Tempe is running out of venues. The Clubhouse disintegrated in 2012 following a gang-related shooting; Rocky Point Cantina disappeared after a bad reality show trip; most recently the Stray Cat closed suddenly, announcing the bad news on its last day in business. Which is not to say that's why Vall ... More >>
It's a simple formula: The BluesHounds play upbeat dance blues, and that gets the people happy. The happy people start dancing, and the dancing makes them thirsty, and the thirsty people make club owners happy. Matty Spinelli, lead guitarist and bandleader for the BluesHounds, doesn't mind the way ... More >>
So, hey, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame went ahead and announced their Class of 2013, which this time around, includes Rush, Public Enemy, Randy Newman and someone called the Disco Queen, Donna Summer. Those that were nominated, but didn't make the cut included Kraftwerk, Deep Purple, Joan Jett and ... More >>
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Curious about what's going on around town this weekend? Need some suggestions as to how to rock, dance, or krump in the Valley of the Sun? Don't fret: These are our Five Shows to See This Weekend.
Lindsay Cates on the 1s and 2s Okay, so the 15 Favorite Songs thing. It happened. I freaked out a little (a lot) picking my selections, but it was a fun, in a self-aggrandizing way. I wrote yesterday that it was nearly impossible to do what the event asked: come up with 15 songs that you love a ... More >>
When the news broke last Wednesday that modern rock 'n' roll icon Jack White was pairing with the sticky, Faygo-coated Insane Clown Posse (ICP) for a "Mozart cover" called "Lech Mich Im Arsch," a simultaneous "wutttt?" was uttered by music fans across the globe. Surely Jack White is the type of dud ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsJane ScottMusic writer Jane Scott, who covered just about every music legend you can think of during her 50-year tenure at The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, died early Monday morning at age 92.As a female music journalist, Scott was a pioneer. She was the only woman reporter at a Cl ... More >>
Sophisticated (read: old) people everywhere enjoy the smooth sounds of Kenny G. The world-renowned saxophonist isn't just the vehicle for one of pop music's all-time best hairdos, he also owns several world records, including the most instrumental records ever sold in the U.S. and the longest not ... More >>
Victoria Aguayo was arrested, indicted, and nearly prosecuted for her "role" in the infamous "Desert Divas" prostitution ring, according to a lawsuit she's filed in Maricopa County Superior Court.Problem is: Aguayo was not a "desert diva," and the evidence suggesting she was is laug ... More >>
After spending more than a decade behind the record decks, JonnY Rogers is certain that's it all comes down to creating that perfect mix. Whether it was during his college days interning as a late night electronica jock at WOXY in Cincinnati (the station that will forever be immortalized by i ... More >>
While I took the weekend off to run away to Sedona and celebrate my birthday, several stories unfolded in national music news. Read on for the skinny about Metallica’s upcoming Phoenix concert, Jackson Browne’s lawsuit against presidential hopeful John McCain, and more.
Here’s a handful of shows that were just announced this week.
Keeping it cool
What a desert deserves
Music that made the world safe for the word "alternative" again
Pioneer gets his propers
The Blind Boys of Alabama bring their brand of Southern gospel closer to the mainstream -- and help keep roots music alive
At long last, the spotlight replaces the Shadows that obscured the Funk Brothers
Norah Jones is a retro-chic ride on a pop highway crowded with look-alikes. And so far, she's got the lane all to herself.
After 40 years of street-corner symphonies, Jerry Lawson learns to sing with a band
New outtakes collection spotlights the visionary stoner-bluegrass of John Hartford's Aereo-Plain
With a diverse following and a stand-alone attitude, Nelly Furtado hit it big by being herself. But how long can it last?
The North Mississippi Allstars are young guys passing on an old tradition
Nikka Costa has a big, funky voice and a great butt. Which will you notice first?
R&B legend Sam Moore finds serenity in Scottsdale
I Am Shelby Lynne (Island/Def Jam)
More than 25 years after his death, the spirit of Gram Parsons rides high with a new tribute album
George Clinton faces down pre-millennial tension with his latest state-of-the-funk message
Rhino's new collection proves that you have no hope of getting disco in a box without leaving something out
June 11 - 17, 1998
After two decades of sterling fretwork, Ronnie Earl emerges as a rising star of the blues
Ike & Tina's sizzling Carnegie Hall date, plus previews of Big Jack Johnson and James Harman
Arizona native Betsy Pecanins dents the Mexican pop charts with American blues steeped in tequila
A cocktail review of recent state releases
THE YEAR IN MUSIC: IT JUST DIDN'T GET MUCH BETTER (OR WORSE) THAN THIS
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