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    Flower Power Blooms Eternal - But put your shirt back on

    One or two of the acts on the "Hippiefest" tour would've spiced up the typical take-the-money-and-run oldies packages that plow through town every summer. But together, this package of '60s acts truly shows remarkable breadth. The acts have retained ...

    by Serene Dominic on August 16, 2007
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    Addiction and Subtraction - Nikki Sixx is back, minus smack

    Reading lengthy excerpts from Nikki Sixx's memoir, The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star (out September 18 from First MTV Books/Pocket Books), and listening to its accompanying soundtrack by his band Sixx: A.M. (out now on E...

    by Niki D'Andrea on August 16, 2007
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    Oh, Brothers! - The soundtrack to your life

    Cary Brothers isn't a household name yet, but it's been pretty hard to escape his music ever since his acoustic ballad "Blue Eyes" appeared on the Grammy-winning soundtrack to 2004's Garden State. In the interim, Brothers has released two EPs, and hi...

    by Cole Haddon on August 16, 2007
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    Z-Trip - All-Pro (Decon Inc)

    Not content to sit still and merely conquer the real world, local b-boy legend and undisputed King of Beats DJ Z-Trip has expanded his empire to include video games. His newest effort is the soundtrack to All-Pro Football 2K8 for X-Box 360. The CD st...

    by Sloane Burwell on August 16, 2007
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    Blessthefall - His Last Walk (Science/Ferret International)

    If you took a hand counter to a televangelist, you'd click six times as many references to Satan as to his former boss it's way better for the play-acting to grouse and growl than it is to ape a stoic and benevolent Christ. So why should a screamo ...

    by Serene Dominic on August 16, 2007
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    Billie Holiday - Remixed & Reimagined (Sony Legacy)

    I can hear the ghost of Billie Holiday now: "What the hell is that, a programmed drum beat? Why is it burying my vocals? How could they turn all my winsome wails into sound bites and samples? This is NOT the blues!" Perhaps the blues legend would...

    by Niki D'Andrea on August 16, 2007
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    Eroticide - Yay, torture!

    It's hard to tell if the musicians in Eroticide received too much attention from their mothers or if they received too little of it. Whatever the situation, it seems likely that the members of the band developed their rabidly misogynistic stage perso...

    by Daniel Raven on August 16, 2007
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    Deep Purple - Swiss time is running out

    Here's a reconstituted '70s classic-rock group with an otherwise engaged leader. Deep Purple's grumpy guitar hero, Ritchie Blackmore, probably hasn't even played the "Smoke on the Water" riff around the house since 1993, but clearly, Purple is the he...

    by Serene Dominic on August 16, 2007
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    Zappa Plays Zappa - The Zappa doesn't fall far from the tree

    This is not Frank Sinatra Jr. embarrassing his dad by warbling "My Way" for the Geritol geezers, nor is it Mercer Ellington working hard to do the Duke proud and missing the mark. And this is not a mixed bunch of ex-sidemen doing a songbook while a d...

    by Henry Cabot Beck on August 16, 2007
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    Chris Isaak - What a wicked hit it is

    Most of the time, the songs that come to represent an artist in the public's memory don't do justice to the full scope of the artist's musical accomplishments across an entire career. How many times do we find ourselves telling other people things li...

    by Saby Reyes-Kulkarni on August 16, 2007
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    Ravers of the Caribbean - We sail at nine-ish

    Bust out the guyliner and yer Jack Sparrow duds, landlubbers, because the raving lunatics of Karma Productions and Nightowl Entertainment are, err . . . pirating Disney's blockbuster high-seas adventure flicks for the theme of their latest all-nigh...

    by Benjamin Leatherman on August 16, 2007
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    Seven Nights of DJs and Dancing - Who's spinning what, where and when

    Thursday 16 Andersons: S.W.A.G. Thursdays with DJ Essence, DJ Astonish, & Bryce Breeze (hip-hop, reggae, R&B) Blooze: DJ El Dedo (rockabilly) Bunkhouse: DJ Doom (dance) Club Mardi Gras: DJ Dana (country) Dirty Pretty: Foxy Bitch with D...

    on August 16, 2007
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    Caged Heat

    I'm sad and I feel like crap because a close friend is moving away. That calls for some goodbye libations. I'm lonely enough in this conservative, transplant-filled, call-center-laden convection-oven Valley, and my only respite (well, aside from cock...

    by C.M. Redding on August 16, 2007
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    Red-Headed... Wait...

    I'm actually pretty relieved that '06 is in the books now; it was a pain in the ass year that I spent with a pain in the ass girl (who's history as well) and I'd just as soon pretend it didn't happen. In celebration of its ending, I hit up a bangin' ...

    @ Up on the Sun on January 2, 2007 @ 1:27 pm
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    For the last couple of months - since this blog began, really - I've been harassing my fellow hard-drinker Tony Patino of Attack of the Giant Squid to leak me some preview tracks from the as-yet-untitled album the band's been working on. If you don't...

    @ Up on the Sun on December 29, 2006 @ 12:07 pm
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    I spent last night listening to the punk rock go down at BANNED in Tempe!, listening to DJ's Alvin, Nate Dogg and Cro-Mag throw down the dope shit at the Stray Cat (which you'll be able to read more about in my column in a couple of weeks). Tyler Kin...

    @ Up on the Sun on December 28, 2006 @ 11:38 am
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    That's a Rap - Putting away the 40

    Forget the mainstream-underground battle. In hip-hop, success at either end of the spectrum often depends on stereotype and formula. Either rappers get all blingy, or they waste all their time dissing the bling. Sage Francis is the exception. O...

    by D.X. Ferris on August 9, 2007
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    Getting Railed - Reminiscing on the route

    Last weekend, we decided to bite the bullet and inconvenience ourselves with light-rail construction to visit one of our favorite central Phoenix standbys, the George & Dragon. (Click here for more photos.) With a decent crowd filling the pub, it was...

    by Lilia Menconi on August 9, 2007
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    Village Vagrants - Truth is less danceable than fiction

    In 1977, the Village People burst onto the disco scene, and by 1978, thanks to the success of their single "YMCA," the homoerotic disco singers had become infamous for their costumes and "American man" personas: police officer, American Indian chief,...

    by Cole Haddon on August 9, 2007
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    Gypsy Road - Thank you, glam

    When the members of Psycho Gypsy first applied makeup to their young faces in early 1992, it was at a time when their musical heroes had thoroughly scrubbed the stuff out of their pores, seemingly for good. Psycho Gypsy co-founder and bassist/guitari...

    by Serene Dominic on August 9, 2007
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