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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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    Smoke Break

    I'm not proud of it, but I honestly love smoking cigarettes. This post isn't music related, but the video below is invaluable for historians and future archaeologists alike. If only it were for marijuana instead... ...

    @ Up on the Sun on February 8, 2007 @ 3:57 pm
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    Phoenix Becomes Hip-Hop Central (for a weekend)

    This weekend marks a high point for Phoenix -- Money Management XL (a hip-hop management company whose clients include 50 Cent, Young Buck, Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo, and Phoenix's Young Hot Rod), in conjunction with G-Unit, is presenting a hip-hop prod...

    @ Up on the Sun on February 8, 2007 @ 12:24 pm
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    Blacc Hitla? Whateva!

    I'm trying to count the ways that local Westside rapper Cballa annoys the shit out of me. Let's start with calling your record Blacc Hitla. Because I'm a writer and by proxy an aspiring grammarian, the misspelling bothers the shit out of me. Now, I u...

    @ Up on the Sun by Niki D'Andrea on February 6, 2007 @ 1:13 pm
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    It's Not, but It Oughtta Be

    The other afternoon I was sitting in one of my local watering holes and the B-52's "Rock Lobster" came on the satellite radio. I had to walk outside; that song and its ilk turn my stomach and make me puke a little bit in my mouth. Seems like I though...

    @ Up on the Sun on February 5, 2007 @ 12:24 pm
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    Philanthropy vs. Marketing

    Just received a CD and e-mails from the local band Smokescreen, and I'm torn between two opinions about its marketing strategy. I like the band; it sounds like lush late-'90s alt-rock in the vein of Radiohead or the Pumpkins, but not too clone-esque....

    @ Up on the Sun on February 1, 2007 @ 1:23 pm
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    Balls Out - Once there was a silly old Gnant

    On a recent Friday night, people from all over the world are watching local "Bohemian Geek Soul" artist Jody Gnant kick my ass at bowling. Gnant's been broadcasting her life 24/7, via a UStream channel on the Internet, for the past several weeks (...

    by Niki D'Andrea on September 13, 2007
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    Busking in the Glow - Tunnel vision

    On a late summer afternoon, harmonious duo Rachel Cox and Patrick Sullivan of Oakley Hall are stationed just outside the subway entrance on the southwest corner of New York City's Union Square. They are busking. As in, both are singing high and hard,...

    by Rob Trucks on September 13, 2007
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    Jake's Take - Rooty-toot-toot tattooed too

    The three most sentimental places in the world are cemeteries, airports, and tattoo parlors. Because the first two are verboten, thanks to the church and Homeland Security, Jake La Botz has been making good on the remaining option with his second ann...

    by Serene Dominic on September 13, 2007
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    Subtle Saturday - Taking some time out

    First Friday is usually a big blowout for us. After stomping the streets to stare at the scene's art, we're ready to hit the bottle, big time. This past weekend, we not only hit the bottle we smashed it into a million effing pieces. So when it came...

    by Lilia Menconi on September 13, 2007
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    Perfectly Flawed - Brandi Carlile gives us The Story

    "Nobody wants to hear perfection, because nobody's perfect," Brandi Carlile declares over the phone as she lies on her lawn in Ravensdale, Washington just outside the Starbucks capital. "It's something I've learned playing live shows, too. People w...

    by Cole Haddon on September 13, 2007
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    Hasta La Muerte - Vintage thrash metal is back with a vengeance, and it's speaking Spanish

    MySpace is a baffling labyrinth. It'll consume your whole day if you let it, and you'll usually come away depressed by what you hear and see. But click the right link, and you can be neck-deep in a wondrous new world before you realize what's happene...

    by Phil Freeman on September 13, 2007
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    Various Artists - We All Love Ella: Celebrating the First Lady of Song (Verve)

    Here's an all-star tribute to the jazzy queen of the American songbook, Ella Fitzgerald. Check these creds: produced by legendary A&R Recording studios founder Phil Ramone; arrangements by Billy Childs (formerly of Trumpeter Freddie Hubbard's band) a...

    by Niki D'Andrea on September 13, 2007
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    Heavy Trash - Going Way Out with Heavy Trash (Yep Roc)

    There are several ways to play rockabilly nowadays: the gentlemanly way (Robert Gordon, Sleepy LaBeef), the roots-conscious 1955 hepcat way (High Noon, Big Sandy & the Fly-Rite Boys), glam-revival (Stray Cats, Polecats), and the mondo-demento lunacy/...

    by Mark Keresman on September 13, 2007
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    The Quakes - Quiff Rock! (Orrexx)

    We have a little piece of music history living here in Phoenix in the form of Paul Roman, vocalist and guitarist of seminal psychobilly band The Quakes. Formed in 1986 in Buffalo, New York, The Quakes were one of the first American psychobilly bands ...

    by Niki D'Andrea on September 13, 2007
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