Ben Kweller

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    September 29, 2014

    5 Best Concerts to See in Phoenix This Week

    Perhaps everyone has a music hangover from this past week, because after a week that saw a giant three-day music festival get washed out by the rain and featured performances by heavyweights Katy Perry, Drake, and Lil Wayne, this upcoming is much calmer. But that doesn't mean there aren't musical ou ... More >>

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    May 16, 2014

    The Eleven Greatest Record Store Performances, Part One

    Steve Wiley is Up on the Sun's resident Record Store Geek. Biweekly, he shares stories of great music and whacky characters from his continuing 27 years in Valley record stores and the always-zany music biz. As you might expect, working in a record store is a pretty cool job. Sure, there ar ... More >>

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    June 13, 2011

    This Week in Music History: June 13 through 19

    Wikimedia CommonsWeezer singer Rivers Cuomo: Born 41 years ago today.​Music and musicians have been around for centuries, and every day, new music news breaks. Every Monday, we're going to take a look back at the notable music stories, births, and deaths that took place that week. Here's "This ... More >>

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    March 11, 2011

    Pavle Milic, What Are You Listening To?

    Pavle Milic​Pavle Milic You can find the co-owner of restaurant FnB at the Old Town Farmers' Market in Scottsdale every Saturday from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. When you put your key in the ignition and turn on the radio, what station would play right now? If my wife drove, it's highly likely that NPR will ... More >>

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    February 15, 2011

    Pete Yorn at Marquee Theatre Last Night

    Maria VassettPete Yorn performing at Marquee Theatre.​What do you do if it's Valentine's Day and you're an musician who makes music far removed from fuzzy teddy bears and chocolate, who has a concert scheduled, and not the sort of concert that just draws brodogs and the like? It was an interestin ... More >>

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    February 11, 2011

    Pete Yorn Talks About His New Record, Frank Black, and More

    Pete Yorn​ In this week's print edition we catch up with New Jersey rocker Pete Yorn just in time for Valentine's Day to get his take on some classic love songs. You can read the whole thing here. But love songs weren't the only thing we had the chance to speak to Yorn about.Pete Yorn, who will ... More >>

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    October 27, 2010

    Incoming: Brother Ali, The Grouch, Toubab Krewe, The Summer Set, Pete Yorn, Trapt

    Pictured: badassesI'll be honest with you: this week's group has to be the most random assemblage of just announced shows I have seen. Leading this week's pack is Los Gatos rockers Trapt, whose 2002 song "Headstrong," it has been confirmed, will simply never go away. Trapt has released three albums ... More >>

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    August 17, 2010

    Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin: Let It Sway

    August is now tantalizingly halfway over. What better way to celebrate than with the third album from Missouri indie/power poppers Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, Let It Sway? The tide was high when SSLYBY hit the scene in 2005 with their independently-released debut Broom. The albu ... More >>

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    January 7, 2010
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    September 15, 2008

    Miniature Tigers at Modified Arts

    By Joseph Golfen It’s not often that you get to see a great band from their humble beginnings. But anyone who was at the Modified Arts on Sunday got that chance as local band Miniature Tigers took to the stage, sending wonderful indie rock echoing through the walls of the tiny theater and out int ... More >>

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    September 28, 2006
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    September 14, 2006

    Ben Kweller

    If Beck were young and cute

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    April 7, 2005

    Take Me Out . . .

    . . . to the ball game

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    May 20, 2004

    Small Price to Pay

    Losing an arm and a leg to Marquee Theatre's prices

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    April 29, 2004

    Ben Kweller

    The artist makes a stop in the Valley

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    May 8, 2003

    Scenes From Nowhere

    A Coachella diary from that other desert to the left

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    February 20, 2003

    Return of the Exile

    Brendan Benson travels from major-label obscurity to cult-status comfort

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    January 2, 2003

    Critics VS 2002: Rebuilding From Ash

    2002 spent the year in a 9/11 hangover. Through the confusion, notable and amazing works still arose

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    March 21, 2002

    Gentle Ben

    Five years after his teen band was buried by hype, Ben Kweller is taking off on his own

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    May 8, 1997