummer Eric Bongiorno, all of whom were in Metal Blade act Wardog (Bongiorno also drums for Valley rock prodigy Nick...

    by Niki D'Andrea on December 14, 2006
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    The Vandals - Sophomoric like a fox

    Few bands have done more to embody the carefree goof-punk spirit of The Dickies than The Vandals, whether blazing their way through the holiday spirit with "Oi to the World!" or showing their sensitive side on the breakup song "My Girlfriend's Dead."...

    by Ed Masley on December 14, 2006
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    The Blasters - Phil the music

    By the time they emerged from the shadow of Disneyland and L.A. punk with a tough little self-titled record on Slash, The Blasters were the quintessential early '80s roots-rock band. They looked the part, they played the part, they lived the part. Th...

    by Ed Masley on December 14, 2006
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    Madraso - Math anxiety

    What's that low, rumbling sound peppered with shouting and minor guitar chords? Is it The Jesus Lizard, crawling out from under a rock for a "reunion"? Is it Steve Albini reviving his post-punk band Shellac? Nope, it's Seattle group Madraso, which ha...

    by Niki D'Andrea on December 14, 2006
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    Jerry Casale - He invented pretty vacant

    There's seemingly been a serious case of Retro Fever gripping the PHX as of late. In recent weeks, a throng of '70s and '80s superstars have announced upcoming local gigs, including The Who, The Moody Blues, Rod Stewart, and George Thorogood. One suc...

    by Benjamin Leatherman on December 14, 2006
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    Seven Nights of DJs and Dancing - Who's spinning what, where and when

    Thursday 14 AZ 88: Mr. P-Body (synth pop, electro) Bunkhouse: DJ Doom (dance) Camus: KURRENT_affairs with Pablo Gomez (electronic, rock, pop, avant-garde) Cat Eye: Punk Rock Thursdays with DJ Diesel (rock, punk) Club Central: DJ Luis (sa...

    on December 14, 2006
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    Top 10 selling CDs at Hoodlums, in the ASU Memorial Union building in Tempe - Chart-busters for the week

    1. Pepper, No Shame (Atlantic/Wea) 2. Eminem, Eminem Presents: The Re-Up (Shady Records) 3. Incubus, Light Grenades (Sony) 4. Gwen Stefani, The Sweet Escape (Interscope) 5. Jay-Z, Kingdom Come (Roc-a-Fella) 6. The Beatles, Love (Capit...

    on December 14, 2006
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    That '70s Sound - Wolfmother brings the buzz

    "Just standing in front of an amp as though you're being bathed in fuzzy volume is quite a nice feeling," says bassist/organist Chris Ross of Australia's latest gift to heaviosity, a stoner-rock trio from Sydney called Wolfmother. It makes him la...

    by Ed Masley on December 7, 2006
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    North Side Nookie Market - Single belles

    Sometimes a night out in Scottsdale with all things shiny and plastic is just what we need. The hordes of twentysomething bronzed babes and stylish studs remind us that the singles scene is alive, thriving and definitely doable. On Saturday, December...

    by Lilia Menconi on December 7, 2006
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    Friends in a Jam - They won't Cher

    In Backbeat Books' newly published Skydog: The Duane Allman Story, author Randy Poe gives a thorough account of Duane's recorded legacy up through his output with the Allman Brothers Band, which amounts to two studio albums and a legendary Fillmore l...

    by Serene Dominic on December 7, 2006
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    O. Williams, Where Art Thou? - Everyone knows it's Wendy

    Wendy O. Williams always said she liked to make "aggressive art," and that's what she did as the front woman for '80s punk-metal band The Plasmatics sporting a Mohawk on TV, wearing nothing but electrical tape over her nipples, blowing up luxury ca...

    by Niki D'Andrea on December 7, 2006
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    Noise in the 'Hood - Good listeners make bad neighbors

    My neighborhood in Tempe is a pretty noisy place. The guys next door have a band practicing inside their house with the windows open every few days, and my neighbors across the back alley apparently have a band that practices there as well (I can hea...

    by Brendan Joel Kelley on December 7, 2006
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    Back and Black - But not here

    With 1988's It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, Chuck D and Public Enemy positioned hip-hop as "the CNN of black culture," raging against the machine while bringing a noise as revolutionary as it was intense. The first true hip-hop masterp...

    by Ed Masley on December 7, 2006
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    White Demons - Say Go (Sonic Swirl Records)

    The guys in White Demons may occasionally wear eyeliner and tight jeans, but there is not a single song about a chick on this CD and not one stinky whiff of shitty emo. What we've got here instead is explosive, trashy, borderline-glam punk 'n' roll w...

    by Niki D'Andrea on December 7, 2006
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    Mourning Woody - Unplugged (self-released)

    There's just something so awesomely asinine about a hicked-out country cover of Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus," which is the leadoff track on this EP of eclectic, acoustic remakes. Mourning Woody turns the dark techno-pop hit into a jangly, upbeat h...

    by Niki D'Andrea on December 7, 2006
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    The Weary Boys, and Roses Pawn Shop - Yeah, we said bluegrass

    The Weary Boys and Rose's Pawn Shop show is the best double bill in bluegrass for both purists and evolutionists. RPS has a malleable alt-country sound, wrapped up in skillfully crafted songs with vocal harmonies and elaborate instrumentation, like "...

    by Niki D'Andrea on December 7, 2006
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