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    A "Dreamy" Display - Local label showcase brings it

    As far as showoffs go, Arizona is an unforgivably cocky offender. First, we get all high and mighty about that great, glorified geological ass-crack up north, then we start trottin' out the "heavies" to campaign against Lyndon Johnson, and now it see...

    by Matthew Neff on June 28, 2007
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    Patriot Pop Quiz - No Googling

    The Fourth of July is right around the corner. In case you've ever wondered how "American" you really are, here's a quiz to help you figure out some answers before the fireworks start. 1. Given the chance to actually wear the American flag, you w...

    by Cole Haddon on June 28, 2007
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    Johnette Napolitano - Scarred (Hybrid Recordings)

    Most people know Johnette Napolitano as the singer and bassist of Concrete Blonde, but throughout her career, she's had a hand in several side projects, including The Heads (with Talking Head Tina Weymouth), a duo called Vowel Movement, and the bands...

    by Niki D'Andrea on June 28, 2007
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    The Neoprimitive - The Neoprimitive (Self-released)

    If the members of The Neoprimitive have a defining strength, it's their ability to prioritize the unique quality of their music above the expectations of listeners or the limitations of genre. Each of the six tracks on the Tempe jam band's self-title...

    by Daniel Raven on June 28, 2007
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    Arturo Sandoval - Rumba Palace (Telarc Jazz)

    After releasing a number of adventurous jazz albums, the Miami-based trumpeter goes back to his roots on this disc, delivering a straightforward collection of original songs that bear an Afro-Cuban feel not far from Buena Vista Social Club turf. Sand...

    by Ernest Barteldes on June 28, 2007
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    Digitalism - Idealism (Astralwerks)

    Recorded in an old war bunker, the twitchy rhythms and hard synths that drive Digitalism's full-length debut are only part of the picture. Idealism is also shaped by its punk rock theatrics shrill sampled guitar riffs bounce off both channels as ke...

    by Dominic Umile on June 28, 2007
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    Big Tex and the Blazin' Pintos - Stomp on down

    Fans of dirty country punk 'n' roll will love Big Tex and the Blazin' Pintos. With raunchy, twangy tunes like "Young and Filthy" and "We Miss Your Chili," this band may be Phoenix's answer to Hank III. The cowboy-hat wearin' quintet's debut album, Ro...

    by Niki D'Andrea on June 28, 2007
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    Canada - The band from Michigan

    This seven-piece eclectic entourage is no stranger to those of us here in the United States. The band hails from Ann Arbor, Michigan, and you won't find any Mounties, hockey players or hosers here. Canada is no more Canadian than Toronto native Neil ...

    by Drea Lee Rice on June 28, 2007
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    Battles - Don't ask

    No calendar year is complete without at least a handful of insurgent, crit-consensus staples that can't quite win over the populace. M.I.A, Strokes, Liz Phair we're waving sadly back at you from a future where even Maroon 5's label status is uncert...

    by Ray Cummings on June 28, 2007
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    Sonny Rhodes - Baptized in blues

    Some 50-odd years ago, deep in the bowels of Texas, a young sharecropper's son was hired by a white family to stand silently in the parlor and crank the arm on the Victrola. As the strains of Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith pumped out of the horn and into...

    by Matthew Neff on June 28, 2007
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    Paulina Rubio - Cross over anytime

    Following in the footsteps of Latina crossover artists like Shakira and Aterciopelados, this Mexican pop singer takes her music into directions from pop-flavored rancheras and rock to reggaeton-inspired moments. Critics may dislike this lack of focus...

    by Ernest Barteldes on June 28, 2007
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    Foxy Bitch Thursdays - Pussycat throws a kitten

    Scottsdale's debaucherous nightclub scene has gotten a bit dirtier in recent weeks, courtesy of new hot spot Dirty Pretty Rockbar, 7443 East Sixth Avenue. The swanky hangout, operated by the peeps behind the equally chic Pussycat Lounge, has been clo...

    by Benjamin Leatherman on June 28, 2007
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    Seven Nights of DJs and Dancing - Who's spinning what, where and when

    Thursday 28 Anderson's: S.W.A.G. Thursdays with DJ Essence, DJ Astonish, & Bryce Breeze (hip-hop, reggae, R&B) Bikini Lounge: Sophisticated Boom Boom with DJ HFE (rockabilly, surf, jazz, classic country, indie, obscuro, R&B) Club Mardi Gras...

    on June 28, 2007
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    Show Picks for Tonight

    There's a shitload going down tonight at joints around the Valley, including the AZPunk compilation release party at the Sets. If you're not making it down to that, here's a couple of other options to sate your thirst for the live music thing. ...

    @ Up on the Sun on November 10, 2006 @ 12:52 pm
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    Robot Rock

    Way back in February of 2005, I wrote a column saying that Army of Robots had succeeded Tucson's The Bled as the best band in Arizona (in my opinion, of course), and that they'd "fucked up the whole paradigm and established a new gold standard for Ar...

    @ Up on the Sun on November 9, 2006 @ 12:48 pm
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    Wild Boys

    Violet Wild A while back I wrote a column about Violet Wild, the band put together from remnants of the Black Moods (guitarist Josh Kennedy) and Mink Rebellion (singer Bobby Scott). Along with bassist Paul Fenix and drummer Joey Schwegler, the boy...

    @ Up on the Sun on November 9, 2006 @ 12:31 pm
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    This Week in Revolver

    In tomorrow's new ish of the paper, I hang out with the Breadwinners, a four-piece traditional bluegrass group that plays at the Loft in Tempe every Tuesday night. There ain't much bluegrass in these parts, but these four bring it with an authenticit...

    @ Up on the Sun on November 8, 2006 @ 2:45 pm
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    Punk Fiesta

    Casket Life - "Shit's About to Get Romantic": http://media.newtimes.com/id/148526/ SDA - "Mic Spear": http://media.newtimes.com/id/148527/ Liar's Handshake - "Trading In Your Friends For a White Belt and a $60 Haircut": http://media.newtimes.com/id...

    @ Up on the Sun on November 8, 2006 @ 1:28 pm
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    Best News Day Ever

    Happier Times Lefties get the House, maybe the Senate, Rumsfeld resigns, but even better than that - Britney filed for divorce!! Ordinarily I stick to BS-ing about local music steez up in this piece, but I had to pass on the fantastic news that Br...

    @ Up on the Sun on November 8, 2006 @ 12:58 pm
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    The Revolution Will be Interwebbed

    Back in late August I wrote a feature on revolutionary rapper GRIME (the acronym stands for "Got Revolution In My Eyes") and his musical perpetuation of the Revolutionary But Gangsta movement. Apparently GRIME's getting up in the election day today i...

    @ Up on the Sun on November 7, 2006 @ 1:10 pm
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