The 15 Biggest Music Stories in Phoenix of 2015

Taylor Swift brainwashed the crowd in Glendale, not like anyone was complaining.EXPAND
Taylor Swift brainwashed the crowd in Glendale, not like anyone was complaining.
Jim Louvau

15) Taylor Swift Made 15,000 New Best Friends in Glendale Last Night
"They say with enough repetition, even the most asinine messages start to have a ring of truth to them. Hell, that's not even just true in government propaganda. It's the whole basis of the radio industry — "we'll play these songs so many times you can't help but like them." Well, after two hours of Taylor Swift, a grand spectacle of a show marked by elaborate set changes, dazzling costumes, backup dancers, a live band, and an admittedly stellar performance from the reigning queen of pop, I couldn't help but drink the Kool Aid. "Bad Blood" came on and I joined 8-year-olds to my right and the sorority girls to my left in singing the catchy chorus with Taylor Swift's other 20,000 best friends in the audience."

14) 10 Best Fat Rappers of All Time
"Let's be honest, if rappers were athletic, there's a good chance they wouldn't be rapping (and if athletes could rap, well... they've tried that a few times). Of course, that's not to say that every rapper has the same body type. There are the jacked-up muscular guys (50 Cent, Flo Rida), the skinny tiny dudes (Big Sean, Lil Wayne), the surprisingly tall (2 Chainz, Wiz Khalifa), and plenty of others who just seem to lack much athleticism (Jay Z, Drake)."

2015 was Futuristic's year.
2015 was Futuristic's year.
Jim Louvau

13) New King: Futuristic Reigns Supreme over Phoenix Hip-Hop Scene

"The story of Futuristic is heartening in how it breathes life into the corpse of the American dream. He was born Zachary Lewis Beck on June 2, 1991, in Bloomington, Illinois, one of nine children born to the same father. Just 23 years later, he is testament to where talent, smarts, and grind can get you in the cutthroat world of independent hip-hop."

Slipknot pretty much ruined Mayhem Fest.
Slipknot pretty much ruined Mayhem Fest.
Jim Louvau


12) Slipknot's Concert in Phoenix Showed Why Mayhem Fest Died

"Saturday's show was much more like an old fashioned ass whooping and an expression in dominance in almost every way in the metal world. We learned that Slipknot basically put the nail in the coffin of the once-thriving and now-defunct Mayhem Festival, which rolled through the Valley earlier this summer. Between Mayhem co-founder Kevin Lyman's knocks on metal aging, the difficulty of putting together a lineup, and Slayer guitarist Kerry King's public dissatisfaction of all of the other bands on the bill. Slipknot and Lamb of God had no problem absolutely packing Ak-Chin Pavilion. In fact, Slipknot singer Corey Taylor told the crowd that this was the biggest crowd the band has ever played to in Phoenix."

11) Yes Drummer Alan White Talks Late Phoenix Resident Chris Squire and the Band's Legacy

"He’ll be missed by so many people. I formed a relationship with him over 43 years where each one of us knew where to go all of the time, to anticipate what the other was going to do. We were not only bandmates, but also friends. Make no mistake about it; it was really hard to lose that. He was just a fantastic musician. It will never be the same but we’re trying to move on because Chris wanted us to move it on. He said, “I want you to keep it moving on,” and that’s what we’re going to do in his name."

Taboos were allegedly broken. By taboos we mean laws.
Taboos were allegedly broken. By taboos we mean laws.
Benjamin Leatherman

10) Phoenix Police Raid Pink Rhino Cabaret and Club Luxx

"A pair of Phoenix nightspots were paid an unexpected visit by police officials Thursday — and the cops weren't there to break up any fights or haul off any inebriated patrons. On Thursday morning, Phoenix Police searched local strip club Pink Rhino Cabaret and newly opened downtown dance joint Club Luxx.

A media release issued by Sergeant Trent Crump of Phoenix Police Department states that search warrants were executed on both clubs in connection with an ongoing investigation into the possible conducting of a criminal enterprise. Police officials also conducted searches at other undisclosed locations."

9) 10 Best Pop-Punk Songs of All Time

"As unintelligible as the chorus might be, there’s no denying “The Middle” by Jimmy Eat World its place as one of the most iconic pop-punk songs ever. It’s catchy, uplifting, and fun to sing along to even if you don’t have any idea what the actual words are. Oh, and it might also be considered one of the best songs to ever come out of Arizona." 

The remains of the Buffalo Chip
The remains of the Buffalo Chip
Benjamin Leatherman

8) Cave Creek's Legendary Buffalo Chip Saloon Destroyed by "Suspicious" Fire 

"One of the Valley’s most iconic country bars is now a pile of smoldering rubble and debris after being destroyed by devastating fire.

The Buffalo Chip Saloon in Cave Creek burned to the ground earlier today after a massive fire swept through the rustic cowboy joint and dance hall this morning.

According to Phoenix Fire Department officials and various media reports, the blaze has been deemed “suspicious” and possibly the result of arson. The property is being considered a “total loss” after the fire." 

As you can tell, Chokehold still played the festival.EXPAND
As you can tell, Chokehold still played the festival.
Melissa Fossum

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7) Chokehold Responds to Calls to Remove Them From Mesa Hardcore Festival Lineup

"Missing from the label's response, and those from Logan and Beckman, is an apology — a demonstrated understanding of why saying 'all lives matter' comes off at best as dismissive and condescending to activists fighting against racially rooted police brutality and, at worst, racist. The label denied that race was an issue, and Beckman framed racist connotations of 'all lives matter' as part of a conspiracy enacted on radicals by the powers that be in order to divide leftist opposition to the status quo."

6) The 25th Anniversary of Pantera's Cowboys From Hell and Why It Matters

"Face it: With a few exceptions, metal was struggling in the late 1980s. You had some solid thrash, the rise of Metallica, and glam and hair metal. (Hey, I’ll take Beastie Boys’ “Girls” over Mötley Crüe’s “Girls, Girls, Girls” any day). Grunge was a fad that helped bridge the gap over the creeping, muddled up river of metal at the time — sort of like a distraction from Bon Jovi and Poison leading the way."


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