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    Keali'i Reichel

    As one of the most prominent promoters of Hawaiian culture today, Keali'i Reichel (pronounced Key-ah-li-ee Ray-shell) takes an educational approach during his live concerts. "It's a good mixture of hula, storytelling and music," he says during a phon...

    by Ernest Barteldes on October 18, 2007
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    The Cave Singers, and Black Mountain

    Cave Singers frontman/guitarist Pete Quirk doesn't need a band, really. He's got a vocal delivery so weathered and lived-in thin as a middle-aged woman's croak, almost, or a limited Perry Farrell that it'd even be a devastating weapon sans instru...

    by Ray Cummings on October 18, 2007
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    Bobby Bare Jr.

    It's almost impossible to believe Bobby Bare Jr. is the son of legendary countrypolitan crooner Bobby Bare. Bare Jr.'s tongue-in-cheek lyrics, dry vocals, and '60s pop-infused melodies are in direct opposition to his father's schmaltzy country fare. ...

    by Tracy M. Rogers on October 18, 2007
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    Tis Brillig

    Beware the Jabberwock, my son, not to mention the Jubjub bird, the sneaky Snark, or any of the other boojumed bizarrities that will surely journey Through the Looking Glass for Tis Brillig, on Saturday, October 20, at the Starlight Room, 16737 East P...

    by Benjamin Leatherman on October 18, 2007
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    Seven Nights of DJs and Dancing - Who's spinning what, where and when

    Thursday 18 Andersons Fifth Estate: MODE Thursdays with Sonique des Fleurs, Sol Martinez, & guests (deep house) Big Fish Pub: Chronik Frequency Thursdays with DJ Ladykilla, DJ Papi Cholo, DJ Spawn, Kyle Wise, AWOL, & Dmok (breaks, electro, hip-...

    on October 18, 2007
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    Marketing Lessons

    The band SiOP's press release begins, "SiOP was formed in the summer of 1998 and has been on the rise ever since." Truth is, SiOP never left 1998 and its plethora of shit bands: Static-X, Papa Roach, Linkin Park, the Bizkit, etcetera. Here's the go...

    @ Up on the Sun on March 5, 2007 @ 10:42 am
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    Still the Circle K of record stores

    Sadly, things haven't changed much. Except for the fact that indie bastions Eastside Records and Stinkweeds have had to downsize -- Eastside cutting its store size in half, and Stinkweeds closing up its Tempe location. And Zia, it appears, has stayed...

    @ Up on the Sun on March 1, 2007 @ 10:17 am
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    Apparently, Not Quite Dead, But...

    Sometimes some really weird shit comes across my desk, like this album, Remnants Resolved, by Skerlak Dead with four songs this Phoenix-based guy M. Skerlak recorded back in 1984, and two that he recorded in 1961. According to his myspace page, dude ...

    @ Up on the Sun on February 28, 2007 @ 12:20 pm
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    Anti-Authoritarian

    I happily admitted in a previous column that I was a fan of Authority Zero frontman Jason Devore's solo album, Conviction. But I also made it clear that I don't appreciate or understand AZ's music; I find it generic, formulaic, and oftentimes a bad b...

    @ Up on the Sun on February 27, 2007 @ 2:23 pm
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    Solo Survivor - One man, no van

    Shane Ocell has the biggest, hardest . . . callus I've ever seen. It's the size of a small marble, sitting on the knuckle of his right middle finger. He cultivated the knot through his unconventional drumming style holding the stick between h...

    by Niki D'Andrea on October 11, 2007
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    Via Vengeance - Dieography (www.myspace.com/shadesofbloood)

    Via Vengeance's songs sound gritty, dense, and calculated. The rhythms are snappy and solid, with seamless, simple timing changes that often lead into even simpler guitar interludes, but show attention to composition nonetheless. Not that Via Vengean...

    by Niki D'Andrea on October 11, 2007
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    Remembering Joe Zawinul - Down them stairs, lose them cares

    It was the eve of the new millennium at Joe and Maxine Zawinul's beautiful place in lower Manhattan. The music of Marvin Gaye filled the home "What's Going On," as I recall. Zawinul had invited me to a small family celebration, and all my other ...

    by Paul Rubin on October 11, 2007
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    On Your Markers - Glossy format

    So witty, so inquisitive, so downright loquacious is Elisa Ambrogio that a telephone interview with her threatens to unravel at any given moment, to turn obliviously tangential not unlike the music she's made, until recently. A question about autho...

    by Ray Cummings on October 11, 2007
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    Drastic Elastic - Devendra Banhart's latest bends and stretches, but doesn't break his spell

    The best descriptors for Devendra Banhart's latest album, Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon, come in pairs; one at a time doesn't do justice to its heady tensions or its creator's labyrinthine mystique. The record is kinetic yet placid, pensive yet dr...

    by Jewly Hight on October 11, 2007
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    Dance Dance Evolution - Phoenix's rave scene pioneers find their groove again

    One of the mantras that emerged from the hippie counterculture movement of the '60s was "never trust anyone over 30." When you're young, idealistic, and wearing rose-colored raver sunglasses to protect your eyes from the early-morning sunrise assault...

    by Sloane Burwell on October 11, 2007
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    will.i.am - Songs About Girls (Interscope)

    Derivative, repetitive, insipid, insincere, and pandering, Songs About Girls also has the worst insert booklet in recent memory seven pages of will.i.am mugging in a checkered suit. The first song, "Over," a lover's lament featuring a sample from E...

    by Ben Westhoff on October 11, 2007
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    Hot Hot Heat - Happiness Ltd. (Reprise)

    The epic, soaring sonics on Happiness Ltd. , Hot Hot Heat's latest effort, owe a debt to some tricked-out production that results in a number of satisfying swells. The strongest candidates for airplay are front-loaded for instant gratification, while...

    by Rick Skidmore on October 11, 2007
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    Aesop Rock

    While putting together his latest verbose yet exhilarating album, None Shall Pass, Aesop Rock moved from New York to San Francisco, got married, quit smoking, and turned 30. So, it's not surprising that the record shows changes in his style; rather t...

    by Ben Westhoff on October 11, 2007
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    Martin Sexton

    Two things separate real musicians from wanna-bes the willingness to tour without quarter, and the head-down attitude to plow forward, faithful in one's abilities. Martin Sexton qualifies on both counts. He busked for the money to make his first al...

    by Chris Parker on October 11, 2007
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    Los Straitjackets

    Before those hand-holding mop-tops from Liverpool hit these shores, instrumental rock was extremely popular. The charts belonged to The Ventures, Dick Dale, Link Wray (big influence on The Who's Pete Townshend), and even Brits like the Shadows and To...

    by Mark Keresman on October 11, 2007
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